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Comment Re:Steve Jobs???? (Score 2) 120

4) Believed that people can remember a 7-digit number - they can't, unless it is one they use regularly

Really? - Numbers here in Denmark are 8-digit and I remember most of the numbers in my contact list and often dial them directly instead of using the contact list.

Oh, and US numbers are actually 10-digit, but for most local and semi-local calls the 3-digit area code can be omitted.

We used to have the same kind of area codes in Denmark (6-digit numbers and 2-digit area codes that could be omitted on local calls) but about 20 years ago it was decided to throw away the disposable area codes and merge them with the phone numbers, making them always 8-digit. This also allowed for portable numbers that could be moved all over the country, from provider to provider and of course from fixed line to mobile and back.

Comment Re:upside down keypads? (Score 1) 120

Yes! - I remember that!

I were among those that discovered that the rubber keypad on the "Danmark" phones could be cut and the wires to the rows could be switched (individual wires), so we simply cut up the keypad in three rows, switched the wires for the top and 3rd row and voila! - We had the old ordering back.

Comment Epic Fail (Score 1) 171

Not only are these scanners a very expensive waste of money as they fail to detect what they're supposed to detect, they're also a health hazard. Please stop this overpriced security theater and use the resources to actively prevent wannabe-terrorists from becoming the real thing. That's much more effective on every level. I mean even if the scanners actually work, what's to prevent a terrorist from setting off a bomb in the queue of people waiting to be scanned...? - By removing the terrorist of course. i.e. preventing radicalization or use early detection to identify and incarcerate those beyond prevention.

Comment Re:Do the right thing (Score 1) 187

Some would say you are doing a disservice to your customers by continuing a practice that is hurting their business in an effort to promote a technology standard that is not working.

SPF not working? - Seriously?

If we didn't have the fail-open option of allowing mail from senders with no SPF, it would be a flawless system that would block all spam.

I do occasionally get spam through hacked gmail or yahoo mail accounts and while they pass the SPF check, they don't pass my spamassassin though, and I've added a penalty score to all mail from those and similar email providers. No enough to block all mail but if the mail posses other spam characteristics, it will be blocked. And no serious 'prospective clients' uses a free email account anyway.

Comment Re:Forget about them (Score 3, Interesting) 187

And meanwhile in the real world where nailing some important email because the sender was sending all his email through a local MTA because his ISP doesn't have an externally accessible MTA, your boss is right now handing you your walking papers.

The only sane way to use SPF is to drop a spam score of an email. Outright filtering on bad or missing SPF records is just a recipe for a large number of false positives.

You don't know how SPF works, right? - Because that would excuse your statement...

Basically, SPF is a fail-open system:

A) No SPF: Allow the mail (fail-open)
B) SPF present and the mail fails the check: Refuse the mail
C) SPF present and the mail passes the check: Allow the mail

Option B has an exception for 'soft-fail' if the SPF uses the ~all. It will allow all mail through but tags those that fail SPF.

There's absolutely no reason not to refuse mail if the SPF check fails.

Remember, an incorrect SPF will result in a lot of mail lost, and it won't take many minutes before this is noticed. The fastest way to fix it is not to contact every single communication peer and have them bypass their SPF check; it is of course to just fix the SPF record. A 10-second dialogue with a competent postmaster at just one of the failed recipients should yield the reason for the fail, like the missing mail source. All that's left is to fix the SPF by adding the relevant "a:xxxxx.xxx" or "ip4:xx.xx.xx.xx" to the record.

Comment Re:I'm Sofa King We Tod Did (Score 1) 203

In a lot of cases you don't have permission to post "the original" without a corresponding copyright notice on the page. In that case, linking directly to the image without displaying the copyright notice is a copyright violation on Google's part. Even most Creative Common licenses have that particular term.

Isn't the copyright notice also listed in the image's metadata, which is still available if you save Google's copy of the image?

If yes, there's no violation. It's not a legal impairment that you require a tool to read it; fine print on contracts have been equally binding for centuries and this is no different.

Besides, fair use of an image has always been legal, and online re-use of online images have been ruled fair use many times. As long as you don't claim ownership, your own copyright or similar, or use it commercially, and credit the source, it's fair use.

Comment Re:does not compute (Score 1) 203

Dear "Webmaster", nobody cares about your shitty website packed full of annoying ads. Get over it already.

Spoken like a typical leech. No surprise, but always amazing.

Absolutely! - I know I am, and I know many others are... Leeches that is. Proud user of AdBlock-style software for two decades.

Advertising has gone from bad to painfully awful in amazingly short time, rendering most pages useless without ad-blocking software. It began with that first animated banner, blinking or jumping to attract attention and today you get full page ads, competely blocking the real page, complete with loud music, a semi-yelling salesman or worse.

Comment Re:Poor UI design. javascript required = nothankyo (Score 2, Insightful) 141

No. just... no.

IO loaded the example forum with NoScript enabled. Absolutely no formatting present, the only way to differentiate individual posts was by the "#1" "#2" numbering each one individually, inlined with the body text of the comments.

We don't need more client side code, we need less. Formatting should be in CSS, the content should degrade sanely for text only and mobile browsers / screen readers. I shouldn't have to allow javascript through in order to format the page content.

Worse - when I did enable javascript to see what it actually is intended to look like, they've got one of those "fixed position" menus at the top of the page that doesn't scroll away, and I absolutely detest webpages that use those. I prefer being able to see more of the content, and can navigate my way to the top of the screen for a seldom used menu with one keystroke, or a short drag of a scrollbar handle. The site also has a maximum width for the content section, on a 16:9 1080p screen, 2/3 of the page is blank when my browser window is full screen. If this is the future of webforums, I don't want it.

Agree 100% - I use NoScript for this exact reason: JavaScript is heavily abused by hackers and advertisers alike - evil people hell-bent on destroying our online experience.

Comment Re:Kid's artwork? (Score 1) 351

There are no age clause in the Berne Convention. You as a person owns the copyright to everything you create, except where contractual obligations apply. This could be an employment contract or perhaps a recording contract with a studio or a casting contract with a movie studio. But children cannot sign contracts and I'm sure public schools doesn't have contracts for pupils in any case, which basically means that the copyright to the works produced reside with the children themselves. Attempting to circumvent copyrights is a serious matter, especially if the victim is a child. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

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