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Journal: Meh, don't bother reading it's just a rant

Journal by dreamchaser

What the FUCK are Facefuck and Shitter icons doing next to everything now? I can't find an option to turn them off. I'll use either when I'm cold and dead.

Like I said I'm just ranting. Just woke up, coffee is brewing, and I hate Facefuck and Shitter.

The Internet

Journal: Telecom package MEPs now decided

Journal by richie2000

The names of the 27 members of the European Parliament that will be negotiating the Telecoms Package have now been decided.

The third reading of the Telecoms Package is centered around amendment 138; if copyright holders and others should be able to demand of ISPs that they ban users on suspicion only, or if this should require an order from a court of law. As access to the Internet has become a necessity, the Pirate Party argues that banning users should require a court order and not be done on a whim.

If you are a citizen of the EU, please contact your nearest representative and make your voice in the matter heard. One of the MEPs is Christian Engström of the Swedish Pirate Party. We believe we know his stand on this issue. :-)

(Disclosure: I am a member of the board and IT Manager for the Pirate Party)

User Journal

Journal: Moderation on Slashdot - Why do you care? 5

Journal by dreamchaser

Does anyone really care how they are moderated? Sure, I chuckle at some of the mods-on-crack or mods-with-an-agenda things I see, both mods done to my posts and those done to others. At the end of the day why does it matter?

What is your posting philosophy? I post when I want with what I want and have never cared how I get moderated. Does anyone actually try to post in ways/times/places that will result in high moderation?

Ok, my coffee break is over. I need to get back to work. Bye.

User Journal

Journal: Still Here

Journal by MyHair

In case anyone cares, I still exist. I haven't been reading Slashdot hardly at all for a year or two. No telling about the future. But there you go.

User Journal

Journal: We need a new Moderation type 1

Journal by dreamchaser

We really need a -1 (Fanboi) mod on Slashdot. Fanbois abuse the moderation system as it is by modding down legitimate posts critical of [fill in the blank as applicable]. Let's give people who take Moderation a bit more seriously a tool to fight this.

It could be -1 (Fanboi) or -1 (Zealot) or whatever, but a discrete moderation class is called for here I think.

The Almighty Buck

Journal: Dilbert's half 'n half 1

Journal by richie2000

Today's Dilbert is a shining example of humor at its best. It may take the average reader a little while to realize precisely why it only takes Dilbert half a second to setup and run the simulation, but it's time very well spent. The only gripe I have with it is the 50% number, but I realize the gag won't work without it, so I forgive him.

There's a similar joke in Sweden that goes like this:

- How many people work at the (insert name of whatever governmental body or company you (dis)like) office?
- About half of them.

User Journal

Journal: Meme mania 2

Journal by richie2000

1. What is your occupation?
    Self-employed consultant.

2. What color are you socks right now?
    Near-black blueish.

3. What are you listening to right now?
    The kids making noise downstairs.

    4. What was the last thing that you ate?
    The "latest", I hope, thing I ate was a bowl of yoghurt with muesli.

    5. Can you drive a stick shift?
    Duh. As I am not an American, disabled or a taxi driver, I have problems driving automatics - the apparent trick is to pretend that ones left leg is paralysed.

    6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
    A diffusion of black.

    7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
    Mother-in-law, she called to talk with her daughter.

    8. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
    I was not sent it. I pirated a copy off teh intartubes. Arr.

    9. How old are you today?
    39 years old.

    10. Favorite drinks?
    Coca-Cola is it.

    11. What is your favorite sport to watch?
    Sex.

    12. Have you ever dyed your hair?
    No.

    13. Pets?
    50 fish called Wanda and a poodle.

    14. Favorite food?
    No one favorite.

    15. What was the last movie you watched?
    Cars.

    16. Favorite holiday?
    Hey, I saw something about holidays on TV once. Didn't really grok the concept.

    17. What do you do to vent anger?
    Kill people.

    18. What were your favorite toys as a kid?
    Mud and snow.

    19. What is your favorite: fall or spring?
    Yes.

    20. Hugs or kisses?
    Yes?

    21. Cherry or blueberry?
    Blueberry.

    22. Do you want your friends to send this back?
    No.

    23. Who is the most likely to respond?
    The infirm.

    24. Who is least likely to respond?
    The living.

    25. Living arrangements?
    House.

    26. When was the last time you cried?
    Cars.

    27. What is on the floor of your closet?
    Wood.

    28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you're sending this to?
    I'm not sending it to anybody.

    29. What did you do last night?
    Sleep like the dead.

User Journal

Journal: Money for nothing, files for free

Journal by richie2000

The rumour in Sweden is currently that The Pirate Bay was making a hell of a lot of money from their ads. According to "sources", one big ad at the top of the page cost 200kSEK per day (this translates to $27000USD plus change). Since the two guys running the site both still have day jobs, I call bullshit.

But, if you can make that kind of money on TPB, why haven't any media corps set up their own ad-sponsored trackers?

Lets assume Sony (I use them as an example simply because I like to kick their balls since the rootkit scandal) sets up a torrent tracker, has their own seeders placed locally at ISPs (thanks to Robert X for this one) with guaranteed non-corrupted files, a nice search function, a referral service, forum community with participation by artists, correct metadata, no DRM, no viruses, no RIAA lawsuits, playlist-generator, competitions with backstage passes as prizes, a webshop for buying CDs, t-shirts, posters, concert tickets, desktop pictures, jewelcase inlay kits (co-sponsored by a printer manufacturer and CDR-importer) - the possibilities are endless. The traffic numbers would go through the roof, they'd put iTunes out of business in a heartbeat, they'd get loads of useful listening information and data to mine and the running costs would be minimal since the customers would do most of the heavy lifting in distribution and marketing.

It's basically free money for the record companies, less load on ISP backbone links and free music for listeners. Added bonuses would be a more direct communications route artist - consumer, but I'd guess that the record execs would be slightly less enthusiastic about that aspect.

Next in line to use the portal are the MPAA and both national and local TV and radio stations and networks. Anyone that would benefit from using a "free" system of distribution in the interest of cutting costs in a major way by giving up their shaky monopoly revenues in exchange for a steady stream of "normal" levels of cash would want in on this.

So, who's first to register www.themediabay.com ?

And Sony, I'm GIVING you this idea. Run with it or not, as you like. Want me to sign something to that effect? Send it on, I'll sign - provided that you actually do it. But know that if you don't, we'll know that you're not in it for the money, you're in it for the control of the market and the supra-normal monopoly profits you've had in the past. Know that those days are over and this is a new ballgame.
Wanna play? Play. But don't hog the ball.

User Journal

Journal: Commenting on /.

Journal by burns210

I have noticed that the comments in slashdot, while often SPAM, have a much greater quality than those at digg. Slashdot can often have comments vastly more intersting (and informed) than the article the thread is about, while Digg often has few worthwhile comments at all.

Slashdot does, however, need to work on the duplicates, spelling, and quickness-of-posting problems that Digg has gained popularity with.

PHP

Journal: Ask Slashdot Journal People: Tagging Info and Software?

Journal by MyHair

The tagging feature is new to Slashdot, but I've heard of it before and have been thinking about checking it out. Today I tried a few Google and Freshmeat searches, but variations of "tag" have so many meanings I can't find much among MP3 ID3 editors, retail merchandise tagging supplies and various other IT meanings of "tag".

Does anyone have links to some open sources CMS'es that have tagging support, or perhaps links to some papers and discussions about keyword tagging for blogs or knowledgebases?

Ultimately I'd like to create a sort of user-rated knowledgebase based on some of the sites I visit. The knowledgebase might accept queries, return some summary information and link to the source sites for detailed info.

UPDATE: Ah-ha. While composing the above I came up with "keyword tagging" differentiate between the other tags. It occurred to me I should plug that into Google. Folksonomy is apparently what I'm talking about, and that search and the Wikipedia page I think will send me to the info I need. Not sure yet about open source CMS or knowledgebase software supporting it.

Nintendo

Journal: Mario Kart DS $24 2

Journal by MyHair

Fry's in Fishers, IN has Mario Kart DS at $24 (through the 28th I think). I don't know if the other stores do it, too, but this is $11 off the normal price. Woot!

My other DS game is Super Mario 64 DS which is a revamped Super Mario 64 (for N64). That's still fun.

Privacy

Journal: www.Piratpartiet.se 10

Journal by richie2000
This is not a drill.

Late last night CET, www.piratpartiet.se went live. The goal is to create a political one-issue party centered around the abolishment of copyright as we know it along with most IP laws in Sweden by getting into the parliament in this year's elections. Secondary, but equally important goals are to strengthen personal integrity by rejecting the EU "eavesdropping" directive and expand the "postal secret act" to include all forms of communication, regardless of carrier technology.

The name quite literally means The Pirate Party. 1500 signatures are required to register a political party in Sweden and at last count, we had 1916 (unverified) and counting. In less than a day.

The website is all in bork-de-bork and there are no current plans to translate it into understandlish, sorry. Dagens Industri (daily business mag) had a blurb on it's front page just now. Aftonbladet (one of the two big tabloids) just called. And all we did in the way of marketing was to drop the URL in a DC hub last night...

We live in very interesting times.

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