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Comment: Re:WTF? Can someone summarize? (Score 2) 125

by tepples (#47725073) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

No, it's more like "Buck Feta".

MediaWiki has a tool called "common.js" to let an admin edit the sitewide JavaScript. Wikimedia Foundation staff are trying to push unpopular user interface changes onto Wikipedia. The admins are using common.js to override the changes and restore the previous behavior for anonymous visitors. So WMF staff have superprotected the pages to keep even local admins from editing them.

Comment: Re:How to pay writers? (Score 2) 462

by tepples (#47722847) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

you end up having no reliable sources

Communication is a basic human need and people like to communicate even if there's no monetary reward.

People also like to spread hoaxes, whether knowingly or unknowingly. That's why I specifically mentioned reliable sources, those "with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy."

Comment: You're a Slashdot.org volunteer (Score 1) 43

by tepples (#47721281) Attached to: Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

Couchsurfing went from an ostensibly community-run (but really oligarchy-controlled) website to a private, Delware-registered and venture capitalist-funded corporation three years ago. To continue to call it Couchsurfing.org is disingenuous.

Yet you're posting this on Slashdot, which continues to operate from the .org TLD after having been sold to Andover, VA Linux, and Dice.

Comment: Cover-up ad blocker (Score 1) 462

by tepples (#47721183) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Which is why we use ad-blocker blocker blockers

Ad blockers that allow the ad to render and then cover it up exist, but they eliminate the bandwidth and CPU time savings of a normal ad blocker. Like normal ad display, a cover-up ad blocker slows down rendering, drains your device's battery (as its CPU has to come out of sleep mode more often), and runs up a higher data bill with your ISP compared to a normal ad blocker. And as I mentioned above, a cover-up ad blocker fails with interactive advertisements.

Comment: What does a site want in Google's index? (Score 1) 462

by tepples (#47721141) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

They can embed the whole site in a DRM-ed Flash or Silverlight wrapper

Which means your favorite general-purpose web search engine can't see it to index it. Of course, a site could provide just the title, author, and abstract without digital restrictions management and get those in the index, similarly to how Elsevier journals and WSJ.com present articles to anonymous visitors and to logged-in users whose subscription has lapsed.

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