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Comment: Re:Wow, 22.88? Seriously? (Score 1) 34

he hasn't updated Flash in years and got hit by malvertising.

You don't have to be that bad, even. My parents' PC had Flash 12 on it and Flash 9 on it. Where did Flash 9 come from? It was installed at the same time as the updater software for their GPS device.

The whole ecosystem is toxic and hateful towards the user.

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 206

by jdavidb (#49819101) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

so it's not like Netflix is proposing a crazy new concept, ... why so angry bro?

I'd say nobody's ever served by having an angry outburst, but certainly those of us who have been enjoying adfree netflix viewing are bothered by the idea of ads being inserted. This is clearly a decrease in value and for many of us it may be enough to prompt us to look for alternatives.

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 449

BS. There would be no need to disclose names, so no legal privacy issue.

Any ethical issue is evenly matched. When they ask for your pay stub, they're also gathering info on how much your current employer is paying for the position and skillset on your resume. The ethics are the same for you to disclose that to a potential employer as it is for them to disclose exactly what their existing employees are making.

Comment: Re:Goddamnit (Score 2) 83

Humanity moved beyond pictogram-based languages for a reason, and now the internet - that paragon of human achievement - is moving us back to pictograms again. WTF?

It's about the limbic system. Alphabets are a good invention for low-bandwidth communication (including fingertips) but also "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Comment: Re:Does this mean... (Score 2) 132

A jury might find that a reasonable argument, but state legislatures have decided that youths need to be protected from sex so much that, like the gp said, it's a 'strict liability' law, even if the minor wants sex so bad they're willing to lie and obtain forgeries to help assist with their lies.

This is why jury nullification is so important - to keep psychopathic legislatures from incarcerating the entire population. A jury has two jobs - to judge the facts and to judge the law. Lawyers and judges try to diminish the second for their own benefit.

On the other hand ... this isn't some trifling matter of stealing trillions of dollars, lying to Congress, or starting wars based on lies - this is consensual sex! So, off to the gallows with him.

Comment: Have to agree with those re not switching (Score 1) 226

You should be maxing out your retirement investment (not in more than 10 percent company stock, 90 percent in a low cost index fund or ETF like Total Stock Market or S&P 500 or mid cap. And downsizing your expenses. Never have more than half of your assets in your house.

But, sure, pick up network certifications on the side, that's a good move.

A friend of mine is starting a Software Engineering internship, she's your eventual replacement (and is an American).

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 197

They needed access to everyone's researchers who are working on solving this problem

Researchers in industry can't shut up, talking about their basic research. It's a well-studied effect, and, in fact, industry employers count on this - they pay their researchers, their researchers get to work on their pet projects, and by doing so they stay plugged into the broader industry, and both they and their employers benefit from this arrangement. It's a non-zero-sum game.

And even though it's been economically validated, it just makes sense - to pay a researcher to wall himself off from his industry (thereby making him forever unemployable beyond the current employer) would be _far_ too expensive.

Sure, there are a few trade secrets that get kept, but that's the exception, not the rule.

Uber apparently thinks they need to own patents on self driving technology rather than just mass produced self driving cars ASAP.

No argument that the patent system screws everything up. But call the CMU licensing and commercialization department and ask them what they think. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

If CMU were championing the abolition of patents, I'd feel sorry for them.

Comment: Re:Seems to Be a Pattern of Behavior (Score 4, Informative) 342

by bill_mcgonigle (#49814347) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

If anyone is bored and looking for a place to lure my 30s year old self. Redo slashdot, allow markdown, bbedit, html, LaTeX.. editing.

If this is where your interests are, Soylent has forked an re-opened Slash, so people can contribute to it. There's been tremendous cleanup/ and some refactoring, to make Slash a more sane/maintainable project.

They're very picky on submissions, though, so the variety and community aspects aren't what Slashdot is.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.