Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

troff Re: The Safe Bet Here (173 comments)

Not to mention... isn't there a good chance they might be using much of the same infrastructure?

about 8 months ago
top

US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

troff Re:You keep using that word. (411 comments)

Hi. I'm not American. But my country has been in a formal alliance with America since about 1951, about 20 years before I was born.

I'm an IT guy. The closest I've ever been to any government-type work is when I spent most of 9 months working with the State (not Federal) Government office as a part of a Master's-by-Research degree at looking into whether Open Source software might possibly be feasible for such office use. The research was not completed, however. Now I just work back at the same university where I was doing the research study. At the moment, I'm working in the IT security team.

So: am I "foreign"?

Do I deserve to have my communications tracked?

If I send/receive encrypted e-mail to/from one of my colleagues who got me into the habit of sending such an e-mail, which basically consists of bitching about our (public, education-sector) boss, then do I really need to have that e-mail stored on an NSA server until they expend the resources necessary to crack my GPG? Do I really need to be considered guilty before there's been any kind of assessment as to exactly what I'm hiding from whom?

Or, to put it slightly more crudely - do you think the definition of "foreign" makes any damn difference to the great majority of the Internet (read: world) who are inappropriately impacted by all this NSA bull?

about a year ago
top

Sorm: Russia Intends To Monitor "All Communications" At Sochi Olympics

troff Re:SLOP syndrome (193 comments)

> I suggest that some people need to grow up, and realise that the West is the absolute paragon of virtue compared to what Russia, China and Muslim countries are doing.

> I shudder to think what will happen to the world when the baton of world domination is handed to these despots. I know the techno-libertarian crowd will be celebrating.

That Russia is, as you put it, "the Devil Incarnate" and America opposes Russia in certain areas does not make America "the absolute paragon of virtue compared" (and you might want to think what "absolute" and "compared" mean).

Instead, let's look at it this way: does the average Russian/American have any reason or want to harm the average American/Russian? No?

Maybe the Good/Evil split should be viewed along different lines: does the average American/Russian have their lives made any harder by the American/Russian government, to the benefit of that government? Really? Well, maybe the American/Russian people might be viewing the government the way you think one "country" views another.

about a year ago
top

Aussie Public Servant Criticises Gov't On Twitter, Gets Sacked

troff Re:there goes that (151 comments)

Sure. But you don't risk arrest and losing the ability to feed your family by working for the government.

about a year ago
top

Aussie Public Servant Criticises Gov't On Twitter, Gets Sacked

troff Re:Crikey! (151 comments)

The AC's "infallible government leadership" comment got downvoted to zero. The "Crikey Dingo" comment got karmaed to 5. This is the kind of crap I usually return to Slashdot for after getting disappointed with the massmind idiots on Reddit.

about a year ago
top

IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

troff Re:Who? (499 comments)

... NSA... :-)

about a year ago
top

IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

troff Re:6 ways advertisers are ignorant and destructive (499 comments)

Hi. I'm from a country that isn't America and the great proportion of these ads are from companies that don't exist in my country.

You bet I do research instead of looking at the ads. You say it works. Global economics demonstrates that it doesn't.

about a year ago
top

USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

troff Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

That debate appears to have already been concluded. The debate now seems mostly about how to push forward what is right, rather than let your elected government, the premiere power of your land, run roughshod all over people using the very same rules that are supposed to prevent them doing just that; how to make the laws/crimes match what's right/wrong.

about a year ago
top

Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

troff Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (213 comments)

Not likely.

The old Doctor Who had the occasional grim-and-gritty (the kind that made Question Time in Parliament complain about it). The new Who is full of "if you hope and feel hard enough, you can overcome alien technology, incomprehensible gods and the laws of physics". Even the last episode was proof enough of that.

I've met Gareth Thomas. I weep for Blake. The new Avon will probably look like Sheldon Cooper, Vila will be cool and Cally will probably be slutting up to everybody. Remember what Galactica's new producers said in an early interview - we're gonna modernise. That means sex with hot blonde robots.

about a year and a half ago
top

Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

troff The next year's release... (285 comments)

... should be called "Somersaulting Shark"?

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (146 comments)

Respectfully, nothing "just works".

Funnily enough, I do believe that's the point on which we were previously relying.

You seem to be bringing a lot of personal snark into this. Not to mention, this was never originally pointed at any of the users (as you're quite clearly saying with your "inferiority" comments).

This was about Microsoft's plan to circumscribe search results depending on the user's "mood" and "intelligence"; what this implies in a future when people are already burying their heads in the sand, as it is.

And - I'll reiterate, seeing as you seem to have missed this the first time - this is about people who keep using these tools and
choose to not learn more about the tools they're using. Would you like me to say that I feel superior over people who refuse to learn things; when I don't refuse to learn things outside of my own scope? Would that satisfy your need to feel superior?

Furthermore, you comment about stating "Apple users are idiots who don't know a thing about their computers"; I would rather say that "people using Apple or Windows and don't know anything and refuse repeatedly to learn about their tools are idiots".

... much like people who can't seem to read comments with a sufficient level of comprehension, but with plenty of personal issues brought in to cloud said comprehension.

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (146 comments)

You sound like the person who doesn't understand that we diesel mechanics keep meeting so many truck drivers who can't comprehend what the truck is and is not capable of doing.

They buy into the iTruck hype and keep assuming that the damn thing will keep driving itself down the I-95 while they have a quick kip behind the wheel. And then blame us when they end up in a ditch.

Hence, me bringing up the point of the meanings being conflated. It, contrary to popular (indeed, encouraged) belief, doesn't just work. Hence, the diesel mechanics tend to think less of the truck drivers who haven't bothered to ever look under their hoods; and berate us for making the mere suggestion that they might consider doing so.

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff Re:If you're intelligent... (146 comments)

Okay, fair enough. So, what features of the Microsoft products is it that meets your needs better?

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (146 comments)

a) Because these people don't really get how to use these devices.
b) I think you're conflating grandparent's use of "It just works" meaning "don't think or customise, just use what we give you", with the idea of these Apple products really, genuinely "just working".

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (146 comments)

You're also right. Ever since I started supporting people with iPads, I accepted the truth of that.

more than 2 years ago
top

Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

troff But isn't this Microsoft all over? (146 comments)

You do what you need to do, people. Don't exercise your tiny little grey cells. You don't need to learn anything new. You don't need to stretch yourselves or make yourselves better. Just leave it all in our hands. That's better. Go back to sleep now.

more than 2 years ago
top

Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

troff Re:The Cure For Media Bias (364 comments)

Are you kidding? More like "once again, your opinion of Rob Enderle will drop to an even lower all-time low".

Use that search bar up top and see what the collective Slashdot has had to say regarding Rob Enderle in the past. I refer you, specifically, to the "Ferrari laptop", "Linux Geeks", "Microsoft Apologizes" and "SCO" incidents, for example.

I'd say "for fuck's sake", but I wouldn't want anybody thinking I said "for Enderle's sake".

more than 2 years ago
top

Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

troff It's not that I don't buy into the con-theories... (410 comments)

I'm completely happy to agree with virtually every opinion I've scanned here so far. But my question is: what are they really going to do with this information? I mean... current population estimate of the U.S. is 313.32x10^6. I don't feel that living in a completely different country on roughly the other side of the world protects me entirely. ... but what are they gonna DO? Arrest EVERYBODY in the world? Jerk off to some crazy panopticon fantasy they have? Enforce slave labour to put together armies and workforces when it's time to invade Mars? I mean, what?

more than 2 years ago
top

Bill Gates Gives $750M To AIDS Fund

troff Re:He can't win (214 comments)

I take your point; except I think the scale slides back to "fucking bastard" away from "fucking awesome" precisely because according to History, he heeded those calls from the Dark Side. Just because you have mad skillz doesn't make you Good when you use your powers for evil.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

troff hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

top

An anonymous post

troff troff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=995709&cid=25377049#

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?