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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Lord Dreamshaper Re:Administrators (538 comments)

They will respond to a downswing in demand as well

Sure, all that money rolling in from tuition? They'll happily kiss it goodbye if demand drops for whatever reason. Whether university employees can privately justify their positions and salaries or not, their income and lifestyles are on the line. They will promote any logic that encourages more students & higher tuition, same as any other business. Like any other market, they will insist on inflating the bubble until it bursts, even if moderation could have prevented it from bursting in the first place (not that a bubble burst can necessarily be avoided in this case).

about 2 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

Lord Dreamshaper NSA (381 comments)

I'll use whichever browser NSA says they can't decrypt...they wouldn't lie to me, right?

about 8 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

Lord Dreamshaper Sum Of All Fears was topical... (236 comments)

I was taking high school physics, specifically the basics of nuclear fission, at the time that I read the book in hardcover. That book made the class more interesting and the classes gave an extra layer of interest to the book

about a year ago
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I can juggle ...

Lord Dreamshaper missing option: (111 comments)

I typed this answer in with my nose after juggling with chainsaws you insensitive clod!

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Model S Named 'Car of the Year'

Lord Dreamshaper Re:Exactly. 78k is luxury territory (303 comments)

My job requires a car. My priority is to buy as small a car as I can (still need to fit wife and kids and groceries after work) with an emphasis on fuel-efficiency. Then I drive the snot out of it for as many years as I can until it's not worth maintaining or reselling. Lather, rinse, repeat.

For what I spend on gas, over the typical lifetime of my vehicles, the huge purchase price is almost negated by the lack of gas bills. Only the annual trip to and from the inlaws would be cumbersome as I would apparently need 2 one-hour stops to recharge, one of which would be a meal break anyway.

tl; dr: If forced to, I could live with the pricing now for luxury I don't want; if they could afford to create a comparable middle-class version, it would be a no-brainer for me and I'd buy one *right now*.

about 2 years ago
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Secret Stingray Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

Lord Dreamshaper Re:4th Amendment less than Lessened Expectations (62 comments)

Can't find a link, but 15-20 years ago, Ontario courts ruled that banging your girlfriend in the backseat of a car wasn't public indecency (or whatever else they would charge with for doing it in public, say in the middle of a downtown park), if you were parked somewhere secluded. The ruling went that you had reasonable expectation of privacy by parking somewhere secluded, therefore you weren't accountable if you happened to get busted anyway.

Mentioning this to contrast with SCOTUS ruling people in cars have less expectation of privacy. Likewise, whether I'm whispering in low tones into my cellphone in a crowded room or whether I'm talking normally on my phone with no one visible around me, I expect my conversations to be private and not intercepted in anyway without a warrant.

about 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

Lord Dreamshaper I think I've commented before, but it applies here (354 comments)

I don't watch much TV. The few shows I do watch, I'm more likely to watch online at my convenience, as I'm usually busy having a life during Prime Time viewing hours. When I was into watching '24' they would show a 30-second online ad at the regular commercial breaks. Guaranteed I watched every one of them, because where am I going to go in 30 seconds? If I actually had to go to the bathroom or the kitchen, I'd pause the show meaning I'd still end up watching the ads.

The point is that the advertisers *easily* got more bang for their buck by making me watch 30s of ads at every break online, than giving me 2-3 mins to leave the room for regular broadcast commercial breaks. i should still be able to download the shows for my convenience *especially* if the ads are now essentially unavoidable (not skippable), and the advertisers (hence the media companies) would get far more value than clinging to old business models.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowd-sourced Postal Code Database

Lord Dreamshaper undefended copyright... (168 comments)

assume for a second that they have a valid copyright claim; I mean they created it, and, utltimately, it is only of significance to us if we are using their services. i mean who adds a postal code to an envelope they plan to deliver by hand?

how often have you seen postal codes being distributed? every advertisement (print, televeision, radio, etc), contact info page of every website, every form you fill out with personal information...how many instances is that? thousands? more likely millions? Now how many have been sued for publication of copyrighted information?

None.

Now that someone is directly monetizing that information, Canada Post wants to play the copyright right card, but the horse has left the barn. For better or worse, they have to show that they've always vigourously defended their copyrights in the past, otherwise it's fair game like Aspirin or Kleenex. I'm not a fan of that aspect of law, but it is what it is and Canada Post is too late to the copyright game.

Hell, try mailing something by courier and you still need a postal code. That's as direct a competition as you can get; the most immediate example of copyright violation, but I don't think they've ever sued FedEx (Purolator is partially or wholly owned by Canada Post, so I've heard, so maybe they can use postal codes), so going after Geolytica seems a stretch.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

Lord Dreamshaper Re:Reality check (533 comments)

I understand NIMBY, but that's a small-scale (one neighbourhood, maybe even just one household) concern, compared to the large-scale concern of cumulative effects and damage caused by fossil fuel extracting & consuming. Personally, I'd much rather have a windfarm in my backyard, than an oil drill, a mine or even a garbage dump, but that's small consolation if you have the chance to have none of the above.

When windfarms are everywhere and every size (small ones on your roof for personal wind harvesting?) will we even notice them? If we went back a cenutry or so we'd start screaming about not having any of those damn phone poles & street lights lining the streets blocking our views, ruining our property values and causing measles, mumps, tuberculosis & whatever else scared us back then.

We wouldn't necessarily miss them now if they disappeared, but we'd probably find the view as bizarre *without* them, as we do the view *with* giant windmills. Our kids won't understand what the big deal was.

more than 2 years ago
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What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?

Lord Dreamshaper Flip side... (361 comments)

Flip side of the coin is the "old guard" burying stories because it doesn't serve their corporate masters and/or because the truth about a news story isn't sensational or lurid enough. Old journalism used to be relatively honest, because lets face it, there's always been plenty of corrupt/stupid/greedy corporations/politicians/public figures, and exposing them was sensational enough to sell copy without sacrificing integrity. That integrity can no longer be assumed and so "old" journalism has just as much upside & downside as "new" journalism. It's up to us to learn to separate the signal from noise when the name of the game is to bury us in noise.

more than 2 years ago
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Look Ma, I'm Getting Arrested!

Lord Dreamshaper police state (238 comments)

regardless of where you stand on any of the issues or what you think about any protests and protesters, whether you think all police are jackbooted thugs or are paragons of virtue, or (more realistically) somewhere in between, the fact that there is a (perceived or actual) need for this app is an incredibly sad comment on our times

more than 2 years ago
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McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

Lord Dreamshaper Re:Easy enough (722 comments)

the point should be that 98/100 senators don't care about your state which != 48/50...fractions are even more fun when used correctly...

about 3 years ago
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US ISPs, Big Content Reaching Antipiracy Agreement

Lord Dreamshaper Re:What is this? (342 comments)

sure, but if you've signed a contract that has such vague terms in it (so that the judge doesn't summarily rule in your favour) that they *might* legally be able to cap you, turn you over to the MAFIAA, disconnected you, kill you with bogus surcharges, or whatever, then the burden will be on you to take them and possibly the MAFIAA on in court. Are you really going to spend that kinda money just to lose and switch to another carrier that will do exactly the same thing?

United we stand, divided we fall, etc, etc, but the little guys don't even get any real satisfaction if the actually manage to win a class action suit, only the lawyers do.

more than 3 years ago
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US ISPs, Big Content Reaching Antipiracy Agreement

Lord Dreamshaper Re:What is this? (342 comments)

How can a company amend/break their contract with a customer based solely on the word of some third party? With no due process, or anything of the sort?

Because they're not breaking their contract with you if they have some vaguely worded clause to the effect they can throttle you at their discretion for "better network management" or somesuch.

For the "greater good" of their network, all those greedy bandwidth hogs who have the nerve to make full use of the pipeline they paid for will be blacklisted; if that just "happens" to appease the MAFIAA for alleged IP violations, well isn't that a happy coincidence?

more than 3 years ago
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Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

Lord Dreamshaper so... (316 comments)

500 postings linked to crime out of how many? This just in: paper is also used to write ransom notes, stationery stores to be outlawed

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

Lord Dreamshaper Re:And without owner's consent? (399 comments)

sure, unless they have a somewhat sketchy cease & desist from the RIAA/MPAA...or if they simply don't want to piss off the feds (wikileaks anyone?). I'm sure they'll apologize later if they were wrong...as long as you can afford the lawyers to prove you were wrong...

more than 3 years ago
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Learning From Gawker's Failure

Lord Dreamshaper too late (236 comments)

gawker lost all credibility with me when they blamed easyDNS for pulling the plug on Wikileaks (actual culprit was everyDNS). Shit happens, it's an easily made typo. My problem is when they basically told the easyDNS owner that they would edit the original press release without acknolwedging that any edit had been made, let alone apologize. They basically told easyDNS to fuck off and quit whining after gawkers error almost got easyDNS DDOS'd into oblivion. Even the National Enquirer has more spine (at least when they admit fault)

more than 3 years ago
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Building Prisons Without Walls Using GPS Devices

Lord Dreamshaper Oblig. Chris Rock: (545 comments)

To sum a few threads posted above with a merging of riffs from Chris Rock: What we need is the tossed salad man "Toss his salad? Nooooooo!!!! I'ma gonna learn, I'ma gonna read, I'ma gonna get a job!"

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

Lord Dreamshaper Re:anyone awake? (432 comments)

granted the article is all the way back in early May, but it was clearly an opt-in feature. Whether through ignorance or informed consent, if you want your real life details splattered all over the net, doesn't matter to me, I won't be affected because I won't opt-in.

Quite different from this week's announcement that it's all public and non-discretional. In fact, IMO, the implied subtext was that they anticipated this backlash (as an obvious and reasonable reaction) and (it went without saying) wouldn't have dreamed of making Real-ID mandatory.

Culturally, I think we have become more and more accepting of social networking in the context of your real identity and Facebook

Really? Sadly, /. crowd is atypically informed on the ramifications of losing anonymity on the net. We would certainly be the percentage that is more opposed than ever to losing control over our privacy.

So what we are doing is we are introducing this feature called Real ID, an optional layer of identity
So what changed in just 6 weeks?

not ranting at you, thanks for the article that summarizes exactly what we're all pissy about...I'm not sure I trust their about-face when I find it so hard to believe that they only got to that place in just 6 weeks. Perhaps they'll wait until we've all sunk our money into the new starcraft and the wow expansions then change back again?

more than 4 years ago

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