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Comment You really have two problems... (Score 4, Interesting) 182

The legal entity side where you the person who paid for the service is now deceased is a small part of the problem. Once the credit card company knows you're dead, so are your cards. Then you need to figure out how to get the service provider to change payment method without them realizing that the person who's name is on the account is deceased. If you care so much about this scenario, your best bet is to form some form of LLC that itself owns the domain, service contracts, etc. Make your executor/spouse/meaningful person a signing officer. This has the added benefit of skipping over probate issues as well.

The bigger issue is the content/tech side. All sites need maintenance. All service providers eventually go out of business or get acquired. Bit rot is a thing. Your best bet for future-proofing is to either publish static HTML, or have a backup that can be published as static html after the fact. Either way, you really need to have a designated geek to help finish your affairs.

And, after all that, you still need to figure out how to pay for the hosting perpetually. Maybe directing an annuity to be established is the right thing? No idea.

With all that said, sometimes its nice to leave a legacy. E.g.

Comment Competitive advantage shouldn't be open sourced (Score 3, Funny) 356

Post-election it was widely reported that the tech powering the Obama camp was a big factor in its success, whereas the Romney camp was handicapped by poorly tested & implemented systems.

Why would they want to give that away that sort of advantage?

My suggestion would be to make it easy to volunteer on the project, & hack on the code, but not go so far as to open source it. This enables participation from folks who are motivated, but doesn't give the competition a leg up.

Comment Simplest Solution is not to roll your own (Score 1) 272

Personally, given how cheap online storage is these days, I'd just outsource to dropbox or another vendor.

If you want to do IT as a hobby, then by all means buy a NAS, etc, But then you need to worry about hardware failure, offsite backups, updating NAS firmware, etc.

Unless you have an epic amount of data, I'd just pay dropbox the $10/mo necessary to get 100GB of storage. A decent NAS setup would end up costing around $200-$300.

Comment The reason is quite simple (Score 2) 163

A good chunk of these BS/trivial patents stem from devs gaming the system.

Many corporations, and I imagine IBM is one of them, have patent bounties that are paid out in a multi-tier system:
- propose a patent application that passes the internal corporate review board: small $ bonus
- get the patent app files: bigger $ bonus
- have the patent granted: big $ bonus

I've known a few devs who have made a nice chunk of change in annual bonuses because they've learned the system. From devs on the line, through management & in-house counsel, there is zero disincentive to filing these applications, and a lot of potential personal upside.

Comment More like "Judge blasts government" (Score 2) 95

The specific prosecutors were not rebuked, however the judge did have some very hash words for the executive branch.

I'd suggest reading the entire transcript of the court's decision, and drawing your own conclusions. By comparison, that article in the post is far less interesting to read.

One very important point that the Judge made: he blames the government (executive branch) as a whole, not the specific prosecutors who handled the case in the latter stages:
THE COURT: I have one more matter to address,
and Mr. Welch, I know I asked some tough questions of you,
I've had some tough comments for the executive branch of
government today, but I want the record to reflect that both
you and Mr. Pearson have conducted yourself with the height
of professionalism before me in any and all matters, and you
weren't known to the court before you arrived and I'm not
sure if you'll be back in this court because you're from
other jury jurisdiction, but I want to commend you for your
level of professionalism in all matters before the court,
both in public matters and some of the classified hearings
and I commend you for your professionalism. Sometimes it's
tough to be the messenger, Mr. Welch, when you have to try to
answer for the entire U.S. government. I wasn't casting
anything personally upon you, it was more directed at the
executive branch, and I commend you and Mr. Pearson for your
professionalism in this case.of professionalism before me in any and all matters, and you
Sometimes it's
tough to be the messenger, Mr. Welch, when you have to try to
answer for the entire U.S. government. I wasn't casting
anything personally upon you, it was more directed at the
executive branch, and I commend you and Mr. Pearson for your
professionalism in this case.

That is a direct quote from the transcript, pages 47-48

Comment Taking the pragmatic approach (Score 1) 561

My son recently turned 7, and is quite the proto-gamer. He's got his own steam account, and he is a Minecraft/Terraria addict.

About a year or so ago, he started his youtube fix: he wanted to watch 'how-to'/review videos for transformers, star wars, and lego toys. This posed a major dilemma for me: he really enjoys watching the videos, but lets face it, there is a lot of 'inappropriate' language. One day, after telling him to skip a video for the nth time, I simply decided to stop the censorship. I sat him down, and taught him all the dirty words. We talked about reasonable limits. I.e. things he's allowed to search for, and when he needs to stop following the 'related path'. I told him point blank that I have high expectations for him, but I trust him. I can't protect him from the world, but I can shape his interpretation of it. He knows that if he imitates some of the bad language/behaviour, he's going to get an internet 'grounding'.

I take the same approach for his gaming fix: he's allowed to play a wide assortment of games, but only on his own, or with ppl he knows IRL. He has an email address, and a skype account, but he knows that they are 'family' only.

His computer (my old gaming rig) is right beside where I work, and we talk about what he is seeing/hearing. I probably won't know for a few years how things turn out from a moral perspective, but I do know that his reading/writing/logic skills are substantially more advanced than his peers. At 7 (grade 1), he is reading the minecraft wiki, and his google-fu is starting to develop. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when he takes his iPad with him when he visits his Grandma's house this summer.

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