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GOP Senators Move To Block FCC On Net Neutrality

barius Re:WTF (709 comments)

Easily. Traffic shaping wasn't in widespread use until about 5 years ago and so it wasn't an issue. Even now, most ISPs "promise" not to throttle abusively and so start-ups are generally still safe. However, the trend has been towards more and more throttling for more and more selfish reasons. E.g. the ISPs don't want to have to build better infrastructure, they would rather throttle more (reduce service quality) and start charging premiums on certain types of content (coerce users towards low-bandwidth or self-owned, services) while continuing to charge the same outrageous fees. In general , they can get away with this because there are so few of them and competition is almost non-existent in many parts of North America.

more than 4 years ago
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How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

barius Re:Don't worry BP ... (913 comments)

I can't say I'm the most knowledgeable here, but I do recall during the last election that some of the more salients facts us liberals discovered included that even if all the oil surrounding the American continent could be drilled, it would only satisfy the current demand (7.5 Bn Barrels / year) for 2 years (14 Bn barrels of recoverable crude). In fact, it's estimated that the oil extraction would add no more than a few hundred thousand barrels of oil to the yearly tally for roughly over a decade. So, while the amount of oil seems incredible (say 1 MB/year), the American demand is more than exponentially larger (7.5BnB/year). The addition of these barrels would have little or no discernible impact on prices at all and would hardly be a drop in the bucket unless oil consumption is decreased. Thus, the idea that we are extending our 'energy lifespan' is complete bumpkis.

Now, contrast that with both the real and the potential ecological damage drilling in such sensitive areas will cause, it's hard not to come down on the side of extreme caution.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

barius It's about time (510 comments)

Sounds awesome to me. This should have been made law in every state/country a long time ago. Now if they would just make it law that all companies must provide an easy and thorough means for any individual to expunge their details from company records (I'm looking at you Facebook) then I might finally be able to stop that little bit of throwing up in my throat I get every time a company asks for my email address.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

barius Re:Stability (891 comments)

You're problem with moving windows in low resolution is FUD as well as plain ignorant. For someone who claims to have used many OS's you might want to at least show some proficiency with something other than Windows to back up your claims.

Windows XP loses windows off the screen all the time, and there is no way to get them back because the only draggable handle is the title bar. I can't even express the frustration this has caused me over the years due to buggy video games and such causing resolution problems.

However, it is a standard feature of most Linux desktop managers (gnome/kde/etc) that any window can be grabbed at any location using ALT + LEFT MOUSE. So, with even the slightest proficiency you would have had no problems at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

barius Someone call the Waaaambulance (326 comments)

from the article:

"Our approach, however, reflects the original intent of copyright protection, which was conceived not as a welfare program for authors but to encourage the creation of new works."

more than 5 years ago
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Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

barius Re:Seriously, why? (1365 comments)

I'm in complete agreement with you.

If Linux became another Windows it would not be better, but rather worse. As another poster put it, Windows has been designed for the lowest common denominator. It is 'good' by design in the same sense that Britney Spears is 'cool' by design. Why would we do that to Linux?

more than 5 years ago
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A Look At the Wolfram Alpha "Search Engine"

barius Why even mention Google?? (216 comments)

The whole article was an advert for Google. The W|A search engine has nothing to do with the kind of problems solved by the Google algorithm so why does every article about it seem to bring up Google on every other line??

more than 5 years ago
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Music Copyright In EU Extended To 70 Years

barius Re:CREATIVE COMMONS (395 comments)

You aren't required to pay fees for electronic distribution (yet). Most CC works are distributed this way.

We just need someone to invent the 'streaming' radio for your car.

more than 5 years ago
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Music Copyright In EU Extended To 70 Years

barius CREATIVE COMMONS (395 comments)

What's with all the "the industry is evil and stoopid and I'm just gonna ignore copyright" comments? Are you really that dumb? You want to go to prison?

Look, people, the CC exists for this exact reason. You want to enjoy socially beneficial creative works? Then stop download or buying commercial works, stop creating and distributing commercial works, and get it through your head that the CC is the right and legal way to circumvent this whole fiasco.

more than 5 years ago
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Microchip Mimics a Brain With 200,000 Neurons

barius Re:That's it... we're dead (521 comments)

The problem with your argument is that intelligence has little to do with being 'good'.

Isaac Asimov has written many novels exploring the pitfalls of 'logic' vs. 'feeling'. Suffice to say, the dumbest thing you could ever do is give anyone or anything unchecked power over you.

more than 5 years ago
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Is It Windows 7, Or KDE 4?

barius Re:Percentages (559 comments)

Yes and no.

In my experience

  • 3 out of 10 Windows 'friends' tell you to fuck off
  • 3 out of 10 Windows 'friends' are incompetent jerks that tell you they know what they're doing but really don't.
  • 2 out of 10 Windows 'friends' are just looking for an excuse to rummage through your private files.
  • 1 out of 10 Windows 'friends' is actually the guy behind the desk at the electronics store, and he just deleted your hard-drive.
  • 1 out of 10 Windows 'friends' is competent, cares, and actually helps you.

Meanwhile, in Linux land that 1 in a hundred friends is almost always ready, willing and capable of helping you. The times when she can't, you go to the forums and get 10,000 friends jumping over each other to answer your question.

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

barius Seems reasonable enough (693 comments)

Just so long as the music industry doesn't come back in 10 years with new lawsuits targeting little-old-lady-X because 10 mil. people somehow ended up with 'pirated' copies of music with her name in it.

Since this watermark must be fairly easy to modify, I can't really see how useful it would be in tracking piracy. It could probably have some uses for marketing research. Though, honestly, I can't think of any myself...

more than 5 years ago
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Pushing Linux Adoption Through Gaming

barius Re:I think it's the other way 'round ... (269 comments)

Wow, that sounds exactly like me. However, I don't consider my PC to be my games machine. I still use my PS2 for that, though I'm getting close to giving in to the hype surrounding the Wii.

more than 5 years ago
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Pushing Linux Adoption Through Gaming

barius Re:Lame, lame, lame (269 comments)

I hate to rain on your parade, but that 1k machine isn't all that impressive.

  • A quad-core PhenomII @ 2.0Ghz is not nearly as fast as a dual-core Core2Duo @ 2.53Ghz. Only software written to make use of multiple CPUs will ever see a speed increase with multiple cores. Since very few programs are written this way (very, very few games) you are smarter to buy a dual-core CPU with faster cores than you are to buy a quad-core CPU with slower cores. Also, the Phenom isn't even as fast as the C2D clock-for-clock, so that 2.0Ghz is probably more equivalent to a 1.8Ghz C2D.
  • The gfx card is an Nvidia 9500 GS. That's the cheap version of the 9500 GT, which is itself on the low end of the performance spectrum. The best of it's generation was the 9800 GTX, which is already far surpassed by the GTX280. Bottom line: This is not a serious gaming rig. You'd be lucky if it had playable frame-rates in Crysis at 1024x768 with mid-tier quality settings.
  • A cheap TV tuner card is $50, which I'm sure is what you're getting in a Walmart 'special'. Such a card is going to need that quad-core CPU just to keep the video playing if you intend to watch HD channels because it won't have an integrated decoder so all that processing gets offloaded to the CPU. I guess that's fine for most people, but anyone with a bit of common computer sense wouldn't consider it a big selling point.
  • 10/100 networking? Really?? What century was this motherboard manufactured?

Overall, this system is clearly designed to be a PVR and/or word processor. A performance/gaming rig it is not.

I don't know if the poster you responded too was trying to build a gaming rig, or just wanted some serious performance, but their computer is far better than what you've suggested. On the other hand, if all they wanted was an average computer to do work then there are perfectly decent low-end models on Dell starting at $400.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

barius Re:inevitable (729 comments)

R&D isn't done in order to develop ideas, it's done to develop ideas *first*. If MS didn't spend millions (billions?) on R&D then they'd be eclipsed overnight (and were: Google, Mozilla, Apple, etc.).

In the software industry, patents do not create ideas nor do patents improve innovation. In fact, patents do exactly the opposite because they enable companies to buy old ideas and prevent anyone else from developing new ideas based on them. The same issue plagues the biotech industry, to the detriment of all humanity

The proper course of action is to remove the patent system and let the market decide. As the author has discovered, software doesn't provide unlimited royalties. As a software company you must constantly develop new ideas before your competition and implement them before your competition. Failing to do so results in your product losing value as your competitors catch up and eventually surpass you with innovations of their own.

Frankly, the author is just whining because he sees MS making money hand over fist from an illegal monopoly and he can't understand why he shouldn't also get to have a monopoly of his own. If this were Digg, I'd have buried the question as Flaimbait.

about 6 years ago

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