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Comment blantant-predator moral honeypot (Score 1) 162

A public act by an organization ignoring robots.txt will only lead to the justification of other organizations ignoring robots.txt.

So what? When DoubleClick argues that they ought to have the same advantages as Archive.org, they'll only manage to look like douchebags reaching their filthy hands into a cookie jar.

It's not always a bad thing to set up douchebag-honeypot moral exemption, even if it does depend on the mass audience (mostly) managing to find two sticks to rub together.

The real solution here is to make the directives in robots.txt more explicit concerning the predatory/non-predatory use cases.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score -1) 210

Bikes don't belong around cars. Bike lanes should be only built on the sidewalks, bikers don't pay neither taxes nor fees to have lanes given to them by the idiotic governments. I say hit every bike that is on the road, do it on purpose, run them off the roads even in bike lanes unless it is a *toll road* and they *paid* to take it.

Comment Re:What a surprise... (Score 0) 40

So if you believe that go ahead, start your own business and see how that works out for you.

Businesses create everything, all products and all services, all salaries and even (unfortunately) all taxes. Without people starting businesses that produce more than the owner can consume there is no economy, there is no trade, there is no specialization. There are no jobs except for constant work to survive *somehow*.

All income taxes, all property taxes, all payroll taxes are paid out of money that businesses generate, literally create by work. There shouldn't *be* any of those taxes, but that is a separate discussion.

Regulations, that you dismiss so easily are not only around accounting. Do you know that businesses around you are *forced* to spy on you by the government that the collectivists brought to power? All business regulations are taxes of-course, they are all costs. Labour laws, how you hire people, how you fire people, how you deal with your clients, there are regulations in everything, it is all permeating and if a government official wants to cause harm to *any* business, he can do so easily. Businesses are *targets* for lawsuits, for government actions *because* businesses make money.

When I sat make money, I literally mean making Monet, as in creating real wealth. Those who create are targets for those who want to take, to steal.

Businesses shouldn't be paying any taxes, individuals can pat some fees, but even individuals shouldn't be paying taxes. Again, a separate discussion. However the really important point to understand is this: if businesses leave, if there are no businesses left you have nothing, not much at all.

Collectivists are making sure that businesses leave. Of course businesses fight back, they pay off to who they are supposed to, it all makes sense, but it is bad policy to structure the society in the way that forces people to fight it. In the long run the mob gets the shaft anyway, being left without a working economy (Venezuela, USSR, Cuba, north Korea, and soon USA), and being left without any individual freedoms at the same time.

The mob votes in the politicians on the promise of stealing from those who run businesses, it is all about jealousy of course. The mob wants what it sees as the luxury that the business owners allow themselves by building working businesses. The mob wants that and gets the politicians to steal. SS, Medicare, minimum wage, labour laws, IRS, The Federal reserve bank (independent from government my ass), FDIC, FHA, FDA, EPA, FBI, DEA, you name it. At the end the economy gets destroyed.

If you become a business owner yourself you will realise what a box you are in, everybody wants to steal from you, the mob and its politicians, the rules set up by the competition through the politicians, the fake money that the Fed manipulates and the fake interest rates... You end up being blamed for the bad economy while basically you are the reason there is any economy at all. So it all makes sense. Do not pay taxes, find every possible way to avoid taxes and regulations, pay off, do whatever needs to be done. The society is a sick, jealous, lazy, collectivist mob and you are on your own against it.

Comment Re:How is Holmes not indicted yet? (Score 5, Interesting) 40

Let's see, how about all these other people (from Wikipedia):

former Secretary of State George Shultz, William Perry (former Secretary of Defense), Henry Kissinger (former Secretary of State), Sam Nunn (former U.S. Senator), Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator and heart-transplant surgeon), Gary Roughead (Admiral, USN, retired), James Mattis (General, USMC), Richard Kovacevich (former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO) and Riley Bechtel (chairman of the board and former CEO at Bechtel Group). ...
The board included past presidents or board members of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry such as Susan A. Evans, William Foege, former director U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, David Helfet, director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery and professors, Ann M. Gronowski, Larry J. Kricka, Jack Ladenson, Andy O. Miller and Steven Spitalnik.

Fabrizio Bonanni (former executive vice president of Amgen), Richard Kovacevich and William Foege, (former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), who would help to publicly introduce its technologies....

there were many people involved there, people with government ties. This con was beautifully done, all the way till the inevitable failure. It may be not so easy just to pin everything on Holmes. The best con men (and women) are those, who are true believers in their own con, I wonder if she was (is) a true believer, did she con everybody else or also herself?

Comment thou shalt not deviate (Score 1) 70

I once read a book by Linda Hill that I personally found amazingly valuable, but only because I was careful not to light any matches, because her presentation was dry, dry, dry.

Because of the Indian incompetence story here on Slashdot this morning, I went to paste a link into my files, and chanced upon a past entry concerning HCL Technologies, a topic that Linda Hill has addressed in video, and soon I found myself watching a clip of hers on YouTube I hadn't seen before.

Linda Hill on empowering young sparks at HCL — July 2016

The problem in India with the educational system is that the system dictates and student repeats. ... We all had to unlearn how we were educated. And the leaders had to unlearn what they thought leadership was about. Because if you grow up in that kind of system, when you're a leader what you think your role is, is that you're supposed to set direction and make sure nobody deviates from it. That's fundamentally how they saw their role.

And here we have this Wikipedia article, where the unstated premise seems to be "Surprise! Derf-derf-derf, Wikipedia doesn't actually practice zero-deviation culture, despite their publicly assigned role as the plastic–pocket-protector paragon of geek dysfunction.

No, instead what we have is this: if a source is broadly flagged as tainted, it becomes open season to replace this source with a better citation wherever and whenever, without expecting significant blow back.

Isn't that leadership enough?

Is the underlying zero-deviation fixation that motivates this story just a tired strawman? Or is this derf-derf strawman meme playing to a real audience?

Well, I personally would run, run, run if I found myself in that audience, because anyone who doesn't is doomed to be soon be looking up at India as the management enlightenment movement that just passed you by with a big whoosh.

Comment Re: My experience... (Score 2) 436

I don't see a problem with this. You want specific levels of error handling? Put it in the spec.


#include "no_abe_normal.h"

If you're not familiar with this convention (it appears you haven't been in this business long enough to hear the pathetic whimpers of Forma L. val d'Ation sequestered away from public shame in an attic antechamber), the "h" stands for "head".

Comment can you do the job? (Score 3, Insightful) 330

Republicans only care about money. Can you do the job? Good. Get to work.

Cutting red tape to ribbons is an intrinsically easier job than building up effective layers of regulation that prevent the public interest being bent over a barrel, while the longest of all possible rubber gloves rummages around for the better part of a trillion dollars.

Evidently, no money was harmed in the operation.

The job, as I see it, is a little harder to accomplish, once you concede that there is such a thing as effective regulation, though it's yet far from a science; science also being a discipline where time after time ones best efforts fall short, and yet one perseveres.

In the best case scenario, even after regulation becomes more of science, it will still be double hard: hard to do and hard on the ego.

Kind of makes a guy want to double down on only caring about money, setting oneself up on a lavish private beach, and watching the glorious Egos soar.

Comment Re: Forget the graphic cards... (Score 1) 92

Now obviously something was wrong with the polling data.

Because why? Because popular opinion has guaranteed monotonic convergence? At a guaranteed quadratic convergence rate?

Just what part of "moving target" is so hard for people to understand?

Candidate A shits her pants at the front of the boat. Everybody rushes to the back of the boat.

Candidate B begins barfing up a taco bowl. Everybody rushes back to the front of the boat.

Blather. Foam. Repeat.

The only reason Trump won is because on the day of the election, there were more disgusted voters headed to the back of the boat than the front of the boat.

Polls, especially rolling meta polls, have an intrinsic lag of two to four days. I clearly saw on the 538 graphics momentum building toward the rear bulkhead as we rounded into election day. After I extrapolated the trend a few days forward to compensate for polling lag, I was not surprised by the final outcome.

There was more than enough disgust in both directions to support either outcome. Another Billy Bush tape in the final week could easily have turned the tide. This was not a normal election where the polls were tracking a slow convergence of the undecideds. The polls were tracking a mad (and futile) scramble for the voters to distance themselves from whichever paragon of disgust was recently the most salient.

Moving target. The polls were no less instantaneously accurate than they've ever been. They just don't work very well when neither candidate has a redeeming feature, and the electorate goes into orbit around a positive pole in the complex plain.

How is this even remotely difficult to comprehend?

From where I sit, it's all bog-standard Electoral Engineering for Dummies, 101.

Comment Re:"Disruptive" (Score 1) 56

I'm a card-carrying Goldman Sachs conspiracy theorist. I really do think they systematically rig the market to their ultimate advantage, one ballsy five- or ten-year bamboozle after another.

Their main obstacle is that it's very hard to fool people twice with the same bullshit, so there always has to be a new fundamental disruption lurking around the next corner. I don't yet know what AI really is, but I sure know it's covered in fleece.

A sure tell is the narrative of nested boxes: each shiny thing within the dark thing is ever an order of magnitude more disruptive, more profound, and more lucrative.

The innermost thing is so brilliant, set against such a dark background (exponentially dark, by the miracle of multiple contrast-enhancing frames), it blinds you altogether.

Comment Oh no! (Score 2) 478

Someone is wrong on the internet! And now all those random anonymous people who post on IMDB mean I'll never watch another movie again!

If IMDB was so important to the success of a movie wouldn't there be evidence of every major hollywood movie being hyped there by millions of paid shills?

Comment motes on mute (Score 2) 1220

The only flaw I can find is when Jupiter ignites there is a sound, which of course there wouldn't be.

This is one of the most ridiculous memes ever. Sound is a mechanical vibration, and Jupiter probably vibrates like hell after it ignites.

What people mean is that there is no direct transmission of physical sound waves through the vacuum of space.

Snooping Through Walls with Microwaves
Laser microphone

On 25 August 2009, U.S. Patent 7,580,533 was issued for a device that uses a laser beam and smoke or vapor to detect sound vibrations in free air ("Particulate Flow Detection Microphone based on a laser-photocell pair with a moving stream of smoke or vapor in the laser beam's path"). Sound pressure waves cause disturbances in the smoke that in turn cause variations in the amount of laser light reaching the photo detector.

Or you could drop a few thumb-sized motes.

I like 2001, the Russian Solaris, and A Scanner Darkly.

Blade Runner and Alien were better than a jab in the eye.

If we further widen the net to include Space Fiction, The Wrath of Kahn rocks; while A New Hope and WALL-E both have their moments.

If we further wide the net to include any form of thematic overlap, I'd include The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, the first Back to the Future, the first Iron Man, select chunks of The Terminator franchise, RoboCop, Young Frankenstein, Dr Strangelove, and certain aspects of The Fifth Element. One might even include the sensibility of Tree of Life or Hugo.

I'll also give an honourable to The City of Lost Children, because I would actually rewatch that movie. Can't recall much of anything about the plot (not usually a good sign), but there's plenty of there there in other regards. In a pinch, I could rewatch Dune as an entertaining car wreck.

Unfortunately, much of the rest of the canon only serves to rouse my appetite without entirely beddin' her back down.

Note that I did not exclude any Spielberg movies by accident. If I had to rewatch one, it would be THX 1138. Spielberg is so sentimental, I'm soon humming Indian Love Call and wishing it would work.

On my list as the least science fiction film ever made would be the original Matrix. Perhaps the humans harvested for their cerebellar electricity was a satirical neoliberal talking point adapted from Ayn Rand.

Comment Re:Abusive monopoly mad, news at 11. (Score 1) 92

I don't waste my time digging up facts for you anymore;

You didn't bring up a single fact at all. It's your speculation; it's your guess. These are not facts.

when I do, you break out the insults.

And in this thread, please point out a single insult that I levied.

Me? I simply referenced your username. You want facts? You picked the name and that's a fact.

This is what you said: "In the mean time, your username remains as apt as ever." Do you stand by your words?

Beyond that, an opinion can neither be lroven nor disproven and we will see what you call my "opinions" either proven or disproven during the trial.

Opinions can be wrong; if your opinion is that the Earth is flat; you're wrong. If your opinion is that the Earth is a sphere, you're still wrong. If your opinion is that the Earth is an oblate spheroid, you are still wrong but you are closer to being correct.

I may have my facts wrong, but they're certainly not opinions.

The problem is not that you have opinions; it's that you seem to assert that they are the truth.

Comment Thomas Voss on GUI by centerfold (Score 1) 191

Interview: Thomas Voss of Mir — October 2014

Obviously there are disadvantages to having only one graphics language, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. ... Android made the same decision to go that way. Even Wayland to a certain degree has been doing that. They have to support EGL and GL, simply because it's very convenient for app developers and toolkit developers — an open graphics language. That was the part that inspired us, and we wanted to have this one graphics language and support it well. And that takes a lot of craft.

So, once you can say: no more weird 2D API, no more weird phong API, and everything is mapped out to GL, you're way better off. And you can distil down the scope of the overall project to something more manageable. So it went from being impossible to possible. And then there was me, being very opinionated. I don't believe in extensibility from the beginning — traditionally in Linux everything is super extensible, which has got benefits for a certain audience.

If you think about the audience of the display server, it's one of the few places in the system where you've got three audiences. So you've got the users, who don't care, or shouldn't care, about the display server.

How is it that I never fall into the category of people described as "users"?

Does what I do for ten hours a day, every day, not fall into the semantic category of "using"? Me, and everyone like me? How do we always find ourselves filed under "a certain audience"? Well, this "certain audience" is today crying no giant room-temperature crocodile tears—neither any small, steamy gnat tears.

Here's the underlying problem: "user", as fantasized by far too many software developers, is the centerfold normalization of real womanhood.

Comment Re:No Human Element? (Score 1) 81

I thought Poker was a game of understanding your opponents not only based on past actions with cards but also by looking at facial expressions, body language and determining whether or not they have a good hand. Along with that, a big part is developing subtle gestures to throw your opponents off.

Hollywood much?

Also, cops fight crime mainly by experience tragic science field trips in early childhood.

Here's a pro tip. If the actors are loving it, it has probably had the living Snopes kicked out of it, supposing there was any at all to begin with.

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