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Comment Failure of imagination. (Score 1) 270

So many people lost their lives when we undertook learning to fly, all the way through to rocketry and going to outer space. Every step of the way there were failures and we learned something new re engineered and now we take flying for granted. So maybe someday this kind of travel will be workable, but I dont see it anytime soon.

I just can't get the idea out of my head that when this idea fails, its going to fail in a very catastrophic way, something that 'wasn't considered possible', or wasn't even considered. The forces involved here are pretty hefty, the environment uncontrollable and unforgiving. Let alone any consideration for vandalism or worse, a structure like that seems especially vulnerable to those kinds of things.

Comment Beyond the threshold of fast enough. (Score 5, Insightful) 160

Once robust standards were being followed and browser speed went past some point, I stopped caring about which was the fastest. Care much more about interface features and plugins that I want. Next was the many other annoying things that I was able to customize to my taste, a menu item up or down on a list, a button I could or could not move, maintaining a familiar interface, etc.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 216

". 'Cash has lost its credibility and payments are no longer perceived in the same way,' says Upasana Taku, the cofounder of Indian mobile wallet company MobiKwik"

I was reading the same thing and actually laughed out loud. Its another of those thin edge of the wedge 'we are doing it for your own good, get in the right line to wait for your goods' things.

Comment Re:treating the symptoms (Score 3, Insightful) 360

Its another thin edge of the wedge event.

1. 'Something must be done to protect the people.'
2. The something includes a framework that restricts a right we all have and want, but 'it will only be used for this 1 purpose we promise'.
3. Based on the promises of every administration ever the protection is passed/enabled.
4. 28937438 other uses for the framework are found and since someone else thinks we need more protection our rights are reduced some more.
5. We dont have that right anymore (for our own protection of course).

Yes I appreciate that breakdown is somewhat hyperbolic, but if you apply that view to almost anything done 'for our protection because someone else said we needed it' then I think in general its true.

Comment Rejoice living in a free country. (Score 1) 1058

I support Twitter having the choice to make any rules they want within the law.

And all of its users are free to stop using their service once they have so many rules that it becomes a stifling echo chamber of oppression 'for your own good of course because everyone needs protection'.

And lastly i'm thankful for a free market where all kinds of competing services can take up the slack when Twitter engineers their own failure.

Comment Re:Boo Hoo (Score 1) 1368

Yep and thats exactly why Trump wont get to do anything especially stupid while in office, all those people in the Congress and Senate wont let him, no matter which 'side' they are on. To suggest that they all lost their minds and will blindly go along with whatever silly idea he gets hour by hour is just ridiculous.

Comment Re:Boo Hoo (Score 1) 1368

How perfect, you just gave everyone another example of what I was ranting about 'someone said something bad, the world is ending, dog and cats living together, total armageddon is coming'.

The practical realities of being president do not mean you get to do whatever you like, there are checks, balances, repercussions.

For example, ask Obama about closing Guantanamo: He signed an executive order in 2009 to close the place per one of his election promises and its still open. So the President of the country cannot close a government facility let alone unilaterally cause any of the things you claim will happen, he has to work within the system.

Most people (yes even the narcissistic buffoon Trump) want to do the right things for the right reasons (yes people disagree about what is right), however it is usually the unforeseen or unintended consequences that cause biggest problems, not some preplanned diabolical evil plan.

Government has been making some peoples lives worse since day 1, this is nothing new, every so often the establishment needs a kick in the pants to remind them who is really in charge.

Comment Boo Hoo (Score 5, Insightful) 1368

Its getting tiring, this shrill end of the world, he/she said something bad so I have to cry now nonsense. I could say something coherent about words not hurting but i'm ranting so another time.

And then, when I read an article like this all I can think about is 'them'(and if I wasn't ranting I would say all people who dont get their way, not just 1 side or another), saying 'BOO HOO, we didn't get our way so now we are going to kick down the sand castle and take all our toys'.

Sound like a bunch of smug self righteous children, grow up.

200+ years of history and not everyone got their way every time, sometimes you have to play the long game and put in the real work.

That felt good, thanks for listening.

Comment Re:it is the wrong way... (Score 1) 291

Its my impression that in some cases exactly the opposite will happen where instead companies will simply put $$$ into carbon offsets and not pay any extra taxes or even less taxes via the cost of a competitive offset market.

So its possible that the richest biggest polluters will not curtail their output but instead pay a potentially voluntary tax possibly even a lesser amount.

But I haven't looked into that too much and I'm prepared to be updated corrected and informed now.

Comment Another 'thin edge of the wedge' moment. (Score 1) 125

I have not read all the comments or the FA, but my knee jerk thinking is this is another in a long history of 'thin edge' moments.

So many negative and 'unforeseen' consequences would follow something like a law including wording of a 'cyber threat', once the framework is in place allowing things to be classified a such, the whole game changes to what is or isn't a cyber threat, and the root problem(the law) is forgotten. Much like what happened with DMCA, Patriot Act and so much more.

Its been my experience that the 'internet' takes care of itself and when there are attacks we all find ways to fix them and don't need a law to 'help' with doing that.

What do you think?

Comment Re:What the ??? (Score 3, Informative) 398

Boundaries of stupidity. They are using Stackless Python (NO multicore support) on the server.
No they dont, They disconnected people left and right, basically kicked them out of that node and made them reconnect. Its been what, 7 years? and they still didnt figure out how to do live migration.
He failed to mention your FPS counter also goes to 10% :) It takes HOURS to kill one ship in that SHIT hack of a lag fix mode.
Instead of implementing proper multicore support, or even dividing load among many racks they run everything in ONE python thread ....

This 100%

Time dilation is a kludge at best, it serves only to make large fights just bearable instead of impossible.

The single threaded nature of EVE is grossly apparent in large fleet fights where all input is processed in order, so if you commanded your ship to go in 10 different directions, your ship goes all those directions in order, even if the last command was an all stop, and during the larger fleet fights this may take minutes to complete so most likely you are way out of position, add to that weapon cycles, reload cycles, warps, jumps and lots more to the queue that are stacked and processed in order with no real time consideration.

IMHO what they really need to do is groom the queue for redundant ship commands, Yes an upgrade to multithreaded for all kinds of good reasons, but grooming the command queue will net them huge improvements in playability when the fights get big.

GNU is Not Unix

OpenOffice.Org Now Under LGPLv3 107

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Sun has moved to the LGPLv3 license. In his blog Sun's Simon Phipps cites worry over software patents as being one of their main reasons for this move: 'Upgrading to the LGPLv3 brings important new protections to the community, most notably through the new language concerning software patents. You may know that I am personally an opponent of software patents, and that Sun has already taken steps in this area with a patent non-assert covenant for ODF. But the most important protection for developers comes from creating mutual patent grants between developers. LGPLv3 does this.'"

Submission + - Legal threats halt iPhone crack

An anonymous reader writes: BBC News reports that the British firm UniquePhones plan to sell software that could open the iPhone to non-US networks has been put on hold following legal threats. Apparently a 3am call from a lawyer claiming to represent AT&T warned that selling unlocking software could constitute copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination.

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