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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

erroneus Re:What? (200 comments)

What the ISPs are ACTUALLY afraid of is popular businesses like NetFlix doing what many other content providers have done when presented with higher costs of market participation have done. They simply stop providing content and let their consumers influence the carriers. It's the content providers who provide value to the carriers, not the other way around. And that fact becomes exceedingly clear when content providers push back by pulling out and fans/consumers get upset.

Can you imagine what would happen to even the most powerful ISP if NetFlix refused to send packets to endpoints controlled by such an ISP? Where do you think the consumer outrage would be focused? On NetFlix or the carrier? History suggests the outrage goes to the carrier who threatens and charges the content providers for the priviledge of connecting with consumers.

5 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

erroneus Re:Good point (394 comments)

Adblock doesn't block youtube videos. They are the ONE advertising seller that "gets it." All other ad sellers do not trust the content providers to host or to count the hits on the ads. So Adblock is effective. But then again, Youtube is an ad seller AND a content provider, so the trust is within itself. Heaven help us when content providers are trusted by ad sellers.

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

erroneus Re:You dorks (394 comments)

Ads and marketing in general have evolved from simple, respectful "hey, try this! It's good" into manipulative nonsense. Few people can see through it and the result has been devastating to them. It has shaped and certainly harmed the culture of the US and even results in violence in some extreme cases where people want things so badly they hurt and kill each other to get it. Though most will disagree exactly when things have gone "too far" few will disagree that they have.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

erroneus Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

This is very true as people shop at Walmart, not because of the amazing people that visit there, but because they can get a lot of stuff cheaper. I won't complain about that.

What I will complain about is the outrage expressed by Microsoft sucking at the teat of government because they want to bring said cheap labor into this country while telling lies to the people and that same government. This is NOT a free market while these kinds of things are going on.

But if this senator is really upset, I wonder how much attention he will pay to various appropriations when it comes to alternatives to Microsoft?

This is all just a lot of saying what people want to hear and then doing nothing about it.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

erroneus Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

Sorry, I forgot the sarcasm tags in my comments.

Actually, I believe we need to scale back on consumerism and get back to some old ideas about life like not using more than you need. Living in excess, showing off, "bling" and "Hummers" (that aren't even real Humvees) and useless crap like that has to go. It's possible to be comfortable and efficient. To me, that's "real performance."

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

erroneus Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

But "new things." How can we improve without "new things"?

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

erroneus Re:One catch: the starting point (710 comments)

That's a fair observation. I don't care about the climate -- it's a lie anyway. What I care about is saving money. Just about all of my bulbs produce less heat now. I do a lot of things like that now and have been for a long time. I don't do it for anyone but myself though. I bought an efficient car so I don't have to spend as much on gasoline. I did it for the money. If some pollster asked me if I care about the environment and what I am doing to help it, I would be disqualified immediately because I would say "No, I don't care about the environment, I care about my money." No one wants to hear that though. What they want is more people to join the armies of brainless "we care" socialists to support more initiatives that harm their own interests. I just love how many black people are still supporting Obama despite the fact that they are worse off under his policies and executive orders and especially now with the flood of UACs he has orchestrated. Morons.

It amazes me what actually works on people. The media says "good people do this. are you a good person?" And they fall for it each and every time. "good people don't own guns. do you own guns?" And no one is a peace-loving, person of the cloth any more... now they are characterized as "bible-thumping haters." How are people not dizzy from all of that spin? No, only Islam is a religion of peace any longer... that one founded by a warlord?

And people don't even have to understand the little details. All they have to see is what's not working and that's pretty plain for all to see.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

erroneus How obvious does the news have to be? (710 comments)

People who advocate giving money to "the poor" and "disadvantaged" do not give their own to the poor and disadvantged -- they just get other people to do it. Just like the people who are pushing the UACs all over the US. Are they inviting these children into THEIR gated communities? No. "It's the right thing [for other people] to do."

When will people just open their eyes? Radical socialist nations got that way under the leadership of and influence of famously rich and exploitative people who united people under the promise of equality and utopia and are somehow suprised when their government takes away their freedom and points guns at them all the time. How many nations ended up like this? And we want that here too? Really?

You know what makes people save energy? High energy bills. We don't have "high" energy bills in areas where the government supplements [corporate welfare] energy companies. All these "capitalists" are amazingly non-capitalist.

Look on either side. Nobody does or means what they say.

And I still can't believe that people still don't know what was really behind the Hobby Lobby issue. Maybe you heard it from me first, but it has been out there for quite some time. But it turns out that such exemptions already existed but previously just for non-profits. And in those cases, under Obamacare, those birth control benefits (keeping in mind that birth control means abortive measures, not prevention measures) are STILL covered but are required to be paid for by INSURANCE COMPANIES. This battle was never about whether or not for-profit conpanies can have moral objections to anything. It is about insurance companies not wanting to keep their end of the bargain they wrote for themselves. They are making windfall profits on this and they don't want to give any of it back.

Okay going a bit off-topic but I don't care. Things are getting increasingly stupid and the media is pushing out increasingly obvious and blatant lies. I just wonder at what point the common drones out there will begin to notice.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

erroneus There are better than Apple's (129 comments)

Why do they mention that and fail to mention devices which present even higher density displays? My Nexus 5 has 445ppi display density.

I find it annoying that despite the existence of common devices which are "better" that the "best" is still considered to be Apple's. Nothing like product endorsement which wasn't [likely] even paid for. At the very least, they should have included the trademark sign to indicate they were making a commercial reference in their endorsement. (They did, at least capitalize "retina" in retina display... that's not quite the same thing and kind of makes it worse.)

about two weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

erroneus Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

Yes and this emergency law is there to legitimize what they are already doing in advance of legal battles.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

erroneus Started messing with is last night (125 comments)

I am very interested in graduating beyond CentOS 6.x. The GNOME2 thing annoys me where compatibility with GIMP is concerned. A few other issues in its lacking up-to-date-edness as well. And I know that's the point of RHEL/CentOS so I have remained somewhat comfortable with it. But Damn that GNOME/GTK/GIMP issue. One or more of those people should work this out because the problem, while presently not applicable under CentOS7, it has the potential to return as their practices and philosophy haven't changed and that's what caused the problems in the first place.

I am reminded as to why I wanted to avoid GNOME3 in the first place. Way too much mouse movement involved there. (Touchpad users especially annoyed) and the GNOME Shell plugins thing? I haven't gotten into that, but early on, the way things worked plugins didn't work well with one another. Cobbling an ideal system for me required a lot of hackery. Plus, it required a lot more manual intervention. I see there is a plugin panel type thing so maybe they have worked that out now.... I hope.

Still, I want MATE. I added EPEL this morning, and got MATE installed. I will also want Compiz going but ran out of time this morning. The "Software" app (I liked Yumex... I want it back... another thing I want) but whatever is missing in the repo data, I see "Mate Desktop" as a category, but there is nothing in it. Going to the repo view, I can select packages. The app resolves dependencies but doesn't warn/advise me as to what it includes when resolving.

That's what I've got for now... I'm liking it basically.

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

erroneus Re:This and more (88 comments)

Do you think gun injuries are massive? By that definition, people being struck by lightning and winning lotteries are absolutely out of control and in epidemic rates.

Lumping car related injuries and fatalities in with guns is a wonderful way to create your hyperbole argument, but I would invite you to visit a shooting range some time. I think so far, without fail, once people actually use guns, they get a better impression of them and simply gain a better perspective on things.

We live in a dangerous world. No doubt about it. And we cannot make it un-dangerous no matter how we try. If we rid ourselves of all technology and live as animals live, we would STILL have dangers. It's time we stop denying that technology serves us, but in much the same way that "time-saving kitchen gadgets" don't really save [much] time, other tech has its costs as well.

And seriously, the right to enjoy the fun of shooting as well as the fighting chance to defend one's self? It's written into law. Why do we have to keep having the discussion? My advice to you and all gun-fearing people out there? Get a gun. You're a good person. Learn to use it well and wisely. Your fears will decline and we'll all be safer for it.

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

erroneus Re:This and more (88 comments)

I think you will find that the permission of the site location's management will likely be required as well to run this equipment as it becomes more common. I find the tech to be "cool" until you realize that it's all rather noisy. So it becomes not only a danger issue (and it's not like there isn't already danger associated with skiiing or any of the other activities likely to be focus of these drones) but one which is a nuissance to others.

This all speaks of the problems of enjoying and living in the moment and of that moment being missed due to "recording the moment." The moments are tainted by the added equipment. If it's not a person who lives the tainted moments behind a lens or LCD panel, then it's the moment being tainted by loud noises generated by the machinery to automate the process.

Adding a "leash" to the devices is interesting but I cannot imagine these devices responding fast enough that they won't get tugged like a child's helium balloon at every turn.

I suppose if they could get rid of the noise problem, I would find the tech more interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

erroneus I'm awaiting model "i" (247 comments)

I would be "inexpensive." I know we're a way from that at the moment. But while we note that progress is being made and at the same time, the slow (!) march in progress of more affordable, inexpensive, mass-produced solar and other at-hand, non-centralized power continues, I always feel we're on the cusp of a major paradigm shift. Still... we're beyond the year 2000, no flying cars and no serious advancement since the 80s really. I may be dead before real change is allowed to occur.

about a month ago
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How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place?

erroneus Re:How? (109 comments)

Coming from AC, I find that to be only a little ironic.

about a month ago
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How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place?

erroneus Re:How? (109 comments)

Worse than that. It's blind faith in circular belief in truth. You get just enough people saying it and it becomes "a number of people" and suddenly a critical mass of people are making or supporting the claim and it becomes "truth." This is a general understanding of how lies become truth all over. Such common lies are "god" and "global warming." Deny either of those (among others) and you will be attacked politically. Observe as I get modded down because I dared mention god or global warming as lies.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

erroneus Too little too late? (178 comments)

1. Government shouldn't use anything proprietary and the US should follow its own rules (AMD exists because gov't rules requirements, why not Microsoft compatible-competitors?)
2. Vendor lock-in always leads to over-pricing and government waste (also, see #1)
3. Microsoft did a deal with the devil (US Government) and now wants to regain trust. Sorry Microsoft. Not going to work.

And did anyone miss the work facebook has been doing with government? Holy crap. Not only is their censorship completely to the left, they are conducting psych experiments at the request of the US government. I personally avoid the social networking sites and [almost] always have.

(I have used LinkedIn due in no small part to my previous employer reducing its staff by over 90% Oh yeah, now I can talk about it too! Turns out the Fukushima incident and subsequent lies, deception, inaccuracies and omissions run pretty deep and even found its way to my former employer, a Mitsubishi company. Anyway, LinkedIn... i was checking that from my mobile device and it made mobile pages unusable through CSS and insisted I use an app. I loaded the app and agreed to whatever and the next thing I knew LinkedIn grabbed my whole addressbook and pulled it into their servers. I can't say whether they used the data to spam others, but I can say they used it to "suggest links" to my profile. That's pretty dirty and disgusting.)

Trust is a difficult thing these days... a fragile thing. And I hope companies everywhere, large and small, learn that lesson. They can learn the hard way or they can be good and decent people asking themselves "would I want someone doing this to me?!" (Just like government gun confiscation -- the answer is NO. The government wouldn't allow the citizens to take their guns, so why should the citizens allow government to take theirs?) Of course, too few people care about golden rules of morality because the world is run by psychopaths. Psychopaths think they can just buy trust. That may have been true, but the pendulum has reached its furthest point and is about to swing back the other way. Microsoft and others are only now figuring that out.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

erroneus Re:Government without accountability is tyranny (534 comments)

Yes we all know what is going on. It's not a secret and hasn't been for a long while. Many people prefer not to talk about it but it's been going on. "No more hesitation" targets depicting people in bathrobes in their homes as targets. This is something they asked for and some company sold. Now they say they stopped selling them. But word has it, they simply created a new entity that sells that stuff exclusively and does not deal with any public at all.

And as others point out, one person in his home, or even a handful of people in their homes cannot hope to hold off these people. I don't expect it to either. But look what happened to the BATF after Waco. Completely neutered for a while until recently.

The best answer for now is people to keep talking about it. Talking is working to some degree. Those people out there saying "wait and see before you take action" are forgetting what has happened already and what is happening now. We can all face them down together or let fear paralyze the nation. People who use fear to get their way are terrorists. If you're afraid of your government and their enforcers, and if you're afraid to even talk about it? Guess who the terrorists actually are.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

erroneus Re:Wait, what? (534 comments)

They aren't asking for it. They have taken and assumed it.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

erroneus Government without accountability is tyranny (534 comments)

It's that simple. If they are not properly commissioned law enforcement officers then they are impersonating police and it is perfectly okay to answer deadly force with deadly force especially when they break into your home.

about a month ago

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A Weekend at Bernie-san's!

erroneus erroneus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "This JapanToday story tells: A 17-year-old girl who has remained in a coma for over four years left Fukushima Prefecture for Osaka Wednesday on a school trip with her fellow classmates. She suffered head injuries during judo practice at her junior high school in 2003 and is now receiving home healthcare. This is the first time for her to fly on an airplane as she was not able to join her school trip during her junior high school years, said her mother."
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Recent British terror! Reconsideration H1-B rules?

erroneus erroneus writes  |  about 7 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "Listening to the news on the radio, I heard one thing that the terror suspects in the most recent threats in the UK have in common is they are all medical professionals from outside of the country. It is said, since the security screening for professionals entering their country is less intensive than for less critical professionals, that this was the means by which these suspected terror participants slipped through screening. (The investigative bodies are still trying to learn if the threats were organized prior to entry or recruited after entry to the UK.)

This made me think about current practices in the US. H1-B and similar programs are ab/used quite regularly by many companies operating in the US. Now, without going into whether this is good, bad or indifferent (we all have thoughts, ideas and opinions on the topic) it would be interesting to know how much background checking is actually done by the US immigration people prior to admitting them into the US and if the depth of screening differs for other forms of immigration to the US. I'm going to guess very little at this point but would be interested to hear corrections if I am wrong.

Whatever the case, it would seem that security checks should not be relaxed regardless of a person's skill-set or the urgency or critical nature of their need. As illustrated in the UK, even doctors could serve as a critical threat to a nation's security. So regardless of whether or not you have leanings for or against the present use or abuse of H1-B and similar programs, I think we should look to see some changes in how it's to be done."
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erroneus erroneus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "As I was catching up on some reading in my company's "library stall" I had selected this article in CIO magazine. It's doubtful that many will find too much in there that might surprise a typical slashdot reader, but that's not the value in this one I think. This experiment's summary gives one CIO's impressions on the current state of desktop operating systems. We know how things have been. We know a bit of how they are. In a comparison among WinXP, MacOSX and Linux (RHEL and FC), we can get a glimpse of what a real decision-maker sees in the present and maybe extrapolate some near-future possibilities. Further, we can get yet another reminder of where Linux development is lacking and consequently where development should be focused if anyone were interested in seeing Linux displace Windows."

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