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Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 226

by Shompol (#47952187) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

there would be a serious web monetization problem

We had the same problem before web for millenia. We did fine. 99% of low grade websites that would dissapear due to lack of ad sales should not have existed in the first place. Anything of value will find means to stay afloat.

Comment: Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 226

by Shompol (#47952157) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

The whole point is to serve ads ... think television ...

Do not want. Neither television nor web becoming like television.

unless you are willing to pay for content directly.

Find a way to monetise it, post it free, or charge for it. No awesome works of art will be lost if some "content" posters quit to do something useful instead.

Comment: Ubuntu + Gnome2 (Score 1) 334

by Shompol (#47934191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
Ubuntu with Gnome2 worked for my computer-challenged familty members for years.

- No annoying pop-ups that normally plague Windows.

- No trojans and self-installing crap to speak of

- Adblock? (or his stricter brother Noscript)

- I still grant admin access because there are some cases where a simple command needs to be run

- Remote SSH admin access can be routed through any unblocked port

Comment: Re:no, dickhead (Score 1) 180

by Shompol (#47914507) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons
I would hold very little faith in tales told by military brass at a boot camp. They are too far and remote from actual military decision makers, and impossibly far from military historians. Being a boot camp they are also not very accountable for the shit they make up. Try to pull your head from your arse from time to time.

Comment: Re:Here in Massachusetts (Score 1) 155

by Shompol (#47914409) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts
It will take more effort to squelch consumption than screwing free market: Once upon a time a Russian Tzar passed a law of selling vodka exclusiely in large bottles to prevent people getting drunk and passing out on the street. This gave birth to a tradition of buying a bottle for a group of three and passing out collectively. This tradition is still alive today.

Comment: Re:It should be dead (Score 1) 283

by Shompol (#47303579) Attached to: Perl Is Undead
A friend of mine, a physics major, is using Python to do his finance math (he secretly prefers Matlab) -- managed to write same exact code in Python, since chaining statements with ;'s is still allowed. All variable names are exactly one letter long, no spaces -- a wall of text margin to margin with no blank lines. His code will be dumpstered the moment he is not available to maintain it.

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