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Comment: Evidence (Score 1) 654

by phorm (#47501529) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

I think a big issue is that the longer this goes on, the less reliable "evidence" there will be. From all the reports, the scene of the crash is chaotic. Bodies aren't being tended to (or refrigerated) properly, pieces of the plane have been removed. At first it was "we're sending the black box to Russia for investigation" and then "we haven't found the black box yet", etc etc.

It's going to be pretty hard to sort things out if the "evidence" is being mishandled this badly, whether intentionally or otherwise.

Comment: Authors (Score 1) 190

by phorm (#47492493) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

I've found the opposite. My local Chapters is good at stocking mostly big names. However, since I picked up a Kindle a few years ago, I've found tons of good authors I'd not heard of before. Yes, there is some formulaic drivel, but the biggest problem for the most part is a few typos here and there.
How often do you review a book before buying it at a bookstore? At least online, I see a bunch of reviews and can read what people have to say before I buy. The worst book I got was actually from a bookstore. Perhaps it might have come up with a good plot, but the terrible repetition and generally poor editing made it unreadable

Comment: Nothing is free (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by phorm (#47485615) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

In terms of monentary cost, many useful things are. Free software also used to be less of a crapshoot (is it *really* safe, a virus/trojan, adware, or nagware)?

Apache: Free
OpenOffice/LibreOffice: Free
Java: Free

There were/are also a lot of free utilities that - while not pretty - were basically in the realm of "hey I made this to solve X for myself and thought somebody else might find it useful."

There may be some learning involved to *use* the product, and certainly many FOSS solutions involve community-provided updates, but in terms of personal cost it's free for me.

Comment: Re:Connect with a VPN (Score 1) 388

by phorm (#47483839) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

It's like where I used to work. We had certain users that were bad on the network (running torrents, whatever). They were important enough that they couldn't really be penalized and kept finding ways around the blocks. Instead, they just put the "bad" users' internet connection through a old switch (or was it a hub) that got like 10MBps

Basically, Verizon is doing the equivalent to sticking a 10MBps switch on the connections where Netflix routes through...

Comment: Science/sci-fi connotations (Score 1) 214

by phorm (#47477107) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

This has a couple of connotations in science (that have also existed in sci-fi previously)

The obvious one would be antigravity. What gravity attracts, it would repel. So there's your Marty McFly hoverboard. There are further connotations for other things though, such as achieving orbit or space-travel (getting too close to a gravity well at the wrong angle=not good in most cases). Depending on whether such anti-mass would be created/harvested in quantity, it could be used to cancel out mass of vehicles being sent to space, or used in propulsion.

Similarly, anti-inertia has a lot of interesting using. The old trek "inertial dampers" come to mind.

Comment: Re:An "unread email address"?? (Score 1) 275

by phorm (#47475315) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Honestly, so what if they were? People change positions and come/go a lot, and the bigger the company the more the churn. Could have been a retirement, a job offer elsewhere, somebody died, or a firing. I doubt that somebody's primary job was watching domain expirations, so likely this got lost in a transition among a bunch of other job functions. IMHO, the best way to take care of this would be to have checks for primary domains in the central monitoring/alerting system, and flag them yellow 15-30 days from expiration (and red a few days before).

Comment: How newsworthy is it (Score 1) 423

by phorm (#47467247) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Actually, I'd like to see stats on that
For every lawsuit like this that gets bad publicity, whose to say there aren't tens or hundreds more that go through without notice. Beyond that, while the base of potential "customers" who may read about the lawsuit and skip dining is somewhat limited, I'd imagine this is getting more notice amongst those that would do restaurant reviews, and possibly chilling speech amongst those that don't wish to be sued.

Comment: Shattered (Score 1) 278

by phorm (#47458913) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Are we counting the ones I've destroyed and had to do careful cleanup of? Initally all of my bulbs were CFL's. However, in some areas (the shop, areas where renos are happening) the bulbs were in positions where they often got damaged/broken, so those have gone back to incandescent. I also wouldn't recommend a CFL for things like trouble-lights etc where they're often dropped.

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