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Comment Yanoff List (Score 1) 136

Was one of the first things I remember making it to the web, was Scott's list. Though technically the list was first posted to bulletin boards,ftp servers and yes, finger.

For the young ones, here is what the internet looked like in 1993 The list itself was available by html in 1994, if not earlier
Copyright 1994 "http://www.cs.uwm.edu/~yanoff/yanoff.html" Scott Yanoff

And some background:

The Yanoff List: meeting the demand for a concise list of ``what's out
there''

In September 1991, Scott Yanoff, a computer science student at the
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, created a list of six items---
telnet addresses of Internet information services. He posted the list
to internet and service related newsgroups like alt.bbs.internet and
news.answers. According to Scott, ``I posted my list one day and next
thing I knew people were writing to me with things to add to the list''
(Yanoff, 1993a). After that, Scott added the list to the University's
ftp site, gopher, and set up an email list to reach people who could
not access the list by those methods. Scott describes how the list
grew from contributions from other people, ``I owe most of the list to
OTHER people . . . that's what is great about the Internet . . . I
decided to share my list, and everyone else shares their knowledge in
helping to contribute to the list'' (Yanoff, 1993a). Today, the list,
popularly known as ``The Internet Services List,'' (Yanoff, 1993b)
contains listings for more than 135 separate services accessible
through telnet, ftp, finger, gopher, and email. Daniel Dern (1994)
calls Yanoff's list ``one of the most frequently cited or referenced
documents on the Internet.''

Comment Re:Don't blame me (Score 1) 993

so... you voted for Kodos the Executioner? Striking that Trump seems like he could follow in the footsteps of Kodos (but never fill them)

In 2246, Kodos served as governor of the planet Tarsus IV, who had seized power and declared martial law when an exoitc fungus destroyed the colony's food supply. He earned the name "Kodos the Executioner" when he rationed the remaining food supply by condemning some 4000 colonists to die, selected according to Kodos' personal theories of eugenics. Kodos was believed to have died at the colony shortly thereafter, but he actually escaped persecution and assumed a new identity, as Shakespearean actor Anton Karidian.

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 2) 422

Personally I'd rather have that caveat than pay extra to support the 0.01% of the people that consume 1000x more resources than everyone else

What you meant to write was:

Personally I'd rather have that caveat than hurt Verizon's profits to support the 0.01% of the people that consume 1000x more resources than everyone else

its pretty rich to think that these "very few" customers have any material effect on what you pay or even the quality of your service.

Comment Re:real reasion (Score 1) 460

this... i just checked whats on there from a friends and its really pitiful now. movies older than 5 years? good luck. movies that didn't go direct to streaming? again good luck. Sure there are some but they are few and far between. Looks like even the DVD catalogue has been cleared out. How much of that is Netflix fault and how much is content provider's is open to debate but the consumer doesn't give a rats about that, they just want to find stuff worth watching.

Comment Just look at the history (Score 1) 348

to know it is a bullcrap index. 1986: Ada as #2. Really? Lisp as #3? Really? The world was COBOL and C back then with FORTRAN (caps then) and assembly thrown in. Was there hype around both Ada and Lisp? Yes, very much so. There wasn't even an official standard until the early 80s but Ada and Lisp were going to be "the future." Perhaps more believable is the 1991 #3 as that is when DOD briefly mandated Ada use.

To call either Ada or Lisp "popular" at any time is really a reach. Hype/astroturfing is not popularity. Even tracking "how to I learn ..." searches does not measure popularity. They are measures of interest. Popularity can only be based upon job requirements, number of projects, even (broadly) loc metrics. Popularity is reflected by use/consumption, not what is talked about.

popular: 1. liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group. 2. (of cultural activities or products) intended for or suited to the taste, understanding, or means of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals.

Of def 2, substitute "general programmer" (ie, Java, C, C++) with 'specialists/intellectuals' being those involved with Haskell, D, etc.

Comment It breaks extensions (Score 2) 187

been dealing with this as a nightly user and have turned off E10s - Though NoScript mostly works now, I have other extensions that have stopped. Unfortunately, at least one of them does not look to be too actively supported anymore. It is also not certain that E10s provides much more than easier recovery, the performance figures I have heard are not that great though I personally did not notice any slow down (or speed up).

Comment Re:Make DRM a double-edged sword (Score 1) 380

TL;DR: most of the cost is not in the medium

A roughly 300 page trade paperback costs about $4.50 to physically print in low volume. Now go look at the selling price of the books you see out there. Softs are mostly in the $12-22 range for 200-300 page books. Price rises both as the size goes up and/or the audience size goes down. Payments to the author as creator, editor, publisher and assorted others that make the final product possible are a good share of the final cost. Distribution of hardcopy (including storage) is also a factor as is a % cut to the retailer. E-products still require IT staff, equipment and procedures to distribute and e-editions can require additional time to make sure they are optimally formatted. These companies are not running Hillary's email server.

There is a fallacy out there that if you just make it cheap enough you will sell millions. Contrary to what you may think you know, most books sell in very low volumes. Many, if not most, books are fairly niche and the actual audience is not that substantial. Amazon sales ranks? I sold two copies the past three days. Sales rank went from 850K -> 125K.

Comment Re:Make DRM a double-edged sword (Score 1) 380

Have to call you out on that one. One word: Napster. Unfettered e-product resales will just end up with a Napster like clone, crushing the market for both the original work as well as future resales. As an author myself of both books and software, I am perfectly fine with somebody reselling the physical book. I am also ok (were it practical to do so) with the single transfer of software from user A to user B so long as there remains only one usable copy. I think the same could be applied to e-books: resale is fine, just as long as it remains as a single unit.

Copy protection is really a terrible term, it is really redistribution protection.

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