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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Blakey Rat Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

The only thing I can think of it the fine might be "per photo" while the permit is, say, as many photos as you like for the next X months.

In that case, the fine would very very quickly become more expensive than the permit.

about 3 months ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Blakey Rat Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

It's not illegal to record them in those States. It is, however, illegal to record them without notifying them and giving them a chance to opt-out. (You don't need express consent, but you need to give them the ability to hang up the phone or walk away.)

What you consider "natural law" and what someone else considers "natural law" obviously differ. Maybe you should go to the Washington State Legislature and try and make your case.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Blakey Rat Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (425 comments)

My Lumia 1020 has one, I was wary at first, but honestly it's not a big deal at all. (Having one, that is. Lying about it on the website-- not good.)

It also takes better pictures than my dedicated camera, which is only a few years old. I think it's worth the tradeoff.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Blakey Rat Re:Another case of Skype, but for gaming (330 comments)

What changes have Microsoft made to Skype "for the sake of getting money"? I haven't seen any.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Blakey Rat Re:An end to XBox? (330 comments)

... and why does/should Microsoft give a crap about Japan?

Hell, the Japanese game development community is so inbred at this point, it's almost a compliment to be rejected by them.

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Blakey Rat Re:Expense (444 comments)

It's also a heck of a lot easier when you're building a new plant from scratch.

The cost for Chrysler to convert an existing plant to 0% emissions is probably about the same as the cost of scrapping it and building a new plant from scratch. That's a lot of money for something that (most likely) won't translate into more than a few dozen car sales.

about 3 months ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

Blakey Rat Re:Er? (314 comments)

I've never seen a more blatant example of You Don't Need That in my life.

about 3 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Blakey Rat Re:I predict (1134 comments)

The reason people hate Anita Sarkeezian is not because she is a woman, but because she purposefully misrepresents facts in games

Example?

and posed as someone that enjoys games when there is video evidence of the contrary.

Why does this matter? You don't have to be an artist to criticize art. Roger Ebert seems to have become pretty well-respected considering his only film credit was Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

She lied to the people that financed her videos and then did not even deliver,

Example?

not to mention that it's such poorly made crap that a high school student could have done better.

Oh, well, that's certainly worth death threats. You've convinced me with this one!

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Blakey Rat Re:must me false (230 comments)

I just finished loading a Windows 2008 server running IIS yesterday,

Before you selected the web server role, how many ports did it have open?

Just as a reminder, you yourself said:

When you load windows, it's NOT secure, you have to load other stuff to make it secure.

Windows boxes? They come out of the install process wide open with a whole raft of dangerous services turned on.

If that's true, and if you have recent experience of it, you should have no trouble at all telling me what part of your initial Windows Server 2008 install was insecure. Which dangerous services were turned on? You did this just yesterday, this should be a breeze.

Look. I don't believe you. Nobody who works with Windows Server would say the OS is descended from Windows 3.1. It's not possible for that combination of expertise and ignorance to co-exist. You're lying to me about setting up a Windows Server. I'm not buying what you're selling, buddy.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Blakey Rat Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

IMHO Linux is better, both historically (which even you cannot argue with apparently)

I'm making no argument one way or the other. I'm saying that's completely irrelevant.

and currently remains better.

Right, but based on what? Just your humble opinion? Do you have any evidence whatsoever? Have you even used recent versions of Windows Server?

Because your extreme ignorance of it tells me you have not, and as a result your humble opinion isn't worth jack.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Blakey Rat Re:must me false (230 comments)

Windows 8 isn't a server. You're comparing apples to oranges, and being intellectually dishonest, and you know it.

The truth is: you haven't used Windows Server 2008, you haven't used Windows Server 2012, and you (obviously from your grandparent post) have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about when it comes to Windows Server security.

And instead of just admitting as much and bowing-out gracefully, you pull the "hahaha you are wrong but it's a waste of time to argue with you!" card. Disgusting.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Blakey Rat Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Ok your brain is broken in two ways here:

1. You keep talking about history. Nobody gives a shit which OS was more secure in 1986, we care which is more secure now. The question is, if I were standing up a server today, which OS would be the best choice?

2. You're redefining "Linux" to mean whatever happens to make it best in any given situation. Saying OpenSSL isn't part of "Linux" is both technically correct, and extremely intellectually dishonest.

To be perfectly frank: the grandparent has an extremely good point that you're completely ignoring. In recent years, Linux server security has been measurably worse than Windows server security.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Blakey Rat Re:Cinelerra or Creative Cloud (163 comments)

The $80 package I have allows 10 video tracks, which is more than enough for me. I think I've hit the limit once in 100+ videos, and it was really easy to work-around. Without knowing what this guy is doing, it would be hard to say whether that meets his needs or not.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Blakey Rat Re:Cinelerra or Creative Cloud (163 comments)

You can buy a basic version of Sony Vegas for $80, one-time cost. It does a *lot* for $80.

about 4 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Blakey Rat Re:Really? (441 comments)

I support it. Wholeheartedly.

My primary reason is to spite Slashdotters. Is it working? I'm so fucking shit of the constant "there taking our JERBS!" bullshit and hypocrisy on this site.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Blakey Rat Re:No retraining costs the other way? (579 comments)

The Microsoft party-line has always been that retraining employees to use Linux is far more expensive than paying those license fees...

Does "Microsoft party-line" mean that Microsoft has actually expressed this? Or is it code for, "I heard a lot of Slashdotters bitching about this"?

Or in other words, cite please?

about 4 months ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Blakey Rat Re:"matter of national pride " (186 comments)

She was apparently in charge of a $25 million budget. Let's hope that money was being spent on more than travel costs for speeches!

about 4 months ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

Blakey Rat Re:Website Design (209 comments)

I'm also pretty sure:

Luna has been engineered from the ground up to be light on its toes. It starts up quickly, logs in instantly, and uses the bare minimum of resources so that your apps enjoy a speed boost as well. And with Luna, you get the same Linux foundation chosen for the worldâ(TM)s fastest supercomputers.

is a flat-out lie, considering it's using the Linux kernel. Unless they're claiming they had an engineer re-examine every line of code in the Linux kernel "from the ground up".

about 4 months ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

Blakey Rat Re:Usability is THE killer feature that Linux need (209 comments)

Actually, no, that is really annoying, because you end up with a computer that does stuff behind your back, and is using bandwidth/processor power when I need it.

The CPU power is a non-issue for an application like this.

Windows solved the bandwidth problem by creating BITS, Background Intelligent Transfer Service, that only consumes bandwidth when no other processes are making bandwidth demands. So if you're halfway through a 2-GB patch, and start up Battlefield 4, the patch download will automatically stop until BF4 is done using the network.

Surely Linux has a feature like that that can be used? This should be a 100% solved problem in 2014.

about 4 months ago

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Your Site Leaks - Optimizing Checkout Forms

Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  about 6 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."
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Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  more than 7 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?"
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Blakey Rat Blakey Rat writes  |  more than 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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