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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

v. Konigsmann The Four Final Things (82 comments)

This would be the last thing on my mind.

about 3 months ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

v. Konigsmann Memory Sucker (436 comments)

I recently disabled AdBlock Plus --- after just using it for years unthinkingly --- and found my browser memory dropped by a third. Using Icecat ( = Firefox 24, because Firefox just sucks like a minimalistic Chrome twin now ), but also tested on my Firefox installation.

AdvertBan and Ghostery seem to do the same, without sucking RAM.

about 4 months ago

Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

v. Konigsmann Open Source Dangers (127 comments)

Kind of strange how all these reports of Open Source vulnerabilities are increasing recently. Despite the fact that, as in Heartbleed, hyped to the max, very few actual bad things seem to happen. Almost as if it were coordinated.

about 4 months ago

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

v. Konigsmann Re:4 warnings per? (143 comments)

Your parents should be proud to have such a good daughter.

about 4 months ago

Bill Gates: Internet Will Not Save the World

v. Konigsmann Slow off the gate (1 comments)

He was always cautious about this internet fad.

1 year,26 days

ICANN To Replace 'Digital Archery' Program With Raffle

v. Konigsmann Re:TLDs are pointless (84 comments)

I do not live in the US and I own a number of .coms --- none of which have any relationship to business: which goes for most .coms.

Ideally there would be no tlds; since they are not a physical requirement for urls which mask numbers: http:/// or http://www./ or ftp:// etc are more than enough to indicate an address.

more than 2 years ago

ICANN To Replace 'Digital Archery' Program With Raffle

v. Konigsmann TLDs are pointless (84 comments)

Get rid of all of them except .com. Just don't issue any others, and leave the ones already there until attrition destroys them.

There's no actual value to having different tlds for the website xxxxxx, other than to make money for domain sellers, who frighten the owner ( renter ) of xxxxxx.com into buying more domains for the same site to stop competitors from using xxxxxx.net or xxxxxx.org. I have never come across a real site whose domain name led to an entirely unrelated site run by different owners based on the .yyy.

Should one imagine this would lead to not enough site names, there are enough words to be combined in any language and enough languages to accommodate millions of sites. Plus losing the fake/crap sites ---scraper-sites for just one instance --- would not harm the internet at all.

more than 2 years ago

KDE Publishes Manifesto

v. Konigsmann Bland, but innocuous (58 comments)

Mission statements are rather praiseworthy but uninteresting; despite my love of KDE I used the time profitably by imagining Microsoft enunciating those six principles.

more than 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

v. Konigsmann Re:Ubuntu desktop is dead to me... (255 comments)

Quite right. I never understood the appeal of Ubuntu, excepting when it acted as a strong emergency cd for hosed systems --- at which it was excellent; it's sudden lunge into Unity, like Microsoft's equal panic into Metro, seems both pure fail and stormy petrel of future accepted, planned-for, managed decline.

Oddly there are a few Linux 'personalities' who appear to actively favour Windows methodology, not to mention Microsoft's undoubted power, and wish either to join with them ( and be subsumed if the history of MS is anything to go by ) or become indistinguished from them. Personally, I have not the least objection to collaboration between operating systems ( as MS feared, such sharing would erode MS's leverages ), but if I wanted to use Windows I would, and not a Windows clone.

Since both KDE and traditional Gnome are perfectly usable, not to mention other managers, I doubt if the decline of Ubuntu thanks to Unity and other excitable ideas such as this will amount to more than a footnote in Linux history.

more than 2 years ago

Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

v. Konigsmann Re:FLAC (361 comments)

Ah, but consider how a great artist, such as your American Master, Thomas Kincade, can capture the very soul within with brushstrokes and glowing colours.

In some works he summed up a nation.

more than 2 years ago

RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?

v. Konigsmann Re:Settlement (229 comments)

A Thespian, dear boy ! A barnstorming thespian brought up by travelling people whose only reading-matter for ten years was 'Silver-tongued Orators of the Bar', and 'The Tragedies of William Shakespeare'.

And 'Bleak House'.

more than 4 years ago

Universal, Pay Those EFFing Lawyers

v. Konigsmann Re:Safe Harbor Limits for Fair Use (335 comments)

Please note: any parent who allows their baby to be filmed dancing is in clear violation of the prior art rights of the makers of Ally McBeal.

more than 4 years ago

The Social Media Marketing Book

v. Konigsmann Re:Why Barrack made social marketing come of age. (87 comments)

Fortunately too, both Mr. and Mrs. Obama regard each of their respective fans as a close personal friend, and actually take the time to craft considered individual replies to any message or query, even helping with their homework on occasion.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Appointee Sunstein Favors Infiltrating Online Groups

v. Konigsmann Re:Why fear terrorists... (689 comments)

Can't say I've ever read a direct incitement to murder on any website. Then again I can't read Arabic.

more than 4 years ago

What's Happened In Mobile Over the Past 10 Years

v. Konigsmann Re:In other news... (149 comments)

I'd look into Orange --- from what I understand they don't care for non-residents registering ( though they used to, and may still do, allow an hotel as a valid address ) --- but here is their Camel Pay-As-You-Go sim, if you hit show details you can see the rates for each country which average 15p a minute ( but 6p for the USA ). http://shop.orange.co.uk/mobile-phones/plans/paygSimPlanList.jsp?selectedTariffName=Camel You could prolly get someone in England to post you one, or buy one off Ebay.co.uk. If there was difficulty registering to a non-British credit card ( and that's not a given ), nearly every other damn shop in Britain sells top-ups for all the sim providers. Alternatively, starter packs of sims are sold in stores, but those would not have cheap roaming. Here are a couple of quite recent links discussing this problem: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/graffiti134.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10251727-94.html The latter affirms: 'Buying a SIM card when you get to London from a local operator, such as Orange, can offer even better deals. Orange offers a variety of service options for prepaid customers. In general, domestic calls range from 30 cents to 40 cents a minute, depending on the exchange rate. (All calls are billed in local currency.) And texts are about 20 cents to send and receive. With a special international plan, customers can also make international calls for as low as 10 cents a minute. Orange also offers free text messaging for customers when they "top up" or add money to their phones. One plan offers 300 free text messages with a 10-pound top up. And you can get 600 free text messages with a 20-pound top up and a 30-pound top up gets you unlimited text messages until the card expires.'

more than 3 years ago

Nothing To Fear But Fearlessness Itself?

v. Konigsmann Re:News for nerds? (660 comments)

The trouble with that argument --- speaking as a non-American --- is that we don't live in One World where three jobs given to India cancel out one job lost in America; we live in countries, where the government of each is meant to secure the well-being of it's own peoples, not the well-being of other competing nationalities. And it follows that if the work, whether is be programming or steelmaking, is done abroad, the gradual impoverishment of Americans due to the lack of paying jobs will mean that eventually they won't be able to afford to buy the stuff created elsewhere no matter how cheap. Plus that the countries with the high productivity will gain greater political control than America.

about 5 years ago


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