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Comment Re:what? (Score 3, Informative) 135

"He was paid well to provide software that functioned to the defined spec, and he failed to do that."

Not correct at all. The software (apparently) worked well according to the original specification. Then they extended their business to open new branches, but did not adequately update the software. Not a problem of the programmer, but a problem of change management. You could just as well complain that your toy tricycle is not safe on the highway - possibly quite correct, but it's your fault if you are operating it outside its specification ("use only by children up to 30 kg on the sidewalk"), not the tricycle engineers problem.

Comment Re:Democracy (Score 1) 155

Facebook has three classes of shares:

Class A-- held by most of the public, one vote per share
Class B-- held by company insiders, ten votes per share
Class C-- to be issued in the future, zero votes per share.

This structure will allow Zuckerberg to issue as many shares as he wants, without diluting his ownership of the company.


Comment Re:Why do Slashdot users continually defend hacker (Score 1) 54

Most of us have come to accept that black hats will never be punished, because on the internet it's very easy to involve multiple unfriendly countries in a crime, and when you put American and Russian agents on the same case it's very hard to get them to stop playing "my country has the biggest dick therefore I'm in charge" and start cooperating to catch the black hat. There's a subtle difference.

Comment Re:Winter? (Score 1) 249

You might want to check up on Sweden. HA is run by immigrants. The liberals want to have sex with the corpses of their relatives and pets. Everyone is a rapist and/or terrorist and the police is scared to leave the police stations. Sweden is like a country the anti Christ would build.

Have you ever been to Sweden? Or do you get all your information from neo-nazi blogs? If an Antichrist built Sweden, it's the one from Heinlein's "New Book of Job".

Comment Re:I don't (Score 2) 507

Because if you buy a TV for picture quality and non-smart features (4k, deep color, whatever), you'll probably end up with 'smart' just because it's the default now. 'Dumb' is getting hard to find in the middle market segment, it's either $10k audiophile grade nonsense, or $199 Walmart specials that aren't 'smart' because they're still using a chipset from 2008.


Pornhub Launches Bug Bounty Program With Rewards Up To $25,000 ( 77

Mickeycaskill quotes a report from TechWeekEurope UK: Pornhub is launching a bug bounty program for security researchers and pornography enthusiasts who are able to identify flaws on its platform. Hunters will be paid a minimum of $50 for each vulnerability discovered, with up to $25,000 on offer for particularly vicious flaws, although the site notes that 23 reports have already been resolved. Successful applicants to the scheme will need to be the first person to responsibly disclose an unknown issue, which the Pornhub security team has 30 days to respond to, and up to 90 days to implement a fix base on the severity of the report. However there are some restrictions, such as users not being allowed to carry out Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Pornhub, or even carry out physical attacks on the company's offices or data centers. Social engineering tactics are also not allowed, such as phishing attacks against Pornhub employees, and researchers are not allowed to compromise user accounts.

Comment Re: We should never expect or accept tracking (Score 1) 206

Using the Internet is optional. Just ask most of the world.

So is survival. Just ask most of the world.

In practice, there are services without which life in a modern society is, while not impossible, at least highly impractical. Things like water toilets and, indeed, the internet. By using them you do not automatically consent to all avoidable negative side effects.

Comment Re: We should never expect or accept tracking (Score 2) 206

Also, if you want to keep your interests private, DON'T USE THE INTERNET. Every http request you send to a server has to know where to send the response to. From the beginning that has shown up in the server logs. That's the way the web works. Everything else is a natural evolution of that simple fact. You already should assume that the NSA is hoovering up everything, including not just your net history but your phone calls. Since you're on the net, you've already accepted that you don't have privacy; you're just not willing to say it.

If you don't want to be murdered, don't ever get born. Your body is fragile, and every day you are interacting with a potentially deadly environment. You should always assume that the FBI or the KGB or the Mafia or your looney neighbour could kill you at will. It's just a natural evolution of the fragile nature of life.

Or, in other words, we create a regulatory framework of laws and social conventions to supplement nature. We don't need a parliament to decide which way gravity pulls us, or if water is wet. That we get for free.

Comment Re:dont know (Score 4, Informative) 254

I believe the submission is asking, not from a legal perspective (which won't be decided here in any case), but from an ethical one. It does seem to me that the photographer is trying to take advantage of the situation. If he accepted payment of X for 2 years of use, accepting the same or less (no more work involved) for an addition 2 years seems appropriate. OTOH, if the photo is so good that it the customer wants to continue using it, perhaps they should pay more. But my suspicion is that, if he wanted more, they'd be perfectly happy to have someone else take a new photo, and probably a "work for hire" so they could use in perpetuity. Long story short, they owe him something which is closer to the original payment than to the extortionist amount he seeks. Individual against corporation shouldn't matter, sentiment around /. seems to be against extortion when it's corporation against individual. This isn't any different, other than the parties being reversed. So, is the answer based on ethics/principles, or on "screw the big guy?"

Did anybody actually read the original article (link to non-mobile version with images) in Der Standard? First, the photographer does not want 2 million from the hotel chain. The total estimated value of the copyright violation, including third parties, is 2 million. The current offer to settle is 1 million (plus legal fees, which are relatively reasonable in Austria) from Hovarth, and the hotel has already upped its offer to 400000. At stake is not simply that the hotel has used the photos for the intended purpose for longer than licensed, but rather that they have given out the high-resolution originals (claiming they own the copyright) to third parties for promotion - leading to one or the other of the photos to end up on 170 magazine covers and in newspapers like the New York Times, El Pais, and the The Telegraph.

Comment Re:Go ahead and commit suicide Europe (Score 1) 491

but that doesn't mean he has to be tortured What torture? What he is experiencing doesn't even register on the scale of torture. Solitary confinement is a human rights violation. No, it's not. It serves two purposes. 1) to prevent people like him from harming others as they have already done and 2) prevent others from harming him because of what they have done.

Experts disagree. Solitary confinement isn't punishment. It's torture [...] The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has specifically condemned Woodfox’s treatment as torture and called on the United States to eliminate the use of prolonged isolation. As discussed, solitary confinement inflicts psychological injury on inmates subjected to it for more than a brief period of time.156 Though such suffering may be mental rather than physical, the punishment is still likely to be found "severe" under international laws prohibiting torture. [...] Solitary confinement use in the United States contravenes international law because it fulfills all four elements of torture.

But as always, it's easy to be generous with other people's money.

The Norwegian tax payers overall seem to be very happy with the system. Maybe because it works. Or maybe because they are understand international human rights standards.

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