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Comment Re: Bravo indeed (Score 1) 424

Actually it has everything to do with her decisions. She knows how to copy a file. She knows how to send a file to other people. One can even argue that she knows how to receive a file shared with her to then turn around and share it. It's not a great leap to the realization that anyone that receives the file can turn around and redistribute it.

The only failure here is that she did not consider the full ramifications for her actions, and she has paid a terrible price for those actions. People have tried to counsel against this in the past, "don't do anything that you wouldn't want your grandma reading about in the newspaper," "don't write down anything you don't want others to read," etc. This problem has been known forever, and basically boils down to not doing things that one will be ashamed of, or to at least not document those things.

Comment Re: Right to be Forgotten (Score 1) 424

Have you ever actually gone through the legal process of getting a favorable ruling and then trying to get that ruling enforced? Because you don't sound like you have any idea what that involves. Trying to enforce this ruling would be playing whack-a-mole on an infinitely large grid where each time it pops up a new legal battle has to be mounted.

Comment Re: Bravo indeed (Score 5, Insightful) 424

Despite the apparent acquiescence of neck-beards on Slashdot, having the ability to share personal information without sharing it with the entire world is something greatly desired by actual human beings.

And this capability has never, ever existed. Even huge corporations have tried to make it happen through a collection of technologies and laws called Digital Rights Management and despite tens of millions of dollars and system after system, DRM falls or is circumvented through the final 'analog hole'.

It's possible to have sympathy while still acknowledging that the risks that led to this outcome were entirely hers to bear in her obviously ill-thought actions that started this. The extreme nature of her particular extreme cultural influence is certainly abnormal, but it does show how ridiculous it is to expect the right to be forgotten to actually do a damn thing.

Comment Re:Neener neener (Score 1) 111

Why didn't the copyright flunkies say, "Sorry, prior art. Tough noogies."?

This is what I'm wondering, that and since a phone itself is a manufactured device that originated from a specific entity, if anyone could legitimately claim any kind of rights, that entity should have any copyrights and trademarks, not some media company attempting to use it.

I wish they'd ruled for the right reasons, but at least the ruling itself is better than if it'd gone the other way.

Comment Re: Old school reflective lcd (Score 1) 294

It's a network infrastructure device, but it's also a device installed in the workspace, not into the closet. It can be thought-of in the same fashion as the Ethernet Jack or the MUTOA.

As to your statement that 30' is fine and not in someone's workspace, I've encountered plenty of conditions where there is no place 30' from the workspace that isn't someone else's workspace. So it's going to end up in a workspace regardless.

I don't have a WAP in the bedroom. I have one in roughly the center of the ground floor, one in roughly the center of the basement, and one intended for the center of the detached workshop. Doesn't mean I like looking at it blinking at me when I'm watching TV.

Comment Re: Old school reflective lcd (Score 4, Informative) 294

a WAP is a workspace device, like a computer or TV. It cannot be concealed in wiring closet that may be as much as 300 feet away and still hope to serve the area it's needed for. Hell, I have some buildings where two floors are served by one IDF and there are close to a hundred WAPs patched.

Modern Cisco WAPs have annoyingly bright LEDs on the workspace-facing side. I have three 3602e WAPs that I use for my home learning lab and home wifi, and I have disabled the LEDs on one and probably will on another. An option to either dim or to disable the blue color when not in a fault state would prevent having to do that.

Comment Re:Any twit could do it (Score 1) 266

There was a TV Pilot called Earth II starring Gary Lockwood where this was a plot-point; at the beginning a saboteur was preparing to shoot the rocket on the pad with a high-powered rifle before he was stopped and killed by launch facility defense personnel.

There have been special rifles designed to target equipment rather than humans, so it is not inconceivable that someone could use such a rifle to explosively destroy a rocket once it's fueled or as its fueling.

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 5, Insightful) 385

I like the fact that once I have my CDs and DVDs they can't take-back the rights when I have physical media, and I don't have to worry about losing my media when I have a hard disk failure.

In practice this is also true for Blu-Ray. If I remember what I read back when the Blu-ray standard was first released there was apparently a mechanism to invalidate Blu-ray discs, but I don't think it's been applied in-practice and you'd have to have a network-connected player that the vendor is still providing updates to for that to happen anyway.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

I look at the phone industry and think .. hmm this is looking like how the car industry plays out. Aside from actual safety and engine improvements, is there any real benefit to continually changing styling every year - aside from trying to convince buyers that "new is better"?

At least with vehicles there are visible differences. Phones, you have the little rectangle, the medium-sized rectangle, and the big rectangle. The color of the rectangle might be changable or might be enclosable with a case.

Does anyone really care what their phone looks like? Really?

If it's any consolation my vehicles are 21 years old at the newest. My large, powerful sedan is still a large, powerful sedan. My pickup truck is still a pickup truck.

Comment Re:and in other news... (Score 2) 541

Am I the only one who cares that systemd is following the path of much of the rest of the Linux ecosystem in adding more and more features before bothering to extinguish all the bugs in the existing feature set? Has it proven that it should be gobbling up other features and breaking the old UNIX model of discreet chunks of competent tightly-focused code yet?

No, you're not the only one. I'm installing new boxes at home with Devuan because I like my Linux boxes to use Init. I am aware that this will be the more difficult path, but Debian seems to have violated its own rules regarding adding new packages to Stable after it's made stable.

I do not like all-in-one solutions, and my experiences with random problems with PulseAudio leaves me distrustful of other software from the same developer, and to me this looks like fixing something that isn't broken.

If Systemd becomes ubiquitous and unavoidable I'll look at other UNIX/UNIX-Like operating systems.

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