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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

MobyDisk Burnout (256 comments)

I have a few thoughts on burnout:

1) Are you sure they ever burning to begin with?
Lots of people didn't start programming because they loved it. Lots of them started because it was a profitable field. They didn't go home and code til 3am in the first place.

2) Make sure you don't confuse burnout with shifting life priorities. I used to go home, grab some Taco Bell, then write code, compete, hack, etc. But now I go home, kiss my wife, eat dinner, and play with my kids. I'd love to code, but I had to cut a lot of that out. Don't think it was an easy realization, as I could write a novel on the topic. But I didn't burnout, I just shifted my priorities. Next step might be taking care of my parents, which will also cut into coding time. :-(

2 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

MobyDisk Re:No faith in the patent system (92 comments)

I had the same experience. I can barely comprehend a patent that I am one of the inventors on!

3 days ago
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eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

MobyDisk There was no hack (37 comments)

The article is completely overblowing this, borderling lying. Ebay was not hacked. The BBC should be ashamed and take the article down:

EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials.

But the image caption says the truth:

A listing for an iPhone 5S contained code that resulted in users being sent to a scam site

Those are *completely* different issues. A link is not a hack! The article goes on to make up more garbage:

He [the security researcher] said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. It involved the attackers placing malicious Javascript code within product listing pages.

Posting a link is not an XSS attack. And a link is not the same as Javascript.

The article says "a security researcher" but they never say the persons name or credentials. I bet there was no researcher. It sounds more like a friend of one of the reporters saw this scam link, Googled some search terms and came-up with "XSS" then suddenly became a security researcher.

4 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

MobyDisk Do Geeks actually watch this show? (102 comments)

I've only seen a few episodes of TBBT, but I didn't get that there was anything geeky about it. Do geeks actually watch the show?

The first episode has a hot girl meet a couple of nerdy guys who predictable run into her burly ex-boyfriend. In the next episode, said hot chick finds some reason to take a shower in their apartment, and hilarity ensues. It seemed more fanservice than geekdom. There characters were just "Revenge of the Nerds" style over-the-top archetypes of geeks. This is probably typical of sitcoms since realistic people just aren't as funny as exaggerations.

This interview was the first time I had heard of the series as being for geeks or by geeks. It is good that some mainstream writers take their material seriously.

4 days ago
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

MobyDisk Confusion over TRIM (66 comments)

To deal with the added write amplification, Tanguy said Micron increased the TRIM command set, meaning blocks of data no longer required can be erased and freed up more often

Did they mean "implemented" rather than "increased?" Or did they mean that they added something new to the TRIM command?

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Yeah, that makes sense in a sad way. I suppose the music industry thought the same way for a while. Eventually, illegal music distribution services convinced them otherwise. Now, VPN connections are the equivalent for streaming video.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

If the return on investment doesn't exceed the cost of setting up the licensing and distribution rights, it won't happen.

That part seems logical. But I am amazed that "licensing and distribution" would be so expensive that it would exceed the value of millions of people viewing their content. That sounds like the companies are becoming inefficient. Their own internal paperwork is so complex and expensive that they can't deploy their own product. Ouch, that's really wacky.

Even then, it has to exceed costs by a high enough amount, otherwise the entities involved will focus their efforts on something else that's more lucrative

I get that. I work for a company that decided to can a perfectly functioning and completed product because the regulatory requirements for a particular region cost $10 million. Now, they know it would make more than $10 million, but they only had $10 million to spend in that fiscal year. So they spent it on a product that would make more. To all the people on that project, it seems like a really weird decision. But you only have so much working capital.

I echo your sentiment about the "global economy." By default, a licensing agreement should apply universally to all geographies. If I build something on the internet, it is available to everyone by default. I must go out of my way and spend extra money to make it not work for some people based on their location. In this case, the content providers stunted their own sales to the point of creating a black market. (The people using VPN to access Netflix are essentially a black market. Or gray market if you prefer since they aren't doing anything illegal.)

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Pope: Thank you for a detailed answer. I'm tired of stupid responses like "xenophobia and stupidity." I expected some AC responses like that, but the registered users doing it is quite maddening.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

I wasn't looking for a distilled answer. I really wanted to know what specifically is the problem. If the licenses are locked-up by exclusive agreements with existing broadcasters, then I can understand the problem. Netflix might only be able to solve that by buying out the broadcasters. I wonder if the broadcasters could let the content providers break the contract, in exchange for some agreement. Or if they can sub-license the rights back to Netflix, and profit as a middleman.

Q: Why does this code not work?
Distilled answer: Bad programming.
Answer I wanted: Line 27 doesn't allocate enough memory.

Q: Why can't I stream The Simpsons?
Distilled answer: Licensing and greed.
Answer I wanted: Viacom has an exclusive licensing agreement that expires on March 21, 2018

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Interesting. So maybe they don't want Netflix to cut into DVD sales if DVD sales are more profitable in Australia than they are in the US. That would be a valid reason.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

I keep hearing "greed" but that is a copout. Greedy people do not refuse to license their products for decades.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

I get that Netflix won't launch in Australia without licenses. So why don't they have licenses? Why can't they get them?

The only substantive answer I've heard so far is that the companies sold decades-long *exclusive* licenses to someone else. That might tie into your statement "And whatever agreements it did sign so far likely don't become active until Launch Date X." So the implication is that they *can* get licenses, but they won't kick-in until someone else's exclusive license expires? And why was this different in Australia?

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Thank you. That is the first actual substantive answer I've had on this topic. Every other reply is "because licensing" or "because greed."

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

"Those greedy bastards" don't make money by refusing to license their products. There must be some real concrete reason.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

"Licensing issues" seems to be the standard reply. But, why would licensing in Australia be different from licensing elsewhere? Isn't a show streamed to Australia is just as profitable as a show streamed to Europe or America?

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

This is what I always here, same with Anime. But I don't understand why this is hard. Why would the rights be harder to secure in Australia versus anywhere else in the world? Why would a content provider care about geography? Isn't money made from streaming to someone in Australia the same as money made from streaming to someone in the US? When Walmart wants to sell Proctor and Gamble shampoo in the US, Proctor and Gamble profits. Why would P&G not want Walmart to sell shampoo in Australia? Or the Mars or the Moon? Is streaming somehow different?

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

MobyDisk International Copyright (172 comments)

Why is Netflix not available in Australia?

5 days ago

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MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MobyDisk writes "Network Performance Daily retracted last week's interview with Professor Christopher Yoo from Vanderbilt University Law School on his opposition to Net-Neutrality policies. The new article is clearer, more subdued interview. The editor, Brian Boyko, says he never received Mr. Yoo's corrections to the article. From the apology: "The article had done him a disservice and resolved to repair any inaccuracy or anything that would be unfair to his words or image." Lost corrections, or a revision in response to criticism?

Last week's article now points to an series by Art Brodsky, Communications Director of Public Knowledge that is in support of Network Neutrality."

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