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+ - OpenDNS Guide redirection ends Friday

Submitted by Jim Efaw
Jim Efaw writes: Tired of the OpenDNS Guide surprise from website-unavailable.com when you go to an old link or a typo from some ISPs? Relief is at hand: On June 6, 2014, OpenDNS will stop redirecting dead hostnames to Guide and its ads; the OpenDNS Guide itself will shut down sometime afterwards. OpenDNS nameservers will start returning normal NXDOMAIN and SERVFAIL messages instead. Phishing protection and optional parental controls will still stay in place.

+ - SeaWorld canvasses employees for online poll

Submitted by Jim Efaw
Jim Efaw writes: Probably just par for the course these days: Orlando Business Journal held an online poll asking "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?" (a show that was previously discussed on Slashdot). SeaWorld decided to respond by going to "team members" and "encourage them to make their opinions known". 54% of votes cast were from the same SeaWorld IP address. Turns out that even without that IP, less than 10% had said it changed their perception, but no word on whether the other voters were just SeaWorld staff from somewhere else. Since the canvassing story broke, however, the votes have gone heavily towards "Yes". (I don't suppose having it on Slashdot will help, either.)

Comment: Daffy Khadaffy's precious bodily fluids (Score 1) 126 126

by Jim Efaw (#35342954) Attached to: Cracks Showing in the Libyan Firewall?

I would be worrying about my precious bodily fluids, not the internet.

He's been doing that quite enough. The whole time he's been in power, or at least the last 30 years or so, he has been obsessed with people being doped up, given alcohol, or otherwise polluted. A few days ago, he told the public to avoid any milk or Nescafe from the areas in rebellion because they had been spiked with hallucinogens.

Comment: Re:Persistent myth? (Score 1) 705 705

by Jim Efaw (#35271858) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

"It's a persistent myth that only the beating of tom-toms restores the sun after an eclipse. But is that really true?"

Odd: that's pretty much the intro line to well over a third of all programming on History Channel in the U.S. now. (Another third is historic battles recreated as computer animations with some guy talking about equipment like it was a football game; the rest is people selling crap someone had in their basement, which is about as close to actual history as they get now.) Watch for a revealing look (except not) at the life of Unix admins next season: The Admin's Book of Secrets.

Comment: Foxit status (Score 1) 177 177

by Jim Efaw (#34443698) Attached to: Google Quashes 13 Chrome Bugs, Adds PDF Viewer

So is this closed-source then? If so, then presumably it won't make it into Chromium.

I think Foxit is proprietary, but it's really, really fast; display speed between Foxit PDF Reader and Adobe Reader isn't even a contest. Last I checked it leaves Ghostscript in the dust too. I haven't used anything but Foxit for Windows PDF reading for a while now. Now, Poppler (which uses Cairo) is a different story: those libraries are pretty fast. Chromium might be able to do something interesting with a Poppler-based reader instead of Foxit.


+ - ABC, CBS, & NBC block Google TV->

Submitted by markjhood2003
markjhood2003 writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service... Spokespeople for the three networks confirmed that they are blocking the episodes on their websites from playing on Google TV, although both ABC and NBC allow promotional clips to work using the service". Google has responded, "Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owners' choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform." Is the opening shot in the media companies' bid to end network neutrality?
Link to Original Source

Comment: Another brilliant title (Score 1) 157 157

by Jim Efaw (#33990306) Attached to: Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords
"Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords." Yeah, it's called Gmail. At least the article summary was closer to reality than usual. Since we're on the subject: has anyone else been getting the suspicion that article summaries from other Slashdot editors lately are really kdawson also?

BP Caught Photoshopping Disaster Response Photos 560 560

Posted by kdawson
from the at-least-hire-a-decent-graphics-jockey dept.
An anonymous reader tipped a post up on Americablog revealing that BP Photoshopped a fake photo of their crisis command center and posted it on their main site. The blogger commented, "I guess if you're doing fake crisis response, you might as well fake a photo of the crisis response center." While this story was just being picked up by the Washington Post, an Americablog reader spotted another doctored BP photo on their website, this time of a "top kill" working group. How many others?

Comment: GNU is a Linux convention... or something (Score 1) 210 210

by Jim Efaw (#32624170) Attached to: Google Introduces Command-Line Tool For Linux

Linux conventions dictate that whole word options be preceded with a double hyphen

Isn't that a GNU convention?

FSF should rename it "GIOL Is Often Linux" so we don't need the slash between the parts anymore. (OK, that sounds trollish, but it's barely dawn on a weekend, so it's as good as I get right now.)

Comment: Re:AOL needs to be stopped (Score 1) 122 122

by Jim Efaw (#32600838) Attached to: AOL Dumps $1.2 Billion Worth of Acquisitions

"They seem to ruin everything they touch."

They should stick to touching themselves.

They already did that: after changing from QuantumLink then making several years of "improvements" to AOL they ran out of gold they could turn into lead, and had to hop aboard the dot-com strategy of throwing up blindingly huge amounts of cash to get anyone to consider associating with them.

Comment: BBC = military barracks in in Pakistan. Uh, yeah. (Score 1) 553 553

by Jim Efaw (#32201064) Attached to: Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word
Of course real BBC World News America doesn't have any results for "malamanteau" at all. Not only is that alleged "BBC America News" at bbcnewsamerica.com fake, but its alleged postal address is "DHA Lahore" (that's military barracks) with no further detail.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries