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Comment: Talking points for your management... (Score 2) 112

by knorthern knight (#48815989) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

...if they ever consider "Facebook For Work". Mark Zuckerburg is backstabbing sleazebag who has no conscience. Consider how he joined the Winklevoss twins' "Harvard Connection" (aka ConnectU) project, stole their ideas, and delayed the ConnectU project whilst he set up his own project ( His attitude to users is one of absolute contempt, and total disregard for their personal data confidentiality. Does your management really want him having access to your internal emails? If it's not blocked by your worksite due to NSFW language, point your management to Here's a relevant snippet from the article

=== Begin Snippet ===
The technology site Silicon Alley Insider got hold of some of the messages and, this past spring, posted the transcript of a conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend, outlining how he was planning to deal with Harvard Connect:

        FRIEND: so have you decided what you are going to do about the websites?
        ZUCK: yea I'm going to fuck them
        ZUCK: probably in the year
        ZUCK: *ear

In another exchange leaked to Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg explained to a friend that his control of Facebook gave him access to any information he wanted on any Harvard student:

        ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
        ZUCK: just ask
        ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
        FRIEND: what!? how'd you manage that one?
        ZUCK: people just submitted it
        ZUCK: i don't know why
        ZUCK: they "trust me"
        ZUCK: dumb fucks

=== End Snippet ===

Comment: Re:Will SystemD feature creep ever stop ? (Score 5, Informative) 553

by knorthern knight (#48815261) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

> Why do you care how other people build their Linux systems?

I don't. If Poettering and company had simply forked GNOME Lenna-X off of GNU Linu-X, there wouldn't be all this complaining. The problem is that Poettering and company have hijacked mainstream linux that almost all linux users use and changed it into something unrecognizable. udev is now built into systemd. The "udev install process" on Gentoo consists of building systemd, but only installing the udev portion. That's why the eudev fork. And some people are running with busybox/mdev in place of udev.

Then there's also dbus, which is being rammed into the kernel. Gnumeric was a great spreadsheet a couple of years ago. But now it's picking up GNOME dependancies all over the place, including dbus. And Skype now requires PulseAudio, another piece of crud from Lennart.

+ - Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook unveiled its rumored "at Work" service to a handful of partners today. Facebook at Work puts co-workers into a standalone social network and allows them to share posts and images appropriate for the workplace but looks and acts just like regular Facebook. “We have found that using Facebook as a work tool makes our work day more efficient,” Lars Rasmussen, Facebook’s director of engineering, tells WIRED. “You can get more stuff done with Facebook than any other tool that we know of, and we’d like to make that available to the whole world.”"

Comment: Re:What's odd is that (Score 1) 112

by knorthern knight (#48713859) Attached to: Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

> a) don't catch the disease, we don't know if that was genetic or
> luck, likely no influence on 'breeding'

> The plague is under control because of much much better
> sanitation, not because humans suddenly became 'immune' to it.

European Jewish communities had lower infection rates for Black Death, Bubonic Plague, etc. Back then, society knew nothing about bacteria, viruses, or sanitation. Jews followed their religious laws regard washing of dishes before meals, and washing their hands before meals. Non-Jews didn't. The resulting lower Jewish death rate contributed to anti-semitism, claims of Jews being in league with the devil, and pogroms. Nowadays it's considered standard to wash your dishes and your hands.

Comment: Re:Oh how great is this! (Score 1) 158

> a) not have the right to be "disgruntled" unless

Note that the part of the post you quoted talks about posting "angry statements". E.g. don't publically claim you're gonna make them sorry. Stay off social media.

BTW, this is not exclusive to cyberspace. In meatspace, if you go around badmouthing someone, talking about how you're "gonna make him pay", and that someone is soon found murdered, you're a potential suspect.

Comment: The judge said no such thing (Score 2) 48

by knorthern knight (#48674397) Attached to: Federal Judge: Facebook Must Face Suit For Scanning Messages

> According to this judge,

The judge turned down a motion to throw out the lawsuit, rather than letting it proceed. This is not a final ruling on the case. You need extremely strong evidence in your favour to throw out a lawsuit at this early stage. The judge merely ruled that the lawsuit was not entirely without merit. The judge (and jury) that hears the actual case will decide who did what to whom, and if compensation is called for.

Comment: Re: Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 1) 172

by knorthern knight (#48518963) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

> No, don't tell him that - I'd like to see how he thinks a species can
> evolve against an external threat within one generation and without
> exposing more than a significant minority of its population to that threat.

You are mis-understanding Darwinism. The premise behind Darwinism is that...
* random shit happens during the reproductive process, resulting in random mutations within a species (e.g. Homo Sapiens)
* random shit happens when the environment throws different survival problems at the species (e.g. AIDS)
* the individuals with beneficial differences (i.e. stronger immune systems against AIDS) are more likely to survive, and procreate, passing their AIDS-resistance mutation to their children

This, in a nutshell is "survival of the fittest". The problem quantifying "fittest" is that it depends on the external environment. E.g. Sickle Cell anemia gene carriers (usually African origin) have higher resistance to malaria, which is a net survival plus in African jungles, notwithstanding some anemia. In the African jungles that meant they survived better, and had more children.

Then some were taken as slaves to the US. 200+ years later, the superior malaria-resistance is not helpful, but the anemia side-effects remain, so it's a net minus.

Comment: Re:How (Score 2) 81

by knorthern knight (#48510397) Attached to: FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

> WTF, overwrites the MBR? What half assed OS does this attack? Windows?

I'm a linux user, not a Microsoft fanboi, but... have you ever heard of fdisk? Or for that matter...

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=446 count=1

to wipe the MBR. If you want to take out the entire hard drive, it's

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M

Any OS that can be installed from USB key or a CD can do the equivalant of this.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"