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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

ATMAvatar Re:Puffery (91 comments)

For the courts to reward the customers who believe the claims and not those who didn't would be to reward the people who are gullible--or at least those who claim to be gullible.

While I hate rewarding people for being gullible (perhaps deliberately so), it would be a good way to end all the exaggeration and misrepresentation done to sell goods. The world would be a better place if corporations had to be objective and stick to the facts when advertising their goods.

2 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

ATMAvatar Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

If you are panicked about Ebola then you should be running down the street screaming about the flu. (Hopefully running down the street to get your flu shot.)

I see you are new to this planet. Let me help you. Humans do not panic over the things most likely to kill them (heart disease, cancer, etc.). They panic over the things least likely to kill them (ebola, terrorism, sharks in tornadoes, etc.).

about two weeks ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

ATMAvatar Re:incremental backups (150 comments)

Except when it isn't.

But that's a problem for the *next* CTO.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

ATMAvatar Re:Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

The same reason it is important to call copyright infringement as it is instead of theft. Re-labeling hacking a server and unauthorized distribution of images as a sex crime is unnecessary, and the purpose of doing so is merely to illicit a greater emotional response. Many (most?) people conflate "sex crime" with pedophilia and rape.

None of this pedantry makes the affected individuals any less of a victim, mind you.

about two weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

ATMAvatar Re:1 Billion Barrels (201 comments)

The well found about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U.S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

That's 1 billion barrels from one well. The grand total could be much larger.

about three weeks ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

ATMAvatar Re:humans walk like rats? (85 comments)

Why take a step backwards and test lawyers? Aren't the rats closer to being human?

about a month ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

ATMAvatar Re:SO, (119 comments)

Yeah, but coal seam fires gave us Silent Hill, while nuclear disasters (and weapon tests) gave us Godzilla. Now tell me - which is *really* the bigger evil?

about a month ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

ATMAvatar Re:But your honor... (185 comments)

The judge may have said it can be used in this one case, but unless struck down by another court, it sets up a precedent for other judges to do the same.

about a month ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

ATMAvatar Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

This was more the case of "Don't want your car stolen? Don't leave the windows down and doors unlocked". The thief still has to hot wire the car, and he/she still takes the lion's share of the blame, but it doesn't detract from the fact that it is really stupid to leave your car out like that.

about a month and a half ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

ATMAvatar Re:well... not exactly (246 comments)

ONLY Businesses can get away with this. The average citizen couldn't.

It doesn't work for average businesses any more than it works for average citizens (and for the same reasons). It might work if you were a billionaire, though.

about a month and a half ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

ATMAvatar Re:What else does he do? (40 comments)

A better analogy is one where you purchase a vehicle capable of going 60MPH, but unbeknownst to you ahead of time, it gets throttled remotely to lower speeds if you drive to Chicago or LA because those cities did not pay the manufacturer enough extortion money. Oh, and it can go 90MPH to Destroit because the manufacturer is based there.

about a month and a half ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

ATMAvatar Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

Assuming that it was impossible to have *any* privacy, you would immediately see widespread persecution of anyone who didn't fit the "norm". Shortly afterward, anyone with any intelligence would cease any public activities which did not meet general approval and start looking for ways to engage in them so that only other people with those hobbies would know about it - in effect, clamoring to restore the lost privacy.

In short, a life without privacy is one where you must live according to how everyone else wants you to live, whether than living how *you* want to live. It is a prison without bars.

about a month and a half ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

ATMAvatar Re: What's so American (531 comments)

In the context of a single argument, you are correct. However, in the scope of society as a whole, public shaming of people who are willfully ignorant would hopefully serve to discourage those who see it as a badge of honor to argue a topic while being completely ignorant of the facts. However, I would be happy if we could at least drop the anti-intellectualism which permeates US culture.

about 2 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

ATMAvatar Re:Told ya... (207 comments)

I wouldn't call it stupid, but it is a logical fallacy. Given what we knew 10 years ago, it was only logical to point out the fallacy of assuming that everything you said or did was monitored, because there was little/no public evidence of such. That it turned out to be true does not make the past arguments any less fallacious.

about 2 months ago
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Patents That Kill

ATMAvatar Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Why should a copyright ever extend past the life of the author? For those 10 years you propose after the author dies, what additional works will that author create as a result of the additional copyright protection? And will zombie works be good enough to be worthy of copyright protection?

about 2 months ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

ATMAvatar Re:It's not extra-judicial (52 comments)

In the case of the US, it's a secret court with secret proceedings - as far as anyone knows, the actual approval for surveillance is rubber-stamped by circus clowns. Even then, it was shown that much of our surveillance was done without consulting the special "court". I don't see why we should assume the UK system is any different.

about 3 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

ATMAvatar Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

It's a good thing hashes are always unique, so that no one could possibly be accidentally accused of a crime which would end their careers and social lives even without a conviction.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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The Business of Spam

ATMAvatar ATMAvatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ATMAvatar (648864) writes "The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy hosted in Oakland nearly three weeks ago featured a study on the economics of spam. It attempts to identify and analyze the chain of businesses behind spam and the products that are featured. The goal was to take a more comprehensive look at the mechanics behind the industry in an attempt to identify better, alternative means to combat spam.

Special credit to Bruce Schneier's blog for the original link."

Link to Original Source

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Moderation

ATMAvatar ATMAvatar writes  |  about 11 years ago I've noticed that I've had to metamoderate quite a few things "unfair" as of late.

It seems some mods would automatically moderate a response to a troll or flamebait similarly to its parent. In some cases, this is warranted, but in the ones I've seen, it isn't. IMO, replying to a troll or flamebait message with an emotionally-charged, but still informative/insightful post is hardly a troll or flamebait in itself. A lack of tact perhaps warrants a lack of positive moderation, but if someone responds with real information or insight, it shouldn't be modded down.

I've also noticed quite a few "funny" moderations lately for post that simply aren't funny. I'm sorry, but cliche posts about 1. Do something 2. Do something else 3. ??? 4. Profit! are not funny. They are old and tiresome. This is true for the "I welcome our new ______ overlords" or "In Soviet Russia, ________ _______ you!" posts as well. Posts like me remind me of some kid in school that tells a joke, and after hearing some laughter, tells it every time you meet him. With this in mind, I'm probably going to start modding any of these cliche jokes "Redundant."

Last, but not least - there's a difference between insightful, informative, and interesting posts. Learn the difference, mods. I've seen quite a few posts while metamoderating that were marked as one when it should have been another, and I've felt obligated to mod it "fair" because the post truly deserved to be modded up, even if it should have been modded up as something else. It's almost painful to see something moderated "Insightful" if it doesn't provide any insight, and similarly so with "Informative" posts with no real information or "Interesting" posts that are more than just interesting.

I know "Insightful" is the default +1 mod for posts, but it shouldn't be. "Insightful" mods should be reserved for truly insightful posts. To me, "Interesting" should really be the default. It's the consolation prize mod. Something which is insightful is generally also interesting. Funny posts are interesting. Informative posts are usually interesting. To me, any post that stays on-topic will catch my interest, and any post that deserves one of the other +1 mods would be equally deserving of "Interesting." We simply use "Insightful," "Informative," "Funny," etc. because they're more accurate and descriptive. If you can't decide which one of those a post may be, then "Interesting" either fits the bill, or the post probably shouldn't be modded up.

Oh well... enough of my rant for now.

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