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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

khchung Re:What do they spend the money on? (161 comments)

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants are landing in the code and bugs from real users go unresolved.

Because that's how large corporation lead by non-tech management works. Two developers, one said "I added a new feature X", the other said "I fixed Y number of bugs", guess which one got more bonus? Guess what would developers flock to do after that?

about a week ago

Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

khchung Re:Sounds like movie reviews (474 comments)

I don't understand why publishers are so interested in preorders.

Perhaps because of the huge logistics advantage and cost efficiency of fulfilling preorders compared to normal orders?

With preorders, you knew exactly how many boxes you need to make, and where to deliver them to, and exactly how much revenue you are going to get. That's basically pure profit.

Compared to guesstimating the how much you will sell through retail, and guesstimating how many to send to which retailer, and how many each one might sell, and worrying if the game would be a dud and the boxes would go to landfill, while also worrying if the game would be too big a hit and you can't make them fast enough... preorders is a logistics heaven!

So, if you were a game publisher, wouldn't you try to get people to preorder?

about two weeks ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

khchung Re:Always RTFA (245 comments)

If you're relying on the MTA to keep your email communications secure, you're doing it wrong. If data is important enough to encrypt, encrypt it at the sender side first.

That's the point of using DMCA, it didn't require "doing it right". Even if ROT13 was used, DMCA still applies.

about two weeks ago

Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

khchung Re:Have we discovered all there is to discover? (221 comments)

And just to pick a nit a bit:
"Unclassifiable" is pure nonsense.

This was written by a journalist. What could you expect?

about three weeks ago

The Problem With Positive Thinking

khchung Re:Interesting (158 comments)

Its always interesting to read articles that challenge the accepted wisdom

Accepted only by the wishful thinkers.

People who get stuff done, instead of just talking about it, knew all along that "positive thinking" is just junk believed by wishful thinkers who come along to take credit for the work.

about a month ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

khchung Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

+1 Insightful

If a company really wanted their workers to do X, then the company damn well better have the incentive in place to reward X being done.

But no, they don't want to spend a dime more, but just want more work out of their workers.

about a month ago

Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

khchung Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (193 comments)

Seriously, starting to experiment with uncertain approaches in a time of crisis is about the most stupid thing that can be done.

But that is "doing something"! Haven't you heard of the First Rule of Bad Decision Making yet?

1. "We must do something!"
2. "Here is something."
3. "Let's do it!"

During a "crisis", doing nothing or doing things the same way you do normally (for whatever reason), is a mortal sin in the eyes of many PHB types.

about a month and a half ago

Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

khchung MOD PARENT UP (60 comments)

I intended to post exactly this when I see the headline!

Too bad, seems no moderator got the Office reference.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

khchung Re:scientists gonna science (460 comments)

Rather than persuading, scientists may better serve citizens by discussing, teaching and sharing information to convey trustworthy intentions.'"

So, the study calls for presenters rather than scientists? It is difficult to find balance, but I'm inclined to think that scents should just do the science, and they'd better be well left alone. It's up to the (gasp!) media or to their institution's press department to sensibilise the public in general to the science being done and what it means.

Why do scientists need to "serve citizens"? Scientists aren't in the service industry, scientists' primary mission is to DO SCIENCE.

CITIZENS on the other hand, can better serve THEMSELVES if they bothered to understand more science.

Journalist can also "better serve citizens" by learning more science and do better science reporting, but of course, journalists better serve themselves by continuing to report junk science and stir up drama. Guess what journalists are doing?

about a month ago

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

khchung Like most appliances for the past 40 years? (175 comments)

These phones come with all kinds of restrictions on their possible physical capabilities. You may not take them apart. Depending on the plan, not all software can be downloaded onto them,

You mean, just like basically every electric appliance ever made for the past, what?, 40 years?

My washing machine, fridge, rice cooker, air conditioner, TV, HiFi, radio, electronic alarm clock, etc, ALL comes with "all kinds of restrictions on their possible physical capabilities" and I can't take them apart without voiding their warranty. Most of them have logic circuits, or even CPU, running inside, which I have no way to download ANY software into them.

I have no way of knowing if I am able to utilize EVERY bit of their physical capabilities. Can I, say, tell my rice cooker to heat up beyond its preset safety limit? I would think its heating element should be capable of reaching temperatures way more than cooker normally allows it to before shutting it off. Hey, that's a "restrictions on its possible physical capabilities"! Can I download software into my of PAL TV so it can accept NTSC signal? Can I change the software of my electronic alarm clock to do more?

Gee, so now instead of every lazy journalist just rerunning old stories by add "... on the Internet!", now they rerun old stories by add "... on the smartphone!"?

about 2 months ago

Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

khchung Re:It's about hotel taxes (149 comments)

well yes, it's about that.

which makes the debate more about if a room for rent -literally- is a hotel - and why it's not a hotel if the guest stays for a month..

How about the simple fact that most tourists staying in a place for just a few days usually won't bother to go to authorities if there is something wrong with their rooms? As such, to protect the reputation of a city, they have to regulate the hotels that primarily target tourists?

If you are going to stay in the same place for a month or more, it is likely you will find out anything wrong in the first week, and you would more likely report it to police as you still have to stay for weeks there. Plus, people usually do more research when spending more, such as where to spend the money to stay a whole month or more, including possibly a prior visit in person for longer stay.

Not so for a hotel you probably going to stay just one night. Any problem you found in the night, you are leaving the next day and not coming back to that city again anyway. That would allow bad hotels to stay in business for quite a while, damaging the reputation of the area and hurting tourism for everyone else.

America being as it is, doing more to drive away tourists than promoting it, it is not surprising that most Americans have no idea how important it is for tourism to maintain a certain minimum standards on the hotels in the area. Next time you go on a trip to another country, talk to the hotel manager how many regulations they have to comply, you would be surprised how regulated they are for your safety and enjoyment.

about 3 months ago

Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

khchung Re:Guilty (102 comments)

Of facilitating voluntary transactions between consenting adults.

So you also think we shouldn't have laws against buying/selling organs by adults, selling yourself into slavery, and prostitution? All of them are voluntary transactions between consenting adults.

about 3 months ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

khchung Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

/Personal income is likely to get double taxed, but that's not what we're talking about.

You can deduct taxes paid to foreign governments, even as a private citizen.

Which is the entire point, which, it seems, everyone rebutting GP missed.

If you are an American, working in country X, and paying $Y tax in country X. If $Y is less than the tax $Z you would have paid in America, then you need to pay American Govt $Z-Y (i.e. Z was deduct, which is your point), even though your work, your job and your company have absolutely no relationship with America. You paid $Z-Y just for the privilege of being an American citizen.

If you were from most other country in the world, working abroad in country X, then you pay $Y tax in country X, and then END OF STORY.

Most of countries in the world don't tax their citizens working and living abroad at all, which was GP's point, there is nothing to deduct.

about 3 months ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

khchung Compared to /.? (114 comments)

I find it quite hilarious to see so many posters complained about the ads in Facebook, in the /. forum that have ads a hundred times worse.

OK, maybe not 100x, be definitely worse. On my phone, I get pop-over ads to blocks 1/4 of the already small screen, with the (X) so small that the phone would register as a click on the ads instead (not the intended result, I am sure, LOL).

Then when clicking on articles, half the time the page opens at the bottom to immediately show the ad, so I have to manually go back to the top, the other half of the time I can read normally, but once I reach the end my music would stop because the ad at the bottom is a auto-starting video ad. So I have close the page to stop it from wasting MB in data plan.

(On my PC, I have plug-ins to block all the ads already)

With FB on the phone, at least I can turn off video auto-playing in the settings, and I then only occasionally see an ad when scrolling in the app. No pop-over ad, no auto-playing video ad, no jump to the ad when I open any page. Yes, 100x better then /.

about 4 months ago

Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

khchung Re:Change management fail (162 comments)

Sounds like your IT has been outsourced to India, who as a culture, literally does not know how to say "no".

On the other hand, I have encountered plenty of managers who literally do not know how to take "no" as an answer.

Takes two to make a pair.

about 4 months ago

Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

khchung Undo mod (112 comments)

posting to undo mistaken mod

about 3 months ago

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

khchung Re:TOR is a US-backed project (98 comments)

No, TOR was a project about creating the ability for people in repressive countries to be able to access the Internet in ways that their government was either blocking, or whose access could endanger the user since it was not in line with the government's decrees and/or filters.

No, you're wrong and OP is right:


You DO noticed that the "rebuttal" is the typical deflection you see from politicians and large companies after getting caught doing something naughty, right? "Hey, you lied and cheated!" "No, what I did was about ...." (a long answer that never denied the lying and cheating part)

"No, TOR was a project about ..." noticed that the rebuttal did NOT mention who created TOR? The entire first sentence NEVER contradicted OP's point even though it started with a "No" -- "TOR was made by the US Navy specifically to anonymize the traffic of government spies. "

about 4 months ago

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

khchung Re:The real question (296 comments)

The real question is, what is the long term impact to productivity and work flow? Sure you can save money up front by switching to a different software suite but that doesn't matter if it disrupts your business in a significant way.

And what is the long term impact of MS Office changing their UI every couple versions?

Not to say open sourced software don't have this problem *cough* Firefox *cough*, but the point is these things happen all the time, and cannot be avoided just by sticking to MS Office. You just plan the migration at the right time in the cycle then it won't become an additional cost.

about 4 months ago

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

khchung Re:sure, works for France (296 comments)

In a theoretical world you would be correct, but in practice you're wrong. It's very hard to negotiate something out of the norm, which in the US, is vacation time.

Wrong. You have been fooled by HR drones if you think this way. Negotiating something out of the norm is done ALL THE TIME. That's why it is called "negotiating" your compensation (every part of it is open to negotiation), and not just "haggling" over the price (only).

For example, try negotiating a role as an associate in investment banking while saying "hey cut down 5 weeks of my salary I'll take extra time off." It can't work, because the culture doesn't allow it. You either accept the role with no vacation and high pay, or you don't get hired. I can easily negotiate a couple grands on a salary, but getting an extra week off? Rough.

That means you failed to sell yourself as a valuable money maker with a unique combination of skills and abilities during your interview. If the hiring manager thinks you are unique and you can help the company's bottom line that no other candidates can match, even if you got extra time off, then a competent hiring manager WILL twist HR's arm to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

If you sold yourself as just another replaceable cog in the wheel, then of course don't expect anything special.

about 4 months ago


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Port mapping in Planet VRT-311S router

khchung khchung writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I bought a Planet VRT-311S router a while ago, and it took me some time to get the port mapping configured properly to make Azureus working properly.

The port mapping setting is not intuitive, there is no "port mapping" option in the admin manual. The "Virtual Server" option only has a few applications listed with no button to add new services.

I am writing this down in case I need to do this again. If anyone know an easier way, please let me know. This only works for fixed IP PCs on the lan.

The way to do it is through the "Firewall Rules" option. But first, you have to add the ports to the Security--Services option. Open the Security dropdown and select the Services option, enter the name such as "BT", select Type as "TCP/UDP", enter 6881 in both Start Port and Finish Port, click "Add".

Then go to the "Firewall Rules", select "WAN=>LAN", click "Add". Give a name like "BT", Source IP is "Any", Dest IP as "Single address", enter the client PC's internal IP (e.g., Service is "BT (TCP/UDP:6881)", Action is "Forward" then click "Save".

Now, strangely, the "BT" service will appear in the "Virtual Servers" as "*BT", and correctly mapped to the designated PC.

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