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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

oneandoneis2 Re: Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

(1) Nonsense, people cheerfully pay for all manner of internet services. Spotify, Netflix, etc. etc. Even Google, the patron saint of spying on people to advertise effectively, has finally started the process of simply allowing people to give them money so they don't have to bother with ads.

(2) Yes. Because, despite the enormous amount of effort the advertising industry has made to try and stop people noticing: Advertising is not the only way to make money off a website. Adverts are a tired, unpopular, ineffective way of raising cash. Their only virtue is they're no effort at all to use, so the lazy and unimaginative webmasters turn to them time and time again.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

oneandoneis2 Re:I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

Don't over-dramatise. This is a way of making it easy & convenient for non-techies to use Tor. Anyone with anything to hide - criminals, terrorists, activisits, whatever - will have long-since spent the 30 seconds it takes to find out how to use tools like Tor without buying a gadget for it.

about 2 months ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

oneandoneis2 Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

You think so?

As a Londoner, I've yet to encounter anyone who supported the Tube strikes: Everyone I know considers it near-criminal extortion and loves the notion of trains that aren't subject to strikes by drivers who are insanely over-paid already. The DLR has had them for years and nobody bats an eye.

What makes you think people need to be bribed with Wifi to get driverless trains into use?

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

oneandoneis2 Re:Why is this news (145 comments)

> It's what they can expect every month end from now on.

No it isn't. Literally nothing has changed about the system other than it no longer mails you tax discs afterwards - nobody's leaving anything to the last minute now that wouldn't have before, NOTHING has changed. This is an "odd spike" caused by people seeing the story everywhere of "you can look your car up online!" so instead of the usual trickle of people going there to update their tax once a year, they're getting flooded by half the country going "Oo, a website, must click!"

The summary is BS, all the "before it's ready" is pure fantasy: This is a massive spike in visitors causing an outage, nothing else.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

oneandoneis2 WTF? BAD summary! (302 comments)

Seriously, I RTFA, AND the link on TFA to the original source. The guy just says he wants to open up a debate about how much policing of the Internet there should be. Where the FUCK did "get a license for a website" come from??? This isn't even a biased summary, it's flat-out misrepresentation. Get this shit off Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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EU Gives Google Privacy Policy Suggestions About Data Protection

oneandoneis2 Re:Last Straw (42 comments)

As an EU citizen, I was delighted when the "right to be forgotten" ruling began a debate that's long overdue about online privacy. And I have no problem with the company at the absolute forefront of gathering information about individuals being told "Tell people what you're gathering, yes it's your problem to make it accessible."

The Internet we HAVE, where all information that can be gained about a person is considered fair game, is not necessarily the one anyone actually WANTS. The EU should be applauded for insisting that actual thought be applied to what's going on instead of just allowing the endless procession of "Hey, we can do this! So we'll do it from now!"

You can call them "tech-incompetent", but I label people with your attitude "social-phobic". The only limit on what's happened on the internet since its inception is "What's technically possible?", it's about time the people who asked "What do we want to permit?" got some room at the table.

about 3 months ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

oneandoneis2 Re:Technical People (194 comments)

"Lorem ipsum" is industry standard "filler" text for incomplete web pages - typically used to show clients what a page will look like when it has some useful content.

Not that it isn't appalling that it's appearing on a page in production, but it isn't "random Latin" - there are even browser extensions to make it easy to C&P for you.

about 4 months ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

oneandoneis2 Re:Tear It Down (98 comments)

> If the building had to be torn down then the cost / loss would be so high that developers would never make mistakes like this again

Yes, and if we had the death penalty for theft, there'd be no more mugging!

about 4 months ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

oneandoneis2 Re:How about preventing KA? (98 comments)

RTFA - the architect behind the "Death Ray" building designed in measures to prevent the problem. Idiot cost-cutters removed them during the build.

about 4 months ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

oneandoneis2 Re:Why not permanent? (138 comments)

From TFA: "If a golf ball were to fly fast enough, it would be better off with a smooth skin."

The dimples make things better at low speeds, and worse at high speeds.

about 5 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

oneandoneis2 Re:Ridiculously stupid (501 comments)

He's a physicist. He'll have assumed a spherical wall in a vacuum.

about 6 months ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

oneandoneis2 Re:Danger??? (107 comments)

Actually, Great Whites don't even hunt us out of necessity: We are literally useless to them as food. All they ever do to us is take a bite, realize their mistake, and carry on looking for a worthwhile meal.

The trouble is, given their method of taking a bite involves slamming into their target at high speed and sinking hundreds of teeth in, you may well have been torn in half by the time they go "oops" and spit you back out...

about 6 months ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

oneandoneis2 Excellent news! (107 comments)

As has been shown time after time, the loss of apex predators is disastrous for all levels of an ecosystem.

(If you want examples, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... - loss of wolves lead to over-grazing by elk; reintroducing them not only sorted the elk problem but boosted the numbers of beaver colonies, resulting in less erosion; pushed the cougars back to their traditional grounds; reduced the numbers of coyotes, which increased the number of foxes and thereby decreased the numbers of rodents, which altered the survival rates of various seeds and fungi... a whole cascade of improvements triggered by the return of a single predator.)

about 6 months ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

oneandoneis2 Re:our greatest hopes (267 comments)

Right, because satellite communications, GPS, Teflon, water purification systems... none of these have improved our lives at all.

about 6 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

oneandoneis2 Re:UK EU more problems than solutions? (341 comments)

I like the ease of travel to other EU countries that i have with my EU passport.

I personally also like the fact that some of the insanity that the idiots in charge have wanted to do have been blocked by EU rules...

about 7 months ago

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Getting Linux into school

oneandoneis2 oneandoneis2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oneandoneis2 writes "A friend of mine is a teacher at a large school for 11-18 year olds, with a few hundred members of staff and over a thousand pupils. Because of a change in organisation, they're going to have to replace their Windows site license before the start of the next academic year. She and a few of her colleagues are trying to make a case for instead switching to Linux. Can anyone recommend any good resources for information that could be used to strengthen her case? Examples of schools that have switched, Linux alternatives to popular educational software, etc. etc."
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oneandoneis2 oneandoneis2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

oneandoneis2 writes "In response to a request on the British government's e-petition website, which asked for the government to make it clear that software patents were not enforceable in this country, a statement has now been issued that does just that:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."
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