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Comment: Re:Dugg (Score 1) 314 314

After a few years of 4chan, I now often go out of my way to check the Post Anonymously button when I make a silly funpost on /.

But seriously, for all the /b/ad parts that it has, the "anonymous by default" (and enforcement by the culture calling out "namefags" and "tripfags") works. Maybe it's from stripping away the ego with posting under your name, but I also like not having to defend my posts if I say something stupid. It's like the ultimate Libertarian Free Speech Meme Swapping Zone.

And thanks to the Play Station thing today, I have discovered that /vr/ has Teh Comfy and will be going back.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 314 314

I personally prefer Slashdot's style of moderation for most things. (Where its limited to -2 to +5, and you have taxonomy built in).

But that's not why it works. It works because you only get 5 or 15 mod points at a time, you have 3 days to use them or lose them, and you only get them when you get enough micro-points (I think they're called "tokens") from normal usage such as reading threads.

When EVERYONE can upboat and downboat EVERY post with no limit, that's when the groupthink and circle-jerks begin. Metamod helps too, but not as much as simply making mod points something that happens only once or twice a month for normal users.

Comment: Re:Cell phone uses IPv6 (Score 1) 293 293

If you have a relatively recent (Motorola) router, Uverse uses a 6to4 translation. I have a /29 static, and while technically that means I have IPv6 space corresponding to all eight addresses in that range, I don't know if they would get routed properly. I'm moving in a few months and don't have time right now to dick around with routing the IPv6 into my LAN; I was happy enough that I was able to keep most of my old NAT LAN configuration without having the new router make me do tricks. But for the few machines I have on the WAN side, IPv6 does at least work okay as a client.

Comment: Re:The addresses are there... but still... (Score 1) 293 293

these companies (which I'd love to name)

Here, I'll name them for you... List of assigned /8 IPv4 address blocks

Well, okay, they're in that list somewhere along with everybody else. I've also heard that at least one of those networks in the UK (25/8?) isn't even connected to the routed internet, yet it is still assigned the space. And seriously, what does DISA really need four /8 blocks for?

And I find it ironic that HP ended up with two adjacent /8 blocks that can't be merged into a /7.

Comment: Re:Just reuse them... (Score 5, Interesting) 293 293

Also, the "Class D" (multicast) address space (224/4) is extremely under-utilized (IIRC, only 3 of the 16 /8s are even used), and IPv4 multicast is mostly a failure anyhow.

And the "Class E" space (240/4) is unusable because the TCP/IP stack in Windows NT and later was explicitly coded to consider those as bad addresses and not even attempt to communicate with them. Thanks a lot, anal-retentive programmer-guy.

Those two together account for 32 "Class A" equivalent addresses, or one eighth of the IPv4 address space.

Comment: Re:touchpad (Score 1) 75 75

Turn off all the multi-touch crap except two-finger scroll. "Tap to click" on a touchpad is one of the stupidest things ever invented. And the touchpads on Apple stuff have always been light years ahead of the old Alps touchpads with the "edge scroll". Whenever I have to use an old Dell from the 200x era it drives me nuts. Doubly so if the drivers aren't installed, because PS/2 emulation mode has tap-to-click enabled.

And if you want a mouse so bad, GET ONE. They're like ten bucks. No laptop has a built in mouse, the closest was the old PowerBooks with trackballs. I still don't see how it's faster to take you hands off the damn keyboard to mouse around, but hey, nobody is stopping you.

And you do have a thumb, right? The thumb is for clicking, the index finger for pointing. Maybe you're just doing it wrong?

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.