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  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 9:30am

    Bad apples

    This whole "bad apple" thing pains me. The original adage strongly implies that if the presence of a single bad apple isn't immediately remedied, the whole barrel will be spoiled.

    Once you've discovered a second bad apple, you should be burning the whole thing down and starting over.

  • Jul 27th, 2017 @ 3:52pm

    (untitled comment)

    I thought, and hovering over the link confirmed, that you meant "**bungled** an expensive acquisition"

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 12:00pm

    What's the point exactly?

    "So... if this isn't going to hurt Google and isn't going to help other companies in the market, then... what's the point exactly?"

    Deterrence and to set acceptable standards. It's the same reason we have laws with punishment for crimes despite the fact that most people will likely not break much beyond traffic and parking violations and hardened criminals committed to a life of crime will proceed regardless of the penalties if caught.

    If the fine for running a red light was $50000, despite the fact that most motorists in a given area have no plans of running red lights, people would think twice if it were published someone was fined (and paid) that much, regardless of that person's ability to pay the fine.

  • Jun 27th, 2017 @ 1:23pm

    (untitled comment)

    Wow, Chris Hansen went from protecting indecent persons speech to speaking to persons attempting indecent acts with minors. Who knew?

  • Jun 26th, 2017 @ 1:09pm

    Snowflakes?

    Can we diversify on the name calling du jour?

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 11:37am

    Re:

    "Quinton Gates, a black 18 year old gang member in Chicago approached a rival on a South Side porch last month and shot 11 times, killing a 19 year old man. Quinton is black."

    vs

    "Everything anyone has ever said about staying safe while interacting with the police is wrong."

    I'm not sure how the first implies the second is wrong. That a black 18yo gang member in Chicago killed someone, does not mean I'm going to be safe with police if only I "comply".

  • Jun 13th, 2017 @ 3:50pm

    Re:

    Except, is there an easy way to actually "like" or "favorite" something on tumblr?

    It seems like "reblogging" is an easy way to do this and given the ease of doing so, why would you "like" or "favorite" something that could disappear when you could easily preserve it so what you like doesn't go away when the host dies?

    I bookmark links to product pages for stuff I find interesting. And about once a year, go through culling links which are now dead. Then I found a site that essentially makes copies of product images and summarizes what it does - so I bookmark that site, rather than the underlying product page because those links are less likely to go away.

    Preserving information on it's own is a thing that many people value and does not necessarily imply some additional level of support or promotion.

  • Jun 13th, 2017 @ 8:41am

    Re:

    "Is it me or there seems to be an alignment issue with this article?"

    I had the alignment issue until I updated my version of Chrome.

  • May 30th, 2017 @ 12:42pm

    Re:

    I don't see this increasing public "support" in the way the manufacturers want, which is more money. Your suggestions dilute the market. Sure, there may be competition on printers, but the big manufacturers aren't losing sleep to crap third party printers. So, increased competition there doesn't change anything for them. Not that I expect there will be much innovation in consumer printers anyway - they're going the way of digital cameras.

    Having printer carts that work everywhere just increases the good competition they already have from refills - they'd lose money since it'll be pretty hard to innovate on ink to the point where I'd prefer $$$ Lexmark black to $ ebay black.

  • May 30th, 2017 @ 12:24pm

    (untitled comment)

    “I was telling [Fox host] Steve [Doocy] on the way in here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said on “Fox & Friends.”

    To be fair, he may not be spreading fear wholesale. It could be what he "knows" is of a credible threat to Steve Doocy.

  • Apr 18th, 2017 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 18th, 2017 @ 11:08am

    This comment is a copy of another earlier. It is commentary on the original argument, suggesting that since this was a derivative work, the OP should no longer respond since we've taken away his reason for creating comments.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 @ 3:48pm

    Re: I have a question:

    >I mean, if a ransomware program is intended to collect money, whether it be electronic transfer or bitcoin or whatever, surely the programs can be disassembled and the location the money's being sent to located?

    Given that the code isn't transferring the money, how would disassembling it show you where money is being sent? I think you don't understand how electronic transfers or bitcoin works.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 @ 3:42pm

    Locked inside rooms?

    Hotel rooms can be locked/unlocked from the inside. You can't lock someone inside a hotel room any more than you can be locked inside your own house.

  • Jan 30th, 2017 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Well...

    Saying that "My expression of X may seem out of place to you, but it is motivated by my humanity and forces me to discard appearances or decorum and complaints that I shouldn't say this here just show us where your priorities are" isn't the same as saying "disagreeing with me means your are in-human".

    Trying to silence someone speaking out about a humanitarian issue, because it will get in the way of your enjoyment of tech issues, at a blog which you were not forced to read and where you don't expend any effort to write - that is callous and perhaps inhuman.

    So, if what you are saying is "shut up Mike about this issue and get back to tech blogging", then yes, you might be in-human. And if you're saying that the reason Trump won is because in-human people were called out on it, then, while that sucks, it doesn't change anything.

    But, if you are saying that someone thinks disagreeing with Mike on this particular makes you in-human, that is different and I've not yet read anything that suggests other points of view may not have validity or come from a different view or priority of humanity. And if you are saying that Trump was elected because people ignored the very real, though different, expressions of humanity of their fellow citizens, then, you'd be right but confusing since that's a good thing - assuming Trump is what's required to improve how we interact with our fellow citizens.

  • Dec 12th, 2016 @ 8:44am

    I wonder

    If this will embolden someone to actually say "superbowl" in an ad?

  • Nov 8th, 2016 @ 1:09pm

    Another question

    So, if I create a website with terms of use that forbid anyone from reading any document on my website titled "Top Secret", and I place a prominent link on every page to said "Top Secret" document, along with text somewhere on the page that says "clicking links on this site constitutes acceptance of the TOS", can I then sue everyone who reads the publicly linked unprotected document?

  • Nov 8th, 2016 @ 1:03pm

    Hmm

    So, what would be the non-commercial way to use a third party device/app to listen to the podcasts? Does CBC make their own free computers, phones, internet service? Free podcast apps? Otherwise, to satisfy my desire to listen to their podcast, someone somewhere is making money.

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 @ 4:46pm

    (untitled comment)

    I'm guessing it (request that requests go through an official channel) is a neat way to funnel requests through a single source where sequesters can be told "sorry" by someone with legal authority over them.

    Now, instead of every single police office, government agency, etc all making requests and threats when they don't get fulfilled, just one single agency acts as gatekeeper for requests and threats.

  • Oct 21st, 2016 @ 7:35am

    Not bad apples

    They are in fact "bad apples". These are bad apples that show us there is something rotten with our criminal justice system.

    There seems of late an active forgetfulness of where the term "bad apples" comes from. Kinda like what ultimately happened with "uncle tom". I wonder if I'm going to see the complete change within my lifetime.

  • Oct 7th, 2016 @ 9:17am

    Re: Material Contribution ...

    Backpage filters out certain terms, as you can see from reading this article. I don't know what "alteration" to ads you mean, but I suspect at one point, Backpage filtered/replaced/removed "banned" words without notifying the user (CL used to do this).

    So, from the POV of an eager prosecutor, this is backpage altering ads to hide their explicit nature. This is likely why they now just reject the post and force the user to remove the offending terms themselves.

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