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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Scutter Re:About a year late (205 comments)

I will sacrifice storage for RAM any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I cannot fathom why portables continue to be shafted with an anaemic 2GB (4 if you're very lucky) of RAM. Memory isn't that expensive these days, but holy crap does the OS run better with 6 or 8GB.

My last one was an 11.1" netbook with 8GB. I bought it because it was the only netbook with 8GB, which meant I could run Windows 7 and also one or more applications AT THE SAME TIME!. It has served me far better than any 15" laptop I ever had. It's going to suck trying to find an adequate replacement when this one croaks.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re: What is a troll? (378 comments)

But that wasn't the question. The question was "Would you pay for a website without trolls?" and my response was that it's not possible.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (378 comments)

Why are the only choices perfect moderation or no moderation?

Go back and re-read the whole conversation. People are astonishingly good at trolling. If you can't definitively identify them, they will ALWAYS find that rule loophole that enables them to troll. It's practically axiomatic.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (378 comments)

100% perfect black-and-white rules are almost never possible for anything.

Yes, that was exactly my point. When you are trying to define and identify trolls, you have to be 100% or the entire exercise is pointless. If you don't believe me, try moderating a message board sometime.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (378 comments)

If they can followup and support their arguments logically, then they're either not a troll or it doesn't matter.

Ok, so a troll always presents an argument? They never just "ask an innocent question"? And, by your definition, all posters must post at least twice since they must "follow up" or they're automatically a troll. Do you see why it's so hard to create a 100% black-and-white set of rules that is always effective in identifying a troll? You've presented one possible identifier of a troll but there are dozens or even thousands of ways that someone can troll.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter Re:It's OPTIONAL! (229 comments)

If they asked you to CC them or if they're in a position where they're likely to need those CC's, then perhaps they'll opt not to use the optional system being discussed.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (378 comments)

Troll is a person posting an inflammatory message with the deliberate intent of exciting readers into a controversial response. This is the exact definition.

But the word is misused a lot, indeed. For example, just writing hateful comments, or messages with disinformation, is not trolling.

And that's exactly my point. How do you prove "intent" on a message board? You have to be able to have black-and-white rules that say "This guy is posting a different and unpopular opinion but that guy is trying to stir up trouble." Those rules have to apply one hundred percent of the time because people are REALLY REALLY good at hiding intent and playing innocent when they're serious about trolling. In fact, the internet generally applauds the "masterful troll" who can hook as many people as possible. For all you know, I'm trolling you right now by leading you down a conversational path to an as-yet undisclosed end-game. There's just no way to know and that's why it's so hard to put a stop to it.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter Re:It's OPTIONAL! (229 comments)

The sane option is to give people the necessary time go through their email when they get back.

How is that solution any different than giving them the option to hand off their work to someone else while they're away? If you "give them the time..." then someone else still has to do their work while they sort through their vacation e-mail.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter What is a troll? (378 comments)

Until you can quantitatively define what a troll is, you can't do anything about it. Web forum moderators have been struggling with this question for as long as there have been online discussions.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter It's OPTIONAL! (229 comments)

FTFA: issues a reply to the sender that the person is out of the office and that the email will be deleted, while also offering the contact information of another employee for pressing matters.

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the program — which is optional — has gone down well with the company’s German employees

Seriously, the idea is that you get to actually take a vacation and let someone else handle the load while you're away. That way, you're not coming back to work with twice the workload as when you left. For many companies, if you take a vacation, no one covers you. The work just piles up. It makes it hard to relax knowing that you've got a mountain of work to return to. No one is taking away "Out of Office" messages or breaking them for people who want to use them.

I've seen several comments here saying "Well, I'm just CC'ing people who need to be kept in the loop!" Ok, I get that. If it's that important, why don't you just wait until they get back and give them a short briefing? If it's not that important, why did you bother sending it in the first place?

  I, for one, applaud the effort to push back against the anti-vacation, anti-personal time culture.

2 days ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

Scutter Re:Yes, Please (247 comments)

That's been my exact experience. IPv6 is supposed to be dead simple (compared to IPv4) for home users. I am definitely not a home user and I still can't get it working with my ISP.

about a week ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Scutter Re:Metadata (175 comments)

"Metadata" is a media buzzword designed to make you feel good about having your data monitored. They're still monitoring your conversations. Stop buying into their talking points. The headers of your e-mail are as much your data as the body of the e-mail.

about two weeks ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Scutter FCC does not make laws (200 comments)

Since when does the FCC have the power to "preempt" laws?

about a month ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Scutter Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

Which is why "split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN".

about a month ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Scutter Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

All the companies I've worked for didn't allow a split-tunnel VPN from corporate laptops.

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

Depends on what you're doing. I allow a split-tunnel into my home VPN because I use that VPN connection strictly to access internal resources remotely. I have no need to route all my web traffic through my home connection when all I want to do is SSH into a box, or copy a file off a network share or something like that. When I am on the road and on an untrusted connection, I just VPN into the home network and run RDP and use the remote machine to access online banking, email, or other services.

Sorry, I thought we were talking about corporate networks and didn't think it was necessary to describe all the different ways in which a VPN might be used.

about a month ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Scutter Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

All the companies I've worked for didn't allow a split-tunnel VPN from corporate laptops.

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

about a month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Scutter Really? (125 comments)

'Rachel From Cardholder Services,' was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012.

Are you sure about that? Because I still get calls from Rachel and friends several times per week.

about a month ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Scutter Do you feel safe yet? (310 comments)

Gotta keep those conviction numbers up to justify your DHS endowments. What matter if you destroy a few lives in the process?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

Scutter In other news... (83 comments)

...an unnamed small Nevada hosting provider was the subject of an intense and unannounced BSA audit on Thursday...

about a month ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Scutter Re:Guam is in the Maldives now? (176 comments)

Yes, "arrested in Maldives" is one of the two conflicting stories I mentioned. I have also seen stories that said that he was arrested in Guam. The Maldives story seems to be coming from the Russians.

about a month and a half ago

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New-Kyooler?

Scutter Scutter writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It's pronounced "'nü-klE-er", dammit! Friggin' rubes. If I'm going to be vaporized, it's *not* gonna be by someone who can't pronounce the name of the goddamn weapon!

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