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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Baki Re: Double-edged sword (118 comments)

Onthe other hand, incentives might increase. Is there any proof?

about 2 months ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Baki Re:Global market for talent (441 comments)

Race to the bottom then, for all employees? Corporations, even though they have not been elected or are properly under democratic control, have more negotiation power than the employees?

That cannot work for too long, sooner or later a revolution will come. Either that, or massive military suppression of the people.

about 3 months ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Baki Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

You put it as if there is only a choice between all or nothing (communist versus totally unregulated capitalist).
In addition, one would not be allowed to try to improve ones own country/system, but one should leave if you don't like it?

I think that is rather absurd.

about 4 months ago

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Baki Changing attitudes, i.e. brainwashing (143 comments)

I hope and think that the brainwashing of the younger "freeloading" generation will fail.
It is truely disgusting to see the attempts to brainwash the people to protect vested economic interests.
The collateral damage to prevent sharing of bitstreams is just too high.
We cannot prevent this, neither with laws nor with brainwashing. Sharing is just too easy and natural.

We'll have to adapt our economic model to the new reality instead, the "new normal".

about 4 months ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

Baki Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Victims of slander should have the origin removed, not the index by google or others.
It was wrong to put the burden on google and other search indexes, and it will fail.
This site just proves that this method of "forgetting" will fail.

about 4 months ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Baki Re:To what end? (219 comments)

No they don't. The supreme court actually has something to say in Germany, and its constitution is pretty strong (also in practice) w.r.t. privacy and citizens rights. I'm not german myself (but living near germany). My impression, also from German newspapers etc., is that most germans including politicians are truely mad and are seriously considering to cool down relations with the USA. The USA is risking to loose one of the few remaining friends it has in the world.

about 5 months ago

Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Baki Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (316 comments)

Java software development, running a few weblogic or other JEE appservers for testing etc?
At work we get slightly underpowered laptops, but with 16GB RAM.

about 6 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

Baki Re:What Level 3 can do (210 comments)

Millions of customers being out of internet, might wake up some politicians.
Would be interesting in the light of the net neutrality discussions.

about 7 months ago

NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Baki Respect must be earned (173 comments)

Times that policemen got respect automatically are over. The enforcement of unjust laws, such as most related to the war on drugs, undermines public respect for the police, at least amongst a large minority. I think that it the greatest danger of unjust or ineffective laws.

The best thing the police could do to improve its image, would be to advocate the abolotion of unjust laws, even if these provide them with easy money.

about 7 months ago

NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Baki Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (115 comments)

Fortunately, if there Is a real God, I suspect "he"s not going to be that hung up on whether his creations beleived without evidence or not.

Most religions claim otherwise. I think those religions that "survive" the competition from other religions (like an evolutionary process), are those that "procreate" well into the next generation.

Therefore, successful religions must force people (with the threat of divine punishment) to adopt the theory, like belief in god.
Religions that would not mandate a belief in god, and promise punishment to those that don't, would die out fast.

about 7 months ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

Baki Re:Conditions of instability: (207 comments)

But some of these extensions are the reason for me to run firefox.
I may not complain if they don't work, but I'll stop using firefox too.

about 8 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Baki When robots do 90% of the work (676 comments)

then the government transfer will either be somewhere between 90 and 100%, or if ower, a significant amount of the population will starve.

Long term joblessness is bound to go up to extreme levels, meaning we get a lot of spare time. I just hope a system will be in place to redistribute wealth. If not, future looks really awful.

about 9 months ago

Under the Hood of SteamOS

Baki Re:Always AUFS ... (201 comments)

Yes I discovered AUFS a while ago and it is really great.

I use it to backup to 5 disks (of various sizes).
Need to backup 10TB to a bunch of disks, but in the case of a disaster I want to be able to read individual disks without setting up a (software) raid array when restoring from an emergency. So I joined 5 disks of various sizes, 10TB in total, together with aufs and write to the aufs device. Aufs ensures that files are written on one of the disks, the one with the most space left.

Later I can take an individual disk and find part of all files on int, or put them together in an aufs-setup and restore in one go.

Raid-JBOD has the drawback that loss of one disk (in the backup set) means loss of all of them.
Raid-5 is more complicated and fragile for restores, and wastes 1 disk for parity, which is not required for a backup (the live system already is raid-6).

(and yes, I've got two backups).

about a year ago

Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

Baki Re: FFS (456 comments)

5-10% of most mammals, including humans, are gay. That leaves more than enough people to procreate. What utter nonsense.
Would you also exclude or stigmatize priests or nuns? Or anyone that doesn't procreate for whatever reason?
Or the 0.5% of the population that have another deviation that obstructs their procreation, such as infertility? You want to stigmatize those?

Please think again and be very ashamed.

about a year ago

Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

Baki Re:Solution - End the "war on drugs" (620 comments)

In addition, you don't need to be libertarian to find the idea of the government telling me what I may ingest and what not abhorrent.
Only massive propaganda (since 100 years) can keep up some level of acceptance for this concept.

about a year ago

Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

Baki Re:Billion ... with a B (620 comments)

Please stop calling it the war on drugs. It is a war on people that want to decide for themselves what they ingest, instead of letting lawmakers decide over my own body. It cannot be called a war on drugs, it is a war on people owning their own body.

I for one, will never accept that I am "allowed" to ingest alcohol but not other substances that I prefer and know to be less dangerous.
If justice wants to regain respect of the population at large, they must stop this.

about a year ago

Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

Baki Mandatory health insurance is widespread (565 comments)

In most western democracies there is a system of mandatory health insurance.

The reason is the same everywhere: we do not tolerate that in a civilized society people have to die just because of money. Any other society is barbaric in the eyes of most enlightened people.

You can either pay everything from the general budget (like the UK's NHS) or pay through some (often income-dependent) insurance premium, which has partially the character of a solidarity tax.

If it were not mandatory, you would have to fund it otherwise, like via income tax.

Do you really rather live in a society where people that have bad luck have to die so you have a bit more wealth?!?

I think 95% of all non-US citizens are appalled and shocked that this is even worth a discussion in the USA, and this is a sign of the extreme egoism and selfishness of parts of US society.

about a year ago

When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time

Baki Re:But does it change anything? (245 comments)

The red terror had a message for their 'own group' and wanted to wipe out their enemy. Just like Al Shabaab yes.

But the enemy for red terror was maybe 1% of world population, for Al Shabaab it is 90% or more.

Also the 'detail' of suicide has quite large practical implications. If you would assume any terrorist would always try to get out alive, lots of potential attaacks become much harder.

These two facts, especially in combination, make quite a difference.

about a year ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Baki Re:jerk (1440 comments)

So based upon a correlation it would be ok to punish people for something they didn't actually do?

about a year ago


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