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Comment: The *love* of money (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by Swamii (#43755673) Attached to: Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

Ethical behavior is incompatible with the pursuit of profit. This is the essence of the old adage "Money is the root of all evil."

The actual quote:

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

This is an important distinction. When a man loves money more than personal morals and ethics, only then does his business become unethical.

Open Source

OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office 361

Posted by timothy
from the imaginary-markets dept.
rbowen of SourceForge writes with an interesting way to look at the value of certain free software options: "Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 has averaged 138,928 downloads per day. That is an average value to the public of $21 million per day, as calculated by savings over buying the competing product. Or $7.61 billion (7.61 thousand million) per year." (That works out to about $150 per copy of MS Office. There are some holes in the argument, but it holds true for everyone who but for a free office suite would have paid that much for Microsoft's. The numbers are even bigger if you toss in LibreOffice, too.)

Comment: Re:The "Mid-West" accent? (Score 1) 516

by SofaMan (#39533695) Attached to: Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

BBC English in those days was very prim and proper, I don't know if anyone on the street spoke like that but we see a lot of it in the old TV and films of the day. Only the Queen comes close to sounding like that nowadays.

That's Received Pronunciation (aka the King's/Queen's English) you're describing. More common now is Estuary English.

Comment: Windows apps are dying (Score 1) 228

by Swamii (#38281514) Attached to: Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software
Stuff like this is why people are scared to install native apps for Windows. On iOS, you install apps safely, and with about 2 or 3 taps. On Windows, you get apps via 30 clicks, and you get your browser configuration screwed up, unwanted toolbars, and bonus adware for good measure.

This is the sick, sad state of Windows apps.

The Windows 8 app store promises to address these concerns. We'll see how they deliver.

Comment: Re:makes sense (Score 1) 609

by Swamii (#36327304) Attached to: RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel
Your last paragraph shows your true colors; you believe Israel has no right to exist and is a "made-up" state. That's anti-Semitism.

If you doubt this is anti-Semitism, step back for a moment and ask yourself this: do you apply that standard to any other nation? Do you deny any other nation in the world the right to exist?

If you don't, you're singling out the Jews: anti-Semitism.

Comment: Re:makes sense (Score 0) 609

by Swamii (#36280646) Attached to: RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel
There can be valid criticism of Israel without being anti-Semitic. However, the new anti-Semitism often hides behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of the Jewish state. The Sharansky Test has been formulated to distinguish between valid criticism of Israel and anti-Semitic rants:

The so-called “new anti-Semitism” poses a unique challenge. “New anti-Semitism” is aimed at the Jewish state. Since this anti-Semitism can hide behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel, it is more difficult to expose. Making the task even harder is that this hatred is advanced in the name of values most of us would consider unimpeachable, such as human rights.

His test is simple:

I believe that we can apply a simple test – I call it the “3D” test – to help us distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism.

The first “D” is the test of demonization. When the Jewish state is being demonized; when Israel’s actions are blown out of all sensible proportion; when comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz – this is anti- Semitism, not legitimate criticism of Israel.

The second “D” is the test of double standards. When criticism of Israel is applied selectively; when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while the behavior of known and major abusers, such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, is ignored; when Israel’s Magen David Adom, alone among the world’s ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross – this is anti-Semitism.

The third “D” is the test of delegitimization: when Israel’s fundamental right to exist is denied – alone among all peoples in the world – this too is anti-Semitism.

America Online

60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers 301

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-math-again dept.
satuon writes "Ken Auletta's big New Yorker piece on AOL (subscription only) this week revealed an interesting detail about the company's inner workings. According to Auletta, 80% of AOL's profits come from subscribers, and 75% of those subscribers are paying for something they don't actually need. According to Auletta: "The company still gets eighty percent of its profits from subscribers, many of whom are older people who have cable or DSL service but don't realize that they need not pay an additional twenty-five dollars a month to get online and check their e-mail. 'The dirty little secret,' a former AOL executive says, 'is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.'"
Government

+ - Firefighters Watch As House Burns Down->

Submitted by SofaMan
SofaMan (454881) writes "Residents of Obion County, TN have to pay a $75 annual fee to a neighbouring town to access a firefighting service. One family didn't pay, so firefighters stood around and watched as their house burnt to the ground. Firefighters only acted when the fire spread to a neighbouring property where the resident had paid the fee. One neighbour was so frustrated with the fire department's inaction that he went to the fire station and assaulted a firefighter. I know many Slashdotters are libertarians or have libertarian sympathies, but is this taking things a bit far?"
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Privacy

"Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept. 554

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-wouldn't-work-out dept.
storagedude writes "Like something out of the Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report, a startup called Social Intelligence is mining social media to weed out job applicants based on their potential for violence, drug abuse or just plain bad judgment. The startup also combs sites like Facebook and Twitter to monitor current employees, presumably to monitor compliance with company social media policy, but as the criteria are company-defined, anything's possible. Just one more reason to watch what you post, folks."

Comment: Re:Fahrenheit: It's for telling temperature (Score 1) 1233

by SofaMan (#29556609) Attached to: At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

I am of the opinion that a person should be able to use both interchangeably

Why? About the only people left who use Fahrenheit are Americans - everyone else has been managing quite happily using Celsius for decades. The rest of the world should now relearn an anachronism to keep Americans happy?

you can remove bike pedals with a crescent wrench, but why would you do that if you had access to a real pedal wrench?

But to follow your logic through, you're essentially telling people to carry two single-function wrenches, when one multi-purpose wrench would do just as well. Both wrenches achieve exactly the same result, but one can be used for purposes other than removing pedals. Why carry both?

It does rather sound like you are trying to justify your sentimental attachment to the system with which you are most familiar, rather than accepting it as an anachronism and moving on. I mean I get why that might be hard to do, and there's nothing wrong with being sentimental, but let's call it what it is.

Transportation

Nissan Gives Electric Cars Blade Runner Audio Effect 553

Posted by timothy
from the downloadable-cartones-just-$10-each dept.
mateuscb writes "A campaign backed by automakers and some lawmakers to make electric or hybrid cars noisier in a bid to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists has taken a strange, Blade Runner-type twist. Nissan sound engineers have announced that the Leaf electric car set for release next year will emit a 'beautiful and futuristic' noise similar to the sound of flying cars — or 'spinners' — that buzz around 2019 Los Angeles in Ridley Scott's dystopian thriller based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction novel."

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