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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Specter Re:Obama (706 comments)

The best of both worlds? Evidently you don't remember what it was like to be a customer of Ma Bell. "We're the phone company, we don't have to care," was a good laugh line because it was true. If you think your current locally regulated ISP monopoly is bad, just wait until it's got the federal government FOAD seal of approval.

about a month ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Specter Re:umm.. what? (150 comments)

Thank you!

about a month and a half ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Specter Re:In the USA we pay to receive texts (203 comments)

You can install the Google Authenticator app; it requires no data connection after you set it up.

J

about 3 months ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

Specter Re:No one give a fuck about Connecticut (184 comments)

"This is the reason why a lot of people are very unhappy."

I thought it was the movement of little green pieces of paper. Which is strange because, on the whole, the little green pieces of paper are not unhappy.

Perhaps it was a bad idea to come down out of the trees after all.

about 4 months ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

Specter Re:MayOne/Mayday donor, checking in (209 comments)

"Lawrence is... a smart person..."

And yet not so smart that he can't understand that the cause of the problem is the concentration of power in the Federal government and not the symptom of money flowing to it.

about 6 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Specter Re: the Putin stage (294 comments)

No, but you should be. Reckless, greedy homeowners were as complicit in the scam and subsequent collapse as any of the financial middlemen. But for the legions of people who were willing and enthusiastic participants in committing this fraud there would have been no bubble and no collapse.

about 6 months ago
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EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

Specter Re:Definitely good, but there are two sides (199 comments)

Your complaint isn't with Google, it's with whomever is publishing the information you claim is false. In fact you should be writing Google a big 'ole thank you letter for allowing you to find this false information on the Internet so easily.

about 7 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

Specter Re:I have serious doubts.. (103 comments)

A problem that Rise of Nations solved. Why that didn't make into SC2 is a mystery.

about 8 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Specter Re:Car Analogy Time! (232 comments)

In Soviet Russia, insensitive clods BETA you mother!

about 10 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Specter Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

+1 This is the most concise argument I've seen yet for why the current commenting system is so loved:

"... because the design permits unfettered chaos while providing the means for users to wade through it quickly and efficiently, so they can easily promote the best content to the top!"

OMG...focus your efforts on making this feature of the site more awesome and forget the rest of the window dressing.

about 10 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Specter Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

You're wasting your breath frinsore. Many of us who had early access to the beta complained about the exact list of things that has the general /. population so upset. We were ignored.

You had your constructive feedback Soulskill and you pissed on it. Please stop coming here pretending to want feedback.

If you actually give a shit stop talking and prove it. Fix the stuff you've broken in beta.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Specter Bullshit (2219 comments)

You are in fact not listening.

1) Vast wastelands of wasted white space in the margins? Still there.
2) Comment moderation slider? No.
3) UID Friends/Foes in the headers? No.
4) Ability to quickly link back to threads I'm commenting in? No .... The list goes on.

WE ARE YOUR REVENUE. We are the eyeballs you sell and the creators of your content; content (comments) that keeps people coming back. We are telling you that you're fucking up.

If you were listening we wouldn't still be having this discussion.

about 10 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

Specter Re:Herpin' the Derp (599 comments)

This is actually a very interesting question. For pure software you're licensing, not purchasing, and so the doctrine of first sale doesn't apply unless the license allows it. For a durable good like a car or a washing machine, clearly a second hand purchaser wouldn't be party to the original license contract and the software must convey with the vehicle (or appliance) as the software is integral to the function of the device. Generally speaking though, I thought contracts of adhesion were prohibited by law, so the second hand buyer might in fact be in the clear.

I wonder (not enough to look it up) if there's any established precedent on the question?

about a year ago
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Box CEO Talks European Plans, Warns About Meeting BlackBerry's Fate

Specter Re:what is "Box" (44 comments)

Their enterprise security and controls are better than either DropBox or Google.

about a year ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Specter Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

"perhaps a similar approach would be to meter charging stations and tax on that?"

Also a simple and perfectly rational way to do it.

about a year ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Specter Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

Huh..and to think I've been wasting my time getting an annual inspection in Texas every year. I do get that nice window decal though, so I guess it's not all bad.

about a year ago

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Disappointing Results from Pew/Smithsonian Science Survey

Specter Specter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Specter (11099) writes "Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine co-sponsored a quiz to test the science knowledge of Americans. Do you know which gas makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere? If you do, you're ahead of nearly 70% of the survey respondents who have a college education. That's right: I said college."
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Supreme Court rejects LG patent double-dipping

Specter Specter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Specter (11099) writes "Law.com reports that the US Supreme Court further restricted the powers of patent holders to attach post-sales restrictions on the use their patents. Applying the doctrine of "patent exhaustion," the Court prohibited LG from double-dipping by collecting additional royalties from customers of Intel who purchased products containing LG's licensed patents."
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GPL 3 Causing Lawyers Concern

Specter Specter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Specter (11099) writes "The GPL version 3 is apparently getting some attention in legal circles, especially as it relates to its interaction with proprietary software and patents. Edmund J. Walsh penned an article for Law.com discussing the GPL v.3 and the risks it poses for hardware and software companies."

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WWLD? (What Would Lucas Do?)

Specter Specter writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Do you have what it takes to be the writer/director of a major science fiction movie? Take this quiz to find out:

1) During a breath-taking but pointless introductory space battle scene one of your film's protagonists' space ships is set upon by parasitic robots, do you:

    a. Have the character use his mysterious "force" to throw the boarders from his ship?

    b. Have the character's wing man, who also has mysterious "force" powers, throw the boarders from the ship?

    c. Have the character's wing man crash their ships together in order to smash those robots real good?

2) Your film's protagonists have finally boarded the enemy space cruiser and are searching for a hostage to rescue. The cruiser is over-run with enemy battle robots (droids) with orders to shoot to kill. When your droids manage to completely surprise and "get the drop on" your protagonists do you:

    a. Allow the droids to use their superior electronic reflexes to fill the protagonists full of laser holes thereby aborting a bad movie before it really starts?

    b. Introduce a bit of "deus ex machine" and have the droids inexplicably reprogram themselves from shoot-on-sight mode to give-stupid-warning-and-then-stand-by-passively-and-die mode?

3) Your leading man returns home from a hard day fighting droids to learn that his secret wife is pregnant, do you:

    a. Use the opportunity to introduce conflict between the characters and present a weakness to the protagonist's foes thereby creating fertile ground for further character development?

    b. Pretty much ignore the pregnancy itself as a significant plot device with major ramifications for your characters and never revisit the topic again until it's time for the birth?

4) You've managed to get one of your protagonists involved in a completely pointless sub-plot. After using the "force" to smash his opponents with some of the local scenery, the protagonist must fight the level "boss" who can simultaneously wield four deadly "light sabers." Do you have your protagonist:

    a. Use the "force" to rip the arms off the "boss" and cut the boss to ribbons with his own light sabers?

    b. Hold the "boss" in place with the "force" and use the "force" to pick up a near by space ship and smash the "boss" repeatedly with the improvised cudgel?

    c. Use the "force" to bounce the "boss" around like a high tech basketball until he comes apart at the seams?

    d. Use the "force" to rip the beating heart from the "boss" in a manner reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

    e. Engage in a pointless light-saber duel that culminates in a fist fight and terminates with a simple shot from a blaster while totally ignoring the character's innate abilities.

5) At some point in your film you need to turn your protagonist from good to evil. Coincidently, the wife of your protagonist very badly needs to die before the next film. Do you:

    a. Allow your ultimate bad guy to hatch an evil plot to kill the protagonist's wife and blame it on the "good guys" thereby simultaneously providing the perfect reason for the protagonist to turn on the "good guys" as well as necessarily eliminating a character to advance the plot.

      b. Allow the protagonist to fail while trying to do the right thing and use his failure to do good as the impetus to commit an evil murderous killing spree including hacking up a bunch of seemingly defenseless children and then just have the wife, a central character in this film and two previous films, simply decide to quit living in the last few minutes of the film?

6) You've got a great segment of film that does a wonderful job of showcasing the wizardry of your computer animation department. Unfortunately it's also completely pointless and does nothing to advance the plot except perhaps to "introduce" a character your audience already met 28 real-life years ago. Do you:

    a. Leave the segment on the cutting room floor and use the extra time to explore the complex motivations that have led a young boy from innocence to the unfathomable depths of evil?

    b. Cut your losses due to wooden lead actor, include the segment anyway, and end it up with a scene where you can almost hear the frog-like hero saying "I'll get you next time Austin Powers!"?

7) In the final show-down scene the protagonist is utterly defeated, legless and literally burning alive beside a river of molten lava. The "good guy," who claims to love the protagonist as a brother, looks on at what appears to be the excruciating, slow, and painful death of his "brother." You need the protagonist to survive to the next trilogy of films. Do you:

    a. Have the good guy suddenly beset by natural forces or the intervention of the protagonist's allies, thereby preventing the merciful death blow and providing some semblance of logic for the protagonist to last until he can be rescued and restored for the next film.

    b. Have the "good guy" just walk away leave his "brother" suffering an agonizing death and don't bother to reconcile the "good guy's" self-professed love for his "brother" with the cruelty of allowing his continued suffering.

8) You have a character that's nearly universally reviled by your audience for being variously racially insensitive, poor comic relief, a stupid ploy to sell more toys, and/or as completely useless to the plot as an Ewok. Do you:

    a. Provide some salve for the decades of crushed dreams and hopes of your fans by executing this character in a graphic and obviously painful manner?

    b. Give the character a bit part at the end of the movie since killing the character might emotionally damage all of the children in the audience who were somehow unaffected by the all of the children murdered earlier in the movie and the graphic molten hot MAG-MA barbeque of their hero-turned-anti-hero protagonist?

9) One of the characters, a friendly droid, has been directly or indirectly involved in all the major plots of this film and its two predecessors. While the character should have a good knowledge of all the events that have transpired to date you need to somehow reconcile this character such that in the next three films he has no knowledge of anything that happened previously. Do you:

    a. Reveal that it was all a dream? No one shot JR, there are no midochlorians, and Jar Jar doesn't exist. It was all a bad dream and millions of Star Wars fans everywhere breath a sigh of relief and return to waiting for George Lucas to "do it right."

    b. Conveniently wipe the droid's memory while inexplicably failing to wipe the memory of his companion droid who would also share most of the memories of prior events and would therefore in later movies able to clue everyone else into the whole back-story?

Here are the correct answers:

1) C, 2) B, 3) B, 4) E, 5) B, 6) B, 7) B, 8) B, 9) B.

How did you do?

1-2: You're too concerned with verisimilitude; you should try writing books instead.

3-5: Not bad, perhaps if you suffered some severe brain damage you could have a future in the industry.

6-7: Almost there, try experimenting with mind-altering drugs more often.

8-9: You're made baby! There's a star with your name on it in Hollywood.

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Where'd my user reference to LPI go?

Specter Specter writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Some of you may have noticed that I stopped listing LPI's website (www.lpi.org) on my user information and wonder why.

I'm still involved and support LPI, but recently I've begun making postings to political threads at /. and I want to make it clear that those postings are my opinions and not anyone else's. I don't know and can't speak for the political beliefs of everyone associated with LPI and even if I did I wouldn't presume to do so.

Anyway, the politcal rants are mine. Not LPI's or anyone else's.

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