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Ask Slashdot: Do You Move Legal Data With Torrents?

spxZA Yep (302 comments)

Bioinformatic data, Linux distros, F/OSS games, plus I wrote a libtorrent client to distribute multimedia for a digitical signage company.

about a year ago

Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

spxZA Re:Dream on. (292 comments)

Yes, but paintball has moar pixels and a better physics engine. Not to mention the audio is pretty sweet.

about a year and a half ago

Average DDoS Attack Bandwidth Jumps Eight-Fold In One Quarter

spxZA So that's what ???? is a placeholder for (28 comments)

1) Create a company to fight against DDoS
2) Sign up customers, but not enough
3) Report that DDoS is out of control
4) Profit!

about a year and a half ago

Nano-Suit Protects Bugs From Vacuums

spxZA Re:Spacelike vacuum? (75 comments)

A space-like vacuum is one that is not as big as space.

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

spxZA Please stop with the tabloid-style headlines (984 comments)

Dear Submitters,

"Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam" -> This is a typical headline that you'd find in a tabloid, to hook readers in, only for the readers to find a different context. Please stop doing that.

Thank you,

One /. reader

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

spxZA Re:i don't know... (978 comments)

View page source, search for my nick, and you'll see it with plenty of \n's.

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

spxZA Re:i don't know... (978 comments)

Damn it, apologies for the crappy formatting.

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

spxZA Re:i don't know... (978 comments)

Newspapers rely on advertising as their main source of incoming. The few dollars you pay for a copy are for distribution costs. That being said, there has been a massive struggle to move that business model as-is onto the internet, for various reasons, including people running adblockers and a general lack of understanding of this new medium. As webmasters become more desperate for advertising sales, they come up with new (annoying) ideas to ensure visibility - popups, popunders, popins, and forced ads before videos. All of these just cause frustration on both sides and users use ad blockers, or just learn to ignore them. There's been a big topic of relevance. Users respond better to adverts that are more relevant to them. I call shenanigans on this. This is only partially true. If I am browsing a site related to financial markets, I am not interesting in Hobby King targeting an advert of a part that I looked at on their site a few days prior. My mindset while viewing this site is that of business, not play. In the same vein, Destructoid has the following adverts on their home page (probably targeted to me): Social Media Marketing from Vertical Response, Start your own gaming business from Game Wars, The frequent Download/Play belonging to some cellphone subscription service, Linode (even though I am a linode customer), Google Apps for Business, A conference for Data Center World. Maybe some of these are targeted to me, but while I am browsing a gaming site, I don't care about anything else that is not related to gaming. My point here is, relevance is true, but target something at me that is relevant to me AND relevant to what I am currently doing. I don't want to have to think about or reminded about work while I am on Destructoid. Back in the day before the rise of these ad delivery networks, people used to put adverts up on their site manually. And only adverts that were relevant to them and their audience. Nowadays, these ad networks do allow you to customize the type of adverts that appear on your site. It seems that this is not being done, and webmasters are using the shotgun approach, allowing any type of advert to be targeted to their users. This is just plain laziness. Also, where is the sponsorship that we see everywhere else? Companies pay a premium to sponsor a TV show (blah blah brought to you buy blah blah). This helps both the advertiser target a specific audience and the content provider pay for the content. If Destructoid want to continue to rely on advertising for their income (and please do), they need to do some serious work on making sure that the advertisers on their site are relevant to themselves and their users. Content producers off-line have very close relationships with their advertisers. Strike up a deal with Razer or EA to do some skinning just before a product launch. I'm not suggesting "selling out", but rather realize that you are running a business selling content to us. We buy it by looking at your adverts. If we don't like your adverts, we will block them. If we don't like your content, we won't visit your site. It is up to you to connect us with your advertisers via your content.

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

spxZA Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

What you are describing is a website behind a paywall. We don't all want that.

about a year and a half ago

Gamer Rewrites Valve's Steam Installer For Debian

spxZA Re:Whoop-dee-do for Debian (158 comments)

Yup, and it works. Anonymous reader did not do their homework.

about a year and a half ago

Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

spxZA Why is bioinformatics in inverted commas? (149 comments)

I have a degree in it. (More specifically B.Sc in Computer Science specializing in Bioinformatics)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

spxZA Re:First purchase (770 comments)

Hell, even Olympians miss. Oscar Pistorius only scored 2 hits, with 4 shots fired.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

spxZA Re:Coffee (279 comments)

Absolutely nothing, I do it. It's great to get up into the sunshine and fresh air. If I didn't smoke, I wouldn't.

about a year and a half ago

Iran Unveils Its Own Stealth Fighter Jet, the Qaher F-313

spxZA Re:I've seen a lot of 'shops' in my day (260 comments)

Exactly! It's a *stealth* plane. You aren't meant to see stealth anything. Clearly created in a studio.

about a year and a half ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

spxZA Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

In my third year of varsity, we had to write a search engine with indexing stored in files. My Perl solution returned results twice as fast (averaging 22ms/query) as any other in the class, most of which were C or C++. And it took me half the time to write.
I love Perl mainly because of I am a lazy programmer. Yes, most of my Perl scripts take a little bit longer to execute, but we're talking a difference of seconds or minutes, not hours. There are times where I choose Perl, Python, C/C++, PHP, etc, but this depends entirely on the problem and the circumstances. I will use Perl until I die, even if there aren't any more releases from now on.
Should we lament Bash for the same reasons? The last release (4.2) was 13 Feb 2011, and the last feature release (4.0) in early 2010. ZOMG!

about a year and a half ago



Hacker Rewrites Valve's Steam Installer For Arch

spxZA spxZA writes  |  about a year and a half ago

spxZA (996757) writes "Gaming on Linux is growing fast right now, and most of that is thanks to Steam. Initially, Steam committed only to the most popular desktop distribution, Ubuntu, but more recently has opened the door to others. So what do you do when you want to game in Linux and you're using something a little less popular — at least, on the desktop? If you're a package maintainer called Daniel Wallace, you rewrite the installer for Arch Linux Wallace uploaded his efforts to the community repository last year."
Link to Original Source

Pre-installed software for a 15 year old

spxZA spxZA writes  |  more than 3 years ago

spxZA (996757) writes "It's my girlfriend's 14 year old son's birthday coming up and I have bought a notebook.

I'm not planning on paying for any software (even MS Office student licenses). The only exception to this might be minecraft.

To use my ESP and answer your questions in advance: Yes, it's running Windows 7. No, I'm not going to upgrade to *nix. It's running an i3-370M, Radeon HD 5470 (512MB), 4 GB RAM, 500GB HDD. 42.

Other than a browser for social networking, what would you recommend I pre-install for him?"

Cellular phone features

spxZA spxZA writes  |  about 7 years ago

spxZA (996757) writes "What are the most important feature to you when choosing a mobile/cellular phone?

- Internet Connectivity (GPRS/EDGE/3G/etc)
- Multimedia (MP3/Video streaming)
- Digital Camera
- Gaming
- Mobile productivity (Office/etc)
- The ability to make and receive phone calls"

GMail hits 3 000 000 000 bytes of storage

spxZA spxZA writes  |  about 7 years ago

spxZA (996757) writes "GMail hit 3 000 000 000 bytes (2861.022949 Mb) of storage in the last couple of months. Did anyone pick this up? If not, it is quite a milestone!"


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