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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Marginal Coward Re:Biggest Probem? (96 comments)

"In the future, every cryptocurrency will be world-famous for 15 minutes."

- Andy Warhol

2 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Marginal Coward Re:Land of the free (413 comments)

Am i the only one wondering if this is just a hoax from Sony/the authorities

This reminds me of something that a Coke executive said following the New Coke fiasco regarding the conspiracy theories that appeared when sales of Old Coke subsequently spiked: "We're not that dumb, and we're not that smart."

4 hours ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Marginal Coward Re:I don't see the big deal here. (174 comments)

Whew! It's nice to hear that they can only hit nearby countries with nuclear weapons. Those of us on other continents can breathe easy now. ;-)

5 hours ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Marginal Coward Re:I don't see the big deal here. (174 comments)

I interpret this quite differently. This can be viewed as a childish act of vanity by a child and the country he happens to rule. Or, it can be viewed as a preemptive strike against future DVDs of "The Interview" raining down upon the country from balloons in order to create unrest among The People. Or, it can be viewed as a message to enemies of all kinds, including other nations. Basically, if they're willing to put their (cyberattack) cards down for a mere movie, the message is, "Don't mess with us." This is particularly ominous coming from people who have nuclear weapons and missiles.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't be real surprised if one of the principle actors in the film were to suffer some sort of unfortunate "accident" in the very near future. If so, we can interpret that as part of the message.

6 hours ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Marginal Coward Re:Oblig ... (198 comments)

"Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."

-- Nixon

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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Marginal Coward Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Coincidentally, I ran into some text on Wikipedia yesterday that gives a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free_Documentation_License">some interpretation by Richard Stallman of the "GNU Free Documentation License" (GFDL). I've seen miscellaneous other interpretations of the GPL attributed to him over the years. His opinion - whether you agree with it or not - has generally struck me as irrelevant from a legal point of view: lawyers have more expertise in this, and courts get the final say. So, the value of his opinion, if any, has seemed to me to be only that of a spiritual leader of his movement. The True Believers of any religion should, of course, carefully study and heed each word given to them by their prophet. Fortunately, with Stallman, and Apostle Eben Moglen still around, True Believers need not interpret things for themselves, as they necessarily must do in older religions.

For example, years ago when the license for Python 1.6 was being formulated, it was repeatedly revised in one section until Stallman declared it to be "GPL compatible". Since he's neither a lawyer or a court, I wondered why it mattered so much to Tim Peters (who, as in so many things, seemed to speak for Python's creator, Guido Van Rossum.) I eventually realized that Stallman's opinion was highly important in terms of swaying the True Believers - who Tim/Guido did not dare offend. And of course, on a more practical level, none of the conventional legal authority knew or cared anything about the situation, so perhaps Stallman was the highest available court to adjudicate the issue.

3 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Marginal Coward Re:Growing Isolation (157 comments)

I figured such points would be made. Anyway, I don't see any advantage in using a security product from a country that is increasingly at odds with my own. Russian folks (that is, the ones who still live there, unlike my friend) may feel the same way about the American companies.

My Russian friend makes the point that everybody thinks they're the good guy, and that everybody else is the bad guy. So in reality, maybe everybody is the bad guy. Oh, except that my friend has many positive things to say about Putin and even Stalin. Go figure.

One striking and objective difference between Us and Them is that Them has a dictator whereas Us has a lame duck. I much prefer the lame duck system, regardless of the particular lame duck involved. The lame duck system also saves folks like Mussolini and Gaddafi the indignity of having their corpses mutilated after their term expires.

about a week ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Marginal Coward Notes from a real Sync user (232 comments)

As a real Sync user (from 2012), my experience has been that its problems have more to do with user interface than "stability". Even if QNX improves on the latter, it does nothing for the former. The main problems are:

- The user interface for navigating features isn't very intuitive
- It relies too much on a voice recognition system that doesn't really work well. Either make that work well (a hard problem) or don't rely on it so much (an easy problem).

Oh, and regarding the problem playing from a USB stick mentioned above, the basic trick is that you have to format your USB with FAT32. Well, obviously.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Marginal Coward Re:Growing Isolation (157 comments)

Given his style, he'll probably keep doubling down.

Let's hope so. That's a sure formula for winning in Vegas.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Marginal Coward Re:Growing Isolation (157 comments)

Luckily, Kaspersky is based in Moscow, so that's one high-tech business that's likely to continue operating in Russia, regardless of Russian isolation.

I'm sure Putin appreciates having a firm that is dedicated to protecting the world's computers form malware located right handy there in the Russian capital. I recently switched from Kaspersky to another product when a Russian friend of mine pointed out the obvious fact that an anti-malware product that's popular worldwide could be quite a dangerous thing in the hands of a dictator.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Marginal Coward Obligatory Russian reversal (157 comments)

In America, you bloggers are disputin' registering.
In Russia, dis Putin is registering you bloggers!

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Marginal Coward Re:Tiny Dancer (243 comments)

Hold me closer, Tony Danza... aw, Elton, you're a big softie.

Which reminds me, there's a version of "Levon" by Jon Bon Jovi that's pretty good. It's kindda fun to see how he tries to make Elton's 'garage' (rhymes with 'carriage') work when he says in the American way (rhymes with 'barrage'.)

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Marginal Coward Re:A stalker with billiard skills (243 comments)

Yep, I realized that during a "shower moment" a few minutes ago. Couldn't finish the shower in time to correct it, though. Oh, and BTW, that's not "electric boots", it's "electric boobs". At least that's what I heard...

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Marginal Coward A stalker with billiard skills (243 comments)

I used to wonder why Sting would brag about his billiard skills (besides just his stalking) in "Every Breath You Take". "I'm a pool hall ace / with every breath you take".

Another long-time favorite in this way is "Benny and the Jets". In that case, though, it was hard to figure out in spots what Elton was singing at all. It turns out the most difficult section translates to "Get about as oiled as a diesel train".

Oh, and let's not forget this gem from Devo's "Whip it": "Tattoo detective" translates to "Try to detect it." Personally, though, I like my version better...

about a week ago
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Cultural Fault Lines Determine How New Words Spread On Twitter

Marginal Coward Re:Huh, what? (46 comments)

Ever since we got newspapers, radio, telegraph and telephone we could have worked to merge US and UK English back together again, but my impression is neither wants to give up their pronunciation, spelling and idioms and the Internet isn't going to change that.

Don't you mean 'idioums'?

Actually, it's hard to give up such geographic language differences even within a single country. My favorite example is 'pop' or 'soda' or 'coke'. I went to a university in Missouri which has a population of students from a mix of both the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, though more from the latter. Notice from the map that 'pop' and 'soda' divides somewhere down the middle of Missouri. You'd hear both there. In fact, some of the St. Louis folks even even had their own special name for pop/soda/coke: they called it 'sodah'. Go figure.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Marginal Coward Re:Mao said it best (156 comments)

Are you sure that one was from Mao? - wasn't Hitler the one who was always shooting his mouth off?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Marginal Coward Re:A related concern (312 comments)

BTW, I just heard someone talking on his phone as he was using the urinal in the Men's room. Borg or no Borg, I ain't ever gonna do that...

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Marginal Coward Re:Are these things catching on? (161 comments)

Darn, I'd put that the thing about "lumberjacks" in, hoping that everybody who hadn't gotten it yet would finally C my Objective. ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Marginal Coward Are these things catching on? (161 comments)

Outside of their respective organizations, I'm not sure these things are really catching on. Adoption of Go seems to have come to a standstill. Uptake of Swift has been kindda slow. And Hack seems to been ignored even by dedicated underground computer hobbyists. As well as lumberjacks.

about two weeks ago

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