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Comment Re:JPEG/PNG integration (Score 2) 258

We should only need one image format, that automatically identifies the type of image that it is looking at. There is no format today that can take an image of, say, a newspaper page with both text and image on it. Different parts need different image compression techniques. Some lossless, some lossy.

Sounds like you want magic, if I'm doing preservation work I might want it all lossless. I might be scanning a photo book where I care about the pictures or a ledger where I care about the text. What if the text is added on top of the photo or blended into it with transparency? What's text anyway, is it black on white or is it runes and hieroglyphics and stone tables and scrolls? If you want to mix it up I think you should just go with a document format like PDF because the text is probably better off being OCR'd unless you're trying to preserve a particular look.

Comment Re:Force the company != force the individuals (Score 2) 67

The claim that this somehow violates Ireland/EU law is absurd, unless you are arguing that a person sitting at a computer in the U.S. is somehow bound by the laws of a foreign country.

Uh yes? If you hack an Irish server it's most definitively a crime in Ireland. Same if you plan and direct an IRA bombing from abroad, being physically present has never been a requirement. Sure enforcement can be tricky if they refuse to extradite, but that's just a practical problem.

This is a deliberate mis-stating of the issue. Right now, a Microsoft employee, sitting at a computer located in the U.S., can access those servers and find the information that is being requested.

Technical capability and legal permission are not the same. For example we've had doctors and nurses criminally prosecuted for snooping on journals of patients they had no business reading, that they're capable of copying this information doesn't mean they can do so legally. I think anyone who's held root/admin privileges on company servers understands this.

This is done every day as a matter of routine operation, by Microsoft and every other company that has operations in multiple countries.

Exactly, it is routine for employees in one jurisdiction to have access to data held in a different jurisdiction. And all of that is based on contracts and agreements that lets Microsoft US have access to Microsoft Ireland's servers and data within the boundaries of Irish law. The US courts are saying we can force Microsoft US to do whatever we want. The problem is that then they're saying those agreements are worthless, you can't trust an American to honor them because he can be forced by US courts to break them. Which means Microsoft Ireland will be forced by Ireland/the EU to rescind those permissions.

In fact all sorts of cloud/hosting/outsourcing industries could be hit with this, it'd be a total meltdown where the only way you can abide by domestic laws is to have only domestic people working on it. Imagine if India said "That's great we'll do like the US, everything that's outsourced or subcontracted to Indians can now be subpoena'ed under Indian law." and everyone would shit bricks. Which is why I don't understand why the US is pushing for this, if they win US employees and companies will become toxic for global operations.

Comment Re:ATM scare (Score 1) 261

Have you seen how many bank branches have closed down entirely? (...) Sucks to be a business with nowhere to deposit your takings.

That's been taken over by machines too, both notes and coins. Those who have a big cash surplus tend to have a security company drive around and collect it rather than carry large amounts of cash to the bank though. Though most businesses around here actually hand out more money than they take in, people get money by electronic deposit and those who let you pay by debit card also tend to let you do small cash withdrawals.

Comment Re:Priorities (Score 2) 404

No, all for fucking 300 $1.2k phones, aka $360,000 worth of stolen merchandise. The police were hoping that they'd find all of the phones (and the thieves) at the same location.

Yeah, assuming Apple's list was almost right and this was like one phone showing up of 300 stolen it smells like an America's Dumbest Criminals episode. Perp steals 300 iPhones, keeps one for himself or his cousin Bob because they need a new phone. I'd probably just surround the place and knock though, what are you going to do flush 300 phones down the toilet?

Comment Re:A great leap backwards (Score 1) 370

The US has been riling up NATO against Russia for some time now. You had the whole debacle of trying to force all NATO countries to spend 2% of their GDP on their defence budget, even though the US alone has an ~8x larger military budget than Russia.

IMHO that was way overdue. The US went to war all over the globe to stop the spread of global communism, so naturally they'd aid Europe if they came under attack by the Soviet Union. But after the Soviet Union fell most of Europe has massively cut their military spending relying on US backing through NATO, while the US has lost their main ideological reason to send their soldiers to fight in our wars. The Ukraine/Crimea situation became the opportunity to remind the other NATO members that it's a mutual defense treaty where each has to contribute their part. I'm not sure how that translates to aggression towards Russia, most people saw that as the US backing out of Europe and saying Europe must be able to fend for itself.

Of course he had to backtrack and reaffirm that the US is fully committed to the alliance and that an attack on one is an attack on all, but I think the lingering message was clear. The US will help you with arms and high tech weaponry etc. but the US is in no hurry to get into another Vietnam, you'd better have a basic army that can do most of the shooting and dying. Just because we're allies there's a sliding scale of how much and how quick we're willing to help. There's not a whole lot of good things I have to say about Trump, but that's one area I think is absolute lack of political correctness did some good. The NATO treaty is an exceptionally simple and unconditional "us against the commies" agreement you'd never make today.

Comment Re:Actually indeed before ~1995 it was liveable (Score 1) 292

The only thing insane about it is that people still defend capitalism as if it worked. In our current system, there is nothing more sensible than the high rents and property values of SF.

It's not capitalism that has produced the insane housing prices in SF, it's government regulation. If the city were to open the floodgates on development, housing prices would come down. Even though San Francisco has a hard limit on available ground, there's still lots of room for building up. Big sections of row houses would be replaced with high-rise apartment buildings. Double or triple the housing available and demand would no longer so far outstrip supply and prices would fall.

And it's not just SF regulation that's causing the problem. All of the "little communities" in the valley refuse to allow any high density housing to be built. A lot of those tech employees in SF would choose to live close to work if prices there were much lower. But city councils are controlled by long-time residents who really enjoy the fact that the home they bought for a song in the 1970s is now worth millions. The vast majority of their net worth is tied up in the value of their 1400 ft^2 house on a postage stamp lot, and they're as aware as anyone that allowing capitalism to operate normally would replace many of their neighborhoods of quaint little single-level, single-family homes with high-density housing in a hurry... and cause prices of the rest to tumble rapidly. Oh, they'd still be worth 2-3x what the same house should cost, but not the 10-15x it is now.

Comment Re:Space Age (Score 2) 64

It seems to me, that we are at long last ACTUALLY entering the Space Age - a label given too prematurely.

Reaching orbit was - unlike many other arbitrary lines in the sand - a real breakthrough compared to crashing back to earth. And we went from that to landing on the Moon and sending the first probe to leave the solar system in 20 years (1957-1977), that's an amazing development over a short time that deserves its own "age". If you look at all the communication satellites, broadcast satellites, observation satellites, GPS system, ISS, deep space probes etc. we have in space I think it would be complete lunacy to claim that the "Space Age" starts now.

Maybe this will be like a new age but then it should pick a new name, though honestly I'm not sure what's revolutionary so far. There's a new generation of rockets sure, but so far they're doing things we've already done like launch satellites into space or resupply the ISS. All the plans for the Moon, Mars etc. are still on the drawing board. And the Falcon 9s are technically not the first thing we've sent into space, landed and sent again - that honor belongs to the Space Shuttle despite its exorbitant refurbishment costs. There's a lot more promised for the future than what's reality today. When does the Space Colonization Age start?

Comment Forums are more censorship-friendly (Score 1) 25

It is, and this alone is a big reason why an organization keen on controlling its image favors shifting the control to their favor. This certainly includes a more censor-friendly forum over the typically quick turnaround of an unmoderated mailing list. Unmoderated mailing lists offer no means of cancellation, editing (including edits by non-posters such as sysadmins) and mailing lists typically send out posts to subscribers very quickly. Add in the use of Javascript for even more control over the user's computer by literally sending users code to run in the context of their user account (which every major browser dutifully does by default). Accessible archives are also under more server-side control with a forum: the server admins decide how much history they want to continue to publish and how accessible that is to indexers, whereas with mailing lists and netnews the users have a say.

So many other corporate media repeater sites are forums (/., Hacker News, reddit, every corporate news outlet, many so-called alternative news outlets, etc.). Mailing lists aren't as free speech friendly as netnews (particularly when one considers newsgroups carried by many netnews servers such as Usenet) but unmoderated mailing lists are typically more free speech friendly than web forums.

Comment Re:Until?!?? (Score 1) 95

Numbers are almost irrelevant when we're the species that can eliminate all other large species. Who cares if there's a kazillion bacteria when we've eliminated anything bigger than a cockroach? To be an advanced species you need a considerable brain. Which requires a considerable body. Which we won't let you. It's really quite simple....

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 1) 254

I could dig in and explain in more detail why you're wrong, but I'm not interested in educating assholes. I ignored your first few jibes, but I'm done now. You can feel free to think what you like about me -- you will anyway. And Google has nothing to do with my posts on /., except to officially discourage me from making them (but not enough to actually tell me that I must stop).

Comment Re:San Francisco Shithole (Score 1) 268

You're trolling but this is fun, and I'm waiting for a build to finish, so I'll bite.

My flyover state has fresh air, .., lots of great skiing, hiking,

Just stop right there you heathen. No flyover state has great skiing, or even good skiing. Everyone knows that Colorado and Utah have the best skiing in the US. California has pretty decent skiing. Washington also has okay skiing. Name one other state besides Colorado or Utah that has great skiing and I'll call you a liar.

I live in Utah :-)

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