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Comment Re:"Do the right thing...." (Score 1) 247

Tell me, who exactly are the ignorant fools on this planet who believe that Google to date has lived up to any motto as they thrive very well in the unethical and immoral world of capitalism?

Easy. All the google fanbois who read and comment on slashdot, of which there are a lot but not as many as a few years ago. You can identify them easily, they'll defend anything google does by claiming "it's free, if you don't like it don't use it". (*)

We need a name for these guys, googlebois? goobois? goobs? Something catchy, anyway.

(*) which misses the point, Google being a spying outfit (**), even if you refuse to have anything to do with them they'll hoover up direct and indirect information about you on their systems, and you'll be affected by their whims.

(**) They spy on you, buddy, not on the Chinese

Comment Re:Amazon? (Score 1) 106

Interesting, but confusing. Why does the Amazon web page you link to state "There is no HIPAA certification for a cloud provider such as AWS."

Whose responsibility is it to ensure the data is safe? Surely, a "clueless operator" should not be able to put data on a publicly accessible share in the first place, if Amazon complies and is the entity hosting the data?

I'm curious how the legalities are interpreted to bypass the HIPAA protections in this case.

Comment Re:Shop elsewhere if you need this drug (Score 2) 372

Sounds almost foolproof, but...

Suppose you by the GSK pills in bulk, importing them NOT for resale. You import them as raw materials for another manufactured product. You stick them into a machine that turns them into powder, you mix the powder with distilled water, and you make new pills. Technically, you've manufactured pills in the USA from imported raw materials.

So can you sell the new pills? You'd have to prove they are equivalent to the originals, which would be expensive using human trials. But another way to prove equivalence would be to prove that the chemical composition of the manufactured pills is literally identical to the original pills. Which would be much cheaper, given the "complicated" manufacturing process.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535

Meh, behind the scenes changing a RAM stick with another is trivial to do at the factory. Given that Apple already know they're going to be selling a model with extra RAM, your argument is bollocks. The only reason the markup exists is the Apple tax.

In fact, it's well known for hardware manufacturers to design higher specs on their products, and sell a crippled version to consumers at a lower price point. That way, theres no supply chain headaches, and it's easy to create market segmentation to maximize profits.

Comment Re:Amazon? (Score 2) 106

Why not mention Amazon?

1) Companies have to follow due diligence when handling private medical data.

2) Companies want to use a cheap cloud computing platform to mine medical data.

3) Story: Amazon cloud services are not suitable for 1)+2)

I don't know about you, but I've learned something, and I know what I'll ask my health care provider about how they handle my data.

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

that's completely irrelevant, the point is to show the country that we should cherish the experimenter spirit.

No, sorry, that's exactly the kind of politico nonsense that lead to the president getting a nobel peace prize before he had a chance to do anything worthy of such a prize.

Don't draft some random kid into your political machinations. He's in school, he shouldn't have to fight your social wars for you. And that goes for both you AND the president.

Comment Re:If I were king.... (Score 1, Informative) 70

You're overstating Google's contribution IMHO. Here's another point of view.

Regarding older public domain books, Google's efforts aren't very good, they get about a D for quality. You can check out the Internet archive, it has digitized copies of many pre-1900 works that were digitized by several companies independently. You'll find the company name in the files. I'm not a fan of M$, but their scans are way nicer than Google's. And if you compare with the works of some libraries such as the one in Goettingen, it's night and day.

Part of the reason is that Google's priorities are warped. They wanted to race ahead, digitize everything before anyone else. So they chose low resolution scans because that's faster. They hid their technology from the librarians who gave them the books, because OMG competitors! and they did a 60% OCR job on the easiest and cleanest books while completely ignoring the hard cases [eg mathematics, multilingual, etc].

The other thing their urgency got us was a legal morass. Google evilly just went ahead to scan all books, and published them on the web, while more responsible competitors were slowed down by getting permission first from the rights holders. When Google was too far ahead, the competing projects folded, and Google got (rightly) sued by the authors guild. That in turn caused a chilling effect on the projects that were left.

Now nobody wants to revisit the problem of orphan and older works, we're stuck with shitty google scans that are barely readable and full of OCR mistakes, and there's no telling how long we'll be having even that available freely on the web.

We didn't need to have Google do the bang up job they did. The world was cruising along, slowly digitizing works with care. Many universities were researching the issues, solving them one at a time, properly. Does anyone remember the Indian/US/Chinese million books project?

The best hope for the future now is the underground. At least the pirates care about producing quality releases - whether it's movies, music, or books. And they don't care about money, so the next generation will be able to download illegal books and educate themselves for free like many people do today.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 2) 102

I will never remove adblock. I consider ads to be theft of attentionspan. Who authorised some thirdparty ad peddler to divert the image recognition neurons in my brain on some silly profitseeking mission that doesn't benefit me and actually lowers the quality of the text recognition task they are supposed to be performing in the first place?

Comment Re:Nothing is free (Score 5, Interesting) 394

Uhm, no. Plenty of things in life are free. The reason MS is being despicable here is that they are choosing to offer free windows in exchange for installing spyware. It was wrong when people bundled spyware with freeware software installers, and it is wrong when people bundle spyware with an OS.

Just switch to Debian or another Free OS that doesn't spy on you. It may be a little less convenient, but the inconvenience pays off in a bit more safety the next time you download something.

Comment Re:Interesting, from someone other than Google. (Score 1) 278

I had the same initial reaction, but realistically I spend so much time on Android/Chrome/Google Docs/GMail/etc. already that avoiding OnHub will do nothing to stop Google knowing far too much about me.

Sure, when some guy steals my wallet, then calls me later on the phone to ask for my bank account password, I too figure that he's already got my $100 from the wallet, so what's the point of not telling him? I'm already out *some* money, it makes no difference anymore if he gets it *all*.

Comment Re:They just don't want to get sued (Score 1) 264

No, they don't want to get shut down for having an almost zero success rate.

Kaggle should do a no-fly list crime prediction competition, at least we'd get some good data about the state of the art to discuss on slashdot. As it is, the pro government astroturfers here can claim 100% accuracy and half the readership will lap it up because $TERRORISM.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

Programs that save settings/need re-installing it's all in the User\ %username%\AppData folder

As a former windows developer, I can tell you it's not even remotely like that. There are at least 5 different historical standards for where user data should go. But I'm done with all that, so if you feel it works for you, go ahead and enjoy your system. Ultimately you're better off wrestlng with a system if you are confident about understanding it.

Personally I like the simplicity of more modular systems where data and apps don't mix, I've replaced OSes for years while keeping my personal /home intact. The only speed bumps tend to be when apps I use deprecate old capabilities, and I have to figure out why an old setting I've always used now works a bit differently in that app.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 2) 515

I don't know what type of software you're using, but all my preferences are stored in my home directory, in something that's called a dotfile. They're hidden files in my user area, which don't ever get touched if the system is completely replaced by a brand new install. That's different from the way windows works, as different Windows programs can store user preferences anywhere they like, and then you have to reset your preferences each time you do a clean reinstall.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 4, Interesting) 515

Then you're doing it wrong. With linux, all you have to do is stick the install cd into the drive and reboot, you'll get a brand new system. The beauty of Linux is that the system is designed to cleanly separate your files from the system files, and the system partitions can be completely overwritten with a brand new system to make it work again.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel