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Comment: Yikes.... (Score 1) 203

by LVSlushdat (#49734893) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

These people are even more batshit insane than the government here in the good ole USA...Thats what you get with people writing laws on subjects they have ABSOLUTELY NO knowledge about... And to think I was close to emigrating to Australia back in the early 70s, after visiting there in my youth... May saner heads prevail....

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 2) 616

by LVSlushdat (#49711811) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

Install Ghostery and watch how many ads and tracking beacons are used by some sites, and ask yourself if you would be fine with the site folding because people proactively block ads.

Yeah.. *right* here, right now, on /. Ghostery is blocking 7 trackers and uBlock is blocking 2 ads, DESPITE my having ads turned OFF... Ever since "slice and DICE" got their claws into this website its gone to the dogs... Oh well...

Comment: On a similiar note... (Score 4, Interesting) 532

by LVSlushdat (#49629021) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

I blew out the tendons in both of my legs in July 2013 in a weird trip/fall, and went to the hospital for surgery to repair the tendons. I recieved a bill in February 2015 from the anesthesioligist for $1400, which is like 22 months AFTER the fact.. The billing was from one of those third-party physician billing companies, and their excuse for WHY it took close to 2 FUCKING years to bill me for that service??? I quote "The doctor only sent us the info in January 2015"... There should be some kind of statute of limitations on this shit, but I'm not holding my breath...

Comment: Re:Voluntary IP address submission? (Score 1) 323

Kinda like the definition of voluntary that the IRS uses.. where you "voluntarily" file your yearly "confession" or we ruin your life... There for a while the IRS was using the term "voluntary compliance" everytime they opened their mouths.. Two words that don't go together very well...

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 329

by LVSlushdat (#49563635) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

If you're that picky about your carriers and contracts, I wonder how the hell you own a cell phone.

There are a lot of features on that device that I have no interest in running, never had any interest in running, and will never have any interest in whatsoever, and yet there it is, sucking my battery dry.

*some* of us don't do cellphone contracts... In case you didn't know, theres all sorts of no-contract cellphone providers, where you actually pay ONLY for what you actually *use*, like

And if you don't like the bloatware on your phone, chances are quite good you can root it, and remove that crap.... It isn't that hard..

Comment: Re:Why would a non-sports person have cable? (Score 2) 329

by LVSlushdat (#49563503) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Oh yesss... I was also born without the "sports gene"... It puzzles me why otherwise seemingly normal people go absolutely bonkers over a bunch of guys on a field chasing a ball and beating each other senseless, better known as football... Or what passes for the other "national pastime", baseball... Which is why I'm really tired of getting charged a fairly large sum of money (~$5/mo) for that ESPN crap.. I'd gladly cut the cord, and do streaming of what few shows I care to watch over my 50/12 cable internet connection, but wifey won't budge.. Oh well..

Comment: Those of us withOUT the "Sports Gene".... (Score 2) 329

by LVSlushdat (#49563373) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Those of us who were born without the "sports gene" would seriously LOVE to be able to get a tv package withOUT that ESPN crap.. Of course, if it didnt heavily contribute to the cost of the tv package, I wouldn't care, but since it DOES add to the package cost, it could die a gruesome death as far as I'm concerned. You GO, Verizon... Kick those ESPN lawyers in the ass....

Comment: Re:Sincerly, it's the advertisers fault (Score 2) 286

by LVSlushdat (#49529109) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

As I see it there are two major issues with website ads.. The annoyance factor, and more importantly, the VERY big risk of getting malware embedded with the ads, from a LOT of the sketchy ad-networks. At least if you're on Windows, I'd find the second issue to be FAR FAR more important than the first.. I have a small business doing Windows cleanup and migrating a lot of XP users over to Ubuntu. I've been looking at a program that appears to be a godsend in keeping the crap OFF of Windows, its called "Sandboxie", it allows you to run pretty much any Windows app (your browser?) in a sandbox. If perchance, you pick up malware from webbrowsing, you simply delete the sandbox. Your base Windows install remains clean since you never browse with a non-sandboxed browser. I'm considering looking this to my repertoire of tools to keep Windows clean....

Comment: Re:I don't even mind ads (Score 1) 286

by LVSlushdat (#49528755) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

The problem is that ANY ad, glaring flash-based in-your-face OR a tastefully presented text ad usually come from one of the many ad networks.. These ad networks have a VERY bad reputation for including malware with their supplied ads.. I'm a retired support tech/net admin, and run a small side business fixing borked up Windows systems, plus getting people OFF of XP... One of the first things I put on a rebuilt Windows system, which is only done when I can't talk the user into switching to XUbuntu instead, is Firefox, Ghostery, Adblock.. The bottom line is, even with the improved security model in current Windows versions, a stock Windows install is still wide open for getting owned by malware from these bad ad-networks... This is why I've quit using Windows personally, and even still use the listed addins for Firefox...

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 2) 538

The people in these assclown's districts are, for the most part, as ignorant as the assclowns they keep electing.. All these elected idiots have to do is be seen getting bills passed to send pork to the home district and regular as clockwork, they get reelected. I live in Nevada and Harry Reid, the "poster-child" for Congressional idiocy is one of the Senators from this state. The last time he was up for re-election, there was quite a wave of voter fraud, a small amount I personally witnessed, as I was a Republican poll-watcher during that election season. Our local (R) people took the matter up with the local Registrar of Voters, who, in turn, passed it up the chain to the State AG, who promptly sat on it.. Of course our AG was a loyal (D), thus HAD to "protect" Dingy Harry from losing the election... Once these turdbags infect your government, its really hard to get rid of them.. I'd hoped we'd be able to get rid of Harry Reid during his reelection campaign using the "Tom Daschle" trick.. For those who don't remember history, Senator Tom Daschle was a Senator from North Dakota, and who, also, had been the Senate Majority Leader, but unlike Reid, his constituents flushed him down the drain in 2004...

Comment: HEY! (Score 1) 53

by LVSlushdat (#49388669) Attached to: V'Ger Source Code Released

All you peole who don't like the April Fools Day articles.. Why don't you just take a break from Slashdot for the day? Those of us who think they're funny and are enjoying them think you're all a bunch of complainers.... Take a days vacation for heavens sake.. The less funny Slashdot that you seem to prefer will be here for you tommorrow...


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