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Comment: Give the advertisers what they're asking for (Score 1) 618

by Serif (#49712071) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

I've been waiting for the next logical escalation in the battle between ad blockers and advertisers. Ad blockers were introduced, advertisers put ad-block detecters in place and refuse content. Well how about if we had ad blockers that downloaded that content, just didn't display it. And to take things one step further, how about there being an option for those with plenty of fast bandwidth to do this by default. Now imagine the implications of a few million browsers doing just that.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 2) 737

by Serif (#49344387) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The other pertinent piece of information that if the door is put in the locked position, it will need reconfirming as being locked within 5 minutes.

'"Locked" means the locking mechanism ignores the touchpad entry code and remains locked for five minutes (it can be repeated).'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-32070528

Comment: Time to do what they ask (Score 5, Insightful) 364

by Serif (#44297469) Attached to: HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player

I seen from TFA that HBO at one point requested their own website to be removed. If I was Google I'd be paying extra special attention to requests for Mega Corp A to take down Mega Corp B's website (or even better their own), and react quickly. Of course I might be a little slower in dealing with the subsequent undo requests whilst watching the ensuing entertainment.

Comment: Time to call people to account (Score 1) 239

by Serif (#44223465) Attached to: Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

Now the problem is shown to exist and has lead to serious consequences, it's time to call to account the experts that testified in court that such a problem was impossible, and similarly to call to account the managers that flatly denied there was a problem. At the very least any future announcement on a similar subject that they care to make should trigger the question if they are as certain now as they were when they pronounced on this case.

Comment: Re:Consider a pencil (Score 1) 712

by Serif (#41840195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Another vote for the Graph Gear here. I managed to stupidly break one a couple of years back so am on my second with a third spare one in my desk if I need it. Coming from a maths background I've always favoured pencils, only using ink if required. I think it might be the P in the INTP personality type coming through. ;)

Comment: Re:sexism (Score 1) 687

by Serif (#40244593) Attached to: A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

This is why I don't like the whole booth babe thing. If you regularly attend conferences that use them, then it's easy to fall into the mindset of thinking that all attractive, young women present are there purely for decoration and, on the rare instance where a tech company has a woman engineer on board, barging past them to speak to one of their male colleagues.

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