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Facebook Spammers Make $20M, Get $100K Fine

s-whs Re:The world cators to con-artitst (74 comments)

Idiots buy junk loans and crash the world economy.

That is a moronic comment. It's just like saying "Only idiots trust their doctors for medical advice".

more than 2 years ago
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Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

s-whs Re:Happens when you call people "deniers" (735 comments)

Ok here's some evidence: fresh of the press: Nature Geoscience One of the co-authors (Dr. Bas van Geel) is actually very skeptical of AGW, because all of the GCM's underestimate the effect of the sun on climate. I tend to agree with his ideas, based on measurements, seems to me more evidence based than the output of computer models.

Your style of posting is of a denier, one dissenting scientist does not make an argument, in fact his case of the sun's influence being large was as far as I know based on local studies, then from that he thinks global climate change depends largely on the sun. This is already moronic but then he says that some solar amplification effects must exist which can't be modelled. That's just ludicrous.

However, it's long been known from lots of modelling that the sun's influences are minute. So what has he offered to counter that? Nothing? Indeed. And when you say that you agree with van Geel, what does that mean? Surely you mean 'He says something I want to believe', as you are not up to a scientific analysis of this stuff yourself...

See also: http://klimaatverandering.wordpress.com/category/bas-van-geel/ (Dutch).

But slashbart can at least read that. I already knew from slashbart's username and his style of writing before looking at his 'Homepage' that he is Dutch.

You're probably a believer of the insane 'groenerekenkamer' liars aren't you? And it wouldn't surprise me either if you are a VVD voter (= antisocal a-hole party of the Netherlands).

more than 2 years ago
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Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

s-whs Clive declined to take part in the conversation: (212 comments)

Sir Clive declined to take part in the conversation.

Actually, I heard he wanted to do participate via online conferencing, but his computer suffered from RAMpack wobble...

more than 2 years ago
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CISPA Sponsor Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence'

s-whs Re:Constituants. (258 comments)

A new government put in place by a revolution will be stacked to the limit with bizarre extremists and arseholes who could never make it to power under democracy. The most likely outcome is that you'll get some unstable maniac in charge, with no limits on his power.

People in the USA have had bizarre extremists and arseholes in government for a long time. See George Wanker Bush and his fellow sociopaths like Condeleeza Rice, Rumsfeld, etc.

It can't get any worse than what those a-holes did which helped destabilize the economy and with the war they started, the world around Iraq.

more than 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

s-whs Colour temp: Neutral white LEDs (ca. 4000K) (743 comments)

If you don't like the warm light of an incandescent, you won't like these. It's very, very close in character. There's no reason they couldn't make cool white LED "bulbs" at 6000K. They would in fact be significantly more efficient, but would have a markedly poorer CRI.

No they wouldn't have a markedly poorer CRI. These Philips EnduraLEDs have a CRI of at least 80, but that's not very high. 75-80 is standard among all high power LEDs (Cree XRE, XPE, XPG, Philips Rebel, etc.)

All LEDs have the problem of a large spike in the blue wavelengths, a drop off, then a lower hill again. It's much less of a spike in warm white. Note that esp. cool-white (5000K and higher) is not very good to differentiate various colours. For use outside all greens become one green blob, yellow/brown disappear and this results in a loss of depth perception.

I tested these issues for bicycle use and found neutral white of ca. 4000-4500K to be the best. See: http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tests/verlichting/experimenten/index_nl.html

Within the house you encounter other colours and neutral white is also far better than cool white. I modified LED torches/flashlights which are normally cool white with neutral white LEDs and it was a huge improvement.

Another issue is that lower colour temperatures (esp. more red) are easier on the eyes. This is also a reason why people actually like warm white.

Cool white is harsher, gives more eye strain therefore not a good idea for environments you spend a lot of time in.

Someone said about 5000-5500K CFLs:

Cold and uninviting? That's not a very nice thing to say about the midday sun.

Except that it's not. It's a lower temp. but due to the blue spike it's not the same as what you experience in sunlight, see above about disappearing colours and the blue spike...

more than 2 years ago
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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

s-whs Anyone who demands Prof [sic] is a moron (1181 comments)

I would be grateful if *any* scientist show *any* prof "that global warming is real and man-made". I haven't seen any the latest 30 years I have been interested in - and followed - climate science. (BTW, correlation is not causation. Or You maybe beleive mens toilets causes prostate cancer.)

Science is not mathematics. Insisting on 'proof', however you want to define that in physics, for an extremely complex system like the climate is moronic and shows you don't know how science works, how scientific concensus is reached, and what it means for a theory to accepted as being confirmed.

Furthermore, as I've said here long ago and on my website sind ca. 2005 when I saw the inane arguments from nutjobs here in NL (e.g. a group called Groene rekenkamer, T. Richel, Simon Rozendaal who spouts his moronic garbage in the magazine Elsevier (from a-hole publisher Elsevier), even if not the scientific branch, they're related)), that considering it not-happening even if there is a small chance is so stupid, that it's beyond belief. Such people who don't care think like this: "Sure life might become extint in lots of places, but that's not my problem, I want to drive a city-tractor! (aka SUV)"

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Wants To "Advance the Science of Interrogation"

s-whs Already exists... (252 comments)

And that is psychological analysis using facial expressions and language used.

See the TV series 'Lie to me' which is based on an actual psychologist Ekman.

It's known from analysis of police interrogations here in NL that being friendly in interrrogating gives most results. Even if they are totally oncooperative you can talk in such a way that people want to tell you something, because they want to brag or show how clever they are.

But I guess the FBI hasn't learned that lesson yet...

Btw., I think such analysis should also be applied to all politicians. It would prevent getting sociopaths like George Wanker Bush becoming presidents, but in lower positions too, such a-holes do enormous damage to society.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss

s-whs Does he pay best-buy $5 million due to bad perf.? (513 comments)

CEOs/managers always get bonusses when the company makes lots of profits (most likely not because of the those managers but because of the general economy).

So now I wonder if through his obvious bad leadership (general economy is never the main influence otherwise there would be no bonusses, therefore it can't be used as a cause of bad performance either! ;-) ), he is charged $5 million, or more,,for his obvious incompetence?

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases Last Linux Version of Flash Player

s-whs and thanks for? (426 comments)

I'll never forget...
...where I was when I heard the news. So long...

and thanks for all the 100%-CPU-use times?

more than 2 years ago
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Boston Pays Out $170,000 To Man Arrested For Recording Police

s-whs Ridiculous amount. (270 comments)

Compensation, ok, but $170,000 is ridiculous. For getting arrested? And who's going to pay for that? Citizens, through council tax or whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blocking Pirate Bay Links In Messenger

s-whs So they block mentioning their own products too? (198 comments)

"Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears. 'We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user complaints. Pirate Bay URLs were flagged by one or more of these and were consequently blocked,' Redmond told The Register in an emailed statement."

The worst malware I ever encountered is from microsoft (specifically windoze 95 and 98), I can remember the days, it took hours to get rid of all the problems and stuff it installed that I didn't want. I suppose they are also blocking all mentions of windoze 95/98?

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Charged US Taxpayers $16 Million For Nigerian Fraud Calls

s-whs Re:Consumers will foot the bil for AT&T (155 comments)

So your solution is to never punish businesses instead?

Money punishments are pointless most of the time. The bosses should get punishment. A substantial decrease in pay, and if things are bad enough throw them them in jail, forbid them to be part of boards of any companies etc. That's punishment that will work!

Limited liability the way it works now gives 2 kinds of sociopaths a chance to wreak havoc: The actual sociopaths, and companies consisting of a-holes and sociopaths in the board and as directors who make the company act as a sociopath.

What's being done is as the OP said and which I said e.g. in a posting some time ago here about punishing a company (I think it was a story about Kodak), not useful.

more than 2 years ago
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The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

s-whs Re:Enertainment Industry as a Holy Cow (311 comments)

3) Then the shipbuilding industry was in trouble. The Government told them to f#@k off. 4) Then the mining industry was in trouble. The Government told them to f#@k off.

I used these as as examples against the similar whining of airport Schiphol. I believe the whining (I mean the way it's being done and who is being blamed) about declining profits shows the attitude in a company. In Schiphol as wist most businesses related to airtravel industry they have some sort of superiority complex and believe it their God-given right to annoy people with noise, not to have to pay taxes, not to have to pay sound insulation etc.

With the sound recordings there is something similar going on, they have a 'we are fantastic' attitude which is just ludicrous.

The decline of sales was already moaned about long before napster, as they have an attitude of 'enough is never enough'.

In NL, prices of CDs were high (much higher than records) when first introduced, it was said prices would go down when the cost came down. That never happened. Of course not. People like me remember that and buy little.

The music industry also reached a boom, from people who replaced their record/tape collections with CDs and the young generation with lots of money in the 1990s.

Both these sources dried up: The first had almost all what they wanted, the latter went for other stuff: Games, mobile phones, whatever.

For myself: I haven't bought music in a decade or so, I download some music, but very little. Most of what I liked, I already had (bought, loaned), so why buy anything? And yes, then sales will drop, not because of piracy but because of natural market development.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Files Amicus Brief in Hotfile Case; MPAA Requests It Be Rejected

s-whs MPAA: Accusing others of what they do themselves. (214 comments)

Google's proposed brief appears to be part of a systematic effort by Google, itself a defendant in ongoing copyright infringement cases, to influence the development of the law to Google's own advantage

Pointing out the facts is not a 'systematic effort to influence the development of the law'. In fact it's been the MPAA and similar organisations that have been doing that, and the only ones who have been doing that, not by pointing out facts, but by describing their own fantasies (about how much they could earn, of course without thinking that if more money is spent on MPAA stuff, less is spent on other sectors in society) , and nightmares (about how much they're getting ripped off), and with their bribes (a.k.a. lobbying).

And of course these people don't even understand their clients: The obnoxious 'don't copy' ads at the start of DVDs is almost enough to make me want to 'pirate' stuff.

Accusing others of what they do themselves is something I found to be a typical trait of sociopaths in humans, and corporations are designed and geared to be exactly that, which shows the problems involved with corporations. Reduce liability: If a corporations spout such nonsense as this, they should be held in contempt of court, i.e. everyone responsible: The lawyers, and the entire board of directors etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Belgian Rightsholders Group Wants To Charge Libraries For Reading Books To Kids

s-whs Re:Say What? (244 comments)

I'm sorry... but these greedy fucking cunts need to be taken out back and horse-whipped!!!

This shows the moderation system on slashdot just doesn't work in some cases. This is not flamebait, this is a realistic depiction of what justice is supposed to be in cases like this!

Language might be a little unappropriate, but that's nothing when compared to the action of these sabam a-holes!

more than 2 years ago
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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

s-whs Slashdot too. (429 comments)

Slashdot is just as likely to make good posting invisible at -1 or 0 as happened to a very good reply of mine to a dimwit, but that dimwit was one that spouted pro-GPL nonsense claiming that people who want the BSD licence want to take advantage of others etc. Complete BS! But as there is a pro-Linux/GPL attitude here, those who are pro-GPL come in and downmod anything they don't like. Whether it's true or insightful doesn't matter. This is bullying, not really different than making nasty comments and chasing people away from newsgroups.

You might want to read this about this problem:

http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/kritiek/linux/

And for more about the problems on forums and newsgroups (which are autists, bullshit artists, zealots, people who feel the need to defend and expensive purchase and do so in a stupid way, ditto for viewpoints, and more), see this page:

http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/kritiek/discussies/index.html

I find most postings to be really poor on slashdot, very little information content and the nutters who come up with silly stuff that it essentially made up (be it about global warming or about BSD people wanting to take advantage of other people's work), keep posting the same shit over and over again.

more than 2 years ago
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GPL, Copyleft On the Rise

s-whs Additional information (277 comments)

This guy 'causality' also mentions the LGPL as if that solves it completely.

His whole response was a typical response of someone who doesn't understand the issues. Linking may still be a derivative work despite what the intention of the licence is. The FSF has been unwilling to clarify that this does not make a derivative work, and that it will take no legal action in such cases, last I heard. So this means that, no, the LGPL is not enough, if you want to absolutely sure. There's also the issue of bits of compilers and parts of headers getting compiled into the program.

more than 2 years ago
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GPL, Copyleft On the Rise

s-whs Re:GPL hurts low budget research software (277 comments)

And there we go again with GPL zealots:

The sad part is that the reply, while snarky, was correct. You seem to be stuck in "victim-mode" where you can't do what you want to do and refuse to look at alternatives.

Seriously, whining because you can't have your cake and eat it too is tiring.

It's really tiring those GPL advocates whining about supposed whining from others who just ask a question or don't think their preferred way of doing business can be done via GPL, no then they get accused of wanting to take other software for free and profiting from it, or that they are whining.

The rest of your comment was ok, but of course it has to be whiny and accusing again, as all GPL advocates seem to like doing.

A few months ago I made a good reply to a particularly inane posting by someone who didn't understand, but even worse, lied about various businesses don't use/don't want to use GPL software.

It's http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2618678&cid=38680252) where I replied to a nonsensical posting by 'causality (777677' which is full of disinformation and the response to my posting shows nothing but ignorance and distortion of the facts. That he gets modded to +5 twice shows the fanboys are at work.

So I will explain here in more detail, as this is the crap that GPL lovers do all the time. It explains also why my original response talked about enforcability of the GPL licence, but also to see how such a zealot distorts and/or just makes things up. Of course, not all of them are like that, but a lot of them...

It annoys the minority of businesses who feel entitled to the free labor of strangers and don't want to give anything back.

A lie, it's about using your software without having to give it all up for free and/or about not getting sued...

You see, some people are childish and the most visible mark of childishness is a sense of entitlement. This causes them to feel somehow cheated if you place a few conditions on code that is otherwise free, that no one is forcing them to use if the conditions don't suit them.

They are not complaining about free code, but that their code that cannot be used freely (on a given system) without having to rewrite more... This is why I gave my argument of the GPL becoming unenforcable once it gets over a certain threshold. But that obviously flies high above his head!

I think phrases like "you mean I have to actually HIRE my OWN PROGRAMMERS if I really must insist that everything be done exactly the way I want?!" are often uttered with outrage during their corporate meetings.

This is just childish nonsense, made up by him.

I mean hey, launching a commercial product with most of the work already done for you, for free, is a nice racket if you can get it.

That's not it and either he knows it, in which case he's a liar, or he hasn't even bothered to look up the reason why GPL software is not acceptable in various cases, in which case he is again making things up.

But if the developers intend to allow this, they wouldn't use GPL, they would use a BSD-type license.

By virtue of the previous sentence he implies the view that BSD licence is good to make a product ' with most of the work already done for you, for free' and ready to be exploited. This proves he is a Linux/GPL zealot.

For reasonable people, this is not a problem. Reasonable people think either "hey, this code is available for free and we have no problem complying with the license, so we can enjoy all the effort that has already been done for us and build on that", or they think "the terms of that license aren't compatible with our business model, or we're afraid of how a court may interpret them, so we can't use that code, oh well, this has not harmed us in any way so we really have no complaint".

Exactly, this is what developers do. Developers don't go complaining about GPL software because 'they have to write software themselves', but that they cannot use what they write themselves without undue burdens. So he is stating what is happening yet writing it in a way as if to imply that only reasonable people do that, and the people who prefer BSD software or require BSD software as they want to be absolutely sure there is not going to be an 'infection' from the GPL licence, are not reasonable. Nice twisting of words.

For everyone else, there is a need to demonize whatever it is that doesn't perfectly suit them even though they are under no obligation to use it. Sort of like the Puritannical types who want to shut down "offensive" shows that no one is making them watch and criminalize victimless behaviors among consenting adults that no one is forcing them to participate in. The mentality is never this direct and honest, and always covers itself up with a phony excuse, but if not for that its motto would be "it's not good enough that *I* don't do something I don't like, oh no, I have to make certain no one else can do it either!"

Here we come to something extremely funny: He rants about wanting to make sure others do as you do, but making sure others do as you do is exactly what the GPL does, and what the GPL was meant to do! This is another projection. Or actually a reversing of a perceived argument. Reversing arguments, accusing someone of doing something he/she does not do but which the accuser himself/herself does is what I found to be a typical trait of a sociopath. Therefore it would not surprise me in the least if this guy is a sociopath.

If you're going to be childish and call me names like "moron" and "zealot", you should least demonstrate a basic familiarity with the facts.

Funny, because I know the facts and he does not, he makes up false-facts. His original posting is full of them! Calling someone a moron or zealot (which I proved he is) is not childish, but then I suspect he barely has other words in his vocabulary than 'childish' to describe someone who disagrees with him.

If you feel a need to deal with things that way, it is a sure sign you are reacting emotionally and not proactively evaluating anything reasonably.

Ah yes, my response was a proper (and very deep, but he just didn't understand it) response to someone who lies, makes up facts, twists arguments, and he dares say my very well argued response is emotional? Hmm, very funny again!

Against anyone who remains reasonable, you are going to make yourself look foolish. Just for your future reference.

Funny, advice from someone who lies and makes up stuff about how not to look foolish!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

s-whs Re:Get over it already (807 comments)

and using less RAM

Who gives a shit if it uses a little bit more memory. I just bought 16GB of RAM for $75. It isn't 1991 anymore.

I don't like the bullshit upgrade schedule where they make a few minor improvements and call it a major new release. That's why I'll probably stay with 9 for a while. But there is no reason to stay with 3.6.

You have a very poor memory as in 1991 memory usage was not 300-500 MB just for a silly webbrowser.

And your argument that memory is cheap is true for DDR3, but if you've got a bit older machine like I have that's perefctly fine for everything I use it, using DDR2, it's a lot more expensive.

Memory use of applications and Xorg too is just insane these days. Even Xemacs that I often use, I've got one editing a html file and it uses 32 MB (and that's a low value, it's often 100MB). Why? What the hell does it all load and do compared to the mid-late 1990s where you could use it without hogging all RAM on a 32MB machine?

Always the arguments by people like you is 'memory is cheap', but it's not really. Not needing new memory is cheaper than new memory. Not needing to waste time on 'why the hell is my memory not enough any more' is better than wasting time on it. Sometimes you even need to upgrade your PC to get affordable new memory. That's the case esp. for a slightly older PC of my niece. Your argument is also the reason why developers don't seem to give a shit about memory footprint, whatever they claim. 300MB for browsing some webpages? Absolutely ludicrous. Thunderbird seems to have a complete built in webbrowser in it to display HTML stuff. Nuke all that crap and let it do emails! Then it wouldn't need 200-300MB.

It's a vicious circle of upgrades that are not really necessary as quickly as they would be if applications didn't load so much useless crap and do so much useless crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Nigerian Scam Artists Taken For $33,000

s-whs Not an explanation... (229 comments)

Those of you wondering, this article offers some answers to the question of why so many of these scams originate from this area."

No actually, it doesn't. Poverty is not a reason for scamming. It might be a reason for stealing food or other things. Scams show a particular mindset, and that the most common type of Nigerian scam has originated elsewhere is irrelevant. What matters is how many people do it, and the information I have is that scamming is commonplace in Nigerian culture, so they do it to themselves, not just to others with a 'lot' of money outside Nigeria. This means poverty has nothing to do with why they all seem to be Nigerians. Though I suppose, being a Nigerian, seeing some scammer from your country make a lot of money, might influence you to do the same thus giving a flood of such people, but as I said, it seems to be commonplace behaviour in Nigeria itself.

more than 2 years ago

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