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1  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: One Chance: A game you can only play once on: September 17, 2014, 02:47:02 PM
Depressing game.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt - new and genuinely open project born to replace it on: July 06, 2014, 09:30:59 PM
Under what license is the code? Can it be used on closed source, or only open source?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: July 06, 2014, 09:21:38 PM
My first question would be:
How much money are the true crypt developers getting to shutdown true crypt and sway people into Bit locker on an operating system that is knowingly compromised by the US government since 1995?

But then again, I am cynical nowadays.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: This week's episode of the suicide of Microsoft: Helping gov't exploit your pc on: July 05, 2013, 01:47:39 AM
Why the surprise?

Remember the Windows 95 era in which Microsoft was facing a billion dollar fine becuase of its antitrust practices?
Remember how the 1 billon was forgiven? How many times have government forgiven you any fine?

Some kind of deal was made. Given the current information. I suspect that it was adding backdoors to Windows. So that governments can spy on their general population.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can We Trust CNET...(News Article) on: January 22, 2013, 12:16:59 AM
"In God We trust, all others we monitor." - NSA motto


6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer science student expelled for testing university software security on: January 21, 2013, 11:55:02 PM
A classical punishing instead correcting lie of thought.

When a patient is sick, first you try to cure it. You do not shoot him. Thats what this university did. Instead of suspending his computer access to the university network, they choose to expel him.

To those defending the expulsion. Would you prefer if he would just keep the vulnerabilities secret and later he or someone else just abuse them? Because knowingly or not thats what you are advocating here.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Outing the Internet's worst troll. on: October 23, 2012, 04:08:47 AM
Should a private organization be allowed to kick out people they don't want?

While people have the right of freedom of speech. Does that means that an entity should be forced to be the vehicle of the speech of others?

I don't care what the person wrote or not. And, as long as the pictures where not obtained illegally, there is nothing illegal on it.  Thus, unless you believe that freedom of speech should be abolished, its not our concern.

That said:
While a person right of freedom of speech should be uphold (irrelevant if you like it or not). The right of another person to ignore or even counter attack with their own speech should also be uphold. As well as the right for an organization no not be used as a medium of that speech.

Would it be ok for a guy to enter a synagogue dress on a gestapo uniform and ask to do a speech on how the Zionist are the scum of the earth and the Aryan race should rise again?

Yes.

However, the synagogue administration have the right to refuse and tell him to leave the premises. If he refuses, they can call the police, not because of the speech. But because he refused to leave a private property. Whoever owns the premises decides what can be done at it.

The same guy can do their speech on a conversion center where he rented 4 hours. And the conversion center does not have the right to say no once is rented (unless they placed in the contract beforehand). Why? Because for those 4 hours, the room is not theirs, is of the person that rented and is only bound for what is legal and whatever the rent contract stipulates.

So, unless the guy paid Redit to be able to post messages. They had the right to kick him out.

Freedom of speech does not means freedom to force someone else to be the medium of your speech.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fake Reviews: Amazon's Rotten Core on: August 30, 2012, 11:49:25 PM
Whenever people can take an advantage of something, they will.

Lying is effective. More so if it comes accompanied by some truth.

Since the Internet has become the alternative to Mass Media. And mass Media is all about lying to get people to buy your clients products (so they can charge more to their clients), it follows that the Internet would have become a lying cesspool. And indeed, it has.

Heck, even Wikipedia has being found doing information manipulation, eliminating information that is against the believes of whoever is an op there while putting propaganda as the truth.

But this is not only a problem in the Internet. Lying have become the norm in courts. The trick is doing it in a way that the other party cannot prove that you lied. Bonus points if you buy the judge (far too many ways, not all based on money).

And politics. I wonder if one can make a candidate sign a contract in which if he/she does not makes good on his promises, they are automatically, and personally,  in debt for 1 million, per each incident. Is far too easy to lie and then do the exact opposite of what you said you would do.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Read this article before Apple makes them take it down! (hee-hee) on: August 30, 2012, 09:29:30 PM
So basically an Apple Genius is a trained hypocrite.

Good to know.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 26, 2012, 09:59:23 PM
My intermediate thought was:
"Of that billion, How much was the judge paid?" There are MANY ways in which you can buy a judge. Some with money, some without. Some indirect, some direct.

Then I remembered: "Never blame evil that with stupidity can explain."

So instead of thinking that the judge was corrupt, I ended up thinking that the judge was just a useful moron.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hacked "hard" via the cloud. on: August 05, 2012, 01:00:39 AM
From the site:
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Update Three: I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass  security questions. Apple has my Macbook and is trying to recover the data. I’m back in all my accounts that I know I was locked out of. Still trying to figure out where else they were.

This means that irrelevant of how good is your password is, your computer can be hacked by Apple.  Bottom line, TRUST NO ONE.
12  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Frackin' Reserve - A Fractional Reserve Banking and Compound Interest Simulator on: July 16, 2012, 09:37:13 AM
Thanks this will allow me to better explain how the Federal Reserve is robbing everyone blindly.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blog comments - On of off? on: May 13, 2012, 01:03:06 AM
I guess the division would be:
A. Discussion.
B. Advertisement.

On one you want to discuss an idea. On the other you want to promote an idea.

On one you care about what you audience think. On the other you only care that they hear you. I say hear, because you have no way to know if they are listening to you since they have no way to comment.

I usually don't bother with advertisement ones, unless is for things like news.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Kindle Fire set to be the Apple/MS slayer tablet? on: December 24, 2011, 03:02:16 PM
One thing I do not like avout the advertisement of the kindle fire is that is shown as larger than the kindle 3. When in fact is smaller.

I am glad I waited for seeing it live at target before spending money on it. I will be keeping my kindle 3G for reading. I do not need a smart pad.

Now the perfect device would be a large (capable of showing letter size documents) e-ink (so the eyes do not get constantly irradiated and battery last longer) device that is afordable.Bonus point if the e-ink is colored (I do not know if colored e-ink exist or not).

A pity that everyone is trying to make an iPad clone instead of a usable reader capable of eliminate the need of technical books on dead tree format.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rootkits on mobile devices ... on: December 01, 2011, 07:05:30 PM
Just saw this on CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/2011...er_iq/index.htm?hpt=hp_t2

Aparently is on all USA cell phones.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Products designed to fail, a documentary on: November 06, 2011, 12:34:24 PM
This is older than even the USA.

When the Spaniards built a pot they made one that would last at least 50 years. When the British built a pot, they made one that will last for 2 or 3 years.

Thus the Spanish Empire build expensive things that did not require to be change in a long time. While the British Empire build things that where cheap but require you to replace them frequently. Leading to the British empire to have a stronger economy.

So incompetence can actually be better for the economy smiley

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why I stand up for Stallman on: November 06, 2011, 12:24:38 PM
Both Canonical and Red Hat are bad examples of making money creating GPL software. As they make money not of their work, but of the projects (and work) of other people. If at all they are an example of how to make money exploiting the people that released their software under GPL.

Most of the honest people that do make money of creating GPL software do on four ways:
- Premium support. Where you get paid to help people use your software effectively and/or to program private additions.
- Dual licenses. Where you offer one license GPL and another private for a fee. (aka MySQL and others)
- As part of a package you are selling. For example hardware.
- As a way to test the tools of a system you use internally for profit. For example gcc and notepad++. They do not make money from the compiler, but having a huge base of people that use the compiler means they can eliminate bugs and thus have more reliable tools.

Either way, you do not make money on the GPL software directly. You can see it like frosting on a cake you are selling. You do not sell the frosting, but it helps sell the cake.

EDIT: Made a mistake. Instead of posting a reply, created a new topic. Which I do not know how to eliminate.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR not a commonly downloaded program? on: October 16, 2011, 12:15:52 PM
== Begin Rant ==

Thus the solution is to bend over and allow Microsoft to make false accusations on software from authors that did not pay them homage.

I guess we live in a world that people have gotten use to that.

I thought there was something called libel and slander. After all, what proof do they have that the software could harm your computer?

I guess we live in a world where justice and pride is something reserve for the rich (since is far cheaper to bend over than to get justice).

== End Rant ==
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The All New Kindle - ripoff! on: October 14, 2011, 12:32:27 AM
At the same time, Amazon is hobbling the browser in the new 3G Kindles Touch: now you can only use it for browsing the Amazon store and Wikipedia. Not that the browser for useful for much of anything else,  but now it's officially locked out of the rest of the web in 3G mode.

Good thing I got my kindle before this. Sometimes I use it to check my emails.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Real life version of a Half Life 2 map on: October 14, 2011, 12:09:11 AM
This chat reminded me of something I hear on a "MacGyver" episode, a long time ago:
"Is not the fall that scares me, is the sudden stop that follows it"
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Social Media's Hidden Truth on: October 05, 2011, 04:08:46 PM
One of reasons I left facebook (the other is that I didn't find any use for it).

As for cookies, I use Opera, their ad blocker. And Ghostery.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steam: Savior or Slayer of PC Gaming? on: August 29, 2011, 01:44:38 PM
I kind of like more the aproach of GOG.com.

You:
- Buy the game.
- Download it.
- Install without any DRM crap.
- Play

Sure, some users will pirate it on the internet, but then again, the same will happen with the DRM ones. The irony is that the pirated version is most likely to run fine while the DRM one might work or not. That includes steam, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

I guess the different between GOG.COM and steam is that steam asumes that the user is a thief, while gog.com does not make that assumption. I don't know you, but I make a point of not buying from someone that treats me like a thief.
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to be in Amazon's App Store? Think again! on: August 15, 2011, 03:25:35 PM
I can understand that a giving your application for free will not give you any money (I would be surprise if it do). The only value you might get it is to promote your software.

However, I do not understand the reason of showing the 54k on the statement, unless is a plan to commit fraud on promotions. Something in the lines of, "the average developer makes X amount of money." Of course, it could just simply be a bug on their online software.

That said, a better promotion for a developer (whose source of income is the app) would be to make 2 versions of the applications. One free (either limited or with ads) and one for pay. People like free stuff, but dislike ads and limitations.

Another way would be to make a free app that would only work with an online service that have a subscription model. There you could either give the first month for free or offer a limited service for free. (So that people can try your service.)

The most stupid way to promote your app (when the app is the product and not a cookie to attract to your real product), is to give it away for free forever.
Some side effects on this:
- People that bought your application before will feel cheated. And might wait before buying another application from you (to see if you will also place it for free).
- Potential buyers that got your application on the free day will have no reason to buy your application. In this case you sales will lower instead of rise.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 11, 2011, 10:01:52 PM
I must be getting old, as I do not understand why exactly the appeal of sharing all your information with a single company. Specially when this company is having more information on everyone than a state intelligence agency.

I can understand the appeal for companies, but certainly not for individuals.
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Windows 8 - DirectUI, WinRT, .NET and c++ - Two worlds meet again on: July 02, 2011, 09:02:49 AM
I wonder if by combining C++ with .NET they mean that all code will be managed code. AKA: not real machine code, but a layer over it.  While most applications do not need speed, there are some that do.

The win32 api might be old. But so is the unix api. Both have the benefit of being time tested and relieved of many unexpected features (aka. bugs). They also have the benefit that many developers know how to work with them.
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