Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 555

I did pay $50 a year to a site because I supported their business, even though I didn't view much of the paywalled content.

Then they showed me a preview of content and asked me to log in to view the rest. I logged in. They removed access to the preview and the rest of the content, on the grounds that by logging in I'd confirmed I was in a country to which they couldn't share that content.

Obviously I just went to another website and enjoyed the same content, in full. I also cancelled my membership. Fuck them, fuck their business and fuck giving them $50 a year.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 555

Nonsense. I have requested that the site sends me some information. I can choose how to process that information - e.g. I can render some of it visually for human readability, and I can choose to ignore some of it such as links to additional content in which I know I have no interest.

At no point have I agreed to view everything sent to me, let alone request and view additional content the server provider may want to push at me.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1, Insightful) 566

You'd be surprised. A decade of ultra-thin client architectures mean most business systems are now accessed via the browser and don't need Windows.

If using Windows breaks regulatory compliance, loses business or causes business sensitive information to be leaked, Windows is history.

Comment Re:It's official, you all live in a Dictatorship (Score 1) 183

Sure, share a link.
A contact/feedback form wouldn't hurt - think about whether you want to engage with people that would use it, or whether it's just a way for them to share thoughts one-way.

But I'd suggest keeping it anonymous, from the domain registration up. As you did on Slashdot, it'd challenge the preconceptions about the 1% rather than be an ego thing.

Comment Re:It's official, you all live in a Dictatorship (Score 1) 183

I don't kick puppies, I even walk gingerly around them. After I steal the baby's candy, I give it back. I may take their pacifier and hide it for my own amusement but that's because I'm evil. I give that back too. I've never run over a nun. I've never burned down an orphanage. I've never even cheated on my taxes. I've never pushed an old lady out of the way - my home is up in Maine now and they're particularly stout. I don't cut people off in traffic. I'm not more important than you - I'm not better than you either. I've never once shut down a factory and sent everyone home without pay - nor do I pay anyone or reward anyone who does. I only get one vote and nobody has ever told me that my vote is more important than your vote and, if they did, you'd probably enjoy living in my country as I'm mostly sane. I've never torched a cat, a cow, or even stuck a firecracker in a frog's butt. I never bullied anyone. I'd say I'd never hurt anyone but that'd be a lie. I not only got my degree, I served my country to afford it. I do own a BMW (a couple, actually) but I've never run anyone off the road. I put my pants on one leg at a time - I don't even have a tailor or a butler. I do, technically, have a housekeeper and sometimes she lets me pretend to be the boss. I have a dog and he farts just like your dog. I use the same 'net and the same hardware you use. You probably are using a faster computer (at least video card) than I am. I have a cute girlfriend but she's not a supermodel and she wears jeans and a sweatshirt. She has a purse, it was under $100 from LL Bean and is more like a satchel. I think my credit cards have a limit but I don't know what they are - I don't use them. I don't want to eat your baby, even with salt. I've never once been mean to your mother and I'm sure she's a nice lady. I've never had knowing contact with aliens. I have no idea how to buy a law, or a senator. I don't shop at Walmart but I've been in one. You have a bigger television than I do. You probably have a better stereo than I do. I don't steal. I'm willing to do manual labor. I didn't sacrifice a chicken or even a goat to get to where I am - I just got lucky as all hell. I swear, I smoke cigars, and I don't think I've taken a shower yet today. I didn't burn down a church. I've never taken your retirement fund - none of the people I know personally have done that either. Most of the people I know and associate with are not wealthy, they're fairly average and middle class. I drive my own cars - and wouldn't have it any other way. I use the same software others use - nobody makes me special software unless I pay them or do it myself.

Do me a favour? Buy a new domain called (or something, haven't even checked that one) and just put up a single page with that text in a slightly more readable form. It'd be useful to link to people :)

Comment Re:It's a start (Score 1) 250

The woman benefits by not having to go to work, and by spending time with her child.

I'd love to have a few months off with the family. I don't expect this to happen with no financial repercussions.

maybe when men take leave (I took three and a half months the year my kid was born) it doesn't get counted as a gap in hours or experience. At least, there's never been an instance where it's come up

I support fathers getting the same time out of work for the birth of a child that mothers enjoy. A lot of men don't actually want this though.

It would be interesting to get a proper objective study in Canada or one of the Scandinavian countries (with a more balanced approach to parental duties) on whether time out of the office has a greater impact on men or women. Nonetheless I don't think it's unfair that there is an impact.

Slashdot Top Deals

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux