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Comment: Don't Care; Won't Watch Any of It on Anything (Score 1) 578

by reallocate (#46190639) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

I zapped my cable three years ago. I watched the opening ceremony (and only that) of the London Olympics via a VPN. I don't care enough about Sochi or winter Olympics to be interested in watching any of it.

I don't think it's important if the FCC forces NBC to run a live stream. If NBC thinks the cost of running a stream of the broadcast they're already doing exceeds the revenue they could generate from stream viewers watching the same commercials the network is already doing, that's their problem.

Comment: Market Can't Do What's Not Profitable (Score 1) 580

If it isn't profitable, the market can't do it. Not won't, can't.

Fifty-six years after Sputnik, there's profit to be found in building, launching and operating satellites. As a result, the market has built and sustains businesses that do that. Aside from the Russians pay-to-be-a-space-tourist gimmickry (which exists thanks to state-funded infrastructure) no one has built a business putting people into space.

If the market is going to send people out to explore the Solar System, someone will need to tell it how to turn a profit doing that.

Comment: There's No Privacy When You Publish on the Net (Score 1) 410

by reallocate (#44532925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

Sure, you may run a mail server next to the dryer, but who knows where your mail is, or how it got there.

The internet is not about point-to-point communication. It's a *publishing* technology. The reason I can see this Slashdot page is because it was published on some servers, not sent over some secure wire to me. I click on a URL and somewhere a server sends the data comprising that page out into the net, broken up in itty-bit packets with my IP address embedded in them, and eventually they all get to me, where they are reconstructed and displayed in my browser.

Email is no different. Sure, you can use encryption. But, that's self-limiting unless the entire world knows everyone else's key, and then what good would encryption be?

Just as criminals rely on "social engineering" to get access to data, it's been used for centuries by governments and others to get access to data other people do not want them to see. No matter how anyone uses technology to secure their internet "privacy" (quotes because it's an oxymoron), you are really just depending that the folks who create the technology have not been "socially engineered".

So... if you don't want someone to find out something, don't publish it, on the net or elsewhere.

Comment: It's About Power & Developers Will Lose It (Score 1) 467

by reallocate (#44182911) Attached to: BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

It's all about power.

Our notions of right and wrong tend to adapt to fit our notions of what we want.

Someday, users will use software to create the software they want. When that happens, 95 percent of software developers will be redundant and they will belatedly learn that unions multiply their individual power.

Comment: With An RSS Reader (Score 1) 335

by reallocate (#43975719) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

I don't need to read feeds from multiple devices. That means I don't need to synchronize. And, that mean I don't need Google Reader, or Feedly, or the hassle of Tiny Tiny RSS, or whatever.

What I need is a local RSS reader, a client. I already have that, and I had it before Google invented Reader.

Comment: Re:Pointless fork (Score 1) 86

by reallocate (#43364463) Attached to: GNOME2 Fork MATE Desktop 1.6 Released

People like me, singleton users, don't really care about things that make your professional life a tad more complicated. That's what you're paid for. Sorry.

At heart, you are reflecting the same corporate make-things-easy notions that underpin the adoption of Windows.

The more alternatives in Linux, the better. Fork away, people!

Comment: Is Python Gonna Bother Registering in Europe Now? (Score 0) 261

by reallocate (#42952339) Attached to: Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

Python-the-language was never registered as a mark in Europe. If the guy backs off, Python geeks out to consider themselves lucky. Be a change from considering themselves exempt from the house rules.

I don't suppose the hate mail and venomous phone calls he got from idiots helped either. Class act, that.

Comment: It's Not Stats, It's Racism (Score 2) 474

by reallocate (#42790691) Attached to: Racism In Online Ad Targeting

Yes, its stats. That's not the point. The study illustrates the racism that is endemic in society. Not just the U.S., but in every human society.

When a business targets African-Americans by buying names associated with African-Americans, that's textbook racism. Why? Because it's making assumptions about individuals based on their membership in a group.

Ditto the self-serving argument that "Racism is denying the fact that many blacks in the US have been disadvantaged and largely as a result are more likely to commit crimes and get arrested". Applying perceived generalizations about a group to individuals you do not know is textbook racism.

Racism wasn't some passing phase of American history.

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