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Comment Good news everyone! Piracy is dead... (Score 2) 102

"If it is not on Bing or Google, then we have effectively eliminated piracy. Great job everyone."

Bonuses will be rewarded, a few more jobs at MS/Google to monitor piracy claims. Lawyers will creep away and chase something else.
But most of all - piracy will be dead!

OK, maybe not.
It could curtail the casual infringer. It will not deter true pirates, or those who may operate in the gray areas.

What is a gray area? I think there are many.
I once pre-ordered a CD from a band I really liked who had a new album coming out, two months ahead of the release. Release day came, and went. It was in stores, but I didn't have mine yet. After a week, I downloaded it. Another week passed, and my CD showed up.

I have purchased a DVD for my kids (many, actually) where I could not rip it to put on my media server. I was able to download it in less time that it would have taken to rip it.

I have a Roku, and I also have Charter cable. For a lot of the Roku channels I just have to log in with my Charter account to get access. Pretty painless process. However, for some of the channels (like Comedy Central) this doesn't work because they list multiple Charter providers, none of which are mine. So I am out of luck for those channels. It's not that big of a deal to me, so I don't download those shows. But I could see how that could piss some people off and why they might seek out to download them.

Comment This is great news!!! (Score 1) 90

OK.. so I am not sure why, but it is.
See, at work people always get praise for "going the extra mile", working overtime to get the job done. The people who rarely get the accolades are the ones who work effectively and efficiently at just doing the work. They don't get "recognition awards" for getting things done on schedule. That's just their job. But the downside is that to prove your worth, it is in your best interest to create a little chaos so you can step up and put out the fires.

Kudos to Linus and the kernel maintainers for continuing to do what they do.

Comment Re:Windows (Score 2) 221

Am in a similar boat. Linux is my desktop. No looking back. I use Wine for quite a number of apps that I need, and it does take some wrangling occasionally, but it's no comparison to Windows. I have a dual boot option for when I something such as to edit an image in Photoshop.

Linux is my desktop, and has been since 1998. My kids have windows PCs, and I have an old one that has been sitting around for a while. I still haven't had to boot it up for anything.

The only time I have needed windows for anything was recently to join a webex for work. I can work from home on my linux machine, I just run a container that has openconnect and xfreerdp on it, it launches and connects me to the VPN at work, then rdp's into my machine there. But on this particular occasion, I needed to have a webex and use the video. I used to be able to do this no problem, but I couldn't get it to work on my linux machine. It was really an issue with webex. It detected that I wasn't using an "approved" OS/Browser. I could even join their "test meeting" no problem, but couldn't get it to work with the one I was trying to join. So after a frantic 30 minutes, I just joined via phone. It was clearly due to some 'upgrade' on webex and not something on my side. So if I have to do that again, I will likely fire up that old windows machine just for that purpose.

  I have more games than time to play... I have Emulation Station installed, so I have MAME, Gameboy, Atari, and Super Nintendo to play. And quite a few games from Humble Bundles and Steam.

And I understand that some people may have some apps that they need Windows for, but unless you are a professional, I don't think Photoshop is one of them. Give GIMP a try. I understand if you spent the cash and are comfortable with Photoshop, but imagine not being tied to it.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 505

Well...no. I learned to distrust the media by observing an event that I later saw covered on the media. This has happened three times (not a large sample) and in each case the media grossly distorted the event. A bad fire got turned into a city destroying nightmare, e.g. You'd be surprised at what can be done by careful selection of camera angles and framing.

Comment Re:Sanders, soon all Democrats, disagrees (Score 1) 202

That Fake News was form when they were trying to get Obama and Hillary elected. What has been dropping is the number of unemployed looking for jobs, once they gave up and stopped looking they no longer add to the unemployment rate...

You are talking about two different things. The definition of "unemployment rate" hasn't changed. It's not Fake News, it's called statistics, and they clearly define what they are measuring. Nothing fake about it. What is fake is people who make up things to push their position on something, and pretend they know what they are talking about. Like saying unemployment is something different than what it is. Saying people stopped looking for work is fine and may be true (no real stats to back that up though) - but saying the government is making up unemployment stats is patently false - or alternative facts, whichever term you prefer.

Comment Re:Rights are inherent, endowed by our Creator (Score 1) 508

That's not the constitution, but the exception for the border isn't the constitution either. I could see an argument in favor of it if they left it up to the states, but when they make it federal they blow it. And the constitution certainly never said that anything within 200 miles of the border, or other access point (international airport, e.g.) was a part of the border, but that's what the feds have been claiming for decades. Without any right to do so, but with the power to make it pretty much stick.

Comment Re:Why should it need real-time internet anyway? (Score 1) 139

The hardware is probably expensive...the databases, not so much so. To correct that, building ONE database is quite expensive. Copying it to lots of dolls makes the incremental cost cheap.

The question that might make this wrong is "Does the doll understand human speech, or the speech of one particular person?". If each doll needs a separate specialized database, then it would, indeed, be expensive, but then one wonders "Who's paying for all these customized databases?".

Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 2) 123

Yes, but how would that scale? Mind you, this isn't an argument in favor of SAP, as I believe that you could redesign that into something that would scale, albeit it would be a bit less flexible. I'd want to use a different DB engine, possibly PostGreSQL. I don't like C#, but there's nothing really wrong with it, I just think that if you want to scale it you need to convert it from a single DB into a hierarchy, with each local entity being a complete sub-module analogous to your current system, but the overall system holding a summary of all its dependent nodes...and probably producing a different set of reports.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

Grounds for impeachment is whatever the House of Representatives finds suitable. Please note that the House is currently dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment can be done on whatever grounds the Senate finds acceptable. Please also note that the Senate is dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment requires a majority vote of the House. A successful conviction requires a majority vote of the Senate. The chances of this happening are extremely slim. It would require that a large number of Republicans in both the House and the Senate be thoroughly outraged.

P.S.: The causes I listed are not the official grounds, which are, IIRC, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", but the term doesn't appear to be well defined, and there is no clear test, so as a matter of practice it's whatever the Representatives and Senators find suitable.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

While he's wrong, so are you. 20th Century US was not Capitalist, it was oligarchist. The monopolies established via government power were only slightly subtler than those that Teddy Roosevelt fought. So far nobody has successfully challenged them except in minor corners. I suppose you could call it state sponsored capitalism, but if you take out the downside risk, then what remains can't really be called capitalism.

P.S.: Neither Socialism nor Capitalism is a desirable system. Though most of the 20th century the oligarchism was actually superior to either. And note that it contains elements of both. There is currently, however, clear evidence that with increasing automation it has reached a limit, where it is no longer a reasonably good choice. What should replace it, and how to get there, is as yet unclear.

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