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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

HnT He definitely did know and understand the risk. (142 comments)

Kim Schmitz started out in the BBS days and did exactly the same thing back then: providing storage for people to upload and swap "warez" on his BBS site. Google "Beverly Hills BBS" and "House of Coolness BBS". He was reading and archiving everyone's messages and when the police in Germany cracked down on him he turned on his former colleagues and friends and gave everyone up to get a better deal for himself. He was also convicted of calling card and computer fraud, a few years later he was getting rich on an insider deal scam with letsbuyit.com for which he was also convicted.
However you might feel about hollywood abusing international leverage to break into his home, make no mistake: Kim thrives in the grey area and on illegal activities and he has several criminal convictions to prove that fact. He has repeatedly managed to at least temporarily flee jurisdiction by moving country. If there is one person who definitely understands all ins and outs of copyright then it is him, at the very least out of experience and from having been caught red handed more than once.

This is nothing but yet another one of his charades and PR stunts. He is not fighting for you or your right to keep a "backup copy". Trying to get everyone on the net riled up is just yet another PR stunt. Kim always has been and always will be caring for only one person: himself. And he will not hesitate to lie and step on former friends and partners alike. Never just trusting anything he says should be the default.

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

HnT Re:Coke vs Pepsi (396 comments)

Except that Coke and Pepsi are still being sold and people care about them to varying degrees. I doubt anyone but Marissa and the handful of remaining sad developers who somehow didn't get a better offer have even heard or cared about yahoo in the last 5 years. Providing the weather information for the iPhone must have been a really big deal judging by them forcing Apple to "proudly" display that fact but I didn't know you could run a business on that.

And even in its best days yahoo was never a search engine, it was a weird portal with a back then popular chat client and email. It has since been replaced multiple times in each one of these "key" areas. Firefox might as well have switched to altavista, at least it would have been known for search.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

HnT I wish I liked DuckDuckGo (396 comments)

I have repeatedly tried to use DDG over the years and I honestly wish I could like them but as someone in Europe who at times needs more "local" results, I just really, really hate DDG. A simple search on google yields the results I was looking for down to "Shopping" which can be handy or "Maps" or "Images" results. On DDG I got results that were not even close to what I was actually looking for, no shopping and no images. I have had the same experience when searching for error messages for work or code snippets. DDG results were so atrociously off and useless, it was painful.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

HnT Terrible focus (396 comments)

Firefox has long displayed an absolutely horrible focus in their development. What used to be the cool, slim and fast new browser on the intarwebs has become a ridiculous moloch and instead of working on that, they started berating users with things like completely breaking https access for self-signed certificates which are all too common amongst developers who are traditionally also the lion share of Firefox's users. And instead of fixing that or supporting modern web formats they went on to useless "image" and coolness campaigns and redesigned the interface I dont know how many times, as if that really mattered THAT much... and finally ended up with a cheap Chrome knock-off lock that is just disgusting.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

HnT Re:The answer is...virtual credit cards (306 comments)

They are not idiots for saying "your card was declined". Hotels and car rentals are notorious for blocking amounts on your card, just in case. When they tell you the card was declined what really happened was that at minimum they tried to block whatever amount they felt is justified to rip you off in case your parents would not have shown, more likely they tried to block the whole amount for the stay up front. Car rentals do the same even after you brought the car back, for potential overlooked damage or tickets.

about a week ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

HnT It is all about getting cheaper employees (84 comments)

It should not be surprising to see those names up there, for them it is all about getting access to cheaper employees by conjuring up the idea that there are not enough "experts" available. Bitkom has been doing the same scheme for over a decade now in Germany and it has become a running joke amongst IT professionals.

about two weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

HnT Hire through your employees, apply through friends (574 comments)

I think that as an employee your best and most efficient chance of finding a job or at least getting to a decent interview is through word of mouth from your friends, or your "network", if you are one of those people. You will get inside info on the company and its culture way before you even apply and this should give you a great feel whether you should or should not apply.

Before you get your pitchforks out because "omg nepotism!" let me tell you about the advantages for the employer side: great quality applications without wasting too much time and resources. Good IT folks typically know a whole bunch of other good people who would make a great and natural fit for the company. And your buddy "vouching" for you also means that employers might be more willing to invest in you and get you up to speed with their often ridiculous requirements It can also be beneficial for the culture and atmosphere at work because you get like minded people.

I think that if you are just more or less blindly applying through the official channels, you are already doing it wrong. The HR drones have only gotten worse. Be in a position where either potential employers come to you or you know folks on the "inside". This, of course, requires that you are a great employee and can live up to the expectations. Then it is a win-win for both sides.

If you are just starting out your two best options to get into that position are either through your studies or, duh, work. Choose a university and courses that involve real, actual projects with actual organizations. These will be the most long-term valuable hours you will ever spend in your academic life. Talk to the professors, see if any companies are posting jobs or looking for cooperation.

about three weeks ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

HnT Oh it's much better than that! (608 comments)

Being middle-aged means that any time soon they will kick out the old and bring in the new because somehow everybody seems to know, old IT workers are somehow completely useless and just cost money...
Oh and there is never enough of them so please let in more cheap labor from abroad!

about 1 month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

HnT Re:Geez-Louise! (608 comments)

Yet strangely enough, practically every CS or IT related degree will hit you over the head with copious amounts of advanced math... and not too long ago anything computer related was basically treated as a sub-section of math and these people would swear on their very lives that without advanced math you couldn't even switch a computer on. ANYONE wanting to program basically needed at least a PhD in math.

about 1 month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Move to svn (245 comments)

If you like the paradigm of the centralized repository which sure has it's uses then consider moving to SVN instead. It will make things easier and nicer, it is CVS done right.

The git/mercurial crowd just cannot stand the CVS/SVN workflow and wants a lot more flexibility which makes perfect sense for a global open source project. If you don't need all that, move to SVN and be happy.

about a month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Amazon cloud (245 comments)

Fire up an amazon cloud instance configured for number crunching, do conversion, shut it down again. This shouldn't cost more than 50 bucks...

about a month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Go back to the 90s (245 comments)

It is high time eric goes back to the 90s and leaves real programmers alone. Doesn't anyone else feel at least a little ashamed of how this guy who gave us the fetchmail plague always grabs the limelight ? The same guy who is notorious for harassing women at conferences and for generally being a nutbag.
I for one am going to create a whole bunch of SVN repositories now, just because.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

HnT Just more of the same... (387 comments)

This is just more of the same old story Linus has been spinning time and again when this topic comes up. He doesn't regret a single instance and then he makes the "that's just how it is" excuse. Then lots of people will flock to how "outrageous" his strong language is and lots of other people will swear they would ten times rather have Linus cussing them out than having to see another tie ever again.

This is getting very boring...

about a month ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

HnT Judging by lots of their products... (213 comments)

Judging by lots of their products and close encounters with their "consultants", I think it is fair to call Micro$oft pretty damn clueless (shoeless)!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

HnT GMail Spam filters are GREAT! (265 comments)

My first language is not English and even for those mails gmail's spam filter works really, really well. I am starting to wonder whether running your own little email server has got something to do with it. I am assuming you are running a typical home server on a home connection with maybe a static IP. This is generally a very bad idea. Whatever Ip you are connecting from, it is flagged as a "dial up pool" or "home connection pool" so emails coming from there will instantly look very suspicious to any spam filter.
Maybe you have been sending mails back and forth with your gmail account for so long that you worn gmail's spam filter down? Maybe it thinks you actually want messages like that...

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

HnT How to make headlines (367 comments)

It is hilarious how these "ethics warriors" like peta and greenpeace always piggyback onto "hot" company names in their headlines. When anyone else is using a camel, seems like they don't care. If they can get a name like "Google" or even better "Apple" into the headline, oh then they jump right into action!
Same with Greenpeace, the headline would be "APPLE datacenter directly burns the ozone layer" when actually Apple, amazon and a few others are sharing that new data center and the data center turned out to be using a surprising amount of renewable energy.

This clearly shows how manipulative these so-called "NGOs" are and when you point this out you will quickly hear the self-proclaimed "ethical people" argue how the ends justify the means and "that's just how you do it" in the flood of information these days.

So here is a nice headline like that: PETA murders more pets a year than any industry in the world! Oh and Hitler was a vegan, do you really want to be in THAT company?

about a month and a half ago
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

HnT Still a better movie than Phantom Menace! (55 comments)

Even this "uncut" fan version is still a much better movie than PhantomMenace!

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

HnT Is this where they dangle a puppet? (210 comments)

Is this where "the man" dangles a puppet in front of your eyes so you forget about everything else? Say I never used facebook, dropbox and google and steer clear. Now "they" only have phones, credit cards, bank statements, anything I get shipped, plane stubs, hotel reservations, car license plates, cell- and/or smartphones and a bazillion other things to know exactly what I ate last Tuesday and to violate my privacy which, judging by the attention wh**ing online, nobody cares all that much about anyway it seems.

about a month and a half ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT Re:Maybe Anthony Bourdain (103 comments)

I hate to spell this out like that but you have to realize that North Eastern Thailand is the hottest, most rural, poorest and generally most "backwards" part in the whole country... it is not mere coincidence that an overwhelming number of Thai-farang marriages are with Isaan girls and yes, they have some rather strange customs and ways there but this does not apply to all of Thailand. Real NorthEastern food is not for the faint of heart but there are so many different really real Thai dishes from different regions, you shouldn't find it difficult to find something you can enjoy. Being "weird" doesn't make it somehow "more real" Thai food, that is just a Western middle class well-off white kids fallacy and way of dick-measuring who had the more "real" experience on their parents' money.

Thai cuisine has even adapted some very Western dishes and given them a unique twist, I would still consider many of those Thai dishes.

about 2 months ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT How to judge "real" Thai food (103 comments)

It's a given that Thai food is amongst the most delicious cuisines in the world so you only need to find the right place to eat! These two simple points should help:

1. Are you in Thailand? Many places around the world come close but it's never quite the same.

2. Is it packed full with locals with just enough space to squeeze in? If the place is packed full you can be sure it is great and this goes for small food stalls just as much as for nice restaurants! Thai people are passionate about food and eat out a lot so the good places will be very full; better stay away from the empty ones.

This is all you really need and you can be 98% certain before even having tried the food! chok dee krub!

about 2 months ago

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Your incompetent boss is making you unhappy, says a study

HnT HnT writes  |  about two weeks ago

HnT (306652) writes "A new working paper shows strong support for what many have always suspected: your boss's technical competence is the single strongest predictor of workers' well-being, way ahead of other factors such as education, earnings, job tenure and public vs. private sector. On top of other studies which have already demonstrated that happy workers are more productive workers (e.g. http://amp.aom.org/content/ear...), it does make you wonder how long organizations can afford to continue promoting incompetent bosses in today's very dynamic and competitive business world."
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iWork for iCloud beta now available for registered Apple developers

HnT HnT writes  |  about a year ago

HnT (306652) writes "Registered Apple developers got an email today that their iCloud accounts now offer a beta test access to "iWork for iCloud" and it looks very promising!"
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More details on the German government malware and

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports details on cases where the government malware was used so far — all of them actually unlawful and in violation of its initial intention to only be used against serious crime and threats of terrorism."
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Skype Protocol Reverse Engineered

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The skype protocol for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x has been reverse engineered including rc4 and arithmetic compression and there is source code available to send a message to skype."
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Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX

HnT HnT writes  |  about 4 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort."
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