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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

gorbachev Re:This might be the one thing that gets Congress (266 comments)

This is always the case. They are completely incapable of seeing things from their constituents' point of view (unless of course there's money or votes to be made by doing so), which for an elected official is pretty tragic.

This is also why the only way we get any changes in gun legislation is if someone shoots one of their kids.

The Germans must've also been quite happy with the difference of the reaction of NSA spying on German citizens vs. their Chancellor.

about 6 months ago

Convicted Spammer Jeffrey Kilbride Flees Prison

gorbachev Loving it (233 comments)

I love it when spamming scum does something extraordinarily stupid. Good luck getting into a minimum security prison after this little stunt.

1 year,27 days

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

gorbachev Re:You are barking at the wrong tree (383 comments)

That assumes the CEO/company understands the difference between an "airline pilot" and a "taxi driver".

Some companies for which technology is not a core competency don't really know,

about a year ago

Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

gorbachev Re:Is it possible that patents are an undue burden (324 comments)


Yes, it is impossible to figure out which patents your software is infringing. The article I linked explains a few reasons why.

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

gorbachev Who cares (786 comments)

This would've been a more interesting article, if it discussed the merits or lack thereof, of the RedHat change in the Linux kernel.

The "drama" the article discusses is of no value to anyone, but the likes of Nerd TMZ (if there was such a thing).

Can we please stop posting articles such as these? And if someone does post one, can we NOT promote them onto the front page?

about 2 years ago

EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

gorbachev Offshore developers will love this (130 comments)

I expect a tremendous boom in offshoring development work as a result.

Every patent troll is going to contract the cheapest possible software development team to implement working code for their idiotic patents.

This is not the right solution to the problem.

Limiting the duration of software patents would be a better one, if abolishing them entirely isn't on the table.

about 2 years ago

Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

gorbachev How long until US condemns (582 comments)

I'm just waiting for my ironymeter to jump to 11 when the US Government condemns the spying.

about 3 years ago

Entry-Level NAS Storage Servers Compared

gorbachev Re:unRAID (182 comments)

Big fan of unRAID as well.

I set up a box for home this summer. 20-drive max capacity, currently running on 6.

The extensibility of the system was the biggest selling point for me.

more than 3 years ago

Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?

gorbachev Re:Uhhh (543 comments)

He was using the Consumerist article as an example, not a description of what happened to him.

Poor summary.

more than 3 years ago

Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected

gorbachev Re:I was bullied constantly until... (938 comments)

That's all fine and dandy until someone loses an eye.

I read some accounts of kids being bullied these days, and their situation was pretty desperate because the bullies were members of gangs. Any violence in self defense (or otherwise) would be responded by a beating by one or more of the other bullies in the gang.

Try fighting that...

more than 4 years ago

Jaron Lanier Rants Against the World of Web 2.0

gorbachev Copying not just for copying's sake (231 comments)

I really don't understand his argument.

The "machines" aren't scanning/copying/rehashing the messages just because they can. They're doing it with to expose the content to as many people as possible. Without content aggregators and search engines the majority of online content would have only a fraction of consumers they have now.

I also think it's naive to expect every single person out there to consume content the same way or the way he thinks is The Right Way. I consume information in multiple ways. Some I read very carefully word for word, and check references and related information. Some I glance through quickly. For some I only read the summary. Same for all types of content. I don't think I'm unique in any way the way I consume content.

about 5 years ago

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service

gorbachev Re: No recourse is a problem (254 comments)

I think most reasonable people would agree with what you said.

I'm a heavy Xbox 360 user. I haven't been banned from XBL, because I don't go out of my way to break the TOS. I have been banned (for two weeks...once) from xbox.com, for posting something some unnamed moderator didn't like. A few of my friends have been (temporarily) banned from XBL for things like having "FFTW" in their motto.

In all cases it was impossible to get the exact reason for the ban. When I was banned from xbox.com I couldn't even send a private message to the moderators asking about why I was banned, because the ban removed my ability to PM the moderators. In all cases the bans were handed out anonymously, with no information about how to escalate if you felt you were banned erroneously. People were basically left guessing as to why they were banned with no way to find out what the reason really was. This is consistent across the board with Microsoft.

If I don't know why I was banned, how am I supposed to correct my behavior? Not knowing also often leads to all kinds of unhealthy speculation, paranoia and conspiracy theories.

Why can't Microsoft just tell people? They have all the information about why they banned someone after all.

more than 5 years ago

SETI@home Project Responds To School Firing

gorbachev Re:Ignorance in the comments from the Superintende (295 comments)

You haven't followed New York State politics. They're not interested in solving problems for their constituents or saving tax-payer money.

more than 5 years ago

Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards

gorbachev Re:How very ironic... (197 comments)

There was a discussion on this on Slashdot already.

The contract is NOT expensive, if you look at the requirements, which are (or were) publicly available on the Government's contracting job bank.

In fact, if you looked at the requirements, and have any experience in system integration work, you'd have felt pity for whoever schmuck ended up doing the work for this one. It was preconditioned to fail.

It does seem, though, that the contractor made a best effort to screw it up on their own with the non-compliant implementation. If the Government requires them to fix it, I'm pretty sure the contractor won't actually make any profit out of the project.

more than 5 years ago

Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

gorbachev Make it public (454 comments)

This retailer is seriously screwing its customers by hiding problems in product it sells. I would absolutely avoid shopping with the retailer if I knew who it was.

Consumerist.com, owned by Consumer Reports, is doing a pretty good job exposing anti-consumer behavior by companies. I would tip them off about this.

more than 5 years ago

Who Wants To Be a Billionaire Coder?

gorbachev Absolutely (318 comments)

So if you didn't have to work â" and had more money than George Lucas and Steven Spielberg â" would you be like Sall and continue to program?

Yes, I would.

I would work on all the projects I don't have time for between 10-hour workdays and 24-hour take-care-of-the-children-make-sure-wife-is-happy life.

I would be busier than ever. And I would love every minute of it.

more than 5 years ago

Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice

gorbachev Re:Apple Admits It, Sort Of (304 comments)

While Apple is "pondering", the GV Mobile developer went ahead and released the app in Cydia.

That is a violation of the iPhone developer program.

It's gonna be very interesting, if Apple lets GV Mobile back to the app store.

more than 5 years ago

EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On

gorbachev Re:What's the big deal? This is a business... (334 comments)

I think the bigger issue is what this is going to do to the sales of EMI artists, whose fans are not the Walmart shopping kind.

I would expect some of their artists be VERY unhappy about this move...to the point that I would expect a few of them break their contracts over this. Assuming EMI doesn't concentrate entirely on the Britney Spears mass market type of music.

more than 5 years ago

Recovery.gov To Get $18 Million Redesign

gorbachev Read the RFP (434 comments)


The Federal Business Opportunities website listed this opportunity a few weeks ago (could've been up longer than that, who knows).

It's not "just a website". It's a bit of a cluster**** in terms of number of data sources, what they expect to do with the data, etc.

I've done my time (never again!) with sorting through data from various data sources and while the actual programming part is *usually* not that difficult (assuming the data is not too badly malformed), but there are so many problems with processes, dealing with crap data, exceptions, etc. that if I were bidding for this work, I'd inflate my estimates quite a bit, too.

more than 5 years ago



San Diego GOP chairman ran a piracy group

gorbachev gorbachev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gorbachev (512743) writes "The Raw Story exposes the San Diego GOP chairman, Tom Krvavic, as one of the founders of Fairlight, one of the big piracy group from the late 80s and early 90s. According to the Raw Story he founded the group in Sweden back in 1987, then immigrated to the US on a H1-B visa in 1992, formed the US "chapter" of Fairlight, which was called Fairlight PC. He stepped away from the group in 1997, according to him, but has continued to use his fairlight.com Email address as his contact address to this day. In 2004 several members of Fairlight were arrested by one of the international piracy busts. Krvavic remains unapologetic about his (alleged) criminal past and is accusing anti-republican interests of a hit job."


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