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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

RandomUsername99 Re: adblock plus (92 comments)

Just out of curiosity, what's your ideal theoretical end-game once that happens? How exactly would people pay for servers, bandwidth, IT workers, content creators, site designers, site developers, electricity, the accounts payable and receivable person, the backup service, and the janitor?

Would you prefer to have all content be pay content, with pay-per-click or subscription schemes for all of the stuff you want?

Should advertising be so closely intertwined with the content that it's basically an infomercial? (Hope you love slashvertisements. They'll make up most of the feed.)

Should all free content be created and hosted by companies that have other successful businesses, and operate some website just for funsies?

Should all free content be donation driven, even though that barely works for an organization as visible as Wikipedia?

Should all free content be like archive.org and shoot for grant funding? That would significantly change the landscape of the free content out there...

Should all free content be amateur people hosting their own servers, hoping that it doesn't get so popular that they will have to pay a zillion dollars for their bandwidth charges?

How does that actually work, in the real world, where it costs real money to operate websites?

about 4 months ago

Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

RandomUsername99 Re:It costs power (264 comments)

Local music can easily blow through that limit. Mine does. Streaming stuff is fine in urban areas, but if you travel outside of urban areas with little phone service regularly, and you don't want to carry another device, it's pretty irritating to be significantly limited in the amount to music you can carry.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

RandomUsername99 These days, I like to leave work at work. (287 comments)

2 Laptops: one for me and a MacBook for the girlfriend's design work. I have to deal with big hardware enough at work, and a beefy VPS instance for personal projects and random freelance necessities is more than enough for me. I used to have a bunch of hardware, but that's not where I'm at right now.

about 4 months ago

Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

RandomUsername99 First Amendment (183 comments)

My favorite thing about this is how many of the yelp reviewers think that yelp removing their reviews is a violation of their first amendment rights.

about 6 months ago

FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

RandomUsername99 Cue primitivism, moral panic over noise, nostalgia (128 comments)

My favorite game! It's time to queue up everybody who doesn't have a mobile phone, or as is the case more recently, people who *refuse* (as if anybody gives a shit) to get a smart phone, so, with an overtone of great cultural and intellectual superiority, they can proudly show the world how awesomely anti-mobile they are! There may even be little branch threads containing anti-mobile pissing contests. Also, we should plan on hearing from all of the people making sure that everybody knows just how abhorrently distasteful they find public telephone conversations.

I commute on the MBTA Red Line, which is a subway line in Boston, which has consistent cell phone service for every part of the line I hit on my commute. I don't think I actually notice more than 2 or 3 phone conversations actually taking place on the train in any given MONTH. I am significantly more likely to be bothered by loud conversation among two passengers, face to face, than I am by a loud cell phone conversation. Even if someone was having an loud conversation... that's what headphones are for. The chance of someone being annoying enough, while sitting close enough to drown out my music is pretty slight. You'd have to be pretty thin-skinned not to be able to tolerate it. I really can't imagine that being on a plane would be so much worse that it's worth getting any feathers ruffled over.

So if people aren't talking, then what's the point of the service? People text, reading news, catch up on social media, play games, stream music...

about 7 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

RandomUsername99 Re:Obscene (626 comments)

(queue the comments about taxes being extortion)

about 8 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

RandomUsername99 Obscene (626 comments)

If the system is funded in large part by criminalizing a behavior so consistent and common that it can fund life-long full time salaries with benefits and pensions, then it's a system worth dismantling. Defending the need to criminalize otherwise law abiding adults for budgetary purposes is obscenely poor governing. If we, as a society, deem the crime important enough to stop, and it's rampant enough to be an epidemic, make an earnest effort to stop the crime. If it's really not that big of a deal, change the laws to reflect that. Riding the sweet spot where it's not enough of a penalty, consistently enough, to really dissuade people from doing it, yet it's enough to be profitable for the people exacting the fines, is unethically exploitative. If your government department needs funding, then get it through taxes, not extortion.

about 8 months ago

NASA's Broken Planet-hunter Spacecraft Given Second Life

RandomUsername99 Broken planet hunter (55 comments)

It's only hunting for broken planets?

about 8 months ago

Court Orders Turkish Twitter Ban Temporarily Lifted, Twitter Prepares Challenge

RandomUsername99 Turkish Twist ban... (29 comments)

The Turkish Twist ban, however, remains firmly in effect as Erdogan's shuddering remembrance of the projectile vomit he was forced to clean up at the fair, during his summer job in high school, brushes aside the media's criticism of his hard-lined approach.

about 9 months ago

The Mystery of the 'Only Camera To Come Back From the Moon'

RandomUsername99 Re:NASA actually landed men on the moon? (54 comments)

Well *I* saw a documentary that said that these cameras were really Federal Reserve Bank mini chemtrails planes dispatched by the Illuminati filled with MMR vaccines designed to give the moon babies of the Area 51 aliens space autism... ...they ARE very socially awkward...

Most people that were interested in tempting someone back to their place to play with butt toys would just try and woo them with a couple of strong drinks and some sweet talk, instead of the creepy abduction/space roofies crap that they seem to be fond of... but I don't think autism necessarily makes someone more likely to go down that path. Maybe space autism does.

about 9 months ago

Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

RandomUsername99 Second matrix movie (74 comments)

If I remember correctly, the second matrix movie showed a closeup of a terminal where someone was running nmap with sensical command line arguments. No, it didn't make it any better.

about 10 months ago

Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

RandomUsername99 But what good is it, really... (66 comments)

But what good is it, really, without the built-in ability superimpose moronic LOLcats style text on them.

about a year ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

RandomUsername99 JP2 is used, just not on the web. (155 comments)

Yeah, lots of universities use it for a lot of things, like scientific and cultural heritage images... they serve the images up, if need be, through the proprietary lurawave image server... not a great solution from a systems perspective, but it's what they like.

Personally, I think the lack of widespread adoption makes it a serious preservation concern.

about a year ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

RandomUsername99 New Slogan for Google (172 comments)

"No matter how much we suck, we still don't ComcastTimeWarner suck. Yet."

about a year ago

Paul Vixie On the Unevenly Distributed Intelligence of Internet Infrastructure

RandomUsername99 Core is stupid (96 comments)

"the Internet core is stupid, and the edge is smart"

That is true on SO many levels.

about a year ago

High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software

RandomUsername99 I'd have stayed in school (116 comments)

The people that point out existing technologically superior software solutions are being unforgivably obtuse.

Of course there are existing open source and commercial options out there, that make this high school student implemented project technologically obsolete; there are also existing craftspeople and professionally run woodworking shops that make the products in wood shop class obsolete, as well as many tailors, restaurants, fashion schools, and culinary schools that crush what home-ec classes teach... Not to mention the many science-oriented-businesses with technology and products that dwarf the technology that you would find at a high school science fair. See it for what it is: a learning experience!!

If there was some alternate dimension where I had had a chance to work on a project like this in high school, I probably would not have gotten kicked out for boredom fueled truancy, and would have worked my way into a decent comp-sci program at a college rather than working my way up in my 20s through shitty tech support and lower level IT positions... I Would have been making my current, totally decent software dev salary YEARS before I actually earned it in this dimension.

1 year,17 hours

What Makes a Genius?

RandomUsername99 Re:Don't forget privilege, even if not financial.. (190 comments)

The fact that you don't have the attention span to read an academic essay is not my, or the author's fault. It also doesn't give a gram of weight to your criticism.

1 year,4 days


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