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Comment: Re:I saw something very similar. (Score 1) 221

by sictransitgloriacfa (#35265790) Attached to: Feds Pay Millions For Bogus Spy Software
I call BS on this story. Imagine: someone worked for "an agency", and whatever he saw and did there would of course be classified; posting about it here would put him in Leavenworth. Oh, but that's ok: he posted anonymously! One little problem with that: he gave so many details, he could certainly be identified. If this story were real, that is.

Comment: Control vs. responsibility (Score 1) 302

by sictransitgloriacfa (#35216384) Attached to: Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe
What party, ultimately, has the most control over how many infected machines there are on the internet? Could it possibly be the software company whose chief product runs on most of the machines out there?

What parties, ultimately, bear the costs of all the infected machines out there? Their owners, sometimes. Everyone who has to deal with the billions of spam emails that clog the internet. Not so much, the aforementioned large software company.

So an executive from that software company suggests that the burden of infection should be placed squarely upon the user. Funny, that.

Comment: Re:Thanks Bruce (Score 1) 150

by sictransitgloriacfa (#31295770) Attached to: Project M Could Send Every Scientist To the Moon, By Proxy
Well, yes; but sending up telepresence robots would let us build necessary infrastructure on the moon to make colonization much easier. One way, you have to keep launching oxygen, water, and food out of a deep gravity well to supply the astronauts until they can make all that for themselves. The other way, you just use robots to build the needed infrastructure first. The robots can also be made more resistant to solar radiation and temperature extremes, and if there's a big snafu, at least no one dies of it.

Comment: Re:I don't think so. (Score 1) 137

by sictransitgloriacfa (#31270704) Attached to: Aussie Film Industry Appeals ISP Copyright Case
Hidden beneath all the shouting, the core issue is that computers and related technologies are all about copying. They make it very very easy to copy things; and the internet makes it very very easy to distribute them. Locking things up so they can't be copied or distributed is relatively complex and difficult. The traditional content creators and distributors can kick and scream and try to push the genie back into the bottle all they want, but their old business model is doomed by these simple facts.

Comment: Re:Restores your faith in the legal system (Score 1) 137

by sictransitgloriacfa (#31270666) Attached to: Aussie Film Industry Appeals ISP Copyright Case
One swallow does not make a summer, nor does the occasional lucid court decision give me faith in the legal system as a whole. It's nice when it happens (Kitzmiller especially), but the courts make plenty of bad calls too. That reactionary fugghead Scalia is still in SCOTUS; British libel law is still horribly broken; and then there's this story.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS