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Comment Wrong again (Score -1, Troll) 162

Did Vmware actually agree to the GPL? If not, they are not in violation. This is getting old. They did not violate the GPL if they did not agree to it.

But they did violate copywrite law, provided that this fellow can prove it. I hope he can prove it in court. But "violating the GPL" is not correct unless the company explicitly agreed to it.

Comment Re:He didn't "build" anything (Score 2, Insightful) 319

The photos show a circuit board printed with "Micronta" which is a Tandy/Radio Shack trademark.

Yes, he took apart an alarm clock, made it look like a Hollywood bomb, and claimed he "invented" it. He is a liar, a swindler, and a piece of shit human. He tried to play the media with his pity party. Then he left the country. Good riddance! But someone left the door open and the vermin got back in again.

Comment Re:Seriously, WTF? (Score 1) 41

Screw it, I'm going to start a business with an impossible plan, then, after I've gotten millions in capital, I'll announce that the company is something else, get my sock puppet and sell dog food over the internet.

Create a browser front end for online forums with AI that will identify content derogatory to the user and rewrite it as praise. That should appeal to all those narcissists.

Comment Re:time's direction (Score 3, Interesting) 268

Perhaps in fact time goes back and forward all the time. This would be a nifty way to have things like spooky action at a distance. You run time forward till a correlated event happens, then run it backward and imbue the necessary future state. Instant hidden variables that you can't detect.

Yes. I have long thought that this is a plausible explanation for the two slit photon "problem". We observe the photon moving in "our" time direction, but can not observe the same photon as it travels against our time direction. The photon itself is satisfied in its path, the past and future points agree. Thanks for putting this in easily grokable form.

Comment Re:Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill (Score 1) 124

VW is paying for deliberately contravening the law. They wanted to make non-compliant cars look like they were compliant.

What if I consider this a matter of civil disobedience? The law is wrong, and I will defy it. Sometimes bad laws are impossible to remove through the regular system because the system is corrupt, and civil disobedience is the only way to get started on a fix. I am not proposing that VW is using this angle, but am offering it as an analogy. Bad laws should be opposed, one way or another.

They knew what they were doing was wrong, but did it anyway.

No. They knew it was probably illegal. Right and wrong do NOT follow legal and illegal. That is completely backwards. Law should follow right and wrong. But it often does not.

My opinion is that this should be settled by a number of jury trials, where the juries are advised to consider the actual damage to the environment when determining the awards. Yes, there will be damages, but they should be fair.

Comment Re:Time to fork the net (Score 1) 64

Yep, some form of distributed DNS system will be a good idea. Expect to see it start happening in the next 6mo and gaining adaption and the countries who are pro-authoritarian or demanding everyone use a government ID to go online(S.Korea, EU, etc) to try making it illegal.

I have been thinking about this for some time. My first idea was how to deal with the problem of when governments dictate to the root servers that domains should be erased or the nameservers changed, against the will of the domain owners. I was thinking of changes to nameservers so that they keep a historical database of changes in the IP addresses of a domain's nameservers and some way for end users to add some token to a domain name to indicate they want to use the older (correct) nameservers instead of the current (stolen) ones.

Now I am wondering if it would be possible to have a parallel DNS system where a blockchain broadcasts changes in the root DNS information (domain name to nameserver IP) and the domain owners sign changes so that everyone knows that the change is authentic. To willingly transfer a domain, the owner could give the signing keys to the new owner. As a parallel system, a caching resolver could first look in the blockchain, and if the domain is not participating, then go to the root servers. One obvious issue is how the real owners would prove initial ownership when registering with the new system. Maybe proving that they control the domain by creating a specific host record in that domain?

Comment Re:Death Spiral in 5...4...3...2...1... (Score 2) 66

(Why the hell don't quote tags work here?! I first tried HTML brackets, then LG and GG signs, but they still would not render the above quote. Crap. Please refer to the above post.)

This reminds me of AOL two decades ago. They had a big image and were writing contracts left and right with venture capital startups. Their policy was, "F--- them out of their money." A startup that got 10 million would give most of that to AOL for some worthless "partnership". Then they would run out of money and AOL would say "bwah, ha, ha!".

Now we are talking about Microsoft, but the story sounds similar. I have to wonder if these patents are even enforceable, or just accepted. Will China enforce these patents against supposed infringing products leaving the shipping docks? Or will it be up to Xiaomi to find "infringers" and take them to court? In China, or USA? This seems like a big bucket of worms.

Comment Re:Find an alternative to DNS (Score 1) 107

I agree with your idea. I have thought about a DNS system with history, kind of like I did not come up with a foolproof way to use older (correct, before censorship) DNS entries, but I was thinking that some special prefix to the domain name would indicate that I want an older DNS lookup. Maybe this archival nameserver would cache this against my current IP address and continue feeding my browser that IP address from my last requested date.

It would also be nice if this DNS archive would allow downloads of their global DNS archive so that lower level nameservers could use that data as a first level DNS cache. If there were some major DNS disruption, this could help everyone keep operating.

Comment Re:not going to work (Score 2) 242

Yes. I have been a pilot for almost three decades and I have followed the two interesting improvements: one is diesel aircraft engines, the other is called operating "lean of peak". The diesel engines seemed promising, but it seems that they just fizzled out. Maybe they were just too expensive for the cost savings. The "lean of peak" idea made a lot of sense, but only for aircraft with fuel injection and when the injectors were carefully matched. It's a great idea, but can it help us car users when we change our throttle many times per minute? Maybe not.

Comment Re:T.his S.ucks A.lot (Score 5, Insightful) 382

I know the answer is obvious, but since you did not actually say it... Disband the TSA. Fire their sorry and stupid asses so they can contribute to the economy in some other way. Go back to metal detectors and a simple xray as in the 1990's. Let passengers put their keys, coins, small knives, and Leatherman tools in the plastic basket going around the metal detector. Okay, have a vapor detector for common explosives and do a polite check when it gives a (false, of course) positive. Otherwise, non-metalics go through.

When I flew for business, my boss often gave me his tickets, and I just had to remember to respond when his name was called. The airlines hated this and they were a major force for the stupid regulations for checking ID. They were really pissed that senior citizens that bought cheap tickets way in advance could sell their tickets to business people who wanted close dates.

As far as I can remember, there are only a couple cases of actual airline "terrorist" actions in the last few decades that were not state sponsored. I think the Lockerbie bomb is one example. Most every other is a product of the CIA, Mossad, or one of their operatives. TSA can't do a thing about a privileged agent walking the "underwear bomber" or his equivalent around security.

Comment Re:Amazing that Google left themselves vulnerable (Score 1) 343

I think your memory is close, but not quite right. I think Compaq cloned the BIOS, not DOS. IBM published the PC BIOS source code (in one of those boxed binders that the PC made standard for years.) There was no reason to clone DOS, since the customer had to buy either PC-DOS or MS-DOS anyway.

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