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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

pr0nbot Re:A decade of not using and now I have to. (687 comments)

I consider AdBlock a form of antivirus, in that ad positions are an attack vector (for random third party code injected into the page from behind some stack of brokers).

For the same reason, I don't install free phone apps if they're ad-supported.

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

pr0nbot Re:I'll just wait for 6G (216 comments)

Digital comms is soulless and overrated anyway. It doesn't have the warmth, vibrancy or resonance of analogue. I use a solid granite radio phone with a golden antenna so I can really capture the subtleties of my interlocutor's voice.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

pr0nbot Re:Simple... (376 comments)

I think I'd advise the reverse, at least in terms of company size. A small company is more likely to value you for what you do, rather than want to replace you because your salary has become "too high". The small company I work for has a family feel to it, with zero office politics, but possibly not the same career advancement possibilities you'd get at a megacorp.

Perhaps startups are a special case; an established small company will be more stable. Or at least, your future is tied more to the performance of the company than the whims of those above you.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

pr0nbot Re:I'm torn (110 comments)

I disagree. Churning out a Wordpress brochure site requires some non-zero level of IT skills, but it's not the same level as, say, designing a data processing algorithm to run on MapReduce.

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

pr0nbot Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

Surely "mild" and "harsh" are subjective? From the point of view of a molecule, what constitutes "harsh"?

Perhaps evolving life in high temperatures turns out to be easier than at room temperature, e.g. because there's more free energy around.

about a month ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

pr0nbot Europa (57 comments)

Don't worry... the Republicans will veto this for fear of finding yet more Europeans.

about a month ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

pr0nbot Re:I for one (105 comments)

I remember a little interview (in the New Scientist I think) with a marine biologist who said he stopped experimenting on octopi when, after inserting a probe into the head of an octopus he thought was anaesthetised, the octopus calmly raised its tentacle and pulled the probe back out.

about a month ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

pr0nbot Re:That sounds nice... (170 comments)

Not sure why you're currently modded redundant as I came to say pretty much the same thing.

Although it's pretty funny if saying one doesn't trust the NSA is now considered redundant...

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

pr0nbot command line branding? (230 comments)

Isn't putting branding in a command's name a bit of a hostage to fortune?

If this had come out 10 years ago, would we all be laughing at having to use get.NET / OLEget / ActiveGet / Get95 / etc ?

about a month and a half ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

pr0nbot Re:Define trolling (489 comments)

Roughly speaking, as I understand it, if it would be criminal to say something to a person's face, it will be criminal to say it to them online. For example, a death threat.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

pr0nbot Re:No Brainer (407 comments)

"No Brainer" was a nice touch for a zombie suggestion :)

about 2 months ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

In what way is a $1000 bill more anonymous than a $100 bill?

about 2 months ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

What advantage can you think of that a $1000 bill has over 10 x $100 bills?

I can dream up a few, like if I want to bribe my congressman maybe I don't need as many envelopes, or on those days where I need to shift $20,000,000 in cash it's a few pounds lighter so the shipping is cheaper.

But none of these would make me "strongly favor" bringing it back.

about 2 months ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:Eurozone... (314 comments)

"How can they stop to individuals that have agreed to use these notes doing business with them?"

That seems pretty unlikely - why would criminals want to set up their own currency (which is effectively what this means). Currencies operate entirely on trust, and there's no honour amongst thieves...

I could imagine them using something that has intrinsic market value and is fungible, like gold or cocaine.

about 2 months ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

pr0nbot Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

The point of the Economist article is that whereas previous technological shifts resulted in more but different low-skilled jobs, the current technological shift is likely to result in fewer, high-skilled jobs.

about 2 months ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

pr0nbot Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

So if I can work out that in the past year you attended seven jazz gigs in your area, I shouldn't presume you might be interested in future jazz gigs in your area?

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

pr0nbot Re:Of course (356 comments)

I'm not Mexican but I believe it's spelled "frijole"

about 3 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

pr0nbot Re:.info (178 comments)

A private domain for all the stuff you only want to share with close associates doesn't sound useful to you?

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter results in my google searches are just noise that I have to filter out.

about 2 months ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

pr0nbot Repair (53 comments)

It was like this in the Tepito market in Mexico City in the 80s... as well as all the refurbished and stolen goods, if you had a broken walkman or whatever, there'd be some guy who could fix it for you. I miss the culture of repair.

about 2 months ago

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pr0nbot (313417) writes "The Register reports: 'Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for select Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.'"

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