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201  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 28, 2014, 08:33:42 AM
"due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging" ... WTF?!?

Again, short-sighted legislation without an understanding of technology.  And the fact that this will cross country boundaries... wow.

Can someone remind me again why we have government? They sure as heck seem to cause a lot more problems than they solve.

But who will build the roads?

Oh, that's right...

http://mises.org/document...ion-of-Roads-and-Highways

People.

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[Bob Slydell and Bob Porter are interviewing Tom]

Bob Slydell: What you do at Initech, is you take the specifications from the customers and you bring them down to the software engineers?

Tom Smykowski: Yes. Ye...yes. That...that's right.

Bob Porter: Well, then I just have to ask, why couldn't the customers just take them directly to the software people, huh?

Tom Smykowski: Well, I...I'll tell you why. Uh, because engineers are not good at dealing with customers.

Bob Slydell: Uh-huh. So, you physically take the specs from the customer?

Tom Smykowski: Well, no, my, my secretary does that, or the fax.

Bob Slydell: Ah.

Bob Porter: So, then you must physically bring them to the software people.

Tom Smykowski: Well...no. Yeah, I mean, sometimes.

Bob Slydell: What...what would you say you do here?

Tom Smykowski: Well, look, I already told you. I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to. I have people skills. I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?!

Yeah. Something like that. But in the real world Tom clubs the customers half to death on a good day.
202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: June 28, 2014, 08:16:25 AM
Anyone want to take bets that their profits increase the closer they get to election time? (Anyone that thinks this won't happen is naive.)

Welcome to Hell.

I gave up on FB last year and refuse to use it anymore. This is just solid verification that I should never touch it again.
203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 28, 2014, 08:10:54 AM
An enema comic.

http://www.enemabag.com/enema-comic-strip.html

tongue
204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Metalenguage - Encoder - Decoder on: June 27, 2014, 08:40:50 PM
Why would you want to do this?

I can pretty much guarantee that your results will be broken.

Or should I say, "I can pretty good much guarantee that your results will be broken."? Wink
205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Interview with Dr. Richard Stallman at CEBE 2014 on: June 27, 2014, 08:38:17 PM
Here's another interview with one of the most influential people in software (video - 7:49 - so not very long):

http://cointelegraph.com/...-with-dr-richard-stallman

Interview Topics:

  • Money
  • Bitcoin & tax
  • After Bitcoin
  • TTIP
  • Ring signatures
  • Icecat
  • Big corps & "Open Source"
  • Decentralized networks, privacy, P2P, etc.
  • Websites tracking people

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGN8hkAV8w8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGN8hkAV8w8</a>

206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beating ridiculous IP infringement claims by doing things stupidly on: June 26, 2014, 11:51:03 PM
I'm slowly working my way through the actual text of the decision.

Do you have a crisp link to the decision? I always get lost in layers of news articles and their "descriptive links" that go to other news stories.


PDF: http://www.supremecourt.g...ons/13pdf/13-461_l537.pdf


Other news:

http://www.vox.com/2014/6...ld-endanger-cloud-storage

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The Supreme Court's Aereo decision could endanger cloud storage services

And the establishment shills rushing to cover up the damage:

http://www.forbes.com/sit...or-did-they-kill-dropbox/

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MYTH #3: A cold wind is blowing and Dropbox and all cloud-storage providers are going to be chilled out of existence by it.

Yeah. Right. Trust us. I can't possibly see how THAT could go wrong...  undecided

This wound is going to bleed. They all do.
207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 11:36:41 PM
We are all but grains of rice or mustard seeds to them.
208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beating ridiculous IP infringement claims by doing things stupidly on: June 26, 2014, 08:25:45 PM
I'm slowly working my way through the actual text of the decision.

Do post back about that.

209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 08:23:12 PM
tongue 40, you're cracking me up here.

It's all just as well... we are nothing but food for the Great Old Ones, and if you choose to be an egg... Wink
210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beating ridiculous IP infringement claims by doing things stupidly on: June 26, 2014, 09:59:17 AM
http://edition.cnn.com/20...o-alternatives/index.html

Bye bye Aereo. The shitlords have won again.

What's amazing is that Scalia of all people was in the dissenting opinion.

It's likely that he might have had a tiny inkling of what he was ruling on, i.e. He might have understood a tiny bit of technology.

This is a horrible decision. The implications are extremely dark.
211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beating ridiculous IP infringement claims by doing things stupidly on: June 26, 2014, 04:14:54 AM
http://edition.cnn.com/20...o-alternatives/index.html

Bye bye Aereo. The shitlords have won again.
212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2014, 04:03:59 AM
Continuing with food humour:

213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MPAA brings about Streisand effect - /r/FullLengthFilms on: June 26, 2014, 03:46:33 AM
Um... More context please? I clicked the link but all I saw was what you quoted, and a bunch of replies.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: When it comes to Reddit, I just don't geddit.

The MPAA is trying to shut down /r/FullLengthFilms. It's backfiring. Badly. smiley

http://motherboard.vice.c...-down-an-entire-subreddit

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The MPAA Is Trying (and Failing) to Take Down an Entire Subreddit


Call attention to something sketchy and you're bound to make it more popular. In its latest piracy-thwarting attempt, the MPAA just alerted hundreds of people to the fact that there are links to stream and download thousands of full-length movies on the subreddit /r/FullLengthFilms. Smooth move.

Early on June 24th, before TorrentFreak got its hands on a Google takedown request filed by the MPAA against the subreddit, you can see there's a relatively small hundred or so users checking the subreddit each hour. But last night, when TorrentFreak published its article, you can see a substantial jump.

More at the link with traffic graphs.

214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / MPAA brings about Streisand effect - /r/FullLengthFilms on: June 26, 2014, 03:22:53 AM
http://www.reddit.com/r/F...cause_the_mpaa_sent_them/

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Anyone else only here because the MPAA sent them?

Related (NSFW):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOB_5KkEuI

That's a great tune! =D
215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 25, 2014, 09:28:41 PM
As far as movies about assassinating the POTUS...

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...of_a_President_(2006_film)

Ah... Never heard of that before. I'll have to check it out.
216  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Programming on a Keyboard… a Piano Keyboard on: June 25, 2014, 07:49:15 PM
 ohmy

The video was pretty wild.
217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 25, 2014, 07:44:15 PM
It's saddening to see it going this way for him.  He's got the big guns lining up... (via washington post)

... people missed the point.  And I still don't see why actors give interviews about anything other than... acting.  A 9 hour interview sliced up with the juiciest parts to get people frothing.  You can still see the point if you look hard enough, and realize that it was slanted.  But... no one does.

The will find victims where there are none. They specialise in it.

http://www.telegraph.co.u...nterview-best-quotes.html

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...but then you add in Kim Jong-un...

North Korea says Seth Rogen's new movie is an 'act of war' (via The Verge)

North Korea denounces James Franco and Seth Rogen's Kim Jong Un movie (via The LA Times)

I think he's just given them a lift from the publicity.  Sometimes, people just don't know when to shut up.

I'm not sure how that movie will be.

But the topic of assassinating heads of state is an interesting one. I'd love to see one come out about assassinating the POTUS. The media circus would be just hilarious! Forget the movie - the real drama would be Fox vs. MSNBC and all that nonsense. smiley

All the self-righteous "principled" people would come out after and condemn the entire idea of a movie about assassinating any head of state (in a lame attempt to be "bipartisan"). Pointing out Seth & James' new flick would then be a wonderfully hilarious way to point out the hypocrisy.

But, I'm just dreaming... It would be entertaining to see though! cheesy
218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 25, 2014, 10:10:28 AM
Ok, wait... hold on... let me get this straight...

A century old industry, that enjoys government regulatory monopolistic protections, and hasn't ever managed to improve the quality of its product (audio quality) is the target of...

Yeah... Please fill me in on how this whole situation isn't just a farcical comedy of incompetence and idiocy... Because I'm completely missing it!

I don't phone people to talk. I use VoIP most of the time, and the audio quality is far, far, far superior.

Just how is it that the dinosaurs haven't caught up?

Oh, that's right! They're not extinct because there's a law against them being extinct! Silly me! tongue

But seriously... the whole situation is totally hosed. I wouldn't even know where to begin with a rant that wasn't just one stupid joke after another. 

tl;dr - Everyone is hosed and always will be hosed because you're ruled by hosers creating rules for more hosers who hose you! tongue
219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 25, 2014, 09:51:40 AM
... and items can be added for any reason or no reason.  As long as there is perceived 'offense'.  And they are removed for...  I'm at a loss.

Yup.

But it's predictable. Anything to start a conflict where there was none before, or to open old wounds, or to throw gasoline on a real conflict.

Invent a victim. Dig up a victim. Find a victim.

Order doesn't matter - just whatever works at the time.

Otherwise, what the hell good is it if it can't make headlines?

220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 25, 2014, 09:42:22 AM
hey... I was presenting without comment tongue

Oh, don't take me the wrong way. That company is VERY scary.

It's the entire "Oh, but we really care about your privacy and human rights and the children and puppy dogs and..." -- Yeah... that is just priceless. Just how stupid do they think people are when reading that? Hell, they'd probably be doing good by selling to non-NATO "approved" states. Pfft. I don't have that acquired taste for horse manure that some people might have. Wink
221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 25, 2014, 07:24:05 AM
That Hacking Team site is scary.

http://www.hackingteam.it...index.php/customer-policy

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Customer Policy
Since we founded the Hacking Team, we have understood the power of our software in law enforcement and intelligence investigations.
We also understand the potential for abuse of the surveillance technologies that we produce, and so we take a number of precautions to limit the potential for that abuse.
We provide our software only to governments or government agencies.  We do not sell products to individuals or private businesses.
We do not sell products to governments or to countries blacklisted by the U.S., E.U., U.N., NATO or ASEAN.
We review potential customers before a sale to determine whether or not there is objective evidence or credible concerns that Hacking Team technology provided to the customer will be used to facilitate human rights violations.
We have established a panel of technical experts and legal advisors, unique in our industry, that reviews potential sales.
In HT contracts, we require customers to abide by applicable law.  We reserve the right in our contracts to suspend support for our software if we find terms of our contracts are violated.  If we suspend support for HT technology, the product soon becomes useless.
 
We will refuse to provide or we will stop supporting our technologies to governments or government agencies that:
We believe have used HT technology to facilitate gross human rights abuses.
Who refuse to agree to or comply with provisions in our contracts that describe intended use of HT software, or who refuse to sign contracts that include requirements that HT software be used lawfully.
Who refuse to accept auditing features built into HT software that allow administrators to monitor how the system is being used.
 
HT policies and procedures are consistent with the U.S. Know Your Customer guidelines.  We conduct ongoing employee training to assure that employees know and understand the provisions of these guidelines.
Should we discover “red flags” described in these guidelines while negotiating a sale, we will conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter and raise the issue with the potential customer.   If the “red flags” cannot be reasonably explained or justified, we may suspend the transaction.
 
Our review will include:
Statements made by the potential customer either to HT or elsewhere that reflect the potential for abuse.
The potential customer's laws, regulations and practices regarding surveillance including due process requirements.
Credible government or non-government reports reflecting that a potential customer could use surveillance technologies to facilitate human rights abuses.
 
Hacking Team encourages anyone with information about apparent misuse or abuse of our systems and solutions to promptly report that information to us at info@hackingteam.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Hacking Team has established a process of monitoring news media, activist community blogs and other Internet communication, and other available sources for expressed concerns about human rights abuses by customers or potential customers.  Should questions be raised about the possible abuse of HT software in human rights cases, HT will investigate to determine the facts to the extent possible.  If we believe one of our customers may be involved in an abuse of HT software, we will contact the customer as part of this investigation.  Based on the results of such an investigation, HT will take appropriate action.

Umm...

BWAHAHAHAHAHA~!

Psst! C'mere... You look like a smart cookie, and have I got a deal for you! Wink
222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 25, 2014, 07:18:33 AM
Well, yes ... But that's a really short list as I understand it...Just Nazis, smokers, and (I think) people that don't recycle ... Right?

You only wish! tongue Grin You're on the list for at least a half dozen reasons! tongue
223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 24, 2014, 10:53:31 PM
Regarding some of the controversy, I read this article a while back. It's interesting:

http://blogs.timesofisrae...ews-do-control-the-media/

Quote from: Take-away quote
Does anyone else (who’s not a bigot) see the irony of this?

Which is the exact point Gary Oldman makes in the interview.
224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 24, 2014, 10:48:33 PM
Regarding Gary Oldman - https://twitter.com/GO4Ev...81249687555825664/photo/1

225  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 24, 2014, 10:32:04 PM
That's because They (yes of the infamous them) have created a strictly enforced zero tolerance utopia, where - in the interest of proving that hate is not allowed - everyone is to love everyone equally, at all times and forever...without fail!

Not quite. You are fully expected to hate and loathe everyone they hate and loathe. If you don't, you're a sexist, racist, homophobic anti-semite that beats his kids and molests his dog.

i.e. You are entitled to share our opinion or die.

The "tolerance" zealots are anything but tolerant.

The original Gary Oldman interview is here (NSFW - on the playboy.com site). The "controversial" stuff is on pages 4 and 5.

Gary points out that (albeit rather muddled) "what" is said is less important than "who" said it.

There will be more outrage about what Gary said. Before you know it, people will be saying that he's a sexist, racist, homophobic anti-semite that beats his kids and molests his dog. If they're feeling in a good mood. Those articles will be fun to read. tongue
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