Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Goddamned right; we don't need "the best programmers" we need to hire "American programmers." Look at unemployment in the US; WHY the fuck do we need to bring more people here? It's easy to train programmers in another language. They just want to fucking lower the price...
PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"
But what about those poor bacteria's feelings !?!? They're slave labor!
BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
But three lefts do!
Controlling your own network is great (e.g. my ISP doesn't let me manage my router) but if you use this on someone else's without their express permission, this is all kinds of wrong...
The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job
"Good enough" is the current megatrend. Look at everything: cheap throwaway widgets (cheaper to replace than repair) rather than ones that will last for 20+ years. Things that work rather than work well. Multi-function devices (look at your phone) that do a bunch of things OK rather than one thing GREAT. As a society we want it cheap and we want it now.
Most people these days aren't willing to pay for quality. They're barely willing to pay. Thank you wal-mart.
Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?
I find it quite funny that so many slashdotters, arguably proponents of technology, turn into luddites when this topic rears up. Instead of saying no, fight for proper electronic voting technologies so we can turn this cesspool from a pseudo-republic into a real democracy and get rid of politicians altogether.
Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
Agreed; my Droid 4 and my wife's Photon Q were the only thing we could find with real keyboards. I have tried touch keyboards for a few weeks and just could not be productive with them.
Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should
Amen. I'm amazed that people still argue about this shit; if you want to really make a difference, stop driving your fucking car. Buying a "green" phone indeed.
Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews
Since driving is a privilege and not a right, the government has the right to not license your car or even issue you a driver license. And [unfortunately] the courts have determined that the ACA directive to purchase insurance or pay a tax penalty is a tax, you're stuck with paying it or buying health care insurance...
Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order
Sure, but it's Amazon's right to try and get better prices for their consumers. And Hachette has a right to tell Amazon to get bent. And it's equally the rights of the consumer to tell Amazon to get bent, stop the Wal-Mart style strong-arming of suppliers and buy from more respecting shops.
But this is America where people are only concerned about the almighty dollar and instant gratification, so they will instead continue to buy from Amazon and Wal-Mart who ultimately decimate the local economy.
(full disclosure: I buy from Amazon occasionally, but more often shop at my local brick and mortar book stores)
Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?
It'd probably be a lot more efficient and cheaper to use the solar power to turn pumps for closed-loop geothermal heat - let's say you go down 10' when laying the road bed, you'll have nice comfy 50-ish degree earth to warm your de-icer. Am I crazy? (don't answer that!)
Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House
My wife would gladly work for what they are paying H-1Bs. Except that they don't want Americans. She's had the damnedest time finding work. I'm completely opposed thttp://news.slashdot.org/story/14/05/07/2214225/let-spouses-of-h-1b-visa-holders-work-in-us-says-white-house#o more work visas. We should trim them or eliminate altogether and hire Americans.
IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either
Call it whatever you want. If it sticks, it's official. Why should they get the only right to name something?
Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
Do the same thing with power plugs; you'll thank yourself later.
Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
Yeah, sorry, but I don't want a protocol in my car that's subject to script kiddies DoSing it. I'm sure they'll get to CAN and everything else soon, but at least for now you can't just go to a warez site and take down a car. I think the crack about Cylons was spot on.
'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him
Trademark preventing use of, perhaps. Ownership? Hell no.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?
This alone is an important reason to use your own domain. You can forever be in control of your own email address meaning you can have the address for life.
Unless you get divorced. ;-)
Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?
I've stood in a C-level meeting, and apologized that a critical name brand server failed. Their on-site tech showed up in 2 hours, and told us that the part would take 2 days to get. "BUT THE CONTRACT SAYS 4 HOUR RESPONSE!" Ya.. 4 hours for them to come back with something. Not 4 hours to resolve the problem completely. 4 hours frequently turns into days, or worse on holidays.
Apparently the purchaser didn't understand your support contract then, because the support tech easily made the commitment. How is that the vendor's fault? It's not... it's the fault of the support purchaser for not understanding what they bought. Higher level contracts (with call-to-repair guarantees) are available; if something's THAT critical, then you should have a fully functional spare or even better, a high-availability solution in addition to your maintenance contract, which it appears you didn't. So it was apparently not that critical...
Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries
I had a package put on a truck two days in a row (according to their computer anyhow) and it wasn't delivered either time. And this was in Austin, with no snow/ice to deal with. Clearly there was incompetency involved somewhere (e.g. if a package is on a truck and doesn't get delivered the day it was supposed to, why not reverse the route the next day so it can be assured to be delivered early? Oh yeah, because UPS trucks only turn right http://www.businessinsider.com/ups-efficiency-secret-our-trucks-never-turn-left-2011-3). Sorry, this has left me a little bitter about using UPS for anything. This isn't the first issue I've had with them, either. NEVER had a problem with FedEx.
Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013
Cant remember the link, but i was looking for royalty free music the other day for youtube to avoid this sort of problem. Someone recorded a Bach song on his guitar and warns you cant use it on youtube as it will be flagged.
Bach (21 March 1685) getting royalty checks as the composer?
Did the person who recorded his song and manage to protect it pay Bach a royalty?
It seems commercializing the public domain is a disturbing trend.
The music isn't copyrighted, but the specific performance of it is. If you want to record your own performance of Bach and use it on your video, have at!
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