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China Rejects US Piracy Claims As "Groundless"

Dolohov WTF Priorities? (302 comments)

Let me get this straight: at a time when we're trying to get China to finally help do something about North Korea, we're giving them shit about copyright violations? Where are our priorities??

more than 4 years ago
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Writer Peter Watts Sentenced; No Jail Time

Dolohov Re:some fine police officers who don't deserve (299 comments)

The "bad apples" argument holds up better than you think if you remember where it comes from. Apples ripen and rot by ethylene gas, they produce it when the ripen, and produce a lot of it when they rot, and being in an ethylene atmosphere induces faster ripening/rotting. It's a positive feedback loop. When you put apples in a barrel or other container you have to be careful to leave out the ones that are starting to go bad, or they'll start a chain reaction and the whole barrel will go rotten very quickly. So, it might only be one bad apple at the start, but the whole barrel winds up spoiled.

It's just as you say with bad cops: just one of them can spoil a whole lot of good cops. But it's not quite as bad as you say; there are a lot of barrels out there with no bad cops at all.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

Dolohov Re:I caught several cheaters (684 comments)

This was my experience too. To some extent, it's because the university considers cheating such a big deal they've ratcheted up the penalties so high that they cannot bring themselves to mete those penalties out. So they lean on professors to water down their cheating claims (let alone the BS they pull with grad students who catch cheating) and the students get off with a smack on the wrist at worst, plus the knowledge that they can get away with cheating as long as there is just enough doubt.

more than 4 years ago
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Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

Dolohov Re:A comment from Tynt (495 comments)

Spying on trivial crap is not the same thing as not spying. For what it's worth, I also object to being followed in department stores to see what hats I try on, or videotaped on the street to see what shop windows I look into. Just because I can't off the top of my head think of some nefarious use for the data does not make it OK to collect it without my permission.

more than 4 years ago
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Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

Dolohov Re:A comment from Tynt (495 comments)

A simple word count would be fine by me; I must have misunderstood the fellow from Tynt when he said they were "tracking the content, not the user", as I thought he meant that they were indeed sending text.

more than 4 years ago
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Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

Dolohov Re:A comment from Tynt (495 comments)

If that's what they consider a fair trade, fine: Then they can damn well say forthrightly that that is the cost, instead of hiding it. Let me make the decision of whether reading their rag is worth being spied on.

more than 4 years ago
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Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

Dolohov Re:A comment from Tynt (495 comments)

I can't speak for anyone else, but I find a couple things wrong with this:
1) Like a number of people, I tend to highlight text as I read -- it's a good way to mark my place, and it helps overcome some of the stupid font and coloring decisions that sites make. That means you're not just telling publishers what I want to preserve and promote, but snippets of what I'm reading. That bugs me, and I can't imagine that it's useful.
2) Maybe you're not storing or tracking personally identifiable information, maybe you are -- I have no way of knowing. (I appreciate the offer of the dashboard access, but that's just what you choose to share) I have to trust you not to, and you are not behaving in a manner that makes me want to trust you: silently sending data? Asking me to opt-out rather than opt-in? Sorry, no. I've been to a couple of the sites mentioned here and had no idea that my reading habits were being monitored in this way -- that makes me feel like I'm being spied on, and I have to wonder what else you're doing that you just haven't been caught at yet. You guys launched without an opt-out, that tells me that you consider privacy concerns an afterthought.
3) Even if I trust you not to mistreat my data, how do I know that you're sending this in an intelligent fashion? I haven't done a TCPdump yet, but when I do, am I going to discover that you're sending what I highlight plain-text? Can someone who isn't you track me personally based on what you're collecting and sending? Is there any effort to make sure that the sites who use this are not being stupid and applying your tool to text on secure pages? How can I know without stopping and peering at the source for every page I visit?
4) If my choices are individual opt-out on your customers who are polite enough to offer it versus either blanket blocking or global opt-out, I'm going to have to pick global opt-out even if I don't mind the polite folks using it. Otherwise I have no control over how the less-trustworthy people use it -- as an opt-out service, your whole service is only as trustworthy as your least honest customers. And I cannot imagine that your customers who rely on ad revenue are happy to have you recommending that people who don't want to be spied on use an ad blocker.

I actually don't mind the attribution tool, I think it's clever and potentially useful -- but also something that could have been accomplished without tracking my reading habits.

If you want to be trusted and not "flamed", it's simple: make it opt-in, and give me a good reason to opt in. You make money off monitoring my browsing habits, maybe I ought to get a cut.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Dolohov Re:Bribery (773 comments)

I think that a lot of what Microsoft would be buying would be the perception that Google no longer has the best stuff. They would be trying to use strategic payments and lots of buzz to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. This could never work under the table. As you note, most people wouldn't even notice.

But yeah, I don't think it would actually be workable: as you say, $1m is probably far too little. Microsoft couldn't even pay for Amazon to switch, I suspect. Others would refuse the move on principle, like slashdot or the IRS.

about 5 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Dolohov Re:Everyone has their price? (773 comments)

I didn't say it was *my* principle, just the principle Cuban seems to be assuming.

about 5 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Dolohov Re:Bribery (773 comments)

I wouldn't focus too much on the number involved -- the principle is that everyone has their price.
Also, in theory those top websites stand to gain that much money from whichever search engine dominates. If Bing dominated the market as a result of this move, they would not lose much money, and the bribe could well make up the difference.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Responds To "Like OS X" Comment

Dolohov Re:they've been copying Mac all along... (505 comments)

More to the point: what on earth is wrong with copying good interface ideas? As a Microsoft stockholder I'd be far more upset if they *didn't* look at Mac OS when designing Windows!

about 5 years ago
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China Considering Cuts In Rare-Earth Metal Exports

Dolohov Re:Reciprocal regulations (456 comments)

"Won't mind"? That's probably the point -- they can then use this as a bargaining chip to get access to anything they happen to be short on, or political concessions. They're betting, probably correctly, that while there are substitutes for cloth, wood, petrochemicals, and lots of other raw materials, nothing short of transmutation will give us yttrium in quantity.

more than 5 years ago
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Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?

Dolohov Re:Don't make the pair programming compulsory (302 comments)

Me, I hate watching someone else program, it's like watching your dog take a shit. But it's a good experience for one term -- some people will find that they hate it, but some will find that they can live with it, and some will find that it works very well for them. Education works well when it bumps you out of your comfort zone from time to time.

more than 5 years ago
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Cure For Radiation Sickness Found?

Dolohov Re:Finally (385 comments)

Dude, no! Now you need it more than ever, because they're not afraid of accidentally irradiating your brain while they read your thoughts!

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates Puts Classic Feynman Lectures Online

Dolohov Re:I know why. (338 comments)

It's not just video files, it's the annotations, commentary tracks, and a variety of links keyed in to particular timestamps. Someone put some significant time and energy into this project, it's not just posting ripped video to a website.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates Puts Classic Feynman Lectures Online

Dolohov Re:I know why. (338 comments)

Look at it this way: assume for a moment that he wants to be altruistic. The technologies available to him to do this the way he wants are Silverlight and Flash. He's a Microsoft fan, he naturally chooses Silverlight - or more likely, the Microsoft lackey he gives the job to chooses it out of fear of being berated for choosing something "inferior".

So, looking from the outside, the altruistic explanation looks exactly the same as the conniving one.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft vs. Google — Mutually Assured Destruction

Dolohov Re:Mutually Assured Destruction? I think not... (416 comments)

Microsoft had tons of legal issues over crushing Netscape, but Netscape stayed crushed. Microsoft was wounded, but it would rather be fined and saddled with weakly-enforced consent decrees than risk real competition.

Besides, Microsoft could use its monopoly in lots of smaller ways to screw with Google. What would happen, for example, if IIS servers produced pages that messed with Google's indexer? Nothing major, just made it get things wrong, or miss keywords. Or if Internet Explorer could still access Google... but was really slow for some reason, and hard to use? Or if Windows Update started changing the default search to Bing on all different browsers?

And that's just the underhanded stuff. Microsoft loves wedging one product into another - how much you want to bet that an upcoming version of Office has convenient little hooks into Bing, to let you do searches from inside documents? Or they release a pared-down version of it with Bing-driven ads? Or buy the Encyclopedia Britannica, lump it in with Encarta with a Bing interface, and make an assault on Google + Wikipedia?

more than 5 years ago
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Military's Satellite Meteor Data Sharing May Soon Resume

Dolohov Re:No! Don't tell us! (35 comments)

If it makes you feel better, it only reports on objects that have already entered the atmosphere and started glowing from the heat of entry.

more than 5 years ago
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UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User

Dolohov Re:The law is on London's side (526 comments)

No, but their UK servers were configured to willingly transmit copies of the work to a country where those works are not copyrighted. It is entirely within the realm of possibility to screen connections and send images to only countries where the works are under copyright, but they chose not to do so.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Who Released Code From Assignments Accused of Cheating

Dolohov Re:CORY DOCTOROW IS NOT A "PROF." (333 comments)

My former boss in the US runs an entire state university's Japanese program, and has done so for 20 years. Her title? "Lecturer." Why? No PhD, just a master's.

Did you happen to attend WVU, by any chance?

more than 5 years ago

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