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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

slashdot.org Re:And here is the problem (2219 comments)

"I am Slashdot."

Uhm, actually, that would be me. ;-)

about 7 months ago
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Adobe Fixes Recent PDF Flaw, But Not Before Auto Exploit

slashdot.org Re:What about 6,7 and 8? (87 comments)

We have dozens of Acrobat Pro 6, 7 and 8 installs. How do we fix them? Are they vulnerable? Will Adobe use this to take advantage of the market?

Probably someone will come out with a proper removal of the search hook DLLs that apparently stay behind if you uninstall.

Other than that, I strongly suggest to find a non-Adobe product.

Yes, they may have a product that seems like it's the only choice. But do you seriously want to use software from a company that has blatant disrespect for it's customers? And because of this puts their customers information at serious risk?

I mean, how bad does software (and the writer of) need to behave before you step away from it?

more than 5 years ago
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Adobe Fixes Recent PDF Flaw, But Not Before Auto Exploit

slashdot.org Re:Adobe has taken its time with the patch (87 comments)

Of course an independent research company was able to get a patch out quicker- they didn't have test their "fix" and they won't be held responsible if it breaks something else.

Uhm, what worse thing can they be held responsible for than having their software cause all these computers to get trojaned?

Especially since apparently due to their negligence, even after uninstalling, the risk persists.

The reality is that software mfgs aren't held responsible for anything ever. Which IMNSHO is ridiculous.

As one of the people that got affected by this (first time in my 20yrs+ using computers btw), I'm seriously considering if a lawsuit here is in place. I'm sick of this, it cost me a ton of time, and I'm fucking furious with Adobe.

more than 5 years ago
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Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

slashdot.org Devils advocate (604 comments)

Seems like a very naive question.

(IANAL etc etc)

- do you _actually_ understand the legal ramifications of your state/country law with regards to work for hire and IP ownership?
- do you _actually_ understand the legal ramifications of any contracts you signed to gain employment?

Unless you are a lawyer, the answer to those questions is most certainly going to be 'no'. Thus the recommendations to 'get a lawyer'.

Playing devils advocate here for a bit, so you are saying that your company has paid you to develop this product. Paid you to think about the possible implementations, architecture, shortcomings, missing features etc etc.

Now you don't quite like the way the company is run, so you want to walk away with a bunch of people and put ideas into practice which you developed (at least in your head) while being employed by this company.

Here's a few questions I would ask you in court, if I was the defense lawyer (and again, not being a lawyer and all, they'd undoubtedly do a much better job):
- exactly during what time did you come up with this better design? Was it during working hours? At least part of it?
- how hard did you try to get this better architecture implemented at the company?
- even more troublesome: how hard did you try to NOT get this better architecture implemented at the company? I.e. did you think of it and never mention it?

The thing is, you are not working on the Cadillac assembly line. You are paid for working with your brain mostly.

This is definitely newer territory, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't enough precedence for a lawyer to give you good advice (and if I had to put money on it, I'd put it on "no freaking way is that a good idea").

Hey, I support the EFF; I don't like all of the craziness around IP, but when someone is paying you to do a job, I don't think it's unreasonable that they have *some* right to what they pay you for.

Here's what I would suggest, if you guys are a bunch of smart developers, why not create a product in a different market? There's so much stuff to be done, it's hard to believe that a bunch of smart people can't come up with a compelling product.

Alternatively, why don't you push for this better architecture inside the company a bit harder? Maybe go to your boss' boss. Yeah, that's not easy. Guess what, running your own business is a LOT harder. In many ways you may learn a lot from trying to sell your better architecture to the company.

Just a few thoughts...

more than 5 years ago

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Back in business

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 9 years ago

After running without being logged in for quite a while, today someone else tried to login to my account. So I received an email from the friendly people at Slashdot and I decided to log in again.

Actually, not being logged has been starting to piss me off. I've posted many AC comments, but I was never able to find them back. We'll see how it goes. I don't have time anymore for the full-on Slashdot addiction, but the occasional comment has to be posted.

For those doing scientific experiments on Slashdot and are interested to learn about these issues; it's pretty damn rare for a post to be (a) late to the game and (b) by an AC to be moderated up at all, let alone to +5. Yet if the same person (for example me) posts using a 'Good Karma' account, with the accompanying +1 bonus, all of a sudden the (one would think relatively similar) posts get modded up to +5 quite frequently.

What this exactly demonstrates, I don't know, but I thought I'd share it with you.

btw. if you were the one trying to steal my account, leave me a message. I've no hard feelings. :-)

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Excite email acount dropped

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Submitted this one yesterday, but since it's still pending, here it is:

Did I just entirely miss this, or are others also surprised to find that Excite dropped their email account? On their site they say: 'Please note that Excite has been under new management since December, 2001. If you did not come back to Excite to give us permission to migrate your account, it is no longer part of our database of users'. For some reason I was totally unaware of this, so I'm glad no-one else registered mine in the meantime.

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Slashdot moderation by people with power

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Update: it seems that Rob has started a discussion on the issue. I think he deserves some credit,- look at what they have to deal with. For every reasonable comment there's about 10 trolls... Anyways, I've lost my interest in the subject.

Original journal entry:
I was thinking of posting this under the 'Slashdot' Topic, but Censorship seems more appropriate.

A couple of days back, presumably someone in the /. staff decided to moderate down an entire thread. Cost me some Karma, even though my post could be considered in favor of /.

But that's not why I'm mad. It's the general principle of people abusing their power to silence others. I was under the impression that /. was all about freedom of speech, so it's hard to believe that this actually did happen. However, the evidence is not in favor of /.: a couple of hundred comments where moderated down to -1 Off-topic in a _very_ short time,- I was there, I saw it. Several posts dropped from at least +2 to -1 in this period. Practically _every_ post was modded Off-topic,- normally you would expect quite a variety of reasons. Check any thread with trolls and you will see.

I certainly hope this is not what it seems like. I have great respect for all the hard work these guys have put in /. and I consider it a one-time incident.

Some smart-ass decided to start a new thread to collect posts from people who disagreed with this incident. Unfortunately this seems to be back-firing since it's almost entirely filled with bullshit. Not the kind of sensible discussion that deserves any attention...

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Image Analogies

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I submitted this one, but it got rejected. This software (Image Analogies) is just amazing. Provided with two images, one original and one filtered, it 'learns' the filter. After that you can apply that filter to other images. The samples are mind-blowingly kewl,- for example the photo-realistic terrain generated from a map. There's an MPEG that's almost hilarious. Of course Open Source. :-)

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Sweet code

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 12 years ago

2006: sad to say that it looks like these guys lost their domain name. I really enjoyed their site, I wonder what happened. I've removed the link so you don't accidentally click on the link to what now appears to be a bunch of scumbags.
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Stumbled across sweetcode.org, a site dedicated to kewl software. They have links to some pretty excellent shit.

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Story rejection

slashdot.org slashdot.org writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Got an other story rejected so I decided to start a Journal and post them here. We'll see how it goes.

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