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Comment: Re:Anonymous advertisers (Score 1) 113

by innocent_white_lamb (#49374733) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

"Host your own ads" is something only big sites can implement obviously.
I can (and occasionally do) sell advertising to local businesses that want to advertise on my website.
No middleman, no profit-share, and I know exactly who and what I'm advertising on what is, after all, MY website.

Comment: Always nice to collect money for no work (Score 2) 148

by innocent_white_lamb (#49220889) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

It's nice to be able to collect money from others in exchange for absolutely nothing.

How can you steal someone's idea if you actually came up with it independently? That should be enough to invalidate their patents on its own. If you and I both come up with the same idea at around the same time, then that idea is "obvious".

Comment: Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 5, Insightful) 161

by innocent_white_lamb (#49207743) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

If they will sell them without MS Windows (and the "secure" bios and so forth and so on) then I'll be interested.

It used to be that I could zip down to Staples and purchase a laptop, bring it home, format it, install my favourite Linux version, and life would go on.

The last time I tried that I spent TWO SOLID DAYS at Staples trying to find a laptop that would boot with my Linux "live cd" flash drive.

I guess that the next time I need a laptop I'll have to mail order it from one of the Linux Laptop vendors that advertise online if I want something that will work properly.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 3, Informative) 492

by innocent_white_lamb (#48900949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

the structure of the program is easier to read in C.
I agree, but with the proviso that the C indentation style is what you're used to reading and like to see.
I personally am one of those weirdos that likes whitesmiths style since the functions and whatnot are well separated and program structure is easy to deduce by looking at the indentation.
In fact, I use Artistic Style to convert any C code that I'm planning to study into whitesmiths style just to save my sanity.
I keep meaning to learn to use cscope for this stuff, but somehow never quite get around to it.

Comment: Looks like a dud. (Score 1) 98

Box Office Mojo reports that it took in $1.4 million on Friday, which puts it into eighth place, and it "could wind up with less than $4 million over the three-day weekend, which would be one of the worst debuts ever for a movie playing in at least 2,500 locations."

+ - New science scam: Peer review your own paper!->

Submitted by innocent_white_lamb
innocent_white_lamb writes: Want to be sure your paper will receive a positive peer review? Review it yourself! Just set up a fake email account under another scientist's name and suggest that your paper be sent to him for review.

Since peer review is usually done anonymously, the actual scientist whose name you have appropriated will never know a thing.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This needs to stop ... (Score 1) 388

by innocent_white_lamb (#48621383) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

If the movie sucks as badly as I think it will I'll just play with my cell phone for two hours.
Please don't.

The light from your cell phone is terribly distracting to everyone else who's trying to actually watch the movie. Go out to the lobby before starting your phone if you must use it while the show is on.

Comment: Microsoft Windows only (Score 2, Insightful) 143

This apparently only runs on Windows.

I really don't understand why people run sensitive and critical stuff on Microsoft Windows. (I'm not trying to be a troll.) It's the world's biggest target for malware, it's a monoculture, and it has a security model that tends toward convenience over security, and was actually bolted on after-the-fact.

Unix (Linux) is about as far from a monoculture as you can get while still remaining reasonably compatible between distributions, and it was built with security in mind.

Comment: 9 months? (Score 4, Interesting) 62

by innocent_white_lamb (#48411629) Attached to: Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

I haven't read this magazine yet; diidn't realize it existed until today.

However, the computer industry moves so quickly -- is the information stale or outdated nine months after initial publication? If so, what's the point, other than a public relations exercise? This may be vulnerable to the same malady that killed the paper computer magazines of the 80's and 90's.

Comment: Re:Community college bubble... (Score 3, Informative) 226

by innocent_white_lamb (#48405211) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Since when do you need Microsoft Visual Studio to write or teach C and C++ programming?

I've been writing C for years and I have never actually seen Microsoft Visual Studio anywhere in the wild. (I take the maid's approach to computers: I don't do Windows.)

Comment: Re:CYA (Score 1) 127

I own a small "mom and pop" business.

I accept cash, cash or cash. No credit or debit cards of any kind.

I save a lot of money on fees that I would otherwise have to pay to banks for accepting their cards, and I don't have to hassle around with payment terminals and the like.

All of my customers know that they have to bring cash when they come here. Anyone who doesn't know that (new people in town) find out pretty quickly on their first visit, and there is a bank machine about a half-block away from here.

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