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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

dilvish_the_damned Re:re I don't care (397 comments)

The motives of MS are fairly clear, they want it to be ordered with no options before they give up. But in the same vein of "it does not matter who said it, as long as it rings true", I see this as a good and true test of the long arm of federal data interrogation.
Does it really matter why? Their are not that many companies that can do this in a meaningful way. The fact that its Microsoft should not change the result that its being done. I have no particular love for them, but I do applaud them for making this public and tang the stand - even though it probably took thousands of man hours running hundreds of scenarios to come to this conclusion. An entity should be judged by their actions. They seem to be doing this.
At the same time, I would take this as evidence that MS is starting to see themselves as an underdog in the tech industry. They might not be wrong.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

dilvish_the_damned Re:Not in this instance (810 comments)

GNU/Linux is still pretty irrelevant outside of cheap servers...

I am curious, what do the expensive servers run?

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

dilvish_the_damned Re: I hope not (508 comments)

Seconded on the grounds that there are 'worse' languages. Though usually I see Java as the example.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

dilvish_the_damned Sounds profitable (610 comments)

This is an odd way to look at who is paying for an ad-full internet. We are already paying for the ads, saying that in some way it would cost us that much to get rid of them is gibberish. The study would have been great if it weren't for the twisted logic applied to it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

dilvish_the_damned Re: American car companies... (426 comments)

Yes. Drivers should be calm when driving a car that can go off for like, no reason.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

dilvish_the_damned Re: We only use JS now? (294 comments)

Depends, how long did you spend on the assembly language?

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

dilvish_the_damned Re: Yes you do. (541 comments)

The fact that a theory is racist does not make it untrue. The part where the author had to resort to purposefully misrepresenting the research to prop up his racist conjecture makes it untrue. I would think that's the majority of the researchers issues. Or do you suspect the researchers would have been OK with misrepresenting their research if it was used to support something like alternative fuels? Basically an ends justifies the means bit...

about three weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

dilvish_the_damned Re:Great step! (148 comments)

In terms of their mission, they do a lot of things to "promote a healthy internet". Suggesting that two equal websites and the one that uses SSL gets higher ranking would fall under "healthy".

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

dilvish_the_damned Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (110 comments)

In my experience, one should always read the tea leaves or die. The more someone has to lose the better the intelligence gathering should be. As big as Microsofts interests are in China, Microsoft should have had fair warning that this was to happen. Hardly anything is really a secret. To me, the lose proposition is that they did not seem fit to do anything about it before it happened.

And yes, I am aware of all the complications of doing the job. Thats what makes it special. And inexcusable for Microsoft. Keep doing more of that, keep losing.

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

dilvish_the_damned Trained to be clickers (128 comments)

Trained to click on shit by bad interface design. It might have been a different story if UI designers didn't think every simple little thing demanded the users exclusive attention and acknowledgment right now.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

dilvish_the_damned Re:Why did they release Windows RT? (322 comments)

They did it to hit the price point. No one asked for windows on ARM. Wait, was one of you guys trolling Microsoft again?

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

dilvish_the_damned Re:It's the chemicals.. (240 comments)

He huffed, but he didn't inhale.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

dilvish_the_damned Re: Python (466 comments)

I think you meant Perl. Python is for something else.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

dilvish_the_damned Re: Python (466 comments)

"Have to" is pretty strong wording considering you must do nothing of the sort.

about 3 months ago
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3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans'

dilvish_the_damned They need a better market research dept. (69 comments)

If they really knew what they were trying to build it would be a multiply redundant liver with wireless charging pad.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

dilvish_the_damned Snowden is misinformed (72 comments)

With 4.3 million personnel, the federal government licks its genitals pretty much all the time.

about 3 months ago
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Should Everybody Learn To Code?

dilvish_the_damned Wannabes (387 comments)

I too get annoyed at virtuosos trying to play the violin without the proper Fortran running through their head.

about 7 months ago
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Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

dilvish_the_damned Its to be bloodshed then (247 comments)

Let the contributor opt in/out.
Or doesn't anyone do compromise anymore?

--dant

about 8 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Breaks Even

dilvish_the_damned Re: What controls the ceiling of the energy output (429 comments)

Reference to E=mc^2 is a truism and largely irrelevant. Every energy-producing reaction loses mass. Yes, even the chemical ones.

What of burning magnesium?

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

dilvish_the_damned Re:Can't trust proprietary drivers or programs now (627 comments)

All proprietary software is now a potential carrier of hidden surveillance backdoors - especially if its being developed by Americans. Debian without non-free sources is the way to go.

And as long as you only talk to yourself you should be golden.

1 year,23 days

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