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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Lendrick Re:Where's grumpy cat when you need him? (304 comments)

The fact that you're making that comment is a pretty strong statement about the (un)likelihood of that actually happening.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

Lendrick Late to the tablet game... (179 comments)

...and desperately attempting to avoid irrelevance.

That being said, there's some sense to the strategy. If it's true that they lost money on the original Xbox, then it's worked for them in the past. Selling products below cost is a good way to get customers, provided your product is good enough that they'll buy your next one at a price where you'll actually profit.

I don't personally see Microsoft tablets being taken seriously (the number of people I see on the internet who apparently like Windows 8 doesn't fit with the number of people I've met who like it in real life, which leads me to believe that they learned a lesson from Vista -- albeit not the right one -- and have seen the value in paying astroturfers to pad their failures a bit). But then again, I didn't expect the XBox to be a runaway success either, and it did just fine, so time will tell.

Fortunately there's enough competition in the tablet market among Apple and all the different Android manufacturers that Microsoft isn't likely to be able to achieve the level of lock-in that they have on the desktop market, which means that another viable tablet maker could actually be a good thing. So even though it's Microsoft, I don't wish them ill here.

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Lendrick Re:Get rid of income Tax (423 comments)

You sound like someone who has access to hard data that shows a causative relationship between higher taxes and reduced economic performance. Please post your data; I'd love to see it.

about 3 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Lendrick Re:Really? (723 comments)

Sure. The NSA scandal was proof of that they've lied and violated the Constitution. On the other hand, I don't see where this is the "worst administration for lies in our lifetime" considering they followed the Bush administration (spoiler: the NSA was doing its spying shit then too).

That being said, about the ACA, promoting the general welfare is specifically constitutional, and there are 7.1 million more people with health care now than there were six months ago (and I'm sorry but "LALALA THE'RE LIARS I CAN'T HEAR YOU" isn't evidence that they're lying about the enrollment figures, no matter how much the irresponsible right wing press may be disingenuously speculating).

Your line of reasoning seems to be "we know they're liars, so that means they're telling a lie. Since they're lying, we know they're liars." Come back with real evidence.

about 3 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Lendrick Re:It depends on your frame of mind. (723 comments)

Seriously.

From the article:

an eye-popping 90% increase in just the last month of the six-month open enrollment period.

That's not eye-popping at all. The enrollment numbers didn't even double in the last month. Those number are completely ho-hum, and if anything, I'd expect it to be even more skewed to the last minute.

about 3 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Lendrick Re:Really? (723 comments)

Sure, this is the worst administration for lies in our lifetime

You're very well-spoken for a five year old.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Lendrick Re:Actually... (642 comments)

True, but it's not the center of the solar system or the galaxy.

about 3 months ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Lendrick Re:What do they think? (351 comments)

Spaceballs.

There goes the planet.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Lendrick Re:Win 8.1 is just fine (294 comments)

I like Win 8.1. It's fast and reliable. I don't think it has ever crashed.

I can do everything I want pretty easily: edit videos, produce music, play games, run Steam, run overclocked hardware.

Yes, I'm sure you can do all that stuff that the cool kids are doing. I don't see anyone here questioning Windows 8's capabilities; people are complaining about the fact that it's a tablet interface that's been shoehorned into a desktop, and everything about it is designed to push you back to the tablet interface (which, conveniently for Microsoft, is a walled garden that they control).

At any rate, Windows 7 does all that cool kid stuff too, and the interface is sensible for desktop users.

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Lendrick Re:Victory for the Thought Police? (1746 comments)

I agree that everyone has a right to express their views. The ex-CEO of Mozilla has a right to express his, and the people who decided to boycott the product over his views have a right to express theirs. No one's rights were violated, so I'm not sure where the Thought Police come into this.

about 4 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

Lendrick Re:Any excuse. (300 comments)

Notch doesn't owe you any more work. He's already hired a bunch of people to continue development on Minecraft, so any obligations he might have for the Minecraft community are fulfilled. If he wants to spend the rest of his life sipping mixed drinks on an island somewhere, that's his prerogative.

about 4 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

Lendrick Re:Sincerity or Negotiating Ploy (300 comments)

There was a study a while back (I wish I had the link) that found that more money can make you happy, but only if you're not already born into money. And Notch himself has said in an interview that he basically accepts that his biggest achievement is now behind him.

The happiest people in the world aren't the ones who are driven by ambition; they're the ones who can realize that they've achieved something and then stop and enjoy life. Notch is doing what he loves to do, because he can afford to do that. He can afford to not sell out, because frankly, once you're a multi-millionaire, you can pretty much invest your money and live comfortably off of the returns for the rest of your life. I hope, on the off chance that I ever strike it rich, that I'm able to do the same thing Notch is rather than get caught up in that cycle of always wanting more.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Lendrick Right. (466 comments)

it's not their 'tollbooth', it's their road

It can be "their road" when they pay land owners for the lines through their property, and pay back the tax money that was given to them to subsidize its construction.

An eighteen wheeler can cause more damage to the road that requires more maintenance than a motorcycle, this is the same thing: a movie that needs to be streamed a million times takes up much more capacity and energy and basically uses the system much more than millions of small individual requests do.

Netflix is already paying a provider for bandwidth. You may or may not know this, Slashdot Libertarian, but as your bandwidth usage goes up, your bandwidth prices go up too. As such, Netflix is already paying extra money to run that 18 wheeler due to the wear and tear on that road. AT&T is trying to bill them extra because the truck is carrying a product that competes with them.

Is that their prerogative? No. They built their network on public dollars and on peoples' private property under the conditions that they would act as a utility. If they want to not act like a public utility, then they can come to me and pay me a fair price to run lines through my property (or better yet, since I don't use AT&T at all, how about I just cut their line? It's my property after all.)

about 4 months ago
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US Court Freezes Assets of Mt. Gox CEO

Lendrick Re:Interesting parallel (132 comments)

It would be a delicious irony if people were able to recover some of their lost value due to government regulations.

about 4 months ago
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White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

Lendrick Slashdot Libertarians... (245 comments)

I love how all the Slashdot Libertarians who are all about Internet Corporate Freedom (that is, against any laws the actually protect consumers from selective throttling and other anti-neutrality bullshit) are suddenly in favor of net neutrality now that the Obama administration has said that they're not going to do anything about it.

about 5 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Lendrick Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

If the simulation is of branching timelines rather than a single one, a good coder might optimize it such that particles actually exist as probability fields until they come into contact with other particles. That would drastically reduce how often you'd have to fork the simulation.

about 5 months ago
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'Opportunity' Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Roving Mars

Lendrick Re:To Those Who Say ... (51 comments)

Also, something something profit motive government can never do anything right.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Lendrick If LLVM becomes superiorr, fork it and GPL it. (1098 comments)

This is one thing I don't get about some of the more ardent supporters of weak copylefts. It's fine if someone wants to take my code and make it so no one can see it, but god forbid take it and require that it stay open source.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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The Liberated Pixel Cup: a game making contest from the CC, FSF, and OpenGameArt

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lendrick writes "OpenGameArt.org, the Free Software Foundation, and the Creative Commons are teaming up to bring the Liberated Pixel Cup, a free-as-in-freedom game making contest starting on June 1st and going through July 31st. The contest will be divided into two phases: the first phase will be about adding on to a consistent set of art commissioned specially for the contest, and the second phase, starting on July 1st, will be about building games using the provided art."
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The Silver Lining of the MegaUpload Shutdown

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lendrick writes "You may have already realized that to some extent piracy creates buzz about media. If people enjoy a movie or a game or an album or whatever, they talk about it, and the word gets out, even if the person doing the talking pirated it. This is not a justification for piracy, mind you. If someone wants to make content and then threaten to send you to jail for using it the wrong way, that's their prerogative under copyright law. On the other hand, people and companies who do that don't deserve your business, and they don't deserve the buzz that you create by talking about their media. This is particularly true given the fact that they're spending the money you give them to curtail your freedoms through draconian legislation and copyright treaties."
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Let's make FOSS game content creation simple!

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lendrick (314723) writes "I'd like to step up onto my soapbox for a moment and address something that I find somewhat lacking in FOSS games — namely content creation and editing. In one sense, FOSS games have a leg up on the competition because all open source software is innately moddable, which is kind of the point. However, the practical reality of software moddability is that it's extremely dependant on the tools you provide."
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Poll: Which option will the fewest people select?

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lendrick (314723) writes "Which of the following options will be selected by the fewest people?

* This one
* This one
* This one
* This one
* This one
* This one"

Journals

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Scientific American on time travel

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't have a whole lot of time to write today, but I saw this and thought it was pretty cool. The really strange thing is the idea that time is basically one unchangeable unit... Even if you're able to build a time machine, you can't change the past because you already did. I suppose that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but read the article. Cool stuff.

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On sharing and stealing

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In a recent interview (Slashdot story here) with RIAA president Cary Sherman, Mr. Sherman inadvertantly made a very good point. In response to a question about the impact of file sharing on CD sales, he explains:

I wish you were right that CD sales haven't been impacted by filesharing. (I hate that term, by the way. To me, "sharing" means we each get a little less. If I share my pie, I only get to eat half. If I share my car, I can't use it when the other person has it. "Filesharing" however means we each get the whole thing, and noboby gives up anything! That's not sharing, it's publishing!)

On the same vein, I'd like to point out that I hate the terms 'stealing' and 'piracy'. Much like sharing, it's generally assumed that if you steal something from someone, they don't have it anymore.

I heard a funny little analogy at one point. Using the term 'piracy' as it's used today, pirates would have boarded merchant ships, made exact copies of all their cargo, left everything intact, and been on their way. Of course, the merchant's cargo loses a tiny bit of its value because now they can no longer sell it to the pirates, but the cargo is still there and totally saleable elsewhere.

So I submit to you this:

Should it be illegal to share copies of music with people who haven't purchased it? Of course.

Should downloading music you don't own be considered 'stealing'? Absolutely not. It's a lesser crime, simple as that.

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So, what's up with this journal thing?

Lendrick Lendrick writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I was poking around the Slashdot FAQ today (mostly just to kill time) and I came across this section about friends, foes, and journals. Out of curiosity, I clicked on my fans and freaks lists and was surprised to find them both populated.

So, what this all means is that apparently some people are actually watching my journal. To those of you who have me marked as a friend, I hope you find my upcoming journal entries at least marginally entertaining. And to my freaks, well, I guess I said something that pissed you off, so I can only assume that I will continue to do so. Suits me fine, I guess. :)

So anyway, here's a discussion starter:

I'm kind of a casual follower of the whole UFO phenomenon... based on odd little snippits of information I see and hear, I'm inclined to think that there's more to it than just top secret aircraft testing and misidentification of known objects.

At this point, I should point out that I've never believed myself to have been abducted by aliens, or seen anything up in the sky that I couldn't readily identify. I know what Venus and Mars look like, and I've even seen some satellites moving across the sky a little after sunset.

Anyway, what I want to know is this: Since it seems that a lot of people who write articles about UFOs are very bad at naming their sources (they tend to claim that such-and-such happened, but leave no way to track down the source of the original report), I was wondering if there were any sites out there with reasonably verifiable sources, along the lines of the Disclosure Project (I'm very annoyed and a bit suspicious about the fact that they've begun charging money for access to their content--I hate to say it, but it reeks of scam).

Are there any good, intelligent websites that keep track of this sort of thing? Also, would it be possible to dig up a newspaper clipping from 1947 actually verifying that the Air Force reported a craft of extraterrestrial origin crashed out by Roswell?

This is something I'm interested in, but I really can't go on blindly believing it unless there's material that's at least traceable back to an original source.

Comments are welcome. I'm even willing to entertain conversations about why I shouldn't believe that UFOs aren't of extraterrestrial origin. Post away. :)

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