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Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score -1, Troll) 252

I'm not part of the vocal crowd, but I do support the efforts. Let me explain clearly and concisely on what's going on.

1. You are considered "audience"; /. is useful mainly because of the discussion threads (ie. user contribution), yet the management consider you "audience", even if you are actually the reason of the site's traffic.
2. In 2013 the site failed to increase on ad-revenue. And there is no evidence it will increase in the future. Hence Dice decided to slash the site's budget from several millions to zero. (source: "Recent Developments" chapter).
3. Hence, in layman's terma, Dice has (most probably) decided to kill the site.
4. Since there is no budget, you will (most probably) not see the Classic functionality implemented in Beta (comment and moderation system, which is the heart of the community, which is the heart of the site)
5. Hence, Dice's "reaching out to the audience" at this point is pretty useless, as they might as well listen, but they will do nothing about it.
6. Hence, this site is already dead. The community wants to migrate to better shores and there are several ideas as to how/where. Not calling them out by name, because I don't want to be slanted.
7. At this point, I don't think the Slashcott will be of any effect, but it's worth trying; you never know.
Bonus Point. Since the heart of the site is user-generated content, an aspect of the boycott is stopping the regular flow of comments. Can't argue with that.

Hope this helps.

Comment: Re:Vigilantism Hackers (Score 1) 71

by foma84 (#46102745) Attached to: Rovio Denies Knowledge of NSA Access, Angry Birds Website Defaced Anyway
The action in itself is highly symbolic. It's not like a brief distruption of service (at the web page) will cause any major or even minor damage to the company. The point is raising awarness in users about all of this spying. Both by the agencies and the industry.
I actually find the Agencies' technology brilliant: sniffing the traffic of the Industries' spying on you. Genius. Evil Genius, tho.

Anyway, only here to say that it's sybolical and to raise awarness. I actually didn't have the perception of how far the industrial spying went. Thanks Snowden!

Comment: Re:Predictable (Score 3, Insightful) 174

by foma84 (#45618147) Attached to: FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement
Yes, I immagine that from an anti-open perspective it does sound like that.
Good thing that you don't actually need to be particularly pro-open to see that they have a point. No closed software can be considered secure, ever; no steps to assure more security "regardless of promises or even intent" can change that.
"Even if this looks like a good thing, this can't be a good thing because it's proprietary". How can you disagree? They bother making the statement, because it's their mission, and to warn off non tech-savvy people who might fall for it.

Comment: Why should they care if Cellnet? (Score 1) 107

by foma84 (#45377501) Attached to: Seattle PD Mum On Tracking By Its New Wi-Fi Mesh Network
I seem to be missing a point here, why sould the PD care about identifying devices by MAC Address if they alredy have the capability (and have had this capability for decades) to trace the same device by it's phone number and just make your tipical Verizon collaborte with them. I mean, this is how you recieve phone calls, it wouldn't even work without this capability. So what do they plan to do with it?

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