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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

WoodstockJeff Re:You know what's crazy? (64 comments)

Some people don't have a broadband connection to support streaming media. It is a lot cheaper to rent a DVD or three each month than to support a broadband connection. It doesn't make them crazy.

Some people watch movies and other things that aren't available on streaming, but are available on DVD. It doesn't make them crazy.

Now, it is true that there are a lot of crazy people who don't have a broadband connection. And there are a lot of crazy people who watch movies and other things that aren't available on streaming. But that doesn't imply that renting DVDs is proof of being crazy.

It may just be a symptom!

about two weeks ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

WoodstockJeff Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The military is the biggest part of the US budget? Gee.... our government disagrees with that, according to the budget they publish.


Total defense spending, 22%. Pensions, 25%. Healthcare 27%.

And this does NOT include Social Security or Medicare (separate funds, they keep telling us).

about a month ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

WoodstockJeff What are the complainer's conclusions? (541 comments)

Each of the people whose research the book used came up with their own interpretation of the data they collected. In each case, their conclusions are based upon what data they collected, and not what others collected.

An interesting comparison would be for those same people to review the SUM of the data Wade used (since they have access to it), and publish THEIR conclusions. Don't just say, "My research does not support that!", because you might not have been looking at N factors that other researchers looked at.

about 2 months ago

Geographic Segregation By Education

WoodstockJeff Or maybe ... (230 comments)

... the college education included acquiring the desire to move to such places?

Personally, I don't consider places like NYC or SF to be desirable places to live. "Clean air"? "Low crime?" "Better schools?" Certainly, compared to other "cities of size". But, to me, the choice isn't limited to which "big city" to live in. And those criteria work to exclude larger cities, in my opinion.

about 3 months ago

Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

WoodstockJeff Re:For smartphone? Don't think so... (298 comments)

By having a stellar array of really cool apps! Not lame ones, like Facebook or Twitter.

about 5 months ago

FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

WoodstockJeff Regulations prohibit, not allow (218 comments)

It is a fundamental principle in the United States that, unless something is illegal, it is legal. Regulations, therefore, should enumerate what makes something illegal, not what makes it legal. To do otherwise prohibits the possibility of inventing better ways to do something, until/unless the regulations are modified to allow it.

The problem within the FAA is that they have regulations that work both ways. In most cases, they tell you what you CANNOT do to remain legal, in others, they tell you what you MUST DO to remain legal.

about 6 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

WoodstockJeff Just ask the NSA... (463 comments)

... to copy their backup of the data...

about 8 months ago

Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

WoodstockJeff Oh, they said ... (79 comments)

... infer use mood! I thought it was interfere with user mood.... That's got lots of prior computer art....

about 9 months ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

WoodstockJeff Animal Testing (279 comments)

Why would you want to risk getting attacked by PETA and other animal rights organizations by doing testing on animals? Heck, you can't even shampoo a dog without someone getting upset!

about 9 months ago

It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

WoodstockJeff Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

... but people still end up at the sites trying their damnest to log in

You mean there are people out there that don't take advantage of those sites to poison their data, by submitting hundreds of bogus "logins" via a script?!?

about 9 months ago

DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

WoodstockJeff Re:Keep it up (183 comments)

... and exposing one or two occasionally makes people THINK that someone is looking out for the interests of the public. It makes it easier to hide the rest!

about 10 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

WoodstockJeff Only in California (653 comments)

In most parts of the country, cities lament that people LIVE in the suburbs, and only WORK in the city, robbing them of the property taxes they need to support the crumbling social and economic infrastructure, causing a collapse in property values (Detroit is a perfect example, but other large cities have the same issues).

In California, when people make an effort to LIVE in the city, paying all those higher taxes and propping up all that social and economic infrastructure, they're protested for harming the poor by keeping the property values from collapsing.

Face facts, people - you can't have it both ways. If you don't want those middle-income people keeping your neighborhoods from turning into crack houses, you shouldn't complain when the landlords don't have to put up with any deadbeat who feels like squatting in their buildings.

about 10 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

WoodstockJeff No violence?!? (653 comments)

Unlawful restraint and intimidation are forms of violence. Or are you of the opinion that violence only involves physical injury?

about 10 months ago

Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

WoodstockJeff Re:There's a solution you know (184 comments)

No, just unlike them on FB.... Pure torture for some of these people!

about 10 months ago

For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

WoodstockJeff Repeat as necessary (270 comments)

I wonder how many more slashdot stories will be based upon the same Backblaze story of the "first of its kind" (ignoring Google's older paper) story on hard drive longevity, that doesn't name names?

about 10 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

WoodstockJeff No one else? (277 comments)

"Surprisingly, despite hard drives underpinning almost every aspect of modern computing (until smartphones), no one has ever carried out a study on the longevity of hard drives — or at least, no one has ever published results from such a study."

I recall reading a /. story from Google on THEIR experiences with hard drive longevity several years ago, over a much larger sampling of drives. Even linked to a PDF with the particulars....

Maybe they are to small to count, compared to an upstart backup company...

about a year ago

Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

WoodstockJeff Re:Encrypt, dammit! (622 comments)

Encrypting hand-written and typed notes.... Isn't that called "shorthand"? Or maybe "bad handwriting"?

Light sensitive flash paper, maybe... Try to copy them, and POOF!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

WoodstockJeff Learn the language (167 comments)

Learning how business works should be a high school basic class. If you are involved with programming beyond the "here's a spec, write code to match it" level, being able to communicate with users in their own terms will make your life SO much easier!

As others have pointed out, it will help you with the "big picture".

If you're writing software to be used by businesses, understanding what is important to them affects what you develop. It is easy for someone to write a detailed specification of what someone THINKS they want. It is easy to write software to match that spec. But, how do you deal with the aftermath of finding out what was really being asked? "Why are we generating a daily report on information that is only available on a weekly basis?" "Why are we generating a weekly report, when the data changes by the hour?" Without a background in business, those questions would not occur to you.

Software people are often isolated from the people who use software by a common language, to borrow an old line. Learning about business, even without going to get a degree, will help you understand when words don't mean what you think they mean.

1 year,3 days


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