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Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 290

Funny thing is C# isn't where .NET is and isn't where its popularity comes from. VB.net is why .NET is popular, and unfortunately why the GP is wrong.

Shame, but I'm hoping an influx of interest now the platform is open source will move .NET more towards C#. And I hope the superiority of C# to tJPL will, ultimately, move Enterprises to the platform. Java has stagnated in large part because its real competition - that nobody wants to admit - are PHP and Visual BASIC. And, ironically given Oracle's actions against Google, Android is the only thing giving non-Enterprise developers exposure to the language and keeping it in the public eye.

A sudden popularity in C# may push Java to be more relevant, and if Java fails, we might see some interesting moves in areas that have traditionally been Java based.

Comment: Generally speaking (Score 1) 133

by m.dillon (#48647275) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Generally speaking, major owners of multiple networks such as Fox often try to force distributors (cable networks, dish, etc) to bundle all of their networks. Kind of an all-or-nothing approach. Otherwise networks like Fox News just wouldn't get distributed at all. It doesn't have a large enough following.

This is slowly changing as peoples viewing habits change. People are watching less T.V. these days and that is shifting the cost model such that the 'junk' channels are now more of a drag on profits vs the relatively few channels that people still really care about.

-Matt

Comment: Re:Nice! I was one of the ones hit by these charge (Score 1) 51

by squiggleslash (#48640867) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

At least you got some unsolicited text messages ;-) Most victims of this scheme, my wife included, never even got that. There was literally no connection between activity on our accounts and the unauthorized charges.

To this day I find it unfathomable T-Mobile would allow any company to add charges to one of their customer's bills on their say-so. At the very least, I'd expect a "Show an example of a text message FROM customer TO creditor" requirement, something T-Mobile (and apparently the other companies to, according to Legere) never bothered to require.

Insanity.

Comment: Re:How naive... (Score 4, Insightful) 87

Your use of the term "naive" suggests you think it's designed that way due to conspiracy.

SS7 is a protocol designed to do all these things because it's designed to manage the phone network. That's it's job. If it didn't do those things, it couldn't be used to route phone calls.

Does it have poor security? Yes in the 2014 world, but at the time it was developed virtually every phone company was a monopoly, and it was just assumed only a small handful of easily accountable giant telcos, usually only one in each nation, would ever use it directly. You might just as well criticize non-networked single-user circa-1977 CP/M for not having logins and user/group ownership of files.

Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 540

by squiggleslash (#48633937) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Most of the people I've seen speaking out against GG seem to be the politcally correct thought police

Or... the loudest voices against GG have been those targetted by GG, who by and large are people seen by GG to be Feminists and widely misrepresented as a thought police rather than people sharing concerns they have about sexism.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 540

by squiggleslash (#48633881) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

You've just proven it's easy to convince yourself of something that's obviously not true simply by creating a narrative and tying some minor details into it.

Sarkeesian needs to screenshot a Twitter user who over the last few minutes is sending her death threats. She's getting notifications every few seconds from Twitter on her mobile device, presumably her phone. She knows how to make a screenshot on a computer, and it'll capture more tweets than the four or five you can typically see on a mobile phone, so she fires up a web browser, goes to the Twitter URL of the harasser who's still in the process of sending her death threats, hits Ctrl-PtSc, and then sends the screenshot somewhere.

Completely normal. Exactly what you'd expect someone to do (I know it's technically possible to take a screenshot on your phone, but (1) you won't get many tweets and (2) personally I don't actually know how to do it, if I were in the same situation I'd have to Google for the information.)

Your idiot evidence tries to make every element of this suspicious. They... *gasp* went to a PC they weren't logged into to make the screenshot. They *horror* didn't wait until the death threat stream had finished before making the screenshot, meaning some were coming in seconds before she took it! Because you've decided she must be making this up, you've had to invent a ridiculous narrative involving tablets and logging out of PCs that has Sarkeesian apparently unaware she can have two browsers on the PC that has a keyboard.

What's even more bizarre is you make these allegations while GamerGate simultaneously acknowledges that Sarkeesian does, actually, get death threats all the time. The GG "Anti-Harassment Patrol" even trumpeted it's "success" at finding a certain Brazillian journalist who is one source of anti-Sarkeesian death threats, and got terribly upset when Sarkeesian said "Yes, I know, I've already reported him" and spun it as "Sarkeesian refuses to report harasser we found!!!1!!"

GamerGate is about harassment. Stop trying to cover it up.

Comment: Re:Hardware keyboards not the issue with Blackberr (Score 1) 129

by squiggleslash (#48633733) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Android phone makers experimented with physical keyboards for a while, and lately seem to have decided to just issue the same bland iPhone-but-with-Android form factors and forget about being innovative in that area.

I hope BlackBerry stays relevent enough to undo that and get manufacturers looking at text input again. The current situation may suit many, but I see a 50/50 split between people who are happy with Swype-like text input, and people who really prefer the accuracy of physical push buttons. Me, I'm generally OK with the former, but want to have the latter to fall back on.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 540

by squiggleslash (#48633409) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

What's happening here is the standard (especially in GG) circle-j where GamerGaters theorize that something is a "false flag", then someone digs out some minor coincidence, KIA has a field day and declares that the case has been proven, and nobody there revisits the issue, usually genuinely shocked that anyone would disagree.

I'm _still_ arguing with people who think (or claim to think) that Nathan Grayson wrote anything at all as a result of his fling with "LW1" [the GamerGate term for their primary target, who isn't a journalist FWIW. The women herself has suffered enough harassment, so I'll subvert this term to actually avoid mentioning her by name respecting her wish she be kept out of it.] They read Grayson did, they've only listened to people who said he did, as far as they're concerned it's true, and no amount of "OK, point me at the articles he supposedly wrote" will change that. Given this is the original attempt to redefine GamerGate as an "ethics" campaign, something even this story has fallen for, that's a pretty bad thing.

Another example:

1. Eron Gjoni initially tried to post his revenge-ex "tell all" about "LW1", to the forums of Something Awful. SA deleted it immediately and banned Gjoni.
2. Gjoni shops around, finally finding 4chan tolerates it long enough to stir up support from various anti-women trolls (well, it's 4chan, of course they're trolls.) Yadayadayada Adam Baldwin yadayadayadayada front page of New York Times, article about GamerGate's harassment and death threat campaign.
3. Goons (SA's term for forum members) discussing the trainwreck on Something Awful's forums notice the New York Times is covering a controversy that started at... Something Awful and post words to the effect of "What started here ended up on the NYT!"

So what happened then? Well, GamerGate developed a consensus, immediately, without any evidence whatsoever beyond forgetting, somehow, that SA was where Gjoni started trying to destroy "LW1", that Something Awful was behind all the death threats and was making them to make GamerGate look bad.

Because that totally makes sense. One, out of context, forum comment, with no actual quotes from SA members organizing this shadow campaign.

I mention this because it's one case where you specifically see the mindset. Something is "proven" because it gets repeated within KIA enough that it becomes an unquestioned fact. This is how GG holds on to its useful idiots long enough for them to make idiots of themselves.

Comment: The federal government has no jurisdiction (Score 0) 466

by MikeRT (#48632503) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

What Colorado does inside their borders is their business unless it violates an enumerated power. The Supreme Court can, and will, say whatever it wants on the matter, but the fact is that interstate commerce doesn't apply to marijuana that is bought, sold and used within a state's borders. If Texas wants to authorize the manufacture and sale to Texas residents fully automatic weapons with grenade launchers, the ATF cannot constitutionally stop them either. If California wants to legalize ritual mutilation of unborn kids at abortion clinics, that's their right as well. Interstate commerce does not apply.

Comment: Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (Score 1) 90

"The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time. Isn't that a presumption of guilt rather than innocence?"

Not really, it's just a requirement to be subject to testing. Like if there is a rule saying you have to take your car to the mechanic once a year to test the brakes and indicators, it's not presuming anything about you being guilty.

"The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax."

Well, that's not a criminal issue. There is no presumption bias in civil matters.

"Here in NZ, Kim Dotcom (love him or hate him) has had his assets seized and was incarcerated at the US government's whim"

Last I checked he is not incarcerated, and most of those assets were seized by the US, not NZ, but I take your point.

Comment: Core business? (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by LordLucless (#48630045) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

...merge with AOL to cut costs and focus on the unglamorous core business that it has. Is it time for Yahoo! to "grow up" and set its sights lower?

What exactly is Yahoo's "core business"? Their webdirectory is defunct, search outsourced to Bing, and email largely been eaten by its competitors. I would have thought "settings its sights lower" would have involved winding up the company.

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