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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

jopsen Re:donate (113 comments)

I'm guessing they would still do it anyway.

Really...
Anyways, as always this is greatly misrepresented in the media... What they are doing is experimenting... nothing is in beta yet...

1 hour ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

jopsen Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (113 comments)

As if drive-by malware embedded in ads hasn't happened before. Yea, you might want to have a seat, I got some things to tell you.

This is veted ads.... not an iframe... it not even ads, more like suggestions... trying to fall in the space where it is useful, thereby creating a win-win situation... thats not easy, but if anybody can be trusted to try it is mozilla..

1 hour ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

jopsen Re:It seems to me (181 comments)

And when they conspired with others to commit a crime did it also become a RICO crime? (I must admit I don't know what the hurdle is to make something RICO)

I'm left wondering the same thing... I would really like to see a weeks jail time for some Uber managers, contractors and employees involved.
Seriously, as an employee organizing this shit you have responsibility...

2 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

jopsen Re:Illegal (181 comments)

...they could end up facing RICO charges as a criminal syndicate.

I really hope the prosecutors office opens a case, and jails an Uber CEO. The alternative taxi services are great, but if they don't fall in line, they'll be regulated as tightly as taxies..

The kind of thinking that leads to this kind of dishonesty is why the taxi industry has been so tightly regulated for so long.

If they're willing to do this to each other, to cost each other money, imagine what they're willing to do to you, the fare, who have money for them to take.

Exactly... It's beyond my comprehension why Uber is this stupid... This kind of move is exactly what will get them prohibited.
Besides there is plenty of room for growth through the simple act of providing a better service than taxis...

If I was Uber or Lyft management, I would not dare this... and I would strike very hard against any employee or driver who even remotely annoyed or interfered with taxis and other competing services. This is just stupidity beyond comprehension...

2 days ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

jopsen Re:Honestly, when will people learn? (97 comments)

This is seriously shit your CS 100 or 200-level teacher SHOULD have taught you, if you got a CS degree.

A CS professor shouldn't teach you to "never say never"... just ask for a formal proof :)
Especially, if you're claiming that P != NP or the like...

2 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

jopsen Apologies from a former denier... (207 comments)

So all that "slippery slope" shit from 10 years ago doesn't seem so stupid now, does it?

As one of those sheep 10 years ago.. I would like to apologizes.


After Snowden my view of US intelligence efforts changed dramatically.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

jopsen Agree, (300 comments)

Respect for the dead starts with not spreading their demise to every curious onlooker.

Thank you... That's spot on...

And for all those using the "you-can't-control-the-internet" argument, you're right we can't... But I respect google for trying to control their portion of it (ie. youtube).

3 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

jopsen Re:Yes it is. (420 comments)

Unless you want to do a journalist job... You need a reporter you can trust to present the story without too much bias... That's very hard today...

5 days ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

jopsen Sarcastically insightful? :) (239 comments)

I'd totally rather than the article about Nimrod stay, and anyone who doesn't like it can fuck off and visit some other web site.

I can't tell if the people who modded you insightful were being sarcastic... :)
Okay, joke aside... Statements like everybody else can just **** of because something you wanted to read about was marked for deletion. Is part of the problem.

Wikipedia editors and can't get every decision right... If nimrod (which btw, think I've heard about before) continues it's growth, then I'm sure it'll eventually be featured on wikipedia.
Note, I didn't say the current decision is right, but give them a break. But give it time, and bring up again (don't be an edit warrior)

Also drop the " censor, censor, censor" rhetoric... You are free to publish this anywhere else. Why don't you just make a site with rejected wikipedia articles, where people can work on them till wikipedia is ready to accept them.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jopsen Re:Just doin' business (249 comments)

Why is this a surprise? ..... When I go to a store, any store, they try and sell me more stuff.

If you go the service desk for any reasons (the equivalent of calling tech support) the personal there is not instructed to try and sell you more stuff :)

about a week ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

jopsen Re:I hate articles like this (191 comments)

The license revocation is on the copy of the software that wasn't distributed in compliance with the license.

Interesting interpretation... but I don't think copy right works on a per copy basis....

From GPLv2:

Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License.

Your rights under this license... is the only right you have to distribute the software. I don't see how you get a new license every time you make a copy, as you explicitly lost all rights to make copies and distribute the software.

I don't even think you'll be allowed to distribute derivative works, as these are again composed of elements for which your rights have been terminated.

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

jopsen Re:Car bomb? Whatever... (239 comments)

Agree... Also it's probably more sane for restrict access to high explosives, as oppose to consider availability for self-driving cars a problem :)

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

jopsen Re:FBI: 1, Ethics: 0 (239 comments)

So, the FBI is already making the case for, "We need full monitoring and control intervention capability for everybody's new cars, because terrorists."

They can either take away your guns and high explosives... or put a dead-switch in your robot car... What is crazy Americans going to pick?

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

jopsen Re:Not so fast (239 comments)

even in a big Regulatory system with most basic "don't get in a crash" you may end up in a place where it needs to pick from a choice of crash choices even ones like may do damage but low chance of injury vs say try a move that may have a 5% chance of being crash free.

This is not going to happen if the first or second generation car... And then, if you set your car to "save my life above all else", then you'll probably get on hell of beating in court when your car put the other guy in a wheelchair to avoid you getting a little scratch...

Either way, this is not going to happen, and if it does, let's deal with it then, for now this is just American paranoia as usual.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

jopsen Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

A practical joke? Are you joking? C++ is not designed so that every feature must be learned and used.

Agree... if someone wants to use STL to create a DSL, I say we let them shoot their own foot :)

about two weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

jopsen Re:checks the validity of U.S. visas and passports (232 comments)

Of course not, otherwise we would discover all the cover passports of the employess of three letter agencies.

Also foreign agencies would be able to index all american citizen... For once, it seems like your government is doing something to protect your privacy.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

jopsen Re:I hate articles like this (191 comments)

The odds the court would require them to release the source for everything under the GPL is almost laughably absurd.

Agree... But terms of the GPL says that if you violated it the license is revoked.
By my interpretation that means that once violated you don't have a license, and complying with GPL terms after the fact has no effect.

Thus, the case is reduced to somebody using software for which they don't have a license.

I'm pretty sure bringing yourself into compliance won't change the fact that the license was revoked. But most vendors might be willing to extend a new GPL license to you, if you comply with the terms - just as a way to end the case.

about two weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

jopsen Re:HTTPS does not mean more relevant (148 comments)

Yes, we really should rank pages using the "universal-relevance-attribute" on the root element...
Who says that page with more incoming links is relevant? It all depends on the context... People searching to buy should definitely only be guided to HTTPS protected site, right?

Fact is that HTTPS implies that the author is actively maintaining the site. With at least some effort.
Also odds are that a malicious site is more likely not to have SSL, it cost money per domain and the scam sites are usually deployed on many different domain names...

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Dumps Info of 76,000 Developers To Public Web Server

jopsen Re:They don't deserve to be commended. (80 comments)

but meeting the bare minimum requirements doesn't earn somebody commendation from me.

How often do hear news stories about leaks with encrypted passwords that are properly salted? :)
How often does anybody admit a possible leak, when there is no evidence anybody downloaded the database dump...?
Really, how often do you hear about things like this, if discovered internally?

I agree, it's the decent thing to do, but I don't think you can expect this level of detail, openness and honesty from commercial players.
I can't imagine any organization that wouldn't sweep this under the rug, after all it was discovered internally.

It makes me wonder why the hell they aren't doing any better.

Avoiding a leak would certainly have been preferred. But mistakes happens, processes fails.

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

jopsen Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

Most checking accounts (from every bank I've dealt with) have free, automatic bill pay

But only works for fixed amount.

about a month ago

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