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Comment Re:Acceptable ads? (Score 1) 259

Exactly, just compare Weather Underground to reddit without an ad-blocker. Reddit is actually so unobtrusive, that I have whitelisted them for the past year.

To all these slashdotters flipping out about "acceptable ads", I have a question for you. How many of you pay for that content you're using ad blockers on? All the none-user generated content costs money and bandwidth always costs money. If everyone blocked 100% of ads, the Internet would be a very different place. I'm really happy I have the option to use ABP with unobtrusive allowed. Just like it felt better to watch Game of thrones on HBO-Go then pirating it like I had to for the first few seasons.

Comment The sense of privilege here makes me sick (Score -1, Troll) 229

Judging the posts thus far, it appears most slashdot users feel they have a right to free content. I wonder how many realize that it costs money to hire good journalists and editors that produce all the content they enjoy. Yes, some sites got out of control with ads, which is why I have an ad blocker installed. But on good sites like Reddit, I whitelist them. Since I love both the content and they never allow obtrusive ads.

For other most sites, I keep my ad blocker on, but I do have APB set to allow "acceptable ads". For the same reason as above. Do I begrudge APB or Crystal any money for this SERVICE? Hell no! They are doing me a favor by auditing the ads before they reach me. Seriously people, keep on pirating your content, video games, and movies, as it's clear everyone here feels it's owed to them. But when the good content is all gone, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.

Comment DOM's got to go (Score 4, Insightful) 137

With FF and Chrome JavaScript performance has been good enough for most web apps for the past couple of years. Good to see IE has caught up, but JS performance is not been what's hold the web back. The issue is DOM performance. For example, my stock trading app eats up 100% of my CPU time and causes Firefox UI to get unresponsive when tracking more than 30 stocks. Their native IOS app barely uses any CPU time and runs better on my phone than the web app on my desktop. It's time we ditch DOM's document based model for something application centrist.

Comment Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. (Score 2) 616

As a programmer for over 20 years, this flies in the face of all my experience. While, there may not be a direct correction to one’s mathematical abilities and one’s programming skills, I have never worked with a *good* programmer who disliked or was poor at math. You need have a strong mathematical background to be a decent programmer.

The real question here is why the hell a staff writer for The Atlantic who specializes in gender issues writing this article? From this quote: "From my experience, one thing you do need when learning to code is an ability to stifle your rage when computers don’t do what you want. Which is, alas, why I am not a good coder."

Sounds like she too some online "web coding" class, failed miserably, and decided to turn it into a bullshit, poorly researched story. I mean really "People who program video games probably need more math than the average web designer.” Probably? I mean that's like saying Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. Although with articles this poorly written, maybe that's a bad analogy.

Comment Guests only or General Public (Score 1) 59

The article is not clear if this only for guest use or for general public to use. If it's for general public, I'm not interested in becoming an electric gas station. I've been an Airbnb host for over a year now, with over 50 clients and never had anyone ask about electric car charging. Tesla only produces approx. 2000 cars/month. Ford/GM sell way more than this in a day. Until they get their production numbers up and I start getting charging inquires, I can't see this as being a useful upgrade to my property.

Comment a significant upgrade? really? (Score 2) 85

a significant, yet affordable, upgrade over cards like the GeForce GTX 650 Ti,

I guess Nvidia's marketing drones think we're all a bunch of rich morons. That's exactly the card I have now, and there's no way in hell I'm stupid enough to pay $150 for a few extra FPS. Just look at those benchmarks, like Metro's 27 vs 36 avg FPS. If I need a few extra FPS, I'll lower the quality a bit and wait until a TRUE mid-range upgrade is available.

The real question here is WTH is going on with Moore's law? I paid about $150 for my 650 back in 2012, and here we are 3 years later, and my $150 buys essentially the same performance and features.

Comment Re:So What (Score 0) 312

Yeah some fear mongering idiot with an agenda is behind this story. Many dating sites and reputation based sites like Airbnb not only require a access to your facebook/g+ profile, but they also need a copy of your drivers license. They have a human verify that license matches the social network profile. I didn't hear nutjobs like this guy screaming that Airbnb's verification could be used for racism.

All of this is just a distraction from the real issues. Seems like every day an unarmed black male/hispanic is gunned down by a cop in the US. I'd love to see the real stats, but the police only share officers killed not the other way around. Institutionalized racism and police training are a a real problems, but people don't want to talk about the hard issues.

Comment Webhosts should block Cyveillance, PicScout (Score 1) 349

File Name: https://github.com/justicezyx/...

They claimed copyright on a file called README of 1 byte in size. This is ridiculous.

As Luke on phoronix points out, "Webhosts should block Cyveillance, PicScout, etc. None of those automated copythug bots respect robots.txt and all of them can be construed as violating the TOS or any website that posts a demand that they stay away. One website (https://dcdirectactionnews.wordpress.com) has posted a legal notice that every access by Picscout could cost them $10,000 in liquidated damages, essentially a reverse "Getty Letter" against them. I suspect Cyveillance is about to get added to that notice, along with all their clients,.

                GIThub should post similar terms and if they control the server they can also block these bots directly. So should this forum, phoronix itself, and as many websites as possible to shut down these parasites. PicScout in particular uses so much bandwidth that some smaller websites have incurred significant extra data costs until they blocked PicScout."

Comment Re:LG G2 better (Score 1) 198

The problem with the BRG battery results is they rely on LG's "opimizations" which only work when you're doing things like browsing the web. When you need to push the device like playing 3D games, all bets are off. If the benchmarks showed the G3 in a looping in a N.O.V.A. 3 demo, I'd be impressed, but they don't,

The real issue here is that even my G2 slows down in heavy fights in FPS games and doesn't have enough battery life. With the G3, they increased the number of pixels that must be rendered by nearly 2x. (2560×1440)÷(1920×1080). More pixel switching is a double whammy since the LCD takes more power and the GPU takes more power to push those extra pixels. So unless the G3's GPU is MORE than 2x as powerful and the memory bandwith is MORE than 2x the G2's then you're going to end up with a SLOWER phone. And even if LG has done it, I'd much rather see that extra GPU power used to make better looking games and have a phone with longer battery life.

So who cares? I care, cauz it's a shitty engineering trade-off.

Comment AMD Open Source (Score 4, Insightful) 134

I have an old Radeon X1950PRO in guest/spare PC. While it's getting long in the tooth it's still good enough for some Star Craft 2 and Dota 2 action with friends. Unfortunately I have to boot to windows 7 to get decent performance. The kernel devs are always changing the driver interface, so the last time I was able to use the proprietary drivers was around Ubuntu 6. Now in Linux my only option are buggy, glitch drivers like Phoronix described in their drivers or booting to Windows. The hardware specs were released. Now if after 8 year, the open source drivers are still buggy and slow, they will never be as good as the proprietary. What Linux needs a stable driver interface like Windows has.

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