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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

NiteMair Re:So they patented this because....? (164 comments)

Probably the latter.

I'm guessing the next step in their evil plan is to convince congress to pass some law making such mechanisms mandatory in the U.S. - at which point they will license the tech and profit.

Face it, Disney loves to lobby congress, they have done so successfully for many decades.

about a month and a half ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

NiteMair Re:US Education Defective by Design (335 comments)

And it's interesting to note that Democrats love to raise taxes and give money to the people who cannot support themselves.

It would seem that a party that panders to poor, uneducated, jobless people would get the most support from those very same people... so build an education system that spits out people who support your agenda, and what do you get?

about 7 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

NiteMair However.... (235 comments)

Paying people to find bugs and report them responsibly does give those people an incentive to not do something worse with them.

In a way, this economy takes possible would-be black hats and turns them into white hats. I suspect there are far fewer people capable of finding every last exploit than there are exploits, so if we keep those people busy and paid doing what they do best, at least they won't be doing something more nefarious.

about 8 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

NiteMair Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

No, but you can start by eliminating that $100/mo TV subscription, and then find some other ways to save money too

I'm constantly amazed at what people spend per month on things they think are "necessary".

I've come to realize that many people will spend every dime they make rather than save it - and then complain about it later when they have nothing saved and are still living paycheck to paycheck. I've witnessed several times people spend their "raise" after they get it, buying a new car, etc. It's pitiful.

about 8 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

NiteMair Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

And that's hard?

As mentioned further below, saving ~$5000/year is possible - maybe throw away that $100/mo TV subscription or something.

about 8 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

NiteMair Re:How is this remarkable? (467 comments)

It's funny how often you run into a "software developer" that is also bad at math - it seems to be pretty common these days.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

NiteMair Re:Whatever you may think ... (447 comments)

A more fitting analogy would be that you gave your car away for free and sent in the release of liability form so that if the person who ends up with your vehicle decides to use it for a hit-and-run without registering it in their name, at least there's a record showing that you have released liability to the DMV (aka, you sold the car, and you're no longer responsible for whatever happens with it)

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

NiteMair Re:Don't forget about the other recent problems (239 comments)

And don't forget the GnuTLS failure similar to Apple's

Now we're just waiting to hear that Microsoft's IIS was also borked in some unexpected way, and it'll be a royal flush eh?

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

NiteMair Re:Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

Except now pretty much every affected machine needs to have its SSL certificates and private keys revoked and trashed, and new keys/certificates issued.

In the meantime, thousands (if not millions) of sites leaked sensitive data to anyone who wanted to snoop on it.

Yeah, no big deal, none at all...no repercussions will come of this.

about 8 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

NiteMair Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

I'm pretty certain all of the responses to my comment have proven the story in this article.

After reading all these righteous people claiming I'm the ignorant asshole causing the world to die, I'm pretty much dead-set against ever getting a flu shot at this point.

Maybe I'll die, maybe you'll die, but you can all go fuck yourselves for telling me what I must stick in my body.

about 9 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

NiteMair Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

And I have a right to be a selfish jackass. Thank you very much.

about 9 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

NiteMair Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

I've had the flu - I have 3 kids, the eldest in high school. I know what the flu is like, and, yes it's miserable.

But, I choose not to get flu shots.

For those with compromised immune systems, that feel like they must have a flu shot, by all means, get one. I will still laugh at you when you complain that you feel like crap for several days after getting said shot, and you can laugh at me when when i'm incapacitated for a week after getting the flu. We'll call it even.

about 9 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

NiteMair Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

Maybe if the health community spent less time pushing flu shots every year, people would begin to respect vaccinations for their useful purpose.

I refuse to get a flu shot - I'd rather my immune system had a natural chance at defending me against it, and it's not likely to kill me. And yet, doctors and nurses try their hardest to convince us that these flu shots are necessary to remain healthy. Every time I walk into a doctors office, it seems like they're asking me if I've had my flu shot yet.

I think there needs to be a clear line between vaccinations that prevent crippling and life-destroying disease, and those that just prevent a standard illness that almost everyone gets and naturally overcomes.

about 9 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

NiteMair Re:NSA (250 comments)

Keep in mind, bitcoin can't simply be generated all at once - it is released to the network in specific blocks at predefined times that get smaller and smaller over time.

In fact, over half of all bitcoin that will ever be created ever will be, and the rest will take another 100+ years to complete.

The only advantage of having the biggest mining operation in town is to increase your chances of getting those blocks when they're released...

about 10 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

NiteMair Re:Wait for it... (273 comments)

Or the other option...

Mysteriiously, same government representatives have a change of heart, buy all new licenses, and then happily leave their jobs a couple years later to work for Microsoft.

about a year ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

NiteMair Re:OK, so... (567 comments)

Exactly - Social Security is basically just a government-run ponzi scheme.

Having been born only a little bit after you were - I was raised with the assumption that it won't exist by the time I'm of retirement age, so I better find a better way to save.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

NiteMair Re:THEN YOU DO IT MISTER HIGH AND MIGHTY !! (663 comments)

Then who's job is it?

Who's job is it to create reference drivers and release specifications for the hardware that nVidia makes?

nVidia seems to make it their job by refusing to release specifications for the hardware they create. They create this hardware to work with other open-specification hardware and software, and yet, they intentionally keep their own specifications secret.

more than 2 years ago
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'Inexact' Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math

NiteMair Re:Turtles all the way down (325 comments)

5. Get sued into the negative for false advertising when a majority of the time, all 3 chips disagree on the answer and never work.

more than 2 years ago
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Maine Senator Wants Independent Study of TSA's Body Scanners

NiteMair Re:Too late... (335 comments)

I too always opt out of the body scanner - I'd rather have the temporary psychological stress of another guy putting his gloved hands on my thighs than permanent damage to my physical body from a machine that some "security company" lobbied to have placed in every airport in the U.S. under the guise that it miraculously makes us safer.

I wouldn't be surprised if the stress of dealing with the TSA and other privacy violations in a post-9/11 world has killed more people than terrorism ever did.

more than 2 years ago

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ReactOS-Based Thorium Core is on Kickstarter

NiteMair NiteMair writes  |  about a year ago

NiteMair (309303) writes "Several members of the ReactOS project have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to create a commercial service (Thorium Core) to provide cloud desktop services based on the ReactOS operating system. The plan is to provide commercial funding to further develop ReactOS, a Windows clone which has been in various stages of development since the late 90s. Their goal of $120,000 would seem to be a bit lofty, and they are off to a slow start still after nearly a month, but considering some of the amazing things that have happened during Kickstarter campaigns in the past, perhaps this project still has some potential."
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Haiku Releases Second Alpha of BeOS Re-Creation

NiteMair NiteMair writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NiteMair (309303) writes "The Haiku project announces their R1 / Alpha 2 release of the open source operating system inspired by BeOS. This new release highlights basic WiFi support (currently WEP while WPA/WPA2 is still missing) and a native WebKit-based browser called WebPositive. It also improves performance and stability across the board since the previous alpha release due to many optimizations, bugfixes, and enhancements. Haiku offers an interesting desktop platform for users who want a responsive and easy system to use, it's worth a glance if you haven't checked it out yet."
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Haiku Releases Official Alpha After 8 Years of Dev

NiteMair NiteMair writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NiteMair writes "The Haiku project has finally released an official R1 alpha after 8 years of development. This marks a significant milestone for the project, and it also debuts the first official/publicly available LiveCD ISO image that can be easily booted and used to install Haiku on x86 hardware. Haiku is a desktop operating system inspired by BeOS after Be, Inc. closed its doors in 2001. The project has remained true to the BeOS philosophy while integrating modern hardware support and features along the way."
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