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Comment: Re:fees (Score 3, Interesting) 258

by Pfhorrest (#49152335) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Adam Smith wrote about free markets. Capitalism is something above and beyond a free market, first written about by Marx, who argued it was an inevitable consequence of free market and used that to criticize free markets.

When you conflate free markets with capitalism you're buying into a little bit of Marxist ideology.

Comment: Windows 8 equivalent (Score 1) 100

by Solandri (#49152215) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs
I was opposed to recovery partitions when MS first started using them. But with Win 8 I think they've added enough options that the pros outweigh the cons. It took me a while to find all this info (or rather, learn that MS had even made this possible), so here it is as a PSA:

All Windows 8/8.1 computers come with a restore partition. I highly recommend you buy a 16GB or 32GB USB flash drive and convert that restore partition into a reinstall flash drive.

If you don't like the default recovery partition state (maybe too much crapware installed), you can create a custom recovery partition after you've uninstalled the crapware and installed your programs.

Finally, if you totally screw up, you can still create a Windows 8/8.1 recovery flash drive by using your Windows key and downloading a clean 8-16 GB recovery image from Microsoft.

Microsoft site for creating recovery image.

Instructions for finding your key

Comment: Re:So live underground (Score 1) 116

by Immerman (#49152019) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

They're probably misrembering slightly - the moon has a two-week day, followed by a two-week night, for a full diurnal cycle almost exactly the same as it's orbital period around the Earth (it's tidally locked after all). The discrepancy is of course due to the fact that the Earth completes about 1/12th of an orbit around the sun per one rotation of the moon, so the length of a lunar sol is slightly different than the rotational period - just like with the Earth itself, but more dramatic since a lunar month/day is a lot longer.

Comment: Re:Offtopic but...wth happened to /. layout? (Score 1) 61

by s.petry (#49151993) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

I was rather surprised with the new layout, and last night was buggy as all get out. Now that the bugs are worked out I like the new design. It's not beta, or if it is they built in everything we said was missing and fixed the text layout we complained about.

If there was some sort of announcement system I'd have been understanding last night. That is something Slashdot has never been good about though...

Comment: Re: A rightwing wankfest? (Score 1) 88

by Immerman (#49151961) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

You're talking catch, not quantity of available fish - catch naturally increases with better technology, but as available fish reserves are depleted that only makes the problem worse. Both total mass of fish, and individual specimen size have been declining for a *very* long time. But hey, maybe we can learn to eat jellyfish, they seem to be thriving in the warmer, less predator-rich waters.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 141

by Greyfox (#49151909) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Funnily enough a lot of the time I'm talking about Ruby on Rails and Ruby's Active Record. They're a very good example of a project that says "Oh look how easy it is to build a web page with our thing!" with a trivial example. Last time I looked at it, I started having to look at implementation-level details of the packages almost immediately. I also remember it being an awful lot of code for what I needed. I really only needed about 10% of the functionality Rails provided, and had no way to scale down to just that.

Funnily enough I went through that phase where liked ruby, but am now back to the point where I'd rather just use perl with "use strict;". If I'm going to do OO development, I'm going to do it in C++ or Java.

+ - Google Taking Over New TLDs->

Submitted by bobo the hobo
bobo the hobo (302407) writes "In the corner of the internet where people care about DNS, there is a bit of an uproar at Google's application for over a hundred new top-level domains, including .dev, .lol, .app, .blog, .cloud and .search. Their application includes statements such as:
By contrast, our application for the .blog TLD describes a new way of automatically linking new second level domains to blogs on our Blogger platform – this approach eliminates the need for any technical configuration on the part of the user and thus makes the domain name more user friendly.

And also limiting usage of .dev to Google only:
Second-level domain names within the proposed gTLD are intended for registration and use by Google only, and domain names under the new gTLD will not be available to the general public for purchase, sale, or registration. As such, Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct as Google is intended to be the sole registrar and registrant."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 356

by catchblue22 (#49150535) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Don't forget his underrated first leading man big-screen role as Kid Monk Baroni, 1952...

"Leonard Nimoy is "Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang who becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in "Little Italy" New York."

Hard to believe it's the same guy.

And his photography.

RIP. Sad sad sad.

Comment: Content owner? (Score 1) 26

by s.petry (#49150437) Attached to: Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

Screw auto-play, I'm trying to figure out who "ooyala"and "taboola" are, and why their content is being linked (by default on every Slashdot page). Whois data seems to link them to tucows, who I have not seen since they were found to be spreading malware through their download wrappers.

Yeah, you have to follow the whois chain down the road to get to tucows but it's obvious 2 steps away.

FWIW, taboola and ooyala seem to be both tracking companies (for marketing purposes *wink* *wink*). No thanks, I won't let their video play.

Comment: Re:Politely Disagree (Score 1) 684

Oh, so you go to the ad hominem method of reason as a response, followed by your own isolated opinion as a follow up. Thanks for proving my point, twice. I'll ignore further irrational methods of proof, so would encourage you to actually learn the material you are attempting to criticize prior to making irrational claims. As a hunch, you will do nothing and maintain an irrational opinion and argue with invalid logic.

Comment: Re:From his twitter account (Score 3, Interesting) 356

by RabidReindeer (#49149477) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

The downside of of the high-quality video work that has been done on the Star Trek tapes is that you can see the black stains on his teeth from smoking in the closeups.

83 is a respectable age, but I recently lost someone who lived to about that age and had a similar smoking history. Whether not smoking at all would have made a significant difference in lifespan is uncertain. But it might have made those last few years a bit less difficult.

The more they over-think the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain.