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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

StormReaver Re:Question about rebroadcasting (288 comments)

Let's rephrase your question, and you will see why Aero is going to lose this case:

"Suppose I rent an apartment in New York, and I setup an antenna to pick-up New York broadcasts. Then I stream those broadcasts to my paying customer. Have I illegally retransmitted the signal and I need to pay a licensing fee?"

Yes. You are now basing your revenue model on the transmission of someone else's copyrighted content.

11 hours ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

StormReaver Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (631 comments)

It would be better to owe $2K each year than to expect refunds.

As part of a reasonably complete tax plan, yes. But the people who depend on refunds at the end of the year don't have the knowledge or ability to plan for a large (or even small) tax debt, and so won't have the $2000 available to pay those taxes. For the vast, vast number of people, overpaying their taxes is the only thing keeping them from ruin.

about a week ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

StormReaver Older Versions Safe (303 comments)

Distributions using OpenSSL 0.9.8 are not vulnerable

This is why I haven't upgraded my Linux servers in 23 years.

about two weeks ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

StormReaver April 2 (162 comments)

The best thing about April 2 is that all those fucking stupid joke stories start to scroll off of the site.

The worst thing about April 2 is that those fucking stupid joke stories haven't yet fully scrolled off of the site.

I would REALLY love for Slashdot to have a new option: hide April 1 joke stories.

about three weeks ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

StormReaver Re:He's entitled to spend his money as he wishes.. (112 comments)

He's entitled to his opinion and he's entitled to spend the money he has earned as he sees fit.

And everyone else is entitled to their opinion that he's a hateful asshole. What you're saying is, "he's entitled to his opinion, but no one else is entitled to a contrary opinion."

about a month ago

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

StormReaver Re:The most damning aspect of this affair (259 comments)

Our corrupt government allows corporations to poison our food in order to poison the bugs that eat it.
The bugs evolve to resist the poison, making the poison pointless.
Our government allows corporations to continue poisoning our food because the corporations have become dependent on the income the poisoning provides.
We are still being poisoned, and will continue to be poisoned.

Yet genetically altering our food is somehow still considered a good thing by the clueless. Sadly, the clueless are the ones making the decisions and supporting those making the decisions.

about a month ago

The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

StormReaver Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!

You've really only touched upon the disfunction in American society. I could write a Ph.d thesis on how the United States is breeding itself into obsolecense. We are a country that is more obsessed with brawny men in tight pants moving a ball from one end of a large field to another than we are with keeping our country educated and competitive.

When I was getting my degree, our school would close off parking for academic purposes so the football spectators could park. Nevermind that we had group assignments to complete; there be a bunch of young boys moving their balls across the field!

Our society is slitting its own throat.

about a month ago

The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

StormReaver Re:What they're really afraid of, I think... (279 comments)

Billionaires tend to be far more critical of what their money finances than government granting authorities.

True, but the outcome is not usually what you are implying. Billionaires tend to put their money where there is the most to gain for themselves, while governments have a stronger motivation to fund important fundamental discoveries that do not provide an immediate return on investment.

Consider all of the scandals involving made up data.

Both privately and publicly funded entities do this. At least publicly funded entities can be cross-checked. Privately funded entities are under no pressure to disclose all their sources, and will be even less so as private funding of science becomes more socially acceptable.

A billionaire who discovers shenanigans certainly won't fund that researcher again, a government agency probably will.

To a billionaire, "shenanigans" means that the "researcher" didn't arrive at the results the billionaire paid for. So yes, the billionaire will not fund that researcher again.

...it's pretty obvious that private donors are more likely to scrutinize than public sector donors.

Yes, but only to make sure that the private donors' political biases take precedence over the truth.

Billionaires have the luxury of blowing their money however they see fit.

And they will only "blow" their money on endeavors that make them more money. How do you think they became billionaires to begin with?

This is how science got funded during its first centuries as a discipline when many of the giants of science did their work.

Lots and lots and lots of good science had to fight and uphill battle against the political desires of private patrons back then, which held back scientific progress rather than promoted it.

No, private funding of the sciences was, is, and will be a disaster.

about a month ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

StormReaver No Surprises (335 comments)

It doesn't surprise me that Bill Gates would identify with the megomaniacal dictatorship mentality that permeates our Federal Government. He was the megomanical dictator of a multinational corporation for so many years, that he can't understand an organization working in any other manner.

about a month ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

StormReaver Better Idea (186 comments)

Instead of monitoring their ranks to punish people who are actually serving the public interest, maybe our Federal government could stop doing illegal stuff that needs to be covered up and swept under the rug.

Naw, let's just persecute the messengers instead.

about a month and a half ago

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

StormReaver Re:Yeah right (155 comments)

Seriously is there anyone that would actually believe such a statement?

Yes, they are called "Cloud Users". These people are as dumb as dumb gets.

about a month and a half ago

Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

StormReaver Bye Bye 4th Amendment (500 comments)

This effectively removes the fourth amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure: Just keep arresting and hauling away occupants until one of the remaining occupants gets too scared to invoke his Constitutional right.

All six Justices who voted for this need to be impeached for treason.

about 2 months ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

StormReaver Re:The court is right (427 comments)

With the current wording GEMA looks like the bad guy.

Hmmm...let's see:

1) GEMA (presumably) has the legal right to license the music.

2) GEMA has not licensed the music, and ordered Google to remove it.

3) Google removed it, and explained that it has been removed due to 1 and 2 above.

So what part of that is Google's fault? Google explained very factually that the rights owner has not granted Google a license to exhibit the music, and GEMA has a hissy fit. Seems like GEMA is the bad guy. Or at the very least, it seems like GEMA is run by a bunch of emotionally stunted 12 year-olds.

about 2 months ago

Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

StormReaver Leaked Copy (304 comments)

I just got my hands on a leaked copy of the cirriculum, and I'm posting it here in its entirety:

Chapter 1: In The Beginning
God did it.

Chapter 2: Your Responsibilities
God did it.

Chapter 3: Your Future
God did it.

Please pick up your State of Oklahoma diploma on your way out into the real world.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

StormReaver Re:Well shit - that explains a lot (347 comments)

Seen the Snowden character assassination even here on Slashdot.

And they're still trying to assassinate Julian Assange's character (see yesterday's Slashdot stories) in a transparent attempt to divert attention away from their highly illegal/unconstitional behavior.

about 2 months ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

StormReaver NSA Campaign (359 comments)

Remember, the NSA's stated M.O. is to publicly smear Julian Assange in order to get people to divert focus away from the crimes commited by the U.S. Federal Government.

Julian's character is an irrelevant distraction, so don't get drawn into a debate over the messenger. Stay on message: The U.S. Federal Government has committed crimes against its people, and will do anything to cover it up.

about a month ago

The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

StormReaver Re:Perl, Larry Wall, and Linguistics (161 comments)

He also often uses linguistic terms for Perl language constructs, so instead of traditional terms such as "variable", "function", and "accessor" he sometimes says "noun", "verb", and "topicalizer".

That would explain why, as a programming language, Perl is so damned inpenetrable. Hint to Larry: Vogon poetry is not a programming language.

about a month ago

IE Zero-Day Exploit Used In Attack Targeting Military Intelligence

StormReaver Re:Sigh (58 comments)

Military intelligence has always been an oxymoron, so this shouldn't surprise anyone.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

StormReaver Re:Simple: Text is most expressive (876 comments)

We are using the best interface that exists and that is unlikely to change.

At least not until we get the Do What I Want, Not What I Say language.

about 3 months ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

StormReaver Not Worth It (578 comments)

Fortunately for me, I decided 2 things a few years ago:

1) There is nothing worth watching on Cable/Satellite, and nothing on broadcast TV that justifies the endless advertising torture perpetrated against its viewing audience.

2) The Olympics has long since forgotten why it exists, and is now nothing more than a shell game.

I can now feel sympathy and sorrow for those who are still chained to the Olympics addiction. Once you view television and the Olympics from the correct perspective, you can laugh at moves like the one perpetrated by NBC.

about 3 months ago


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