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Comment: Re:definitions (Score 1) 176

by RuffMasterD (#49364131) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded
I was started to worry I was the only one who made improvised flamethrowers as a kid. I used fly spray and a lighter. A good can reached half way across the living room. Being a kid was fun. Now I work in injury research :-) The reverse vacuum cleaner idea above sound amazing. I wonder if that would make fly spray shoot further?

Comment: Re:Loose the FTC (Score 1) 269

by RuffMasterD (#49335363) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple
I can't remember where I read it recently, but basically plenty of old fogies at FTC still remember the protracted and expensive cases against MS in the nineties and are weary of repeating that with other large companies. Large companies can afford good lawers who drag things out for many years, thereby draining limited FTC resources away from many smaller problems. Apple is one of the bigger companies out there, so they have more breathing space than smaller companies in this respect. Things have a get blatently criminal before the FTC will step in.

Comment: Re:Popup messages are completely ineffective (Score 2) 79

by RuffMasterD (#49312699) Attached to: MRIs Show Our Brains Shutting Down When We See Security Prompts

Doesn't help when software overuses such an annoying feature. A teacher at university actually insisted we respond to every user action with a popup acknowledging the action. User saves a file. Popup: "File saved". Well thank fuck you told me, because there is no way I would have noticed pressing the save button if you hadn't blocked me from doing my thing to show a popup! Or even worse: "Are you sure you want to action X?" where X is benign and completely reversable. Of course I fucking want to do X, I just told you I want to do X, why won't you do X already! I tried to explain to my teacher how I stop reading popups after the second one and how other people probably do the same, so it's better to use context based feedback. Disable the save button or something until there are changes to save again. Use popups only when it's absolutely critical to do so. But no, popups for everything. I see commercial software use this same braindead design. Needless to say, I ignore everything the software tells me, even the critical stuff.

In the backup scenario you present the users don't care. They pay someone else to care. But if shit hits the fan and they need a recovery, they will demand blood if they don't get what they paid for. Best to send warnings somewhere else instead.

Comment: Re:Strong public relations (Score 1) 200

by RuffMasterD (#49299871) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

No worries. Tourism NZ is already planning it's next promotion around this one: "Visit NZ - Free accommodation and food!*"

*Some conditions apply:

  • - Must bring encrypted electronic device, but no password or key
  • - Places are limited. First in first served
  • - Eligibility will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Judges descision is final
  • - Three months maximum stay
  • - Must be 18 years or older

Comment: I agree (Score 1) 80

by RuffMasterD (#49273887) Attached to: SXSW: Do Androids Dream of Being You?
The first thing I thought was "wouldn't it cool if this could answer my emails!". Given the banality of most emails, and the terseness of the medium, most people wouldn't even notice the difference between me or a bot answering. That leaves me more time to do real work. Most of my bosses emails are along the lines of "how far are with this project?" and "can we have a meeting about this?", and most of my responses are along the lines of [delete], [ignore], "still working on that", "OK, finished", and "of course we can have another meeting". It would be great if something took a meeting request from my boss, checked my diary, confirmed and recorded the date and time, or suggested some other date and time if not available. Even a dismal bot should be able to pull that off convincingly. And given the shitty replies I get from tech support I'm surprised if companies aren't doing this already.

Comment: Re:Well, I guess I've got to watch it now. (Score 2) 356

Your rant is based on a figure derived from an annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau of India. That figure is for reported rapes. Yes, India does appear to have a relatively low rate of reported rapes. But that doesn't mean that the actual rape rate is low for so many reasons. Reported rapes are a subset of all rapes. The more unreported rapes there are, the smaller that subset.

If there is a stigma associated with rape, for example if a young woman can't find a husband if everyone in her village knows she was raped, then there is a strong incentive not to report a rape. If a woman knows the perpetrator will blame her, and the police are likely to believe the perpetrator is right, then she may simply not bother to report the rape. Most rapes are committed by a relative or close friend of the family, so there may be family pressures not to report the rape. Rape within marriage is not even considered rape in India, so there is simply nothing to report because a judge can't do anything. I am sure there are many more reasons why a rape would not be reported.

So, officially a woman is raped in India every 20 minutes. In reality? Probably a lot more. The fact that so many women feel they can't even report a rape deserves everyones outrage. Maybe if India was a little less concerned with how the rest of the world sees it, and a little more concerned with actually solving its problems, then the rest of the world wouldn't make such an issue of it.

Comment: Re:Snowden threads: first few comments, same disin (Score 1) 129

by RuffMasterD (#49188579) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

It really should be a big deal. We still have major cred overseas as that tiny country with the balls to tell the yanks to fuck off with their nukes. They still haven't forgiven us for that. Yet here we are helping them damage our own reputation as a fair, fearless, and independent nation. I guess we don't need our reputation when negotiating trade deals with other countries anymore. Maybe if we grovel really hard the US will throw us some scraps instead. Look at Australia (six prime ministers no less) begging Indonesia to save the lives of two of it's citizens on death row, a year after Australia was revealed to have spied on Indonesias’ president on behalf of the US. We don't need that. Reputation matters.

I am really happy the jury acquitted the activists who sabotaged the Waihopai spy station. It shows we haven't gone completely limp yet.

Comment: This guy actually wants to be famous (Score 1) 122

by RuffMasterD (#49163075) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image
I found a fairly in-depth interview with this guy where he admits he actually wants to be famous. Check this out:

I probably will be a professor eventually," he says. "After I make all the money, and get old, turn 50-something. I'll be old and gray-haired and over-the-hill, I'll be teaching English in some rural facility somewhere. And I'll be like, 'You know, I used to be a famous celebrity. Here I am in your English class, and I used to be somebody famous.

There are too many other nuggets in there, here is just one...

The job market is really screwed up. A talented guy like me is easily worth seven figures or more in a good economy. ... Do you know what I'd be doing with my life if it wasn't for this website? Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Back against the wall, going to interview after interview and being rejected like every other honest, hard-working American

Gonna have a real hard time finding work now buddy. And you can forget about finding a girlfriend for a long time too. Sadly, I don't think this is the last we hear of this scum.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva