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Comment Re:gandi (Score 1) 295

Another vote for Gandi but to answer your question specifically....

Gandi are widely regarded as being the most ethical registrar out there so if behaviour to date is a good indicator of future trust then their reputation speaks volumes.

Hidden costs
No hidden costs. They do tend to be a pound/dollar or so more expensive, however that leads me onto...

...each domain includes their whois guard service for extra privacy by default. This usually costs extra at other registrars so, all told, gandi works out as cheap, or cheaper, than most other registrars if you value your privacy,

There's horrible companies out there who engage in question practices so it really does make a difference who you go with

To give an example here's some of my experiences with 1&1 which might help you understand the sort of difference a good registrar makes....

  • - Incessant cold calling with vile pre-written scripts designed to prey on un-technical people's ignorance (this was almost once a week at one point and took several attempt to get them to remove me from their list....)
  • - Hidden transfer costs on various domains
  • - 'anti-pattern' upselling of other services on their site
  • - Weird billing practices (such as billing you months away from when the domain renewal actually happens)
  • - At least weekly email spam that's relatively hard to unsubscribe from.
  • - You don't so much register a domain with them as you have 'an account'.

To go into that last one in a little more depth it means that they insist on auto renewing your domain and will charge you to transfer a domain away so it's often easier just to pay.
Eventually my CC details with them expired and I decided to just let the domain go rather than continuing giving them money.
However in response they started sending me ever more threatening emails about my CC card being expired and then sending letters to my house saying they'd pass the debt for auto renewing my domain on to a collection agency!
What's worse tho is the domain name didn't need renewing for 8 or 9 months but they had reregistered it anyway just to try and make me pay even tho they knew my CC details were expired!!

Ps. No affiliation to Gandi, just a fan that thinks they've proved themselves as a company and deserve your money. Also think Namecheap are pretty good, though Gandi would be the one i'd recommend first and foremost, particularly amongst slashdotters!

Comment Re:Weirdly schizophrenic (Score 1) 229

The idea that Linux itself is somehow massively power inefficient are, I expect, wildly ignorant.

The fact is that in order to get the sort of battery life that a Macbook running OS X does requires that the kernel/drivers/software all be optimized for that specific hardware.

Likewise, mobile phones running Android get exceptional battery life because their power output is tuned to the hardware.

And as for servers, engineers already design for maximum power per watt - the notion that there are datacenters wasting megawatts of electricity just because they're running Linux is asinine.

Comment Re:Weirdly schizophrenic (Score 2) 229

Was blown away by what they've doing here (note: I was the original submitter), however the thing I found bizarre - particularly in 2015, and given their target market is techies - was the inclusion of a DVD drive bay...

Battery life is arguably one of the most important features of any laptop, particularly amongst Linux users where - due to a lack of OEM tuning - installing Linux on other laptops typically only brings around ~2/3rd of the native OS's battery life.

Leaving space for an extra HDD or SSD is sorta cute but even individual SSD capacities are huge nowadays. If they absolutely had to go with the extra bay, it's a crying shame there's no option for second battery.

To their credit they're promising a 13'' version sans DVD drive next, however this perhaps only goes to reinforce that the additional of a DVD drive in the 15" model was an overstretch

Who knows, perhaps even someone from Purism is reading this and could enlighten us as to the choices they made?

Submission + - Librem: A High-End Free/Libre Software Laptop

dopeghost writes: Made from high quality components and featuring a macbook-like design including a choice of HiDPI screen, the Librem might just be the first laptop to ship with a modern Intel CPU that is not locked down to require proprietary firmware.

Richard M. Stallman, president of the FSF, said, “Getting rid of the signature checking is an important step. While it doesn’t give us free code for the firmware, it means that users will really have control of the firmware once we get free code for it.”

Comment Re:"Dry wine"? (Score 1) 204

I guess except those that do not drink alcohol whatsoever (God I feel sorry for them, when they wake up in the morning, THAT is the best they're gonna feel all day!!)

nicely put, tho 'waking up like shit and feeling that all day' is what keeps me a non-drinker the other 6 days of the week!

Comment Re:Ship is sinking (Score 1) 302

No one cares and it is just a boring day job with no passion left. This new CEO needs to excite her employees and fire QA and security people and provide a vision for improvments.

I remember a similar company, popular for a while a few years back, that given their name, you would of thought were born to execute on such a strategy.

Comment - ethical registrar that don't advertise (Score 5, Informative) 353 are a sizable international registrar i first heard of back during the last 'elephant sized' Godaddy debacle.

They support a load of projects like Debian and the EFF, along with charities like the International Federation of Human Rights and the WWF.

They cost a tiny bit more than Godaddy but it's a pittance given the manner with which they conduct themselves.

Comment Timeline View (Score 1) 763

I like to read all the stories that get posted (and i'd wager i'm far from the only one) and would like a way of knowing what stories i've missed when i take a holiday, or am too busy to visit. This could be solved with a timeline that shows a condensed view of which days & stories made it to onto your screen compared with those days for which there's no visit recorded.

Submission + - Hey i had an idea for a poll! 1

dopeghost writes: I checked and it doesn't seem that you've done a poll on religion yet, so have dully sent in the idea figuring it's something that many more of your readers than just me would be interested in the results of.

Here is what appears to be a concise selection of major belief systems you'd probably want for a poll listed in reverse alphabetical order.

I most align myself with...

* Taosim
* Sikhism
* Shinto
* Judaism
* Islam
* Hinduism
* Christianity
* Buddhism
* Atheism
* Agnosticism
* Other

You might also want to include one or more satirical choices....

* Russell's Teapot
* Pastafarianism
* Church of The Subgenius

In fact that could be a whole poll itself, with the last answer as: I'm a thesist you ecclesiophobic clod!

There you go, two ideas for polls. If slashdot were trepid to run the first you could have fun with the second!

Submission + - Android Passes iPhone in US Market Share

Greg writes: 61.5 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in November 2010, up 10 percent from the preceding three-month period. For the first time, more Americans are using phones running Google's Android operating system than Apple's iPhone, but RIM's BlackBerry is still in first place, according to comScore. RIM fell from 37.6 percent to 33.5 percent market share of smartphones, Google captured second place among smartphone platforms by moving from 19.6 percent to 26.0 percent of US smartphone subscribers, and Apple slipped to third despite its growth from 24.2 percent to 25.0 percent of the market. Microsoft, in fourth place, fell into single digits from 10.8 percent to 9.0 percent while Palm was still last and further slipped from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent.
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Submission + - Is Mark Zuckerberg 'Steve Case 2.0'?

theodp writes: With all signs for Facebook pointing up, author Douglas Rushkoff goes contra, arguing that Facebook hype will fade. 'Appearances can be deceiving,' says Rushkoff. 'In fact, as I read the situation, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of Facebook. These aren't the symptoms of a company that is winning, but one that is cashing out.' Rushkoff, who made a similar argument about AOL eleven years ago in a quashed NY Times op-ed, reminds us that AOL was also once considered ubiquitous and invincible, and former AOL CEO Steve Case was deemed no less a genius than Mark Zuckerberg. 'So it's not that MySpace lost and Facebook won,' concludes Rushkoff. 'It's that MySpace won first, and Facebook won next. They'll go down in the same order.'

Submission + - BBC iPlayer jumps on social networking bandwagon ( 1

Stoobalou writes: The BBC has launched the latest version of its popular iPlayer TV service, and says that the version is based on a completely new technical platform.

The latest version of the licence-fee funded TV catch-up portal, which features a new design and a range of social networking features, is currently rolling out to users after a three-month beta trial which received near unanimous negative feedback from testers if comments on the BBC's own site are to be believed.

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