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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

CAPSLOCK2000 50 euro fee for a 20 euro refund (341 comments)

Under Dutch law you are entitled a refund because you did not get to see the license before purchasing the computer but only after booting it for the fist time. Vendors have found all kinds of work-arounds. One of those work-arounds is that they add an administration-fee to your refund that is higher than the price of Windows. Another work-around is that they require the manufacture to verify that Windows has been entirely removed. Unfortunately they don't have a local office that can do that so you are supposed to ship your computer to Germany. They will check the computer, which takes a few weeks, and only then you get your refund, minus the international shipping and handling costs. Ofcourse they will not use the list-price for the refund but the volume-discount price that the big manufacturers get.
Only the most principled customers will jump through the hoops to get the refund.

5 days ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Creeper OS (74 comments)

I bought over 200 games for Steam and even though I did care little about running games on Linux I still have over 60 games running on linux.

You are coming into this from the wrong direction. If you already have a collection of Windows games there will always be some games that only work on Windows and not on Linux. Therefore Windows will always be the better game OS for you. However, if you are Linux user that does not yet have any games then Steam is godsend. New users are born every day. For those people it doesn't matter what games other people have in there collection, it's what games they can buy that counts. Just like new users don't lament about the games that only run on your Amiga. They don't know and they don't care. It's the new games that matter.

5 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

CAPSLOCK2000 Clickbait (341 comments)

Is there any relation between this article and the poll on clickbait?

Algorithm? check
Burning Man? check
Bennett Haselton? check
Frustrated Slashdot readers posting furiously? guaranteed
Sounds like clickbait to me.

This is not even an algorithm. I'm not going to explain why not, if you don't know you shouldn't post here.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

CAPSLOCK2000 Mars One is a TV-show (269 comments)

Mars One is a commercial TV-show. The goal is to make money for the producers. The entire project is financed by making television about the endeavor. Actually reaching Mars and building a sustainable colony there are secondary goals. The project can be a succes without ever launching a single rocket, as long as people are willing to pay for the show that is produced around it.

Although I'm a bit cynical about the probability of reaching Mars I think the idea of financing a spacemission by selling TV is pure genious. The landing on the moon is one the highlights of 20th-century television. If so many people want to see it there must be an opportunity to make money.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

CAPSLOCK2000 not Holland (269 comments)

The country is called "The Netherlands", not "Holland".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

CAPSLOCK2000 NO (279 comments)

The simple simple answer to your question is "no, that's not yet possible".

Do yourself a favor and run a wire. There is really no substitute. Even if some wireless solutions claim speeds over 1 gbit you are not very likely to actually reach that speed consistently.

about three weeks ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Size (126 comments)

8G in 90 minutes boils 12mbps. If you can afford to pay $6 and have a screen large enough to actually profit from 1080p you should be able to afford an internet connection faster than 12mbit. Where I live you can't get anything below 20 mbit. Of course you might not be able to reach that speed but for most it shouldn't be a problem.

about 2 months ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

CAPSLOCK2000 Slashdotted (126 comments)

It's been a while since we had a proper Slashdotting, especially of a professionally run website, but right now GOG is down, overwhelmed by the attention. They deserve the attention. Let's hope they sell a lot and get the message across to the movie industry.

about 2 months ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

CAPSLOCK2000 GMail required (167 comments)

This software requires you to have a GMail-account and it uses Google's XMPP-servers for communication. This makes it a no-go for me.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

CAPSLOCK2000 Biggest troll on Slashdot ever (195 comments)

Insulting their work might not be the right way to get the best Linux kernel network engineers to join your company.

about 3 months ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

CAPSLOCK2000 Cow privacy (66 comments)

How about privacy? If cows are social beings, shouldn't they have privacy? Do we need a Snowden to make the cows aware of the extensive monitoring they are subjected to?

about 3 months ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:As an old farmboy, all I can say is... (66 comments)

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Oh bull..... Why do you need a GPS collar to figure this out?
[/quote]
To turn common knowledge into science.
I assume the scientists new about this behaviour before they started their work. Now other scientists can use this work as a basis for more advanced research, for example detecting if cows are happy by monitoring their social behaviour. Farmers already use this technique, but by turning it into science you might be able to compare the happiness of cows in different situations, at different times or on farms across the globe. One might even teach a computer to use this knowledge.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

CAPSLOCK2000 Bitcoin, rent, tor (208 comments)

If you want to make some money on them you could mine bitcoin, provided the power is already paid for and you don't care about the environment. Don't expect to make much though, it might not even be worth the time it will take you to set it up.

The only other way I can think of making a profit is renting the servers out. Good luck finding somebody that wants to pay enough to make it worth your while, virtual servers are dirt cheap. You already know that, otherwise you wouldn't be moving to the cloud.

If you want to do something nice for the internet-community you should run TOR on those nodes.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

CAPSLOCK2000 G is for Generation (208 comments)

As far as I know there is no such thing as the HP 'g' series. The 'g' stands for 'generation' and is used for all their llines. HP uses two letters for the line, for example BL, DL or ML.

about 3 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

CAPSLOCK2000 Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Multicast is not a viable technology for truly large scale deployments (more than a few hundred thousand hosts perhaps). Routers and switches do not have the required resources to maintain multicast routing/switching tables for millions of multicast sessions.

The reason why routers are so underpowered is that nobody uses multicast. If there was a strong demand for multicast I'm sure that the manufacturers would increase the capacity of their hardware.

The correct way to solve the problem is to push it to the end nodes. They have much more CPU power and memory than routers and switches. The technology to do so has existed for a long time: P2P.

Using P2P does not lower the total load on the network, it just spreads it out more evenly.

about 3 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

The bandwidth disparity argument is bunk. I've love if Netflix or Level 3 would set up some data sinks in their network so I could use my FIOS to send them random data 24/7 and help even the disparity.

Netflix could create a peer-to-peer network for streaming video, just like Spotify used to do. Everyone streaming video from the Netflix network would also be sending data back. That would more or less balance the situation. Customers with data-caps or on saturated networks might nog like it, but that problem could be avoided by giving customers a choice. Either get a discount on your Netflix subscription for uploading to the network or pay a premium for a download-only subscription.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Crap Traffic (146 comments)

Better start learning now, while you can afford to make mistakes. The bigger IPv6 gets the more those little mistakes will hurt you.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

This is Slashdot, News for Nerds. Not News for Grandma's that are afraid of configuring their router.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

Instead of a poor man's firewall, why don't you use a real firewall? It's much easier to configure than NAT.
If you use Linux, like every residential internetrouter sold in the last 10 years, NAT is a part of the firewall code.
As it is more simple a "real" firewall is cheaper than your "poor man's firewall".

about 3 months ago

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Pirateparty wins courtcase agains Brein

CAPSLOCK2000 CAPSLOCK2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) writes "The Dutch Pirateparty (PPNL) just won a court-case against Brein. Last week Brein got a court to issue an emergency order to take down a reverse-proxy to The Piratebay. The next day Brein claimed the court order also included a generic proxy also ran by PPNL and any other service that might lead to TPB (aka hyperlinks). PPNL responded with a emergency lawsuit of their own, asking for a literal interpretation of the verdict instead of Breins broad reading. The judge acknowledged the narrow interpretation of the verdict. proxy.piratenpartij.nl stays up and tpb.piratenpartij.nl now sports a list of other ways to reach The Piratebay. Due to the Streisand effect this list has grown to a considerable length. Noteworthy is that it The Pirateparty got favorable verdict in a single day, a first in Dutch law."
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Dutch Pirateparty refuses order to take down proxy

CAPSLOCK2000 CAPSLOCK2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) writes "The Dutch Pirateparty has refused an order from Brein to take down a proxy to The PirateBay. Last month Brein (the distribution-industries paralegal outfit) forced a number of ISP to block The PirateBay; the first site ever blocked in The Netherlands. Immediately people started using proxies at other ISP's to get to TPB. Brein then threatened a number of those proxies with legal action. As most of these are run by hobbyists without legal or financial means there was little resistance. Now the Dutch Pirateparty has decided to stand up to the intimidation and refuses to take down it's proxy. Today they sent there response in style: by uploading it to The PirateBay In translation: "The Pirateparty disputes your claim and will not comply with your request.""
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