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Comment: Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by ShaunC (#46792265) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Yes, parody is protected in the US, and parody against public figures has a long history of protection. However, once you piss off a politician, you can expect to be raked over the coals no matter what your rights. It's going to be expensive unless you can get the EFF or someone similar on board.

Now wait, did I just hear that some guy named Ardis likes to slob knobs in a McDonald's restroom?

Comment: Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (Score 1) 33

by ShaunC (#46784669) Attached to: In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

Mail order? If I remember correctly, he went up to Canada ostensibly on business, and used his city credit card at the dildo store; that particular trip was what broke the scandal wide open. D'oh! If he'd just paid cash...

As for the quality of Canadian dildos, I have no idea.

Comment: DevOps (Score 1, Insightful) 225

by ShaunC (#46763701) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.

"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.

Comment: Re:Self-policing doesn't work (Score 2) 78

by ShaunC (#46607525) Attached to: FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.

They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.

Comment: Who cares (Score 1) 108

by ShaunC (#46596699) Attached to: Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

The bubble has burst, and "being acquired by Facebook" is no longer sexy. In fact after a long string of acquisitions this is the first one I recall having a public backlash. I figure it's all downhill (for them) from here.

I'd still take the money, sure. But advertise on deez nuts. A billion a ball for your tattoo of choice.

Comment: Re:Get rid of the TSA! (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by ShaunC (#46589497) Attached to: TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

It's also an enormous jobs program, employing 50,000 nut-cuppers and breast-gropers alone, without even getting started on air marshals, behavioral analysts, and of course thousands more management positions. Don't expect TSA disappear anytime soon, no matter who's in the White House.

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