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Comment Re: Doll. Fin. (Score 2) 305

Isn't that an Americanism, i.e. optional?

I've read originally, in handwriting, the punctuation used to come below the quotation mark, both forming what nowadays would be considered a single character. When people transitioned to print, there was no easy way to do that, so some began placing the punctuation before the quotation mark, others began placing the quotation mark before the punctuation, and over time either style became the standard in print. Most countries went for quotation-then-punctuation. The USA went for punctuation-then-quotation. And that's it. There's no right or wrong option there, just an arbitrary usage that eventually became normative.

By the way, if we were to do it "right", as in, to become historically accurate, we should ask the Unicode Consortium to provide us ligature version of the different end-quotation marks with the different punctuations available, then have word processors replace them when typed, as they sometimes do when you type three dots and those get replaced by the single ellipsis symbol. Maybe those already exist? After all, there's no technological reason for keeping them separate anymore.

Comment Re:Doll. Fin. (Score 1) 305

In none of which you'd end a sentence with a preposition.

Yes, you do. This has been a standard feature of English language for centuries, until prescriptive grammarians hell bent on adapting English to Latin began saying it shouldn't be done. Ignore that nonsense. Ending sentences with prepositions is one of the beautiful features of English, and one I, as an English as second language speaker, use as much as I can, as it provides for compact sentences that remain fully intelligible.

Comment Re:Addons = wasteful & you're quoted! (Score 1) 534

Yes, I was referring to my previous quote. Thanks for finding it, I wouldn't have been able to find it on my own.

To elaborate: both my old quote and my previous answer don't contradict each other. "Low speed, low memory, low power, battery-based devices" are one of the "cases in which one does indeed want to locally block stuff outright while consuming minimum system resources". In other words, my old quote ("case in which...") is a set, of which my previous answer ("low speed, low memory...") is a subset. And "smartphones" is a subset of "low speed, low memory...".

Ah! And I forgot to mention! I have an old EeePC, the first one, 600 MHz CPU version, running a trimmed down version of Windows XP SP-3. In it I also use hosts based ad blocking by means of Spybot S&D 1.6.2 and SpywareBlaster hosts blocking. I haven't powered up that machine in about two years though, so it's most certainly outdated.

Therefore, as you can see, I'm consistent in my opinions, and also truthful to my word.

Can you please provide the research links? I'm certainly interested.

Comment Re:NOW you agree w/ MY point... apk (Score 1) 534

Ah! It's not now, I did agree previously. Hosts file ad blocking is particularly useful in low speed, low memory, low power, battery-based devices. I use hosts file ad blocking in my smartphone, for example.

In my desktop computer however, I don't notice a difference in performance. It's so fast that the difference in ROI between hosts based ad blocking and JavaScript based ad blocking cannot be perceived.

Hmm... I'm curious though: if you're against advertisements, why do you advertise APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-4 32/64-bit?

Comment Re:Tell you what: Why don't you do it? (Score 1) 534

IF you're concerned about it, build a better tool then yourself.

I guess I'll continue using a combination of uBlock Origin, Tampermonkey and Reek's Anti-Adblock Killer to deal with the Facebook ads that APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-4 32/64-bit won't be able to block then. It's easier to use those tools than to build a new tool from the ground up myself.

Comment Re:Best adblocker (protects vs. most threats) (Score 2) 534

Can APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-4 32/64-bit block ads that come from the same domain of the content?

For example, if I'm visiting "", and it serves ads sourced from "", can APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-4 32/64-bit block them?

Because that's what Facebook is going to do to try thwarting ad blocks, including thwarting APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-4 32/64-bit.

Submission + - EFF Asks FTC To Demand 'Truth In Labeling' For DRM (

An anonymous reader writes: Interesting move by Cory Doctorow and the EFF in sending some letters to the FTC making a strong case that DRM requires some "truth in labeling" details in order to make sure people know what they're buying. The argument is pretty straightforward (PDF): "The legal force behind DRM makes the issue of advance notice especially pressing. It’s bad enough to when a product is designed to prevent its owner from engaging in lawful, legitimate, desirable conduct — but when the owner is legally prohibited from reconfiguring the product to enable that conduct, it’s vital that they be informed of this restriction before they make a purchase, so that they might make an informed decision. Though many companies sell products with DRM encumbrances, few provide notice of these encumbrances. Of those that do, fewer still enumerate the restrictions in plain, prominent language. Of the few who do so, none mention the ability of the manufacturer to change the rules of the game after the fact, by updating the DRM through non-negotiable updates that remove functionality that was present at the time of purchase." In a separate letter (PDF) from EFF, along with a number of other consumer interest groups, but also content creators like Baen Books, Humble Bundle and McSweeney's, they suggest some ways that a labeling notice might work.

Comment Re:well, shitlord... (Score 4, Informative) 73

Which raises the age-old question: Has Qubes been written by competent developers?

What's really rich about that question is that if you read their advisory, the Qubes developers couldn't figure out how to exploit the vulnerability when handed a patch that changes the problematic behavior. If not spotting the issue without having it handed to them makes the Xen developers incompetent, what does that say about the Qubes developers?

The fact is, though, that the vulnerability is actually quite hard to spot. It's not surprising at all that experienced security researchers would fail to spot it even when given a pretty big clue; much less that the initial developers would fail to spot it.

Comment Re: Think of the children! (Score 1) 37

It's like Valve is a hardware store selling paint, and some people use that paint for vandalism. It isn't their fault, and they have no culpability.

In some countries they have. Here in Brazil hardware stores are forbidden from selling spray paint cans to teens, as it's assumed they are going to use them to spray illegal graphiti. If a hardware store is caught selling spray paint cans to teens it pays a fine and runs the risk of being closed.

Comment Re:Read some Engels (Score 1) 519

Sorry, but why should I read something from the bourgeois factory owner Engels, or from his bromance buddy Marx, who lived from the surplus value Engels extracted from his proletarian workers?

Marxist theory, having been written by two members of the bourgeois class, cannot but be just another false consciousness ideological construct to advance the interests of the bourgeois themselves, as is evidenced by the fact over the last 150 years it has led to nothing but the overcoming of one set of bourgeois by another set of bourgeois, the so "avant-garde of the proletariat", which in typical fashion always have everything but actual proletarians.

Wake up. None of these "avant-garde" bourgeois will ever transfer their dictatorial power to the actual proletariat. As all bourgeois ideologues, they want the power for themselves. The proletariat? Convenient excuses for the power grab, if that much.

Comment Re:Cyanogen != CyanogenMod (Score 1) 124

under ROMs like CyanogenMod, you can install a very _limited_ google apps selection. For example, you can have basically just the google play store, and that's it. No Hangouts, Gmail, Google app, Chrome, Drive, etc, etc.

Not true. Check Delta Gapps With Modular Addons (All DPI). You're welcome.

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