top CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress
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.
top Convicted Spammer Jeffrey Kilbride Flees Prison
I love it when spamming scum does something extraordinarily stupid. Good luck getting into a minimum security prison after this little stunt.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
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,
top Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million
Yes, it is impossible to figure out which patents your software is infringing. The article I linked explains a few reasons why.
top Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer
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 a year and a half ago
top EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents
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.
top Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments
I'm just waiting for my ironymeter to jump to 11 when the US Government condemns the spying.
top Entry-Level NAS Storage Servers Compared
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.
top Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?
He was using the Consumerist article as an example, not a description of what happened to him.
top Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected
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...
top Jaron Lanier Rants Against the World of Web 2.0
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.
top Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service
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.
top SETI@home Project Responds To School Firing
You haven't followed New York State politics. They're not interested in solving problems for their constituents or saving tax-payer money.
top Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
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.
top Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?
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.
top Who Wants To Be a Billionaire Coder?
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.
top Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice
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.
top Parents Baffled By Science Questions
top EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On
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.
top Recovery.gov To Get $18 Million Redesign
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.
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