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Comment Re:I will never pay for DLC (Score -1, Troll) 466

Wow, troll much? Copying a file (especially one that I've already decided on moral grounds that I will not pay for) is NOT stealing because the company doesn't lose anything from it. In order for there to be theft, someone must lose something while another gains. They lose nothing by copying a file.

I don't get people like you - why don't you care about your rights? Why don't you care about having control over the property you pay for? Why are you so eager to be beaten down and forced to do things against your will? It's completely illogical.

Comment Informants, Agents, Identities. (Score 1) 555

The names of spies must be kept secret for many of the same reasons.

In criminal investigations the identities of informants must be kept secret.

It's not an option to release that information. Because if the government did not protect that information, the government would have no informants, spies, or intelligence capability.

Comment Re:Refuting the imaginary article in your head (Score 1) 410

Yeah, but from the article:

Still, many malware agents slip through the cracks undetected... until the rules of the anti-virus programs are updated, that is.


Instead of looking for known patterns -- whether of instructions and data, or of actions -- wouldn't it be great if we could look for anything that is malicious? That may sound like a pipe dream.

Maybe it's just badly worded or written, but he's making it sound like he's found the panacea of virus detection. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on viruses which a) don't have a known signature and b) don't try to keep themselves in RAM (i.e. don't mind being swapped out.) I would think that if the virus can overwrite parts of the OS in memory that it would not detect those, either (e.g. it could overwrite services which are commonly started but uncommonly used and live in their process space--autoupdaters would be good candidates for this.)

Comment Re:An easier plan (Score 1) 555

No, but we should have access to past data -- it was once common for the archives of the presidential offices to be opened to the public a decade or two after the end of a particular administration (W. ended that tradition). The only two items on your list that should have a longer period are the launch codes (which are not changed so frequently) and the personal information of soldiers (which should remain private for the sake of the soldiers and their families). The rest should be made public knowledge in a timely fashion -- military equipment is constantly upgraded, troop movements are no longer sensitive after the end of the war, and guard schedules should be changed frequently. Why should this information remain secret forever?

Comment Re:Should there be ANY government secrets? (Score 1) 555

Nice exercise in absurdism. Taking the case of "nuclear launch codes" and stretching it to "a shit-ton of classified documents" is exactly the kind of thing that causes problems. No-one is talking about handing out employee ID codes, or disclosing how government buildings are laid out. We are talking about things like secret prisons, military pollution (such as my own groundwater being contaminated by the Ai Force dumping degreaser on the ground at a local airfield for 30 years), testing of chemical/biological warfare agents on US military personnel (and CIVILIANS we now find out, with a french town receiving LSD spiked bread some decades ago).

What is at stake here is secret governmental policies intruding upon the freedoms of citizens.

In fact, come to think of it, yes, ALL of that data that you are talking about should be revealed. This includes passwords and nuclear launch codes. They can easily change the codes and passwords (and security patrol schedules) prior to their release. If that is the cost of making sure that innocent people aren't being raped and tortured by our government in some third world hell-hole, then that is a small price to pay.

Comment Complexity and data structures are more important (Score 1) 407

I think if you are worried about the efficiency of their solution you ought to explain complexity/order notation, and then apply it to a some practical data structures, like arrays or hash maps. Even more awesome if you get them to do some time measurements in easy language X so to demonstrate the effect of complexity. At crunch time, if they can judge the design trade-offs of their model&implementation, then that will eclipse any speed benefits of a compiled language. Good luck!

Comment Re:Non-obviousness. (Score 1) 117

What this proves is that the USPTO doesn't need to be reformed, it needs to be scrapped. There's little legitimate point in having it at all anymore. The people it supposedly should protect (the small inventors) are the very people crushed by it. They and the rest of us would be better off if it no longer existed at all.

^^ this

Comment Re:Nothing good ever came out of having (Score 1) 145

I'll be happy to take care of any of your clients that are foolish enough to want their websites to look and function similarly across all major browsers. Viva la revolucion!

and what of the client who wants to differentiate his site by offering tech that has emerged and evolved outside the standards, like Flash?

the wheels of the gods grind slowly.

there is nothing to stop some new or unexpected entrant - from unleashing the next must-have plug-in.

the plug-in that is well on its way to 98% penetration of the market before the standards committee can nail down proposals that first saw the light of day over five to ten years ago.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 314

> because in this day and age: Name recognition means all.

Yeah especailly when many bloggers and slashdotters couldn't read well enough to tell the difference in names. IPEX, D&H, NewEgg they look all the same right? :)

I also found it slightly amusing to read the posts which said that people in NewEgg should have noticed the fakes because of the typos...

Spelling and grammar errors are so common nowadays, and more and more people seem to take offense when someone points out the errors.

Comment Re:It's in New Zealand and not in the USA (Score 4, Funny) 303

Actually in the US I'm pretty sure they got it finished a few years ago, they just can't figure out where to put the "WARNING! Objects below you may appear more stable than they are!" sticker, the "WARNING! Do not let anyone under the age of 12 ride underneath the rotor blades" sticker and similar important safety informations.

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