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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

jargonburn Re:ISPs becoming liable? (376 comments)

most ISPs are already doing it. Try entering a non-existent domain. You'll be directed to a server that has search and advertising.

Yes, but that's not a "hard redirect". By default, your internet connection relies on the DNS servers indicated in your ISP's provisioning.
You request a webserver's address, the DNS server returns a result. If that server doesn't exist (bad address or typo), the DNS should return a message to that effect. They simply modify the behavior to return their own custom search/astro-turf page. I find this behavior distasteful, but you can always change your DNS configuration to point to a better-behaved server. Google's public DNS has treated me pretty well.

But I stray from the point; with this hard-redirect, they are FORCING you, not just tricking your computer.

4 days ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jargonburn Re:Think of the children! (417 comments)

there's an easy way to get that experience: enlist, serve, spend some time doing something for your country

From TFA:

two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11

I don't believe they are eligible for enlistment in Sweden; indeed, Iran is in a three-way tie for youngest military service at age 15.

I don't fault your recommendation. Rather, having a limited but real exposure to such situations might even encourage them to serve in the military.
Let's not forget there are other ways to serve your country and the people around you. I don't think Military service is even the best way (although I do think it a good one).

about a week ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jargonburn Think of the children! (417 comments)

No, seriously. This guy was thinking of his children.
I think it's great that he wants to give them a dose of reality. I think a lot of us in the US (and not just kids) could use that kind of experience.
Does it pose some risk to the kids? Yeah, sure. Growing up has all sorts of risks.
Which is why some of us never do.

about a week ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

jargonburn *jaw-drop* (327 comments)

We're seriously paying? For this?
I think I might be sick. I know the government is.

about two weeks ago

Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents,, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

jargonburn Re: The DHS Is On The Case (207 comments)

Can we save the rhetoric for when we need it?

By the time we "need" it, it will be too late.

about three weeks ago

The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

jargonburn Does it matter? (18 comments)

Yes; however, until the problem of the DoJ getting all this data is resolved, I'm not going to separately quibble over the opportunists riding the coattails.

about a month ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

jargonburn Re:This is bad (238 comments)

having to use real names has made it far less.

FTFY. Full stop. Emphasis mine.

about a month ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Re:Damn cars (106 comments)

What saddens me is that I reloaded the page to check and see whether my comment had actually submitted (I thought I'd accidentally pushed it through before being truly ready), but I guess I didn't wait long enough before checking. *sigh*

about a month ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars! (106 comments)

They can pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han---wait. That would actually be a good thing! ;)

about a month ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars (106 comments)

They pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han-------wait. That would actually be a good thing. ;)

about a month ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

jargonburn Ask Snowden! (231 comments)

Perhaps they should try and contact Edward Snowden and see if he has copies of those email messages that'd he'd care to release.

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

jargonburn Do I want a smart watch? (381 comments)

No, not really.
I'm inundated with tech. It's what I do for a living (not uncommon, on this site). If anything, I'd prefer easier ways to disconnect rather than add an additional stream of information.
Until they're ready to override my optic nerve or provide (nearly) seamless Augmented Reality, I am perfectly happy to live without. I still enjoy seeing the progression, but I just think I'm still happier not using most such things.

about a month ago

Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

jargonburn "Good faith" (349 comments)

It's too bad that there's not a higher bar for "good faith." It'd be nice if it could be more readily disproven, in some cases.

"I did a Google search for [term] and have a good faith belief that there's no possible way any of the results could be non-infringing. Because I can't believe that any of the results could possibly be non-infringing, I'm not going to examine any of the results more closely. I require you to remove all these results I came up with or be subject to liability under ridiculous laws if it turns out my head isn't *completely* up my ass. In addition, unless you can *prove* that I'm not acting in good faith, through a time-consuming and expensive process, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it! Have a nice day! ---Jackass-in-a-suit"

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

jargonburn Turncoat (33 comments)

Personally, I welcome our flexible new overlords!

about a month and a half ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

jargonburn Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (130 comments)

True! On the other hand, by posting on Slashdot I can try to engage the community!
It's all about teamwork!

Also, knowingly responding to an obvious troll can itself be a subtle form of trolling ;)

about 2 months ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

jargonburn Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (130 comments)

I should know better than to feed the trolls....but I just don't get this "Happy Monday from The Golden Girls" thing.
I've seen it a few times on various articles (maybe not always "Happy Monday"). I guess I could Google it, but that seems like a lot of work for something as unimportant as this.

about 2 months ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

jargonburn Next step... (162 comments)

BitCoins will be declared as NOT known to the state of California to cause cancer!

about 2 months ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

jargonburn A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

I like my privacy.
In many ways, I would like to say "shoot the damn thing!" but depending on local laws that could get ugly. This camp was private property and closed to the public, right?

Still, there must be some way to deter such drones. Capture, and release after disabling the camera? If the drone gets damaged during the capture...well...C'est la vie!

Of course, if it's not private property, my level of sympathy would decrease greatly.

about 2 months ago


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