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Comment Typical Slashdot slander. (Score 0, Troll) 403

No wrong could possibly ever be done by the end user. It's always PayPal's fault. Ridiculous!

Half of the things that wikileaks does is borderline illegal. I'm not saying that the things they expose don't, but there might be better means of doing it. I have no idea if Wikileaks has broken the ToS but it's perfectly within PayPal's rights to freeze an account for fraud.

9 times out of 10, it's an automatic restriction put in place by various fraud rules. It happens and is also why PayPal doesn't lose their ass to fraud.

PayPal for the record of course wants to become a bank. But it's a long slow process to do so. Stop acting like PayPal is trying to skirt the law by not being a US bank. It's more of a hassle sometimes to not be and certainly costs more in the end.

Comment Amusing timing on this question.... (Score 1) 405

I started my unix-life about 13 years ago with FreeBSD. It was the 2.x.x era. It was young but super stable and used by many Internet power houses like Yahoo. Long story short, I eventually migrated mainly to Linux on my personal servers. I've been using Gentoo for about 5 years now. Now, I want a file-system to store all my stuff on my home server that is superior to ext3.

This quest has brought me back full circle to FreeBSD 8. I've used ZFS professionally for many years now and is my preference. So my first thought was to use OpenSolaris. Unfortunately, I was saddened to see that my old but still perfectly working 3ware 8xxx SATA cards are unsupported in Solaris. That left me with FreeBSD which had 3ware support and happily stable ZFS support.

Moral of the story is that while OpenSolaris has expanded hardware support here and there, it's still woefully short of "anything you might have laying around" type of support which is essential for the home hobbyist. Interestingly, while I'm sure there have been many under-the-hood changes over the years, FreeBSD from a user's perspective is still near identical to how it was all those years ago. That is somewhat disappointing because the menu-interface should've been drastically improved years ago. Seriously, why would I want to hit "Cancel" to move to the next menu?

But it gets the job done.

Comment Re:Bummer! (Score 1) 128

You clearly haven't tried to manage fraud on more than 70 million active accounts. Anybody that's had a high school statistics class will tell you that some innocent people are going to get caught in the net. Of course, it's not perfect. It never will be. Neither is the Visa fraud system that denies charges that it deems to be "out of character" for your habits. But I don't see you bitching that Visa won't let you buy a lifetime subscription to your favorite monkeyporn site.

My point is that, PayPal gets a bad rap because of a small minority of people that have had a bad experience because they met the fraud models that were put in place to protect the other millions and millions of customers. Sorry to hear about the misfortune. Life goes on.


Navigating a Geek Marriage? 1146

JoeLinux writes "I am soon to marry my true love (a girl! yes! they do exist!). She is a literary geek, whereas I am a gaming/Linux geek. Being the RTFM-style geeks that we are, we have been reading up on marriage, making things work, etc. Unfortunately, all of the references seem to be based around an alpha-male jock and a submissive cheerleader-style wife. A lot of the references to incompatibility in the books don't apply to us (neglect due to interest in sports, etc.). What are some of the pitfalls and successes learned in the course of a more geek-oriented marriage?"

Amazon Pulls Purchased E-Book Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm 645

Oracle Goddess writes "In a story just dripping with irony, Amazon Kindle owners awoke this morning to discover that 1984 and Animal Farm had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for, and thought they owned. Apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by George Orwell from people's Kindles and credited their accounts for the price. Amazon customer service may or may not have responded to queries by stating, 'We've always been at war with Eastasia.'"

Comment Re:The 3GS Unlock is available (Score 1) 376

So the ONLY difference between the two scenarios you're positing is possibly the number of phones jailbreak-able before they fix their code. Give me a break.

There will be literally millions of phones produced with 3.0. It's not like they're scarce. Also, 3.1 won't available before September at best. Apple really isn't that quick with their releases.

You're betting heavily that Apple's 3.1 code will be perfect. History has shown that code is never perfect (especially on something so complex) so if it is, Apple will have reached a computing milestone.


Bugatti's Latest Veyron, Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet? 790

Wired has an amusing writeup that accurately captures the most recent ridiculous addition to Bugatti's automobile catalog. The $2.1 million Veyron sports over 1,000 horsepower, a 16-cylinder engine, and a top speed of 245 mph. The guilty conscience comes for free. "That same cash-filled briefcase could buy seven Ferrari 599s or every single 2009 model Mercedes. You could snap up a top-shelf Maybach and employ a chauffeur until well past the apocalypse. Hell, in this economy, $2.1 million is probably enough to make you a one-man special-interest group with some serious Washington clout."

Comment Never understood the animosity... (Score 1) 160

Nerds seem to have a good bit of hate towards Twitter. I've never really understood why. It could be because of the ridiculous names associated with it. Twitter, tweeting, twits, etc. But these are the same people that have no problem whatsoever using Google, Yelp and even WYSIWYG apps.

Names aside, perhaps its because the 'common' people use it and find it enjoyable. Ditch the air of superiority and embrace what communication is becoming. For better or for worse, it's here to stay like e-mail. That fad from 30 years ago that is still around today.

Comment Slap in the face, perhaps not. (Score 1) 789

I'm not thrilled about not have a subsidy but I see the rationale. They don't want people dumping their suddenly displaced iP3G on eBay for $200, since people would lap that up without a contract because the current 3G phone is "good enough" for most people.

However, this move will hurt number of units moved, which in the end, I think Apple cares about more than the kickbacks they're getting from AT&T for contracts. This is probably just more AT&T dickery. There has been plenty of that today with the MMS and Tethering issues.

Comment Re:Evidence please? (Score 1) 458

I think he also ignores the fact that although music tastes vary widely from person to person, from my view the vast majority of independent label music is crap in most people's view. Does that mean it -is-? No, not necessarily. But mass-marketing is by definition, the taste of the masses or at least music that the masses will pay for.


Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In? 1127

sausaw writes "I recently had to write code in a hot dusty room for 20 days with temperatures near 107F (~41C); having nothing to sit on; a 64 Kbps inconsistent internet connection; warm water for drinking and a lot of distractions and interruptions. I am sure many people have been in similar situations and would like to know your experiences."
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FBI Seizes All Servers In Dallas Data Center 629

1sockchuck writes "FBI agents have raided a Dallas data center, seizing servers at a company called Core IP Networks. The company's CEO has posted a message saying the FBI confiscated all its customer servers, including gear belonging to companies that are almost certainly not under suspicion. The FBI isn't saying what it's after, but there are reports that it's related to video piracy, sparking unconfirmed speculation that the probe is tied to the leaking of Wolverine."

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