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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

sortius_nod Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (202 comments)

While as a consumer I'll bemoan paying more, the reality is, to deliver quality content they need to find the price sweet spot. It's still way below the cost of cable TV, so I don't think it will hurt them in the long run.

Yes, it seems like it will mainly benefit shareholders, but with the lack of ads and low price, even after the increase, who can really complain?

about 5 months ago
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Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet

sortius_nod Re:ghost in the shell (210 comments)

I came here to say EXACTLY this. WTF? I thought this was news for nerds dammit?!?!

about a year ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

sortius_nod Re:Didn't they learn from Microsoft? (362 comments)

Indeed, never trust basic security to users. Better to keep a your workstations up-to-date & deal with the IT nightmare that is updating rogue workstations than to deal with the IT apocalypse of click monkeys.

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

sortius_nod Re: Of course... (419 comments)

It's often the wrong part. Sometimes there's two solutions to the same problem because there's two ways of people looking at the problem.

Who needs to pick a solution that everyone has to use when you can pick a solution that you want to use?

about a year ago
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ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

sortius_nod Great idea, unfortunately... (166 comments)

Until there's widespread FTTP (GPON or AON) it will be more pain than it's worth.

I have run a Linux server for years with just these services on ADSL & ADSL2. Mail is fine, even a Jabber server is fine, even private file hosting is ok, if a bit slow, but once you start hosting websites your ability to actually use your own Internet when you're home is diminished.

I was hoping that the National Broadband Network (NBN) would stay 93% FTTP here in Australia, but unfortunately with the change in government that's looking less & less likely.

about a year ago
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Teaching Fractions: The Tootsie Roll Is the New Pie

sortius_nod Re:First question from the kids (194 comments)

While I know what one is, why are Americans commandeering reality? They can't even keep their government open, how the fuck are they supposed to keep maths consistent?

about a year ago
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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

sortius_nod Re:How robust is Twitter (75 comments)

In Melbourne, until recently, the Telstra network in the CBD was essentially falling over. During lunch hour you were lucky to be able to send a tweet or even refresh your incoming tweet stream. One thing that did work is push notifications, which is the intention of this system.

I see it as a smart use of the medium. The key with emergency response is to have the same message spread on as many mediums as possible to ensure the message gets out there.

Anyone being snarky about this has no idea what they are talking about & should look at how current emergency systems work (read: redundancy).

about a year ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

sortius_nod Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

Anyone who modded you troll should leave this site immediately!

FFS, if you don't get that reference, hand in your geek/nerd badge!

1 year,3 days
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Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig

sortius_nod Re:Stupid comment... (154 comments)

Exactly it. No matter how much effort you put into music, most labels retain copyright over the works. Smaller indie labels don't tend to do this, but the big players all do it.

Then again, most of these synthetic bands/artists don't write their own music or lyrics, they're just glorified cover bands. Not to say Phoenix is like this, I quite like their music, but I'm not sure how I feel about their label now.

1 year,29 days
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Internet.org's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

sortius_nod Re:Who cares? (64 comments)

I don't get it, there's so much better to beat Zuckerberg up about, hacking on him for a previously used domain just looks desperate.

about a year ago
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Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War

sortius_nod Re:Yes, but... (139 comments)

In fact, the British were very versed in sailing in the southern hemisphere by that stage, they'd spent over 100 years sending boats to where I live, Australia. ;)

about a year ago
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James Bond's Creator, and the Real Spy Gadgets He Inspired

sortius_nod Re:The CIA Does All Kinds of Crazy Shit (38 comments)

I always enjoyed reading MKUltra files/stories, it was like sci-fi, but real. Scary that someone green-lit all this stuff, has to take some belief in it, & these are the people "defending" the US.

Oh, & "The Men Who Stare At Goats" is awesome too. ;)

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

sortius_nod Re:Victim Card (1501 comments)

Maybe don't make "stupid fucking mistakes" publicly & you won't get humiliated publicly. Sorry, but if you're going to act like a moron, expect people to ridicule you as a moron.

As someone who doesn't suffer fools lightly, I'm with Linus all the way on this one.

Call it being a prima donna, call it being mean spirited, I call it "having no fucks to give".

about a year ago
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Satellites Providing Internet To the 'Under-Connected'

sortius_nod Re:Micro satellite business seems hot right now (50 comments)

I'd be hesitant to believe anything from O3b after they demanded a ban on National Broadband Network satellites here in Australia. They are an hostile company doing this to exploit people in a monopoly environment, not aid them.

about a year ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

sortius_nod Re: Not if it is for a computer (329 comments)

The OP has it wrong. Extended warranties last 3 years, during the lowest chance of failure time, electronic devices will generally die in the first few months (manufacturer warranty) or after 3 years (after extended warranty). Add to this that extended warranties have convoluted terms that attempt to stop people getting warranty repairs.

In Australia, extended warranties are useless due to Australian Consumer Law, which protects consumers by making manufacturers repair goods if they fail before a reasonable time. Essentially, if there's an extended warranty available, the item should last as long a the extended warranty.

about a year ago
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EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations

sortius_nod Re: Don't all games do this? (81 comments)

That's what I mean, so many levels in Eve, from corporate espionage, war zones, pirates, smugglers, & even civilians. Could be a great universe to write a series for, the capacity for some eye watering special effects is boundless. Cap battles, raiding squads destroying transports, even just a busy starbase would be impressive.

Again, all comes down to whether there's a good director & writers for the series.

about a year ago
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EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations

sortius_nod Re: Don't all games do this? (81 comments)

If the right director is chosen, I dare say Eve could work as a great series. There's some deep stories behind the factions, & if the series explains why they are out there in New Eden, I have high hopes.

I used to play Eve, but got bored of it, I'd be far more interested in a TV series to be honest.

about a year ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

sortius_nod Re:IT admins are special (397 comments)

We prefer to drink alone anyway, everyone's just another fucking user.

In all seriousness, I've quit admin jobs due to stress, & would do it again if put in the same position. Luckily, I have a great boss now & a fairly cruisy admin job.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do-It-Yourself Security Auditing Tools?

sortius_nod Re:Anyone Compile A List? (116 comments)

Not true at all.

While humans are the biggest attack surface, they are far from the only one.

My suggestions are Backtrack Linux & a copy of The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick.

Backtrack has some great security auditing tools, however you will still need to understand exploits to test for them. The Art of Deception gives real world examples of social engineering & suggestions on how to plug those gaping holes called humans.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

sortius_nod Re:I covered my dorm room with Pink Floyd... (561 comments)

Is the person who did this Ask Slashdot fucking serious?

This part of Slashdot is becoming a joke. Buy some ear plugs & learn to fucking google.

about a year and a half ago

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Researchers claim quantum computer breakthrough

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes ""Australian and international researchers say they have designed a tiny crystal able to run a quantum computer so powerful it would take a computer the size of the known universe to match it.

Details of the ion crystal, which is made up of just 300 atoms, are published in the journal Nature today by a team from Australia, South Africa and the United States.""

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ANZ Bank uses Facebook to find defaulters

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes "It seems that bank staff here in Australia have taken it upon themselves to use Facebook to track down people who have defaulted on their credit cards. By the time the account was shut down (yesterday) this account had 80 friends. With all the problems that Facebook has had with privacy recently, stories like this do nothing to quell the discontent among users. While this is not Facebook's fault, it does highlight some of the problems that users do face with using such a service."
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Australia Launches Cyber Bullying Project

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes "From the article "The Federal Government is to fund a national pilot project aimed at addressing cyber-bullying in schools. At least 150 schools will be involved in the $3 million project which will be developed and conducted by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation."

My question is, are these projects and schemes worthwhile? Or should these issues be addressed with the parents? My main concern is that governments are throwing good money after bad while achieving little to no results."

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Pirate Bay judge member of 2 pro-copyright groups

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes "One of the four men convicted in The Pirate Bay trial is seeking to have his guilty verdict thrown out after learning that the judge in the trial is a member of two pro-copyright groups, including one whose membership includes entertainment industry representatives who argued in the case."
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Slashjacking?

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes "Why does it seem that every story on slashdot seems to have a US election undertone? What is this obession that seems to drive both US and non-US citizens to comment on this? Does one nation truely have ultimate power over the world populace? Or at lest the ones with internet access?

What do you really think the motivation behind the "Frosty Piss" election first posts are?"
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Where the hell can I get feedback on my recipes?

sortius_nod sortius_nod writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sortius_nod (1080919) writes "I am a geek and budding cook who really enjoys sharing my recipes. I can't seem to find sites that you can share recipes and get decent feedback in a forum style — yes, I have tried starting forums, blogs, and so forth yet still am unable to pick up visits to any great degree. I don't want to slashvertise or try to force people to read what I have started. I'd really actually prefer a decent place to trade recipes (you've made up or found in your travels), but they seem to either be of such low traffic that no one posts, or are massive sites where only the pick of the litter is given any "air time" so to speak. The only time I've had decent feedback is from offtopic forums on other sites.

My criteria for a decent cooking site would be: clear displaying of recipes (either via a specific forum, or individual area of the site), ability to discuss concepts, and just a general thriving community.

Am I to be satisfied with posting where noone will read it, or are there decent sites where I can see my ideas get feedback?"

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