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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

7-Vodka Re:Actually... (641 comments)

SO by your own logic: which answer is further from the truth? That the sun revolves around the earth (ie. barycenter is near the earth) or that the earth revolves around the sun?

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

7-Vodka Re:Linus is being Linus. (641 comments)

I don't see any evidence of him being a dick.

I see him saying this is not a bug and asking people to move the discussion elsewhere.

about three weeks ago

Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

7-Vodka Really? (164 comments)

Then why do I feel like eating a bullet when I have to use their software?

about a month ago

TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

7-Vodka No (275 comments)

They missed the Boston bombers because they are spying ON EVERYONE instead of focusing the spying, based on probable cause, on the correct folks.

about a month ago

Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

7-Vodka Re:How much are they worth? (156 comments)

Except in the case of bitcoin, the intrinsic value is zero.

Nobody wants a bitcoin for it's own sake, everyone wants bitcoin because of what you can buy with it.

Real things have intrinsic values. Money has intrinsic value. Currencies don't. Bitcoin is a currency. Dollar is a currency. All paper moneys are currencies.

about 2 months ago

Who's Writing Linux These Days?

7-Vodka Re:Patrons (63 comments)

Sure, mod up the moron who doesn't know the difference between Free Software and open source.

about 3 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

7-Vodka Re:Not helping vs harming (1098 comments)

Because he's seen enough embrace and extend?

about 3 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

7-Vodka Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

If what you say is true, the _real_ reason you can't do it is because the Dean has his eye on your software, and might want to sell it off to a commercial entity to make a few bucks. And if it's a GPL-derived work, that's much harder to do.

about 3 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

7-Vodka Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

Stop having a tantrum because you don't agree with what license people pick for their software. Yes, it sucks for you that because these libraries are GPL you can actually see them, want to use them, but feel conflicted because you don't want to abide by their copyright.

Boo fucking hoo. Cry me a river.
If those APIs were proprietary and closed, you wouldn't even know about them. The saying ignorance is bliss was invented for people like you.

about 3 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

7-Vodka Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

This is exactly the problem with the GPL. Its advocates want everything to be free, and are giddy about the possibility of bringing suit against people who so much as linked to a GPL'd library and forcing their work to be GPL.

I bet you there aren't many GPL suits. Nobody wants to force someone's work to be GPL, how often has this even happened? They just want you to stop violating their copyright. Can you do that?

It's viral, and not in a good way.

Hah, did microsoft pay you to write this?

I'm not about to defend the practices of certain large corporations. But in education and medicine, institutional rules over IP forbid many people I know of from even linking to a GPL'd library. For us, if it's GPL'd then it is off limits.

That's because the institutions know their intentions don't fit with abiding by the GPL. Maybe it's their intentions that are the problem, and not somebody else who spends their time writing cool GPL software.

Also, having a friendly non-adversarial relationship with industry is useful and will result in much broader use of your software.

So? is that your goal? A lot of people could give a flying fuck about what you consider 'industry' or broad use. They like their software like their women, quality over quantity and STDs.

For most FOSS projects

Stop right there. There is no such thing as Free Open Source. These are mutually exclusive terms.

, exposure and reaching a critical mass of contributors is crucial. The BSD is inherently helpful in this case. The GPL just scares people off, because it asserts control over code you haven't even written just because you decided to use something that happened to have a GPL license.

Mate, you spew nonsense faster than a cow farts. If I write a piece of GPL code, in no way does it "assert control over code I haven't written." You're on the wrong side of the bullshit line and we're going to have to stuff some hot grits down your panties.

So, no, Stallman, I disagree and furthermore I condemn your argument as unproductive, wrong, and unhelpful. You might have ground to stand on if LLVM were closed source but it's open - in fact, it's under a more permissive license than the GPL.

Finally! Yes the BSD license is more permissive. You managed to make a sentence without fraud, fabrication or lies. I'm proud of you.

about 3 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

7-Vodka Re:Sorry man, but not everyone agrees with you (1098 comments)

Some developers like the whole BSD thing, which gives more freedom to the person who uses and implements the software, rather than the original developer.

Actually, with the GPL as the software user, you are free to do anything you like with it. As long as you distribute the source when required. Implying the software user is restricted is dishonest.

about 3 months ago

Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

7-Vodka What's wrong with you people. (383 comments)

What on earth is wrong with you people. You're usually so rational.

  1. You all complain that some places don't have choice of ISPs because of government granted monopolies
  2. You refuse to look at the solution to the root cause, that is to get rid of government power to grant monopolies
  3. You want instead, for the fucking people who bring you the NSA, fiat dollar, deficit spending, income tax and crimes against humanity to have more power over the internet?
  4. Where has this problem even manifested? ISPs aren't stupid, usually when they block or slow traffic it's a calculated decision to please MORE customers or at the request of the government.

Don't you realize that the only power the government has is force? Don't you realize that everytime you grant them power they sell it to the highest bidder and fuck you with it? You are the 'target' and 'adversary'. YOU.

Don't you realize that there is no such thing as a 'government'? It's an abstract, fictional entity that masks the foul psychopaths that rule over you.

about 3 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

7-Vodka Re:Twitter and astronomy (465 comments)

You got me. I'm traveling forward in time right now.

But you can't stop me.

about 4 months ago

The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

7-Vodka Re:This is not what should outrage us (215 comments)

You know what? you have made such an ignorant statement I'm no longer able to use any of my 15 mod points on this discussion.

NSA is now deeply integrated with federal law enforcement per 9/11 "reforms" that all but created an integrated security state.

If you had bothered to watch the video you would have noticed that the leaked documents put much of this NSA activity starting 15 YEARS ago. That's 1998. They were already collecting all your email, internet and phone data AND STORING IT years before 9/11.

Yes that means that those things you weren't proud you did in your distant past can be used against you forever.

  1. Lusitania
  2. Mossadegh
  3. Gulf of Tonkin
  4. Operation Gladio
  5. Operation Northwoods
  6. USS Liberty
  7. 9/11
  8. Anthrax attacks

Wake up Neo, you've always been a slave. Worldwide spying, exploitation, propaganda AND financial manipulation. It's been done for hundreds of years according to the capability of the time. Everything you think you know is a lie.

What we're reaching is the end game. When the rulers of this planet can finally bind everyone in such strong chains from birth that even the pretense of freedom can be dropped.

Fortunately, the empire and the dollar are walking debt infested corpses and their plans will come crashing down before they reach endgame.

about 4 months ago

Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

7-Vodka Re:They can't stop unlockers (284 comments)

What good is encryption if your contacts don't use it?

about 4 months ago

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

7-Vodka Re:Slashdot (310 comments)

Bittorrent sync.

about 4 months ago

UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

7-Vodka Re:Time for a new name (153 comments)

Why stop there?

We should also shoot dead any animal, wild or otherwise, that shits and doesn't pick it up. Foxes, deer, coyotes, bears, sheep, cows, babies, chickens etc.

I mean shit, if we're all for the initiation of force, I'm in guys.

Also, I'd like to lobby for the right for you to kill yourselves. ASAP.

Just reach in the drawer, take out your guns and put it in your mouths. It can't be wrong if you're doing it to yourself and lots of people would like you to do it.

about 4 months ago

X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

7-Vodka Re: Good! (340 comments)

This underlines the philosophical difference between FreeBSD and Linux, and is why I remain a FreeBSD user.

Nah, that's a utilitarian difference.

The philosophical difference is quite another thing related to the licenses...

about 4 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How can I convince my boss of the benefits of division of labour?

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 3 months ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I work as an engineer for a multinational company. For two years my group was divided in half to focus on separate products. My group exploited division of labour by subdividing into smaller functional teams. This greatly improved our quality of work, output and morale. Meanwhile the other group flattened out, making everyone jack-of-all-trades and interchangeable. Now the other group is going to swallow us whole and intend to dismember our functional teams. How can I best analyze the situation to explain why having formal specialization was so beneficial to us?
Obviously, there's a limited time window to make my case. Do I need a crash course in economics and management?"

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 9 months ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport"."

Link to Original Source

Balmer threatens Android and Linux with patents

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 3 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "In an interview with Fortune, Balmer first admits that vista was badly done then when asked about Google giving away Android for free versus Microsoft, which charges smart phone carriers, Ballmer took issue with that assessment, stating, "And there's nothing free about Android. I mean at the end of the day as we certainly have asserted in a number of cases you know there's an intellectual property royalty due on that. Whether they happen to charge for their software or not is their business decision."

Read the rest of the interview Here"

Link to Original Source

The EFF Launches Panopticlick

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I read via http://www.hardocp.com that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is conducting a new experiment called Panopticlick.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Follow the link to https://panopticlick.eff.org/ and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.
As for myself, I suppose it's a bad thing that the message I receive is "Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 633,402 tested so far." However I'll check back when the database grows."

Link to Original Source

Time publishes list of top 50 inventions of 2009

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Time has posted a top 50 inventions of 2009 list. There are plenty of pictures and a few videos covering recent innovations which made the cut and also a few entries for worst inventions of 2009."
Link to Original Source

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Xcel Energy customers who have their own solar panels are worried about a new fee being proposed by the company. The monthly fee to pay for transmission and distribution of energy would be charged to customers who have solar panels irrespective of their energy use for the month.

An Xcel Energy spokesman said that the fee is to ensure that regular customers don't subsidize the "connectivity fees" for the solar panel customers who don't pay their fees when they use no electricity. Unfortunately, when pressed the spokesman admitted that nobody actually pays a "connectivity fee" yet however they wanted to prevent the mooching from occurring in the future (presumably when they hit everyone with such a fee) and also called the absence of a connectivity fee for solar customers a "double subsidy" because many solar customers receive rebates to install the panels."

Boston Tea Party Internet Money Bomb

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 6 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Most political campaigns are run from the top down. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign is a self-organizing distributed movement with virtually no central control that uses the Internet as it's infrastructure. This campaign was receiving very little attention until last month when an independent supporter, Trevor Lyman, helped to organize a fundraiser that raised $4.3M on November 5th. Because the November 5th fundraiser had a Guy Fawkes theme and the political shock waves were massive, it was nicknamed the 'Money Bomb'.

Today December 16th Trevor has organized another Money Bomb fundraiser, this time to celebrate the Boston Tea Party. The big news is that the total number of donations and funds raised are already shattering all previous records. Please take this as an opportunity to get to know Dr. Ron Paul, a 10 term congressman from Texas and where he stands on issues. If like all of us who are breaking records today, you feel Dr. Paul has more to offer than any other candidate out there you will know what to do."



Slashdot suggestions

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 3 years ago

There really need to be two new buttons on the story's title bars. One to allow bookmarking for later reading and one to allow bookmarking for later reference; creating two lists. Later, one can read stories they pre-selected when they didn't have the time to fully explore and one can also pull up stories as references easily.


On the topic of self deception

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yes, of course.
Who has time?
Who has time?
But then if we never *take* time, how can we have time?

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