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Comment Lying for the Lord (Score 1) 1448

This is a known tactic. He can say anything he wants, as long as it serves what he perceives as serving a higher purpose. Look up "lying for the lord". See also Mittens Romney.

I can tolerate him, but I don't ever have to give him money or listen to him again. I'm not asking that he be jailed for his treason. That's pretty tolerant.

Comment Re:Why shouldn't they be free to decide their pric (Score 1) 383

I don't recall voluntarily agreeing to copyright laws. Why, then, should I be obligated to obey them? Especially given that it infringes on my right of free speech to be forbidden to copy a work, regardless of whether it originated with me or not.

The answer of course is that majorities tend to rule, and if a majority has a legitimate power to establish a copyright law, they likely have a legitimate power to establish an antitrust law.

Oh, and BTW, I think you may have misunderstood what an ad hominem argument is. When someone says that you're stupid, and that therefore because you are stupid, your argument is wrong, that is an ad hominem argument. It's fallacious because even stupid people can make valid arguments; out of the mouths of babes and all that. OTOH, when someone says that your argument is wrong, and also that you're stupid (not as a necessary consequence of having made a wrong argument, mind; everyone makes mistakes), that isn't an ad hominem, that's just an insult. Maybe it doesn't do much for the quality of the debate, but it can have a certain rhetorical usefulness, and it can be fun, you dipshit.

Comment Re:one step in a series. (Score 3, Interesting) 383

There is one fundamental difference from books vs ebooks: ebooks can be cloned perfectly in a split of a millisecond. Books cannot. This was a limitation of the analog world. Now, in the digital age, this limitation has vanished.

Meh. There's no technology that favors pirates more than it does legitimate publishers. At most there is parity; a publisher can whip up millions of ebooks with minimal effort and cost just as easily as a pirate can. At worst the publisher will have an advantage if only due to being able to work openly.

Before ebooks, pirates could operate printing presses. Before presses, pirates could employ scribes. Before literacy, pirates could memorize the epic poems that were passed down orally.

I fail to see how the landscape has changed so radically. All that's changed is that the up front costs to publish a book quickly and easily -- legitimately or as a pirate -- have dropped a lot.

Comment Re:Wheel reinvented once again (Score 1) 304

I don't think it's change for the sake of change necessarily. You've got to remember that this stuff is created by a young generation that's just entering the workforce. They see existing technologies as old and crufty. Declaring types? Get with the times grandpa!

Plus, there seems to be a fascination with making code as terse as possible...

Comment Re:And what's that in metric? (Score 2) 353

But when you say "goes 10x further per [unit fuel]" you're talking about it the other way! I.e. this one gets 110 km/L, 10 times more km per liter than your car that gets around 11 km/L.

If instead you're comparing 9 L/100km to 0.9 L/100km, that's not talking about how much distance you get per liter, but about how many liters you use per distance, i.e. the rate of fuel consumption. Of course, they're equivalent ratios; it's just a reciprocal.

Comment Re:And what's that in metric? (Score 5, Informative) 353

Which of the two widely used metric standards do you want? ;-)

If you're from one of the countries that uses the km/L measure (Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Korea, etc.), then this Volkswagen prototype gets about 110 km/L.

If you're from one of the countries that uses the L/100km measure (Germany, Italy, Australia, etc.), then this prototype uses about 0.90 L/100km.

Comment Re:Not surprising . . . (Score 1) 330

It's not whining to notice a fact. And a certain disconnect betwen the /. editors and their audience has been obvious for anyone who has been around a while, because it didn't use to be like that.

You know, back in the days when I registered, most of the topics were really tech stuff, news for nerds. Not whatever Zite and Google News dug up today. Linux, a new video codex or a crypto algorithm are the same for everyone, so it doesn't get noticed as much where the blog resides and who the editors are.

Comment Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (Score 1) 332

I am a professional who gets paid to be obsessive over security.

There definitely is a huge difference between work and private life. In work, you can specialise a lot more. One person being obsessive about security is what a company needs to reach a good balance, because most other people care less about security than they should.

In your private life, you need to find that balance within yourself, and it rarely is with being obsessive.

As for myself, the paperwork to list a risk as "accepted" is usually more of a headache than any possible mitigation.

Hehehe. But brother, you know how we work. If some manager doesn't want to spend money to do something about a risk, we are the most cooperative person in the entire universe, we will assure him quickly that that is absolutely no problem, sir, none at all. Just sign here on the risk acceptance form that you are aware of the risk and have made a management decision to accept it and assume responsibility.

Oh, you suddenly found a bit of budget to do that other thing I mentioned? Who'd have thought... :-D

It seems that these days, most folks can't even manage to use it correctly in a sentence...

The primary reason I started my own company was so that I don't have to work with idiots anymore. I feel your pain.

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