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Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

NoTheory Re:Uh, what? (390 comments)

This is a case of following the money. ICANN info isn't going to be helpful, so get back to the root of who paid for the domain registration, and make it clear that it is different from the listed registerer.

I am however somewhat surprised by/skeptical about this story. How did the poster's name and info get associated w/ this? This sounds like an inside job or there's additional info missing from this story (which may be due to just trying to remain anonymous-ish).

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

NoTheory Re:Statistically significant (159 comments)

This is a non-trivial problem. How do they account for youtube embeds on facebook? Count towards just facebook? Just youtube? Both? What happens to views embedded on other sites? Google gathers data from each view after all, perhaps more, than just the youtube video's primary page.

more than 4 years ago

Memorizing Language / Spelling Techniques?

NoTheory Radical Spelling (237 comments)

There are ideographic relationships between concepts and what's in the characters. Each of the elements in complex characters bears some of the meaning of the word. Dictionaries for Chinese and Japanese Kanji are in fact organized in this manner (by character radical). I can't recommend a particular manner of memorizing them (i failed abysmally at the task as a child, and am functionally illiterate as a result), however the relationships are there if you want to look for them.

more than 4 years ago

Google Open Sources Etherpad, Piratepad Launches

NoTheory Pretty awesome (126 comments)

Happy to see a Google acquisition which has not entirely abandoned their existing userbase, as they are assimilated. The company i work for has picked up using etherpads here and there, and was intending on doing so further, until the acquisition. I guess we'll probably give the code base a run, and try installing an internal copy :) Rock on Etherpad & Google guys.

more than 5 years ago

Should I Publish Or Patent?

NoTheory Re:Patent if it's practical, publish if it's risky (266 comments)

Oh, naïveté.

Nothing will stop them from filing their patent unless you are aware of their filing, and object.

Then, if you were to do something w/ your idea, they may very well sue you, regardless of their patent's invalidity, making the gamble that you'd rather settle than deal with the legal proceedings required to invalidate their patent.

These guys aren't doing it cause they're smart. They're doing it because they think there's easy money to be made, and it's a pain in the ass to defend yourself in court.

This behavor is called patent trolling. I figure any careful reader of Slashdot would recognize this modus operandi, given it's frequency in News for Nerds.

So what can i say?
You must be new here.

more than 5 years ago

Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

NoTheory Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

The original post AND all these comments miss the point.

File sharing is a means of distribution , NOT marketing .

If you are trying to get popular by being the top download on The Pirate Bay, then you're doing it wrong. In my experience, there is very little horizontal movement between pieces of content on torrent trackers. You go to the torrent tracker with something mind, you find it, you download it, you're done. Other media like SoulSeek are much better as an exploratory sharing system.

Nor are popular bands popular just because they're signed to major labels (otherwise Poe one of my favorite artists would be considerably better known than she is). They are popular because major labels and other soul crushing pieces of media machinery market them heavily through all the things that people are connected to. Television shows, movies, radio, the blogosphere, etc.

If you want to be popular, make yourself notable AND easy to get. Torrent trackers take care of the second bit. You've gotta take care of the first bit.

more than 5 years ago

Experimental MacRuby Branch Is 3x Faster

NoTheory Re:Ruby? (191 comments)

Er, way to troll? If you'd like to do your ridiculous hello world you can stick to:

puts "i like beans"

And it's really unclear what "it" you're referring to. Because Ruby, for me, is a good blend of the things i wanted from Perl and Lisp with a side of Object Orientation. I get all the laziness and conveniences of Perl, and i can do all the crazy stuff i'd want to do with Lisp. So imo, you're way off base.

more than 5 years ago

Experimental MacRuby Branch Is 3x Faster

NoTheory Re:Why MacRuby Matters? (191 comments)

MacRuby matters for a lot of reasons. Early benchmarks aren't one of them. http://blog.headius.com/2009/03/on-benchmarking.html

MacRuby's potential for Cocoa integration is fantastic and great, and something i very very much want to see.

It's not clear however what relationship benchmarks at this stage (with an incomplete implementation) will actually correspond to in the future. They are a total red herring for discussion.

Look at MacRuby on the merits! not the benchmarks!

more than 5 years ago

Telling Fact From Fantasy In the World of Apple Rumors

NoTheory Clue: (91 comments)

Consumers don't care about apple rumors. They can't buy rumors.

The only care about what products are available. Only fanbois and panicky investors care about rumors (normal investors should be in it for the long haul anyway).

Sort of an interesting read on why we should ignore mac rumors (and mind you i own 4 macs in my house and use them for dev, so i love 'em just as much as anyone), but otherwise a pretty pointless piece of reading.

I guess it's still better than idle.

more than 5 years ago

Watch the Obama Inauguration With Moonlight

NoTheory Re:Bitter (197 comments)

Of course I don't think any of them imagined that it would have any effect on the bitterness over at Slashdot.

And i'm sure that they, like myself, were totally shocked at the rising of the sun again today. Can you imagine the odds!

TBH, i'm surprised to find so many positive comments (i, semi-jokingly, wonder about astroturfing).

about 6 years ago

Finding Better Tech Broadcasts?

NoTheory Google's Tech Talks (205 comments)

The internet is just jam packed with info. Just go sign up for Google's tech talk RSS feed on youtube, that's just a small corner of mostly tech, most of the time (and the occasional diversion into human rights or harry potter as a philosophically christian themed narrative :P ).

more than 6 years ago

Google Opens Up Android Codebase

NoTheory Re:2.1 GB?? (204 comments)

This isn't just the OS. This is the OS and the SDK. The tools are the major component of the download. There's a whole android emulator included. :P The OS itself is a couple hundred megs of linux.

more than 6 years ago

A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

NoTheory Re:Chomskian!? (485 comments)

I've not read any of Chomsky's political theory. But this is definitely a case of the worst sorts of abuses that Wikipedia is susceptible to.

An editor with a nefarious agenda manages to keep a hold of his account for 2 years because the wikipedia elites have an axe to grind against the nefarious editor's opponents. Who in the end turn out to be correct.

If that's not emblematic of everything that's wrong with wikipedia i don't know what is.

Oh, and at least according to Weiss's blog, he's still a contributing editor for Condé Nast Portfolio. I don't know about you, but sustained and concerted efforts to distort a subject should be a firing offense for journalists.

more than 6 years ago

Barr Sues Over McCain's, Obama's Presence on Texas Ballot

NoTheory Re:I hope they're removed, (918 comments)

Ensuring fair, reasonable, and standardized elections isn't a good reason? I think you'd be hard pressed to claim that the current electoral system is ideal. And the failures, as 2000 showed, are fairly catastrophic (i don't mean Bush's policies. I mean the turmoil, and lack of clarity)

more than 6 years ago



MS offers 44.6 Billion to buy Yahoo!

NoTheory NoTheory writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KnowTheory (580275) writes "Microsoft, in it's attempt to not be left in the dust by Google, has decided to make an offer to buy Yahoo! the search firm Google eclipsed then largely buried as it's #2 competitor. Microsoft claims that the two companies could save a billion dollars annually after successfully merged, and that it has a plan for integrating the two companies. There are definitely pieces of technology that the two companies could combine to great effect (e.g. Flickr + Photosynth), but one does wonder how the #2 search firm plus microsoft's extremely lackluster web presence could possibly be configured (perhaps like voltron?) to take on the Search Giant. Maybe they'll just fire or reassign all of MSN?"

NoTheory NoTheory writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NoTheory (580275) writes "According to the New York Times, U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, who flew last July on a shuttle mission to the international space station, drove 900 miles from Huston, Texas to Orlando, Florida to confront a woman she perceived to be a rival for a fellow astronaut.

Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, Nowak boarded an airport bus that Shipman took to her car in an airport parking lot. Shipman told police she noticed someone following her, hurried inside the car and locked the doors, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nowak rapped on the window, tried to open the car door and asked for a ride. Shipman refused but rolled down the car window a few inches when Nowak started crying. Nowak then sprayed a chemical into Shipman's car, the affidavit said.

During a check of the parking lot, an officer followed Nowak and watched her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. They also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.


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