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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Gunfighter Alternate Approach: Suspend Competitor's Account (97 comments)

Is your competitor putting Google Ads on their website? Are they making any decent money off of it? Click on their ads repeatedly until Google suspends their account.

This happened to me, but not from a business competitor. I put some Google Ads up on my WoW guild's forums hoping it would help offset the cost of hosting. One of our rival guilds on our server ran up the clicks to the point where my account was suspended for click fraud and I was no longer permitted to place Google Ads on ANY websites, even after an appeal.

about 2 months ago

How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

Gunfighter 1980's Elementary School (299 comments)

I just turned 39. When I was in elementary school in the 1980's, going to the computer lab to learn about computers entailed learning the following:

* Basics of the computer system
-- Input
-- Output
-- Storage
-- Bits and bytes

* Booting the computer

* Programming in the BASIC programming language
-- Operations (mostly arithmetic)
-- Printing output to the screen/printer
-- Conditionals
-- Loops
-- Subroutines
-- and... the dreaded GOTO

As a result, I knew how to "program" before I even started junior high. I didn't take any other program-related courses until high school (BASIC and then Pascal), but I continued studying on my own at home. Contrast that with today: My children will have a lot of computer courses teaching them how to use the computer for research, office automation, etc.; but they mostly likely will not be exposed to computer programming until high school.

about a year ago

Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

Gunfighter End Time Zones (646 comments)

Just do away with time zones all together.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

Gunfighter Re:I applaud them (592 comments)

I use roads, including both private and public roads.
I depend on regulation from both the government and private entities.
I am, in some ways, a self made man; however, that's not to say I have not relied on others to get to where I am today.
You may think me naive or an idiot if you like. Keep in mind, though, that the government already taxes the income earned by the individuals who work at the company. The company's retained earnings will eventually be taxed when they are paid out in the form of dividends or wages down the line.... or I guess the company could just lay off a bunch of people and hand the money over to the government as a corporate tax now? Personally, I think the money is better off staying with the company and they owe it to their employees and other stakeholders to try and make sure they can continue to make payroll and deliver the goods and services expected of them. If that means taking legal steps to avoid taxes, then that's what needs to happen.

P.S. Your comment made me laugh when it conjured up this image:

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

Gunfighter I applaud them (592 comments)

Tax avoidance is a good thing. Kudos to Google and every other company who keeps the government's thieving paws out of their coffers by any and all legal means available to them.

about a year and a half ago

BitCoin Card To Launch In 2 Months, Says BitInstant

Gunfighter Re:Dreading the Day (216 comments)

Us old folks still remember the day when the speed limit was 2.5989246 × 10^-15 light years per second on the highway. Nowadays, you see people zooming along at 3.78025396 × 10^-15 light years per second in the 3.07145635 × 10^-15 light years per second zone. It's MADNESS!

Where's my cane?

about 2 years ago

Leaked Emails Allegedly Tell of Global "Trapwire" Spy Network

Gunfighter Privatized Big Brother? (149 comments)

I think this may be something that really does qualify as a legitimate answer to the age olde question, "What could possibly go wrong?"

more than 2 years ago

OpenBSD's De Raadt Slams Red Hat, Canonical Over 'Secure' Boot

Gunfighter IIRC - Theo (391 comments)

Isn't Mr. De Raadt known for being a bit... shall we say, "pointed" on these sorts of things?

more than 2 years ago

Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

Gunfighter Government Already Operates in a Fog (263 comments)

With the discombobulated nature of the believable information and misinformation, who will be tracking the differences to make sure an intelligence report doesn't result in a military course of action against a non-existent foe (or something similar)?

Translation: What could possibly go wrong?

more than 2 years ago

NSA Chief Denies Claims of Domestic Spying

Gunfighter All Comes Down to Wording (149 comments)

IIRC, intercepting the communications from intercept points outside the U.S., regardless of whether they originated within the U.S., is how they justify spying on American citizens.

more than 2 years ago

Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict

Gunfighter Re:Uh oh. (423 comments)

Please be sure to read up on the concept of jury nullification before you go. You have more power in the jury box than any other individual in the justice system.

more than 2 years ago

IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

Gunfighter Acceptable Use Policy (388 comments)

Monitoring the use of some systems is required to ensure the end user is abiding by the Acceptable Use Policy. Examples I can think of right off the top of my head:

* Keeping personal use of company resources to a minimum
* Not being used for fraud or embezzlement
* Not being used for illegal or illicit activities
* Evaluating and scanning for security threats and vulnerabilities

You are bound to stumble upon some sensitive information in the performance of some of these duties. There are probably plenty more examples. Anyone else want to chime in here?

more than 2 years ago

Did Feds' Use of Fake Cell Tower Constitute a Search?

Gunfighter Re:It is unquestionably a wiretap (191 comments)

Whether the courts are still legitimate enough to declare that remains to be seen.

You have a lot more faith in the government to do the right thing than I do.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?

Gunfighter Password Safe + Physical Safe Combo (402 comments)

My wife and I each have Password Safe (or Password Gorilla on my Linux boxes) installed. You can download it at We store our logins and sensitive digital information inside the encrypted password safe. The password safe files are stored on our hard disk drives and a cloud service (Dropbox). Inside the password safe is instructions on how to access each others password safe. These instructions are also stored in a physical safe along with other important documents and a list of where we keep our wills, birth certificates, etc. The combination to the physical safe is stored in each of our password safes. The combination to the physical safe is also shared with relatives we trust to take care of our affairs should both of us die unexpectedly or be otherwise incapacitated.

more than 2 years ago

Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

Gunfighter I guess I am just too cool. (798 comments)

I tried Unity. It cut my productivity, so I switched to Xubuntu. Now I like it better than I did the original Ubuntu Classic.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Gunfighter Farewell (1521 comments)

OK, now I really feel old. The 90's were mostly a blur, but Slashdot will always stand out for me as a key part of the "forming" years of the dot com era.

Thank you for everything.

about 3 years ago

Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

Gunfighter The Ocho! (351 comments)

When will it be on ESPN8?

about 3 years ago

NSA Hiring At Black Hat

Gunfighter Re:talked to binney, wiebe, and loomis? (139 comments)

After my time, but I was happy to see them step up to the plate and call their colleagues out for their illegal actions.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Hiring At Black Hat

Gunfighter Re:NSA Joke (139 comments)

Thanks for the feedback, but it is spelled both ways.

"The spelling extrovert is common in general use (Merriam-Webster has extravert as a variant of extrovert), but extravert is more typical in psychology (The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology and Corsini's Encyclopedia of Psychology use the term "extravert")."

Don't forget these gems of confusion:

* your vs. you're
* their vs. there vs. they're


more than 3 years ago

NSA Hiring At Black Hat

Gunfighter NSA Joke (139 comments)

Q: How do you know who the extroverts are at the NSA?

A: They look at other peoples' shoes.

All kidding aside, the NSA does have quite a powerhouse team of mathematical geniuses, computer scientists, etc. and from everyone I talked to who worked there (I'm no longer in the intel game, so it has been a while), it is a great place to work with a lot of flexibility and innovation.

more than 3 years ago



Dell is Now a Private Company Again

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  about a year ago

Gunfighter (1944) writes " reports: Dell, Inc. completed its go-private tranaction by Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, and Silver Lake Partners, a leading global technology investment firm. Stockholders will receive $13.75 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, plus payment of a special cash dividend of $0.13 per share to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Oct. 28, 2013, for total consideration of $13.88 per share in cash. The total transaction is valued at approximately $24.9 billion."

HP 12c and 15c Limited Edition Announced

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  about 3 years ago

Gunfighter writes "HP announced their new Limited Edition version of their 12c Financial Calculator today. Along with this 30 year staple of the financial sector, and likely more exciting to the usual /. crowd, they also decided to release a Limited Edition version 15c Scientific Calculator. I hope they took notice of petitions to bring the 15c back and look forward to adding one of each of these to my collection. Vintage 15c calculators sell for upwards of $300 on auction sites like eBay, but the new Limited Edition version will retail for $99."
Link to Original Source

Rackspace Drops Whitelabel Cloud Tech Support

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gunfighter (1944) writes "On Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, Rackspace informed Cloud Sites PaaS resellers that Rackspace will no longer offer white label tech support to end users. This announcement surprised Cloud Sites resellers as it was given with no advanced notice or warning. Optionally available at $3.00 USD / month per client customer, the white label support solution offered Cloud Sites resellers affordable 24x7 support to provide their customers. Although not mentioned in the accompanying blog post, the email from Product Line Leader Josh Odom states "Supporting the non-primary customer causes confusion, and our ability to properly support resellers' customers is limited since we don't have access to their billing information, or to resellers' company policies.""
Link to Original Source

Water Found on Mars

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gunfighter (1944) writes "Numerous news agencies are reporting the confirmation of water on Mars. Per the Washington Post article: "After years of proposing, theorizing and deducing that there is water on Mars — at least in the form of ice — NASA scientists said yesterday they have finally confirmed it, after the Phoenix lander detected traces of water vapor wafting off a scoop of Martian dirt, researchers said yesterday.""

3rd Party Support for .gov Data Center Equipment?

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  about 7 years ago

Gunfighter (1944) writes "Based on input received from my previous Ask Slashdot question (thanks to all who chipped in their $0.02), my customer is looking to expand infrastructure and increase storage capacity on several fronts. We looked into some software solutions and settled on Starfish for static file storage, but we are finding more and more that the hardware solutions to support virtualized environments and massive RDBMS storage are cost prohibitive. The US Department of Interior recently pulled the plug on a lease with a vendor (seems like a waste of tax dollars, but that's a story for another submission), so we're looking to buy a significant amount of hardware below cost. Unfortunately, the article mentions that support and software licenses "have gone up in smoke" as they are apparently nontransferable. We've been bit by the "It's illegal to run an EMC system without a $250k EMC license" bug in the past and would like to avoid it this time. What are the legalities, pros, cons, etc. of running ex-GSA schedule hardware in a commercial environment; and are viable 3rd party support solutions the way to go?"

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gunfighter (1944) writes "I run a small datacenter for one of my customers, but they're constantly filling up different hard drives on different servers and then shuffling the data back and forth. At their current level of business, they can't afford to invest in a Storage Area Network of any sort, so they want to spread the load of their data storage needs across their existing servers like Google does. The only software packages I've found that do this seamlessly are Lustre and NFS. The problem with Lustre is that it has a single metadata server unless you configure failover, and NFS isn't redundant at all and can be a nightmare to manage. The only thing I've found that even comes close is Starfish. While it looks promising, I'm wondering if anyone else has found a reliable solution that is as easy to set up and manage? Eventually, they would like to be able to scale from their current storage usage levels (~2TB) to several hundred terabytes once the operation goes into full production."

Gunfighter Gunfighter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gunfighter writes "The Bitmunk team released a new version today with improved selling, buying, browsing, and automated contract negotiation. I've been testing Bitmunk for a while now, and although they have a ton of music ready for sale, I can definitely see this being used for distributing all kinds of digital content. At first, I was a little worried about the watermarking; but Bitmunk managed to release a product that respects the copyright owners' rights as well as the privacy of the individual users. Perhaps now my CD collection can start paying for itself."


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