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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Dragonslicer Re:Still no jurisdiction (37 comments)

So here's the first thing I thought of after reading the summary. The quotes in the summary make it sound like a case of false advertising, deceptive practices, and/or fraud. While the FCC might not have the authority to do anything about the problem, what about the FTC? Can the FTC slap them around more than the FCC can?

2 days ago

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Dragonslicer Re:So the idea is that.... (143 comments)

If people are illegally sharing stuff, then get 4 pieces of paper, print stuff with ink, and mail it to them? Why bother wasting the ink, paper and postage to send the letters if no further actions are to be taken?

Yeah, they should save the paper, ink, and postage costs and distribute the letters through Bittorrent instead.

4 days ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Dragonslicer Re:IBM (383 comments)

The layoffs from Microsoft are only about 5500, though. We already know the fate of Nokia.

about two weeks ago

US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Dragonslicer Re:There's no such thing as a "permanent ban" (148 comments)

I thought the exact same thing, but the summary seems to say that it does change one thing: states that currently have taxes on Internet service are no longer allowed to have them. The word "permanent" is a bit weird, but apparently it only means "does not require annual renewal".

about two weeks ago

Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

Dragonslicer Re:dmv (205 comments)

A quick search on Google showed that California's DMV was established in 1915, at which point they would definitely be working with people born in the 1890's.

about two weeks ago

Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

Dragonslicer Re:Brasil futbol is national disgrace. (144 comments)

Simple. He'll run around the lumbering heart attack who won't be able to move as fast thanks to inertia.

And then when he's 2 meters past, he'll suddenly fall to the ground and clutch his leg.

about two weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

Dragonslicer Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (50 comments)

This is the kind of crap that gave KDE 4 such a bad reputation. Labelling things as done when they are still major works in progress. If you don't think it's finished, don't call it a release candidate. Don't label it as a new major version. If it's not finished, then it's neither of those things.

That's completely true. The worst part is that it isn't the fault of the KDE developers. Your quote isn't in the release announcement, it's in the writeup on some website that most likely doesn't have any connection to the KDE developers (or, apparently, a clue). The release announcement says, "This is one last chance to test for bugs and check for problems before the final release next week." That is what a release candidate is.

KDE 4.0 was pretty much the same way. The developers proclaimed quite loudly that it was not meant for everyday desktop use, but that they felt it necessary to call it 4.0 so that the API would be frozen (this decision is certainly debatable). A few Linux distributions took software that they were clearly told was not ready for end users and gave it to end users.

about two weeks ago

IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Dragonslicer Re:Verilog? (197 comments)

Also SQL -- yes, there is a distinct syntax associated with it, but is it a "programming language"?

If not, any of the variants of PL/SQL certainly are.

about three weeks ago

IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Dragonslicer Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (197 comments)

HTML is not a language. Sorry.

All these years, I guess I was wrong about what the L stood for.

HTML may not be a Turing-complete programming language (I haven't looked to see how much HTML5 added), but it is a "language".

about three weeks ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Dragonslicer Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

You nailed it.

(Honestly I think he just likes driving a big ass truck, and the boat is an excuse.)

No, but you did.

about three weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Dragonslicer Re:Or Maybe Self-Driving Vehicles (579 comments)

It's just as annoying when there's nobody behind them. The person entering the road (or pedestrian crossing) could have gone sooner if the car had just kept going and gotten out of the way, instead of needing to wait to make sure the car is going to stop for you.

about three weeks ago

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Launch To Tuesday

Dragonslicer Re:This is news why? (43 comments)

If weather and technical issues are going to cause delays like this, I don't see how SpaceX will ever be able to turn this into a viable industry.

about a month ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Dragonslicer Re:You show me yours, I'll show you mine (649 comments)

What peer-reviewed evidence do you have to support the non-existence of a committee of seventeen gods

A committee? Well, that explains a lot.

about a month ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Dragonslicer Re:Disingenuous Summary (394 comments)

Which is it? 500 watts or 35 watts? This summary and title are completely ridiculous, I can think of plenty of other things that are using more power in my home than a cable box. Refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, hair blow dryer, desktop computer, television, central heating/air conditioning, range (if it's electric), power tools/garage, home theatre system, the list goes on and on.

And how many of those things are on and consuming their typical amount of power continuously? If it's more than a couple, then I kind of worry about your lifestyle.

about a month ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Dragonslicer Re:What if I get hungry? (394 comments)

If it doesn't involve lasers, flamethrowers and nuclear reactors, it's not a good was to toast a cheese sandwich.

Fixed that for ya

about a month ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

Dragonslicer Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

We also have several very good engineering schools, though I suspect that isn't what you or the post that you replied to were talking about. Despite that, I still think "most of the best universities in the world" is an overstatement.

about a month ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

Dragonslicer Re:BSES (169 comments)

Just tossing out a stray thought, but how much value would there be in having maybe one person at a Starbucks with some sort of culinary arts education/training? I'm sure it wouldn't be much, but it was an interesting thought I had.

about a month ago

Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Dragonslicer Re:Is it is? (153 comments)

Am I the only one who thought this might be an announcement about Portland, ME?

Probably. Even in New England, people think of Oregon before Maine.

about a month ago



Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."


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