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Comment: tautology (Score 1) 213

by Mozai (#46764281) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

"Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking..."

So: when a good idea is implemented poorly, then bad things happen. Why is this news?

'DevOps' isn't killing the developer; people who are abusing developers are killing developers and using [place idea here] as an excuse. If you focus on 'DevOps', then you're going to throw out an idea and do nothing to prevent people abusing developers and using [idea n+1] as an excuse.

Comment: Re:Or in legal parlance (Score 1) 147

by c (#46727427) Attached to: 'weev' Conviction Vacated

Even though there's a name and history for it doesn't make the ruling any more satisfying: "we're letting him go, but don't get the idea that we want to, it's just because we're not willing to make any sort of actual decision about it."

If you actually read the ruling, footnote 5 strongly suggests that if they'd actually had to make a decision on the actual purported crime, they don't believe the government actually produced any evidence suggesting the New Jersey law was violated.

Comment: Re:Abuse of press credentials (Score 1) 124

by c (#46703569) Attached to: Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

The abuse of medical and press credentials is really bad.

If the first sentence of his response,

As all of my close friends know, I have not always been a drug free citizen.

... didn't imply that we might not be talking about a "good citizen", the second and third sentences should nail it:

Prior to 1983 I was a synthesis of corporate manager and drug dealer. The drug dealer profession took priority, and for a period of time that was my only occupation.

Really, "corporate manager" is nothing more than a euphemism for "psychopath".

Besides, the abuse of medical and press credentials were well-established practices in espionage circles since long, long before McAfee discovered them. I suspect that the second ever laminated card saying "Press" was likely issued to an intelligence agent.

Comment: Re:School admin reach into off-campus life (Score 1) 367

by c (#46595703) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

What bothers me about this is that there seems to be this idea that there are "school rules" that can conceivable cover ANY off-campus behavior, actions or activities.

There's an argument that certain off-campus behaviours should be covered by school rules; cheating (i.e. hiring someone to do a school project, etc), kids on a school team using performance enhancing drugs, possibly bullying. But there's not much, and certainly any kind of the speech, "decorum" or association school rules should never be enforceable outside of official school activity.

However, the idea that any private or public school administration has the authority to get the passwords for someones online service account and search the content is ludicrous, and for the organization to actually put that kind of thing into writing as standard procedure (if we think they're up to something, we'll coerce a student or parent into violating the terms of service of an online account) into writing is just begging for a lawsuit.

Comment: Not just for prisoners (Score 1) 914

by Mozai (#46534333) Attached to: Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

The time an offender is locked away is not just for punishment -- it is also to assure victims and targets they are safe, so they can get on with and repair their lives. You would need to give the time-dilation drugs to the victims outside the prison, so they can subjectively spend the years it takes to heal the trauma and feel safe again.

Comment: Retention? (Score 1) 47

by Mozai (#46482957) Attached to: Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

The Spritz website says "retention levels when spritzing are at least as good as with traditional reading" but I really want to see some independent testing to verify this claim.

If someone uses this to read a short story (~5,000 words, narrative fiction), how much detail do readers still have after one hour? or the next day? What about a technical document, like a whitepaper in the reader's interest, or an End-User License Agreement? If we tested this on psych students (as we usually do with test like this in university), an put a zinger in the EULA like "if you put your family name twice when signing the form to get a free drink," I'd like to know how many students would catch it.

Comment: Re:first (Score 1) 206

by c (#46173171) Attached to: Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

But the others, I feel bad for them

I don't. Those of us who've been around for a while remember when the current batch of editors came onboard, and compared to the original crew they're useless; about as effective at editing as patent examiners are at examining patents.

I used to have most of them filtered out, but unfortunately if I kept those filters Slashdot would be (more) content-free.

So, fuck 'em. And fuck beta, of course.

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Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

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