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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

Bob_Who PBS aired a half hour special on this recently... (188 comments)

I believe it was titled "Government Surveillance" or something like that. The two sides debated: Law enforcement said its "good" and they would never abuse this data. Stanford ethicists and the EFF argued that its "bad" and its already being abused by law enforcement's flagrant disregard of the Constitution. Interestingly, the arguments were moot since law enforcement complained that the detail resolution of the images were not good enough to justify the costs in terms of actual prosecutions. In other words, it would help to solve crimes, but not necessarily well enough - especially because its hard to ID a perpetrator from above the top of their head. I think we need stop relying on technology to run our criminal justice system. Remember, Soylent Green is people.

2 days ago

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Bob_Who Ethics can't be taught or certified (180 comments)

In fact, this process attempts to blame unethical behavior on "bad apples" rather than an entire profession. It does not improve the results, however. Unethical behavior permeates society on all levels regardless of the particular profession. When a profession such as banking or real estate or auto manufacturing or insurance or engineering go out of their way to "teach ethics" to the members of their profession or association then I believe it is an attempt to deny culpability in their own unethical behaviors. My belief is ethics is not taught professionally, rather, it is merely defined in terms of the limits of professional responsibility, which make it possible for sociopaths to navigate the tightrope. This way unethical people learn how to deny responsibility for a lack of professional ethics, when in fact they have a lack of ethics altogether, which can't be repaired by certifications. The fact is that the certifications will have much less impact on improving an individual's personal ethics at their current stage of personal development. The true solution is to stop rewarding unethical behavior in our society, plain and simple. People will behave according to their incentives, whether or not they actually have a social conscience or even a soul, or the professional certifications, thereof.

3 days ago

Abraham Lincoln

Bob_Who This is why slavery came before money... (2 comments)

After all, who was gonna dig up all of that gold for the rich guys? Besides, who needs capital to build civilizations and pyramids when you have a bunch of slaves? Money is virtual slavery.

3 days ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Bob_Who Re:Pay ONLY for what you VIEW not for their CONCRA (107 comments)

You wanna rant and rave, feel free but just about everyone isn't going to take you terribly seriously without a modicum of objectivity

You're absolutely right.

I just closed my Comcast account (an hour on the phone) and I feel much better now

. Don't pay cartels for crap. Just say no to Comcast.

about two weeks ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Bob_Who Re:Its really up to NASA to decide (236 comments)

Correct on all counts, and thank you for reminding me the "Rover" had the GM branding, moon roof, and radial tires...it was driving me to ...lunacy.

about two weeks ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Bob_Who Pay ONLY for what you VIEW not for their CONCRAP (107 comments)

COMCAST is a greedy fat little blood sucker that takes all that technology has to offer and screws it up with moronic menus and programming lineups, lethargic and useless VOD and database features, inconsistent policy, and BAIT AND SWITCH quarterly revision to service fees that require hours of wasted time to correct. They run infomercials on every channel, refuse to stagger the programming over the clock and calender, and advertise on packages that were once commercial free. It boggles the mind how their only skill is to offer the minimum amount of program choices over the maximum number of channels. I get less programming on 6 HBOs 6 Showtimes and 400 other channels than I did back in the 1990s on an analog oak box on less than 70 stations. So SCREW COMCAST and SCREW the FCC for making us have to pay for all of that wasted bandwidth and packaged crap. WE SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO PAY ONLY FOR WHAT WE GET, as apposed to getting what we "pay" for....I no longer am interested in COMCAST content or packages. If I decide to watch PBS and then just binge on whatever I want, and then decide to watch nothing for a week - then that's all I should pay to see. If they cannot organize their bandwidth then they should no longer be allowed to screw around with programming. Their duopoly programming advantage (NBC Universal vs. Viacom CBS) is a cornered market, and controls domestic media agenda. Netflix, Amazon, Youtube seem to know how on demand programming can function properly, so why can't they?. COMCAST MUST BE NEUTERED, They are the ONLY cable company in my market and I would rather do business with fascists. Death to BIG PIG corporate market exclusivity entitlement. Let the parasite die, if it can't or won't compete for its market share.

about two weeks ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Bob_Who Its really up to NASA to decide (236 comments)

This isn't rocket science... why ask any scientist less qualified than an astronaut? GM built the lunar module, so NASA is very qualified to stall a car on the moon..

about two weeks ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Bob_Who Re:Is there any conclusive proof of God? (610 comments)

....Take, say, a bagel, for instance. The bagel didn't come out of nowhere. The bagel didn't create itself. The logical conclusion is the bagel was created. Extrapolate that out to the vastness of the universe. There is a creator.

Or perhaps, more precisely, there is a baker

about two weeks ago

AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

Bob_Who Suddenly Southern California ... (33 comments)

....is no longer an undisclosed location.

And everyone knows Batman works in Gotham City. Duh.

about two weeks ago

Should PETA Turn Jeffrey Dahmer's Home into Vegan Restaurant

Bob_Who Re:With just a bit of pâté perhaps? (6 comments)

Fava. Chianti.

Exactly! Call it Hannibal's and then open a second establishment at Donner Pass...

about two weeks ago

Belgrade or Sebastapol?

Bob_Who Club Dread (4 comments)

...postcards from bleeding edge sight seeing destinations

about two weeks ago

Chosen People == Master Race

Bob_Who We all are people (8 comments)

We all make choices.

I figure that either everybody or nobody

is chosen by omnipotence or serendipity.

I choose Omnipotydipity

about two weeks ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

Bob_Who New feed creates 40% increase in growth rate... (116 comments)

...and are healthier and more robust"

These Shrimps ain't shrimps anymore, I guess. With a 40% increased growth rate we should feed that stuff to Yankees sluggers.

These statistics sound like those cattle and poultry farmers achieve from hormone injections. If these shrimp suddenly become lobsters maybe the cholesterol will be a little too high as well.

It seems to me that "healthier" is a marketing term, not a scientific matter of fact.

about two weeks ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Bob_Who Re:Adventure holiday! (319 comments)

They are not unlike Emos.

If you go through life looking/acting like a refugee from a Dr.Seuss book you should expect to be mocked.

People who fuck through holes (in costumes, bathroom walls or bed sheets) deserve to be laughed and pointed at.

You are entitled to nothing.... no freebies.

And no substitutions.... green ham only

about two weeks ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Bob_Who Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

Its gotta be in the lease or else its an unreasonable assumption. Extras cum at a price or not at all...no freebies

about two weeks ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Bob_Who Re:Read your lease... (319 comments)

I've been taught my entire life that you will never get a break. so I've learned to live within my means and save to buy what I want.

.....but he just didn't see that cement truck rolling backwards down hill into the crosswalk when he had the right of way. Instantly all his millions were in the hands of those who never get a break. Totally unfair.

about two weeks ago



Sprint, Walmart launch Common Cents mobile

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob_Who (926234) writes "As reported on BroadBandRreports, Sprint and Walmart launch Common Cents mobile. Can call it Common Cents or Boost or Virgin or Sprint, its still not as good a deal as you think. Prepay Common Cents cellular at .07 a minute / per text still boils down to $20/mo. bottom line, for some, since your minutes may expire monthly. Its half of the 39.99*/mo price point on my Sprint two year contract (*$46 or so, after surcharges & fees). We must, once again, buy another unnecessary cellphone to add to our collection of toxic land fill. The fact that my old Sprint phone can't be used on this SPRINT network is not only ludicrous, it should be a crime and as harshly dealt with as an oil spill.

No matter how you slice and dice it, cellular is and will always be a TOTAL RIP OFF because it is in the hands of a few corporate monsters who have claimed the bandwidth and have every intention of extorting every possible penny from the market until our dying day, or thereafter, if possible. Until we actually have competition in the market, or we rewrite the LAW we are paying too much.

Gouging the citizens for the benefit of the shareholders may be legal and ethical, but IMHO its immoral and uncivilized to screw the 'many' for the benefit of the 'few'.

Ultimately, we need to change all corporate commerce, or else "eat the rich" will be the new populous slogan."

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Sprint, Walmart launch Common Cents mobile

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 3 years ago

As reported on Broad Band DSL Reports.com, Sprint and Walmart launch Common Cents mobile - You can call it 'Common Cents' or 'Boost' or 'Virgin' or 'Sprint', it is still not a great deal. Prepay Common Cents cellular at .07Â a minute / per text still boils down to a $20/mo. bottom line, for some, since your minutes may expire monthly. Unused time and inactive phone numbers may be forfeited, so you better feed the kitty on time. Its half the price of Sprint's $39.99*/mo 2 year contract price point (* $46 or so, w/ surcharges & fees). Unfortunately, the customer must buy yet another new cell phone to add to the collection of unnecessary toxic land fill. The fact that my old Sprint phone can't be used on this SPRINT network is par for the course, as is the fact that value is targeted only for some: Its really better for light users, and terrible at $1 per Megabyte for high bandwidth customers.


Suddenly my first Slashdot "Relationship Change" notification - But Why?

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Suddenly, after years on this site, my very first Slashdot "Relationship Change" notification ever - But Why?

Below is what I received from Slashdot, for the record.

                Slashdot Message for Bob_Who
                      * Message Preferences
                      * List Messages
              Relationship Change
              sent by Slashdot Message System on Monday May 03, @12:05AM
              esme (17526) has made you their foe.

OK Slashdot, who the fuck is this and why do I care? Does this mean we're breaking up? Jerry Springer and Maury will have to pay for the paternity test....

I've been slash dotting a couple of years, lots of comments, moderating, and participation. In all that time, I never had any involvement with [friends, foes, freaks, fans] because I just don't have any interest in tagging virtual users. I just don't need to manage that info, and so far, not one other user has found the need to index me as such. Comments can illicit a response which is a suitably relevant record of interaction with another user opinion - it seems unnecessary to tag that user in any particular way. So far, this reality is consistent, and I never even consider the feature's usefulness. I can keep score on real people, but fail to see the value in defining the imaginary, virtual, or text based entities who are only a handle to an anonymous opinion. That being the situation, it was a real surprise to me when suddenly, for no apparent reason someone needed to define their relationship to me. Weirder still, its a long time slashdotter (based on member #) and furthermore, I am designated a "foe". I don't even bother tagging goatse a foe, so this must be some serious grudge (fuck)

Okay fine, I have no doubt that I say all kinds of stuff to piss people off, but usually, if that occurs, my offensive statement is challenged then and there, with a thread to the post, or simply moderated, or in some way confronted at the point of entry. In other words, friend or foe - its all a reference to an interaction with a specific posting. If I am "foe" its because I posted something specific. It seems to be completely retarded that a person [freak] would make the point of designating an opinion of me without any reference to a topic that elicited this response. Its inane, and meaningless, and retarded. I have spent an hour looking through my recent entries and this persons postings and trying to find some clue as to where we ever had the slightest discourse or interaction. I have no basis to friend or foe them. I just know that for reasons that completely elude me I am designated a foe. So for the record, if I wind up dead or missing for no apparent reason, I hope that dateline NBC will dig up this posting (and my corpse) and discover that although there may be no apparent motive, a reliable indication of the perpetrator is hereby established. You may never find my body, but you'll always have this journal entry as proof that I have a true enemy, cyber-foe, fatwa, hit man, stalker, or whatever - right here on Slashdot.

Its important to understand that people you never knew existed, or who in fact may not exist at all, are quite aware of you, and have made it known to the internet that they consider you a foe, for the record, on Slashdot. Its so special and meaningful when you cannot even begin to guess what could possibly be the relevancy of this antagonism without some little clue or reference to a keystroke interaction.

It just blows my mind that when I finally have my very first "Relationship Change" (like a virgin) notification from Slashdot, that there is not even slightest clue or indication as to why. What is the fucking purpose of it then? Its totally meaningless if this is some random designation. I mean what's the fucking point? I'm completely confused. What a neurotic feature. Its like socially inept "faceless book" non interactive mystery discourse. Its just stupid and creepy, from where I sit. I just have no earthly idea why this person even made the effort to opine their view of me, and yet completely evade any reference to my interaction. or anything I ever said that is meticulously stored and indexed in Slashdot's database.

Oh, you mean I stole your wife, ran over your dog, and got you fired, dented your car? No? I have to keep guessing?

(imagine Al Pacino Scarface voice) Well, say hello to my little friend ! (machine guns and dirty bombs) Kaboom! Oops, there goes Philadelphia.....

Or maybe you think I'm John Cussack in Grosse Pointe Blank since I do have a high school reunion coming up....That's it! Its a job! I have a new hit contract! I've been hired to get medieval on this guy's ass. This is the one I'm supposed to "Bada Bing" at Tony's sausage factory.



My /. karma changed today to excellent.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I've had neutral, bad, and good karma, but I was unaware of excellent. I wonder what I did this time to change it. I also wonder if there might be other karmic levels like 'terrible' or 'transcendent' or 'unknown'. Thanks for the endorsement /. Like my grandmother used to say, "Flattery will get you everywhere."


Slashdot is great service. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 4 years ago Well, I just gotta say that in spite of my previous gripe about libelous troll karma, Slashdot is way, way better than most any scalable portal / social network / news and data exaggerator. I realized this as I was slamming AOL and Corporate America's greed and short sightedness, when it occurred to that at least Slashdot keeps it's eye on the ball and continues to deliver real value to the world. A consistency of value and function, while resisting the kind of decay and degradation one can expect once that "upstart" is sold to big business. But Sourceforge isn't AOL or HP. I'm glad that informed perspectives found in top usenet newsgroups or college classrooms are distilled here with the daily news feed. This bloggy convention seems to work for me here, and at Flickr (also acquired by big corporate brother). If its any consolation, I don't pay to subscribe at either place. But the way I figure it, you guys definitely get value from me. I am generally so committed to free stuff that I'll spend the currency of my quality time, instead of fast bucks. It won't pay the bills, but at least it celebrates Slashdot's collaborative process and growth.


Slashdot Karma is Fascist Crap - Don't Tread On Me.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  about 5 years ago Karma: Bad. Screw you pinheads. Your Karma is every bit as bad, so bite me. I'll never subscribe now. In fact I won't submit or comment. Why should I? You pissed me off and now I just want to insult you and put my effort into worthy causes - not your fascist intimidation and conformity imposed by little narrow minds unworthy of the task. Your system is way too loose to start flinging insults at me. So I feel like flinging them back. This is a cure for flame? Interesting choice. I have dozens of posts and yet one "off topic" remark negates my karma score to BAD. This degrades my status, and subsequently, reflects on several hours of GOOD thoughtful prose. You idiots! Oh wait, I guess its BAD when you are the one being called names, isn't it? Now I'm a troll and a flame bait. Just exterminate me. I'm BAD. Clearly people confused by the contrived moderator task thrust upon them will tend to look for fault, and moderate like hard boiled nuns at a catholic girls school. Furthermore, your punitive attack outweighs the positive strokes for "good" behavior. You are all stick and no carrot. That's stupid and annoying, and will never properly motivate an ass like me. Where's the credit where credit is due? Is it all negative score keeping? Is it too complex to find a fair, reasonable system that does not completely tilt the importance of poor content over good? Can't you distinguish blatant spam from a difference of opinion or mild infraction of your divine holier-than-thou standards of humor or rhetoric. Irony, satire, allegory and other literary devices confuse the common 'dork denominator' or perhaps elude them altogether. Like Nurse Ratchett in Kesey's "...Cuckoo's Nest", you want to break Murphy down, and squash the 'unconventional' or the 'misunderstood' like a bug. A BAD Karma flame bait troll bug. If it ain't GOOD, middle-of-the-road homogenized view, then it must be BAD KARMA and we must stamp out BAD KARMA immediately before it spreads. You like that snap! whacking yardstick, don't you Sister Sadist? That's a pretty nasty habit and spanking, from the short end of your stick. Dick. Well, you just suck out loud. Fix your own shit. Your Karma is an insulting label. Its asinine. You're just being a dick. Just like me, right now. How do you like it? Dick for dick, tit for tat. Just like any racist, prejudicial, fuck wad, Nazi, scumbag, n-word exploitation.... this is your BAD karma when you crap on my karma and call me BAD - after all of the mostly GOOD efforts and results I have contributed here. DON'T BE A DICK. KARMA NEEDS TO BE FIXED. Just ask Earl.

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