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Comment: How to be sued (Score 1) 79

by phorm (#48636453) Attached to: Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

A few hours to get up, a few minutes to be sued into financial ruin.

Seriously, starting up the site is the easy part. Dealing with traffic is an issue, but not getting sued into oblivion is probably more of a concern, as it has been the fate of many once-popular filesharing sites. Even TPB never solved that particular issue.

At this point, a decentralized client with built-in encryption - maybe something that hooks into TOR - would probably be a better bet for people that want to engage in such activities.

Comment: Re:Who? (Score 1) 544

by phorm (#48634883) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

everyone that has engaged in threats and doxxing against anyone need to be tracked down and punished

It will be interesting to see whom turns up in this. While I don't disagree that there's misogyny on the internet, I'd say that a lot of the contenders are part of a more general problem: self-entitled assholes and trolls. People who have little interest in the politics in the situation but plenty of interest in seeking attention, or people who don't just have issues with women but generally shit upon "anyone who isn't me." I'm not a woman, but I've had plenty of people in various games who've resorted to threats and insults, often based on ethnicity or sexual preference (even when they don't actually apply to me). I'd imagine that if I was visibly a female then that would just be an additional category to the usual insults and churlish behavior.

Rooting out some of the bigger contenders will likely do little for either side of the issue, but I'll still cheer if a couple of these bastards face some consequences for the bullshit they seem to dedicate their life to.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by phorm (#48609485) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

And that's just for movies.
If it's a game, you get DRM which - if you're lucky - may cause the game to crash. If you're not lucky, well, you get DRM which may cause your system to crash, or your optical drive to not function correctly, etc.
If it's music, well Sony BMG have demonstrated their regard for paying customers there, haven't they.

Oh, and let's not forget, you'll only get those unskippable FBI warnings and trailers if your BD player is continually updated so that it is actually able to play the damn disc, but hey that's still better than if you bought a hard-to-find DVD from outside your player's region code

Comment: Re:FTFA (Score 1) 594

by phorm (#48604907) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

It's definitely a good though. Two areas where I could see this failing are:
a) Where somebody has a legitimate need to haul large/heavy items. It's a fair response for a secretary or sysadmin, but not so much for a tradesperson due to tools etc
b) Where there aren't any safe routes. Maybe it's 4 miles and two hours by car, but 20+ miles by bike (unless you want to take your chances with a bike in traffic). This often seems to be the case in many situations.

I'm guessing that the road grade is probably fairly flat, so it's not an issue of "4 miles uphill" going in one direction.

Comment: Re:Knowledge is power (Score 1) 594

by phorm (#48604875) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Whose well-being is at stake,exactly? I'm not even sure which side you're supporting.

Nobody is going to die if there's more traffic. Nobody is going to die if they have to take the freeway.

However, one issue I could see is that - depending on the design and composition of the roads - lots of traffic on streets not designed for it could have bad effects on infrastructure (of course, caused by poorly designed infrastructure in the first place).

Comment: What reckoning (Score 1) 122

by phorm (#48601657) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

The biggest issue is that older people - who often either don't understand or don't care about much of this - vote for the conservative government that's currently in power. The younger demographic - who are getting thoroughly screwed by the current government in terms of less jobs, selling off of domestic natural resources, and increasing cost of education/housing/etc - don't seem to get out to vote. Now to be fair, some of this is due to the government screwing with the rules around voting (particularly around university students and where their voting locale is) but the biggest contributor is plain old laziness and apathy.

If you're a Canadian of voting age who is not happy with with the way things are currently going, and you DIDN'T VOTE, then you're part of the problem (not accusing the parent, just the lazy bastards in general).

Comment: Re:Isn't that click fraud? (Score 1) 285

by phorm (#48560911) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Yeah. I do see some cool monoprice/ ads at times, but generally they're more "X found one easy trick to do Y and Z hates him/her for it", or when you're downloading software, there are billion fricking ads with big green malware-installing download links of various types, etc etc.

Who are the people complaining, because frankly I'd love to see them sued for deceptive and/or possibly fraudulent marketing.

Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

For this, what I usually do is get the base machine setup (windows, drivers, common software, maybe antivirus, and activation), then boot from a linux stuck and back it all up using "NTFSclone" (usually piped through gzip/bzip). If windows takes a dive, then I just restore the image so I don't have to play phone-tag with the activation system.
I did that when I was building a new system and at some point become unbootable after certain software/updates were installed. After many restores I was finally able to find what was breaking the system (a combination of a driver update and AVG, it seems) and made it work.

Comment: Re:Felons can be teachers and child care workers, (Score 1) 720

by phorm (#48545471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

I'm afraid that, if I saw your resume after this, I'd reject it on the grounds of the horrible question without even having to consider the felony itself

Well thank goodness you're not my hiring manager. I would guess you're not a hiring manager at all, but - based on YOUR attitude - one of the basement sysadmins who feels like he is God of all technology and better than 99% of the rest of humanity.

The question isn't all that vague, and when reporting on a conviction one of the issues can be that there isn't much room for explanation. It's "[name] was convicted of X". So you may have a guy who's a convicted "sex offender" when all he really did was get drunk and relieve himself in sight of a playground at 1:00am. Unless you have a chance to explain yourself though - which often YOU WON'T, at least on form-based applications - then you probably aren't even getting to the interview.

I haven't any convictions myself, but I've seen some pretty dismally generic applications forms and "vague" pretty much fits them perfectly. Now, from a hiring perspective, yeah I'd feel a little nervous about working next to a convicted sex offender, but not so much the guy who peed on a tree... the problem being that most people aren't going to get past HR screening to the point where the details could even be discussed.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 545

by phorm (#48536873) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Honestly though, I can't think of a job where I haven't been "Available to occasionally work some evenings and weekends" and done so. The caveat is that I was generally paid accordingly for my contributions (either OT or banked at an accelerated rate).

In many IT positions, sometimes shit hits the fan and you need to stick around (or come back in). As long as it's not a constant thing it's not a huge deal.

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. -- Thomas Hewitt Key, 1799-1875