I don't mean to diminish this effort but just imagine this kind of response every time we decided to declare war somewhere far far away. I'd be impressed. Certainly sending people to be maimed or killed is just as critical?
This text is not coincise, it doesn't draw the attention of the reader to any specific point and it shows several other shortcomings, if the message ever comes across I am pretty sure this page won't help.
Yes, I omitted the words "goals of the" [edit: 's stated goals] but I'm talking about what the average reader will get out of the ad before they flip to the next page.
Not good, imho. And yes, they do care about the average reader. If they were trying to reach people other than the average reader, there are better ways to do that.
Why doesn't anyone just call bullshit on the whole concept of the US extending its law to apply to the rest of the world?
Its VERY easy for the sense of urgency to just go away. Its very hard to get people highly motivated about time. It's easy to kill an entire day with BS, and let things just stretch out. Especially when you're an employee, and you're working for options. Options are so intangible. You're theoretically motivated, but on a day to day basis, do stock options get you doing 6 things in an hour instead of 3 or 4? Especially if your boss isn't there? (And if your boss is there then you're likely to be inhibited.) It's really easy to kill time by running everything thru your boss too... it lets you cover your butt, and you can read HN while you wait for him to make a decision.
I don't know how you teach initiative... but this is a good attempt.
Find a way or make one. Good advice.
Its a shame most of the comments on this seem to be reddit quality. Almost as if the people making them have never been in this situation. (and this was the situation I found myself in at my very first startup-- when we all felt we had no clue what we were doing, and tended to wait for direction, rather than take initiative.)
The whole letter/blog simultaneously reeks of desperation, egotism, conceit and condescension. He clearly craves validation and doesn't hesitate to dole it out to himself. "I picked you guys because you're the best! Now quit sucking and start being awesome like me! Money money money!"
If you don't consider "commitments" to be real things, then you run round and round the what-are-we-doing-and-why-didn't-you-do-it circle... And then you write a blog post.
Update: freeloaders/non-fulfillers are a real thing. I'm one of them. Generally, I perform at a very high level, but I'll dial it back if I'm under the gun and a client unintentionally indicates that they're not one to assess slippages accurately. Unlike most freeloaders, I wake up at 3AM and think about how to fulfill against a late commitment.
Also, I can't do it, because I'm otherwise engaged.
Well, the "top designer" is an adult, we assume, and can make his/her own decisions, but I stopped falling for that kind of bull shit 25 years ago. A good designer is worth paying good rates. Despite lavish praise as they walked out the door with "my miracle", I never once had any of those "big shots" ever show up again, much less provide me with any kind of value in return.
(Now on a side note, I've done spec work and/or above the call of duty rush jobs for customers who've done well by me _in the past_. Or on very rare occasions, I've pulled rabbits out of hat for new customers who were _refered_ to me by very good customers. Maybe that's what's inexpertly being alluded to here. But I doubt it.)
I know it seems douchey and shallow to a lot of you, but when you work remote with a team of friends, things tend to get far too casual and eventually everything falls apart altogether. Suddenly everyone has an opinion on design decisions, or a meeting needs to be held on whether we should use Mongo or MySQL, and we should just think about it on our own time and get back together next week for more discussion.
Complacency is really the biggest enemy of the side project / remote team. And so making excuses becomes easier and easier as time progresses.
Someone has to step up and lead, so maybe a motivational speech is just what the team needs. The points about partying and making money might matter to his team, maybe its why they're working on the project in the first place. (And none of us can say that the excitement of making money doesn't motivate us).
So the man makes it clear where he stands; step up and get shit done, or leave and be a joker. Do you want to sell sugared-water for the rest of your life? Or do you want a chance to change the world?
The letter had an interesting voice and was well written; however, it immediately set off unconscious alarms in my mind. It was trying to influence the reader too coarsely on too emotional a level; I do not like that sort of thing very much.
Yeah. Keep your money. Fuck your business cards. You sound like sales guys scum trying to leverage the real makers in this project.
We like to think that having money fixes things and we can just throw cash wildly into the air while making definitive exhortations and all will be well. We will be Gods or something! But unfortunately, it doesn't, not usually. What's pretty broke without cash doesn't typically get fixed when you shove its gullet full of coinage. Every once in awhile, throwing money into a whirlpool works, and when it does, you should totally record that shit. Put it on YouTube. But not what preceded it, no way.
"I'd do it myself, but I can't, because I'm doing something else that takes all my time."
Did he just have an "idea" and hire a bunch of engineers "find a way or make one?"
I once made the mistake of surveying people what software product prices should be. Surprise surprise the average was about $15, which I suspect was just as much as they could say without actually asking for free.
It seems the real story is that 48 percent support no penalty at all. Why the misleading (and inaccurate) headline?
yeah, there's a whole bunch of issues that would have to be ironed out and yes, there's no proof you would have even bought whatever you infringed on in the first place, but i feel like its a much saner starting point than what we have now.
An awesome article. Inspirational in the same way as Steve Yegge's Wizard School bit (http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/2006/07/wizard-school.html).
I guess the longer I've worked with other developers, I prefer readability first, test-ability second.
I think that's pretty obviously a good thing since it reduces the cyclomatic complexity, coupling, amount of code, and increases reuse, although you can obviously take it a little far when you are actually using a mostly imperative paradigm.
I think this is one of the types of things that is going to (eventually someday) finally wake people up to the limitations of unstructured (although colorful) ASCII source editing.
While it can't be presicely described how the future free Internet would look, it is possble to imagine some modern implementation of something like the old Fido network with a set of satellites and cables/floats in the international space and waters and the next generation WiFi that will have on the scale of couple orders of magnitude greater range.
It's only a Hamming distance of 3 from the real name.
"The service is not available. Please try again later."
Next, is the issue of effectiveness. Personally, I've been shown way so many gross images of venereal diseases, that I I won't even touch without knowing I have protection. Unfortunately, this doesn't follow through for a lot of other kids who went through the same education as I did. "I was drunk", "we didn't have any", "it doesn't feel as good", and "it's too much work" are all (yes I know it's sad) frequently cited responses among people I know.
Thirdly, and most troublesome of all, some people don't care that they're spreading diseases. I recently found out someone I knew was receiving treatment for Hep B. I asked her when she found out, believing this to be a recent development. "I've had it all my life," she responds. I walked out of the room. She's quite active, and her disdain for condoms are legendary. How anyone can exhibit that kind of carelessness is honestly, beyond me.
Rather than force education, I feel we might have to take a completely different approach. Teaching is great, but it doesn't work when kids don't want to listen or don't care. Perhaps we need to stress the why here, rather than the how.
Lastly - I know this is really aside the point of this article, but schools should probably also teach how to have sex properly. Not using condoms, but common erogenous zones, sensing feedback, appropriate pressure, etc. It's kind of sad that we learn all these things by exploration, again and again, generation after generation. I think it's about time we standardized it. Everyone needs to (well, almost everyone) have sex one day, anyway.
I assume it'd work differently for different students, but for a subject some people find awkward, non-classroom sources of information might also be useful to think about. The internet makes it so that few people are really strictly unable to access a huge range of information. But is the information out there good and well organized? Wikipedia, as often, is probably the least-bad high-profile thing out there, but I'm not sure that Wikipedia on sex-related topics is actually that helpful for a teenager; it somehow has an odd focus, half pop culture and half clinical.
obligatory south park reference (nsfw): http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s05e07-proper-...
I am pleased my tax dollars are so well spent. "Female ejaculation" - sheez...
In its breadth, depth and frank embrace of sexuality as, what Vernacchio calls, a â€śforce for goodâ€ť â€" even for teenagers â€" this sex-ed class may well be the only one of its kind in the United States.
I'm actually asking because I'm curious, I don't know what the actual answer is.
I'll dig in the source code as I'm very interested in how it's implemented.
What payment options are available?
It kills me that Google, owner of Youtube, would not directly integrate Youtube and Google Music. I can only assume this is once again a limitation imposed by the RIAA. Sigh.
After trying a 2nd time through the non-wizard interface, it turns out all 72 of my songs on this machine are iTunes DRM'd. Humph.
(Googling for it, it's a multi-disc album that appears to have caused some parsing issues. Amazon's copy: http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Complete-Charlie-Parker-Verve/dp/... )
Hopefully they'll create a non-Flash version at some point in the future, at which point I look forward to trying this.
I think that a secondary market for digital works is something that will just never work like it does for physical media, and that's something we just have to accept and move on with.
My biggest worry is that ReDigi is going to end up losing a lawsuit that sets a bad precedent and makes future better technologies impossible.
That said, the RIAA's ownership vs licence vs access debate is BS, and they never even stick to it.
The RIAA needs to change course soon, because unlike the book and movie industries, I can easily imagine a future without a music industry at all.
As for Amazon vs. the authors? I think they are pretty much both wrong, and I'm staying out of it.
With a piece of software, what you own is typically restricted by a clickwrap agreement. You agree not to exceed your client access license ownership with server software for example. With music what you own is the right to listen to that music for your private enjoyment only. With software you get some limited economic ownership, but with music you only get non-economic ownership.
With open source software you get (nearly with the GPL and complete with the BSD license) full economic ownership. You can connect as many clients to the server software as you want. You can deploy it for customers. You can use the software in any way you wish to use it, and you can combine it with other goods to produce goods for resale. Only in this last area are there any limits to what is owned with open source software, and then only sometimes.
I don't believe that musicians right now know how to benefit entirely from creating entirely open content, but musicians could compete at the moment in part by offering additional ownership of their music: get my songs, play them in your store, display my videos publicly to an audience of 500 people or less per viewing, ensuring that people are buying not only entertainment but also that the music has value. The fact that it has value means it will be played more. The fact that it will be played more means it provides more advertising for live shows.
2. Deleting "the original" when it's so easy to have your own other copy somewhere doesn't do anything. How do they even begin to answer this concern?
3. How can the RIAA argue in one breath that you don't own their product, that it's just a license, and argue in court in another breath that they don't owe artists an increased royalty on licenses (vs purchases)? These guys do an awesome job of making sure everyone hates them. It's too bad that their interests are aligned with artists in some cases, because they only make it harder for reasonable people to have a leg to stand on.
The Guild voices some valid concerns, including the fear that publishers might try to prominently position loss leader books in the lending library in order to drive sales of other authors â€" but this sort of activity is already prohibited by existing clauses and is more an issue between publisher and author than anything that involves Amazon.
Why is such strategy (using a loss leader to sell other stuff) prohibited? What is the rationale?
(But really, would you be surprised? God help us if RIAA gets their hands on a patent for a wheat genome. It sounds ridiculous and sensationalist, but this is the RIAA.)
A friend of mine is the principal at SmartFlix, so I've had the opportunity to hear a lot of rubber-meets-the-road detail on first sale doctrine over the past few years.
Big if. How is ReDigi going to prevent users from downloading song backups from dropbox?
upon sale of the electronic item, you can re-sign/update the cloud cert with the new owner's key. so if a it came to proving that you own the music, you can reference a cloud database and decrypt the signature.
it's really the only way forward that comes to mind without being invasive but still allowing enforcement.
Apparently, I can't send a file to someone else and remove it from my iPod, Galaxy S, Blackberry, office and home pc either.
Edit: I reviewed the information here: http://www.jaunted.com/story/2010/1/5/163631/3181/travel/Ful...and I do not know which type of machine it was. Frankly, it doesn't match the description of either. There were no rotating walls, it did not take 40s, yet it was not a vertical wall. Unfortunate. It would have been nice to know.
Based on what I've read I'm comfortable with the millimeter wave system and have some concerns about the backscatter x-ray system. However, if the backscatter system operates correctly then the amount of radiation exposure is really quite small compared to the amount you'd receive on the actual flight. I still think I'd opt-out of the backscatter system until long term effects and performance are studied.
Tip: Millimeter wave looks like a circular telephone booth, Backscatter x-ray looks like a big rectangular wall you stand in front of.
They aren't allowed to have them and will get fired, problem solved and I have zero pity.
Policy dictates that passengers are not allowed to carry any weapons onto airplanes. The scanners and other mechanisms are used to detect firearms, knives with blades longer than 6cm, and so on and so forth.
The ridiculous part is that you clear security, go into duty free, and buy a bottle of whiskey which you're allowed to take onto the airplane.
If you're so inclined, once on the airplane break the bottle and threaten a passenger or the airhostess with it.
That makes the whole process (at huge cost to the tax payer) a complete farce.
There are other crazy things we're paying for, like finger printing, and forgoing the right not to have our laptops and phones searched. Anyone who wants to get around these measures can. It defies belief.
300+? Needs more context. What's the percentage of false positives and false negatives? And what's the cost compared to other alternatives?
That said, if there is a significant increase in cancer among TSA workers, that should be a cause for concern.
(It turns out that the IRA and ETA are just cultural groups misunderstood by the British and Spanish imperialist oppressors and Baader-Meinhof is too hard to spell so doesn't count.)
Google succeeded by combining high quality software engineering with cutting edge computer science research and beyond state-of-the-art data center operations.
Apple succeeded by combining solid software engineering with equally solid internet services engineering and more than anything exceptional design and aesthetics.
Amazon succeeded by combining solid web development with state of the art inventory management and fulfillment processes.
It's easy to do one thing well, there are literally millions of talented people in the world who can do one thing exceptionally well. But to be a company like Google, Amazon, or Apple you need to have a combination of talents that are typically unusual or difficult to keep together.
There are so many tech companies out there who have a band full of guitarists who all have the same musical tastes and background and they wonder why they haven't conquered the world yet.
Obviously, this worked for Amazon, and there are some opportunities you won't be able to take advantage of in any other way, but it's certainly high risk. I mean, Pets.com arguably followed much of this advice.
I suspect what really separates Amazon from the pack is their actual customer experience--but that's only 1 of 6 points here.
I think it also relates to the point made a few weeks ago about Silicon Valley being ADD in some respects -- chasing the hottest new thing, rather than conscientiously building value over years. I think someone said something about Bezos choosing Seattle for that reason. He wasn't from that area like Bill Gates -- he was in NYC I believe and moved out to Seattle to start the company.
Honest question, why? I'm glad they did it, and Amazon is pretty good at it, but I'm not sure why it was inevitable.
Worked with the "world's biggest auction site" for 8 years since 2002. I remembered the pride the company had about it being profitable from Day 1 and the dismissal of Amazon for not turning any profit for so many years. The company had strict quarterly goals and any decision, no matter how appropriate, if it hurts the quarterly goals was discarded.
Comparing this myopic view with Amazon's patience, stubbornness and customer focus; it's no wonder that Amazon went from half to more than double the market cap of my previous company.
Even if it's a few bucks more compared to some other site, I just trust them not to screw me over.
There's a fair bit of tech below the surface in this app, for stuff like song discovery in the background and getting track metadata. Happy to answer questions about that stuff.
Geekwire posted about it: http://www.geekwire.com/2011/tunebox-listen-music-dropbox-ac...
30s demo video here: http://yearofcode.com/tunebox
For those w/Android who would like to use Tunebox -- I use:
1) Music folder within Dropbox, keeps all my music in synch even when switching computers (I use many different computers/laptops, and sometimes my phone isn't in reach but I'd like to listen to my tunes). I have the 50GB plan, my library uses about 20GB of it.
2) The super-uber-incredibly-awesome DropSync Android app which syncs one folder from Dropbox in the lite version. Which is more than enough for me! New music, which I downloaded to my Dropbox on my computer some time earlier gets wirelessly synced for daily use with my phone as soon as I connect to a Wifi. So awesome!
Seriously, I feel like DropSync is the best-kept Android app secret ever. Use it, if you use Dropbox.
potential risk to such a huge contract with a company Chertoff is profiting from seems like a pretty darn good reason to delay the study.
(TSA agents aren't allowed to have one, maybe the brighter ones will start to wonder why.)
This is not to say that X-Ray is good or bad. Just that, the cause of cancer is everywhere and it becomes our lifestyle.
I started using Atlas. I wonder if Atlas will get any love, or if I'll have to figure out how to convert my CIBs to XIBs?
There's a 3rd party package on the site that is probably supposed to add syntax highlighting and such but it seems out of date as of Xcode 4.2.
He didn't talk much about the algorithm he used to present questions for optimal memorization. I imagine it was spaced repetition, as used in SuperMemo:
1) Sometimes (usually the worst times) you just need to check something in, maybe it doesn't pass pep8 but when service is down nobody gives a shit.
2) Instead of promoting thinking and caution it promotes attitude of "hey check it in and see if it sticks".
Post commit hooks that report broken tests, poor code, etc preferable to whole team are far superior. After first couple of times being shamed people will actually look over their code, run tests, run pep8, etc to verify the commit isn't bogus.
MIGRATIONS_DIRECTORIES="$(find -type d -iname migrations)" UNTRACKED_MIGRATIONS="$(git ls-files --exclude-standard --others -- $MIGRATIONS_DIRECTORIES | egrep '(.*)[.]py$')" if test -z "$UNTRACKED_MIGRATIONS"; then # If there are no untracked .py files in the migrations directory, do nothing, allow commit. true; else # If there are untracked files in the migrations directory print a warning message. echo "Warning -- Untracked files in the migrations directory" echo 'The commit may be forced with "git commit --no-verify"' echo echo "$UNTRACKED_MIGRATIONS" exit 1 fi
It just runs pyflakes and does some sanity checking. Best of all, it doesn't go around stashing files or otherwise messing with your working directory or repository. It just uses some git plumbing commands to copy the current index (what you're about to commit) to a temporary directory.
I can't remember where I copied it from but it works perfectly, only copying whatever I'm about to commit:
git diff --cached --name-only --diff-filter=ACMR | xargs git checkout-index --prefix=$TMPDIR/ --
1. Download zip: https://github.com/Jarred-Sumner/Jantire/zipball/master
2. cd into the directory and run "bundle"
3. Sign up for the scribd API: http://www.scribd.com/developers/signup_api
4. Get your API key and API secret: http://www.scribd.com/account/edit#api
5. Add these to "config/initializers/rscribd.rb" along with your login information on line 5 ('email','password')
6. rake db:migrate
7. rails c: c = Course.new(name:"Biology").save; User.new(email: "email@example.com", password:"password", password_confirmation:"password", teacher:true, first_name:"John",last_name:"Smith", courses:[c]).save
8. rails s; open 'localhost:3000'
Maybe that's a result of the App Store opening up people to the idea of paying for software/services, as opposed to the old 'everything must be free' internet model.
But to me the trend must be being driven by an increase in consumers willing to pay, rather than by some dramatic ability of founders with more monetizable business models.
The truth is my job as an intern, as was the job of all other interns that I met while in DC, was to take constituent calls and also open constituent mail. However, no information was ever actually relayed to the congressmen. We had a formatted response to each and every issue that the House could possibly vote on. Everything from internet poker, to any issue you could imagine. We would print out (and alter if necessary) the response to tailor it to the individual that called, emailed, or wrote a physical letter. The congressman's signature was stamped at the bottom of the letter and sent back to the constituent, giving the allusion of due diligence on the congressman's part.
I was extremely surprised and disappointed at the same time at how commonplace this was. Pretty much every intern I asked about it went through the same drill. It's just another thing about our government and "representative democracy" that really irked me. So whenever I see ads urging people to call or write their congressman, I think back to this and realize further how powerless we really are.
The best way to exert influence over your congressman is to donate lots of money and become a memorable name that can get in contact with the actual representative him/herself. Hell, that's how I got the internship. This is one of the reasons I sympathize with the OWS movement.
First, email just doesn't work for contacting Congress. They get entirely too much, and it's entirely too easy to get lost in the pile. It's the preferred means of communication for most of us on HN, but it's just not effective outside our industry. Phone is better, but there's nothing quite like flooding someone's office with paper to convey the will of the electorate.
Second, SendWrite is one of the companies that would be hurt by the bill - being able to generate volume like this shows the reach and effectiveness of their lobbying efforts. Sacks of cash are the backup currency of Congress - Votes are still the coin of the realm.
Finally, you guys are putting your cash on the line for this - that's a powerful statement, and I applaud you for doing so.
Edit: I see you just did. Thx! I just linked to it on DuckDuckGo as well as donated and sent my letter. Thanks again.
One suggestion: since you ask for the sender's home address anyway, why not use that to scrape the contactcongress website to automatically fill in their representatives?
I love this, though I've held back on commenting on SOPA until now. One of the frequent comments on SOPA I see is that the original founders behind the internet believed it should be free and unregulated. While I agree, once you introduce capitalism to the internet, as most companies have, you cannot let it be entirely unregulated. What is happening in the internet now is the same process that occurred directly after the industrial revolution - first there were completely unregulated, grievous abuses in the industry. The entertainment industry is attempting to regulate the flow of information and "capital" in the same way the government had to go "trust buster" on the industrial sectors in the last two centuries.
However, while this is all good and well, as the side video explains, they already have protocols for doing this. They don't need any more methods of stopping piracy and the like. They should shift their attention to different ways of raising capital and earning revenue. The system they have isn't working, but erring on the side of regulation instead of erring on the side of libertarianism is still erring. There needs to be a comfortable balance, and SOPA does not make such a balance - it tips the scales in favor of the entertainment industry, and that is the last sector of the United States the internet should be supervised and moderated by.
If your congressman is supporting the bill, don't bother. My Senator at the time was Fritz Hollings; came from a poor district, so he was dependent on a lot of outside contributions. I recall Disney being one of his largest contributors. I received a response 3 months after it passed that more or less told me I was a enemy of commerce. I won't lie, I was a little shocked to get back such a pointed letter when I was as courteous and respectful as possible.
I learned my lesson from that one. You can send a letter to anyone and generally it is a great idea, but if they get a dime from your position's opposition, it is just pissing in the wind. It's just business.
From my letter:
H.R.3261, the 'Stop Online Piracy Act', is going to be the Volstead Act of the 21st Century. Like Prohibition, creating draconian laws like these to stop online piracy is going to do two things: 1) destroy respectable businesses that thrive on user-generated content and 2) drastically increase the number of pirates online by expanding its definition, and in doing so, massively expand online piracy. SOPA will literally create a generation of internet bootleggers.
The takeaway is, unless these letters are hand delivered, I doubt theyll reach their intended recipients in time.
when the government don't want we to see the truth of something, or something may be a threat to themďĽŚthey will ban it incruely, sometimes they even do it in the name of "for the children" or "for the harmony society" or give their version of totally-bullshit â€śtruthâ€ť.
besides the baning of website, they also have some people take salaries from government and speak for the government in every forum when scandals of government officials burn out.and when scandals burns out government also send orders to every website, every press to stop talk and publishing on the scandals, the reason they give is "for the harmony of society" or "don't be mislead by the media in US and Euro" :D
what's more almost every big website/application in china has employees either hired by government or hired by website/software-company to censor the users' activities, including QQ(biggest IM in china, just like MSN), Youku & Tudou(biggest two video site, like youtube), renren(biggest SNS in china, like facebook), baidu(biggest search engine in china, like google).if you said something bad to the government, your words must be deleted, what was worse, there used to be 2 men chatting using QQ, and the owner of QQ--Tencent Compang--give their chats record to the police ACTIVELY, and the result is the 2 men was sent to prison.
so if you allow your congress to pass SOPA, you know what would happen to you all.
Knowing that we could try and focus dissemination of this to people in those districts.
A suggestion: I'd like to be able to send a letter to all of my representatives and senators at once, instead of having to fill out the form multiple times.
To hit up your reps with different communication channels, http://www.contactingthecongress.org has voice, fax, and web forms.
They are a very important constituent.
If a large number of consumers stopped purchasing a certain entertainment company's products for one day, would it have a noticeable impact on their revenues? How about a week? A month?
The industry claims it's losing business to pirates. While it's probably true to some extent, it is speculative and nearly impossible to measure accurately. How many of the consumers of pirated content were never consumers of paid content to begin with?
The products this industry sells are not life necessities.
In summary, a branded entertainment "hunger strike" by actual existing, paid customers. This would cause real loss.And, if it's a noticeable loss, it would send a very strong message.
Guess I'll just email my rep.
I believe that should read "Don't know who your local representative is?", no?
Also, it was nice to learn about MobyGratis.com. I've always like Moby's music, but the fact that he makes his music available like this for non-commercial use is just awesome.
A similar time-lapse video from Finland shows the difference between one day in summer to a day in winter:
Also really interesting that cloudy days generally seem to be cloudy all day.