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Comment Re:SJWs (Score 1) 571

Funny thing is - it DID just end in all the rest of the world. Only in the United States are the descendants of slaves still reviled by a significant portion of the former slave holders.

Only a small percentage of all the slaves transported from Africa to the New World were destined for the US. Brazil got far more slaves than the US did. Brazil has no serious race problem, do they? Maybe you can point to the history of SJW's in Brazil struggling to keep the black man on the plantations? No? Didn't think so.


Well you could blame US race relationions on a SJW phenomena that has only been around for 10-20 years, or you could blame it on a country which had to fight a civil war with the south to eliminate slavery, had another massive political fight with the south to eliminate institutional racism, and still has legislators and government officials actively trying to suppress minority voters.

Yeah, I guess it's totally the SJWs' fault*...

* Yes I realize you said "contribute" not "cause" but racism is heavily entrenched in US society (and many other societies). SJWs are guilty of suppressing some legitimate speech, but not of causing racism.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 264

the long slow death of literacy could not possibly be harmed by more emjois.

I like the joke but think it might be wrong.

I use emojis for the same reason I use big words and complex syntax, it gives me the ability to communicate with more clarity, nuance, and fun.

Sometimes the emotion I'm trying to convey is properly captured using real words and proper sentences. But sometimes I'm simultaneously trying to imply a child-like state of mind, and emojis do that really really well.

Of course I don't know what they hell they're doing in unicode, not to mention the quixotic quest to make them gender neutral. Do they think they're going to make them race and culture neutral as well or is the standard just going to contain this big blog of largely Western references and the rest of the planet is unrepresented?

Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 213

The company was dead the moment it came out that all the female accounts were fake and paid for account deletions never happened.

It should be dead. I'm not convinced yet it will actually die. Even with the leak.

Depends what you mean by die. As one of the top cheat-on-your-spouse sites they should be done. As a widely known name and a pre-existing website that could be run with a skeleton staff for cheap it could go on indefinitely.

Comment Re:inside job (Score 1) 213

This whole thing screams "inside job".

A lot of the information that has been released, most notably employee emails and internal company documents, couldn't possibly have also been on the servers that held the databases for the AM site. So either (1) the hackers thoroughly penetrated the company and got *everything*, or (2) the people running AM were stupider than I believe possible (actually you would have to *work* to put all of your eggs in one basket that way)

I think a combination of 1 & 2 is most likely. There's no real way for a user to tell if a site is secure or not, and an insecure site is easier to run than a secure one. No need to manage a bunch of different logins, sign out keys, create fake databases, etc. The easiest thing is to simply give devs the power to go anywhere and do anything and I wouldn't expect the management of a site like AM to spend money on something like security.

In that scenario all you need is to get a remote login to one machine, from there you sneak in a logger and grab the one admin password they use everywhere and then all you need is a bit of patience before you have everything on their network.

Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 213

Are you suggesting that the hackers are some sort of vigilante activist group out to stomp out infidelity or immorality in general?

Huh? I felt the hackers made a stand against the fraud perpetrated by the company, not infidelity in general. Where did you infer infidelity from my post?

The company was dead the moment it came out that all the female accounts were fake and paid for account deletions never happened. It was unnecessary to release personal user information to punish the company.

Primarily to refute the claim made in the post I replied to that "because the hackers committed an illegal act that what they did was immoral, and it's immoral to 'celebrate' their hack."

I didn't raise the topic of infidelity or its morality at all in my post.

That wasn't the quote, the poster wasn't clear if he considered the hacks immoral just because they were illegal or because of the exposed user information coupled with the illegality:
Just because they used illegal techniques to attack a morally reprehensible company doesn't mean their techniques are magically vindicated. Celebrating the hack is immoral as well.

True the poster didn't mention the user information directly but I feel it's implied due to the volume of coverage and discussion about the user info.

I think the hackers would be morally justified if the simply hacked AM and demonstrated they were lying about the female users and the deleted accounts. They became immoral when they also released very sensitive and potentially devastating user information.

Comment Re:no surprise, what people use at home they use t (Score 2) 167

It's when paid businesses go to Ubuntu they have to worry, but the requirements of the customers willing to pay out big money for licenses and support are vastly different than those of desktop users

And here's the rub, they made the desktop platform pretty bleeding edge (major kernel changes are inflicted in routine updates, breaking things like nvidia driver if you choose to use it, not merely being mostly unhelpful about closed source realities but actively making it more painful). Even if drivers didn't break, updates can change things dramatically at a whim, and there's no blessed 'long term' servicing branch that so nearly matches their 6 month cycle releases like Ubuntu does. RedHat is making the free situation needlessly complicated and risky to push people to RHEL, but instead are giving ubuntu the free market. Like you say, the free market by itself is no huge threat, but it influences the commercial market in the long term.

So maybe not all people like the bleeding edge and new fancy stuff like I do though I suspect Fedora's primary trouble comes from RedHat seeming too corporate and people going to what looks like a more community oriented distro.

You could also say RedHat has very little to lose by having something more like Ubuntu in lifecycle out there for free. Those folks won't pay for anything, but their mindshare is valuable among the audience that will pay.

That matters for sure, but when you're looking at an IT system responsible for millions or even billions of dollars then things like enterprize support and a dedicated server OS designed with stability in mind become really important. Whether or not you enjoy using that particular Linux flavour at home becomes really a non-factor really quickly.

Comment Re:no surprise, what people use at home they use t (Score 4, Informative) 167

RedHat got into the datacenter by being a popular desktop distro, people setting things up in the datacenter used what they were familiar with.

People have been predicting that RedHat would run into this sort of problem ever since they abandoned the home/workstation market. It's taken a lot longer than I expected, but it's happening.

RedHat was able to hold this off for a while by getting the datacenter managers to mandate standardization, but in AWS such rules are far less enforced.

David Lang

I don't feel like RedHat abandoned the home/workstation market, both my home and work desktop run Fedora 22.

As for AWS who is using those machines? My gut is these are individuals or small shops willing to pay for cloud hosting but unwilling to pay the extra for support. For instance CentOS is beating RHEL 29% to 11%, granted I'm not sure what support you get for RHEL in AWS but I doubt there's any reason to use CentOS over RHEL in the cloud aside from cost. I tried switching to Ubuntu for my personal cloud server but went to CentOS instead.

My hunch is the vast majority of those Ubuntu VMs aren't paying any support and thus wouldn't really impact RedHat's bottom line anyway. It's when paid businesses go to Ubuntu they have to worry, but the requirements of the customers willing to pay out big money for licenses and support are vastly different than those of desktop users.

Comment Re:Holey Moley (Score 1) 122

Am I they only one that is completely freaked out by this ? These are some seriously scary numbers !

I think some context is important. From what I can tell is a criminal organization hacking the hospital so they can access patient records and blackmail the patients is going to be counted the same as the secretary opening an email attachment, getting a virus, and temporarily turning into part of a botnet. It might not even be clear from IT's perspective which is which but I'm guessing most of those breaches are fairly benign.

Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 187

I'm not sure either of those applies. I'm no lawyer, but I doubt a judge or jury would agree with your interpretation of "intentionally causes damage".


In the wire fraud definition you cited, I don't think AT&T is fulfilling the core of the definition: "defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises". Advertising, by and large, is not considered fraud (as much as we might feel that way about most ads we see).

Here I'm not so certain. The fraud isn't the ad itself, but the fact that the ad being on the site claims a relationship between their client (the advertiser) and the site owner that does not exist. Stanford accepted that jewelry ad? They must be legit. My favourite webcomic is advertising X? Well I know the guy really vets his advertisers and I like to support the comic so I'll go through.

Of course AT&T is not the first to insert their own ads into web pages, any charges are likely thwarted by whatever click-through consent they obtained or by the precedent of adware companies getting away with the same thing for years.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 192

" Industry groups say this restriction will kill drone delivery services before they even begin. "

Sounds like a good use of state authority to me.

Imagine logging on to a grocery store website, choosing the items you want and clicking deliver. Drone is loaded up at the warehouse and flies the goods right to your door.

It's cheaper and more environmentally friendly since you're not driving, you can save time and reduce food waste by replacing single massive shopping trips with a bunch of small immediate need purchases, and you can replace the massive grocery store with its giant parking lot with something more interesting.

Sure there's a lot of potential problems to, but there could be some very nice benefits.

Comment Re:Asians weren't ignored... (Score 1) 184

By your logic black people are "white" to non-racists.

No, black people are still black, it just that non-racists don't care. Jews might even be white to many racists, they're just a category of white they don't like.

I'm not sure I really get your insistence with the idea that Jews are non-white. If you want to argue Jews are discriminated against that's fine, it's also true that there are a lot of Jews who aren't white by any metric. But if you're going to consider the US context, namely people like Jerry Seinfeld, I'd say Jews are white.

Comment Re:Asians weren't ignored... (Score 1) 184

Make sure to tell that to all the racists who still refuse to consider them "white".

And for those people, in that context, they are not considered white.

But for a significant majority of people in the US and particularly those in the computer industry (whom we're talking about), they are white.

Comment Re:Asians weren't ignored... (Score 1) 184

Jews aren't "white", there was this little kerfuffle about it about 70 years ago. We might not always have dark skin but we're not "white" and have never been "white". Anyone insisting Jews are "white" needs to get a goddamn time machine and go tell it to the people who've been enslaving, slaughtering, and persecuting us for the last 4000 or so years.

Assume you're taking about Jews who are white skinned I'd consider them white.

Yes they were subjected to horrific discrimination in the past, and in some places or settings they still are, and depending on the scenario it might even depend on ethnicity instead of religion.

But in the context we're talking about now, and in fact most contexts, I'd include them as "white".

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 250

This complaint just doesn't make any sense. We are moving to this pricing model all over the place, even in traffic control situations. Tolls on bridges and tunnels and express lanes are often "surge priced" these days. The express lanes into Miami on I-95 are only a quarter most of the time. But during rush hour and other heavy traffic times the lanes bump up towards $10.

And those are fixed resources - so there is no way to get more cars through the tunnel or over the bridge. With Uber the raised prices will theoretically get extra drivers on the street - limiting the surge in prices and getting service to more people.

And as others have mentioned - if you don't like the policy, you have alternatives.

I suspect it's a question of predictability. You know the I-95 will be ridiculously expensive, but you might be counting on that affordable Uber to get home not realizing that there's a concert increasing demand and driving the price way up. Being told the price is $10 when you were expecting $10 is fine, but seeing $10 when you expected the price would be $0.25 is going to piss you off. I suspect a lot of people would be much happier waiting around a while for the regular price than having regular wait times with a higher price.

I suspect the solution might be two pricing lanes during high demand. A regular priced Uber with high wait times or a surge priced Uber with priority and try to split the cars 50/50. You can average the money for the drivers so it doesn't matter which fare they get.

Maybe it pissed off people for the two-tiered service, but I think it will piss them off less than being priced out of the service.

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