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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

redkingca Trade Shows (737 comments)

Almost all sales/trade shows are like this. Car shows, tools, sporting goods, or even pet supplies; they are are all pretty much the same with model/actress/whatever standing around using sex to promote a product. I don't see why electronics/computers should be different. But it seems to be acceptable to bad mouth the "industry" about it. If this offends stop going to the shows, most major companies stream their events. Also pressure your suppliers and business associates not to go as well. But remember, the "booth babes" were banned before and E3 almost went under because no one went.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

redkingca It's not just hardware/software (614 comments)

Say you've got a small company with 200 employees. They all do their jobs well enough that everyone makes their quotas each year. Someone decides it's time to bite the bullet and upgrade. So the company buys the new hardware/software and the transition is planned.

Now you have to find trainers($) to "update" 200 people's skills, you need to find room/equipment to teach them the new software($$). Create time away from paying work for the training($$$), pay employees to be trained($$$$). The company has to eat the lost productivity and disruptions due to training($$$$$). Pay out for learning materials($$$$$+), pay to have all those power point presentations with the company logo($$$$$++). So now everyone is finally trained to the new standard, but the company still has to deal with the lost productivity due using the "new" system. All the problems due to forced training, and the employees you had to fire or who quit/retired instead of being trained. And the costs go on and on for years, until the company adjusts.

A good example of this is a major Canadian bank the I worked for in 2005; the bank was still using DOS applications running in a DOS Box under NT 4, because the apps worked. It was easier and cheaper to train new employees to use the DOS apps, then to write a "Windows pretty" front end that gave the same functionality. The bank did change to XP in 2007, but all those apps were still there and could be called up in a DOS Box.

And one of the major reasons is that a teller that has been working in the same branch for 40 years; does not need to be retrained to do the job. The teller is doing their job just fine with the same software they always used, once that teller quits or retires a new person can be trained to use the XP front end.

about a year and a half ago
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Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida

redkingca Re:Nothing better to do (208 comments)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is bored and screws with a guy who helps people buy the health products they want to buy. News at 11.

Actually he was buying generics made in different places(China and India) and re-packaging them as made in Canada, they may have been tested(no paperwork was ever produced to say so as far as I know). He turned in his pharmacy license before he could be convicted of fraud, unethical behavior and malpractice. He was an idiot to be in the US, he knew there were open outstanding warrants for him in the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Judge Rules Domain Names Are Property

redkingca Re:So who owns it? (142 comments)

By that ruling, Tucows owns it. They registered it previously, and the court says it is still theirs and theirs alone to do with as they please.

Actually the ruling says that Tucows as the register does not have to turn the domain name over to the person in Brazil, who demanded the domain(because the domain name is the same as his last name). The domain name was in use, and also hosted 14 active domain email addresses that did not have to be surrendered by the person that registered the name with Tucows. The court ruled that the domain name and the domain email have a "real value" which makes them equal to property(as in I can't demand you give me your car because my last name was ford).

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Judge Rules Domain Names Are Property

redkingca Property in Canada (142 comments)

If as the court has ruled that a domain anme is "property" that means as long as it is maintained, it requires a court order to seize it, and that a business with a domain name is entitled to all the rights and privileges or a "real" business(actual court orders to search or read domain email without holders permission, ect.) A very interesting judgement, I imagine this may go all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. In the area of property, ISPs would not be able to take your site down without a court order as long as your paying for hosting. Just as a business can't be evicted as long as it pays the rent, without a court order. You would be able to sue in court for loss of access due to outages, as if the landlord blocked a door to a store. Or if you are hosting your domain on your own equipment, a real court order would be required to block DNS records. I imagine this has huge implications to Intellectual Property rights, Copyright, and legal copying/file sharing under Canadian Law. I imagine the US and the EU are going to have an apoplectic fit once the lawyers start really discussing this.

more than 3 years ago
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The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

redkingca Content sells (271 comments)

When "local" news stops being a recap of AP wire stories, and when "commentary" stops being a mix of advertising and thinly veiled slander maybe I'll watch a "local" newscast. Most "local stations" or owned and operated by media conglomerates for the sole purpose of selling advertising space. Actual local news in TV always seems to open with a violent crime, followed by a car chase, followed by pre-weather then a commercial. Then it's part of the weather, sports, cute story, and then the weather recap. There is no "reporting" there is political spin, reporting the news stopped years ago and the public has finally caught on. Now the "local" stations are complaining that the "regional" stations are unfair competition. Well the "local" stations help create the short attention span of the public now they have to live with it.

Yeah, lets force the government to $upport "local news" that will fix the economy and everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Songwriters Propose $10/mo Internet Fee

redkingca Re:Intl. Distribution (407 comments)

Actually it will most likely be distributed like the tax on all recordable media is. That is to say; it is not distributed, the money is collected and then SOCAN gets to decide how much if any of the money a writer gets which is usually $0.00(no money goes to artists or performers). There appears to be no public records at all; of how much money is collected and how much, if any is given out.
"Some money" is given to the writers(who are members) as determined by SOCAN's in-house system. None of this money goes to any performers; neither those with label contracts or independent musicians. This is just SOCAN once again trying to squeeze money from consumers since they couldn't get the Canadian government to extort money from the ISPs on their behalf. And it's one small step from having a voluntary system to having a mandatory system.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Downloading Costs To Rise In Canada

redkingca Re:Root Cause (433 comments)

Bell/Rogers figures that "everyone" is getting rich off of their infrastructure and since they can't seem to get "pay for play" legislated federally this is their end run around other companies. What Bell and Rogers fail to grasp, is that in the end; this will not increase their revenue an appreciable amount. Small companies will have to stop buying bandwidth to resell as they loose their source of income. And large companies are buying bandwidth at a fixed price already. And with the exception of Netflix most consumers won't approach the caps that are being talked about.

Personally I was going to reduce my bandwidth with Shaw until I moved and now I get "free" internet as part of my rent. I could even get by with just the "free wireless" offered at city buildings and coffee shops for most of my day to day surfing. I'm sure that some consumers will re-thinking their internet usage and will shift a lot of it to cellphones/tablets/wireless devices that already have data plans.

more than 3 years ago
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Square Enix Attempting Final Fantasy XIV Damage Control

redkingca "This is not the MMO you're looking for... " (215 comments)

I played FFXI for years and enjoyed it. And I am enjoying playing FFXIV, the game is not flawless, what MMO is. It is still less that one month since the game was launched and all MMOs have been buggy at launch. From the reviews I have read it seems like all the reviewers are expecting FFXIV to be Warcraft and it is not(thankfully).

So lets go through the complaints:

No Auction House - Correct, this means the goldfarmers/gilsellers can't game the Auction House and create obscene levels of inflation that everyone complains about in MMOs. It would be nice if there was a signboard to list what you're selling but that wasn't in FFIX either, neither was the search function. However next update a search function for bazaars will be added.

Fatigue System - Did no one read any of the information on this game before they bought it? I knew about the fatigue system a good month before the open beta. The game is biased towards casual gamers not hard-core gamers this has never been a secret.

Interface -Bugs, big bugs -Developers say next months patch will have lots and lots of fixes.

Terrain is cookie cutter Yes the basic areas of the game have very similar terrain. Most of the zones in FFXI either large open areas or various twisty tunnels or corridors too.

Crafting - you either love it or hate it. Craft or don't craft it usually cheaper and faster to make what you need, or get your guild mates to craft for you. But the developers haev said that there will need to br crafters in the party at high level guild leves.

Server Lag -This is also a big problem -The Developers say that they are working on better load sharing on the servers. I have never played an MMO yet that did not have server load issues. Popular games have congested areas when lots of players are in the same area.

So in closing FFXIV may just not be the MMO you want to play. If you give FFXIV a few months I imagine it will get much better all around. I feel much better about paying for a 6 month sub to FFXIV at launch than I did about Age of Conan.
/BTW I ALT-TAB in FFXIV all the time. I run with Firefox, Winamp, Messenger, and Thunderbird up all the time. I have never had FFXIV lock-up or crash on me yet ALT-TABbing back and forth.

about 4 years ago
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Canada's Top Court Quashes Child Porn Warrant

redkingca Re:court intelligence (363 comments)

A technician can always testify in court to what he saw on the hard drive as a witness, and that would not be hearsay. Hearsay would be a policeman testifying in court "the technician told me..." or the technician testifying "the customer told me..."

Yes the technician can say that he saw 2 links in the accused favorites labeled "Lolita porn" and some pictures of naked women saved to the accused's desktop. But the evidence used to get the search warrant was "my son the technician told me..."

more than 4 years ago
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Canada's Top Court Quashes Child Porn Warrant

redkingca Re:court intelligence (363 comments)

Part of this that was not explained very well in the article is that the tech felt so bad he waited 3 months before he mentioned "the pornography" (2 links in the accused's favorites) to his mother (who is the social worker in question). The tech's mother then reported it to the police, who then waited another month before the search. So everyone was so worried about the child's health that it took 4 months before anything was done. Then the Crown found so much evidence that they decided to give the accused 18 months house arrest before they tried to prosecute. Third hand reports that someone who owns a camera and looks at porn, should not be enough evidence to have someone arrested and seize their property. If the reason for the arrest was concern for the child why was no investigation of the child's welfare made? And why was the accused given house arrest at "the scene of the crime"?

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

redkingca Border Crossing (1079 comments)

A lot of these posts don't seem to get the fact that he was leaving the US to enter Canada. And US Customs were stopping Canadian vehicles to search them. This is very bizzare behavior by US Customs, if they needed someone stopped normal policy would be to Inform Canada Customs to stop them before they "offically" enter Canada and send them back to US Customs. So what was US Customs up to that the "US" did not want "Canada" to know about?

more than 4 years ago
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BYU Prof. Says University Classrooms Will Be "Irrelevant" By 2020

redkingca Re:Sure it will. (469 comments)

Exactly. They said the same thing about TV ending classrooms in the 60s.

more than 4 years ago
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Dealing With a Copyright Takedown Request?

redkingca Re:Advice (547 comments)

Send them a bill for estimated time and effort on your part, make sure you bill at a healthy rate for your time. I am not aware of any statement in the DCMA that says you have to take down material for free. You may also want to include a bill for your legal costs if you talk to a lawyer first. When they pay in full then replace the material with a copy of the take down notice, so all parties involved know who requested the removal. IMHO never do this sort of work for free it sets a bad precedent. I doubt most companies actualy care enough to pay for this service.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?

redkingca What happened to personal responsiblity? (681 comments)

If the only online presence you have is "that picture" of you dong a keg stand "that one time", or your bloging about how many drinks you had each weekend; then you're the one with the problem. The potential employer cared about or liked you enough to actually check to see what information they could find about you. So they did the fastest, cheapest, thing that they could do they searched your name and guess what they found.

Looking for real work or a career is involved and if you want an employer to invest time and money in you, maybe you need to be more prepared then wearing a suit to the interview. Do something proactive about your web presence, don't whine because the only information they could find online about you was that party you went to last week(or every week). In theory you picked references for your resume that would say nice things about you. Why not get a few posts online about that volunteer work you do?

more than 5 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

redkingca Re:Who's in charge? (498 comments)

Correct If I was quoting Hunter S. Thompson. I was quoting a line from the book The Last Dancer by Daniel Keys Moran. The older version of slashdot allowed longer sigs. I didn't noticed mine had become truncated until now.

more than 5 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

redkingca Re:Who's in charge? (498 comments)

Educate me on how you can sign an NDA with a granularity that excludes your direct supervisor from learning something you know?

That's just it, my supervisor could look at or change my IDs and passwords anytime he felt justified in doing so, but it would leave an audit trail. And as I stated above my supervisor had burned most of his own IDs/password by a combination of not using them and entering the wrong password too many times. My supervisor did not want his supervisor to find out, and my supervisor thought that by using my access he could get around the audit trail.

The NDA specifically stated that I was not to give my ID/passwords to anyone unless directed to do so by court of law. I did not write the NDA, lawyers did. I just signed the NDA and followed it.

more than 5 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

redkingca Re:Who's in charge? (498 comments)

... but it's your duty to accept what you feel might be a bad decision, and to follow orders.

That's right I do have to follow orders, that's exactly what I did. I followed the written order(the NDA) that I signed not to give my passwords to anyone. This left a clear audit trail showing everything I had done.

And BTW I burned all my access passwords as I was required to do by the same NDA when my transfer was approved.

more than 5 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

redkingca Who's in charge? (498 comments)

While I haven't been in this specific situation(ie. jail), I have been in a similar situation.

At a previous employer(this is one of the reasons I no longer work there) my supervisor demanded that I give him all my passwords. I asked him why he needed them I could give him any specific access he needed on demand.

When I was hired I was given a number of NDAs to sign one of them specifically covered the process I used to connect to various remote systems, and the passwords I used. My supervisor(with no IT or technical background of course) continued with his demands for all my passwords, for days. After repeatedly trying to explain that even if I was to give him my passwords, without understanding how you use various access levels to accomplish tasks, he could end up causing massive problems.

In an attempt to meet these demands, I asked for a signed release from the specific NDA that covered my passwords and process. He informed me that he did not have that authority, so I asked him how I could honour my NDA if I gave him information I was not permitted to give anyone. BTW my supervisor did have his own passwords, and had a process to have new ones created.

Long story short, I refused and then a few days later I arranged to transfer to a different department. With this case as a guide I would legally have been wrong no matter what I did, glad I'm out of IT right now.
(If anyone cares, I later found out the reason my supervisor wanted my passwords was that his id/passwords had been burned through lack of use and using the wrong passwords. And he did not want his supervisor to find out he had had no access for weeks. His supervisor would have been notified if anyone requested a password reset or new ID.)

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

redkingca Been Using the x64 Beta (856 comments)

As has been said before this is really just Vista with the service packs added. Microsoft has given me the option to turn off a few of the annoying "features" of Vista, but they won't let me keep the things I liked in XP. I will be going back to XP 64 in an other week or 2. There is no reason for me to switch. There are no features I really need and too much bloatware involved in Windows 7. Better than Vista was at release is not a selling point for me.

more than 5 years ago

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