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Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 3, Insightful) 277

by tobiasly (#47974067) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Wait, I thought hipsters were the guys who liked the new things? Like if you had an iPad and an iPhone you were a hipster, but if you had an old Android and a Lenovo laptop you were a legitimate human being.

It depends on whether a critical mass of the general population also likes said new thing. When they were the ones waiting in line all night at the Apple store, it was all good. Now that the same lines are filled with people sleeping in trash bags to immediately flip them to China's gray market, not so much.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Hosting services that doesn't over-react to DMCA requests?

Submitted by tobiasly
tobiasly (524456) writes "I run a few websites which are occasionally the target of bogus DMCA takedown requests. Even a cursory look at these requests would reveal that the content these requests try to have removed are not even eligible for copyright (for example, someone named "John Smith" decides he wants to have every instance of his name removed from the internet, so he claims he has a copyright on "John Smith", and the comment section of my website has that name somewhere.)

I'm guessing most webmasters of sites with significant traffic face this problem, but I'm having difficulty finding information on domain registrars' and hosting providers' DMCA response policies. Most seem to over-react and require an official counter-response. I'm worried I'll miss one of these someday and find that my entire domain was suspended as a result.

Both my domain registrar and hosting provider have forwarded these notices in the past. I'm also worried that they're forwarding my response (including personal details) to the original complainant. Which domain registrars and hosting providers have you found who handle these complaints in a reasonable manner, and filter out the ones that are obviously bogus? Which ones have a clearly stated policy regarding these requests, and respect the site owner's privacy? Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to US-based companies."

+ - Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business – and it’s helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up with Leo Burnett Sri Lanka to create mosquito-repelling newspapers for a public health campaign – and once those papers hit newsstands, sales increased by 30 percent."

Comment: Sounds a lot like Aereo (Score 1) 147

by tobiasly (#47111289) Attached to: Virtual DVDs, Revisited

This sounds like Aereo, which also provides a business model in which physical resources dictate the scarcity. Since they are currently preparing for a trial at the Supreme Court it's probably wise to hold off a bit.

the studios are leaving cash on the table

You must be new here; the studios have always been in the business of fighting progress as long as possible in order to protect existing revenue streams.

Comment: Re:No story here, move along (Score 1) 208

by tobiasly (#46939553) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

You're misinterpreting my response. I very specifically said I agree that there's no evidence that he's a math genius, at least not yet. GP seemed to imply that he was making *everything* up though. Or maybe I misunderstood him too. All I'm saying is that his claimed ability to see things differently than everyone else seems to have credence.

Comment: Re:No story here, move along (Score 3, Informative) 208

by tobiasly (#46934573) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

The neuroscientists who have been studying his brain seem fairly convinced he's not making it up. Though calling him a "math genius" doesn't necessarily seem warranted (at least not yet... maybe it's a case where formal study will allow him to apply his abilities more specifically?), I don't think they would diagnose him with what they're calling acquired savant syndrome without some evidence.

Maybe read the book? Even the top negative review seems to give weight to his claim:

Comment: Re:I'd seriously think about a dedicated router (Score 1) 104

by tobiasly (#46783159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?


I must have been using the wrong search terms.. I scoured NewEgg up and down for something exactly like that Edgerouter Lite but kept coming up empty. I knew there had to be something between some crappy consumer router that I prayed I could get a halfway-decent firmware running on, an uber-expensive business-class rackmount unit, and building my own micro PC. Many thanks, I'm ordering one now...

Comment: Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (Score 1) 390

by tobiasly (#46114593) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share really? That's best data set OP could come up with??

As I was scrolling through this month-by-month tally of 10 years' worth of usage stats, trying to pick out trends, I just kept thinking to myself: if only there were some way to visually represent a large dataset of numbers and their relation to each other over time... maybe some color-coded lines or something... I dunno, just spitballing here

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 2) 293

by tobiasly (#46092599) Attached to: Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Uninstalled the app, started using FB via browser. For my low intensity usage it's still perfect. Also links to click and youtube embeds work seamlessly now.
Got no messenger installed too.

A thousand times this. The line for me was when my recent camera pics popped up in the app with a caption "do you want to post these to Facebook"? Uhh, fuck no Facebook and stop rifling your grubby mitts through my pics without asking me TYVM (Dropbox, Twitter, Google+ all have similar functionality but have an explicit settings for this).

This is also a weakness in Android permissions IMO: many apps ask for USB access to store their own data but that means they can read everything under /sdcard including photos.

Now I use the mobile site, plus Slice if needed. The only drawback is that apps which require Facebook to login now require an OAuth web dialog where I have to log in again, whereas before the Facebook app showed the confirmation with no re-auth required.

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