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Comment: Re:Google+ failed becuase it's GOOGLE (Score 5, Insightful) 321

by Jane Q. Public (#49558019) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

They already have too much of my online attention. Sharing anything except my searches with them is a non-starter. It doesn't matter how well implemented the service is. Because it's Google, there's just absolutely no way I'm using it.

I've started moving away from their search, too, now that they decide for me what constitutes "mobile friendly" and what doesn't. Fact is, some "desktop" work better on my phone than a lot of the "mobile" sites do.

I don't want a nanny-search moving the things I'm looking for down the page. Just give me what I searched for, nothing more, nothing less, no "judgment" about what I want to see.

FWIW, I think it was the "single real name policy" that actually killed Google+. At that point I stopped commenting on YouTube, stopped using Google+, and in fact just stopped "signing in" to anything at all Google.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 53

by Jane Q. Public (#49549667) Attached to: Microsoft Opens Vulnerability Bounty Program For Spartan Browser

The "information highway"? WTF is this, 1995?

No... more like 480 BC. It seems reasonable to think that "Spartan" refers to "Sparta" which in turn implies (with deference to Slashdot's notably horrible character handling): "Molon labe"... which would mean in this context: "Come and get it." The reply to Xerces when he demanded they lay down their weapons was "come and get them".

The historical reference hit me right away, and if Microsoft didn't really intend it, they screwed up bigtime. Because the name of their browser is historically a challenge to "try to go through me". So...

Let's go try it. I kind of doubt if seriously attacked it would stand as they did.

Comment: Yes and No (Score 2) 52

by s.petry (#49549155) Attached to: Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google

Sure, the US needs enemies but this is not the case of faking enemy action. This attack was easily traced to Chines devices which were injecting Javascript into HTML files, resulting in a massive DDOS. The servers performing this were part of the Chinese version of Google, which returned contaminated cache pages to queries.

Call me a skeptic, but I don't think the injections were limited to the cache servers Google names. I think this was done at a lower level to achieve the scale. The reason for the attack is somewhat of a mystery as well. China can just block Github, they don't need to DDOS.

Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 1) 275

The cost would seem proportional to the users.

Of course. Did you not see in my sample calculation "$3.5M given 1M users"?

However, the economies do not scale linearly. You make an investment in infrastructure, and it's good up to X users. Then you make another investment, it's good up to X times 10 users. Etc. In practice it's mostly a step function, not a straight line.

Comment: More than 1 way to skin a cat (Score 1) 112

by s.petry (#49545431) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

The merger may be off, for now, but that does not mean that there will be no collusion and behaviors of a merged company down the line. Proxies are not something new in terms of abusing monopoly powers.

Sure, I am glad this deal is off. At the same time, I don't trust these mega companies holding monopolies to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but that is all (Score 1) 152

by s.petry (#49542199) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

We don't have either of the things you mentioned so it is completely out of our control. To go a bit further, the colonization of Mars would require Earth for quite a long time. We can't grow food or raise cattle in the Martian atmosphere, so self sustaining colonies are a very far way off. Underground cities have a similar problem with a food supply. We are very dependent on the Earth's surface, and so is our current space exploration abilities.

We can't measure "what if" against things that don't exist. Reality is a bummer sometimes.

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