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Comment Re:And the ongoing infestation of hackers and bots (Score 2, Informative) 108

One might suggest keeping such indignant retorts and demands (addressed directly to the game producer no less) to the Aion website News comments section.

As completely ignored as that comment section is by the GMs, to say nothing of Chris Hager himself, it's at least a degree of separation closer than posting a reply on slashdot.

Just saying.

Comment Re:Ironic, the whole article IS an AD! (Score 1) 417

It's idiocy...a major paid-content provider, a company that with absolute certainty has innumerable inseverable ties with advertisers, would publicly advocate blocking advertisement?

Author should have just stuck to the technical aspect of ad blocking, not wildly postulate about business models he clearly has no understanding of.


Submission + - HS Student Isolates Polystyrene-eating Microbe (wired.com)

cmholm writes: "Although I had for years assumed that plastics eventually biodegrade, my recent reading of Weisman's The World Without Us reminded me that just because garbage has broken down into pieces that I can't see doesn't mean it isn't still polluting the biosphere. Weisman's book suggests that we're pretty much stuck with most plastics until something evolves to eat them. Perhaps we just need to introduce the diner to the dinner. A Waterloo, Ontario teen's 2008 science fair experiment found polystyrene's match in the team of the relatively uncommon Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas bacterias. At 37 degrees and optimal bacterial concentration, with a bit of sodium acetate thrown in, Burd achieved 43 per cent degradation within six weeks, rather than thousands of years."

Submission + - IT support tools that bite you

An anonymous reader writes: Isn't it great when suppliers of management tools use your client sites for free advertising and interfere with sites — all without your knowledge or consent? Then, when you complain, they are nonplussed and explain that this is the software's normal behaviour.

We started using TeamViewer a few months ago for remote support. It's a great tool and we've been very happy with it. Yesterday, a client had a website hacked, which brought IIS down. Next thing, their website displayed a page of advertising for TeamViewer, stating that the machine was managed with TeamViewer and giving a link back to TeamViewer's sales site. This prevented IIS from restarting and led to an upset customer, who thought this was part of the hack. We then found that every machine that does not have a web server that grabs port 80 before TeamViewer can, displays this advertising.

TeamViewer support initially said that this is how the software works and you just have to make sure you don't release port 80. On their website, they specifically say there is only outbound traffic on two ports, and says nothing about inbound traffic.

Tech support's response to our complaint was total lack of interest and certainly nothing like an apology. After a long phone call they admitted that customers who don't appreciate being used as free advertising can hack the registry, which will mean putting hands on every machine we manage.

This is the registry hack:
In HKLM\Software\TeamViewer\Version4 set GatewayAllowed to 0 and ListenHttp to 0.

Senior management were not available to speak to mere customers.

In our book this is unacceptable and unethical behaviour. It also raises trust issues, because suddenly you don't know what else these guys are doing in the background. Since TV had no interest in rectifying the situation, we thought we'd get the word out.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - BPI Forces YouTube to Remove Musician's Own Music (arstechnica.com) 2

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "British musician Calvin Harris is upset with the British Phonographic Industry for sending a copyright complaint to YouTube forcing YouTube to take down music he put there himself. Mr. Harris was upset enough over the affair to say that, 'The BPI are the worst organisation to ever walk the earth and their setup is shambolic,' while employing a few colorful metaphors most publications are loathe to repeat. Mr. Harris appealed to the House of Lords to file a formal complaint against the BPI, but was turned down and, to date, the BPI has yet to explain its actions to anyone seeking comment on the affair. No doubt they had some noble reason, such as trying to protect the artist from exposure to YouTube comments."

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