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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Blakey Rat Re:NSA boogeyman (170 comments)

A Tor developer? Being paranoid? Shocking!

No, I'm sorry, when I say "evidence" what I mean is, and try to follow along here, "evidence". Not anecdotes. Not scary bumping noises in the night. Evidence.

5 days ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Blakey Rat NSA boogeyman (170 comments)

'The NSA has been pressuring free software projects and developers in various ways,' the group says.

Did they provide evidence for this claim?

5 days ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Blakey Rat Re:A better question (226 comments)

Well, in the case of Linux, it appears the answer is: "constant in-fighting and general incompetence." Next question? I'm an expert at these ones!

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Blakey Rat Re:No. (226 comments)

I agree that Visual Basic .NET is a lot less "learnable" (for lack of a better word) than old-school Visual Basic.

But what feature do you think the Express version of Visual Studio lacks for this use? (Ignoring for a moment that students generally can get a full version of VS for very cheap or free through their school.) Why the all-caps on the word "FULL"?

Hell, from my experience, most actual dev shops don't even use the FULL ("Ultimate") version of Visual Studio, the standard edition is fine for 99.9% of use-cases.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Blakey Rat Should Microsoft X? Should Microsoft Y? (226 comments)

Should Microsoft be forced to support XP? Should Microsoft give kids Office? Should Microsoft start making hybrid cars out of farm waste?

Maybe a better question should be: does any decision-maker at Microsoft give a tenth of a fuck about what any Slashdot poster has to say? I'm wagering the answer to that one is: no.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Blakey Rat Re:This still creates a coverage gap for a lot of (387 comments)

What stopped you from upgrading to Windows 7 anytime in literally the last 4 years? ... for that matter, what's stopping you from upgrading to Windows 7 tomorrow?

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Blakey Rat Re:Brake Pedal (262 comments)

I don't know what model you drove, but my Fusion Hybrid does not behave that way. The only time it'll do regenerative braking without the brake pedal down is if its coasting downhill and would otherwise be gaining quite a bit of speed, and frankly in that situation I don't mind it applying a tiny bit of brake for me since I'd end up having to do it myself anyway.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Blakey Rat Re:Lets wait and see (535 comments)

Allot of negative comments here. I see how this can go bad too. Oculus seemed hellbent on providing great consumer level VR. That is what they do, and it's the *only* thing they do.

They do? They've done nothing but release development kits.

about a month ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Blakey Rat Re:Yes and no (367 comments)

These machines are built by Diebold. Do you honestly, truly, believe that Diebold engineers can do a better job of securing a system than Microsoft engineers? Truly?

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Blakey Rat Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

Right; let's ignore the 47 strong claims in the article and focus on the one weak claim. Then we can dismiss the weak claim, and suddenly the other 47 fade away into the ether and you have earned your debating wings, little angel!

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Blakey Rat Re:One side of the story (710 comments)

Sexist claims aside, the critique that a non-employee is allowed to hang-out in the office and harass employees-- and is still there even after being repeatedly banned from that area of the building-- that is a real HR problem, and that alone would be enough for me to quit a company.

about a month ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Blakey Rat Re:Yes and No (860 comments)

But if customers are still finding enough value to pay MS to support it,

I highly doubt enough of those XP users would be willing to pay for support to make it worth Microsoft's time. Approximately none of the home users would, I can guarantee that. And most of the corporate users still on it are on it because their IT departments are some combination of cheap and incompetent, I doubt they'd be writing checks either.

The real point is: why would you assume this is an "arbitrary decision" from Microsoft? They know a lot more about their business than you do, and whatever you think of their products, there's no denying that Microsoft knows their business.

about a month and a half ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Blakey Rat Wait, what? (921 comments)

Given that much more hidden spy cameras are available for far less than the $1500 cost of Glass, what will it take for general acceptance to finally take hold?

First of all, I don't get the link between these two things. "Cheap, easily-hidden spy cameras exist, therefore there should be general acceptance of expensive, hard-to-hide spy cameras"? Is that the basic thought behind this sentence? Huh?

Secondly, you forgot to explain why I should give a shit about whether Glass is accepted or not. What's my interest in it? I don't want one. I don't know anybody who wants one. The only people I ever read about who have them are jerks. And I don't work for Google.

So to answer your question: general acceptance will happen when Google cancels the project.

about 2 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Blakey Rat Re:Porn ... (635 comments)

You... you do realize this is a forum all kinds of people can read right? That I wasn't actually saying that message to you specifically?

Your situation aside, my *point* was that now you can buy a relatively sexy car that has great gas mileage, which is an option that didn't exist in any form 5 years ago.

(Although now I'm a little curious-- where can a Echo go that a Fusion can't? Is there some kind of weird parallel universe Twilight Zone road that rejects cars over a certain weight? Or are you going to make some ludicrous claim, like the Echo can drive through 4 feet of mud?)

about 3 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Blakey Rat Re:Porn ... (635 comments)

Now you can buy a Fusion Hybrid which beats the Echo on mileage and still has enough interior space to seat all your friends and doesn't hurt with the opposite sex either.

More expensive outlay though.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

Blakey Rat Huh? Idle Services take zero resources (158 comments)

If SQL Server isn't being used (no connections), the OS'll just swap it out and there's no wastage. Ditto all the other things you mentioned. If you're going to be writing software, maybe you should learn the old adage about premature optimization.

My advice is:
1) Install everything you need
2) See if a problem actually occurs
3) It won't so stop worrying

about 3 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Blakey Rat Re:Best keyboard (459 comments)

I bought 3 of those and put them in a closet. They're also fucking tanks, so I figure I'm set until 2025 or so as far as keyboards go.

about 3 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Blakey Rat Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (396 comments)

Ok so let's take Stoss' argument at face value, even though he was obviously being sarcastic.

You're arguing that the solution to them cheating on taxes is to adopt a currency where EVERYBODY will cheat on their taxes? How does that improve things, exactly?

about 3 months ago

Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

Blakey Rat Re:going after GMO is like banning screwdrivers (510 comments)

The law accomplishes nothing and makes every food item more expensive. That alone is reason to oppose it.

You know your TV? It has this thing in it called a "V-chip". It blanks out the channel if the content rating is too high for the parental controls. This functionality is required by law, and as a result, every TV is slightly more expensive. Have you ever seen someone (intentionally) turn the V-chip on? Ever? In your entire life?

No. It made TVs more expensive and accomplished nothing else. Same with this GMO labeling law.

about 3 months ago



Your Site Leaks - Optimizing Checkout Forms

Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Blakey Rat writes "As visitors move through your site and enter the shopping cart area, they become increasingly valuable to you. But too often site owners take for granted visitors who have already clicked an "Order Now," "Purchase" or "Sign Up" button and assume that they are now safely on their way to converting. The reality is that almost 60% of users will drop off (leak) between hitting the button, and completing the process. This blog entry gives you a list of quick and easy fixes to stop your website leaks. Thing of it as digital caulk."
Link to Original Source

Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blakey Rat writes "I have one of those problems that you'd think would be easy to solve until you actually start solving it. I have a folder of important files I want synced and backed-up in one step across three computers: my desktop G5 tower, my iBook laptop, and my generic Windows XP SP2. The theory is that every time I save a file on one of the computers, it is uploaded to online storage somewhere (serving as a backup), and the other two computers would detect that and update their local copy of the file. With the laptop, I'd like the files available offline, as it's frequently in locations with no Internet connection, or an Internet connection so flakey it might as well not exist.

So far I've tried Apple's .Mac service, which includes iDisk syncing software. While iDisk has an offline files mode it frequently fails when copying multiple files into it, claiming it needs to resolve conflicts for thousands of files where no actual conflicts exist. I've tried setting up a WebDAV folder on my web hosting account, but OS X fails when copying files to it with mysterious "insufficient permissions" errors that I can't figure out how to solve. In addition, OS X seems to have no offline files mode for WebDAV shares. I currently use rsync to do backups, but I don't know if it can be set it up to notify me when sync conflicts occur. A friend also recommended setting up something using MacFUSE, but it's version number is still 0.2 which doesn't help me trust important files to it, and the setup seems very complicated.

I'm looking for something that's easy-to-use, can mount as a disk in OS X and Windows XP, has an offline files mode, and can resolve conflicts when they occur. Bonus points if I can use my existing web hosting account as storage, and I'm not opposed to commercial software if it gets the job done. I'd also prefer something that encrypts data traveling over the network and is at least version 1.0. Can anybody offer any suggestions?"

Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  about 7 years ago

Blakey Rat writes "Google has committed to buying DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion after outbidding Microsoft and Yahoo for the online advertising company. From the New York Times article:

The sale offers Google access to DoubleClick's advertisement software and, more importantly, its relationships with Web publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies.


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