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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

BenJeremy It means that China has their own version now (150 comments)

So get out, Monsanto, you dirty capitalist pigs!

Seriously, though, this means little. China will use their own knockoff version now and market it, as well.

about a week ago

Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

BenJeremy Block all file downloaders (106 comments)

I'm looking at you, CNET... you used to be cool.

Pretty much any site requiring a "file downloader" is simply evil and should be expunged by or at least blacklisted by browsers. That would help fight 80% of the delivery of malware that I've seen infecting friend's and family's computers.

about two weeks ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

BenJeremy Traitors to the American Dream (393 comments)

It's high time we started calling out these "representatives of the people" who are really nothing of the sort. Republican or Democrat, nobody in Washington seems to be concerned for the welfare of the American PEOPLE. They only seem interested in doing whatever the lobbyists who line their pockets tell them to do.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

BenJeremy Re:All good until someone simulates biometrics... (383 comments)

I had a cancerous tumor on my retina.

After treatment, which included radiation (Chip sewn on the lower back part of my eyeball for a week) and lasers, along with the ongoing process of the optic nerve dying from the radiation exposure, I suspect my retina is quite different, and still changing, from 4 years ago when the tumor was treated.

Retinal patterns DO change some times. It's rare, but it happens.

about two weeks ago

Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

BenJeremy Re:Is the CEO really trying to argue.. (59 comments)

...and he's also apparently arguing that, knowing Autonomy is cooking the books, and about to implode, HP thought it would be a great idea to buy them.

Whatever one can say about the competence of HP's board, nobody could seriously claim they'd buy a company if they knew that was going on.

about three weeks ago

Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

BenJeremy Nintendo bleeds (203 comments)

I know they have some large cash reserves, but how long can you bleed $100 million every 4 months?

The Gameboy/DS line is the only thing keeping them afloat, but even that looks to be winding down, bowing to smart phones and tablets.

about a month ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

BenJeremy Beware the monster you abide (266 comments)

It's a disease that needs to be stomped out, mercilessly. Allowing the NSA, DHS and CIA (hell, even the IRS, for that matter) to continue to operate as they are allowed to will swallow up the last vestiges of America and its dream.

The dystopia exists now but it's not too late to turn back.

about a month ago

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

BenJeremy Re:Syfylys passes on an actual classic (144 comments)

Exactly. I would do much the same as you.

I suspect there is a large number of science fiction fans that do not watch SyFy any more... they stream or watch the few shows they like from that network through on-demand and forego actually tuning into the network. I don't even know, off-hand, what the channel number is on my cable box.

They get good ratings for wrestling, but it has driven the fans away from the rest of the programming, which suffers because of it, and draws viewers that do not stick around for any other programming. The junk programming they have (Ghost Hunters type shows) is like going to a fine dining establishment to be served hamburger helper - it also drives away the base.

For every decent SyFy show on the air, there are three or four terrible ones. The Wil Wheaton Project is a great show, because he celebrates and respects the fandom, but when I watch it, I'm reminded of all the crap SyFy inflicts as well. At least it gives Wil some fodder to joke about.

about a month ago

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

BenJeremy Syfylys passes on an actual classic (144 comments)

This is why you put an executive in charge of a channel that actually likes the genre. Bonnie Hammer only saw SciFi Channel as a stepping stone to a more mainstream network (USA), and installed another idiot who didn't really care for the shows they were peddling when she left.

They should be funding movies based on classics, whenever possible, instead of the crappy creature-of-the-week and pseudo-reality crap they shovel out every week. These days, its possible to deliver quality science fiction programming without busting your budget, too - but somebody at the top has to be motivated to deliver this to the fans (the network's viewer base), rather than dump garbage none of the fan base wants to see in order to draw more "mainstream" viewers.

about a month ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

BenJeremy Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (928 comments)

It must be nice to take a stranger's word and believe entirely in their side of a story.

This passenger intended to intimidate the gate agent for following the rules - that becomes obvious when you know he had to inform them of the tweet. It seems more likely that he was overbearing and pitching a bit of a fit, and the agent might have felt threatened.

There is a lot more to this story we will never know, but if you try and see it from the agent's perspective, you become aware of other possibilities - some of which are more likely. At this point, we only have the passenger's word that they threatened to call the police, and for that matter, the same can be said about removing the tweet.

Who's to say another agent suggested they call security over the guy ranting and throwing a tantrum over not being granted special privileges, and he realized what that meant, and suddenly decided to back down - until he could go to the press with his horror story after the fact (thus completing his threats and gaining his "revenge"); removing the tweet was just a temporary gesture to placate the agents that he had "calmed down" while he plotted to "expose the rude bitch" later. (Just a theory here)

about a month ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

BenJeremy So SW Agent was following the passenger's tweets? (928 comments)

Not really likely, right?

So logically, the agent had to be informed that the passenger was making his angry tweet, which, as you imply, the passenger was actually using the tweet to blackmail the agent into bending the rules for him.

I think it is very key, and very telling that this is not addressed in the story. There is no way for Southwest employees at that gate to have known this guy tweeted anything, without the passenger informing of it, and once we get to that obvious fact, to what end was he doing this? The obvious reason is to intimidate the agent he felt was "rude" - which seems rather petulant.

Now it gets more interesting if you start to wonder if there was a reason why the agent threatened to call the police on this guy... was it an overreaction, or was this passenger just being such an incredibly overbearing, pompous ass in his blackmail attempt, that the agent felt threatened? It might be that they never requested him to remove the tweet, but were instead responding to his petulant tantrum.

I can easily see it playing out that he was informed he needed to calm down and back off or they would call security. We only have his word that they threatened to have him arrested, and that he had to remove the tweet... it seems more reasonable, knowing this passenger intended to intimidate the agents, that he was in a threatening posture, and realizing he was about to get a royal TSA probing, "calmed down" and offered to remove his tweet as a gesture - all the while plotting to tell the story we see presented here, in all of its one-sided glory.

I hate to side either way on this story, but I'm more inclined, given this key missing item of the story, to believe that the "more to this story" involved the passenger being a LOT more in the wrong than the gate agent.

about a month ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

BenJeremy Headphone cables from thin air! (115 comments)

My phone does this, it's called "Speaker mode"

Seriously, saying "fiber optic cables from thin air" is an idiotic statement. IR remotes have been doing this for decades, and using lasers to do so has also been done for ages.

about a month ago

Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

BenJeremy Great... (102 comments)

...that's all I need, an avatar to browbeat me for an hour over my poor credit history that is partially due to my poorly-paid job working on a government contract.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

BenJeremy Acquisitions (272 comments)

HP has over 317,000 employees, thanks in large part to acquisitions - Microsoft is no different here.

Lots of redundancies can be eliminated (unfortunately for those employees) - and in some ways, this is a very bad thing. As monopolies grow, they are able to be more efficient and eliminate jobs. We don't stop and think about the fact that in a massive conglomerate corporation place once stood several competing corporations that meant competition (lower prices, better service to consumers) and more jobs - but of course, less return to investors and less pay to executives.

This is a troubling trend, as the American Dream is snuffed and the middle class finds itself dwindling deeper into poverty, while the richest seem to work tirelessly to increase that gap. I'm no socialist or communist, but it occurred to me the goal of these assholes wasn't to get richer - that's something that happens when you are that rich anyway - it is to make the rest of us poorer.

about a month ago

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

BenJeremy Save even more bandwidth for facebook users! (129 comments)

Take all landscape photos and crop 33% of the space on the left side and 33% on the right side. I see they already do this to widescreen videos taken on smart phones.

I just saved 66% of their bandwidth, and made the images more appealing to hipsters and guidos!

about a month and a half ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

BenJeremy The impact of copyright enforcement (214 comments)

The monetary costs of "fighting piracy" is probably far greater than any actual losses. With international treaties, lobbying, investigation, prosecution, lawsuits, direct enforcement (police raids) as well as countless millions handed over to worthless organizations like the MPAA in this effort, the industry and society in general spends more to fight this phantom menace than is prudent.

Of course, common sense would tell us to stop being dumbasses, but there is an entire industry built around "copyright enforcement" and that scam involves too much money to give up anytime soon.

about a month and a half ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

BenJeremy The real problem here... (353 comments) that instead of "saving" you on premiums, it will only be used as an excuse to tack on more to your premiums.

We already see this with credit ratings. Having trouble paying your bills, even though you pay your car insurance on time? Here's a nice 20% price hike to punish you.

This is the way this always works, particularly with an industry that you are legally mandated to do business with.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

BenJeremy Change Jobs? (282 comments)

Once every 56 years?

Too soon?

about 2 months ago



Adobe trolls slick dealers

BenJeremy BenJeremy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

BenJeremy (181303) writes "This morning, lots of bargain hunters awoke to great news: Adobe was offering their Creative Suite 2 for free, just for registering an Adobe account! Download links and serial numbers on Adobe's web site seemed to confirm the news, as "hot deal" sites and even Forbes published the news. The plug was pulled a few hours later as horrified Adobe employees discovered they had inadvertently exposed a web page intended to help Adobe customers (who were already licensed) deal with activation servers that Adobe shut down on December 15.

One would hope Adobe would simply say "we meant to do that, here you go, have fun with the old version of Creative Suite and consider purchasing a newer version" but it doesn't look like they will do that."

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