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Comment Yes, I know this is off-topic (Score -1, Offtopic) 234

But there is no way that Slashdot will call attention to this in a regular story:


FAIRFAX, Va., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), the online network for the global geek community, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company and its advisors to explore strategic alternatives with respect to its online media business, including the SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode websites. The Company and its advisors will evaluate a range of options to maximize shareholder value, including, but not limited to, a potential sale of the Company's online media business, investing additional capital to expand the online media business, or other possible transactions involving the online media business.


Ken Langone, Chairman and CEO of Geeknet, stated, "After much discussion, our management team and Board of Directors have decided to begin a formal review of our media business to realize the full potential of these valuable assets and maximize shareholder value. With more than 46 million total unique visitors last month, our media properties have a large community of engaged users and we are committed to creating the best online experience for them."

Comment Re:nonsense (Score 2) 355

If that were correct then backups would not be admissible evidence. They are.

Welcome to Criminal Justice 101.

Your first homework assignment is to read this:

Spoiler alert: Doing it is possible, but only in certain circumstances and it raises questions that you'd rather avoid as a prosecution. So they don't do it if they don't have to.

(If it sounds snarky, I didn't mean to be. Trying to be funny but also informative...)

Comment Re:Bad Press or Bad Behavior? (Score 2) 119

Actually, the thinking that's a problem is yours, you sweat the small stuff, then let the big stuff slide by without comment

Did you miss the part where I said: "the Iraq war is a grossly egregious waste of money"?

Go ahead and think yourself consistent, others think you're completely blinding yourself

I don't see how you don't understand the difference between government (money is taken from me at gunpoint without me having any choice in the matter) and private industry (money is given by me to a private party only in the case where the transaction is mutually beneficial). You're darn tootin' in the former case I'm going to care a lot more if the money is wasted.

Comment Re:Bad Press or Bad Behavior? (Score 2) 119

Forget the fact that the Las Vegas conference cost the same as 3 minutes [] of the Iraq war.

It's that thinking that perpetuates the problem. A whole lot of "it's not as bad as..." adds up quickly, no different than all of those little incidentals on a day-to-day cumulatively impact your budget more than most people realize. Just because the Iraq war is a grossly egregious waste of money doesn't mean that we ignore waste elsewhere.

Forget the fact that the same and worse is standard in private industry

Private industry (with a few notable exceptions) that wastes too much money will go out of business because its products will be too expensive. The government has no such economic pressures; it simply taxes more or borrows more. In government, it's OUR money being wasted.

I believe it's perfectly consistent to be outraged at the waste of tax money while simultaneously not condemning a similar waste in the private sector. (Taxpayer-funded bailouts, government-supported monopolies, etc. notwithstanding)

Comment Re:Ron Paul (Score 3, Informative) 577

His position on abortion cannot be justified by the constitution

Oh, I think "leave it to the states" is a perfectly constitutional opinion.

From his own position description at

At the same time, Ron Paul believes that the ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution do not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion. Instead, it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 233

ell me, oh great Slashdot editors: How do those financial statements look when nobody is left to consume your bullshit?

The slashdot staff DOES know better. If you think this doesn't bother them, you're dead wrong.

Like many of us, they're sitting around on corporate telecons hearing about how they're going to "monetize blah blah corporatespeak". About their only choice is to quit and take another job. I certainly don't think we want that, because eventually those who fill their shoes will be selected as ones who are much more in-line with corporate philosophy, and NO ONE will be left to at least voice concerns.

This "story" is repugnant, and I'm all about the anger, but aim it somewhere other than the editors.

Comment Re:Earth to Absent-minded Professor. Come in pleas (Score 2) 537

So you'd never investigate anomalous network activity on your network because clearly your perimeter defenses would keep the hackers out?

C'mon now; I loathe the TSA as much as anybody else, but if you don't get the concept of defense in depth you're probably not qualified to throw stones...

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