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Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon

nicolas.kassis Re:Why is this notable? (351 comments)

And with a Conservative(party) majority government in Canada now, you'll be free to come pillage our country, turn it into a wasteland for almost nothing. Enjoy.

more than 3 years ago
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NY Times Confident of 'First Click Free' Paywalls

nicolas.kassis Re:Local news monopoly (193 comments)

Exactly, now I just watch the news on TV, ignore the paper. After years of reading that paper I thought I'd miss it but not really.

more than 3 years ago
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NY Times Confident of 'First Click Free' Paywalls

nicolas.kassis Automatic back button (193 comments)

When I see a news site requiring registration or subscription I just hit the back button. I don't think I've ever subscribe to any news site. There is just no point considering there will always be open news site (Always,Murdoch and al. can't do anything about this). If the first click is free then it might entice me to check out the site for more news and potentially sign up. It would need to be high quality news site to get me to sign up. NYT is probably one of about 5 newspapers that can even attempt such a model. My local paper became subscription only online. I use to check the site out every day. I haven't check it since the change.

more than 3 years ago
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W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet

nicolas.kassis Re:More evidence of the W3C's increasing irrelevan (205 comments)

"Pretty much anything that isn't canvas or video isn't implemented anywhere" That statement is pretty inaccurate, many of the features in HTML5 are already available and things like WebGL will be available by year end (Firefox 4, Chrome 7). In fact, I'm already building software with WebGL which has actual users.

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Turns 25

nicolas.kassis Re:What about emacs (183 comments)

I guess you are probably right but I still think he doesn't get the cred he deserves as a genius programmer. Before the GPL he was single handedly reverse engineering all of Symbolics stuff as a way to screw them for taking code from MIT's mac project and close sourcing it. That code was written by teams of very good hackers. That + emacs + gcc == incredible code writing. Some of the best MIT Hackers still say they we impressed by how much code he was churning out during that time.

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Turns 25

nicolas.kassis What about emacs (183 comments)

GPL is cool but I think emacs was his greatest accomplishment. At least technical accomplishment.

more than 3 years ago
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House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

nicolas.kassis Re:My first "bump" where this law could help (221 comments)

But they aren't choosing, Disney/ESPN is. Why should the ISP make you pay for something you might not even want. ESPN3 is very cool but my mom won't ever watch it. I'd pay money to get the service, but ESPN won't let me. Disney are being douchebags, the ISP are just not letting them fuck you over. I'm in support of the ISP in this case. If ESPN had their way, the phone company would have to pay to let you call ESPNs tech support. I'll say it again, if ESPN allowed me to pay to get the service I would.

more than 3 years ago
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Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011

nicolas.kassis Re:Browser based, which browsers? (153 comments)

Well it's here (I use it for production work) but the spec is still in finalizing mode.

more than 3 years ago
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Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011

nicolas.kassis Re:Browser based, which browsers? (153 comments)

WebGL is on the way. I hope it wins out in the end. No difference in downloading a plugin (for unity) and upgrading your browser in most cases.

more than 3 years ago
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Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011

nicolas.kassis Re:Look on the bright side... (153 comments)

It was a bastardized 3rd person shooter. You could use positioning and cover but it was awkward. You had 5 pets (bridge officers) who were supposed to help you out but they usually got stuck on some tree somewhere. The mobs would just all hit you and you had to figure out how to use your bridge officers as meat shield. Had they tried something like a cheap version of a FPS it would have been great. I had high hopes for STO. Sadly they botched the release (to early, 1 year would have given them time to fix a whole bunch of issues)

more than 3 years ago
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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking

nicolas.kassis Re:Interesting criminal justice system in the US (149 comments)

Thanks I didn't know where it was defined but I know it happens since many canadians have been able to get a transfer until bush took office. I know of one famous cases that has been blocked in the last 10 years. A murderer sentenced to death. The Canadian gov was asking to have spend life in prison in Canada. That was refused.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking

nicolas.kassis Re:Interesting criminal justice system in the US (149 comments)

Well, I've seen deported people end up serving their sentence in their native country. Maybe that would be a better way to handle it.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking

nicolas.kassis Re:Interesting criminal justice system in the US (149 comments)

It should be, if not prison is wasting our time. If after 10 years someone gets out and hasn't at least been given some sort of rehabilitation then those 10 years were wasted. That person will have no chance to work and move on. I'm not saying jail should be an easy ride, but they should be working on getting these people to be able to get a life after jail.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking

nicolas.kassis Re:Interesting criminal justice system in the US (149 comments)

So what you are saying is that the prison system is a failure. I agree with that. The idea of rehabilitate people isn't bad it's how the system attempts (well they don't even try) to do it that is the issue.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Launches 'Private Cloud' Box

nicolas.kassis Re:Huh? (82 comments)

No no no, this is even better, it's a box to which you can add more processors to whenever you want. The only thing that will hold you back is the 90K per core software license to go with it.

more than 3 years ago
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DHS CyberSecurity Misses 1085 Holes On Own Network

nicolas.kassis Re:i've seen nessus reports (86 comments)

Yup. nessus isn't magical, unless you instruct it to use the vulnerability and attack the host (no suggested) then you can never be certain the vulnerability exists.

more than 3 years ago
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Rails 3.0 Released

nicolas.kassis Re:Too bad (110 comments)

Who is no?

more than 3 years ago

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