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Comment Difference between HAVING and GETTING (Score 1) 644

There is a fundamental difference between someone who has a lot of money, and someone who is making a lot of money. Someone with $10B in assets is a billionaire, and fits this "1% club", but they may only be in the upper 20% in annual TAXABLE INCOME.

And yet they're perfectly willing to tell the state to tax people whose incomes are higher than theirs. Heck, it protects them from people getting into that top 1% assets club too fast..

Comment Not the source code, but how to generate a key (Score 4, Informative) 193

Decoding both DVD and BD are "known things". AnyDVD was not the only product doing it.

Two important parts to doing BD, though - One is having a valid key to get past the AACS, and being able to replace it when a version of AACS comes out that revokes your current key. If your key has been added to the revoked list, simply putting a disk in the drive with that version of the list essentially "bricks" the drive for reading ANY Bluray disks until you change your key.

The second is being able to implement the BD+ interpreter to fix up deliberate errors introduced into the video... And it changes periodically.

Where the companies that sell such products get their "market lock-in" is keeping up these changes. AACS is easier than BD+, from what I read, because you don't always have to change your key when a new AACS revocation list comes out, but the BD+ programming can and does change multiple times per month.

Comment Proof of why this is a bad idea (Score 3, Insightful) 490

"Protip: it's generally a good idea to read all of something before commenting on or replying to it, even if your finger gets tired."

The vote would be based upon the latest headline flashed at the most people. However the latest twitter celeb of the hour felt, would become the law.

And, of course, being able to "change your vote" means that, somewhere, the way that you voted is recorded... so that you can be tracked down if you voted "the wrong way".

Comment Is there a reason to pay more attention to NASA? (Score 2) 387

NASA research brought us a lot of things in the past. Not so much any more. We get excited now about putting a camera with a transmitter out at absurd distances, to find out things about our solar system that will (possibly) affect our lives 50-100 years from now.

Would it improve if we took some or all of the money spent on NASCAR and funneled it into NASA? Maybe a little... but would the result be more exploration, or simply more expensive exploration? Money's really the only thing that could be repurposed, because there is certainly a limit on how many people can participate in NASA.

Comment Re:Don't Know How You Made That Conclusion (Score 2) 217

Or maybe his top level domain is old enough?

As many others have posted, this cheap new TLDs have had their reputations tarnished. My system's count of TLDs that are blocked by default is over 20, and includes such "winners" as .ninja, .space, .science, .audio, .xyz, .link, .rocks, .click, .work, .party, .review, .date, .eoc, .website, .eu, .win, .racing, .pro, .asia, .download, .faith, .wang, and .top, with more added as the spam load rotates through them.

As for hosting on a virtual server out "in the cloud", as mentioned by some, if you're on an IP hosted by a cloud vendor, you're going to be blocked by our servers. Too much spam from cloud hosts to pick through for legitimate messages.

I could say I'm sorry to do these things, but it would be a lie.

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