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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Yebyen Re:The End Result . . . (287 comments)

This does not mean they need to reply to _your particular_ e-mail. It simply means that any legal challenges and/or requests which are appropriate to send via e-mail can be addressed to the support address, and the consequences of ignoring those requests can be legally binding as if they were delivered (since they were.)

What kind of requests those might be, I don't think is addressed by the filing. I think they would also be abiding by the ruling if they closed the address and opened a new one, required 2FA to get ahold of a person, captcha, or any other spam-protection measures you can imagine. It's the auto-responder that says "yeah customer, don't try to e-mail us, we don't read e-mail at all" that is against the law.

4 days ago

Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

Yebyen Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

I just wrote a longer response to your post and Chrome ate it (bah)

Basically I think you are wrong about (2), but having just read up on the reasons for IceWeasel rebranding, it would seem that Mozilla does not agree with me.

Isn't it true that the Advertising Clause in original BSD license was the one and only thing separating it from GPL and making it incompatible? The advertising clause, which does nothing other than assert the rights and protections that are already granted by Trademark law...

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

Yebyen Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

What? Nobody even _said_ Windows XP, nor was it in the linked screenshot anywhere. I looked twice. WTF are you talking about?

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Yebyen Quick adoption of Upstart (826 comments)

I too am suspicious about the quick adoption of the Upstart init system in Ubuntu. (^W^W^W oops this article is about something else?)

Upstart is an Ubuntu-Only-ism, yet lots of people are using Ubuntu, and many times they are even on current/supported releases!

Upstart is not tested / does not work with many emerging technologies, such as Docker. We should all rally together against Upstart!

Seriously, I am not sure which side I should be on. I use Ubuntu with Docker and I've become a fan of baseimage-docker, which leveraged the "runit" system of managing service processes. It's braindead simple and totally transparent. After a couple of weeks using it occasionally, I feel like I can know it inside and out as a system that provides a level of clarity and transparency that I never had with Upstart, and don't get yet with Systemd. I am writing my own init "run" scripts and touching the binaries with my bare hands, and I don't mind.

Then outside of Docker, where Upstart works, I am letting the package maintainers handle this for me, and outside of the occasional "/etc/init.d/foo is a no-op and doesn't tell me so when I try to use it", everything works as I expect and I'm never touching inits at all. It's too cumbersome. Systemd, for the little bit that I've used it seems to me like a marginal improvement over that. There are a lot of keywords and config file directives to master. There is potential that these inits could be ported into a docker container with no additional keystrokes, since systemd itself is able to run in those container/protected environments. Great!

about three weeks ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Yebyen Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

Solve what problem? The UK are the ones who are waiting with baited breath that want to arrest him, I don't see why they would agree to this.

about a month ago

Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Yebyen Re:I don't see it.... (181 comments)

It's mock-racism. He's trying to play back the overtones (subtext?) from the article. I didn't read the original story, but even I can see this line is supposed to sound unapologetically racist, in a blatant way which maybe the original comparison didn't make so obvious. Haven't you ever heard the meme that Chinese make only cheap copies of American inventions? It's a totally racist idea, unless it's actually true. (Which I'm sure it's not.)

about a month ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Yebyen Re:yeah yeah (368 comments)

The bundle would be for TV, Phone, and Internet. The sentence should probably have the emphasis placed on "You NEVER ANSWER".

The implication being that you pay extra for Comcast telephone number that is instantly sold to telemarketers, and since all of your friends have your cell phone number, only telemarketers and bill collectors are actually ringing to call you on it.

We had this phone in a house I used to live. The rent guy ("land lord") apparently owed money on some credit cards that were in default and collections, and he was able to tell poor people moving in that there was a house phone, they could use it to look for a job so they could afford a cell phone (maybe some job better than their crappy job, hopefully we didn't have anyone moving in with no job and no way to pay rent...)

All of the poor people inevitably had cell phones. Nobody used the house phone. If you were in the living room watching TV though, the (888) number that liked to call every day around dinner time would definitely take up 1/2 of the display area on the screen as the Caller ID was automatically routed through the television!

Wow, that's technology.

about a month ago

Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

Yebyen Re:as one of the effected people (268 comments)

You don't get H1B permits for the whole company. You are an American company, you have to fill so many jobs with Americans, and then you are considered for H1Bs. I'm pretty sure that's how it works, you can't just fire all of the locals and staff the whole factory with H1B workers from New Delhi and Guangdong. You also have to show that you made an effort to fill those jobs with qualified Americans and none were available^w willing to work for your pittance, and even then you have a bunch of hoops. So, if all the companies want to keep their pigs from gaining too much weight, they might have to collude together to try and do it... which is of course illegal as we're seeing now.

about a month ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Yebyen Re:Waste of power (195 comments)

"based on the real world" so, you mean, in fact completely unreal and made of unicorn dust.

How would you tie energy generation to coins? I'm assuming the point of your proposed solution is that the coins are a reward for generating energy, and producing the coins does not actually consume the power. So, how do you make it provably fair? Install ammeters at each generation site with embedded DRM protections?

Why not just sell the power?

about a month and a half ago

Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Yebyen Re:Finally! (502 comments)

And how would they enforce their subpoena in this imaginary world where governments you don't ever interact with in any way can somehow affect you personally?


about a month and a half ago

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Yebyen Re:Outlawing this fun too? (282 comments)

Our sushi man does this too, only I have the feeling his name is really Yes. Good Japanese name.

about a month and a half ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Yebyen Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

Didn't he say so, he did actually have to pay $6000? In premiums, whether he got bit by a bat this year or not, every year. Plus co-pays.

Hopefully his deductible is lower than yours, if he's the only person on his care plan.

about a month and a half ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Re:Blame Comcast/Verizon? (354 comments)

So I'm curious. When your business' expenses increase in one department, and there's absolutely nothing at all you can do about it to stop that increase from happening, what do you do? I'm pretty sure at Netflix, they either raise prices for a segment of their customers dramatically, raise prices more slightly for their customers across the board, cut their expenses in another department, or shore up operations and close the doors for good.

They are one company over at Netflix, not like Time Warner/Time Warner Cable/Time Warner Telecom/AOL/FifthMealCompany which are all independent and separate from each other nowadays, unless you're asking some jerk on the street who doesn't know any better. Those companies are all free standing and profitable. Netflix has only one money pit.

And you think the primary expense of the mail division that operates six days a week is only postage? You're even more clueless than I thought!

about 2 months ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Blame Comcast/Verizon? (354 comments)

Kind of surprised to not see anyone at all here blaming Comcast, Verizon, and the other extortion artists trying to get an extra buck out for Netflix' rising costs and ever decreasing service level. This is the very start of what we all predicted with the decline of Net Neutrality, no?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Yebyen Re:Corporate culture (272 comments)

Hahahahahah thanks for that, I LOL'd

about 2 months ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Yebyen Re:Really? (231 comments)

I think this is what he's talking about:

Yes, NSA spies on Congress. No, Congress doesn't like that, but they don't mind the rest of us being spied on. She was only pissed off about the spying once she realized she was also targeted.

about 2 months ago

Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Yebyen Re:Void warranty (77 comments)

Service locations then...

It looks like Tesla "ranger visit" is $100 per trip with the service plan, presumably since it's not explained on the page a "ranger" is someone who comes to you, like AAA, only Tesla.

about 2 months ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Yebyen Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

NB: From what I'm reading today, the energy stored in a modern Li-Ion battery is about equivalent to the stored energy in a hand grenade. So if you can rewire it to blow up, that's enough. You don't need to replace any of the materials in the battery itself.

about 2 months ago

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

Yebyen Re:Don't worry, be happy (86 comments)

I had never heard the story that Bobby McFerrin committed suicide and had to google to figure out wtf he was talking about :) so yes, woosh indeed.

about 3 months ago



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