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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

discogravy Re:Uh, no (897 comments)

And it's only two because nobody ever bothered with rock'n roll.

Rules and Regulations for Public Dance Halls ("no beating of drum to produce jazz effect") and also, Nazi hatred for jazz (I think this one is my favorite: "so-called jazz compositions may contain at most 10% syncopation; the remainder must consist of a natural legato movement devoid of the hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races and conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs)"...)

more than 2 years ago

Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats

discogravy Re:Hipsters (343 comments)

have you learned nothing? you're just going to get opposums listening to animal collective on vinyl.

more than 4 years ago

WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

discogravy Re:And this folks... (571 comments)

to the majority of those making business decisions -- PHBs and their ilk -- this is nitpicking of a granularity they'll never get to. Just as all PCs run "windows" and all copy machines are "xerox machines" etc. You're right, but almost no one will notice.

more than 4 years ago

Naming and Shaming "Bad" ISPs

discogravy Re:Laughable (79 comments)

because when the IP address block that was assigned to your IP is blacklisted, you won't be able to do shit except switch ISPs, then switch all your DNS entries (if you're a corp user) or hang out all day waiting for your new cable/dsl/whatever tech to show up to plug in your shiny new cable/dsl/whatever modem. That's why you would care about it.

more than 3 years ago

China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

discogravy Re:Protecting rights (533 comments)

If you want a picture of the future, imagine searching the internet with Bing -- forever.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

discogravy Re:Just pollin' (671 comments) check your mail on your VCR?

more than 4 years ago

Google Proposes DNS Extension

discogravy Re:Do no evil, my ass. (271 comments)

The internet is not the web; DNS has uses other than HTTP requests. Ping, traceroute, SMTP, FTP, to name a few. Please think back to the myriad things that broke when verisign started doing wildcard redirection. This is still a good idea, but to pretend that there aren't privacy/security concerns because "they were going to know anyway" is false.

more than 4 years ago

Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker

discogravy Re:What!? (658 comments)

remember that they're called "courts of law" not "courts of justice".

more than 4 years ago

EFF Launches "Takedown Hall of Shame"

discogravy Re:They forgot one (163 comments)

that totally makes sense. you've proven the church out of existance, thanks.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Hobbles Features For International Kindle

discogravy Re:Another troll summary? (166 comments)

So they can't pony up for some servers in europe and an agreement w/ a euro cell carrier? sounds like bad planning or a bullshit song-and-dance to rake in the $.

about 5 years ago

Fedora 12 Beta Released

discogravy Re:Fedora (236 comments)

There's a menu item for installing software, but honestly, if you don't know what yum is and how it's used to install software in redhat-based distros -- especially if you couldn't be bothered to google it and instead thought installing windows would be easier -- windows is where you need to be. that's not meant as an insult either; linux is not for you.

about 5 years ago

MS Says All Sidekick Data Recovered, But Damage Done

discogravy Re:Cloud computer (279 comments)

If you're keeping the data offline, why bother putting it on the cloud anyway? Save yourself the bandwidth and just make a hotsite or warm site with your data backups sent over a leased line through a VPN instead of over the internet.

You can talk all about encryption, but if you're going to /use/ your data, at some point, the hardware will need to touch it unencrypted -- even if only to actually encrypt it before storage or transport or whatever. If you don't have control of the hardware, you don't have control of the data. Period. End of story.

about 5 years ago

AT&T To Allow VoIP On iPhone

discogravy Re:Bad deal for AT&T (220 comments)

Snark is all well and good, but this was a decision by AT&T about what they'll allow on their network; Apple's involvement is closer to being as a 3rd party vendor. Based on AT&T's decision, Apple will allow apps that the platform could already handle (cf jailbroken iPhones that can run VoIP apps).

about 5 years ago

Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

discogravy Re:Differences between versions (625 comments)

You forgot to capitalize "Damen" and "Herren". Yeah I know I'm being nitpicky. ;-)

I think you mean that you're being a "Grammar [REDACTED IN GERMANY]"

more than 4 years ago

After 8 Years of Work, Be-Alike Haiku Releases Official Alpha

discogravy Re:But what of their non-code progress? (411 comments)

Well, ubuntu's not for sale -- I'm sure someone will charge you for it if you want, but you can't walk into a store and buy it. But you can get some netbooks, laptops and desktops preinstalled with it, and their publicity and userbase evangelism has certainly increased their marketshare; even 3 or 4 years ago, you'd have been hard pressed to find a linux distro that had the kind of community and popularity that ubuntu has now. Redhat might have been close, but their focus on corporate money/marketshare put a bit of distance between the average user and them; debian has the fanatical userbase, but can be technically difficult for newbies and is therefore destined to never have the broad userbase that ubuntu has. If you're looking for a desktop OSS OS, it's not only available, you can get it preinstalled already. And they've got help/support etc forums available.

Be's downfall was threefold: no apps, no inroads to consumers and Apple went with Jobs' NeXT instead of Gassee's BeOS. Haiku's OSS nature means it can't be killed in the market -- there's no market that it *needs* to survive -- but without some kind of push to get it going and into people's hands, it's going to be as great as the next linux distribution you've never heard of. Which is a shame, because it's a nice OS.

more than 5 years ago


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