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Comment Re:Neutral vs. naive (Score 1) 204

Rather, they are making a statement that - because of recent revelations - they will no longer be offering an open hand to those officials.

Wait, were you reading the same thing I was?

Therefore, I think it would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a âtime-outâ(TM) and not attend DEF CON this year.

That got the slashdot headline "DEF CON Advises Feds Not To Attend Conference", which got translated to "not allowing U.S. Federal agents to attend".

That's a hell of a lot of drift. Your final sentence was the only remotely supported statement, and that's just because we know they are going to send at least one mole, and probably multiple moles in case one gets outed.

Comment Re:Make a deadline for additions (Score 3, Insightful) 221

Making a new policy like that will not happen in an environment with "feature changes and requests that are expected to be included in this week's package". The expectation is there, and the history is there. Making a huge change like that requires getting everyone to change their expectations.

We don't have enough information to give a diagnosis. What kind of software gets a weekly build, where people expect features to be in that package and usable?

I don't see any testing - commits happen, a weekly build happens, and then what? There has to be some sort of stabilization period where someone is poking at the solution to find problems - whether it's an analyst, QA team, or user acceptance.

We don't know what parts resemble Agile - so we can't say you freeze your sprints, because you may not do sprints. Every week you seem to get to whatever you can - that's not a sprint.

And Agile doesn't have arbitrary deadlines. If you get 5 small requests that you can squeeze in, but your policy is every change pushes the deadline out, you now have 5 days. Deliver early and you undermine your own policy by proving it's arbitrary.

1) There is no testing, and that is resulting in crap releases.

2) Code seems to go live too quickly, it needs time to mature

3) I don't see any analysts in the picture, so it's still a free for all. It might be better, but it's still chaos.

You need to start explaining that this is not how development is done. You have terrible results because there is no process. Developers get blamed because they are apparently the only people responsible for getting anything done.

If anyone wants different results, something has to change, and everyone is going to have to take a hit equally. It won't be equal of course, but if you want to CHANGE the results, you have to CHANGE something. Tell everyone the situation sucks and things are changing, and explain why, from whatever applies above.

Now that you have everyone's attention, and they are feeling like they won't ever get what they want, drop the bomb. Now you have set the stage for "all new stuff takes two weeks". This means two branches - branch on Monday for example, and fixes go into the release branch, and new features go in the new branch. Weekly build comes from the release. Merge nightly. Or skip the two week rule and put in some real discipline.

Comment I have read many books with my Kindle. (Score 0, Flamebait) 298

I have read many books with my Kindle, the large DX e-paper version.

I have read so many out of copyright books, I still don't know what to do with myself. They continue in sites like Project Gutenberg, or any decent search engine with terms found through Wikipedia.

My collection is 100% legit, 100% copyright free in my county, and 100% better than whatever I'm missing out on.

I'm that asshole, the guy who thinks he's the representative, but in reality is the outlier, the person who has no business posting because it does not affect him/her.

But Amazon won a case against Big Ink. They are suddenly the bad guy?

Oh yes, this report was funded by big ink. I invite you to search for DAVID STREITFELD, "He won a 2012 "Best in Business" award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his New York Times stories on fake online reviews." 2012, who the shit gave credence to reviews last year? Calling Rick Romero, who gives a shit about online reviews?

"Streitfeld was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting," - Rick Romero

Sorry, that was Wikipedia, not Romero, but WTF does that mean?

Amazon will sell what you will buy. At the price you will pay. That's capitalism. Are the United States not a capitalistic enterprise? If not, maybe Socialist? Maybe something else?

Pricing is proprietary information. That's capitalistic rhetoric.

One of the few publishers willing to speak his mind about Amazon is Dennis Loy Johnson, proprietor of the Melville House, one of the most interesting new presses since its founding in 2001. Melville had an immediate hit last month with a rediscovered article by James Agee, âoeCotton Tenants.â But as sales slow in the days since publication, Amazon is charging more for it.

Holy shit batman. Someone REPRINTS an article, discovers sales are slow, and INCREASES the price? What the fuck would you do? Put your fist in your Aunt Bea? Hell no, you would charge market price, just like AMAZON FUCKING DID.

The price-tracking site camelcamelcamel shows âoeCotton Tenants,â which lists for $24.95, moving from $16 on Amazon shortly after publication to $19.79 last week before falling back slightly to the current $19.23. If you were a few weeks late getting the news about âoeCotton Tenants,â you paid 20 percent more

20 PERCENT, thati's Nazi pricing. Oh, $19, which I round up to $20, up to $24.95, which I round down to $20? That's a savings of, wait,

JACK

FUCKING

SHIT

.

Oh, cheaper than the bookstore by a price of WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU CHARGE FOR SOMETHING THAT IS OUT OF PRINT?

God dammit, I could have printed 30 novels instead of replying to you.

Comment Re:It's not their data (Score 1, Informative) 88

It is their data. It is their network, to which you are subscribing.

You are using their towers, or the towers they pay to use from other companies. You are using their exit nodes to a landline, if you call one. Every ping, every byte, is their property.

Because of wiretapping laws, and the general unpleasantness of a massive subscriber torch fest, they are not going to do anything with your voice or data.

The metadata, however, packaged on a phone you probably bought from them, processed on an extensive network they paid for, belongs to them.

You generated it, as the customer. It doesn't belong to you - it merely describes you. In horrendously fine detail, such that in my opinion it is a contract violation to store, not to mention process it in any fashion.

Remember - it is your data in the sense that you generated it, and also in the sense that it captures the not-quite-finer details of your day to day living. It is identity theft waiting to happen, and if someone manages to gather that data there should be not just trials and convictions, but hangings and torches in the street.

But the data is not yours.

If you want to own the data, you have to own the network - own the hardware, own the fiber, own the towers. Then it's yours.

Comment Re:Infringer? (Score 1) 128

You misread because of the terrible writing.

YouTube helps maintain some level of access to old songs by allowing those possessing copies (primarily infringers) to communicate relatively costlessly with copyright owners to satisfy the market of potential listeners.'"

The people uploading are infringing, and you can "communicate" with copyright owners by having YouTube identify your upload as protected, and give the copyright owner the option to profit or take it down DMCA style.

The word "primarily" has no business in that sentence. Its only purpose is to suggest that anyone possessing a copy probably downloaded it in the first place, rather than owning it. For rare, out of print, or geographically restricted works, this is probably true. For the average 14 year old making lyrics for a song, this is also probably true. But "primarily" is probably not a true characterization without either more support for the claim or more clarification.

Comment Re:What is this saying? (Score 2) 128

It's saying that because out-of-copyright materials are not protected by copyright, they can be re-printed for a lot less. When Amazon adds mark-ups, they can add more to out-of-copyright products and still undercut copyright protected works, making them more valuable even if there is a limited market.

So this is what the study shows: Amazon prefers to sell non-copyright works. Also, Amazon is a good indicator of availability of all works. Also, Paul J. Heald seems to have a lot more talent for weasel words like "seem to" than critical thinking.

There are piles of better ways to show the problems with copyright - this is not one of them.

Comment Re:NSA muzzles the Press... (Score 2, Insightful) 530

-the NSA is literally threatening journalists with prosecution for espionage for doing their jobs.

That is not "freedom of the press" - that is distributing classified information. Do you know how many reporters spend time in jail for refusing to identify a source? They have freedom, but they are not immune to prosecution.

Just like Rosa Parks did, Snowden broke the law. He is going to be punished, and anyone who keeps spreading the information and is also under the jurisdiction of federal prosecution will be punished, muzzled, or whatever else they can do. Even if the information is already available on every web site on the internet - that doesn't make it legal to distribute, and it doesn't automatically declassify it.

And the NSA can threaten all they want - until someone is arrested, this means nothing. When someone is arrested, it will boil down to one simple question - did that person share classified information? Argue what you want about what should happen, but an illegal act will result in a conviction.

The only way to keep convictions from happening is to keep pressure on all branches of government - and not just from the American people, but from all of the governments who have been spied on - by NSA and GCHQ. Then maybe you will get a response like "our bad - everyone but Snowden is forgiven."

Just where exactly is the line you draw where journalists can break laws without repercussion? Disagreeing with the government? Breaking into your house for dirt? Disobeying a court order? Leaking classified information? Wiretapping and hacking into cell phones? Or is it just whether you agree or disagree with the information found needing to be public?

I'm not taking sides here - just pointing out what is true. If the law requires a minimal standard of "prejudicial to the U.S. interest" then maybe it is the law itself that is wrong.

Don't let it be lost on you that the author has an axe to grind because his first book was forfeited to the US - and has a second book documenting that forfeiture that he wants you to buy. The messenger's personal stake doesn't change facts - but it does cast doubt on anything outside of raw facts - especially this being an opinion piece.

Here is the spark for the piece, apparently:

The conservative Republican Rep. Peter King of New York recently uncorked the genie that journalists fear most, by calling for a crackdown on anyone who gives air time to Edward Snowden and like-minded leakers.

So a Republican representative, typically with a perpetual plank for expanding government overreach, called for a crackdown. Which he, not being in the Executive branch, cannot do anything about. He is asking for people who broke the law to be punished, and obviously taking the side of the Administration in doing so. What has this actually changed? Nothing. Maybe if someone in the Administration had done it instead, or publically agreed, or if there were a number of Representatives and/or Senators who did this as a block, or any number of scenarios outside of an elected official pandering to his voters, this might mean something.

Your conclusion is the most disturbing part. Mainstream MSM media do not cover important news - they publish whatever will get clicks or views. They are not "the press" - they are an information business model with journalist credentials. This has been true about nearly every bit of news of significance since the dawn of the internet, when you could know what news was not being reported.

It is not self-censorship due to threats, because the lack of reporting happened before Rep. King mouthed off. The obvious conclusion here is that newsies are letting the Guardian be the source of actual leaks, non-mainstream media report on those sources, and MSM follows up with news about the "hunt for the traitor" - which really sells to Americans. Perhaps MSM is aware that releasing confidential material is a crime, and are self-censoring because of that. I'm okay with that, because of the whole not committing a crime thing.

The obvious way around such self-censorship in the interest of self-preservation is to leak to someone outside of the US (check), preferably a friendly nation (check), with preliminary teasers in American media announcing leaks to come but no specifics (check). This would have succeeded without the internet - it's just so much faster with.

Comment Re:Well, DUH... (Score 1) 120

You don't love 3D. If you did you would be fascinated by Viewmaster for more than 5 minutes. You would also see the obvious catch 22 - if you love it, but you don't buy the toys to play with it, who is going to make content for it?

If you love 3D, you would realize that there are way more than "Avatar and a few cartoons" available. Lord of the rings and The Hobbit, obviously, along with "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away", "The Great Gatsby", "Prometheus" (which wasn't a great film, but if you love 3D it certainly qualified as entertainment), "Underworld: Awakening", Hugo, and yes, piles of "cartoons" or as I like to call them, the perfect format for 3D. Integrating people with FX has been troublesome for me - Avatar was hard to watch with real people and objects interspersed. I like all or nothing with CGI, because there is no boundary effect. For that reason, the typically well done Pixar movies are great 3D. They are entertaining, and they rarely pull a 3D only gag, because so many parents are going to see it in 2D with their pack of kids because of the ticket prices.

I didn't go into documentaries - Satchurated: Live in Montreal featuring Joe Satriani is an exception to the idiotic 3D concert idea, especially because of its mastering with 7.1 sound. If you truly appreciate performing arts, seeing someone who goes beyond singing adds a whole new dimension, literally, to their talent. For the same reason I would probably skip Peter Gabriel: New Blood - Live in London 3D because there is little value add in watching a singer, whose sound production is internal.

And that's just BluRay - there are lots more not on BluRay, if you really loved 3D. Not counting 2D films changed to 3D in post-production - to me those do not exist.

I have at least one 3D device, and as rarely as I use it, I'm still fascinated by it. I don't have a 3D TV because I missed out on the 3 months between where they were available, and where they came with smart, internet connected everything, which I do NOT want. But I am supporting the format. I have at least two Anaglyph movies. One documentary in Cyan/Magenta, and Coraline with an oddball Magenta/Green that really works for the movie (Trioscopic anaglyph). With the right color temperature settings, even DVD quality, on HDTV, looks great in anaglyph.

You are the reason 3D isn't taking off - if you really liked it you would be part of the niche market. That makes me think you really don't like it as much as you think you do. Which, if true, is equally a reason why you are the problem. A product that people want, but don't buy, is a very expensive flop.

And I don't see any support for "fleecing the uninformed" - what could you possibly tell me that would make me re-consider purchasing a 3D device? Or regret buying 3D tickets? I admit that watching a 3D conversion movie is going to make some people feel taken, but after Alice in Wonderland I think most people who actually care about 3d quality know to look for the "filmed in 3D" qualifier.

Finally, for computer monitors where more processing power is available, head-tracking such as the LG DX2500 can adjust the image as you move, making 3D better. Parallax barrier offers glasses-free viewing. But despite all of the new tech, it's still the same hack as the Viewmaster.

Comment Re:So what's the problem here? (Score 1) 120

You're not talking about 3D - you're talking about a completely different technology which is impossible at the consumer level. 3D has roots back to the 1950's anaglyph, and ultimately back to the early days of stereoscopic viewing.

When the next generation hits, marketing will distinguish it from 3D by calling it something different - maybe holographic, even if it isn't a true hologram.

3D has always been a hack, but if you want it to work better someone has to invent the next generation - so get inventing.

Comment Re:We need a new right... (Score 2) 205

No, the over the air rabbit ears HDTV that I don't have to pay monthly for. That is free to me, and the cost is advertising.

At this point, the consumer sees cable or satellite TV service as something you pay for - not to defray advertising costs, but to have a range of 200+ channels to choose from. You pay the man in the middle for convenience. People are not buying ad-free TV service because it does not exist outside of specific premium channels, where that's exactly what you buy - on top of the service.

GP point still stands - if you buy a service unrelated to media, you should have a right to not suffer advertising that, unless you remove your skeleton, you cannot avoid.

And you object on the triviality that cable companies found out how to milk both ends of the cow? Shame on you. Premium ad-free TV exists, it's just not what you assumed it was.

Comment Re:1988 called, they want their hysteria back (Score 1) 280

They need to focus more on addressing the root causes.

Note, you used the plural "causes". One of those causes is pure crazy - paranoia, schizophrenia, or even temporary insanity like many drugs including bath salts can instill.

There is no cure for crazy, at least not yet. And there will never be a cure for the type of temporary insanity that suddenly wells up into a blind rage like in the movie "Falling Down".

Until you reach every person on the planet who is at risk, you can't cover all of the root causes. And that requires a huge surveillance system - the kind that only exists in the show about the guy with the big computer jacked into all of the city's surveillance systems.

Focusing more will just mean money spent in a different direction.

Do you even know what you are asking for? All it takes is one rogue block of people to decide, taliban style, that they want to make a statement, and there goes your airplane. You are asking for world peace - a total solution to every angry person's reason for disagreeing with any other person in a violent manner. It would be nice, but that's not going to happen. Root causes is too vague.

Comment Re:Lo-Tek Solution (Score 1) 353

Instead of having an anonymous pre-paid credit card that was purchased at a particular store but not tied to you individually, they now have an account number that identifies you as well as you can be identified.

Thanks to money laundering laws and things like Check21 where it's all done electronically, you might as well put your name on every IP packet. It would be easier to find you by your check than figure out which John Smith you are.

Pre-paid still gets processed by the issuer, so you need a processing company other than MC/Visa.

Comment Re:I don't know... (Score 1) 191

No.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

There is a tie among the Constitution, the Laws (aka Congress) and treaties (aka Congress). Break a federal law, and your argument goes out the window, since the supreme laws of the land include the one you broke. Of course, if you have Congress on your side, you have the advantage.

You don't, and it's very unlikely that you will.

Executive orders and such don't matter, or if they do it's because Congress made executive orders effectively have the force of law, and the Constitution is clear that executive power exists, but isn't really clear on what it is. In this case your Supreme Court may decide - but this is an unlikely scenario.

Finally, unless you have some reasonable suspicion that spying has taken place - and not that you stand a good chance of being caught in the NSA dragnet at some point, statistically speaking - you aren't even going to get to the point of a subpoena challenge.

Extremely unlikely, though not completely impossible.

Comment Re:no wonder nobody takes Netflix seriously (Score 1) 66

That's why they wrote apps to lower availability. The anti-fragility thing is a cover invented since the last time the story hit slashdot.

Their availability is in the higher range of reasonable, as a result of making the simians more powerful. Obviously they work hard at staying within the agile metrics, no matter how much time and money it takes.

Comment Re:Rude? Yes (Score 1) 924

Umm, "rudeness" by definition is "practicing a different set of values."

Rudeness to me is starting anything, anything at all, with "umm" or similar.

It is a construct from modern comedies, where the speaker, and the audience, know the speaker is correct. In this forum, you have no such certainty, unless you are ignorant enough to assume you are correct in all things. Already, your attitude toward what is rude is in question, no matter your point. Keep a civil tongue in your head and it will serve you well. Fail to, and you will serve it many times over.

Forgive me if I ignore your point - if it is valid, someone will make it without the antecedant gutteral.

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