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Comment False comparison (Score 5, Insightful) 339

Apples and oranges comparison.

When I buy a DVD, I own that DVD. That is why I buy DVDs. I don't want some DRM server somewhere suddenly saying that I cannot stream a movie I purchased.

Now if streaming allowed me to purchase and keep a copy free of DRM, then I'd be interested.

But so long as there is DRM, I'll continue buying DVDs.

Comment Re:"Audit"? Try massive rewrite. (Score 4, Insightful) 132

...Humans make mistakes. Clever people make just as many mistakes....

You left out the part about clever people not continuing to make the same mistakes over and over.

The problem with OpenSSL is not that mistakes were made.

The problem is that mistakes were made and the developers did not learn from those mistakes, did not seem to care about fixing those mistakes, and did not care about preventing similar mistakes from recurring.

Comment Re:NO. (Score 5, Insightful) 493

The government has NO RIGHT to know what will and won't make me sick.

On the contrary, the government has every right to assure you are vaccinated. Your ignorant and paranoid refusal to be vaccinated threatens the health of others. The threat you pose if you are not vaccinated is not some misguided rant of a paranoid, but a real and present medical danger.

If you do not want to get vaccinated, then go live in complete isolation, far, far away from those who want their children to be healthy. The moment you choose to interact with society, then you have a responsibility not to make that society sick.

Comment Re:It's not just medical information.... (Score 1) 200

According to the results of that Nature study, Wikipedia had, on average, 32% more errors per article than the Encyclopedia Britannica. How cnet.com translates that into "as accurate as" is beyond me. The Nature summary even acknowledges that Wikipedia is not as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica.

Comment It's not just medical information.... (Score 2) 200

Wikipedia: where truth dies online

...Wikipedia has been a massive success but has always had immense flaws, the greatest one being that nothing it publishes can be trusted. This, you might think, is a pretty big flaw. There are over 21million editors with varying degrees of competence and honesty. Rogue editors abound and do not restrict themselves to supposedly controversial topics, as the recently discovered Hillsborough example demonstrates....

Comment The more we learn... (Score 4, Insightful) 129

... the more we realize what we do not know.

Isn't this what science is about? Discovery, exploration, learning.

Of course mistakes will be made along the way. The fact that we can look back and see those mistakes for what they are is a part of the scientific process.

This is a good thing.

Comment Re:In addition to rolling out... (Score 1) 129

They can't. I get sick of posting this but:

I'm sick of replying to this, but... Your apology for high ISP prices would carry a whole lot more water if the ISPs did not have very much lower prices in areas where they have competition than in those areas (more densely populated, btw) where they do not have competition.

Comment Re:I'm Okay With It (Score 4, Informative) 253

I tend to agree with you for the most part.

There have been User Groups providing customer-to-customer support almost as long as there have been computers.

Most of the time, the answers I receive from the community forum are received more quickly and are of better quality than those I receive from first tier support in the more formal support channels.

On the other hand, there are some companies that use the community support as the sole means to provide support, and the community has little or no employee involvement. Those companies, the ones that use the community to hide from their customers, I do not like. And I avoid their products.

Comment Re:The root problem is... (Score 2) 108

I have a technical website serving a niche, with 100% content and no adverts. So far this month I have had 10 referrals from Bing, 130 from the most relevant Wikipedia page and 2200 from Google.

It's not so much the worldwide web these days as the Googleverse.


I see similar numbers for my website also, however, you are seeing much more bing activity than I see.

Comment The root problem is... (Score 4, Insightful) 108

... that google appears to be the main generator of traffic for some websites. The way to solve the root problem is not to change how google does or does not work, but to bring other traffic generators on board.

A company that relies upon one customer for a great majority of its sales will always be beholden to that customer. That is why companies diversify their customer base.

Websites should diversify their traffic generators instead of just relying on good ole google to generate traffic for them.

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