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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

duckgod Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

This is complete bullshit. The argument for Aereo was always that if I can rent an apartment in the same city, hook a slingbox up to an antenna, and stream the tv to my second apartment is legal then so is Aereo. This is what I believe to be a solid legal argument. The Supreme Court decided to go with a walk like a cable company, quack like a cable company than follow the rules of a cable company. Judge Scalia had it right in the dissent "It is not the role of this Court to identify and plug loopholes. It is the role of good lawyers to identify and exploit them, and the role of Congress to eliminate them if it wishes,". This was a loophole around a bullshit law. But it was definitely logically legal loophole.

Now the Fox Lawyers are trying to use this bullshit duck test ruling backwards towards slingbox. Good for the court to quickly reject this Monty Python and the Holy Grail witch logic.

about 2 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

duckgod Knowledge base not social network (131 comments)

A knowledge base is one of my company's most treasured resources. I can't stand the idea that two of my employees might share good info and the rest of my company would be locked out. I encourage all questions to be asked on the forum for anyone to answer. Then the info is easily searchable by everyone later on. I pay my employees for everything they produce in the office. Whether that be an end product or an aha moment.

Now to sell this as a social network is marketing bullshit. I have no use for people sharing vacation photos or making political remarks. Keep that shit on Facebook.

about 3 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

duckgod A language that lets you do whatever (126 comments)

The thing that I have always loved about perl is the "there's more than one way to do it" philosophy. Perl lets me do whatever the fuck I want. If I am doing a project for my own enjoyment then I will do whatever I want that gets the job done the fastest. Yes maybe this makes it a bad language for large groups and production applications where programmers need to have restraints in order for the group to work harmoniously. But I am an adult and I don't want to be told what is right or wrong way to do something in my home.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

duckgod Re:vim (531 comments)

vim is the better editor - there's absolutely no reason to choose emacs over vim

Unless you want an operating system built into your test editor :)

about 7 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

duckgod The water in your example is Netflix. (361 comments)

Your metaphor is off and is the point that ISPs are trying to use to exploit customers. Netflix is the product that I am purchasing. They could charge people who consume 10x as much 10x the amount ,but they choose not to. ISPs are nothing without content providers.

ISPs are just the roads that Netflix delivers the product to me on. There are costs to build and maintain that road. I pay a monthly amount to make sure those roads are up and functional so Netflix can deliver. Whether I choose to use those roads or not they are still there. The only problem comes up when too many people are using those roads concurrently. ISPs have made what I believe to be a fair compromise by setting a limit on how many deliveries I can order at once(bandwidth) to make sure everyone gets their deliveries on time.

Long story short roads are a much better metaphor for ISPs business. But if you have to use pipes remember that ISPs are not the ones producing the actual utility.

about 7 months ago
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How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

duckgod Talk about Knockout game.. (124 comments)

Got an invite to purchase Google Glass last week. I was excited and had almost made the purchase before my coworker made the observation that if I wear them anywhere in downtown Rochester NY there is a good chance I will be mugged. I guess the moral of the story is until they make it not obvious that I am wearing $1500 on my head that this is probably an impractical accessory for anyone living where crime is at all prevalent.

about 7 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

duckgod Spent all mod points on Beta protest (573 comments)

I would have modded you flamebait since you are using a reference that contradicts your statement in the first line on the site.- "jQuery and its cousins are great, and by all means use them if it makes it easier to develop your application."http://youmightnotneedjquery.c... #incaseyoumissedit

about 8 months ago
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

duckgod Emacs is an OS (252 comments)

Doesn't it have a version control in it? Possible no one has found it yet. Anyways I know mere text editors like VIM can do just fine on Mercurial.

about 9 months ago
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Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

duckgod Alternative? (341 comments)

If the alternative is to put in a password for every fucking thing I do like KDE seems to insist then sure go ahead and steal my Wi-Fi password. In addition there must be more interesting stuff to take if access to my computer was compromised.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

duckgod The Army of Ants should not get protection (606 comments)

Business is war, not a matter of "gratitude" because employment isn't a "gift". Collective bargaining is the only way otherwise valueless workers have leverage. One ant is nothing, but an army of ants is very different.

Very true. But I have a problem when the Army of Ants start feeling that they have a right to always win because "They are real people." The world does not have an obligation to take the unions side. I as a rational outside observer I should be able to take the corporations side without the guilt.

My biggest problem is that people have the right to work. If a person does not want to join a union they should not have to. This includes strike-breakers. If it weakens the army to bad.

This is all disregarded in cases of public safety where the only rational choice is to have government intervention.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

duckgod Re:Not Amazon's Fault (606 comments)

Is a CEO really worth the same as 10000 (or more) "workers"? No, of course not.

Yeah actually they are. Every decision a CEO makes is a decision with potentially billions on the line. A hundred workers could do their best to destroy the company and they won't be able to do as much damage as one decision by a CEO. CEOs are paid a lot because there is a high demand for people who won't make billion dollar fuck ups.

about 9 months ago
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Game Review: Path of Exile (Video)

duckgod Faithful to Diablo 2 (177 comments)

The thing that I enjoyed about Diablo 2 that Diablo 3 completely eliminated was my desire to create a new character build that no one thought of and make it the ultimate character. It is that pursuit of perfection that drained hundreds of hours away of my life for Diablo 2. I would get a character power leveled up to around 70. Try out a build. If it didn't work I had the punishment of having to do another series of power levels to try again.

Diablo 3 not only failed to replicate this excitement, but they took every possible step to ensure that I wouldn't. I got a few of the characters up to max level in a month. Then there is no reason to ever create another character of that class because there are infinite skill respec. Ok fine, Let me pursue the ultimate equipment. Oh wait I can spend a 100 hours grinding or dump $100 in RMAH and get it. There is no point. I might as well be playing Cookie Clicker.

That being said Path of Exile does a good job at giving this experience. Lots of skill combinations combined with deep leveling system works well. I feel like there is still a perfect build out there I can pursue.

about 10 months ago
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Sick of Your Local Police Force? Crowdfund Your Own

duckgod Isn't there already something like this-Taxes (330 comments)

This is the explicit purpose of taxes. When the majority of people say that society would benefit from everyone chipping in to a cause. What is this world coming to when people resort to a website called "Crowdtilt" as a replacement for government?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service On a Budget?

duckgod Snail Mail and a hardrive (121 comments)

Assuming you don't need real time analysis(doesn't look like it from problem description). Send a couple 500gb hard drives and have someone mail you the daily load of images each day with overnight shipping.

1 year,10 days
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Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees

duckgod 2 most important things I look for in Interview (305 comments)

1)Will I and the coworkers get along with this person.
2)Will they work hard.

Soooooo many people in the tech industry fail at these 2 points. I would much rather have someone who has skills in the same ballpark that meet 1 and 2 then someone who is an expert in the area but is an ass.

about a year ago
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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

duckgod This almost feels more evil (379 comments)

Am I the only one that feels worse about this plan then if they had banned used games alltogether. So I won't be able to sell my games first hand anymore. I am at the mercy of GameStop(which is at the mercy of Microsoft).

So if GameStop receives a million requests to sell back Madden whatever because of poor quality. Supply and demand would normally mean used prices would go down both for the seller of the game and the resseller. But in this scenario Gamestop can't give much money for game because they are going to have to sell it for X amount of $ according to Microsoft.

Meh I aint no economist but the feeling I get is consumer will get screwed worse then if they were just 1 use license like PC games have adopted.

about a year ago
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Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year

duckgod Re:It is a shame that OpenOffice gets the nice nam (155 comments)

Speaking as a LibreOffice user and contributor, I am impressed that the OpenOffice name is so well known these days. I remember a number of years ago when *nobody* knew the name "OpenOffice" ("Is that some kind of template pack plugin thing for Word?"). It's very interesting to hear that now the name is well known enough that technically-minded users use the OpenOffice name to refer to both LO and AOO. Brand recognition is really quite strong!

Questions for you:

  • What do you think LibreOffice should do to make its brand more recognizable?
  • How 'known' would the project need to be for you to start calling it "LibreOffice" ?

Honestly it is partially a problem with the word Libre. I understand the whole "Free as in Beer vs Free Speach" conversation. To a whole lot of people "Open Source" = "Free as in Beer". Most open source software leverages this as the main selling point. Open Office for example. So when I have to explain that

Libre (pron.: /libr/) is a loan word in English borrowed from French. As it does in that language, "libre" in English denotes "the state of being free", as in "having freedom" or "liberty".

(Wikipedia) ...How am I not supposed to sound confusing and pretentious?

Maybe we could just go back to calling it StarOffice?

^^^Can we do that???

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developers Revisit Replacing Firefox With Chromium

duckgod Why so much bloat Firefox??? (153 comments)

Message to Firefox developers: Please stop adding features that someone else can do with addons. For the life of me I can't figure out why Firefox started developing its own set of developer tools when Firebug is still one of the best tools on the market.

I beg of you to please strip anything out of Firefox that is not part to the web browsing experience and put it back in as a plugin if you have to. Just focus on being a web browser and having the best plug in interface possible.

about a year ago
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Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year

duckgod It is a shame that OpenOffice gets the nice name.. (155 comments)

and LibreOffice gets everything else. LibreOffice is such a better piece of software after all the hard work done since the fork. But sometimes even when talking to my techy friends I have to elaborate when I say I created the doc in "LibreOffice".

about a year ago
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17-Year-Old Girl Wins Boston TV API Programming Contest

duckgod Re:Being a woman at RIT (117 comments)

at least as of 15 years ago or so...

When, as we all know so well, the world was exactly the same as it is now.

Also, in other news, men and women are different and a gender imbalance somewhere doesn't automatically mean something is horribly wrong and must be fixed.

And here's some actual statistics - the ratio last year was 67:33, a bit closer to 50:50 than 76:4.

The current male to female ratio at RIT Computer Science program is 68:1. RIT also has a fruitfall Arts program which brings in a lot of females. This is where you get the 67:33. I never took a computer science class with a female while there. In fact outside of a few liberal arts classes I was free from the distraction. However, every once in a while I would see one of those mythical creatures from a window on the 3rd floor of GCCIS. That always made for an exciting day...

about a year ago

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