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Comment Re:Not Culture (Score 1) 314

On the other hand, why does every single piece of art have to be solely judged by how much revenue it takes in?

They don't. However, opportunity costs do need to be considered - every penny spent on a particular piece of art is away from something else, since there's only so much coin going around. Also, public should have some say about how public money is spent.

I hate to say this as someome from the US, but the serving of yogurt from Starbucks has more culture than anything the big, mainstream movie houses churn out these days.

This is, of course, complete rubbish. Mainstream movies transmit and reinforce cultural memes. You're simply already surrounded by said memes, so you don't necessarily notice.

Comment Re:bit of a tricky question with forums (Score 1) 171

I can see where discussion sites don't allow for deletion as it is a royal PITA to maintain site integrity, threads, etc. if a user disappears.

It should be easy. Since all the posts should be in a database, just replace the content with something like --self-deleted-- and keep everything else the same.

For anyone quoting it from before it was deleted I'd say "fair use" if they're in the USofA.

Take your account:
chill (34294)
Leave the user number the same (34294) and just --self-deleted-- the user name (chill) and anything you've listed in your profile.

And your post (#45807903) would also show --self-deleted-- but it would still show and my reply would still show in this thread.

And just make sure that no one else can ever use "chill" as a username or the email address you've used. That's just a different list.

Comment Re:bit of a tricky question with forums (Score 1) 171

Not exactly. From that link:

If you later decide that you would like to reactivate your account, you can do so at any time by signing in to Nextdoor using the same email address and password as before, and then clicking Reactivate.

So everything is still there.

Why not kill the account completely except for the past posts? And put the username and email address into a do-not-allow list so that a future user won't be able to take it over.

The reason is that they want to be able to sell your information.

Comment Re:Not Culture (Score 1) 314

Political correctness flat out denies any pride in your heritage, unless you are part of some select minority.

No, it denies vilifying or ridiculing other heritages to make yours seem better by contrast. If you need to see "singing chinamen mispronouncing words" to feel pride about your non-chinese culture, and political correctness keeps you from broadcasting this fact for the entire world to see, then you should be thankful about it.

Comment Re:call them (Score 5, Interesting) 171

And if that doesn't work then change as much as you can. Your email address should be the easiest. Then any other personal information that you can alter. If they won't delete it then make it worthless to them.

And this is another reason to fight against the current trend of requiring real names for accounts.

Comment Re:Not Culture (Score 1) 314

The factor that you've left out is, the corporations spend millions upon millions to brainwash the masses into believing that the corporate offerings are all there is.

Right. And is it actually accomplishing anything? At this point even the dimmest bulb has heard of Rule 34, and thus knows that fan works exist. Do you really think the average person is incapable of making the mental leap from "fan works exist" to "original works exist"? Especially since you can't take two steps in the Internet without running into someone referring to DeviantArt or their fursona or their tulpa or their Youtube music video or their webcomic or their fiction or whatever? Even copypasta counts as a creative work, and some creepypasta is actually pretty good.

And of course this is completely ignoring corporations like Valve, who are actively promoting indie content for sale through such little-used services like Steam. This is one instance where capitalism seems to have everything well in Invisible Hand.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 564

Usually, when someone says "mission critical" they mean something like avionics, where if the software fails, someone could die. You wouldn't run anything truly mission-critical on Windows and VB. But I guess it's a matter of degree; a VB program can be essential to the operation of a business, though if the OS it's running on crashes, it's not a big deal as long as you can just reboot it and continue. I still wouldn't call it "mission critical", however, because I reserve that phrase for things like avionics, Apollo systems, Mars lander software, etc.

Anyway, yeah, if your business-essential VB program runs great on WINE, why not just switch over to Linux? It's cheaper and easier than messing around with Microsoft's treadmill. Just make sure to do plenty of testing to make sure everything works, but after that, you can continue to use it as-is forever, even if you upgrade the Linux OS you're using. You don't have to worry about MS changing things so it won't work any more, like everyone does every time a new Windows OS comes out and breaks things.

Comment Mod parent up! (Score 1) 213

Or even use the PIN as part of the encryption key used to encrypt a random string sent from the bank once authentication is requested.

And the connection between the PoS and the bank should also be encrypted.

And that connection should be 100% private. ISDN or whatever. Nothing going across the Internet. Not even with a VPN.

Comment Re:SSD drives are fast, but they suck for reliabil (Score 1) 293

Dont buy shit software from EA then, because really we know they are the biggest retailer using DRM still.

Every piece of $1,000+/seat software we use at my company comes with some form of obnoxious DRM/copy protection technology.

Every. Single. One.

We are not talking about expendable games here, we are talking about software that only gets away with those prices and poor customer service because it's still so much better at what it does than any cheaper and less encumbered alternatives.

To be fair, even if you dont agree and continue to buy software that is copy protected, that is the issue, not the SSD.

Well, no, it's both.

If the SSD didn't fail, there would be no problem. If the SSD even failed with more than one minute's warning, there probably still would be no problem, since typically you can deactivate licences for software on this level if you can fire it up for a few seconds with an active Internet connection. It might be wise to back up anything you can, but a drive that fails young, suddenly, and with limited options to recover because of poor design decisions is still the drive manufacturer's fault.

Of course plenty of blame also goes to the software vendors, and as you can imagine, we have about as much respect for them in my industry as their customer service warrants.

Backup everything fools.

You can't.

Comment Re:Yeah right. (Score 1) 564

How on earth do you find Android more "annoying" than Win3.1, MacOS, OS X, or any Linux distro?

That's like saying you find a bicycle more annoying than a motorboat. It's a nonsensical comparison, because you don't use them for the same thing, or in the same places.

The comparison to iOS is the only one that makes any sense.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 2) 564

An old dual processor 3 ghz board with is going to kick ass for quite some more time...

Just as long as it isn't using Pentium 4 (or its Xeon variant with Netburst architecture) CPUs. That POS was such a power hog, it's worth it to upgrade to something newer as you'll recoup your savings on your electric bill shortly.

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