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+ - Twitter Capitulates to Governments and Censors Users

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Twitter made a public stance in 2011 to remain a platform for free speech, having helped fuel movements such as the Arab Spring. This past week, however, Twitter is shown to have complied with Russian government demands to block a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed from reaching Russian citizens, with Turkish government demands that it remove content that the Turkish government wants removed, and with a Pakistani bureaucrat's request that content he considers blasphemous and unethical be censored in Pakistan. Given Twitter's role in the democratic uprisings of the past few years, what do these capitulations bode for future movements? Will other platforms take Twitter's place? Or is the importance to democracy of platforms such as Twitter overblown?"

+ - Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

Submitted by pubwvj
pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."

+ - Cinavia defeated->

Submitted by Hamsterdan
Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Cinavia's anti-piracy technology has been a thorn in the side of many file-sharers, who are unable to pay pirated files on their DVD-players without being interrupted by a warning message. In a breakthrough development, software vendor DVD-Ranger has cracked the protection, including for popular movies downloaded from pirate sites.

Cinavia’s anti-piracy technology relies on a unique type of watermarking that allows it to remain present in pirated movies despite re-recording, transcoding, compression, or other type of transfer."

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Comment: Re:TurboTax + Excel + Python + Curses (Score 1) 386

by gwgwgw (#46763727) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Gnumeric + fill out PDF's via Adobe + print + sign + mail

For many years now I have done our taxes with Gnumeric on my Amiga computer (which have evolved). We do a couple of the worksheets + the forms we are required to file. It gets easier to do every year. It *is* a pain when they insert new rows in the forms!

Once that is done, we use my wife's macAir with Adobe to fill out the IRS PDF files and print those. We sign the 1040 and mail it in.

I tried the online free Tax programs, but they were too much of a straight jacket.

Strictly as an aside, I understand a little better how what is going on with their calculations.

Comment: If its in stock, we got it. (Score 1) 903

by gwgwgw (#45837995) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Any retail store and anybody you work for ALWAYS have quirks. We are going to have to live with that. There are gotcha problems every which way you go (even where you step).

Ask any avid brick & mortar shopper. You want something? You'll have to learn who offers what.

As long as all customers/employees are treated the same when they come through the door you should be happy.

You don't like what they offer? Don't go there. Don't seek employment there. Move to a different place... look there.

Comment: Competition (Score 2) 162

by gwgwgw (#45657523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

Does it have to be all or nothing?

Our software supports the hardware so we don't feel any palpable, fierce competition since we always lag the hardware improvements and those get top billing. Our users are interested in knowing the changes that are meaningful to them.

Since I use our change logs to significantly build our "brochure" touting reasons to upgrade, maybe you all can pare down change logs to the "best of the 1000" to say "20"... a list most can bother to go through.

Comment: Re:Nuclear energy reduces greenhouse emissions (Score 1) 274

by gwgwgw (#45452193) Attached to: Fukushima Disaster Leads Japan To Backpedal On Emissions Pledge

Please consider that there is not just "no progress" and "Katy bar the door". If someone suggests "Go slow" read "Go slower". How *much* slower? How *much* faster?

Given our lack of foresight for "the long term", whatever that is, I worry about anyone's use of "Proper perspective" and other black and white terms to such a broad topic.

Comment: Re:My reasons why development estimates are hard (Score 1) 297

by gwgwgw (#43532707) Attached to: Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

It took me about 10 years to arrive at a multiplication factor of 2.4 for how much time it would take me to accomplish a task I was even willing to estimate. The hard thing was to truly, honestly, trying hard to give *my* estimate, one I really thought I could accomplish.

I am upfront with the person wanting the estimate. I tell them my estimate and remind them of the 2.4 factor they need to apply. (That irks them.)

They really wince when I say 400 hours and they have to write down 960. I also have to remind them EVERYTIME that the absolute maximum calendar time that will be devoted is 80%; MAXIMUM... you never get maximum unless the time*2.4 is less than 16 hours. Jeez. And people keep thinking that computer programmers are too optimistic.

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

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