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Comment Re:GetRidOfSubject (Score 1) 189

As someone who does not regularly use Photoshop or GIMP, I find them equally counter-intuitive and confusing. I think they both require a bit of syncing on the user's part with the mindset of the developers/UI designers. Once you're locked in to their way of thinking, it generally becomes much more obvious why things are arranged as they are.

Comment Re: Actually you can (Score 1) 332

It appears you need to brush up on your understanding of basic copyright law.

If it's recognisable as Pepe, it is a derivative work, not 'new artwork'.

You can't take a song, change one line, and pretend you didn't rip it off. Remember that Disney enforces it's mickey mouse copyright on nearly anything with three overlapping circles.

Comment Re:Started with Bush, Expanded by Obama & Trum (Score 2) 138

What exactly are you saying here?

...that the fourth amendment protects against search and seizure without a court-issued warrant. Full stop.

'[The fourth amendment] requires governmental searches and seizures to be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant, judicially sanctioned by probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.'

Seems fair well cut and dry there. The border searches of private personal devices are unconstitutional.

Comment Re:So...useless people do this, then? (Score 2) 111

The above is the appropriate response. When most of what you learn from the TV doesn't affect you, and you can't affect it, you might as well have a pint.

all-news, all-the-time

That is not what it is. News is, by definition, something novel. It is revelation. It is not re-re-re-re-re-analysis, nor is it replaying the same bloody 10-second video on a loop for 48 hours straight. (Looking at you specifically, CNN, though every single "news" network is guilty of this.)

There is plenty of news in the world daily. Yet we are treated to a infinitesimal portion of it repeated over and over and discussed to death.

FOMO is not about consuming the news. It is about trying to sift through tonnes of horseshit to find those few nuggets of actual news that is reported.

One of the best things I ever did for myself was to give up chasing the tail of the incessant information flow. I can pursue information on those topics that are important to me, and know that the truly massive topics will come to me through others, regardless.

Comment Re:Lesson for HBO: Pay for good IT people (Score 1) 60

$250k is only the tip of the iceberg.

The blackmailer is demanding $6 million.
Nearly the entire IT organisation, much of senior management, and fair number of people at Time Warner (their parent company) are now at least partially dedicated to resolving this problem. My guess is that they're spending roughly $20k per hour just in employees' time working on this. And that doesn't even account for the special contractors they've brought on, the delays in other projects, the reputation hit for the company, or the harm the blackmailer could do by releasing sensitive media.

I think this will cost HBO around $20M by the time all is said and done. They could have hired a few more than two 'mid-level security engineers' for that.

But for a company that profited $1.7 billion last year, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

Comment Re: There is a difference (Score 2) 378

1) No one said it has to be a monopoly. The local municipality could build a fibre network and allow competing ISPs to lease bandwidth on it.

2) You're comparing apples to oranges. Mobile broadband is orders of magnitude more expensive than terrestrial broadband. Unless the cost, reliability, and true speeds of mobile are brought in line, it is not an acceptable alternative.

Comment Re:Article? (Score 1) 129

I want to mod you up, but I hope adding my voice will be more effective at getting others to do so.

Between the two Apple fists of 1) requiring feature releases to receive bug fixes and 2) having my essential jailbroken features forcibly removed if I "upgrade", I still run a version of iOS on my iPhone that is at least three major versions (and dozens of minor releases) out of date.

The idea that I must acquiesce to Apple's UI design changes to get essential security updates borders on the criminal. I'm still not immune to heartbleed, for fuck's sake.

I don't particularly care for the "walled garden" approach to begin with. But when they continuously move the walls and leave me out in the cold and unprotected when I don't actively follow their model, it becomes an act of hostility.

Fuck Apple, and any other company who requires me to play by their rules to fix issues they caused in the first place. It's MY phone, dammit!

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