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Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 470

by BitZtream (#47721955) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I would be very interested to see the analytics supporting the notion that people were clicking enough ads

Its trivial to track for a webmaster, Google Adwords + Analytics do 99.9% of the work out of the box with a couple mouse clicks, and it most certainly does work well for the marketing using the ads if done properly.

You can waste money on ads, but figuring out if they are working, how well they are working and how much money you are making as a result of ad clickthroughs has been a solved problem for several years.

Comment: Re:spam (Score 4, Insightful) 44

by BitZtream (#47721425) Attached to: Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

Everytime he posts the only thought that comes to mind is ...

OMG I DO NOT FUCKING CARE WHAT THIS IGNORANT MORON THINKS ABOUT THINGS HE UTTERLY FAILS TO UNDERSTAND IN EVERY WAY.

This no different than every other instance. He's a moron who thinks people care what he has to say and thinks he actually knows what he's talking about. He's the worst kind of ignorant, too stupid to realize how ignorant he is.

Comment: Re:Ready in 30 years (Score 1) 295

by BitZtream (#47708471) Attached to: If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Actually, its fairly trivial. I'm working on doing it in my back yard workshop actually. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Fusion is very easy to attain if you know the physics involved.

Net energy surplus is something else entirely. Its the harvesting part that is killing it right at this moment, but much like building a workshop fusor is trivial now that its well understood, in 100 years, building a fusion reactor might not be a whole lot different. Fusion has some really beautiful requirements that make it naturally safe from a 'OMG THE PLANT IS GONNA BLOW CAPTAIN' perspective.

Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 195

by BitZtream (#47704865) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

No, not really.

You can't climb a ladder and take pics of some girl sunbathing in her backyard legally if she is behind a privacy fence that you had to go out of your way to see over, that includes using a drone to do so.

If you have to take explicit action to circumvent something providing privacy, you don't magically get a free pass for doing so and more than you get a free pass for robbing a hows because the door was unlocked.

Comment: Re:well (Score 4, Interesting) 195

by BitZtream (#47704833) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

A) it does, since it applies to taking photos. You can't really take a photo without a camera, can you?
B) Depends on how you try to protect it. In most locations, an attempt to be private means its private. I.E. a privacy fence means you have an expectation of privacy. Having sex in a public park doesn't count, but in your hot tub with a fence around that a normal person can't see over and you should be able to assume your actions are private.

Comment: Re:No retraining costs the other way? (Score 1) 570

by BitZtream (#47700373) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

since Microsoft products make major UI changes between versions that require just as much training.

The only Major change since Office 98 was Office 2007, and most users picked it up naturally. Only cranky old 'get off my lawn' users really had a problem with it. Power users using keyboard shortcuts didn't notice.

Windows Vista was a bit of a shocker, and as such, we skipped for that any various other reasons.

And I'm guessing you're implying that Linux apps aren't restructured just for the sake of restructuring them ... at which point I'd have to say you've either never used Linux or are intentionally lying out your ass.

Comment: Re:Why not google docs? (Score 4, Informative) 570

by BitZtream (#47700273) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

The paid version has the server in our control, maintained by us.

There is no version of Google Apps that is hosted on customer premise. Your company does not control the servers.

Google only updates the executables and server side stuff

They update whatever they want, its not on your servers. Your admins can select various options regarding what you see and how it feels and when you get new versions of the software, but its all in a Google data center somewhere.

they dont get to see any data or anything.

Google can read all your documents and email in the blink of an eye if its on Google Apps.

The authentication server somehow switches from mail.google.com to $company.com/mail somehow.

Just because your domain is attached to it, doesn't mean you're hosting it. Anyone can do this, even in the free version of Google Apps for Domains. $company.com is DNS CNAME to ghs.google.com. Go ahead, look for yourself.

Our company legal is quite sharp. They really would not like our documents outside our control.

Reality would disagree with those statements on both accounts.

But given the response we get from Google for down times and tech support questions it is likely to be between 50$ to 100$ per seat per year.

Its $50/year, same as everyone else who pays for Google Apps for Enterprises, unless you've negotiated a lower rate.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 5, Insightful) 570

by BitZtream (#47700071) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

but figured that the city would prefer to save money

If you spend more than 2 days total over the course of an employees time at a company to convert them from MS Windows and Office to Linux you've lost money, even on the lowest paid employee you have.

Contrary to what you think, the cost of Windows and Office licenses are nothing as far as cost of doing business.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1, Insightful) 297

by BitZtream (#47697075) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Bullshit.

If he was going to be shipped to the US, England would have done it in the time they had the opportunity to do so well before he went into the embassy. You do realize there was plenty of time to do so right? No, oh thats right, you're just ignoring reality and using the tiny bits of silly things that you want to use to put assange on some silly pedestal.

If you really believe that he's afraid of Sweden shipping him to the US, you're an ignorant moron.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 2, Insightful) 297

by BitZtream (#47697015) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

'nudge nudge' 'wink wink' would have simply put a bullet in his head over 2 years ago if they wanted to. The only person who cares about what Assange says at this point is himself. No intelligent person gives a shit what he says anymore, he's proven repeatedly that he's nothing more than an attention whore who twists things to promote his own personal agenda.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

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