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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Yer Mom Re:Tmux (136 comments)

Make me!

make: *** No rule to make target `me!'. Stop.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Yer Mom Re:post internet stock crash (503 comments)

Imagine a world where after 3 years the applications can't even run on your old system and you have to replace it to get new applications.

As a Mac user, I have to say that I don't need to imagine very hard.

Most users upgrade to a new version of OS X within the first month or so. App developers target the new version pretty much from the start, with old OS versions becoming unsupported fairly quickly.

And Apple's not afraid to cut off old hardware with a new OS X release, in order to avoid having to keep a load of legacy support code around. You generally get a bit longer than 3 years, though; 5 or 6 is more like it. And once you're cut off from new OS X versions, you're cut off from new versions of a lot of other software.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Yer Mom Re:You own your computer (731 comments)

Since you're on slashdot, zero tolerance by an anonymous coward means you're getting fed ads.

Unless you're logged in with the "Disable ads" box checked and you also checked the "Post anonymously" box, of course :)

As for content providers having the right to display on my computer when I request their site: when I go to example.com, I'm requesting content from example.com. If that page has an include from doubleclick.net, I'm not the one requesting doubleclick.net — example.com is. They have no right to agree to that on my behalf, and I'm quite happy to take whatever action is necessary to enforce that.

Your last two paragraphs get to the point of the whole matter, of course: somebody who's deliberately blocking ads is not going to sit there and view them rather than look at a blank page — they're going to go somewhere else.

Perhaps if a large number of sites start requiring ads we'll see something like the piracy scene, where someone downloads the page with ads, copies the actual content out of it, and republishes that somewhere on the darker side of the net.

about 3 months ago
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

Yer Mom Re:Apple maps? (262 comments)

Some days it feels like it came from /dev/urandom...

about 6 months ago
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Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

Yer Mom Re:Freedom of Speech / Freedom to Listen? (169 comments)

Why don't they just give you a NAT'ed address and be done with it forever.

This is probably one of the reasons for server ban clauses these days — if they do decide to go to carrier-grade NAT rather than, say, actually getting IPv6 working, then they can dismiss complaints of breakage with "you shouldn't have been running a server anyway"...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

Yer Mom Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (631 comments)

But what about the incomplete keyboard on the Macs?

On the laptops, yes — but just about every laptop seems to be the same, sadly.

On the desktop, you get a full keyboard if you spec your Mac with the wired keyboard. The wireless one is only available in the incomplete laptop style. (Why Apple can't make a wireless version is beyond me)

You may need to order direct from Apple, or buy through an Apple Store to do that, as anybody else selling Macs is likely to only have the standard configs, and I think only the Mac Pro specifies the wired keyboard as standard these days.

about 7 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Yer Mom Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

You're nuts. I've been driving a manual transmission for my entire life and was *never* told to put the hand brake on at a red light. In fact, I was specifically told not to, because it takes time to disengage and can impede traffic if you have it on when the signal turns to green.

I was taught to use the hand brake at a red light; mind you, I'm in the UK where the light goes from red to green via red and amber shown simultaneously, as a "get ready to go" warning.

Keeping your foot on the brake at traffic lights might have been OK before high-level brake lights were a common thing, but these days it's just a great way to annoy the guy behind you — especially at night.

(Aside: wow, I had to type — rather than just typing an em dash. It's only 2013 — who needs UTF-8 support?)

about 7 months ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

Yer Mom Re: In other news (663 comments)

Apple could replace the home screen with a Goatse

Well, it certainly has rounded corners...

about 7 months ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

Yer Mom Re:This is a very hard problem (558 comments)

If they are blind, deaf AND mute all 3 at the same time, then yeah, there is a problem

At this point you throw them to a pinball game and check their high score.

about 8 months ago
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Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised

Yer Mom Re:should of killed the DRM system (138 comments)

nowadays though, a read the manual copyprotection would be a refreshing change

Nowadays, getting a printed manual would be a refreshing change.

Even with console games, you're lucky to get a list of controls, with the rest of the docs appearing as in-game tutorials. Most of the booklet is dire warnings about copyright infringement, health warnings and other legal CYA.

about 10 months ago
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Developers Rolling Out Pebble Smartwatch Apps

Yer Mom Re:It would be nice if you could actually BUY one (64 comments)

I backed Pebble on Kickstarter and my grey one's only recently moved to the "processing shipment" stage. So you might want to not hold your breath if you want to order right now :)

The last Kickstarter update was sent out at the end of May, but that might only go to backers; the update list you signed up to might not fire up until all the Kickstarter watches are sent out.

about 10 months ago
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What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

Yer Mom Re:iOS==Metro?? (262 comments)

Arguably Apple Maps would never have been released under Jobs, such was his demand for quality.

*cough* MobileMe *cough*

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

Yer Mom One other major fail... (581 comments)

Having looked at the Xbox One page on Amazon UK, all I can say is this:

NINETY QUID for a ****ing GAME?

At that price, they can keep it.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Silently Removes Ability To Download Your Posts

Yer Mom Re:Captive audience (229 comments)

Actually, the download link is just the URL of the "please wait" page â" if you reload it after you get the email, there's the download button.

So all an attacker would have to do is not navigate away from the page and reload it every 10 minutes until the download's ready.

about 10 months ago
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Footage Reveals Drone Aircraft Nearly Downed Passenger Plane in 2004

Yer Mom Re:Who is in control? (206 comments)

I'm not sure Kabul counts as EU airspace, though...

about 10 months ago
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EFF Makes Formal Objection to DRM In HTML5

Yer Mom Re:Content moving to apps more of an impediment (270 comments)

Isn't HBO US-only, though?

Game of Thrones is certainly on a different channel here in the UK. I don't get that channel, but as far as I know, it has adverts (as I can't see Rupert Murdoch running a channel without them...)

about a year ago

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