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Comment: NJ joins CA as a Republik (Score 0, Flamebait) 31

by Ora*DBA (#44326903) Attached to: New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Police Searches of Phone Data

It's a stealth thing, but NJ has become the most left-leaning justice system in the country; more so than Cali if one reads the decisions. They have a large, predominantly low-income, urban population and lots of judges in affluent suburban counties, so one would think they would go conservative, but the opposite is true. Must be where all the hippies moved after law school.

Heaven help you if you are a male getting divorced there. Just leave the state, or commit to shooting judges. You will be raped and left for dead.

Comment: Money for nothing and her chicks for free (Score 1) 227

by Ora*DBA (#42039399) Attached to: One Musician's Demand From Pandora: Mandatory Analytics

So Pandora, Spotify et al are supposed to spend money on analytics as well as pay for the privilege of broadcasting her music? ROFLMAO! Classical musicians have always been coddled, spoiled brats.

Better yet, perhaps they should do this analysis for themselves, then, armed with GeoIP data, renegotiate the royalties. "Oh, you still insist on $1 per play? You know that concert you're playing in NYC next month? Noone in a 50-mile radius is going to be able to hear your music for the month preceding. But don't worry, we'll make sure you get your royalty check." Market that, idiot.

Comment: Should distros bother considering the 'masses'? (Score 1) 460

by Ora*DBA (#41595615) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions

There are several distinct classes of computer users, with different preferences for a desktop manager. The largest segment (which I think of as the ID10T crowd) is easily (perhaps primarily) influenced by aesthetics - yet the only Linux-oriented project I see anywhere near the mainstream that provides an experience anywhere within hailing distance of OS X/BSD is Enlightenment - C++-based, fast and *light* (as opposed to Unity or Gnome 3) and pretty. Why, with all the talk by enthusiasts over the years of spreading the Linux desktop 'religion', do you think so little emphasis has been given to this by, for example, shops like Red Hat or Netware (SuSE)? In the commercial world, is it your opinion that Linux belongs primarily in the data center, with perhaps a small desktop population of technical users? What do you think a desktop manager heavily influenced by UI-savvy engineers would look like?

(p.s., I don't use Enlightenment as my desktop manager - but still recognize the project for its accomplishments)

Comment: Re:Article is wrong (Score 1) 262

by Ora*DBA (#40477283) Attached to: Senator Pushes For Tougher H-1B Enforcement

How, exactly, did you compile the list of industry contacts and relationships that helped you get your business off the ground in India? Working in India? Obviously not. You are yet another ingrate incapable of attributing your success to anyone but yourself.

I am a skilled, certified, educated American citizen who has seen his consulting rates steadily eroded because of the waves of H-1B workers brought in by big consulting companies and Fortune 500 corporations. I see 'mafias' of nationals form in these companies, promoting their own over more deserving workers (not necessarily US citizens, either). I have seen, time and time again, Indian or Chinese consultants taking a lower rate to get a spot, then telephoning fifty or a hundred friends to get recipes to actually attempt to do their job. Hiring managers know this is going on, but do it anyway to keep costs down.

The problem is not necessarily the H-1B program, it is the abuse of these regs and the willingness of US corporate management to tolerate the lower-quality workforce in order to hit their quarterly numbers. Me? I'm getting steadily more profitable trading currency pairs. That's my future. Corporate Amerika can go to h*ll.

Comment: It's the camel's nose - don't give in (Score 1) 714

by Ora*DBA (#40294031) Attached to: FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

Once a mechanism is in place to penetrate Tor, every asshole in law enforcement will manufacture a reason that they, too, should be allowed in. This is a place to defend our civil liberties in the US. There has long been an adversarial relationship between the police and the public. My parents taught me that the police were our friends; boy was that illusion shattered when my ex-wife had me arrested for some made-up b.s. to get me thrown out of the house when she decided she wanted a divorce.

It is true that slimeballs will take advantage of Tor; but they tend to cluster among themselves. Why let the slimeballs with badges in? I say "No".

PHP

+ - Which web platform would you use? 5

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datavirtue writes "I'm about to embark on developing active content (database driven, and web services) for the first time for my website and I have grown to love PHP. Knowing that there are other web development platforms available, and noticing some disdain for PHP in some circles, I'm curious to know which platforms slashdotters prefer along with the reasons why. Before I get started into heavy development I would like to get some opinions and more facts. Why shouldn't I use PHP?"

Comment: This is news?! (Score 1) 165

by Ora*DBA (#36331538) Attached to: Judge Finds Cisco, US Authorities Deceived Canadian Courts

Prosecutors and police routinely lie - to judges, suspects, people they want information from - with no sanctions whatsoever. Someone, somewhere has to enforce the notion that the end does not justify the means in our legal process. Go ACLU! (btw, I consider myself conservative) While they're at it, perhaps they could bring a constitutional lawsuit against NJ, Illinois, Virginia et al. for trying to make an end run around Sixth Amendment protections in domestic violence cases.

Our government is an inch from outright socialism, our justice system an inch from outright fascism. I own guns for a reason.

Comment: The got the timeframe wrong (Score 1) 117

by Ora*DBA (#35905268) Attached to: NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers

An NYT online subscription is worth twenty dollars per *year* to me, not per month. It is the same story as e-book publishers - It simply doesn't cost as much to publish online as in print, so there is no justification for trying to jack up their margins. Until the NYT recognizes that the public is savvy enough to realize this and lower their fees to something reflecting cost-plus-reasonable margin (say, 20% without subsidizing costs from the print operation) I will continue to ignore the paywall.

Comment: Did you send her to OS X class? (Score 1) 898

by Ora*DBA (#35640984) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

Apple has class packages specifically for folks like your wife. They aren't expensive and forestall a lot of frustration. I have a neighbor who is bipolar (so concentration problems) who converted from Windows XP to OS X; her husband enrolled her in the class and now she is completely comfortable with OS X. It is difficult to impossible to teach a spouse for host of psychological reasons. If she is open to it, buy her a class package and encourage her to bring her questions to class.

Comment: Big whoop - successful author leverages his name (Score 1) 290

by Ora*DBA (#35570734) Attached to: Best-Selling Author Refuses $500k; Self-Publishes Instead

While one applauds Mr. Eisler's decision to disintermediate his publisher (thus contributing to joblessness for his own gain), one cannot help but notice that his sales problem will be one of distribution; i.e., like him or not, he has his audience and, once they realize they can e-borrow his books from the library, he will retain his volume. For those authors new to the marketplace, this option is a problem - how does one get their book publicized, reviewed and on to the big sites like Barnes & Noble and Amazon?

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN

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