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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Jonboy X Vehicle analogy (150 comments)

Think of Yahoo of a steamship carrying $53 billion worth of precious cargo. The ship captain has been piloting the ship aimlessly around the globe, selling off cargo at each port to pay for fuel to get it to the next port, for no reason. How much would you pay for that boat?

about 4 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Jonboy X Re:Seriously (328 comments)

Fuck Netflix too. We know that telco's are evil. You've just given them a big win, and a taste for blood.

Thanks for nothing, Netflix. You broke the Internet. We won't forget this.

about 5 months ago

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

Jonboy X Re:Understandable, but... (378 comments)

I usually get away with shopping late, but I guess I got my hand caught in the cookie jar on that one. There was no way I'd show up to the family X-mas party without a gift for my nephew (who is also my Godson). I'm just annoyed that Amazon displayed so much confidence in their shippers, and it ended up causing me headaches. The other 51 weeks of the year, 2-day shipping means 2 (occasionally 3) days. They're probably as good as anyone on the planet at shipping consumer goods to people, so when they said, "We've got this," I believed them. Meh.

about 8 months ago

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

Jonboy X Re:Understandable, but... (378 comments)

I ordered a toy for my nephew 5 days before Christmas, with Amazon Prime 2-day GUARANTEED shipping. Right on the item page, Amazon GUARANTEED that it would arrive by Christmas. I don't hold UPS responsible. I hold responsible the vendor that made the claim. I spent my Christmas Eve driving to a Toys-R-Us 3 towns over, instead of sipping egg nog and decorating the tree.

about 8 months ago

Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

Jonboy X Re:Scalpel or gun can be used for good or bad ... (406 comments)

Let's ask this another way: why aren't business men considering the ethical implications of their investments? Why aren't militaries, bureaucracies, and governments considering the ethical implications of their orders? Why isn't the average person taking five minutes to understand a problem now so he doesn't demand government, the market, and God on high give him an answer that he's going to hate more than the original problem a year from now?

TFA presumes that we as engineers are smarter, better humans than everyone else, that we can and should forsee all of the ethical implications of our work. It's pure hubris, and I call shenanigans. By and large, engineers do what their employers pay them to do, to feed themselves and their families. IMO, every link in the chain should be held to the same standard of moral accountability. We're not exempt, but it's unreasonable to expect us to take any more (or less) responsibility for the bad things that our work makes possible.

That said, I once quit a job working on systems that could be used for what I perceived as evil. My girlfriend (also an engineer) works for a military contractor, and I give her a hard time about that occasionally. Her response is that she works on detection systems, not weapons. To my mind, it's at least a waste of good engineers to further meaningless political power struggles, and keeps the warmongers in business.

about 9 months ago

Tor Usage More Than Doubles In August

Jonboy X Re:Liability of exit nodes (186 comments)

Who in their right mind would run an exit node in the first place? Who is this person who thinks it's a good idea to send data and requests on behalf of anonymous users who don't want to get caught doing it themselves?

All I can think of are:

  1. Good Samaritans with fat data pipes and legal immunity
  2. People who want to get on watchlists, to prove a point
  3. Underinformed nerds

1 year,4 days

Ask Slashdot: What Defines Good Developer Culture?

Jonboy X Re:culture? (239 comments)

So your job has a culture of peer-pressuring each other into working yourselves to death, and pretending it's a choice?

more than 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

Jonboy X Torrent quality (663 comments)

It might also have something to do with the fact that all the torrents that, umm, my friend could find when he looked were shitty camcorder recordings.

more than 2 years ago

$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

Jonboy X Re:LulzSec Connection (622 comments)

I think you just hit the nail on the head! Either...

1) Someone in LulzSec stole this dude's wallet
2) Someone in LulzSec fabricated the whole story (most likely, IMO)
3) The thief stole the BC and "donated" it to LulzSec in a bizarro Robin Hood-esque gesture
4) The pastebin is fake or something

more than 3 years ago

Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?

Jonboy X Alternate headline (622 comments)

Lawyer replaced by shell script

more than 3 years ago

Can the Atrix 4G Really Become Your Next PC?

Jonboy X Re:The question is (297 comments)

Err, data loss is *more* likely on my hard disk.

more than 3 years ago

Can the Atrix 4G Really Become Your Next PC?

Jonboy X Re:The question is (297 comments)

Cloud service reliability will only get better. A total loss of data is still *much* less likely with data stored on my hard drive. Granted, regular backups would help a lot, but I'm too lazy.

more than 3 years ago

London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'

Jonboy X Re:either sympathy or accusation (168 comments)

I think we'd all agree that a crappy app atop a good OS can lead to a crappy experience. Ergo, a crappy experience does not imply a crappy OS.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon EC2 Enables Cheap Brute-Force Attacks

Jonboy X The obvious question (212 comments)

Where's the mobile app?

more than 3 years ago

Google Launches Nexus S Phone In UK and US

Jonboy X Re:No HSPA+ (202 comments)

I'd recommend waiting for the inevitable flood of phone announcements next month at CES. Dual-core phones are coming _soon_.

Yup, that's the fall-back plan. Verizon should announce their LTE (dual-core?) phones then, and my g/f has been bugging me to join her on Big Red for a while. Verizon is evil, but T-Mo is getting lame...

more than 3 years ago

Google Launches Nexus S Phone In UK and US

Jonboy X No HSPA+ (202 comments)

I've been waiting for this phone to renew my T-Mo contract, but the lack of "4G" network capability means I'll probably end up switching to Verizon. Way to fail, Goog-Sung!

more than 3 years ago

Thieves Use Vacuum To Siphon Cash From Safes

Jonboy X Well that sucks <EOM> (173 comments)

This text fulfills Slashdot's silly post length requirement.

more than 3 years ago



Game On EA Confirms Rock Band Coming to Wii

Jonboy X Jonboy X writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jonboy X writes "It's kind of funny the way EA's John Riccitiello put it during the company's Q3 fiscal results conference call, because it's like everyone was just supposed to know Rock Band was coming to the Wii already. "What's probably the most interesting piece right now is the coming launch on the Wii [of Rock Band]," said Riccitiello almost nonchalantly during the call."
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First post!

Jonboy X Jonboy X writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, this is a journal, or something. I've had journals in the past, but it's tough 'cuz I can't write about people I know. So I guess I'll just have to keep this one a secret. Work sent me here to Colorado for the week. It's kinda lame. The coders out here are so far from having their shit together it's not even funny. And I think everything is funny. They wanna keep me out here another week, but Jess and my 3-month anniversary is this weekend, and I'd really rather not miss that. The air out here is thin, but I think I'm getting accustomed to it. Eh, I should, like, code or something now, so that is all. Werrrrd up, over and out.

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