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Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

dkarma Incompleteness / Stability (891 comments)

I keep on dropping linux because it is incomplete I'm sick of hearing the "we couldn't include this program in the OS because it's licensed differently..but you can get it over there for free" crap. This is a prime example of how the concept of IP is stifling and killing creativity. Don't get me wrong i really like the concept of linus but the implementation problems keep me from using it on a regular basis for anything important.

about 5 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

dkarma Re:You're confusing... (847 comments)

obscurity with secrecy... a key isn't secure because the pins are obscured they key is secure because the combination to flip the pins correctly is secret...someone actively sought to hide that information rather than that information being hard to "decipher" While these cops' jobs may be obscure to assist them with LYING to potential criminals, the fact that all their information is public makes it pointedly NOT secret and --thus in the long run and in the age of the internet --makes the obscurity pointless. Point in fact: it is impossible for police to use true secrecy to hide their identities because they are PUBLIC SERVANTS! The best they can hope for is obscurity and if that fails the next logical step is leave the job...your cover is blown.

more than 5 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

dkarma Re:They wouldn't have arrested her (847 comments)

First of all she didn't go on military bases. Most/All of her surveillance was done on public roads and property. Second there was only one DEA agent assigned to that task force. No one ever said she put anyone at risk except the people arresting her. None of the information she revealed was confidential OR private at all. All she did was organize it in one place. Whether she intended for them to get hurt or not is unclear and irrelevant. If this task force was really concerned about their safety don't you think they'd be smart enough to evade or deter a soccer mom?!?! The articles on this topic claim that the cops themselves were reading her blog --quite frequently it seems, but no one said anything until google streetview got involved? Seriously if the cops on this task force are really this inept they don't deserve to be cops. You're right this isn't about first amendment rights...unless she was arrested for expressing her views...oh wait. What this comes down to is the constitution and the SCOTUS decisions are on her side and the police have a local city ordinance violation on their side. Are you trying to tell me that a city ordinance trumps first amendment rights in the constitution?

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

dkarma Re:sounds familiar (811 comments)

I have two friends who did something similar but not quite as drastic. Both flunked out of college and the like. The never coming out of the room sounds familiar too. Both are still addicted on some level. Funny thing though one is also a pretty heavy pot smoker and the other doesn't do any drugs but their addictive personalities both trigger off of games. The even more ironic part is that the one who does drugs too KNOWS he's addicted to the game and has talked about "cutting back" and such...

more than 5 years ago
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Cops To Start CrimeTube To Report Offenses

dkarma This is fantastic... (238 comments)

Now when people upload video evidence of police officers committing crimes and the cops delete them there are TWO crimes committed. Something tells me that this is not going to replace youtube any time soon.

more than 5 years ago
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Instant Messaging Vulnerable To New Smiley Attacks

dkarma don't panic (170 comments)

Its just time to turn off smileys with that nice little checkbox most IMs have these days. smileys are a dumb misnomer anyway. a yellow face w/ a middle finger in the air is not smiley at all

more than 5 years ago
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Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

dkarma Re:Oh well (348 comments)

that and it was on digg yesterday 3/31/09... What are WB going to do now sue themselves? I have a feeling that TPB wanted this as an end result all along. They gamed the loopholes in the system long enough to grab the attention of the RIAA and MPAA. Once they "won" in court the media companies had no alternative other than to buy them out to stop them. I hope they asked for a billion.

more than 5 years ago
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Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

dkarma What if...? (842 comments)

those three apps are all spyware running as a process. your comp would be rendered completely useless for anything. M$ is really screwing the pooch w/ their new os "models" OS as a service? No thanks I'll stick to xp for another decade.

more than 5 years ago
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Sacrificing Accuracy For Speed and Efficiency In Processors

dkarma Addressing...oOPS! (499 comments)

Because little errors in hex calculations are ok 0x000FA1 is the same as 0x000FAB RIGHT?!?!

more than 5 years ago
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Sacrificing Accuracy For Speed and Efficiency In Processors

dkarma Microsoft beat them to it. (499 comments)

That's how we got the BSOD. :P

more than 5 years ago
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Red Dwarf To Return, Find Earth

dkarma YES!! (298 comments)

i've been waiting years for this

more than 5 years ago
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Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

dkarma Re:acutally if you read the first /. article... (508 comments)

it says almost exactly what i said... to quote: ". Whether or not students are aware of it, the NYTimes reports that most universities own inventions created by students that were developed using a 'significant' amount of schools resources. "

more than 5 years ago
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The Illuminati Project Pushes For Dark Skies In 2009

dkarma Thats a great idea... (315 comments)

railing against light pollution by taking pictures showing how beautiful it is... kind of like raising diabetes awareness by building a giant sugar sculpture.

more than 5 years ago
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Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

dkarma Don't use school resources (508 comments)

From the last /. article on this topic, it seems that the universities are arguing that they can patent student ideas because they claim the students are using significant university resources. My advice is to use as few university resources as possible if any at all. Do all your work on your own computer. Don't use the labs, etc. If you don't use their resources then they have no claim to your IP right?

more than 5 years ago
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An In-Depth Look At Game Piracy

dkarma What a joke (504 comments)

Water is free, but companies charge for it...does that mean i'm stealing if i drink the same water out of a clean stream even though a company processes that water and sells it? Many people play video games that others have bought and never pay a dime...they play for free. The same is true of data available on the internet or via bittorrent. Just because I play a game for free that someone is selling doesn't mean I've violated a moral code. Furthermore, the more disturbing trend is the idea that just because a company has made a product they morally deserve to get paid for it. If i play a friend's game that he rented for a dollar. I played for free. If i download the same game I played for free. Why is one less moral than the other simply because in case A. the company got money? Deserving is subjective and there is no metric by which to measure deservedness. Just because you make a product doesn't mean you DESERVE to get paid for that product. Especially if that product is nothing but positive and negative charged ions on MY computer hardware. Claiming loss from computer "piracy" is a universal negative that can never be proven. Just because I didn't buy your product doesn't mean you lost anything...you didn't I just didn't buy it. Whether or not I play it anyway is irrelevant. By the author's logic you're stealing from the water company every time you drink from a stream. You're stealing from a car company every time you walk. Don't you know that people PAY to transport themselves? YOu're stealing right now because you didn't PAY FOR THAT LIBRARY'S INTERNET CONNECTION! Don't you know that companies charge for internet access?!?! If we learned anything from Enron it is that companies and morality can be (and usually are) mutually exclusive.

more than 5 years ago
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Broadband Access Without the Pork?

dkarma Charter does.... (412 comments)

well at least I think they still do. You used to have to get basic cable (around $8) with their broadband package, but i just got signed up for 5 mbps service at 20/month for the first 3-6 mos ($60) afterwards... still much cheaper than their bundle at 120$/month.

more than 5 years ago
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Getting Started In Android Game Development

dkarma Great Article. (43 comments)

Clean and concise. Tells you exactly what you need to know. I've been looking for this exact information for the last month now. Nice to finally have it in one spot.

more than 5 years ago

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17y/o buddhist beaten by 5 policemen

dkarma dkarma writes  |  about 6 years ago

dkarma (985926) writes "The disgraceful actions of the St. Paul police chief are getting out of hand. First we heard about how non-violent protesters' houses were raided. Then we heard about arresting journalists who weren't even involved in protests. Now comes the story of a seventeen year old MN native who is a Buddhist and peace activist who was beaten by area police during a protest against the RNC. The story can be found here and is sad and appalling. The police in this story broke several laws and even their own Juvenile Detention rules by releasing a minor in the middle of the night without a parent there. Who polices the police? Obviously after this kind of abuse of power they need policing."
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dkarma dkarma writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dkarma writes "House Democrat and soon-to-be leader of the Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel is proposing re-instating the draft. He suggests that our leaders would be less inclined to propose war if their own kids were possibly sent to war also. From the article: "New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars. He believes a draft would bolster U.S. troop levels that are currently insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft, and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said."
What say you slashdot community? Would the draft be a deterrent, or would leaders see an unlimited supply of troops with which to "build" nations?"

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