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Comcast Confessions

geminidomino Re:Lost the "tech" in tech support (132 comments)

Oddly, it's not just from hibernation. After four years, I'm still having that same bug myself, and my desktop doesn't hibernate. I have to bounce the network interface to fix it.

I always assumed it had something to do with constantly having a VirtualBox VM running.

about an hour ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

geminidomino Re:Repeat after me... (280 comments)

All of which may be true (or not, anecdotes suck that way), and still don't change the fact that they're not programming languages.

2 hours ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

geminidomino Re:Privacy Badger (263 comments)

As far as I'm concerned, Privacy Badger is a non-starter for the same reason Adblock Plus is: Once you open the door to the idea that there are "legitimate" ad providers, you've blown your credibility.

3 hours ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

geminidomino Re:Reject all proprietary software and "choice" to (263 comments)

Did you know that you can buy high end phones with Cyanogen as the default OS?

I didn't. Which phones? I've never been able to get a decent experience from cyanogen on a phone (My Nook color and tablet are a different matter) because the lack of the little "optimizations" individual to the phone models usually ends up breaking something like voicemail, battery life, or actually detecting a cell signal.

If someone's putting out an actual CM out of the box, I might want to have a look at it.

3 hours ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

geminidomino Re:None of them. (263 comments)

The downside to it, though, is that it doesn't extend to guests access your network.

It's a pretty simple perl script to translate the MVP list into a bind zone file, though. I do it once per week in a cron job on the local DNS. At least then, my sister-in-law whipping out her iPad after dinner doesn't give these scumbags a foothold in.

3 hours ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

geminidomino Re:Pft (960 comments)

The "point" of this one (and I'm being magnanimous there) is the anecdotal, emotive propaganda of a professional victim. A prime candidate for being "derailed."

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

geminidomino Re:Pft (960 comments)

Dear god, that was beautiful.

about a week ago

Firefox 31 Released

geminidomino Re:Misfeatures (172 comments)

From the release notes: "audio/video .ogg and .pdf files handled by Firefox *if no application specified*" (emphasis added).

Does the bloat in the browser go away the moment I install Sumatra?

about a week ago

Firefox 31 Released

geminidomino Re:no thanks (172 comments)

I've been using it on windows since about 22 or 24 I think, and I didn't even know there WAS a Linux version of Palemoon! Thanks!

about a week ago

A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

geminidomino Re:Privacy Badger (194 comments)

I am an online advertising / tracking company. How do I stop Privacy Badger from blocking me? ...
If copies of Privacy Badger have already blocked your domain, you can unblock yourself by promising to respect the Do Not Track header in a way that conforms with the user's privacy policy.

Riiight, because the kind of scumbags who actively develop techniques to get around user preferences are the kind who would never "promise to behave this time, honest!".

If the EFF is that naive, I don't have much faith that I can count on their tool.

about a week ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

geminidomino Re:I have a solution for the free apps. (139 comments)

I used several of those options: my local DNS periodically imports the MVPS list as a local blacklist, and adblockplus wasn't too bad. If it wasn't for many other issues I had that made KitKat a non-starter, I probably would have kept the Nexus instead of replacing my dead Evo 4G with a refurbished Evo 4G. :)

about a week ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

geminidomino Re:I have a solution for the free apps. (139 comments)

Google's onto that. It doesn't work in KitKat on the Nexus 5, for example.

about two weeks ago

Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

geminidomino Re:I hope Noriega wins. (83 comments)

It would be amusing if the suit is thrown out under the Son of Sam law... (He wouldn't be a celebrity if not for his crimes).

about two weeks ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

geminidomino Re:On the other hand... (214 comments)

Damn right!

Kill the lawyers, instead.

about two weeks ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

geminidomino Re:TEQUILA! (311 comments)

Wow... reaching way back for the references now. Well done.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

geminidomino Re:Seems excessive... (86 comments)

As opposed to amazing incompetence of the "taggers" doing it now.

about three weeks ago



New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 6 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."

Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.


Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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