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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

AVee Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

She seemed to endure a great deal of harassment over things that had to do with who she was dating and who she didn't want to date. Would this have happened to a guy? I don't think so.

From the article: "Horvath later learned that the founder had a similar talk with her partner and demanded that he resign". So yes, it would also happen to a guy.

about 9 months ago
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Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

AVee Re:An unexpected burst of common sense. (118 comments)

It's very odd to issue a ruling based on whether blocking TPB was effective or ineffective. The only question a judge should ponder is whether the block was justified legally.

No, no, no. It's not odd at all, it's part of the law (at least in Europe). Article 52 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states:

Any limitation on the exercise of the rights and freedoms recognised by this Charter must be provided for by law and respect the essence of those rights and freedoms. Subject to the principle of proportionality, limitations may be made only if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others. (emphasis mine)

The judge explicitly cited this in the ruling and stated that the objective of general interest here could only be the reduction of copyright infringement. This objective was not met because the blocking TPB was ineffective. The law was applied, nothing else.

People should start reading the actual judgments before jumping to conclusions about judges, in the ones I've read so far (only dutch ones, YMMV) the judges go a long way explaining how the came to there conclusions and whats the legal basis for this (and proportionality is often part of the equation).

about a year ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

AVee Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (535 comments)

The N97 was the phone I was thinking of although ALL of their Nxx devices were crap.

The N95 was kinda ok, the N97 was a buggy disaster, the N900 was a great pocketable computer (bulky and geeky, but great), the N9 was simply brilliant but got killed before it arrived. That's the short history of the N line. By the time they got it right they decided to go the other way...

about a year ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

AVee Re:Beware of Microsofties bearing gifts (535 comments)

Absolutely, I've been looking at buying an N9 at that time. Every review I read boiled down to the same thing, 'brilliant phone, but don't bother cause the platform is dead already'. It had lots of potential, but it never got a change. This was GSMArena's conclusion at the time:

Beautiful. Simple. Brilliant. Out of place and hardly on time. Timeless. The Nokia N9 is a story with no happy ending but you want to enjoy every word. Sad story. Post-coital kind of sad.

And that’s not because the Nokia N9 let us down. On the contrary, we found it to be a revelation: gorgeous design and the divine simplicity of the all-screen experience.

If anyone is let down, it's the Nokia N9 itself. The platform is as good as doomed. Forsaken by its own creator. With Nokia giving up on MeeGo and a price tag that confines the N9 to a premium niche, it will be next to impossible for the OS to grow a substantial user base. Without users, developers won’t be too interested in MeeGo either. And the limited number of apps is the platform's biggest weakness.

Google a few other reviews and they will all be along those lines. I didn't buy it because it was dead on arrival, I bet a lot of others did the same. And it's a shame because it could have been a great platform, especially because it was a fairly standard Linux system below the hood.

about a year ago
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100% Failure Rate On University of Liberia's Admission Exam

AVee Re:What is the real problem here? (308 comments)

2 - The objective is not to select the least incompetent but to select people who posses the knowledge required to adequately receive the teachings given in the first year.

In this case I'd say it would be more worthwhile to select the people with the skill required and teach them whatever they are missing along the line. In Liberia not educating people because there primary education sucks seems a really stupid decision to me.

about a year ago
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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

AVee Re:Only one thing to do! (322 comments)

Accidents are ALWAYS caused by a difference in speed

More specifically, they are caused by traveling at speeds wherein the driver of one or more of the vehicles involved cannot react sufficiently quickly to prevent the accident. It doesn't take a degree in physics or math to realize that excessive speed is the real problem, not merely a difference in speed between you and other cars, since other cars which are going exactly the same direction as you in smoothly flowing traffic are not the only thing that you may potentially collide with if or when something entirely unexpected happens. You can't do jack about how fast other people drive... you *CAN* do something about how fast you drive, and should do everything in your ability to ensure that while engaging in that practice, you do so in a way that gives *YOU* the maximum opportunity to react to anything unexpected, and thereby preserving life to the best of your own ability. Somebody else driving too fast should be their problem, not yours.

That's simply not true. Your ability to avoid an accident simply doesn't depend on just your own speed. It depends on the speed of the others on the road as well, and more importantly, the changes of 'something entirely unexpected' happening go down when the speed difference between vehicles goes down. Heck, Germany with it's autobahn without speed limit has a lower fatality rate then the US. I've done well over 100mph there regularly and safely. The skill of the drivers and the conditions of the road make the actual difference. And keeping up with the traffic is an important part of decent driving skills.

about a year ago
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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

AVee Re:Only one thing to do! (322 comments)

Why all the technical solutions? Start with proper training for drivers. To paraphrase: Cars don't kill people, drivers do.

about a year ago
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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

AVee Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (322 comments)

If you know Europe and the driving style in different countries you can pretty much predict how the numbers will be. I've driven in must European driver and the numbers match up with the attitude to driving in those countries. I nice example is Switserland, which scores 4.3 but is surrounded by countries with higher scores. But it's not just the drivers, it a combination of the driver and the infrastructure. Countries with sensible rules and decent and consistent road sign and warning systems also are the countries where drivers take the rules seriously. There's a big interaction between the two, when the rules, the signs and the warnings make sense 95% of the time you're far more inclined to take them seriously. But when, for example, speed limits are ridiculously low people will ignore them all the time, even in situations where they do make sense.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

AVee Re:Professionalism is not best in all cases. (1501 comments)

I work in an environment where cursing and verbal abuse are common. It's a sign you work with people who are passionate about what they are doing, it shows they care about delivering a high quality work as a team. It also possible because it is based in a common goal and mutual respect. On top of that, everybody needs to let of steam every now and then.

There are different kinds of verbal abuse though, and the difference might not be easy to spot to an outsider. There's verbal abuse which means 'I want you to do better, to improve yourself', which is actually a positive thing (although perhaps rare/misunderstood in US culture?). The other kind of verbal abuse means 'I want to feel better, above you. I'm going to put you down, because it makes me look bigger', that kind of abuse shouldn't be tolerated, but as far as I can see, that's not what's going on here.

about a year and a half ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

AVee Re:LMGTFY (487 comments)

Sure, because if you aren't allowed to depend on the users setting their local clock correctly you clearly will be allowed to assume their local timezone is correct...

And apart from not being able to use the local time-zone, check their supported browsers list, they need to make sure it works in IE 5.5, Firefox 2, Opera 9 and Safari 2. Testing alone is going to be quite some work. Especially when you want to be sure it works correctly when somebody watching during a daylight savings change etc. It might not be especially hard, it might not take a 100 days, but it is going to be a lot of work.

about a year and a half ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

AVee Re:LMGTFY (487 comments)

Somebody showed up at some desk with a complaint (which has been upheld by the BBC trust and thus needs to be dealt with) about the clock on the website not being correct when the users local clock is off. Now the best thing to do in that case is to make sure you loose the clock asap, because whining about the clock on the website has just become a valid complaint. A clock on a website is one thing, making sure a clock on a website is always accurate for all clients, even when they screw up their own system clock is another. And it may actually take a 100 days if you actually have to bother with testing it in all sort of scenarios, time zones, browsers en daylight savings time etc.

But either way, it not worth the effort. Removing the clock is the only correct response when people complain about the clock being off when there own system clock is actually wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

AVee Re:I've seen them in the wild twice: Chilling Effe (321 comments)

But what happens when some rather large entity collects all those recordings and starts analyzing them to extract all sorts of information, without ever publishing the original images? Shouldn't that be illegal as well? Actually, you could argue that just uploading the video to some 'cloud' is a publication since you are giving other people access to the video. That's where the problem lies, if the video stayed on the internal storage of the glass nobody care. The problem is it won't stay there.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

AVee Re:EAR PLUGS (561 comments)

Yeah, I know it sounds lame to suggest ear plugs when the question stated they don't work. But it makes sense to shop around, most earplugs are actually designed to block noise but allow you to hear the people talking to you. If you still hear voices it probably means your earplugs work as designed. When you plan on using them often it might be worth it to have them tailored to your ears, custom made plugs are more effective and more comfortable because they fit exactly in *your* ears. Shops selling those will probably be able to advise you on what type op earplugs you need as well.

about 2 years ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

AVee Re:This is a true statement (815 comments)

Yeah, I wish they'd pool resources in an effort to make One Stable, Solid Distribution sort of like FreeBSD.

Great idea, we should call it Debian.

about 2 years ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

AVee Re:Whatever.... (815 comments)

As soon as you get outside the vanilla use-cases the packaging system supports, you're essentially on your own, with just your buddies configure and make.

But that's often the case on any other OS as well. In Linux (or any other open source OS) you'll at least get to use configure and make.

about 2 years ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

AVee Re:Hooray! (815 comments)

It might be half-arsed as a framework, but still be an state of the art VM. You could argue the same about v8, great VM, but without something like node.js there is no framework at all.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: On the Job Certification Training?

AVee Re:I think you said it (117 comments)

I've seen several companies (in Europe, so it might not relate to what is common in the US) which will pay for a full training if it is deemed useful for the company provided you stay with the company. They will pay, but you'll have to repay a sliding percentage of the costs when you leave the company soon after the training. This system seems to work pretty well, the employee gets his training and the company protects it's investment.

about 2 years ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

AVee Re:Vive La France (1313 comments)

The USA is no more democratic than the USSR was communist.

Fixed.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

AVee Re:CO-OP (884 comments)

That coupled with naming and shaming. Sniff everything, wait for an email to pass by, print it and stick it to every lamppost in the neighborhood. Or log all URLs visited and print those. That will get the point across and on top of that provides some entrainment to your neighbors.

about 2 years ago
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Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars

AVee Re:iPad has a "break" key? (95 comments)

It's mainly a good system because the car responds to user input exactly the same regardless of the cruise control. This makes it easy to explain, but more importantly it means all those reflexes you've developed will still be useful in an emergency situation. When shit happens on the road you don't want your response to be different depending on the state of the cruise control.

As a side note, I've found my car also unsets the cruise control when the ESP gets activated (which makes sense) and when accelerating to speeds above 200kmh (which is kinda lame).

about 2 years ago

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Fake google certificate was the result of a hack.

AVee AVee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AVee writes "The rough google.com certificate issued by Diginotar was actually the result of a breach of their systems. According to a press release from Vasco, their parent company, the breach happened on July 19. Apparently they feel like publishing this a the time. The Diginotar website seems to have been breached since 2009 as well."
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Amazon want to patent nodding to pay.

AVee AVee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AVee writes "Amazon applied for a patent which describes paying using head movements. After One-Click payments we might son nod or smile to pay. The obvious question here obviously is whether the description of this payment method in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is prior art or 'future art'
"Now, let us bow our heads in payment,""

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Nokia and Intel will merge Maemo and Moblin.

AVee AVee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AVee writes "Intel and Nokia just announced a new project called MeeGo. MeeGo is supossed to be the result of merging Maemo and Moblin, bringing together the best pieces of those (already quit similar platforms). Interestingly this means that Intel will be sponsoring a mobile Linux disto which will run on ARM."
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Nokia sues Apple for patent infringment in iPhone

AVee AVee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AVee writes "Engadget (amonst many others) report that Nokia is sueing Apple because the iPhone infringes on 10 Nokia patents related to GSM, UTMS and WiFi. The press release doesn't contain much detail, it does state that Apple didn't agree "appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property", which sounds like there have been negotiations about those patents."
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An (official) unlocked iPhone for 999 euro

AVee AVee writes  |  about 7 years ago

AVee writes "The actual price of the iPhone is out of the box, Reuters reportsM that T-Mobile germany will sell it, unlocked, no strings attached, for 999,- euros ($1,478). It will also unlock the iPhones of current customers free of charge. All of this as a result of case Vodafone brought against the locking done by T-Mobile. It seems customers are finally is allowed to use the iPhone with the carrier they want."
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