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Comment: Money.. (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by Vortran (#43755043) Attached to: Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

Money is power. Power corrupts. Ethical behavior is incompatible with the pursuit of profit. This is the essence of the old adage "Money is the root of all evil." Think about this very carefully while you consider what values of your own are compromised because you're a slave to your paycheck. Now multiply and amplify that ad infinitum.

Please read this twice if you feel the need to refute anything herein.

Comment: Re:It's like deja vu all over again (Score 3, Insightful) 786

by Vortran (#43645347) Attached to: Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

YES!! I AM AVERSE TO CHANGE! Wanna know why? Because computers and software are not shoes. They're tools. If I wanted my tools to change, then I would be very accepting of not being able to find the handle on my new crescent wrench or how to use my new swingless nail driver (hammer).

I want my hardware and software to work day in and day out in the familiar comfortable way I am used to with improvements to those specific patterns. I want it to be predictable and reliable. Gradual, well-planned and NEEDED change is good. Change for the sake of change is not, and I think that's what we have way too much of today.

Save the change for hairdos and wardrobes.

Comment: Re:Windows8 can be tamed, but why should you have (Score 1) 1010

by Vortran (#43424663) Attached to: Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

I don't have a 'windows' key. I have a 101-key keyboard that I've been using for over 18 years. Except once. I received a 112 key keyboard at work. Now, you see, I don't 'touch type'. Started working with computers when I was about 12 (in 1980). I always hit the space bar with my right thumb.. on the end.. where the Alt key is on a 112 key keyboard. So I tried the new keyboard, and as a domain admin + software dev, I started typing something and hit space (oops! That was Alt). I just kept typing the next few keystrokes into the menu and nearly deleted a domain.

To end this story, that 112 key keyboard was promptly unplugged and discarded. I have a box of Compaq RT101 keyboards that should last me the rest of my life as long as I can connect them. My fingers also expect a physical gap between the Ctrl and Alt keys, so it is even more of a nuisance to use a keyboard with 'Billy Gates' keys, or what I call 'Billy Keys'.

Makes me a little concerned about what I might need to do if ever I have to use Win8. Hopefully, all this Win8 Metro stuff will have blown over before I have to be concerned about it. I haven't heard anybody raving about how cool Metro is or how much they like the new look of Visual Studio 2012, so I am thinking it isn't going to last.

Comment: Government Must Fear Pissing Off Its Citizens (Score 2, Insightful) 1388

by Vortran (#42535321) Attached to: Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

The government must fear pissing off its citizens. Guns are power. Do you want only the military and the police to have power? Society works best when all types of power are distributed and not concentrated in just a few areas or restricted to just a few people or groups.

I sure wouldn't want the government or military to be able to turn off our weapons, and I sure don't support laws that say only the military and police can have the most powerful weapons. That puts the balance of power away from the people.

Comment: What A Waste of Our Money! (Score 1) 395

by Vortran (#37693350) Attached to: NASA Sues Apollo Astronaut To Return Moon Camera

How much are the people whose salaries our tax dollars pay costing us to spend their resource going after this guy for a 40-yr old camera? This is important enough that it has gotten to the top of someone's list of things to do? And we have to pay for it?

Exactly who does this help and how?

Comment: PayPal doesn't exist... (Score 1) 775

by Vortran (#33536660) Attached to: PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

... in a vacuum. they must have employees and there must be some folks around here that work for them and are (possibly) closer to the top of the food chain.

If you work for PayPal.. care to explain why I can't just call up a person on an 800 number like I can my regular bank and have that person take care of whatever?

Can someone who works there explain any of the info here?

Comment: Re:Lunatic? (Score 1) 1695

by Vortran (#33525098) Attached to: Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

Why? Why would it do anything more than incite a few unhappy folks to burn some bibles and/or some effigies of Mr. Jones?

Are these folks so incredibly insecure and violent that they will kill people over a simple book burning? To me, that in itself is the point of this: to emphasize how ridiculously out of proportion the reaction is and to make anyone who would even THINK of killing someone for burning a book look even more stupid than the book burner.

I seriously doubt that Mr. Jones will kill anyone he hears of burning effigies in his image or burning bibles as a rebuttal.

Comment: Re:Culprit ? (Score 1) 376

by Vortran (#33467078) Attached to: <em>Hurt Locker</em> File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

The original poster is entitled to their opinion, even though it is the wrong one. I create a lot of content, and I give it away too. These are HD videos that I shoot with a Sony HDR-AX2000 ($3500 camera) and stills that I shoot with a Canon EOS-7D (another pricey piece of photographic equipment). Because my material gets exposure from me giving it away, I have gotten more paid work offers than I can possibly manage. I've done magazine covers, full portfolios, and just fun (pro-bono) stuff. People who see my work often times ask to buy prints. I give them a CD with their prints. They can copy it all they want. If there is video of the event, I put that on the CD too.

Image

Plagiarism Inc. 236

Posted by samzenpus
from the cheating-is-easy-money dept.
Here's an interesting article on the life and times of 24-year-old Jordan Kavoosi, who has made a business of plagiarism. His Essay Writing Company employs writers from across the country, and will deliver a paper on any subject for $23 per page. In addition, his company will get it done in 48 hours, and he guarantees at least a B grade or your money back. From the article: "'Sure it's unethical, but it's just a business,' Kavoosi explains. 'I mean, what about strip clubs or porn shops? Those are unethical, and city-approved.'"
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force To Suffer From PS3 Update 349

Posted by Soulskill
from the sounds-like-an-act-of-terrorism-to-me dept.
tlhIngan writes "The US Air Force, having purchased PS3s for supercomputing research, is now the latest victim of Sony's removal of the Install Other OS feature. It turns out that while their PS3s don't need the firmware update, it will be impossible to replace PS3s that fail. PS3s with the Other OS feature are no longer produced since the Slim was introduced, so replacements will have to come from the existing stock of used PS3s. However, as most gamers have probably updated their PS3s, that used stock is no longer suitable for the USAF's research. In addition, smaller educational clusters using PS3s will share the same fate — unable to replace machines that die in their clusters." In related news, Sony has been hit with two more lawsuits over this issue.
Education

3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession 804

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-away-from-the-candy dept.
theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."

Comment: Re:You mean 11,500 Euro (Score 1) 420

by Vortran (#30228368) Attached to: Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

If someone is using a comma as a decimal point, what is used for a comma? Does such a person simply eschew the use of commas to separate thousands?

I'm not nearly as concerned WHAT the standard is, just that there would be a single standard and everyone would follow it for stuff like this, and for the exact reason we see here. Sometimes a single standard is a good idea. In this case, I believe it would be an especially good idea.

Comment: Re:Someone Way More Schooled Than Me... (Score 1) 128

by Vortran (#29051439) Attached to: First Look At Palm's Mojo SDK

Thanks everyone. I did know that it wasn't straight interpreted but rather JIT compiled. Mentally I still just separate static/native compiled versus not.

The shocker for me (thanks for the wiki, abigor) is that a really good JIT compiler can often outrun a good static-compiled program. I'd never have thought that possible.

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