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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

ATMAvatar Re:Not puzzling at all ... (267 comments)

A big cash hoard is a bad thing. It represents money which could be re-invested in R&D, given to investors as dividends, used to increase salaries/benefits to make it a more attractive employer, given to charity to increase PR, or any number of things.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

ATMAvatar Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Besides, there are all *kinds* of ways to make someone deaf again if they really want to be.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

ATMAvatar Send them pizza (163 comments)

After all, everyone knows that free pizza makes everything better after an event like this.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

ATMAvatar Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

Maybe you should watch it again. Forward the video to 2:54, where it narrates the following quotation:

During the lifetime of the patent, its disclosure may inspire other inventions.

As the quote is read, it shows an Appe II, then a Macbook. Immediately afterwards, it shows an iPad and an iPhone.

about three weeks ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

ATMAvatar Re:But of course... (323 comments)

Technology isn't always moving forward in the field of cleaning-shit-up.

IT technology isn't always moving forward. Occasionally, it just moves sideways, or it even moves backwards. This is largely due to how immature IT is as a discipline, which is ironically because IT workers are disposable.

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

ATMAvatar Re:Goatse Security??? (246 comments)

Why not? They know all about gaping holes... in security, among other things.

about a month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

ATMAvatar Re:Living in 1925 kinda sucked (516 comments)

Also, why in God's Green Earth are we talking about regressing to the 1920s? When did we give up on progress? When did poverty become an acceptable condition?

It became acceptable (to those making the statement) around the time it became obvious that you cannot concentrate the wealth of the world much more than it already is without placing most of the population into poverty.

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

ATMAvatar Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Devalued content helps the consumer all the way up until the flow of new content stops, and there is no indication that it would, even in a world where all content was distributed for free. I might have more sympathy for the guy if the big content producers didn't also bribe Congress to extend copyright duration to a point where something produced in an average person's lifetime will not enter the public domain until after they're long dead.

about a month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

ATMAvatar Re:Commenting code (452 comments)

I'll take a correct comment over no comment any day.

The comment I am reading is still valid and accurate.

about a month ago
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Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

ATMAvatar Re:You might think (91 comments)

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

about a month ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

ATMAvatar Re:Looc r Stac (95 comments)

Sharing a hyperlink is no different than pointing at a bulletin board in plain view of the public. Neither the bulletin board nor the act of pointing to it should be illegal.

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

ATMAvatar Has this been a large problem? (256 comments)

Despite the prior news story about a guy getting off for upskirt photos, this law seems like a solution looking for a problem. Has upskirt photography been such a large problem in Massachusetts that a law was required?

I would have thought basic social pressures and shaming (lets admit - people doing this *are* particularly creepy) would do a better job at limiting the number of offenders, and the rest would do it anyways.

With a law on the books, particularly one with the possibility for felony charges, I wonder how many times we are going to read about misapplication of the law. Do you technically run afoul of the law anytime you take a photo where a woman in a skirt is elevated from your current location, such as a place with an elevated walkway? Do you risk arrest for taking a picture in a location with an escalator or glass-walled elevator like many shopping malls? even if you are close to neither one?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

ATMAvatar Re:Not a good idea (246 comments)

You don't have to teach web developers DELETE or DROP - many web sites will happily let anyone run either statement from the comfort of the login page.

about a month and a half ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

ATMAvatar Re:Jerk (258 comments)

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence. If ever there was a case for incompetence, it is with the patent office.

about a month and a half ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

ATMAvatar Re:So why is this here? (387 comments)

To err is human, but to truly screw up requires a computer.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

ATMAvatar Re:Dangerous precedent (321 comments)

I would want to see a copy of the script before I performed one take of the movie. I just assumed any actor or actress would do the same.

The only scenario for which I could feel sympathy for Ms. Garcia would be if the script was radically changed during the course of filming to the point where it was completely different. Even then, my sympathy is limited because I would personally insist in having a clause in the contract to terminate early when big script changes occur.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

ATMAvatar Re:Change (742 comments)

Apple is just as bad but apple has to use more open standards in order to compete.

USB might like to have a word with you.

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

ATMAvatar Re:Another type that is interesting... (717 comments)

Then you put in a request for new equipment, and explain that it will make them far more in increased productivity from you than it costs. A $2k upgrade only needs to increase your productivity by $1/hour to return the investment in the first year. That's usually a no-brainer expense.

about 2 months ago
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The Problem With How We Think Of Surveillance

ATMAvatar Re:Huh? (96 comments)

I care little that some stranger I've never seen before happens to notice that I leave a bar. I do care when I realize that someone is following me everywhere I go.

about 2 months ago

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The Business of Spam

ATMAvatar ATMAvatar writes  |  more than 2 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  |  more than 10 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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