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Comment: Bass Ack Words (Score 1) 319

by zentigger (#48776761) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

This is such a load of complete narrow-minded thinking by small-minded people who can't see beyond their own greed.


As long as politicians are for sale this problem will not be solved. There is simply too much profit to be made by selling guns and bombs that there is no REAL motive to solve the terrorist problem. (See what I did there? This isn't a problem of Islamists, Christians or Moonies for that matter!)

The terrorists are fighting because they have NOTHING TO LOSE.

Take a fraction of the BILLIONS of dollars that are being literally thrown away on bombs and bullets, and invest in infrastructure: roads, hospitals, communications ; justice: the real sort, not the typical highest bidder type of justice we are all becoming used to; and education. Yes, you will still have nut-jobs. They are everywhere, but if the majority of the people feel secure, and productive, they will be happy, and WAY less likely to pick up a gun and start shooting infidels.

Comment: Surprise? (Score 1) 400

by zentigger (#48717949) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Hollywood has spewed forth a bunch of pre-digested vomitus, and re-re-recycled stories at a time when the cost of a trip to the cinema has reached epic proportions. Meanwhile Netflix, HBO and others are producing high quality ORIGINAL works with intriguing stories that we can consume at our own convenience, without waiting in lineups, and putting up with a bunch of drunk teenagers running back and forth chatting and texting. Top this off with the proliferation of Apple TVs and set-top boxes that have shifted on-line viewing to the living-room screen. Sprinkle with a dash of unemployment and a growing social trend towards cocooning, and this really should come as no surprise.

Comment: Re:Stop playing games with the courts ... (Score 1) 349

by zentigger (#48700391) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Put in other terms, using the courts to enforce the practice places too much control of a product or service that the consumer paid for into the hands of the vendor. Consumer's wouldn't be very happy if business told them they couldn't resell a product at a profit just because they bought it when there was a good sale...

That, in fact, is exactly the case with airline tickets already. They are non-transferrable. You cannot buy an airline ticket at a lower price and resell it later for a profit.

So called publicly available information is not necessarily freely available information. The insidious thing about the internet is the now ever present "terms of service." It has already been tested through the courts that terms of service are enforceable contracts, so by scraping information, there is a good chance that this application violates the terms of service of the website.

Comment: Re:will be seen as a dig against science (air quot (Score 1) 100

by zentigger (#48573393) Attached to: A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Unfortunately, this will just get used by anti-science folks to point out how full of shit "science" is.

Yes, but those idiots aren't actually capable of forming rational arguments. They only know how to recite dogma, and their faith doesn't require proof. Just stating something and believing make it true.

The reality is that this exposes the strength of science: Anyone can publish a pile of rubbish and call it fact, but the scientific community will quickly call it out, discuss it, and dismiss the rubbish as such.

Comment: Re:Buzzwords (Score 1) 346


Buzzwords were invented by admen to sell products by abusing language to add empty syllables and obfuscate the true worth(lessness) of a product. The words were as empty of meaning as the products were of worth.

A successful editor is a wordsmith, using words to craft deeper meaning filled with subtlety and nuance.

There is nothing more offensive to a master craftsman than the flagrant abuse of his tools.

Comment: Re: ... Everything? (Score 1) 528

by zentigger (#48536971) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Security is not ever easy.

Even if you know it well.

There is a constant balancing act between accessibility and security and the two are most often mutually exclusive: one comes at the expense of the other. And even if you have everything locked down tight, it only takes a minute for it to all fall apart due to some exploitable code that is beyond the ken of all but a very few people on the planet.

Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by zentigger (#48326229) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 is also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act' and 'Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act.'

It's not vague. It's not inclusive. It's actually quite the opposite: It is very EXCLUSIVE. It is meant to criminalize the destruction of evidence IN CORPORATE ACCOUNTING INVESTIGATIONS.

The DFO is trying to have some fishermen charged with accounting fraud for destroying fish. It is completely absurd, and the lawyers that are pushing this should be disbarred, and thrown in jail for contempt of court, or better yet, they should be put into the stocks for people to throw rotten fruit and stones, as they are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the US legal system.

Comment: Re:A working automated vehicle (Score 1) 320

by zentigger (#48301463) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

... one that can turn into a lane of busy traffic that currently requires you to make eye contact with another driver to get them to slow down and let you in.

Well, if all the cars were automated, the oncoming traffic could be signalled much farther than eye-contact distance, and provide space automatically, such that a traffic merging pattern could be initiated and sufficient space made available for you. You also wouldn't get stuck behind the idiot that is too scared of traffic to merge unless there is at least ten times the required distance.

As a starting point, however, I suspect a gradual introduction of automated cars, say a special lane on the highway, much like a commuter lane or bus lane.

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