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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

mujadaddy Re:Constant Planning (185 comments)

I learned Project Management in grad school from Ted Kozman, and his guiding philosophy was the principle my peers and I codified as Kozman's Law:

If you fail to prepare to plan, plan to prepare to fail.

about a week ago

Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

mujadaddy "Ham Shop" (62 comments)

"Ham Shop"?

"Ham Shop"???

about a week ago

Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

mujadaddy Re:ads (327 comments)

Re: Akamai

Yeah, that's a tough one. About the only thing I can think of would be to just disable them entirely, as you said, breaking 'much' of the 'Net, just so you can be an informed data consumer.

But I'm the kind of person who disabled Flash entirely and uses Hosts & NoScript to break the 'Net already, so that would be a small step for me.

Good luck to all of us.

about two weeks ago

Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

mujadaddy Re:so is this a fancy proof of (429 comments)

0 = 1 ?

I suspect that what we'll eventually find is that 0 => 1 + -1

about three weeks ago

Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

mujadaddy Re:Reverse discrimination is still discrimination (280 comments)

The policy isn't the issue.

Yes it is.

Where is this insistence on real-naming coming from? Not the users (ie, 'the product'), but the advertisers (ie, 'the customers'). The users know their friends' aliases, but the advertisers can't or won't make that leap without some help in the form of arbitrary Terms of Use.

The policy IS the issue. The drag performers are just a symptom.

about 2 months ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

mujadaddy Re:Not as original as they claim (218 comments)

There is a Youtube video (Yes, it is Flash

It's 2014. You can disable your Flash plugin and it plays just fine.

about 5 months ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

mujadaddy Re:Get back your speed easily 2 ways (337 comments)

Sorry, I've been only vaguely aware of your Time Cube-esque ranting over the past few months, but I've wondered the entire time and am now asking, why would someone need a program to edit their hosts file?

The rest of you forgive the off-topic, please.

about 6 months ago

China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

mujadaddy Breaking: (200 comments)

This just in: China was considering paying for an operating system!

about 6 months ago

Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

mujadaddy Re:What advances? (111 comments)

IMO, the greatest video game of all time is Star Control 2 (1993)

Great nominee but I'd go with Mail-Order Monsters (1985), personally.

about 6 months ago

Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

mujadaddy Re:Big data found her? (248 comments)

No, I didn't miss that point, but I'm probably communicating my own position somewhat unclearly.

You may be surprised that, in fact, I actually consider myself to be something of a privacy advocate, although probably not nearly as extreme as some. I guess I still see the good that the advertising revenue has done for the web as well as the bad, so I guess I've been taking a somewhat contrary position to balance the debate.

I love a well-reasoned contrary position; nothing wrong with forcing people to think about their own.

Keep in mind that I view "advertisement" and "intrusive personal data mining" as distinct issues as well, although it would be naive to dismiss the relationship, of course.

And I said I don't mind advertising, only the distinct feeling that there's an entity-like algorithm behind the scenes ticking boxes when I do things.

Ultimately, we're probably going to need some "complete opt-out" legislation, perhaps similar to the "do not call" list for telemarketers.

That would take quite an honest & vigorous debate to enact; I doubt ten years is enough time for this, so I prefer to advocate personal obfuscation *now*...

I assume you're asking about free as in "freedom"?

No, actually; As you point out, we have "Freedom"-free (at least at the moment before the Impending US Net Neutrality Murder has played out completely). I'm saying that giving up our privacy is a 'beer-cost' which we're certainly not getting full dollar value for, at least in the US.

"do we have any online privacy?", and unfortunately, the answer is "probably not". What is the danger of a lack of privacy, aside from being worthwhile in itself? The collected data could potentially be used to actually curtail freedom instead of simply passively eroding privacy - the temptation to do so is huge. So, yeah, I do believe it's a real concern, and it's going to be a huge issue in the next decade or so as we figure out how to balance all of this realistically.

Well said, but the danger of a lack of privacy is, should be, self-evident: If I've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to see.

All that being said, I still think you're pining for an internet which basically few people actually used except a handful of academics and enthusiasts (sort of like Linux fifteen years ago, I guess). I was there, I saw it, and it was pretty damn uninteresting and far less practical than the internet we have today.

The impracticality protected us from being interesting enough to spy on. The impracticality for the average computer owner kept them off; ubiquity of the internet makes the target interesting enough to spy upon. "News for Nerds" vs. "News for Everyone"... I know it's not coming back, by the way... I just miss it.

about 7 months ago

Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

mujadaddy Re:What's the difference (219 comments)

I think you mean website developers are so reliant on JS these days, that they think they can't write a site without such heavy use of it that sneezing at it will break their site.

Javascript does some good stuff. When I'm building something, I make sure that the good stuff it does is on the same domain as the website on which I want it done, though. Your mileage will vary.

about 7 months ago

Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

mujadaddy Re:Big data found her? (248 comments)

Of course I use Google for searching, but I've moved on to Startpage at present to minimize my Google footprint. Youtube existed before Google bought it, and it was unarguably a better place, if not quite as convenient with respect to speed or uploading.

And that is what I think you've missed, here in the comments of a story about how onerous it is to avoid becoming a data point in dozens, hundreds of advertisers' and Snowden-knows-what-else's data files:

We don't have a choice any more.

Back when the internet was hard to use, we didn't have mom or grandma our Cousin Suzy to worry about shining a light on us. The advertising you seem to celebrate has undoubtedly expanded the internet and 'free' content availability, but this is the very situation which I'm "overly nostalgic" against.

For the record, I'm not against ads or seeing them; I'm against that relationship of one-ad-on-one-site and the rest of my browsing habits being linked or traceable or contributory outside of that scenario where I've seen an ad on one particular site. You'll say that these interlinks and the industry behind it have 'made money' out of views, but, again, my position is that the Internet is for things the Host loves, not an opportunity to make money from the mere fact of traffic.

Every one of them free for you and paid for partially or entirely with ad revenue.

Money is not the only cost. And we're barely into the debate of what the real cost of 'free' sites is.

One anecdote: I do the .NET for a Fortune 200's 'dotCom' site. I was testing something the other day, functionality based on presence of a cookie generated from a different page view and had cleared all cookies and reloaded our homepage. Other than our site, I was floored to see one hundred and forty tracking and advertising cookie domains (not just cookies) populate my list. Do you seriously still think that the 'free internet' is free?

about 7 months ago

Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

mujadaddy Re:Big data found her? (248 comments)

The web is largely funded by advertisement.

And that fact is largely to blame for most of the problems I have with the internet.

The internet used to be a labor of love: if you loved something, you had a site. It wasn't about making a buck off of people. Call me whatever name you like, but I'd rather 300 baud of people who love what they're hosting than 1Gbps of adware.

about 7 months ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

mujadaddy Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Please share your newsletter link.

about 8 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

mujadaddy Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You wouldn't be disallowing scripts from "fsdn.com" like I was, hm? That should do the trick.

about 8 months ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

mujadaddy Re:Start turning the cogs (978 comments)

Unfortunately, for all the talk of micro-payments, I've never seen a serious attempt at implementing them.

So the problem isn't that commercial websites are greedy, it's that banks, et al, are greedy? Surely there's a simple solution staring everyone in the face that I can't think of right now either.

Also, I'm not discounting the fact that Google is a big part of the Ad Thing's perpetuation. Finding [N] on the internet used to be done differently when you weren't guaranteed money for it...

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

mujadaddy Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

If the threat is that all the commercial enterprises are going to vanish from the internet and we're going to end up back in a time when the internet was for enthusiasts generating and trading information and content among each other without having to monetize absolutely every fucking page load, then by all means -- I'm on board.

This, so fucking hard. Used to be you spent hundreds a month on modem fees to give your BBS content away.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

mujadaddy Re:Packaging (249 comments)

(How do you think much of your computing stuff made its way from China to begin with?)

In cases of individual parts?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Sneak Attack On Apple: SkyDrive, Not Surface

mujadaddy Re:Ohrly? Simple: (150 comments)

Microsoft sues for anti-trust.

more than 2 years ago

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

mujadaddy Good. Karma? (158 comments)


more than 3 years ago



Fiber to the Home: One Local Utility's Triumph

mujadaddy mujadaddy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mujadaddy (1238164) writes "In 2004, I was getting my MS in Telecom Engineering in Lafayette, LA, and the municipal power & water utility, "Lafayette Utility System"/LUS was publicizing a proposal to connect every home in the city with fiber. I and a few friends had some concerns, so two of us went down to LUS. We met with Terry Huval, Director of LUS, a very busy man who found the time to answer all our technical questions about the plan — we were blown away with how competent and forethoughtful they had been. The many, inevitable lawsuits on the road ahead were our, and his, only reservation.

Now, it's a reality."

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