Interestingly enough, I'm fine with income tax, but property tax bugs me to know end. It makes it feel like there's no way to ever completely "own" a house or a car.
This is insane. There are only so many hours in a day, and I can't imagine being motivated AND capable to re-implement anything beyond a trivially simple application in my own free time. If you have the ability to create, I think just carbon copying something from work is too boring for 99.999999% of people (stats made up). The capacity for shitty employers to do shitty things is much higher than an employee, due to their greater resources. I would also wager that a greater percentage of companies than people are willing to rail the other if given an opportunity; profit motive and all that. At a previous job I signed an agreement giving all IP in a _very specific domain_ to my employer, regardless where it was created. I was okay with that. If I build a missile defense shield in my garage they can have it.
"Our software is good, so good -- infact, that if we had used it ourselves our software wouldn't have been hacked.". That's one way to preserve confidence I suppose, use recursion.
Perhaps what he's talking about is merely an interface that allows commands and things to be environment agnostic. A portable operating system interface, if you will. POSIX would be a good acronym.
.NET but ActiveX is an atrocity.
I have all sorts of ideas of things I'd create with an affordable device of this type and an API. Feels like this might be the next application gold rush, if we can get an affordable one that doesn't make you look like a mouth breathing neck beard.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
oranghutan writes "A research and development group down under is working to develop an advanced video surveillance system for ports around the world that uses video superimposed onto a 3D map. With 16-megapixel high-definition cameras on a distributed (cabled) network and a proprietary system written in a variety of languages (C++, Python, SQL, etc.), the group from NICTA is aiming to allow security teams at the Port of Brisbane — which is 110km long — to monitor shipping movements, cargo and people. By scrolling along a 3D map, the security teams can click on a location and then get a real-time video feed superimposed onto the map. Authorities from around the world with the right permissions can then access the same system. The main difference from regular surveillance systems is the ability to switch views without having to know camera numbers/locations and the one screen view."
Why is norway always ahead of the curve in nearly everything?
This story seems patently off theme from the typical slashdot story. This is garish and confusing.
SatanicPuppy writes "According to Reuters, Uwe Boll, the German director the critics love to hate, will return to low-budget filmmaking now that his latest and biggest production, the $70 million fantasy epic "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," bombed at the North American box office. The tax shelter loopholes that funded the previous films have been banned in Germany, making further large budget films unlikely."
Is that necessary? Is it just a metal tube or does it serve a more substantial purpose.