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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

frovingslosh Re:special software client (39 comments)

OK, your hiding your ID and posting as an AC, so I hate to even respond to you. But someone might just accept what you say. I don't. It has been seen that it is notoriously difficult to download source and compile it and produce a binary that is a perfect match to the posted binary. Until I know that this is being done by trusted sources (not ACs), then I'm not going to trust that the source code is a true match to the special download client that is being provided. And if I can download the source code without using the special client (and there would be no point in even checking it if I had to use the special client to download it), then that pretty much makes my point that I shouldn't need a special client to download the assignments.

1 hour ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

frovingslosh special software client (39 comments)

using a special software client

Doesn't anyone else find this suspicious? Why in the world do I need to install a special client just to download an assignment? Why would anyone who knows anything about computers agree to this? How long before we start reading the stories about what this special client was doing behind users backs, that supposedly no one suspected?

1 hour ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

frovingslosh dynamic twisting (122 comments)

Well, there seems to be a lot of information missing, but I'm suspecting that when they talk about twisting the radio signal they don't just mean static circular polarization, they mean that they are dynamically twisting it variable amounts as a way to modulate the data signal onto it. This would be similar to the modulation techniques used back in the last millennium to squeeze far more data down an audio like than the audio bandwidth would imply could be transmitted.

5 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

frovingslosh don't lavish too much praise (121 comments)

cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars

Sounds like a bogus comparison. The paperbacks were sold to the government in huge quantities at six cents each. But I expect that the comparison of "more than two dollars" is being made to hard cover books, likely even at retail rather than in bulk. I'm old enough to remember buying new paperbacks retail as low as thirty cents each in the late fifties and early sixties, I doubt if they were more expensive in the forties. Never saw a paperback go as high as two bucks back then, most or all were well under a buck.

It might be nice to think the publishers were doing their part to help servicemen, but I suspect that when you are buying books in the quantity that the government was, and likely cutting the author out of the equation by selling public domain "classics", six cents was a reasonable wholesale bulk rate.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

frovingslosh Screw you Google (162 comments)

Screw you Google. I'm not a 17 year old girl and I'm not using something called "Hangouts". And I resent the idea that I should give up any of my privacy by joining a "social network" "service".

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

frovingslosh May be what I need to get off Gmail (152 comments)

It will be interesting to see how this affects me. I'm typing this on a current version of Firefox, but I have an old HP notebook by my bedside that runs 24/7 and that I use, among other things, to check my mail in the morning. The thing is, I dare not keep the Firefox browser current, and I'm using a plug-in that I depend on and is only available for Firefox. I don't keep the browser current because, even though I doubled the memory the laptop had when I got it (to the maximum that the old MB would support), and also replaced the minimal hard drive with a significantly larger hard drive (most of which is sitting empty), the browser drastically slowed down with each Firefox update. While I at first could have dozens of browser tabs open (which I did regularly with no problem), the system has degraded to the point where I can only have two or three tabs open without absurd slow-downs and lock-ups. And on top of that, if I play a video in the browser (intentionally or just by opening a news page that I had no warning included a video), the system will usually crash and reboot. These changes were seen when I accepted new versions of Firefox, so I stopped further browser "upgrades" and have been locked on an old version of Firefox for the last several years.

As I evaluate it, I need the laptop a lot more for the Firefox plug in that I depend on and a few other uses than I need Gmail.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

frovingslosh Re:Please post what the best religion is (167 comments)

Actually, got there over 40 years ago, and don't really think that I need one. The question was obviously to show how pointless asking what the best phone apps are. Everyone thinks the ones they use are the "best".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

frovingslosh Please post what the best religion is (167 comments)

I'm not happy with the religion that I was born into, many of the leaders have turned out to be child molesters and other leaders all the way to the top of the organization have turned out to be doing things that were protecting them from the law. So please post back and tell me what the best religion is.

about three weeks ago
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Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies At 58

frovingslosh I only he had known (40 comments)

What a shame. if only he had know that you can cure ALS by dumping a bucket of ice water on your head.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

frovingslosh Obvious Reason (579 comments)

They are too busy complaining about the gender gap.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

frovingslosh Cops (455 comments)

Heck with the cameras. Corrupt cops will turn them off and come up with excuses as to why they were not working. All police should be required to have a film crew from the "COPS" tv show with them at all times.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh Re:sure it would (611 comments)

If only there were some kind of search website that, with a few key words, would find such lists for you.

Failing that, you could install the Lightbeam plug-in for Firefox and then see the shocking number of sites that get visited in addition to the websites that you want to visit. It is pretty obvious that some of them are providing the advertising. Even for those who are not, do you really need or want the site that you go to to tell other sites about you by simple links in website that force you to fetch stuff from them? I never use Facebook, will never have a Facebook account. Why do so many different websites think that they need me to get traffic from Facebook? (Even websites that show no Facebook link or logo on them often do this.)

However, I'll be nice and get you started. Put two lines in your HOSTS file that read

127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net

127.0.0.1 ads.doubleclick.net

and see how nice things get from just that. I learned to do this over a decade ago when some "adware" that I was using not only was delivering ads from doubleclick (which I would have been fine with) but was providing a back door for doubleclick to install other stuff on my system and it was regularly crashing my system. I blocked downloads from doubleclick and my problems went away. Doubleclick has since been sold to Google, but if Google is going to enrich the weasels who were doing that I see no reason to let doubleclick traffic back into my system. (Guess where a lot of Slashdot ads come from.)

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh or we'll have more (611 comments)

If you create a pool of billions of $230 yearly "contributions" to the people who are trying to milk the Internet now, do you really think that the people looking to make easy money from the Internet that you and I already pay to gain access to will go away, or can you understand that there just might be more people attracted by all of that money and looking for ways to establish themselves as Internet Advertisers so that they can get some of that money?

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh sure it would (611 comments)

Yea, all of the spam would just go away. And I wouldn't have any more spam show up in my email, right?

And all of that drive-by malware installing stuff would just go away and people would start being ice to each other, right?

Of course, all of our interactivity would still be there. And we could still have e-comerce on the web, we could still use sites like Amazon rather than having to drive miles to get to a limited selection and pay higher prices at a local "friendly" bookstore. But somehow there would be no advertising. And people would just automatically know where all of the new e-comerce sites were. And there would be no one who wanted to steal your identity and your credit card info and drain your bank account. And best of all, no one would ever see a bunch of fools saying "ad free Internet for $230 a year sounds good to me, where do I sign up?" and try to take advantage of that.

We don't even have ad-free PBS television any more, but some people want to believe they could get ad-free Internet so much that they would OK an additional yearly charge?

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You're not going to get ad-free Internet. But if you really care about it at all you can get greatly ad-reduced Internet. And it doesn't involve a yearly fee, just a small expenditure of effort. Block the major ad sources in your Hosts file (or, even better for the more advanced user, set up a network wide block in your router). But be aware, this has the side effect of making your browsing a lot faster, since you cut out a lot of unwanted traffic.

about a month ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

frovingslosh Re:But is it really plankton? (117 comments)

Of course it is really plankton. The real issue is is it Sea Plankton as claimed. Or are our oceans full of Space Plankton?

about a month ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

frovingslosh What's a reboot? (252 comments)

I loved B5. I hate reboots, at least as I understand the word. I have no problem with replacing the actors. That happens frequently in movie franchises. James Bond has been played by a number of actors, and even the gender of a major supporting character was changed in that franchise without calling it a reboot. In my mind a reboot is when the producers and/or director want to take advantage of the name and existing fan base, but decide to do two other distasteful things: First, change key story concepts that have already been established, and second, they usually want to retell yet another origin story. Why is this being called a reboot, and is JMS calling it a reboot himself or are others just misusing the term? I'll gladly go see a new B5 movie (and I really don't go to many movies), but I'll avoid a B5 reboot like I would avoid an Ebola infected missionary. If JMS wants to tell a completely different Sci-fi story then I would welcome that too, but he should not reuse the B5 name, If he wants to pick back up story telling in the B5 universe then he shouldn't try to tear down what has already been done.

On a side note, the list of lost actors from the B5 production should include Tim Choate who played my favorite character, Zathras.

about a month and a half ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

frovingslosh Re:Admit it. (115 comments)

Agreed. My first thought was that this article is just trying to bait Neil deGrasse Galactus into another fight.

about a month and a half ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

frovingslosh Typical great government idea (118 comments)

This is a typical great government idea. The really great thing about the idea is that once you deal with a zero-day vendor and buy a vulnerability, giving them a lot of money in the process, you can rest assured that they would never sell the same vulnerability to anyone else. 'cause that would be wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

frovingslosh Re:hear hear! (406 comments)

Yup. And they wrote that while calling someone else an idiot.

about a month and a half ago

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AVG causing false web analytics

frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "A story at The Register is reporting that the new version of AVG anti-virus scanner is causing major problems for websites, it adds "a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free." This is throwing website statistics way off, as well as burning through bandwidth for small sites that happen to hit high on a Google search for a particular term. Also from the article: "If AVG does mask its user agent — and fails to provide another workaround — its ghost traffic looks exactly like real traffic. And then the web is in trouble. After all, 50 million AVG users have yet to upgrade." And no mention that the very popular AVG Free seems to be going away, to be replaced by a for pay only version."
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frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  about 8 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "AP is reporting that Radio Shack has laid off about 400 people by e-mail.

I personally see it as a good thing that no one in the company has any technical skills or knowledge of the Internet, otherwise some employee who took offence at the way this was done could easily send out e-mail with forged headers and lay off the rest of the company too. I'm not advocating that, of course, that would be wrong."

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