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Microsoft To Offer Windows 7 On USB Thumb Drives?

Reality Master 201 I guess that's nice (259 comments)

At least you could wipe the thing and get a thumb drive out of it.

more than 5 years ago
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Pentagon Confirms Cyber Command, Under NSA Control

Reality Master 201 one or two nukes in Washington (120 comments)

If there's one or two nukes in DC, we're not in a "US defending itself against a serious attack" scenario, we're in an "end of human civilization as we know it" scenario. There's plenty of folks elsewhere in the country who will be around to push the button.

more than 5 years ago
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Print Subscribers Cry Foul Over WP's Online-Only Story

Reality Master 201 Re:long-form reporting...deep investigative report (96 comments)

Eh. The opinionated troll ratings are no less prevalent than the "you say what I agree with, and therefore it's insightful," moderation.

I still prefer the troll rating to the overrated rating - that's just someone who want's to downmod and doesn't have the balls to call the post troll or flamebait.

more than 5 years ago
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Print Subscribers Cry Foul Over WP's Online-Only Story

Reality Master 201 Re:long-form reporting...deep investigative report (96 comments)

Say what you will about vinyl, but there is a huge difference in the experience of reading on a computer screen that sits a foot in front of you and a paper you can hold in your lap while kicking back on the couch.

I hold my computer on my lap as a kick back on the couch - they call them laptops.

more than 5 years ago
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FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

Reality Master 201 Re:Yes, they do (129 comments)

Another interesting example (and one I hadn't thought of). Of course, like you mention, it's the FCC. Also, radio and TV broadcasting is a government licensed monopoly on access to a resource held in common ownership by the state (broadcast spectrum), though I imagine it pertains to cable as well.

Still don't know if it's parallel to the blogging situation; probably the closest thing I can think of is false advertising controls.

more than 5 years ago
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Concrete Comparisons of Theora Vs. Mpeg-4

Reality Master 201 Re:license is not the most important thing (325 comments)

But the MP4 codec is produced by a company that 1) holds a significant number of patents itself (which both reduces the issues with infringement, and the likelihood of lawsuits, since in that limited domain, a lawsuit war can be dangerous for everyone), and 2) would indemnify the licensing parties against infringement suits.

more than 5 years ago
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Concrete Comparisons of Theora Vs. Mpeg-4

Reality Master 201 license is not the most important thing (325 comments)

The license matters a whole lot less than the potential patent encumbrance for the codec.

The developers of Theora state that the codec is not encumbered by patents, but to my knowledge, there's been no legal tests of that and no intensive review of the possible areas of infringement by a patent attorney. That's a serious issue for the uptake of the codec by vendors, since they're potentially on the hook if it later turns out that the codec infringes on people patents and the holders want to be dicks about it.

more than 5 years ago
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FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

Reality Master 201 Re:stop crying (129 comments)

This is not obvious. It's the case (as another poster notes) for financial commentary because it has implications in the securities markets.

I don't know if it's the case or not for other topics/genres of media that they're subject to the kinds of regulation that are supposedly being proposed here.

more than 5 years ago
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FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

Reality Master 201 Re:Yes, they do (129 comments)

Yes, though that's rather specific to the financial industry. The securities market is more (though not nearly enough, apparently) heavily regulated than commerce at large.

Since this is the FTC and not the FEC, it doesn't seem to be as narrowly limited to a particular arena of business. Also, I don't know that similar penalties to the ones that are supposedly to be imposed on bloggers are in place for newspapers, broadcasters, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

Reality Master 201 Re:stop crying (129 comments)

Ok, do members of the old media have to disclose all their potential conflicts of interest? Do they face penalties if they don't?

more than 5 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

Reality Master 201 Nah, fuck you (600 comments)

Fuck you, you goddamn asshole. When you've contributed anything to human society that approaches what Ray Bradbury has, you can feel free to call him an idiot.

Till then, you're still fucking worthless.

more than 5 years ago
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Anonymous Newspaper Commenters Subpoenaed In Tax Case

Reality Master 201 wrong (394 comments)

American workers are taxed on the dollar value of their earnings - this is typically payment in cash, but if you receive non-monetary compensation as part of your employment, you're still responsible for paying taxes on the dollar value of that compensation. The value of the gold coinage was far higher than the currency face value - which was the whole point of giving it instead of normal greenbacks or a check.

more than 4 years ago
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Disney Strikes Against Net Neutrality

Reality Master 201 uh (442 comments)

ISP's are nothing more than distributors of content. They don't create or provide content, they just distribute it.

This is correct.

But if content creators want to make money from their content, then they should do so by CHARGING FOR THEIR CONTENT.

If that doesn't work because people don't want to pay, then too fucking bad. Getting my ISP to silently charge me for their content, which I apparently didn't want enough to pay for in the first place, is fuckery and ought to be illegal.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux To Be First OS To Support USB 3.0

Reality Master 201 Re:The word 'Geek' is gender neutral (296 comments)

Although never productive,

I love it when people who don't know what they're talking about correct me. The -ess morpheme was a productive morpheme for feminine nouns in English, round about the 16th century. There are a number of borrowings into English from French that use -ess(e) which are feminine forms, but was also used to form novel feminine words, such as authoress, giantess, Jewess, patroness, poetess, priestess, quakeress, tailoress, seamstress, and songstress - none of which are borrowings.

the -ess morpheme is used incorrectly in English words like actress to indicate a female noun.

Except that, of course, there's nothing incorrect about it - outmoded perhaps, but an obvious fact in the lexicon.

Consider the cigar and the cigarette.
Pirouette and pirouet.

Not sure what your point is; why not also consider:
leather and leatherette (a kind of fake leather), or
usher and usherette (a female usher).

more than 5 years ago
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Linux To Be First OS To Support USB 3.0

Reality Master 201 Re:The word 'Geek' is gender neutral (296 comments)

Geekess would mean you are just a sub geek.

Why exactly? Although not productive anymore, the -ess morpheme is used in English words like actress to indicate a female noun.

Why does her choice of neologism mean she's a "sub geek?"

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Reality Master 201 well, the economy does suck (379 comments)

And sequels are safer bets.

Or this is just speculation and/or distorted information as the result of a long game of telephone, like the content of most articles you find posted on slashdot these days.

more than 5 years ago

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New foes

Reality Master 201 Reality Master 201 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I seldom bother checking the messages that I get on Slashdot, since they're usually nothing particularly interesting. For shits and giggles, though, I did just a couple minutes ago. Apparently, two people have made me their "foe," just today: morie (227571) and Somegeek (624100) don't seem to like me for some reason.

So I went looking back through my comments, and I can't find (given an admittedly cursory and quick glance of about 4 seconds) anywhere that I've interacted with them. Maybe they read something I wrote and decided they don't like me. I took a look at the comments they've made, and they're the typical banal crap you find on Slashdot, nothing remarkable.

Me, I decided I wanted to be friends, cause I'm just a nice person way deep down. Also, because making you my foe, particularly because you made me your foe, just seems so... high school. I'd say it's tough being the grown up in all this, but it's not.

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I think slashdot might just suck it bad

Reality Master 201 Reality Master 201 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Moderation. It's a problem because the community here is full of fucktards and so therefore you have fucktards moderating people. Fuctards are a problem cause they don't know fucking shit. This community has sucked for a while.

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