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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

MadCow42 Re:I like... (643 comments)

I agree 100% - even today, recordings from cop cars only see to be available when it's in the police's interest, and are destroyed or not working otherwise.

The best solution I heard was in the book Lockstep - where police were actually remote controlled robots. One robot was always controlled by an independent 3rd party operator, a civilian. That would ensure accountability and fairness.

about 3 months ago

Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

MadCow42 Economic destruction (206 comments)

The NSA has not only undermined our trust in the government (well... that's assuming there was any to begin with), but it's also wreaking huge devastation on our economy. How many US-based companies have lost huge amounts of foreign business due to these revelations?

It's NOT Snowden's fault for revealing these actions. It's the US Government's fault for having their fingers in every conceivable cookie jar in the world, and forcing US-based companies to assist them with it (willingly, unwillingly, and even unknowingly).

about 5 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

MadCow42 "Gun Jammers" are the problem (1374 comments)

So what if all the privately-held weapons in the USA were of this type? do you think that someone (... some 3-letter acronym, maybe... ahem) might design a gun jamming system? What good is the right to bear arms if someone else can simply shut them off on you? Sorry, no go - at least from a mandated-use standpoint. Sure, I can see it being nice for some people who CHOOSE to use it, but not if it's mandated by law.

about 7 months ago

Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

MadCow42 Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

It's good PR for Sparkfun too. They're getting way more value already than $30k of publicity usually gives you.

about 8 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MadCow42 Re:The taxpayers are not Apples sugardaddy (288 comments)

No, I'm not arguing that Apple shouldn't be paying more taxes. Not just Apple, but many large, profitable companies that don't pay much or any tax should pay more.

However, the problem is NOT WITH APPLE. It's with the laws that let them do this. Fix the damn laws, don't blame the companies that use the current laws to ensure they do THEIR job properly (i.e. make money).

about 9 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MadCow42 Re:Right....moron... (288 comments)

Great... then prosecute them.

If you can't, then it's legal.

If you don't like it, change the law. More specifically, if the taxpayers (and politicians) in that area don't like it, then they should change the law. Otherwise, what's the fucking story here?

about 9 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MadCow42 Apple is not a charity (288 comments)

Apple - nor any corporation - is not a charity. It's not their job to pay more taxes than they legally have to. Their job is specifically the opposite - generate as much value for shareholders as they can.

Any company that pays more than they have to by law should be questioned, or the shareholders should revolt. Actually... I can't think of any example of one that does, intentionally at least.

So - the issue is NOT with Apple - TFS even says that the Australian tax office agrees this is all above board - but the issue is with their tax system. It's structured to allow that, intentionally or not. There are all kinds of tax incentives in the world, and they're all there to encourage the right mix of business development and growth that the region needs. Essentially, tax is used as an incentive to offset the disadvantages that would otherwise naturally be there (labor cost, non-ideal locations, skill levels, etc.).

Don't be mad at Apple... EVERY company does this. Haters be hat'n, I guess. :)

about 9 months ago

Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

MadCow42 Re:Unable to go through scanners (141 comments)

I'm curious what qualifies as a medical reason to avoid the scanners? I opt out of them always, but it'd be nice to be able to at least occasionally avoid the pat downs too...

Care to share your ailment?

about 9 months ago

Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

MadCow42 Opting out... (141 comments)

I travel FREQUENTLY, and always opt out of the naked scanners at the airport... partially because of safety concerns, partly because of my view that they're security theatre and ineffective, and partly in protest. After all - as inconvenient as a hand pat-down is, I KNOW that won't give me cancer in 20 years. 4-5 scans a week or more over 20 years... what's that going to do to me?

Question: do the TSA agents hate me? :)

about 9 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

MadCow42 Re: And in other news... (506 comments)

I'd actually say that being a native English speaker is a DISADVANTAGE overall. You come to believe that the world must speak in your language, and never make any personal investment in learning the language (or culture) of another land. I am a native English speaker, and felt "disabled" when I live in Europe amongst people that routinely spoke 4-5 languages fluently (including English). Simply growing up with exposure to those languages is enough to help diversify their brain... and in my experience, their outlook on the world as well.

The world is not nearly as US-centric or English-centric as most of us believe.

about 9 months ago

BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

MadCow42 rPi? (64 comments)

Cool... anyone tried it on Raspberry Pi?

about 9 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

MadCow42 Why ban? (511 comments)

Why not just shuffle anyone detected cheating into a separate game room? If they're paying customers, then they can all cheat together, and everyone wins.

about 9 months ago

Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

MadCow42 Re:Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (234 comments)

Well, maybe it's not a "crawler", but if it copies all outbound traffic it does essentially the same thing while leaving no footprints.

Chew on that for a while. :)

1 year,10 days

Could IBM's Watson Put Google In Jeopardy?

MadCow42 Search efficiency may be a problem (274 comments)

I'm guessing that an AI-type search would be MUCH more computationally intensive than a Google PageRank search (just guessing). I'm curious how the cost of providing that search would affect the profitability or commercial viability of using Watson technology for mass searching.

Remember, to fuel a single searcher on Jeopardy it required racks of equipment. When you're making a few pennies a search - maybe - it might be some time until that equation makes sense.

about a year ago

Sky Deutschland considering using bone conduction to force ads on train riders

MadCow42 Wow... (1 comments)

There goes another mode of transportation. That would be enough to make me avoid them like the plague.

about a year ago

Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

MadCow42 I guess the movie "Johnny Dangerously" is banned? (743 comments)

It was one of my favorite lines, as Johnny pulls out a revolver with a barrel about 3 feet long: "It shoots through schools..."

Although clearly inappropriate, I'm disgusted that it's now illegal to say certain words... even in jest. This country is falling apart faster and faster.

about a year ago

Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

MadCow42 Cause and Effect... which is which? (433 comments)

Gee... if content is easy to access and affordable, then (most) people won't pirate it. People that still do would have done it no matter what - they're not your customers and you're NOT losing money by them doing so. (sure, it's not fair, yada yada)

But - when content is not easily and affordably available (say, because you "removed content from the web to protect it from piracy"), that's exactly what ENCOURAGES normal people to consider pirating in the first place. Those ARE their "customers" who would have paid a reasonable price for content that they can use in their preferred manner. They're shooting themselves in the foot, which is hardly surprising.

I don't see the idiocy stopping any time soon...

about a year ago

Chicago Sun Times Swaps iPhone Training For Staff Photographers

MadCow42 The equipment isn't the story (316 comments)

Who cares what equipment they're using... A piece of crap camera in a skilled photog's hands can still get a great photo.

The real story (and tragedy) is they think that non-pro photographers (writers and amateurs) can do the job. Watch the results - photo quality (content wise, maybe not just technical wise) will plummet. Maybe they think that doesn't matter, who knows. And for things like sports, they'll have to use wire service photos now for sure. You can get great photos from AP/Reuters, but they'll be the same photos as other news outlets.

Sad sad, and short-sighted decision IMHO


about a year and a half ago

No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV

MadCow42 Re:what about the batteries? (559 comments)

Well, quite honestly, the answer is "YES" to all of the above. The TOTAL environmental impact of each option, through their entire life cycle, should be compared. If you're only looking at one piece or several pieces, then what's the point? It's like saying "Hey, I can light and heat my house with fire and use no electricity, therefore it has NO carbon footprint!"... without asking what you're burning to get that heat/light. If it's wood... you could argue it's carbon-neutral (if it's replanted, yada yada), but if it's oil you couldn't.

So, as complex as the question is, you really need an EXHAUSTIVE comparison for any of these arguments to hold water. The point about batteries though was that most rely on exotic heavy metals to deliver the power/weight/charge/discharge performance we all want, and those are particularly harmful on the environment - both from a mining perspective as well as a disposal/pollution perspective.


about a year and a half ago



Content Filtering Firewall options for the Home

MadCow42 MadCow42 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MadCow42 (243108) writes "My kids are getting to the age of web surfing without my wife or I always hanging over their shoulder. Although they're still in the "innocent" phase (not for long!), it's time that I installed a better content filtering and firewall/spamwall/antivirus/anti-phishing solution on our (mostly wired) home network. I'm gravitating to an appliance-type solution and I'm not afraid to pay a small monthly fee for services if needed, but I'm also Linux capable and already have an Ubuntu server on my internal network (with things like Dansguardian/etc a possibility)... but I don't want to be spending hours manually updating and patching servers and block lists. What affordable solutions would the Slashdot crowd suggest?"

Environmental marketing that works

MadCow42 MadCow42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MadCow42 (243108) writes "I run the global marketing team for a large global B2B consumables business. We've already addressed all the low-hanging fruit for reducing the waste and environmental impact of our products from a materials, manufacturing process, packaging, recycling and logistics standpoint (although we haven't capitalized as much as we should on the marketing aspects of those efforts). We also have environmental issues high on the list for new product development. However, as our customers become more and more active in reducing their own impact on our planet, I want to take my company to the next level. Admittedly, this is an offensive/defensive move to grow our business and out-pace our competition — in the end, if there is no business benefit, very few companies will spend money to go beyond what's the minimum they must do. My question for the technologically-informed Slashdot crowd is this: what types of environmental programs, messages, or changes do you think would have the biggest real benefit for the environment, and just as importantly would influence the buying decisions of you and/or your company? Of course, we're also working with our customers on that issue, but many are just now waking up to the issue and aren't educated on what the real impacts and benefits can be. For example, does Carbon Offsetting really make a difference? How about sponsoring specific environmental projects around the world? What types of projects or programs? What is too abstract to be perceived as a tangible benefit to consumers? Where can I make the biggest impact for Earth and for my business with my Marketing dollars? (sorry I can't share more about the specific business... I know it would help)"


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