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Comment: Re:not all dialups accounts are in use (Score 1) 153

by kurkosdr (#49672935) Attached to: Closing This Summer: Verizon To Scoop Up AOL For $4.4 Billion
THIS. And this is why I 've never used any of the email address my ISPs gave me over time. Sure, there is some way to cancel the service and still have emails sent to the old address forwarded, but if I can't bother enough to find out how it's done, novice users won't either. I am not from the US, so I don't know if there are places that have telephone (PSTN) but can't have DSL because they are too far away from the closest DSLAM.

Comment: Re:only i3/i5 (Score 1) 268

by kurkosdr (#49662775) Attached to: Russian Company Unveils Homegrown PC Chips

Most (sane) people have already. I think still using Facebook tells a lot about you, none of it positive.

The reason I use Facebook is because it's clear off privacy-crazy "i know better than you" neckbeards. Not using Facebook while being computer literate tells a lot about you, none of it positive. Let me be clear: No, I don't care if my software is free. No, I don't care if Facebook sells the data I upload. Because the benefit of having software that works and connecting with friends respectively is higher than any small price.

Comment: Re:"The World" (Score 1) 215

by kurkosdr (#49400857) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge
It would be trivial for developed countries to write laws that prevent the import or manufacture of products made from raw materials that came from "dirty" factories. But that's crazy talk. Because bribes err... I mean free market, efficiency, lower prices for "consumers", the invisible hand will fix this.

Comment: Re:No one cares (Score 1) 113

by kurkosdr (#49372203) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks
"Reliable ad agency? Yeah, I gotta agree, that's kinda funny." If you can just sit back and be a middleman collecting his sweet cut (while pretending to care about user's security), why bother caring about who your advertisers are and expend effort to make sure they are non anonymous? After all, you have the disclaimer. Thank (insert name of deity here), users have adblock.

Comment: Re:Anonymous advertisers (Score 3, Interesting) 113

by kurkosdr (#49371853) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks
"Host your own ads" is something only big sites can implement obviously. An ad agency is reliable if all the advertisers are non-anonymous, and hence responsible for the content they push through the ad agency. And don't tell me "it's not possible", there is this thing called HTTPS. Instead, as of now, anyone with a computer and internet connection can be an "advertizer". No eponymity or responsibilities, yay! This was good enough for the first years of the internet. "Freedom", easy, cheap blah blah, now it's not good enough, because there is lots of money to be made for malvertizing, and ad agencies can't keep up with preventing and blacklisting anonymous mal-ads. Unreliable ad agencies that don't care about my security will simply get Ad Blocked and lose my ad impressions (I don't care). Mutual non-caring.

Comment: Anonymous advertisers (Score 5, Informative) 113

by kurkosdr (#49371575) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks
Ahh... The joys of having anonymous advertisers, even on well-known sites: Not only some of the ads are of questionable legality, but some of them may actually hurt you. THIS is why AdBlock Edge is a security policy, not an adblocking policy. Don't give me the "freeloader" talk. Either host your own ads and be responsible for them, or partner with reliable ad agencies (and maybe I will unblock them).

Comment: The truth is... (Score 1) 418

The truth is that when digital data are modulated with some "dense" QAM scheme, then the amount of noise the cable introduces IS important. The 1s and 0s will get distorted if noise is too high. BUT, the other truth is that, all you have to do is buy a cable that is compliant conductivity-wise. All those fancy Monster cables are an ordinary cable, just upmakerd. And you should NEVER exceed the distances recommended by the standard. You should not build a 100m link even if it's consisted of monster cables. Better save the money for repeaters.

Comment: Nope, there will be limits (Score 1) 690

by kurkosdr (#49017695) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?
I can tell you the government is not going to give "unlimited" electricity for free. There is going to be some Kwh limit defined as "more than enough to power a household". Because, otherwise everyone will allow the neighbouring MiniMarket to connect their fridges to the appartment's outlets, for a small amount of money paid to the appartment owner. Also, the new PM also promised free food (aka food stamps) for the poor people, but this doesn't mean they will be able to park a truck outside and start loading as much food they want.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose