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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

crossmr Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

I think you're missing the point. It's something I thought about for a long time, but it is BS. How could such a society function?
How could you communicate simple daily tasks by talking in such opaque references? How did those people talk in the first place? Language develops to be function, it was not a functional language. How the fuck could they ever build a spaceship trying to communicate like that?

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

crossmr Re:tldr (490 comments)

has there been any movie released on DVD recently that hasn't been released online right away via torrent?
Is anyone still stupid enough to think that's slowing anyone down?

about three weeks ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

crossmr Re:Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Maybe the poster knows something we don't. maybe the person who made the decision in the Kansas Department for Children and Families is a lesbian.

about 3 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

crossmr caffeine.. (218 comments)

Holy shit this guy could make a giant mech battle at a strip club sound like doing your taxes.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

crossmr Re:NoScript (731 comments)

No you didn't.

That's a great story, but it's complete and utter bullshit.
Most people would not just flea from some indie developer because an image in their game was suddenly not working. The communities of indie developers are in fact quite understanding.

As far as revenue goes, if you lost hundreds of dollars in revenue from a quarter of your users fleeing overnight. it would mean that you were in fact regularly making a serious chunk of change moving you out of indie status, to the point where you should be showing a lot more competence or be able to afford someone who has some.

Troubleshooting 101 is to run the app with all add-ons turned off in the browser. It shouldn't have taken you more than 30 minutes to find the problem.

You may have had an issue, but this story is sensationalized garbage, all from an AC no less..

about 3 months ago
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Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police

crossmr Re:This is BS (287 comments)

I'm not shocked at all that this came from Timothy, I can only guess he must have been on the phone with kdawson at the time he posted it.

about 3 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

crossmr Schizophrenic google (195 comments)

So do they want privacy or not?
On one hand they're claiming to serve up images by proxy to protect users privacy, on the other hand, they're using Google+ and youtube to force users to display their real name.

We had the issue where Google started forcibly customizing google services for you based on you signing up for Google+. When I signed up a couple years ago, it broke my news archive search, because it would only search news sites in Korea, and in Korean despite having everything in English and my account being created in Canada (I happen to be in Korea). While several months later that was actually fixed, they also went ahead and first removed the insanely useful timeline from the archive, and then just recently killed off the archive entirely, because who could ever want to read news more than 30 days old.

Butchering services, heavy handed user manipulation, my patience with google is quickly wearing thin.

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

crossmr who said it? (219 comments)

"Who says Wikipedians don't have a sense of humor? "
No one, except some lame submitter trying to make a hook for an article by linking to some wikipedia page that's been around forever.

about 4 months ago
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A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

crossmr Re:Whats "TV" ? (288 comments)

and the first thing you would need to do is not make assumptions. The MR doesn't stand for mister.

about 4 months ago
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A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

crossmr Re:Whats "TV" ? (288 comments)

Wow.. you're such an interesting edgy hipster. What do I have to do to get you to father my children?

about 4 months ago
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Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

crossmr Get them to post slashdot stories (163 comments)

Maybe then they'd come up sooner than 5 days later than everywhere else..

about 5 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

crossmr Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

a little more strict? That's like saying hitler had a slight preference for blue eyes...

about 5 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

crossmr Re:WHAT HAPPENED TO KDAWSON!? (255 comments)

Kdawson has thankfully been gone for awhile now, unfortunately timothy picked up right where he left-off. I'm half convinced they are the same person.

about 5 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

crossmr Re:OK let's get something straight here - (211 comments)

Never seen them index generic tags. People can write all kinds of random shit in tags, unless they were linked to accounts, there is no reason for them to even be indexed.

about 5 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

crossmr Re:OK let's get something straight here - (211 comments)

yes, they can follow your profile to friends profiles and check any public photos they have, but again that requires someone have a facebook account in the first place. This was a discussion about people without facebook accounts, and if someone just typed a non-account name as a tag on a photo. Those don't show up in searches, so doing so does in no way lead back to you.

The OP was claiming that it was basically a requirement that you signed up for facebook so that you could manage photos tagged of you since people could tag you in photos even if you didn't have an account. I was pointing out that if you don't have an account making generic tags like that would in no way lead back to you. Those names aren't searchable and since you don't have a facebook account the HR person is extremely unlikely to know that that person is your friend and check their account on the whim that some random person might have pictures of you. If they did, they'd take a hundred years to hire someone by the time they had the whole department trolling through every single facebook account ever on the chance someone somewhere might have a picture of you.

about 5 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

crossmr Re:OK let's get something straight here - (211 comments)

Holy fucking reading comprehension batman.
Here is the original post:

It is entirely possible to tag someone's name into a photo that does not have a Facebook account

He was talking about people tagging people who don't have facebook accounts.
So the answer to your question is: You

about 5 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

crossmr Re:OK let's get something straight here - (211 comments)

But if you tag someone in a photo who doesn't have a profile, it won't matter. It doesn't link to anything.

It's a shame you're on a tech site but so ignorant of the technology that you're speaking out against. The way HR sees photos of your on facebook is because they find your profile and you have privacy set to public, and photos of you that friends tagged, which you approved are also sitting there publicly on your wall.

They don't find them via your friends profiles. They find them because of the connection to your profile.
So if you aren't on facebook, there is no profile for them to connect to, and they won't be showing up in any searches.

about 5 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

crossmr Re:Sunrise (545 comments)

because instead of keeping track of time zones you'd have to keep track of whenever everyone got up. It's the same problem.
Instead we'd have multiple "clocks" showing us what the business time was in each "zone" so that we could schedule stuff accordingly.

about 5 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

crossmr Re:When will he be arrested? (666 comments)

i drove down I95 to NY from Canada many years ago, and did 100mph a significant part of the way. Interstate is great.

about 6 months ago
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CAPTCHA Busted? Company Claims To Have Broken Protection System

crossmr Recaptcha already broken (141 comments)

Recaptcha from google has been broken for awhile. I had it implemented on my site and got about a dozen spam sign-ups a day.

The moment I switched to a local "mycaptcha", which should have been easier to OCR, they stopped dead.

about 6 months ago

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Bing Localizations break links

crossmr crossmr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crossmr (957846) writes "Since I moved halfway across the world, I have found that a lot of websites and software likes to make assumptions about you based on your IP. While it isn't obvious if you move to a country that has the same native language as you it becomes rather apparent when you move to a country with a different native language. Besides Windows Live Messenger sending me updates in Korean, even though I've selected English as my language and my account was created in an English speaking country years ago, Microsoft has taken this a step further with Bing and absolutely destroying links people send. A Bing video was linked on facebook today. Those of you in North America and maybe the UK will have no issue viewing the video. However here in South Korea Microsoft has decided that instead of serving the linked content, they're going to break the link and redirect to a local provider doing a search for itself. While I can appreciate that a site like google redirects to a Korean version when you go to google.com from Korea, they don't invalidate links to deeper content just because you're out of the country. I cannot find any obvious way to disable this "service". I had no inclination to use Bing before, but even less now."

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Vindictive moderation?

crossmr crossmr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I check my user page on old comments fairly regularly. Usually once a day to see if there have been replies or moderation.
I don't specifically recall checking it yesterday, but I think I did. Today upon checking it I noticed a slew of flamebait/troll/redundant moderation on extremely old stories that didn't seem to be previously there.
I thought slashdot turned moderation off on stories that were more than a few days old, but I certainly don't recall previously seeing the flamebait on the May 5th comment and 12 days seems to be back to the point it would have been shut off.
It might be interesting if slashdot would at least display when something was moderated, because that kind of moderation to suddenly appear on several comments at once certainly seems fishy.

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