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Comment Re:Statistical anomalies... (Score 1) 22

Biggs was only 44 when he died of an aortic dissection. The others all died at only 59 to 60 years old. Far too young, from cancer, heart disease, and a drug overdose.

I read JMS still holds the rights to any B5 movies. He stated he was hoping to make one that included some of the original cast. But at this rate it won't be possible for much longer. Very sad.

Comment Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 1) 168

The elimination of the voter being able to prove how they voted through official documentation removes the voter's ability to perform an audit of their own vote's tabulation. Voters uncovering elections fraud outweighs the very small (non-existent? - provide a link to cases of these claims, ever? Appeal to probability much?) vote-buying instances.

In all sane voting systems I have been so far, this is easily countered by public counting. If you want to be sure that your vote is tabulated correctly, watch the count, which is performed in public.

Comment Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 1) 168

That's why any vote is invalid, which is marked in a way that could identify the voter.

Yes, it is known that you went to the voting place, but it is not possible to connect an individual vote with you. Someone willing to buy a vote would have to buy the whole voting precinct and hand out the bribe according to the final result to everyone, even to those who did vote otherwise, because he can't make a difference between the individual voters (or punish the whole voting precinct after the vote goes not according to his wishes), which considerably rises the bar for vote rigging.

Comment Re:Mr. President, we must not allow a cyber gap! (Score 1) 60

Meanwhile, in the real world, the USA is the first country which has developed and deployed a first-strike cyber-weapon.

That is known of by the masses. And it failed in the fact that the creators relied on the date setting of the computer to delete itself. Had they done a better job, no one would have ever heard of Stuxnet. Who knows what else preceeded it.

Comment Re:Funny humanity (Score 3, Informative) 79

It's a little more complicated though.

Dark matter is the matter within a galaxy that is not visible/detectable, and still has to be there to explain the speed of outer regions of the galaxy when circling the center. The detection of a dimly lighted galaxy outside of known galaxies doesn't change that, as it won't change the rotation characteristic we observe at wellknown galaxies. It might change some calculation about the structure of super clusters of galaxies though.

Comment Re:I'll take the bait (Score 1) 45

Building it as a real RAID5 operating storage would be somewhat underperforming indeed. Take RAID5 as a metaphor of that information striping into independent storages works. A real RAID5 would also be somewhat clunky when it comes to plausible deniability, as the information chunks are quite large, and thus a legislation could request all stripes that are on the local hard drive, which would give them 1/nth of the information in a readable form, often enough to contain a lot of interesting material.

If you want to share the information in a way that no chunk contains legible details, you would have to stripe bitwise. Imagine the information A being encoded with an One-Time-Pad, and the One-Time-Pad stored in one site and the OTP(A) in another site, then only possession of both will yield anything. To stripe even more, you could use an OTP on both, and then you had four stripes, being OTP2(OTP1(A)), OTP2, OTP3(OTP1) and OTP3. Now only the knowledge of all four will give you any clue about A. If each information is stored under the umbrella of another legislation, you have plausible deniability until all four legislations agree to the information being released.

Comment Re:I'll take the bait (Score 4, Informative) 45

The Location of data has what to do with its movement around the world?

It always exists in at least one place.

Even that is not a given. Think about a RAID5 spread over several legislations, where each hard drive is in another country. No legislation has control over a complete set of the information in the RAID5, and only if one reads a sector of it, its parts get requested in the different locations and combined to the real data. And only if all but one legislations agree, you are able to get the complete information, as the data from n-1 stripes can reconstruct the original.

Comment Re:Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 10! (Score 2) 469

Not only that, in windows 10 unless you pick an ugly-as-fuck high contrast theme, the default themes have almost* no difference between the focused window and other windows, making it infuriating to use on a two-headed PC since I have no way of knowing where the focus is.

*: I noticed that the focused window's title text is slightly less gray, that's it.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

As a private buyer, you can install and use Enterprise any time you want - you just need to buy 500 licences. No problem, right?

5 licenses total. (Of anything; even a mix) And then once the VLA is established you can add one-offs.

Its been a long standing loophole, that you could be 1x-4x of some product you actually need and then pad out the 5 minimum with whatever is cheapest. (often under $10.00).

Once the VLA is established and current, you can then add oneoffs to it as needed.

The VLA minimums are usually not the biggest obstacle to getting in. The obstacle for small businesses has typically been the price -- they aren't big enough to get concessions and free stuff etc... and the Software Assurance costs more than just buying it retail, and then buying the upgrades at retail. But it was a lot easier to manage licensing. But the licensing management advantages really only start to hit when your up to at least a medium business or larger.

If the windows enterprise licensing got rolled into an office 365 type offering though, that might be simple enough and attractive enough for small businesses.

Comment Re:what a loser (Score 2) 469

Except Windows-running computers HAVE to be rebooted occasionally, or they'll get slower and slower. I think it's because Microsoft creates a VSS restore point prior to installing the disruptive update, then treats the system like a virtual hard drive mounted from that restore point until you finally reboot. It's been that way ever since Windows XP.

The last (and probably ONLY) version of Windows that you could truly get away with going for weeks without rebooting was Windows 2000 (prior to one of the later service packs... somewhere between SP3 and SP5, I think, which made Win2k require frequent reboots just like XP did). I still fondly remember installing Windows 2000, installing a bunch of other stuff, rebooting, then proceeding to go for almost a month without rebooting after installing Norton Antivirus and updating the AGP GART miniport drivers. Now, Windows wants you to reboot if you so much as raise your voice at it (though I think the never-ending reboots reached their worst point under Vista, before mellowing out slightly with Windows 7)

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 4, Insightful) 469

Linux WAS actually well on its way to becoming a meaningful alternative, until Ubuntu (who was responsible for most of that popularity) succumbed to Tablet Fever and, like Microsoft, proceeded to slaughter its golden egg-laying goose.

Remember 2008? Just slightly over 8 years ago? Back when "Ubuntu" had almost become SYNONYMOUS with "Linux" as far as books, magazines, and mainstream users were concerned? Now look at them... the only reason they're even still RELEVANT is because of all the popular distros that take Ubuntu's Unity trainwreck and undo most of the damage.

Comment Re:Dont care (Score 1) 469

The UI, hands down.

Classic Shell with Aero Glass Windows 7 theme is awesome, but be warned: getting glass8 ( to work is a BITCH. I got the translucent drag bars to work pretty easily, but window outlines are still just one pixel, and the translucency effect itself looks more like Metro's cheesy alpha-blending than Aero Glass' Gaussian-blurred splendor). And installing the debugging symbols it depends upon was a NIGHTMARE. Full props to its author for making it work at all, but Microsoft deserves endless hate for subjecting us to this kind of misery in the first place by taking away Aero Glass just so Windows wouldn't suck as badly on underpowered ARM hardware.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

Power users have been running server editions of windows for a while to over come various limitations of Windows desktop editions. But in my experience they were usually 'abusing' msdn or technet subscriptions to get the licenses.

I don't see any reason why you couldn't run a server, except that the licensing situation is still obnoxious.

Server essentials is kind of of a messed up product, like SBS was and I hate both. (I mean, if you sold 2 lathes for example with systems running SBS the customer would have a big mess since only one computer in the domain can run SBS...)

So that bumps you to server standard, which as you said works brilliantly, but at $1200 it just doesn't make a lot of financial sense to put that all over the place.

I guess on a $200,000 to $1.5M piece of kit, it's a footnote in the price tally... but still... its a ripoff; and probaby cheaper to stand up an azure domain controller, and run windows enterprise on the units; at least assuming you need more than one computer in the environment.

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