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Comment Re:Emergency Brake? (Score 1) 523

Except they want to do as many stupid things as possible:

Isn't it stupid to subtly change the design of something that people have been familiar for decades? The new gearshifter seems confusing and inferior to the previous mechanical gearshifter. It seems everything designed in the last 5-7 years have these annoying design flaws (e.g. systemd, the new OS X, Win 8/10 and now this).

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 354

Don't be so literal. Here, viewing ads is of course, optional. No one is forcing your head forwards with your eyelids taped to keep your eyes open so you view ads on your monitor.

However, stripping ads from the content before they reach you is definitely theft, since there is zero benefit to people paying for your content.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 354

Every ad-supported website on the planet has ads plastered all over their home pages, including, say, this very site. So, no, I can't typically just look at the home page of any website without paying with ad impressions

Fine. A more apt analogy would be, you have to buy a ticket (view ad) before you can watch the movie (view website).

I also change the channel, or leave the room when a commercial comes on. Same with radio.

Advertisers know you do all those things. However, there's a chance that you won't leave the room or change the channel fast enough... thereby you're exposed to some ads. However, when you use adblock, it's as if the TV and radio stations don't broadcast any ads at all. So you're exposed to 0 ads and that's a problem for the advertisers... they are getting 0 ROI on their massive ad expense. Don't you think you're stealing by using adblock?

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 354

I can go into a store and not buy anything (a.k.a. not giving them any revenue) if I want to.

You can do that on websites too. Just visit the homepage, but don't click on any links (that's just like not buying anything at the store).

Why should I be obligated to give websites money (in the form of ad impressions) every time I visit?

Because you are using/enjoying/consuming the website's commercial content and the ads are your payment. Your childish comment is equivalent to saying "why should I pay for merchandise at the store?"

Comment Re: How does Ubuntu Linux compare? (Score 1) 570

Again, the two things are not equivalent, and the fact that phones suck at privacy is NOT reason to go make desktops suck at privacy too.

That's complete nonsense about not being equivalent. Desktop OSes are old tech, as such they did not have spying before. Smartphone OSes were created during the Internet era and have a ton of spying built into them. What's happening is that modern desktop OSes are catching up to smartphone OSes and adding spying. So yes, Android spyware OS is equivalent to Win 10 spyware OS.

Comment Re:this is quite normal, said the panda-fish-robot (Score 1) 105

Wait, they're demanding that their content receive special legal protections solely on basis of its resolution?

Why not? As resolutions tend towards movie-ilke quality, the more valuable they are perceived by the TV studios.

Music companies don't care if you copy low-quality music (like concerts or cassettes), but will sue if you copy high quality (256-bit mp3 and higher) music files.

Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things. (Score 1) 229

Isn't it time ISPs started offering symmetric speed DSL? Then we could upload/download those photos through our own home servers without needing the privacy-invading cloud servers. With the current pathetic upload speeds in most home DSL plans, it's difficult to download anything big from a home server.

Comment Re:Nested comment bug (Score 1) 1833

Can we get confirmation this bug is getting fixed? The duplicate posts are okay, however, the bug also hides 70% of the posts while repeating the remaining 30% posts over and over.

How can such a severe bug (hiding comments) not be fixed for 10 years? Are there no developers available at /. to fix issues? AFAIK, this bug has existed ever since /. decided to split comments into multiple pages.

Comment Re:Isn't this what --preserve-root is for? (Score 2) 699

That you reached +5 makes me weep for Slashdot.

It's completely normal for a *nix based system to expose something like UEFI variables through the filesystem. It's a concept called Everything is a File [wikipedia.org] and is the same reason why root can read and poke places in /proc and /dev to get information about the system or make changes to it.

That is a very shortsighted statement. Nowhere did I mention not to expose the EFI variables as files. My only condition was that EFI should make it very difficult for the OS or any other software to f*ck up these variables that are needed to boot up the system. But it would surprise me that as the systemd of the BIOS world, EFI, would be based on sane design decisions.

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