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Comment: Re:The biggest positive effect of no ads (Score 1) 611

by rundgong (#47724299) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Obviously they can not get paid by the click, if we want to get rid of click-baiting.
But this is no different from how things work offline. Newspapers that are mostly subscribed have less sensationalist headlines, compared to newspapers that are sold single copy at the news stand.

Comment: The biggest positive effect of no ads (Score 1) 611

by rundgong (#47722805) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
The biggest positive effect of no ads would be that sites could stop with the click-baiting.

Today lots of sites write misleading sensationalist headlines or leave out important details in summaries just to maximize the click-through and the number of shown ads.
Imagine if all those writers spent their time on writing text that benefits the reader instead of the advertiser.

For that I would gladly pay $230.

Comment: More people need to work less hours (Score 4, Insightful) 343

by rundgong (#46969577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?
If 12 people spend 40 hours each doing the work of only 10 people, there are two ways of eliminating the wasted time.
They think two people have jobs that don't need to exist. A better solutions appears to be that all 12 people spend less hours at work.
How would society benefit from having two more unemployed people instead of having 12 people that can spend more time with their kids (or doing whatever they want to do instead)?

Comment: Maybe Netflix is too big for peering agreements (Score 4, Interesting) 520

by rundgong (#46318995) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
The no cost peering agreements between the major ISPs is based on the premise that traffic flows both ways in approximately equal amounts.
Netflix is something like 30% of internet traffic and it's mostly one way. They are so big they produce more traffic than many entire ISPs.

They may be so big that no ISP can peer with Netflix's ISP without disturbing this balance.
Is it possible that the solution is that Netflix basically are forced to have multiple ISPs and connect directly to many networks?

I can see that this could lead to problems as has been mentioned elsewhere in this and many other threads, but maybe there have to be exceptions to the general rule.

Comment: Re:"recovered to full employment" (Score 1) 118

by rundgong (#44364151) Attached to: Software Development Employment Rises 45% In 10 Years

If you're expecting it to mean 100% employment for all software developers then no that's not the case, because in every industry there'll be a few percent of incompetents who are just always unemployable no matter how desperate that industry gets.

There will also be competent people working for companies that go bankrupt or the local office gets closed or are for other reasons looking for a new job.

I read somewhere that 1.5-2% unemployment basically means "everyone" is working.
As an example, 1% unemployment means on average people are unemployed approximately 1 month every 10 years

Comment: Requires root access beforehand? (Score 1) 75

I find this sentence from the article interesting:
"I flash this image by leveraging root access in the Android operating system to write to the boot block device"

Isn't it usually rooting you want to achieve when you unlock the bootloader?
Or is there already a root exploit available, and this will allow you to not only root a stock image, but instead load custom images?

Comment: Re:Wrong question (Score 1) 307

by rundgong (#42927649) Attached to: Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

When you see wind farm tax breaks, do you get upset about wind power generation companies taking advantage of tax laws?

No, because that is the intention of the law.

When companies make deductions for expenses in foreign countries, the intention is not that they create fake expenses in tax heavens that exactly match the profits they make elsewhere.
The intention is this: If they actually produce value in other countries, the profits from that value should be taxed there.

1: An American company deducts a million dollars for having a subsidiary with 10 programmers in Germany = OK
2: Same company deducts 100 million dollars for having a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands that does nothing but send invoices for 100 million dollars = NOT OK

Comment: Keep it simple - steel mesh, wire and padlock (Score 1) 293

by rundgong (#42633761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Devices For Luggage?
If you really want to prevent your bags from getting stolen you should attach it to something fixed.
Lock it to the storage compartment with a steel wire. If you also want to prevent it from being opened you can cover it with a steel mesh.
Things like that seem to be popular among some backpackers.

It does not say what kind of luggage you plan to bring, but something like this should cover most scenarios.

Comment: Re:on an android tablet... (Score 5, Informative) 55

by rundgong (#42370095) Attached to: KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7

on an android tablet... ... all I want to run is Android.

Isn't that like saying "On a Windows PC all I want to run is Windows"? By that logic there would be almost no Linux PCs since most of them come with Windows pre-installed.

Dual booting Android and a full Linux dist seems like a pretty nice feature on a tablet.

Comment: Your facts are wrong (Score 1) 150

by rundgong (#42245737) Attached to: Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement
As usual when someone "understands" this they have the facts all wrong.

Not so important error: It's the Ecuadorian embassy.

Important error: He is in solitary so he will not disrupt an ongoing investigation for other crimes. Not for anything related to the pirate bay sentence.

I'm not saying it's justified to keep him in solitary for these suspected crimes, but at least get your facts straight.

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