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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Kethinov Chat is terrible hellscape (79 comments)

Internet chat is a terrible hellscape and it's saddened me for almost two decades.

Unlike email and the web, the dominant systems for instant messaging have been proprietary forever. Sure, XMPP exists, but nobody uses it. There was a chance when Google Talk was using it, but ever since Google stopped federating, that's basically fucked.

Now we're seeing the slow death of IRC too at the hands of better but more proprietary user experiences being offered by Skype and Slack.

And it's easy to see why too. The proprietary chat tools out there like Slack are absolutely incredible user experiences.

If IRC and XMPP are ever going to be competitive with the new proprietary guys in town, it needs to get competitive on the usability front.

If we ever want to reclaim our freedom, we have to find a way to make XMPP is as usable as WhatsApp and IRC is as usable as Slack.

I don't really know how to do that. I wish I did. But I think the internet would benefit massively from it. Imagine if there were 5 different competing proprietary protocols for email or webpages? That's the world we live in now for internet chat. It doesn't have to be this way.

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Kethinov Re:99.8% of all mobile malware is on platforms (178 comments)

Malware on Android exists for the following reasons:

First and biggest reason: it has a massive market share. If iOS had Android's market share, you better believe it'd have more malware.

Second biggest reason: Google kinda sucks at curating their app store compared to iOS. This has nothing to do with sideloading. They let far too much malware into the Google Play store thanks to their policy of reporting bad apps rather than actively prescreening apps as rigorously as Apple does. Google really needs to get better at this.

Distant third: OS vulnerabilities. iOS suffers from this too occasionally.

Very distant fourth: sideloading. Way less than 1% of Android users ever enable sideloading. This is not where the majority of Android users are getting their malware. It's by far the least significant attack vector.

As such, I think it's pretty obvious that Apple adding an "enable sideloading" checkbox on iOS would not be a malware disaster anymore than it is on Mac OS X.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Kethinov Re:If that matters to you then don't buy an iDevic (178 comments)

That's a false dichotomy. One platform can provide both. Android does that today.

By default Android is a walled garden and locked to Google Play just as iOS is locked to the App Store. You have to flip a well-buried switch in Android to turn that off.

On iOS there is no such choice. OS X does, but not iOS. It's totally arbitrary and unnecessary.

about a month ago
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Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Kethinov Re:Terminology (91 comments)

That response is kind of a non sequitur. You're correct that "the Sun" is correct, but I'm also correct that "the Solar System" is a planetary system named after our star, Sol.

about a month ago
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Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Kethinov Re:Terminology (91 comments)

The Solar System is a planetary system named after its star, Sol.

about a month and a half ago
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Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Kethinov Re:Terminology (91 comments)

It's not "a" Solar System, it's the Solar System. There is only one.

Solar is a proper noun, not a generic term. But it is commonly misused that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Kethinov Terminology (91 comments)

I really wish news articles would get their terminology right.

Welcome to HL Tauri - a star system that is just being born

In short, this is the mother of all embryonic star system ultrasounds.

No.

The correct term is planetary system.

But hey, at least they didn't do what so many other publications do and incorrectly refer to exoplanetary systems as "other solar systems" as though "Solar" is a generic term and not, in actuality, a proper noun referring to our sun, Sol.

Okay I'll stop being pedantic now.

But seriously, people, use the terms correctly.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Kethinov Re:The iOSification continues! (355 comments)

What if I want them to be purple! ;)

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Kethinov The iOSification continues! (355 comments)

For those of you who are a fan of customizing the colors of message bubbles in Messages.app and don't like that Apple removed this ability as part of the iOSification of Yosemite, there's an app for that: https://github.com/kethinov/Bu...

I made this during the developer previews because I don't like the default puke green for most of my IM conversations. Hope this helps some people. Source code also available.

about 2 months ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

Kethinov Re:Successor to Agile/Scrum (101 comments)

It's a bit of a circular argument to say that sprint planning meetings exist because product owners don't have time to frequently reassess priority on their own. Before Scrum really took off, I recall product owners having no trouble finding the time to own the issue tracker in this manner on a regular or even daily basis.

It seems to me everyone would have significantly more time for such things if there was less process in the way like unnecessarily verbose scrum meetings which can be replaced by less invasive forms of communication.

about 3 months ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

Kethinov Successor to Agile/Scrum (101 comments)

If anyone's really looking for a 21st century successor to Agile/Scrum, I would recommend checking out the "async" manifesto which was written in a manner deliberately parodying the agile manifesto: http://asyncmanifesto.org/

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Kethinov Re:Lucky them (159 comments)

It's not shorter when you make an apples to apples comparison.

"Go google it" is equivalent to "go web search it."

More words and more characters, sure, but the same number of syllables.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

Kethinov When will it support killing CPU-hogging tabs? (90 comments)

When will Firefox support killing CPU-hogging tabs individually?

That's the only killer feature from Chrome I'm waiting for to switch back to Firefox.

In Chrome, if I've got 50 tabs open (not uncommon) and one of them starts spiking my CPU, I can pull open Activity Monitor (on OS X) and kill the "Google Chrome Helper" that's eating all the CPU.

That kills the one tab that was the problem, not the whole browser. And lets me reload it when I actually care about that tab again.

I haven't found a similar way to imitate this workflow in Firefox.

The whole noscript / flashblock / adblock / etc approach hasn't worked. Tried it with Firefox, still had constant CPU issues after whitelisting sites I need JS or Flash turned on for, still had no way to kill runaway processes individually.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Kethinov Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Both issues punish customers, as anyone who's ever wanted to save a Netflix movie for offline viewing on a flight can attest to.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Kethinov Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Not that I disagree, but right now I'm just finding it funny how Hastings can complain about ISPs doing bad things while he remains conspicuously silent about Hollywood forcing draconian DRM into Netflix and, indirectly, into the HTML5 spec itself. Maybe the major ISPs should look into buying Hastings' silence too. It would help with their PR.

about 4 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Kethinov Re:gee so weird (190 comments)

This is why I don't understand why after all these years companies are still so reluctant to embrace telecommuting.

"We are hurrying back and forth across town at morning and night to situations which we could quite easily encompass by closed-circuit. Documents, contracts, data. All of these materials actually could be just as available on closed-circuit, at home." - Marshall McLuhan, 1965.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Kethinov Re:mac only? (121 comments)

Try out Brackets http://brackets.io/

Very similar to Atom's architecture, also open source, more mature community, better visual design (IMO).

about 7 months ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kethinov Re:That doesn't really explain it (234 comments)

Can't believe some idiots are marking you "informative." Cuba ranks near the bottom of the Democracy Index. Try that socialism sucks argument again when a social democracy is failing so miserably.

about 8 months ago

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Reddit Forces Remote Workers To Live In San Francisco Or Lose Job

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kethinov (636034) writes "Having just raised $50 million, reddit suddenly decided to force all its remote workers to move to San Francisco. From the article: "Company CEO Yishan Wong took to Twitter to confirm the new employee policy, which he said was unrelated to the new investment. 'Intention is to get whole team under one roof for optimal teamwork. Our goal is to retain 100 percent of the team,' he said." The decision was not well received by everyone, with some suggesting that perhaps Yishan should get with the 21st century instead."
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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and as them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars Technica editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to iOS is fundamentally flawed and thus Microsoft should reconsider their plans to apply the same model to WinRT. The authors are careful to present a nuanced analysis that adequately weighs the competing interests of security, convenience, and user freedom, ultimately concluding that Mac OS X and Android offer better models because while their walled gardens are on by default, they offer supported mechanisms to opt-out if desired, thereby offering users the same security and convenience benefits without sacrificing user freedom in the process."
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Opinionated Tech Blogger Claims Node.js is Cancer

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "While doing some quick learning about Node.js recently, I noticed that the third result of the Google search query for 'node.js' was this scathing rant by opinionated tech blogger Ted Dziuba. Among the arguments in his harshly worded article are that Node's claim to have a non-blocking I/O model is a lie and that it disobeys the UNIX way, concluding that Node's poor quality puts even 'Rasmus Lerdorf to shame.' Since I've been intrigued by what Node.js has to offer lately, I'll put it to Slashdot. Do Ted's arguments have merit?"
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Adobe Acquires Nitobi (PhoneGap)

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov writes "Adobe has entered into an Acquisition Agreement with Nitobi, the creators of PhoneGap. According to Nitobi, 'this acquisition will allow Nitobi to focus solely on PhoneGap and work with Adobe to offer developers more efficient, expressive design and development across devices with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.'"
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The enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov writes "Ars Technica has an insightful editorial criticizing enterprise IT backlash against Mozilla's new update policy. From the article: 'Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, version 4, just three months old, is no longer supported. Enterprise customers aren't very pleased with this decision, and are claiming it makes their testing burden impossible. We're not convinced: we think Mozilla's decision is the right one for the Web itself.'"
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Ars Technica review slams Duke Nukem Forever

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov writes "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in quite some time. The jokes border on hateful. The graphics are a blurry mess. The shooting is unsatisfying." Their verdict? Skip this one."
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BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kethinov (636034) writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road."
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New open source programming language from Google

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kethinov (636034) writes "Go is a new programming language from Google that aims for performance that is nearly comparable to C, but with more expressive syntax and faster compilation. What it won't do, however, is liberate the coding masses from bracist tyranny. Google's Go is yet another take on C."
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Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Kethinov writes "Multichannel is reporting that Sci Fi's Stargate SG-1 will end with season 10. Quoth the article, "People close to the production of Stargate SG-1 said Sci Fi Channel canceled the series on the eve of its 200th episode, which aired last Friday night, making the show the first cable scripted series to reach such a milestone.""

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Ghosts of a Music Business Model's Past

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I just published an in-depth analysis of Trent Reznor's latest experimental business model. Cutting through all the gushing, the model has one critical flaw. As progressive and wonderful as it is, it's still fundamentally based on a broken consumer-cost business model. Despite the album being legal to redistribute for free, Trent's still asking $5 to get it from him. This contradictory policy is explored in depth in my article, as are the effects of the discrepancy.

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A Better Business Model for Music Distributors

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just posted a critical analysis of the RIAA's file sharing litigation and the economics of the situation based on recent events and other editorials on the subject. In short: the RIAA's business model is old and busted. They'll have to modernize, or someone will take their place no matter how much litigation they throw at the problem.

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