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Comment: Re:Sometimes sellers do truly ask for 1 cent (Score 1) 138

by Dagger2 (#48605009) Attached to: Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

I find this to be really irritating when sellers on eBay do it... but Amazon actually fix shipping prices for Marketplace. For instance, shipping on books/CDs/DVDs/games is $3.99. (Full list.) For sellers on Amazon Marketplace, a price of 1c means "we would've sold this to you cheaper, but Amazon won't let us."

What they ought to do is to just merge the shipping price in with the product price. Combined shipping would make that impossible (since the price would depend on what other items you have in your basket), but Amazon don't even allow that, so adding a book to your basket is going to increase the total shipping cost by $3.99. It makes no sense as a separate figure.

Comment: Re:Expert? (Score 1) 414

by Dagger2 (#48567451) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Like we had the upper hand in shutting Code Red, Blaster and the like down?

Those worms weren't self-intelligent and they weren't even trying to hide. Imagine an AI that signs itself up for the 12 month free AWS trial and spends that time not bringing any attention to itself. You can't pull the plug if you don't know which plug to pull. Maybe you don't even realize that a plug even needs pulling.

Or maybe the AI spends its time trying to spread over the internet as far as it can. I doubt we'd ever pull off a shutdown of the entire internet, let alone a complete purge of all executable data on every computer system on the planet, which is roughly what we'd need to do to make sure we got rid of it. I don't think you can rely on "we had a kill switch".

Comment: Re:Some Sense Restored? (Score 1) 522

by Dagger2 (#48170353) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

In RHEL 7 and downstreams, you can choose between LVM2, standard partitioning, or btrfs as ways to carve up your disks. It would be nice to have systemd as an option

From what I've heard of systemd, I'm honestly not quite sure whether this was -- as I initially thought -- badly phrased, or if they are in fact planning to roll partitioning into systemd along with everything else.

Comment: Re:More bloat, less marketshare (Score 1) 114

by Dagger2 (#48158873) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Mozilla has had nightly 64-bit builds for many months now, but nobody wants to use them to help test and get things working more quickly

You have this backwards. Mozilla tried to kill 64-bit Nightly builds two years ago, even though about 50% of Nightly users were using them at the time. Those users (somewhat predictably) weren't too happy and complained, and Mozilla eventually left 64-bit builds running, but disabled crash reports and automated testing, and refused to commit paid dev time to keeping it compiling or passing the tests. Plus they originally planned to automatically migrate those users to 32-bit, though that never actually happened. That's not exactly "nobody wants to use them to help test".

(References: [1] and [2].)

Of course, fast forward to a few months ago and Chrome's announcements of 64-bit, and suddenly it's "oh, we've been doing 64-bit builds for years".

Comment: Re:Meanwhile, on Pale Moon (Score 1) 114

by Dagger2 (#48158431) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Then they replace their UI code so they do all of those things

Nope, different projects. Australis wasn't part of any of those.

and because you don't like it missing some features

More like, Mozilla deliberately killed some features because they thought we were too stupid to handle them, and when people asked them not to, they basically said "sod off, we don't care".

Would you rather have a browser you can still customize away from the defaults, or something like Firefox 2 or 3, where you have to sacrifice a lamb to change the UI substantially

Hm. I'm on Firefox 3.6 and it's a ton easier to customize than Australis. I prefer to have my stop and reload buttons between back/forward and the address bar. On 3.6 I just do it, on Australis I can't do it at all. Same deal with a bunch of other stuff. I guess I can't easily rearrange icons on the status bar, but then I can't do that with Australis either, can I?

presume that the only thing they need to do in order to get their way is spew more and more vitriol

It's more like: we've tried every other option and Mozilla just doesn't give a shit, so what's left to do but to bitch? If we shut up about it, they'll just assume we were complaining because stuff changed, rather than because we didn't like what it changed *to*.

All of that energy could have solved a real problem by now

"My browser pisses me off every time I use it" actually is a real problem for some of us. I groan every time I need to launch Australis to test some newly committed feature, there's no way in hell I could deal with that every single time I need to open a webpage -- and I'd have a hard time getting any other problems solved if I was that pissed off all the time.

Comment: Re: Great idea at the concept stage. (Score 1) 254

by Dagger2 (#47862919) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

My recommendations to that are a) use DNS anyway (you can limit which clients get access to which zones, so you can keep them internal if you really want), or at least a hosts file, b) pick your IPs carefully to avoid dealing with horrible addresses, c) copy/paste.

# host has address has IPv6 address 2001:470:0:76::2

16 characters vs 13 characters isn't too bad, and it's the same effort to copy/paste either way... and if NAT is involved then the v4 side gets silly because you have to deal with two addresses for that machine, which is definitely more effort than those 3 extra characters.

Comment: Re: Great idea at the concept stage. (Score 1) 254

by Dagger2 (#47840137) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Neither. That's just an IP.

If it was http://2001::48:8080/ then you'd be connecting on port 80. If it was http://[2001::48:8080]:8080/, then it'd be port 8080. It's not the most wonderful syntax, but it's not ambiguous either... and it's not like anybody deals with IPs on a regular basis anyway, because we have this "DNS" thing that saves you from doing it.

Comment: Re: Great idea at the concept stage. (Score 1) 254

by Dagger2 (#47840111) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

That decision was made almost 20 years ago, and I haven't had much luck finding any records of the discussion about it. I can, however, point out that there's a big difference between numbering networks and numbering hosts. A 48-bit space for numbering hosts is tight; a 64-bit space for numbering networks is not.

And your ISP is supposed to be giving at least a /56, so take your allocation size up with them. If they won't give you more, it's not IPv6's fault, it's their fault.

Comment: Re:Yeah, that's gonna work (Score 1) 254

by Dagger2 (#47840069) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Uh... yes there is.

a) Being able to connect to someone else's (or your own) v6 machine is useful.
b) Not needing NAT is very useful. It's much, much easier to manage a network that doesn't use NAT.

Even putting (a) aside, (b) makes it cheaper and nicer to admin your network. Unless you're a masochist, why wouldn't you want that?

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