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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

Dutchmang Re:fud (499 comments)

Don't go ad hominem, don't go ad hominem. Ok I can't help myself, you are the stupidest person on the internet today, AC.

about a year ago

Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

Dutchmang Apple isn't even trying anymore (464 comments)

From the NYT coverage: “You can watch the entire trilogy of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ” on a single charge, Mr. Schiller said.

Two incredibly boring hipster co-opted concepts combined in one sentence.

about a year and a half ago

The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

Dutchmang Good because Chromebook is pretty awful (366 comments)

I recently bought one of these (the $249 version) more out of curiosity than anything. It's a pretty bad experience that has led me to believe that ARM is as much the issue as anything. It is slower than molasses to load even a reasonably complex Web page. Slashdot and even GMail peg the thing... four or five seconds minimum to start reading.

And because it's locked down, Google pre-loads a bunch of obscure Chrome extensions that would otherwise be separate programs. Besides that, the build cheapness makes it a throwaway.

I love my Nexus 7, which is a bargain and constructed properly for the tablet use case. (It's also slow to load pages, leading me to suspect ARM.) Anyway, Chromebook is a netbook without any flexibility.

about a year and a half ago

Postal Service Pilots 'Federal Cloud Credential Exchange'

Dutchmang The cert role should be minimal (54 comments)

I've argued for years about the need for a single, free authoritative certificate provider, and the Post Office is the obvious candidate. There's no need to do any deep checks or inspection though... Just make sure that the certificate is the same from use to use. Then let the history of usage improve its quality over time; e.g., certificate reputation. If I have paid utility bills and taxes with a certificate over a period of time, you can be pretty sure it's legitimately me. Yes certs can be stolen/lost, but teaching the importance of good practices places the burden on the user, and in any event it's preferable to expensive verification processes (which as we know can be gamed).

about 2 years ago

Space Elevator Conference Prompts Lofty Questions

Dutchmang Re:A virus!? (212 comments)

...runs off to check out this excellent offer.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault

Dutchmang Re:Android owners suck cocks (344 comments)

Now, now, now... that's uncalled for. He's far more witty than MS is innovative. To match MS's innovativeness, he'd have to have posted "this".


more than 3 years ago

Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

Dutchmang Re:Only if (391 comments)

Where are my mod points.... Right now even elite colleges are finding it hard to get all the full-tuition students they need. My daughter enrolled at a top school this year which gave us a no-strings-attached discount that dwarfed the cobbled-together combination of (grade-contingent) scholarships, loans, and grants that her other options offered. Now she's getting a household-name education, plus perks like great professors and a single room. Of course she's doing all the work and taking full advantage of everything on offer there. Now's the time to go a little contrarian in your educational choices.

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives For Android

Dutchmang Re:Kind of useless for most.. (273 comments)

Same deal here. Except for the fact that 3G will *never* be supported on AT&T with this phone (I called and they said "oh you have the T Mobile version"), I love this puppy. But it does seem to be a second class citizen. That said, I've done both the original Froyo and the FRF72 update. Just have to go looking for them and do it manually. The big benefit for me was better landscape handling of applications, especially the phone application in the car dock.

more than 4 years ago

Droid Touchscreen Less Accurate Than iPhone's

Dutchmang Re:My observations of my new Nexus Phone (198 comments)

I just got a Nexus One too, and admit that I never used an iPhone to compare it with.... but here's my assessment: You need the fingers of a friggin' safecracker to make this thing work consistently. I don't consider myself graceless*, and with practice it's a bit easier, but all I can say is thank god for the voice recognition -- that works sweet! I can pull up a Web site or call someone with one touch, so it all balances out.

*Those who've seen me golf may disagree.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

Dutchmang This is not about you.... (533 comments)

...because you're even asking the question. This is about people who can't, or don't care, to take any trouble to change defaults -- in other words, the vast majority of computer users. This is exactly the same principle Microsoft has employed over the years: "We'll just do whatever we want and the people who understand it, will find a way to stay out of our clutches. Everyone else we own." Same principle behind Facebook's recent "Privacy enhancements" and all the software that takes over every option of your PC when you install it (Microsoft, Adobe, AOL, Apple, Real....).

As H.L. Mencken pointed out, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," and that thought extends perfectly to the computing public. Unfortunately the bad guys understand this.

about 5 years ago

Fighting "Snowshoe" Spam

Dutchmang This is the next escalation in the spam war (85 comments)

IP reputation and RBL will always be vulnerable because the attackers just hide within the population, like guerrillas or terrorists. If you block legitimate ranges or addresses because you saw a spam come from there, it's like bombing a village because someone shot at you from one of the houses. You may kill the bad guy but you make the population REALLY mad. This is consistent with recent findings that >50% of spam actually originates from "trusted domains."

more than 5 years ago

Lost In the Cloud

Dutchmang Re:Are additional options bad? (121 comments)

Deja vu..... You'll recall that the Web was gonna kill the desktop, and client/server, but look around. Sure you'll see a TREND toward more Web/cloud stuff, but the use cases for the old stuff don't go away. Everyone's a top-down, absolutist on these things. If you think bottoms-up, based on customer use cases, you'll have mainframes, terminals, PCs, and client/server -- for good or for bad -- around forever.

That and ego/politics; few Type A managers are gonna give their sensitive data over to someone they can't choke. So you'll see more cloud, and yes a greater tolerance for the model overall. But you won't see everything go online. What remains to be seen is whether the cloud enthusiasm tempers progressively, or bursts like a bubble.

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

Dutchmang Opposite problem here (800 comments)

I have a domain I've owned and not used for almost 15 years, it's a .com that would be very attractive to anyone with a directory or yellow pages plan. Every so often I get a query on it but it's always.... wait for it... a domain squatter. I tell them it's $10k and never hear back. If I had a query from someone who really was going to do something with it, I would negotiate rationally.

So for those who say "registrant!=squatter" that's not my experience. (Well except for me, um, never mind.)

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview

Dutchmang Where do I turn off the obnoxious background? (310 comments)

I thought I might have found the switch with the "back/forward" button at the lower right.... but it was just there to urge me to install Silverlight. Grrrr.....

more than 5 years ago

Google Considers Taking Beta Tag Off Gmail

Dutchmang Re: Arguing with an engineer (180 comments)

Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling a pig in the mud. After a while, you realize the engineer enjoys it.

....and you both get dirty.

more than 5 years ago

IBM "Invents" 40-Minute Meetings

Dutchmang From the inside, what this is all about.... (161 comments)

Here at IBM it is well known that it takes 20 minutes for everyone to join the e-meeting and/or track down the necessary "executives." So the 40 minute meeting just makes sure you use what's left.

more than 5 years ago

Billy West Says Futurama Might Return To Fox For 6th Season

Dutchmang Re:Billy West stole their jobs (265 comments)

Haven't really caught much Futurama but Billy West is one of the funniest and most versatile voice actors, evar. He was on WBCN Boston for most of the 80s (Charles Laquidara's "Big Mattress" program) and to this day I'm still re-using his shtick most days. If you ever heard him doing all Three Stooges in succession, you would agree. Or the old "Fool's Parade," where they would stage a complete virtual parade down Commonwealth Ave on April 1, just to see how many people would actually show up. I still smile thinking about the Somerville Float (to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree").... "Oh Sumville, oh Sumville, the people there are pissah!"

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

Dutchmang Not pissing it away fast enough for me (580 comments)

I still wish they'd been able to buy Yahoo. Now THAT would have efficiently diminished the checkbook-as-weapon strategy MS has perfected over the years.

more than 5 years ago



My moderation stopped and I can't find a feedback

Dutchmang Dutchmang writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dutchmang writes "I used to get moderation points fairly frequently and tried to be somewhat responsible about it. Haven't had moderation rights in a couple months and I'm feeling.... unloved. Only thing I can think of is that it happened about the time I installed NoScript. Other thing is, I don't comment all that much (although I read via RSS all the time) but I try to be fairly insightful when I do.

Have I broken Slashdot?"


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