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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Begemot Re: Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

If you don't live in the Middle East and do not depend on supply of rotten dinosaurs in barrels, then it's not so much of a problem for you

Corrected it for you.

4 days ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Begemot Re:Except... (135 comments)

Maybe the selection algorithm is nondeterministic or its input includes user's location, history and some other personal shit.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Begemot Britain doesn't choose their battles wisely (135 comments)

Given the demand, there'll always be supply, one way or another.
And I hope it will not take the form of rape and harassment.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Begemot You can offer a new option... (239 comments)

... and see which one works better.

Before you force users looking for alternatives just because someone made a bad decision

about two weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

Begemot Re:How hard can it be... (150 comments)

I actually think that any religion is crazy, so yes, Muslims too.

about two weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

Begemot How hard can it be... (150 comments)

... listing all priests in Britain?

about two weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Begemot Google doesn't have to comply (193 comments)

EU is not going to shut Google down. What everyone's going to use? Bing?

about three weeks ago
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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

Begemot VR instead of self driving mobile offices (144 comments)

It is safer to predict that due to the quickly developing VR tech, many more will work from home because it's cheaper, greener, and better utilizes everyone's time.

There will be no reason to meet face to face for work.

Even today it's just the old habits.

about three weeks ago
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Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films

Begemot Re:It's not true 3D and it doesn't need to be. (26 comments)

This is not an ad. Early VR projects are interesting, and this post (even though it could be used for publicity) belongs here.

That's exactly why it is an ad. They should have mentioned other projects in this area and maybe compare them. Then it would be a lot more interesting.

about a month ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Begemot I can think of several things (209 comments)

For example:
- Manage inventory of groceries (I hate to discover that there's no milk in the morning with hungry kids and no time for shopping)
- Warn if I forget to lock the door and started moving away it (I hate to go back up just to check I haven't forgotten)
- Turn off ALL lights when I'm going out (hate to scan all the rooms or feel bad if I don't)

There's more, of course.

about a month and a half ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

Begemot Another proof (128 comments)

I can tell the same by looking at some of my neighbors

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Begemot Re:There's an app for it (398 comments)

I know - my point is that everybody slows down before cameras and speeds up again afterwards. If the cameras would share the data and measure average speed between the first and the last camera, and check if that speed was OK, then it would be valuable.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Begemot There's an app for it (398 comments)

I drive a lot in Israel and use an app that warns me about cameras and spots frequented by traffic cops. Never got a ticket so far.

They could take pictures of all cars, not necessarily speeding, and measure their average speed. Could get those 50 million back.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

Begemot Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (93 comments)

Really?

All large companies have the same IP strategy and they behave exactly the same simply because they can. MS is no exception. Grow up already.
Android makers are far from being as slow as you imply. If these patents would be worthless, they wouldn't pay anything in the first place.
Phones and tablets do not replace desktops and laptops. Chances are you wrote your post on a laptop.
MS has a much wider product line than you imply. Using Skype perhaps?
Bloated manpower? Mind to prove this statement?

about 2 months ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Begemot Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

Patents are a monopoly on ideas

That's also a propaganda term. The patent system is flawed but not as much as you imply. You can only patent an idea that's not obvious and novel, which means you need to invest a significant amount of talent, time and money in order to develop this idea. Many people expect some protection of their investment in developing their ideas.

The question is in what would incentivize inventors more, the patent system or the lack of it. I don't see a clear answer to this question.

about 4 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Begemot Re:On topic, the argument makes no sense (454 comments)

Even if they are not precisely targeted they can hit something by mistake. Also, Iron Dome is set up to intercept only rockets that have chance to hit a real target in Israel. For instance if Hamas launches a rocket towards some Palestinian target (by mistake or deliberately), the Iron Dome won't stop it.

about 5 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Begemot From my personal and up-close experience (454 comments)

... it works for about 100%

and my point is: without clear evidence, both this and Postol's statements are equally Ill-founded.

Ted, shall we compromise on (100+5)/2?

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Begemot my watch serves me only as jewelry (381 comments)

so if the smartwatch can be as pretty as my omega, I'd use it
all the rest I got on my smartphone

about 5 months ago

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Interoperability standards for Web Apps

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Begemot (38841) writes "With the rapidly increasing number of hosted web applications, there have been a number efforts to recreate some of the interoperability conveniences of offline operating systems — single sign-on, passing of files between web apps, passing user preferences like language, and organizing files (folders, tags) across different apps.

Previous efforts which address specific aspects have included OpenSocial (for social data) OpenID (for single sign-on) and OpenSAM (for file system access). This week G.ho.st launched a stack of APIs irreverently called GOSPL (standing for G.ho.st web OS PLatform) and an open directory of web apps. For the user GOSPL aims to allow discovery of web apps and allowing all web apps access the user's files while respecting the user's preferences. For the web developer GOSPL provides a WebDAV complaint user file system and direct access to the G.ho.st user base."
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Microsoft changed the "I'm a PC" campaign

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Begemot writes "Did anyone notice that Microsoft changed their campaign again? This is how it was (note the "Imagine NO WALLS" at the bottom on the left) and this is how it is now. They didn't rewrite the entire campaign — but this tiny little change must mean something. Also it still looks like MS not just used the tag line "No walls" but actually represent that they have some of the benefits that they don't (including mobility, independence and openness etc.).

Could it be because of the recent G.ho.st vs. Microsoft dispute over the tag line "No walls"? Kara Swisher of "All Things D" was the first to break the news, and then it was picked up by Tom's Hardware, Network World and many others. Funny they changed the campaign just after saying that the G.ho.st claims have no merit.

Some say that the trademark was not registered. OTOH, G.ho.st claims to have the rights for the disputed tag line by the virtue of use. And here's my question — if this would happen to you and your company — would you refuse to be bullied and protect your tag line and go against Microsoft even if your feeble attempt would look like a cheap publicity whoring?"
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Microsoft to ditch yet another ad campaign?

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Begemot writes "G.ho.st, a startup that offers a hosted operating system, has accused Microsoft of violating a company trademark with its prominent use of the phrase "no walls" in its recently unveiled US$300 million Windows marketing and advertising campaign.

Kara Swisher of "All Things D" was the first to break the news, and then it was picked up by Tom's Hardware, Network World and others.

Some say that the trademark was not registered, but it looks like that G.ho.st has the rights for the disputed tag line by the virtue of use. So should they bring back Seinfeld?"
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Israel + Palestine = (Web) 2.0

Begemot Begemot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Begemot writes "New York Times has a cute article about the first and very ambitious Israeli-Palestinian start-up: G.ho.st. They develop a free, Web-based virtual computer that lets users access their desktop and files from any computer and browser and recently presented it at the All Things D conference. G.ho.st also started moving in the direction of opening its source code to the community and already have their first open source project, called Pixie: http://code.google.com/p/pixie-os/."

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