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Comment: Independent verification of verified/double opt-in (Score 1, Interesting) 345

by bersl2 (#42276055) Attached to: Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

I used to work security at a major hosting provider. If we got complaints about your mailing list, the first thing we'd do is ask you about how you got your list, to see if it complied with our requirement for verified opt-in lists only. We'd also sign up ourselves or check logs and code, because customers always lie (except when they don't).

Right now, I'd apply the same standard of skepticism. I understand that revealing such things would make your proported aim of censorship circumvention hard, but I'd still like to hear independent verification from someone who can reasonably demonstrate the depth of their commitment to opting in.

Comment: Re:Hilarious excuses (Score 1) 358

by bersl2 (#41794271) Attached to: A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

old ass GTX280

OBJECTION!

bersl2@procyon (umask 0022):~$ lspci -s 05:00.0
05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7800 GT] (rev a1)

You kids have no sense of perspective. Back in my day, CRTs changed resolution regularly in response to games. AND WE LIKED IT! Not to mention on Linux, configuring XFree86 display modes manually, uphill, in the snow, both ways!

Comment: I love chats. (Score 1) 228

by bersl2 (#40869629) Attached to: IT Support Pro Tells Why He Hates Live Chat

Intelligence is directly proportional to the square of the distance from a telephone.

Well, at least for me, it is. A chat gives me time and room to think, unlike a telephone call.

I currently take chats from the low-level techs who actually take chats and calls from customers (which is a demotion from actually working support tickets, but I digress). I can and have done chats from customers, but I loathe the telephone, at work and in life.

Phone calls are good for dealing with stupid people, because stupid people (well, actually, most people, including some intelligent people) don't actually read words, but they do hear and react to the tones of voice, which is useful for getting through to them.

Comment: Re:Summary of Previous Discussion (Score 2) 581

by bersl2 (#40427279) Attached to: Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support

That's not the Linux driver model, though. The model is that drivers are expected to be at least working towards integration into the kernel tree, so that the kernel devs can easily know if they're breaking something and maybe even fix or help fix it. Failure to do this results in long-term pain for everyone, while being in the tree or working towards being in the tree keeps everyone communicating on a regular basis and working together.

In other words, developing hardware for Linux actually requires communicating with people who are much closer to the end user than the typical direct customer of a chip design company. I know, it's a major paradigm shift for companies who (understandably) can't contemplate money except if someone plans to give it directly to them, never mind the needs of those who participate in the actual creation of demand for what they sell.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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