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New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

fuzzybunny Re:Next thing you know... (372 comments)

There is a lot of stupidity in that article, e.g. the mention of the fact that the buses' schedules are withheld from the public.

Yeah, so what? We also don't publish the schedules of our corporate shuttles, or our internal IP addressing schemes, or whatnot. Why should we?

And I love the idea that there was never a society with different socioeconomic tiers in it. That cozy egalitarian middle-class wonderland from the 1970s that he describes ignores the fact that there was plenty of poverty and shitty schools elsewhere in the US.

1 year,11 days
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Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

fuzzybunny Since when has Shakespeare been boring??? (338 comments)

Misleading headline aside, Shakespeare is hilarious.

Violence, sex, creative insults galore, betrayal, incest, murder, sword fights, pork sword fights, ghosts, and more invented words than you can shake a pork sword at.

It is awesome and even suggesting that the short attention span squad deserves being pandered to is borderline criminal.

1 year,12 days
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New York's Financial Regulator Subpoenas Bitcoin Companies

fuzzybunny Re:For the love of crypto (259 comments)

Otherwise I could say that, say, volcanic rocks are a form of currency and could go on exchanging rocks with other people as if it were currency... which needless to say, wouldn't be a good thing.

Out of curiosity, why not?

This is nothing more than barter.

1 year,13 days
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Russia Today: Vladimir Putin's Weapon In 'The War of Images'

fuzzybunny Re:IN SOVIET RUSSIA . . . !! (254 comments)

Most American mainstream media is shit.

RT is shit and propaganda.

They are not mutually exclusive.

1 year,13 days
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Photocopying Michelle Obama's Diary, Just In Case

fuzzybunny Re:Analogy needs one fix (218 comments)

And also, if you were to use a secret code to make sure nobody could read it, it would mean you're probably a traitor and we should read it anyway.

1 year,13 days
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Schneier: The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet

fuzzybunny Re:We can't win without eliminating FISA. (413 comments)

And yet, the UK has one of the world's highest densities of CCTV cameras, a capital police force that is one of the most aggressive in Western countries when it comes to hounding photographers, government-mandated Internet filtering, and is no slouch when it comes to excessive surveillance and implementing the worst the Americans could come up with.

Sanctimony from the British is pretty misplaced.

1 year,13 days
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US IT Worker Files Hiring Lawsuit Against Infosys, Class Action Proposed

fuzzybunny Re: H1 Visa applicants are less expensive (684 comments)

Senior IT manager here. It's not just in America.

The problem is that most managers don't give a shit. They are under enormous cost pressure, and standing up for principles and employees costs time and energy, especially when you're being given a hard time by your upper management.

Most of the time, they're not around for long enough to suffer the long-term consequences of creating a million monkey club.

Even worse, usually it's based on false cost models - the same sort of crap that leads you to hire (more expensive) external people rather than salaried staff because they're "variable cost". Budgeting for external suppliers often does not include additional costs for facilities, travel, management overhead, training, etc., as well as the intangible aspects of a body shop simply providing you with the cheapest shittiest junior guy they can get away with - and then refusing to do anything but the work that's exactly laid out in the contract (and badly at that).

I've run into this situation myself a number of times and it is morale-crushing.

1 year,21 days
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Russia Proposes Banning Foul Language On the Internet

fuzzybunny Go Putin Yourself (239 comments)

You can just go Yelena your Mizulina, you filthy Vitaly Milonov.

1 year,27 days
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

fuzzybunny Re:Mass Drivers as Alternatives? (438 comments)

Mass drivers do not propose to shoot a bullet into space - they are conceived as a launch assist mechanism. You still need propellant, just a whole lot less of it.

This is similar to the idea of using catapults to launch civilian aircraft (sorry for treehugger link, original Economist article is down).

1 year,27 days
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Judge Rules In Favor of Volkswagen and Silences Scientist

fuzzybunny Re:If hacking is outlawed (254 comments)

Actually the whole idea behind Volkswagen was that it was "der Volkswagen", or "the people's car", i.e. the original beetle. It was the Nazis' plan to provide a car to everyone who saved 5 Reichsmark per week but in the end, only 630 were built before and during WWII and went to either Nazi functionaries or the German armed forces. Also known as the "KdF-Wagen", for "Kraft durch Freude", the Nazi fun-and-games social program.

Hardly a people's car.

1 year,27 days
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

fuzzybunny Mass Drivers as Alternatives? (438 comments)

Out of curiosity, why aren't mass drivers feasible for this sort of thing? You could build one up a mountainside near the equator - something like Mt. Chimborazo (6200+ meters) and drastically reduce the amount of fuel needed to get anything into space. By making the thing several kilometers long, you'd also massively lower the material strains on any craft (you probably still couldn't send humans up, but you'd have far less limits on how sensitive your cargo could be.)

The slingshot sounds like an extremely limited tool - you'd still need a high degree of complexity for things like guidance systems and engines, because of drag you probably couldn't launch anything right into space without at least a partial boost. A mass driver would only get your cargo up to equivalent speeds once it got to the "muzzle", which would ideally be located at very high altitudes with thin air...

1 year,28 days
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

fuzzybunny Re:Already happening (867 comments)

The issue most people have is not with the idea of consolidated mail boxes in principle (although there are legitimate logistical issues - vandalism, distance, weather, and mobility of certain mail recipients for example.)

The outrage stems from the fact that the USPS should be capable of continuing home delivery, but is not able to due to incompetent funding restrictions placed on it by Congress.

about a year ago
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Jimmy Carter Calls Snowden Leak Ultimately "Beneficial"

fuzzybunny Re:+5 Insightful for (424 comments)

It should also be mentioned that most of those issues were caused by factors beyond the control of Carter and his administration (eg. the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis had their roots in the 1956 Iranian coup, stagflation was a global phenomenon which in the US was largely the result of the Nixon shock).

Then there's the whole October Surprise topic; even without going into wingnut conspiracy mode, there's some things in there to make anyone go "hmm".

Arguably, Carter ushered in a lot of improvements - Camp David, the departments of energy and education, a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviets despite massive cold war tensions.

And last but not least, I can't see anyone arguing about the fact that the guy has (and had) integrity - which is saying a lot in a President.

about a year ago
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Citing Snowden Leaks, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet

fuzzybunny Re:UN is not the governmemt, its the planet. (275 comments)

Why do americans get so paranoid that letting the world itself control the worlds telecommunications network, instead of the spooky us government is a somehow a threat to freedom.

It's not just Americans (I'm not), and it's not "the world itself" that we're worrying about controlling the Internet.

What we're worried about is undemocratic, opaque bodies that would do an ever worse job than the US. The US is a decidedly less worse controller of the Internet than the UN or any of its arms.

It SHOULD be controlled by a democracy of the world, not Obama and the NSA.

I absolutely disagree.

First, a democracy consisting to a large degree of undemocratic participants is not a democracy.

Second, no, a medium that relies on the free exchange of information should NOT be controlled by a democracy, which is as subject to the polemic whims of a tyranny of the masses as a totalitarian system is subject to the dogma of its ruling elite. It should, in fact, be structured in such a way that nobody controls the whole thing, period.

Fully distributed root servers would be a good start.

about a year ago
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In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

fuzzybunny Re:Doing it the hard way (280 comments)

A water gun full of cyanide, mycotoxin, liquefied vegemite, whatever horrible stuff you can think of, is good for more than one shot.

about a year ago
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The Plight of Star Wars Droids

fuzzybunny Re:Characters are created to suffer (245 comments)

They didn't make Carrie Fisher put on the Leia costume

You've seen Carrie Fisher lately, right?

about a year ago
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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

fuzzybunny Re:Defeated in one... (467 comments)

You're assuming there will be only one pirate. If I were to make an ebook available, under the parent poster's idea I'd check to see whether there are others out there already, and then run the diff.

about a year ago
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FCC Issues Forfeiture Notices to Two Business for Jamming Cellular Frequencies

fuzzybunny Re:It should be legal (350 comments)

Display a prominent notice saying "we block cell phone service". The same as how facilities in Europe that use CCTV cameras must display a notice. Problem solved.

about a year ago
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Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

fuzzybunny Re:Fanboy attack (387 comments)

Every end-user computing product on the market today borrowed significantly from earlier innovators, who in turn often borrowed heavily from others before them.

My point about Apple is that they were not technologically revolutionary, but were the first to truly crack the mass market. And yes, I include Palm in this - I was a long term Palm user, starting with the Palm Pro - the Nokia Communicator, the Newton, and many others. The iPad is important because it's essentially commoditized the tablet.

There'll be other, better products and manufacturers. Android's a start. So is Surface, so is BB10. Their and iPad's successors will, however, be accepted because of the massive appeal of iPad. That's all.

about a year ago

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Huge Headhunting Firm Steals Blogger's Job Concept

fuzzybunny fuzzybunny writes  |  about a year ago

fuzzybunny (112938) writes "Turner Barr has been traveling the world for several years, taking various jobs and documenting the process of working abroad in a large number of countries. Recently, he discovered

that {his} entire brand, image and web personality was swiped for use in a marketing campaign by some massive multi-billion dollar a year company, without ever being asked for permission or acknowledged. The video for their marketing campaign was particularly creepy for {him}, as even {his} age and personality didn’t escape the level of detail spent on creating this doppelganger (they used a paid actor of course).

A low move, but par for the course?"
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fuzzybunny fuzzybunny writes  |  about 8 years ago

fuzzybunny writes "The BBC reports that the IAU's controversial Prague vote on demoting Pluto from planet status was irregular. "There were 2,700 astronomers in Prague during that 10-day period. But only 10% of them voted this afternoon. Those who disagreed and were determined to block the other resolution showed up in larger numbers than those who felt 'oh well, this is just one of those things the IAU is working on'.""
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fuzzybunny fuzzybunny writes  |  about 8 years ago

fuzzybunny writes "The IAU has voted to strip Pluto of its status as a planet. More on BBC. Ceres, Charon and 2003 UB313 were also not accepted as planets at the meeting in Prague."

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