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Comment Re:US Legal system (Score 4, Informative) 571

That is how Scientology works. "The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is no authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, or course, ruin him utterly" - L. Ron Hubbard, The Scientologist, a Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955

Comment My family’s data protection plan (Score 1) 229

My family’s data protection plan involves and off-site backup to my parent’s home and vice versa. Each week, we establish a VPN between our homes and do an incremental backup of photos, home videos, and important documents to an external HDD at each home. This prevents loss in case of natural disaster or fire.

Comment Sony Betamax principle (Score 3, Interesting) 321

I see this act no different than recording a radio broadcast onto a cassette tape or recording a TV broadcast on VHS or DVR’s. Now we record a video or audio stream from an online source onto your hard drive. The same principle applies to these activities, different source on different media. So I say Youtube has no legal basis to threaten the developers of these apps. This is how I get my music today.

Comment Hostage (Score 2, Interesting) 43

Considering whats going on with Facebook in Germany and Brazil, if I was the CEO, I'd say release our execs (Brazil) and cease your draconian regulations (Germany) or we will block all access to Facebook from your country. When your citizens try to access Facebook, they will be redirected to a site stating to contact your government to release our execs and cease their draconian regulation or you will never see Facebook again.

Comment Re:Drop origin of life (Score 1) 591

Christians say we and all other life was created by God. Evolution states we started as amoebas and evolved over billions of years into what we are today. Personally though, I could care less. I am as I am now and will use it to my fullest abilities. Whether my species was created or evolved is irrelevant to me here and now and till I die.

Comment Re:Drop origin of life (Score 2, Interesting) 591

As I said, drop the origin of life topic. Avoid the religious and scientific controversy all together. When I took biology in HS, my biology teacher skipped the topic altogether. Didn't even mention the controversy. Just skipped the chapter altogether. One student asked why she skipped it. Her response, "I will teach what can be reproduced in a lab or examined first-hand."

Comment no purpose left (Score 4, Insightful) 229

Flash had its time. With HTML 4 & 4.1, there was little support for media and interactive content on websites. So Macromedia (now Adobe) stepped in and provided code which can be embedded within HTML code to allow more robust, interactive and media friendly websites. However, Flash is not an open standard. It is owned by Adobe. Thus the development software is expensive. Fortunately, HTML 5 standard is and open standard. With many of Flash's abilities now integrated into HTML 5, anyone can afford to make robust, interactive and media friendly websites without having to pay for Adobe's flash developer software. Another advantage of HTML 5 is that because of its open standard, it allows seamless transitions among different browsers and platforms as well as less resource overhead than Flash had.

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