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Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 119

1. Agreed that this greed over licensing only harms consumers.

/Oblg. Clueless exec is clueless:

"If you were passionate (about a movie), you've already seen it," he said.

Gee, isn't that precisely the problem in the first place !!! Netflix is so late to the party that they are becoming so irrelevant due to lack of content that they are having a hard time get new subscribers.

This artificial time-delayed release (movie theater first, cable second, streaming third) IS precisely the problem caused by greed over licensing.

2. The study is flawed. How about letting users TAG _which_ content they WANT To see but can't. Then you would actually have relevant data. The study is akin to asking "Which numbers do you like?"

* 2
* 4
* 8

And then going "See, no one likes odd numbers!"


You're only sampling PART of the data!

Region Locking IS price fixing.

Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 5, Insightful) 646

Slashdot is a forum where the majority of users are IT professionals, our brains able to deal with some unbelievably complex problem solving that people outside of IT consider a type of magic. Most of us have been hailed as geniuses by our friends and family.

Stray outside of IT related issues however, and the comments here vary widely from occasionally insightful to completely idiotic. You know it. I know it. Everyone here knows it.

And it's not just us. From Thomas Edison to Richard Dawkins, remove them from their field(s) of expertise and they end up being advocates of really shitty ideas.

The point is Carson is intelligent in his field, but that doesn't make him qualified in anything else. I'm not saying it precludes him from being smart in other fields, but it explains why in many areas he's said some really dumb stuff.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 365

Yes, he should go back and update his book with _actual_, popular, assembly languages. Using _practical_ languages means a student doesn't learn some obscure language that no one gives a fuck about but can _apply_ their skills immediately.

Also, by learning _multiple_ assembly languages the student doesn't pigeon-holed into myopic thinking. By being exposed to multiple languages they see how different design and implementation trade-offs were made.

The day of professors inventing yet-another-language are over. You can teach Theory AND Application, not just "my pet theory".

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Journal Journal: Some post election clarifications 3

1. No, Liberals were not "in a bubble". Our reaction isn't because we were surprised by the Trump victory, we knew there was a chance of one, pretty much every liberal I knew in a swing state voted for Clinton because we knew how close it was. Our reaction post election is horror, not surprise. Insofar as we expected a Clinton win, it was because the opinion polls seemed to suggest that. Those of us who trusted Nate Silver knew there was a one third chance of Trump winning.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

> KDE3's tech had reached a dead-end, there was no way forward there, to keep building a new base was needed. KDE4 had to happen,

WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointer) has been around since 1980 .. yeah, the 80's -- over 30 years.

Design and Implementation a GUI isn't rocket science -- WTF are people doing that they are constantly hacking SO much SHIT into it that they need to throw the whole thing away and start again from scratch?!?!

Comment Re:Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 365

> More like pseudo-assembly than high-level pseudo-code.

It is actually worse then that. You learn some bullshit imaginary assembly language MMIX, instead of a pragmatic real assembly language like 6502, x86, or ARM which you could have immediately tried out. And while an assembler and debugger exist for MMIX this is yet more time you need to waste on some obscure, niche, proprietary language and toolchain.

That said, what The Art of Computer Programming lacks in quality it makes up in quantity.

> and understood it right away from CLR

100% agree that Introduction to Algorithms is a fantastic book! It definitely is on the "short list" of every books a computer programmer should own.

Comment Re:Total Coincidence (Score 1) 355

You have a weird model of investigations where someone needs to prove things before actually investigating. It may indeed prove that nothing can be found here. But the only way to know that is to actually examine facts. Declaring that there's nothing to be found without even looking just makes you look biased.

Anyhow, it's not as if we haven't seen pedos in places of power before. Here's a big list:

I'm not going to claim anyone is guilty of anything without proof. However, anyone who starts yelling and screaming for people to stop looking is just going to make themselves look more suspicious. You don't normally get well-connected media types to all jump on a story like this...

Well there ya go. It's gone past slandering and harassing innocent people and now some nut nearly went on a killing rampage because of this "investigation".

Comment Re:Total Coincidence (Score 1) 355

You have a weird model of investigations where someone needs to prove things before actually investigating. It may indeed prove that nothing can be found here. But the only way to know that is to actually examine facts. Declaring that there's nothing to be found without even looking just makes you look biased.

Actually you have it backwards. If you're law enforcement you need evidence before you start looking, otherwise it's a fishing expedition which courts generally disallow.

The reason is fishing expeditions are usually only used against targets law enforcement doesn't like, and as such they don't get fair treatment. Any marginal evidence they do find gets interpreted as proof, and any marginal crimes law enforcement would have ignored otherwise are pursued full-force as a consolation prize (and as a way to break open the original investigation).

That's why the US constitution has so many restrictions on law enforcement and unreasonable searches, because they target unpopular people more than criminals.

Now none of the people investigating "pizzagate" are law enforcement but the same principal applies. The only evidence of a crime is the fact that you're all desperately digging looking for a crime. Yet you're trying to punish the target in the court of public opinion by implying that they're already guilty.

I'm not going to claim anyone is guilty of anything without proof. However, anyone who starts yelling and screaming for people to stop looking is just going to make themselves look more suspicious. You don't normally get well-connected media types to all jump on a story like this...

The problem is by "investigating" you're accusing people of being pedophiles, and you're fully aware that if the media reports on "pizzagate" you're just going to end up with a lot of people thinking that a DNC pedophile ring is a real established thing.

If you're so desperate for the media to cover pizzagate are you equally desperate for the media to cover Trump being sued for raping a 13 year old girl? Because there's much better evidence for that than anything in pizzagate, but the media generally restrained themselves from heavy coverage since they know the evidence wasn't great.

Comment Re:seek medical help, quickly (Score 4, Informative) 355

You claim certainty that Trump is "...ridiculously unprepared and still doesn't really understand what the job entails." but there is a bit of reality you and others like you still have not yet faced:

Barack Obama had never done a productive thing in his life when elected President.

He had a good academic career, many years of experience as a State Legislator, almost 4 years as a US Senator, and was clearly competent and obviously had a strong grasp of policy.

Still he didn't have sufficient Federal experience and paid for it in his first couple years in office.

Everybody has their opinions about whether Trump is good/evil, right/left (Lots of Republicans fear he is too liberal and Democrat-aligned), etc but the simple fact is that the man is far more qualified to be CEO of the US (The President is the top executive job in the US government, the head of the executive branch)

CEO is a very different position than President.

than Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Bush COMBINED. Trump has been successfully running a multi-billion dollar international corporation through about 40 years of economic ups and downs and shifting legal sands and even across shifting international lines. He has employed tens of thousands of people around the world and has hired and fired, promoted and overseen and monitored hundreds of managers of his many sub units of his vast holdings and has probably more experience in managing a team that manages a complex, hierarchical, distributed entity than ANY US President since Eisenhower.

He's mostly a franchise at this point, licensing his name to other groups to throw on hotels. When he manages things himself bankruptcies and unpaid bills are a typical outcome.

I suspect he's pretty good at real estate, and he may do a decent job of managing his organization, but his chaotic disorganized campaign was a common story line during the election, the most obvious evidence being the two campaign managers he fired and turfing the entire transition team several days after winning.

His managerial abilities are clearly not universally awesome.

He was also caught out many times simply not understanding fairly basic things about different policy areas, what the POTUS did, or even what the constitution said.

Comment Re:Somebody mod this story down (Score 2) 320

That there are Russian shills on the internet is an undeniable fact. That they are on forums steering the conversation when they can is almost assuredly the case- I've seen such cases myself. But that doesn't mean that every piece of right wing journalism is magically fake news nor Russian spies.

There are paid Russian shills for sure, but no matter how extreme I'm always skeptical that any particular poster is a paid Russian shill. As the saying goes, never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, and there is no shortage of stupid people on the Internet.

Comment Re:PropOrNot (Score 3, Insightful) 320

To translate what really happened here is:

The Washington Post was duped by a fake article about fake news, and then other publicans were duped by the Washington Post's article about the fake article about fake news.

Not quite a "fake article", but an article based on a report that used a questionable method for identifying "Russian propaganda".

Basically a site was labelled as distributing Russian propaganda if it regularly posted articles that reproduced current Russia propaganda narratives.

That sounds legit, but the problem is that a lot of anti-establishment sites push the same kind of narratives. A story getting pushed by RT as Russia propaganda might also be pushed by an independent site as their own fight against the establishment. And they get labelled as promoting Russia propaganda, which they technically are, but that wasn't their intent.

Journalism is now completely dead, or at least the kind the mainstream media used to produce. Its all now just lazy he-said she-said bullshit where the only filter is the bias of the Journalists and Publications.

You know I actually thought you were being sarcastic when you wrote that first sentence.

The WP article got some secondary reporting, and then it got questioned, typically by those same secondary sources.

Note the first publication in the summary, Rolling Stone, is considered pretty damn progressive. The WP themselves even commented on the matter, though it a much less direct way than I'd like (hopefully their still refining their follow up piece).

Investigative journalism is now only done by independent folk with hidden cameras, and released on youtube. Thats what exposed Clinton's campaign tactics and voter fraud methods, its what exposed and subsequently destroyed ACORN, and so on.

Ahh, so when you say "investigative journalism" you mean actual fake news.

Comment Re:Total Coincidence (Score 1) 355

Those articles barely touch what's been found and "debunk" claims people aren't making.

You can look here for an actual investigation, rather than an NYT or Snopes article that covers one or two items, ignoring the fact that the random images were on the owner's Instagram (now only existing in archives, imagine that).

Now I'm not going to say that he's a pedophile--that hasn't been proven and you won't find many people seriously claiming that. But there's a lot of damned suspicious stuff and people are still investigating.

You left off Wikipedia. Unless it's been edited since then (which is possible) it had barely any mention of it either. Infogalactic has the real info now. And is the Twitter replacement.

I did read it, it's hilarious.

Keep in mind the goal is to claim that all these DNC bigwigs are in some giant pedophile ring.

And the evidence of this is a DNC fundraiser, who owns Comet Ping Pong, was mentioned in an email by a campaign chair (gasp! a campaign chair mentioning a fundraiser!), which apparently means he's at the centre of a pedophile ring.

There's apparently a second restaurant next door, called Besta Pizza, who had as a logo a stylized picture of a pizza slice that apparently had "pedo symbols" in the logo. Because secret pedophile rings advertising it in their friggin logo is apparently more likely than someone unintentionally making something that reminds you of a super-obscure image.

Now here is where your "actual investigation" comes in with the top rated "smoking gun" article going after not people from the DNC, not the Comet Ping Pong that was super-tangentially connected to the DNC, but a restaurant that happened to be next door to Comet Ping Pong and happened to have a logo that reminded someone of some super-obscure "pedo symbols".

So the "investigation" is a massive "X was accused of Y, and X has some sort of relationship with Z, so Z is guilty of Y." And via this investigation technique they manage to implicate... "Besta World Group" which they can't actually connect to "Besta Pizza"... but two brands in completely different industries on different sides of the planet using the word "Besta" in their name? Oh they must be connected!!!

I'm sorry that is not an investigation, that's someone desperately digging for dirt and failing in spectacular fashion.

Submission + - How Windows 10's data collection trades your privacy for Microsoft's security (

jader3rd writes: PCworld has an article on how Microsoft uses Windows 10 telemetry to improve the security of the end user:

But the telemetry data is used for more than how to improve or evolve Windows. There is an actual security impact, too. Knowledge is power, and in the case of Windows 10, that usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security.

The information collected is used to improve various components in Windows Defender, such as Application Guard and Advanced Threat Detection (these two features are available only to customers with Windows 10 Enterprise with Anniversary Update and Enterprise E5 subscriptions). As Windows 10’s built-in security tool, Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything downloaded or run on the PC. The information from these scans is sent back to Microsoft and used to improve protection for everyone else.

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