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Comment Gopher, as of last year (Score 2) 617 617

Last year that old guy finally retired. That afternoon we took Copher off the friggin' network.

It didn't mean much as we did so automated end runs around it but he insisted that it stay there because of some manifesto a neckbeard wrote 20 years ago that was the darkest day of the Internet when Gopher was subsumed. He was somehow still shocked that the community of network administrators failed to rally to save it.

Submission + - What technical reason is there for charging more for long distance?

sandbagger writes: I had to go on some business trips recently and, yep, the long distance bill was big this month. I was just in a neighbouring city less than 1,000 KM away. It's not foreign travel. It's all networked packets. In the old analogue days when signal boosting was required, I can see a reason but apart from inter-corporate pass through fees, what's the technical reason for expensive long distance?

Submission + - Student photographer threatened with suspension for sports photos->

sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principle's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.
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Comment Just put a ban on computer science (Score 3, Insightful) 208 208

No, really. This is what it would come down to.

We need encryption for banking, day to day transactions at every store, as well as general communications in industry generally. Banning the study of encryption would guarantee that Australia becomes a second rate country in computer science.

Comment People fall for an idiot's clickbait -- Film at 11 (Score 2) 776 776

Some idiot writing something on a web site is hardly news particularly when it's a bitter divorcee talking about mass entertainment. What is this doing on Slashdot? Or is the new revenue model to woo readers away from Jezebel and Salon?

Comment Four questions (Score 2) 127 127

--- Discussions on Fark don't go to infinity and beyond anymore. Is the attempt to make Fark more PC a response to that or a consequence?
--- You're HTML 2.0 compliant, it seems. Ever planning on updating the back end?
--- A few times a year there's a post to TFD asking for ideas on how to improve things. Nothing changes: why?
--- The ethos of Fark used to be say anything --- smash any idols ---just be funny doing it. Has moving away from that basically made Fark no different from a lot of other discussion/aggregation sites?

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.