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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

pauldmartin Or maybe... (149 comments)

Perhaps it's because they offered a bastardized inferior version of email for the sole purpose of mining more of their users' communications without providing any additional benefit to the consumer.

about 10 months ago
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Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

pauldmartin Re:Sega did it (335 comments)

But look how it worked out for them. The quality of their games has steadily declined to the point where their biggest brand (Sonic) has been so tarnished that it may not recover. Marvel (Disney) even revoked Sega's rights to publish movie licensed-games because the games were so horrible. Be careful what you wish for.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

pauldmartin Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (507 comments)

Having lived in Boston, Baltimore, and DC and having frequently driven between all three cities I can assure you that this is true almost anywhere in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic.

about a year and a half ago
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Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims

pauldmartin No such claim (109 comments)

Oh, but it is fraud when there is a claim that it is innovation when in fact it is not. The court system just looks the other way.

They don't claim anything of the sort (at least not in court). They just claim to own a valid patent (which they do) and that the defendant's product is infringing on it (which may or may not be true). Is it unethical? Sure! Is it fraud, no--not in the same sense that this is at least.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs

pauldmartin I just hope (334 comments)

that they don't use the iOS maps app to navigate to their new job--things will never improve!

more than 2 years ago
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Art School's Expensive Art History Textbook Contains No Actual Art

pauldmartin Global Visual Culture From Preshistory to 1800 (371 comments)

I'm confused as to why they even needed publication rights to print these images...shouldn't all of these images be in the public domain at this point?

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

pauldmartin Only 93-95%? (464 comments)

I'm waiting for companies to figure out how to contrive the numbers to calculate piracy rates of over 100%--now THAT would be impressive.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Trying New Strategy to Fix Fragmentation

pauldmartin Re:How about... (355 comments)

I'd ask how many of us have bought a carriers top-of-the-line Android device in the last year, and are still waiting for ICS, none months after it was released.

Actually, I'm currently waiting for jelly bean now since its none months since that's been released.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

pauldmartin Re:What are you paying for this? (346 comments)

No, I don't have a problem with targeted ads or Facebook knowing the personal information that I choose to publish there. I am simply pointing out that Facebook is not entirely a "free" service and therefore we DO have a right to complain when they suddenly and without warning change our email addresses on their site without permission.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

pauldmartin Re:What are you paying for this? (346 comments)

Except Facebook isn't free. It's paid for by personal information and by opting in to targeted advertising. If it were truly free then there wouldn't have been a move like this in the first place since Facebook wouldn't be attempting to further profit off of its users.

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian Military Says It's Copying US Drone

pauldmartin Re:Cryptography ? (350 comments)

No one has commented about them "breaking the software encryption". I am surprised that it would be so easy to do. Could it be true ? Does anyone has insight into what type of encryption is used or how it could be broken ? I'm pretty sure it's not ROT13.

By reverse engineering the software and finding the key or by digging through the key in memory using a hardware tool to perform a MITM attack between the chipset and memory. I'm sure they didn't do anything interesting like break a block cipher.

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit Subpoenaed In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

pauldmartin Re:Shouldn't be a crime (303 comments)

How about just *gasp* not posting then?

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

pauldmartin Re:Good (407 comments)

I think my memory of CompUSA is tainted by how awesome and professional its staff was during the store's liquidation. I used to go to my local store during its final days frequently and was literally able to barter with the staff about the price of floor model computers and TVs. They even sold me a $2400 laptop with a broken screen for $700 and were extremely helpful. I also liked the fact that I could show up and pick up modding supplies anytime I wanted and that they actually had a great selection of computer parts, though the prices were high so it was only good in a pinch. Still though, with the proliferation of fast, cheap and efficient online stores, its only a matter of time before most of these brick and mortar stores are out of business. They couldn't find ways to improve the consumer experience and they couldn't find ways to make their prices competitive, so now they will have to close, just as they deserve to. I'll always look back with nostalgia on the days when I used to go to stores and peruse aisles to find cool items, but the thought will quickly fade away as I buy 4x the stuff for the same price by shopping on Amazon.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

pauldmartin Re:Good (407 comments)

Yes, and they all deserved to fail (with the possible exception of CompUSA). Now it's Best Buy's turn...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Have You Handled Illegal Interview Topics?

pauldmartin Re:Discrimination (714 comments)

Being in computer security, maybe...it really depends on the job. In some cases this might be a legitimate question (government contracting work for example). If I were looking for a random programming job then no, that would be disgusting. It also helps that job prospects in this field are good and that I can afford to be picky. The real tragedy is that people that are presented with this type of discrimination during job interviews and who may happen to need jobs the most are the in the worst position for bringing these offenses to light since they can't afford to back out of an interview for such reasons if they aren't being actively discriminated against.

more than 2 years ago
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New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It

pauldmartin Re:Why? (320 comments)

I think it's a bold statement to assume that users on here have sex on any sort of a regular basis

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

pauldmartin Teacher is in trouble for reading actual porn... (1054 comments)

"Update: According to a news report by local station WRDW, the police incident report in the case claims that the teacher read "pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation." But according to the WRDW report, the school is still maintaining that the offending material was just three books that the teacher read to class, which were primarily offensive due to swear words. (Thanks to AJRimmer for pointing us to this.)" Source: http://io9.com/5893478/teachers-job-in-jeopardy-for-reading-to-kids-from-enders-game

about 2 years ago
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Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music

pauldmartin The facts in this case have been misreported (649 comments)

While I'm no fan of wide-scale takedowns like these, and I really hate to take a stance against megaupload since I was on their side just an hour ago, the facts in this case have been rather egregiously misreported. If you read the complaints, past the initial section you see several situations in which the staff of megaupload clearly acted in an illegal manner. The report cites several directly quoted examples of internal knowledge of criminal infringement going on, pirated links being swapped around amongst employees and friends, and other willful infringement. Megaupload also intentionally constructed its top 100 list with only non-infringing downloads when it had direct knowledge that the top 100 files were actually mostly links to pirated content. Perhaps most damningly though, the DMCA takedown report page actually only took down the reported link, NOT the content itself or any other links to the content. In addition, the megaupload site operators had databases of hashes for known child pornography and terrorist training videos. If an uploaded video hashed to the same value as anything on this list, the site rejected it. It had no equivalent database for known or reported copyrighted works. I know I'll probably get downvoted for this, but I do think the facts of this case should be reported accurately, anything but the truth is intellectually dishonest. Here is a link to a gizmodo article with the legal complaint directly embedded for your perusal. Note that the information in this report came as a result of searchs performed with a warrant over the past two years. On the flip-side, this case is an excellent example of why SOPA and PIPA are totally unnecessary--obviously the laws weren't (and aren't) needed to prosecute copyright infringement.

more than 2 years ago

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