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Comment: Re:Wow, 22.88? Seriously? (Score 1) 42

he hasn't updated Flash in years and got hit by malvertising.

You don't have to be that bad, even. My parents' PC had Flash 12 on it and Flash 9 on it. Where did Flash 9 come from? It was installed at the same time as the updater software for their GPS device.

The whole ecosystem is toxic and hateful towards the user.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by Qzukk (#49818605) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

It's doubly a pain to see the same ones when binge watching.

Those are absolutely the worst. Watching the same preview the second time is almost as bad as when I pull out a years old DVD and have* to sit through ancient trailers before I can start watching the movie. By the third time I see the same preview the same day, it's worse.

*: or use a non-compliant DVD player that allows skipping this shit. Either/or.

Comment: Re:Goddamnit (Score 2) 87

Humanity moved beyond pictogram-based languages for a reason, and now the internet - that paragon of human achievement - is moving us back to pictograms again. WTF?

It's about the limbic system. Alphabets are a good invention for low-bandwidth communication (including fingertips) but also "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Comment: Re:Who are the fascists?? (Score 1) 478

sorry. that first line should read "since when did constitutionalist meanfascist???

It doesn't. However Rand is not a strict constitutionalist.

Rand is for going back and following the constitution, which means following the 10th amendment. which means if its not explicit in the constitution, its a states right

He advocates that inconsistently. He wants to obey the constitution when it fits his ends. Other times he doesn't give a damn about it. He is no less hypocritical on his interpretation of the constitution than most other politicians, he just makes a bigger deal about it and fewer people are willing to call him out on it. Being as slashdot in particular is overrun with members of Rand's father's cult, he has nearly a guaranteed friendly audience here.

please, if you think rand is a fascist, id LOVE to hear who you want to be elected who would actually follow the constitution, and remove the federal government from my life.

Try reading the full constitution before attempting to lecture on its contents. Then go find an actual definition of fascism before pretending that Rand is not one. Then come back and we can try this discussion again.

Comment: Re:Does this mean... (Score 2) 136

A jury might find that a reasonable argument, but state legislatures have decided that youths need to be protected from sex so much that, like the gp said, it's a 'strict liability' law, even if the minor wants sex so bad they're willing to lie and obtain forgeries to help assist with their lies.

This is why jury nullification is so important - to keep psychopathic legislatures from incarcerating the entire population. A jury has two jobs - to judge the facts and to judge the law. Lawyers and judges try to diminish the second for their own benefit.

On the other hand ... this isn't some trifling matter of stealing trillions of dollars, lying to Congress, or starting wars based on lies - this is consensual sex! So, off to the gallows with him.

Comment: Have to agree with those re not switching (Score 1) 226

You should be maxing out your retirement investment (not in more than 10 percent company stock, 90 percent in a low cost index fund or ETF like Total Stock Market or S&P 500 or mid cap. And downsizing your expenses. Never have more than half of your assets in your house.

But, sure, pick up network certifications on the side, that's a good move.

A friend of mine is starting a Software Engineering internship, she's your eventual replacement (and is an American).

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 204

They needed access to everyone's researchers who are working on solving this problem

Researchers in industry can't shut up, talking about their basic research. It's a well-studied effect, and, in fact, industry employers count on this - they pay their researchers, their researchers get to work on their pet projects, and by doing so they stay plugged into the broader industry, and both they and their employers benefit from this arrangement. It's a non-zero-sum game.

And even though it's been economically validated, it just makes sense - to pay a researcher to wall himself off from his industry (thereby making him forever unemployable beyond the current employer) would be _far_ too expensive.

Sure, there are a few trade secrets that get kept, but that's the exception, not the rule.

Uber apparently thinks they need to own patents on self driving technology rather than just mass produced self driving cars ASAP.

No argument that the patent system screws everything up. But call the CMU licensing and commercialization department and ask them what they think. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

If CMU were championing the abolition of patents, I'd feel sorry for them.

All constants are variables.