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Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

phmadore Stereotyping (137 comments)

Seems like it will be based too much on stereotypes. When I was 16, I typed in proper case (I wanted most of all to be a writer, and I used every opportunity to improve my grammar and typing), used big words in context, and did not easily use emoticons.

I suppose over time they could develop something keener, but if you're going to base it on the mean of all people in a certain age bracket, there will be enough exceptions to render the most useful applications of the software irrelevant.

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

phmadore Re:Psychopathy? (293 comments)

Good points all around.

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

phmadore Re:Psychopathy? (293 comments)

Well, would you consider someone at the coffee shop who jumped into group discussions with bad intentions to be a problem? Some of the arguments that get started, IRL, would lead to physical altercations. I think this is why it's gradually being taken more seriously.

Myself, I've never thought it could, in any way, be seen as positive to intentionally and willfully waste others' time. I think that sans trolls the number of people who don't want to partake in online conversations would be lower than 41%.

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

phmadore Re:Can't They End Run? (387 comments)

Exactly. Why do they have a problem letting others sell their cars? They are one of the few manufacturers who demand this sort of control over their sales.

about 2 months ago
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The CIA Helped Build the Content Farm That Churns Out American Literature

phmadore They Funded The Paris Review, too (1 comments)

When I started writing, my favorite literary magazine was the Paris Review, and it was my biggest goal to get published there, and I submitted dozens of times. Now I don't care so much, after last year reading this Salon article which outlines their roots. Fuck George Plimpton. No wonder his writing was boring.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:How stupid (240 comments)

I can agree with that. I'm just pointing out the irony. The increased mobility and the few extra dollars in the working person's pocket (if mass transit were 100% subsidized) would both go a long way to boosting the economy.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:How stupid (240 comments)

Many downtown centers in parts of America such as Denver, Boulder, and even downtown Oakland, CA, have free buses for busy shopping districts which are given all the same rights as public transit even when they are privately owned. These buses are expressly for the purpose of giving those who can afford to shop an easier time in so doing.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:Tickets (240 comments)

They have those too. It's one of the top tourist destinations of the world, so of course there are solutions for people who aren't going to use it for a week or even for a full day.

about 2 months ago
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Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

phmadore I thought (113 comments)

'The oil companies have, in effect, profited off polluting.'

I thought we had reached an agreement as a species that this is what they were doing in the first place? Did anyone else read the last book Kurt Vonnegut wrote?

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:SF is easier to hack than that (240 comments)

lol.

Beta doesn't bother me, though. I'm more interested than the stories than I am the format. As long as they let us comment, I wouldn't even care if they installed that Disqus bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:SF is easier to hack than that (240 comments)

I see nothing unethical about it, is the problem. Here's the point: when I could pay, I did; when I couldn't, I didn't let that stop me from getting where I was going. I assure you the system would take in a lot more money if it made room for situations like mine at that time. If they'd have accepted $1.00 when that was all I had, they'd have gotten my dollar instead of nothing. Ironically, on the Oakland side of the bay, many bus drivers would accept less, depending on the time of day. Now and then they'd tell you to wait until the next time they came through for this or that reason, but they'd still get you where you were going. In SF, most buses are crowded most of the time, so asking would have been a waste of time for all parties involved.

I remember one time I jumped the Fruitvale BART turnstyle right in front of a cop, made eye contact, and kept walking. He didn't feel I was unethical enough to write a ticket.

More ironically, this conversation reminds me that I do, in fact, have an outstanding ticket from the metro train in SF. And even more ironic is the fact that that particular morning I had legitimately lost my ticket. I was living in a VA halfway house, taking it fully for granted, and the weekly pass they gave me turned out to be in my backpack later on when I had a free minute to look at it. The problem with that halfway house program was that it filled my days with so many appointments and bullshit that I couldn't make the time to do what I really needed to do, which was find a job.

Here's another thing I want to say: I see no reason to follow Ghandi's advice at this point in history. Being the change I want to see in the world would require me to, once again, give up everything I own and occupy a public space and spend 24 hours a day protesting things I don't want to see anymore of in this country, such as unwarranted/ineffective NSA surveillance, artificially depressed wages as a product of political footballing, or half-assed socialist programmes with no scientifically veritable benefit, such as the food stamp program, which actually benefits corporations like Wal*Mart far more than it does the people who are entitled to it.

I can't afford to give up everything I own again. I don't believe that you or anyone else reading this thread has ever done that, not for this country and not for your stated ideals.

Why can't I afford it? Because five days ago my first son was born, and in the last 10 months I've made a radical transition from a travelling crackpot radical to a working-class citizen. His life is far more important than my ideals. I don't want him to ever struggle as I have struggled, and I don't want him to have as cynical a view of the world as I do. This transition isn't something I would've done otherwise. Otherwise I'd still be out there somewhere, in the woods most likely, waiting for the inevitable collapse-via-inertia of a society which did not adhere to its principles.

Judge not lest ye be judged, sir.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore Re:SF is easier to hack than that (240 comments)

I don't particularly give a fuck how unethical it is.

Listen, go down to ... I think it's Montgomery, near the 7-11 that's near the Ritz, and watch that bus stop. Watch just how many people actually pay the fare. Then fuck yourself.

about 2 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

phmadore SF is easier to hack than that (240 comments)

If you're in SF and just trying to go somewhere else in SF, just do what everyone else does and either hop a bus and don't pay the fare or hop the turnstyles and don't pay the fare. If you're trying to go across the bay to Oakland, be more careful, but still, if you don't want to pay, just don't. When I was living there in 2012, this worked 100% of the time that I couldn't afford a trip or didn't feel like paying. The buses are the easiest because you can board on the back. And another thing that's supposed to be happening is a tiered pricing system. But anyway, you don't have to go to much trouble to get around free/cheap in SF, but it seems like it would have been a fun study to conduct.

about 2 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

phmadore Fun (171 comments)

I tear them apart or see what else can be done with them.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft Rumored to Integrate Android Apps

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 2 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge , Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill."
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EFF Launches The Day We Fight Back

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 2 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is on a holy crusade to protect the fourth amendment. No matter how you feel about the activities of the National Security Agency as revealed to us in the last several months, you should call your representatives and tell them! The campaign is called "The Day We Fight Back" and it encourages all dutiful citizens to take a few minutes to either call or e-mail their representatives to voice their opinion on the looming possibility of or already existing Big Brother we read about in 1984 as children. Personally, I chose to call, and the process was very smooth."
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Penguins Require Anti-Depressants Due To Prolonged British Rain

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 2 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Geekosystem has a funny if sad story about a dozen Chilean and Peruvian Humboldt penguins residing in Scarborough, England, who've totally lost their shit because of the longer-than-usual rainy season going on there. From the article: 'At least the penguins aren’t in any actual danger from the weather, according to Lyndsey Crawford, the Centre’s display curator. The prolonged bad weather is confusing them, and it’s causing them to avoid their natural habitat (or as close as they can get to it in Britain) in the water and instead shiver in the cold on land.'"
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US Diplomats Anger EU In Leaked Phone Call

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 2 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "From Ars: 'US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, clearly thought they were speaking on a secure line when discussing the political unrest in Ukraine and how the US government should help resolve the crisis. At one point during the January 25 call, Nuland colorfully rejected recent overtures from European Union leaders by telling her colleague: "Fuck the EU."'

I thought these guys were trained in operational security... remember, these are the people in charge of our reputation abroad."

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FBI Seized All TorMail Data to Catch Hackers

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "From Gizmodo: 'If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail.'"
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Google Earth Incompatible with ChromeOS?

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "It's the kind of thing you don't really expect. Hanging out with my wife on the couch watching Serpico, I suddenly remembered I needed to know what the courthouse looks like so we don't have any trouble finding it tomorrow (we're new to the area). What better excuse to check out Google Earth, right? So I tried, and this is what I found. Some sort of joke, I thought, but nothing in the Chrome Store was helpful either. (Here's what Quick Earth looks like.) Dang. Only way to check out Earth now is to actually install that Debian package on my other computer, I guess, and hope that old Lenovo ThinkCentre can handle it, since we have no Windows or Mac. (And yes, I did wind up just using Street View on maps.)"
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OpenTTD 1.4.0 On Its Way

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "1.4.0 of the most intellectually challenging OSS game out there (IMO), OpenTTD (Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe), is near at hand. Of course, most servers are still running 1.3.3 (the last stable, major version change, from November/December-ish). N-Ice.org typically waits until a stable release has been around for a minute to implement the changes into its online client (which is as yet unavailable as a binary for Linux; it varies only slightly from the official release and non-Windows users are able to interface with it no problem), but there are exciting developments coming down the pipe for OpenTTD.

"The new SSE blitters were also further improved. Not immediately noticeable but useful in the future, are the new string codes to display amounts of cargo in NewGRFs. For our Korean users, the separators in numbers were fixed."

Here is some information on the history of OTTD."
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Google Lets Chrome Microphone Bug Go 4+ Months

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 3 months ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "I had an idea to implement into Chrome this morning (for personal purposes), and figured I'd peek at the source to see if I could even make sense of it (new to coding). So I Googled for it, and on the results page was an article from the BBC, a source I hardly ever read otherwise. It detailed how Israeli developer Tal Ater, who is working on speech recognition software, discovered a(n) (already-discovered and supposedly patched) bug which allows "malicious" sites to listen in to conversations, apparently with or without a user's permission. Now, I'm sure that none of us are surprised the "bug" (LOL NSA) existed in the first place. But for what reason has Google not fully patched this?

Despite Google finding a way to fix the bug in October 2013 the update has yet to be rolled out to Chrome, he said.

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Netflix Aborts Qwickster Quicker Than You Can Spel

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phmadore writes "So, for those of us who haven't given up on Netflix, we know that Netflix has in fact given up on its recently announced first-born, "Qwickster."

From the e-mail:

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password... in other words, no Qwikster."

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NeoOffice Charging for 3.2 Download

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phmadore writes "Well, I've donated to NeoOffice several times. I was grateful to remember about them after OpenOffice stopped working for awhile (don't know its current Mac OSX status). Anyway, I must have donated with a different e-mail last time, because they wouldn't let me get their latest version, 3.2, until I made a minimum ten dollar "donation." Seems like they're capitalizing on a murky part of the OSS license, to me. Now mind you, I made the donation because the software is well worth it, but I am troubled when I see things like this happening. Don't direct me to the source code if I don't have ten dollars — you're going against the very spirit of OSS, and I don't like it. Thoughts, /.?"
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E-Book Lending Stands Up To Corporate Mongering

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Publishing Perspectives is talking today about the rise of e-book lending, which, one would hope, will lead to a rise in questioning exactly how far one's digital rights extend. Although the articles are mostly talking about the authorized lending programs through Kindle and Nook ("The mechanics are simple: ebook owners sign up and list books that they want to allow others to borrow. When someone borrows one of the ebooks you have listed, you earn a credit. Credits can also be purchased for as little as $1.99 from eBook Fling."), we have to ask ourselves why we are suddenly paying publishers more for less. In the case of iBooks, you can't even transfer your books to another device, let alone another user, but then at least the prices are somewhat controlled. In the case of sites like BooksOnBoard, you've got ridiculously out of control prices with a greatly decreased cost of delivery. It's not all bad, don't get me wrong: Kobo offers competitive that never leave me feeling ripped off or stuck with an inferior product. Still, I can't help but think: digital rights management, sure! Where are my rights, as a consumer, and who is managing them? I wouldn't mind selling the rights back to the publisher or store for in-store credit; I also wouldn't be terribly bothered if they got a reasonable cut off the resale of the product to someone else. What I won't like is if they never allow it or continue to make it impossible for me to sell what's rightfully mine! This is not software we're talking about and copyright has been very clear on it for decades: not only can I legally re-sell a CD, but I can burn a copy and give it to my mother if I please, or even burn a copy and give it to my mother and THEN re-sell it. Anyways, WTF /.?"
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Radiohead Releasing 8th Album Primarily To The Web

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Pitchfork is bubbling with the news this morning: British Indie rockers Radiohead are dropping what is to be dubbed the world's first "newspaper record" — on Saturday. To wit: 'So Radiohead have set aside the "pay what you want" patronage model that dominated the conversation surrounding the In Rainbows release, yet have retained that album's more important business aspects: Packaging their music as a high-end collectable and controlling its leak, which has the effect of creating what these days is a rare, worldwide, collective listening experience.' Personally, I'm looking into methods of pre-ordering now."
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Hasbro DMCA's OSS Axis & Allies Clone TripleA

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phmadore (1391487) writes "Troubling news came to me this afternoon by way of my friend who wanted to play TripleA with us. He has a PC and we all have Macs, so we told him the site to download the Windows version. He found this notice that the game is no longer available due to legal action initiated by Hasbro. Let's go ahead and get our mirrors up and running, yeah?"
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Simon & Schuster Issues Policy on Book Piracy

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phmadore writes "According to Publisher's Weekly, Simon & Schuster have decided to take on the (near-non-existent?) world of digital book piracy with the recent launch of a website for whistleblowers. From the article: An S&S spokesperson said no particular incident lead to the development of the statement, but added that S&S was interested in communicated a policy about where it stood on digital piracy while providing a forum for agents, authors and others to help the publisher fight unauthorized use of its content. Seems to me we're lucky if people are reading fiction at all, by whatever means."
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Typekit Launches Beta

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phmadore writes "Typekit has launched in beta for users who were signed up for their mailing list before. The legal font-embedding service offers a month free-trial, $24.99/year for "personal" users (up to 10GB/month transfer on 1 website), $49.99/year for "portfolio" users (up to 20GB/month transfer on up to 5 websites), and $49.99/month for "corporate" users (up to 50GB/month transfer on unlimited websites). The prices are set to go up after the initial year enlistment, probably in hopes that users will already be addicted (we are). Tech support is community-based and seemingly pretty congenial. So far I'm liking the way it renders on my magazine's website, decided to use RedHat's Liberation as my primary font, and have already signed up for the rest of the year. Note: you must have a compatible browser to see the non-standard fonts render properly, but then, you probably knew that. ;)"
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Hyper Publishing Threatens Lawsuit Over Critique

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phmadore writes "Michael J. Duckett, the scammer behind Hyper Publishing, has written to Gene Morgan, owner of popular underground/electronic literature blog HTMLGiant, saying that coverage undertaken in the last six months by one of the blog's contributors, Justin Taylor (as well as others), constitutes "slanderous and libel remarks" and is "defaming." He demands that Gene Morgan remove all posts about or related to Hyper Publishing or him personally and has started negotiations with an ultimatum, never a good method, saying: "If you do not comply within this time frame [of 72 hours], I will turn this over to our legal department for further action." Gene Morgan has requested the audience of Giant suggest a lawyer--maybe the Slashdot community can help. Does the HTMLGiant coverage of Hyper Publishing's shady practices constitute libel? Does Duckett have a case? Should Giant fans be scared? All input is greatly appreciated!"
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Pre-Fabricated Wiktionary-like Software?

phmadore phmadore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phmadore writes "In addition to my magazine I'd like to have a lit-centric wiktionary-like feature. I know the big wiktionary runs on MediaWiki but it seems fairly customized towards its purpose (obviously.) What I'm looking for is something that would be a bit more lightweight than a full-blown Wiki install but would still get the job done. I know there are alternatives to MW, but I've never used one, and so I'm wondering what Slashdotters would suggest as the best wiki to use. Many thanks!"
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Learning to Code

phmadore phmadore writes  |  about 2 months ago

This is something I should have done when I was 12 years old, but I am finally learning to program in C++ and then in other languages. I still have ideas which have still not been implemented. Wish me luck on this journey. It's going to be a long one for me.

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