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Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months

robogun Re:If the state of the website is any indication . (382 comments)

Nobody can reasonably argue with shared risk, but the IRS coerced nature of *this* law, coupled with the rather skewed premium pricing (laying a heavy burden on the young "invincibles" to push down premiums for the old, fat, smokers, and the chronically ill) leaves a lot of room for debate.

Calling them "dumb fucks" is juvenile and only closes their minds further against your position.

Genuine health reform will not happen until legal reform happens first. By adopting a European model of loser-pays in civil litigation, the caseload will drop with malpractice premiums to sane levels.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Digital Media After Imaging?

robogun Re:DVDs only live for 7 years (122 comments)

Never gave a second thought to storage of CDs. I have a very old CD collection - many discs from the 1980s. After reading this, I ran in a panic to see if they still play. Hmmm. they all still play and are rippable. I am a photographer. Have backed up images onto several standard file boxes of CDRs, from 1999-2003, then copied to DVDRs (just filling the first standard file box), then large HDs. They are jammed in sleeves, not jewel cases. Random samples all play. It is the hard drive backups that are miserable failures.

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

robogun Re:Facebook is dying (192 comments)

Not just grandma jumped on (thereby making you have to watch what you say), but every pet cause, minor event, megacorporation and local shop, all clamoring for you to sign up for something or at least LIKE them and shoving ads in your face

about a year ago
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Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

robogun Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (276 comments)

The major cities of the Indus Valley civilization were dismantled for railroad ballast for the same reasons.

about a year ago
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Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

robogun Re:This is the best way of gun control (656 comments)

The right to firearms possession is Constitutionally guaranteed to not be infringed. In the same part of the Constitution that guarantees your right to free speech, to not be unreasonably searched, to due process, jury trials, excessive punishment, etc.

If your argument is followed, expect the other rights to be annulled, and no way to stop it.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

robogun Re:My theory (1010 comments)

There's something wrong with your T61 if it chokes on 720p. I have a R60 @1.83 and it plays 1080p fine, (editing 1080 is another story).

1 year,6 days
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

robogun Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

Who are you trying to kid. Ifixit gives Apple like 2/10 on repairability, you need an expert and $100 to change a battery, all your data had to go thru Cupertino, no thanks.

1 year,9 days
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Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too

robogun Re:I guess tomorrow's headline has to be... (196 comments)

They actually had one back in 2003, and Suunto and Fossil sold them, but nobody would buy them because they did not have the apple logo. MS recently pulled the plug on the server.

1 year,26 days
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GoPro Issues DMCA Takedown Over Negative Review

robogun Re:No GoPro, no Sony AS15, what's #3 for sports? (232 comments)

Go on Ebay for any number of bullet shaped helmet cams that cost next to nothing. They have the same chip as in the GoPro without the marketing cost. The GoPro is the wrong shape for any speed usage anyway.

1 year,27 days
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Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Destroyer of iPhones

robogun Re:HTML5 has surpassed Flash? (209 comments)

Well, the pages he can't see due to lack of Flash weren't worth viewing anyways. I'm certain he's not missing all the Flash ads and Flash-borne malware either.

1 year,28 days
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Instagram Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In a Month

robogun Re:Could it another cause? (250 comments)

If your theory is true, where is the Slashdot story "Facebook Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In A Month"

As for Apple, when they cut back parts orders when even Nokia is expanding is... troubling...

about a year ago
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The Strange Math of Apple's Alleged Massive iPhone 5 Order Cuts

robogun Re:Sign of the times (298 comments)

He's right this time. The wheels have come off the Apple bandwagon and they are going in four different directions. There's no new product. Jobs is gone. Savants abhor Apple's litigous nature. The price has fallen from $700 to $500 as the smart money gets out, -- a major collapse yet shills still try to talk it up hence the subby's Tulip comparo.

There is palpable contempt for Apple out there, I had a young girl come in waving a white Iphone, complaining about the lame hand me down as the parent had gotten a Galaxy. Nothing lasts forever, even Apple's dominance will end some day.

about a year ago
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Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

robogun Re:They still have the rights... (234 comments)

I'm so glad all these ACs and people not in the stock business keep chiming in. Look i don't like Instagram any more than you do. I'mm saying their strategy will fail no matter what. So what if all the post is done on their server, or that people load pictures of all sorts of things advertisaers might find desirable, or whatever thing you will reply with next to try to sound smart. It still won't work.

Stock photos have to be DESCRIBED using captioning and IPTC tags. Thise are entered by the photographer or an editor. It is as time consuming as the original shoot. To see how those work, check the returns for a photo search via google images vs any stock house.

Second, no legit client is going to license these toxic (legally ) images EVER. What sort of model release can hold up that is from a click thru EULA with the guy clicking thru signing releases for everyone in the picture? This is an instant legal nightmare.

Third let's not even get into unintended consequences such as an athlete losing his scholarship for their endorsement of a commercial product.

Anyone licensing photos from Instagram deserves every lawsuit they are hit with.

about a year ago
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Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

robogun Re:They still have the rights... (234 comments)

100% of the photos are crap, no legit client is going to buy a heavily processed cellphone photo with unsigned model releases.

about a year ago
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Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

robogun Re:They still have the rights... (234 comments)

There is no money in stock photos unless your name is "getty". Specifically regarding Instagram/Facebook, the shitty ovreprocessed greasy lensed Iphone snaps of random people are not going to attract any significant sales even if sold by Getty.

about a year ago
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Hounded By Recruiters, Coders Put Themselves Up For Auction

robogun Re:Why is this surprising? (233 comments)

When 1% of the resumes are attracting 80% of the job offers, there's a problem with picky-ass employers expecting perfection for peanuts

about a year ago
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want

robogun Re:Returning surface (403 comments)

As with cell phones, stores could charge a $35 restocking fee. Often the returned item isn't pristine and has to be formatted and sold as "refurbished" at a loss.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do With Those First Generation Photo Frames?

robogun Re:idea (146 comments)

There are sd cards that are wifi capable. I assume you can write to them (they were meant to deliver images real time from camera to computer), no need for hardware development.

about a year and a half ago

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Mcrosoft denies search bias as Bing shills Xbox One

robogun robogun writes  |  about 10 months ago

robogun (466062) writes "Typing "The Xbox One is " in a search box produces polar opposite results according to the Atlantic. The result is what you'd expect: on Google the Xbox one is "terrible" or full of DRM; on Bing, the Xbox One is "amazing."

Predictably Microsoft denies fiddling with the parameters of their predictive search."

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Turkish crackers hijack ICANN, IANA websites

robogun robogun writes  |  more than 5 years ago

robogun writes "A group of Turkish crackers calling themselves NetDevilz has hijacked the websites for ICANN and IANA. ICANN has international oversight of the top-level domains such as .com and .net. The defacement was accomplished by changing the sites' DNS records to point to the Turkish hacker's page, likely through some sort of injection vulnerability. The embarrassment comes a day after ICANN floated a proposal to allow any word to act as a TLD."
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