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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

reallocate Don't Care; Won't Watch Any of It on Anything (578 comments)

I zapped my cable three years ago. I watched the opening ceremony (and only that) of the London Olympics via a VPN. I don't care enough about Sochi or winter Olympics to be interested in watching any of it.

I don't think it's important if the FCC forces NBC to run a live stream. If NBC thinks the cost of running a stream of the broadcast they're already doing exceeds the revenue they could generate from stream viewers watching the same commercials the network is already doing, that's their problem.

about 6 months ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

reallocate Market Can't Do What's Not Profitable (580 comments)

If it isn't profitable, the market can't do it. Not won't, can't.

Fifty-six years after Sputnik, there's profit to be found in building, launching and operating satellites. As a result, the market has built and sustains businesses that do that. Aside from the Russians pay-to-be-a-space-tourist gimmickry (which exists thanks to state-funded infrastructure) no one has built a business putting people into space.

If the market is going to send people out to explore the Solar System, someone will need to tell it how to turn a profit doing that.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

reallocate There's No Privacy When You Publish on the Net (410 comments)

Sure, you may run a mail server next to the dryer, but who knows where your mail is, or how it got there.

The internet is not about point-to-point communication. It's a *publishing* technology. The reason I can see this Slashdot page is because it was published on some servers, not sent over some secure wire to me. I click on a URL and somewhere a server sends the data comprising that page out into the net, broken up in itty-bit packets with my IP address embedded in them, and eventually they all get to me, where they are reconstructed and displayed in my browser.

Email is no different. Sure, you can use encryption. But, that's self-limiting unless the entire world knows everyone else's key, and then what good would encryption be?

Just as criminals rely on "social engineering" to get access to data, it's been used for centuries by governments and others to get access to data other people do not want them to see. No matter how anyone uses technology to secure their internet "privacy" (quotes because it's an oxymoron), you are really just depending that the folks who create the technology have not been "socially engineered".

So... if you don't want someone to find out something, don't publish it, on the net or elsewhere.

about a year ago
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The H Shuts Down

reallocate I Am Unaware, Hear Me Roar (94 comments)

Says more about you than them

Besdies, how do you know it's such a great resource if this is the first you've heard of it?

1 year,11 days
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

reallocate It's About Power & Developers Will Lose It (467 comments)

It's all about power.

Our notions of right and wrong tend to adapt to fit our notions of what we want.

Someday, users will use software to create the software they want. When that happens, 95 percent of software developers will be redundant and they will belatedly learn that unions multiply their individual power.

1 year,27 days
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U.S. House Wants 'Sustained Human Presence On the Moon and the Surface of Mars'

reallocate Send Republicans to Mars, Make Earth Better (285 comments)

Let's get them to volunteer to be the first to go: "Republicans on Mars!"

The fewer of the miscreants on this planet, the better.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

reallocate With An RSS Reader (335 comments)

I don't need to read feeds from multiple devices. That means I don't need to synchronize. And, that mean I don't need Google Reader, or Feedly, or the hassle of Tiny Tiny RSS, or whatever.

What I need is a local RSS reader, a client. I already have that, and I had it before Google invented Reader.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

reallocate That's Why Your Doctor Bill Is So High (953 comments)

The problem is not XP. The problem is speciality software vendors charging ten grand for a software update.

This kind of stuff is why it costs the rest of us $2120.14 to have a hangnail treated at our MD.

about a year ago
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GNOME2 Fork MATE Desktop 1.6 Released

reallocate Re:Pointless fork (86 comments)

People like me, singleton users, don't really care about things that make your professional life a tad more complicated. That's what you're paid for. Sorry.

At heart, you are reflecting the same corporate make-things-easy notions that underpin the adoption of Windows.

The more alternatives in Linux, the better. Fork away, people!

about a year ago
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Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

reallocate Is Python Gonna Bother Registering in Europe Now? (261 comments)

Python-the-language was never registered as a mark in Europe. If the guy backs off, Python geeks out to consider themselves lucky. Be a change from considering themselves exempt from the house rules.

I don't suppose the hate mail and venomous phone calls he got from idiots helped either. Class act, that.

about a year and a half ago
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RHEL 6 No Longer Supported By Google Chrome

reallocate Wrong About RHEL Desktop (231 comments)

You can run RHEL/CentOS with current Chome, Chromium, Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, the usual multimedia apps, etc., etc., These programs are not in the official RHEL/CentOS repositories but they are available in reliable independent repos. I know because I've done it.

about a year and a half ago
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RHEL 6 No Longer Supported By Google Chrome

reallocate What Components? (231 comments)

What "proprietary components"?

about a year and a half ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

reallocate It's Not Stats, It's Racism (474 comments)

Yes, its stats. That's not the point. The study illustrates the racism that is endemic in society. Not just the U.S., but in every human society.

When a business targets African-Americans by buying names associated with African-Americans, that's textbook racism. Why? Because it's making assumptions about individuals based on their membership in a group.

Ditto the self-serving argument that "Racism is denying the fact that many blacks in the US have been disadvantaged and largely as a result are more likely to commit crimes and get arrested". Applying perceived generalizations about a group to individuals you do not know is textbook racism.

Racism wasn't some passing phase of American history.

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

reallocate No, It Doesn't (425 comments)

Thoroughly current Mountain Lion on a Macbook Pro here. When I enter "file:///" into apps, I get directory listings, not crashes.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Do We Give an Online Service To Fix Issues?

reallocate OH! This Isn't About Bank of America (113 comments)

At first glance, I thought this was about Bank of America's day-long outage yesterday. On the first of the month, phone, ATM and online access was gone until late in the evening Eastern time.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

reallocate My Experiences Are The Opposite of Ljubuncic's (458 comments)

Ljubuncic's experiences with software are usually the opposite of mine. I installed F18 on multiple drives with multiple partitions with none of the issues of problems he discusses. That's not the first time that's happened.

The new Anaconda has taken a lot of flack. Some is justified. Much of it seems based on people who are, first, mad that it isn't the old Anaconda; second, mad that it doesn't work like the old Anaconda and makes them think about how to use it, and, third, think their experience with the old Anaconda means it was "intuitive". It wasn't. Expecting software to be "intuitive" is just falling victim to sales-pitch hokum.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

reallocate Dear, Dear, Projection, Anyone? (550 comments)

Consider:

If your spouse enjoyed gaming, your spouse would already be playing games.

If you convince/cajole/annoy your spouse into playing games, your spouse will, more than likely, do it just to please you and/or to shut you up on the topic.

*You* think games are more interesting than movies. Others may not. (I watch few movies and think games are mind-numbingly boring.)

If your spouse is bored and you are looking to help with that, good for you. But, expand your search.

about a year and a half ago
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SolusOS Forks Gnome 3 Fallback Mode

reallocate Re:Why bother (162 comments)

You don't need to change you're comfortable ways: Don't upgrade.

Just don't pretend developers are obligated to keep updating the innards so you can run current software.

Developers who give their stuff away for free usually do pretty much what they damn well please.

about a year and a half ago
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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

reallocate If It Isn't Illegal, It Isn't Civil Disobedience (243 comments)

Framing the question this way misses the point. Civil disobedience is "disobedience" precisely because people choose to violate the law to make a point and are willing to accept the consequences.

It's that readiness to put themselves at legal risk that makes civil disobedience a potent tool for change.

You can't disobey if it isn't illegal. People engaging in civil "obedience" are indistinguishable from everyone else.

about a year and a half ago

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How Can TripAdvisor Verify User Reviews Are Legit?

reallocate reallocate writes  |  about 5 years ago

reallocate (142797) writes "Travel writer Arthur Frommer is convinced that user-written review sites like TripAdvisor cannot be trusted because hotel, restaurant and other property owners stack the deck by submitting a flood of bogus but glowing reviews. So, how could TripAdvisor and similar sites, like Yelp, identify bogus reviews? Is this a people problem or an algorithmic problem?"

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