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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

just_another_sean Re:Old dudes (231 comments)

Yeah, as mentioned in my post the poll is vague but this being /. and inferring from the answers it seemed to me to be related to computer technology. I did mention power tools after all.

But hey, you seem to revel in being somewhat of a sarcastic asshole so glad I could provide you with this opportunity.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

just_another_sean Old dudes (231 comments)

What about us old dudes who grew up when technology in general was too expensive or inaccessible to mere mortals? I guess if we start including power tools as technology than, sure, I had opportunity but was a pretty good kid.

But if I read the poll as I think I should I think accessing computers/systems that I wasn't supposed to access. The closest thing I had to a computer until I was 20 something was an Atari 2600 and it didn't come with a modem!

about three weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

just_another_sean Re:That explains a lot (169 comments)

Screenfulls of BS just confuse people.

It's not just BS to everyone though. And even without understanding what it was telling me by googling the stop codes I've been able to fix things based on good search results, especially for very common problems like driver errors. As another poster mentioned it's sometimes possible and a hundred times easier to search for a stop code and get a fix for a problem than it is to fire up WinDBG.

about three weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

just_another_sean Re:Windows 8 (169 comments)

How the frog do you trigger a BSOD in Windows 8?

Apparently by installing updates.

about three weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

just_another_sean Re:"Other verticals"? (230 comments)

Companies within the same industry. As in Telecom, Healthcare, Financial Services, etc. In this case Entertainment is the vertical so I imagine targets are record companies, production companies, studios, maybe the **AA's.

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

just_another_sean Slow on the take (441 comments)

As if the story itself could not be more horrible I can't believe the books were published in 2011 and 2013 and just now they decide to go after him. Either he pissed off someone high up and they just found a reason to go after the guy or some bored cop just got around to discovering fiction...

Unbelievable!

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

just_another_sean Re:Forbidden words (251 comments)

Hey, I was kidding. Even a four year can read over your shoulder and although I encourage my kids not to use such language out of respect for people that are bothered by it I also tell them not to be scared of said words as they are just words.

But I draw the line at Barbra Streisand!

about a month ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

just_another_sean Re:Got one of these once (251 comments)

Barbara Streisand

Come on, what if my children had been in the room!?

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

just_another_sean Re:Urgh (531 comments)

Have you Americans *still* not gotten over this whole Marxist/Communist/Socialist = EVIL

I would argue the majority of us have - the folks that the Kock brother's message is directed to? Not so much.

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

just_another_sean Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Hmm... That's not what I heard.

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

just_another_sean Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

While it may not be set as precedent in the UK BS is BS whether it's English or American...

But I do know what you're saying. Actually in my comment I didn't even mean to suggest the exaggeration claims were a legal defense or had been established as false by courts, I just meant it as more of a "we all know that's not true" statement.

Do you have any sources you can point to about legal precedent being set so companies have to be more realistic/specific about damages in an infringement claim? I would genuinely be interested in reading that.

about 1 month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

just_another_sean Re:It will catch up with them (257 comments)

Which will eventually be replaced by a deep, seething hatred of Google.

about 1 month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

just_another_sean Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

Fair enough, still think it's too harsh. But, no, I did not realize the threshold for grand theft was so low. Never really thought about it but if someone had asked me to guess what the threshold was I would have probably started at at least 10,000.

Oh man, this guy is an idiot!

about 1 month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

just_another_sean Re:There are 6 of them now? (465 comments)

And a cam rip at that. Well, as the guy in the article goes to show, there is no accounting for stupid.

about 1 month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

just_another_sean Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

I agree he deserves to be punished and I get that he probably doesn't have enough money to pay a fine so it's off to the joint he goes but is 33 months really a fitting punishment here? That's almost three years of this guy's life. And the claim that "millions were lost" has been proven to be exaggerated over and over again. A download does not equal a lost sale; those that download do not buy, they simply go without. I'm not saying that makes it OK, I'm just saying the punishment does not fit the crime.

about 1 month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

just_another_sean Re:That model really helped Cable TV (611 comments)

Well it's like the GP said, cable channels like HBO were touted as ad free and cable companies did nothing to correct people when they made the (wrong) assumption that all Cable TV was ad free. In the 80s when I first had access to it the marketing of the day was "enjoy premium content ad free". They weren't lying, they simply weren't telling people that not *all* of the programming was ad free.

about a month ago
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Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

just_another_sean Re:"new" (34 comments)

Thanks for the clarification Timothy. I appreciate your work at /. - warts and all!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

just_another_sean 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. It's complexity derives from the fact that it supports OOP, functional programming, generic programming and I'm sure others that Bjarne would happily describe to you and the reasoning behind supporting features being included in the language. Those that are confused by C++'s complexity are doing it wrong. As with Perl it's OK to use only what you're comfortable with, no one is going to make fun of you for not using advanced features and if you like you can keep a C++ program pretty basic.

But it supports all these features to give people what they need to get their jobs done. Lambdas looked a little strange to me at first too but as I studied the examples in Bjarne's book they became clear and I think they are quite expressive, easy to use and worth looking into, especially when you combine them with the types and algorithms in the STL.

Look, I'm a Bjarne fanboy, have been since I started programming in the 90's so maybe my bias is showing through but I never thought I'd come to an article about C++ on /. and find the only comments above a 3 were people whining about how complex a programming language is. Programming is complex, system's programming doubly so and C++ is designed to help reduce that complexity, while at the same time remaining resource efficient, when it's used correctly. If it's too hot to handle for you there is always Visual Basic.

about a month ago

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Russia offers $110,000 to crack Tor

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 2 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The BBC reports that Russia is trying hard to get volunteers to crack TOR so that its users can be identified. The contest is open to Russians only and contestants are required to pay 195,000 roubles (~ 5,460 USD) to enter the contest.

Considering TOR is heavily backed by various US Government agencies is this just another front for a new Cold War?"

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Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 5 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 7 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.

The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix."

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Milton Everett Olin Jr. Killed in Bike Accident

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 9 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr., A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred.

The deputy, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. The cause of the crash was under investigation."

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Rebuilding the internet

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about a year ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?"

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FSF on Oracle v Google, software patent threat

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 4 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The Free Software Foundation has chimed in on Oracle v. Google. The main
point they make is that Oracle is only going to hurt Java in the long run by doing this. They mention Sun and the GPL'ing of Java
in 2006 and Oracle's previous stance against software patents.
And of course they get a plug in for IcedTea (suggesting Google would have been better off using it instead of rolling their own).
More at Groklaw..."

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The Missing Link

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "It's a find that has even Google getting in on the action; scientists have discovered "the missing link", a 46 million year old skull in Africa.

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.
"[This skull] shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.

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IBM to Linux Devs - Stop Copying Windows

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM tells Linux developers to "stop copying 2001 Windows. That's not where the usability action is."

Quoted at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco, Bob thinks that what the open source community needs to make Linux popular as a desktop OS used by consumers and businesses are "some really good graphic designers."

This of course is on the heels of their announced initiative to partner with popular distros and push Linux out to the mainstream.

The article goes on to say

Sutor offered "predictions" that collectively seemed more like a roadmap of where IBM would like to see Linux evolve over the next 10 years. Among the areas developers should focus is in making the OS more green, Sutor said."

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R E S P E CT - Find out what it means to IT

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Computer world has an interesting article up on why doesn't IT get the respect they deserve.
I'm sure a lot of it will sound familiar to the /. crowd but one thing I didn't expect is that the lack of respect by employees goes far beyond IT... If the survey cited is to be believed the problem presents itself in all aspects of an orginization and is generally caused by ... you guessed it ... clueless management.

From the article:
Why don't IT people get more respect? ...when it comes to how our fellow employees think about us, IT work is a train wreck. Users break the rules we set up, ignore the processes we develop and generally act as if we're clueless in what we do.

But why? As it turns out, it's not just us.

According to a recent survey... More than one-third of employees surveyed — 37% — said they ignore company rules when they've developed a better way of getting work done.
Sound familiar to any of you?"

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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Todd Bishop has a post on his blog concerning some comments made by Eblen Moglen concerning the ramifications of MS distributing SLES vouchers once the GPLv3 goes into effect.

Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3 — including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal — in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today. ... Moglen said the recent "saber-rattling" further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts "to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents."
If this is correct can Novell afford to stay on GPLv2 versions of all it's software? Does even one distribution of a peice of GPLv3 software under the MS/Novell deal render MS's patent claims moot? As usual, more coverage over at Groklaw."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "A 16 year old NY boy, Robert Santangelo, has responded to a suit brought against him by the RIAA and has filed a countersuit.

Quoth the article:
"Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom."

Having dropped the case against Patti in December of 2005 the RIAA turned around and sued her children. The article goes on to point out that the daughter, Melissa, has a default judgment against her to the tune (NPI) of $30,750. The reasoning behind both Robert's defense and countersuit are discussed and finally the article quotes an RIAA rep:

"The record industry has suffered enormously due to piracy. That includes thousands of layoffs. We must protect our rights. Nothing in a filing full of recycled charges that have gone nowhere in the past changes that fact.""
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Big Business says Patents are Good for Small Business

An article at PC Pro UK (reg required) points out obvious big businesses bias and EU Patent Office collusion in a recent patent study. While this was supposed to be a comprehensive survey welcoming comments from many sources, in the end the study as published is nothing more then the opinions of a few big businesses (SAP and MS on the top of the list) and the European Patent Office. From the article:

A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.

Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Techworld has an article up discussing a letter (pdf) leaked to them about OSS in Europe. Written by the ISC (Initiative for Software Choice) it claims that OSS is a serious threat to the "software eco-system" and that wide spread adoption would have "dire consequences".

Funded by Microsoft (and others) the ISC exists to convince large governments around the world not to invest heavily in deploying and using OSS. From the article:
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Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS).

In the letter, he criticized the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy.
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Is this a sign of desperation from the propriety world or just business as usual?"

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