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Comment Simple solution? (Score 4, Insightful) 172

How about this: respect the version of robots.txt that was on the site AT THE TIME OF ARCHIVING. Do not apply subsequent versions of robots.txt to old snapshots retroactively (as when a domain changes ownership), but allow the owner to request deletion when an appropriate robots.txt was omitted by mistake.

Comment Re:Why isn't Amazon more pro-active here? (Score 1) 37

My guess is they have some model that says being "proactive" reduces scams by $x but has a side effect of reduced $y legitimate sales, too, along with the risk of some big negative publicity when a legitimate seller has his account cancelled or something.

Depressingly that may be true. Perhaps there's no simple way of reporting an obviously hacked account, because that would be admitting they exist, which could put off purchasers. But I think Amazon should be putting more resources into this behind the scenes. I've reported very blatant hijacked scam accounts in the past, and although they've eventually been blocked, the response has been downright sluggish. Surely an invitation to contact the 'seller' outside Amazon is a direct violation of their terms and conditions? No legitimate seller should be doing this. Perhaps high profile news stories like this will give Amazon a bit of encouragement to tighten things up...

Comment Why isn't Amazon more pro-active here? (Score 1) 37

Experienced customers can spot most of the scams easily. A small trader who has good feedback for selling a couple of lawn chairs a week suddenly has a vast portfolio of 4k TVs, top of the range dSLRs and high-end laptops, all at half price. A naive customer doesn't look beyond the overall feedback score, or see anything odd in the line in the description that asks them to contact the seller before purchasing, or in the official looking email they get back that links to an 'Amazon' purchase page that helpfully relieves them of their cash. But Amazon isn't naive, and has vast resources they could be using to clamp down on this sort of scam. Why not have an easy way of reporting obviously hacked accounts, rather having to dig through their help system looking for something vaguely appropriate? Why not keep a close watch on the lowest prices of popular items that are repeatedly used as bait? I used to see pretty regular price alerts on a camera lens in my saved item list that invariably turned out to be scams. Why not search item descriptions for email addresses (or obvious address obfuscations) inviting purchasers to contact the seller outside Amazon? Scammers often re-use the same text, and even the same email addresses, for the next hacked account. Why doesn't anyone check when a long-standing seller's established shopfront changes drastically overnight? Basic analytics ought to ring alarm bells here.

Comment Re:Finally, the year of the Linux Desktop (Score 1) 80

A planet where we have short memories? Today, you can easily switch between Unity, the Gnome 3 shell, the Gnome 3 Classic interface and MATE on Ubuntu, or move to Mint and use Cinnamon or MATE. Back in 2011-12 everything was a mess - Ubuntu was dropping Gnome 2 and switching to Unity with Gnome 3 as the main alternative. Anyone who wanted something like Gnome 2 either had to put up with Gnome 3's rudimentary fallback mode, or learn the necessary incantations to install an early version of MATE from the developers' own site, or get used to Xfce. Ubuntu seemed to have forgotten the formula that brought its early success - a straightforward OS that was both stable and up to date, with an interface than anyone used to Windows or the Mac could easily jump into.

Comment Re:The easiest distro in my humble opinion (Score 1) 510

It is so much like the 6.04-10.04 that we all used to love but with all the new bells and whistles.

Exactly this. It's Ubuntu from an alternate universe where Gnome 3 and Unity never happened, and all the better for it. I'm grateful for Mint's early support for the MATE project, but now that a vanilla Ubuntu MATE exists, I don't see a compelling reason to use any other Ubuntu derivative (I'm not that mad on Mint's custom additions). Unity might make more sense to someone who has only used a phone or tablet before, but for anyone with Windows experience Ubuntu MATE is as straightforward as it gets.

Comment Re:Suse origins (Score 3, Informative) 189

Slackware does sell its distribution on DVD/CD, which I think makes its a 'vendor'. SUSE may have been 'in the Linux business' since 1992, but only as a service provider and third party re-distributor of existing distributions (SLS and Slackware). They didn't actually sell a distribution under their own branding until 1994, and that was really just Slackware translated into German. So Hannes Kuehnemund is being a bit cheeky here!

Comment Vintage polycarbonate (Score 1) 564

For about $2 apiece, tapes can be produced in small quantities much more quickly than vinyl records, whose own resurgence has slammed pressing plants with so much demand that a new record can take up to six months to turn around. And unlike with vinyl, musicians can produce new copies of cassettes in their apartment in a pinch.

Imagine the excitement when, in a decade or so, hipsters re-discover the antiquated 'CD' format...

Comment Re: the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

That's an automated Rolls-Royce solution, though. You can keep everything warm with a laboratory-style thermostat-controlled water bath (available quite cheaply on ebay or from lab surplus suppliers), and just use a conventional daylight developing tank. But it's still possible to get commercial E6 done for probably less than the price of the film, which is what I suspect most Ektachrome users will do - Fuji's E6 films are still in production, and have kept this industry ticking along on a small scale (though you may well have to use a mail order lab these days).

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