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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

devitto Team up with AdBlock - they'll help you out. (978 comments)

AdBlock has a scheme where if your Ads are place sympathetically, they're not blocked.

But this article (and TFA) reads as 'We don't understand or communicate with our readers, but this is somehow THEIR fault.'

about a year ago
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Copyright Trolls Sue Bloggers, Defense Lawyers

devitto Re:They know what they're doing (219 comments)

Don't be so sure that all lawyers are super-brains.

Read about ACS Law in the UK. It took such a beating in the courts that IP/copyright trolls seem to have pretty much disappeared from the UK - the Judge was very clear that contacting a defendant before they have anything less than a full, concrete file of evidence that would be sufficient to win a conviction, would be considered harassment and result in the lawyer (UK:solicitor) being open to investigation and criminal prosecution by the Police and probably be de-certified in his profession for lack of ethics, even if they weren't in specific violation of the letter of criminal law.

Since then, even ISPs are *very* cagy about giving out information without a court order - BT wil only do this when it has done a security audit that the (personal) information is held securely and not passed on, except to the courts.

about a year ago
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Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

devitto Re:Um, DUH? (158 comments)

Instagram.

Help the gorilla, but before they squish you, sell your technology (and preferably patents).

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?

devitto Can be done with a FTPfs, raid and encfs (165 comments)

Someone's already done & blogged about this, using multiple free FTP accounts, with a FTPfs bringing them local, then mounting a RAID (mirrored & parity) partition over it, and encfs over the top of that.

It was VERY SLOW, but did work, even when he blocked access to some of the FTP accounts - it was just seen as a failed drive read, and the parity reconstruction still permitted access.
I think the key problem was that FTP servers he used (or the FTPfs driver) didn't allow for partial writes to files, so every time you changed something, large amounts of data was re-uploaded. So there were possibilities for optimization.....

Enjoy & share if you get anywhere !

Dom

about a year and a half ago
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US ISPs Continue To Support DNSChanger Redirection Servers

devitto Re:What's the big deal? (87 comments)

No they are not. They are contacting those customers, duh !

about 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 7 Parts Cost $18 More Than Kindle Fire

devitto Re:In what quantity? (146 comments)

Yeah, you really need to understand electronic manufacturing.
You don't really get massive mark-downs for volume - maybe 70% difference from 1 to 1 million.
It's like kit-cars, they are not 1000 times the price of a comparible Ford, even though Ford make a 100 million more that you do.

Hence being able to price up the hardware in these teardowns. Yeah, maybe they are 10% out, but they're not 30% out, and both teardowns will be wrong by the same degree...

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Blames Galaxy SIII Burn On "External Energy Source"

devitto Re:Let me get this straight (169 comments)

...and that title won't make people think the S3 is GENERATING microwaves ?

Context, context, context.....

about 2 years ago
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State Media Rushing Into Coverage Void Left By Dying Newspapers

devitto Re:The BBC isn't state sponsored media? I must be (250 comments)

The government is looking to change it's independance right now (interview are happening 'now'), and they have specifically allowed 'politically influenced' candidates - which people are NOT happy about.

more than 2 years ago
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StatCounter Blasts Microsoft's Claim About IE Still Being the Number 1 Browser

devitto Re:Sample size (160 comments)

Well, even that is unbelievable, have you actually tried to USE Internet Explorer ?

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

devitto Re:All this trouble. (400 comments)

He's not been CHARGED with anything - the cops just want to question him.

Ooops, but then Sweden, out of nowhere, gets a extradition order from the US. Not being charged in Sweden means local charges don't prevent him from leaving, so what do you know, Jules, welcome to GITMO.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

devitto Re:how is he going to leave the UK? (400 comments)

...so he'll stay on Ecudorian soil, the embassy, until he's so annoying for the UK government that the risk of him embaressingly staying (still doing his Russia Today programmes and other interviews), or embaressingly 'sneaking out' and disappearing, is worse than the promise Ecudor to allow him to leave for the Ecudor mainland.

He's been interned in his home in the UK for 18 months, so being interned some more isn't really a problem, is it ? All the while the case in Sweden looses credibility, and his extradition to Sweden looks more and more shakey.

more than 2 years ago
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Backdoor Found In China-Made US Military Chip?

devitto Yup, not surprised. (270 comments)

Why would a country not pay (or direct) a company to create products with particular subtle flaws ?

It would cost 1000x more to discover and leverage a known flaw, than to just get an engineer to insert one - with or without the blessing of his management.

The future is not bright.

more than 2 years ago
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New York City Pushes Plan To Prevent Cyberattacks On Elevators, Boilers

devitto Re:DUMB (171 comments)

I think the point is that the hard-coded software can be swapped with the software from the building with a basement, or more floors aka 'the Wonka Factory effect' :-)

more than 2 years ago
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New York City Pushes Plan To Prevent Cyberattacks On Elevators, Boilers

devitto Re:Derp, meet Herp (171 comments)

Elevators and hot water are conveniences; People don't die from the lack of them.

Blatently, you have never tried to breathe near a collegue with an underperforming hygiene regime and/or instant movement-induced persperation. Lucky you.

more than 2 years ago
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Navy To Auction Stealth Ship

devitto Re:Failed experiment? (124 comments)

If it worked in any way, those results would be top secret, and it would be scuttled in a deep trench somewhere. Even photos of its design would be TS if they were potentially useful to other nations, so it must have been a bit of a disaster, or at least the technology is now public.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

devitto Re:Can You SHow Me (607 comments)

You mean Bilbo is wearing a brown knitted tank-top plus dungerees and a bowler hat ?

more than 2 years ago

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