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Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 2) 86

by Tom (#48459143) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

I agree with you, but I also agree with his idea that information should be set free.

In a dialog with two extreme positions, invariable both sides are full of shit.

You need to define "information" better. I'd not like all information about my private life be free. Nor am I interested in yours. And some information can cost lives, not because of evil government spies, but because not everyone in the world is well-meaning.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 2) 86

by Tom (#48458881) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

What he didn't evaluate was the risk that the MPAA et al had bought off/co-opted the US government, who decided they were going to go into the business of strong-arming people when they don't have an applicable law.

You can't plan for stuff like that.


After the Pirate Bay was seized the 1st time, everyone in a similar business should've expected it, especially when he's a career criminal with several previous convictions, including for copyright violations, like Kimble is.

At that point, it's just a show trial.

And he's playing his role perfectly. What, you think he's the victim here? Please, get a grip. Actual victims of the government don't phone in their press conference from their mansion. They sit in Gitmo or some overcrowded federal prison with their assets seized through forfeiture laws. Yes, I know he's in NZ and those laws don't apply, I don't mean it literally. Everyone with three working brain cells will realized that if they wanted to, they could make his life less comfortable.

Comment: us vs. them (Score 1) 86

by Tom (#48458821) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion

No need to read any further.

Kimble isn't "one of us", and never was. He's a career criminal, just like the MPAA and most politicians. He's not the Robin Hood his PR agency tries to create, he's just the sheriffs jealous brother. Same breed, same morality, and given half the chance, he'll fuck you over the same way for a quick buck.

I wish /. would spend less time on these celebrity spectacles and more on the people who actually make a difference, who actually are on our side, whose interest goes beyond having a mansion and a private helicopter.

Comment: Re:What's so special about Google? (Score 1) 321

by Tom (#48458783) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Troll someone else. Your first sentence I just debunked, no need to repeat the effort. Your 2nd sentence is proving my point - MS spent tons of money, they're a great example for the barrier being quite high. Your 3rd sentence is self-referential.

It's a good troll posting, actually, when I think of it. At first glance it seems just completely stupid, but looking more closely reveals a few nice gems that make it clear it was crafted as a joke on itself. Well done. I'm taking back my 1st sentence, high-quality trolling is rare these days.

Comment: Re:Honest, honey... (Score 1) 180

I just created an account for myself. Apparently men can't see what the competition is like (males interested in women can't search for other males). I picked a few people (friends) who haven't used the site, and they aren't present. I don't see anything on the site that shows how old my account is, but it only has the very basic information that I just provided, so I'd say they hadn't previously auto-created my account from Facebook.

When I "created" mine just now, I did the lost password search using the same email address that I use with Facebook. Apparently they let you create an account that way, if you didn't have one already.

I did notice that they have a one-click account creation, so she could have clicked it in the past to log in, and forgot about it.

So much for a perfectly crappy conspiracy.


LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants 304

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vinces99 writes The U.S. economy has long been powered in part by the nation's ability to attract the world's most educated and skilled people to its shores. But a new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers – raising the question of whether the nation will remain competitive in attracting top talent in an increasingly globalized economy. The study, which used a novel method of tracking people through data from the social media site LinkedIn, is believed to be the first to monitor global migrations of professionals to the U.S., said co-author Emilio Zagheni, a University of Washington assistant professor of sociology and fellow of the UW eScience Institute. Among other things, the study, presented recently in Barcelona, Spain, found that just 13 percent of migrating professionals in the sample group chose the U.S. as a destination in 2012, down from 27 percent in 2000.

Comment: Re:China's internet will become a smaller intranet (Score 1) 128

by Tom (#48443225) Attached to: Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Because of the many advantages it offers. Linking to jquery on a CDN, for example, not only reduces the load on your server, and the number of connections, there is also a really good chance the visitor already has it cached because many sites do it and thus share a URL. And even if not, at least that part of your site will come from a localized node.

Comment: Re:China's internet will become a smaller intranet (Score 1) 128

by Tom (#48443219) Attached to: Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

China's gated internet will become more isolated from the rest of the world.

And you think they care very much?

What we in the west fail to understand is how isolated non-western countries already are. I know some inside views from Russia through personal contacts. Russia has its own Facebook (vk), it's own Google (yandex) and so on. For pretty much every popular service, it has its own version, usually much more popular than the western variant.

I can imagine it's the same for China. They could be isolated and for most people not much would change.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 321

by Tom (#48442691) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Isn't the EU shoving it down the people's throats what the person was arguing?

The GP claimed the EU is shoving laws down nation states' throats, but that's only a dangerous half-truth. The fact that typically the same politicians who claim "bad EU makes us do evil things" are the ones behind the EU doing said things is a critical part of the puzzle the GP either wasn't aware of or omitted intentionally.

Comment: Re:First and foremost (Score 3, Insightful) 175

by JWSmythe (#48441791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

I was going to say something like that, but not as well. I've been in interviews where someone is asked about their experience.

"What experience do you have?"

"I spent 6 years at [university] earning my Masters degree."

"Ok, what *work* experience do you have?"

"I worked for 6 years earning my Masters degree."

"Lets try this again. Have you ever been employed and paid for work in this field?"

"We had projects at [university] where we worked on various projects to earn my Masters degree."

I'm not saying that the original post is that kind of person. He says he worked in IT infrastructure for years. I would think he would have been exposed to the development side, at least a little bit.

Unfortunately, with the questions asked, I suspect it may be more like my example above. If he had the necessary experience, he'd already know, as the owner of whatever new company he's starting, the lead dev is going to provide the best answers to those questions. The lead dev is going to have their own opinions and methods that everyone on their team is going to work with. Unless he's going to do the CEO/CTO/CIO/lead dev rolls all at the same time, which isn't going to work as well as he'd hope.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 1) 321

by Tom (#48441525) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

and the EU is a conglomeration of thugs who makes a lot of their money by suing big companies for free money.

If I had a dollar for everytime someone posts these 100% predicatable pieces of hogwash, I'd put Warren Buffet to shame.

The EU is so crazy corporation-friendly, claiming they're in any way treating corporations badly is like saying the oceans are evil bastards because they're trying to drown all the fish.

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