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Comment: Re:Until... (Score 1) 108

Adblock Plus for Android got kicked out of Google Play along with other ad blocking apps in March 2013, because Google’s developer distribution agreement states apps cannot interfere with the functionality of other apps

How is AdBlock interfering with the functionality of other apps? That makes no sense. Are people running apps whose function is to display ads?

But, this is not surprising, since 98% of Google's revenue depends on advertising being as intrusive as possible,

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 5, Insightful) 364

by rudy_wayne (#49737629) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

I think what he's asking is whether or not he can network them together even though they all have the same IP address. And the answer is yes.

As a network engineer, I can think of a way with a Cisco catalyst switch, OR, a linux box with multiple ethernet ports:

Yes, there are a few possible solutions, but I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the biggest barrier to implementing any of them:

Trying to connect to 8+ pumps at the same time is going to require running 8+ ethernet cables from a central location to each pump. You're going to have cables all over the place, and unless it is done while the gas station is closed it means people driving over the cables, stepping on them, tripping on them and yanking them out of the socket, etc........

Comment: Re:I have a question. (Score 1) 364

by rudy_wayne (#49737501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

What type of idioticly designed pump takes half an hour to run a software upgrade?

According to the OP, the update process involves "running a manufacturer-provided program that connects to the device and pushes the new software."

I don't think it's too hard to guess what level of software quality is provided by the pump manufacturer.

Comment: Re:Your maths is off... (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by rudy_wayne (#49694739) Attached to: Baidu's Supercomputer Beats Google At Image Recognition

Also why are the numbers reversed to quote success rates for Google and Microsoft in the summary on Slashdot - it would have been much clearer if the actual numbers in the article (which were all error rates) were quoted!

Because this is Slashdot and it is required that all stories be written as poorly as possible.

Baidu's new computer was wrong only 4.58 percent of the time. The previous best was 4.82 percent, reported by Google in March.

If Google is only wrong 4.82% of the time then why is it whenever I search for an image I get thousands of pictures that have absolutely nothing to do with what I am searching for?

Comment: Re:It not very hard (Score 1, Interesting) 167

by rudy_wayne (#49669351) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

Add a nice new feature.
Charge $1 per month to use it (or $0.33, if that's all they need).

How do you collect $1 a month from each user? The problem isn't so much that people don't want to pay. Most people wouldn't mind paying $1 a month, but will not pay $12 once a year. Yes, that makes no sense, since it's the same amount of money, but that's how people are.

So how do you charge people $1 a month? The real problem is that there is no easy, simple way to charge people a small amount of money.

Comment: Re:Sororities (Score 1, Troll) 257

I'd argue that having a tribe is not necessarily a bad thing.

I know that a good number of /. posters would disagree with this, but this is why I don't think religion is a terrible thing. If you have a group with which you identify, with which you share a common history and traditions and common points of view, it may not be useful anymore as a "protective" thing, but rather meets the simple need to be a part of something larger than oneself.

And then eventually your tribe starts demanding that all the other tribes adhere to your tribe's "beliefs". Immediately followed by attacking and killing all the members of those tribes if they don't accept your tribe's beliefs as being THE ONE TRUE BELIEF®.

In the history of mankind, there has never been a "tribe" or religion which HASN'T done this. Which is why all religion is evil (in addition to promoting fear, ignorance and general stupidity).

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 323

Not so mention that hackers cracked the key generating code for Windows 7. Same with MS office. They generate codes and try them until one works, and bingo you've got a legit code.

They've never cracked the key generating code for Windows 7. They just found ways to work around it.

In late 2001/early 2002 somebody figured out the algorithm to generated Volume License keys for Windows XP, and those don't need activation (so that companies with lots of computers don't have to activate 30,000 units). Starting With Windows XP Service Pack 2 Microsoft changed some things so that those generated Volume License keys wouldn't work any more. So you have to find a legit Volume License key somewhere (not all that hard to do).

Starting with Windows Vista, and continuing on to Windows 7, Microsoft changed things again. Microsoft changed the system for Volume License keys, making them not a viable option for pirates. Windows installed on OEM PCs was now using a system that referenced information in the computer's BIOS. Google "System Locked Pre-activation". So people just started flashing their BIOS with the necessary stuff. Windows thinks my homemade PC is a Dell.

Comment: Re:How much is Sound Exchange skimming off the top (Score 1) 124

How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to the artists, how much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to music publishers? How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to song writers?

.The money trail in the music industry is long, crooked and complex. Unless you are a big enough act that the records companies accept the contract you write, the only money you will see appears in your upturned hat.....

How much money does SoundExchange keep for itself? I bet they aren't doing this for free.

Comment: Re:faint whiff of BS? (Score 1) 304

by rudy_wayne (#49547657) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Where exactly is this "hardware DRM" going to be? On the computer motherboard? On the DVD/Blu-ray drive? It seems that hardware DRM would require everyone to buy new hardware and i really don't see that working out well. One of the reasons that DVDs are still more popular than Blu-ray is that Blu-ray requires buying a new, more expensive player.

Comment: Re:Questionable? (Score 2) 150

I think we all know that EA is lying and actually gameplay won't look like that.

But, more importantly, the phrase "So Realistic It Looks Like Movie Footage" is now meaningless. Yes, it does look "just like a movie" due to the fact that many scenes from movies are now done almost entirely in CGI.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins