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One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

jascat Re:Windows? (364 comments)

Macbooks don't have them or their bluetooth wireless keyboard. I find it quite annoying.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Hits One Billion Unique Visits In a Month

jascat Re:That's a billion people (126 comments)

Since GA is based off of Urchin, I assume that they are using something close to it. Urchin works off of a server's access logs. Primarily, it tries to set a cookie that is then used for tracking. The standard practice is to modify the access logs to include that tracking token in the log entry. If no cookie can be set, then it approximates a session based on source IP, user-agent, referrer, time between requests, etc.

I would imagine that most people are being counted multiple times, thus inflating the number considerably.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Broad Patent On Digital Media Tagging

jascat What are the intention? (61 comments)

Some companies get patents for defensive purposes to ensure no one else patents it and uses it against them. I had a serious knee-jerk reaction when my employer sent out an email advertising our patent program. The explanation I got was that we weren't going to be patenting stuff to keep others from doing those things, but to patent them before others do so that we can't be sued. Facebook could be doing just that. In that same email, I was told that the company despises the state of IP and have active lobbying efforts to change things. I felt much better about my employer after hearing all of that.

more than 3 years ago
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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

jascat Re:I'm not giving them my data! (396 comments)

It sounds like you're not the type of person that is the target of most managed solutions. Cloud products aren't right for everyone and certainly not for every application. Cloud solutions won't ever take the place of bare-metal hardware for folks that need it. I am an operations admin for a cloud product and I have no problem telling customers when their stuff just isn't the right fit for our product. But, what's not right for you, doesn't make it wrong for everyone else.

more than 3 years ago
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Preventing My Hosting Provider From Rooting My Server?

jascat Stop being a douche (539 comments)

As someone that works in support for a hosting provider, you're the type of customer that irritates me the most. While they shouldn't be rebooting your box to get root access without your consent, you should at least help them help you. Give them an account with limited sudo access to view your logs. If that won't do, then provide them with the necessary logs. If that's not good enough, don't expect support and move your stuff to some place that doesn't provide the level of support you're paying for.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Convince My Boss Not To Spam?

jascat Re:Point out the negative effects (475 comments)

It is not likely that enough recipients will take the effort to report the mail to spamcop.net
There are ways to configure a mail server to automatically report messages that are identified as spam to other blacklists.

Is the spamcop blacklist widely used anyway?
Yes. (I work for a large hosting provider and see it among the most commonly used after Spamhaus.)

At most, some individual Bayesian filters may become more sensitive to the name of the company and travel-related spam, although I'm not sure how hotmail/gmail/yahoo exactly deal with user-reported spam.
Again, some client-side utilities can be configured to automatically report spam to blocklists and spam digesting providers (i.e. pyzor).

The submitter works for a travel agency. Plenty of competition; the chance that the potential customer comes to them is small anyway.
But a lost sale is still a lost sale. If would really suck if one of those would have been a repeat business customer wanting to setup contracts.

I'm afraid that, however unethical this spamming would be, the risk of getting in trouble is rather small.
Again, from someone that works at a large hosting provider, you're right. I think the biggest risk is the potential tarnishing of the business image. It sounds like the boss is in the knee-jerk reaction. He needs to have a cool head to gently persuade him and show him the business case for not responding. You have to show him that it makes the whole business look unprofessional and the competitor has already done that to themselves. If these are known customers, it would be better to contact them directly via some other means (such as a phone call). You'll do better to work on your customer relationships than you would to respond in such an impersonal and annoying fashion.

more than 6 years ago

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Joomla! GPL Compliance Issues Sparks Upheaval

jascat jascat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jascat writes "An article at linux.com highlights the recent flap with developers of closed-source extensions to the Joomla! Content Management System after Open Source Matters, Inc., the organization created by the Joomla! developers to serve as protector of Joomla! and copyright owner, announced that such extensions violate the GPL.

Joomla! project leader Louis Landry and his colleagues want to protect the project they love. That's why, after two years of allowing proprietary plugins for the open source CMS, the group has decided to ask third-party developers for voluntary compliance with the terms of the GNU General Public License, under which Joomla! is licensed. Those developers are complaining that it's unfair for Joomla! to reverse its position after "a bunch of companies spent millions," according to one developer employed by a company that markets the proprietary extensions. Landry says he and the Joomla! team were wrong to have allowed the exceptions, and a return to compliance is essential in order to legally protect the open nature of Joomla!."

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