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Norwegian Standards Body Members Resign Over OOXML

willyhill Re:The right thing to do. (208 comments)

You already posted and shilled your own comments with three accounts, this is the fourth. Is it too much to ask to limit yourself to one account per article? You know, the way most of us do.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast's Throttling Plan Has 'Disconnect User' Option

willyhill Re:Stop it with the thruthout FUD (299 comments)

Please don't use that "if you're not with us you're against us" line with me. I'm not young enough to be impressed by that kind of dumbness.

The issue here is not censorship, which is real enough, the insistence on using the same incorrect arguments to support a point. Surely even you see the value in making a valid case if you're arguing about a topic like that. So many of his so-called arguments have been debunked and invalidated time and again, and he just keeps trotting them out even though he knows he's wrong. And besides, I'm just returning the favor.

His use of truthout.org as supporting argument on 'net censorship is wrong, period. Wrong example, wrong test case, wrong everything. He just likes it because he gets to do the "M$" dance along with it, since he's sure it involves some alleged Microsoft shenanigans. Just like his "Microsoft sabotaged ACPI" line, and just about everything else.

He posts something I think is wrong, I post a response. That's how it works. So, feel free to point out where I said censorship is not a problem, where I'm "soiling" my hands or where I'm waging any kind of war. Feel free to point out how his cesspool link farm of a journal is somehow imbued with more validity than the proof I provided in my post. I can't believe with any amount of intelligence and self-respect would reduce themselves to the "OMG twitter said so-and-so got censored by M$, therefore it must be true" level.

Otherwise, please run along. Maybe you should splurge and buy subscriptions for *all* his accounts. You know, to fight the "M$ injustice". I hope you don't have to take another job just for that *grin*

more than 5 years ago
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Stuck In Google's Doghouse

willyhill Not so simple once you really think about it (165 comments)

At first I thought this was going to be yet another "SearchKing"-like whine with cheese about how unfair Google was being to some sleazy parked domain hoarder. But that's not quite the case. Make sure you RTFA. I think the guy's website is relatively useful and well-organized. It sure doesn't feel like the usual AdWord gaming scheme.

I get the sense that Google is being hoisted by its own petard here. The fact that the article mentions the site in question might be in direct competition with one of Google's main partners is definitely interesting, coupled with the allegation that he knew of at least one other website who got a pass from the algorithm after being evaluated by a human being.

Here's an example. I searched for wood cutting on Sourcetool. That's a pretty relevant list of results if you're a business looking for that kind of equipment. Now run the same search directly into Google. See the problem? Yeah, the 5th hit is a Runescape page, for cryin' out loud. I'm sure I could possibly refine the search, but think about the ads that show up on the right side of the page. A link to Sourcetool and five seconds later I'm looking at what I actually needed.

Maybe Google is nervous about niche search solutions? I'm just not seeing their problem here.

If the article is correct, Google is not acting on good faith. To all the people who screamed about how Google is not a monpoly and made Microsoft jokes when Slashdot ran the Yahoo deal antitrust investigation, remember that Google does have more than 70% of the online ad market, and then put yourself in this guy's position. What are your options? MSN ads? You're screwed, because you can't take your business elsewhere.

And I have to say I was astounded at the money amounts mentioned... $600K per month? I'm definitely in the wrong business!

more than 5 years ago
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Cablecos, Telcos Working To Strengthen the Duopoly

willyhill Re:GWB Style Competition. (113 comments)

Anyone posting or moderating on this thread should be aware that Erris, myCopyWrong, willeyhill, westbake and Odder are the same person.

twitter sockpuppets can be recognized from the shilling and the fact that 11 out of 12 post at -1 for trolling.

I had hoped that twitter wouldn't use his latest account for astroturfing, but I was obviously wrong.

Also watch out for these.

about 6 years ago
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Workplace BlackBerry Use May Spur Lawsuits

willyhill Turned it down (286 comments)

In 2003-2004 at my previous employer the company rolled out Blackberries to management and "key" personnel. Being responsible for a relatively large part of the infrastructure at this joint, I also got one.

One day I arrived at work and found the messaging group folks had delivered the BBs to some of the people in my area, and there was a box in my desk as well, with a little booklet (the must have cost a fortune to print, it was that well done) with usage policy (of course), instructions and steps for setting it up. The younger kids were besides themselves and already setting up the sync cradles and sending messages to each other. I picked up the phone and called the project manager, who was a friend of mine. I asked him to send one of his people to pick the box up.

"But everyone's getting one."
"I don't care, I don't want it."
"You are on Tier 1 and you're supposed to be on call..."
"I am. I have a cell phone, and if the IPC melts down at 3 AM, someone can call me."
"But this lets you check your email!"
"That's exactly why I don't want it"

A few days of back and forth politik ensued, and eventually my boss relented and let me be. Note that this was the time when the devices could not make phone calls - I hear they can now. Oh joy.

I figured that once I had that thing I'd never be able to get away from it, even on vacation. And that's exactly what happened to everyone else. People won't think twice about sending you an email for stupid little things at 10:00 PM, because they're working and figure everyone else should be as well. But making a phone call is very different, and most people won't do it unless it's something really important. People think it's no big deal because it's just a message. Bullshit.

If the data center is on fire, sure I want to know, no matter what time it is. But I don't want to hear little pings and murmurs from a PDA next to my bed because some VP couldn't find a file for tomorrow's presentation, or a fscking file server is down and Julie in accounting can't get to it. All that can wait until the morning.

If I had taken the thing and ended up in that 24/7/365 situation I don't think I'd sue my employer, but I would have probably ended up leaving a lot sooner than I did. Probably even if I were eligible for overtime. A case of "they ain't paying me enough for this crap" if I ever saw one.

about 6 years ago
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Real-World Firefox 3 Memory Usage Leads the Field

willyhill Re:I have failed. (406 comments)

This insistence on trying to create a correlation between Microsoft and your problems on Slashdot are probably one of the reasons all but one of your eleven accounts are now posting at negative karma.

Your problem is that you continue to blame vague conspiracies by evil corporation$ instead of understanding that people find what you do here distasteful.

more than 6 years ago
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$50 to Get XP On a New Dell

willyhill Re:It's Twitter, Slashdot Duped Again! (616 comments)

No, I don't think it's twitter. This news is on most tech rags now, so it follows that more than one person would eventually submit it. twitter spends all his time writing up "M$ teh evilz" journal entries that no one reads, so it's not surprising that he also posted it, I guess.

The fact that he's descended on this article with quite a few of the sockpuppets is just a reflection of how juicy this article is for him.

There's an interesting new development though. He seems to be creating new accounts dedicated solely to GNAA-like trolling:

http://slashdot.org/~twittter
http://slashdot.org/~twiiiter
http://slashdot.org/~willlyhill

I wouldn't pay much attention to these except for the fact that they seem to be active at the same time all of twitter's other "legitimate" sockpuppets are as well.

more than 6 years ago
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Wall Street Becoming a Linux Stronghold

willyhill Wall Street = Sun City. And Big Iron. (214 comments)

Wall Street has always been home to some of Sun's and IBM's largest corporate accounts. I don't doubt Linux and/or BSD can do the job that Solaris can in some cases (with caveats), but it will take years for that to happen. A "Linux stronghold" is misleading at best, TFA doesn't even support the claim.

And Linux will never replace mainframes. Nothing will.

At the risk of being modded troll, OO Calc will probably never replace Excel - other than Suns and big iron, corporate america runs on Microsoft Excel (not necessarily a good thing, but still).

OTOH, I know companies that are still running their websites and outward-facing interface systems on hardware and software that could be easily replaced by off-the shelf open source stuff, which will probably save them a lot of money.

more than 6 years ago
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Chinese Government Accused of Hacking Congress

willyhill Re:Windows Again! (237 comments)

Windows can be perfectly secure, if you exercise some common sense. My company's XP laptops are all encrypted, and require a password at boot time to work. You can also use BitLocker if you have Windows Vista. Your Solitaire dig is unfunny at best.

In any case, they had physical access to the machine, so unless you're encrypting the HDD, it's game over. Your stock Debian laptop would have been compromised as quickly as the one with Windows XP. Bastille Linux is just the same type of protection that can be had for Windows if you want or need it, and I'm guessing in this case they do want and need it. But it's not Windows' fault, and it's not Microsoft's fault, no matter how much you want that to be the case.

more than 6 years ago
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McAfee Picks the Most Dangerous TLDs

willyhill Re:Cross Platform Too. (184 comments)

Anyone moderating in this thread should be aware that "Mactrope" and "westbake" (who replied to this post) are the same person as twitter. Other sockpuppet accounts (which I assume will show up on this thread soon) include "inTheLoo", "gnutoo", "Odder", "Erris" and "willeyhill".

twitter uses multiple accounts to create the illusion that there is a discussion going on and try to get modded up (most of his accounts have negative karma). He calls it a dreadfully easy game, but doesn't always work.

Sorry for the offtopic post.

more than 6 years ago
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YouTube Fires Back At Viacom

willyhill Re:That about sums it up. (183 comments)

twitter, have you thought about maybe using the sig on all your accounts to alert people to the fact that you reply to yourself? If you insist on playing this "dreadfully easy" game, at the very least you could do it with some honesty.

You don't think that anyone who is curious will figure out that all "westbake" has ever done is post comments agreeing with twitter and all your other accounts?

more than 6 years ago
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Would You Rent a Song For a Dime?

willyhill Re:(cue piano music) (580 comments)

Completely offtopic here, but the other day I overheard the 14-year old daughter of a friend of mine remarking on what a beautiful song David Archuleta had written to sing in American Idol, and how he should have, like, totally won the competition if only for that.

I excused myself, went to the bathroom upstairs and laughed uncontrollably into a towel (to muffle the sound) for about five minutes.

more than 6 years ago

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Quakes deadlier because of climate change?

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

willyhill writes "CBS new is reporting that scientists believe earthquakes are becoming more and more deadly because of global warming, in the sense that the seismic energy being released by the temblors seems to be increasing. Apparently they analyzed data on more than 386,000 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 and concluded that the global annual energy of earthquakes on Earth has been increasing since 1990.

In a nutshell, the article seems to imply that the planet is absorbing more solar energy (almost a megawatt per square kilometer!) than it radiates back, and this is causing a thermal imbalance which in turn accelerates or triggers tectonic activity. But it seems unclear how they measure the deadliness of a quake. Are more people dying because the earthquakes are more intense, or because larger numbers of people tend to live in the areas affected by them?"

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Decent book clubs for SciFi nuts?

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

willyhill writes "I'm a SciFi and Fantasy book nut, but in the last few years I've found it more and more difficult to find the time to read. Contrary to what most people would think, I actually have a hard time finding books, rather than cuddling up with them. In reality, I don't have time to dick around at my local Barnes & Noble and browse books, and I find it dicey and expensive to do the same at Amazon or other online retailers.

I was looking at a magazine the other day and I found an advert for the Science Fiction Book Club . While my experience with CD clubs and the like in the past has not been entirely positive, I was prepared to give it a shot given the fact that it would be less expensive than Amazon in the long run. The problem was that their selection is not exactly grand. Having read the Simmons Hyperion Cantos for example, I was ready to give Ilium a go, but I could only find its sequel.

How do other Slashdot readers get their hands on SciFi books? I tried Googling for book clubs and the like but there's too much static out there, mostly caused by Oprah. Any suggestions would be appreciated!"

Journals

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Changes

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

First off, sockpuppet log updated. I have to hand it to the guy that runs that weird boycott site, he operates wide in the open. And it's just too funny to see him repeatedly asking twitter to stop.

Anyway, in the next few days the log will be transferred to a separate account dedicated only to maintaining that journal entry. Its purpose will be made clear in the profile area, and it will not be used to post. The account will be passed around as needed when the current maintainer finds he has no time (like me!). If not, then I guess it will just wither and die, but I hope by then it would have served a good purpose.

I am now actually in the process of moving to another city so I have no time for anything. I enjoyed my semi-retirement and 100% virtual telecommuting way too much it seems, and all good things must come to an end. The company I'm working for is actually finding strength in the general economic weakness, and I think they have very good products that deserve a chance to make it in the market. From a 3-man boutique software shop project to a fully-funded privately held corporation in three years flat (with no debt), along with an impressive client portfolio and almost 100 employees worldwide now. Nothing to sneeze at, and hopefully exciting times ahead for us. In any case, I was starting to get bored. My kids say I'm a workaholic, and they are absolutely right *grin*

Funny how this Slashdot thing has served as a sort of blog for me in the past few months. One of the nice things about the new company is that they provide a public-facing blog for the management team and most employees. I hope to take advantage of that, if only to speak about the drab technical details of managing IT infrastructure and reassure clients that we have our eyes on the prize. Probably no mentions of twitter (hah!) but my time here has certainly helped me better understand the power behind the software I've been using for the last 10 years or so. Zealotry aside, I believe free software is going to grow even more, especially in the server space, and will eventually occupy the one half of the IT sphere of operations that Microsoft will simply never be able to provide because their products are simply targeted at other things.

Anyway, I'll post a final journal entry in the next few days to let everyone know where the log is being kept. Take care everyone!

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Sockpuppet log updated

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Corrections and comments welcome.

Thanks to the unsung AC heroes as usual, I have no idea how you guys have the stomach to slog through all that crap.

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O HAI

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Well, I'm back. I've been back for about a week but not much time to post. I see that many a socks were created in my absence *grin*.

First off, responses to a few of the emails I got and couldn't reply to for whatever reason -

- guy with the soft drink nick: The answer is yes. But your reply-to: address is bouncing and your from: addy looks like it's work related so I didn't want to use it. Also, sorry but I don't know who you are on Slashdot.
- gourmand: Thanks for the list of trollpuppets, I'm in the process of updating the list. No problem on the other thing, will do.
- YeShallRemainAnonymousAsRequested: I digested your email and I think I agree. I think one of those comments was the missing link to the whole anti-slash connection that I did not have. But I need a bit more information, and your spoofed SMTP server or whatever it is is not working. I also need your permission to publish your message here. So please email me again if you can.

Thanks also to everyone who emailed me with possible socks, words of encouragement, etc. Funny how fighting abuse in a community brings out good things in people.

On a more personal note, my 2 weeks work/2 vacation ended up being more like 3/1, but it was good to back in Europe nonetheless. (hey clampolo, I did have a beer. Several actually, thanks). This is the first time I've ever been to Dublin, highly recommended. Beautiful place.

My company is probably going to merge with another similar firm that operates out of Dublin and Hamburg (I chuckled two days ago when I saw that AT&T commercial about the guy that has no bars and misses the call about not discussing the merger, that almost happened to me). What this means is my comfy DC wizard job will come to an end, replaced with a less comfy one that pays more but is probably boring as heck. I always envisioned spending my last few working years before retirement surfing the web and writing chapters of my book (20 year delay so far...), but it looks like that's not going to happen. The extra $$ is good, but not necessary at this point (unless the stock market collapses completely), so my real motivation is curiosity, because I've never had an upper management job. We'll see if I can stand being a PHB. Hah!

Well enough about me.

Anyway, I'm going to start updating the lists now, because I don't know if I'll have much time later.

Catch you all later-ish.

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Workation

willyhill willyhill writes  |  about 6 years ago

Going on work/vacation to crusty old Europe for the next four weeks (well actually 2 work and 2 pleasure).

Have fun, behave and paste new sockpuppets and trollpuppets below *grin*

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New twitter account

willyhill willyhill writes  |  about 6 years ago

For those of you who read my journal, be aware that he has a new account.

http://slashdot.org/~myCopyWrong

It's the same old tired offal, but he hasn't used it as a sockpuppet (yet), so it doesn't go into the log. Yet. (Update: Never mind that)

Thanks to the person who emailed me with this. I know it's a pain to decode that Slashdot spam armoring thing sometimes...

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The twitter monologues - Discussion II

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago Because of heavy trolling, this is a separate journal entry used to discuss the twitter sockpuppet log . As each one of these are archived by Slashdot, I'll create a new one.

Previous discussions (be aware there are some really insulting trols in some of these):

Here

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The twitter monologues - Discussion

willyhill willyhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago Due to some seriously heavy trolling in the comments, I've moved the contents of the sockpuppet log here . We can still discuss below if needed, just ignore the crapflooders.

Update: Fresh discussion space here.

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