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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Re:Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

This isn't a "political blacklist". He's not being "blacklisted" first and foremost. He is being asked to resign.

Second, it's not an issue of politics. It's an issue of humanity. But unfortunately some people having equality has become a political issue and it really shows just how sick the US really is.

about a month ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Re:Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

You mean it was disclosed because it was mandatory? If you want to play that card, the Prop 8 people were threatening businesses with boycotts well before that.

Those donations should be public. Unless one lacks the courage of ones convictions.

about a month ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

Brendan Eich is NOT being asked to step down because of "personal beliefs" so let's drop that BS right now. He crossed the line by donating money to actively strip away rights of individuals which is a whole different ball game. But it comes down to this even though most people won't admit it... It's still socially acceptable to be homophobic. If he had given money to the KKK or something this would not be an issue. But because it is still ok to bash gays and make/keep them second class citizens it's still a "debate"

about a month ago
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YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

JenovaSynthesis Google Rolls Over Everytime (268 comments)

This is why I tell clients not to use them. Because it takes some bogus copyright claim and Google rolls over and plays dead because they do not want to actually invest time and money into a system and training that actually works to weed out these abusive claims.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

JenovaSynthesis A better idea (597 comments)

How about we just fund it with a sales tax on Wall Street? Because in our current situation graduates are not getting the jobs they once were. Corporations have been totally relieved of all incentives to actually create jobs to hire them.

And while this idea might work in the future, it does nothing to solve the huge $1,200,000,000,000 bubble that is starting to burst.

about 2 months ago
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Dark Day In the AWS Cloud: Big Name Sites Go Down

JenovaSynthesis Add Adobe Creative Cloud to the List too (182 comments)

That went down and I think it ate some files with it. Just before the crash my client reported 103 files being removed. They weren't by me.

about 8 months ago
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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

JenovaSynthesis Re:Ten Bleeding Hearts (499 comments)

Amen! The reason why ad blockers became so prevalent was because ads became more and more obnoxious popping up over the content and blocking us from seeing it or annoying (not to mention bandwidth wasting) Flash animations and seizure-inducing flashes to grab our attention.

And now the IAB tells us that a "diverse internet experience" requires them to be assholes. No thank you. Because the more obnoxious and intrusive an ad is, the less likely I am to click on it, buy the product, or utilize the service.

about 8 months ago
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Jail Time For Price-Fixing Car Parts

JenovaSynthesis Re:Banksters (116 comments)

I was going to say the same thing.

about 9 months ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

JenovaSynthesis Re:Very un-PC (719 comments)

Do you have any proof that MoveOn and company were doing anything wrong? The Right Wing in this country has already proven they cannot play by the rules and break them constantly. And Right-wing groups spring up in this nation about as fast as Koch & Co can write checks to protect their precious trust-funds.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

JenovaSynthesis Re:Very un-PC (719 comments)

Maybe because groups like MoveOn.Org and co are *gasp* actually following the rules! It's like how these so-called fact checkers went out of their way to find things wrong with what some Democrats said in order not to appear biased because the right-wing was lying left and right.

about a year ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

JenovaSynthesis Re:Twitter-shaming. (1145 comments)

But conversely though we live in society now where taking that assertive step is met with ridicule itself. They could have shown remorse and apologized or they could have just as easily shrugged her off and told her to get over it.

Take a look at all the bullying in schools that occurs and when called out on the carpet the response is "You're infringing on my freedom of speech!" or "You're infringing on my freedom of religion!".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

JenovaSynthesis Serial Number Alone (687 comments)

I say this because your price point alone makes it very attractive to simply purchase the thing. I would just leave it at a serial number that maybe phones home for validation on install. Copy protection inevitably only hinders legitimate users.

I am curious though as to what your program is and what it does as I am a graphic designer myself as well as faculty attached to the graphic design program at the local college and I am always looking for new/cool stuff both for myself and to share with students.

about a year ago
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What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?

JenovaSynthesis The Ultimate Filter... (544 comments)

Parental involvement... the ultimate filter of internet content. Because if little Billy or Sally were using Wikipedia for their reports on Dinosaurs and the Great Depression, one highly doubts porn would be in there.

about 2 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

JenovaSynthesis Get Over the Sales Tax Thing (210 comments)

Amazon.Com does NOT have a sales tax advantage in the eyes of the law. Yes they do not collect them, but individuals are still required by law to pay use tax on them unless the item is tax-free per state guidelines. So if the state is losing money, it is because Amazon's customers are committing tax fraud.

more than 2 years ago
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Why SOE Decided To Cancel Star Wars Galaxies

JenovaSynthesis It's Not Because The License Is Expiring (149 comments)

It is because they screwed up almost 6 years ago with the NGE patch which turned the game into a total rip-off of World of Warcraft. After a bunch of people on my SWG server jumped ship for World of Warcraft, I downloaded the demo and as I went through it and you could see where SOE copied the feature exactly. Even worse than that, they released the "new game enhancements" with the "legacy quest" that got you to level 40-something leaving you to essentially grind out the remaining 40-some levels to hit 90 (which was the cap when I quit). The worst part is after losing a massive chunk of their playerbase in the space of a month and forced to give refunds for the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion pack, they still refused to admit the NGE was a mistake. They did not test anything properly it seemed (anyone remember the Publish 27 Commando PvP of pointing the heavy weapon down, holding down the fire button, and then running at the person you wanted to kill?) and the game would change more radically than WoW ever has.

The irony is Blizzard's VP was quoted as saying they were actually afraid of Star Wars Galaxies because of the strong Star Wars intellectual property. However SOE, with LucasArts' assistance, managed to screw it up to the point not even the fanboys could save it

more than 2 years ago
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Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

JenovaSynthesis Re:Jeez... (767 comments)

Probably because it is an attempt by a politician's followers to, in effect, rewrite history to suit the views of that politician.

more than 2 years ago
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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

JenovaSynthesis Re:If you aren't at a^2 (699 comments)

Agreed. When I went to Eastern Michigan, all you had to do was register your name, dorm address, and student number automatically. This entered you into their database and then you were granted an IP lease. Whole thing was automated and did not install any spyware crap (and IMO anything that checks your system for crap like this is spyware). If problems arose they just checked the database and, since the IP was only ever given to you, they could shut it off and contact you.

You might also consider making a Windows LiveDVD with their crappy software on it. That way you can boot with it, do their moronic check, and then reboot into your real Windows installation for work.

Another avenue you have too is to contact Merit.Net which, last I knew, had a life-time contract to provide Michigan's universities with internet access and they have to abide by Merit's policies.

Bottom line though is CMU is probably not the place for you. I've met a lot of people who started out there and left ASAP for State, UMich, and even EMU. The saying "Mt. Pleasant - Neither a mountain nor is it pleasant" is quite apt.

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Throttling Heavy Renters

JenovaSynthesis They Are Not the Only Ones (550 comments)

Blockbuster cancelled my account because of too many issues involved with shipping. Those issues stemmed from the fact they have illiterate morons working in their shipping department who apparently cannot read numbers 1-9 correctly.

more than 8 years ago

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Demonoid Shut Down Again

JenovaSynthesis JenovaSynthesis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cedon (528503) writes "Not satisfied with Demonoid's blocking of all Canadian traffic has gone after the hosting service of Demonoid. The servers went down yesterday but are back up with the message 'The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.'"
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Demonoid Back Up But Blocking Canadians

JenovaSynthesis JenovaSynthesis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cedon (528503) writes "Looks like the Canadian Recording Industry rumors were true in regards to Demonoid's shut down. The site is back up, confirming they have been threatened by CRIA and as a result are now blocking access to the site from Canadian IPs. Their latest news item states:

We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.
Looks like Canadian users will have to start using international proxy servers."

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