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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

AmericanBlarney Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (475 comments)

I give you full points for disclosing your bias, but it's a complete distortion of the facts. Maybe if you count each local ISP with a few thousand users equal to the big dogs, you can say most ISPs don't offer video with a straight face but, when you look at it by user base, that's total BS. Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and Verizon all offer both TV and internet and make up way more than 50% of the U.S. ISP market. All indications are that these data caps won't apply to their video services, so it's not really about bandwidth congestion (or they would be imposing a cap that you can only watch X hours a day of on-demand TV). This is straight up abuse of their monopoly in local markets.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

AmericanBlarney mind fudge (247 comments)

Somehow I haven't seen anyone mention that .NET is actually newer than Ruby or JavaScript (the basis of node.js) and it is still developing rapidly, so I'm not sure what the criteria are for "Legacy". I worked at a Ruby on Rails shop, and most of the twenty-something fanboys didn't understand language design or design patterns in general well enough to have a well defended opinion as to why Ruby on Rails was the right choice, they liked it because it was Ruby on Rails and that's what the cool kids use. It's performance is abysmal and it encourages terribly structured code. Language choices made "because it's cool" will quickly be replaced by the next buzzword. On the other hand, 40 years later, C/C++ are still widely used for performance critical applications at companies both stodgy (finance) and cutting edge (back-ends for tons of web companies).

about 7 months ago
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Google's Definition of 'Open'

AmericanBlarney Didn't stop Amazon (168 comments)

With the Kindle, I think the Amazon has been one of, if not the most, successful at embracing what Android provides as a core, but extending/customizing it to support their preferred business model. Sure, they did a lot of work on their fork of Android, but if other companies aren't willing to put the work in, don't complain about something you're getting for free.

about 8 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

AmericanBlarney Let them study humanities (597 comments)

This sounds like a really great way to encourage students to pursue STEM majors and take higher paying jobs in the technology sector... Did we give up on that already?

about 8 months ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

AmericanBlarney No secret where this is going (243 comments)

I think Oracle has been pretty clear the whole way that they are trying to slowly kill off MySQL and drive users towards their more enterprise grade (read: grossly overpriced) product. They've jacked up the license fees substantially a couple times and pretty much every step of the way signaled that they're not really interested in supporting an open source DB, so I'm actually not even sure why this is newsworthy. I actually find a number of features of Oracle's DB offering fairly interesting, but wholly unnecessary for most web applications, so I expect everyone will move on to MariaDB and PostgreSQL. Nice of Oracle to provide a little window for everyone to switch, not that it was their intention.

about a year ago
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Lockheed, SpaceX Trade Barbs

AmericanBlarney I am the least surprised person in the world (215 comments)

8 years ago, shortly after the Ansari X-Prize was claimed, I was a new graduate who just started at one of Lockheed when Bob Stevens came to our office and held a townhall. Working up the nerve, I asked what impact he saw the X-Prize having, to which he replied "None, they spent $25 million to win a $10 million prize, so I don't see that being a good business model." Shocked by his lack of forward looking vision, I re-phrased "Do you think the fact that commercialization of space travel will change the shape of our industry?" (we were heavily involved in satellites at that location) Once again he brushed it off, saying that we had looked at the type of technology they were using long ago and decided it was not feasible to do profitably. And that was when I knew that Bob Stevens has absolutely zero vision, and is merely a bean counter. The only business model Lockheed knows is 1) Hire former military/government officials 2) Pay them gobs of money 3) Send them to schmooze their old buddies in the government and 4) Convince them to buy ridiculously expensive systems, whether the country really needs them or not (can't tell you how much completely wasted spending goes on because some general gets convinced that he needs his own satellite/plane/vehicle/etc rather than sharing the ones already available because he doesn't want to share with some other branch of the military or agency).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

AmericanBlarney Re:vBulletin (259 comments)

My bulletin board/forum is spam-bot secure. Why? Video captcha of animated .GIFs. No spam bot can get through, you *NEED* a human to answer the captcha, as it's a question related to the GIF itself (example, display a short clip of Hajime no Ippo, where Ippo is performing the Dempsey Roll. The question will ask "What move is being performed here?")

Have fun making a bot with knowledge of every manga/anime ever made with enough horsepower to OCR everything.

Every gif file has a name, filesize, hash, etc... and with a few bucks and the Mechanical Turk, I bet they can map one of these unique identifiers to the answers to your captcha, and hello spam city! I'm guessing you're really experiencing security through obscurity, which isn't real security.

about 2 years ago
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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

AmericanBlarney Mr. Fusion only powers the time circuits (366 comments)

"and the flux capacitor, but the internal combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline; it always has."

about 3 years ago
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Marking 125 Years Since the Great Gauge Change

AmericanBlarney What about curves? (426 comments)

It seems like any time there was a curved track section, it wouldn't work to just move it in 3 inches since the old piece would be to long or too short (depending on which way the curve was going). Not sure exactly how frequent this is, but I would think there would be quite a few to replace in 11,000+ miles of track. That would actually be interesting to me since you would have to have all the new pieces ready and on site (since you couldn't move them with the track torn up) waiting for that day.

more than 3 years ago
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A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas

AmericanBlarney Where's the down vote button when you need it... (220 comments)

I love the fact that in his own endless rant, he even says he doesn't want lawyers to pull rank... guess what, there's a reason mathematicians are not allowed to practice law unless they happen to attend law school, you have to actually know the laws for your inane rambling opinion to matter! Complete ignorance for the subject matter you are arguing should be an instant "bury" and this should never make the front page of /.

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

AmericanBlarney This sounds familiar... (1306 comments)

I commute to work, not that I like to, but I do like my wife (whose job is not close to mine), and I like being able to afford a townhouse, so living close work and quitting my job were not options. Where I live we have this new-fangled thing called a "toll road." You see, the way it works is you pay to drive on it based on how far you travel. When the road was built, the promise was that the tolls would only be used to pay off construction bonds and maintenance. Unfortunately, the state realized that no one can do without that toll road and they could set the price at whatever they like, so they changed the law, raised the tolls, and now they use it as a way to fund pet projects of all varieties. Of course, given their long history of honesty in policy making, I'm sure the federal government would never pull a bait and switch like that...

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

AmericanBlarney Re:Good! (1049 comments)

I'm pretty sure the constitution doesn't limit what government can legislate, except for the pretty specific clauses ensuring specific kinds of fundamental individual freedoms such as freedom of speech, association, freedom from arbitrary incarceration, and several other specific limitations on the government's scope of power.

In other respects, it's allowed to be a government and legislate whatever its democratically elected legislators vote to legislate.

Try reading the Constitution before taking wild guesses what it does and doesn't say. They are called "enumerated powers" and are found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

AmericanBlarney Right idea, wrong implementation (1049 comments)

I like CFL bulbs, and probably 80% of the bulbs in my house have been converted, but there are some applications that CFLs are actually less eco-friendly for, like areas where the lights are turned on and off frequently, like hallways, closets, and bathrooms. It would be a shame if this law actually makes things less efficient than just leaving people to their own devices... I think most people don't like spending their time changing light bulbs and are going to buy CFLs anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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New Video Game Controlled By Kissing

AmericanBlarney Finally! (72 comments)

After years of not being able to participate in all night Halo matches or play WoW because I have too many projects around the house, it finally pays off to be a /.er with a wife.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

AmericanBlarney Shiny Things (549 comments)

I'm not sure how this is a surprise to anyone, the latest toys are always expensive until manufacturers get economies of scale. I still remember when flat screen TVs were $15,000 roughly 12 years ago and now it seems like you can almost find them for free in a box of cracker jacks.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel CEO: Nokia Should Have Gone With Android

AmericanBlarney People who live in glass houses (246 comments)

..should probably keep their trap shut. When I think about companies that have really capitalized on the rise of the mobile phone market, Intel is top of the list...[sarcastic snicker]

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks' Assange Begins Extradition Battle

AmericanBlarney Appearances are reality, sorta (479 comments)

I don't think he could make himself look guiltily if he tried. When you resort to objecting extradition to a neutral country because you might end up in Guantanamo, you look like hi're grasping at straws because you're guilty, whether or not it's try. It would be one thing if he were being sent to Poland or another country who was actually involved in that stuff, but Sweden? C'mon....

more than 3 years ago
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Cosmological Constant Not Fine Tuned For Life

AmericanBlarney We don't understand it, but it disproves God? (536 comments)

Seriously, all this means is that some atheists make equally ridiculous claims as some believers. Given how little we truly understand about the universe, I think it's a little premature to say that the cosmological constant is/isn't tuned to produce life. While it's observed value may result in fewer galaxies forming, it likely also means fewer galaxies colliding and annihilating all life caught in the collision. I don't think that the cosmological constant in and of itself has any implication in the argument for whether or not God exists, and I have no idea why people on both sides try to make every scientific issue connect back to that. Take a philosophy class, there is no definitive proof or disproof, believe what you choose to believe and let everyone else to make their own choice.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

AmericanBlarney Out of the pot and into the fire? (973 comments)

If the U.S. was really willing to ignore all the rules to get him (as his lawyer is suggesting), it wouldn't matter. The fact is, it's pretty tough to end up in Gitmo unless you're found with a detonator in hand in Afghanistan, and it certainly doesn't happen when there is this much PR around a case. And really, being extradited from one of America's closest allies to a neutral country seems like it would be a move in his favor if the concern was really being handed over to the CIA or some such thing. Seems like another attempt to divert the focus from the charges at hand.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Auto-Scaling In the Cloud Is a Bad Idea

AmericanBlarney Is someone trying to justify their job? (124 comments)

Personally I am not opposed to some degree of capacity planning, but the very example used repeatedly in this article undermines the premise. Who ever knows when they're about to get \.ed? How can the tech guys know the exact impact that the sales teams' latest promotion is going to have on traffic? And 10 minutes startup time isn't all that bad if you have software that looks at the traffic trends rather than waiting for their to be an actual capacity shortage. It might not be perfect, but it's better than trying to plan (and by plan, I mean guess) exactly how much capacity you will need at any given time.

more than 5 years ago

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It's in the fine print

AmericanBlarney AmericanBlarney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmericanBlarney (1098141) writes "I am currently working on a website that will be offered as free to alumni of my school. While I'm hoping that no one would misuse the site or sue me for any reason, I need a set of terms of use that will offer some legal protection. While I could copy them from a major website, it seems like that may have legal issues of its own. Is there a good template set of terms of use that have been reviewed by a lawyer available for free?"

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