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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 2, Interesting) 640

by johnnys (#49345697) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

So his mother just died and he was going through a nasty divorce. His soon-to-be-ex wife is also his manager, so both his professional and personal lives are completely miserable. He was working long hours and he had just spent two hours in a pub where he had been drinking heavily.

None of that excuses a physical attack, but the BBC should have stepped in and provided him with a chance to see a therapist and get some help, then make the appropriate apologies and restitution. Sometimes "zero tolerance" absolutism needs to be relaxed a bit in exigent circumstances.

Comment: The real problem is this: (Score 1) 764

by johnnys (#49319303) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

The problem is that neither side in this impasse is worth defending: You have sophomoric perverts creating dick-themed content and wittering fragile flowers who can't help but be offended and complain about it.

The idiots who posted the rude content should pull it down and apologize for being total *ssholes. The "professional offendees" p*ssing and moaning about it should grow a thicker skin and shut up.

Since neither of those two solutions is ever going to happen, people with a brain and an adult personality should just ignore the whole thing and let it wither away. If the FOSS software is any good, then fork it, give it a sensible name and move on.

Comment: Re:EasyDNS (Score 1) 295

by johnnys (#49285431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

This! A hundred times this!

EasyDNS have been my registrar of choice for years. EXCELLENT support, competent people, good prices and NO problems. I also recommend you look into their history and the exceptional corporate responsibility they have demonstrated.

I am not affiliated with EasyDNS except for being a very happy customer.

Comment: Wikipedia? Really? (Score 4, Informative) 144

by johnnys (#49180549) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Seriously, who depends on Wikipedia as a reliable reference? How about something a LITTLE more serious, like the Smithsonian magazine?

To wit:

"But Arbuckle's lawyers introduced medical evidence showing that Rappe had had a chronic bladder condition, and her autopsy concluded that there "were no marks of violence on the body, no signs that the girl had been attacked in any way." (The defense also had witnesses with damaging information about Rappe's past, but Arbuckle wouldn't let them testify, he said, out of respect for the dead.) The doctor who treated Rappe at the hotel testified that she had told him Arbuckle did not try to sexually assault her, but the prosecutor got the point dismissed as hearsay."


"It wasn't until the third trial, in March of 1922, that Arbuckle allowed his attorneys to call the witnesses who had known Rappe to the stand. ...They testified that Rappe had suffered previous abdominal attacks; drank heavily and often disrobed at parties after doing so; was promiscuous, and had an illegitimate daughter."

If not a hooker, then perhaps it's too close to call. Fatty deserved better.

Comment: "Loser edit" is a new name for a very old evil. (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by johnnys (#49179921) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Remember Fatty Arbuckle? He was a bigger star than Charlie Chaplin in his day. He mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope.

Then he threw a party where a hooker got sick and later died. Months later, the jury at his final trial actually gave him a formal written statement of apology from the jury, because of the grief he had gone through for no good reason.

His films were banned and his career was over: And all the publicity was edited and picked to ensure the narrative justified his destruction.

It's called "yellow journalism" these days but it's been around since speech was invented.

Comment: From the draft... (Score 2, Interesting) 171

by johnnys (#49079529) Attached to: HTTP/2 Finalized

"HTTP/2... also introduces unsolicited push of representations from servers to clients."

Seriously? Do we need yet ANOTHER way for a server to push unwanted code and malware onto our client systems? This is the greatest gift we could POSSIBLY give to the cybercriminals who want to break into our systems.

How about we think of security somewhere in this process, instead of pretending it's someone elses's problem?

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva