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Comment Re:well (Score 2) 331

And just in the last 4 months, we saw the bottom drop out of the oil market due to weak demand. That's a signal. Not that there's a massive oil-production conspiracy (I'm not saying there isn't) - but that demand is falling because the economy is failing.

You understand, of course, that there is literally a massive oil-production conspiracy? It's called OPEC, and they have a history of manipulating the market. In this case, it seems that they're looking to make oil unprofitable for us until the small players have to go belly up.

We're seeing it in the 9% drop in CS grad starting salaries.

We're also seeing the industry start to mature as well as competitive pressure from abroad and through the H1B program. Programming is not as sexy as it was in 1998.

We're seeing it in the mass layoff at IBM.

You may have something here, but indirectly. IBM has been on a collision course with failure ever since they started chasing imaginary dividend numbers in order to appease shareholders. They've mortgaged their future in the name of short-term profit and the chickens are coming home to roost. The root cause, of course, would appear to be shareholders' intolerance for companies engaging in long term investment and actual research. They would appear to be happier to gut companies and distribute their value to insiders. This is the strategy that is dooming our competitiveness in the long term and killing our middle class.

Comment Re:Who to believe? (Score 1) 475

You have to look at everything as one big picture:

1) You can't legally talk about being the subject of an NSL, or you probably do time in a PMITA prison.
2) The developers would really like to fight the NSL, but would really not like to do time in a PMITA prison
3) An NSL presumably cannot coerce you to keep doing what you're doing, only to not tell people that you were subject to one.

Therefore, it would seem prudent to tip everyone off in a covert way (e.g. replacing instances of "U.S." with "United States", reuploading your same signing keys, saying "not secure as", etc.) but have an overt reason to stop use of the product. It's a very fine line they're walking, and they risked a lot by doing what they did if they were subject to an NSL. In their shoes, I would also say that I lost interest after walking as close to the line as possible. They're gagged and already have at least some chance of having their lives ruined for the actions that they did take. It's not like they can say "Yep, I was NSL'd"

Comment Re:TC developer used hidden message!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 475

I would guess that they were NSL'd for their signing keys; that would make it less secure in the future so the correct option is to burn the brand now. Reports said that both signing keys signed the new (crippled/canaried) executable, and that the keys had been re-uploaded with the same content on sourceforge. Their legit URL points to their sourceforge site. Instances of "U.S." in their source code were replaced with "United States".

It looks to me like they went through a lot of trouble to burn the brand down before any damage could be done with the NSA's new-found signing keys. It's a very, very bad sign that this happened to TrueCrypt. Good on them for being brave enough to inform us, despite the real risks they faced in doing so. If this project is forked, we can only hope the new maintainers are brave enough to do the same when the NSA goes after them. It also raises the question: how much other infrastructure has been compromised while the maintainers have stood silently by?

Submission Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?
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Submission Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

Submission Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment Re:Mozilla needs to get their shit together. (Score 1) 507

That is actually exactly the case. Since Chrome came out, FireFox has slowly been aping Chrome's features. When Chrome first came out, I hated it. Despised, in fact. FireFox was my browser on all of my machines. Gradually, FireFox started adopting every feature in Chrome that I found infuriating. A few months ago, I said fuck it. If FireFox wants to look like Chrome, I may as well run Chrome and get all of the performance of Chrome. If FireFox quit all of the dumb things that it has been doing in pursuit of Chrome, I would go back to FireFox. If it keeps trying to be Chrome, I WILL JUST USE CHROME.

You will lose an important tape file.