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Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

zarlino Re:Water is wet (284 comments)

The pursuit of profit is inherent to money and makes it work. The pursuit of profit has driven science and technology and changed the world largely for the better. Yes it has it's own problems: crises, wars and pollution.

about 6 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

zarlino It's self-driving... (583 comments)

...so you don't get distracted while watching ads!

about 7 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

zarlino Re:Wear the tin foil hat (303 comments)

No, just disable third-party cookies. Then you can whitelist the few legitimate "third-party" domains that use cookies to log you in.

about 9 months ago
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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

zarlino Re:Opensource and web services keys (109 comments)

I have a fair understanding of software licensing, thank you. I was not referring to the GPL in particular, nor any other license. It's not a licensing problem and I don't know why you misread my comment in this sense.

about 9 months ago
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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

zarlino Re:Opensource and web services keys (109 comments)

Getting the key requires registering an application and may be validated by the company providing the web service. How a normal non-technical user could do it? Even if it is was just creating an account it would be too much for a casual user of an application.

about 9 months ago
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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

zarlino Opensource and web services keys (109 comments)

Many web services require developers to get keys for their applications. Open source applications cannot provide users with working apps without disclosing the keys.

about 9 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

zarlino Homework "quallty" vs learning ability (278 comments)

I was expecting that parents helping with homework was bad simply because it interferes with and blocks thought and learning abilities of their kids and causes them to be insecure and less independent. Instead the problem seems to be parents are just not good enough helping their kids cheating with homework. Oh well.

about 9 months ago
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Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web

zarlino Semantic Web (64 comments)

A machine readable web was what many people pushed for ten years ago. Then came HTML5 tag soup and "webapps" with messy code. Maybe, as a practical need for a machine readable web arises, old ideas will be reconsidered.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

zarlino Re:Agreed (328 comments)

I agree with you. I was obviously referring to pop/rock songs, not to vocal music in general. Western music is born as vocal music. Just think about Ockeghem or Desprez which represent one of highest peaks of our (western) musical culture.

1 year,1 day
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Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

zarlino Agreed (328 comments)

In a sense, you're right. Songs probably don't even try to compete with more articulate music. I think they're fine in their simplicity. What's sad is that the vast majority don't even know what a more refined music is and why they should listen to it.

1 year,2 days
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

zarlino Re:It's a flawed way to keep a site up. (978 comments)

Making your business model depend on advertisements shifts the focus of your enterprise absolutely.

Well before the internet, magazines and newspapers relied on advertisements so I fail to see where the "shift of focus" is.

about 2 years ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

zarlino Re:This is how shuttleworth kills ubuntu (279 comments)

I have the feeling most people here don't get what "people" means for Ubuntu. Ubuntu targets a mass market. Former Linux geeks (like you and me) will always have plenty of alternatives. We can even build our Linux flavor if we really have to. Ubuntu is totally different. It is for common people that couldn't care less about privacy or technical issues. Obviously they cannot say this openly as the current Linux community is really useful to them for now.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

zarlino Re:Economics... (290 comments)

It's pretty sad that in 2013 just pronouncing Marx's name sparks such a shitload of purely ideological comments from people that never actually read any of his books. Well, I think he must have been onto something if he's still perceived as controversial after 1.5 centuries.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

zarlino Re:Economics... (290 comments)

And one where you can be the evil guy if you actually got your predictions right. (I'm thinking Marx here).

about 2 years ago

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