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Comment: Re:While we're at it (Share on twiiiitter!) (Score 3) 127 127

by linebackn (#49972605) Attached to: My favorite IQ test:

Ah, so it is that way for everyone else to.

That is totally retarded UI design. Most people would not expect to have to click on the title to load the comments. And that action is already used for expanding minimized articles.

Obviously the entire idea is to get accidental clicks on their fucking "share" button.

Seriously, does Twitter and Facebook PAY for this sort of advertising?

Comment: Re:trivial to circumvent (Score 0) 134 134

by linebackn (#49913267) Attached to: Police Scanning Every Face At UK Download Festival

Expect hoodies, masks, or anything else like that to be completely illegal soon.

In fact, check your local bank. Mine already forbids wearing hats and sunglasses. Don't even think about wearing a mask in one.

Don't pretend for one second that rules like this won't slowly continue to expand elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Why is it worth that much? (Score 4, Interesting) 143 143

by linebackn (#49809313) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

Anything involving Apple is a bit nuts.

But among other things, an Apple I represents one of the early beginnings in the computing world. You can't get much closer to the direct early work of Woz and Jobs. Apple Is are indeed very rare. Supposedly most Apple Is were traded in for discounts on Apple IIs, so few were left in the general public. The parts themselves are rare. Woz chose some parts that weren't even incredibly common at the time - so it is difficult to build accurate replicas. (An Apple II replica, in contrast can be built from mostly from parts that are still available new)

There is actually quite a bit of demand for vintage items that similarly represent various "beginnings". Such as TRS-80s, Commodore PETs, Apple II/II+s, IBM 5150 PCs, etc, but those are common enough they can often be had for a few hundred dollars.

Comment: Need to get the Vintage word out (Score 4, Interesting) 143 143

by linebackn (#49809231) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

Sadly this kinds of thing happens every day. I'm surprised that a "recycler" even caught it before sending it off to a third world landfill. I dare say any manuals and software the owner had went directly in to the regular trash.

You can't keep it all, but for anything roughly 1980s or earlier vintage, it might be worth at least having a local computer geek taking a look at it before sending off for "recycling". Slashdotters probably already know this, but it would be good if people could get the word out. Big corps have the masses too well trained that anything more than a year or to old must be disposed of.

There are actually whole communities around vintage gear. If anyone has questions trying to identify old hardware or software, feel free to drop in at http://www.vintage-computer.co... and ask!

Comment: Re:And What Technology Would That Be? (Score 3, Funny) 109 109

by linebackn (#49714697) Attached to: Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans

Otherwise you had to get one on disk.

Which is exactly how normal people obtained software back then. Most cheap computers didn't come with that much useful software pre-installed.

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Comment: What is the obsession with tattoos... (Score 5, Insightful) 403 403

by linebackn (#49585589) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

Ick. I've never understood why people get tattoos. While I can respect the idea of using the human body as a canvas for art, it just doesn't come across as such. Perhaps it is just the way my brain is wired, when I see a tattoo my brain instinctively registers it as "damage" and that the person may be injured or ill. Certainly others must have the same instinctive reaction, yet it seems even more people are doing that these days.

Comment: Re:What about control of Google Maps? (Score 1) 286 286

by linebackn (#49527761) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Are you paying Google for Google Maps? You don't own the product, you don't even lease/rent it. Since it is a web application, they can discontinue it at their discretion.

Presumably companies and businesses that appear prominently on there DO pay Google something. And it should be obvious that it is in those businesses' best interests if users can find their businesses quickly, easily, reliably, and in a familiar way, even if it means using an older better version.

Comment: Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 1) 286 286

by linebackn (#49527477) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Same here, except after a point I'd go further and discourage others from visiting advertisement abusive sites. If they already do scummy things like that, then the site can not be trusted to not serve up malware or similar in the future.

Case in point, the other day I happened to notice that the old Dilbert.com web site is now serving up abusive pop-under window advertisements. Yes, the current Adblock catches this, but this tells me that this site can no longer be trusted. So I have removed various links to that web site, I won't visit it again, and I encourage others to avoid it.

Comment: Re:And when capped internet comes then people will (Score 1) 286 286

by linebackn (#49527225) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Capped internet?
When is this allegedly happening?
Bandwidth keeps going up.
Internet speed keeps going up.
New tech is always making it bigger.

You must not live in the US. With a few exceptions, most ISPs have just let their infrastructure rot and gouge their customers who have no choice. All while newer cell phone internet happily charges $$$ by the megabyte.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.