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Comment: Re:No one give a fuck about Connecticut (Score 1) 184

by Specter (#47623629) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

"This is the reason why a lot of people are very unhappy."

I thought it was the movement of little green pieces of paper. Which is strange because, on the whole, the little green pieces of paper are not unhappy.

Perhaps it was a bad idea to come down out of the trees after all.

Comment: Re: the Putin stage (Score 1) 294

No, but you should be. Reckless, greedy homeowners were as complicit in the scam and subsequent collapse as any of the financial middlemen. But for the legions of people who were willing and enthusiastic participants in committing this fraud there would have been no bubble and no collapse.

Comment: Re:" we migrate our audience..." (Score 1) 232

by Specter (#46186783) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

+1 This is the most concise argument I've seen yet for why the current commenting system is so loved:

"... because the design permits unfettered chaos while providing the means for users to wade through it quickly and efficiently, so they can easily promote the best content to the top!"

OMG...focus your efforts on making this feature of the site more awesome and forget the rest of the window dressing.

Comment: Re:" we migrate our audience..." (Score 1) 232

by Specter (#46186269) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

You're wasting your breath frinsore. Many of us who had early access to the beta complained about the exact list of things that has the general /. population so upset. We were ignored.

You had your constructive feedback Soulskill and you pissed on it. Please stop coming here pretending to want feedback.

If you actually give a shit stop talking and prove it. Fix the stuff you've broken in beta.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 2219

by Specter (#46186157) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

You are in fact not listening.

1) Vast wastelands of wasted white space in the margins? Still there.
2) Comment moderation slider? No.
3) UID Friends/Foes in the headers? No.
4) Ability to quickly link back to threads I'm commenting in? No .... The list goes on.

WE ARE YOUR REVENUE. We are the eyeballs you sell and the creators of your content; content (comments) that keeps people coming back. We are telling you that you're fucking up.

If you were listening we wouldn't still be having this discussion.

Comment: Re:Herpin' the Derp (Score 1) 599

This is actually a very interesting question. For pure software you're licensing, not purchasing, and so the doctrine of first sale doesn't apply unless the license allows it. For a durable good like a car or a washing machine, clearly a second hand purchaser wouldn't be party to the original license contract and the software must convey with the vehicle (or appliance) as the software is integral to the function of the device. Generally speaking though, I thought contracts of adhesion were prohibited by law, so the second hand buyer might in fact be in the clear.

I wonder (not enough to look it up) if there's any established precedent on the question?

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford