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Nobelist Gary Becker Calls For an End To Software Patents

The End Of Days Re:Proposal (147 comments)

Ahhh, the reduction to absurdity. A popular anti-patent argument here on Slashdot. Intellectually bankrupt, but popular.

1 year,9 days

Nobelist Gary Becker Calls For an End To Software Patents

The End Of Days Re:how to delineate software patents? (147 comments)

It's a simple, although logic-free, line of reasoning

Software is easy to copy, therefore the entitlement generation and their antecedents in thought process from prior generations feel like they should be allowed to take whatever they want for free. The justification for this desire is that their personal greed is more compelling than the greed of others.

At least this is what I've gathered from seriously querying various Slashdotters over the last 10 years. Every single answer led to that justification. Those with a modicum of cleverness dressed it up in the "benefit to society" clothing, and those who didn't really pay attention to what they were saying touted it as "innovation." That last one always makes me laugh - clearly it's the height of innovation to take something someone else made without recompense.

1 year,9 days

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

The End Of Days Now this is novel (1029 comments)

A bunch of nerds on a nerdsite ripping things apart for not being popular enough. And then, if that weren't enough, offering opinions on how to make things popular.

Be still, my gaping laugh hole.

1 year,10 days

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

The End Of Days Re:Comedy (1029 comments)

jokes don't get funnier the more you tell them.

You obviously aren't very familiar with Slashdot. Or the Internet, for that matter.

1 year,10 days

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

The End Of Days Re:It's all the PIRATES' fault! (1029 comments)

Kids today also think they invented the blowjob

1 year,10 days

British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

The End Of Days Re:Fun times if you don't control your net account (311 comments)

It's a real shame people have to be competitive. Life would be so much better if those of us who are productive in more than a "stock-the-cooler, flip-the-burger, greet-people-at-walmart" sense were forced to provide a comfortable lifestyle for everyone else. After all, being entertained is the most important thing after whining about how it's not fair that you somehow have to be competitive.

1 year,10 days

Self-Assembling Multi-Copter Demonstrates Networked Flight Control

The End Of Days First Poop (48 comments)

I don't have any particular reason to shit on this, since I think it's pretty cool, but I want to be a Slashdot hipster so I hate this and the people who made it are stupid and this is nothing new and I'm sure someone here made this back in 1996 but kept it quiet because they aren't an attention whore.

1 year,10 days

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

The End Of Days Re:Fear leads to Hate, Hate leads to Measles (668 comments)

I'm curious, how many people would be living in such splendid circumstances as we have without modern medicine?

Or maybe you're just being super subtle with sarcasm and I missed it.

1 year,10 days

HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

The End Of Days Re:What a clustferfuck (566 comments)

Are you for real? How did this morass of misunderstanding get modded up?

1 year,13 days

Citing Snowden Leaks, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet

The End Of Days Re:Thanks Obama! (275 comments)

All the fools who offered mortgages on houses no one needed to people who couldn't afford them wrecked the economy. That was started long before Bush. It came on top of the recession caused by the collapse of the dotcom bubble, which people hasten to forget was an artifact of St Bill "do-no-wrong" Clinton.

Bush did a horrible job, no doubt... but you're ignorant if you think he singlehandedly wrecked the economy.

1 year,16 days

Book Review: Eloquent JavaScript: a Modern Introduction To Programming

The End Of Days I'm a fan of javascript (107 comments)

And I'm doubly a fan knowing that so many of you whiners hate it. Makes me feel like I must be doing something right.

1 year,17 days

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

The End Of Days Re:Also (1737 comments)

I'm sure the dozens of extant Estonians are amazingly proud. The world, however, has barely noticed.

1 year,18 days

Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

The End Of Days I like the spin (344 comments)

I guess "criminals raided by police on behest of victims" isn't really a news story, huh?

FIGHT THE POWER, Slashdot. Get us that free entertainment we so richly deserve!

1 year,22 days

How DRM Won

The End Of Days Re:Popularity of streaming content? (221 comments)

I like that you append a smiley to the end. It's important to be proud to be a scumbag.

And I know, I know.. the real scumbags are the jerks trying to make money on entertainment. How dare they not give you everything you want for free!

1 year,22 days

D.C. Awards Obamacare IT Work To Offshore Outsourcer

The End Of Days Re:Yet another great argument... (402 comments)

This is an interesting concept, if not exactly applicable to 21st century reality. Or maybe you think magically Joe Buttonpusher and Sue Phoneanswerer are suddenly going to develop the aptitude and skills for knowledge work? Hahaha.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

The End Of Days Re:He is not a whistleblower (536 comments)

This has nothing to do with an absolute right of privacy. The 4th Amendment clearly spells out the power the government has regarding search and seizure. This has nothing to do with a right to privacy. This has to do with a limitation of government power that according to Obama logic needed to be destroyed so our rights could be saved.

Let's take a close look

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

Is it your position that the secret courts have warrants fitting this description for the information they are collecting?

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

The End Of Days Re:Run coward run!!!!! (536 comments)

What backlash?

Guess you missed the part where he's being charged with espionage.

He didn't even really say anything we didn't already know and have known for years.

You are aware there's a massive difference between tin-hatted "I know they're watching me" bullshit espoused on sites like this and the actual facts revealed in this matter, right? I hope you're aware, anyway. The alternative is that you're a moron.

about a year ago



How Wall Street insiders are staging a revolution

The End Of Days The End Of Days writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The End Of Days (1243248) writes "It's time to admit it: We're fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d'état. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has been snowballing for decades: the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders, who used money to control elections, buy influence and systematically weaken financial regulations."
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Carrier Grade P2P Filters Tested

The End Of Days The End Of Days writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nobody Special (1243248) writes "Internet Evolution has a review of P2P filtering devices (printer friendly) intended to give ISPs control over the traffic flowing through their networks. The products are at an early stage, and interestingly, many vendors declined to have their products tested, or the results published:

Nevertheless, of the 28 vendors invited, only five agreed to take part, and only under the condition that if they didn't like their results they could withdraw from the test and not be included in this report. In the event, three vendors chose to exercise their right of veto because each of their results were — ummm... how to put this? — "not perfect" for various reasons.
It seems clear that robust filtering is coming, even though these early attempts are stumbling at best. Will the vendors ever get ahead of the protocol designers?"

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