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Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 250

by qzzpjs (#48917559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

There's usually a 2 or 3 year period between media type transitions where both are available on the same PC. That should be plenty of time to migrate to the new types of storage hardware. For example, I moved all my backed up data from IDE drives to SATA drives with an easy robocopy one day.

This question of storing something for 5 or 10 years or more never made sense to me as we're always collecting more and more data to store. We're not going to stick the data on a hard drive and then hide from computers for 10 years. We're always going to be upgrading to the new hard drive types or optical disc mediums and will be pulling our older data along.

Comment: Re:Is this not a red herring? (Score 3, Informative) 172

The ISP's are not monitoring us here in the case of this law. The copyright holders are obtaining IP addresses from Torrent sites, etc like they do in the U.S.. They then create the letters and tell the ISP to forward them to the customers at those IP addresses. The ISP cannot provide any customer detail to the copyright owner due to Canadian privacy laws unless instructed to by a court order. Even the police and RCMP are still fighting to get access to simple customer information without warrants.

That said, I'm sure the ISP's here do have some sort of traffic monitoring for their own purposes. Rogers was found to be doing that in order to slow down p2p networks and gaming.

Comment: Re: Why wouldn't it be? (Score 1) 209

by qzzpjs (#48647913) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Both. Falsely assuming the identity of a living person is identity theft (criminal,) and violating a contract is breach of contract (civil.)

They can probably get around the criminal part by just creating a fictional person. It's only criminal if they steal a real persons identity. I doubt the cops care anything about civil law.

Comment: Re:I.D. Please (Score 1) 209

by qzzpjs (#48647873) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

I think the judge's ruling simply makes it legal for the police to use the evidence created from the account during the prosecution. It has no binding over you to keep the account on your system if it violates your terms of service. If they want to request your help to keep the account active, they can ask you, but they shouldn't have any power to compel you to help.

Comment: Re:A step too far? (Score 2) 191

by qzzpjs (#48597451) Attached to: Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

That is an option. Wouldn't it be lovely if Google offered to bring back the news aggregator only if subsidized by the papers?

I always thought this might be a good solution for Google. The news clips they publish on the search page are technically adverts for the full article. Google should charge the news sites for that advertising which would include the cost that Google pays to the news site for copyright, plus a nice 5-10% or so to pay for the extra administrators Google would need to employ to manage it. A useless waste of time and money transfer, but that's the way their law demands it now.

Comment: Re:I wonder who bought him (Score 1) 216

Banks are required to have systems in place to prevent their payment services from being used for money laundering purposes. Haulage companies are required to have systems in place to prevent their lorries from being used by illegal immigrants. Fertiliser distributors are required to have systems in place to prevent their products from being used for bomb making. Munitions retailers are required to have systems in place to prevent their guns from being used by crazed psychopaths

If you go by your examples, it is Sony that should have systems in place to prevent their movies from being stolen, not the ISP. As the parent message said, the ISP is just like the roads the criminal may travel over to and from the bank. The city may be able to put up a few stop signs or traffic stops as needed, but ultimately, someone always finds another route around.

Comment: Re:Is it just me ... (Score 1) 390

by qzzpjs (#48491731) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

I think the simplest answer is that making clones is very costly, whereas it would be very cheap to just recruit regular people from the trillions of people across the empire. Training costs can be reduced as well if you simply have higher numbers of troopers to throw at problems. Hopefully 5 less-trained troopers can shoot as well as one expensively, well trained clone.

Comment: If they just need some more Canadian content... (Score 1) 184

by qzzpjs (#47975951) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

I got an idea from someone else's comment on a past news article. Netflix just needs to setup a Canadian Pet category and have all of us Canadian subscribers send in pet videos. They'd get thousands very quickly and throw that percentage far over the line. I don't think the law says it has to be professionally produced content. The biggest plus with this idea is that there would finally be something interesting to watch on Canadian Netflix! Our new releases page is still full of stuff from 2012 and earlier.

Comment: Re:Corrected Title (Score 1) 430

by qzzpjs (#47602347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

I can't speak for Apple, but Microsoft and IBM do have great documentation. The MSDN is extremely extensive in documenting every API they've released in C/C++/C#/VB/F#/OS/WMI/etc, and every release of those can still be looked up so you can see if an API has changed over time. They even provide code examples for most of the API calls so you can see how they are used. All of this is out there for everyone to use, for free. Microsoft understands that by giving out that information freely, it will help more developers write more applications for their platforms, and that is what helps them in the long run. Staffing a call center with knowledgeable support people does not make them money. There is a reason those calls cost so much.

I do remember the documentation for OS/2 that IBM had. It was also super useful, especially in a world before we had good internet sites and search engines. Every API again had descriptions, parameter explanations, code samples, references to related API's, etc.

There are some OSS projects that still try to be this good like GCC, Perl, Python, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Apache, but so many other projects just don't make the effort any more. You mention there is no profit in documentation, but like the free application itself, the profit should not expected to be in money. The profit to everyone is in actually building a user base around your application and If you are not willing to teach people how to use it, then why would you release it in the first place.

In general, if I cannot read about your application or library and how it works then I'm not going to waste my time with it, even if it is the best app in the world. As a user, I don't need to see docs on your code, but I should at least be provided with an installation and user's guide. As a developer, I would expect to see docs in the code so that I can see how things work so I can use existing functions properly and I can make new code fit in properly with the original design.

Comment: Re:Write some! (Score 1) 430

by qzzpjs (#47602053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

The patch to the man page should have been included with the patch to the code. If the developer is adding or changing a parameter for their application, the documentation update should be a requirement before the commit is accepted. If you're not going to tell the user how to use your new options, why bother creating them in the first place?

This is how I feel about all project documentation. If you aren't going to bother teaching the user how to use your app, then don't release the app at all. You're just wasting everyone's time. If you're lucky enough to have volunteers to write your docs for you, then give them the information they need up front to write them.

Comment: I have a different idea (Score 1) 468

Instead of replacing the windows with screens, leave the windows and replace almost everything below them. All or a lot those controls on a plane could be put onto visual displays and have the cameras project the ground and surrounding area onto the areas between controls. This would be like a flight simulator on our PC's.

As long as you have some physical controls still available for wing level, altitude, speed, etc up above the windows, it should still be safe if the monitors go down.

I've watched all those Mayday episodes with airline crash analysis and one thing I've learned is that all power on a plane is usually provided by one engine. Lose that engine and your power goes out. They need to fix that and add a lot more redundancy before I'd ever trust them to replace a window.

Besides, anyone who has watched the end of ST2 TWOK can tell you why a big view screen is no match for a nice window. No nebula would have messed up a window's view!

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin