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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 456

by msobkow (#48183999) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

A troll is someone who posts a clickbait message designed not to inform or educate or share an opinion, but for the sole purpose of starting an argument. I despise them as much as I despise the people you claim I'm "confusing" them with. Starting arguments for the sake of having an argument just because you're in a pissy mood is childish and stupid behaviour.

But it's not something you should spend 2 years in jail for.

Comment: Of course it's worse (Score 4, Insightful) 298

by msobkow (#48182903) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Microsoft is testing a release candidate and is informing users of what they're monitoring.

So far no one has complained about onerous licensing agreements with Yosemite, which seems to imply that Apple is not informing users about it.

Until Microsoft has a production release, it's not even fair to compare the two.

Comment: Is it really parody or an excuse? (Score 1) 113

by msobkow (#48182527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

Unfortunately an awful lot of so-called "parody" posts and sites are just people being mean-spirited and cruel and using the age old bully's line when called on it -- "Can't you take a joke?"

So before you go hunting for an ISP, do a little soul searching and above all else, ask yourself if anyone but you is going to find it funny.

Comment: Future *purchases* (Score 4, Insightful) 358

by msobkow (#48182083) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Apple does not design "for the future". They design for future purchases.

They drop support for older hardware to force you to upgrade, not because there is a technical problem mandating it.

I'm running Debian on a 12 year old box. It's had a CPU upgrade (to a whopping 3.8 GHz single core) and some extra RAM installed (4G total.) It's perfectly usable, and fully patched.

Had I bought a Mac, I'd have an unsupported paperweight years ago.

Comment: Bollocks. (Score 2) 341

by msobkow (#48174271) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

...we don't have a way to ignite and sustain that reaction without needing to input more energy than we can extract in a usable fashion from the fusion that occurs

Bollocks. The break-even point was passed this year. Sure it's not reached a point of economy-of-scale, but it was a critical change in the fusion story.

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.2534140

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 186

by msobkow (#48166979) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Why so popular? Because the storyboarding and visuals are already sketched out by the original issues of the comics themselves.

Adapting a novel requires an imaginitive F/X team to create the F/X from mere text descriptions of the scenes and items to be depicted. Having existing pictures makes it cheap and easy to skip that creativity in the process.

There is also the fact that an awful lot of movies adapted from novels just tank at the box office because they don't express a vision that the readers of those novels had in mind. Even short stories tank. Take, for example, "Enemy Mine." It was a great short story, but kind of sucked as a movie.

I'd like to believe that a better job could be done by a competent team with a good budget, but then along comes something like "Ender's Game", which was so bad I gave up on watching it less than half an hour in. Yet I'd devotedly read the entire series of novels set in that world in my high school days, and enjoyed them thoroughly.

I've often wished they'd get around to adapting some of C. J. Cherryh's universe to a movie format, but I fear they'd butcher her excellent writing and characterization and leave us with yet another F/X fest that tanks at the box office and loses all the appeal of the novels.

Comment: Wireless bandwidth is limited (Score 2) 38

by msobkow (#48165901) Attached to: Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

Wireless bandwidth is limited by the allocated spectrum. With landlines, you can always drag more fiber or copper, hook it up, and expand your bandwidth. You can't do that with wireless.

But I expect to be modded down because I'm not jumping on the "everything should be unlimited" bandwagon.

Comment: Re:The Actual Issue (Score 1) 319

by msobkow (#48165081) Attached to: Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Parents are and have always been responsible for the behaviour and expenses incurred by their children. If they go on a rampage of vandalism, the parents are responsible for the damages. If they steal a car and wreck it, the parents are responsible for the damages.

This is no different. The parents are being held responsible for the damages done by their children.

To hell with absentee parenting that lets children do whatever the hell they want with no restrictions or monitoring.

You bred your rug rats -- now bloody well take responsiblity for the results of your actions: raising and training your children!

Comment: The goobernmint brought this on themselves (Score 2) 280

by msobkow (#48164789) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Had the goobernmint not let the NSA run roughshod over the constitution and the rights of people both foreign and domestic, the general public would not be baying for the means to keep them out.

The goobernmint brought this upon themselves through their abuses.

Screw 'em.

Comment: It's always been a myth (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by msobkow (#48144737) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

The idea that there are few women gamers has always been a myth in the first place. Sure there are certain genres where men and boys dominate the demographic, but there are also genres where women dominate the demographic.

The idea that women "don't belong in gaming" or are "under-represented in the gaming community" is a myth perpetrated by the same kind of childish mentality that thinks "l33t speak" makes one cool and special.

Comment: The reality (Score 1) 264

by msobkow (#48144673) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

The reality is that doing security audits and code reviews are boring. Unless you have someone who is really dedicated and knows their stuff taking on the task for an open source project, or someone paying a team to do it (TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt), it's not going to happen. In theory corporations are paying their staff so it should happen, but in reality corporations are likely to push such reviews way down the priority list because they cost money. Spending money is bad to a corporation, m'kay?

Personally I've never believed in the "many eyeballs" approach because even when porting an open source project to a new release of an OS or a custom distribution, I only learn the bare surface of the code -- enough to get the port running. I most certainly do not do an in-depth learning and understanding of the code being ported.

As a result, the only one who does any sort of real review is usually the original developer -- the person(s) least likely to see the flaws in their work that are caused by misunderstandings and erroneous assumptions -- because they don't know any different than they did when writing the code in the first place!

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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