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Comment Re:Fairness has a role (Score 1) 276

If you created a cure for HIV then the companies selling existing treatments would likely buy you out, or bury you in court for years...

It's far more profitable to sell ongoing treatments which reduce the symptoms... The existing treatments for HIV can remain profitable for years, whereas you can only sell a cure once. There's no incentive to actually cure something like HIV.

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 276

Region coding is easily and commonly bypassed...
The only reason it's not more common with DVDs is because shipping physical media around the world is more expensive and slower than sending digital files across the internet, so all the pirate DVDs on sale in any given location were probably downloaded and burned locally.

In fact, region coding encourages piracy because there are many titles that are not available in all regions, so people in those regions who would have bought are faced with the choice of piracy or not watching the movie at all.

Also region coding basically is a form of price control, and it doesn't work.

Comment Re:Hey look! (Score 1) 189

I've been using Ruby every day for more than 10 years, and I'm still learning new stuff every day.
It's possible to write beautiful, productive, readable and maintainable code with it.

Rails is a cool project, but what bothers me is that it changes a lot between versions, sometimes just for the sake of changing stuff. For many people, Rails is the only Ruby project they know, and this might be very confusing because so much "magic" happens behind the scene. 6 months later, this magic has been changed to something else.

My story is basically the opposite of what you described. I love Ruby, but I'm in the process of learning Python, just because it's so widely spread in academia and in the industry. I find the language kinda boring (almost FORTRAN like), but it sure gets the job done. It's simply incredible how many cool projects there are, and how much can be done just by importing 2 libraries and writing 5 lines of code. It's also pretty cool to ask a question about graph theory and have Ron Rivest (R from RSA) replies with a Pygame example.

To me, Ruby is like Italian : I find it expressive and beautiful, but it's not so useful outside of Italy. So I learn Spanish :)

Comment Re:...without sacrificing photo quality (Score 3, Informative) 103

+1.

It's really impressive how much a difference sharp eyes make. I like taking close-up portraits with my 85mm f/1.4 on a full frame sensor.
99% of the whole picture is basically completely out of focus. If the other 1% falls on the eyes, the picture looks perfectly sharp.
It's junk otherwise.

Comment Re:As it should be... (Score 5, Interesting) 389

Well that's the whole point..
If you visit a link, you have no idea what that link is going to contain... You may follow an innocent looking link, and see childporn. Even if you immediately close the page, your browser has likely inserted the images into its local on-disk cache.

Similarly if you receive an email containing such content, it will typically be downloaded automatically to your machine, even if you immediately delete it upon noticing it there will still be traces on your drive for some time to come.

It's also possible for a website to load images but not make them visible, such images will still be cached by your browser but if they're not displayed your unlikely to realise they're there unless you explicitly check.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 3, Insightful) 389

Not really...
A single file was found in deleted space on this guy's machine, was he truly a criminal who intentionally sought out illegal material or did he have this single file on his machine through no fault or intention of his own? (eg browser cache, malware, spam etc)

At the very least, i'd expect someone who was actively looking for such material to have a lot more of it than just a single deleted file.

Comment Re:Irony (Score 1) 95

IMDB is aggregating and republishing information that is already in the public domain, about people who have chosen a career that puts them in public view.

Instagram is using lawyer speak to claim they have a contract with kids parents, knowing full well that not only have the parents never even seen the agreement but neither the parents nor the kids would even understand it.

Comment Re:It happens, but way too commonly with google (Score 1) 150

If you're willing to pay big money for something, then you should be able to afford to continue maintaining an open source stack even if the original author has lost interest...
Just because something is expensive doesn't mean the vendor will keep maintaining it.. Many big vendors have dropped products over the years, or moved their customers to new versions with various disadvantages etc. If the code runs on your own hardware then you can keep running old versions, but it will become increasingly problematic and insecure.

On the other hand, if it's a proprietary service offered by someone else you are entirely beholden to that supplier to continue running the service and shouldn't become dependant on it.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

I wish you and your family luck, strength, and hope!
Once it gets better, you really have a different point of view and find it easier to concentrate on the important stuff in life.
I wish it'll soon happen to you!

PS: Meds are important at first, but pets/music/sport/travels/whatever could help relieve the pain/anger/fear in the long term.

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