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Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 1) 182

It's a sad commentary on the American legal system that even a celebrity with some extant wealth can't financially sustain a lawsuit on his own.

It's also a sad commentary that the guy is a millionaire about a hundred times over because someone posted a sex tape of him. I wonder how many c-list celebrities would post their own sex tapes on the internet if they knew they could be multi-millionaires because of it.

Gawker deserved to be sued and Bollea deserved some compensation, but $135,000,000 is too much by about two orders of magnitude.

Comment Re:"3 whole buttons to talk to Nana? Bullshit!" (Score 1) 114

This has pissed me off to no end.

Remember when everyone and their dad had a chat client that used XMPP? Now it's all completely balkanized, with each client using a different protocol. I'm expected to have Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and a few dozen other ones now. No. I refuse to.

Although more to your point, Duo apparently uses the QUIC protocol which is open. Now that's just for the connection piece. Who knows what they're using for the data protocol.

Comment Re:Why use FB? It's a social network (Score 1) 534

It adds a single place that I can get push updates from people I'd like to get updates from. That's all. Maybe that's lazy. According to the recent articles, that makes me smart!

If you'd rather not use it and use other methods, that's fine by me. But don't get all "oh, your life would be so much better without it". I'm not here to tell you what you're missing out on. Apparently nothing! You're not hurting anyone's feelings by not using it, but apparently I'm causing you a lot of grief by using it.

Comment Re:First cool site was 'the liquid oxygen barbecue (Score 1) 136

Besides the LOX demo and his invention of Refrigerant R-406A "AutoFrost", George was an Alpha Hardware Hacker at Purdue who presented at Usenix conferences. He got a grant to work on multiprocessing, and so he took two VAX 780's, and connected them by the backplane, creating a multiprocessor VAX. Digital Equipment liked it so much that they made a product of it, called the VAX/782. The CPU clock was 5 MHz and there were a lot of DIP-package digital logic ICs in there, with lots of space between them on the PCBs.

Comment Classic Steve Jobs and the Nascent Web (Score 5, Interesting) 136

Steve Jobs and some folks from Pixar were going out to lunch one day. While walking out of the building, Steve said "we have to find the killer app for the Internet". Steve and I both had NeXT workstations on our desks, and they had the first Mosaic web browser for NeXTStep on them. I'm not sure I even tried that browser, but we both completely missed that this was the killer app for the Internet.

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