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The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

RoknrolZombie Re:A wish from an American (114 comments)

The Authors did the majority of their initial political work under pseudonyms, because anonymity was the only way that they could protect themselves. Pretty sure they'd disagree with you.


The Freedom to speak without fear of persecution is the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights and was absolutely necessary for the Founding of our Nation.

about three weeks ago

All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

RoknrolZombie Re:Wait, what... (52 comments)

I don't currently have mod points, but I think it's awesome that you came here to clear it up.

about a month ago

The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

RoknrolZombie Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Anyone who is creative enough to make something worth reading is creative enough to do it without wholesale copying. Plagiarism is stigmatized even beyond what is protected by copyright.

Plagiarism is only stigmatized when people recognize it as plagiarism. Plenty of times someone will come up with an original idea - maybe it was bad timing or bad marketing or whatever - and the idea doesn't do shit. A couple of years later someone else takes that exact same idea - sometimes downright copying it - and because of luck or better marketing hits it big. Now, we all know that the world isn't fair - but don't you think the originator should have some protection in place?

Now, I'm not in love with the current incarnation, but it's a damned sight better than "nothing".

about a month and a half ago

The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

RoknrolZombie Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Well yes, but it's the people that AREN'T creative that are willing to copy without attribution - as usual, the honest people aren't the ones you have to worry about.

about a month and a half ago

Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

RoknrolZombie Re:CFAA violation! (239 comments)

"Phony" profiles created with real people's information, from what I understand.

about 3 months ago

Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

RoknrolZombie Re:and if you give your life (90 comments)

Weeeeellllll..... ....maybe a trade school...

about 3 months ago

In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

RoknrolZombie Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

I really wish I had mod points +1 parent, freakin' hilarious!!!

about 5 months ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

RoknrolZombie Re:once again, White Christans fuck over everybody (190 comments)

Of course not. It'll be bundled with a "free" cell phone for underdeveloped nations...or for populated nations. It'll be produced by the US and built in China, and nobody will have any idea where along the chain they got infected...

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

RoknrolZombie Something useful? (427 comments)

I would need it to do something useful that would either not be available on my smartphone, or completely replaces my smartphone.

I doubt that I will be able to (or WANT to) talk on the phone using a smartwatch...while Dick Tracy *looks* neat in comics, It's essentially putting everyone on speaker phone which I think is pretty retarded. With that as my initial stance, it would have to do something other than what my phone does.

I'm currently in the market for a blood pressure monitor, and I've used the gimmicky pedometers/calorie trackers before. These are things that my phone doesn't do (or doesn't do well), so I guess more or less sets the bar for me.

I don't care that they can do "neat" stuff. I need it to do *useful* stuff. Simplify my life, don't complicate it even more.

about 7 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

RoknrolZombie Re:How does this not violate the 5th and/or 14th.. (371 comments)

That f***ing a**hole Bin Laden won the minute we started destroying our own constitution.

So he won around 200 years ago? Our Rights have been eroding since day one :-/

about 7 months ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

RoknrolZombie Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

Nice looking bike, but I wonder if they're going to offer something more cruiser-like. I'm certainly not opposed to a "greener" ride, but I'd look a damned fool on one of those.

about 7 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

RoknrolZombie Re:Email recipients (465 comments)

Careful, a naive individual may mistakenly assume that something like this is against the law.

about 7 months ago

Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

RoknrolZombie Re:Match (146 comments)

Whether you know it or not, the answer is "yes"

about 8 months ago

$445 Billion Lost Due To Cybercrime?

RoknrolZombie Full Disclosure? (1 comments)

I wonder if they're including the banks in those figures.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

RoknrolZombie Understaffed (343 comments)

Every IT job that I've had has been woefully understaffed. My current job is awesome, but even here we struggle to keep up with the workload.

That's not to say that there's not a fair share of screwing off - as has been mentioned (I'm sure), a brief break helps a lot of people be more productive, not less (of course, as long as it's not done to excess).

At other jobs I *did* spend far more time screwing off, but that wasn't because there wasn't enough work to keep me busy. It was because I worked for a miserable boss in a miserable environment and I was the only IT guy holding the place together. It helped that nobody knew if I was screwing off - after all, Slashdot is a "tech" site, right? Their ignorance was my bliss. But then again, they weren't the ones manning helpdesk phone 24/7 so I don't feel very bad about it.

Not to say that useless jobs don't exist, but I haven't had the good fortune to work in an overstaffed, under-workloaded department.

about 9 months ago

Privacy-Conscious Google Glass App Identifies Surveillance Cameras

RoknrolZombie An Interesting Idea (1 comments)

Use the tools that they're using to spy on us to help us avoid being spied on. I guess like using Google to search for privacy related articles?

Not sure how effective stuff like this will actually be though...but it's nice to see people thinking beyond the fear.

about 9 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

RoknrolZombie Re:At least someone appreciates work-life balance (477 comments)

I don't disagree with the idea - I haven't done any testing or anything, but to me it seems like that might be a bit backwards.

Little startups are competing with major players - in almost all of the tech fields that seems to be the case. If they aren't "competing", they are working with much larger companies...companies that can afford to pay a team of monkeys to do 24/7 service. The smaller companies have to be able to compete (or at least pretend they're as "professional" (because for some reason 24/7 ops makes you more professional? Meh)). This requires the same kind of "dedication", with far less staff.

I remember working for a company where I was managing the Help Desk (around 70 users, worldwide), right around 20 servers, and our Asterisk system. When the CEO asked me why I "can't get the phone system to work the way that Intel does", I let her know in no uncertain terms that Intel hires Helpdesk people to manage the Help Desk and phone people to manage the phones, and that they probably aren't both the same person. Additionally, they aren't the same person 24/7/365.

I feel quite blest to have finally found a job that isn't overwhelming, pays a reasonable wage, and actually respects the skills that I have rather than assuming that because *they* don't understand something, I must not know what I'm talking about. (yeah, I know, I do talk out of my ass sometimes, but not usually when it comes to tech :p )

about 10 months ago


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