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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Jiro Re:Inherantly anti-first-world-consumer (153 comments)

Breaking the region-locking is illegal because of the DMCA. The DMCA is a law, and is inherently non-free-market.

yesterday
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Jiro What? (437 comments)

If he's an undocumented immigrant, why don't they just deport him instead of going through all of this?

3 days ago
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Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

Jiro Is there a point? (110 comments)

From the linK:

It uses a low cost micro-controller and an emulator to

If you want to use an emulator, you don't need one of these. Just get a tablet with an HDMI connection, or an Ouya, or a jailbroken Wii.

I was wondering if this implements the Spectrum in hardware the same way the Commodore 64 direct-to-TV did, but apparently not.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Jiro Re:This isn't new... (155 comments)

I believe the Ferguson rioters were left-wing. And they were certainly trying to use violence to terrorize people for political purposes. Of course, you could always be loose as to your definition of terrorism on the right and not so loose on the left. And Moscow didn't need to fund them, but they still count as left-wing terrorists by your overly loose definition.

Furthermore, since you went back to 1995 for the Oklahoma City bombing, I can point out the rise of ecoterrorism, and the Discovery building shooter.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Jiro Re:it has a name... (155 comments)

Governments collect money from people forcibly as taxes and use it for things like this. Corporations cannot do this (unless you want to count cases where corporations are in bed with government).

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jiro Re:Well then, let her be a princess (584 comments)

That is stupid. By this reasoning, if the girl really did want to be a scientist, the dad should make sure she understands the drudgery of working in a lab to 4 AM, how difficult it is depending on a grant application that could leave you out of a job, and how most scientific discoveries are of small things that would be as boring to a kid as political boundaries and court etiquette.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jiro Re:WTF? (584 comments)

Also, related is a simple fact: most kids, of whichever sex, aren't going to want to be scientists You probably can't get your daughter to want to be one even ignoring that different sexes are interested in different things, because "scientist" is not something that most kids want to become. And even for the few kids who want to be scientists, it's a pretty good bet that at age 4 they know as much about what a scientist does as they do about what a princess does.

This is a variation on "how can I get kids interested in (various nerdy interests of mine)", except it's dressed up in social justice phrasing. Fifty years ago he'd have been trying to get his kid interested in Westerns or Beatles albums.

about two weeks ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Jiro What? (110 comments)

This is the same thing that every company big enough to do public relations at all does, except it's being described using inflammatory terminology.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Jiro Not a security risk, but a fake risk (178 comments)

I would tend to agree with other people: There's really no risk that a SD card is a security problem in the same way that USB is, since it's just storage. However, there is a big risk that any SD card you buy through unusual channels, especially at a ridiculously low rate like 1/5 the price, is just a fake which will start overwriting your data after you get past 1G or 8G or whatever. I absolutely refuse to buy SD cards outside a major physical store chain.

about a month ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Jiro Re:Not invented here syndrome? (246 comments)

First of all, many of the people who worked on Linux had degrees and/or professional experience in directly relevant areas.

Second, Linux was an unusual case because programming requires relatively little in the way of hardware compared to other pursuits--and certainly compared to going to Mars.

Third, computer programs don't need to be as tightly integrated as the output of rocket scientists does. Furthermore, because they are not as tightly integrated, the system can limp along with some missing features for a long time and not be totally halted in its tracks by that feature being missing.

about a month ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Jiro Of all the links you had to use (151 comments)

... you linked to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This is a left-wing organization (most of whose members are not atomic scientists), which opposed anything the US did that was hostile towards the Soviet Union--you know, the country that was responsible for the Berlin Wall to begin with.

This is equivalent to having a post about Bill Gates about how bad monopolies are. Sure, monopolies are bad, but it's a little odd.

about a month ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

Jiro Re:really (339 comments)

Terrorists are often stupid. Remember the first World Trade Center attack, where the terrorist was arrested when he tried to get his $400 deposit back on the truck he used?

Also, people tend to do stupid things in high-stress situations, and bombing a plane is a high-stress situation. People also joke about high stress situations, and I could easily see an actual terrorist doing this as a joke.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Jiro Re:Coward (993 comments)

Cowardice is often a lot more sensible than being an Internet Tough Guy.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

Jiro Re:Prior consent (141 comments)

No, they haven't. That's why we have the concept of "informed consent" instead of just "consent".

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Jiro Re:Bullshit. (342 comments)

"Low pay which barely covers day care" is misleading, anyway. This doesn't say that the pay is lower than that of men--it just says that the pay is low. Pay being low is a problem that everyone has; the fact that women have different things to spend it on is irrelevant. It's by no means a women's problem. This is like complaining that outsourcing to India is a problem because women whose jobs are outsourced to India have a hard time paying for daycare.

(Indeed, raising women's pay because they spend more on day care than men would be illegal as reverse discrimination anyway).

TFA also has other oddities. For instance, "Literally 28 of the 30 people in our company were white, straight men under 35. I was the only woman. I was one of only two gay people. I was the only person of color other than one guy from Japan." Uh-huh. One Asian person out of 30 in your company. Very typical.

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Jiro Warning sign (283 comments)

it turns out American Commitment, an advocacy group with ties to the Republican billionaire Koch brothers, sent out 2.4 million letters to Congress opposing net neutrality but only collected about 814,000 signatures.

Any time something said to criticize the right mentions the Koch Brothers as a menace, it's probably BS.

In this case, the BS consists of:
1) The "is tied to" claim. If it was actually run by the Koch Brothers, they'd say so. If you read the links, you'll find that the "tie" is that the founder previously worked at a group with Koch funding.
2) No comparison to other signature campaigns to say whether other signature campaigns send letters to multiple people as well. And really, what did you expect them to do, have three separate campaigns for "collect signatures to your senator", "collect signatures for your other senator", and "collect signatures for your representative"?

about 3 months ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Jiro Re:Make kids do the work instead (90 comments)

The point is that volunteering for a soup kitchen is something that only rich people get a chance to do. A poor person has other things to do--part time job, for instance, or taking care of the family's children while parents are out (or their own children if a teenage single mother). A poor person who doesn't live close enough also has a hard time getting transportation to get to the soup kitchen; not everyone has parents who can drive them, and bus fare costs money that matters for a poor person.

about 3 months ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Jiro Re:Make kids do the work instead (90 comments)

We have this in the US, in practice; social service volunteering looks good on your college resume, and plenty of teenagers do it solely to get into a better college. It also works horribly because it is richer people who are better able to volunteer, since rich teenagers have more spare time to do social services in, and greater access to transportation to get to the social services.

about 3 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Jiro Re:Compares to a plunger? (175 comments)

On the other hand, if he does try to modify his plunger, it's not a crime under the DMCA. And anyone can make an identical plunger without having to pay someone else money to license the patents,

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Jiro Double standard (907 comments)

If it was supermarkets refusing to give food to poor people unless the poor people provided the supermarkets with money, you would not see articles implying that the supermarkets are somehow exploiting the poor in doing so. And we certainly wouldn't see complaints that the supermarkets are keeping them from feeding their children, like the complaints that the car companies are keeping them from taking their children to school.

In our world, that's what money is for. Someone who refuses to let you have something if you don't pay is not out of line, even if you are poor and don't have the money. We might believe that the poor should get assistance, but that assistance comes from society in general; it is not done by demanding that supermarkets/car companies give away their products for free. and implying that they are exploiting the poor if they don't.

about 3 months ago

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