Amazon Patents Gift Card Parental Controls
Here in the US some states have some of the only sane consumer protection legislation in existence solely in order to protect against nefarious gift card issuers. Most states require issued gift cards to be honored as if it were cash for all transactions regardless, and I think New Jersey or Pennsylvania or one of those states made it illegal to charge a service fee within the first two years since issuance.
White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"
This whole "fuck rich people" movement is really starting to get on my nerves. Rich people are not the problem, it's all of the tax loopholes companies take advantage of that is the problem, why not do something about them?
Oh wait, that's right. Tax loopholes and corporate tax law are far too complicated for the average American to understand, so they need a common enemy to crowd against...cue the rich person destroyin our 'conomy...somehow.
Making Facebook Self Healing
The same way that people who get themselves pierced and tattooed up who then wonder why nobody will hire them as an investment banker. It's all about presentation: if your company looks like its being managed by a bunch of 15 year olds, then I'm just going to assume that it is being managed by a bunch of 15 year olds. But hey, stick it to the man, trying to put us down with his suits and business casual and looking presentable for clients and whatnot, right?
Making Facebook Self Healing
Having a multibillion dollar company pretend they are still a Stanford startup is kind of like trying to pilot an oil tanker as if it were a 30 horsepower inflatable boat. Hence, you get situations like that godawful instant message...thing that takes up a quarter of your screen and disallows you to see contacts that are actually online.
But HEY! At least our employees feel like they are empowered and important and we still get to have a fuseball table in the conference room, right? I truly cannot take a company like facebook seriously when I see tours of their facilities and their infrastructure engineers are walking around in volcom t-shirts and skateboard shoes.
Full Duplex Wireless Tech Could Double Bandwidth
When AT&T, et. al. are in a position where they are the DeBeers of wireless bandwidth. I think instead of actually spending money to upgrade infrastructure, they would rather just continue to artificially limit the amount of available bandwidth so they can keep it grossly overvalued. Gotta keep those profits rolling in for the shareholders somehow.
HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
The day HP died was the day I read an article where the journalist asked HP's HP-UX team if the company was ever going to do anything new with VMS. The team's response was "What's VMS?"
Rest in pieces, HP.
Philly Answers Youth Flash Mobs With Curfew Enforcement
Maybe I wrote that in a way where people not familiar with the area would not see the racial overtones.
In Philly, when you ask "Who is poor and lives in North Philadelphia?" you're only going to get one particular race as an answer.
Philly Answers Youth Flash Mobs With Curfew Enforcement
As a Philadelphian, I can vouch that a flash mob in Philly is not the same thing as a flash mob that you see on AT&T advertising campaigns. While a flash mob may make you think of a bunch of people dancing in unison to some obscure pop culture reference in a large public area, a Philadelphia flash mob is a band of nearly feral minority teenagers whose parent wants to get their drink on and expels them for the night from their section 8 houses in North Philadelphia. They then flood down in droves to the Center City business district and Old City/South Street area, where they attack people at random.
I am sorry if that comes off as bitter and slightly racist. I was involved in one of these on South Street a few months ago...the fear you feel is absolutely indescribable when you realize that kids as young as 10 were raised in a way where they feel assaulting and robbing people at random is an acceptable Saturday night activity.
Boeing Employees To Man CST-100 Crew Capsule
But just think about the valuable real-word integrated collaborative work experience they receive! Surely that should be worth more to these corporate cannon fodder^H^H^Huniversity students than any amount of money or time spent with loved ones, correct?
NASA Sends Lego Figures to Jupiter
How precisely do you spend $5000 on an aluminum figure about an inch and a half in size?? I could turn out all three of those on a vertical mill in one afternoon with about $5 worth of aluminum.
Governments, IOC and UN Hit By Massive Cyber Attack
Like everyone else who has ever run any sort of public facing sever in the last 10 years, I also get a disproportionate number of scripted brute force attacks that come from China. From what I understand, it's almost considered a hobby over there. Mr. Joe Citizen works for big-state-sponsored-foreign-run-computer-company, and at the end of the day before he leaves he sets his desktop computer to nmap and brute force as many addresses as possible all night. What they do when they finally get one, well...I'm not really sure, never had one get through. 99.99% of the attacks are generic brute force attacks that use generic usernames that no sane sysadmin would ever allow on their system anyway (admin, ftp, phpmyadmin, faculty, staff, etc.), and most of the scripts they use are almost always run with their default configuration, so basic security precautions stop them cold.
Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?
He doesn't care, they're a drop in the bucket. Remember: Facebook users are products, not customers.
Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste
Don't you know? Terrorists are super smart completely invincible secret agents that can escape any jail and break into any nuclear fuel processing facility in the world and take whatever they want and they can't be stopped by anything known to man. Therefore we can't recycle it otherwise we're putting America's children, or something...at risk. Also because Jesus.
Ask Slashdot: Dealing With the Business Software Alliance?
This is a civil case, where most of the time the defendant is assumed guilty and needs to prove themselves innocent. I can file a civil lawsuit saying "Harold Halloway stole my car, burned down my house, and raped my dog and I want $1,000,000,000 from him in restitution", and it is up to you to prove that you didn't do any of those things.
Unified NoSQL Query Language Launched
Step 1: Structured query databases exist for four decades, show they are perfectly capable of scaling, load balancing, and anything else you want them to do.
Step 2: Microsoft writes a structured query database, it can hardly do any of these.
Step 3: "Rararara structured query sucks lets support some half-baked DB idea and as soon as there is a breakthrough buy it up."
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Profit!
What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?
Too late. Viacom has already stooped to that level of desperation.
Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020
Glad to see our money was put to such good use as a permanent base for scientific research for many generations to come, and totally was not a big fat trough of pork for contractors to chow down on. Then again, with costs that ballooned from $4 billion to $12 billion due to contractor greed from poor management and oversight, I guess the other choice was the same exact thing. ( For anyone who doesn't have a damn clue what I am talking about)
Moral of the story: You just can't do science in the United States anymore, because knowledge for the better of humankind simply isn't profitable.
Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education
I'll agree with this. I remember being in high school and having a math teacher that was bad. I mean really bad, to the point where there were endless complaints pouring in to the school about how ineffective of a teacher this man was. The school responded by making him an assistant principal.
I also remember a member of the school board who threw a whole lot of money into the election and got himself elected just solely so he could defund a project to construct light towers for the school's football field, because he was afraid that the potential for light pollution would cause the value of his property to drop.
Facebook Is Most Hated Social Media Company
Can we stop with the Diaspora nonsense already? It was vaporware pure and simple, and a bunch of really dumb investors got trolled out of a couple hundred thousand dollars. It wasn't even that nice, you needed a fuckton of gem dependencies just to get it to kinda sorta function, and it won't even run on Apache.
It'll come out on the same day that Microsoft finally releases a good version of Microsoft Bob.
Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans
Because it seems like the equivalent of being booked, fingerprinted, and mugshot every time you get pulled over for a traffic violation. If you don't like the picture and the information on my ID, then go fuck yourself.
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