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Comment: Re:Websites are slowly catching on (Score 2) 304

by LVSlushdat (#49786609) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

And then you get sites like Slashdot, which have this wonderful checkbox that says because I am such a good user, that they will disable advertising for me if I want. Which even if I do, I still get ads served up to me - hence another reason for ad blocking software.

Yeah.. I noticed that.. Rightt now, here on Slashdot, where I'm such a good user, I get to have ads turned off, uBlock is reporting 2 ad networks are *still* trying to put their shit on my system.. Good job, Dice.. Good thing I use Linux instead of Windows...

Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 1) 164

by LVSlushdat (#49778521) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

The only thing that windows does better there in windows 8 is video drivers..

I beg to differ on that.. I have a Dell Precision M4400 that I generally run Linux on. The laptop has Nvidia Quadro FX580M 512mb discrete video. I've *never* had a
hiccup on Linux, using the Nvidia "blob" driver. I did some work for a friend on his Windows install, and rather than pay me, he gave me a spare shrink-wrapped
retail copy of Windows 8.1. Just for shits/grins, I took a spare drive, popped it in the laptop instead of the Linux disk, and installed 8.1.. Figured since I'm the defacto neighborhood "tech support" I might as well get familiar with 8.1, since the last Windows I had any exposure to was Windows 7. The install went ok, and after the several reboots, the system *appeared* to be up and running.. No sooner did I get a local account created on the damn thing (don't want me no MS account...), the fucking thing blows a bluescreen.. the goofy new BSOD screen tells me its a "video_tdr_failure" in "nvlddmkm.sys"... Which of course is part of the Nvidia driver that MS plops on your system if you have an Nvidia card.. And of course, they've changed the way to get into safe mode... I screwed around with it for a while and then just said "Fuckit", and went back to Linux... Guess I'll peddle the package on Craigslist and see what I can get for it...

Comment: Yikes.... (Score 1) 206

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) 618

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....

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