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Vatican To Digitize Prohibited Archives

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the mary-was-totally-hot dept.

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tiltowait writes "Hot on the heels of their successful iPhone app and drive-through confessional, the BBC News reports that the has announced plans to digitize their pornography collection and make it available online to subscribers. Given what the church has planned for the project's , here's hoping they learn lessons from the the New York Times paywall loopholes. Is anyone in on the Indulgentia beta?"

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Gay. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688166)

n/t

Vulcan To Digitize Prohibited Archives ... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689806)

There's so much free pr0n on teh Innert00bs that the Vatican's stash won't be any big deal. Most slashdotters probably have copies already.

The Vulcan prohibited archives, on the other hand ... that could start a whole new TV series - ST:TPA (Star Trek: The Prohibited Archives).

And the cast wouldn't have to worry about one of the leads ... speaking ... every ... word ... like ... its ... a ... separate ... sentence!

It could rank right up there with Spaceballs II - The Search for More Money.

April Fools (1)

James McGuigan (852772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688168)

Nice try though!

Re:April Fools (1)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688592)

OMG PONIES!

Ok, I am leaving the interwebs now. See ya tomorrow.

Re:April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688656)

yes at 1:30 yesterday bbc released an April fools day 'fake' article describing the release of priceless artifacts that the church felt was, indecent at a time and locked away, and the websites link is real for those who think the whole thing is fake. Sorry pretty sure this isn't an april fools joke

Re:April Fools (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689112)

The sad part is, I was just watching a history channel documentary two days ago that claimed the same thing.

Re:April Fools (1)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689740)

websites link is real for those who think the whole thing is fake. Sorry pretty sure this isn't an april fools joke

FTFA:"Funding for the collection's digitisation has been procured via an executive order from Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, who has expressed a strong interest in "protecting our priceless cultural heritage." [...] acount maintenance will be run by adult entertainment magnate Larry Flint."

Sure, skippy. You keep Believing.

Re:April Fools (1)

the_womble (580291) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688712)

There is an interesting point though. The Vatican does own some porn.

1) They cannot destroy it because its historically valuable.
2) They cannot sell it because it would not exactly be appropriate to profit from selling porn.

Obviously serious scholars need access, which needs to be free (no taking money from porn), so the best solution would be to digitise it and release it for others to redistribute.

Re:April Fools (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688952)

but If they're only making it available to paying customers, isn't that selling it?

Re:April Fools (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688976)

Nah, that's selling access to it. It's sort of like "If you pay me $50/hour, I'll let you enter this room at my super-sleazy motel. Also, while in this room, feel free to take advantage of the complimentary prostitute."

Vatican pornography (2)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 2 years ago | (#35690100)

I heard they have fantastic statues by old masters of girls with fingers in each other.

It makes sense. Before TV and the printing press, the only way to create pornography was through artisans.

Formerly Clever. Now Just F*ckin' Tedious (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688792)

I've been here long enough to remember when there were a few clever bits thrown in amongst the snark here on April 1.

But this... this... vatican porn... WTF? Tasteless AND Tedious, nice job. And a new low.

Taco, you guys make enough money on this site now, howzaboutmaybe you consider hiring some professional comedy writers once a year to script this site on April 1. Consider it a little give-back.

As it stands now, you're just driving readers away in hordes...

Re:Formerly Clever. Now Just F*ckin' Tedious (1)

danguyf (631016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689054)

Yeah, this one is really offensive.

Re:Formerly Clever. Now Just F*ckin' Tedious (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689452)

Why?

Re:Formerly Clever. Now Just F*ckin' Tedious (2)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689722)

They're catholic. It's only funny when it's someone else's religion.

Re:Formerly Clever. Now Just F*ckin' Tedious (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35690064)

Well...I was brought up Catholic (not any more!) and would see that as all the more reason to find it funny. The problem is, it's not really funny. Maybe that is why it is really offensive. I am offended by lame humour!

Lolwut (1)

twitterfire (1787276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688170)

it's focking 1st of apr.... But I shouldn't comment, maybe Dan Brown reads it and believes it.

boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688176)

Boring

Why today? (5, Insightful)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688182)

Why did I have to get mod points today? Useless.

Re:Why today? (5, Insightful)

rogueippacket (1977626) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688424)

+5 Insightful? Methinks you weren't the only one... =)

Re:Why today? (3, Interesting)

hellkyng (1920978) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688738)

I vomited my mod points gratuitously all over the place, mmm april fools I feel your pain.

Re:Why today? (2)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688914)

It's worse than that for me. Mine EXPIRE today, and I have 5 of them to waste on this crapflood they call "April Fool's". Oh well, woe is me. Mod me down...

Re:Why today? (1)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688966)

Maybe the editors will post a thread on karma-deficiency-disorder, so we can spread the love to the truly pathetic.

Re:Why today? (1)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689192)

Has anyone noticed that mod points seem to come around more frequently lately? I had a run a couple of weeks ago where I received three batches of points in a week!

Re:Why today? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689220)

Why did I have to get mod points today? Useless.

You know they last for more than one day, right?

April Fools!!! (1)

rootrot (103518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689348)

Seems reasonably funny...

Down (1)

vbraga (228124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688202)

Every year ./ seems to get worse. Even the Aprils Fools joke are getting worse. Unfortunately there's a lack of decent alternatives.

Re:Down (2)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688346)

You should try this new website called /.

Re:Down (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688430)

I just loaded the page for my morning coffee crawl and realized the date. Like previous years, I'm going to ignore the fact that /. exists until the date rolls over. The joke is stale.

On the flip side, there HAS been interesting April Fools pranks. This micro-editing has some appeal (I can't say why), OMG Ponies, and the time they coordinated with a slew of other geek culture sites to imply that there was some big, bad IP lawyering hitting everyone stand out. But in.... what.... 10 or so years of April Fools jokes to generate such a short list shows exactly how much signal to noise we see on this date. And that ratio should be telling of the value of this tradition.

Re:Down (2, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688478)

It's one day to have fun. Relax.

Re:Down (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689558)

It's one day to have fun. Relax.

Which is fine if it's fun. It's not.

Point taken - I probably sound like a killjoy (which I take with a personal sense of irony). This is a day for /. to essentially shut down and I'll treat it as such (with the occasional check to see if this particular thread has garnered any interesting discussion :P).

Re:Down (0)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688684)

Yeah you'd think with so many greybeards around here they could come up with better, like their OMG Ponies they had a few years back. So in the interest of furthering the irritation that is April first, allow your old pal Hairyfeet to come up with some suggestions:

Piss off your users day. Since that is what you do on this day anyway, why not embrace it? make every other link go to something like Badgerbadgerbadger or get on my horse, just to fuck with people. Hell if you are gonna piss them off anyway, do it with style I say.

Make the admins have horrible flashbacks day. Since there are so many greybeards here, why not make them suffer? I'm sure with a little clever scripting one can bring back the horror of Bonzi Buddy and Comet Cursors to give all of those that survrived the horror a nice Vietnam moment. Add in clippy going "You're making a comment on /. would you like some help?" just to ramp up the pain. bonus points if you can come up with an accurate representation of the infamous "snot clock" pocketwatch fob comet cursor and double Internets if you can make it slow even the baddest multicore to a crawl like what the original did to your baddest P3. Make sure you have the long chain and swing, as that was what REALLY pissed with everyone!

Is your keyboard broken? This would screw with people trying to make comments by substituting commonly mistyped letters, like say s in place of a and p instead of or next to o, when typing comments. Make it so that the user can correct, only to have the next one of the gotcha letters bite them in the ass again. If you are gonna bring the pain, then bring the pain people!

So please /. editors (if you actually exist and haven't been replaced by Indian shocky monkeys) take these ideas as a starting off point for next years "festivities". And I'm sure my fellow /. readers can come up with even better ideas, so instead of wasting space on the lame TFA lets see who can come up with the best "gotcha" for next year.

Why does ALL /. LOL @ Hairyfeet? Step inside... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35689890)

#1 - YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE DIFF. BETWEEN "static" and "dynamic" addressed adbanners, shown here (which even BestBuy techies know):

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35681060 [slashdot.org]

AND?

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#2 - LMAO - YOU BLEW IT AGAIN, & on something ELSE even "Best Buy Techies" know, in DNS local client caches needing to be turned off in Windows with relatively "largish" HOSTS files:

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35686054 [slashdot.org]

Yes children - this is what "ITT Tech does for you", where "Pwuffesuh HaiwyPheet" here got his "FINE education" (LOL - NOT! (You're proof, living proof, it makes you a FUCKUP))!

OR, do the above links NOT show that much?

EVEN Funnier still??

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#3 - You've trolled ME before in the past on HOSTS files, and made THAT same "blunder" before in the past:

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35686474 [slashdot.org]

And, tons more... like your "math" one!

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35667576 [slashdot.org]

From there downwards, you blew it totally, & with someone you stalk, troll, & libel in myself on HOSTS files posts, constantly!

APK

P.S.=> So - DO YOU STILL WANT TO KEEP STALKING, TROLLING, and yes, EVEN LIBELLING ME (as you tried here http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35667932 [slashdot.org] and I shot you down cold, with facts here on that note -> http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35668740 [slashdot.org] )?

IF so, well - "it's YOUR funeral"... that's also FAR from the 1st time, & you blew it on the SAME damn points as before AND MANY MORE...

The "infamous they" & iirc, EINSTEIN even said:

"Repeating the same thing over & over & expecting different results is insanity" ...

Funniest part is, in that thread above and others you called ME, 'batshit-insane' (and you're no PHD in Psych):

"But if you weren't completely batshit insane" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Thursday March 31, @05:09AM (#35675892)

TELL You what, when you get these items to YOUR name/credit:

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1.) PHD in Psychiatry
2.) Years-to-decades of professional experience
3.) A license to practice
4.) A formal examination of myself in a profesional psychiatric environs

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Then, maybe? You'd be credible, & not libelling me like you like to do, which is against the law.

AND?

Keep repeating from your mistakes shown above then some more, & tell us another good one + refer to EINSTEIN above... lol! apk

Poor Wittle Petey, Feeling Lonely? (0)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689938)

And this coming from poor wittle APK [arstechnica.com] , also know as "Petey, the idiot HOPES file guy"? As in you HOPES that one of the 300,000+ constantly changing array of websites that are infected doesn't happen to be the one you visit today? Or that you HOPES that nobody notices after repeatedly being asked you have FAILED to show even the tiniest shred of mathematical proof that your magical woobie can scale? That you HOPES nobody notices your only "proof" is anecdotes, often by your own sock puppets like Kingsjester?

If there is ANYONE that should be LOLing it is me, for pointing out there are still morons that believe 16Mb HOPES files can do anything but block ads since ad servers are...what do you call it...oh yeah STATIC, just like your HOPES file, but really you are just kinda pathetic. You're like the idiot that just keeps hanging onto that three years out of date copy of Norton, because he is just so damned sure it still works, only the Norton guy is actually better protected than you are, since it did used to work in the past 5 years.

So please, keep posting APK, I do so enjoy pointing [paretologic.com] out [adoko.com] the total [dslreports.com] uber fail [ehow.com] of your magical woobie so. I also personally consider it a public service to point people to solutions [superantispyware.com] that actually [comodo.com] work [malwarebytes.org] instead of relying on magical woobies and anecdotes. And of course bitch slapping your retarded ass around is also quite fun, even if it is too easy!

Only thing constantly changing's your "math" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35690076)

"As in you HOPES that one of the 300,000+ constantly changing" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

Your "math" (lol)! To wit:

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35686444 [slashdot.org]

and

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35686566 [slashdot.org]

as well as this:

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35686630 [slashdot.org]

& more... lmao!

(So, tell us another one, about "math"... lol!)

Here, on MY end though: Yes, things are always "in flux" but I don't type it out as you stupidly accused me of & not since 2004 in fact (first using Delphi code I wrote for it as a local app to populate my HOSTS file)... Because I went up from roughly 944,000++ known bad sites/servers (C&C) last night, up to nearly 948,000 last night without my raising a finger to protect myself, guaranteed, against them (because UNLIKE YOU, I can automate ANY process via code - & testing a new PYTHON-based screen scrape script to do so this round (going "web" this round is why!)).

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"That you HOPES nobody notices your only "proof" is anecdotes, often by your own sock puppets like Kingsjester?" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

Oh, I don't *think* so (heck I KNOW not) - from here on down:

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35667576 [slashdot.org]

In thet exchange I posted links to from this site's where you stalked me to, trolled me, & LIBELLED me? Those are no "mere anecdotes"... and on KingsJowker?

He's not I - you'll find that out soon enough (we actually got to be pals & he's coming to rent out space in 1 of my rental properties in fact): Poor guy had a stroke/brain aneurism though & that's why nobody's heard from him since.

By the by - how do you know him?

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"If there is ANYONE that should be LOLing it is me, for pointing out there are still morons that believe 16Mb HOPES files can do anything but block ads since ad servers are" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

Hahaha, ok: "Sure"! How about the 1,000's that use them over @ http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org] & use them for protection as I do vs. malicious sites/servers?

How about Mr. Oliver Day & his article from 2009 called "A Return to the Killfile":

http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/491 [securityfocus.com]

How about all the folks from this site that use them (since we're here):
PERTINENT QUOTES/EXCERPTS:

"Ever since I've installed a host file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm) to redirect advertisers to my loopback, I haven't had any malware, spyware, or adware issues. I first started using the host file 5 years ago." - by TestedDoughnut (1324447) on Monday December 13, @12:18AM (#34532122)

"I also use the MVPS ad blocking hosts file." - by Rick17JJ (744063) on Wednesday January 19, @03:04PM (#34931482)

"I use ad-Block and a hostfile" - by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday March 01, @10:11AM (#35346902)

"^^ One of the many reasons why I like the user-friendliness of the /etc/hosts file." - by lennier1 (264730) on Saturday March 05, @09:26PM (#35393448)

"I do use Hosts, for a couple fake domains I use." - by icebraining (1313345) on Saturday December 11, @09:34AM (#34523012) Homepage

"They've been on my HOSTS block for years, ever since one of those annoying GIF popups" - by ScottCooperDotNet (929575) on Thursday August 05 2010, @01:52AM (#33147212)

"Better than an ad blocker, imo. Hosts file entries: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org] " - by TempestRose (1187397) on Tuesday March 15, @12:53PM (#35493274)

Amongst MANY others here, but I think that'll do with myself included to outnumber 9:1 for starters, vs. YOUR "mere opinion" (which is now, for shit, after the post you replied to shows only SOME of your many Sub - BestBuy Techie skillz level, lol!)

(So... go on, ask ANY of them how or WHY they use HOSTS files (which are free, you have one already, & to fill it there are PLENTY of reputable sources like mvps.org , they DO come here after all!)

APK

P.S.=> LMAO @ THIS ONE, because the link that NUKED YOU is right after it where you totally "F'd up" stalking me there (not a first, far from it, like 12th or more), trolling me & LIBELLING ME also (which I put away with ease with facts):

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35667576 [slashdot.org]

Anyone's free to read, from there down... I only posted some of the more "amusing" highlights in the post of mine you just replied to here:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2064694&cid=35689890 [slashdot.org]

The ones that are there where you started up with me yet again on HOSTS and the one here you replied to especially? LMAO, are HILARIOUS... apk

Static vs. Dynamic (lol, "according to hairyfeet") (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35690188)

"oh yeah STATIC, just like your HOPES file, but really you are just kinda pathetic." - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

Let's have "Pwuffesuh HaiwyPheet" of the PRESTIGIOUS "ITT Tech" tell you ALL his lesson on "static vs. dynamic" address based ad banners (lol, put your mental seatbelts on folks - it's a wild-ride that will have you laughing your asses off):

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2061048&cid=35681060 [slashdot.org]

LMAO!

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I also don't put my "entire faith" in HOSTS files, so you can cut the lies already - though I *do* consider them to be a VALUABLE part of an arsenal of the MOST effective thing you can do for online security:

"LAYERED" security!

So - How can I speak of THAT & as an authority?

Ok - Well, I'm actually one of the main "sources"/authorities for it, for nearly 15 yrs. now online & unlike YOU? I can prove it!

To wit/E.G.:

I also created the 1st guide for securing Windows, highly rated @ NEOWIN (as far back as 1998-2001) here:

http://www.neowin.net/news/apk-a-to-z-internet-speedup--security-text [neowin.net]

AND, more currently, the MOST viewed & highly rated one there is for years now since 2008 online:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=%22HOW+TO+SECURE+Windows+2000%2FXP%22&go=&form=QBRE [bing.com]

Which has well over 300,000++ views online (actually MORE, but 1 site with 75,000 views of it went offline/out-of-business) & it's been made either:

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1.) An Essential Guide
2.) 5-5 star rated
3.) A "sticky-pinned" thread
4.) Most viewed in the category it's in (usually security)
5.) 2.) Got me PAID by winning a contest @ PCPitStop (quite unexpectedly - I was only posting it for the good of all, & yes, "the Lord works in mysterious ways", it even got me PAID -> http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2007/09/04/pc-pitstop-winners/ [pcpitstop.com] (see January 2008))

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Across 15-20 or so sites I posted it on back in 2008... have YOU done better, troll?

No, obviously.

(So much for your attempts @ "discrediting me" with "std. troll disinformation protocol", because it falls apart in the light of FACTS... easily! Just "too, Too, TOO EASILY" in fact!)... apk

Hairyfeet's single solutions FAILURES? See inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35690260)

"I also personally consider it a public service to point people to solutions [superantispyware.com] that actually [comodo.com] work [malwarebytes.org] instead of relying on magical woobies and anecdotes" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

The effectiveness of those solutions is FAR from perfect & everyone knows it... but, in case they do NOT? See here:

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MULTIPLE EVIDENCES OF ANTIVIRUS &/or ANTISPYWARE PROGRAM FAILURES + SHORTCOMINGS:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/04/win_2000_virus_tests/ [theregister.co.uk]

http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1839 [securityfocus.com]

http://it.slashdot.org/it/08/11/07/1545238.shtml [slashdot.org]

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From COMPLETELY VALID & RESPECTED SOURCES no less, as is per my usual!

APK

P.S.=> No, single solutions (even HOSTS, which I have NEVER ONCE said is "the end all/be all" of security - just a great layered added part vs. known malicious sites &/or servers (botnet C&C ones etc.) for security, and SPEED (blockout adbanners & hardcode your favs for reliability vs. DNS poisoning, DNSBL, & DNS request logs etc.) too + more - it's VERY "versatile", free, & you can get them from reputable sources like this one -> http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org]

As to my "know how" & experience in security for a PC (as well as in the real world where I was the manager for a couple years in THAT VERY CAPACITY)? Ok:

I also created the 1st guide for securing Windows, highly rated @ NEOWIN (as far back as 1998-2001) here:

http://www.neowin.net/news/apk-a-to-z-internet-speedup--security-text [neowin.net]

AND, more currently, the MOST viewed & highly rated one there is for years now since 2008 online:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=%22HOW+TO+SECURE+Windows+2000%2FXP%22&go=&form=QBRE [bing.com]

Which has well over 300,000++ views online (actually MORE, but 1 site with 75,000 views of it went offline/out-of-business) & it's been made either:

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1.) An Essential Guide
2.) 5-5 star rated
3.) A "sticky-pinned" thread
4.) Most viewed in the category it's in (usually security)
5.) 2.) Got me PAID by winning a contest @ PCPitStop (quite unexpectedly - I was only posting it for the good of all, & yes, "the Lord works in mysterious ways", it even got me PAID -> http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2007/09/04/pc-pitstop-winners/ [pcpitstop.com] (see January 2008))

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Across 15-20 or so sites I posted it on back in 2008... have YOU done better, troll?

No, obviously.

(So much for your attempts @ "discrediting me" with "std. troll disinformation protocol", because it falls apart in the light of FACTS... easily! Just "too, Too, TOO EASILY" in fact!)... apk

Your sources vs. mine (AND myself, a source on it) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35690328)

"I do so enjoy pointing [paretologic.com] out [adoko.com] the total [dslreports.com] uber fail [ehow.com] of your magical woobie so" - by hairyfeet (841228) on Friday April 01, @02:27PM (#35689938)

There's YOUR sources, & then? There's mine (an actual security guru's in the mix, and HE read MY WORK back from the late 90's on it & is RECOMMENDING using them now, in the 21st century for added protection - so does mvps.org, highly respected themselves in this capacity):

How about Mr. Oliver Day & his article from 2009 called "A Return to the Killfile":

http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/491 [securityfocus.com]

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PERTINENT QUOTES/EXCERPTS from SecurityFocus (a division of Symantec):

"The host file on my day-to-day laptop is now over 16,000 lines long. Accessing the Internet â" particularly browsing the Web â" is actually faster now."

"From what I have seen in my research, major efforts to share lists of unwanted hosts began gaining serious momentum earlier this decade. The most popular appear to have started as a means to block advertising and as a way to avoid being tracked by sites that use cookies to gather data on the user across Web properties. More recently, projects like Spybot Search and Destroy offer lists of known malicious servers to add a layer of defense against trojans and other forms of malware."

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(Thus, as you can see - SPEED and LAYERED SECURITY is the gain... it's huge on both, noticeable, & yes - EFFECTIVE!)

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Folks can read that, & decide for themselves...

Oh, wait: Many /.'ers have (see below)

How about all the folks from this site that use them (since we're here):

PERTINENT QUOTES/EXCERPTS:

"Ever since I've installed a host file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm) to redirect advertisers to my loopback, I haven't had any malware, spyware, or adware issues. I first started using the host file 5 years ago." - by TestedDoughnut (1324447) on Monday December 13, @12:18AM (#34532122)

"I also use the MVPS ad blocking hosts file." - by Rick17JJ (744063) on Wednesday January 19, @03:04PM (#34931482)

"I use ad-Block and a hostfile" - by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday March 01, @10:11AM (#35346902)

"^^ One of the many reasons why I like the user-friendliness of the /etc/hosts file." - by lennier1 (264730) on Saturday March 05, @09:26PM (#35393448)

"I do use Hosts, for a couple fake domains I use." - by icebraining (1313345) on Saturday December 11, @09:34AM (#34523012) Homepage

"They've been on my HOSTS block for years, ever since one of those annoying GIF popups" - by ScottCooperDotNet (929575) on Thursday August 05 2010, @01:52AM (#33147212)

"Better than an ad blocker, imo. Hosts file entries: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org] [mvps.org] " - by TempestRose (1187397) on Tuesday March 15, @12:53PM (#35493274)

Amongst MANY others here, but I think that'll do with myself included to outnumber 9:1 for starters, vs. YOUR "mere opinion" (which is now, for shit, after the post you replied to shows only SOME of your many Sub - BestBuy Techie skillz level, lol!)

(So... go on, ask ANY of them how or WHY they use HOSTS files (which are free, you have one already, & to fill it there are PLENTY of reputable sources like mvps.org , they DO come here after all!)

(That again, in addition to the 1,000's using mvps' HOSTS file (highly esteemed & recognized/respected too -> http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org] (which is FREE, current, & WORKS!):

APK

P.S.=> As to myself being a VALID & highly esteemed source on "things PC-security"? Ok, & for 15 yrs. now no less, to great acclaim:

I also created the 1st guide for securing Windows, highly rated @ NEOWIN (as far back as 1998-2001) here:

http://www.neowin.net/news/apk-a-to-z-internet-speedup--security-text [neowin.net]

AND, more currently, the MOST viewed & highly rated one there is for years now since 2008 online:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=%22HOW+TO+SECURE+Windows+2000%2FXP%22&go=&form=QBRE [bing.com]

Which has well over 300,000++ views online (actually MORE, but 1 site with 75,000 views of it went offline/out-of-business) & it's been made either:

---

1.) An Essential Guide
2.) 5-5 star rated
3.) A "sticky-pinned" thread
4.) Most viewed in the category it's in (usually security)
5.) 2.) Got me PAID by winning a contest @ PCPitStop (quite unexpectedly - I was only posting it for the good of all, & yes, "the Lord works in mysterious ways", it even got me PAID -> http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2007/09/04/pc-pitstop-winners/ [pcpitstop.com] (see January 2008))

---

Across 15-20 or so sites I posted it on back in 2008... have YOU done better, troll?

No, obviously.

(So much for your attempts @ "discrediting me" with "std. troll disinformation protocol", because it falls apart in the light of FACTS... easily! Just "too, Too, TOO EASILY" in fact!)... apk

Re:Down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688696)

Yeah, my thoughts exactly. I read this and thought, geez, vbraga isn't going to find this at all funny. Whataripoff.

chosen ones, holycosters; georgia stone edit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688230)

not to be confused with a bunch of fools, the costchoosers have mentioned that much of the difficulty was due to an unnoticed, unproven, & unresolvable 'nick' in the head georgia stone, which was misinterpreted throughout fake history, as a decimal point. can you believe it? now we can comfortably survive with all 5 billion of us, instead of the previously maintained .5 billion? even theology evolves?

What happened to OMG Ponies! (1)

viking099 (70446) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688250)

That would have been perfect this year, with the new MLP show. Oh, well.

Re:What happened to OMG Ponies! (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688432)

Have you seen the clips from that show arrange to the audio track from the Dark Knight trailer?

Oh please! (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688254)

Won't someone PLEASE think of the child... erh...

better not.

Re:Oh please! (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688364)

In Catholic Vatican, God thinks about children.

Re:Oh please! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688434)

Effin' pedo!

I knew there was something fishy when I read Matt 19:14 and Luke 18:16.

Re:Oh please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35689576)

Actually if you read a little more from Matthew, 18:6. Jesus says: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Doesn't sound too good for the scumbag pedos does it?

Re:Oh please! (1)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 2 years ago | (#35690330)

It's not a sin to be victimized by a pedophile. He's talking about leading children away from their faith. Which seems odd today because nobody would ever dare tell a kid that there's no God or Jesus. But back then I guess it was a real issue.

A fool? Not even close (1)

Things_falling_apart (856111) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688268)

April Fools Day is supposed to be able to trick "fools". This would not fool even the most extreme unthinking Pat Robertson types out there.

Vatican nudity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688270)

Does this also contain the DaVinci portraits of the nude popes?

Re:Vatican nudity (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688450)

What for? If I wanted to see dead flesh dangling, I could get plenty thereof in the average crucifixion painting.

Out of ideas (2)

proslack (797189) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688276)

What will Dan Brown write about now?

Re:Out of ideas (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689554)

The Vatican's secrets have been intercepted by Wikileaks!

Re:Out of ideas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35689664)

He can pick and choose from the Voltron, Vulture and Decepticons. Those are his choices.

It's not actually the BBC (2)

siliconbits (943161) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688290)

Just check the URL I s'ppose... Hope there's no link to Malware in there

Re:It's not actually the BBC (2)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688348)

This is what got to me. The BBC normally do a rather good joke for April Fool's, but apparently that wasn't enough, now we need fake articles from websites faking being other websites...

I'll keep on asking (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688296)

CmdrTaco let the users submit there own MadLibs .. er stories! We won't inject badly behaving scripts! Please, I'll do my homework and go to bed early.

April Foolter (1)

blowdog (993153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688322)

Someone smart, not me I'm an idiot, needs to create a browser plugin that makes April Fool story's disappear

Re:April Foolter (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688390)

Come back tomorrow and I'll have one for you that will work for years between 2010 and 2012. Unfortunately you'll need to upgrade for next years. I'll probably have it out by the second, or maybe the third of the month.

Re:April Foolter (1)

blowdog (993153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688444)

great, thanks. hang on, I'll find my credit card and enter the details here.

Come on (1)

RavenousBlack (1003258) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688372)

This one's not even believable in the least bit. If you're going to do April Fools at least make me wonder if it's true or not.

See you tomorrow (1, Insightful)

cultiv8 (1660093) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688378)

Almost forgot, I don't read /. on April 1st.

P1nk P0ni3s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688384)

This has got to be right up there with P1nk P0n13s as one of my fav's.

Your friendly neighborhood AC - Lurking on Slashdot everyday since 1997!

When will this day end? (1)

DigiTechGuy (1747636) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688460)

Insanity! The internet is useless, I'm giving up on slacking off and resorting to actually working.

Accomplishments? (1)

vijayiyer (728590) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688480)

I wonder how many people will post today just for the Accomplishment

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

Code Master (164951) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688536)

That's a good idea!

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

karnal (22275) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688770)

Accomplishment? OH NO!

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

gnarfel (1135055) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689146)

[normal slashdot post, for achievement.]

Re:Accomplishments? (2)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689266)

I got one for using all my mod points today!

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

n0084ever (1042786) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689386)

I haven't posted in so long, not sure I remember how... anyway, what the heck - it IS april fools day after all

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

Permutation Citizen (1306083) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688880)

Sure

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688634)

Everyone who didn't get the achievement last time?

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

acsinc (741167) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689446)

such as myself

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688640)

Not sure. :)

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

digitac (24581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688824)

do they still exist? I thought that was last year's gag.

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

pens (184563) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689012)

Yeah, I wonder that too

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689082)

Almost forgot about that.

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

Rasit (967850) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689248)

Thanks, I almost forgot about that.

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689440)

What a foolish accomplishment. /This is not an accomplishment. Nope.

Re:Accomplishments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35689754)

I don't FEEL accomplished...

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689956)

I suppose I may as well.

Re:Accomplishments? (1)

slaxative (1867220) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689976)

A lot.

Srsly? (1)

Kwpolska (2026252) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688484)

I'd like the original version to be real.

coincides with the coin of the realm retirement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688490)

like majic. digitize is wize. now we, & our rulers & maintainers, know how much we have to owe every second, so we needn't have a concerned thought as to whether or not we're living up to our share of the eternal holycost. no card, no bard. it'll take bigger fools than us to be outspent again? unhibited?

Offensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35688508)

This is offensive, tasteless and prejudiced.

Re:Offensive (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688846)

Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool also.

A report for the Vatican (1)

zildgulf (1116981) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688526)

Let's get the "man on the street" report at the Vatican about this shocking news:

A passer-by said this about Dan Brown, "Poor Dan is in a droop!" about this story
Another passer-by said about the Pope's fan boys about this news, "Won't lovers revolt now?"
I heard the Pope's cook said to the doctor, "Doc, note I dissent: a fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.
The husband of Rowena, the Pope's fashion manager, said "A new order began, a more Roman age bred Rowena."
A Swiss Guard exclaimed "Draw, O coward!!!" due to a misunderstanding about my IPad.
The person that leaked this story told me, "Evil did I dwell; lewd I did live", as he was going to confession.
And a priest told me his secret to resisting temptation, "Lived on Decaf; faced no Devil!"

And that's the news, goodnight!

Releasing pornography? (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688614)

I guess they didn't look too close at some of the sculptures and painting the Vatican commissioned over the years.

Apple breasted Madonnas, naked cherubs, etc.

I guess the difference between pr0n and art is a few hundred years.

Re:Releasing pornography? (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688628)

I meant to say "ample", but apple breasted works well too. Seeing how I am writing this on an Apple machine, it may have been some sort of Freudian slip.....

*shudders*

Freudian Slip . . . (1)

KenSeymour (81018) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689896)

is when you mean one thing and you say your mother.

Re:Releasing pornography? (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689182)

However, that which is sexually related can sometimes be used with class and artistic merit, sometimes not.

BTW, I read 'apple' as a description of the female figures' size/shape.

Re:Releasing pornography? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35689512)

Considering pornography's etymology, I don't find humor in suggesting that The Vatican is releasing a porn archive -- until I read that Berlusconi was behind this.

Timing? (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688740)

The timestamp on TFA is March 31. Screwy CMS?

Holy Vatican Vulture Voltron Decepticons!! (1)

0-until-pink (202599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688764)

I was wondering why my Slashdot RSS feed was reading like a grad thesis paper title.

Lol, Internets (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35688818)

I love it. It's like a Vatican Fool's Day Mad Lib!

Nuclear is safe (1)

coldsalmon (946941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689322)

Ignore TFA -- the radiation levels around the Fukushima plant are nowhere near Chernobyl levels. This is now an effective rebuttal to any slashdot post or comment.

In medieval Rome, the pope proscribes you! (1)

cohomology (111648) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689340)

my apology for propagating a silly meme

Fuzzum's law (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689482)

Godwin's law applies, unless it's April 1st.
Then people will state the obvious, thereby losing the discussion, way before Godwin's law can be applied.

Are any of the articles real today? (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689682)

Does nothing happen in the news on the first of April?

Can we ceep those drop down boxes please? (1)

Evi1M4chine (2029370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35689802)

And make the choices the viewpoints of all directions of extreme viewpoints.
While the default stays the writer’s viewpoint.

Then let us set our viewpoint in the settings.
And we call all happily live in our own egocentric world that we live in anyway. ;)

(Bonus points for making the moderation’s effect relative to the relationship between your viewpoint and that of the moderator. :)

Heh (1)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 2 years ago | (#35690164)

If this archive really existed it would be the one place that would definitively debunk Christianity as whole and in all its forms. Then of course, millions of people would voluntarily ignore anything that comes of it and life would go on unchanged, with people just as ignorant as before.
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