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Comment two solutions. (Score 1, Interesting) 38

1. realize that in this foul year of our lord 2017, any media coverage of a potential exploit that releases unanticipated or unauthorized amounts of data must now be called a 'bleed.' when the worlds first automated toilet gets hacked, rest assured, thats turd-bleed.

2. quit relying on cloudflare to shave a few cents off your infrastructure and learn how to competently host and deploy your own load balanced services that are resilient to DDoS. most hosting providers offer ddos protection anyhow, and the statistical likelyhood youll need cloudflare levels of protection is limited, unless youre 4chan or wikileaks.

Comment those who ignore IRC (Score 2) 56

are doomed to reinvent it, poorly. IRC has had end to end TLS and EECDH cryptography for quite some time. it even boasts key based authentication. This is the opinion of a Greybeard, so hold on for a rant. I dont think "chat-ops" brings anything to the table we havent had for 3 decades already. its a nice buzzword for startups to throw around when touting their agile workplaces.

Do one thing, and do it well. If im chatting with you, i dont need to see your face or hear your voice. Asterisk lets me place a call to you if its really that necessary but video conferencing is just compensating for managements insecurity. if you want to show me your code, send me a link to your gitlab or pastebin or gerrit (we have pull requests you know.) if you need to share your screen, tmux and novnc do it just fine but you should take a moment to determine why your screen has to be shared for me to understand a particular concept or issue. So in short, no. I dont see value in slack and mattermost. I dont want another goddamn client on my desktop and i dont need another website that loads 50mb of content just to make sure my manager can see my living room.

Comment Re:Instruction set (Score 1) 75

So if you write code to do a task, and then you write it again for someone else, is it not going to be nearly the same?

Hahahahaha, No.

There are multiple ways of solving, even simple, problems. Some are better than others. Some require a leap of intuition that most people simply will never have. Software patents are no better or worse than any other patents. *All* patents are stupid.

Comment Re:Zenimax ButtHurt (Score 1) 75

Zenimax got half a billion dollars and they're still butthurt?

They haven't got the money yet. Thats part of the issue. Oculus filed for an appeal, and as such do not have to pay the judgement until the appeal is over.

This is a pretty common tactic for a company, even if they know they will probably lose on appeal. The idea is to delay the payment as long as possible on the off chance that the plaintiff will simply fold up shop and go away. At the very least, they can enjoy a few more years of profits in the mean time which may or may not enable them to gain a greater market share, making the judgment easier to pay.

To counter that, the plaintiff files the injunction. Basically it is argued that the appeal is nothing more than a delaying tactic, and if the judge agrees, then there will be an injunction. This puts tremendous pressure on the defendant to simply pay up. If they don't think the appeal can be won, then they will simply give it up and pay up. If they do think they can win, then they have massive incentive to make sure the appeal happens fast. It effectively pulls the rug out of the "delay the inevitable loss" tactic. The down-side for the plaintiff is that the judge will never allow it unless (s)he believes the defendant is just stalling.

Comment Re:Biggest troll there is... (Score 2) 75

They never did anything even related to VR. Only because that one guy who used to work for them also worked on the side on VR, they claim his work is theirs. This is why contracts that says the company own EVERYTHING you make or work on while in employment, should be illegal.

There is a huge overlap between fast and powerful rendering engines and VR. Even while it was still Id, Carmack had an express interest in VR, and that was no small part of the value Id had when it was sold. For Carmack to subsequently leave and take that value with him to join a startup *using* much of the material he developed while at Id (note I said material, not knowledge), is simply unconscionable, and Carmack and Oculus are in deep shit as a result.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 1) 59

I understand what copyright is intended to do, but I see little evidence that a 90+ year term and other onerous terms are means to this goal.

I'd be the first to agree that the current implementation of copyright is deeply flawed in several ways, including the steady creep up to the current absurd durations you mentioned. I am in no way supporting that side of the copyright system, as you can tell by many other posts I've made including to this very discussion.

However, most use of copyrighted work both by creators and by pirates still happens in the first few years, and in practice shortening the duration to something much more reasonable seems unlikely to affect the behaviour of either side very much. The basic principle is still that copyright establishes similar market incentives to create information-based products to the incentives established by respecting physical private property when it comes to creating physical products.

And of course, as Google points out, the search index could not have occurred under such a regime. I shouldn't have to sell you on the usefulness of internet search on society[...]

I'm something of a skeptic in that regard. My personal suspicion is that if we didn't have the likes of Google indexing everything, we'd just have evolved some other sort of directory/index system, along with including more explicit links in our Web content and probably making more use of bookmarks for starting points relevant to our personal interests. There were already plenty of moves in these directions in parallel with early search engine development, some much more promising than others, and the natural connectedness of the Web would lend itself just fine to scaling up these sorts of alternatives.

Maybe that would even have become a better system than what we have today. By its nature, an automated search engine will always be vulnerable to gaming whatever system it implements. Today's arrangement also locates an awful lot of power centrally with the big search engines, even though they are ultimately only useful because of any good content created by others that they help a visitor to find. When sites that would be of interest to visitors can rise and fall almost entirely by a change in the ranking algorithm at a search engine, over which the site has no control and for which the search engine has no accountability, I'm not sure everything is really working as wonderfully as we sometimes assume.

Automation has so far proven to be a questionable benefit over curation, and while it's certainly true that today's search engines are often better for finding interesting or useful information than the portals and web rings of the 1990s, that's not really a fair comparison. It's called web browsing for a reason, and I truly think we've lost something that had great potential there with the rise of the search engines.

Comment Re:observed phenomena (Score 1) 319

Name one study offering a credible alternative explanation for observed phenomena.

What observed phenomena?

This, for a start: http://berkeleyearth.org/wp-co... . On the subject of replication, note that this image graphs results from four different research groups.

Here is the fit of theory to experiment:
http://berkeleyearth.org/wp-co...

on behalf of all skeptics, i'll just say "the fit of that graph is not good enough to convince me!"

The challenge was to put forth a credible alternate explanation.

Comment Re:Only? (Score 0) 142

Japan's problem is their inability to let the failures go down in flames and fail for the good of the rest of the economy and of the society.

Japan is the place were you go to when you want to get funny money for trading/shorting, that's the place you go to borrow Yen to do all this insane trading. Japan is the place of the suicide economic policy, the kamikaze of policies (the one that USA is also following), the policy destroying the currency for the purpose of bailing out horrible failures just to keep them going due to political expediency and not due to any form of sound economics at all.

This in turn leads to economic stagnation, falling birth rates, depression, etc. All the good stuff that the central bankers together with the government love to give its people.

Comment Re:You do not get to define innovation for anyone (Score 1) 59

When Google first launched their search engine, they didn't have ads in the way they and many other free-to-use online services do today. They were one of the pioneers of the modern online world where everything is expected to be "free", privacy is invaded routinely, advertising of questionable value to almost everyone other than the ad networks dominates, and web pages are so full of tracking and advertising junk that an entire ecosystem of tools had to be invented just to make the web not suck more than it did 20 years ago. Whatever benefits any of Google's services might have offered relative to the alternatives we had before, I'm still not sure it was worth the trade-off.

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