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Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

Allicorn Bookmarks (189 comments)

Or maybe "like" is an term with no formal meaning here and I'm just "liking" page because that's what we call "bookmarks" on this particular website. Or "favorites", or "starred", or whatever. I might even be "liking" the page because I want to remember what a bunch of douchebags the associated outfit have been to me or my family in the past and want to keep an eye on their marketing babble so that I can warn friends/family not to be caught out by it.

When I "favorite" a website in Internet Explorer, nobody thinks it implies I commercially endorse whatever organization's page it was. Why should a "like" infer that.

Of course in practice I firewall Facebook at the router.

about 10 months ago

How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets (Video)

Allicorn Lightweighted (52 comments)

I googled a definition of "lightweighted". It isn't a word.

about a year ago

The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

Allicorn Re:Brohoof (417 comments)

WTG bronies.

Bring back the 1-April-2006 Slashdot theme to celebrate.

about a year and a half ago

Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

Allicorn Free publicity (376 comments)

Entire Star Wars section added solely to gain publicity for the rest of the work.

Mission accomplished.

about 2 years ago

SJVN Tells How Reporting on Linux Has Changed in the Last 10 Years (Video)

Allicorn Re:Why video submissions? (79 comments)

Amen to that.

Should there not be a "Video Content" topic flag and a corresponding filter option?

more than 2 years ago

Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

Allicorn Re:Wait (310 comments)

That can't be right. I used to use MySpace and it used to break all the time!

more than 2 years ago

Google Deal Allegedly Lets UMG Wipe YouTube Videos It Doesn't Own

Allicorn Re:Again and again (392 comments)

It's not longer "do not evil", it's "let someone else do the evil for us!"

more than 2 years ago

Why We Need More Programming Languages

Allicorn Runs anywhere (421 comments)

Easier != Better

more than 2 years ago

The Futility of Developer Productivity Metrics

Allicorn Pfft (203 comments)

Can any automated tool measure these kinds of best practices?

No. The - for the sake of politeness, let's call them "people" - who invested time and effort into devising these schemes have actually built a complete chain of negative productivity by doing so. Remarkable.

more than 2 years ago

A Digital Direct Democracy For the Modern Age

Allicorn Re:Needs more pony (308 comments)

I hear being a card-carrying Lunar Republican will get you on the No Fly list.

about 3 years ago

British Police Accused of Stealing Software

Allicorn Re:copy... (76 comments)

Hehe, yeah. TBH I doubt they'll even be able to try that particular blag since TFA says that West Yorkshire Police are now actually selling their own forensic tool based on the allegedly stolen information.

about 3 years ago

Linux In JavaScript, With Persistent Storage

Allicorn Re:uhhh (171 comments)

Honestly, this should make you chuckle and smile and say "Wow!"

"Why" might be in there somewhere but if it's your first port of call, you're a lost cause - hand in your geek card.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Allicorn However (951 comments)

The Ribbon is an abomination.

However, interesting little suggestion in TFA is that there is a "quick access toolbar" which basically looks... like an Explorer toolbar. You can customize anything onto it you like. And you can minimize the Ribbon, folding down into something that looks... like a menu.

So, it /may/ be survivable.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers

Allicorn Re:This isn't a Mozilla problem... (683 comments)

I agree that's the sensible sounding advice I've given many times over the years.

However, Mozilla removed the menu.

"Help" is no longer something clearly visible along a familiar menu bar. It's now an entry in the second column of a panel that comes pops down from the orange part of what many users will assume to simply be the title bar - not something interactive.

"Go to the orange Firefox button" you'll have to say, then "find help". I don't even know how to get to "About" any more in default Firefox and I've customized my interface back to what it used to look like, so I can no longer find out.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

Allicorn Plugins (415 comments)

Unfortunately six of the plugins I rely on (yes, those plugins that are supposedly the #1 reason to use Firefox over less customizable browsers) don't yet even support Firefox 5. Everytime that "update Firefox" box comes up, I check, find six plugins outstanding, and back out of it.

Update too fast and you will leave users behind.

more than 3 years ago

Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement

Allicorn Re:The solution is simple.. (151 comments)

Of course, not necessarily but if you want to trade high technology in the US, you obviously have to do a thorough cost:benefit analysis.

Benefit of US custom - Drain of constant legal battles over the fact you used a linked list, put files in a tree structure, let a portable device communicate with something, had a rectangle with a round corner... and so on.

more than 3 years ago

Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement

Allicorn Re:It's a self-perpetuating problem (151 comments)

Arms race is exactly it. Recall that interview with Peter Chou from HTC a week ago or so where - over the bust-up with Apple he notes HTC's purchase of S3 and acquisition of some 200-odd patents. He's clearly disappointed to have to play this retarded game just to participate in the US market but nonetheless the way he characterises that acquisition sounded, to me, exactly as if he was counting up rounds of ammunition.

"We have over 200 pate^H^H^H^H warheads. Do you feel lucky?"

more than 3 years ago

Better Copyright Through Fair Use and Ponies

Allicorn Re:Clearly it's the ponies. (169 comments)

April 1st 2006 was the high-point of Slashdot's history.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Debunks UK Census Hack

Allicorn Re:Cloud Water... (93 comments)

It's what they make rainbows out of, I believe. It's apparently very spicy.

more than 3 years ago


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