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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

idontgno Re:People should leave. They Don't. (221 comments)

Perhaps it was habit? Perhaps it was that the gas was 5cents cheaper a gallon?

A nickle a gallon? I'd buy gasoline made from pressed baby kitties and the condensed death agonies of the last endangered whales on earth for a 5 cents a gallon less than the local competitors.

I guess that makes me part of the problem.

And, of course, as other responders have pointed out, the BP pumps were stocked from the exact same local distributor as the Shell pumps across the street, and the Exxon ones up the road, and the "independent" one across town... and quite possibly all from crude from the platform and oil field that went "boom!".

So unless you were willing to completely give up all petroleum products (including textiles and agro-chemical based foodstuffs), or drill your own well in your own back yard and build your own refinery, you aren't going to be able to avoid feeding the machine you hate. Welcome to the 21st Century.


Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

idontgno Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (365 comments)

You're saying Spain should oppose Scottish independence on the basis that they don't want to give Basque or Catalan seperatists any ideas?

Interesting idea.


Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

idontgno Re:Nope (365 comments)

I know this is Slashdot, and R'ing TFS is almost too much to ask, but please note that we're focused primarily on the impact of withdrawing the UK's nuclear capability from Scotland. In this sense, I put forth the very narrow example of the civil workforce at HMNB Clyde and working very specifically on Trident II and Vanguard-class operations.

I was just pointing the absurd underestimation of Simon Brooke's claims of less than 50 affected jobs, which I must surmise was yanked out of his ass.

Yes. Withdrawing MoD's entire impact on the Scottish economy will be a substantial effect, even if pro-independence partisans promise that everyone thusly rendered unemployed will either find employment in the Scottish government or somehow continue to be able to work for the MoD... somehow.

FWIW, I sense a lot of handwaving on this issue from that side. Something akin to "It'll be fine because STFU."


Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

idontgno Re:What they're really saying is... (402 comments)

Or to hire a more experienced person at the prevailing wage for a more experience person.


Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

idontgno Welcome to Wikipedia (235 comments)

the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. As long as they kiss the ring and swear fealty to WikiMedia.

Honestly, is anyone surprised? I guess the only wrinkle I can see is the division in the ranks of the fascist editor cabal.

Next up, a wikipedia Night of the Long Knives, where dissident editors are "defensively removed" to prevent their "planned putsch."


Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

idontgno Re:The memo you are about to see (159 comments)

You know what they used to call people who hung around payphones waiting for business phone calls?

Street-level drug dealers.

There's a fabulous business image to project right there.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

idontgno In a large organization, politics matter (532 comments)

You can ignore them, in which case you've volunteered for the role of "victim".

You can make them your full-time job, in which case you're no longer a developer.

You should find a good defensive middle ground. At least, some situational awareness. Put your head up and look around. And listen.

2 days ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

idontgno Counter-anecdote (105 comments)

I don't do much ebook reading, but I can assure you that since I tend to read books random access*, I can easily get plot sequences out of line.

This is not specifically an ebook problem, if it's any kind of problem at all.

*Yeah. I skip around sometimes. The author is not the boss of me. If I want to jump ahead, cheat and see the ending early, whatever... that's how I read it.

2 days ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

idontgno Critical quote from TFA: How to understand it (246 comments)

"I donâ(TM)t want any of our employees to feel that pressure to go through and sellâ¦or [strong]feel[/strong] like theyâ(TM)re going to get fired," Tom Karinshak, Comcastâ(TM)s senior vice president of customer experience, tells The Verge. "Thatâ(TM)s not good for us."

We don't want our employees to "feel" like they'll be fired if they don't upsell aggressively. We want them to know it, be sure of it, fear it to the core of their beings. "Feeling" isn't sure enough. We want bone-deep certainty and visceral dread. We want our employees to completely understand that not selling in every breath and every moment of interaction with a customer is high treason, malfeasance, and heresy, and such dereliction of sacred duty will be treated with appropriate harshness.

2 days ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

idontgno Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

More to the point, dead former customers can't seek arbitration. So a sufficiently failed roof (i.e., lethally collapsed) is a guaranteed win for the roofer.

Every system is gamed. The system described by GPP is optimized for the gamer, to the fundamental detriment of anyone "playing fair".

3 days ago

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

idontgno Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (64 comments)

I got burned by them too but there's always hippie once a sensible company takes over.

Dude, I think your autocorrect is baked.

That said, knowing AMD, they'd find a way to accidentally combine the worst parts of all of the involved parties' contributions.

3 days ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

idontgno Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

The 14th Amendment explicitly extends Constitutional Due Process (4th Amendment) to all states.

Only a shill or a moron would claim that incorporation to the states doesn't extend to any sub-state legal jurisdictional level, including piss-ant "municipalities".

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

idontgno Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

Pros: Easier to identify astroturfers/shills.

Counter Con: What makes you think the rules will be applied to corporate persons or political entities?(who are the drivers behind most astroturfing.)

The rules apply to the little people, and if you judge the acceptability of a curtailment of freedom on the basis of the fairness of its application, you're judging falsely.

4 days ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

idontgno Re:Automation, remote controls already exist (239 comments)

Yea, what you say is true, but it really doesn't make good news to talk about things that way. At least until somebody actually does it, then we get weeks of wall to wall "breaking news" and "Alert" coverage and the hosts of MSNBC will pontificate about how we should have known this was going to happen and stopped it.

If your point is that the talking heads always talk about everything but the threat which will actually materialize, true. Not a deep insight, but true.

OMG ROBOT BOMB CARZ is what's playing up on stage on tonight's episode of Security Masterpiece Theatre.

Quadcopter grenade bombers is what will actually happen. Unless it's something even more lo-tek, like moar pressure cookers.

4 days ago

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

idontgno Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

Which is probably why you wouldn't be interested in an MMORPG. Which World of Warcraft explicitly names itself.

But you're posting in an off-topic thread. So carry on.

about a week ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

idontgno Re:Digital stamping (144 comments)

Use any OpenPGP app to create a key pair, which has the property that any message encrypted with one half can be decrypted with the other half. This one half is your private key and the other half you make public.


There's no such thing as a single uniform federated national-level public key clearing house, in any nation. If you want this to happen for J. Random JapaneseGrandma, you'll have to install that first.

People who think PKI infrastructure is easy don't understand PKI.

about a week ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

idontgno Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

So, what you're saying is that Oracle's stagnant "sit on it" leadership is bad for people for whom the language and runtime are the end, the product, the point of it all.

As opposed to in the real world, in which the language and runtime are just tools to get shit done, and its users want stability.

You don't have to guess which community Oracle cares about. But if you're not sure, ask yourself which community can Oracle extort support contracts out of, or can be upsold on other products.

Follow the money. How much is the JCP paying Oracle to give a rat's ass about their concerns? Innovation is a cost center to someone protecting a market share, and competing against others who are protecting a market share.

If you want novelty, go find it someplace else. The other posters comparing Java to COBOL, even if jokingly, are very nearly right. Especially if you stipulate that, at the time of COBOL's dominance, the primary implementation of COBOL was associated with IBM big iron.

And that's your historical analogue of the day: COBOL was to IBM what Java is to Oracle.

about two weeks ago



9th U.S. Circuit Affirms Ban of WoW Glider Bot

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 3 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "In its judgment yesterday, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the World of Warcraft bot software Glider violates the "Anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA and cannot be distributed. Oddly, though, it also decided that Glider doesn't actually violate Blizzard's copyrights in the process. So exactly why does the DMCA apply?"
Link to Original Source

US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 4 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "Looks like the U.S. Democratic National Party is hosting an unprotected web-based mail sending application which 419'ers are exploiting to get past mail filtering. (In some cases, I guess. I'd blacklist both major political parties, but that's just me.) As reported on The Register ("
Link to Original Source

Bush White House Must Find Lost Official E-Mail

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "According to this Associated Press story (which I saw via El Reg, a U. S. District Court has ruled that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive can continue in their lawsuit to force the White House to recover up to 225 days of "lost" official e-mail traffic from 2003. The Administration's position, rejected by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, was that the courts had no authority to order the recovery of the e-mail.

This ruling appears to settle the issue mentioned in this earlier Slashdot story.

On a personal note, I stand gobsmacked that the Administration's argument boiled down to "You're not the boss of me!""



Free software modtrolls strike!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 7 years ago


I posted a reasonable, well-intentioned, and sincere query about how anyone could think that the FSF has any real leverage over Suse--any meaningful way of expressing their evident displeasure at Novell signing on with Microsoft.

There was no inflamatory language. There were no waving red flags. There was no fanboi-ism. Frankly, I don't think there was any discernable bias one way or the other.

And along comes some clueless n00b to "-1 Flamebait" it.

Simply amazing. Amazing that mod points could be graced upon a slashdotter who could be most charitably characterized as a waste of oxygen. Amazing that once said slashdotter (henceforth known as "Puddinhead") got those mod points, he could wipe the drool off his chin and summon the intellectual muscle to work the moderation combobox. Even more amazing, if this moronic abuse of moderation represented Puddinhead's idea of taking a genuine and well thought-out position on the subject rather than the spastic twitches and burbles of the defective mentality he surely has.

Sigh. I am guessing the metamods will address this, but there are plenty of fanboi sheeples who M2 here who will agree with what they read into the moderation ("How dare he question The Stallman and his Crusade!?!"). But it doesn't matter. My karma remains excellent, because in the end, this moderation is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."


WTF!??! A no-comment poll?

idontgno idontgno writes  |  about 9 years ago Today's poll, "Favorite tool of destruction?" has among other choices "Other (specify)". (Sadly, not a CowboyNeal option, but I'll get over it.)

Anyway, great. I love chiming in. After all, "High explosives" wasn't one of their offerings, so I had to vote "Other."

Ooh, lookie, no comments at any mod level. Schweet, I get FP!

WTF!?! No "Reply" button? And why the flaming hell does it say that the discussion has already been archived? It's been up maybe a day! With NO COMMENTS! Only 5000 votes! AND NO COMMENTS!?!?!? "Archived" my caucasian butt!

Feh. So much for "Other". I just wasted my vote.

Somebody screwed up most cleverly here.

I've not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt. -- Marvin Martian


Mod points!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, out of the blue, 5 mod points! After months of moderation drought. I wonder if this is the beginning of something big?

On the other hand, Scientific American's "Skeptic" column pointed out that we primates have a bad habit of using our acute little pattern recognition cability to draw little causal connection arrows between completely unrelated but coincidentally-timed events. So maybe it just means /.'s PRNG hiccuped just so and bestowed precious precious mod points on me.

Naah, it's really because I'm extra spe-shul.


wikiwikiwiki! That's a sound effect!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago I find myself slowly falling in love with wikipedia. Damn. It's scary.

Yeah, I know, it lacks authority, it's just a rabble spewing their institutionalized ignorace, it's a blog pretending to be an encyclopedia.

So, it's a lot like /. How's that for scary?

Anyways, it's fun. Lately I'm mostly playing whack-a-vandal. It's a petty game, really, but I get the cheap and vindictive thrill of undoing some yutz's graffitization of a perfectly good article. There's a moment of "In your FACE, Mr.! Don't bring your weak editing crap here NO MORE!" And then I have to ride herd on the article, because I know the foo' is coming back for more.

Eventually, I'll outgrow this phase. I guess it's like the first 5 mod points here, where the desire to smack down offtopics and flamebaits is irresistable. I'm sure in time I'll move on to more positive pursuits there, just like whenever I get modpoints here I try to upmod, not down.


Ampersand entities, national currencies, and stealth changes

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago In a not-so-recent journal entry, I noted the rather sudden and unheralded ability of Slashcode to display the Euro currency mark: €

At the time, I tested to see whether some other currency marks would work. The yen, the pound, and the cent all failed to display.

Examine that journal entry now, and you'll find that the Yen mark (¥) and Pound mark (£) display beautifully. As they do now in this very entry.

WTF!??! How and when did this suddenly get fixed!? My old journal entries are beginning to look like unwarranted whining. I'm beginning to look like a clueless putz because of it.

Dammit. At least the cent mark isn't working:

<-- see, nothing!

(At least for now.)


Damn. I'm not getting any moderator love.

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago My "excellent" karma is not bringing me the adulation and peer respect I was expecting. I mean, isn't karma the coin o' the realm, the key to the voting public's heart, the precious bodily fluids of human kindness?

Maybe I'm a lame-o weenie for missing it. Maybe I'm off my game. Maybe they've wised up and caught on.

Naah. It couldn't be my fault.


Maybe I'm not an HTML idiot after all!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago Amazing. In my last journal entry, I was bemoaning the fact that the Euro currency character ampersand-entity didn't seem to work here. Now, all of a sudden, it does. I don't think I changed anything, but right there, in my untouched post, the Euro character sits where I entered my &euro; character.

Does it still work? €

Amazing. On the upside, I can now discuss European money issues with almost the same ease with which I discuss American, Australian, Canadian, or Singapore financial topics.

Now, what about others?

Yen: ¥ <- Nope
Pound: £ <- Nope
Cent: <-Nope

Oh, well, at least the Euro is there. I wonder if non-break space is still gone, or will we be inundated by page-widening trolls? No, actually, I don't want to know.


Maybe I'm just an HTML idiot..

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago But why does slashcode seem to have problems with ampersand-entity characters? I can't insert a Euro character to save my life.

Witness: €

Shoulda been a Euro character there. I bet there wasn't. Now, some seem to work: < for less than, > for greater than.

Perhaps it's my Mozilla settings? No, it shouldn't matter, because I seem to see Euro signs on other websites OK. I don't get it, and it seems kinda unfair to have to type out "Euros" when talking about European economic issues when I can just hit "$" for American (and Canadian, and Australian, and a few other) money.

Is there a kind soul who can explain which amp-entities work, and why the others don't?

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