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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

mozumder Works for me! (338 comments)

I wouldn't trust anything unregulated... you shouldn't either!

Government is here to protect you from people like you.

5 days ago

Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

mozumder Re:draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X (209 comments)

Nobody is interested in a free version of Mac OS X.

And, anybody that wanted OS X would have bought Apple hardware anyways.

A cheap mac laptop is about $1000 (never mind the Mac Mini..). If you can't afford that, then you have much bigger problems than trying to run linux.

about two weeks ago

The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

mozumder Not going to matter with a full moon (31 comments)

Perseids are great, but, as with all meteor showers, only looks good without a moon.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

mozumder The canonical best household router is (426 comments)

Apple's AirPort.

Fixed-function devices are the only way to go - set it and forget it, man.

You don't have to hack them, you don't have to bother them. I've had mine for about 10 years now, to replace my old 1st-gen WRT54g, where I was doing stupid shit like trying to build an HTTP & media server into it, which was a conceptually flawed idea for an wireless-access-point.

You should never make devices more complicated than their physical requirements.

The problem a lot of people have is that they believe a device should do more, instead of less. This is the feature-creep that cause devices to be badly designed and complicated.

Apple has they user-experience model down in their Airport, where they say "Nope. Just use it for an WAP, not as a server." which was the correct decision.

about two weeks ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

mozumder Re:News' length (114 comments)

Yet, the science around sales and marketing is far more useful than any physical science.

Sales and marketing is a basic function of all life. Animals broadcast themselves to find mates. You sell yourself when making social connections, as you are doing right now when you comment on these boards.

The knowledge within the article is going to be more rewarding to you than what you'll find in any physics journal.

It is only the most douchey, self-hating libertarian that feels they are above the role of sales and marketing that is fundamental to life. Those guys are complete losers, and completely happy about being losers. You'll find it a lot within outcast subcultures, such as nerds.

Compare this to more socially dominant alpha groups, such as fashionistas, where they actually closely follow news reports on which supermodel received which advertising campaign.

They do that because they understand that advertising and marketing represents a basic purpose of life.

Meanwhile, nerdy libertarians absolutely hate advertising themselves, because they think they're deserve social status without sales and marketing to go along with it.

The real world ramifications of the nerds hatred of sales and marketing including losing funding for the sciences, such as when the Superconducting Supercollider was canceled back in the 90's because scientists just couldn't kiss politician ass. They just simply couldn't do it.

If you nerds had any social IQ whatsoever, (instead of just sitting around being awesome by yourselves, because you're obviously so awesome!), you would be absolutely following articles like these.

about two weeks ago

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

mozumder What's the issue? (114 comments)

They're in the business to find out your interests to sell ads.

Why is that a mysterious thing? This is the job of any media company: to find your weaknesses and manipulate you in order to sell you goods.

I don't understand why people have a problem with that? Sales and marketing is what society has been doing since life was invented. You brush your teeth in the morning to sell yourself to your personal audiences over the people that DON'T brush their teeth in the morning.

Everything that Google does is known and predictable. There is nothing wrong about what they do, and we should encourage them to find out your sales weaknesses in order to extract more money from you via the advertising they sell.

After all, you do the same personal sales and marketing for yourself. Everybody does sales and marketing. It's a fundamental life property, not just for humans, but all species.

We should encourage sales and marketing, over the objection of the libertarian douchebag princesses that are losing the attention-whoring war against professional marketers like Google.

It's always amusing when libertarian princesses cry about losing at attention-whoring.

about three weeks ago

Is the App Store Broken?

mozumder THIS Re:People expecting their marketing for free (258 comments)

If you're trying to start a business around apps, you better have a business plan in place, and that would typically include your marketing activities.

If you don't know the basics of even how to email thousands of media sites to get them to publicize and review your app, then you shouldn't be in the business.

The app store isn't broken. Your business plan is.

about three weeks ago

OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

mozumder Re:A/B Testing (161 comments)

Yes, it is what it's about, but the narcissistic libertarian princesses that infest this site haven't figured out that other people have power and control over them.

These narcissistic libertarian princesses made the mistake of thinking they are the ultimate power.

Sorry narcissistic libertarian princesses, but you're not in control over your lives - other people have control over you.

Maybe in your next life, you'll learn to gain power in order to maintain some self control?

Meanwhile, we will continue to A/B test the shit out of you and manipulate you to your heart's content.

about three weeks ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

mozumder You dorks (418 comments)

Are going to go apeshit when you find out people PAY MONEY for things like fashion magazines and Sunday newspapers, BECAUSE of the ads.

Also, you don't have to go to the CNN site if you don't like their ads. No one actually forced you to read CNN. It is their media property, they can do what they wish.

Your only role is to decide if you want to visit their media property or not.

You don't get to decide things you don't pay for. The people that pay for things gets to decide them.

If you ever feel the need to install an ad blocker, you're doing it wrong. The correct response is to NOT visit that site in the first place if you don't like their ads.

Again, please try not to make things convenient for you when you don't pay for it. You need to pay for things that you want your way. More people should be taught that.

about 1 month ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

mozumder Re:Obama (211 comments)

Well I got my free healthcare so sucks to be you! haha!

Sorry kiddos, you can't have everything. Politics is about "choosing between given choices", not "getting what you want".

And that means making tradeoffs.

Is free healthcare more important than Patent reform? Because fuck patent reform if that means I lose free healthcare.

Do you think you would have been better off under a McCain/Palin administration? Because I got news for you if you think they would have given what you wanted in Copyrights, Patents, and Guantanamo Bay.

Again: politics is about choosing between given choices. It is NOT about getting what you want.

Very few people get that.

about 2 months ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

mozumder Advertising is very influential (254 comments)

Are you an idiot? Because you must be, since advertising is very influential. The entire global economy revolves around it. Every single dollar revolves around some form of advertising.

It must cause your head to explode when you find out people actually BUY newspapers and magazines BECAUSE of the ads, or when they watch random teams in the Superbowl BECAUSE of the ads...

Don't be a douchebag libertarian narcissist that thinks their lives are above influence by others.

"I am so awesome that advertising has no effect on me."

Introverted libertarian narcissist geeks such as yourself are the worst. Your narcissism prevents you from understanding how the real world operates, where advertising is actually DESIRED, because people are interested in other people's lives, and becoming like those people.

Unlike you, where you're stuck comfortably in the awesomeness of your own life, but you don't know about your low social status, or complain about how other awesome people are actually somehow not awesome? hah.

Given all that, social media advertising itself is a terrible concept, because it goes against the basic nature of how advertising and marketing and marketing works. Mainly, the rule of life that says people want to associate themselves with people more powerful than themselves.

Why would a brand place their ad next to a picture of your friend from high-school throwing up, when they can place their brand's ad next to an awesome picture of Kate Moss in Vogue? Or next to an awesome sports figure on ESPN (the most valuable media property in the world)?

If you understand that, THEN you understand how advertising really works, and how influential it actually is. Understand this rule, and you can pretty much make any brand.

Of course, the libertarian narcissist douchebag doesn't understand that other people are higher power than them (because obviously their narcissistic disorder causes them to think they're just too awesome themselves) so this basic fundamental of advertising flies right over their head.

about 2 months ago

Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

mozumder Good luck with that (340 comments)

They're idiots and their entire economy revolves around selling things they can find on the ground.

Making microprocessors takes some actual talent.

about 2 months ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

mozumder Re:Good! (619 comments)

New taxes are never the solution. Ever.

Taxes are the costs of living in a society. I own this country, and I don't want you to live in this country without paying me something for it.

That is because humans are territorial animals. I have no desire to allow you to live in this country for free, when I can take all the resources of this land for myself. If you want to live on this land, you're going to have to pay me, and the rest of us citizenry. Otherwise, GTFO.

Taxes are the tribute you, as a citizen, pay to other citizens like me, for allowing you to live in this country.

This is the punishment you get for having little power in life. Sucks, but your libertarian philosophy mistakenly led you to believe you had more power than you thought you had. This is why adults never teach their children to be libertarian, because that is the incorrect view of life.

Remember, life isn't free. People live under the power of others, and no one is interested in allowing you freedom to live your life on your own. You will always have to live your life under the rule of someone else, because someone else controls the land you live in.

If you don't like that system you will have to find a way to rule over the land you wish to live on without any other rulers over it. Maybe you can try your hand at becoming a Somali warlord?

about 2 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

mozumder Re:Newness overload (411 comments)

Widgets were an Apple invention from the original Macintosh. They called them Desk Accessories back then.

You're probably too young to remember this as an Apple invention, and can only recall when other companies reintroduce their versions of Apples much earlier inventions.

about 3 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

mozumder Mods need to get over their sensitivities (411 comments)

If you think this is 'flame bait' then you really need to get a grip on your narcissism.

The things you think are important aren't important to other people, and you'll have to do a better job of moderating so that you appeal to what other people think are important, instead of what YOU think is important.

So get over your sensitivities, princess.

about 3 months ago

Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

mozumder Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (190 comments)

California has the biggest surplus in nearly a decade.

"bankrupt" is the exact opposite of what you think it means

Since California has so much extra money, what should they pay to build to make sure their infrastructure survives over the long-term?

We have a surplus because us big-government statists voted a big-government statist into power. Us big-government statists are always better at building economies and societies than freedom-loving libertarians.

Had a freedom-loving libertarian been elected, California definitely would be bankrupted, because freedom-loving libertarians are terrible at economic policy, since they don't like to tax people and think people make their own money, which is incorrect. We big-government statists know that government is the source of all money and is the reason people are allowed to make money in the first place.

Never vote for a freedom-loving libertarian, because that's how people become poor.

Always vote for big-government statists if you want to be rich.

And most people don't want to be poor.

about 3 months ago

Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

mozumder It's more Total Recall's Johnny Cab (190 comments)

Without the mannequin driver of course..


"I do not understand that address"

"GO! DRIVE!!!"

about 3 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

mozumder Re:Fight for consumers (211 comments)

How is reducing profit to authors a "fight for consumers"?

You do realize that when writers don't get paid, they don't write?

Publishers have to take risks on authors, because only a few authors actually profit a publisher. And when Amazon cuts their margins, they take less risks and do things like eliminate advances and reduce royalties to where they're insignificant. Or they might cut marketing for that author.

And when that happens, that writers you liked starts working at Starbucks instead of writing.

So how does NOT having your book help consumers?

about 3 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

mozumder Re:How is she relevant (255 comments)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but people expect things that are completely unfair, such as how pretty you are, or your family lineage, to be rewarded.

Your work you do in life isn't the only thing that should be rewarded.

Be glad that this intrinsic unfairness exists in life.. it causes you to work harder. The worst thing you can do is to make everyone equal.

The fact that princesses and Kardashians exist is EXACTLY what gives life its meaning. Your work you do in life is nothing without them.

about 3 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

mozumder Re:How is she relevant (255 comments)

How is power-seeking depraved?

Do you expect everyone to have NO power?

about 3 months ago



Rep. Jerrold Nadler Does Not Think the NSA Can Listen to U.S. Phone Calls

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year ago

mozumder (178398) writes "Sorry Slashdot, but your faith in your high-school dropout IT support Jesus is undermined once again, as the bombshell story on Rep. Jerrold Nadler was apparently false. Looks like he just misunderstood the initial briefing.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on this as well, saying: "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world."

It is now time to relearn everything about the NSA programs. Sometimes you actually do need more than a GED to understand systems designs."

Your IT guy is your biggest security risk

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year ago

mozumder (178398) writes "Just a reminder on how important it is to treat Dell repairmen IT guys as a security risk, as the NSA leaker shows. Apparently Edward Snowden snooped in on some PowerPoint and decided "ZOMG TYRANNY!" because that's what overzealous libertarian activist pure believers tend to do. It looks like he had no idea what the presentation was about, but went ahead and told the press that it spies on EVERY AMERICANS phone calls, when an actual engineer would tell you it could do no such thing. How would you prevent your IT guys from being too smart for their own good, to prevent damage to your organization? Is it possible to limit the information the gatekeepers themselves keep?"
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Electronics Arts CEO ousted in wake of SimCity launch disaster

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mozumder (178398) writes "The disastrous launch of SimCity took it's first major toll, with EA CEO John Riccitiello being fired from his position and removed from the Board of Directors. It is unknown what effect this may have on the SimCity franchise or any future DRM of EA games, but clearly someone didn't think their cunning plan all the way through when they decided to implement always-on connections for single-player gaming."
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Virginia Republicans propose taxing hybrids while eliminating gas tax

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mozumder (178398) writes "This one is odd. Republicans in Virginia are attempting to bring a surcharge tax on hybrid cars in a misguided attempt to raise transportation funds. Hybrids reduced gas usage cuts into the gasoline tax revenue per miles driven. But, at the same time, the Republicans are proposing eliminating the gas tax altogether, so that it only becomes a tax for having a hybrid.

Can any of our freedom-loving Republicans that make up the bulk of our Slashdot audience explain this one? If this is "freedom", let's make sure never to have "freedom" ever again."

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