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Comment: Re:Haven't been to the states since before sept 11 (Score 1) 894

Funny, last time I went to the states they nearly refused to let me in because of an "Arab" stamp in my passport. Well I did fly Emirates, and I did have a free hotel in Dubai since it was a 9 hour stopover the first time.

Nearly refused, really? Or they just asked you about your last visited country, which is a routine question? (And if you filled in London for example and your passport shows entry for a day in Dubai, then it's common to ask about it.)

Comment: Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 582

Fake Facebook accounts can backfire, as I've discovered. For my fake Facebook account, I can't remember what fake birth date I used, and somehow my account became locked. Even though I have the password, and access to the email account (under a fake name of course) I used to register, I cannot finish log in. After I log in, Facebook demands that I provide the birth date to "prove" I am really me. Unfortunately, I set the birthday info to "private", so I can't ask the few connections I made on that account what my fake birthday is.

Right, so use your real birth date for the fake account; you know you can make it private anyway. Or routinely use your brother or sister's birth date, that also works and you'll remember.

Any ideas?

Brute Force the birthday date? ;) You're more likely to use a year that's a little younger than you are, and more likely to pick the first of a month, or your real day of the month but in a different month.

Comment: Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 582

What's the difference between the fake one and the real one and how does that matter? Is the fake one just used for stupid sites like huffinton post that are starting to require facebook?

Many people who can't or won't figure out how to set an appropriate audience for their Facebook posts do it. So you have one account for the weekend party crowd, and another one for your family and business contacts.

That's wholly unnecessary of course, as long as you assign your FB friends to one or more Lists. They only issue that Facebook won't fix is that they offer an option to keep your Friend's list private (visible to 'only me') but that there are some tricks to very easily get to someone's full friend list, even if you're not FB friends with that person. So that would be a reason to move to separate Facebook accounts for your party friends and hookers and so on.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 4, Insightful) 582

The downside of moderation systems is seeing highly-rated horrible posts. On a messy free-for-all forum like 4chan, you expect horrible shit. It's far more jarring to see hateful ignorant trolling get +5 insightful. Every time, I reevaluate ever visiting Slashdot again.

Not sure why that is so shocking; hateful or not, it is apparently a widely held view in that case. Go to Bill O'Reilly's Facebook page and read through the comments, that gets pretty hateful, and is then Liked. It's also presumably not anonymous.

But you're right, if you only like free speech when it's something you agree with (or aren't offended by) then don't visit such a forum.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 582

There are loads of topics on which I can contribute with knowledge and personal experience, yet that I don't want to turn up in a 5 millisecond Google search by anyone bothering to Google my name.

So the result is that I won't contribute; easy enough.

Or just maybe I could be bothered to register a fake Facebook account; so far I never saw the need for that.

Comment: Re:Windows Red looks horrible (Score 1) 578

by hantms (#43904011) Attached to: A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Also, get rid of ALL the duality. Like the separate task list for Metro apps only: get rid of it. Use a single task bar and task switcher; the desktop task bar seems just fine for that. Also I don't see the point in the charms bar, which is also annoying as it's hidden and pops up mostly when you don't need it. Which, actually, is all of the time: it's really not necessary to have; if anything needs starting, or searching for, use the start screen!

I don't mind if that start screen would have a couple versions to it (or tabs, etc.) such as one for settings / a redesigned control panel.

I don't mind the start screen in itself, it would indeed be nice if it just showed as an overlay with a dimmed/blurred background, I guess similar to what Ubuntu Unity does when you make the dash open full-screen.

Comment: Re:Not a smart idea (Score 1) 251

by hantms (#43692085) Attached to: Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

Well, two things: They can't do anything other than brush it off, because as a US company they are bound by the Patriot Act to make and and all data available to the US government upon request. They simply can not sell you security and privacy of your data.

It's not just Canada either; many European companies are very strict: no data of any kind can get stored in a US based datacenter or by a US based company.

Any other country is just fine. We are in Thailand. (And hosting in Switzerland.)

Yay Patriot Act.

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