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Comment Re:Simple defense: (Score 1) 162

"Since they are almost always pointed at evil sites anyways."

Are they? I'd say the opposite, DNS is often a must for naughty software, that way if the IP gets taken down you merely need to change a few A records...

Also you probably don't want to underestimate the number of, lets say streaming services (or any slightly more complex application) that make calls to IP addresses behind the scenes.

Comment Re:This is absurd (Score 5, Insightful) 340

Thats not how we do it in the UK mate. Here we make as many laws as possible, criminalizing as many people as we can. This so that when we decide we don't like them anymore there's a quick exit waiting. It also makes it easier for the police to root out the bad guys. When everybody has committed at least one crime, gives them leverage.

This was an embarressing oversight, normal service will be resumed shortly.

Comment Re:URL Shortners Are Bad (Score 4, Insightful) 145

"The Idea was to save some bandwidth"

No. It wasn't, and that's a really daft suggestion because the short URL redirects you to the target url, so actually you're adding a tiny overhead.

They were created to turn extrmemly long links (eg. google maps with lon+lat+cruft in the querystring) into easy to remember and easy to transfer short links. A job they do very well.

Comment I... (Score 1) 720

...upgraded a low end netbook from Windows XP to Window 7 the other day.

I'm more than happy with it, you can dial down all the OTT UI stuff and make it look like XP, it runs all my existing programs, and actually gives a really welcome speed increases (no, really, it does, even on a cheap machine).

Time has come to upgrade lads.

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