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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

MetalliQaZ ...and you can't buy one (171 comments)

At least not yet. Still unknown as to when it is going on sale, I believe. Also you will not be able to buy one from Verizon in the US. Not sure about other carriers but I sorta doubt it. Cool to see a phone ship with Cyanogenmod, though.


Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

MetalliQaZ Please justify $5 for one rental (137 comments)

Dear Mr. Whedon,

Please justify the $5 cost to rent your film. I can rent your latest superhero blockbuster over the weekend for $2 from Redbox. I can own Louis CK's latest show forever for $5. Why is your content so much more expensive?

a fan

2 days ago

Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

MetalliQaZ Spank 'em hard (132 comments)

As an engineer that could have been affected by these shenanigans, I hope that each of these companies gets spanked and spanked hard. A message needs to be sent that abusing their talented, non-union labor force will have stinging consequences.

about three weeks ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

MetalliQaZ The Federal Government in a Nutshell (172 comments)

In a system where your rewards are based on the look of powerpoint presentations that are delivered to directors, you end up spending all your time optimizing the data on the slides. The same principle is applied all over the place, in almost every human endeavor. Using the wrong measure of progress means we waste time and effort. It also has a side effect of making everyone miserable, like the guy in this story. See health care, prison system, etc.

By the way, this isn't a problem unique to the government. His gripes sound very similar to my reality. I work in a large aerospace company.

about a month ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

MetalliQaZ You're going about it backwards (2219 comments)

"We've had only a few major redesigns since 1997; we think it's time for another. "

Why? This is precisely why everyone is so mad. You have a site that (mostly) works. You should get feedback from the users about THAT interface and look at new techonologies, then identify specific issues that you want to improve. Then, improve those things but keep everything that is good. This is a basic business process. Know exactly what your goals are before you start. Redesigning for the sake of redesigning is a waste of time. To put it another way, don't fix what ain't broke.

about 3 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

MetalliQaZ Re:And IBM (474 comments)


about 3 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

MetalliQaZ Re:And IBM (474 comments)

I still count IBM. I believe that quite was, "Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they're all gone."

IBM is still around. Maybe they sold their business, but the company is still around and the business they sold to Lenovo is still going strong.
Likewise for HP, Dell, hell even Atari are still around. Sure their businesses have changed, but so did Apple's. Mac has far less mindshare than iPhone and iTunes these days.

about 3 months ago

Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

MetalliQaZ No name calling! (279 comments)

Wow, a Slashdot posting about Linus that doesn't include swearing, name-calling, or flame-baiting. Today is a good day.

about 3 months ago

Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

MetalliQaZ The flip side... (432 comments)

Maybe users don't want to upgrade, like Mr. Froyd says. But maybe they would upgrade if you gave them a reason to. I'm definitely not a large scale user, but I've never encountered a situation where an older version is more attractive in any way.

about 3 months ago

Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

MetalliQaZ Re:Links (80 comments)

Grab that karma! ;-)

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

MetalliQaZ Re:Planes have had phones for years (513 comments)

Why were you so annoyed by texting? It doesn't effect you at all.

What really got your jimmies rustled was that she was openly flouting the stupid rules, and you had to get up in her business about it because you don't have the balls to do it yourself.

Wake up, buddy. You're the jerk. Cell phones are not bad for planes and a cell phone jammer will do nothing to damage it in any way. All it will do is inconvenience a few hundred people because you are so selfish and self-centered.

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

MetalliQaZ Planes have had phones for years (513 comments)

Not cell phones, but there have definitely been phones available. Some planes even had handsets embedded in the back of the headrests.

Also, I have always left my phone on in flights. It doesn't get a signal at altitude, and definitely not over the middle of the ocean. It's really only when you are near takeoff or landing.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

MetalliQaZ Why don't we name and shame? (214 comments)

Why is it that the people who schedule these underhanded surprise hearings go unnamed? People need to know that these guys are working for special interests in back-room deals.

about 5 months ago

French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

MetalliQaZ Yahoo and Webcrawler? (180 comments)

I would have used Bing and DuckDuckGo. The other two aren't relevant anymore. Or, was that the point?

about 6 months ago

Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

MetalliQaZ Re:Turnabout is Fair Play (390 comments)

Perhaps an open source project to map and publicize the personnel of these agencies, as an exercise in democratic resistance to creeping tyranny.

They'd throw you into a black hole and you'd never be seen again.

about 6 months ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

MetalliQaZ Re:IDIOTS (470 comments)

They can't inhibit speech protected by the first amendment, however they CAN legislate trade and commerce. For example, we already have laws that prohibit false advertising without first amendment issues. If the companies display the logo, they will be fined under the law.

about 6 months ago

Security Researchers Want To Fully Audit Truecrypt

MetalliQaZ Re:NSA launches project FUD against Trucrypt (233 comments)

I have a feeling he just wanted to get that out. It was a decent post, so I'll allow it despite the touch of crazy.

about 6 months ago



Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be "Abolished"

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about 9 months ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security (SoS) Competition.” The competition, which aims to honor the best “scientific papers about national security” as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords. And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become: "Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""
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Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes ""Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month.""
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Facebook's 1-sided handling of copyright claims

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MetalliQaZ writes "Ars Technica is currently following the story of their own experience being the target of a fraudulent copyright complaint on their Facebook page. "Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked. Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning when our own Facebook page became inaccessible, with no warning, no explanation, and no clear appeal process. To make matters worse, Facebook is not responsive to inquiries about account lockout, and the company provides absolutely zero useful direction on how to rectify a complaint.""
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