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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Bill Dimm Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

That really is what that little phrase on every bill about being useful for all debts "public and private" really means.

For some reason, this apparently doesn't apply to driving on roads, since Pennsylvania now has turnpike exits where you can only pay with E-ZPass.

about a week ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

Bill Dimm Re:autoplay sucks anyway (108 comments)

If slashdot ever decided to pull this shit

Doesn't it? I don't have flash installed so it doesn't happen to me, but I seem to remember it beginning to occur recently if I visited slashdot with chrome

Is it the ads? ...

Yes, it is. I just had audio suddenly come blasting out of my speakers. I hunted down the tab where I had the Slashdot homepage open and closed it, and the sound went away. I really can't afford to have stupid video ads sucking the bandwidth away from my VoIP when someone might call me, or weird audio coming out of the blue when I am on the phone with a client, so I guess I just won't be coming here much anymore.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Bill Dimm Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (819 comments)

How about some shareholders agreeing to make slightly less profit on their investments

Airlines are already notoriously bad investments.

about 3 months ago
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Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber

Bill Dimm Property Values? (106 comments)

Have there been any studies on the impact of Google Fiber on property values? There were articles conjecturing in 2012 that property values would go up, but I don't know if there was any follow-up to see if it happened.

about 5 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

Bill Dimm Re:The important take-away is.... (258 comments)

I suspect you are right, which is why I wrote "Google can" rather than "Google does," but Google may have incentive to sell service at a loss to improve the experience of their Youtube users (thus making Youtube more profitable due to more usage) or so they can mine the traffic data. In any event, having a price from a pure ISP avoids that whole issue.

about 6 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

Bill Dimm Re:The important take-away is.... (258 comments)

Why would they offer the service at all if they would be losing money on it? Just leave that market completely and have more money at the end of the day.

about 6 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

Bill Dimm Re:The important take-away is.... (258 comments)

The $65/month number is from Grande Communications', not AT&T. I don't know anything about their service, so I don't know if it is any more legit than AT&T.

about 6 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

Bill Dimm The important take-away is.... (258 comments)

So, what we learn is that ISPs believe they can build a gigabit infrastructure and make a profit charging only $65/month for service without having to subsidize it with an ad business (like Google can). That's a very nice measure of just how much the rest of us are getting screwed by our ISPs.

about 6 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Bill Dimm Re:The commits are funny into themselves. (379 comments)

I'm wondering what is supposed to be mysterious about that code. The "/* increment */" comment seems to apply to the code inside the loop, not what is being done to the i variable, so I don't think that's it. Is it because the loop goes from 7 down to 0 instead of the other way around? I remember reading a programming book back in the 80's that advocated doing that for better speed since the assembly code generated to compare to 0 was faster than comparing to some other integer (which seems to no longer be the case, and I suspect could even cause cache misses for a bigger loop, although I don't know enough about how CPUs fill the cache to know for sure).

about 7 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Bill Dimm Re:Wake me up when any flavor of OO has outline mo (285 comments)

Yes, XMind allows you to grab any node and drag it (with the hierarchy under it intact) into any other part of the hierarchy. That was one of my requirements, which a few other mind mapping tools I tested didn't seem to support (or, at least, I couldn't find a way to do it with other tools with just a few minutes of poking around). You can also collapse/expand any node.

about 7 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Bill Dimm Re:Not even much money (423 comments)

Good point. I looked at the Q4 table and thought the original poster got "couple billion per year" by multiplying the revenue by four. I didn't scroll down, so I didn't see that there was a full-year table available showing that they are profitable (but not justifying the "couple billion" number). Thanks for the correction.

about 7 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Bill Dimm Re:Not even much money (423 comments)

To be fair, that's billions in revenue, not profit, so I wouldn't say they "make" a couple billion per year. In fact, the source you linked to shows that their operating income is negative, so after subtracting expenses from that revenue they are losing money. So, they don't have a few billion in spare cash sloshing around -- that $2.6 million is not a negligible amount of money for them. The fact that they still think it is worth spending on lobbying when they don't have a lot of spare money is perhaps an even stronger statement about how effective lobbying dollars are.

about 7 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Bill Dimm Dr. Oz (408 comments)

I've seen two episodes of Dr. Oz. In the first, he talked about treating a jellyfish sting. Knowing nothing about jellyfish stings, I assume his advice was legit. The second episode he talked about homeopathic medicine and all of the wonderful treatment options it provided. He didn't laugh when he was saying that. I never watched again -- can't trust anything he says to be valid.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Bill Dimm Re:Linus is being Linus. (641 comments)

but he actually had a reason [this time, lol]

I've read about quite a few of these "Linux blow-ups" over the years, and I can't think of a single instance where I cam away thinking Linus was anything short of fully justified once you actually looked at the context.

about 8 months ago
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Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

Bill Dimm Re:Sponsored Links are now MORE obvious (187 comments)

I'm in the test group, too. The very first time I saw it, for a split second my brain wanted to think the ads were part of the organic results due to the lack of background color differentiation. Since then, I've not been at all tempted to accidentally click the ads, so I think it will make no difference a few days after they transition people over to the new layout (if they ever do).

about 8 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Bill Dimm Re:Merge window buttons and menu bar? (255 comments)

That's the way I do it, actually, but it's not very discoverable for new users, so it's probably best to not assume they'll do it that way.

about 9 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Bill Dimm Re:Merge window buttons and menu bar? (255 comments)

If you click the title bar to move the window around, the area you have to hit would be smaller (must avoid menus) and would vary from one application to another due to differing number of menus. I don't know if that's the "official" reason; it's just a hypothesis.

about 9 months ago

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Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords in Plain Text

Bill Dimm Bill Dimm writes  |  about a year ago

Bill Dimm (463823) writes "An article on Softpedia claims that Linux distributions using NetworkManager are storing Wi-Fi passwords in plain text in /etc by default. The article recommends encrypting the full disk or removing NetworkManager and using a different tool like netctl. Some of the article comments claim the article is FUD. Is this a real problem?"

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