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Comment Re:For years now... (Score 1) 387

I wouldn't necessarily say its the nature of inkjets that you have to print something every couple of weeks. I used to sell prints at art shows in the summer as a hobby. I owned a Canon IPF5000 wide format printer. Because of the seasonal nature of my business I would do a ton of printing for 3-4 months, and then shutdown and unplug the printer for the other 8-9 months. Each year, I would plug it back it, it would run through 1 cleaning cycle, and it worked beautifully without any clogs or other degredation. Granted, that is a more professional series printer, and it uses pigment based inks, but I'm just saying that it's certainly possible for a printer to work fine after long periods of inactivity.

For random everyday printing, I used a canon i950, and it too would do decent even when it went for a period without use. And it wasn't too bad consumable cost wise, as far as printers go. But I usually printed enough that I was having to replace the cartridge about twice a year for a cost over $100/year (and it did break once, and I replaced it with a refurb i960). 3 years ago I got dell multifunction color laser on sale for $250 shipped. Toner now costs about $10-$15/year, so the printer has just about paid for itself already (plus it's nice to have a scanner with a sheet feeder).

Comment Re:Slashdot, fix your data:text/html;base64 ad spa (Score 1) 29

Thanks for doing some digging. I decoded it and saw the amazon URL, but didn't go any deeper, and I certainly don't have any familiarity with cloudflare's shady hosting.

I just posted again today. Got the same thing popup on slashdot today. I posted screenshots in that post, showing that chrome still thinks the website is on slashdot (must be some symptom of the "data" url that chrome doesn't realize the page has changed)

https://slashdot.org/comments....

Comment Re:Slashdot, fix your data:text/html;base64 ad spa (Score 1) 29

1) as I said, it was my android phone in chrome. And I'm pretty certain it isn't compromised. If it were, it would be very interesting because it's only happened 3 times, all this week, and only on slashdot. Slashdot accounts for about 1% of my browsing time, so thats either a very huge coincidence, or a very targetted virus.

I just posted about it again today, with screenshots:
https://slashdot.org/comments....

Comment Slashdot has popup ads with data:text/html;base64 (Score 5, Informative) 204

Third time this week. I'm reading through slashdot comments on my mobile and get a popup ad with a "data:text/html;base64" url. Here's a couple screen grabs:

http://imgur.com/a/E4fuR

first photo shows the URL. second photo shows that chrome thinks the page is still on slashdot's website. The ad pops up and fills the screen on it's own, without me clicking on anything (so it's on some sort of setTimeout or something). It won't let me use the back button either. This crap is very invasive. Slashdot should not be showing these sort of ads

Comment Slashdot, fix your data:text/html;base64 ad spam (Score 2, Informative) 29

This is twice in the last couple days, I've been browsing slashdot comments on my android phone in chrome. Suddenly my browser is redirected to a spammy page with a data:text/html;base64 url. The full URL is below. The spammy website won't let me go back and just keeps me on the page. This shit is unacceptable slashdot. Fix your fucking advertisers.

Filter error: That's an awful long string of letters there.

Yeah, it's a long fucking string of letters. You should know. You gave it to me to begin with. OK, since I can't post it, I'll pastebin it

http://pastebin.com/PVumFUiA

Comment Viral (Score 1) 134

This really feels like viral advertising. None of it really makes sense to me any other way. From the explanations that are just vague enough to make you say "WTF?" before you go hunting for more info, to the fact that they banning the video, all the way to the person who posted the videos saying

"There are more spoilers than you probably realize with this game," Daymeeuhn wrote in the post. "I'm only a couple hours in, barely touched a few planets, and already I've had many FUCK YEAH moments. On the one hand, I'd love to share those with you, but in the other hand, Sean is right... why not just wait and experience them firsthand? I dunno. The first videos I posted were perfect—they spoiled nothing and just showed a taste."

Huh? There are spoilers here, but we didn't actually post any spoilers? Oh, but I should probably just go experience it firsthand, right? OK, I guess I'll run right out an buy a copy.

Comment Re:Shitty refund policy (Score 4, Interesting) 129

If you could return the car brand new in the shinkwrap, never used, then perhaps a refund might make sense. But cars suffer wear and tear. The guy could have driven over a series of speed bumps at 30-40 miles an hour, doing significant damage that maynot yet be evident under a typical inspection. Plus already having an owner on the title affects value, and possibly even the next owner's ability to finance it as new rather than used. I don't think it's reasonable to expect a full refund, but I agree that "buy buy" is probably pretty misleading for the vast majority of customer.

Also, the reason he had to file the lawsuit is that he probably did want a full refund, rather than the buy back which surely was in the contract he signed (we can't go understanding what we signed, now can we).

Also, interesting thing about the guy's auto-park-fail video. First, he never shows us what's inside the garage, so who know what might be obstructing the cars path. 2nd, you notice the car stops it's autopark the very second that his motion sensitive garage light turns on. That seems like a very interesting coincidence.

Comment Printable instant tickets? (Score 4, Interesting) 44

WTF...the client, which is in the hands of thousands of potentially-hostile vendors, has control over the transaction and is allowed to decide whether it is committed or not AFTER receiving the winning/losing info?

But that implementation failure aside, I sure hope they fired whoever had the brilliant idea to have printable instant tickets. That's just insane. Having a printable ticket that is instantly identifiable as a winner/loser is just asking for fraud. Aside from the absolutely terrible design of the system in this story, even in a properly designed system, it would be easy to cheat. You setup a system that, when a ticket is printed, a computer scans it and decides if it's a winner. If it is, you keep it for yourself and instantly print up another ticket to hand over to the customer. This is exactly why almost all instant ticket have scratch off covering to conceal the answer and instantly identify tampering to the customer buying it.

Comment Re:Waze (Score 4, Interesting) 151

Exactly, and there's other apps too. I don't recall if it was in another slashdot discussion or somewhere else, but this topic came up recently and someone pointed to some sort of documentation or other official info on the matter. The gist of it was that apps only have a limited (short) amount of time to run in the background, and then they are forced to shut down. It then went on to say that certain apps that have permissions for certain things can continue to run.

So in summary, apps are not allowed to continue running in the background....unless they are allowed to do so. Which makes the entire argument of "you don't have to manually close them" complete bullshit. Maybe you don't need to for MOST apps, but there are still plenty that do have the permission to continue running.

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