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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 285

by PIBM (#48555881) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Years ago, I had a version of a webgame ad supported (you could pay to get rid of them and get non-game-modifying perks .. oh why was I against game modifying perks again .. ) and people cheating at the game weren't only damaging the game, they were also reducing the amount we were getting per thousand ads displayed and the value of the clicks.

One of the solution was not to display ads to players who would exhibit this behavior (false positive are much more costly when you ban a real user than simply not showing them ads) so yeah, this solution can work ( and people can do it manually by visiting ads that would pay based on the percentage of successful follow up and just leaving it waste it's time in another tab)

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 438

by PIBM (#48462387) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

My USB 2 sticks do something in the range 12-15MB/s

30 * 15MB/s would be 450MB, which is close to an SSD speed. And we don`t know if the bottleneck is the memory, the controller or the bus/drivers. I was mostly showing that it will be possible to reach that price and that the current value of the memory itself is already close while the parent was saying that SSD will never reach price parity with HDD.

I could also have pointed out that in the last 3 years HDD prices have mostly stagnated while SSD prices went down very fast for even better performances. I guess we will see!

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 438

by PIBM (#48461957) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

> There's no way that SSD is gonna come even remotely close in price.

In which timeline ? I've seen USB 2.0 128GB flash drive offered for 10$ for black friday. That`s 3.8TB of flash memory and tons of redundant parts for 300$. I gather it will not be `too long` before it's not worth it anymore to buy spinning drives.

Comment: Re:Lots of misconceptions here. (Score 1) 307

by PIBM (#48452503) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

I would disagree with that. Look at antibiotics. It`s not present in everyday's bacterial environment. A single event (high dosage of antibiotics) wipes out most of the population, yet some survive, and rare case some evolves to resiste them. And now we are getting stucks with bacterial agents that survive a lot of our antibiotics. why could not it work that way for those too ?

Comment: Re:Getting trolled (Score 1) 716

by PIBM (#48328507) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

I've been on the receiving side of death threats (and rape threat & imprisonment threats & more) a few times by those guys who purports to be an important (varying) company that has detected virus / illicit material / whatever being sent from your computer when I tell them I know what they are trying to do and there's no way I'm gonna pay them and to just stop calling... I once tried reporting them to the police (at each level) and the answer was simply that there`s nothing they can do and they won`t even take more information on it. Why would it be different in her case ?

Comment: Re:Add internet service at home? (Score 1) 170

by PIBM (#48255039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

About 20 miles from the closest metro area. The closest village (5k population), to which I belong, is 6 miles further.

In 2008 I organized a few people living nearby and I to request a commercial cable service to the principal provider in the area. I knew that when they received such request in the same area they had to act on it. The minimum service level agreement was for 3 years at 8mbps for 80$, thus the few of us who had to take the commercial service split the bills with the others who then were able to get their own service on it. Once the contract ended, we all moved to the better offerings which are using this line to serve us. The best out of it is that so far I've had 5 referrals, and if I get to 10 I will get a lifetime free subscription to my current service level. I`ll see if I can make it! :)

Comment: Re:Add internet service at home? (Score 2) 170

by PIBM (#48253145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Truly unlimited 30mbps/10mbps with fixed IP and nothing preventing me (either in the eula or network settings) from running my (home/game/file/whatever) servers for 59.95 CAD (~53.57$). Sadly I live in a remote location else there would be better options.

I guess he posted about his plan since it was told that the grandmother would use around 10 - 12 GB per month (1GB / 3 days or so) for which 300GB appear unlimited. I have seen many 50GB plans advertised for 19.99$ monthly if you have your own modem.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist