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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

longk Re:Overreaction (265 comments)

Doubtful. Slaves usually outnumber the rich in these places, if only to tend to their every need.

about a month and a half ago
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Hulu Blocks VPN Users

longk Re:Not their fault (259 comments)

Nice story, but offering Hulu to people doesn't mean the industry has to lose money. All Hulu has to do is verify people's real address and serve them relevant ads. If someone uses a VPN, charge them 50 cents so their credit card issuer reveals their country of residence. Hell, charge them a Netflix-like amount of $7.99. Keep in mind that all these VPN'ers are already shelling out cash to their VPN, VPS or DNS service. Money is NOT the issue here.

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

longk Ironic (1746 comments)

Marriage itself is designed to make non-married people second class citizens. Wanting to get married, getting married or supporting the concept of marriage is working to actively take away rights from people who do not wish to live their life married. Just look at how many laws and regulations are designed to favour married couples. It's ridiculous.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

longk hypocrites (1746 comments)

The people at Mozilla are hypocrites. For years they've been working for this guy. He was a fucking co-founder of Mozilla, then Lead Technologist, then CTO! He has always been one of their primary leaders. Where was the outcry all this time? Why did these people even join the Mozilla that he co-founded? Apparently it's fine to have an anti-gay boss as long as the world doesn't see him. All they care about is their own image.

about 5 months ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

longk Easy to answer (46 comments)

This question is very easy to answer if you know why dropbox was blocked in the first place.

Get this:
* I was living in China, happily using Dropbox.
* Suddenly Dropbox tells me it can't connect.
* Did some digging with tcpdump, traceroute, etc. You know. Nerd stuff.
* Turns out that our of Drop boxes entire IP range, only 1 IP was blocked.
* This IP happened to be the login or authentication server that the client occasionally connects to.
* As it happens, the SAME IP was used for Dropbox website.
* It seemed likely to me that the website was the target of the block, not the login server for the client.
* So I check the Dropbox forum on its website (using VPN) and what do I see there: SONG TEXTS OF TIBETAN NATIONALISTS

Yes, so Dropbox was blocked because some nitwit decided it was a good place to post some pro-tibet/anti-china texts. How do you get unblocked in China? Remove the offending text and change your IP address (or wait a really long time.)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

longk Re:Almost seems purposeful (488 comments)

You're absolutely correct. It's true for most software though. Rarely have I updated a piece of software and found it to be faster than the previous version.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

longk Re:yawn (488 comments)

BS. Please use Google. Many how-to's, no jail break required.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

longk I felt cheated as well, but (458 comments)

I felt cheated as well, when I found out I needed another Season Pass. But this feeling passed quickly when I noticed that Season 5 was significantly cheaper than previous seasons. The per-episode price didn't really change.

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

longk Re:Why Isn't Apple Suing (132 comments)

Just because Google applied for .app doesn't mean they'll get it. I'm pretty sure Apple and a ton of other companies also applied for it.

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

longk Re:Devaluating .COMs favors Google (132 comments)

I wonder if that's true.

For websites I don't know I always use search already. That's simply how that works.

For websites I do know I simply starting: s, l, a, s, h until my browser fetched slashdot.org from my browser history at which point I hit Enter.

Whether the website ends it .com, .org or .vague doesn't matter for my usage pattern. Am I that special?

about a year ago
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Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars

longk Re:Finally (168 comments)

Yeah, that's not what I want though. I just want to order the car online and have it delivered, just like any other packages. Typically I'll already know what the car drives like from driving rentals, trying friends' cars, etc. Maybe for a first-time car owner the dealer experience and walk-through can be beneficial, but for an experienced car owner it's really just a waste of time.

about a year ago
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Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars

longk Finally (168 comments)

I've always been annoyed that I can't just buy a car online (or house for that matter) - glad to see that change!

I also believe it will allow for better feedback to the manufacturer. People will ask for and select the features they like, not the ones the salesman convinced them to sign for because it helps his commission or allows him to sell a model from his inventory.

about a year ago
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100% Failure Rate On University of Liberia's Admission Exam

longk Re:One more reason that such systems make no sense (308 comments)

There's different ways to deal with that. The university I studied at allowed anyone to enter the first year. You could however only proceed to the second year if you completed the first year with a minimum score.

IMHO this is more fair than an entrance exam because you get judged on your ability to keep up with the particular program, not on how shitty your previous school/program was.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

longk Misunderstanding PRISM (251 comments)

You're misunderstanding what PRISM supposedly does. (And you're not the only one.) PRISM does not cause any delays whatsoever - it's not a man-in-the-middle attack. It's simply a copy of all traffic on a fiber. Also an old fashioned "tap" on your Internet connection (usually port mirror at the ISP or Internet exchange) does not cause any delays.

Switch to a different VPS provider.

about a year ago
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Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

longk Fake numbers (352 comments)

40% did NOT drop. 40% measured by this one stats agency dropped. They don't measure Bittorrent, Usenet, Netflix or other bandwidth eaters. The real number is likely to be much much lower.

1 year,2 days
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Lavabit.com Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

longk Assumptions (255 comments)

The guy never said he was host to Edward Snowden. He confirmed that there was a user account with that name, which is not the same. He also never said he got a letter from the NSA or otherwise connected the shutdown to Snowden. There's a ton of warrants he could have received that come with a gag order.

1 year,4 days
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

longk Re:Just think of it as a courtesy. (892 comments)

I'm not sure if this a good thing. Working with the idea that someone will give you notice when they quit their job makes companies lazy. For the company this means trouble when someone gets hit by a truck. For the employee this means trouble if they get seriously sick or are otherwise suddenly unable to work, yet their company expects them to do some kind of "hand over". Companies might actually get their shit together if they had to pro-actively plan for people suddenly leaving.

1 year,6 days
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

longk Re:Here in the UK... (892 comments)

3 months to hand over responsibilities? What do you do? Design rocket engines?

1 year,6 days
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

longk Re:Basic labour laws. (892 comments)

This kind of thing works both ways, at least here in Netherlands. How is it a "human right" to have to suffer your old job for another month when you have a new one lined up. Or worse, having to miss an opportunity because the notice period is too long. As an employee I have nothing but disgust for these types or rules.

1 year,6 days
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

longk Contract? (892 comments)

Shouldn't the notice period be mentioned in the contract?

In any case, it really depends on the circumstances. If I'm simply switching jobs I would give notice. It looks better to your new employer and you never know when you need a favor (or job!) from someone at the old place.

1 year,6 days

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