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Comment: Re:What about control of Google Maps? (Score 1) 279

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) 279

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 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) 279

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.

Comment: Re:Blocking AdBlock (Score 1) 279

by linebackn (#49527163) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

This is further compounded by some websites sticking up a dialog box telling me to register or "Like" them on Facebook if I want to continue browsing their content.

Fuck Facebook with a big splintery wooden dildo. Up the ass both ways until their eyes pop out.

There, had to be said. :)

I suspect we'll be seeing more of this in future, meaning that I'll soon have to re-install NoScript just to browse without being nagged.

Recently I've noticed an increase in the number of sites that use scripting to load their content. Without, you get nothing. You can bet that once they wise up to tools that block certain scripts or parts of scripts, they will intermingle ad loading and content loading in such a way to make it much harder if not impossible to block ads.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 3, Insightful) 442

Meanwhile, the company I'm at has teams at less than half strength, pretty much every silicon valley perk you can think of, great working conditions, very high pay, and just can't find people to fill the positions,

But have you seen your job listing requirements? 9000 years of experience in something that has been around for 9 seconds? Extensive experience in some obscure internal application that only 5 companies in the world run? Try accepting that you might have to TRAIN some actual human beings, and perhaps you will find you can adequately fill the positions.

Comment: Wana take bets on the cap getting raised? (Score 1) 442

Just watch these caps get raised (instead of slashed like they should) just because these billionaire mofos can bribe the right people. And face it, that is the ONLY reason these caps would be raised.

Increasing foreign outsourcing increases American jobs? Wow, they really don't live in reality do they. Take away their billions, let them go unemployed for a few years, then let them try and find a job, and see if they are still singing the same tune.

Comment: Hate to be the guy who called this in. (Score 1) 208

by linebackn (#48973867) Attached to: Art Project Causes Atlanta Police To Close Highway and Call Bomb Squad

I think an unfortunate result of this overreaction is that concerned citizens may now want to think twice before calling anything in to the police. If you call something suspicious in, the police WILL call in the bomb squad, and shut down the city.

Of course the real blame should be on whoever in the police department decided to go all 9/11 rather than just taking a look at it and figuring out it was harmless.

At least it wasn't a Mooninite. No telling what they would have done then.

Comment: Someone needs to be fired over this (Score 0) 110

by linebackn (#48896423) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

So this "credible" threat is some random post on fucking TWITTER?

Whoever thought this was a credible threat should be fired and forced to pay for all the expenses involved.

Ah, right, but we let this become an insane world. Where the above person will get a huge promotion and the 5-year old idiot posting to twatter will wind up locked away as some evil terrorist.

Comment: All very confusing (Score 1) 99

OK, a couple of questions TFA doesn't really detail enough:

When they talk about a different rendering engine, they make it sound like a completely seperate program. Historically MS has just tacked on compatiblity layers as a sort of "personality" to their existing rendering engine, and TFA indicates they are not doing this here. But how then? Which are they really doing? What is it based on?

They make it sound like they aren't even going to keep the Internet Explorer brand. Is that actually what is happening? I would find that very hard to believe. On the one hand TFA is probably just spewing BS speculation, on the other hand this is the modern Microsoft that REMOVED THE FUCKING START MENU!

Not that it impacts me any, of course. But I can imagine these changes creating customer, developer, and support confusion at many levels. Well, perhaps not as much as they did with Windows 8.

Comment: It's not illegal, so they will do it (Score 2) 50

by linebackn (#48838563) Attached to: Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

Isn't this already the business model for most "apps" these days? The only thing surprising here is they aren't sugar coating it with pleasant sounding euphemisms.

Yea, some of us used computers with only 4K of RAM and remember a day when this kind of shit would have been unthinkable even if it were possible.

But it isn't expressly illegal, so expect more of this. Don't buy something that does this? Sure, enjoy that option while it lasts.

Comment: Re:Broken Style (Score 1) 154

If this is part of the crap they changed a couple days ago, it also messed up viewing in some other browsers. I wish they would just go back to simple HTML 3, which used to view fine in everything.

They couldn't get rid of enough of us with that awful "beta", so instead now they are breaking it one bit at a time.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.