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Comment Bias and stupidity in slashdot mod system (Score 0) 299

Slashdotters are so biased re nuclear power, I now get less mod points because some asshat who disagreed with me modded my nuclear power related posts as troll and flamebait - Any opposing view is flamebait to a person who is fanatical enough in their opinion, so that shouldn't affect mod points.

So if you don't agree with the consensus, shut-up or you don't get mod points.

Comment Re:EULAs (Score 1) 384

My cousin bought a 2nd hand playstation from ebay, it turned out to be permanetly banned from the PSN. Most if not all of the games wanted to connect to PSN and would not work even in single player mode which practically makes the Playstation a brick, she already has a DVD played and a PC so the Playstation is completely useless.

Let this be a warning - never buy 2nd hand consoles, never buy sony and be very careful when buying 2nd hand games, films, etc from now on.

Not everybody can afford or has the time to attempt a million+ dollar lawsuit with a conglomerate.

Comment Re:How does!!!!!!! Its!!! (Score 1) 238

Ok, you win the word 'its', I mistakenly thought an apostrophe should be there to mark ownership.

As for 'Does the CIA' or 'Do the CIA' - both are correct, although as I think of the CIA as being a group of people and not a single entity, 'Does the CIA' sounds wrong to me as an English person.

So the correct term can also be:
'How do the CIA keep their IT staff honest?'

See:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_plural-singular.htm

Comment Re:How does!!!!!!! Its!!! (Score 1) 238

'No-one' is in my Collins dictionary so I'm going to continue using it.

CIA's staff are their staff, note the apostrophe there has nothing to do with the word 'is'.

For example: The dog ate it's food. I painted my house's door.

The CIA is not a single entity it is a group of people (Like they)!!!!!!!!!!

How Does they Keep their IT Staff Honest?
How Do they Keep their IT Staff Honest?

Comment Vague rubbish. (Score 1) 228

Article is very vague and made up of vague anecdotes, none of the research seemed to be empirical or scientific in any way.

Overall it's rubbish.

Researchers often showed users how to achieve their goals - this IMHO means the OS has failed because the user couldn't find their way without assistance. In reality this would of entailed lots of frustration and swearing as things didn't work as expected.

Comment Vague (Score 1) 1

Article is very vague and made up of vague anecdotes, none of the research seemed to be empirical or scientific in any way.

Overall it's rubbish.

Researchers often showed users how to achieve their goals - this IMHO means the OS has failed because the user couldn't find their way without assistance. In reality this would of entailed lots of frustration and swearing as things didn't work as expected.

Comment Wrong (Score 1) 1

The whole point of Youhavedownloaded.com is not to shame people, or catch someone doing something bad. It's to demonstrate that the ip collection methods that are being used by anti-piracy groups to sue people, are unreliable."

No, Sorry but it doesn't say anything of the sort on the original site, the site clearly is trying to name(or ID) and shame and it appears to be using faulty methods to do that.

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Submission + - Google Used its 'Mad Men' in Google+ Testimonials

theodp writes: Reuters reports that the growing importance of social networking to Google is reflected in its 'L' Team (short for Larry's Team), the influential group responsible for plotting the search giant's strategic priorities. Earlier this year, Google CEO Larry Page tied 25% of Googlers' annual bonuses to the success of Google's social strategy in 2011. So it's not too surprising that Google recently released online and TV commercials providing testimonials from Google+ users to encourage web users to consider the benefits of the platform. What may surprise some is that Google tapped its own 'Mad Men' — internal and external ad agency types — to portray happy Google+ users in testimonials for its more-like-real-life social network. For example, in the ad Larry Page shared to introduce Google+ Pages (video), the loyal bike shop customers hanging out include Google Creative Lab employees and ad agency staffers. And the cast of 'Sharing But Like Real Life' (video), which aired during the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game, featured a number of Google advertising and marketing staffers. Google+ users in 'Search' (video) also sport the same names as real-life Googlers. And in 'Circles Love Story' (video), in which the guy gets promoted from the girl's unfortunately-named 'Creepers' Circle to her 'Keepers' Circle, the cast coincidentally shares names with individuals tied to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a reported Google hired-gun. Google no doubt knows where to draw the line so they do-no-FTC-evil. Still, one wonders how the ads would sit with the FTC's Mary Engle, who last year warned 'Advertisers should not pass themselves off as ordinary consumers touting a product, and endorsers should make it clear when they have financial connections to sellers.'
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Submission + - False Accusations from Youhavedownloaded.com data 1

bs0d3 writes: Youhavedownloaded.com has sprung some popularity in the past week, in part because it appears to make hypocrites out of anti-piracy officials and organizations. Before we go on and on, naming a new person to shame with their ip getting caught; and I think we've caught enough of these for now. We have to ask how credible this information really is. Many trackers like OBT and those powered by similar software, generate random ips in torrent swarms to create a sense of plausible deniability for accused bittorrent users. Additionally many fake trackers that are used generate countless random ips to "spoof" torrent stats and make fake torrents appear to be more popular than they really are. The whole point of Youhavedownloaded.com is not to shame people, or catch someone doing something bad. It's to demonstrate that the ip collection methods that are being used by anti-piracy groups to sue people, are unreliable.
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Submission + - Googlers Offer $33M for Use of NASA Airship Hangar

theodp writes: 'I wanna be a billionaire, so freakin' bad, buy all of the things I never had.' The Mercury News reports that NASA is considering an offer from Google's billionaire founders to provide '100 percent' funding to save Hangar One. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have, through a company they control, proposed paying the full $33 million cost of revamping Hangar One, once home to the Navy's giant airships at Moffett Field, in return for use up to two-thirds of the floor space of the hangar to house their fleet of eight private jets. In October, the Googlers struck an agreement with NASA Ames calling for the use of their 'co-located' Alpha fighter jet to, among other things, help NASA mitigate wildfires and study global warming.

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