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BioShock: Infinite Released

Lazy Jones Tried it last night ... (149 comments)

Short summary: it's a typical way too easy, hand-holding, felt 50% cinematic sequences (fortunately no "mash X button" sequences like Far Cry 3), non-interactive world (scattered books that can't be looked at, NPCs that can't be interacted with => bland, boring environment) adventure built around a FPS that feels like a 10-15 years old XBox game (I'd place it near or below Fable 1 in complexity/gameplay, or to be a little harsh, close to Doom). It apparently impressed reviewers with its big flying city and extreme detail in the wrong places (those you just run through in the beginning).

about a year and a half ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

Lazy Jones Re:Roll your own. (141 comments)

He's got a point that many implementations make it hard to navigate the tree,

I don't even grant him that point. Hard compared to what? A flat list of posts that one should try to reconstruct the (naturally tree-shaped) discussion structure from? That's like saying we should be using square wheels because some round wheels make it hard to steer the car.

about 2 years ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

Lazy Jones Re:Roll your own. (141 comments)

Is it because the developers are too lazy to add a minimal amount of recursion in their engine or . . . what?!

In this particular case it is because Jeff Atwood hates threading. I think it's a huge mistake and he never manages to argue this choice in a compelling way, but I guess it's an emotional thing after all.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Lazy Jones To get a better impression of the people behind it (279 comments)

Just look here (nice megalomaniac style threats) and here (how mature, with the writing style of a 14 years old script kiddie). Do you trust these people to deal with spam in a professional manner? I know I don't, because I've had to deal with the results of their "work" before. They simply don't care if they cause damage, they probably even enjoy it, otherwise they would try to screw up less often.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Lazy Jones Re:wrong on all accounts (279 comments)

Monitoring their blacklist for your IPs is not "hard"

Neither is distinguishing between "having open relays", "sending perfectly legitimte e-mail to addresses that have a new (domain) owner" and "sending spam", but they don't do it - you will always be slandered (called "spammer") and your business will be disrupted by their blacklisting, even if no spam e-mail was ever sent by your hosts. Last time I checked, they will even blacklist you for having a vacation responder at the address they send their probes to and on one occurrence they kept blacklisting us with the following reason (i.e. their probes that prolonged the blacklisting were these lines):

postfix/smtp[....]: XXXX: to=, relay=XXXX:25, delay=[...] status=bounced (host XXX said: 571 Your IP is BLACKLISTED at UCEPROTECT-LEVEL 1 - See: http://www.uceprotect.net/rblcheck.php?ipr=XXX (in reply to RCPT TO command))

So basically they extended the blacklisting because we were blacklisted, at least that was the reason in the logs (which we were supposed to use to find a problem on our side).

In fact the problem was that we had a registered user many years ago with a domain that had changed owner in the mean time and was used as a spam honeypot now - how do we "debug" that, let alone prevent it? And why do we need to "punished" with a blacklisting when we obviously did nothing wrong (or should we demand of our users to tell us when their e-mail provider sells a domain or goes belly-up?).

What is usually ignored by people in this thread is the simple fact that no spam e-mail is required to get you blacklisted, they don't seem to classify e-mail at all, that needs to be understood.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Lazy Jones wrong on all accounts (279 comments)

* you do not get any notifications if you are blacklisted, except whatever obscure message is in your logs
* you do not have to have spam originating from your system, it can be perfectly normal e-mail to an address used by someone you knew in the past, that is now used by someone else as a spam honeypot.
UCEprotect sucks. It's no wonder the people behind it are hiding their identities.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Lazy Jones Re:Stop sending spam then. (279 comments)

If you don't want to be blacklisted, then stop sending spam. Simple.

You're an ignorant fool. Unfortunately, too many sysadmins are just as ignorant, so they trust these badly-run, possibly with malicious intent, services. We've never sent 1 spam e-mail in 12 years doing business online and have been blacklisted several times by UCEprotect due to them recycling old domains (which were used by users to register on our site) for use as spam honeypots. They wasted countless hours of our time for nothing.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Lazy Jones We've had this too ... (279 comments)

We've had several such extortion attempts and on the last occasion, we found that they are using domains that were previously held by e-mail providers as "spam honeypots". We've had such e-mail addresses in our forum users database since 2003 and now every time we sent them a forum notification, we got blacklisted by the extortionists (who by the way refuse to tell you which e-mail address caused the blacklisting). So in my opinion, they are trying very hard to get people blacklisted for legitimate uses of e-mail addresses in order to blackmail then.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

Lazy Jones Re:comment (259 comments)

A commercial (or open source) forum suite has had way more eyes looking at it than your home-brewed solution.

That's both good (theoretically better code) and bad (large-scale attacks when some exploit is out in the wild). In practice, a decent programmer can write a safe, simple forum for themselves easily, while they will get hit regularly by exploits in phpBB etc. if they just trust such solutions instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook's Corona: When Hadoop MapReduce Wasn't Enough

Lazy Jones Re:I have little sympathy for them (42 comments)

They could start by actually deleting deleted content

They could, but why should they put themselves at a disadvantage over Google, every other corporation that buys such data and the NSA, who all most certainly do not delete stuff in the way you'd like them to?

more than 2 years ago
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US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time

Lazy Jones some people just don't care... (531 comments)

... because the data is "only" their users' private information, communication and other such things. So convenience / scalability (something that "the cloud" is actually good at) wins.

more than 2 years ago
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US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time

Lazy Jones Re:Open Source is the answer (531 comments)

Hardware is so cheap

But maintenance isn't, esp. not people with 24/7 availability to fix problems with your hardware. And don't underestimate the huge task of making something fault-tolerant / highly available.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Lazy Jones Police siding with criminals? Nothing new ... (770 comments)

I hope the aspiring journalist will sue them all and that some of those thugs lose their jobs and get their own share of authoritarian treatment (i.e. jail time). Needless to say, noone who is right in their mind should shop in a mall run by such a jerk.

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT

Lazy Jones your argument is a fallacy (308 comments)

There are more than 1 alternatives. How about advertising, but not tracking and not serving targeted ads? What's wrong with it, except that it might earn websites less money?

From my 12 years of experience running an online business, I'd still urge everyone to stop dealing with (the mostly) shady online advertising agencies. They're mostly corrupt (expecting and accepting kickback payments from websites so they do not put ads where their customers benefit most, but where they can line their own pockets best), incompetent (still using document.write in 2012 and still trying to push the most annoying ad formats down both publishers' and advertisers' throats when everyone knows that AdSense was hugely successful doing the opposite) and greedy like any other purely parasitic business that adds no value (and usually removes value).

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox, Opera Allow Phishing By Data URI Claims New Paper

Lazy Jones Re:Chrome and IE (151 comments)

1,08s since a query to the server for each image is still required

That's not the case if the images came with an "Expires" header or similar, browsers will just reuse them without any network operation. You can verify this with all the built-in header/network debugging facilities in major browsers.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox, Opera Allow Phishing By Data URI Claims New Paper

Lazy Jones Re:Chrome and IE (151 comments)

OTOH if those small images can be cached, the advantage of using data-URIs disappears (is negated) on the 2nd time someone visits the page. So I don't think it's a very good idea to do it in this case.

more than 2 years ago
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Prices Drive Australians To Grey Market For Hardware and Software

Lazy Jones I don't think they used CSEs (280 comments)

(comparison shopping engines) I've looked at a few products now and they seem generally much cheaper in Australia than in the EU, so the article is probably just based on sloppy research.

more than 2 years ago
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Prices Drive Australians To Grey Market For Hardware and Software

Lazy Jones If you do this from Europe ... (280 comments)

.. you will run into problems with customs because they consider original equipment e.g. from Nikon Japan a "grey import" and trademark violation and confiscate it and fine you. Trademarks for Asia/Japan are often held by a different company than the same trademark for Europe. This may not necessarily hold up in court (esp. ECJ), but that doesn't stop customs from fucking people over and fining them.

more than 2 years ago

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Current Pet Peeves

Lazy Jones Lazy Jones writes  |  more than 5 years ago Things that make me want to poke people in the eye over the Internet:

  • download URLs that aren't copy/paste (wget) friendly and/or inside homebrew navigation disasters that are 100% redundant when Apache's (and other webservers') directory indexing is perfectly useable (hello sourceforge!)
  • website search functions or simple links that require JavaScript to work (it's sad how many popular or well-known websites have such issues. FFS, if you cannot implement a search function that does not require JS to display results, just link to Google, stupid. )
  • JavaScript-enabled web forms where backspace (sometimes) makes FF go to the previous URL
  • FF tabs that open when I am not using tabs and have FF configured to open URLs in windows
  • FF using up 100% CPU time on one core and 1GB RAM for 40 open windows (with mostly text content too)
  • videos posted to blogs that require 5+ domains to be enabled for JS with NoScript and even then their quirky code doesn't allow the video to display
  • E-Mail clients that can't handle an inbox with 90K messages without hanging for minutes in the year 2009 (hello Thunderbird!)

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Just when you thought Google was a truly global project...

Lazy Jones Lazy Jones writes  |  more than 7 years ago No, this isn't going to be a rant about Google's localized censorship. I have been looking out for some seaside property outside my country and was surprised to find huge differences both in the looks/implementation and the content of Google Base. There are versions for parts of Europe, for the US&Canada (same as the one for UK?) and probably others I missed. Am I supposed to try out each and every localized implementation of Google Base to find "seaside property" all over the world? Come on Google, you can do better than scattering your content all over the place...

In the mean time I'll use bellevue for this task. Google should really try to do stuff either properly or not at all (but I guess they have plenty of money to waste).

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