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Comment We should send feedback (Score 1) 163

Obviously there is nothing criminal going on, just a conspiracy by a stupid editor. Make up = do. If he wrote manufacture I might wonder but still it isn't proof.
I have an idea, must not be the first to have it though.
When slashdot and other sites (like boingboing) get news stories from syndicators of syndicators etc. in the normal idiotic trickle-down blog syndication and altruistic submitters tree and the article upon intelligent reading is obvious drivel, the end consumers (the conglomeration of all slashdot readers who have read it) should be able to push back in the reverse direction along this tree that it is stupid.
Something like a message, "300 readers of slashdot.org think this article is stupid. Your cred dropped to 50%."
Finally something worthy to vote about!

Comment Deep sim (Score 1) 250

Looks interesting. Would be more interesting if possible to model incomplete rollout and rollout at not just endpoints, IPv6 rollout is another rational/superrational mix, and instead we've got ubiquitous NAT instead, right?
    The mention of inability to do an upload during Skype.. is that true?
    Conceivably a whole-network deep simulation could be updated based on real traffic patterns providing suggestions for network upgrades / additional cross connects, so enduser requirements could drive network buildout not carrier profits. That's cool.
      Not sure if the plan is to bake this into hardware and then allow download new firmware as the network evolves, or have some safe code repository that is compiled at endpoints. I can predict a shitstorm over that..

Comment They will never see it coming (Score 1) 976

The police would be the people most interested in using such a database.
It will mean that if police ever have a reason to visit a tagged property they will be far more likely to use overwhelming force at the slightest provocation.
Since the gun owner will not know he or she is tagged, they will not even know they should tone it down.
This app is going to get someone hurt.

Comment Re:Start here (Score 1) 1145

Personally I find it curious the army would encourage a y2k error, plus if you read it backwards you can confuse day and year.
I use 2013-0527 which is like the Japanese way with only one hyphen, especially on filenames, folders, in todo lists and memo, etc.
This has proven the easiest and least ambiguous format for me and I've naturally sustained it for years now.
Compare that to people who use something like 130527-xxx for all filenames which is nervewracking. Just type two more digits and a hyphen to make it human readable, and be done with it already! (my two cents).
Drawbacks:
Not a default in LibreOffice. Not sure about excel.
Mac OS X doesn't pick it up as am iCal date automatically (how would one add a format?)
No standard way to include day of week. So in a mini calendar (a text schedule of the coming week) I may write MON May 27, etc.

Comment Only 1 key product (Score 1) 416

Seriously Google needs to look at how much shaving off the Do no Evil badge will impair their brand.
Personally there are three products I use and think are important from Google.
1) Google search - best search I know.
2) Being able to ask a query (Google search) through the browser address bar, hence Chrome.
3) Chrome - best browser I know (Mac)

These are very heavily counterbalanced by the very close to evil if not evil level of disregard for / productization of private information.
I also am feeling fatigue from how in your face Google is. If they have a dream of stealing eyeballs from Facebook fatigue well, Google is leading the pack on fatigue - being sold, being networked, etc. If they every happen to make a not-evil service that becomes popular for some group of people, it will be axed in a year. So I have stopped looking to Google for solutions and this has cost them a lot of good will / care about what they do in my book. They constantly cut themselves off at the knees and are becoming more microsoftian each year.

If Google would focus on search and making things useful for people (like for example, contextual help and debugging through a knowledge base and context recognizer running on mac/pc/linux/android) they can do well. But their constant failures in the social and product development realm is a serious distraction. Google needs to reevaluate if they want to be seen as relevant. They don't actually have anything except the ad and phone business that seems worth their billions of cap.

Comment Re:They will see no fallout from the AP wiretappin (Score 1) 318

HEY! If that guy really is suicidal you are committing a crime, you jerk.

You don't have to egg him on. There are plenty of geeks on this board who have been bullied in school and thought of killing themselves at one point or another in their lives. The ones who didn't follow through on it (almost all of them) did so because they came to their senses and found a reason to continue, before they met some total asshole like YOU.

(You may fuck off and die now)

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