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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Raenex Re:Adblock = INFERIOR to hosts files... apk (363 comments)

A.) Hosts do more than:

1.) AdBlock ("souled-out" 2 Google/Crippled by default)
2.) Ghostery (Advertiser owned) - "Fox guards henhouse"
3.) Request Policy -> http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...

I read through the thread on RequestPolicy, and you were pretty thick when it came to recognizing some key points:

1) RequestPolicy blocks all external sites by default, which means you don't need a "bad" list that needs to be constantly maintained, so it's actually the simpler and more effective solution.

2) The reason to block YouTube from 3rd party sites is to avoid tracking by Google (they own YouTube). With RequestPolicy, I can still watch YouTube videos and avoid the tracking. But that's just one example. RequestPolicy blocks all such requests, so I don't have to worry about YouTube, Amazon, or any other site that probably isn't in the "bad" list from getting tracking info from 3rd party sites by doing something as simple as embedding a link.

3) You mention speed, but give no hard numbers. If, for example, RequestPolicy does its job in less than 1ms, then it doesn't matter if a hosts file is twice as fast or even ten times as fast, because either way the difference is imperceptible. I don't have any speed problems using RequstPolicy, at all.

I'll throw in another point: RequestPolicy is open source, meaning I don't have to trust a binary from "apk" being run as an admin to manage my hosts file. RequestPolicy is also cross-platform.

You can have the last word, as engaging in discussion with you is pointlessly annoying. I'm just leaving this response so that people who are rational can make an informed judgment.

2 days ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I am honestly very confused about what your point is. In response to another poster,

That poster would be me. Maybe if you read my original post the context would be clear.

Coryoth rebutted that the college was supposed to be about education, not vocational training. You incorrectly assumed that s/he was arguing that college was about creating well-rounded people.

That's the modern reason, where "education" is often synonymous with "well-rounded". I assumed his point was the modern defense, because the vast majority don't go to college anymore just for an "education" with the expectation to remain in Academia. They go there with an expectation of earning a higher-paying job. It's a checkbox on the resume.

The only reason I replied was to point out that the well-rounded person argument isn't one that anyone with a clue seriously makes.

Why? You yourself just said, "requiring students to take classes outside of their major was perhaps a historical anachronism". It's kept around on the "well-rounded" argument, which is essentially what is expressed by many of the people in the article you quoted.

about a week ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I often see it as a justification for requiring non-major classes, but I have never seen anyone claim that this is the primary goal.

I never said it was the primary goal. What I've been arguing is what I emphasized above. People today go to college expecting to get a higher-paying job, and that's been why I've been questioning the value of being forced to take courses that will most likely not be used in that endeavor. That was the start and context of the argument when you jumped in.

about a week ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

When was the goal of higher education ever to produce well-rounded people?

When being an academic meant you specialized in one field, both in research and teaching. When people stopped going to college to become academics. The only reason it makes sense now to require diverse study is for the well-rounded argument, and it's the argument given whenever I've raised this subject (except with you).

about two weeks ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Raenex Re:Only took 10 years (113 comments)

You'd think you learn your lesson. The best way to get a domain that is being squatted without paying a ransom is to not show any interest. It used to be domains could be held indefinitely, but ICANN closed that loophole a long time ago, so now it costs money to sit on it.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Let's walk this back. You said:

It isn't even about creating well-rounded people, and never really was [..] the curriculum and organization of institutions of higher education---particularly research universities---is still geared toward that Enlightenment ideal of academia.

The bold is what I responded to, in particular the word never. Goals have changed in 400 years.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

That doesn't make any sense. You can be an academic in your field of interest without taking an array of courses that have nothing to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Because you are a 20 years old know-nothing you arrogant bratand maybe there is more than one thing in the entire wolrd that could be of interest for you ?

Maybe if you weren't an arrogant asshole posting as anonymous coward you wouldn't make such statements. I've been to college and have long-since graduated. Most people go to college because it's a checkbox for higher-paying jobs and a chance to party on their parent's dime and government loans.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

The goal of college is NOT to train you like a puppy to do real work.

That's nice and all, but the vast majority of people go to college to get a well-paying job afterwards. That's what the point of the "major" is for.

You want to be trained ? go to a craft school or whatever you call them in your country.

College is a checkbox to get into higher paying jobs, so your suggestion of going to a "craft" school doesn't help.

PLUS YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS so stop bitching!

Err, no, you don't when your major is something like computer science and they force you into heavy calculus courses. That's the topic under discussion. Try to pay attention.

2 years into the job I have greater mastery of pretty much any aspect of the project we are working on, and my skill-set is improving exponentially, while they almost never learn anything beyond what they know because they lack the methods to learn.

Yeah, that's a lot of bullshit. It's impossible to become a programmer without learning. What your one-sided anecdote says is that many workers do just enough to get by, not that they couldn't improve their skills if they applied themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

If being well-rounded "never really was" the point of college education, why are college students force to take an array of courses outside their field of interest?

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Yes, I've heard the "well rounded" person argument. I can even accommodate it, to a certain extent, but it would stop at being exposed to ideas versus having to become competent at doing calculus problems in order to pass a course. I personally am not interested in doing calculus and haven't made use of it in over 20 years of programming.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I want you to know/pass calculus because by the time you've worked that hard at that level of proofs, you've mastered *variable control*.

This is silly. You don't need incidental math to learn skills essential to programming. College education wastes countless hours teaching academic stuff that a great majority of programmers will not use on the job, while neglecting critical skills that could be immediately useful in a large .

If you want to teach "variable control", whatever you mean by that, then teach that in respect to programming, not high-level math that will only be used by a tiny percentage.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Raenex Re:The cycle begins again (383 comments)

Just remember that companies like Valve were founded by ex-Microsoft software engineers.

Many of the early employees of Microsoft became millionaires due to stock options, so they could afford to jump ship and do their own thing. I doubt that's true of the people being laid off.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Raenex Re:Too Little, Too Late (238 comments)

I mean, google + didn't become the next facebook simply because it didn't become the next facebook to enough people. Lets not complicate it, people simply didn't switch. It wasn't some bullshit about real names, or youtube integration, or features facebook didn't have. Facebook just kept critical mass.

Google obviously had an uphill battle trying to steal Facebook's thunder. It was stupid, then, to adopt a Real Name policy and enforce it like dicks instead of trying to differentiate themselves from Facebook.

This ties into YouTube, too. Instead of trying to hamfist their existing userbase into real names and Google+, they could have softselled an automatic, no hassle Google+ account linked to your YouTube account, as is. Instead they antagonized their YouTube base, too. Corporate fuckhead thinking.

Would it have mattered in the end? Who knows, but it was a stupid policy that only put up barriers, instead of trying to go after users who weren't interested in Facebook because of their focus on real names.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Raenex Re:The Internet is meant to be anonymous (238 comments)

Restore the glory of the Internet? You mean to go back to a time when most people posted on Usenet with their real name and email address as their signature? The time when even political discussions were civilized?

What time was this? Because flamewars are as old as Usenet. I agree there's more garbage with anonymity, but let's not pretend it was some kind of utopia.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Raenex Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

If a potential employer ever asked me for my Facebook password, I can plausibly say that I have no Facebook account, which they can verify by searching under my real name.

If a potential employer asks for your Facebook password, the proper response is, "Fuck off."

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Raenex Re:She chose to not have a lawyer, and to not defe (424 comments)

Yes it's sad that she was attacked for her criticisms, but it's sadder that she did not take responsibility, or stand her ground.

The original attack was sadder, and even sadder is for the courts to punish her for it, whether she hired a lawyer or not. Sounds like she's just an average person expressing an opinion that doesn't want to deal with a court hassle for something so mundane. I think you're unfairly blaming the victim here.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Raenex Re:So... (424 comments)

Reading few analysis about the judgement : the court did not make the condemnation for the article but only for the title ("A place to avoid in Cap-Ferret : Il Giardino"). [..] So yes, of course, seemingly against free-speech decision but not really as dramatic as many of you try to depict it.

That's bad enough as is. Where is the merit in this decision?

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Raenex Re:We need (278 comments)

People keep praising Ron Paul yet everything I have ever seen on his actual policies scare me more than Cheney working with Obama to create what laws should be enforced.

Paul recent budget had a net increase in spending and a net reduction in income.

You're probably thinking of Paul Ryan, or possibly even Rand Paul, Ron Paul's son. Ron Paul is out of politics and not submitting budgets.

about three weeks ago

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Unmasking a Reddit Supertroll

Raenex Raenex writes  |  about 2 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: "If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit. [..] But Michael Brutsch is more than a monster. Online, Violentacrez has been one of Reddit's most reviled characters but also one of its most beloved users. The self-described "creepy uncle of Reddit" has played a little-known but crucial role in Reddit's development into the online juggernaut it is today."

This is the same Reddit user/moderator behind the now banned "jailbait" subreddit."

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Nintendo posts loss, cuts prices

Raenex Raenex writes  |  about 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: Shares of Nintendo Co. shed a fifth of their value Friday after the Japanese video game giant posted a deep loss in the latest quarter, cut its full-year forecasts and slashed prices on its new 3DS handheld device. Nintendo on Thursday posted a net loss of 25.5 billion yen ($324 million) in the April-June period, worse than the 25.2 billion yen loss a year earlier. For the fiscal year through March 2012, Nintendo expects net profit of 20 billion yen, down 82 percent from its previous outlook, on sales of 900 billion yen. The 3DS will cost 15,000 yen in Japan starting Aug. 11, down from 25,000 yen. In the U.S., the price drops to $169.99 from $249.99 on Aug. 12. Nintendo does not set suggested retail prices for Europe but said it would lower wholesale prices by about a third. Such a big price cut so soon after a product's launch is unprecedented for Nintendo, and it's likely to annoy the loyal fans who have already bought the device, said Eiji Maeda, an analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo."
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US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "An investigation by the Associated Press has found a pattern of safety regulations being relaxed in order to keep aging nuclear power plants running. From the article: "Reactor parts or systems fall out of compliance with the rules. Studies are conducted by the industry and government, and all agree that existing standards are 'unnecessarily conservative.' Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance.""
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Blogger Convicted of Threatening Judges

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "A right-wing New Jersey blogger was convicted at his third trial of making threats against three federal judges in Illinois in retaliation for a ruling supporting gun control. The case stemmed from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2009 by three judges that upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that challenged handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill. The same day, Turner protested the decision with an inflammatory post online. In one passage, he quoted Thomas Jefferson as saying, "The tree of liberty must be replenished from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots," court papers said.

Authorities said he crossed the line by writing: "Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges must die. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty.""

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