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Comment Re:It makes perfect sense. (Score 4, Funny) 164

You didn't think something 4.5 billion years old would have a few wrinkles?

Dude, the universe is only 6,000 years old and all the stuff about evolution and stars millions of light years away are nothing but lies straight from the pit of hell. Voyager is going to be destroyed any day now as it crashes head-on into the firmament. Hopefully in the last few seconds it can send back the sound of the flood waters being held back by the firmament.


Comment Re:Idiots (Score 2) 433

Reject DRM in total and you will see a gradual decrease in the number of new movies

The music industry spent around a decade refusing to sell music online unless it was wrapped in DRM, and they saw falling sales or stagnant growth. Recently the music industry gave up the DRM crusade and started allowing MP3 and other non-DRM music sales. And guess what? They started seeing better growth. Oh, some of them still pull out the bullshit line claiming "sales are declining", but the unstated details making that a bald LIE is that "physical disk sales are down" while digital sales are up resulting in total sales being up. Not to mention that concert revenue and other secondary revenue streams are up.

The claim that dropping DRM will result in fewer movies being made is ideological and based on a wildly simplistic view of the issue. It's impossible to predict any exact outcomes, but one thing is certain. Any change (in one direction or the other), will only be MARGINAL. Some percentage increase or decrease. And you know what? The number of movies and TV shows and other content being produced each year is already vastly more than any person can physically view. Hollywood alone shovels out just about one and a half movies per day. Plus of course domestic non-Hollywood production and the vast number of movies produced abroad. Hell, Bollywood puts out three movies per day. Obviously India must be utilizing far more DRM than we do (tag: sarcasm, for the sarcasm impaired).

*IF* you're right that abandoning DRM would result in fewer movies being made.... and that's a big if.... it merely means a marginal decrease, and that marginal decrease would strike movies that were only marginal to produce in the first place. Any dregs shaken out at the bottom would reduce the competition (and thereby shore up the profits) of all the better movies.

The demands for DRM are pig-shearing.
Plenty of squealing, not much wool.


Comment Re:Idiots (Score 2) 433

If they are widely adopted by browsers all of the existing streaming services/content that use Flash for DRM will ditch it in favor of HTML5.

True, but your vision is still far too short.
If this sort of DRM starts getting broadly deployed in browsers then some ordinary websites that despise hate ad-blockers (aka "thieves") will go through whatever radical contortions are necessary to only present their content through this system. The results will be a vile ugly and only borderline-functional as a webpage, but they will do it. And once some websites start doing it, there will be enormous pressure to "fix" the system so that those broken websites work better... and enormous pressure to make it easier for other websites to be able to use it too without turning their sites into broken dysfunctional messes.

Once you become dedicated to the expectation that web browsers can and do implement this sort of DRM system, the only rational path is to keep fixing "problems" "limitations" and "flaws" in the system until it works easily cleanly and completely for all web content.

Either this system is going to die, or it's going to adapt to the point that any common website concerned about "content theft" or ad-blockers can easily DRM the entire pages and entire websites with little more than clicking a few standard server options.


Comment Re:Everybody has a horse in this race. (Score 1) 309

Everybody who's concerned with the rate at which the current administration is eroding our rights has a horse in this race

Hell Yeah! The administration is eroding our rights!

I'd never buy one of those hippy treehugger electro-dud cars anyway, but it's the Last Damn Straw when Obama starts making state laws in four random states telling me I'd have to buy one from a dealership rather than the manufacturer!

Ship that commie muslim foreigner anti-christ Barack Hussein Obama back to hell where he belongs, before he can finish his agenda turning our children gay!

Warning for the mentally retarded: This post was packaged in a facility that processes satire and mockery.


Comment Re:Now there's a petition on (Score 1) 309

It wouldn't be much different from the federal government telling states that they can't have their blue laws.

Of course the federal government can tell states they can't have their blue laws. Such are continuously being struck down by the courts. County courts, state courts, and of course federal courts. Although the outcome of any given case is pretty much a crap-shoot. An appalling number of courts concoct or approve laughable sham "secular purpose" excuses to keep them on the books. For example one such ruling declares "While Sunday was originally a day of religious observance, the passage of time has converted it into a secular day for many citizens and has freed it from its exclusively religious origins... The cities have valid secular reasons for prohibiting the sale of beer on Sunday, including enhancing the safety of the travelling public, promoting domestic tranquility, shielding children from the effects of drinking, and accommodating the reduced number of law enforcement officers working on weekends". The court is pretty well admitting that the law was flagrantly unconstitutional and invalid when the legislature established it, and is engaging in wildly creative post-hoc rationalizations trying to hang a token "current day" secular purpose on it in a highly motivated effort to avoid striking down a law that was never validly created in the first place. Note that NONE of the listed rationalizations is even remotely a reason to ban beer sales on any particular day of the week, except for the last one regarding "reduced number of law enforcement officers working on weekends". Any late night drinking rolls at midnight into drinking and early-morning drunkenness of the next day, and a substantial portion of any purchases are destined for next-day consumption. Approximately half of any effect of restricting sales will actually show up on the following day. The only way to take seriously a purpose of "accommodating the reduced number of law enforcement officers working on weekends" (i.e. Saturday and Sunday) would be a ban on Saturday sales.

I have a relatively high opinion of the courts in general, but the level of flagrant Judicial dishonesty that often flies about in defense of Blue Laws is quite appalling.


Comment The run masterlessly (Score 5, Interesting) 81

It requires some agent to be installed on a target server which communicates back to the Puppet Master.

You can run puppet in masterless mode, against a local copy of the manifests, either managed locally or checked out from a version control repository.

Likewise with salt (my preferred choice over puppet, but both work), you can run either with a master host, or masterlessly. With salt the nice thing is, you can use the same config for both, just invoke the command differently (salt-call --local vs salt).

Infosec is no reason not to automate, just don't automate with a master server if your policies don't permit it.

Comment Re:First pwned! (Score 4, Interesting) 167

If you're worried about a NSA attack, a VM isn't going to save you. There have been several known exploits to break out of VM's. That will get them access to any harddrive if there's one connected at all. And if there isn't, there have been occasional exploits to flash a rootkit into BIOS. They could also activate Wifi or Bluetooth to infect any nearby computers or smartphones or any other smart devices, which could even bounce the infection back to the current computer after it's rebooted without the LiveCD and/or without the VM and/or with the harddrive reconnected.


Comment Re:A great win for FreeBSD (Score 1) 457

Its good to see a BSD release picking up another major instance of commercial use. One of the obstacles the BSDs have faced is mindshare. Linux has had such an overpowering presence in the free/open world that it often overshadows the BSDs. That plays out in the commercial software that is available. If you look at high end vendor software, such as Oracle or other databases, or CAD tools, it is pretty rare to see much released for anything except Red Hat, or maybe Suse Linux. But getting the BSDs out where users are aware of it will definitely help.

I've been a Linux aficianado since 0.1, but find *bsd appealing for a number of reasons.

1. Portage version available (relatively seamless transition for playing around from Gentoo)
2. Avoids the whoile systemd debacle
3. avoids the udev debacle
4. Did I mention it avoids systemd? So does Gentoo, but if enough lemmings follow Red Hat over the cliff, then *bsd it will be...

Comment Re:What an absolute c--t.. (Score 4, Insightful) 47

I've had the misfortune to have to deal with this Ian guy and he's an UTTER UTTER c--t.

BT is a disgraceful company and the amount of people in the company I work for who have needed to use BT and been royally screwed over by them is shocking.

At least he's leaving BT and going in to government where this behavior is expected I guess.

As a dual British citizen, I can only say this:

his appointment to the House of Lords is a strong argument in favour of getting rid of the undemocratic House of Lords, or at least making it an elected body.

Comment Re:NIST definition - Cloud computing (Score 1) 118

The fact that "cloud computing" needs 1.5 pages for definition alone is proof that the concept was created by the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.

And here I thought it was Tyrell Corp, developing it as a ploy to use up the limited lifespan of any Android foolish enough to escape their servitude.

Comment Break things that used to work? Sure (Score 1, Interesting) 118

Can Red Hat do for Open Stack what it did for Linux?

If by that, do you mean can Red Hat break things that have worked perfectly for years (clustering in FC13-16 vs 17+, and the godawful mess that is systemd replacing perfectly servicable and reliable UNIX mainstays such as sysv init, etc.), then the answer is most definitely:


On a recent conference call with Red Hat, they dismissed Open Stack and touted their own proprietary products for "cloudy" type infrastructure. Bringing fuel into the fold won't be any different...they'll downplay open source fuel and tout their own version, with layers of proprietary, opaque add-ons of questionable value. The RH version will lag a version or two behind the upstream free version, and probably suffer some breakage due to RH addons. Same song as before, different day.

Comment Re:Noisy isn't it. (Score 1) 123

Also I'm not sure what those cages around the fan blades are suppose to acheive since the cage gap is huge, anything could be sucked in there, needs to be a cage more like a desktop fan.

I presume the cages are sized to keep body parts out.

Unfortunately the laws of physics seriously don't like your suggestion of tighter cages. At low air speeds and with abundant power available you can use tight cages no problem. But when you're at high air velocities to get substantial thrust and where power efficiency is crucial, any obstruction in the air stream is a serious issue. Aerodynamic drag is proportional to velocity squared. When you multiply air speed by ten, the drag caused by each cage wire is multiplied by a hundred. This means thrust loss, as well as draining the batteries trying to compensate for lost thrust. Adding batteries to compensate for the extra power drain increases your weight. Increased weight means you need to compensate with that much more thrust, which in turn means more weight and more power drain. It is a problem that compounds upon itself. You need the cage wires to be as thin and sparse as as you can get away with, short of inviting serious accidental injury.


Comment Re:Not bicycle powered? (Score 1) 123

I had the same reaction, that strapping a bicycle to it seemed totally irrelevant. But I guess you can bike down to the river, fly across, and continue biking. And if you don't mind burning some of your flight time you can use the batteries to power the bike. That gives you a combination of long ground range with the ability to fly over terrain or traffic at will. Cute. Too bad you're stuck with those big bulky fans all around it in cycle mode. If those could fold down compactly it would actually be a pretty practical combo to place on an electric bike. Well, of course that's setting aside the suicide-machine factor.

Final analysis: Darwin would approve.


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