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Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

u64 Re:Summary. (201 comments)

About being a little more Star Trek,

Picard: The economics of the future are somewhat different.
You see, money doesn't exist in the 24th century.

Lily Sloane: No money. You mean, you don't get paid?

Picard: The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force of our lives.
We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.

  - Star Trek: First Contact

Somehow i think the notion of 'no money' sits uncomfortable with advertisement companies, such as Google.

about a year and a half ago

Icelandic Pirate Party Wins 3 seats In Parliament

u64 EU looses. Iceland wins. (92 comments)

The BBC: "The two leading parties, which will now enter coalition negotiations, are also seen as
Eurosceptic, and their poll success could slow down Iceland's efforts to become a member of the European Union."

What does the BBC mean by "slow down". Why should anyone *want* to join a farce such as the EU,
and then even worse, the Euro? As if joining the EU was inevitable.

What the BBC could have said,
"The majority of the Icelandic population wants to remain free from the EU, and the Euro."

about a year and a half ago

Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

u64 Re:Not religion, but purpose (931 comments)

While belief in God(s) or any perfect imaginary friend can provide a sense of hope and a sense of purpose, it's still just a placebo effect. Ignorance is often bliss. I think solving the actual, real causes of illnesses should be preferred. Sorting out and making sense of feelings, thoughts, and physical situations.

Sending any depressed or hopeless person to church or mosque, or leaving them to their own superstitions, to prevent suicide is a very cruel mistreatment.

Atheism and science are far from perfect, much remains to be discovered and understood. Yet compared to religions, at least science *tries* to fix problems.

about a year and a half ago

Eric Schmidt: Google Glass Critics 'Afraid of Change,' Society Will Adapt

u64 Re:Sure society may adapt ... (331 comments)

Just put Google Glasses on a Drone and fly it after Schmidt 24/7.

about a year and a half ago

Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

u64 Scotty knows (297 comments)

La Forge: The Captain wants this spectrographic analysis done by 1300 hours.
Scotty: Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way.
But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.
La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour.
Scotty: How long will it really take?
La Forge: An hour!
Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?
La Forge: Well, of course I did.
Scotty: Oh, laddie. You've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

- TNG 6x04

about a year and a half ago

Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy

u64 Grownups too (1 comments)

Take away the Pads and Phones from adults and many of them will start to cry too. (Especially the Apple-religious persons).

Humans *likes* bright surfaces. Try it yourself, start a TV and try to focus on something near the screen. It's very hard. The screen keeps flickering and constantly begs for attention. Step one for sucking us in.

about a year ago

Japanese Police Urge ISPs to Block Tor

u64 Collective punishment (2 comments)

So punish everyone that's using Tor. Great.

Also, some person used a knife to commit a crime. Obviously there will be a ban on all knives.
Also, some person ran over someone with a car. Obviously there will be a ban on all cars.
Also, some person drowned another person. Obviously there will be a ban on water.

about a year and a half ago

Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

u64 Re:Are they Sequels? (342 comments)

Jar-Jar is the worst. At least they *bleep* everything C3PO says.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

u64 Re:save it for the next paid iteration (628 comments)

The Maibatsu Thunder!
"On the tall road of life, you have to pay to prove you can."


about a year and a half ago

Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities in Java

u64 My JAVA security fix (1 comments)

1. I Uninstall JAVA wherever possible.
2. I make best efforts to create blocks against people installing JAVA on their machines by mistake.

But some banks requires JAVA in the browser. So i'm thinking of getting a separate portable browser for
just the JAVA plugin. And harden the browser to only allow visiting the bank site...

Maybe there's an addon for that. To only run JAVA plugin on a few whitelisted sites...

about a year and a half ago

BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

u64 Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

All currencies have a subjective value for each individual at each point in time. Unlike an objective value as say, 1 meter, or 1 gram.

When i'm willing to trade 1 BTC for 1 USD or 1 g Gold that's my choice, and if anyone else agrees during that time we can trade.

I'm having a zen-like moment where i'm thinking as a ferengi and a hippie at the same time... Money is a game that we're all forced to play, and naturally there are many that looses. Then comes the problem that the rich can rig the game so that they win no matter how stupid they are.

about a year and a half ago

Bruce Schneier: IT for Oppression

u64 Low hanging fruits (2 comments)

The clueless masses uses the default settings and the default installed software. Several things can be improved right now,

  • Does Linux and BSD distros come with TorBrowser installed by default...
  • Does the Free browsers use DuckDuckGo or StartPage.com by default...
  • Does the Free browsers have HTTPS-Everywhere by default...

about a year and a half ago

Set your watches for the end of Windows XP

u64 Keep XP (1 comments)

Does everyone really need XP updates. Just switch to a sane Browser. Stay away from MS Office. Uninstall JAVA. Uninstall Flash and use HTML5. Install a good Antivirus and proper Firewall. Use Foxit Reader rather than Adobe Reader. In short, just secure XP and it should be fine for another decade or so.

Do something *useful* with the money rather than paying for Windows upgrades over and over.

Finally, try out some Linux distros on a few machines. [ducks an avalanche of chairs from Ballmer]

about a year and a half ago

Another microsoft privacy invasion

u64 rly... (1 comments)

All i get is error "The page you requested is not available at this time.". Is this story even real? Or just a broken link...

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Apologizes for Employee's Xbox 'Always-Online' Tweets

u64 What a relief. (1 comments)

Words from Microsoft are usually trustworthy.

How about Microsoft rather shows us by actually *doing* something against DRM.

about a year and a half ago

Firefox 20 Arrives With Per-Window Private Browsing, New Download Manager

u64 Re:DownThemAll (181 comments)

Yeah. And add built-in ability to download torrents. And rename it to Opera!

about a year and a half ago

When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

u64 There's already an age-group for that. (295 comments)

Just hand it over to any teenager - they usually destroy most things that comes anywhere near them.
To guarantee swift and total destruction make sure to tell them to *please* be careful with it.
And that it is fragile and expensive.

about a year and a half ago

Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

u64 Re:Watch your clauses, people! (450 comments)

Well, the boring 300 Gbit/s is a whopping thrilling 1080000 Gbit/h.

about a year and a half ago

Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

u64 This User Agent madness needs an ending. (252 comments)

During my Privoxy experimental years i tried life without sending any HTTP User Agent header.
It mostly worked fine. Some pages looked wierd. And a few pages refused, and barfed errors;
"Danger! Danger! Server is confused. Evil user for sure."

The only way to end these endless UA detection games is to NOT play.

There will be some rough sailing for some years. But once we've crossed that problem,
the benefits makes it worth it.

about a year and a half ago


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