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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Safe deposit box (255 comments)

Not entirely reliable, because if a file becomes corrupt on your Mac, you'll copy the bad file to the backup drive.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Offsite. (255 comments)

Good advice, but I think calculating an SHA-1 hash would be more reliable and quicker than viewing them.

yesterday
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Yet another attack on Anonymity (579 comments)

I suspect that forcing women to make their real names available to the Wikipedia "community" wouldn't be universally acclaimed either.

about two weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Assuming you are logged in.

about two weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Untrue. Take a look at the page history. Every edit has a "thank" link.

about two weeks ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

gronofer Re:Is this unaffiliated substantial coverage? (239 comments)

Looks like a bunch of blogs and other unreliable content by various trolls and people who don't know much. You'll need to find something in one of Rupert Murdoch's publications, or wait until Fox News cover it.

about three weeks ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

gronofer Re:A point that is missing. (112 comments)

It is later claimed in the legal action that advice from fellow Whirlpool users had allowed âhomemadecookâ(TM) to avoid using WCS Group. Why does this sound wrong?

If I post some recipes on the forums, will I get sued by Australian restaurants for helping people make their own meals and avoid their services?

about a month ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

gronofer Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Conditions of entry don't have any effect on copyright law, as far as I know. Copyright will still be held by the person making the video, and any action by the organisers would need to be on some other grounds (such as contract violation.)

about 1 month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

gronofer Re:Cities (246 comments)

Entirely money. A few months in an expensive city (I could add Melbourne, Hong Kong, Berlin) would cost a fortune. I'm not good at making money, especially since I quit being an employee.

about a month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

gronofer Cities (246 comments)

Various cities. New York and Paris would be a good start.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

gronofer Re:first up let's get one thing straight. (241 comments)

Agreed. Any program can be broken down into a sequence of mathematical operations. It's generally not the type of mathematics that would be of any interest to a mathematician, but it still falls within the domain.

about 2 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

gronofer Re:The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

lolololololololol, were you expecting anything else?

"libertarian think tank Heartland Institute". I'd like to know why libertarian organisations even have an opinion about climate change. From what I've seen, their opinion is always hostile to the idea that it's actually happening. It seems to be completely off-topic to their mission, which is purely economics. If they want to be climate scientists, why don't they do it properly and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals?

about 2 months ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

gronofer Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

The previous poster was me... For some reason it came through anonymously. Sorry about that. But, while I'm at it, I'd like to clarify that there are separate systems at play for 1) tracking votes and 2) tracking vote results. These are separate problems and you do not want the same system doing this. Why? Because there's something uncomfortable about a system that tracks who you are, where you are and how you voted. :)

So why do you think they are so strongly resisting the release of the code? It sounds like having extra people examining it for errors could only be a good thing, assuming accuracy is all you care about.

about 2 months ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

gronofer Re:Will local rights holders sue? (153 comments)

Geo-locking content has been declared illegal in New Zealand, thus the rights holders don't have any stand to sue.

I'm surprised the studios haven't forced technical counter-measures by now, i.e., making Netflix et. al. blacklist the proxy servers / VPNs from access to their streaming servers.

about 2 months ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

gronofer Deleted (108 comments)

Notability isn't required on Commons.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

gronofer Re: OR (250 comments)

Not to mention all those home and small business routers that don't support IPv6. I know mine doesn't, but then it's at least 10 years old. The last time I looked, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, it was actually hard to buy such a router with IPv6 support. Maybe things have improved since then.

about 3 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

gronofer Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

But there are so many languages, most of which seem to give little or anything new. The developers claim that they are better than C or C++. However C and C++ are hardly state of the art in language design. I'd be more interested to know how they compare to OCaml or Common Lisp, and whether perhaps improving one of those languages would be an easier option. Each new language seems like so much work in new frameworks and libraries and developer migration effort that they should be put into wide scale use quite sparingly.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

gronofer I prefer (337 comments)

I'm not sure that I like having my web pages load slowly so that somebody else can watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians jitter-free.

about 3 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

gronofer Re:Spread the news, Create the news (138 comments)

Seems like submitting your searches to multiple search engines, preferably based in different countries, will become advisable.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

gronofer Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (1040 comments)

Government statistics don't tell the whole story. You are counted as employed if you work 1 hour per week. Add up all the part time people who would prefer to be full-time employed and all those who are retired or studying or whatever but would prefer to be employed, and you'd get a much higher number.

The $16 minimum wage doesn't even tell the whole story in Australia. There are legally mandated "award" rates for most occupations that are somewhat higher.

I live in a regional town, where the local economy apparently can't copy with the wage rates set in the large cities, and unemployment is more like 12%.

about 3 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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