2592 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010
Happy to be living near Germany
In Germany there is this nice law called the Reinheitsgebot which so much dictates that if you label your beverage as "beer" and want to sell in Germany then it had better be made with the three main ingredients of beer: Water, Hops and Barley.
Needless to say that this mockery wouldn't be allowed there, which I only consider to be good news!
"And, as beer aficionados are all too aware, hops can subtly change in flavour from year to year, resulting in some deeply unpleasant surprises."
In other words: brewers need to know what the heck they're doing. And if they screw up then that could have its result in the drink they're brewing. Welcome to real life!
Seriously: this is how it's supposed to be. Sure, the flavor can change, but that's what makes the whole thing great. A beer from 2 years ago could taste slightly different than this year. I don't see the problem.
To me it's just like saying that all wine should taste the same. Because oh dear: some people don't like certain wines so in order to cater to them we'll just make all the wine taste the same!
Are we sure this experiment wasn't secretly done in an attempt to get people to stop drinking beer?
"DoH is actually a very cool technology. Many people already ditch their ISP's DNS servers because they are unreliable."
It can also be a dangerous technology because the single point of failure is now fully pointed as such a master cache. If, for whatever reason, that suddenly fails or get compromised then you'll get a really nasty situation on your hands.
Just take a look at how well creating a centralized advertisement service has worked for providers, including Google (if Google can't keep their ad service safe from virusses and malware, then who can?).
Well, they need to get the data somehow...
I can actually understand an opt-in for dev. builds, for the simple reason that people who grab those should know what the heck they're doing in the first place. If they have carefully documented this aspect then I really don't see the big problem; as mentioned in the header they need to get some kind of usage data. In the end it simply boils down to: "read & check what you're using before using it".
However, I do have some concerns about the concept in general: "We posit that integrity and confidentiality protected access to well provisioned larger caches will help our users.". Help how? All I see happening here is that you create a larger single point of failure. Because as soon as those caches get compromised then many people will experience major issues at the same time.
And just because you're grouping many people together basically marks such caches as a very feasible way to compromise. I'm pretty sure malware authors would have a field day here.
Another issue is how this would really enhance security. Most users will use the DNS services from their direct uplink providers (so Internet providers). So how is this going to help them other than generating a bigger target?
Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'
Misinformation, really bad news indeed. It's not as if political Europe has ever done that, right?
Speaking of Europe... Peculiar isn't it how many people within Europe were told that the Brexit was bad news because this is going to cost Europe a lot of money now that Great Britain no longer contributes anymore (I know of local media reports in Holland, Germany, Italy and Spain).
But people in the UK were told that the Brexit was bad news and things would become more expensive because now they would no longer get any funds from Europe for several projects. Heck, even El Reg reported those articles.
Yet up until now no one managed to explain how this was actually possible. If the Brexit means less funds going into Great Britain then that should be a cost reduction for the rest of Europe. But apparently it isn't. But if this isn't a cost reduction for Europe then it should be one for Britain. But that's also not the case.
So what was all this about false news again? I can't help think about a black kettle and a pot for some reason.
Of course he didn't talk about multiverse...
Otherwise we might find out that he used one to power his wheelchair. As seen on Rick and Morty ;)
Have you heard? Latest rumors I picked up was that this asteroid is (allegedly!) also visible on the latest pictures taken by Phobos 2. Because... both show long slim shapes and both cannot be explained so.. aliens. Makes sense, right? :)
Well, let's just hope...
Their Internet connection never fails. And I mean never because if it does then there will be plenty of people who can't access their administration anymore. Doesn't sound like the brightest of ideas to me.
Let the police to the police work already!
The main reason why I am heavily against proposals like these and would even label them as utterly stupid, narrow minded and a plain out scam is because this is yet another classic example of a government which gets TONS of money in the forms of taxes yet seems quite busy in coming up with ways to do less. While still getting paid the same insane amounts of taxes of course. Don't expect to get a tax break anytime soon.
When they feel that the law is being violated then they should act against that. That's in its very essence why the population is paying taxes: to allow the government to act on our behalf and work on the best interests of the community. That's it! The police are actually paid by us, you and me, and the idea is that they enforce the rules which have been set out so that we can have a safe and pleasant society.
So my problem with this, even though I can only look at what's happening in my country, is that I see the police do less and less. No kidding: if you want to report a crime in Holland then chances are high that you'll be told to either do this online, or to make an appointment; they can probably squeeze you in somewhere after 3 weeks. In all fairness: this does heavily depend on the police station you visit. But even so it still makes one wonder how much chances there will be left to solve a crime after 3 weeks.
I'm not out for a police state mind you, absolutely not, but I do think its fair to demand that the police does what we're paying them for. And that does NOT include getting bystanders to do their work for them, like in this case. Shouldn't these rules supposed to be here in order to protect us?
Instead of "working hard" to come up with new proposals which allows the government to do even less, why not come up with solid solutions which can help the police address these 'crimes' (assuming there actually are some, copyright infriction usually only boils down to monetary problems).
And I also feel a little bit insulted, even though I have hardly any ties with GitHub, but it's yet another (indirect!) attack on the freedom of expression to me. I mean... GitHub is mostly used to host open source projects, and people are mostly sharing their intellectual property in a way which can benefit everyone.
If you have a problem with someone's work take it up with them or with GitHub. But don't come up with stupidity like this. Especially because all this nonsense does is cater to some cry babies who - generally speaking - can't even provide a solid showcase in how much revenue was "stolen" from them when being asked to.
Not all is lost ;)
Next time she should just stick with Indie Go Go for her future fundraiser company campaign. There people more or less expect to scammed (or so it sometimes looks to me at least) so she should fit right in.
Microsoft has actually added the Visual Basic runtimes to their latest Windows products (Windows 8 and Windows 10). Something tells me that they didn't add a runtime for a long time obsoleted product just to make them look cool.
Europe - the Next Generation
Although not directly related to the topic it's still something which the headline triggered. Something which I cannot help but wonder about: the biggest problem with the EU, in my opinion obviously, is that we're also entering the era of the next generation so to speak.
There are plenty of people, some may even have become El Reg readers, who grew up with the EU environment and simply don't know any better. No matter if you're in favor or against the EU I think that this bias, although quite understandable, is still something to keep in mind here. Personally I can't help wonder if this isn't something which some politicians are actually relying on in order to safeguard the whole EU structure. Well, that and taking away the options for the general public to protest (even more offtopic: in Holland the politicians are doing their best to take away our options to organize a public referendum).
It probably also doesn't help that a seemingly growing amount of people are totally uninterested in history. I can well understand that not everyone enjoys reading up on (maybe boring) dry theory but in reality one classic saying is still very much relevant today: "People who ignores their history are doomed to repeat it..
Maybe food for thought?
Still shocking news :(
Sad to hear this. Even though you know he's come of age and due to his disease he's obviously more fragile than others this news still shocked me.
One thing though... From the article: "However, the disease progressed more slowly than predicted and married, kept working and became a titan of both hard and popular science.. Hawking's disease got married?
I'd like to think that he would laugh if he read this silly typoe :)
SO what I'd like to know...
Is how long this flaw has been around? That's sometimes crucial information which is often left out, usually because there's no solid way to tell.
The reason I'm wondering is because we always get stories about "many eyes", but just how well did those eyes spot stuff like this?
Don't shoot the messenger!
"He is suing Google for infringing his data protection and privacy rights, demanding the deletion of 13 results that come up when one searches for his name."
So what about all those websites which still host pages containing his name and describing the stuff he did? Does he really think that forcing Google to remove the stuff from their current collection would change anything?
See: those same pages are most likely also indexed by Microsoft's Bing. So what to do about that?
Why don't these people clue up and contact the actual sources of this information: the websites running these stories?
My take? Because if he did that then he'd risk getting laughed out of court because there's also something as the freedom of information and freedom of speech. And they're also not lying or anything: he actually did commit those crimes. So we'll just target Google (and conveniently ignore Bing) because "the big bad search engine company is out to get me".
On the positive side...
"Redmond could be facing another Windows Mobile moment."
Well, as long as they're not charging $100,- solely for the right to develop stuff for the machine you just bought then they might be ok on that front. Because I think that's one of the major reasons mobile took a dive. I bought Windows Mobile, I installed the SDK and I couldn't even mess with my own phone because Microsoft wanted even more money. $100,- to use my own phone for development. On a platform which had yet to proof itself.
And the ironic part was that if I had chosen Android then I could just have unlocked my phone manually and dumped whatever code I wanted onto it to get stuff done. But I pick Microsoft because I enjoy Windows, I install the SDK because I want to dive into the platform and I get 'fined' $100 because of that. Gee... I really wonder how that concept could have failed so hard...
"Note that Elon Musk has floated the idea of the hyper-loop, but he hasn't started any work on it or invested money."
That's not entirely true. They are building a test track in the US (which obviously isn't cheap) and that process is still on-going as far as I know.
The question though is how feasible this will become. If you check up on reports about this test track then you can already spot massive amounts of rust forming inside the tunnel, and if you look at how the outside of the tunnel is set up then, well... That's not always very high-tech either. Even up to points where you can find outside connections of the tunnel being filled up with stacks of paper.
"I've always liked Java, but found Swing/AWT a right royal pain in the ass. The GUI development tools are decades behind Windows/.Net equivalents."
You're kidding right? Ever tried NetBeans by any chance? Their Swing GUI setup has provided the same kind of drag and drop features which you'll find in Visual Studio for years now. In fact: it was thanks to the NetBeans project that certain Swing enhancement libraries found their way into the platform in the first place.
If you use an IDE like NetBeans then making a jform has never been easier, and although I'm a NetBeans die-hard myself I'm decently sure that the same thing applies to other IDE's as well.
But did they get the criminals too?
See, I see one small problem with all this: Dutch law forbids the local police from staging criminal activities. If a lawyer can argue that a criminal committed a crime because he got lured into it by the local police then such cases would be thrown out of the courtroom.
So I can't help wonder to what extend all of that would apply here. Of course I'm aware that most information they collected probably involves foreigners and it remains to be seen that those will actually be tried under Dutch law (seems more likely that law enforcement of the local country gets involved). Still.. I can't help wonder what the aftermath of all this will be.
Considering what you usually get to read about these guys in the local papers it wouldn't surprise me at all if this action made the headlines for now, and 3 months later we'll read on page 10 in the paper how they never managed to arrest and/or convict any actual criminals. So basically sending out a clear message that "Don't worry guys, even if the police operates the stuff then you're still safe!".
Only time will tell I suppose.
So where does the money come from?
I enjoy working the stock market myself (I'm a very small player though) and there's no way I'd invest in this. Because... what the subject says: where does the money come from?
People claim websites can generate money but generally speaking it's not so much the websites (or provided services) themselves but more so the potential for advertisements. I'm sure that IT illiterates (your average broker) doesn't really keep up with recent developments but as most of the tech people know the resistance towards online advertising is steadily growing as of late.
The use of ad blockers has become second nature, most browsers (to my knowledge Opera was first) now even include these themselves.
So... If you strip away the advertisements then what revenue is left? Also considering that Dropbox provides its services free of charge, and last time I checked the use of an adblocker wasn't blocked.
And that leads up to the question in the title.
It may sound like a nice investment on paper, but there's a difference between theory and the real world.
Well, sort off. I still think the Glassfish project, as started by Sun Microsystems, is an impressive one and I also think it's somewhat of a shame to see it go down like this (no offense but I'm not very confident about the outcome). Typical Oracle mindset, let's not call it for what it is because there may still be some money left to squeeze out.
Oh well, for me these are times long past and in my opinion Apache is the better choice. The Apache HTTP server for the web layer, Apache Tomcat as my servlet container and finally Apache TomEE as the EJB container. The best part (in my opinion) is that because these are three separate processes you basically get a more "real" container separation than when you run the whole kaboodle within Glassfish.
Now, Glassfish also has very good tools for fine tuning but in my opinion nothing beats having physically separate processes so that you could even apply limitations on the OS level if you wanted to.
It takes getting used to, especially if you're used to Glassfish, but once you get your fingers behind it you'll soon discover why many Java developers would have preferred to see this project being hosted by the Apache foundation. Time will tell I suppose.
"Here in the Netherlands it turns out that:
Leuk, to see a fellow Dutchie here :)
But this problem goes much deeper than that: it's not just the Netherlands, but Europe as a whole which has decided that burning wood is a "clean" form of energy despite all the negative effects it has.
You reap what you sow...
Many webmasters don't bother themselves to look at how stuff works but only focus on "what's good". Which is exactly why I'm so critical about this current "HTTPS = good" push, because just using HTTPS is by no means any guarantee that your site will be safe.
I wouldn't be surprised if some didn't even realize the depreciation and would even respond with: "But we're using HTTPS, that's good right?".
This protection is good, but...
It doesn't solve the main issue: people should stop to think about the consequences of their own actions. Don't share stuff in public which you may regret later. In other words: try to understand what you're doing!
As said: this protection is good, but sometimes people should really clue up as well. For example: register with Google's webmaster tools and you don't need any official takedown requests: you can do them yourself (automated) because you've established to be the owner of the site.
Life can be so simple... If people try to understand what they're messing with.
30 required ways to deploy?
Maybe if you're using Glassfish (Oracles Java application server) but definitely not with Tomcat.
It's what I sometimes seriously fail to understand; why several people insist on using pre-made solutions for this stuff, even if some of those are so horribly awkward to use. I mean... deployment of a war file requires at the core nothing more than placing it in the right directory. How hard can it be?
I basically wrote an ant script for it, fully customized for use with my server park. Easy.
It's just how you want to call it...
"hinted that Chevalier was spending too much expressing his views on Google's internal social media platforms"
I suppose it's just how you want to call it. I personally would describe this as getting fired for not doing the things you got hired for. But if that activity involved expressing yourself against discrimination then I suppose that description also somewhat fits.
Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...
It was trending because many people had watched it (or made it appear as such), but what's the problem with that? Just because many people watched it doesn't mean it's suddenly more credible or something. I also think the word "promoting" is a bit over the top, because all Youtube did was showcase the video because it was apparently watched by many people.
And to be honest I'm getting a bit tired of this "blame the messenger" crap. Sure, I can understand the upset over the video, definitely, but it wasn't Youtube who made it. If anyone is to blame its the poster of said video.
Although I do agree that Youtube applies some very weird rules at times. I've seen video's which criticized Tesla cars in a constructive way. For example by showcasing how sloppy some of the outer area looks; on the right side a chrome strip runs all the way from front to end in a straight line. On the other side there's a 5cm hiatus between the doors for no apparent reason. That looks sloppy. Note: this video doesn't bash the car, doesn't share criticism but all it does is showcase these oddities. In fact: the uploader is actually really happy with his Tesla. But... no advertisements for them.
Then there was this Youtube channel where a pair of "parents" (I use the term very loosely) made a career out of "pranking" their children. I think some were around the age of 10. And with pranking I basically mean a performance which I can only describe as borderline child abuse. Bullying, psychological torture. I mean... accusing your kid of having done something (while he didn't) and then keep on yelling and raging until he breaks up crying. Tell me how that isn't child abuse?
Well, not according to Youtube because they had no problems getting plenty of revenue from advertisements.
I'm still appalled over that to be perfectly honest. But do I blame Youtube? No, I blame those retards of a parents ("partards") because they started this whole period of abuse. I also 'blame' thousands of people watching this and apparently considering this to be very funny and entertaining. But not the messenger. In fact, eventually Youtube became aware and acted. Fortunately also law enforcement eventually became aware and some children have been removed and taken to their birthright mother.
You can't blame the messenger for everything that happens.
I'm missing something...
So can it easily take my appointments and schedule my day?
From what I read this is a nice palmtop with plenty of features courtesy of Android but I couldn't help missing out on anything hinting at how it could make a good PDA. I definitely agree that having a good keyboard is awesome, it takes getting used to but once you have you can then do miracles. I've written many drafts for reports with my Psion 5mx.
But the thing is: it could also take care of my planning, it scheduled my meetings, it did a whole lot more.
I don't see this here...
It's a new day, yes it is :)
With apologies to the WWE for borrowing the catch phrase of one of their tag teams :)
I think we're seeing the end of advertising serving services or a.s.s. in short :P (yes, I did that on purpose). People finally start to realize how massively this can be abused and thus they move away from all this nonsense. It was fun riding the wave for the site owners but now they have to adapt.
From my perspective this is merely the next step in the digital evolution.
And the best part is that it's the ad services which shot themselves in the foot over this. They became greedy, starting working with shadey stuff which allowed others to hack and infect it and in the end the viewers had to pay the price. No more.
The fun part? This can still work. I know of people running Opera with both the embedded ad blocker turned on as well as the option to allow minimal advertising. So some (non intrusive) stuff slips through and people are ok with this because "it helps pay for the browser". Keyword: non intrusive.
If you install an adblock blocker then you obviously don't even know the meaning of non-intrusiveness. Your loss, time to move on.
People should stop with the thought crimes.
I'm a very vivid FreeBSD user and quite frankly I think some criticasters are just as bad as the stuff they criticize here.
You see, there have been several discussions about this and it all boils down to one thing: "But they can ban you whenever they want to!". And "So you can't even hug someone?".
So basically what a lot of offended people are saying is that they'd rather focus on the negative than the positive. Instead of focusing on the (also shared!) intent of the CoC they'd rather focus on "what if...". What could happen if. Oh dear, you could get banned! But tell me: how exactly is this any different from hanging around on their forums (or this forum for that matter!)? If you make a huge ass of yourself you risk finding yourself on the other side of the "Internet police" (moderators/staff) who will indeed show you the door. I'm sure this will even apply to El Reg if you totally overstep your boundaries. I really don't see the problem. Nor do I see much difference from what it was before.
Basically some complain that "politics" slipped in and SJW in specific. And that's where I have to draw the line a little bit. Because from my perspective they're saying that "Just because it looks like SJW it has to be SJW and if it is SJW it is bad per definition".
Let me get one thing out of the way: I also don't particular care for SJW taken to extremes. Take the new Star Wars movie, I really didn't enjoy that because of the massive plotholes and the shallow story telling (if even my gf tells me that: "all the women seem to know whats best, this is just as bad as your "all men know best" kind of movie!" then yeah...). But that doesn't mean that every attempt in creating a better environment is automatically associated with this politically correctness nonsense.
I've been on the FreeBSD forums for several years already (a good 5 years at least) and I have never ever felt the need to apply virtual hugging. Not even if I knew I was talking to a female. I mean, why would I? This is tech we're talking, not My Little Pony for crying out loud.
My problem is that the nay sayers are often just as extreme as that SJW agenda they claim is in affect here. They sometimes make it look as if this CoC is only made to randomly ban people while completely ignoring what the whole intent is. Worse yet: while nothing has happened so far.
Wake up call: there are morons roaming the Internet. There are tards who really have no common sense at all and who will harass others "because", even when being asked to stop. All this CoC does is to give the Foundation a means to put a stop to that if needed. No more, no less.
I also think the nay sayers are hypocrites at times. See, I remember that Drupal incident where a developer got shunned just because he happened to be interested in a kinky form of sex. There was a major outcry and many people we're upset and outraged about his expelling. That wasn't SJW crap, that was merely someone getting framed (the fora he attended had a major rule: privacy. Still someone on that same forum leaked to the Drupal staff) and then got accused of thought crimes (just because he was interested in kinky sex people figured he wouldn't be able to separate business and pleasure, even though that's what he had done for years already). They cried out for a CoC, uuhmmm..
See, the thing which most people are totally overlooking is this: The FreeBSD CoC applies to the project as a whole. Including the team overlooking all this.
I think the CoC is a good thing because now the FreeBSD foundation is not at risk of "Making a Drupal", and I'm really happy with that. Judge people by their performance and how they act instead of judging them by their life style and private fantasies and such.
That is what this CoC is all about. And if you can't handle that... Too bad.
I actually still use WP7.5 (though 7.6 has also been released) for the simple reason that it was cheaper than Apple and not Google (call me paranoid if you will but I have problems putting some of my trust into Android). And this was a really nice alternative.
Looking back Microsoft really should have kept their promises and tried to appeal much more to the developer / geek market instead of trying to milk it dry. I mean... E 100,- payment for the right to mess with your own phone (developer unlock)? Also (for context): for a platform which had yet to proof itself. Who in their right mind would do that? Sure, this ridiculousness was soon dropped, but by that time it also really was too little and too late.
I really think it could have worked, when done right. Obviously the horror which was Windows 8 also didn't really help. When I told people how I thought that Metro wasn't all that bad I quickly attracted weird looks, do you really think those would buy into Windows Phone once they learned it ran Metro, that which many fully despised on Windows 8?
Oh well, I suppose we still have Blackberry. Oh wait, we don't because those have also been fully converted to Android.
Violent games? But where were the parents?
You see... When I showed signed of misbehavior because the Hulk was an awesome TV series and I knew I could smash through that door we had in the living room my father made it "pretty obvious" that what I was doing wasn't exactly appreciated. So from that point on no more "Shell smash!", well, actually: "Pete smash!", because that's my real name.
So.. hmm, where were the parents?
If you insist on snapping nudies...
Why not use an actual photo camera instead of a phone? You'll get better quality images, the images will be stored completely offline and so there's no risk of exposure unless you want to and best of all: most have an auto timer so you could even be in the picture together!
Seriously though, I don't understand why anyone would want to snap pictures like this. That is.. I do understand but fact of the matter is that you'll have a much more enjoyable time together if you keep those moments for what they are: private and therefor special.
Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election
But how gullible do you have to be...
To base your decision regarding which party to vote for on something as shallow and obscure as a random comment from a random person on a random website?
Could this whole incident be showing us a little more than the US willing to share perhaps?
Going after all ads or...
"Starting tomorrow, Google, which makes most of its money from online advertising, will begin blocking egregious ads in its Chrome browser under limited circumstances – though it would really rather not."
Egregious ads or competitive ads? Just wondering ;)
What a bunch of hypocrites the US are :/
First of all the classified information leaked because the NSA agent turned out to be a complete idiot. They used Kaspersky but apparently without bothering to go over the settings or simply totally ignoring the whole thing.
Shell theory: I think the NSA got so used to snooping and data slurping that it has become second nature to them, so the idea of a problem never occurred to this guy!
But second... Have we already forgotten the iron grip in which the US government placed Apple for refusing to share and/or apply a backdoor to their product in order to give the US government unrestricted access to their devices?.
That's not some wild rumor or hearsay, that's a proven fact, because even the president himself uttered how "unpatriotic Apple was" in his opinion.
So apparently it's perfectly fine to snoop when it's the US doing the snooping, but as soon as a nation which the US doesn't like could perhaps but not proven! do the same then it's time for some old fashioned mayhem and very selective criticism, because how dare they!
As said: what a bunch of hypocrites.
Seems arrogant to me...
After all the incidents we've already had in the past here we are: let's ignore the past, look out for a bright future and some people with no ears anymore.
Did Apple actually think this through?
Just because the connection between the website and the browser is or isn't encrypted, doesn't automatically imply that the website is also (in)secure to use. I know this sounds obvious but you have to keep in mind that plenty of IT illiterates will also be using this system, and I for one can easily imagine situations where some might even ignore possible risks because "the website is secure" while it's not.
It's plain out nonsense that a website which doesn't ask for any user input would be more secure if it uses HTTPS vs. HTTP.
Sure, you can get free certificates. But if your hosting provider doesn't support SSL you have no other option but to get a more expensive subscription. If you actually care for this nonsense of course.
Up until now we could assume that IndieGoGo was basically the messenger or platform for others to use. There were rules but to my knowledge none of them demand a delivery within a specific required timeframe.
And it also creates weird situations too I think. So now this project is required to deliver.
The waterseer project can not only be easily debunked as a fraud (it will magically get water out of thin air, around 30l per day in the middle of a desert. Who needs laws of physics? Laws were meant to be broken!) but it has also failed to deliver a project within years. Heck, if you look at the current comment section you'll notice comments stating that they ordered something and after one whole year they're still waiting for delivery.
Which begs the question: why is IndieGoGo going after this company while leaving others alone? Others which are basically doing worse things (making false promises and unreasonable expectations).
My guess? Damage control. This company has made some headlines so IndieGoGo has a reputation to uphold. But by doing so they're also showing their true colors: picking favorites and allowing others to get away with the exact same thing. Heck: I get the impression that taking money on false promises is about the only thing which is being done on IndieGoGo!
Search engines in search engines
What I hate most is getting a hit, you follow it but only to end up with another search engine. The heck!?
One down, hopefully many to go!
Seriously, if you look around IndieGoGo then something immediately catches my eye: the comment section. So many comment sections in which you can read complaints and concerns about delivery. Even up to the point where alarmbells should be going off before considering to fund something.
I recall this project about "revolutionary" phone cases, people could support the project and you get one for your phone. It was (obviously) an "amazing" product because of dozens of features. The only caveat which soon got noticed by plenty of backers: during the order / support process people couldn't share what kind of phone they were using. Seems like a rather important detail to me, but I guess the product is so revolutionary that one size fits all.
I sometimes seriously wonder if there actually has been one IndieGoGo project which actually worked and fulfilled its promises.
Guilty until proven innocent?
“Ads must not promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, or cryptocurrency.”
Although I can understand where it's coming from I do not like the "guilty until proven innocent" approach at all. It also seems a bit hypocrite to me. After all: there's no telling what foul play goes on with standard currencies. That's also often used to buy weapons, drugs and other nasty stuff yet no one bans its use because of that.
What's next? Banning $foreign_currency advertisements because you don't like them? After all those reports about evil Russian hackers I guess you really shouldn't accept roubles any longer eh?
What could have happened if all that (apparently) wasted effort had been used to help enhance Xorg itself?
Modern politics in the UK too then?
When a company becomes too big and "powerful" where it starts to show signs of a monopoly or when a group of similar companies form a cartel then the government is usually all too eager to apply tons of restrictions because a monopoly is obviously bad for the consumer (which, in all honesty, usually is the case).
But what happened with those regulations in this situation? I assume it's back to the common excuse of: "this is different?".
They way I see it they're allowing this single company to seriously expand their monopoly position and it will only be a matter of time because that gets abused.
And once again: adblockers
And if those people had used adblockers then I doubt anything would have happened.
I've mentioned this recently, I'll do it again: adblockers should be placed at the same level as anti virus software. You may trust a website (or its owner), but you cannot know up front where the ads are coming from, as well as any associated extra garbage such as these mining scripts.
But what if...
In this case it was a pretty clear case of self-inflicted problems. Easily proven if you read this DJI statement because guess what? => "DJI received a report from an independent security researcher that an AWS server repository was accessible by unauthorized parties. We took this issue very seriously, and fixed it within a day of receiving the report.". This sheds a whole new light on the Github request if you ask me because it proves that incompetence was definitely a thing there.
But it does raise an interesting question I think: What if someone shares something on Github which wasn't theirs to share in the first place?
Comment about the artwork...
One thing I never get: why does the artwork which is shown in these articles always show a scenery which is pretty much unlikely?
Take this one, you see a rather big planet right up the sky. Even though the star they orbit is comparable to our sun in size and the distance idemditto. So there's no way you'd get to see the sun as shown in the image shown in the article, yet here we are.
Now, I know that those images make for much more spectacular stuff and it may even do a much better job at triggering one's imagination. But still... why can't it never be an imagine which pictures a more probable (realistic) scenery?
This is why you should use adblockers
Everyone knows about malicious problems like these yet no one bothers to address the consequences, and many website would rather see that you turn off your adblocker in order for them to get their revenue. Now, I understand the motive, I really do, but when will people finally realize that adblockers aren't a convenience anymore but should be recognized as essential protection?
What I'm saying is that an adblocker should be getting the same treatment as an anti-virus tool on your computer. Websites wouldn't ask that you turn off your anti-virus so why make the exception for an adblocker?
See: the problem with ads is that you'll never know for sure where the junk is coming from. And even if you do know the source (Google ads comes to mind) then it's still no guarantee what so ever that everything people throw at you will be fully harmless. Heck; this article proofs as much!
In this day and age the use of adblockers has seriously evolved and should be considered a mandatory protection scheme. Yes, I feel for all those websites who try to make a bit of a profit but sorry: you got yourselves to blame for it in the first place. Instead of being satisfied with the target audience many companies strived for more and better coverage, even up to a point where malware became a thing.
What was that saying again? You reap what you sow?
I think it's even worse though...
Obvious indeed but it's even worse than this though: in most modern cities the whole grid would be overloaded as soon as a majority tries to charge their cars. Because no one seems to bother themselves with the most important question of them all: where is all that electricity coming from?
Also: how is all that electricity getting generated?
And this is also the main gripe I have with all those allegedly "clean" ways of energy consumption and the way it's often being executed. Generally speaking it's approached as an "all or nothing" but that usually leaves out some very important details. Take wind energy. An interesting concept for sure but it takes a lot of windmills to even come close to what a regular power station can produce. Another bothering problem is: "What if there's no wind?". When the wind goes out then people usually prefer to continue consuming energy. Ergo: there has to be a backup in place. For every windmill park you have to get a solid backup, which is usually provided through "regular" energy sources. And that's the part of the story people would rather leave out of the story.
Just like the involved costs to actually get access to these alternative energy sources. Generally speaking it costs more than you get out of it. Now, I'm not saying that this should be a decisive factor perse (sometimes there are bigger concerns than money) but it also shouldn't be completely ignored either as its usually the case.
But what exactly counts as fake news?
Yes, I know: "News that is fake". But that doesn't really answer my question.
Because from what I can tell someone who shares "these forest fires are HUGE, the smoke is unbelievable" could share something which they believe. The smoke could indeed be massively thick making the whole thing look much more threatening. A helicopter flying overhead though might be able to spot that it's only 1 (relatively) small fire hazard.
So is this "fake news" (because you could draw the wrong conclusions about the forest fire) or just someone sharing an innocent opinion / observation?
I thought we were aiming for progress, not setbacks
If I understand this correctly they're basically trying to 'breed' kids who are fully dependent on electronic devices to get their point(s) across. So the moment the power fails or the device doesn't work they won't be able to express themselves without a keyboard or other electronic device?
Do you honestly consider that "progress"?