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Comment: Apple was always innovative (Score 1) 458

by sjwest (#48946819) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Sometime in 2000 there was a coffee table sized book of non production apple designs with early ereaders, cheque book size computers etc that never made it into production etc.

Those ideas pre internet shopping have now been translated into reality in other things. Microsoft instead looked at pc boxes, ignored the internet and killed its competitors like novell to sell 'servers'. The average apple buyer knows what his/her thing can do, and the cloud and how it powers the naked selfies is something they dont care about.

I use linux and am happy with it- the last mac i used had a motorola processor.

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 0) 405

by sjwest (#48380537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

As an european person who gets lots of spam attempts from comcrap/roach runner and twc especially trucklawyersomewhere@spammy i assume no decent email traffic comes from comcrap ranges et al. so when fail2ban id's hosts they lose visiting rights.

Since comcrap would not action any report of mine without a legal order i sent in your on your own since they dont give a stuff.

Most of that mention stuff never gets seen by us. Do yourself a favour and get a better isp.and if the fcc wont allow that then that is your problem.

Comment: Re:Is this news? (Score 2) 145

by sjwest (#48045029) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

It probably depends on how you use it, if you have a issued renewal reference number then its easy.

Never done the hm gov prove your a 'human' registration route and if all the non car taxed cars applying for it on one day that might be the reason the system is overloaded as all the not taxed cars are being taxed all of a sudden.

I lost my photo id/paper license from the dvla an that took a couple of weeks with a paper from a post office to fix, although the online version of it looked hard work so i opted for the paper form. That's when scheduled complexity bites governments

Comment: Re:Contracting? (Score 1) 477

by sjwest (#46926767) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

I agree. I however do find physical dvd's adverts amusing and interesting when i rent the odd one usually for subtitles.

An example - after extending copyright term yet again on one disk i rented was a advert for the public to save old copyright films by donating money to the mpaa. Another dvd rained on netflix's and others parade with a 'free' hollywood streaming service no doubt with horrid drm and non workable on linux as well. The double standards are interesting.

Blueray might be rubbish with all those 4k resolution televisions, most people might have 1080 spec tv's but not use it so i doubt they can see any difference.

Comment: Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (Score 1) 465

by sjwest (#46640551) Attached to: Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

The brits on /. have a different take on Gordon Ramsay

Our joke goes along the lines of - on any day he is making tv adverts, while making his branded biscuits in a factory in Northampton, and doing something for british airways, before working at one of those celeb resturants at lunchtime, the afternoon is tv time with a series to make, then he jets off to America to save a restaurant. I guess the cook books get written overnight.

Ramsay is a brand and not what you think he is.

Comment: Fun even trying to open an account at mtgox (Score 1) 191

by sjwest (#46436047) Attached to: The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

I do not do bitcoin, i have neither the bandwidth to waste or the gpu hardware to mine and also not run microsoft windows that seems to scream btc fan.

I do need bitcoin not much per year (under 100 dolars) , and so tried to open an account with mtgox.

I got the governental forms [months pass], that got me a updated drivers license and passport and submitted them to magic the gathering exchange to verify my id. but I kept getting rejected. I had no value in the account.

So three months after i start this and still getting nowhere with the identity verification i email them and say please cancel the account.

Oddly that means approve in magic speak.

Somehow that concerns me and this was last year so i do not anything with this thing, and spend some time getting an independent wallet which takes a couple of months to download. Then mtgox go bankrupt.

I have a btc wallet, it has no money in it, and i have not spent money to do anything with bitcoin so far.

Maybe i got lost in translation but i am glad i never had any further dealings with mtgox

Comment: Re:This is why company's block Amazon EC2. (Score 1) 76

by sjwest (#45969329) Attached to: Amazon and GoDaddy Are the Biggest Malware Hosters

We have been 'probed' by amazon, there abuse report standards would seem to indicate i have to run wireshark or a equivalent tool from the whois.

Comment: All abuse reports MUST include:
Comment: * src IP
Comment: * dest IP (your IP)
Comment: * dest port
Comment: * Accurate date/timestamp and timezone of activity
Comment: * Intensity/frequency (short log extracts)
Comment: * Your contact details (phone and email) Without these we will be unable to identify the correct owner of the IP address at that point in time

So they do not have to do anything Shady.

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. -- Fred Allen