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Comment: Bad Analogy Time Again. (Score 1) 96

by westlake (#47552401) Attached to: Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Have you never heard of the Streisand Effect?

The Streisand Effect works only if you know and care about Barbara Streisand --- and only in a time and place where Geek Rules override every other consideration.

The geek has a one-size-fits-all cultural mindset that has never served him particularly well.

Comment: In an imperfect world... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by westlake (#47515497) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Yes, some websites wanted to use H.264 for video encoding, but Mozilla shouldn't have abetted them.

H.264 is here.

HEVC not far down the road.

The geek sees everything in terms of the "open" web.

But there is more to digital video than video distribution through the web.

Which is why the mainstream commercial codecs dominate here.

Why hardware and software support for these codecs are baked into the smartphone, tablet, PC, graphics card, HDTV, video game console, Blu-ray player. The prosumer HD camcorder, medical and industrial video systems and so on, endlessly.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 0) 962

by westlake (#47512711) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Why is this moderated troll?
The very first paragraph of the article says she got a death threat and that they know where she lives. Do people even read the articles before moderating anymore?

Consider how predictably the Slashdot geek responds to stories like this. Embarrassing, isn't it?

There are other words that come to mind.

Comment: Re:No Advertising does not power the Internet. (Score 2) 415

by westlake (#47491711) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

The Internet was vastly better then by any measure. It wasn't used to commit financial crimes, to dupe people, to invade privacy, or to spy on whole populations. It especially didn't destroy more jobs than it's created and eliminate whole industries

AOL introduced flat-rate monthly billing in the mid nineties - coincidental with flat-rate regional calling plans.

Going on-line had become affordable.

The typical Internet suite of that era had its arcane clients for e-mail, IRC chat, USENET, FTP, Gopher, Archie, Veronica, and maybe a primitive web browser, along with zip file compression and a graphics editor.

The AOL client pushed all the geek's beloved tech far into the background, and put an easy to use GUI up-front.

At that point, the only way the geek could have kept the" old Internet" as his private playground would have been by crippling the evolution of the "open" web browse - and praying there wouldn't be too many defections to the commercial online services.

Comment: Bitcoin Brought Down To Earth. (Score 1) 121

by westlake (#47480459) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

Why don't they just change their state flag to the swastika?

The one true faith.

The geek's emotional investment in Bitcoin can be frightening.

Bitcoins, which lost 45 percent of their value after skyrocketing to more than $1,100 last year, are poised to tumble further, according to the latest Bloomberg Global Poll of financial professionals.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said the virtual currency trades at unsustainable, bubble-like prices, according to the quarterly poll of 562 investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers. Another 14 percent said it's on the verge of a bubble. Only 6 percent of respondents said a bubble isn't forming. The remaining 25 percent were unsure.

Merchants including Expedia Inc., Dish Network Corp. and Inc. have decided to accept bitcoins. A total of 63,000 businesses now take the virtual currency, and people have set up more than 5 million wallets to keep their digital holdings, according to CoinDesk, which tracks its use.

That enthusiasm contrasts with opinions expressed by finance-industry leaders. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, 58, has said bitcoins probably won't last as a currency after governments subject them to rules and standards akin to those for other payment systems. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, 83, has said he'll be surprised if bitcoins last 10 or 20 years.

A Bloomberg poll in January showed investor doubts in the virtual currency as well. Almost half of 477 international investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers were bearish on bitcoins and said they would sell them. At the time, bitcoins traded about 30 percent above current levels.

Bitcoins Can't Shake Bubble Image in Poll After 45% Drop [July 17]

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 2) 752

by westlake (#47477161) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Then again, a remarkable coincidence started WWI, so...

I don't know what is coincidental in the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne by Serbian nationalists armed and trained by Serbian military intelligence. Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Given the political and military alliances forged in Europe before WWI, this was not going to end well.

Comment: Re:Slew of missing business applications (Score 2) 171

by westlake (#47463737) Attached to: Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

once one company creates a really good word processor, we don't need ten more to compete with them. The result is total market dominance for the one who does it first (or markets it the best

Word Perfect had the perfect character-oriented word processor---

which it ported to every OS known to man with customized print drivers for every printer known to man.

But it stumbled badly when small business oriented operating systems --- Mac and Windows ---- began moving towards higher levels of abstraction. The GUI. The printer API ---

and stumbled again when trying to keep pace with the new and rapidly evolving concept of the integrated office suite.

Comment: Re:Meh, Al Gore Proves It True. (Score 0) 710

by westlake (#47456363) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

He probably uses more energy in his mansions than 99.9999% of the people in the world, let alone the energy jetting around everywhere.

In the larger scheme of things, none of this matters.

He is one man among 7 billion men.

The billionaire's mansions are almost certainly not burning wood or coal or kerosene as their primary sources of light and heat. Their mechanical and thermodynamic efficiencies are probably quite good and the systems well-maintained.

After an instrument has been assembled, extra components will be found on the bench.