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Comment: Re:This reads like a hit piece (Score 1) 146

by LostMyBeaver (#48631863) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

I agree completely. I don't think she belongs where she is... it has nothing to do with gender or her past. I honestly believe they are assets to her job. I just never got the sense that she understands her audience. For example, how would she attract the people like Slashdot readers to her services so that we'll feel comfortable putting them on millions or billions of phones and desktops? She has done nothing to attract and endear Yahoo! to the people who will get her exposure. Yahoo's investments in Alibaba also instills a great deal of mistrust. She's made her money there, it might be a good time to look elsewhere. I think she has to choose, either Yahoo is Yahoo or Yahoo is Alibaba. I don't think she can gain trust from Slashdot people when her company is basically one of the biggest shareholders in a company best known for fraud.

Without the trust and support from the "Advisors" in the IT world, I don't see how she'll get more users.

Comment: Re:Chickens return, roost (Score 2) 146

by LostMyBeaver (#48631831) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles
I would love to hear more about your point. There is merit to it... though it lacks a bit of depth in the writing.

I think the big problem is that many of the more technical users of the internet simply wrote off Yahoo and even teased people for using it. As a result, Marissa would probably have been better off re-branding it. Somehow, it's hard to take Yahoo seriously. I think the biggest problem I have with it at this time is that for every serious news article written by a journalist who actually performs research, there is three Kardashion or Hilton type articles which makes them unreadable. This of course might be their desired effect in the long term, but it makes it really hard for people like Slashdot readers to say to someone "You should really use Yahoo!" since we wouldn't use it ourselves. In fact, we're more likely to distrust it and steer people away from it.

Comment: Re:No, it isn't. (Score 2) 146

by LostMyBeaver (#48631817) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles
Hmm... She's managed to gain the trust and support of enough people to get into the position she's in. She's managed to build one of the most prolific, wide spread news sources (though painfully littered with tabloid nonsense) on the Internet. She has also managed to get to the point which more traditional media channels are genuinely being replaced by her company.

What she hasn't figured out how to do yet is to capitalize on all of it. There is a lot of potential... which is based on what she has done... but I for example had no idea there were Yahoo mobile apps before this article. Of course, I don't know why I would install one, but it means that a core component of their network isn't functioning (marketing) and needs to be fixed.

So, you seem to think that everything she's done is based on her dick sucking skills. As such, I'm sure you've accomplished more than she has. After all, you wouldn't make such a comment unless you felt that her actual achievements in life were minimal compared to yours. So what have you done?

Comment: Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (Score 1) 84

by mjwx (#48630631) Attached to: Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

No. Presumption of guilt would be to lock you up, then later determine if you actually were drunk or not.

Presumption of guilt would be 'you have been accused of drunk driving, unless you can prove otherwise you are hereby convicted'.

In Australia, if you get charged with DUI, the police have to have evidence. This can be in the form of a breathalyser reading or blood test but not in the form of "I smelled beer on his breath".

Once you're charged you have two options, the first is to contest it and take it to court. The second is to pay the fine which is considered an admission of guilt. Because the requirement for evidence for Australian Police is high, most opt not to go to court. High range DUI (over 0.08 BAC) has an automatic court appearance, most just plead guilty.

Even though we have random breath tests, you still go through the same legal system with the same chances to demonstrate your innocence. Convictions are not automatic.

Comment: Sigh, so many people dont understand the law. (Score 1) 84

by mjwx (#48630579) Attached to: Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time

Driving is a privilege, not a right. Abuse this privilege and it will be taken away from you.

If you dont like RBT's you have the choice not to drive. A lot of Australians like RBT's because it cuts down on drunk drivers. Whilst we're on that subject, you have no right to drink and drive.

The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax.

That assessment is court admissible evidence that you do owe $xxxx in taxes. You have been demonstrated to be in arrears. The tax tables are published before the FY starts and the government it not permitted to change the tax tables once the FY begins. So you have no excuse for not knowing how much you owe. Of course as part of our legal system you get the opportunity to demonstrate those figures are wrong. This means you get the presumption of innocence as you get to challenge the assessment. The fact is most people choose not to because the assessment is accurate. You have no idea what presumption of innocence means.

As Midnight Oil so wisely said

What does Peter Garrett do? You strike me as one of those Freemen On The Land nutters. For the Americans playing along at home FOTL's are the equivalent of Tea Partiers, Libertarians and Rednecks all rolled into one completely retarded package.

Comment: OS X - Case sensitive and sensationalism (Score 0, Redundant) 93

by BitZtream (#48630391) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

No developer worth mentioning runs OS X with a case insensitive file system, and there are only 2 sets of Applications that don't work on case sensitive file systems on OS X:
Steam - because ... well I have no fucking idea why steam doesn't support case sensitive volumes on OS X when it does so on Linux
Adobe * - Because according to Adobe the Apple development toolchain doesn't work right and so they can't support case sensitivity ... regardless of the fact that everyone else for OS X except Adobe and Valve are capable of doing so OUT OF THE BOX WITH NO MODIFICATIONS TO THEIR SOFTWARE ... oh and Adobe has never presented an example of how the tools are broken illustrating their problem, they just keep saying 'broken tools! broken tools!'

Comment: Re:I blame Microsoft (Score 1) 93

by BitZtream (#48630371) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

Technically, NTFS isn't case insensitive.

The APIs used take care of making it behave that way from an application perspective. NTFS is case preserving by default, and case sensitive in the data structures. Pretty much every API written to access NTFS drives would explode if confronted by a NTFS file system that had been used in a case sensitive manner, but thats another story.

Comment: Re:Dear Australia (Score 1) 84

by mjwx (#48630227) Attached to: Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

Hate to break it to you, but the US is way ahead of Australia in that regard.

If you ever get pulled over by a cop while carrying a large amount of cash on you, you'll find out the hard way.

Also we can record our cops.

For every traffic stop, my dash cam records audio. Plus because they use things like breathalisers, I cant be pulled out of my car because the officer "smelled beer on my breath", there is a standard of evidence to be upheld.

Not that I've ever had trouble with the cops. I get pulled over into an RBT (Random Breath Test) site about once a year and pull out a minute or two later with a "thanks for your co-operation sir". This is in my boy-racer Nissan Silvia S15 with fart canon exhaust, it really pays not to be a self-important wanker when dealing with cops.

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 0) 131

by gbjbaanb (#48627149) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

quite true, and part of the problem is the pyramid scheme of them all, designed to make pots of cash for the people who create the currency in the first place as they have a stash of coins before it starts.

What we really need is the government to create a virtual currency, with all the regulation and control that entails. Then you can have all the benefits of a cryptocurrency but with the benefits of it actually becoming mainstream for the majority of users, without the problems a truly anonymous one has with regard to criminal activity.

Comment: Eh? (Score 1) 510

by Greyfox (#48625651) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
What's this "we" stuff? Anywhoo, a portion of the "normal" population IS easily paralyzed by fear or prone to hysteria. Sometimes both. Another portion of them think they are but find they are able to act when push comes to shove. If it weren't for the big-ass herd, the first group would quickly be eaten by bears. Since they're not, we just have to deal with their hand-wringing. Sony obviously knows this, since they were very supportive and didn't just say "We think you're being a bunch of pussies, so show our damn movie already." Mr. Singer apparently doesn't, since that's pretty much what he said.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.