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Comment AT&T, Mysterious Rooms, and the NSA (Score 1) 54

Anyone who worked directly for, or as a contractor for AT&T as far back as at least the early 1990's can tell you there were rooms set up specifically for .gov and LEO use only. You needed security clearances to get into them even as a direct AT&T employee, and they were locked behind keycard/numpad protected doors, etc. It didn't take a genius to figure out what they were using those rooms for, especially when an awful lot of power and telecoms lines ran right to them (we weren't allowed to discuss or ask about them outside of our training sessions when our corporate trainers would say "those rooms are off limits at all times, except that some of you will be promoted to work in them as needed").

Comment Re:So how many people are still using XMPP? (Score 1) 63

I do know people that use it, but that's not only because Google is now basically pushing it as their version of iMessage for Android devices. It has group video calling for up to 10 people and a concurrent text conversation with up to 150 people at a time, which I think are the main features that have been attracting the people to the service. It also works cross device - so if someone on their Samsung Note 4 initiates a Hangout, everyone from people on tablets to PCs can join in, which is a pretty big deal.

Comment Re:Think of this like driverless cars (Score 1) 628

You do realize the kernel has been re-written several times since then, right. What you're suggesting is that it hasn't changed at all, when in fact it's probably far more different under the hood than the Linux kernel is from its 90's version.

For some reason the Linux kernel guys keep shoving more and more drivers and all of the bugs that go with them into the kernel for some godforsaken reason, but the size of the Windows kernel has actually been reduced a few times.

Now, as for exact changes, I haven't signed an MS NDA to review their kernel code, but the compiled result of that code has simply been getting better and far more stable as we go along, to the point where I am seeing more and more (we're talking rollouts in the thousands of devices here) Windows 7 embedded devices showing up at retail and industrial client sites, compared to only being used to seeing SUSE, Debian, or Redhat for the last decade.

Comment Re:And The Editors Know It Too (Score 2) 202

LEL, I post a response as you asked, with actual evidence, used by an actual journalist, and you set me as foe and moderate my post as -1 Troll from your sockpuppet.

"PS. -1 offtopic and -1 troll are not your personal censorship tools. Don't be cowards with your moderation, post your responses instead."


Comment Re:Die, white whale, die (Score 1) 249

PBS had a doc on the coffee thing, and it turns out it isn't companies like Starbucks, Keurig, etc that are the issue with the pricing - it's the source markets. Coffee is harvested and sold to what amounts to an auction house for a single product, then the speculators, etc bid up or bid down the price of the batches based on amount and quality, and then the winners resell on to the "open" market, where the coffee companies purchase from.

So you have middle-men all taking their cut, and of course the farmers themselves get a "take it or leave it" amount from the auction houses. Those auction houses are about omnipresent anywhere coffee is grown and are mandated by trade (and sometimes national) law.

Growers in South America are starting to bypass this nonsense entirely by growing, harvesting, roasting (basically the entire coffee production process) and then selling directly to companies, since there are no regulations requiring processed coffee to be sold at one of those auctions, only the raw beans.

Comment Re:And The Editors Know It Too (Score 0) 202

TRUE. Harper describes herself as the founder and chief executive of the âoeOnline Abuse Prevention Initiative.â She has set up a Tumblr and and email account for the organisation. But it has no staff, no proper website, no offices, no external funding and, most importantly, no 501(c)(3) registration. Harper says OAPI is âoein the processâ of being registered.

TRUE. Harper tweeted at or about acclaimed campaigner and academic Vivek Wadhwa, who holds appointments at Duke, Stanford, and Singularity University, over 40 times, accusing him of harassment. He sent back two tweets, both apologetic. She tweeted at him for nine months, and even wrote a fake book review on Amazon to try to besmirch his character.

TRUE. She is a notorious one, in fact, whose aberrant online behaviour goes back to the 1990s. Harper has relentlessly pursued dozens of innocent people over the slightest of perceived ideological infractions or personal slights over the years.

TRUE. In 2011, Harper was being pursued for a debt. Her response was to post the home phone number of the collection firmâ(TM)s chief executive, after first threatening to release his familyâ(TM)s personal information.

Comment Re:OAPI = Harassment Group (Score 1) 202

Actually, it did nothing of the sort as far as blocking "harassers" goes. What it did, was that it automatically applied you to the blocklist if you followed Christina Hoff Summers, Adam Baldwin, or Milo Yiannopoulos on Twitter.

Hilariously, Randi received a cease and desist from Twitter because her Perl code was so terribly bad and inefficient at what it was doing that it was causing problems on their end (it was submitting too many pull requests at too rapid a pace on top of the pull requests being too large). She was forced to rewrite how it actually operates.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 385

Reddit is rather stupid in that it counts mobile devices as unique visitors every time they swap network ids, such as when they move from wifi to cell, or from cell tower to cell tower. Even if you are using a verified/registered account, say you swap from your home wifi network to your cell provider, to the wifi network at the coffee shop down the block - you've now just been counted three times as a unique visitor.

Comment Re:i left reddit in protest of bad treatment by mo (Score 1) 385

What's worse is seeing your submission with an actual wrote-out summary, etc in the rejection pile, but see the exact same story get posted hours (and sometimes days) later and it's nothing but a copy-paste of the PR blurb found on one of the sites linked, including all of their spelling mistakes.

Comment Re:It was only a matter of time (Score 1) 385

Shadowbanning was never meant to be used in the corrupt manner it is being used for. It was a tool originally created to help filter out spam bots that at the time were plaguing the site. Now it's simply being used to punish people with the wrong opinions or whatever other whim an admin has on that day.

Comment Re:Mostly because our food is shit. (Score 1) 409

Well yeah, because potatoes are in the same family (Solanaceae) as nightshade and raw potatoes exhibit the exact same alkaloids (at a reduced concentration).

"The family includes the Datura or Jimson weed, eggplant, mandrake, deadly nightshade or belladonna, capsicum (paprika, chile pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, and petunia."

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_