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Comment I find it surprising (Score 4, Funny) 98

That the term "blockbuster" and "The Mummy" appeared in the same sentence together. That movie received much hype from the studious but absolutely none from anyone else. To be honest I forgot it existed. Maybe it's mentioned in the pirating apps because that is the only way anyone would ever want to see it?? hmm..

Comment Re:anyone actually care? (Score 1) 82

Seeing as the book series is not yet completed, and the TV series is all but done (in terms of story development), there are some substantial differences between the TV episodes and the books. I've read the books - and can see the differences. (like the Ed Sheeran scene - that was totally made up...). I'll wait for the episodes to air and not spoil the story. Even if it does get spoiled, the entertainment is in the acting and telling of the story, not just a simple fact (false or not), so I'll still watch.

Comment IPN Server Change? (Score 1) 35

Is this related to the IPN Server Change? Just went through an update of Magento due to a change in PayPal (See patch SUPEE-8167). The notes for that indicated that if it was not done by Jun 30th PayPal would stop working due to a change in the location of the IPN servers. So I wonder if the PSN network missed that, or if these really are bad accounts.

Comment Re:Narrow Application (Score 1) 271

The precedent here is that any court, anywhere in the world, can censor anything worldwide.

That has been the case all along. This is not new. See the UK's "forget me" mess, or any number of other court/government orders dictating how an international company shall behave elsewhere in the world.

I believe this issue to be larger than just jurisdiction or free speech. It seems to me we have a case where the legally right (for the Internet as a whole) clashes with what is morally right (for the Internet as a whole), and also with what is both legally and morally right for one part of the world. Is it better to continue damaging the plaintiff when there is a (seemingly) clear wrong doing, simply because doing the bare minimum to stop damaging the plaintiff *might* trigger a larger discussion of laws and freedoms around the world? In this particular case, I think the "fix" just happens to be what is right for the Internet - remove the links to products that are no longer available (I think that is the case). In other words, clean up the 404 links. Doing so opens the potential that another party may use this case as a precedent to censor the world according to their beliefs. But I don't think that is comparing apples to apples. Cleaning up dead/outdated links is not the same as blatant censorship. If it were, every website out there has done horrible things.

I don't pretend to be an expert at law. But I think it's clear that the free speech concerns are not the central point in this case, even though they are A point that needs to be considered.

Comment Narrow Application (Score 1) 271

Haven't seen anyone commenting as if they have read the article yet. The company being removed was caught buying products, slapping their name on it, and reselling those products. The web pages in question are all directly related to THAT issue, but were lingering around cuz of the way the Internet works. That caused a continuing detrimental effect on the original manufacturer. The courts have simply said to remove those lingering links. This is a much narrower application of law than the typical "free speech" issue everyone is making this out to be. (and just to be plain, I'm Canadian. Sorry.)

Comment Re: SneakerNET? (Score 1) 237

You might have intended the tin foil comment as a joke, but... In the 80's we were using Teletype equipment that could be monitored by the electro-magnetic radiation. From a room or two away, through cement walls. It was common to use a braided lead/metal strand on all chassis joints to help block that radiation. Since that time I've heard of similar issues with modern computers, and more specifically the computer monitors. So in theory someone could be sitting across the street watching everything on your screen. Those old tin foil jokes exist for a reason.

Submission + - The Switch To Microservices -- And Why You Might Not Succeed

snydeq writes: Using a microservices approach to application development can improve resilience and expedite time to market, but breaking apps into fine-grained services offers complications, writes Adam Bertram, in an article on the benefits and hurdles to adopting microservices. 'Microservices is on the verge of going mainstream, as 36 percent of enterprises surveyed by Nginx are currently using microservices, with another 26 percent in the research phase. But what exactly is microservices architecture, and is it right for your organization’s culture, skills, and needs? Here we take a look at seven reasons you should consider microservices for your next application development project — and five hurdles you’ll have to clear to be successful.' What cautions do you have to offer for folks considering tapping microservices for their next application?

Comment Rent Calculations? (Score 1) 253

I'm in a Canadian city comparable to Toronto on the list. I'm not understanding how they calculate rent at $334 (rounded). Is that per square foot of the shop?? Or the average rent the tech workers pay? If the latter, then the report needs a healthy grain of doubt. I have not heard of a $334/month rent in Canada for 20+ years. I think the going rate for rent in cities like Toronto are near $1000/month. The article doesn't really clarify how they got the rent numbers. Anyone from Toronto want to give an opinion on the rent figures? But, a 40 minute commute time seems plausible. It's about what it takes for me here (during rush hour) and I live approx 60km from the office (by choice).

Comment It's about trust (Score 3, Insightful) 70

If they reveal the tool, and it is revealed it is faulty/suspect in anyway, then the information they "recovered" from the phone(s) all become untrustworthy. That does not support the verse the authorities are trying to play out to the general public. So instead of being proactive and helpful, we get innuendo, and "trust me" type comments, with no hope of verification/validation by the public.

Comment My Fix (Score 1) 319

I right click on the add (In Chrome), and select "Inspect Element". Then I find the parent tag for the offending ad and delete it. Problem solved. But that's a band-aid. The current state of the pop-over ads is so annoying that I am actively looking elsewhere now for my news. After 10+ years, it's time for a new source of my geek news.

Comment Slavery all over again? (Score 1) 72

Random thinking here. If one were to create/utilize AI scripts to provide a value for cash, is that not akin to owning one or more slaves for the same purpose? I haven't thought this through deeply, but I'm seeing some parallels. If that were the case, would taxing the "robots" help prevent a slaver type viewpoint?

Comment Start where you are comfortable (Score 1) 312

If you really understand how websites work, starting with Javascript might make sense. The higher level, or interpreted languages usually have a little lower learning curve. If you are an analytical type of mind, then starting with C or any of the lower level languages makes you think more about how things really work. At the end of the day all the languages share some commonalities - variables, loops, recursion, synchronous vs asynchronous execution, etc. If you learn the theory behind these, switching languages is relatively easy (not EASY, just more so...). I've been coding professionally for 20ish years now. If I had it to do over again, I would have stuck with C and the low level languages rather than building web based applications in interpreted languages (PHP, JS, etc.). The projects with the lower level languages are more interesting (IMO) than common business needs, and the pay is better. Not to mention you get to use all the information theory you pick up over the years - much more so than with the higher level languages. (again, IMO, and being overly general here for simplicity)

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