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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

xero314 Re: Who would believe it? (457 comments)

You mean the album that featured a song all about marketing and how you would have never heard about the band if they had not sold out to a publisher to provide marketing for them? So yes, you might have heard of hicks through liner notes and not marketing, but you would never have seen the album without marketing.

about 8 months ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

xero314 Re: What's the point? (73 comments)

You can't build from Lego. Lego is a brand name of building blocks. Sothe correct phrase according to the Lego trademark holder would be "we built lots of things from Lego brand building blocks." Your usage, even in the singular form, makes it a generic use which risks diminishing the value of the trade mark.

about 8 months ago
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PlayStation 4 Released

xero314 Re:Not this time, Sony (294 comments)

I wish people would stop using this analogy because it's completely wrong. The truth is the analogy is more like chevy coming out with a new model Corvette and offered their customers a free upgrade, but sadly the new model doesn't have cigarette lighter. Had Sony just named the Post Other OS PlayStation the PS4 they would not be dealing with this issue. It goes like this.

Sony Releases a new console, Lets call this new console the PS3.5. It was nearly identical to the PS3 accept that it could play new games and did not have Other OS support. Yes it made the PS3 a short lived console and at first people would be very upset. Sony, realizing that it was a short console cycle, decided to allow PS3 owners to upgrade to the PS3.5 for free. Yes that's right, the first console maker ever to release a completely 100% backward compatible, in regards to game play, console with a free upgrade from the prior version. Sure, to upgrade you would lose the Other OS capability, but it's free and optional.

So had Sony really just screwed it's customers by discontinuing the PS3 and then offering a free upgrade (with no new hardware necessary) they would have been seen as being leaders in the console market and pro consumer. Simply because they chose not to change the name of the console every one is seeing it as if they were taking something away.

I'm a huge fan of boycotting, and support anyone that is doing so, but make sure you are boycotting for the right reason.

about 9 months ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

xero314 Re: List Copywrites (201 comments)

The word you are looking for is copyright and it's not something you do, it's something you have.

about a year ago
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The Cognitive Cost of Poverty

xero314 Re: Birthday late in the school year (459 comments)

You give your children a much better chance of success of they are the oldest in their peer group. Whether that be educational or extracurricular like sports, being the most mature, socially and physically, brings significant advantages.

about a year ago
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Anti-Government Hackers Hit Jay-Z's Android App

xero314 Re:because (95 comments)

There is logic behind that way of thinking. fire the most part third parties are very heavy on the liberal side of the equation. this means that a third party vote is a divided liberal vote. Tea party is a notable exception as are right leaning libertarians, but most third parties, such as green, workers, reform, progressive, socialist, classical libertarian, etc, fall on the liberal side. So in the first past the post system in the US, a third party vote is a one vote lead for the republican party two thirds of the time. And I say that as someone that votes third party almost exclusively.

about a year ago
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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

xero314 Re:Why not update your JRE? (405 comments)

I assume that by refactoring you mean " execute using the latest jre" . Been working with java since the get go and have dealt with incompatibilities, but moving from java4+ to java 7 requires no refactoring unless you were using nonpublic apis.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors Repays $465M Government Loan 9 Years Early

xero314 Re:That's Slashdot... (446 comments)

Musk has no employees on government assistance. Walmart explicitly pays employees just under the level to recieve government assistance so they don't have to provide health insurance. Tesla makes high quality products as they have shown they will reduce cost with out quality. Walmart sells disposable shit that ultimately cost more because they have no longevity. Teslas are manufactured in the usa. Walmart products are almost exclusively manufactured in china. Musk sells directly to his customers. Walmart is nothing but an unnecesary middle man getting wealthy off the ignorance of the people you think they are helping. Should I go on?

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

xero314 Re:How about Python or something? (245 comments)

Code should be readable be the person reading it. If you find one form of indentation to be readable and your partner another, then you should each be able to format it however you want. This is, after all, why we use high level languages and not machine code. So why not take it one step further and leave format up to the reader. Store the code in an easily compilable format and let the editor format it to each reader's preference.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

xero314 Re:How about Python or something? (245 comments)

Gee, when you talk to people that never learned programming they know nothing about programming. If you are having trouble explaining it then the problem might not be on their side.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

xero314 Re:How about Python or something? (245 comments)

White space works to denote code blocks only if everyone agrees on what readable code looks like. But since K&R taught everyone the wrong way, you might find it hard to get people to agree. With white space being insignifacant each reader of the code can format it however they want. One might argue that we should not even be storing formatted code but leave the format up to the ide/editor.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

xero314 Re:How about Python or something? (245 comments)

That's elitist bullshit. 90% of the population of the world could easily learn to program and learn to do it proficiently. If we taught binary and boolean logic earlier in life, programing would be second nature. And yes I interview crapy engineers regularly. It's not lack of capability holding them back, but rather piss poor education.

about a year ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

xero314 Re:i think the 'porn' thing (853 comments)

There is no such thing as a smart good looking women looking for a job in western culture. You either are to dumb to use your looks to get what you want or not as good looking as you think. (You here is a general term not aimed at the parent)

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs

xero314 Re:Good (284 comments)

Even "dumb" animals like dogs have a concept of property.

No, "dumb" animals have an instinct to control that which they can through the threat of violence. There is no proof that there is any sense of ownership, simply that they guard certain resources through violence and aggression. If you want to follow in the foot steps on animals then what's mine is anything I can take, and if I have to kill you to get it, then so be it. I don't think you want to live in a world that has animal instinct based concepts on property, unless you believe you are the most powerful person on the planet.

The problem is - unless you've developed some psychic powers - you never know when someone might want to use their stuff. Just because they don't want to use it now, doesn't mean they won't want to five minutes from now.

There is no need to know when someone might want to use it, all that matters is that they are not currently using it. Because by nature, it's not "their stuff", it's just stuff their for them to use, or theirs to restrict others use through threat of violence.

Take away the threat of violence and property has no meaning beyond current use.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs

xero314 Re:Good (284 comments)

I won't comment on your moral compass since you a merely a victim of a society that teaches that property ownership is right and moral. That being said, there is nothing natural about property. Without the threat of violence people would be able to use whatever it is they can find as long as it requires no violence to use. There is no harm done to others if I use something no one else is, regardless of who thinks they have a right to control that resource.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs

xero314 Re:Good (284 comments)

It's funny to hear people say "equal" with respect to socialism. Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory and enforced by people with guns.

Sadly Neo-Libertarians and other supporters of capitalism often forget that without the threat of violence there is not right to property. In a society without the threat of violence collectivism becomes the norm. It's a very simple experiment, just imagine a world where all people agree to take no violent action against another (that is no violence by one person against another person). What you find out is that once there is no threat of violence there is no stopping someone from using anything not currently in use by another person. I need not any violence to walk onto property not currently occupied. I need no violence to operate a vehicle not currently occupied. I need no violence to enjoy produce not currently being consumed. On the flip side, violence, or the threat there of, is needed to stop me from those things.

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

xero314 Re:fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

A big difference between porn and cleaning toilets is the lasting efffects. I know of porn stars who later committed suicide

Ah yes, because we all know, people that clean toilets never commit suicide, and certainly not because they regretted the choices they made in life that led them to cleaning toilets.
If we, as a culture (yes I'm talking about the repressed conservative US citizens) did not view human sexuality as shameful, maybe there would be a lot less issue with suicide among adult film stars. What is it they say here on slashdot? Correlation does not equal causation.

I like the idea someone suggested above. Don't enforce copyright on porn. If people want to do it as a hobby then fine, but remove the profit motive.

Can we do this for everything that some sub culture finds objectionable, like Rock Music, Scientific Research, Harry Potter, etc.? Seriously just because you don't like it does not mean that it should be treated any different than any other form of art you don't personally like. Though I would bet that you only want it to be free so you can stop paying for it.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Knew of Latest Java 0-Day Security Hole In August

xero314 Re: it's not 0-day (265 comments)

Quality software comes from organizations interested in quality. Period. Trying to say it is based on the background of those implementing the product is laughable.

about a year and a half ago
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Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal

xero314 Re:First spam! (338 comments)

The provider is a regulated common carrier, a privately operated utility. This is not the same as a private service. I do not know about ISPs as they may not have common carrier status, but telephone companies, including mobile, do. In those regulations they can not legally deny the transmission of a phone call from the caller to the recipient without the recipients request. This regulation was put in place so that we could have a nation telephone system run by multiple private competing companies. The same rules need to exist for text messaging if we are to presume that text messaging is an important avenue for communication. Otherwise providers could easily start saying that you can not receive texts from other carriers, or worse yet, their network will not carry messages from other carriers. This may not seem like a problem until you realize who controls most of the infrastructure for text communications.

about a year and a half ago
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Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal

xero314 Re:What's next? (338 comments)

You are making an incorrect analogy. The request is not to force the individual to have to receive texts, it's just to make it that the carriers need to leave that choice up to the individual. Just like with phone calls, the individual can block certain numbers, but the carrier can not without you requesting it. The carrier has no way of knowing if you want to receive the text or not and should let all texts through unless you explicitly request them to be blocked.

about a year and a half ago

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