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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

cloud.pt House of Cards (120 comments)

...apparently wasn't enough for some to understand the true politics at work in D.C.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

cloud.pt That one is easy (732 comments)

Weapon dealers > [insert essential good here] dealers > paramilitary related jobs.

Medics aren't really a necessity when having enough food for whoever is alive is the main issue. It will be a bonus for oneself to have such skill, but it will only take a medic so far before he faces more serious problems than his health.

Pretty much anyone who has an eye for social manipulation will have a huge head start in any state of social disarray, such as those in an apocalyptic dystopia.
People might argue the question was about usefulness, but well, since we are doing the "what if" possibilities, we might as well speculate on the most successful and/or having the most life-expectancy. Criminal activity will surely boom and kingpins will have a field day (or years).

about a week ago

How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

cloud.pt Re:LOL's community behavior has no comparison (116 comments)

I didn't mean tribunal, I meant outright lies about having ban powers or knwoing anyone who has. Tribunal is a great system, it's just not made for this community. 90% tribunal voters are gona be (sorry to put it like this) butthurt players who will lose 5 minutes of their life on it after a flamewar, so that they can vent it there instead of popping up a forehead vein. It's still an effective system on the short-run because, well, whoever gets warned/banned has a 99.9% chance of actually improving behaviour, as that's the probability of them being a truly offending player (i.e. pretty much every registered user deserved it at one point or another, me included). But on the long run, it's a system destined to fail. This is the type of game that could actually benefit from enforced, centralized communication (which exists to a degree) and a disabled general chat, be it team chat or all chat. Unfortunately nobody is in a hurry to remove a standard feature, and as I said, this society obnoxiousness is part of the charm.

about two weeks ago

How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

cloud.pt LOL's community behavior has no comparison (116 comments)

In theory one might seem like trolls are all the same. Whoever thinks like this has never been in a LOL champion select. There's nothing like the community behavior in this game - every single action (or inaction) is an excuse to offend you, your family, your religion, your skin and your country. People will start grieving at minute minus 2 for the right to a strategic position, which is based on first calling in written chat (think 2+ guys with 100ms latency chatting the same position at once), they will continue to do so because of items bought. Never mind you actually dying out of being your first time on a champ - most times you will be offended just because you don't think the same way as others. Even pro teams have these issues. The game is too darn complex (not hard per say, it just branches way too much, has too many variables). People will flame for you picking a champion they don't like - stats wise, gameplay wise, or just for its looks. It's ridiculous. Everybody is in a constant state of dick size comparison, even female players. I have been in more than one TeamSpeak room listening to chicks spamming "pussy" to their entire team, for absolutely disputable reasons. People will go from "newb" to IRL death threats in a matter of minutes, and every day that passes Riot hires thousands of honorary wannabe admins, since 80% of people seem to have the ability to ban. Most of these things might have been seen in FPSs, MMORPGs, or even 4chan, IRC or WWW-wide comment threads. Nothing compares. I would go as far as to say it's part of its glamour - Riot just introduced a matchmaking system which eliminates the primary issue of trolling (position picking). From the time it takes to get inside a queue compared to blind picks, you can figure it's not getting a lot of prime-time ratings. And most games in that mode are actually a breeze, with people actually sending helping words to each other in adversity, something rare.

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

cloud.pt This doesn't even compare... (240 comments)

...to Amazon UK stopping FREE Super Saver Delivery to Europe... ...letting us know by April the 3rd... ...that it was cancelling it for all orders since April 1st... ...SO IT WOULDN'T BE CONFUSED WITH AN EFFING APRIL'S FOOL!

Seriously, anybody who has the necessity to have a named, or fixed location on the WWW should not have a problem getting a fixed IP cheap by their ISP (as in cheaper than leaving the computer on 24/7), unless they are underage, in which case they should be explaining their parent's why do they need to be hosting anything on their computer with such needs, and parent will surely understand, unless parents are like 70'ish year old (which is uncommon for someone underage to have). And I bet there are still many freebies around for the needy ones. This post is to be noted as a warning for current users who might ignore the memo than actually something to take into account in the long run. Business will be business, as usual

about two weeks ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

cloud.pt Amazon Glacier is NOT expensive for that (983 comments)

So, guy spent around 10 x $100 (2TB drives), maybe more since you mentioned redundancy, for a total of ~$1000. Guy kept drives probably up 24-7, spending a lot in the electricity bill, I would say something in the lines of $150/month. Guy also had to manually maintain the complex disk array, prone to failure. Guy failed at it and lost invaluable amounts of (mostly) unrecoverable data (good luck getting that TV show from the 90's that now has 0 seeds on TPB, your familly event pics and videos, or your college papers).

Now tell me, how can ~$250/month be expensive for 20TB in Amazon Glacier? They will give you transparent redundancy (if they lose the data you have reasons to sue for MILLIONS, you know, those numbers with 7 figures instead of 3). They will pay the electricity bill. They will buy the hardware. They will maintain the hardware too, so no need to replace drives. Your ISP is shapping traffic to AG? Sue them or change provider. Last time I checked it was a lot easier than doing ANYTHING on your 4TB+ RAID array, especially since it's for home use and will return you absolutely nothing besides self-complacency.

Just sayin'

about a month ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

cloud.pt New pronoun? My dog will be happy (462 comments)

So Animals/plants/things in general besides people can be now treated equally too? With the right "it" pronoun?


Disclaimer: This is NOT some ironic comment directed at LGBT individuals

In any case, props to Facebook. More than a reality check, it's good to see persistent stigmata, even for the social web, being treated with the moral worthlessness they deserve. Social web is no place for restriction or judgement. Next step: internationally distributed servers so you can avoid government scrutiny, including privacy violation, censorship, among other idiotic policies that do not support net neutrality, in ways that go beyond bandwidth shaping.

about 2 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

cloud.pt Kernel panic at the disco (322 comments)

A VJ system in a portuguese club popped up a kernel panic at 3AM, and not it wasn't Deadmau5 playing.

about 2 months ago

Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

cloud.pt Safe from North Korea (365 comments)

Hey, at least the US can win the deterrence war against North Korea's nuclear rock throws...

about 2 months ago

Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

cloud.pt Re:He REALLY shouldn't from a trade-off standpoint (231 comments)

Whatever his current net worth is, he probably makes more in 1-2 hours work than 136$. Is it really worth creating potentially hack-luring accounts on Tip4Commit and (e.g.) Mt.Gox (the apparently most reliable exchange)?

Only decent reason to do this would be giving his thumbs-up to Bitcoin, but does he really need to? I believe he's seen as an open-source guy, not as a "let's decentralize the financial systems and currencies of the world" activist. An despite deciding to do it for that reason, not even safeguarding his bank accounts would prevent at least providing real personal addresses and social security numbers in order to actually withdraw the stuff.

about 3 months ago

Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

cloud.pt He REALLY shouldn't from a trade-off standpoint (231 comments)

See it from a common, millionaire person point-of-view:

Why would Linux Torvalds, a (probable) millionaire, want to share his personal information on a bleeding edge platform like Tip4Commit, or worse, share his bank information with an exchange service (that could very well be seized, go down, open bankruptcy, pose security flaws) when he wants to convert the wallet to common currency.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

cloud.pt This should do it... (387 comments)

Just focus on the latest trends of core technologies which some 60%+ employers rely on today: Java, SQL and C variants.

Specifically to your new market targets, and going away from low level and embedded, I would say you need to go hands dirty with the most popular frameworks for things like web, mobile and distributed systems, which are indeed vast, but if you wanted to evolve one of each I'd say JavaEE/Rails, Android, and JavaEE (again), respectively to each technology. REST/SOAPclient and server knowledge, along with concepts of SOA will also be a plus for general-purpose. If you want to keep your C roots go for the .NET version of those standards.

about 3 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

cloud.pt Torrents are your friend (408 comments)

Cracked version of Teamviewer from your favorite torrent tracker. Fight the powa!

about 3 months ago

Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

cloud.pt Thi is how Conduit search is killing the internet (194 comments)

Conduit and those amazing javascript injected price checkers are killing the internet. I have had at least 10 family members, friends and work colleagues come to me the last year in order to remove conduit from their PC. And they varied widely in browser of choice: Chrome, IE and Firefox.

Conduit, Search protect, and price grabbers need to be put to court soon so they can stop making money from distributing malware and browser hijackers.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

cloud.pt God please bring Bill back and take them (731 comments)

As Bill Hicks would put it: "If you work in advertising, kill yourself. It's the only way to save your fuckin soul."
Despite backing up Bill's statement to it's fullest extent, I would like to take the chance to introduce some alternatively valid, tiny criticism to all this action being taken by advertisers, advertiser-backed companies and "advertisement enforcers":

TAKE THE FUCKIN HINT - If we use ad blockers, it's because we'd rather have your page fully messed up, your online game unplayable, your newspaper news unreadable, to abiding to deal with the consumerism-centered policies that brainwash us to pay for things we do not need. You want to make money out of the publicly available resource which the internet is since its creation? Provide me a better service by not using ads in the first place and I will be sure to drop some money on your premium services. And by premium I don't mean the ones without ads, I mean the ones where you actually had to work for, unlike whatever web-app reinventing the wheel you developed last Thursday and put ads on linked to your PayPal account.

about 3 months ago

Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

cloud.pt Finally some sense to being dumb (169 comments)

This will be the perfect excuse for every situation the human being can't explain his moral decisions, like why do we act stupid when in love, why do some people chose to go to war and why did they sack Conan from the Tonight Show.

about 3 months ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

cloud.pt Why so much acquisitions (257 comments)

Just weeks ago we heard about Google thermostat prototypes. It wasn't enough to have so much in-house projects but now the policy is becoming "let's buy popular brands in emerging segments where we suck so we can be everywhere". This monopoly and diversity is bad for company focus and especially for the consumer. Android, Youtube, Motorola, Boston Dynamics, FlexyCore, and the list goes on and on. Up next: Oculus VR

about 3 months ago

Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

cloud.pt Scientific Proof (123 comments)

We are the biped evolution of bees. It's a fact now

about 3 months ago

Security Experts Call For Boycott of RSA Conference In NSA Protest

cloud.pt Re:Give this guys some cake (112 comments)

Better than facing death sentence for actually doing a good thing, IMHO. The time of martyrs is long gone: we have attained a maturity level, as a species and a global society, which should prevent us from taking irrational action such as murdering people because they read the bible (North Korea) or they export an encryption algorithm to foreign countries (US). He just decided it was better to be labeled a false traitor than a dead one.

about 3 months ago

Security Experts Call For Boycott of RSA Conference In NSA Protest

cloud.pt Give this guys some cake (112 comments)

About time more americans started acting snowde-like. As in ballsy

about 3 months ago



Radionomy buys Winamp from AOL, will "offer Winamp's ... just as it is today"

cloud.pt cloud.pt writes  |  about 3 months ago

cloud.pt (3412475) writes "Winamp's demise has apparently been halted through a 'cash and share' deal between AOL and Belgic-based Radionomy, for a reported value between $5 million and $10 million, $70 million short of Nullsoft's original purchase value back in 1999. The deal will also include Winamp's radio broadcasting services, Shoutcast. Radionomy focuses on the digital audio business and will now own the rights to about half of old fashioned stations online broadcasts, thanks to the Shoutcast part of the deal. Apparently "the intention is to continue to develop both products" and distribution will continue "just as it is today", meaning both ad-supported and payed Pro options can be expected at the least."


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