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Comment: Re:There is no engineering. (Score 5, Funny) 323

programmers insisting on calling themselves engineers.

You mean like mechanical, electrical, etc 'engineers'? When was the last time ANY of those people drove trains? What? You mean it's only ok for some people to 'evolve langauge' to suit themsleves, but not others?

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 4, Insightful) 190

by lostmongoose (#48567593) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

So in order for a website to remain free for the users use, they will need to post more advertisements to make up for it.

If you don't like advertising on you favorite site. Then you better find them a business model where they can keep running (as it isn't free for them) and feed their family's. Otherwise just suck it up as the cost of having free access to their data.

If they can't 'feed their families' on the income of their website, and they don't wan't to add a subscription tier to the site, maybe they should get actual jobs.

Comment: Re:Can we hold the froth first? (Score 1) 250

by lostmongoose (#48525399) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

>If this is a case of what it's being made to sound to be, that actual non-DRM, legally purchased files got burnt out? I don't believe said things existed at the time, did they?

People were legally format shifting before the iDevices existed, so yes, those things did exist.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by lostmongoose (#48229293) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

I'm all for free software, but this reasoning sounds insane. When people buy a PC, it says "comes with windows", you know what you're getting, and to require manufacturers to return half of it seems nuts. It's like ordering a cheeseburger, and then demanding a refund for the cheese. Why didn't you just order a hamburger?

Walk into a store and buy a fully assembled name brand (Dell, HP, etc) PC, complete with warranty and guarantees, without ANY software preinstalled. You can't. Your analogy fails.

Comment: Re:Public cynicism about fusion (Score 2) 147

by lostmongoose (#47747191) Attached to: Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

It helps to frame the discussion in terms of economics. If you take every dollar bill that has ever been spent on fusion research, wadded them up into a big ball, and threw them into a wood burning furnace, you would have a better return on your investment than you have right now. Hell, you could buy lottery tickets and have a better ROI.

That's an awful lot of words to say exactly nothing. You would have achieved better ROI by not posting at all, if you can't be bothered to actually respond.

Comment: Re:Do Business in the US? (Score 1) 749

by lostmongoose (#47452093) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours
The data is stored in the EU and belongs to EU citizens. US law DOES NOT APPLY. It doesn't matter how much a government bureaucrat screams otherwise. Following the law where you do business goes both ways. EU citizens' data stored in the EU is protected by....wait for it.....EU LAWS!

Comment: Re:On The Bright Side (Score 1) 253

by lostmongoose (#46405407) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

My history is your history

Except that it isn't...

Some people have privacy and security concerns, even though Comcast insists the public and private Wi-Fi networks are entirely separate and shielded from each other. Others worry that the public network will affect the private network's performance. Comcast says this isn't so.

In NL, some ISPs are doing the same. It's even a different public-facing IP address.

Of course, you can also turn it off. Though turning it off on your modem means you don't get to use it yourself on others' modems.

Comcast says it's fine and they would never ever ever possibly lie to get people to do what they want.

Buy this rock I have. It keeps bears away.

Comment: Where's the problem? (Score 1) 298

by lostmongoose (#44207735) Attached to: The Price of Amazon

"Economists, publishers, and readers no longer have confidence that a book will cost the same amount this week as it did the last."

Not sure I see the problem here. Books are like any other good. They're "true" market value is only as high as the target market is willing to pay. This is going to shift frequently. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Quality and available will play the same role with books, as with anything else.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 337

by lostmongoose (#43174875) Attached to: Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play
If you think your app is worth money, sell it. If you don't think people will buy it but still want people to use it, either release free w/o a catch (ads) or keep it to yourself. Ad supported "free" is a gift that keeps on taking form the user in the from of mobile data usage to retrieve those ads. Sell it for a fair price or give it away. Anything else, aside from not releasing it at all, is sleaze and designed to back door monetize your users.

Comment: Re:There goes the 4th Amendment (Score 5, Insightful) 405

I realize facts are anathema to political discourse, but the president doesn't operate in a vacuum. Congress has just as much, if not more, blame than either Bush or Obama have. The sooner people see this, the sooner the messes can be cleaned up. Too bad it won't happen as long as The People are more concerned with Facebook, Twitter, et al.

Comment: Re:So if Bill Gates were being hunted in Belize... (Score 1) 148

by lostmongoose (#42169907) Attached to: McAfee May Have Been Captured
Actually Bill Gates still is active in promoting tech and tech education. Leaving MS didn't change his relevance. He's still out there doing things. He's not hiding from taxes, a wrongful death judgement and now police, somewhere in a drug addled daze talking to imaginary people and banging 13yr olds.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown