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Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 213

Stop giving your email address out to every bozo website that wants it and spam will virtually disappear. Stop subscribing for every stupid news feed and commercial website and your mailbox won't fill up. I've had the same address for 3 years at this point and I get 15-30 emails a day, most of which are important and valid. The ones that aren't are from my mom.

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Submission + - Twitter Abandoning Ruby and Rails for Java (infoq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: While it almost certainly remains the largest Ruby on Rails based site in the world, Twitter has gradually been moving more and more of its stack to the JVM.

From the article:
We were originally a Rails shop, and I believe we are the largest Rails site in the world, but as we've grown as an organization, and as a service, performance and encapsulation have become very critical. I wouldn't say that Rails has served as poorly in any way, it's just that we outgrew it very quickly. So there are two things about Rails that make it no longer ideal for our situation.

Submission + - Dropbox Responds with Updated TOS

mrtwice99 writes: Dropbox has heard the concerns of its users and updated the TOS:

By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service. This license is solely to enable us to technically administer, display, and operate the Services. You must ensure you have the rights you need to grant us that permission.

Still not sure about that last sentence, but the changes they made (in bold) are a huge improvement. Kudos to the management for actually caring about what its customers think.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 213

How about when you want to share folders w/ other people? And, you want them to be able to modify the content? And, it needs to work on Windows, Linux, or Mac? And, it needs to work for technically challenged individuals? And... Yes, encryption has its place, but also has its problems.

Comment Re:A common TOS (Score 1) 213

You are incorrect on both accounts. My goal was to make the TOS terms known to a wider audience in the hope of getting DB to change their TOS to something less permissive. The following is from box.net TOS, as noted by another commenter above:

By registering to use the Services, you understand and acknowledge that Box.net and its contractors retain an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, and publicly display such content *for the sole purpose of providing to you the Services for which you have registered*.

I realize they need some copyright assignment to provide the service, I just think its unnecessarily broad.

Submission + - Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License (dropbox.com)

mrtwice99 writes: Dropbox recently updated their TOS, Privacy Policy, and Security Overview. Included in the TOS is the following statement:

By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent we think it necessary for the Service.

I think Dropbox is a great service, but what is the significance of granting them such broad usage rights?

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Mac OSX 10.7 Lion Released to Developers (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: "Apple has released the much anticipated Mac OSX 10.7 Lion 'Golden Master' to developers. For those that are wondering what 'Golden Master' means, it is pretty much the term Apple uses to reference a final build that hopefully doesn't have any last minute hiccups or bugs before it hits the public."

Comment Re:The origin of life, hah, thats easy... (Score 1) 69

Sigh - The universe expanded from a singularity, a singularity is not nothing.

interesting, I agree that I misrepresented that point. So, it sounds like the big bang theory is not an "origin of the universe" theory at all. Its an "evolution" of the universe theory. That point escaped me until now.

So where did the singularity come from?

Comment The origin of life, hah, thats easy... (Score 0) 69

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

I know most of you don't like that answer, but its much more sane than arguing for a giant explosion out of nothing, some accidental joining of proteins in primordial soup, and billions of years of accidental gene mutation and natural selection culminating in the world as we know it. Believing in either option requires faith, but believing in God takes less faith than believing in that!

Really, think about it.

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