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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

wvmarle Re:Doesn't valuation work the other way around? (60 comments)

Of course. I have no idea where you'd get the idea it's done the other way around.

Just check out TFA, for example. Alibaba is currently estimated to be worth about US$153 bln. That is based on their IPO work and other analyses, and has nothing to do with Yahoo's stake in the company as such. So the 24% of Yahoo in that comes to almost $37b (which happens to be just a little less than the total market cap of Yahoo itself). That's how this valuation of Yahoo's stake is done, not the other way around.

44 minutes ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

wvmarle Re:The US needs a constitution (629 comments)

The main thing of your political system that needs to be fixed is the lack of choice, i.e. you need more political parties. Like all real democracies in this world have.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

wvmarle Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

I've mis-used databases just as you describe. And continue to do so. That's fine, I'm an amateur, and I never needed to handle databases larger than a couple thousand rows. I could probably get away with tens or hundreds of thousands of rows before running into problems.

Now if I were to develop something that needed a billion rows - that's a different story, and I do know my current approach won't work and I'd have to learn a lot about databases to pull it off. And submitter is obviously trying to do that (or at least something that needs a few rows and hoping it grows larger than Facebook and Google combined, so he needs scalability). Also I believe submitter doesn't really know what he's talking about.

If you really need to be able to handle that kind of data sets, and have even just a subset of the skills needed, you don't come to Slashdot for advice. You'd know who to ask - a friend or colleague who does just that.

So submitter may have big dreams, he almost certainly doesn't have the skills to have even a fighting chance of making it. And with that I don't need the actual database management skills, but the skills of knowing where your weaknesses are, knowing who can fill those gaps, and asking those people (maybe by having a discussion over a beer, or by hiring them outright).

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

wvmarle Re:Serves Blender right, for using Youtube (306 comments)

If you want any viewers - more than just the people involved in making the movie and their close friends - you don't have much choice but to go the YouTube route.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

wvmarle Re:Perjury? (306 comments)

These claims can only be proven true or false in court - which means one way or another the accused infringer will have to go to court. A simple counter claim does not invalidate the original request, as the counter claim can be just as invalid as the original claim. So for a DCMA takedown notice to be proven false, you'd need a takedown notice, then a counter claim, followed by a law suit where the copyright holder (the person whose content was incorrectly taken down) manages to win a judgement in his favour.

Besides that it will be hard to find a copyright holder to go through all this (and what are three judged false notices on half a million correct, i.e. undisputed, ones?), it's going to take years before judgements are granted, considering how slow the judiciary normally works.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

wvmarle Re:The facts differ (245 comments)

The professor is addressing his students on a professional basis - he's getting paid for it - so there's clearly financial gain in play.

In his teaching he points out additions to the text, possible omissions, insights that have changed since the printing of the book (e.g. Pluto is not a planet any more). He gives the students the patches (bits of information) to add to their text books ("cross out 'nine', replace by 'eight'; cross out 'Pluto' from the list of planets and add it to a new category called 'dwarf planets'.").

The fact that one is done by computer, the other by hand, shouldn't change anything.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

wvmarle Re:Use != modification (245 comments)

Slashdot is subject to the jurisdiction of US courts, not EU courts.

you are just as entitled to use it with or without the official support of the original manufacturing company.

Using it doesn't include modifying it

So all those students in US college adding notes to their text books, crossing out bits, etc - thereby modifying the book, which is presumably falling under copyright - are all breaking the law? Time to go after them!

And if you don't agree this is illegal, why would it be different to modify the software you run?

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

wvmarle Re:How much does it cost to upgrade? (245 comments)

It was a fight just to get core, mission critical apps to work with IE 9; 10 and 11 are out of the question.

Sounds like time to bite the bullet and write them to use web standards for the user interface (this is obviously a web-app as you use a browser for access - so if you're doing anything more than displaying a user interface and maybe some basic input sanity checking and you're doing something wrong to begin with). As an added bonus this will relieve you of your dependency on IE and Windows, and it would even work on non-Windows systems such as most tablets.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

wvmarle Re:Microsoft: Support XP users (341 comments)

I was more thinking, at least for UK users, why can't the government arrange for MS to make those patches publicly available? After all it's tax payer's money they use for it. And that means all of the UK citizens contribute to it, one way or another. It'd only be fair for those patches to be available for the rest of them as well.

After which it's of course just a small step to make it available to the world - and do the Internet at large a big favour.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

wvmarle Re:This will not end well (193 comments)

If you're worried about gaining two minutes a day by getting faster computer hardware, maybe you should first have a look at the coffee machine. I bet there's much more of a time saving to be found there.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

wvmarle Re:Biggest saving is... (193 comments)

The requirement of stuff like Google Apps account and having Google do your identity management, will be a huge turn-off for many corporations. Unless Google has an option to have these services all in-house.

Especially when it comes to sensitive data (and not just medical, my personal financial records for example I don't want out in the open either) I'd like to keep it at home. Not unencrypted on someone else's cloud. And definitely not in some foreign country, where organisations like an NSA are active.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

wvmarle Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

If a window breaks, you can still see through it. If a monitor in your tank breaks?

Simple. Open the hatch, stick your head out. Enjoy the wind in your face, the whistling of the birds.

Wait a moment ... Birds? There are no birds in the desert!

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

wvmarle Re:Security improvement. (193 comments)

Microsoft vs Google.

If that's the choice I'd still go for the second. Gut feeling says Google cares more about preventing NSA snooping than MS. And now I don't exactly like Google's snooping to target their ads better (they do a pretty shitty job there anyway), at least it won't get you on secret no-fly lists.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

wvmarle Re:Translation (193 comments)

They're replacing a current stock of 4,300 of what used to be mid- to high-end hardware (when they were bought of course - after all they were designed to run Windows - replacement would mean current mid- to high-end stuff or Windows won't run well) with 2,300 low-end ones.

That cuts down the number of computers in half, and it cuts the per-unit hardware cost. I can't imagine them saving some 150 pounds per unit on license cost alone. Windows isn't that expensive in OEM licenses. The price difference between a typical Chromebook and a typical Windows laptop is more than the Windows license itself.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

wvmarle Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

I take it you're Amish?

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

wvmarle Re:expect carriers to drag their feet. (218 comments)

And why would someone go to their mobile network provider, and not the independent shop around the corner to buy a new one, or maybe a second hand one? Let along upgrading their contract, just because their phone is stolen? Just doesn't make sense.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

wvmarle Re:Contact the Linux Foundation (266 comments)

So you report a bug the way you're supposed to, it barely gets attention, and you think re-reporting it the same way will suddenly do the trick?

Well repeated often enough it may - but it also shows the failure of devs to use their own bug tracking system.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

wvmarle Re:RMS mentions a comparable situation (266 comments)

The sad part is that it is a known bug, that got introduced breaking a perfectly working feature, and is still not fixed. It is not a new feature they're asking for, just to retain something that was always there.

This is programmers not doing their job - and it being FOSS that is distributed for free is irrelevant as it's more than a hobby-level tool we're talking about. It's production-level software, and essential to the operation of a large number of computer systems.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: backup solution for small business

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "For my small business I am looking for a reliable backup method, allowing me to relatively easily recover my data from a crash. This includes email (Cyrus IMAP), LDAP, /etc, user home directories, and other user generated data. This is all stored on a single server; users mount /home over NFS. No important data on the work stations.
There are two issues I am struggling with: first of all the backup method. Currently I'm making a simple tarball (daily updates, weekly updates, monthly full backups); while reasonably effective it's not easy to recover data and ldap/mysql databases don't like to be recovered that way. I've been looking at software but there are so many solutions that I do not know where to start. Something reasonably easy to manage, and reasonably easy to restore, with a scheme similar to the above.
Secondly the storage medium. Currently my backups are on a separate hard disk inside the server. Again not the best solution. I have been looking to use e.g. flash drivers for external storage, but my .tgz monthly dumps are about 30 GB and the largest USB drive that I found is barely bigger, doesn't make me feel happy. Also too much for DVD-Rs. And it's not enough to think about tape. Removable hard disks I wouldn't like to just toss in my bag to take them home for off-site storage, just hoping they survive those trips. I'm not really looking for permanent backup, 3-6 months while rotating the media will do."
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Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "Microsoft has decided to take action against Windows systems in China that fail the "Windows Genuine Advantage" check. Since the latest automatic updates, many users find their desktop background to be changed to black. This has left many users fuming and looking for alternatives. Also Microsoft Office is targeted, and Chinese software producers supplying competing products see their downloads soar by as much as 50% already. One of the main complaints is that Microsoft is hacking end user's computers, and users are afraid that if today Microsoft changes their background, what will they do tomorrow? More news reports available here and here."

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