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Comment Re:Definitely script kiddies (Score 1) 62

I've heard suggestions that state "someone is learning how to take down the internet." I don't have the background to understand these suggestions. Isn't it possible though that some state actor did this as an experiment to see the response and how much damage an attack like this could do?

Comment Re:They better make it to my house... (Score 2) 188

You won't see widespread fiber to the home in your lifetime. Running all new wiring, to every house, in every neighborhood, in every city, was never a good idea. Would I like gigabit fiber? Of course. Who wouldn't. But the U.S. is too big

Comes up every time someone discusses the sorry state of internet in the US. Size has nothing to do with it. We don't need to run fiber to every square mile of death valley. 3% of the united states land is urbanized. We don't need to cover even all of THAT. If you live in Lander WY, you accept you're not going to have great internet offerings. Farmer Brown in western kansas isn't going to start a rebellion if LA gets fiber and his cows don't. But how many cities aside from the three that Google Fiber did have sensible fiber?

The issue is exclusively oligopolies and their ability to lobby. Verizon proved as much with New York.

End restrictions on municipal broadband.

It's a start, but Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and the other big guys undoubtedly have other strategies to undermine those efforts. Suing to stop them for unfair competition is only the first defense. With Google fiber, they engaged in misinformation campaigns that didn't work, but they'll get better, and IIRC, google had to lobby KC to allow google to touch their phone lines without being shot on sight.

Break up the telecos, seize their copper, and send the executives to Rikers for massive fraud and anti-competitive behavior, and fiber will follow....

You won't see widespread fiber to the home in your lifetime.

Yeah, I know...

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 874

TCP/IP mostly came form Stanford, Xerox (PARC again!), and UC London.

Then it got useful for local networks with work on Ethernet from, where else, PARC, U Hawaii, and UICU (which now prefers UIUC just to annoy us NovaNET alumni).

And the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a largely ignored history of contributions to modern computing and Internet capabilities, from Ethernet to instant messaging to computer-based training, lots of interesting stuff.

And many alumni that were powerhouses early on; Marc Andreessen, Ray Ozzie, Don Bitzer, Steve Chen, Lemuel Davis, Bob Miner,Larry Ellison, and a few others

At one time Microsoft hired more from UIUC than any other school.

Comment Re:MacOS Preview (Score 1) 83

Most likely because, traditionally, Macs are used by graphic artist types who already have near-literal arsenals of graphics/CG applications. Even though I only do grpahics/art for fun, my own Mac has GIMP, DAZ Studio, Maya, Carrara, Modo, Poser, and a zillion smaller applications that support all of those (Iray, Reality, LuxRender, UV Mapping utilities, various image/video viewers, etc). Pretty certain that the pros have way more stuff installed, and they installed them the same day they unboxed the computer.

A simple paint-type program would just sit around useless, yanno?

Comment Re:Would prefer a seperate app (Score 2) 83

Ugh. No, no it does not.

Okay, that's probably the artist in me talking, but seriously - outside of some really non-professional home stuff (or the occasional semi-dank meme that makes fun of childish actions), MS Paint falls way, way, way short for illustration. No, really... I'd rather masturbate with a handful of glass shards than use MS Paint for *anything* work-related... and no, I'm not a professional artist.

Comment I'm pissed with them right now (Score 1) 1

Ordered a long-throw stapler and staples 2 weeks ago. The stapler came last week, staples today. The box was open at both ends, staples spilled out into the bag, box crushed and staples broken.

They won't let me return them. I'd be REALLY pissed if it wasn't just a couple of bucks.

Comment Re:About time! (Score 4, Interesting) 83

Actually, Microsoft did try to take a stab at Photoshop back in 1998-1999 or so, using (IIRC) the same name - "Paint 3D". They included an application CDs in their TechNet subscription packages for awhile; it stopped showing up in 2000-ish.

The interface blew goats, it was slow and occasionally quite buggy (at least on NT 4), but it did have some ideas in it worth exploring; I think it most likely died a quiet death due to the monopoly lawsuit...

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 4, Informative) 874

No, Hitler merely repeated Napoleon's error, and ultimately met the same fate.

The Americans etc.destroyed much German war capability, driving them back to Berlin. The Russians sapped the Nazis' eastern front and with just a little material help from the Americans counterattacked and pincered the Nazis. Had the Americans slowed we would have seen the Soviet empire established with a western border on France and maybe Belgium. whether that would have been better or not I would leave to your imagination.

We could debate the potential success of the Allies if Russia had not counterattacked, but I'm thinking that Hitler's greatest weakness was believing he was a military strategist. Killing Nazi generals was the best Allied strategy, leaving him with successively junior and weaker staff, less likely to speak up and challenge his worst ideas. But any significant delay in defeating Nazi Germany could have resulted in a nuclear weapon being detonated either on the Continent or on Britain, and we would have a very, very different world than we do now. Japan was so isolated that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were considered events 'somewhere else' by most of the world, and underappreciated for the gravity and potential except for the US and Russian leadership, who entirely understood that any singular advantage in nuclear weapons could result in worldwide destruction or hegemony, with no middle ground.

Thank your luck stars that the US held the early advantage. The Soviet Empire would not have hesitated to use such leverage to brutal effect, and that would be a different world also. The US had very different aspirations for world influence, and that made a difference to the relative benefit of the world.

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