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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Zaelath Yes, worse (297 comments)

Of course it's much worse than the data collection from a "technical preview". It's whole purpose is to discover how people use the damn thing and you sign up to be a guinea-pig in exchange for getting the advanced access.

However, it's "to be expected" from Apple. You don't own their phones or laptops, they own you.

yesterday
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Zaelath Re:Apple effect (137 comments)

You don't have an innate right to anything, however you have innate desires for rights like control over your property up to and including your own body. Society has organised such that we have set aside a portion of our resources to defend these "rights" collectively and make them a notional fact of life in that society.

We pay taxes to defend our "rights" from our neighbours. In your erstwhile sharing economies, it was still collective contributions to the good of the whole and people that didn't want to contribute were removed from the group.

All that said, Disney are dicks.

about a month and a half ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

Zaelath Re:great state of New York - Citation needed (40 comments)

That's probably a cross-state dig, but prefacing every state with "the great state" of looks kind of frantically desperate to the rest of the world.

about a month and a half ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Zaelath Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

It's not a minute though, on most servers it's single digit seconds, and it's not even "up" once the login prompt comes up. The "compute-hours" are still spent if you're rebooting all day, they're just spent after the "boot" is complete.

Or do you really think tomcat is "running" when the command prompt returns and not 2 minutes later when the applications are responding, and not minutes after that when the JIT has cached everything so it actually runs at a decent speed?

about 2 months ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Zaelath Re:Chokehold (102 comments)

It's just you.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Zaelath Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

You mean cue.

You're right about the names though, what you call a thing is THE most important thing in making it successful. Using a name that is easy to find on Google doesn't matter at all.

Trying to find people to dedicate free time to a dead paradigm on the other hand, simplest thing in the world. I don't know why they can't get that right.

about 2 months ago
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The IPV4 internet has broken

Zaelath whargarble? (2 comments)

The linked solution is a work around for people with little to no need for IPv6, so they can reallocate storage from IPv6 to IPv4. If everyone was on IPv6, a much larger dataset, then that would fit into the TCAM ... how?

about 2 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

Zaelath Re:Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

Because they're horribly vulnerable to all kinds of ancient XSS and other vulnerabilities that mean outgoing connections from the TV aren't safe; not all hacking is described in WarGames (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/)

about 2 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

Zaelath Re:Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

Yeah, they can, sort of. My Samsung TV can do it without any Samsung application (just general DLNA), but it sucks ass at it compared to the PS3.. and it's remote is garbage.

Besides, it's means the TV has to be connected to the network and TV network security makes Sony network security look good, and how sad is that?

about 2 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Zaelath Re:Wont matter (158 comments)

That's what the TSA agent told me about 5 times while searching my carry on bag on the jet-way while other passengers struggled past and gawked at me. Also that if I didn't declare I had cash in there, they'd seize it.

Her dog looooooved my bag. Unfortunately it didn't have any money in it, just residual dog from my friend's house.

So yeah, I just hope this device is more accurate than the pups :)

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Zaelath Re:Strawman argument (739 comments)

You have a couple of entertaining alternatives to just "they're a dick", but it's a reach to say you're covering all cases and as such abuse is never an appropriate response.

As for the "anger towards the parents", if someone assaults me I should go and piss on their ancestor's grave? Exactly how far back do you take the parental responsibility?

"more" could easily include any number of legal remedies, like getting the cops to beat them up, assuming they're not a mentally disabled octogenarian on the loose from prison.

about 3 months ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

Zaelath Re:Not surprised (150 comments)

iDunno

about 3 months ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

Zaelath Re:What alternative could be built? (150 comments)

Mmmm, Android moved "unacceptable" into "not unusual" at the same time and said a lot more apps "require no special permissions", despite needing Device ID, GPS, and storage access. You know. For a torch app.

about 3 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Zaelath Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Would it be easier for you if you just changed the carrier from Interwebs to USPS?

Netflix sell you unlimited CD/s month, as long as you return one they'll send out another (there's some supply and sorting issues I believe but that's not the point)

USPS deliver what they're given as fast as they can, so generally you get something like a 3 day turn around on CDs.

Now USPS says "You know, you Netflix people are making more money than we thought you would, we'd like a piece of that. We can offer you a priority 3 day turn around your CDs for a small consideration, otherwise we might just experience some packet loss in the sorting room. Oh noes, your mail seems to be getting lost a lot, huh?"

Also in this analogy, USPS runs their own CD rental service...

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Zaelath Re:Strawman argument (739 comments)

You position holds true when dealing with a small child.

If some smears his own feces on a wall and they are:
- 2 years old; you scold them gently and clean them up first, then the wall.
- 20 years old; yeah... not so much. If a little abuse is all you get you're probably lucky.

You've asserted several times that people may not be abusive, and other people have run with some kind of silly argument that Linus isn't, but neither your assertion nor their tangent makes you right.

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Zaelath Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Yeah, I take 50+ flights a year at the moment, so I'm already being boarded first anyway. I've always got the window seat too just so I can get on early and get sorted out and not have to get up for late entries and toilet breaks, and I'm broad shouldered enough that the refreshment cart whacks me every time it goes past. Aisle means you get off 10 seconds earlier after standing in the aisle for 2-10 minutes, but at too high a cost :P

I'm happy with my luggage with or "forward" of me, but if it's as little as 2 rows behind you, you have to wait for the entire plane to disembark before people will be polite enough to let you get your bag, they're all in a mad rush to go wait at the luggage carousel. As you say, the stuff I need is with me under the seat.

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Zaelath Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Costs me zero to have 2 checked bags on my preferred airline. It's not because I'm cheap, it's because you don't actually fly.

If any of you wise wise people did as much flying as I do you'd probably have spent 2 days trying to get your checked bags back and understand the wisdom of having enough clothes in your carry-on to survive for a few days without your checked luggage.

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Can you block sites from search?

Zaelath Zaelath writes  |  about 9 months ago

Zaelath (2588189) writes "Today I found my first Quora link in my search results on Google, and I really would like to ensure that it's my last.

Are there good add-ons for managing a block list of worthless sites like Quora, or do I need to write one?"

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