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Comment Re:The Republic (Score 3, Interesting) 446

Things are grim in terms of economy and human rights in USA, I'd agree thus far, but I wouldn't worry about WWIII. USA even had to stop dead in its plans to attack Iran due to waning economy and internal political issues.

The word is out: getting rid of the US dollar as the backup currency has become a priority for every bigger nation/union in the world.

The process has started, with the Middle East working on moving towards the Euro, and China/Russia recently opening a new exchange market in their own currencies (to replace the USD they use now) and the rest are to follow soon.

Without this backup, the dollar will quickly devalue, USA will not have the ability anymore to loan resources for its empire ambitions, even if Hitler himself was revived and elected for the next president.

Comment Re:Enemies of the State (Score 4, Informative) 446

I'd love to hear about Glenn Beck not being able to fly, or Sarah Palin strip-searched and groped at the airport. Now that might make FOX reverse some of their propaganda. If anything, when it comes to security theater, that's actually one of the very few things Glenn Beck and I agree on.

Don't get your hopes up.

The X-ray scans and groping procedures are applicable for the "small people" only.

I wish I was kidding, but if you are a government official or rich enough to have your own security people travel with you, you get an officially sanctioned bypass. It's literally in the rules.

At most what would happen if you try to troll the TSA by adding popular people on the lists is to get unwanted attention to your own persona.

The reason you can't play the system against itself is that, after all, the people on top work hard every day on changing the system to play you. They have the capability, head start and experience to make sure you follow the rules and don't yap or object too much, like all small people should.

Comment Re:Take take take (Score 0) 198

That sums up most Android vendors, they develop their own GUIs and improvements and don't give much or anything back to the project.

Hardly in the spirit of open source is it?

If I understand correctly, the spirit of open source goes like this:

A community of loudmouths who have not contributed a line of code to Android, are constantly complaining that those who *are* involved with producing Android software/hardware do not "give back" enough.

If anyone dares to use and ship Android devices, they should, just in case, be blamed of eating babies until proven innocent.

Am I doing it right?

Comment Re:The difference engineering makes (Score 1) 361

Stuxnet shows what a truly determined adversary can do. One who knows your internal processes.

Gee, I wonder who would that be. *cough* IAEA *cough*

They tried but found nothing to show Iran is enriching fuel for military purposes. But they got all info they needed to commission the development of a sophisticated, precisely targeted worm...

Comment Re:Freedom of press...but watch what you say! (Score 1) 614

Freedom is what we let you have until you piss us off. Then we'll trump up some charges and call you a rapist.

In US, when you get unlimited internet, it's unlimited until you hit the limit.

When you get FREE items, they're free until you see your credit card bill.

The low low prices are low only if you don't skip a comma on the rebate form.

It's very fitting that this would be also the country where freedom means "you're free to obey".

Comment Re:very disappointing, but perhaps inevitable (Score 5, Interesting) 130

No, they don't. Wikipedia will not be getting a SINGLE DOLLAR out of this, and this is almost certainly not something that was decided by any of the wikipedia administrators.

Aww, don't be so cynical. Not a single dollar? Do you know what Wikipedia's biggest expense is? Serving their pages. It's a burden for them.

Answers.com, Amazon and a bunch of other sites host mirrors of Wikipedia for free, in exchange for putting some of their own ads on it. Wikipedia serves their information to more people, while serving less traffic directly.

Everybody wins.

Comment Re:Personality Rights (Score 2, Informative) 172

The real kicker is that, as the lawyer on Techdirt mentions, there's no clear motive for this, is Apple making a competing figurine that they're losing sales on?

the figurine is sitting on a big perfectly Apple-logo-shaped stand, the device in the figurine's hand has an iPhone UI sticker, and again, Apple logo on its back.

Not suing is setting a precedent that you can sell, literally, Apple branded merchandise without Apple's involvement.

Allowing people to make Apple-like products and Steve Jobs-like products also means Apple is losing control over the message of what Apple says to people.

The only way to not say something wrong to people, is to never say anything, and as we know Apple is notoriously tight-lipped. If third parties shape Apple's brand and perception, they lose a huge advantage they have in the moment in terms of control.

Apple is an extremely valuable brand, and you surely realize if they let one company sell these, thousands will follow soon.

Of course, many other companies may choose to ignore it, but that is not a problem of "morality". It's a matter of choice: Apple have the right under law to avoid those figures being produced, and they're using their rights.

Comment Re:Bloody idiots (Score 1) 266

Instead of showing the page, what do you get? I'll tell you... a blank page with the following title:

You need to use a real browser in order to use Diaspora!

I'm not a IE fan, but this happens with Internet Explorer 8 for goodness sakes.

With this move they ignore about 70% of users on the client side. But it doesn't stop there. On the server side, what they opted to use was Ruby on Rails with MongoDB. For a project that purports to be all about being able to run a node yourself, they have cut about 90% of their userbase by using technology that's rare on shared hosts (RoR) or downright exotic (MongoDB).

And despite being so picky on technology, they clearly produce sub-par code anyway.

This really does piss me off. Makes the rest of us "open" FOSS users look like a pack of childish geeks who have no idea.

I wouldn't go there. Sure, they're amateur kids, and Diaspora is trully going nowhere, I agree thus far. But don't put everything FOSS in one pile. The bar for entry into the FOSS world is non-existent. You need to be able to type and publish a piece of code. But the FOSS world has projects like Linux, Apache, Mozilla, TrueCrypt, to randomly name a few, which are clearly in a different category. Diaspora doesn't shame a community, they just shame themselves.

Comment Cart before horse (Score 4, Insightful) 118

I love the guys at Mozilla, but damn they're good at digging a hole for themselves.

All mobile platforms have stores that offer apps. Including web stack apps, as both for iPhone, Symbian and Android, *officially approved* SDK-s exists that compile cross-platform apps driven by the built-in WebKit (plus extra API-s exposed to it, to make it an app).

This means Mozilla will be creating a niche no one is asking for, and potentially shooting their chances of being on the iPhone, as Apple has shown it may approve video players and web browsers in some cases, but it'll never approve an App Store app.

Everyone *everyone* I have seen install Mozilla's browser on a mobile says the same thing: make it faster, make it more efficient. I guess they thought this is not fancy enough, so let's put an app store clone... Sigh.

Comment Re:Adobe Reader, now even slower! (Score 1) 201

Adobe Reader, now even slower!

Really? How did you find out. Did you install it?

I did. Here is what I found:

It seems significantly snappier than Reader 9, except for the very first startup after install, where it copies some first use files and pops up a license agreement.

It starts instantly every time, but it has added "Adobe Reader SpeedLauncher" to my autorun items. I didn't notice slower Windows boot or noticable RAM loss due to it, however.

The UI has been simplified, it looks decent, and the after-install base is 111MB, from 140MB for ver.9. The latter may be due to accumulated updates over time, but it shows the new version is definitely not larger.

If you want to recommend FoxIt, you're welcome to, I use it myself on some machines, it's a decent PDF viewer.

But don't spread your ill-informed "I mean really" FUD about Adobe Reader as a means of achieving it.

Comment Re:Revolution (Score 3, Insightful) 303

Nintendo obviously believed the motion controls were revolutionary - the Wii codename was revolution. Look inside the battery compartment of the Wiimote and you'll still see the code RVL-003.

In any case, it did revolutionise gaming input in a tangible way and brought a whole new demographic into gaming as a result.

In the collective Slashdot mind, once you get used to something, it never was revolutionary.

For example, Wii's controllers aren't revolutionary, we had those for a long time (where??).

Another example: iPhone was never revolutionary, we always had a lot of multitouch phones with a full browser, easy to install apps, and features that even mere mortals can figure out (which ones??).

It's best to ignore the echo chamber, they never learn.

Comment Re:TO ALL DEVELOPERS (Score 2, Insightful) 199

Do not use revision numbers on your software that look like IP addresses. ESPECIALLY please don't use them in the user agent string so that these numbers appear in web log files. Such numbers muck up many things.

By the time you wrote your rant, you could've fixed your regex to not look for IP addresses in the *user agent*.
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