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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Gliscameria Re:Adblock plus is free (284 comments)

I'd really rather just give the money directly to the site than give google more power. Reddit/Imgur made it pretty simple to do, and a reasonable rate.

2 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Gliscameria Re:Ads (284 comments)

Unless you are actually clicking the ads and buying stuff you aren't any better. (If these loud video ads become the norm I'll be installing some form of ad blocker, until then it's just tolerable visual noise)

2 days ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Gliscameria More money! (104 comments)

Hey, a telecom corporate shill is proposing a massive tax backed program to funnel money into telecom companies, much surprise.

4 days ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Gliscameria I wish I could believe... (704 comments)

It sounds great, but it's probably mostly a way to get more censorship and data collection.

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Gliscameria No More wars! (264 comments)

How great is this! Global warming can bring world peace! We don't need to go around fighting wars on drugs or brown people, we can funnel all of that money upwards by entering and endless war against the ocean. Plus think of all of the benefits to the economy, they already covered mining for sand, but we'll need a whole lot of concrete and iron for structures. Plus, a lot of houses are going to get flooded, plus we'll have to build new ones, then you can do glass bottom boat tours of the ruins of Miami. This global warming this is going to be a cash cow!

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Gliscameria Re:Assumptions? (441 comments)

There's a difference between exclusion and not recruiting. Why should an industry go out of its way to build up a recruiting base when it already has a competitive one? The only business reason I can think of is so that it can pay everyone less, which makes so much sense when I see this same backwards argument three times a week.

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Gliscameria Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

I really liked that "Cold War" show. I hear it's getting a reboot, but so far I'm not so fond of the people auditioning for lead.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Gliscameria Re:Terrible (430 comments)

I for one do do whatever statues tell me to do.

about three weeks ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Gliscameria Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

You could take a lot of what current leaders SAY and make them sound like heroes too. These guys realized they were rich, but still quite vulnerable. When they preach about banks it's motivated by knowing they are vulnerable to them. When they preach about limiting corporate powers they are talking about other corporations. When they talk about wealth they mean anyone wealthier than themselves, which is variable. If these guys weren't completely full of shit we wouldn't be run by banks, corporations and money. Those very important points would have been put in the constitution or at least amended.

about three weeks ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Gliscameria Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

I'm sure they could. Remember, the founding fathers were a bunch of rich land owners that got together to get out of paying taxes to England. Not much significant has changed. It's still a bunch of rich people preaching about freedom in order to obtain more power and money. The main difference is that it's acceptable to worship money now, being greedy isn't immoral anymore, it's savvy.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

Gliscameria High Detail (37 comments)

What?

about three weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Gliscameria Re:Half Hope The Park Still Gets Built (451 comments)

Hell yeah, I hear they'll have all 14 stations of the cross, plus a bonus at the end where you shoot up out of the tomb. I have been thinking way too hard about what rides would be best for each station... somehow you have to cram a water ride in there. You definitely need a 'superman' type roller coaster where it's suspended and you are fastened to a cross.

about a month ago
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Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

Gliscameria I don't get the fussCRAFT (50 comments)

You've been able to get level editorsCRAFT pretty easily since the days of Doom. Some were friendlyCRAFT, some weren't. The Quake editor was pretty great and you weren't stuck with boxesCRAFT. Now they've just shit up the interfaceCRAFT and took the graphics backwards 20+ years. --CRAFT

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gliscameria Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

Unless you are out of the warranty or return period, which is basically always. Killing the ability of the device to interact with a computer is basically bricking the entire device. If I remove your car's ability to interact meaningfully with the road, for most intents and purposes your car is broken.

about 1 month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Gliscameria Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

I don't see the point on taxing the use of things that you need to get be productive, like the internet, food, roads, power, water --etc. Taxing consumption of luxury/non-essentials seems to make sense though. Of course that's a grey area, and saying, "Well, use some common sense." is more or less useless, because for some people having a yacht might be as essential to their business as you having a 04 Civic. Then you have the even worse area of vices. Calling something a vice and taxing it is basically legislating morality, so you have to be on board with that before you can tax booze and tobacco -- then do you stop or go on to jewelry, porn, sports cars, dessert?

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gliscameria Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

Especially considering the person aware of the counterfeiting could be multiple times removed from the consumer. The bad chip might be purchased by a company that distributes to a board house that is making components for some doodad you bought. You'd have to yell at the doodad manufacturer, then they'd have to yell at the component manufacturer, then they'd have to yell at the board house, then they'd have to yell at the distributor who may not even know they were selling bunk chips. Meanwhile, your doodad is broken and all that you know is that FTDI sucks. That USB to serial converter is used a LOT. You'd be surprised how many times you plug in a "USB" device and it's going through a converter, especially on scientific equipment, sensors, etc. I hope they don't break anything important,

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gliscameria Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

it certainly does suck for FTDI, but if they can detect the counterfeit hardware why not just make it so that your drivers no longer work with their hardware... instead of modifying the hardware to not work with your drivers? Yes, I get that this means that people with existing drivers can still use that hardware, but I'd probably be safer to release new drivers, pull the old ones, and use google to link to a counterfeit awareness page or something whenever someone searches for the PID.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Gliscameria Reagan II (407 comments)

This all sounds great, at least until we elect Reagan II next election with control of the house and senate and ramp that prison industry back up. My only hope would be that some libertarian would actually be a libertarian and not some "State's rights" or corporate shill to get elected, because I don't see the dems surviving much longer.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Gliscameria How much value (224 comments)

If you aren't bringing anything to the table then you aren't going to do well in the interview, if it's skills or IP, and you are going to put values on those things. You don't work for free because your skills are valuable. The trouble you may have with IP is how much you separate its value from the value of your skills - especially considering your IP could be usefully mined for years past your employment. Most professionals bring IP to companies they join, patented or not, and they absolutely use that as leverage in an interview. You should take the time to properly assess the value of your IP and present that in an interview. You have a tough balance of making the case that your IP is valuable without coming across as greedy or misinformed. If you put no value on it then it won't be seen as having value.

about a month ago

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