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Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 172

by prelelat (#49189003) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

You are right, you have to weigh the pro's and con's of it. My point was more on par with that there is a need beyond illegal activities when it comes to online transactions and bitcoin. Most use case scenarios people would still be using credit card or something with similar features. Credit Card companies are awesome at charge backs and fraud cases.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 172

by prelelat (#49183251) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

I would say that illegal activity is a large part of it, but I do think it serves an important purpose. If everyday buying of bitcoins wasn't more expensive than using my credit card on a website(try buying bitcoins online it's expensive) I would be all over it. Private transaction without the worry of someone stealing my credit information. Someone online can only fleece me out of what I put in without linking to an account with a credit card of bank account attached. There are other options in this area though. Also while I'm not into illegal activities I don't necessarily want people tracking my every movement online.

Say if I had wanted to donate money to wikileaks back when credit cards were rejected. I'm not doing anything illegal by support that site but my credit card wouldn't be accepted. Paypal will hose you on anything if you aren't careful just look at what happened to Notch when minecraft started pulling in mad cash.

I don't want to be limited just because someone THINKS I'm doing something illegal.

Comment: Re:The problem is ... (Score 1) 652

by prelelat (#49174585) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

The real problem is, is that his whistle blowing makes him a traitor. It shouldn't, what he did was a service to the people and country. Those that wish to prosecute him and hang him are only doing so because the cat got out of the bag. The government should never have been doing a vast majority of what they were doing. His whistleblowing was justified and if he's a traitor to the U.S. it's a travesty.

Comment: Re:As long as it is not an official power rangers (Score 2) 252

by prelelat (#49173575) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

If I recall a lot of those star trek fan fiction and even the season 5 had the go ahead from Gene's estate to continue them. Though I do believe Paramount still holds a lot of the copyright and trademark they seem to have given the approval as long as they don't make a profit. That's their call though, it's my understanding that Paramount could put its' foot down and end it at any time and they would have to just walk away.

So why do they allow it? Because it's good for the fan base. It helps breed a culture of die hard fans and feeds their need for content. If they wanted to do a reboot of the series with darker tones it could be damaging to their brand as well. Though I think the creator said specifically they didn't want to.

This is a high quality short that I could see the originator being pissed about because it's not what they want power rangers to be. Unless they can figure out how to stand on the parody but I think that's a flimsy defense.


Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285

by prelelat (#49119435) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

I know what censorship means, I can self censor I can censor someone else I can do all those things and have it not be illegal.
This is censoring pornographic material on googles web platform. It's just not illegal, evil or anything. It's a policy change.
It's minor news and those affected have had warning to move along.

Comment: Re:Read the EULA... the lawsuit has no merit. (Score 3, Insightful) 114

by prelelat (#49114983) Attached to: Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

It's not so cut and dry though. This has gone through the courts multiple times and EULA have been enforced and not enforced multiple times. It seems to depend on more of which court you take it to. Now the issue here isn't only things that would be covered by the EULA. If it were this would be mildly interesting, the meat of it is the fact that they also are talking about leaving computers/users open for attack and damaging the equipment and hurting people(not physically obviously). It's really interesting, and I wonder if a company can be held liable for poorly written software like that. If they can be held liable who's responsible? Lenovo for probably taking some money to put this on their computer or komodia for having shitty security and poor design.

If this goes for the people filing I wonder if it will have a positive affect and make manufacturers think before they do something like this in the future.

Does anyone recall what happened with the Sony Rootkit deal?

Comment: Re:Bogus Troll (Score 1) 128

by prelelat (#49090957) Attached to: Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications" For VR Headsets

Theoretically this patent covers the ability to insert and remove the display from the headset, as well as detection of the display so that it can switch into HMD mode. I'm not saying it's new tech or that they deserve the patent but it is unique from the VR and older HMD headsets that I'm familiar with that have it built in. I'm not sure if this would cover other ways of inserting the display and if there are loopholes to get around it but that's what it is.

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 1) 277

by prelelat (#49029483) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart made that show, but it's established. The formula has been set and it's a good one. John Oliver showed that a good man behind that chair can carry it on. Jon does do some of the leg work on the show and I hear he still does but he is by no means needed to carry it on anymore. Which probably makes it easier for him to step back from it, enjoy his new freedom and seek new ventures, or even hang out with his family.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

It's a bit different though isn't? Updating versions on your phone is more like upgrading to the newest service pack instead of buying a new OS. The OS is available for anyone to grab free of charge, updated patched and new features even. Free of charge.

That's not the same as letting support of XP die and quite frankly I had no problem with it in the first place. That OS is decades old now and the people bitching about security holes were most likely using it for custom software that was probably just as buggy as the OS at that point. I know first hand it can be hard to get custom software companies to update their software but it's not Microsofts fault either.

If the people who take Android and put it on phones are unwilling to release updates for it, that's the vendors fault. They take Android and fork it to suite them, then don't bother updating it when a new version comes out. That's how open source software works when you think about it. The main distro is out there free for the taking. Vendors take it and fork it how they see fit, it no longer is the main channels responsibility.

If we have a problem with this, we are really talking about having a problem with opensource software. Then we can discuss the other issue which is when do we can support on outdated versions?

Comment: Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 2) 640

by prelelat (#48803303) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

If I were to roll out windows 8 people would freak out. Windows 10 seems like a much better leap as far as the UI is concerned. I can see us rolling that out a year after it's initial release and we have our policies setup and tested. That means probably 2 more years of Windows 7 on our upgrade cycle.

Comment: Re:Yes, but for specific reasons (Score 4, Informative) 182

I think you are over complicating this. Use the analogy of a bridge. The bridge is designed to allow people to pass over it, and if it's designed properly it will allow people to pass over it. If the bridge collapses it becomes a question of was the bridge built properly was it checked to see if it would fail before hand was it built according to the original plan. If there is a design flaw someone(typically the engineer who stamped the documents) can be held liable.

I think the same could be said here. If the design was flawed in that it bought illegal things that's one thing when it's suppose to be searching say amazon. Here I would question it's design because it was designed to buy things from where it did. In the design there was a decent chance it could hit illegal materials, and it did. I think if they didn't build anything to compensate for that it's on them. It's like asking, is it really assault if you close your eyes and start swinging at the air and just happen to hit people?

also where's the originality

Comment: Re:Geeky formats? (Score 1) 313

by prelelat (#48475463) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Same reason they decided to support avi and mp3, and that's their wide spread use. If you have a bunch of people using a different player just because you didn't support those formats or made it difficult to play them, why would they stick with your eco system. Yeah it's probably not a big deal to Microsoft if you use VLC over WMP but it's nice if you can keep people in your eco system as much as possible. FLAC has been around for ages and while it's probably not something that's used as much as MKV is likely used it's also not so difficult to support it.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 529

by prelelat (#48205247) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters.

Slashdot used to be the news aggregator and they would have info faster than anyone(I know right). It was the first of it's kind and as such slashdot did cover major events in great detail. Look back at Sept 11 the news on the site was amazing for the time. Ask CmdrTaco what he thought were some of the highlights of slashdot and I'm sure he would say that in his time here that this was one of the sites shining moments. Not news for nerds, but stuff that mattered.

So when you see a headline story pop up and you shoot it down, think this what slashdot was all about many years ago when it started. News for nerds, stuff that matters. A site made by nerds for nerds but not just about nerds, about the things that affect them. This news story affects people nerds non nerds.

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