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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

neonKow Re:Having a private pilots license (269 comments)

That's is because the drivers didn't stop driving and pull over when the weather got bad. While that delays your trip, the maneuver is perfectly safe and takes just a few seconds (or minutes if you need to find a motel).

Now try deciding that you underestimated the weather and you want to land your plane. It's much harder and takes much longer and you can't just land anywhere you please. Your safety margin is greatly decreased. Anyone who doesn't respect that fact that driving is not like flying hasn't been in a situation where you don't have the option to bail at a moment's notice.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:Linux needs to step up (650 comments)

What do you have on XP that doesn't run on Linux these days?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:Aftermarket patches already exist (650 comments)

Poorly maintained XP machines are actively causing other people lots and lots of pain as zombie botnets, the same way bad cars are dangers to other people as well. And it's quickly getting to the point where a well maintained XP machine on the internet is not much better than a poorly maintained one. No one else is forcing people to switch to a mordern OS, so the stuff MS is doing is pretty necessary. They even offer rebates for turning in an old XP machine.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:No. (650 comments)

Then you should read up on it and be surprised?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:An Alternative Law (650 comments)

Don't worry. Mobile browsers and tablets solved this for us. We used to charge you extra so that you site would work on 600x400 pixel screens. Now it's for 400x600 pixel screens instead. In a few years, we'll have you convinced that your site needs to work with 20x600 px columns (thanks to wraparound displays from Samsung and Apple: http://www.patentlyapple.com/p...), and on wearable t-shirts.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:no. (650 comments)

You are full of it.

The panty hose thing is silly: there are a million brands of hose you could buy instead if any company tried to create such a scheme for such a cheap and replaceable product.

The XP thing is also nothing like panty hose. Your copy of XP doesn't "wear out" more quickly because something MS did. It doesn't rely on servers like Halo. You're complaining that something that MS is no longer doing something that costs lots of money (writing patches for an old OS to keep it secure) for little benefit (XP's architecture was create in a different era of computing and at this point cannot be made meaningfully secure).

There are no technical reasons to keep XP on life support, but if you want to keep running XP, no one is stopping you. Meanwhile, since XP's release, we've gone through 7+ iterations of Moore's law and there's no way to make XP keep up. This is not planned obsolescence. Stop being stupid.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

neonKow Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

There are plenty of other things we can sanction. Scientific progress is a stupid one to choose.

about two weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

neonKow Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

That's silly. Bill Gates doesn't need more money either and he is incredibly productive and menial labor is not going to advance humanity. Keeping minimum wage low has nothing to do with keeping humanity from stagnating.

Also, you can keep competition alive without holding the threat of being unable to pay rent or feed a family over people's head if they don't work at least 40 hours a week, which is an arbitrary number.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

neonKow Re:I have a better next step. (1482 comments)

...No?

OkCupid isn't even blocking Firefox; it's just speaking out and raising awareness about an issue the people running the company (and they probably believe a large portion of their user base) feel strongly about.

It's pretty easy for me to see why proponents of gay marriage feel like they've been treated by badly by the pro Prop 8 organizations (note I did not say the opponents to gay marriage), and it would leave a bad taste in my mouth too to use a product with a CEO who actively donated to the cause (albeit not a huge sum). Prop 8 was all kinds of wrong, including fear-mongering commercials, people donating to the cause that had no business getting mucking about in California politics ($20 million from Utah alone), and a lot of religious organizations backing what should have been a political decision. I'm sure all it would take is for the CEO to really try to understand how he's offended people and make a heartfelt apology to smotth things over. As it is, I can definitely how a CTO can get away with some things that a CEO cannot.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

neonKow Re:That's it (243 comments)

You should probably reread the article (if you did at all), because you have gotten it anything but straight. Dropbox is doing this with public files, no private ones, and it's just notifying you that some files can't be shared.

Since your unencrypted files are on Dropbox servers, they have had "the ability" to identify pirate files at any point that they decided to code that, but anyone with a basic knowledge of how "files stored on someone else's computer" works should already know this.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

neonKow Re:That's it (243 comments)

You don't need public links for keeping your own account in sync.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

neonKow Re:Later Dropbox! (243 comments)

By whom, exactly? At the moment, using the INTERNET means your data goes through NSA servers, but that's not exactly a list. The people who'd care to put you on a list are people like the MPAA and RIAA, and I seriously doubt they have a digital surveillence arm. Are you just spewing random paranoia to sound smart?

about three weeks ago
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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

neonKow Re:Here is a major concern (155 comments)

I see no problem with this. You had to deal with it when people only released software for Windows. How is this any different?

about three weeks ago
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

neonKow Re:Whack-a-mole (102 comments)

I am not an expert, but my understanding of GeoDNS is that you would still have to own those IP addresses (at least in Turkey) to make that feasible. It doesn't seem like it would be that easy to clobber legitimate website's IP address.

about a month ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

neonKow Re:The most damning aspect of this affair (259 comments)

You seem confused about how the government works:
1) A big government is what keeps companies in check. More regulations = bigger government. Fewer regulations = big companies have more power. Read up on the Square Deal and President Theodore Roosevelt and see what happens when there are not enough regulations. Monopolies are very, very bad.
2) Copyright and patents came about because it protects the artist/inventor who could be run out of business by someone copying his own creation. The fact that IP law abuses are occurring is a flaw/loophole in the system that can be fixed, but IP law is and has always been about protecting the little guy and they are the only reason the Industrial Revolution could even happen.
3) The term "handouts" is a generally derogatory term and doesn't refer to anything specific. If you're talking about bailouts of companies during the recession, you're again mistaken. The collapse happened in the first place because big systems get too complex for most people to understand, so the few people who did actually understand the house of cards we had set up made off with a ton of money at the expense of a lot of other people.
4) Most of the problems you bring up are with a corrupt government, not a big government. And unlike a corrupt corporation, you have the option to elect people and impeach people in a government (and we will barring some major collapse of the government), and the public sector is required to withstand scrutiny, current NSA bullshit notwithstanding.

I share your current dissatisfaction of how our current elected officials are running things, but I don't think the solution is returning to time that history has demonstrated DOES NOT WORK.

about 1 month ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

neonKow Re:O RLY (259 comments)

It's called OVERuse for a reason. If you use these technologies in reasonable ways, you can control pest populations while maintaining the effectiveness of the toxin. If you ONLY use this corn and it's this effective, you are basically breading the corn rootworms for resistance.

If you stupidly sprint at the start of a marathon you burn up your resources too quickly, and the same thing is happening here.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

neonKow Re: All right, then (241 comments)

Sell? Why would you buy a used one? What are you trying to do, rob St. Jobs of his rightful dues??

about 2 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

neonKow Re:All right, then (241 comments)

No no. You've got it backwards. The solution is to always buy the latest Apple product and get rid of your old ones.

about 2 months ago

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The Most Harmful Foods For The Environment

neonKow neonKow writes  |  about 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

In the past, environmentalists have cited "food miles" as the unit by which to measure a food's impact on the environment. Their argument was the further a piece of food travelled, the more its harm to the environment. But the concept has come under scrutiny, with others nothing it's how the food is made, not how far it travels that contributes to its carbon footprint.

It's becoming trendy to eat locally and shop green, but it's easy to lose track of the ultimate goal--reducing greenhouse gasses emissions--when we get caught up in the fervor of eating local."
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SOPA-Loving Congress Also Loves Downloading Pirate

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

The folks over at TorrentFreak have been mining the database of IP addresses in the archives at YouHaveDownloaded.com for evidence of file-sharing over at the House of Representatives. There's no way of knowing whether any of the addresses belong to specific Representatives who support the bill, but at the very least it seems possible from their search to reasonably conclude, "Congress is stacked silly with Internet pirates."

At least if SOPA passes, we'll get a bit of a laugh."
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Journals

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Day 1

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I wake up on a beach with a sun beating down on me. My whole body hurts. There is no one else around. In the distance are desolate ruins, long abandoned by any sort of civilized society, but some sort of primative human ancestors seem to be communicating in grunts and wheezes. How in the hell did I end up in New Jersey?

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