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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Mr. Slippery Re:USB Import (183 comments)

Who the hell buys/uses CD's anymore?

(raises hand)

My CD from the 80s (yes, I still have a few) and 90s and 00s didn't disappear. I buy CDs from bands at shows. (And usually rip them, eventually.) And doing business with the forms of Pure Concentrated Evil known to mankind as Apple and Amazon is not an option, so digital download options are limited.

2 hours ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Mr. Slippery Re:Great... (563 comments)

Please point to the fascists riddling the current Ukrainian government.

Members of Svoboda, the neo-Nazi inspired party formerly known as the "Social-National Party of Ukraine", hold several government posts: Oleksandr Sych, Vice Prime Minister; Andriy Mokhnyk- Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources; Ihor Shvayka, Minister of Agriculture.

Svoboda is so far right that just three years ago there was a move to have the party banned nationwide:


Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Mr. Slippery Re:NO, all candy bar (520 comments)

Keyboard phones sound good on paper but when people actually tried them the reality hit home.

Yes, and the reality is that if you are someone who works with text -- a programmer, a sysadmin, a writer -- a keyboard phone completely fscking rocks, putting a remote terminal/text editor device in your pocket. I can sit at the bar and work on an essay, or ssh in to the server at work for a quick bug fix or server restart. (Yes, it's nice to have a tablet or laptop or desktop but those don't fit into my pocket.) "Swipe" keyboards are useless. You can have my Epic 4G when you pry it from my cold dead hands...or replace it with another phone with a hardware keyboard. There is no substitute.

2 days ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Mr. Slippery Re:Great... (563 comments)

Russia is definitely, without a doubt or a question, the villain here.

Your statement assumes there is only one villain.

Russia is a villain. The U.S. is a villain. The current fascist-riddled Ukraine government is a villain. The prior authoritarian Ukraine government is a villain. And in the end, the ethnic Russians of Eastern Ukraine are fucked.

2 days ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Mr. Slippery Re:Time will tell (353 comments)

To be a real dick about it: Nobody moved your cheese, the cheese is simply no longer there.

Cheese, to extend the metaphor, does not simply disappear. If it's no longer there, someone moved it.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of free cheese in the form of torrents. The more the copyright cartel tightens its grip, the more content will slip through its fingers.

about a week ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

Mr. Slippery Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

Uh, yeah, we can measure -1. The charge of an electron. The distance along the x-axis that I travel when I walk one meter west. The effect on a wave when it encounters an identical one 180 degrees out of phase.

Not at all. None of those things "are" -1. They are observable phenomena that we tag with the human invention, the word/concept, "-1". Mathematics is not an aspect of objective observable reality, it is a language that we have found useful for describing our observations.

about two weeks ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Mr. Slippery Re:Ads are good for the internet. (394 comments)

Imagine you had to pay every time you wanted to watch a YouTube video? Like when you goto a movie, or order cable TV, I'll gladly wait 10sec & click skip...

If it takes 10 seconds of your time, then you're paying with your time.

If you're a professional making $50/hour, then 10 seconds of your time is worth $0.14. If you're a laborer making $10, then 10 seconds of your time is worth $0.03. That's just the time wasted, mind, not counting the fact that watching ads is essentially subjecting yourself to black magic, attempted mind control, and trying to put a value on your neurological integrity..

IMO, if ads stopped across all internet sites, or the online advertising industry completely collapsed. The internet as we know it, would be gone.

And since the Internet as we know it has become, thanks to scum-sucking advertizers, a hive of scum and villainy, little would be lost, and we could go about cleaning out the cruft and building something better. Fuck the online advertising industry with a rusty dildo.

about two weeks ago

Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

Mr. Slippery Re:Well IMO he got what he deserved he let his ang (203 comments)

you need to learn how to read BADLY.

Wouldn't it be better to learn to read well, than to learn how to read badly?

And it would be good also to learn to write well. Your prior post is utterly incomprehensible.

about a month ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

Mr. Slippery Re:Probably not wrong (228 comments)

Part of my understanding is that a 501(c)3 is a public, mutual benefit corporation where all assets are actually owned by the public, should push come to shove.

I'm sorry, but you're confused -- that's not correct at all. The assets of a 501(c)3 have to be transferred to another exempt organization if the organization shuts down, but they are in no way owned by the public. We had that baked into our articles of incorporation but I'm not sure if that's a requirement.

501(c)3s can include religious corporations and public-benefit nonprofit corporations. A public corporation is something completely different, a corporation set up by a government; for example, some state universities are set up this way. A mutual-benefit corporation, which includes some co-ops, insurance companies, and other groups set up to benefit their members, cannot be a 501(c)3.

about a month ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

Mr. Slippery Re:They are not a charity (228 comments)

but the IRS's definition of a charity requires that you be serving a distinct, disadvantaged group of people.

No. 501(c)3 organizations can include churches in rich neighborhoods, symphony orchestras, museums, and plenty of other groups which do not serve "disadvantaged" groups.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Mr. Slippery PHP (536 comments)

PHP is the language for web programming, just as C/C++ is the language for system programming.

People have been hating on C since at least the 1980s. It's still here. People have been hating on PHP since 2000 or so. It's still here.

about a month ago

The Internet's Own Boy

Mr. Slippery Re:His choices... (194 comments)

The feds threat was six months, not 10+ years.

Bullshit. Threatening "50 years if you make us go to trial, but if you confess we'll recommend six months but the court can still give you 50 years" is still threatening 50 years. The threat of heavy sentences to get people to waive the right to a trail is an egregious violation of due process and the the guarantee against cruel and unusual punishments.

about a month ago

The Internet's Own Boy

Mr. Slippery Re:Snuck [Re:wifi is slow [Re:His choices...]] (194 comments)

I suggest that you e-mail the 784,000 web pages that say Aaron Swartz snuck into the closet, and inform them they're using the English language wrong:

They're not using the English language wrong, they're reporting the facts wrong. Just as the mainstream media did for decades in the War on (Some) Drugs, just as they did in the run-up to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the media is lying and/or negligently passing on the government's story.

about a month ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Mr. Slippery Re:Be polite (286 comments)

No way they just Taser you for refusing to answer questions.

You can be tased or beaten by cops pretty much at their psychotic discretion.

Boy tased for refusing to wash cop car

Man tased for not giving up his phone

Man beaten to death for not providing ID

We live in a police state, and it's not going to stop until either 1) we raise standards and pay for cops, or 2) we liberalize CCW laws and recognize the right of self-defense against bad cops.

about a month ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Mr. Slippery Re:The can of worms... (265 comments)

It seems that there's just far more white men in the US that are inclined to be software developers than there are females and minorities who are inclined to do so.

And part of the reason that there are fewer females and minorities who are inclined to do so, is because when a woman or a black guy shows up in a CS class they're an oddity, subject to (usually subtle and unconscious, but sometimes stupid and obvious) sexism and racism. So they're more likely to say "screw it" and go study something else, so there are fewer women and African-Americans in CS, so when a woman or a black guy shows up in a CS class they're an oddity...and the cycle continues.

There is no quick fix. But over time a little attention by folks who work in tech to the basic rule "don't be a dick" can cut it down.

we'll probably never see a 50/50 split because these inclinations are part nature as well as part nurture./

...and making unproven and unprovable claims about the natural abilities of various groups of people, would be a fine example of "being a dick". Cut it out.

about a month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Mr. Slippery Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

Destruction of evidence is a separate crime

But since I have not committed a crime, the automated destruction of my private data to protect it from cyber-criminals in the event I lose control of it is not destruction of evidence.

about a month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Mr. Slippery Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

An encrypted hard drive is little different from a locked safe

An encrypted hard drive is entirely unlike a locked safe. It is much more like a notebook kept in a private code: if I write "June 26: red green Q 17 x-ray romeo eagle" in my journal, the state has no rightful authority to compel me to tell them what that means to me.

about a month ago

WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

Mr. Slippery Re:The elephants are stomping on us again (222 comments)

"Some people somewhere are consensually doing something that offends my sensitive sensibilities, so it has to stop even though it's a private matter that I have no part in and no business sticking my nose into!"

The behavior of corporations -- artificial persons created by state fiat -- is not a "private matter".

about a month ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Mr. Slippery Re:Doesn't this violate TOS? (184 comments)

So, that I know of, no ISP has a program where they police what you do.

My ISP is Sprint/Clearwire. (Complicated corporate and branding relationship.) I got a nastygram from them about peer-to-peer downloads. They didn't care that I was downloads GNU/Linux distros, they didn't want me using PtP at all. (So I got a VPN account and flipped them the bird.)

about a month ago

Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

Mr. Slippery Re:It's Chicago (107 comments)

What separates the left, especially the European version of left, from the American concept of left/liberal?

Left=pro-worker=socialist, though that word has been poisoned by a century of Red Scares here.

Right=pro-aristocrat=capitalist. (When you have a hereditary class of state-backed "owners" who control the economic resources, that's an aristocracy.)

Left/right has nothing to do with social issues like abortion rights, gay marriage, etc., nor does it have to do with the size of government. It's about who the economic system should benefit.

The Democratic party is thoroughly capitalist, with only a relatively minor disagreement with the Republican party as to what degree of exploitation of the proles by their feudal lords is best.

about a month ago



CentOS back on track

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Following up on the previous story about CentOS: according to the CentOS web site, "The CentOS Development team had a routine meeting today with Lance Davis in attendance. During the meeting a majority of issues were resolved immediately and a working agreement was reached with deadlines for remaining unresolved issues. There should be no impact to any CentOS users going forward. The CentOS project is now in control of the and domains and owns all trademarks, materials, and artwork in the CentOS distributions.""

How we used to vote

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Think hanging chads, illegal purges of the voter rolls, and insecure voting machines were bad? The New Yorker gives a look at how we used to vote back in the good old days: "A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocking him off his feet. George Kyle picked himself up and ran. He never did cast his vote. Nor did his brother, who died of his wounds. The Democratic candidate for Congress, William Harrison, lost to the American Party's Henry Winter Davis. Three months later, when the House of Representatives convened hearings into the election, whose result Harrison contested, Davis's victory was upheld on the ground that any 'man of ordinary courage' could have made his way to the polls." Now I feel like a wuss for complaining about the lack of a voter-verified paper trail."
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Gandalf is the new Number Two

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  about 6 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "According to Variety , "AMC and ITV will remake Patrick McGoohan's cult TV show `The Prisoner' as a six-part mini with Ian McKellen as Number Two and Jim Caviezel as Number Six." There's been talk about remake of The Prisoner for a long time, we'll see if this gets further than past efforts; certainly Sir McKellen's attachment to the project is a reason to hope it won't completely blow chunks."
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WSU LUG Nerds to auction themselves to women

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Associated Press reports that Washington State University's LUG is planning to hold a "nerd auction". According to LUG president Ben Ford,"You can buy a nerd and he'll fix your computer, help you with stats homework, or if you're really adventurous, take you to dinner!" To promote the LUG (and comp sci in general) to women, the plan is that a handful of LUG members will get makeovers from a sorority. "The girls get to have their way with them and we'll document each makeover. We'll make a snazzy video and show it over dinner. After the dinner, we'll auction off the now studly nerds.""
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