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Comment Well, no vehicle is ever completely clean (Score 1) 775

If you consider each and every ecological impact, no vehicle can ever be considered green.

Me, I use a velomobile to get around. It uses no oil on the face of it, yet it burns people's fat (that's food that needed to be grown and shipped, which is a lot of oil), it's made of non-recyclable fiberglass and aluminum (manufacturing aluminum is a HUGE source of pollution), etc... So even an ultra-efficient bicycle isn't green if you look closely.

Comment Re:Surpassing Vista (Score 4, Insightful) 285

How long do you suppose Microsoft can hold out until Windows 9?

More to the point, how long do you suppose WE the users can hold out until Windows 9?

I dread the day my Win 7 machines die because I'll have to replace them with those blasted Win 8 machines. I'd much rather stretch my existing machines' life until Microsoft gets its act together and I can safely skip the Win 8 experience. Exactly the same way I went straight from XP to Win 7 and avoided Vista.

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 whitehouse.gov... (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 Re:36 million units sold in 2011 (Score 1) 528

Oh, Also, a friend of mine who actually read the proposed agreement, said the union contract was written in such a way that management could essentially rewrite it or walk - it was a horrible contract. It didn't do any favors for the union workers.

I usually don't like unions, but in this case, I think there was cancer all over the system and it just needed to be put down.

Comment Re:36 million units sold in 2011 (Score 1) 528

I live in a town affected by this - in fact, we are now the main hostess factory to begin production and our city is looking forward to the 250 to 300 jobs returning. The big point I always heard from the actual workers here, is that a lot of pension money was diverted, and most of the workers lost all of their retirement money. The striking unions figured it was better to just kill the company and hope for better management.

Of course, the new management is pretty much the same old people.. and they aren't hiring anyone who actually went on strike. Nice move there.

The best I can hope is that the silly union rules mentioned elsewhere in this thread are no longer there, which may allow for a more profitable business. I don't have any info on what the new job salaries are, or benefits, though. I would not be surprised if it is lower than before. Well, except for management.

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 That's not how traitor-tracing algorithms work (Score 5, Informative) 467

They don't hash the whole shebang into one number. Rather, they take a (random) number and use that to generate a set of mutations and then probe for that set of mutations in the leaked document. So now, even if you alter the document further, you probably didn't undo the mutations in question. Even if you did, you probably didn't undo all of them and you almost certainly didn't produce a high-confidence result that it's somebody else's copy.

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