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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

kamapuaa Re:This reads like a hit piece (195 comments)

That's like the first the paragraphs, you should read the rest of the article. It's interesting and informative.

And is an interesting point that the stock market views yahoo as a negative three billion company with a thirty billion investment in Alibaba.

9 hours ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

kamapuaa Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

That's not how copyright works and I ask you to disclose that law. Anyway, Guardians of the Galaxy is less than $20 for a DVD, less than an hour's work for most people here, and is the mostly popular thing getting pirated. I seriously doubt you can stretch any law to mean "things have to be really cheap, like maybe just a buck or two, or you can take it without paying."

3 days ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

kamapuaa Lucky grab (81 comments)

According to the FBI complaint against Benthall, he registered the black market bazaar's servers with the email address blake@benthall.net.

Lucky they had a mole on this inside, or they never could've taken down that criminal mastermind.

about a week ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

kamapuaa Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (251 comments)

Piracy promotes ideas, innovation, allows good things to spread

I'd link to pirate bay if it wasn't down...they showed the top downloads and literally every single one was a commercial movie or game or TV show from a major publisher. The exact same sort of thing that is popular without piracy, only now you don't have to pay for that copy of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kamapuaa Re:trust lost is difficult to regain - Amen !!! (415 comments)

I don't know if wild Slashdot speculation that Microsoft might fundamentally change their business model to something word that everybody would hate is enough of a reason for them to move to an entirely new OS.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

kamapuaa Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

I don't know, I have a second browser and a second office suite and some old-school games and some programming tools and some translation tools and still have like 12 gigs left. If I want to watch downloaded videos I stream them from my desktop computer. 32 GB is fine if you're not using it for modern games or to house all your media.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

kamapuaa Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

Not quite 15", but the HP stream is a $230 14" laptop with a 32 GB ssd. Windows, office, and the various bundled apps take up about 15 gigs of that. I have the 12" version and speed is fine, you just can't use it for games, and if you want to keep a large collection of music or pictures (or whatever) you need an external drive or SD card.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

kamapuaa What the fuck? (398 comments)

What would these fired workers possibly say, that these theoretical severance packages don't allow?' "I had a job, and then I lost it," or something to that effect? Big deal, that wouldn't make it to the front page of the Times or even Slashdot. And isn't there some kind of communication tool out there, which allows people to anonymously relate something that happened to them, and then have it widely distributed by computer?

Sure, losing a job to an H1B worker is no fun. This post is imagining something sinister is being hidden in severance packages, but leaves the sinister happening so vague as to meaningless. Either say what it is or shut up.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

kamapuaa Re:A felon with misdemeanor convictions (717 comments)

Being a felon means he committed a serious crime. It's kind of like saying "I killed a guy and got a couple of parking tickets."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

kamapuaa A felon with misdemeanor convictions (717 comments)

I'm a little confused by the phrasing. Being a felon is a roadblock to a career. Having misdemeanor convictions probably isn't. If you're a felon, why even bother mentioning that you've had misdemeanor convictions?

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

kamapuaa Re:Surely, that's no pun (156 comments)

Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den is from the early 1910s, meaning it pre-dates pinyin by 50 years. It does look especially stupid in pinyin, but the joke works just as well for theoretical Chinese people who aren't aware of roman characters at all - making puns of words with different tones is very, very common.

I'd need to see a little more background than this article gives, because (as the article does state), puns are just a basic part of Chinese culture. This is probably just an over-interpretation of some vague proclamation given by some no-name politician, aimed at stopping Internet users from posting pictures of crabs wearing wristwatches.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

kamapuaa Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Of course it's anecdotal. It was posted in response to a +5 past where some guy asked about people's experiences. Was I expected to break out a pie chart? Now I see that my honest, on-topic responses have been nodded as troll. Maybe nobody hears about Mac users with problems because of willful ignorance?

The articles you link to are hardly scientific. People who install boot camps are a different subset of users than people running a cheap PC. They're going to be more knowledgeable about computers than the average pc or Mac user, for one.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

kamapuaa Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Ultimately, I value my time enough that I will generally not purchase things I think will break and require fixing or taking to a repair shop. I'll spend extra on a dependable product. Apple computers have shown to not be dependable, despite being more expensive, and despite not having an OS that revolutionizes how effective you are with your computer or whatever Mac OS is supposed to do for you.

Even a warranty isn't a real solution, because obviously there's time required to deal with Mac and find out what the issue is, and then get the computer replaced. They don't send a technician to your house while you're away at work. Personally, a friend of mine had a Macbook refuse to respond after a standard OS upgrade. Eventually, after speaking to customer service and driving to the genius bar a couple times, he was given a new computer. My friend charges by the hour (not a hooker lol), and with the amount of time he put into it he could have charged several hundred dollars. At the prices involved, it makes more economic sense just to buy a mid-priced non-Apple laptop and throw it away every time anything goes wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

kamapuaa Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Personally I own a Mac where the DVD superdrive drive broke right away. My wife's Macbook has a dying battery (after just a year or two), an audio-out that insists on outputting to S/PDIF (which has never actually been used), and had a hard drive that died. After I replaced the hard drive with one that worked, I found out that Mac disables TRIM support in non-Apple SSD drives and performance will steadily decline.

Is that what I pay the extra money to Apple for? Shouldn't I be getting better hardware, not worse? I use Linux and Windows as well, and honestly the only hardware problem I've ever had has been laptop batteries slowly degrading. And who gives a fuck about the OS. On any of them, I just load the program and it works. Windows has more games, but the difference between Mac and Linux for me is the color of the icons.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

kamapuaa Re:I know, let's ask an actual female programmer.. (584 comments)

But is that really an answer to "How do I get my 4 year old girl to be a programmer?" It was one woman's quick take on feminism, and not a central idea to her rambles.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

kamapuaa Re:I know, let's ask an actual female programmer.. (584 comments)

Well, that was certainly a collection of one woman's anecdotes, with no central idea, research, or sense of perspective.

about two weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

kamapuaa Re:Sure, why not? (452 comments)

Holy shit! It was all a lie! Thank you, Internet atheist who posts to a technology website!

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

kamapuaa Re:God no... (224 comments)

Lance Armstrong used almost the exact same argument.

about three weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

kamapuaa Re:Why, oh, why (189 comments)

Because they talk with their friends on Facebook, and totally impersonal conversation would be a little weird?

about three weeks ago

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Companies using new technology to track cars.

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry"
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Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, US Video game players average 35, are fatter than average, and tend towards depression. Specifically, women video games players tended towards depression, while male video game players tended towards large BMIs. While the study itself points to several conclusions, one researcher noted: "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction.""
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Radiohead vows not to repeat music giveaway

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "Radiohead has said they will not repeat their marketing stunt of giving free copies of their album over the Internet, while merely asking fans to leave money in a virtual tip jar. '"I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."'"

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