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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Luthair Re:Leave the employers alone (398 comments)

From some of the stories we've had in Canada, its probably less tech companies and more banks etc. replacing their IT groups with a third-party contractor that only hires imported workers.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Luthair Bogus (312 comments)

Sorry but your reasoning is bullshit. Before the internet people blamed cable tv, before cable it was music or tv or radio, the reality is that you're choosing not to read.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Luthair Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

I'd say there is logic in not bothering to make the change, it takes effort and brings no value. My experience has been that gendered pronouns are often used in documentation, though usually they use a mix of the two genders.

That said there isn't logic in attempting to revert the commit when another committer merged it (unless the rule was that documentation would use a gendered pronoun). Though I also don't think the tone and content of Joyents post is appropriate either.

about two weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Luthair Re:Neat, thanks (323 comments)

I question whether the author has any right to release it at all. Sounds like it was done as a work for hire thus she doesn't doesn't own the copyright.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

Luthair Re:Already have this in my Firefox (101 comments)

I believe the point is that the drop down menu includes all the search providers. Personally I would like this, seems like I always have Wikipedia selected when I want Google and Google selected when I want Wikipedia.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Luthair Re:Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

This doesn't work. The issue isn't a node connecting to the network and having access to all data, the issue is that any user's home node explicitly has access to anything the user has been granted permission to.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Luthair Re:Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

I fail to see how that matters. The user you're sharing with is authenticating with their home server, thus their home server can readily impersonate them.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Luthair Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

So unfortunately this means there really aren't any open source alternatives.

Unfortunately the distributed model has fundamental privacy problems. One needs complete trust in all server nodes as they can do nearly anything with a user's data after they have access. e.g. a user can revoke permission but that doesn't prevent a networked server from having cached & continuing to display it. Or potentially a rogue server which makes everything they have permission to see publicly available.

about three weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

Luthair Re:Zoosk will claim programmer error. (189 comments)

I'd say its more likely to be user error. The article references oauth and facebook so it seems likely the user clicked through things without reading unless there was an xss vulnerability.

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

Luthair Re:Heh... (110 comments)

That is patently absurd.

about a month ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Luthair Budget (247 comments)

Simply put the US population (or at least the portion that politicians pay attention to) seem unwilling to fund being first.

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

Luthair Re:Heh... (110 comments)

Nice straw man. No one is claming C02 and global warming have an immediate effect on health (obviously there are thoughts that if the climate shifts a significant amount we might see tropical disease and parasites expand their range but no one is claiming that is now).

about 1 month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Luthair Net split (120 comments)

Ignoring entirely why the us feels it's courts have jurisdiction at all, any other outcome would have resulted in these countries and their friendly neighbours legislating TLD definitions.

about a month ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Luthair Re:Why? (111 comments)

This could reasonably apply to any major car manufacturer going back a decade.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Luthair Why? (111 comments)

Is this on Slashdot? Tesla is a car company, their every move is not relevant

about a month and a half ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

Luthair ExplorerBook (232 comments)

I think unfortunately these devices are very misleading, with 32gb of (very slow) local storage they simply don't offer anything more than a Chromebook. There isn't space for installing programs (or games), nor is there enough space for local media.

about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Luthair Selective? (357 comments)

So why are we banning Google Glass, but not cellphones? Cellphones have cameras too, they're much more annoying than glass for anyone in the theatre.

about a month and a half ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Luthair Holy War (863 comments)

Sorry still don't care. The argument against systemd is being perpetrated by a small number of folks who have an axe to grind. They operate anonymously to hide how few and irrelevant they are.

about 2 months ago
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Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

Luthair Ironically (50 comments)

Quake probably has better graphics despite being 15-years older.

about 2 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Luthair Re:I don't blame the retailers (558 comments)

I've actually heard both ways on this that Apple is taking a fee and that they are not. I can't imagine Apple (or another company) dealing with the implementation, infrastructure and liability for no financial gain.

about 2 months ago

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