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Comment Re:Flash another ROM (Score 1) 119

Especially with Samsung's later phones, even if it doesn't "legally" void the warranty, it blows the fuse bits in the "Knox' subsystems, and after that not only do they consider the warranty void; the phone will no longer complete some secure transactions like Samsung Pay, and a few other things get disabled IIRC.

So, rooting one kind of cripples it from being a "normal" Samsung phone in that its trust chain is no longer intact even if the warranty thing isn't an issue.

Comment Re:Ignore them (Score 1) 477

As, usual we have the over-reaction of the day. For some reason you sound like someone we would have shown the door to.

No, it's not FRAUD. We gave back each and every ejected member every cent they paid when signing up. NOTHING. It was a private, free message board. In order to be fraud, you have to cheat someone out of something. We did not do that. In fact, the guests there that had to be ejected were guilty of FRAUD because they lied about following the rules, terms and conditions, and did not - thus cheating the membership out of a quiet, stable helpful professional atmosphere they came to enjoy.

You see, your response and all the other thin-skinned responses like it were met with one simple statement. "This is a PRIVATE web site. You are a guest here, this is our house. We are not a country, you do NOT have legally-guaranteed free speech here.", The 8000 or so happy members that we had accepted this as their terms and conditions. The 4 we had to boot did not.

Comment Re:Ignore them (Score 4, Interesting) 477

It was far from typical. On the board we had about 8,000 users, and of them, only about 4 had to be dealt with this way. We ran a forum for professionals and good behavior was the norm, but we did get an occasional idiot from time to time. Otherwise the membership very much appreciated the professional atmosphere and the lack of trolls and morons.

Comment Re:Ignore them (Score 5, Interesting) 477

VBulletin, very popular forum software, has a feature called "Global ignore" that does what you describe. I used to run a large well-moderated professional discussion forum and if we got a jerk in the rolls we would first warn him, then either put him on global ignore or "miserable users", which is hilarious. It would take people sometimes months to realize they were being muted, sometimes they never did figure it out.

Miserable users was pretty funny, if you decided the person had to go but was big enough of an asshole you wanted to still have some fun, you would turn this on. It would:

1. Slow response (time delay) on every page (20 to 60 seconds default).
2. A chance they will get the "server busy" message (50% by default).
3. A chance that no search facilities will be available (75% by default).
4. A chance they will get redirected to another preset page (25% & homepage by default).
5. A chance they will simply get a blank page (25% by default).
6. Post flood limit increased by a defined factor (10 times by default).
7. If they get past all this okay, then they will be served up their proper page.

After that you just waited for them to get frustrated and leave of their own accord. Passive-Aggressive Nirvana!

Comment Re:SEO (Score 1) 73

They thought of that - the "legal" links are legit, they are usually buy the DVD from Amazon or stream it from NetFlix, or the app stores, etc.

The sneaky shitty part was they are in a tiny box at the bottom of the page, and the rest looks like the regular torrent search landing page, perhaps so that people won't notice the tiny box of legit links.

Comment Re:SEO (Score 1) 73

Keyword spamming would be closer to what they are doing, tricking people searching for [movie] + torrent into finding a result.

I remember seeing a sort of similar page when some pirate search engine got it's page impounded by the DHS/MAFIAA, so they set up a honeypot replacement site that showed your results then had links to legal sources of the movie, and if you STILL clicked on the "torrent" link, it went to a "You've Been Naughty, You're Busted" page.

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