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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

LukeWebber Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Damned straight it does. I used to run my own server, and it was a PITA trying to keep ahead of spam. Since shifting my domain to GMail, I see maybe one spam a month.

about a week ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

LukeWebber Replace old proprietary electronics (146 comments)

How many times have you seen an old, embedded system with a bunch of proprietary electronics in it and thought, "well that sucks". There are people out the still selling this kind of solution for unreasonable sums of money, and the Pi can often do everything they do, and do it better. It can interface to practically anything, and it's so cheap you can keep spares on-hand to replace any failed units. Hell, you can even assign one unit to poll all the others and report failed units.
Configuration is a dream too. Just a matter of putting the right data on the SD card they boot from. These little buggers are /exciting/.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

LukeWebber Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

Relax. Tony Abbott will tell you that "climate change is crap". And Tony is a widely-respected climate scientist. Right?
What? His degrees are in Arts and Boxing, you say? Well, give the guy a chance, OK? He knows what he's doing. He told us so.

about 3 months ago
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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

LukeWebber Re:G'DAY MATE (231 comments)

Or Little Creatures. Mmmmm.

about a year ago
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German IT Firm Seeks Autistic Workers

LukeWebber This is nothing new (172 comments)

Oracle employs autistics exclusively.

about a year ago
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Why the 'Star Trek Computer' Will Be Open Source and Apache Licensed

LukeWebber So Java then (129 comments)

I'm OK with it as long as it's not in freakin' PHP or JavaScript.

about a year ago
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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

LukeWebber Re:Won't do much good (230 comments)

It's a step in the WRONG direction. Why should a kid be forced to learn an Asian language? Suppose s/he has Italian or other antecendents, and wants to be able to speak to Nonna? Or a a passionate interest in the classics, and wants to learn Latin or Greek.
It's a big mistake to build in more mandatory components to our education system. We should be making it more flexible, not less.

about a year ago
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In Australian Town, Public CCTV Off Over Privacy Concerns

LukeWebber Re:Yay! (160 comments)

I wonder how many of the people who argue against surveillance cameras would be so principled if they were ever to be the victims of violent crime. It's my bet that they'd be the first ones screaming for the footage.
Go ahead and take my picture. I doubt it's worth looking at and there is, in any case, too much video for anybody to bother studying more than a tiny part of it. There really is no use for it other than catching criminals.
It's not that I trust our government, but I do know that they're not a totalitarian regime. And if they were, there's bugger-all we could do about surveillance anyway. As long as the cameras contribute to the crime clearance rates, I'm fine with it. /Australian

about a year and a half ago
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Hands-Free Or Voice-Activated Texting Not Safer

LukeWebber Re:only partially agree (157 comments)

So, bad drivers, the ones who get in accidents don't just use cell phones, they drive more wreckfully while using them.

FTFY. Unless you meant recklessly that is.

about a year and a half ago
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Former Diplomat Slams Facebook For Inaction On Fake Pages

LukeWebber Re:Former Politician (164 comments)

Also, as head of the AMA, he opposed death with dignity laws. And as a doctor, he once denied his sick brother the same. The man's a dick.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Who Tangled With The Oatmeal Ordered To Pay $46k

LukeWebber Re:Now we can call it... (68 comments)

I would propose that the next time a "Justice" declares himself to be "calling balls and strikes", that we rename his title to "Umpire", as "justice" is orthogonal to his self-defined description.

And set his pay scale accordingly.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

LukeWebber Who are LucasArts? (285 comments)

I'm still mourning for RareWare. N64 on standby,

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

LukeWebber Re:No way to see! (189 comments)

Better yet, a lightsabre. Then you just listen for the pitch and volume of the hum.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

LukeWebber Re:Why lose your time? (884 comments)

Freeloading? If that was his only intention, he wouldn't have troubled to set up the evil twin. This guy is serious trouble, and you don't want him on your LAN.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

LukeWebber Re:Start your own business (232 comments)

Hell yes. Not just a robocaller, but a karaoke robocaller. What's the new gig? Nigerian spammer?

about 2 years ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

LukeWebber Re:I said (383 comments)

You might think so, but by the measures used in Australia, they get away with commercials that seem way too loud to the listener, and then they're all "Oh, it only *sounds* louder, but it's perfectly OK". And the stations get away with it. Because they set the rules.
I just hope your law doesn't permit that.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

LukeWebber Visual Studio (951 comments)

Try and beat my high score of $1,100 in a day.

about 2 years ago
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One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

LukeWebber Re:The real downside. (362 comments)

This. If a language is seriously flawed, don't use it. Why? Because every project you get out there increases the burden of unmaintainable crud that future generations will be forced to bear.
If you persist in using a bad tool, even in the knowledge of its many flaws, you're committing an act of unmiitigated evil.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Disabilities In the Workplace?

LukeWebber Re:I think the OP mentioned self-employment (292 comments)

There are strategies you can use to work around this mindset. Set aside a room exclusively for use as an office, and "go to work" each morning at the same time. And don't touch yourself during work hours. I mean it, don't... ah, why do I even bother?

more than 2 years ago

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