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And now on the regular website I click "Account" to look for a way to delete my account, and all it does is darken the page. Tried in Firefox and it loaded, and of course there's no way to delete the account. To hell with this.

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The mobile version of the site? What the hell?

I click links in my email notifications and have to scroll down to read the actual post, and now I was writing a comment which got lost. I wrote my comment, clicked the "login to post" button, and on logging in it brings me to the home page and loses my post. Jesus Christ monkey balls!

It's been a fun few years, but it's now at an end. This is no-longer funny.

Comment: Re:THE SOLUTION ! (Score 3, Informative) 117

by MysteriousPreacher (#45582245) Attached to: Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

If you hire someone to send in the requests, then they are allowed to trust that you are making the request in good faith. Their's no penalty to you for lying to them. So nobody violates the law, and you can accomplish the same goal. But you probably do want to use incorporated safety nets, so that the target of the takedown notice can't get anything by suing you. So you're likely to need a lot of throw-away corporations. Each one, of course, should have it's own letterhead. (Why fake someone else's letterhead, anyway. It's not as if it's difficult to mock up a letterhead with the Gimp, Simple Scan, and Inkscape. Takes a couple of hours for the first one, and 10 minutes for each change.

You might want to seek legal advice before attempting this. Get a photo of the lawyer's face on hearing your plan.

But, IIUC, the DMCA makes no requirement that the originator of the takedown request has a good-faith reason to believe that it is correct, merely that the person who files the request has a good-faith reason. And it is quite apparent that lawyers are always filing requests for someone else that have no validity or plausibility, and which they have reason to know have no validity. And NONE have ever been prosecuted. (Well, I've never heard of any being prosecuted.)

Prosecution is pretty rare. Still, if you have a person acting on your behalf, claiming you can act in bad faith is like saying you can get away with burglary if you manage to convince some else to break in to a house under the pretence that it's your house and you forgot your keys. Again, suggest this to the lawyer and check their facial expressions. The consultation will cost money, but the resulting photos could form a new meme!

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 249

by MysteriousPreacher (#45560499) Attached to: Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

I'd certainly find it difficult to imagine Kleargear would see an upsurge in orders. Google results for Kleargear are overwhelmingly negative, and they're swiftly picking up poor reviews in WOT and similar site ranking tools.

The 48 business hour delay is odd. In addition to this, their order status site is down.

http://www.kleargear.com/orderstatus.html

The order status page is now directing customers to their "Kleargear Customer Care Centre" which is this:

https://kleargear.zendesk.com/home

It's a "knowledge base" containing 0 articles. Just try searching for anything - you'll never find a single result. After a pointless search, the user is then directed to submit a question.

Kleargear appears to be circling the drain, or is some cowboy operation (as evidenced by their fondness of "certified/approved by x" banners. Either way, I wouldn't be expecting to receive goods paid for.

Comment: Re:So long (Score 4, Funny) 159

by MysteriousPreacher (#45517479) Attached to: BlackBerry's CFO, CMO, and COO Leave Company

The main difference are that when private enterprise raises money, the investment is voluntary, and when a private enterprise fails, they go away.

Life is harsh in the private sector. A moment of silence, please, for the following companies that failed and are presumably no longer in business:

General Motors
AIG
Bank of America
Citigroup
JPMorgan Chase
Wells Fargo
Chrysler
Goldman Sachs
Morgan Stanley
PNC Financial Services

Comment: Re:This is so exciting, my leg is tingling... (Score 1) 109

by MysteriousPreacher (#45517249) Attached to: San Quentin Inmates Learn Technology From Silicon Valley Pros

I would imagine that most people would take a job and a roof over their heads, and a higher crime rate, than a low crime rate and to be living on the streets or jobless. So I would imagine that many would take the training and "leg up" for themselves over convicted criminals any day, even if it meant a riskier street.

And why are these things mutually exclusive. As noted by others, the United States spends a lot of money incarcerating people. Spending money to reduce recidivism doesn't necessarily mean spending more overall. Even having an additional tax payer who isn't out nicking stuff is better than spending a few grand a week to keep them locked-up.

Comment: Re:This is so exciting, my leg is tingling... (Score 5, Insightful) 109

by MysteriousPreacher (#45513779) Attached to: San Quentin Inmates Learn Technology From Silicon Valley Pros

Sure, law abiding people deserve better. They deserve education, healthcare, housing and food. The fact that prisons provide these free of charge to prisoners is irrelevant.

They also deserve lower crime rates, and hopefully schemes of this kind will mean these offenders are less likely to re-offend. It's going to depend on the numbers. It's an unfortunate reality that justice isn't necessarily fair for people who do the right thing.

Comment: Re:Probably Apple (Score 4, Funny) 59

by MysteriousPreacher (#45504575) Attached to: Intel Opens Doors To Rivals, Maybe

Apple could buy Intel, at least in theory. They have cash reserves of $147 Billion - Intel's market cap is only $118 Billion.

That's exactly how it works.

Scene 1: The stockbroker's office

Tim Cook enters the office of his stockbroker, carrying a briefcase and looking determined.

Cook: Good morrow, old chap.
Stockbroker: Ah, Mr. Cook. Do please take a seat and explain how I may be of service?
Cook: I'd like to buy Intel shares.
Stockbroker: Excellent choice, sir. What quantity did you have in mind?
Cook: All of them
Stockbroker: Right away, Mr. Cook. Cash or credit?

Cook opens a suitcase to reveal $118 billion in billion dollar notes.

Cook: Cash, of course. Jeeves, ready my stealth jet.
Jeeves: Very good, sir. Where to?
Cook: Santa Clara.
Jeeves: Yes, sir.

Scene 2: The Intel boardroom

Tim Cook strides in to the boardroom, smoking a cigar and eyeing the decor.

Krzanich: Cook, you can't come barging in here!
Cook: I think not, old friend. For I just bought Intel!
Krzanich: How?
Cook: I read an informative post on Slashdot in which it was explained how it was as easy as having money equal to the market cap. I'll need to ask you to leave.
Krzanich: Damn it! I didn't think anyone knew this!
Jeeves: Shall I begin construction of your Tony Stark-like secret labs under the building, where you may commence work on powered armour or something similar, sir?
Cook: Yes, Jeeves. That would be awesome - Awesome to the max!

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