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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

Soluzar Re:nearlyfreespeech.net (113 comments)

They have PHP, which is not a CGI language. It may not be as popular with the kids as Ruby or Python, but it is still a language with which you can do basically any website you might need.

5 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Soluzar Re:Missing the point (128 comments)

That principle hardly holds true for "all things in life". If I claim that the world is flat, and only 4000 years old, while you claim that it is round and actually millions of years old, the truth does not like in the middle. I would be wrong.

about a week ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Soluzar Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

What gives you any reason to doubt that they will?

Things don't enter the public domain anymore, sorry.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

Soluzar Re: adblock plus (92 comments)

I'm old enough to remember that too. I feel as though I may remember it differently than you do, though. In no way would I describe the content back then as superior. I would describe the primary content which we have now on the good websites as in every way a desirable evolution. Little things like advertising and malware don't detract from that, and I don't necessarily find the commercial content on the web a problem, as long as non-commercial content is also there. I'd be really glad to see a return to the days without advertising though. I can afford to pay for the content I want, if it is priced reasonably. Then there's the fact that some content is there because the provider wants you to see it. They won't seek payment for that.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

Soluzar Re: adblock plus (92 comments)

I'd actually be pretty happy to pay a small subscription to websites that I use all the time, and that seem to be worth it. Of course, there are a lot of websites that would die very quickly without advertising, and I don't object to that at all. They can go, and that is fine.

I think a reasonable subscription to a website I really like would be something like a $1 to $1.50 a month. If enough people are paying, that can easily cover the costs.

Of course I'd rather have those websites supported by voluntary donations. Lets not pretend that it doesn't work, just because Wikipedia are hopelessly greedy and over-ambitious. For many websites it can work fine. I know at least one for which it has worked for more than a decade.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

Soluzar Re: adblock plus (92 comments)

I don't want ads. Therefore I'm not accepting them. I don't typically go around allowing people to tack additional nonsense onto the things I want. That's why my computer isn't loaded down with toolbars and dodgy search providers.

about three weeks ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

Soluzar Re:Bank them (333 comments)

It would be interesting to see if your views change on by the 11th month of your 99th year. Assuming you survive that long.

about 6 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

Soluzar Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

By saying this you're assuming that the review isn't true? Or should an accurate bad review count as libel?

about 10 months ago
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TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

Soluzar Re:The question (171 comments)

That's a question, to you? The only question I have is just how long until the friction preventing you from opting out of the filters begins to increase.

about 10 months ago
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UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

Soluzar Re:Use it or lose it (133 comments)

You're right of course, we should all use American law. Just as God intended. Many apologies to our noble American overlords.

about 10 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Soluzar Re:BeOS? (392 comments)

I don't really care for that idea, since (as I mentioned in my previous post) BeOS is very much a recent development in the field of computer operating systems. It came along in the late 90s, once Windows was already relatively mature and Linux on the desktop was already practical. Comparing it to religions both ancient and widespread seems entirely wrong to me. BeOS was not all that significant. Clever and nicely done, maybe... but it didn't carve out a very large place in history.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Soluzar Re:Don't hold your breath (221 comments)

Please note that I didn't say it was currently a meaningless buzzword. I said that I believed it to be such when I first heard the term. I'm aware that something meaningful has come out of it since then, although exactly how much is still a matter of which I'm largely ignorant.

I appreciate you making me aware of the fact that there have been some working quantum computers now. They may be small, but even the first one was a huge step. I'm somewhat surprised to learn that the first real steps were quite a long time ago.

I wonder if I'll live long enough to see a quantum computer on the home desktop. It would probably run The Elder Scrolls 37 really well. :D

about 10 months ago
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How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Soluzar Re:Step One (146 comments)

For me if I have to use cash I'm already against the purchase. It's horribly inconvenient for me, and isn't accepted for online purchases which is where I do all my important shopping other than clothes and groceries. Since I can pay for both of those things on my card as well as at pretty much any restaurant, I've got no need for cash that I can see.

Even convenience stores are happy to accept a card (with no surcharge) for very small purchases. I admit that has changed in recent years, and until that change I did grudgingly have to withdraw cash to shop for those items.

I don't really care to carry currency which can be lost or stolen, and then never recovered. If I lose my card, all I have to do is contact the bank and let them know. They will cancel it for me and I can soon get a new one. Under those specific circumstances I would use cash, of course. Since I am deprived of all the better options.

I see things are different for you, but I prefer to handle as little cash as humanly possible.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Soluzar How far away is it? (221 comments)

Has anything practical actually been demonstrated in the field of quantum computing yet? I understand that a lot of exciting and complex (if you're into that) math has gone into describing a model for how quantum computing should function, but as far as I'm aware nobody has actually managed to build any prototype devices yet.

When I first heard the term "quantum computing", I believed it to be a meaningless buzzword. I think at that time it may have been so. Now it is obviously a real concept, but unless I may be better informed, I think it is still a very long way off.

I wonder if programming for a quantum computer will be anything like programming for the digital (is that the proper term to use in contrast?) computers we have now. I can't help but feel that it would be both very different and rather more difficult.

about 10 months ago
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How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Soluzar Re:Step One (146 comments)

There are only a very limited number of needs for which I will stand the inconvenience of using cash. I'm literally never carrying any, unless I'm on my way to a bar, or some other pre-meditated cash use.

about 10 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Soluzar Re:POSIX ME HARDER (392 comments)

The article did mention that POSIX is the Nicene Creed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed If Windows is to be considered an "Abrahamic religion" under the metaphor, then it's no surprise that they follow the POSIX creed. It may come as some surprise to the adherents of Windows how much they share in common with the shunned UNIX brethren, though.

about 10 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Soluzar Re:So whats the Church of Satan? (392 comments)

That breaks down in that TOS was seldom considered (even by outsiders) to be evil. Crap, yes. Evil, no.

about 10 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Soluzar Re:BeOS? (392 comments)

I don't think BeOS was ever a sufficiently major player to be compared to Hinduism. The place it holds when compared to other religions would rightfully bear comparison to something of a comparable age and importance to UNIX. I'm not sure what if anything fits that particular description. Possibly something from the IBM Mainframes. BeOS was very nice and very clever in the way it did things, but it is a recent development and achieved only a limited user base. Since it used some GNU tools, I think you could compare it to a small and radical offshoot of Christianity. Within the metaphor, I consider BeOS to be another "Abrahamic religion".

about 10 months ago
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Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

Soluzar Re: Why are they storing this data anyway? (213 comments)

I'm certain that is how PIN terminals work here. Seems like in the US their reluctance to upgrade to 'chip' cards is causing issues implementing the better solution.

about 10 months ago

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