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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

thebjorn Re:There is no incentive because they PAY for it! (316 comments)

"Unlimited" is a very easy word to understand, and I'm sure it has a definition in Webster etc. If they don't mean unlimited, then they should call it something else. If they call it unlimited, then you should be allowed to trust your understanding of the English language to know what you're buying. If you're planning on using 500GB/month and you only get 30GB/month, then the service they're delivering is clearly not what you bought. I don't understand why this is so difficult to understand.

about 6 months ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

thebjorn Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

There IS definitely a link between excessive testosterone and the lowering of sustained logic, reason and mental stability and order. (Just as there is similar evidence liking excessive estrogen with similar behaviors among women) What happens to people, both men and women when they are on steroids? That's been well established in the medical sciences for decades.

Except that it hasn't. If you're thinking about the so-called "roid-rage" phenomenon, it is mostly media created and in any case has nothing to do with normal uses or levels of testosterone. Remember that people who use steroids to get bigger muscles use more than 10 times the replacement dosage(!)

about 6 months ago

OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

thebjorn Re:Too specific? (379 comments)

Without looking at the code or the commits...

... you should probably not talk about things you don't know anything about..?

about 9 months ago

Star Trek Economics

thebjorn not enough drugs to go around... (888 comments)

I'm pretty sure there's not enough drugs to go around in such a society (leading to scarcity, etc. ad absurdum). Or perhaps you have a very unrealistic view of what people do when they have no constraints on their time?

about a year ago

Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

thebjorn Re:This is not security!!! (362 comments)

You obviously know what you're talking about. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter...

about a year ago

UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

thebjorn Re:Apple and their lawyers were lucky (217 comments)

According to the judge, what they added was false, misleading, and did not convey the intent of the order -- and he analyzes each added statement in depth. In addition they used too much time to comply when it came to newspapers, where the judge expected "earliest possible time" to mean the next couple of days and not a month. As a punishment they now have to pay _all_ of Samsung's legal expenses (i.e. not only legal fees), they have to keep the notice up for much longer, and they have to put on their home page that they lied in their previous attempt. You don't have to agree with a judge's order, but you do have to follow it. Judges tend to get pissed off if you try to worm yourself around an order -- not something that should be news for Apple's capable legal team.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?

thebjorn Re:Default Interface (302 comments)

[...] or WorldWideWeb on NeXT, which I believe was a 320x240 4000 color machine [...]

The NeXT had a 17" monitor with 1120x832 pixels with 4 different shades of gray.

more than 2 years ago

Opa 1.0 Released

thebjorn Affero GPL? (79 comments)

If I'm reading it correctly, your source needs to be distributed if it touches the opa compiler...?

more than 2 years ago

An HTTP Status Code For Censorship?

thebjorn Re:No problem (369 comments)

As far as I know, there is nowhere left in the world that is as free as the United States [...]

I think I'm far more free in Australia than you are in the United States, and Norway has us both beaten. But perhaps we both have an unrealistic idea of what "free" means.

Norway is great in many (most?) ways, but I do believe the US has us beat when it comes to real and/or legislative freedoms... I've lived in the US for 15+ years but only visited Australia, so perhaps you had something specific in mind? .. or perhaps I have an unrealistic idea of what "free" means ?-)

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap

thebjorn Re:anti-customer decision? (166 comments)

Perhaps now they feel they've captured a significant enough portion of the market and decided to start capitalizing on it? That would be my (admittedly uninformed) guess[...]

Google Maps API is still free to use as long as you don't charge for access to your website: https://developers.google.com/maps/licensing

more than 2 years ago

Fix For Apache DoS Bug In the Pipes

thebjorn Re:I hear... (49 comments)

Request-Range is also affected, better turn it off: RequestHeader unset Request-Range

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: FTP Server Honeypots?

thebjorn Re:Denyhosts (298 comments)

Seconded! I've set it up so it only accepts one failed ssh login attempt from an unknown ip address before it denies _all_ access. (I need to be able to log in while I'm on vacation, so I can't turn it all the way off...)

more than 3 years ago

How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

thebjorn Re:The relevant bits (434 comments)

CLI is dead and has been for years. People don't want it and that's why the world runs on GUI.

Two words: Windows PowerShell.

more than 3 years ago

IMSLP Taken Down By UK Publishers Group

thebjorn Re:Frankly... (117 comments)

Anybody who would use GoDaddy as a provider must be fairly fucking stupid. Could a more disreputable outfit, with shittier customer service, ever be found?

But they're cheap. And who needs customer service, it's a fucking domain registrar? Disreputable? If you think you only buy shit from reputable companies I've got a big fucking surprise for you.

They should switch away from GoDaddy, so they don't have to share a server with 4000 other customers...

more than 3 years ago

Verizon To Throttle High-Bandwidth Users

thebjorn Re:Why do these people keep pushing video?! (305 comments)

[...] In the case of bandwidth marketing, it has always been a lie, since dial up modems, companies always selling far more than they can actually provide.

Living in the US, that's certainly true. It's not necessarily true in other parts of the world though. Where I'm at right now (http://goo.gl/PjjiL), I pay ~$120/month for 25Gbit up/down + a static IP address. I consistently get just over 3200 KB/sec, i.e. what I'm paying for plus a few extra bytes.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

thebjorn Re:Quantity, not quality. (535 comments)

To the extent that you agree with established fact, your statements contribute nothing. To the extent that you disagree with established fact, your statements simply are wrong. When you feel an urge to broadcast your opinions to the world, reconsider.

Now that's quotable :-) ... yes, I know it doesn't hold in general, but how often does anyone talk to Mr. G. Galilei these days?

more than 4 years ago



thebjorn thebjorn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thebjorn writes "I don't always read the EULA before installing something, but I happened to skim the one at http://gridcast.superbowl-ads.com/2007/ where I went in the hope to watch the Super Bowl XLI commercials (I'm so, very, far, away...) Anyways, I especially enjoyed section 10.0:

10.0 CHANGES TO SERVICE OR EULA. GridNetworks reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to update, change, modify, add or remove any portion of the services or this agreement, in whole or in part, at any time. Changes to this agreement will be effective when posted on our website You agree to review this agreement periodically to be aware of any changes. By continuing to use the services after any changes, you agree to be bound by subsequent revisions to this agreement.
This is after the language about allowing 3rd parties to install and run "DRM" software with free access to my machine and network :-) Needless to say, I'm looking for my commercials elsewhere, but these guys really ought to get a prize..."

thebjorn thebjorn writes  |  more than 8 years ago

thebjorn writes "Google's gift to the USPTO, Google Patents (beta) [http://www.google.com/patents] is an easy way to search the patent database."


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