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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

metrix007 No, it isn't. (222 comments)

Analysts are essentially idiots. She has proven herself in the past more than any of them have.

Give her time.

2 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

metrix007 Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (138 comments)

Those things don't tend to stand up in court, fyi.

3 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

metrix007 Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (138 comments)

Well, no, that's not true. TD often advertises fake prices just so they can upsell. Taking advantage of a price as advertised, even knowing it's likely to be changed isn't not playing fairly.

3 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

metrix007 What authority do senators have? (76 comments)

Can someone explain why a senator has the authority to force Uber to answer these questions?

What penalties can apply if they don't?

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

metrix007 Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (138 comments)

On Amazon, normally as soon as you click purchase your card is charged.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

metrix007 Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (138 comments)

I'm not disputing that, but I would like to know why. Once they have taken my payment and sent me an email thanking me for my order, how in the hell is that not acceptance of the contract?

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

metrix007 Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (138 comments)

What contract is that? You don't agree to something just by purchasing, at least if you do it doesn't trump local laws which are pretty clear about vendors having to honor prices advertised.

5 days ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

metrix007 Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

Not really.

You have greedy copyright holders trying to stop it.

You have the vast majority of the populating engaging in it.

You have a few smaller content creators/developers who don't know better and are against it.

Due to the sheer scale, due to the fact it's not a physical behaviour as such...it CAN'T be stopped, and is most certainly a waste of resources to try. They are not losing profits, and yet they are surely losing money from trying to combat this harmless behaviour.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

metrix007 Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

That's the thing. Casual easy piracy will only increase, and can't be stopped.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

metrix007 Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

If I AES encrypt something (e.g. Linux distro) that ends up being 500 bits away from "Star Wars", am I in trouble? Do I have to prove how I created my "almost Star Wars" .bin file to avoid going to jail? What if it was different by 5,000 bits? 50 bits? Is it the data that is infringing, or how I created it?

There is almost no chance of that ever happening. I think you're safe.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

metrix007 Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

It is impossible to stop piracy. It's a waste of effort to even try.

This is going to evolve into a completely decentralized, encrypted tool going over common ports that will be easy to use. It can never be stopped.

I know it's cliche to bring up the whole information wants to be free argument, but it applies in this case. People want to share, the last 20 years have shown that, and since that need is far more frequent than the content owners need to greedily restrict their content, it will be dominant.

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

metrix007 Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (251 comments)

You can't block the highway. The system I described couldn't be blocked. How are you going to block a completely p2p encrypted system that uses ssl over port 443?

Non technical users don't have to know the details, if the program is implemented correctly it will Just Work(TM).

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

metrix007 Re:Peer reviewed (329 comments)

Fair enough. Thanks.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

metrix007 Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to insult people when you can't even be bothered to do a basic grammar/spell check, you illiterate douchenozzle.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

metrix007 Re:Peer reviewed (329 comments)

I'm not a troll, you're just an idiot who jumps to conclusions.

As I said elsewhere in the thread, I align with science and use the findings of science to basically define my worldview. I don't have the time and I am out of my depth in trying to get a handle on this stuff.

I can repeat a point made showing why AGW is real, etc, but when someone has a counter-point I usually don't have a response because I don't know enough. I don't have time or any real desire to delve into all the research, so took advantage of this thread to hope for some simple explanations or references. And it paid off.

Even your pointless, needlessly insulting posts have nuggets of wisdom within. Thank you for providing that info, and fuck you for being a douche.

Cheers.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

metrix007 Re:Peer reviewed (329 comments)

LOL. Another armchair scientist trying to sound smart..

Your explanation of Peer Review is mostly correct, but your playing with semantics. I'm not sure why you felt the need to respond to me and attack to me when my post was in reply to a different poster.

Peer reviews does not automatically make a study valid, partly *because* it does not automatically validate the conclusions of a study.Also because peer review can be very, very flawed.

Of course, you know that and just wanted to sound smart, huh?

As you've said, it's simply one step. That's it.

Nice explanation though. I hope you felt it paid off.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

metrix007 Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (251 comments)

I don't really care about the content producers will, and I see no valid argument as to why my copy of something they created should be so very limited.

The only protection a content creator should have is a minimum window to protect against being ripped off. 10 years would be generous.

Information wants to be free, etc etc.

about two weeks ago

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UK Goverment sedates a pregant woman and takes baby from womb

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  1 year,18 days

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK Goverment as part of it's onward march to becoming a full police state has reached a new low. British Social Services received a court order to sedate a woman and perform a ceasarian section to take custody of the unborn child. The woman was an Italian citizen who was in the UK for training. Her family stated the "breakdown" was due to her not taking her mediccation for her bi-polar condition. This is a new low...not only did they deprive a mother of childbirth and bonding with her child, they did it with little cause to someone who was not even a British citizen, but a visitor. Appaling."
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Why is it so hard to get a serious 3rd party in place?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Everyone in the US seems to complain that the Democrats and the GOP are the same ala Kang and Kodos, and that it doesn't make too much of a difference which one you vote for as you will get screwed either way. Well, since the frame work is in place that anyone can form a political party..why isn't that being undertaken seriously?

Organized protests like OWS show that the support is there. Most states don't make it very hard to get on the ballot, and to be in a presidential debate you only need to have 15% support...which if the OWS support is any indication that should be easy.

What is stopping a real 3rd party from taking place? A 3rd party that has separation of church and state, complete support for LGBT, not shutting down the government over healthcare, holding the NSA responsible for the laws that have been broken, holding corporations responsible for the laws they continue to break, fixing patents, fixing copyright, fixing all the ridiculous problems with the police....how hard can it be to get support from 15% of the population for all of that stuff?"
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Can we elect anyone to office with enough support?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I'm a recent immigrant to the US, so I don't think I fully understand the political system in place. My understanding is that with enough public support, any party can be on the ballot and be elected into office. I keep being told, and seening comments on Slashdot that it is not a real democracy because we are confined to the two party system. Is this accurate? Can enough people not make a public party and with enough support be voted in? If this is not the case, what is preventing it?"
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New study shows organic food the healthier choice

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "A study done in the wake of the controversial Stanford study on Organic food which showed that there was no advantage, has been performed on fruit flies which have long been used to model effects on humans. The studies show that in almost every category, organic food has a clear advantage. Better fertility, less chance of disease, longer lives etc. I've been pretty skeptical of the entire organic food debacle thinking it easy to dismiss, but this evidence is convincing. The actual study is here."
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A cheap cell phone plan with an unlocked phone?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I am a recent immigrant to the USA. I am used to going to countries and paying a small amount, say $30 for a simcard and using it with my unlocked phone. I can't seem to do that in the US, where the only options seem to be to buy a phone and buy minutes as I need them such as with Tracfone, or a contract where I pay an amount per month to pay off a phone and a certain amount of minutes. I have a Google Nexus One, which is better than any phone offered on the basic plans from all the cell providers. Is there any way I can use it as a cell phone in the US for about $30-$50/month? It seems a shame to waste it and have to pay for a lesser phone."
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Why are there not more political parties?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Why are there not more political parties being formed? With all the upset over the 1% and all the protests, there is obviously enough people disenfranchised with the current system in place that they would welcome a change. What is stopping such groups who have sizable numbers from starting a party and voting themselves in? They may not get a huge amount but they would get enough votes to get a seat surely. What if all the the different occupy protests across the US voted themselves in as a unified party? Likewise the student protests in Montreal, students are a huge demographic in Quebec, what is stopping this and similar groups from voting themselves in and fixing things? Why are people not using the framework that has been in place for hundreds of years?"
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Firefox 4 beta 10 available

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Firefox 4 Beta 10 has now been released, and is available for download or update. This is meant to be Mozilla's final beta before the actual release, which is not scheduled to be until the end of February. Is this early final beta a sign of more beta versions to come, or an earlier release? Have people finally gotten use to the lack of status bar and stopped complaining, or is it still the subject of much controversy?"
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Stargate Universe cancelled

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Jason (200091) writes "So Stargate Universe has finally been canceled, after it's remaining 10 episodes air in the Spring. I never liked the show very much but had thought SyFy were sure to stick with it if it survived after the first season. Given the amount of reasons the show was still trying to get over it isn't surprising it never attracted many viewers. So, is this the end of the Stargate franchise, or will it posisbly continue on in some other, more familiar form?"
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Scotland Yard to arrest Assange

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Julian Assange has been hiding in the UK for some time, and now it seems Scotland Yard are just waiting for the go ahead to arrest him. I don't know how he can safely travel at the moment, but maybe it's time to try and old man mask bound for Ecuador. With this and the removal of Wikileaks.org from DNS, it seems a pretty effective albeit temporary measure. There must be some really incriminate stuff in those cables."
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Firefox 4.0b7 released - insanely faster

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The next beta of Firefox has been released and it is insanely faster. I don't know what they have done, but the new JavaScript engine is a godsend. The Slashdot site has always had performance killing JS, and now I can restore a session of 20 tabs each with 1000 comments or more, all fully expeanded in a matter of seconds. Amazing."
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Duke Nukem release imminent!

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Well, as unlikely as it is, the game is finished and playable, and it now won't be too long until it is actually released. Is there any way in hell this game can live up to the hype? Will this be the matrix or star wars of games....something revolutionary that will be imitated for years to come?"
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UK placing CCTV into 20,000 family homes

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK government now wants to place CCTV camera to monitor 20,000 cameras deemed to be in a sin bin to make sure that the kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going to far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end? Article here"

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