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Comment: Skynet target mode (Score 1) 68

by hessian (#46796117) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

When Google finally reveals its true name, Skynet, this is the technology that will allow its T-1000s to exterminate most of humanity.

But don't worry, they'll be sure to take an instagram of your death and post it to your Google+ livestream so your friends and family can mourn.

(There will also be ads for bereavement-related products. Neither Google nor Skynet are monopolies, honest.)

Comment: The problem with Political Correctness (Score 1) 221

by hessian (#46795779) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

I get the whole general protection of the average citizen from crimes, but we really need to shrink the reach and scope of these bastards.

That's the reason for political correctness: to expand the scope of government past immediate risks to ideological risks. It's a power grab.

The correct way to deal with this is not to be anti-politically correct, but to stop being politically correct. That deprives government of its justification for its new powers.

Comment: Not relevant (Score 1) 388

I recall something like that being the case for the Manning data.

You're right -- I've confused the two. Snowden was the one who took it and leaked it all to the Russians, in addition to leaking several hundred times more than was necessary to prove his point.

Thus... my point stands, although a minor technical error did occur.

I note none of these fanboys admitted that he leaked all of it to the Russians.

Wonder why they "forgot"?

Comment: Survey the fanboys (Score 2) 275

by hessian (#46780731) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

It was a random survey, conducted via Google Consumer Surveys.

You evade, which does you no credit. Offering a survey that you know will be answered by fanboys inevitably produces bad results. The rest of the audience isn't bothering to answer this.

You'd also need to ask them at a longer duration from the download to see if they kept using it. There are many ways to cherry-pick data, and the first is to be careful about who you ask.

Comment: Kim Philby II (Score -1, Flamebait) 388

Snowden wasn't a whistleblower, he was a spy for the other side.

If he were a whistleblower, we would have seen revelations in the press, not a document dump to the public.

Not to mention a lack of taking several hard drives full of data to the Russians, who as events in Crimea show, haven't changed since the Soviet Era.

Comment: That's not Slashdot. It's democracy. (Score 1) 477

by hessian (#46780607) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

I never understand why the most insightful comments about the topic at hand, the one that actually sheds some light on the topic by someone who might know a little about it, is always at the bottom of a thread on /.

Democracy is about popular opinions, not correct ones.

Socializing is about popular opinions and flattery, not reality.

Product sales are about trends, not technical best solutions.

Everywhere we humans go, it's quantity over quality. That's because of how we choose. We pick what lots of people want to believe is true, not what is true.

In defense of Slashdot, it's better here than most places, including off the net. About 5% of the posters here are insightful and will actually consider an opinion other than what their TV says, or friends in the local watering hole think is important.

If anything, it's the fanboys that make it difficult here. Apple, Ron Paul, Google, Obama, gays, Open Office, AR-15s, etc. They form little organized voting blocs who try to destroy any opinion that isn't fawning like their own on their topic of choice.

Comment: Calling people paranoid to silence them (Score 1) 103

by hessian (#46780453) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Overly paranoid original poste

NSA isn't spying on Americans. You disagree? You're overly paranoid.

That's a common tactic used by Communists and other totalitarians to silence dissent.

Oh wait, I see:

It's not about what you think, it's about how you treat other people and how you deal with being, quite legitimately, associated with a set of actions (whatever the motive) that many find offensive.

That's from your journal where you as an apologist for censorship endorse the idea of firing people for having "offensive" opinions.

I think you have mental health problems in addition to a serious lack of moral fortitude.

Comment: Fox has a better headline (Score 1) 103

by hessian (#46780419) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Police say Canadian man used Heartbleed virus to steal personal info

Other than the fact that they misidentify an exploit as a virus, you're telling me that Fox News has a better headline?

Fox News, that I'm told like the Daily Mail in UK is nothing but a tabloid that no one serious reads? And that's supposed to be completely unrelated to it being one of only a few media sources that are right-wing?

Do tell.

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