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Comment Pay peanuts (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Because businesses think software development in general, and especially web development, is easy. They hire monkeys and pay peanuts (or sometimes even serious dollars that could get them quality of they could recognise they were being taken for a ride), and we continue to see the most basic errors being repeated across most web sites. Seriously, the quality of web developers generally is absolutely appalling.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Comment Re:DMCA needs to die (Score 1) 67

This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.

Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.

Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Comment Re: None of my cards have a chip! (Score 1) 317

In Australia, most transactions now are contactless (NFC) chip transactions, with PIN only required when the merchant hits a (merchant dependant) limit. With our without the PIN, it's faster than swipe plus signature. Without the PIN it's faster than cash. The US is basically a nation of paranoid luddites looking for an excuse not to move on.

Comment Re: Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

This is only because they have not bothered to learn these things. My point really is, the ones who do not bother learning other fields should get off their bums and do so. Some of us do, and do repair or own cars, and do excel in second careers. And screwdriver? If a programmer really wants to scare a hardware person, the tool of choice to hold on approach to the server room is a soldering iron.

Comment Re: Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

Actually a decent software developer can do most vehicle repair themselves, if they can be bothered to research it. The particular repairs described, however, are getting into the area where repairs require equipment that only the most dedicated motor mechanic geeks will have at home. Also, with both of those problems, there is a good chance it would need a new engine fairly soon, if not already. There was a time when software geeks were people who liked to fix stuff - any stuff - and just had a particular flair for coding. Don't assume that all software developers are one trick ponys.

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