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Comment Re:Maybe this will provoke more thought before pri (Score 1) 1435

The potential for setting up owners for thefts and break in's should have been thought provoking enough to make a writer and an editor think twice.


should have been thought provoking enough to make a writer and an editor think twice.

That's a little bit better...

make a writer and an editor think

Ah! Well, there's your problem.

Comment Re:The difference (Score 1) 1435

Those two phrases, "untrained" and "certified" are entirely contradictory. You are a complete fool if you believe that you can get a concealed weapons permit in ANY US state without taking a state-approved training program and being evaluated by the state's Highway Patrol.

Please educate yourself to prevent further embarrassment.

Comment Re:Compare and Contrast Arguments (Score 1) 1435

It is still hypocritical. So, going by your Prius example, regardless of what I need in a vehicle, it's okay for the government to force me to use a Prius? If I need to move a refrigerator, I better buy a shitload of tie-downs and hope the roof of my Prius holds up? If I need to move a few dozen 2x4s and some plywood, I should just pop open the back hatch and drive with some giant wood between my legs? I can't drive a pickup truck that's much more suited to the things I need to do, because the government says I can't... yeah, that holds up great. That sounds totally practical.

While we're at it, why don't we have the government reduce our lives down to the most basic utilitarian values? Everybody wears grey tunics - no more designer clothes. Everybody goes to the same schools. Nobody can spend a little more for a better education. Everybody eats a crude, tasteless paste that contains essential nutrients. No more fancy meals for those well-to-do fatcats! It will be a utilitarian paradise where nobody is left out because everybody is the same - and we shall call it, Fairville!

Nice try with the strawman, but as you can see, I'm capable of it, too. I don't advocate silencing the WBC despite the fact that I find their message tasteless and hateful, and see them only as a vile attempt to troll for lawsuits. But don't let facts get in the way of your ridiculous strawman.

Comment Re:Wait, what?? (Score 5, Insightful) 91

Yes, because this absolutely, positively, most certainly prevents you from installing software from any other source.

Oh, wait, no it doesn't. All it does is allow you to download pre-compiled binaries from a central source. You are still able to pull the source code from the project and view/compile it yourself. So tell me, how does this violate the spirit of open source software? Or are you just inherently afraid of anything called an "App Store"?

Comment Can A Charity Give Away Its Money? (Score 1) 95

I have a legal question I'd like answered by any Slashdot lawyers. Even the IANALs will suffice, just chime in if you have some insight.

The EFF is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In order to avoid taxes on the donations, I assume this new Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) will also register as a 501(c)(3) or similar charitable organization.

Now, here's the kicker. I know most charities operate by taking donations and using those donations to provide goods or services to their target recipients. The Red Cross gives out meals and blankets to disaster victims. Family Planning charities hand out birth control to low-income women. But does the law allow them to just hand out cold hard cash?

This charity receives money from donors, and that's perfectly legal. But is it legal for them to turn around and distribute that money to third parties who are not registered charities themselves? Is it legal for them to disburse charity funds to a non-charitable business entity where no exchange of goods or services has taken place? Is it legal for them to disburse money directly to individuals?

I think if they play this too fast and loose they might find themselves out of money and out of a charity.

Comment Focus on the arts (Score 2) 49

Don't dilute your camp's offerings with excessive technology. If parents are sending their kids to summer camp, it's because they want them to get OFF the computer, get active, and learn about the arts. Video game design is not an "art".

I believe today's generation of children needs even greater exposure to the real arts like music (orchestral and choral, not the shit they hear on the radio), dance (ballet and tap, not that "high school cheerleader dance team" bullshit), theater, etc. I'd understand if you wanted to add a very in-depth Photoshop/graphic design program as that's moreso art than it is technology, but iOS game design is hardly something a parent would consider "art" when camp registration rolls around.

Comment Um, 10 years ago was 2002. (Score 1) 255

Please don't mourn the loss of poorly-animated American flag GIFs on pastel blue backgrounds adorned with horrible ClipArt.

Please also don't wish back into existence webrings or link exchanges.

You can long for another GeoCities if you really, really want, but why? Does it mean that much to you to have a few extra million shitty web pages out there with orange "Under Construction" banners and 200 pictures of someone's favorite anime character? Besides, nowadays you can't even twirl a lolcat by its tail without hitting some kind of "free web hosting" site. Sure, they might stick an ad or two on your page, but so did Geocities, and even though people raged and bleated about how the evil overlords were trying to make their money back, they still used GeoCities for years to come.

Stop mourning the loss of inconsequential shit that's old and obsolete. That's what hipsters pay good money to do (ironically enough).

tl;dr: Everything in this article is either still around, or has been replaced with something very similar.

P.S. The author's name is "Anil Dash". Wow... probably sucked to be him in middle/high school.

Comment Yes, No, Maybe (Score 1) 544

Yes because it's true that employers sometimes see increased technology spending as an alternative to hiring more staff. ("We'll just buy you a laptop and cell phone and you can work from home in the evenings, too! That way we won't need to hire someone else to help you get everything done during the 8-5 workday.")

No because there will come a point where businesses and their managers will realize that you can't just buy a magic box from Best Buy, plug it into the wall, and generate profit from your hindquarters. You'll need staff that know how to manipulate the Hot New Thing(TM) and make it do what you want. And so, wherever there is a new and complex technology that someone can use to make money but doesn't quite know how, there will always be an opportunity for someone who knows about this new and complex technology to make money managing it for other people.

And finally, I say "Maybe" because it's a given that some technology makes things easier on technical employees, so some burden is lifted, but at the same time that burden is replaced with additional responsibility, usually coming from a position that has just been "permanently vacated"... It's an endless cycle. "This technology makes managing our infrastructure easier, so we don't need as many people to manage our infrastructure. But now we need people to manage the technology that manages our infrastructure. And now we need middleware so it plays nicely with our accounting software..." and on, and on, and on.

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