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Comment Corporate Governmental Entities (Score 1) 295

There is no such thing as "Earth Citizenship" so scratch that one. Nation of origin, hmmm, well okay for first generation, I would assume that would be the legal precedent, lacking any local governmental body to which you could apply for a change in citizen ship, you should retain your original one. Second generation? Now we have a problem. Hopefully, by the time there IS a second generation on Mars, there WILL be local government. If the local government is a recognized State or Territory of an Earthbound government, again, I see no problem (other than the usual political squabbles that is). The one problem I foresee, is that "Corporate Governmental Entities" (you heard it here first), should and *must* be banned absolutely by International Law PRIOR to this happening.

Comment No honor among thieves (Score 1) 523

Until advertisers commit to NOT invade personal privacy, there ARE no acceptable ads. I am all for funding the Internet through advertising revenue, it was a model that worked well for television and with suitable modifications works well for the Internet. But it is an established FACT that people will not make the moral choice when money is involved and that goes double for advertising executives.

Comment both solutions are unacceptable (Score 1) 487

This is one of the most lame-brained ideas I have ever heard. Even the two solutions offered by Microsoft are unacceptable. It needs to either default to "OFF" or be removed from Windows. This is an epic privacy and security failure in the making. I cannot believe a sane engineer came up with this it had to be a marketing drone with zero clues.

Comment Hypersonic Missiles vs ICBMs (Score 1) 365

In regards to Keck's first postulate, that hypersonic missiles travel faster than current missiles (read ICBMs) it is simply untrue. Even the long obsolete Minuteman II missiles were capable of achieving escape velocity, something that a hypersonic missile has yet to demonstrate. Regarding his second postulate that they possess greater maneuverability than what the current defense systems are designed to destroy, that is also suspect. Even ICBMs were capable of mid-course maneuvering, and as above, no hypersonic missile has demonstrated any capacity for "evasive maneuvering"...yet.

Comment Ubuntu is (could be) an illegal trademark (Score 1) 259

From Wikipedia: "Ubuntu (/ubntu/ oo-buun-too; Zulu/Xhosa pronunciation: [ùúntú]) is a Nguni Bantu term (literally, "human-ness"") roughly translating to "human kindness"; in Southern Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe), it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic or ideology, also known as Ubuntuism or Hunhuism (the latter after the corresponding Shona term) propagated in the Africanization (transition to majority rule) process of these countries during the 1980s and 1990s." As such, Canonical itself is on shaky ground as this could be construed as violating clause "C) Terms that Disparage, Falsely Suggest a Connection with, or Bring a Person, Institution, Belief or National Symbol into Contempt or Disrepute" of USPTO regulations.

Comment Answer (Score 3, Insightful) 337

Try Second Life...it is a multi-user virtual environment with all the trappings of social media. However, it is an environment created by the users. You can do *anything* there, and I do mean anything, up to and including virtual sex if that is your bent. Extremely rich, immersive and even addictive (of course), virtual marriages have occurred there that led to real life marriages...and divorces.

Comment Analog vs Digital (Score 1) 141

Truly this isnt very surprising. Analog computing has been around a lot longer than digital and for certain things is far superior (read faster). Forcing things into a digital mold just "because" is a terrible mistake. Certain pieces of military hardware that I used to work with were analog and probably still are, it gives a "good enough" answer and does it orders of magnitude faster than equivalent digital devices.

Comment Re:Printable version - All on one page (Score 1) 394

Second the motion... And to further exacerbate the problem, "managers" only count dollars they can see, as in wages. So paying a skilled programmer that has "already been there done that, not going to make those mistakes again", is out of the question. Not saying there aren't good programmers coming out of school, but they haven't learned some of the basics of programming no matter how hard their teachers may have tried to drill it in. I have been a "hacker" since the 80s and still remember the console message from the IT manager "shut your program down, you're killing the mainframe..." This still happens every day to lots of new programmers while the experienced, skilled programmers become consultants called in only at the last minute to solve the problems caused by aforesaid manager for obscene amounts of money....wait what am I complaining about, I are one of those!

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