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Comment: Re:What? (Score 2, Interesting) 166

by houghi (#47958149) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Same goes for Belgium. Proof of sending is enough and legaly binding. This is done by sending it via registerd mai, so it will cost you. Extra price is about 5 EUR. The receiver even needs to sign for it and vecause everybody in Belgium has an ID card, only the recipient will be able to sign it off. For a bit more, you can even get the proof back that the person signed for it.

Two things: The recipient does not (want to) sign. No problem. You send it and that is all there is.
The person does not have a forwarding adress: No problem. Financial institutes and the law are able to check any new adress via several means, while still guarantee to the individuals privacy.
As long as a reasonable amount of search for a new adress can be proven, it is all well for the sender. In general this means checking at e.g. the NBB.
If it is a about a trial, you can not use the defence "I did not know it was going on.". Instead you will most likely agree with everything that has been said, as you (or your representation) is not there to deny it.

If you try the aproach of "But I wasn't home during that 14 day period when I could pick it up." then you MIGHT be able to get a re-trial if you are able to proof that it is true and even that can be denied if you have done the same before the trial.
OTOH you might also piss off the judge who thinks you are wasting the courts time and you do NOT want to piss them off.

Comment: Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 218

by houghi (#47952495) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

I use both. So I use Adblock+ AND I use mvps.
I use mvps as a basis for my own DNS server that I run. That way I do not only block the seperate site on mvps that I like blocked, I also can add sites that mvps doesn't block (I block facebook).

I also see sites that my provider blocks (TPB among others) without the need to give even more data to others like Google (DNS server 8.8.8.8).

Next to that I also use Adblock+ that will filter out a lot more stuff.
If you rely on only one line of defence, you are very weak. use at least two.

On sites that I visit very often, I use userstyles so I do not see a lot of the rubbish some site. And for YouTube I use Youtube Center and Google Image gets usable again with Old Google Image Search

So do not look for solutions in one place. Use different tools for different reasons, even if they overlap a lot.

Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 541

by houghi (#47924323) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I use workspaces AND multiple monitors. No, not in Xinerame.
e.g. when making a webpage, I can work on one monitor and see the result in another.
I can then still switch on one monitor to some other set of tools and not change the second screen. So why not both?

This is also the main reason I use XFCE and not KDE/GNOME because if it is possible to configure it, it is darn hard to do and much easier to just use XFCE where it works out of the box. Last time I checked, KDE and GNOME use something similar to Xinerama, which means that when I switch on one monitor, the other changes as well.

Small downside of how I do it. I can't move a program from one site to another and I need to have two profiles for Firefox, because you can not otherwise lauch Firefox on each screen.

So I say: do both and leave the choice to the user. I have three monitors and 6 desktop on each.

Comment: Re:Get a Radio (Score 1) 40

by houghi (#47918741) Attached to: Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

Instead of a battery powerd AM radio, go for a Crystal radio. If you still want one with batteries, use a cranck radio, so you can charge the radio when you need to and there is no power. Something like this right here.Solar power, hand cranck, USB charger for your phome.

I am sure that if you search, you will find other models as well.

Comment: Re:Because when I say Google it... (Score 1) 157

by houghi (#47918181) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

This might come as a shock, but this is not about you. This is about using a brand name as a generic word.
Most people when they say "Google it" what they mean is "Do an online websearch with the searchengine of your choice."

Most people will indeed use Google. The fact that some people do NOT use google when you ask them to "google it" is all the more evidence that it is generic.

Just like when people used to say they had a Walkman, what they were saying was not "I have bought a specific device from Sony." They were saying "I bought a mobile cassette player, regardless of the brand."

Language changes over time. Hacker does not mean anymore what it used to mean. The same is happening with "google it". In Belgium a 'Bic' is not brand related anymore, it can mean an expensive golden Dupont as well as the cheapo pen with the brandname 'bic'.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 911

by houghi (#47900985) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Once in a while I read Even If I DID Believe ....

Now this talks mainly about the God that Jews, Christians and Muslims believe in, but will apply to any religion. As a sidenote: it always amazes me how many people don't know those religions worship the same God, but fight over the details on HOW to do just that.

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