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Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 2) 194

by RavenLrD20k (#49785743) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

When I've run my sites in the past, I've never put a single banner on that page that wasn't my own... except for a single page that was specifically built just to allow access for my users to make use of my affiliate programs. That one page had one affiliate block each for Amazon, DigiKey, NewEgg, and TigerDirect. The rest of the page was banner links to friends' pages where they were selling their own products or services. I made dick on running that entire ad page (maybe 60 cents over the course of that 2 year run), and I never expected to make any money off of it. It was only there as a side service to customers that were already cruising the rest my site for my products/information. My direct revenue at that time was only ever from whatever product or service I was using that site to sell, not advertisements from 3rd party sources. If I was running a blog on a page of the site, I wasn't making money off of it. That was just a way to put my own opinions out there. If you went there, read through it, maybe left a comment... great. Not once on that page were you going to be subjected to any kind of advertising. The #1 compliment that my customers and site visitors gave me on the site design? It was a refreshing break from the rest of what they had to deal with on the web. Simple, sleek, great use of colors, and the fastest loading pages that they've ever seen since the inception of the commercialized web.

If you are a large syndicated news site, charge a subscription fee. That's fine with me. If I like a sampling of your articles, I'll probably pay for a subscription. If enough people feel you're worth the subscription fee...great, you get to live. If you're Joe Sixpack running a personal blog and putting your opinions out there with a ton of clickbait ads all over your page... Guess what; opinions are like assholes: Everyone has one and every single one stinks. You want to support yourself by putting yet another source of near useless information out there and rely on that for your only bit of income? You deserve to flounder when no one clicks your ads, blocks the ads, or just doesn't visit your site after the first go. If you're not truly insightful, you're offering nothing for society. If you were truly insightful, you'd be able to put your money where your mouth is and make something of all those wonderful ideas you have, and use that to make your money on...instead of bombarding me with garbage ads for enlarging my dick or what ever one neat trick pony they put up on your piece of shit site.

Basically it comes down to this: do something useful that I'm willing to buy into? I'll go to your site and buy all day. Use your blog to bullshit me like a damn street hawker and then flash all kinds of ads in my face? Fuck you, goodbye. I listen to enough bullshit all day, I don't need yours too.

Comment: Re:But Macs "just work", right? (Score 3, Insightful) 193

by RavenLrD20k (#49782619) Attached to: A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot

Never. Ever. Do. That. Again.
Or I will mark you as a troll if I have mod points. And frankly, I hope somebody does that to this one.

If you're going to post an informative link from Wikipedia, go straight to Wikipedia; not that wikiwand crap. Using that link to a site pushing a formatting extension that changes the way wikipedia's UI format looks is trolling for users to hijack with a MitM attack. This is fucking /. The general population knows better than to install random extensions from unverified sources. Go pedal your crapware on reddit.

+ - How Does the iPhone Do That: Behind the Downfall at BlackBerry

Submitted by writes: Ian Austen has an interesting interview in the NYT with the Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, authors of "Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry," that offers details about the emotional and business turmoil surrounding the collapse of the once-dominant smartphone maker’s fall into near market obscurity. Most interesting is Balckberry's initial reaction to the iPhone. "It was an interesting contrast to the team at Google, which was working on smartphones at the time. Google seemed to realize immediately that the world had changed and scrapped its keyboard plans. At BlackBerry, they sort of dismissed the need to do anything about it in the short term," says McNish. "One thing that they misunderstood is how the game had changed when AT&T announced its deal with Apple," added Silcoff. "BlackBerry had built its whole business model on offering carriers products that worked efficiently on their networks. The first thing Mike Lazaridis said when he saw an iPhone at home is that this will never work, the network can’t sustain it. What they misunderstood is that the consumer demand would make carriers invest in their networks."

"One of the big reveals for us in the book was the enormous power wielded by carriers in the smartphone race," says McNish. "In the wake of Apple’s ascendency, carriers have seen their clout and economic value significantly diminished as customers spend more of their smartphone money on Apple phones, apps and other content than they do on carrier bills. It is one of the greatest wealth transfers in our generation."

Comment: Re:Flamebait title (Score 1) 355

I'm not defending the guy in the car, or Volvo, or any of the idjits casually standing in the forward path of the car with this post, but car manuals don't always make clear what special features are actually equipped on specific vehicles. I haven't RTFM for this particular vehicle, but often times manufacturers will save money by making a standard Manual that spans all trim classes and features of that vehicle model with little footnotes to say which trim package has a particular feature, or just "check with your dealer/manufacturer for specified feature."

My Manual for my Chevrolet Traverse gives all the possible features that the model could have for every trim package available, with blurbs specifying "check with your dealer to see if your vehicle has this feature." Being a used vehicle, my dealer couldn't tell me what features the thing was supposed to have. Even though it has the LT trim stickers, being that it was originally a fleet vehicle (found that out after extensive searching of the VIN, beyond what even CarFax had access to) many of the standard LT features (proper sensors for the OnStar system, automatic mirror adjustment for viewing the wheels while backing up, etc) were not found anywhere on the vehicle. On a side note: At the time of sale having three known non-working features that an LT model was supposed to have before I even knew that it was a fleet vehicle, I was able to get the dealer to cut almost $10K from the price and have them sell an AWD LT model for the same price they offered as the 2WD LS base model. If I had been able to prove it was fleet before the sale, I could have had even more knocked off. Also, came to find several more trim discrepancies later on; but there's more important things about that PoS that piss me off more than what trim features it's missing (dear god, I can see more around my 1990 G20 Conversion Van than I can see around this PoS). From someone who's been brand loyal to Chevy for 20 years, this will be my last GM vehicle newer than 2000.

That said, playing devil's advocate it could have been that the dealer told him that this vehicle had the pedestrian safety feature as part of the automation package, and he felt he was getting a great deal for the extra features...that the car didn't really have. And depending on how the manual was written, it could be very ambiguous as to whether the feature was really in the package or not, telling the person to check with the dealer or manufacturer to see if said feature was available.

Comment: Re:ANDROID CAR = INGRESS CAR! (Score 2) 84

by RavenLrD20k (#49775999) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners
I've often thought of building a "Power Suit" to wear on my motorcycle. Transparent OLED HUD in the helmet connected by bluetooth to my phone, along with touch inputs in the fingers to behave like a mouse with clickers where I could just "draw" on my tank to move a cursor on my HUD. The whole purpose for this was only to further the Enlightenment territories. I dropped the whole thought process, and the game, within a week... though, I can still think of some viable uses for the setup. Ingress was quickly shaping up to be much more of a time-sink than I had the desire to spend.

+ - Hot Topic Buys Geeknet->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The clothing and music retailer Hot Topic is buying Geeknet for $117.3 million. Geeknet, the firm behind the legendary establishments SourceForge and VA Linux, is currently the parent company for ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions. ThinkGeek sells clothing, toys, gadgets and other products mostly based on popular movies, television shows and brands with geek appeal. ThinkGeek Solutions is a distributor of video-game themed merchandise through licensed web stores. Hot Topic Inc. will pay $17.50 per Geeknet share. Privately held Hot Topic, based in Los Angeles, has more than 650 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Geeknet will become a Hot Topic subsidiary.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re: Photo? (Score 1) 185

Now if that link were only in English.

Seriously though, why couldn't THIS link be in the summary instead of the Facebook one? There's 2 reasons for this: #1) Slashdot is full of users who refuse to get a Facebook login as a matter of pride; #2) There are some of us who cruise Slashdot during the downtime at their jobs, where Facebook is firewalled out, while they're waiting for code to compile, a problem to come up, or coded themselves into such a place that most maintenance issues have an automated solution already in place and it's a matter of waiting for the next authorized project (it's coming, we swear!). Think of the bloody audience of the site you're posting for when you make a submission!

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 2) 451

by RavenLrD20k (#49774293) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

I agree it was probably overkill on the part of the police and it's hard to feel sorry for them when they are under the impression the law doesn't apply to them


Get off your high and mighty horse of justice. In many jurisdictions it's very easy to get your license revoked, and you won't necessarily know about it until it's too late (not saying it's necessarily the case here). There's also the fact of if he didn't admit to the police that he had driven himself there, there'd be reasonable doubt to say that someone else drove for him in his vehicle. He didn't have to tell the police anything. "You have the right to remain silent" applies even before you're placed under arrest.

In the case of not knowing about one's licence getting suspended/revoked, an anecdote that can be extrapolated into many other scenarios: I had a speeding ticket that I was using a lawyer to fight. At that point all communication between the parties goes through that Lawyer. He was handling it and was given multiple court continuances. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy that handled tickets in that county didn't log the continuances of trial and extend the date of the ticket to match, like they're supposed to. Next thing I know, I'm getting a letter that I'm in contempt of court and as a result my license was suspended. I received that notification letter 15 days after they applied the suspension, and luckily the route I traveled to and from work at that point is normally devoid of police forces. I notified my lawyer, who told me not to worry about it and if I ever run into a problem, tell the police nothing and call him straight away. He called the court and explained what the solicitor's bureaucracy had done, and provided the court with all the communication documentation between him and the Solicitor's office(telephone recordings of attempted contacts times and all associated letter correspondence). He wound up getting the contempt of court removed and was given a set firm date for the solicitor's office to make a settlement by or else the case would be summarily dismissed. Even after the solicitor dropped the ticket, it still took the bureaucracy 2 months to stop sending me contempt of court notices, which my lawyer accepted but reassured me that firm judgement was placed in my favor, providing me a copy of the letter of dismissal to keep in my car as an amendment to my license in case it was ever re-suspended due to the mishandling of the county. The letter of dismissal had the same case number as the suspension flag indicating that the license was reinstated by court order and the DMV was behind in their processing. Using the state's DMV site, I was able to confirm that through the ordeal, my license was suspended twice. As a safeguard I now check the status every month to make sure that the ghost of tickets past has truly stopped haunting me.

The point of that story was simply this: It's very easy to fall on the wrong side of the law even when you're following the letter of the law. Yes, I allegedly broke the law by speeding 12 miles above the posted limit. It was never confirmed in court, and I had GPS tracked and vehicle computer recorded evidence to the contrary on top of time discrepancy evidence (time on the ticket was three minutes after the time printed on my receipt from Burger King ten miles back on the road, which called the calibration of the radar in general into question). Officially, I've never broken the speeding law. However, it was during the course of legal procedure that I fell outside of the law, even though the entire fault of my suspended license lie on the bureaucracy alone for not following procedure. Of course, whose head rolls when the bureaucracy fucks up? Only the victims'.

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 313

by RavenLrD20k (#49754195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?
Old LCD tech only had 1 color that would only show up when the pixel was energized, causing the film to become opaque at that point in the grid. If it wasn't energized, there was no color as the film would be clear. Two available states, one displayable color. (Nice try at being a pedantic fool.)

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

Scholarships are not a guaranteed payout to all the athletes on a team. In other words you can play a sport and be good at what you do, but your application for a scholarship can still be rejected if they don't feel you're good enough. It's the same with any other academic field. Good at art? You can apply for an art scholarship and hope. Good at Math? Go for the Math Scholarship. Scholarships are not compensation; they're a hand up to students that show themselves to be over-achievers to give them a better chance of succeeding in their demonstrated passion.

That said, going to your other post above: The kid taking pictures isn't a leech. There's a reason that Photography is a paid profession (that's quite expensive). Yes anyone can take a picture, or snap a few hundred shots and be lucky to come out with one or two in the batch that might be worth money. When you want the really good shots, you hire a photographer. Someone who understands what kind of lighting and shadow make a good shot. Someone who knows when you want blur in the action or a solid frozen still. Someone who knows how to use Depth of Field to isolate a subject from the background. A really good photographer will usually have a ratio of every 4th shot is production quality good.

Also, in reference to your claim of the student using a cheap camera, looking at the sample of shots in the article that are credited to the student he is very well acquainted with whatever camera he's using; whether it's a cheap sub $500 model or a more expensive $1,000 plus. I doubt he used a cheap/disposable camera in the sub $100 range because those are very difficult to manage exposure and depth of field let alone focal point, which, as evidenced in the images, the photographer had shown substantial control over. It doesn't matter how expensive a camera is, so long as it has a way to manually adjust f-stop, shutter speed, and focus a good photographer can do amazing things with them, but having those three aspects as a manual option is required. Cheap throwaways don't usually have any manual options.

The school at best might have a case on privacy, albeit a very weak one. This is a sporting event which very likely was covered by local news crews as well (if they're anything like the local news outlets in Big-Smalltown, Georgia). The students/athletes don't have any expectation of privacy in these situations. They're going to be photographed, by their parents, other parents, other spectators, news crews... what they do is already going to be public record. The student here, like the athletes on the field, is learning the skills of a profession and penalizing him for performing a function of that profession (publishing where he sees fit) is disingenuous and careless on the school district's part. They'd be best to concede now and stop penalizing the kid, or be prepared for this to go to court and possibly lose a lot more; especially if the parents get a good lawyer.

Comment: Re: Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by RavenLrD20k (#49737693) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Except everybody wants to drive giant guzzler SUVs that are bigger than ever.

I'd sure love to find one, now... all I'm seeing on the road lately are these Piece of Crap CUVs that are just oversized unibody station wagons. Who the hell wants to go offroad with that? Powertrain on them will most likely break just from jumping a curb at 3 MPH (Yes, I know. Hyperbole).

+ - Princeton Study: Congress Statistically Does Not Care About You

Submitted by chavez988
chavez988 writes: A study conducted by Princeton researchers recently found there is almost no statistical correlation between the opinions of 90% of the the population and how congress votes, but a an almost 1-to-1 correlation between the top 10%. So one question is whether or not we can still call congressmen "representatives"? This video explains the study well.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy