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Software Theft a Problem For Actual Thieves, Too

bcat24 Re:Yeah, right (152 comments)

It depends. If you're a public place in the USA, I'm generally free to photograph you walking, talking on your cell phone, etc. Whereas if I walked up to you, grabbed your cell phone, and ran away with it, that's generally frowned upon by the law. :)

more than 3 years ago
top To Shut Down Bloglines

bcat24 (111 comments)

Dear mods,

The parent post is funny, not offtopic.


about 4 years ago

Android Fork Brings Froyo To 12 Smartphones

bcat24 Re:Being pedantic... (193 comments)

No, Kubuntu is not a fork of Ubuntu. They share the same apt repos, release schedules, etc. The only difference between the two is which desktop packages are installed by default.

about 4 years ago

Android Fork Brings Froyo To 12 Smartphones

bcat24 Re:how much peer review is going on? (193 comments)

It could be useful if you could install an app while denying it some of the rights it wants. Of course that could make the app unstable and useless, but at least you had the option to do so and it was your own free choice.

I agree in principle, but I think this would make life suck for developers. Would you really want to deal with the inevitable people saying "I paid for this app and it doesn't work" when the only reason your app doesn't work is because these same people didn't grant it the necessary rights? Supporting software is hard enough as is; we don't need to make it even easier for well-intentioned—but not technically-minded—folks to break things.

about 4 years ago

Valve Trademarks 'DOTA'

bcat24 Re:Ok but... (141 comments)

What about Half Life? Is this franchise dead or something?

I'm afraid the franchise has reached its half-life.

So it's only mostly dead? There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.

more than 4 years ago

Touchscreens Open To Smudge Attacks

bcat24 Re:This is not a repeat... (185 comments)

Heh heh, I was thinking exactly the same the thing.

more than 4 years ago

The Hurt Locker Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers

bcat24 Re:Not this again... (861 comments)

"Doing the right thing" and not stealing isn't moral relativism.

And pirating movies isn't stealing. Stealing means I deprive someone else of their property. Copying said property is a different matter entirely.

more than 4 years ago

Too Many College Graduates?

bcat24 Re:Everyone gets to be an astronaut fireman rock s (1138 comments)

No marketing drone is worth hundreds or thousands of times what a sewer worker is worth. Yet our society says they are.

I think there is a contradiction here. Worth is precisely what society says it is, no more and no less.

more than 4 years ago

The Parking Meter Turns 75 Today

bcat24 Re:To keep spaces open for customers (126 comments)

So, taxes pay for the roads, the sidewalks, etc. If you pay taxes, and you park where these fucking abominations are, then you get the pleasure of paying another tax

Do you use the same complaint against toll roads?


more than 4 years ago

The Murky Origins of Zork's Name

bcat24 Re:Trivia (70 comments)

Is is there there an an echo echo in in here here??

more than 4 years ago

Golden Ratio Discovered In a Quantum World

bcat24 Re:Summary wrong (191 comments)

How is the parent flamebait? Down mods are not meant to express the moderator's disagreement with the moderatee's opinion!

more than 4 years ago

Cygwin 1.7 Released

bcat24 Re:Does this do something SFU doesn't? (203 comments)

andLinux only supports 32-bit versions of Windows, for one thing. I'd like to give it a spin on my 64-bit Windows 7 desktop, but I can't. Cygwin may not be ideal, but it has the advantage of actually being usable by me. :)

more than 4 years ago

German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

bcat24 Re:Bubby? Is that you? (859 comments)

Yeah, that's a fair point. I think a lot of it is history. It used to be much harder to get someone's personal information than it is now. Society's institutions haven't kept up with this increasingly open, public world. I agree that technology is the right place to look for a solution, but I think such technology will only gain ready acceptance when it's accompanied by a shift in society's views.

more than 3 years ago

Two Earth-Sized Bodies With Oxygen-Rich Atmospheres

bcat24 Re:That's okay. (111 comments)

Oh yeah? Well, your mom is an Earth-sized body with an oxygen-rich atmosphere. If you know what I mean. ;)

more than 4 years ago

German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

bcat24 Re:Bubby? Is that you? (859 comments)

Your name, address, social security number, bank account balance, credit card transactions, passwords, medical history, and so on are simple facts. Should those who have access to that information be allowed to state those simple facts? In public, on the internet, where anyone and everyone can see it?

Why not? People who really want these data will be able to get them no matter what. There is no privacy anymore; the only thing protecting most people is that they just aren't interesting enough for anyone else to care.

more than 4 years ago

Cosmic Radiation Makes Trees Grow Faster

bcat24 Re:Life imitates Gilligan's Island (162 comments)

I am so glad this post is here. Slashdot has restored my faith in humanity.

more than 4 years ago

Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

bcat24 Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

And in the end, both groups are equally bad.

more than 4 years ago

Polaroid Lovers Try To Revive Its Instant Film

bcat24 Re:They're called digital cameras (443 comments)

Not to mention that the quality of a Polaroid was awful at best and if you did get a great shot it's not like it was trivial to make copies of it or enlarge it.

You say that like it's a bad thing. *Sigh*

more than 5 years ago


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