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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Grand Facade Cool (560 comments)

Lets see what happens if we cut down the rest of the trees.....

about a month ago

North Korean Internet Is Down

Grand Facade I expect that the main mutha (360 comments)

in Korea will shortly be offering up a sacrificial lamb who will be blamed for the actions.

about a month ago

Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Grand Facade Am I a unique browser? (190 comments)

Do people actually click on the ads?
I've been on the web for a long time and a cant recall ever clicking on an ad other than to move it out of my way.

Maybe I just have a cruel bend, even if I see content that interests me I'll open a new browser tab and go to the content rather than click through.
To be honest most of the targeted click through I see (that gets past adblock) is late, I have already surfed and made my decision to purchase or not and what and who to purchase it from.

As far as the Bots go, this is what happens when you deal with the devil, he's always going to get his cut first. You never let the Wolf count the chickens, he's always passing some behind his back. Greed, laziness, and stupidity leaves the door wide open, just like Bill Gates selling an OS he did not even possess!

Take that Gates mentality and apply it to real world purchasing - For larger purchases I have found I can get a better deal in person at the brick & mortar, using the info I have found online to beat them up with. You just have to make the effort to ask for a lower price, often you will get the better price on the first ask as the salesmen are bonused on the # of units sold and they will just give it away for the asking instead of doing the dance, then they can check the win box and move on to the next victim.

about a month and a half ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Grand Facade Re:Wouldn't it follow (608 comments)

This whole topic is a distraction from the real issue in that the numbers being argued are going to be used to lobby for more under-paid immigrants to further drive down the pay in this field....

about 3 months ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Grand Facade Wouldn't it follow (608 comments)

That if overall enrollments are falling that the # of females enrolled would also decline.

How many work visas are fem?

I have worked with a (notable) number of Russian (Slavic) gals as well. (dont know where they were schooled though)

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Grand Facade Are you sure (504 comments)

it's not Verizon slowing down your phone because your contract has expired?

about 4 months ago

Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Grand Facade A little late (173 comments)

After all the mercury that was spilled in gold mining operations....

about 5 months ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Grand Facade Isn't this an end run (254 comments)

Isn't this an end run around patent royalties?

about 5 months ago

Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Grand Facade Oracle told them up front (116 comments)

To hire an industry coordinator but Kitzhauber let the clowns do it in house.

Oracle wrote a letter to them warning of potential problems without proper project management.

Oracle was only contracted for limited aspects of the project "time and materials".

Oregon (Kitzhauber) needs to cut it's losses and pull the plug on "Cover Oregon".
I think they think it is some kind of honey pot they are going to skim revenue from, but so far all they have done is squander millions of my tax dollars for something the feds already provide.

about 5 months ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Grand Facade That is not why they throttle (316 comments)

They throttle to get users to buy a new phone and re-up their contract!

about 6 months ago

Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Grand Facade Re: This will not be accepted science, (98 comments)

Troll? Really! :^P

I guess no one has a sense of humor on Monday AM.

Put some Bourbon in your coffee and lighten up! :^)

about 7 months ago

Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Grand Facade This will not be accepted science, (98 comments)

As it does not reinforce current global warming theories.

about 7 months ago

Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Grand Facade Translation = (216 comments)

Those with the fat purses,
who own the computers,
do not wish to spend the $ to secure said computers.

Misuse is a pretty vague term
Are not far behind.

about 8 months ago

Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

Grand Facade This is Kitzhaber trying to cover his ass (83 comments)

There were no deliverables in the terms Oracle was hired under.

The entire open bidding process was subverted and Oracle was handed an open ended time and materials deal.

Now that the feds are looking into going after the responsible parties Kitzhaber is back pedaling.

I was also told the states attorney will not be taking action, a private attorney will be runnng point on this action.

Not that I am any fan or Oracle's I think they may be in the clear on this one.

Kitzhaber should fall on his sword.

about 8 months ago

Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

Grand Facade Dang! (198 comments)

I should have taken that basket weaving class!

about 8 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Grand Facade Re:It's just a ploy. (286 comments)

It was a poor choice of words, my intention was not to denigrate.

Internet access is my first consideration in searching for a residence.

There are a great number of people living in the US who do not have reasonably priced viable internet service available (I do not consider satellite service viable, I doubt it has improved since I was once a subscriber, not sure it falls into affordable either). There are also a great number of folks that simply can't afford the ridiculous rates that are charged by providers. It has created a class of people who are in essence now outsiders to the network and and will never see goats.cx.

My point is I view the internet as a lifeline service just like the POTS phone was/is.
It is therefore in my opinion the same as telephone service and should be regulated as such.
The cellular companies have escaped regulation and are free to gouge their customers for their "Luxury service".
However wired/direct service to the home is vitale to nurture an acceptable quality of life on so many levels it demands to be regulated and taken off the corporate chess board.

about 8 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Grand Facade It's just a ploy. (286 comments)

They are attempting to monetize individual streams from a service we already pay too much for.

What really yanks my chain is that they built the internet with our money.
We gave them subsidies, tax breaks, and rights for physical placement.
Now they have the nerve to extort the right to further monetize the net.

Remember when conectivity came with benefits?
Most all "service providers" had a community area and good support.
They maintained news servers.
They provided shell access.
As more got on board the unwashed ignored these vital beginnings these services dropped off the menu.
As yet more came along providers used this as an excuse to raise fees.

Then came cellular technology which the providers connected to this network we helped them build.
And more subsidies and tax breaks were given = more of our money was used to build the thing the providers would then charge us more to use.
Given this path and the wreckless way we are governed I predict we will soon have Obama-Net.
All citizens will be legally obligated to purchase service from a provider.
Providers will monetize certain streams as they see fit to further exploit their position.
More of our money will be given to the providers so they can build out the network to effectively reach all.
The providers will fail that measure as they failed to provide DSL or fiber beyond the urban boundaries.
The providers will use the money we gave them for a wired network to build out the cellular network.
Then charge us 10x fees to connect since cellular is unregulated + cheaper infrastructure for them to provide and maintain.

Oh! Wait! This has all already happened (except Obama-Net)(but it's coming)

about 9 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Grand Facade Refined Nicotine (217 comments)

What could go wrong?

about 9 months ago

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

Grand Facade Train safety is much better (211 comments)

Train safety is much better than a pipeline, I heard recenty on the radio that pipelines had 5 or 10 times more loss than trains.

about 9 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Grand Facade What's Chrome? (327 comments)

What's Chrome?

about 9 months ago



Facebook Friend scam

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Facebook friends are being emailed with a fraudulent "Help I'm stranded" scam. The mail appears to be from a friend but is actually an account created in their name by the scammer. Scammer want Western Union confirmation number emailed back to him/her."

Why are the biggies unwilling?

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Why are the biggies so slow or unwilling to shut down (or at least reset the passwords) on accounts that have been owned/trojaned/scammed with multiple complaints against them? (aol, hotmail, yahoo)

Any delays just promotes the spread of the malware that creates these mails.

Many of these accounts are abandoned anyway. Are they under instructions to not close the accounts so as to artificially prop up the number of users on their systems? I can recall in the past loosing a huge amount email in an account that I had forgot to log into for 90 days. Some of the accounts I am bitching about have been inactive for years, I know the people who own(d) them. Doesn't say much for the caliber of those folks, however the systems that those accounts run on should be responsible.

The only way I have been able to make any progress is to make multiple (10+) complaints and use a common identifier in all the complaints. This is more effort than I am happy to make...."

nonresponsive script

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  about 6 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Why, of most all of the pages I browse regularly, is Slashdot so slow to build the page? And what is the script that fails/stalls/becomes nonresponsive on a good number of Slash pages? Firefox/Sea Monkey Mac or Windows?"


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