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The RMS Tour Rider

merrickm Re:Just seems like a well thought out list (373 comments)

The Van Halen M&Ms thing wasn't stupid. It was right in the middle of a bunch of important safety stuff that was particularly important due to the huge crowds Van Halen was drawing. If no M&Ms, they knew the venue hadn't carefully gone through the safety stuff.

more than 2 years ago

Cornell's Creative Machines Lab Lets Chatbots Interact

merrickm Re:Hmm (106 comments)

Cleverbot is real, yeah. Everything it says is based on things users have said to it in the past. User says something, Cleverbot tries to match it to a conversation it had in the past, pulls out something a user said then. So at some point somebody told Cleverbot it was a unicorn, and something the other Cleverbot instance said reminded it of that conversation.

about 3 years ago

Groklaw Declares Victory, No More Articles

merrickm Re:PJ doesn't exist. (265 comments)

. . . why? How does making people think Groklaw is run by someone named PJ help IBM?

more than 3 years ago

Library of Congress To Archive All Public Tweets

merrickm Future political campaigns will be fun (171 comments)

When today's teenagers and young adults are old enough to be running for public office and such, this, along with whatever archives of Facebook and the like may exist, will make for some great entertainment.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Researchers Harness Viruses To Split Water

merrickm Parting water molecules (347 comments)

Great for leading your people to freedom from Nanopharaoh.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile Reaches 1.0

merrickm Re:Symbian (198 comments)

"Sorry, no plans. Due to its Java-based operating system and the inability to build native components, Firefox is not compatible on the Blackberry OS."

more than 4 years ago

Dashboard Reveals What Google Knows About You

merrickm Re:WTF? (260 comments)

If you don't have an account, how would they have any info on your browsing history? Unless they were just tracking your computer by IP address, and why would they bother? It could easily change at anytime.

more than 4 years ago

MySQL Cofounder Says Oracle Should Sell Database To a Neutral 3d Party

merrickm Re:Maybe I'm missing something.. (207 comments)

Those who are only using the code under the GPL can only distribute it to others under the GPL. Those who own the code can also sell commercial licenses. Also, the name MySQL itself has built up a great deal of brand recognition and loyalty.

more than 3 years ago

Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

merrickm Re:Uh huh. (1089 comments)

I imagine this is the sort of thing you'd try to sell not so much to individual users but to businesses- a business with a lot of employees on doing work on computers that has everything it needs its employees to do as a web app (or could have everything as a web app after, perhaps, paying Google to help them set that up) installs this thin-client OS on all their employee workstations and, assuming it works as well Google hopes, cuts down on IT headaches.

more than 5 years ago

The "Doctor Who" Model of Open Source

merrickm fork (116 comments)

So does this mean the other Doctor born out of the original's severed hand last season would represent a fork? Which I guess would make Rose a developer who defects. . .

more than 5 years ago

Wine Project Frustration and Forking

merrickm porting to WINE? (470 comments)

I've wondered if the most useful application of WINE would not be necessarily its ability to sometimes sorta maybe run Windows apps on *nix systems as-is, but as a way for the developers of those Windows apps to more quickly and easily port them to other platforms (and thus an incentive for them to do so). Change everything about your program that doesn't already work with a given version of WINE so that it does, package the result with a copy of WINE (so that it won't be broken by later updates), and viola, you've got a Linux/OSX/whatever port of your software. Arguably inelegant, but in a lot of cases probably a lot more straightforward than porting from scratch.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Include "Windows XP Mode"

merrickm support (364 comments)

So does this mean Microsoft will have to support XP throughout 7's lifetime? Or after a few years will they just stick a dialog box on it saying "WARNING: This virtual machine has not had a security update in a couple years, use at your own risk."

more than 5 years ago

Worst Censorware Blocks Cannot Be Fixed

merrickm Re:Fight...for your right.... (420 comments)

Some gays and lesbians don't like transgendered people. Many others are okay with them. Some gays and lesbians don't like bisexuals either, but they keep the B in the acronym anyway. It's just a convenient acronym for identifying a set of people who are often discriminated against for sex/gender-related reasons.

more than 4 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

merrickm Re:Hasn't this been in there for ages? (360 comments)

It's more than just search keywords, though- you can use it for that, but you can also write whatever javascript you want to be triggered by a given command and its arguments.

more than 5 years ago

Taming Conficker, the Easy Way

merrickm Re:i find it so hard (288 comments)

What always confuses me about these things is how this many computers end up unpatched. Automatic updating regularly is the default behavior of Windows, isn't it? So the users must be turning it off. Why? Who knows how to stop security patches from installing who doesn't also know why not to? Are all of these Conficker infectees business computers whose network admins turned the security updates off?

more than 5 years ago

Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban

merrickm Re:Why does it matter? (1182 comments)

Why should you know or care about ANYTHING in a profile? It's a profile. You're supposed to write a bit about yourself in it. That's what it's for.

more than 5 years ago

Storm Worm Botnet "Cracked Wide Open"

merrickm If the fix works. . . (301 comments)

Why not just give the code to the FBI and let them turn it on? I'm sure they'd be more than happy to. Or ask them for immunity on this point. It's not like the Feds don't want this thing gone as much as anyone.

more than 5 years ago


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