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Comment: Re:Holy Crap (Score 1) 65

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#48614967) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast
Businesses that have gone through as many rounds of acquisitions and mergers as this one have are a bit Frankensteinish, so it's hard to say what is new or old or mashed up together.

Sort of like how Nokia used to be an old lumberjack and milling company, then produced rubber and car tires, then mobile phones, and finally went on to become a brothel for Microsoft executives who fetishize pale Finnish developers, developers, developers...

Comment: Re: Sounds nice for programmers (Score 1) 330

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#48441549) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
Are you the guy who keeps writing those 200-line methods? If so, please break it up, even if you can see it all on one screen.

Think of code like a story: It needs paragraphs, chapters, a table of content. Section and split it up like that, and it will be a lot easier for everybody, including you, to maintain. Code has the additional benefit that similar "paragraphs" can be parameterized, and reused, rather than copy-pasted. (You don't copy-paste code, do you?)

Comment: Re:Not just 9 (Score 1) 399

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#48060843) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
Seriously? On Slashdot, of all places, people don't know the difference between a kernel and the OS it is included in?

Look at the Linux kernel, and it becomes easy and obvious: It is currently at version 3.16. Some of the GNU / Linux based OS distributions and their versions are: Ubuntu 14.04, Fedora 21, Debian 7.0.

Here's the complete overview of Windows versions and kernels:

Comment: Re:Leasing is always more expensive than buying (Score 1) 409

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#47013945) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
I for one take my advice from the rich and sucessful. They ought to know what they are talking about, or else they wouldn't be rich and sucessful, right? So on the topic on leasing, we have Felix Dennis, good for a billion or so. He says:

"If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent. It’s cheaper in the long run."

So taking his comment into account and applying it to yours, I guess it means renting server hardware is the way to go, unless you storn p0rn on them?

Comment: Re:I find the Guardian reporting interesting (Score 1) 83

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#46412011) Attached to: White House "Privacy Tour" a Flop On Its First Leg At MIT
Only problem is, after The Guardian were threatened by their home government, they moved their web site from to .com (go to and see where you end up), because of the first amendment right in the US. In the UK, there is no such protection for the press or free speech.

So with this new "media leaks legislation", where will they go next? Brazil, Ecuador? Or maybe Russia; that would really be the epitome of irony.

Comment: Re:3rd Choice = Digital haystacks (Score 1) 197

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#46259671) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network
TrackMeNot is s fun plugin to generate search engine noise:

Then there's Flagger which inserts dubious keywords in your URLs:

Both are in need of some updates and further work though. TrackMeNot constantly needs to update the internal URL of search engines (special parameters and such). And Flagger could probably use some keywords in Arabic and other languages as well.

What I'd like is a profile generator for Facebook, Linkedin etc.: Create a profile in your name, and let it go off making friends, posts, and random content. When somebody searches for you, they'll just find junk, and it will not be clear whether it is you or a different person with the same name.

Comment: Re:Yet another government... (Score 1) 130

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#45386155) Attached to: Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data
What always puzzles me when that thread of arguments is repated, is that one aspect is left out: scale. In my opinion, the technical details of wifi, or even the fact that electronics is involved at all is completely irrelevant.

So yes, feel free to listen in on my conversations in public. However, if you decide to do so to everybody, everywhere, all the time, it doesn't matter whether you well intended, malicious, Google, or NSA. To me, you're the same enemy of society, privacy and democracy.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce