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Chaos Monkey Released Into the Wild

dubl-u Into the wild? (76 comments)

And by "into the wild", they mean they're now letting it run on other people's sites.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim

dubl-u The sad part (152 comments)

The really sad part is how far Microsoft has fallen. They can't even do FUD well anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

dubl-u Awesome (710 comments)

I love this. They charge a premium for 3D that half of everybody hates. Now they'd like to charge another premium for 3D that will suck a bit less.

I look forward to the next article bleating about the mysterious decline in box office attendance. What could it possibly be?

more than 2 years ago
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The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab

dubl-u Re:Cant be done "right". (203 comments)

I agree that it can't be done right, but I think it's not just about screen size. On my mobile device I'm much more task-focused. When I'm up to something specific, I almost always ignore ads.

On a desktop I'm much more likely to be poking around or under less time pressure, so I'm much more willing to explore the tangent an ad generally represents.

more than 2 years ago
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Cringely Predicts IBM Will Shed 78% of US Employees By 2015

dubl-u Re:Brilliant! (273 comments)

Because business school also trains them to minimize costs and maximize quarterly profits. And their managers and stockholders reward them for that as well. Which inevitably leads to that behavior and a bunch of other idiotic ones. Because as you demonstrate with the bit about fixed costs, a lot of these numbers are fictions. Sometimes convenient fictions, but always fictions.

This is in contrast to the Lean approach where one minimizes waste and maximizes value delivered to the end user. In Lean thinking, staff aren't a cost to be shed ASAP, they're an asset, one you invest in.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

That doesn't strike me as particularly paradoxical. Hate-crimes laws recognize existing substantial bias against particular minority groups with an eye toward reducing the bias. Most laws recoginize an existing problem and have the aim of reducing it.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

As far as I can see, what I wrote is true.

But we happen to have hate-crime laws protecting specific groups because of the history of violence directed against them. If this is more common, I'm sure a law banning that will eventually appear.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

I'm saying your question is nonsensical. The crime is "inciting racial hatred". It's a crime because there's a longstanding problem with racial hatred which people would like to stop.

Similarly, inciting a riot is a crime because that was a significant problem at some point. Imagine you find somebody convicted of inciting a riot and then ask me "well, what if he didn't incite?" or "what if it wasn't a riot he was inciting?" I'd have the same response to your question above: a) then it wouldn't be a crime, and b) you're missing the point.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

dubl-u Re:Tell us who it was. (176 comments)

It seems very weird. One rents something when one can't afford to buy it. Domain names cost very little, so they should just own the domain outright, especially as it's the one whose name matches the legal entity. As far as I'm concerned, any web site developer that doesn't insist that the client own the domain name in a case like this is at best negligent.

But it's also the kind of thing a shady operator would do to take advantage of naive clients.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

dubl-u Re:Tell us who it was. (176 comments)

Sure, but it makes it an understandable mistake on the part of Rackspace. And if the company gave Rackspace some documentation that the poster was buying the name on behalf of Learning Together, then the transfer may have been proper.

More importantly, though, it puts the poster in a different light. He concealed material facts in his summary, and on the face of it trying to hold on to a client's domain is shady. It makes me wonder what else he's hidden.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

dubl-u Re:Tell us who it was. (176 comments)

Whoa. That puts a different light on things. The poster, who does web development, bought a domain name learning-together.ca which was used by his client Learning Together Inc. Rackspace transferred control of the domain name from the poster to Learning Together, Inc. It seems very weird indeed that the poster is trying to keep control of that domain.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

dubl-u Re:Talk to a Lawyer (176 comments)

Yes, exactly. On a couple of occasions a sternly worded letter from a lawyer has worked wonders for me.

My favorite was when a company who owed me for months of contract work suddenly got a case of we-can't-afford-to-pay. My lawyer wrote a letter explaining that under California law, wages had to be paid before anything else, and encouraged them to contact the very energetic state agency in charge of enforcing that if they were unclear. It was a masterpiece of subtle menace, and I got a wire transfer for the whole amount two days later. Total cost to me: a few hundred bucks. A decade later, he's still my lawyer.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

You're saying that if we take the "racial" out of inciting racial hatred then it would no longer be the crime of inciting racial hatred? Sure, ok.

Inciting racial hatred in the UK is something they've had a problem with, something that causes harm to the fabric of society. So they made it illegal. Seems reasonable to me.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

That's a) ignoring the main point, which is that why someone does something matters, and b) wrong.

It's wrong because you could intend to beat somebody up because they're black but accidentally kill them. That would be voluntary manslaughter. And also a hate crime.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

Inciting violence against a minority group can do a lot more than make them sad. It can intimidate people. It can force them to leave town or prevent them from voting. Oh, and it can trigger physical violence, which... gets people trampled and killed.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

dubl-u Re:WTF? (922 comments)

You haven't really thought this through. Even for non-hate crimes, consider:

  • first-degree murder - premeditated intentional killing
  • second-degree murder - unplanned intentional killing
  • felony murder - accidental killing in the course of a felony,
  • voluntary manslaughter - accidentally killing somebody while trying to harm them or intentionally killing them when provoked, and
  • involuntary manslaughter - accidentally killing somebody without intent to harm (e.g., negligent homicide)

The difference for all of these is exactly "the reason you did it". The legal term is mens rea .

Hate crimes get an additional penalty because there's additional harm. It's an action against not just the person physically injured, but all the people of the sort of person hated. Slashdot-specific analogy: If a jock beats up another jock, it's just a fight. But if a jock beats up a nerd because he's a nerd then that will tend to intimidate not just the person he beat up, but all nerds.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

dubl-u Re:Movement won't be a reliable measure (500 comments)

Sorry, not totally following you here.

Are you talking about revenue neutrality for 1 and 2? That's irrelevant to the question of wasted time vs productive time. It's also irrelevant to knock-on effects (e.g., people traveling after rush hour who still encounter jams).

For point 3, if you're talking about a fuel tax, that doesn't maximize efficiency; load stays just as peaky. You need per-hour and per-route road pricing to shift demand to alternate times.

And regarding 4, allocating resources to economic need, you're talking like we aren't already spending billions on a highly complex system. It's just that the billions spent are in terms of lost economic productivity due to wasted time and fuel, rather than direct tax collected.

about 3 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

dubl-u Re:Antidemocratic (500 comments)

Not necessarily. For any change, there are short-term issues and long-term issues.

E.g., watch people complaining about how Apple is reversing the scrolling direction with the latest version of MacOS. Generally people grumble for a few minutes and then are perfectly fine with it. If you ask them at minute 3 whether it's a bad idea, they'll say yes. Ask them at week 3 and they'll say no.

He could just be saying that this is one of those things that people will be ok with when they get used to it.

about 3 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

dubl-u Re:A No Brainer (500 comments)

That doesn't follow. That the Dutch ride more than almost any other country does not mean they're anywhere near the limit of the benefits that can be achieved by more ridership.

about 3 years ago

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