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Comment: Re:what EVER could we do? (Score 1) 292 292

Here's a crazy idea: let's have everyone vote, and then see what the results are before we report on it?

I expect that wouldn't work. The "have everyone vote" part, specifically. If you're not riled up being told that those guys with the wrong-coloured-signs are going to win, what motivates you to go out and vote?

Comment: Re:Could you tell a difference at distance? (Score 1) 535 535

Imagine you are on school grounds and you can see this guy on the street, distance of maybe 200 feet. Would you be able to be sure the black gun shaped thing was a toy from that distance?

If the "gun" is at such a distance I can't, then maybe* I shouldn't be pissing my pants.

*Maybe as in, unless I hear shots and see bodies dropping, no.

Comment: Re:Okay... (Score 1) 461 461

" odor of gasoline was detected"

In a fucking gasoline-powered car. Where do they find these geniuses?

I'm kind of concerned about that line as well. The implication is that that the odor of gas was suspected to be related to the presumed explosive device. Thing is, the pressure-cooker turned out to not be an explosive device. So... it turns out the odor of gasoline was either fabricated or as you say, due to a defective car. A huge part of police responsibility is being able to determine truth. It's not hard to figure out that a car is leaking gas. Unless you're making shit up, which is what this particular instance sounds like.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618 618

Seriously? It's actually that easy to part you from your money? It's pretty clear the problem here is you, not the people trying to sell stuff. You make the decision, if what you really want is your money then why are you trading it? You already have what you want.

What are some actual examples of when this has happened to you?


It is exactly as easy to part me from my money as it is. No more, no less. When advertising doesn't work, there's no issue. It's when it does - and you KNOW it does, else it wouldn't exist - that something has gone wrong.

Are you trying to pretend that (all) the debt-load people in developed nations have is because they've just fallen behind temporarily? Or do you actually get it that people buy crap they don't need? Specific itemized examples from my life aren't useful... they're just anecdotal evidence. That advertising exists, and has existed for a long time, is empirical evidence that the practice is profitable on average. And that's not acceptable to me.

It doesn't matter who is, or is not "too weak-willed to spend wisely". What does matter is that active advertising is an inherently predatory act. You know it, I know it, and the rest of the people asking "really? WTF's wrong with you. I just save my money, you sub-human schlup!" know it.

Finally, yes, I get it that there are shades of grey here and that we're not talking about human sacrifice or something 10/10 for evil. But some guy with a vested interest in advertising has decided to spout off on the morality of ad-blocking, which makes looking at the morality of advertising itself fair game. So while this isn't a huge deal, it's on-topic.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618 618

You read something, then you decide to buy something. "In some circles, that's theft." Umm, no, it's not. You made a choice to spend money. That's not "theft" by any stretch of the imagination.

Did I? Did I make the choice or was that choice made for me? You know why you see signs saying "limit 10 per customer" over a stack of crap? Because the way the human mind works, you deviate off the most recent number you've seen to make estimates. So, if you see a stack of crap at a "good" price, you'll start asking yourself "how many do I want", and you'll get the answer right. But if you see that sign, you'll start at 10 and work your way down to a number you can settle for, which is almost always higher than the number you actually want. That's how marketing and advertisement works. Massive studies have been undertaken to figure out how to manipulate buyers. This is not news. The choice is not mine.

See, all of those words mean different things. "Coercion" is generally immoral and often illegal. "Enticing" or "encouraging" are not. "Manipulating" is usually immoral, but whether it's illegal depends on context.

Difference without a distinction. When your target goal in coercion, enticement, or manipulation is to cause a person to act against their benefit, it's wrong. Enticing a suicide off a ledge isn't because it's in their best interest to be convinced not to jump. Encouraging a person to spend more than they want to is wrong. That's my premise.

I hate advertising probably as much as you do. And I agree with you that it sometimes exploits people psychologically in unfair ways. I wish there were less of it. But as long as you don't have a significant mental deficit and the advertising is basically true (not false or misleading), I cannot possibly see how you say that someone choosing to spend money is "theft."

One: hyperbole makes a point.
Two: as you mentioned in your post, there's significant grey-area in what "theft" means. If it's applied to copyright infringement (and it is, linguistic purist desires be damned), then it can be applied to purchases influenced by active advertising. While yes, I get something for my money, it's not what I really want, which is my money, which I would still have were I not advertised to. You can steal a house out from under the nose of an unwary elderly person, yes? Just because someone agrees to a purchase/sale contract doesn't preclude it being theft.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 4, Insightful) 618 618

I'm of the opinion that advertising is immoral.

To be clear, I mean active advertising, in the sense of placing product information out of context. That includes billboards, products in movies, commercials between songs or before movies, and most of the crap that shows up in the mail. I don't have an issue with passive advertising, for instance having "the special of the day" on an e-commerce site, or related product information such as offering me different vehicles if I am visiting a vehicle sales site.

Active advertising is literally coercion, enticing, manipulating, and encouraging a viewer to make purchases that they otherwise do not wish to make. "If only you knew about our great product" does not justify the psychological arm-twisting advertisers undertake. Yes, by the end of your advert I might "want" your product that I'd never heard of, but as the OP says, "fuck you". You are taking money out of my pocket that I did not plan to allow its removal. In some circles, that's theft.

Comment: Re:Yep, they were... (Score 5, Insightful) 369 369

I will never buy a DRM coffee machine...

Unless you're a prostitute, don't fuck your customer.

You can get away with DRM on DVDs because consumers don't understand the tech. The phallus is invisible.

You can't get away with DRM on a plastic cup with coffee grounds in it. The consumers UNDERSTAND that product, and KNOW you're fucking them. The phallus is very much visible.

Comment: Re:Battery life non-issue (Score 1) 113 113

Used to be that you had to wind watches every night, I don't recall people complaining.

Seriously? Ten seconds of twisting a knob is the same as taking the watch off and leaving it plugged in for the couple hours it takes to fully charge, during which you can't use it?

Also, people used to not complain that you couldn't tell time on cloudy days because the sundial didn't work. Progress is progressive. The Apple Watch's battery lifespan isn't impressive which is what the person I replied to was pretty bombastically disputing. I reiterate: it's acceptable. But you already knew that.

Comment: Re:Battery life non-issue (Score 0) 113 113

"Apple Watch's battery-life isn't what most people would consider impressive"

This is yet another bullshit clickbait statement. Never gotten below 30% on mine, even when my phone has run dry.

If the battery lasted until the heat-death of the universe, most people would consider it impressive.
If the battery lasted until the sun dies, most people would consider it impressive.
If the battery lasted until the year 2050, most people would consider it impressive.
If the battery lasted 12 months, most people would consider it impressive.
If the battery lasted a month, most people would consider it impressive.
If the battery lasted a week, most people would consider it acceptable.

At a week's battery life, the Pebble is acceptable. Not impressive. Acceptable.

That your watch battery's lifespan is "until lunch time tomorrow" isn't impressive. It's somewhere on the border of "good enough" and "requires too much maintenance".

Having to charge something daily that you wear isn't convenient. Yeah, it's definitely a 1st-world problem, but it's nowhere near as reasonable as charging your phone daily, where it's not strapped to your body all the time.

Comment: Re:Whitelisting executables... (Score 1) 190 190

This actually sounds like a great idea. Whitelist all the executables on your system.

If this were done well, it could be useful (if occasionally annoying).

That said, I suspect the definition of "executables" is what's going to cause the biggest headache. Sure, an EXE file is an executable. Sure, so is an SCR. But these days there's so much interpreted code that it's not clear what is a .NET app or Java app and what isn't. How about Flash content? It's sort of executable in that a runtime will process it and DO something. But wait, there's more. PDFs have macros, as do most document types, which are sort of executable too.

It'd be nice to fix this all so nothing ever runs without your explicit permission.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 138 138

Pedantic. And it's five to seven days, which in my case is six and a half days.

The Pebble really is a good product. It doesn't try to be something that makes no sense at the size of a watch. It's not a data input device, or even a substitute for a phone. It's just a nice notification device so your phone can stay in its sheath or pocket or wherever you'd like to keep it.

Comment: Re:Paper trail (Score 1) 105 105

What are the politicians doing if the people have to vote on everything anyway? Isn't the whole point of electing a representative so that they can represent you.

Can't be done. You won't find an electable candidate who shares my views on important topics.

Representative government is a necessity, but it's still important to give them explicit and clear mandates on especially important topics. I trust politicians to decide day-to-day topics, but when it's big things like anti-terrorism-snooping laws, or going to war with another country, or human rights issues like gay marriage, there should be a mechanism for the public to be heard. "I don't care what party you represent, I don't care what colour your campaign sign was, I don't care what general ideology you follow, X% of the population has spoken on this topic... hear, obey, and implement our will."

That would be representative democracy done right(ish).

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