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Comment: Hire models (Score 1) 533

by one-egg (#43700889) Attached to: Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?
Back in the 70's when Sony introduced the Walkman in Japan, it flopped because nobody wanted to be seen with a cassette player on their belt and dorky headphones on their ears. So Sony hired a bunch of professional models to parade around the Tokyo business district wearing Walkmans. ("Walkmen"?) Pretty soon the public associated headphones with sexy people, and the rest is history.

Google should do the same. Manipulating popular taste is possible.

Comment: Useful for distributing scientific data (Score 1) 302

by one-egg (#43553161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Move Legal Data With Torrents?
I use BT to distribute large files from the SNIA IOTTA Trace Repository (http://iotta.snia.org/). Although there are typically no swarms, BT is still useful for a number of reasons, including in particular the ability to manage large collections of related files and the ability to deal with intermittent connections.

Unfortunately, many of my users work at sites that block BT, forcing them to revert to a horrible HTTP option.

And no, rsync isn't a solution for our situation.

As to what is needed, the primary thing is better tracker and seeder daemons. I use opentracker, which is OK but hardly perfect. I seed with deluge because it's one of the few seeders that can be run as a daemon (almost all BT clients expect you to dedicate a GUI window to them or they stop running--imagine what running a Web service would be like if you had to have a GUI for every instance of Apache).

Comment: Re:Not really censored (Score 1) 229

by one-egg (#37563956) Attached to: Libraries Release Most-Censored Books List

> Rather, they are saying, "I don't want my taxes to pay for other people to read this trash."

Not quite. In fact, not at all. What they are saying (and you seem to be supporting) is "Even though my tax money has already been spent, and even though other people contributed THEIR tax money to help buy this book, and even though those people might think the money was well-spent, I want to remove this book from the shelves so that it will be more difficult--or better, impossible--for anyone to read this book that I personally dislike, despite the fact that there is no financial benefit to doing so." It's all about suppressing ideas, and the people who make the complaints make that position quite clear.

There are mechanisms (e.g., elections) for changing future spending priorities. After-the-fact censorship isn't one of them.

Comment: Re:Not really censored (Score 1) 229

by one-egg (#37563504) Attached to: Libraries Release Most-Censored Books List

Your ignorance of the issues is glaring and appalling.
If the people were really objecting to the choices made by librarians, they would be clamoring for particular purchases as well as objecting to the books that were currently on the shelves. That's not the case. Nor are the citizens asking for the librarian to be replaced or instructed in their tastes. They are quite simply saying, "I don't think anybody in my school/town should be allowed to read this particular book." That's a hugely different question.

Comment: Re:Not really censored (Score 1) 229

by one-egg (#37563388) Attached to: Libraries Release Most-Censored Books List

You seriously misunderstand. Most of these libraries are government-operated, either public libraries or schools. While it's true that SOME of the libraries rightfully resisted, the ALA's primary point is to illustrate the pressure that is being put on these libraries. And in many cases, the books were actually removed (note that the second-most-frequent challengers were administrators). Sometimes, lawsuits got them back, sometimes not. So yes, it's censorship.

Nor is your claim that "All these materials are easily available elsewhere" supported by the facts. In many cases, the library facing the challenge is the only library in a small town that doesn't have a bookstore, and often the readers can't afford to buy their own books. So your argument really boils down to "If you're poor, you don't get to read what you want."

At least your dig at Twilight gets humor points.

Movies

+ - Netflix apolgizes...not! Instead, it's worse.->

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one-egg
one-egg writes "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has just announced, in an e-mail to subscribers that is duplicated in a blog post, that he isn't sorry for the recent disastrous decision to raise prices under the guise of charging separately for streaming. Though he begins with "I messed up. I owe you an explanation", there is no actual admission of error. Instead, he compounds the original mistake by announcing that the well-regarded DVD-by-mail service will be split off from Netflix and renamed "Qwikster". He writes, "A negative of the renaming and separation is that the Qwikster.com and Netflix.com websites will not be integrated. So if you subscribe to both services, and if you need to change your credit card or email address, you would need to do it in two places. Similarly, if you rate or review a movie on Qwikster, it doesn't show up on Netflix, and vice-versa. "

Can they get any more clueless than this? Are they TRYING to drive their company into bankruptcy?"

Link to Original Source

Comment: They missed a couple (Score 1) 453

by one-egg (#36679744) Attached to: Don't Fly If You Just Had Surgery!
Obviously, the TSA is slipping, because there are several threats they missed in the current warning. For example, I heard that the bad guys are planning to kidnap the President, replace him with a robot, and hide a nuke inside. If that doesn't work, they're going to hijack a rocket, land on an asteroid, and divert it to crash into New York City. Expect porno scanners for astronauts to be announced in the next few days.

Comment: Re:mob (Score 4, Insightful) 48

by one-egg (#36650234) Attached to: US Wiretap Report Released
The reason terrorism is relevant is because it is regularly used as justification for loosening wiretap restrictions. If the wiretaps aren't actually being used for terrorism, the justification is bogus. Your claim about the rise in wiretaps being due to the rise in electronic communication is completely wrong; in case you haven't noticed the telephone is over 100 years old and has been the normal mode of communication for many decades. If mobiles were the cause of the increase, you'd expect a very high number of "roving" wiretaps, but the report lists only a tiny number. Likewise, online accounts are a poor explanation since wiretap orders can cover multiple technologies. But your worst "reasoning" is in your postscript, where you try to imply that two year-to-year decreases prove there is no upward trend. A glance at the graphe is sufficient to nuke that allegation; it's obvious that there is noise in the data but the trend is upward (and although it's too early to be sure, there seems to be an explosion going on since Obama took office).

Comment: Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (Score 1) 34

by one-egg (#36645354) Attached to: VoIP Data and Google Maps Mashup Shows Live Calls
It's even worse than you think. It's midnight right now in California, and the number of calls on the map is tiny. And since you can use Google Maps to zoom in, I had no trouble learning that there was an onSIP customer at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. Just think of the fun: you can zoom in on somebody's house and tell that they're awake...

Comment: Red Pocket (Score 1) 200

by one-egg (#36284916) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Smartphone Plan For a US Vacation?
I had this same issue (different only in minor details) a few months ago. The best I found was Red Pocket (http://www.redpocketmobile.com). They operate on AT&T's network, so coverage is good. They sell prepaid service at a reasonable price. Cons: you have to get the SIM card ahead of time, and overseas shipping is slow, so if you're leaving soon that's a problem. When I got to the US, only voice worked, and it was impossible to activate data using Firefox & NoScript. IIRC, I eventually had to bring up a VM with Internet Explorer to get data to go. But once I had leapt through the hoops, it was fine.

Comment: It'll be thrown out instantly (Score 1) 350

by one-egg (#35697746) Attached to: Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion Over Intifada Page

Has anybody actually read the complaint? IANAL by a long shot, but I would have no trouble whatsoever writing a better complaint. And this guy seems to have a law degree!

The suit starts with a rambling recitation of accusations, none of which is even properly stated as an allegation, none of which is supported, and many of which are completely irrelevant to the alleged harm. Then it makes two complaints: assault and negligence. The assault charge is unsupported on its face, since it alleges damage without specifying what damage occurred. The negligence is apparently based on the same unsupported claim of damage.

So the suit will be thrown out instantly for failure to state an actionable claim. But I doubt that it'll make the news at that point.

Comment: Not impressed (Score 1) 295

by one-egg (#34266442) Attached to: Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

Sorry, not impressed. 99% of long takes are just directors showing off. They drive me nuts, because in the vain attempt to demonstrate skill, the director winds up calling attention to himself and either robbing the audience of reaction shots, or swinging the camera wildly as if an earthquake had hit the set. Spare me the artsy "look at me, I'm so talented and trendy" crap and give me a movie that actually tells a story in the best way possible instead of trying to wow the brainless "in" crowd.

Comment: Bad software (Score 1) 591

by one-egg (#33804930) Attached to: Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?

As someone who has been trying for some time to offer BitTorrent as a download option, I think a big part of the problem is that the server software is lousy. Many of the trackers out there are slow, flaky, fragile, and horribly documented. You also need a seeder, and again the server-side seeder software is consistently poor.

If you could go to bittorrent.org, download a couple of programs, and set up bittorrent distribution in an hour or two, that would make a huge difference in adoption rates. As it is, you have to REALLY want to set up a site because of the crappy distributions you have to wade through.

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