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Comment Consistency (Score 3, Interesting) 69

I really like how consistent Ubuntu is, how they always deliver on their promises. In exactly two years we will be posting about 18.04, witch is very similar to 17.10. It's really something you can rely on, you always know what you are getting.

It's super how they do it with all the new versions of everything! I'm moving from Debian to Ubuntu on my data centers (3) this year, probably will go with 14.04 at first, but should follow soon with 16.04. Kernel 4.4 brings a lot more performance for people with 10K+ TCP connections in a server and 14.04 already have that! With Debian/Centos/RedHat we would have to wait a few years as they don't support those things officially.

I really like how you can trust Ubuntu on their support.

Comment Even if we solved all of them... (Score 1) 349

I think it's funny how people here on my office also work like that, they bring me those big list of problems that MUST be solved. In the end, you spend a lot of resources doing what will not bring you closer to your objectives. Even if we solve all of those the Linux Desktop still wouldn't have a meaningfull market share.

Comment Year after year, Apple is always wrong? (Score 1) 324

It starts to get hilarious how there have been always someone saying that their smartphone is better than the iPhone, that their strategy is better, that they have a new feature that will make the iPhone look silly. I wonder why, after so many years of those horrible mistakes, people still take the iPhone as the top reference, they always try to show how their product compares to the iPhone. I hope Apple will still make those mistakes for years to come.

Comment I believe the results are true (Score 2) 141

From the video, I think they used mathematical optimization. Multiobjective vectorial optimization if I had to guess. The big breakthrough here is that instead of OCR'ing the image they tried to rerun the captcha construction algorithm controlling the random choices the algorithm makes. Each choice is a variable here. Them you implement a function that measures how close this variables get to the CAPTCHA image. Now you use optimization to get to the global minimum of this function.

At least that is how I would have done it.

Comment Internal Spam is the new problem (Score 1) 279

Here on my ISP we get the same problem from time to time. We have a very strong antispam policy regarding our own users (about 40k) and they usually understand it. Our main problem right now are hijacked user accounts. So we have systems in place the blocks users/passwords after they start sending spam, but only after a few hundred were already sent (we are improving on that shortly). While this has led to a much lower RBL block rate, we still get one from time to time. In that case we remove that mail server from our cluster for a week. You only get ASN blocked if there are too many IPs sending spams on your network. There is no other way: watch your users, specially the web hosting users (PHP's mail() should be deactivated). RBLs works on the premise that they should block any spam regardless of any other traffic you might have. Reputation systems knows better. In any case, no one will like your network as long as your users keep sending spams. Your only complaint about UCE is because they charge to unblock your IP. The others don't charge and will just not unblock it.

Comment Board meeting at carrier (Score 2) 270

CEO: Listen everyone, today we will create a service that will charge a hundred times more to send only a few bytes, less than 200 bytes.
Board: But anyone can do it almost for free through the Internet!
CEO: So our true cost here will be to keep the internet from the users as much as possible. We have to use every weapon available: charge too much, give them horrible smartphones, have phone makers in our hands, etc.
Board: Hey, Apple and Google released smartphones allowing anyone to write an app for it.
CEO: Crap! Well, at least we could hold the world on our hands for almost ten years... Shame we lost it...

Comment A strong sign of incompetence (Score 1) 709

Look, when the best they can do is this it means that they are not doing anything else good. Really, someone inside though: "Finally something for me to work on!".

I dont like Venezuela because there is a guy there that if you piss him off then you are in trouble, you know, like a dictator. I guess the US is not going a path that is so different. Someone doesn't like your twitter joke and you are in trouble? Oh man... It is really bad.

But I think that the DOJ is even worse than the DHS. They don't seem to work by any law, and they think of no other consequence in name of stopping piracy. So, the DOJ is really the record labels, a small group of people in power of the whole population. Another sign of dictatorship. I really wish the US will get more democratic soon...

Comment They screwed it with the new release process (Score 5, Insightful) 511

Do you know what changed between FF4 and FF10? Almost nothing! Really! From FF6 to FF10 it is nothing for sure. But they managed to break addon compability 7 times in between. So, from what I understood, we were going to have releases from often so that we could get more features more frequently. We got nothing! Or almost nothing. I jumped of from FF6 to Chrome and I lived happily ever after. By the way, 5% of the Internet users are stuck with the outdated FF3.6 today, without the HTML5 advances of FF4 and FF6, because of this new release process. It is as if we need another browser vendor holding the web back. Thank you Mozilla.

Comment Wow, that is a terrible page to read (Score 1) 134

We need some sort of metrics here. The I Programmer article content here is using only 314x1213 pixels on my laptop. The whole page have 1160x2078! Only about 16% of my screen area is the article's content. This is like listening to 50 minutes of commercials every hour on the radio. No one would accept that on the radio and I say we shouldn't here. Thanks!

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