×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

Shagg Re:"Square wave machine control" (258 comments)

Seems broad, all right... and obvious, and like there would be prior art.

Actually, it's a patent for "Square wave with rounded corners machine control", so it's OK.

about a month and a half ago
top

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

Shagg Re:Non-story (268 comments)

On what grounds can a poster sue YouTube for not allowing them to post?

about 2 months ago
top

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

Shagg Re:Non-story (268 comments)

Does YouTube honor counter-claims?

about 2 months ago
top

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Shagg Re:Kill-switch? (341 comments)

According to whose definition of "what is broken" and "is fixed"?

about 2 months ago
top

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Shagg Re:forward reverse forward reverse (304 comments)

please jump in and sort out whether this is primarily a problem of older hardware not being able to handle newer publications, or of newer hardware becoming unable/unwilling to render older content?

Both.

about 3 months ago
top

Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Shagg Re:For A Non-Profit, The NFL Sure Has A Lot Of Pul (133 comments)

Yes, but now that the information is out there, how many current players have retired early because of it? Only one that I've heard of. Whether or not the NFL deliberately hid information from past players probably wouldn't have made any difference either.

about 3 months ago
top

Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

Shagg Re:User of service (170 comments)

It is attitudes like this that encourages treating users like crap.

Yes, Facebook does treat it's users like crap.

Without the users they have zero value of what they have to offer the advertisers

True, but for now they have plenty of users (most of whom probably don't care that their information is being mined/sold). Until that changes, they will continue to treat them like crap.

about 4 months ago
top

Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

Shagg Re:User of service (170 comments)

Facebook's customers are the advertisers, not the users. Of course they are mining the user's data, that's the entire point of their business.

about 4 months ago
top

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

Shagg Re:My Personal Tip (310 comments)

I'm hoping that Windows 8 knowledge will prove to be as useful as Microsoft Bob knowledge.

about 4 months ago
top

Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

Shagg Re:Will this "War on Terrorism" ever end . . . ? (349 comments)

A permanent state of war is not good for any society.

It's good for the people in power. What makes you think that they care whether or not it's good for society.

about 4 months ago
top

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

Shagg Re:For that price (182 comments)

Isn't the same, because milling is subtractive, and 3D printing is additive.

So a CNC mill is a 3D eraser.

about 4 months ago
top

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

Shagg Re:Custom bullets ? (182 comments)

How about a customized bullet with your own name on it. You know how they say "somewhere out there is a bullet with your name on it"?

Wouldn't you feel a lot safer if you owned that bullet?

about 4 months ago
top

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

Shagg Re:Crime? (397 comments)

You're assuming the drones won't be armed.

about 5 months ago
top

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

Shagg Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

Everybody is an above average driver, just ask them.

about 5 months ago
top

Warner Bros. Admits To Issuing Bogus Takedowns

Shagg Re:Oh Okay (199 comments)

Exactly. It's not a loophole, it's a feature.

about 5 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

Shagg Re:Revocation --- or Redundancy? (233 comments)

There are situations where thinking you're secure when you're not is worse than knowing you're not secure.

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

Shagg Re:Revocation --- or Redundancy? (233 comments)

Currently PKI works by deluding people into thinking that PKI works. A chain of trust is useless if you can't trust the top of the chain. It's all based on the illusion that the CAs are trustworthy.

Since CAs can (and have) been compromised before, then the only thing having multiple CAs will do is make the illusion prettier. What rule says that the "bad guys" only compromise one CA at a time?

about 7 months ago
top

Google's Scanning of Gmail To Deliver Ads May Violate Federal Wiretap Laws

Shagg Re:Oh for crying out loud (325 comments)

When a company is offering you a "free" service, anybody with half a brain should be able to figure out that there is a catch, regardless of how vague the ToS is.

about 7 months ago
top

Google's Scanning of Gmail To Deliver Ads May Violate Federal Wiretap Laws

Shagg Re:Oh for crying out loud (325 comments)

I agree with you, but I think the Post Office would be in serious trouble if they used OCR to read all the post cards going through the system

How do you think automatic mail sorting works?

and tailor junk mail based on them

The real issue here has nothing to do with scanning of the email. Having a business model based on storing information about their customers and selling that service to advertisers is the issue. If customers are going to sign up for "free" services under this business model (Gmail, Facebook, etc) they need to understand that "free" comes with a price. You're signing up for a "free" service with a company who's real paying customer is an advertiser.

Complaining that your email provider is scanning your email is just silly.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

Shagg hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Shagg has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...