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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

multisync Re:Trolling much ? (163 comments)

What are you trying to do? Referring to?

On the assumption you're not trolling, I believe he was referring to these.

about three weeks ago
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The Internet's broken. Who's going to invent a new one?

multisync Internet Of Things (1 comments)

Yes, all you idiots who want an Internet Of Things, go build your own internetwork and GTF off of ours. That should free up enough IPv4 addresses to keep us going a couple more decades.

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

multisync Re:UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh (357 comments)

I rather die then see the huge medical bills for this type of treatment

I think you would need to do things the other way around. Once you're dead, you would not then be able to see the medical bills.

about 6 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

multisync Re:Why? (769 comments)

Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.

I guess we could all switch to a press ... but that's a bit messy and requires a stand alone heating method (I've not the space to keep a proper tea kettle on my office desk)

I've been using single cup coffee makers like this Black & Decker Brew 'n Go for years. No mess, no fuss, just pour a cup full of fresh water from your cup in to the reservoir, add a couple scoops of fresh ground coffee to the filter basket and hit the go button.

You get a fresh cup of coffee without the waste of those empty "pods," and no DRM to boot.

about 7 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

multisync Re:Oh (474 comments)

Yeah, you're probably right about that.

about 8 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

multisync Re:Oh (474 comments)

With the general definition of the PC market being something you can install Windows/DOS on or WinTel compatible

Where did you get that idea? A personal computer is just that, a small, affordable computer that is operated directly by the end user. Neither Windows or an Intel processor are required.

about 8 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

multisync Re:And that is why.... (599 comments)

They will get your piece of shit ride of the road one day buddy.

Which is it: a piece of shit, or a piece of the road? Your comment makes no sense.

about 8 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

multisync Re: Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

Keep your $100k/year job with $300k house and 3 hours commute

OT, but wow, they sell houses for $300k where you live? I would have trouble finding a one-bedroom condo for $300k in my neck of the woods.

about 8 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

multisync Re:Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

It will be a revelation to senior management.

They will in fact need reports such as this to recognize the reality that all us IT workers have known for years.

Yeah, right. Senior management will never read a report titled "Senior managers are the worst information security offenders" on a site called net-security.org, any more than they would read a report at motherjones.com about the disparity between the wages of regular employees and executives.

about 8 months ago
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David Pogue and Yahoo's "Normals" Problem

multisync Re:What do you expect? (213 comments)

I pay to use the Internet already via my ISP.

I block ads too, but it's a bit of a non sequitur to say that there is no need to support the sites you visit because you pay your ISP for access to the Internet. It's not like you ISP is passing any of that money along to the producers of the content on the sites you visit.

I pay taxes to local governments responsible for maintaining our roads. That doesn't mean GM owes me a car.

about 8 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

multisync Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

You, sir, should read the next paragraph in the Wikipedia article you linked to:

A customer may or may not also be a consumer, but the two notions are distinct, even though the terms are commonly confused. A customer purchases goods;

That would be advertisers paying money to Facebook in exchange for your data so they can target ads at you

a consumer uses them.

That would be you clicking Like on that Miley Cyrus video, generating the data (the product) that the advertisers are willing to pay Facebook for.

An ultimate customer may be a consumer as well, but just as equally may have purchased items for someone else to consume.

That would be the advertisers (the customer) providing the revenue Facebook requires to provide the service to you (the consumer).

I already covered this in my previous comment, but maybe I failed to make myself clear. Yes, Facebook users exchange their data for the use of the service, but their data in and of itself is of minimal value to Facebook. Sure, it may give them opportunities to expand their user-base, for example. Especially if you are willing to allow them to harvest the contacts in your email client.

It is the advertisers who value you data, and are willing to exchange money for it. That provides the revenue Facebook needs to keep operating.

You are providing a resource to Facebook in return for the use of their service, which they then refine and sell to their customers. It's no different than the farmer who grows the potatoes that McDonald's turns in to french fries, except the farmer is probably being paid in cash rather than cat videos.

Is the farmer the customer?

Here's a better analogy, and it even has a car in it:

I'm a high school kid and my dad runs a used car lot. I come in after school and on weekends and wash cars on the lot so they will be more appealing to my dad's customers. He doesn't pay me, because I'm his kid and he's a cheapskate, but in exchange for my efforts he occasionally lets me drive one of the cars from the lot.

So I'm giving something that is of limited value on it's own, but increases my dad's ability to generate revenue for his car lot so it can stay in business, and in return receive the use of some of the company's assets.

Now substitute washing cars with clicking Like buttons, and using cars from the lot with using the site, and you begin to get the picture. The fact that I exchanged a bit of labour for the occasional use of a car from the lot does not make me the customer. I'm more like a supplier, or a sub-trade even.

But I'm sure I'm not changing your mind about anything, if you've even bothered to read this far. If you want to think of yourself as Facebook's customer, go right ahead. But your use of their site on its own generates no revenue, and without revenue a company isn't viable. In my book the actor providing the revenue is the customer. They are the ones my business will cater to.

Having someone wash the cars on my lot is great, and might even help my business, but without cash-paying customers my business will fail.

about 8 months ago
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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

multisync Re:Interesting... (180 comments)

Wow, I can understand your frustration.

Users restarting their machines to get around the virus scan is an issue for their supervisor to address. Hammering them with back-to-back scans only increases their frustration and the likelihood that they will continue to look for ways to defeat the process.

Battles between IT and users are common, and we've had to lock down some of the machines at my company to stop bad behavior, but it really sounds like things have progressed to the point where your IT department is simply being obstinate. Yes, it's important that the scans complete, but if your users can not do their jobs for six or seven hours of every week, pretty soon there will be no point in scanning the machines. You'll be out of business.

about 8 months ago
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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

multisync Re:Interesting... (180 comments)

Most people in my office don't even come in on Tuesdays anymore because that's virus scan day. It starts a 1AM and nothing on your machine will work until at least 3PM

If it is actually taking 14 hours to complete a virus scan, I would be looking for other issues with the hardware. Seriously, 14 hours? We use McAfee VirusScan Enterprise where I work, and most full system scans complete within an hour or so. If you weren't exaggerating, your security group must be truly incompetent as that is beyond acceptable.

As a workaround, depending on your office hours you could begin the scans at 6:00 PM instead of 1:00 AM, so they would be finished by 8:00 the following morning. That won't solve the mystery as to why your scans are taking so long, but at least the people in your office could start coming in on Tuesdays again.

about 8 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

multisync Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Company have multiple types of customers. Hint: Facebook's users ARE customers.

Accepting for the moment that company (sic) have multiple types of customers, the most important "type" would be the one who is paying the bills. And that certainly isn't the user.

Honestly, read a book or something. The idea that the consumers of online services are the product, not the customer, is neither new or particularly controversial. You could argue, and I suppose you are, that the user is paying for the services received by providing personal information in exchange for the service, but that would make them more like a supplier of raw material (their "likes," their social connections etc) that is then processed and re-sold to advertisers who use that information target ads at the users.

The ultimate customer is the purchaser of those ads, regardless of whether you feel you received something of value in exchange for the information you provided.

Just because they aren't buying anything doesn't mean they aren't customers. You have a lot to learn about business

My business provides services to clients on behalf of other businesses. We work hard to ensure that the consumers of those services are happy and never forget how important they are to the viability of our business, but they are not customers, they are clients. Our customers are the businesses who pay us to provide those services to their customers, our clients.

If you can provide examples of businesses that remained viable despite their customers not buying anything, then I will defer to your obviously superior business knowledge.

about 8 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

multisync Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Not only that, Lanier seems to be confused about who Facebook's customer is. Hint: it's not the user.

about 8 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

multisync Re:All I can say to that is... (226 comments)

That is some world-class hipsterism, right there. I tip my hat to you.

The twenty and thirty-something crowd where I work got a real kick out of your "hipster" comment. Yeah, I guess I'll have to get a fedora and some skinny jeans.

about 8 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

multisync Re:All I can say to that is... (226 comments)

Probably. It says he hosts "On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a popular morning radio show on KIIS-FM."

about 8 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

multisync Re:All I can say to that is... (226 comments)

who?

Apparently he's a celebrity. Wikipedia says he's a radio personality and hosts a show called American Idol.

I had to look it up too.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

multisync Re:in other news (698 comments)

NSA wrote the malware and implicated China

That was my thought. The only countries who have attempted something on the scale of what the NSA is alleging are (allegedely) the United States and Isreal, who (allegedely) unleashed Stuxnet on the world.

And I agree with the poster above - why would China wish to cripple the economy of one of the largest customers of its goods.

This isn't passing the smell test.

about 9 months ago

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Canadian Copyright Bill: Flawed but fixable?

multisync multisync writes  |  more than 4 years ago

multisync (218450) writes "Michael Geist analyzes Bill C-32, the Conservative government's latest attempt to modernize Canada's copyright laws, and appease US demands that they introduce U.S.-style DMCA rules in Canada. But Dr. Geist believes there is hope the bill can be salvaged:

The digital lock provisions are by far the biggest flaw in the bill, rules that some will argue renders it beyond repair. I disagree. The flaw must be fixed, but there is much to support within the proposal. There will undoubtedly be attacks on the fair dealing reforms and pressure to repeal them, along with the U.S. and the copyright lobby demanding that their digital lock provisions be left untouched. If Canadians stay quiet, both are distinct possibilities. If they speak out, perhaps the bill can be fixed.

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Old-style User Page

multisync multisync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I noticed today that you can get the "old-style" User Page by going to the following URL:

http://slashdot.org/users.pl

Now if we could just get the old meta-moderation page back, I might starting modding and meta-modding again.

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