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Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

redemtionboy Re:If you like it (171 comments)

Oh, I wasn't saying that I agreed with a utility argument. I'm just saying that it is a common one made, but it's one that doesn't even hold ground here as there is no evidence that it HAS prevented an attack. So there isn't even the utility ground to stand on. Destroying the arguments that your opponent presents is the most effective way to win a debate. If our options are to have a world with more freedom or a world with less freedom with no additional benefit to it, what do you think wins in that situation in the minds of most people?

about 10 months ago
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Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

redemtionboy Re:If you like it (171 comments)

"If you like your privacy, you can keep it"

This is how power creeps. No one thinks they're evil. Each trust themselves to not abuse power. But even if this is going to a third party, it's still a violation of the 4th amendment. There are rules in place for a reason. This is asking to be abused.

Even worse, they still haven't proven or show any evidence that this is necessary. It's one thing if you were preventing terrorist attacks left and right and could make a utility argument, but they aren't even doing that. It's disgusting.

about 10 months ago
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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

redemtionboy Re:Fuck you, MS (379 comments)

I don't know if I'm convinced Sony isn't doing this either. Sony said they won't "block" used games. Technically Microsoft isn't either. Both companies were holding secret meetings about a year ago. I doubt both companies having similar architecture and other features is a coincidence. Sony has also said that you would install games to the drive like Microsoft claims. I'm betting they're just playing quiet.

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying

redemtionboy hahaha. oh they're not joking (564 comments)

I might be able to take their word seriously if they didn't paint the blackberry playbook in a positive light at all. After running one of the worst launches in history, no wonder that thing fell flat on it's face. My favorite review said something along the lines of "It's like paying $200 to see Bruce Springsteen and having to settle for a homeless guy in the subway air guitaring it"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

redemtionboy Re:High Job Availability = no need for a union. (761 comments)

We're absolutely in a bubble right now. I'm not going to argue against that, but a high need for development is in no way going away anytime soon. The enrollment level in CS is pathetic, and aside from some technological breakthrough that renders developers useless or a massive wipe out of our level of technology, the jobs will remain in demand. As high as they are now? No, but still plenty high enough to not warrant the need for unionization. Look at the rest of the engineering fields. Extremely low unionization rate comparative to other fields and the ones that are unionized are mostly due to the unionization of lower manual labor jobs in connected work. I'm sorry, but I just don't see the general trajectory of need for developers being diverted anytime in the next decade. There will be waxes and wanes, but it would take something pretty monstrous to knock developers down that far. There are too many needs that the human race has to solve, and so many of them have software solutions.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

redemtionboy High Job Availability = no need for a union. (761 comments)

Why would I want to belong to a union when the most of the power is on the developer's side? There's not enough developers to go around and thus plenty of job availability. Unions are meant to solidify workers rights in a situation where labor is plentiful, but that's nowhere near the case. Companies fight over us. I just made a decision between 3 offers this week to accept a new job. The power was in my hand.

about 2 years ago
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Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

redemtionboy Re:People want cheaper tablets (657 comments)

Exactly. The biggest reason that the Nexus 7 is able to undercut the iPad in price is because it's a smaller screen and because Google isn't making a profit on hardware, not because of significantly less features. It's still as every bit capable and more internally, but the smaller screen on a device being sold at near cost is what makes it $200.

more than 2 years ago
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OnLive Coming To Ouya Android Console

redemtionboy Re:Interesting but... (52 comments)

Because developers like me who are already making android games can easily make a few adjustments and sell our games on this console instead of having to work a lot harder to make a port.

about 2 years ago
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Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

redemtionboy *Correction (433 comments)

Developer drops game price to $0, failing to cite that it was a really shitty game that charged for upgrades.

more than 2 years ago
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With BB10, RIM Tries To Break Out of the 'Mobile Ecosystem' Model

redemtionboy Re:Why HTML5 apps suck on mobile (143 comments)

" even though they still use the crappy Java"

I was going to award you some points, and then I read that. Now I dislike you.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Windows 8 Laptops May Come With Built-In Kinect Sensors

redemtionboy Exciting (140 comments)

What really has me excited about Windows 8 is Kinect. I think we're going to see a big transformation in the landscape of user interface in the next several years pushing us towards device-less interfaces.

  Granted, this stuff isn't a replacement, it's a supplement. So don't think I'm preaching the death of touch or mouse and keyboard. The more options of well developed and useful interfaces we have the better.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

redemtionboy Honestly (1002 comments)

I half expect /. to go dark in like 3 days since that's how long it normally takes the news to show up here.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online

redemtionboy Re:Ripoff (257 comments)

man, some people just can't take a joke

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online

redemtionboy Re:Ripoff (257 comments)

Which I left.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online

redemtionboy Ripoff (257 comments)

This is such an obvious LOTR ripoff, please tell me this is a joke. It even looks like the same actor that palys the wizard...has Hollywood honestly come to this?

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

redemtionboy Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (1797 comments)

I did the same thing and graduated in 2010. Lived on my own for 3 of the years.

more than 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

redemtionboy Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (1797 comments)

Getting the government out of loans does not mean there will be no student loans. What it means is that private loans will be issued which will look much more at if the student has the ability to pay the loan back.

Right now we give students loans regardless of what their gpa is and what field they're in, which is a huge factor on whether or not they'll be able to pay the loan back. We've created this massive demand for college, but without students being restricted to what they can afford with their savings, the universities aren't concerned with price control. So, they focus on providing the biggest features to the school like 24 hour fitness centers and deluxe dorm accommodations. Things that have nothing to do with the cost of education. The cost of education is rising very appropriately with the rate of inflation. The rate of tuition is not. That means the schools are spending the money on other things.

The massive increase in the cost of education is nothing but the result of government making loans super easy and accessible. It's the exact same thing that happened in the housing market. Government should get out of loans, allow private businesses to offer much stricter loans based on field of study and student performance, AND stop telling everyone to go to 4 year schools. I believe everyone should get an education, but we're ending up with generations of bachelor's in psychology and english who can't find jobs, when if they had just gone to a 2-year technical school, they could be earning more money and be less in debt.

WITHOUT government subsidization, you'd see schools focusing on how to provide cheaper education. Which means more online services, more telecommuting, better IT infrastructure, and more high tech jobs. But schools aren't focused on cutting costs. They're focused on getting big amenities to attract more students.

more than 3 years ago
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Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

redemtionboy Re:Legal? (885 comments)

It is often decades before something is ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. The executive and legislative branches have often done things that it knew were unconstitutional with the knowledge that the checks against them were purely reactionary and delayed. This mentality of "act now and let the lawyers sort it out later" plagues washington.

more than 3 years ago
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Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

redemtionboy Re:You're trying technicalities (885 comments)

Just because congress authorizes something doesn't mean it's legal. That's the thing about being a constitutional republic. You don't get to do whatever the fuck you want. The power is not unlimited.

more than 3 years ago

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Sony reveals PSP2, But Will It Be A Success

redemtionboy redemtionboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

redemtionboy (890616) writes "Sony unveiled the successor to the PSP, codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), during a press conference held today in Japan. The new device will feature 3G, GPS, touch sensitive screen and back panel, dual analog, and near PS3 power with developer raved tools for making ports between the devices easy. I ask the question though, will it be a success? It's definitely less novel than the 3DS, and a lot more capable, but then again, if I'm going to drop $400 on something like that, I might as well buy an iPad or a fancy smart phone. I think by making this thing ultra feature-full, they're blurring the line between the things they're competing against a lot more, and I think that does carry some risk at backfiring. Would I rather have a fancy gaming/media device and a simple phone, or vice versa. It's asking a lot for people to purchase high end devices on both fronts, and so they're going to have to make a choice. I don't think that choice is going to be overwhelmingly in favor of Sony."
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