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Comment YouTube as a criminal enterprise? (Score 3, Interesting) 89

Here's a simple trick. Search for some popular show on YouTube, such as "Bill Maher Real Time" and then select the filter for "Upload date". Your results will include lots of pseudo-pirate computer-pwning hits.

These accounts are created constantly on YouTube and this has been going on for many years. A typical account will have lots of videos that are supposed to be the popular shows, but each video just says YouTube blocked the video and promises the suckers that they can get the actual videos by following the links and installing the software to pwn their computers into zombie networks. Generally annoying, but it especially bothers me that a lot of these videos are popular with children, and targeting innocent children strikes me as a higher level of EVIL, even for the monster that the google has become.

There are some obvious countermeasures, but rather than implement any of them, YouTube has chosen to tolerate, perhaps even encourage, this situation for some years. My conclusion is that YouTube believes they are deriving profits from supporting these criminals. (Perhaps they're selling them bandwidth?) I don't think google employees are naive and innocent as the children who are getting victimized, and it would make me a bad person to hope that their own kids click on the links.

Just reading Googled , another history of the google with emphasis on the "Don't be evil" thing. I think that google needs to hire a chief exorcist.

Comment No mention on NHK in Japan? (Score 1) 82

Just watching another news program and sort of disappointed it didn't get any coverage. The last few days had quite a bit of coverage about a new and quite small orbit-capable rocket, though the payload is quite small, on the order of 3 kg. There were several stories before the launch, and then some reports of the failure. (The early reports suggest a telemetry failure?)

Comment Re:That's not how it works... (Score 1) 221

I quite agree with your opening, though I would go farther. I would even say that good ideas are plentiful, practically an inexhaustible resource.

The rest of your reply shows a highly fractured interpretation of what I wrote, but I'm getting quite accustomed to people twisting things to their own mental convenience (and on my interpretation I've largely discounted your reply as unrelated to what I actually think, even if I wrote unclearly (which I doubt)). On Slashdot that twisting often involves burning straw men arguments. I certainly don't think "complete" is equivalent to "perfect". Or perhaps I should just agree with you that there is no "perfect", even in project proposals. No skin off my nose since it has no relation to my suggestion. Well, on second thought I admit it would be nice if the project proposals were perfect, but I certainly have no such expectation. I think the metric of sufficient goodness would be that enough people want to support the project. (One obvious response to a proven lack of funding is to improve the proposal and try again.)

Perhaps it would be better to suggest that my presentation could be taken as a constructive suggestion to improve some of the flaws in crowd funding? At least all of the crowdfunding websites I've investigated suffer from problems that might be addressed by this approach to adding accountability. The problem I have with that suggestion is that I'm approaching the problem from the perspectives of modular software design and cost recovery, with various tweaks such as the metric of a successful architect or lawyer applied to programmers who choose to adopt it. There is quite a bit of research that supports the claim that people enjoy their work more when they have more control over it, and even though some people claim they care only about the salary. (There's also a chronological problem in that most of my suggestion predates my first encounter with Kickstarter.)

Or maybe you are upset that I reject the purist (and non-monetary) philosophy of Stallman? Sorry, but I don't think a pledge of poverty is the only way to be a better person. (Amusingly enough, one part of my suggestion was strongly influenced by a constructive email exchange with rms himself, but so far there is no credit to be shared. Actually, based on that exchange, he'd probably reject it.)

As I see it, the real problem is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, but only in the literal sense. The idiomatic interpretation is quite misleading. These days I have become so casual I just find it amusing to watch the world spin along its increasingly crazy course. #PresidentTweety, for example.

Not sure if you regarded it as a constructive suggestion about hiring contractors, but if you are so wealthy, then I'm glad to send you my congratulations. Even more so if the congratulations would get some money donated to some cause that might make the world better.

Comment Re:Gender change as collateral damage? (Score 1) 347

Your point being? No connection that I can figure out to my comments or my concerns, but I guess I can count your rudeness to other people as additional evidence of your troll status.

I regard this so-called discussion as pointless and closed, and I'll dismiss further comments as some form of masturbation along the lines of your deep concern with other people's sexual problems.

Comment Re:That's not how it works... (Score 1) 221

That's a broken financial model. The intersection of people with the capabilities, ideas, enthusiasm, and available time is extremely small. Actually, the highly skilled people are least likely to be available because they are most likely to be working already.

My apparently crazy idea is that we need better financial models first. My favorite pipe dream is a kind of a crowd-funding model around clear project proposals. The proposals could be hammered out in group discussions, but the projects should be complete in terms of resources (such as people), budget, schedule, test plans, and, to my way of thinking most importantly, success criteria. At that point people who are interested in using the software would be able to buy "charity shares", and if enough people agree to make the budget, then the project would get the money and charge forward. The donors would get to use the software and even be listed as donors (if they want to be).

Why would programmers want to do it that way? For more control over their own work, either in helping to prepare project proposals they want to work on or in picking projects they want to join.

In case it isn't obvious, I think the same approach could even be used for such websites as Slashdot, though you need to add more project types. Not just feature development, but also ongoing costs and support projects are needed. The system should be designed so that an unfunded feature is only partly disabled, but without breaking the entire system.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 272

Snowden embarrassed the Obama administration. As much as I think he should be pardoned and let back onto US soil, Obama won't do it. Trump certainly won't either.

Lets live in reality people.

After reviewing all of the "insightful" moderated posts, I was saddened that this tidbit was one of the best. Talk about shallow insight. *sigh* The lack of "funny" posts was also evidence of the departure of the wits of yore.

Also did a bunch of searches for rational argument for or against the pardon, using a bunch of keywords. Only one feint anywhere near the actual topic. Yeah, I admit Nixon's pardon really broke the mold and invalidated any notion of rules or precedents limiting presidential pardons. Still, that isn't too important as regards Snowden.

I'm convinced Snowden is a sincere whistle-blower and a patsy who was spotted and manipulated by relying on his high principles. On that basis, he did not release (to the journalists) any information that the NSA hadn't decided to release. Watching out for moles is really HIGH on the list of priorities, and if they didn't spot Snowden as a potential risk LONG before he did anything, then there is NO competence within the NSA, and I can't believe that.

I'm convinced they keep track of suspicious employees, where "suspicious" in this context basically means "highly principled". As soon as any such employee starts doing anything like collecting information, they switch the universe to "reveal" exactly what they want to reveal. Some of it is legit, some of it is disinformation, but NONE of it is anywhere near the really dark parts of the NSA. Everything Snowden saw was stuff they were quite willing to reveal, largely for the intimidation value. I'm not saying Snowden is stupid, but in this case he was played as a special kind of useful idiot.

Now there was one more step involved. They wanted to make a major example of Snowden, but Putin interfered. Not for the benefit of the USA. For Putin's own purposes.

By the way, I have a little prediction. I think Snowden is about to be arrested and delivered to #PresidentTweety as a little inauguration present. He's outlived his usefulness and even become something of an embarrassment. The spin is about to tear your head off.

Disclaimer: I must be nuts. I even think that China may decide to take advantage of the apprentice to seize Taiwan. Talk about a golden shower of opportunity.

Comment Re:Not Pardon, only Commute Sentences (Score 1) 347

I'm sorry, I mistook you [3785311] for someone who was looking for a sincere discussion with some relation to reality. Now that I recognize you for a troll, do you expect me to care if you are sincerely insane or just paid to act like it?

I would say that the discussion is pointless and closed, but now I realize that it never existed in the first place.

Comment Re:Gender change as collateral damage? (Score 1) 347

Well, apparently this is an important issue to you, but I was just articulating why it was not important to me. Perhaps I lack sympathy, since I've never felt that much concern about my gender identity? My fuzzy understanding is that these things are supposed to be something of a spectrum, and I felt that the ad hominem attack based on Manning's gender is just a meaningless distraction. The details of Manning's personal history and his or her movements on the "spectrum" don't even matter to me, except insofar as the torture was not helpful.

Well, maybe I should revise that statement. From the twisted perspective of the torturers who want to scare other wannabe whistle-blowers, they may well regard the torture as quite "helpful".

Comment Re:How much? (Score 1) 399

Been here (and away and now back) for a few years and never noticed. I do sometimes comment on the TFS, but never wanted to quote it, basically taking it for granted that everyone participating in the conversation had to start by seeing it.

Usually when I see an apparently floating quote, it comes from an AC comment. Years ago my settings were "gentle" so I could see them, but these years I stopped wasting time with ACs. If the comment is sufficiently interesting, then I might look for the AC, and in this case I was trying to assess if there was some basis for an "insightful" mod. As the joke goes, there was no "there" there, nor was there any prior AC comment to be found.

Maybe you can explain the basis for regarding that top-level comment as insightful? I still don't see it. His [770223's] opinion is that the price was too high, but his surprise seems lacking in insight. Perhaps more importantly, it isn't his large amount of money. Actually I'm surprised, too, but I'd try to articulate the surprise in terms of the potential value of the email addresses and the reduction of that value due to spammers (though his "insightful" comment didn't even reference the breach that may produce more spam). I don't even see where my 'articulation' of surprise in relation to the value of the email addresses would have risen to the level of "insight".

Then you introduced the new issue of paid membership. Sore topic. I have NEVER felt that Slashdot offered much value, but I have FREQUENTLY constructively suggested ways to make it more valuable. I would be delighted if Slashdot was so valuable that I eagerly wanted to send some of my money. Judging by the responses, it would appear that most of the members of Slashdot must be so independently wealthy that money is no concern of theirs. I can only regret my relative poverty.

Comment Re:Edward Snowden as well (Score 1) 347

Gee, I thought option (2) was at least going to get some reply comment on the subtle typo. Should have been '"the Siber[ian]" Candidate' with the double quotes to reference #PresidentTweety's comments about "the cyber" (versus "the Siber")...

Oh well. Preview is no excuse.

And remember: Nobody expects the Email Inquisition!

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