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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

sudon't Says I Can be Tracked (159 comments)

But most of my "uniqueness" seems to be about the fact that I'm a Mac user, using Safari. They also extracted a lot of fonts. What I wonder is, how useful is this information if I'm blocking ads and trackers, tossing cookies regularly, and using a VPN? To whom would it be useful?

(I'm not being rhetorical)

4 days ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

sudon't Re:Pay me - 10 cents per ad. (698 comments)

Ugh... I get your point, but you couldn't pay me to look at advertising. And of course they're not going to pay us - they're trying to extract money from us. I'd rather give my money to deserving sites, and the AdBlock (and Ghostery) people.

4 days ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

sudon't It's My Computer (698 comments)

I'll decide what gets downloaded onto it. I really wish these commercial sites would just stop cluttering the internet. They just make it harder to find the good stuff.

I think I'll kick in a few more bucks to AdBlock, today. I'm happy to donate to people like that, (although I wish Wikipedia would've given me a cookie when I donated, but ok, maybe they did, and I deleted it).

4 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

sudon't Re:RIAA is epicly known (130 comments)

I was gonna say...

I swear, when I have mod points, I can find no place to apply them. And vice-versa.

4 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

sudon't Re:We'd have less of this with better sound reprod (244 comments)

Yeah, if you listen to Jazz or Classical recordings from the fifties, they can be quite amazing. It seems it took some studios a while to figure out how to record amplified instruments, so there are a lot of bad sounding pop recordings from the early sixties. The Beatles don't belong in that category, though. Also, a lot of songs were mixed to "pop" on car radios, which at that time consisted of an AM radio, and one cheap speaker, so if you listen to them on an actual hifi...ouch! Certainly you can tell the difference between a modern recording, and an older recording, but much of this difference is due to differences in production techniques, rather than recording quality or ability, per se.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

sudon't Re:We'd have less of this with better sound reprod (244 comments)

IDK, it still sounds like, "kiss this guy" whether I'm listening with my McIntosh, or my MacIntosh. But certainly it's an improvement over the six-inch car speaker, powered by an AM car radio, which I first heard it on.
There are a lot of Stones songs, in particular, whose lyrics I never would've figured out without the internet. And I've had high fidelity equipment all my adult life. Not that learning the lyrics has helped - the mondegreens have been burned into my brain for decades now.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

sudon't Re:And the lawsuits (244 comments)

Now *that* is some fine A++ wegyu-grade irony, there. I'm not familiar with the song, but reading the lyrics which can easily be found online...

Indeed they can - now. You have to remember, grasshopper, the internet did not exist for most people until the late nineties/early two-thousands. Comprehensive lyric sites came even later. So for most of rock history, if the lyrics weren't printed somewhere on the album, you were left to figure them out yourself, as best you could.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sudon't Re:California (720 comments)

Simply because there are laws against types of discrimination, doesn't mean employers don't discriminate. If you're looking at two résumés, both equally qualified, some kind of discrimination is going to come into play, whether regarding race, gender, criminal history, etcetera... You simply can't be overt about it, and I suspect much of it is unconscious, anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sudon't Re: Depends on the Felony. (720 comments)

Depends on the felony. You can get a felony for having too much weed on you. There are many "crimes" which sensible people realize shouldn't even be a crime, some of which are felonies.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sudon't Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Right, many companies rely on applicants assuming they'll spend the money for a background check, when in fact, many don't. My advice is to lie if you think they'll look askance at your record. Either they check, and you don't get the job, or they don't check, and you do get the job. If you're honest about it up front, it's likely the same outcome as "they check." As I say, this can depend on what type of company you're going to apply to - are they a buttoned-down corporate type of place, or rather hip? Is security a big concern for the employer? What are your convictions about? Drug convictions will be less of a problem than theft or violence convictions.

I once had to take a pre-employment "lie-detector" test, and was asked about drugs. When I answered that I had used them, he asked which ones. Since he wouldn't take "pretty much all of them" for an answer, I had to sit and list every drug I'd ever tried. It was a very long list. I got the job, and my test results got big laughs with my new bosses and colleagues. They were, (rightly), concerned about theft, not how I spent my free time. So, if it's only a bunch of drug-related misdemeanors, (or felonies), take heart!

I now have a job where a very dim view is taken of this sort of thing, and I never say a word about it, even though I have some arrests and minor convictions. It's not come back to bite me.

about two weeks ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

sudon't Re:New photography? (77 comments)

Which is why you can't calculate your weight on Sedna, something I desperately want to know.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

sudon't Re:Something is dodgy here. (184 comments)

Whoever wrote it, it a pretty convincing imitation of bad English. I'm not sure an English speaker could come up with that. People, when using a foreign language, tend to use certain words and phrases in imitation of their own native syntax and idioms. I think we all know that hacking or coding skills do not automatically equal grammar skills, let alone foreign language skills. But is it Russians, Koreans, Chinese...?

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sudon't Re:Hey have I ever mentioned (545 comments)

Depends on the type of work, I guess. Truck drivers are expected to work up to 70 hours per week, (at least, that's the legal limit), and as long as they can stay awake behind the wheel, the work is getting done. If your job is to stand in front of a machine, feeding it parts or whatever, it's likely they're still getting productivity out of you. But, forgive me, we were speaking of the middle class...

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sudon't How the Economy Works (545 comments)

In the exact same way that the erosion of the federal minimum wage—from an inflation-adjusted peak of about $11 an hour in 1968 to only $7.25 an hour today—has held down wages for low-income Americans, the simultaneous erosion of the overtime threshold has also held down wages for the American middle class. And just like raising the minimum wage would nudge up incomes for those workers earning somewhat above it, restoring the overtime threshold would push up incomes for many workers currently earning above $69,000 too.

You know, I always suspected that these people really understood how the economy worked, and that they were simply bamboozling voters into thinking that giving more money to the rich would benefit working people somehow. That's not how the economy works. It works by consumer demand. And if the consumer has no money, there is no demand.

So, here we have it, straight from the horses mouth. You can stop voting against your own interests now.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

sudon't Re:Selective media censoring (310 comments)

It's testosterone, really. More testosterone = more aggression. The males of many species have evolved to be aggressive and territorial, and testosterone is the driver. A lot of women hate this idea for some reason, but it's simply true.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

sudon't Re:Confusing San Andreas with V (310 comments)

I mean, I played THROUGH gta V and .. well. I don't remember where killing some bitches happened.

Perhaps they're confusing San Andreas with V. In San Andreas, hiring a prostitute would bring your health up a bit. Not so in V where, correct me if I'm wrong, it just takes your money. Certainly you can kill female NPCs in V, just as you can kill male NPCs, but there's no particular incentive to do so. That said, aside from the other points of sexism already noted, female NPCs, unlike male NPCs, will not fight back when you jack their car. Only rarely will a female NPC pedestrian will fight back. Or, perhaps that's realism rather than sexism?
*smack*
Ow, just asking...

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

sudon't Re:Removed after Initial sales spike (310 comments)

Well, it's being released on new platforms this month - PC and PS4 - so it's likely related to that.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

sudon't Re:Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

Wouldn't you say that the CEO, or at the very least, the heads of particular units are responsible for the bad things corporations do? After all, they are the ones who ok, if not initiate, this kind of stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

sudon't Re:humans (525 comments)

But humans are still a bunch of idiots.

True enough. But the real difference is that in Germany it is illegal to pass on the right, and the law is followed. When a faster vehicle is approaching, cars will move out of the way, to the right, so that the other car can pass. In the US, you have idiots driving slowly in the left lanes, as if it were their God-given right, effectively blocking passing lanes, and forcing others to pass on the right. Obviously, (at least to some of us), this creates a number of problems. Perhaps if we changed "don't pass on the right" from a suggestion to a law, our roads might function as well as the autobahn.

about three weeks ago

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