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Snowden and the Fate of the Internet As a Global Network

ed.han re:what's the benefit of privacy from the governme (505 comments)

this is absolutely the wrong question to ask, though: have you never heard of innocent people being convicted of serious crimes? mistakes happen all the time. when governments make mistakes, the consequences are a whole lot more severe than when an individual does, acting on his or her own. someone seriously arguing--especially in this day & age--that having nothing to hide means the US government should be able to see anything & everything a US citizen reads/writes online betrays a fantastically naive view of governments and how they use power, irrespective of his or her particular political ideology.

about 8 months ago

To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

ed.han no cowboy neal option? (166 comments)

i just realized that there's no cowboy neal option. ?!

about 10 months ago

Hundreds of Bank Account Details Left In London Pub

ed.han re: more details (92 comments)

this is normal in the case of data breaches. usually, an investigation is done to determine scope/size of privacy breach. and remember the sony "what outage" story from earlier this year.

i'm mystified as to why the contractor in question isn't being named. that is an absolutely inexcusable lapse in judgment.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Seeks 1-Nod Ordering Patent

ed.han a raised eyebrow or smile? (194 comments)

apparently, you should no longer shop while browsing p40n!

more than 3 years ago

Lower Merion School's Report Says IT Dept. Did It, But Didn't Inhale

ed.han re: wow... (232 comments)

i really don't think that the the heads that roll will be confined to IT. in that kind of environment, someone puts together a request that goes to IT, right? it won't be IT that approved the webcam capability on the hardware.


more than 3 years ago

IE Market Share Falls To Historic Low

ed.han re: tired of IE's BS (472 comments)

thank you, kyrio, for the opera love. i use opera in preference to everything else b/c it opens faster than everything else.


more than 3 years ago

Dell To Leave China For India

ed.han Re:It's a lose lose (352 comments)

because the plight of the american worker is the only metric by which one should evaluate anything?

about 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

ed.han re: oh, no... (1343 comments)

that the canadians generally use british english rather than american english was, i thought, fairly well understood. there's a plethora of (in american english) unnecessary "u"s (e.g., colour vs. color).

more than 4 years ago

Does Personalized News Lead To Ignorance?

ed.han re:new should not be tailored to consumers (396 comments)

while philosophically i agree with this, i believe the "objective reporting" for which you are yearning has gone the way of the dodo.


more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

ed.han re: misread? (507 comments)

how much more fun would the poll results have been if "ACs" and "goatse guy" were options? :>


more than 4 years ago

Prison Bans D&D For Mimicking Gang Structure

ed.han re: should they be playing games in prison anyway? (496 comments)

i don't believe the issue is constitutionality so much as fear of the precedent this would create from the crummy logic being employed here.

irrespective of whether you feel that prisoners should be miserable in prison, the idea that any kind of hierarchical structure, no matter how innocuous, could theoretically lead to gang activity--which relationship the state is unable to demonstrate, incidentally--is extraordinarily broad. the volokh blog specifically skewers that thinking: should pick-up football games be banned b/c one inmate is the QB and he provides instruction to the other players of his team? couldn't that hierarchhical structure also theoretically lead to gang activity under the state's logic?


more than 4 years ago

Rudolph the Cadmium-Nosed Reindeer

ed.han re:regulators! (454 comments)

hold on just a minute.

i used to work in a business where china-based production is very common--apparel. sure, the china-side manufacturers made the products--but remember that these guys are filling orders placed by US-side customers. if the US-side customer isn't inspecting the material composition at an independent, third party lab, that's their failure for accepting it.

there are 2 reasons why a customer should always confirm the material composition in this way: 1) to make sure the manufacturer isn't substituting substandard (read: less expensive) components, and 2) to prevent legal liability.

this clearly wasn't done in several cases, and by some fairly big customers: wal-mart and disney. it's a fairly elementary part of any outsourced production.

so however this happened, consumer ire should land squarely on the customers. at the end of the day, they're the ones who paid to import those goods. being angry at the chinese manufacturers is rather a lot like being ticked off at the mob enforcer, not the capo.

more than 4 years ago

Korean Bank Dumps Unix Boxen for Mainframes

ed.han you know... (1 comments)

in the past year that i've been unemployed, i've gotten to know several mainframe developers who are also in transition. i wonder how many of them are familiar with korean?

more than 4 years ago

Man Challenges 250,000 Strong Botnet and Succeeds

ed.han re:command & control (206 comments)

you know, while it's certainly self-serving, it's also useful to know because with evidence that at least one sysadmin is going on the offensive and has gotten results, the idea may gain mindshare elsewhere. to me, that prospect ameliorates my misgivings re: the self-serving part of the announcement.

more than 4 years ago

Man Challenges 250,000 Strong Botnet and Succeeds

ed.han re:PR "stuff" from fireeye (206 comments)

strictly speaking, to be a lie, doesn't that require the speaker be aware that the statement is factually incorrect? untrue lie.

more than 4 years ago

Surfacescapes D&D Demo

ed.han re: awesome potential (162 comments)

don't you think that this would represent a pretty significant financial investment?

more than 4 years ago

We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

ed.han re: liar (431 comments)

on slashdot, you get feedback within minutes - and it's unvarnished feedback, too. very quickly you learn how many ways people can misunderstand what you're saying, and how your foes intentionally misinterpret what you write. and you learn that long-winded writing tends to be ignored completely.

wait a minute: are you saying that a more effective spell and grammar check than MS word is snark?

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says, "We'll Charge For All Our Sites"

ed.han re: bye, bye (881 comments)

actually: you are artificially--and incorrectly--limiting the scope of news corp's holdings to print journalism, when that's far true. ever heard of a small media outlet known as fox"news"? which, incidentally, has its own website? :>

more than 4 years ago



firefly to be developed as MMORPG?

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ed.han (444783) writes "according to samurai gunslinger, multiverse network has optioned the rights to develop a firefly -based MMORPG.

now, as a browncoat myself, i'm generally happy to see things expand the commercial viability of firefly, but i don't see any way in the 'verse that the show's ethos of "independents against a vastly numerically/technologically superior enemy" can possibly even exist in a MMORPG."

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more w/ the getting over myself

ed.han ed.han writes  |  about 10 years ago



still getting over myself

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

i was pretty fond of these comment so i'm hanging on to it:





saving old comments

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

you know, i just wanted to hang on to the link to the one comment i've made here and really really liked. i'm still taking lessons on getting over myself. :>



karma is a funny thing

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

i'm astonished at just how much my karma has vacillated over the past 48 hours: from good to excellent and back again, as moderators mod 1 post up and down. it's funny.



and the companion to the +5 mod post journal entry...

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

i've now had my first comment modded to 0: offtopic.

woo-hoo! i think i've finally experienced the full range of slashdot commenting...


babelfish rant

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

OK, i've used babelfish from time to time in the past and it's always been serviceable. but my word...

i work in a small NYC-based office, largely staffed by koreans, who exchange e-mail w/ the parent office in seoul. not being fully conversant in korean, i thought i might be able to rely on the fish to see me through.

i mean, i can see that it's plainly one of the options, to translate from korean into english.

so i pop in the text of an e-mail, and wham! instant aphasic rambling. i mean, it's worse than useless. gah!

[starts to pull hair out in frustration, then reconsiders upon seeing reflection of hairline.]



first comment modded to 5!

ed.han ed.han writes  |  more than 10 years ago

well, this is interesting: for the first time since i've been posting here, i've had a comment moderated to +5.

this is new enough to me that it's neat. :>

of course, having said that, i'm sure someone will mod me down...


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