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Comment Country bans then become regional (Score 0) 68

Some countries imposes legal limitations on content.

By forbidding geo-blocking, content that is legal in other EU countries would suddenly need to be blocked across the EU, to prevent, for example, Germans from seeing/hearing it, because it's illegal in Germany.

Sounds like a freedom-supporting plan to me! (NOT!)

Comment Maybe /. needs an AI ... (Score -1, Offtopic) 62

... for it's "Related Links" section. This store has:

Donald Trump Wins US Presidency
Garmin Engineer Shot And Killed By Man Yelling 'Get Out Of My Country!'
VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People 'Smoked Pot' and Didn't Work
Universal Basic Income Programs Arrive
Russia Unveils 'Satan 2' Missile Powerful Enough To 'Wipe Out UK, France Or Texas'

Uh, yeah, those are related.... NOT!

Comment Policies are OK, arbitrary length limits aren't (Score 1) 498

I found a method that worked for me - pass phrases. Since most sites are hashing your password anyway, why should there be an arbitrary limit on the LENGTH of the password? The most frustration I have had is when a site refused to accept my password, because the original password phrase was 35 characters long, and they had imposed a 16 character limit since I'd signed up for the service. "Oh, and you can no longer use a space as a character!"

I think I used "WhatADumbPolicy!"....

Comment Re:EBCDIC (Score 4, Insightful) 615

For some of us, it's today... I have two processes where the data arrives as EBCDIC plus binary data, and the files are constructed to emulate a 200-byte tape record. I got to learn all about how COBOL represented numbers in various fields to get these running in 1991 and 2000, and still have to remember them when the people source the data need help remembering how it works.

They keep saying they want to sunset the applications that generate the EBCDIC data, but, in 15 years of saying that, they have yet to create a viable alternative.

Comment Not much value if systems aren't built here too (Score 1) 381

Let's see... New factory to build displays in the US, but all the phone and computer manufacturing is where the existing factories are in SE Asia... Not very economically smart.

Apple doesn't build computers here, so why would they source screens here, ship them to China, then bring back the finished product? Or is Foxconn also planning an assembly plant here, where the display-less iPhones are assembled here?

Comment Sometimes, web pages should NOT be reloaded (Score 1) 766

I do development where I need to look at the source code of a page, to make sure that certain elements are present. The attitude that caching the page for even a fraction of a second is "bad" has made it very difficult to do this anymore - If I ask for the source, the browser claims the page is "expired", and demands to reload it. That changes what I'm looking for, making the request invalid.

Even trying to save the page locally requires that it be reloaded. It's become nearly impossible to check a page's actual content.

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