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FTC And PC Rental Companies Settle In Spying On Users Case

56ker lengths companies go to (80 comments)

Well it just goes to show the lengths some companies will go to in the persuit of profit.

more than 2 years ago
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EVE Online Ponzi Scheme Nets $50k Worth of In-Game Currency

56ker Re:It's fun when it's fiction (171 comments)

Yes it's fictional money, but people spend real money (each month) to play the game. Once people are spending real money, they expect certain safeguards. How much you can safeguard against human behaviour I don't know. However I do remember a story about the company that runs EVE Online employing an economist to deal with the ingame currency ISK. Most of what is described though is part of the game and learning not to get scammed etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Revisiting Ebert — Games Can Be Art, But Are They?

56ker Re:Brian Moriarty (278 comments)

Yes, but art is subjective. Some people love it, some people hate it. Describing something as kitsch is just one person's opinion.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Spammer Fined $360 Million

56ker Re:wrong plaintiff (135 comments)

They'll just give them Farmville credit or Facebook advertising credit instead. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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What Exactly Is a Galaxy?

56ker Re:Voting? (225 comments)

And there was me thinking it was a chocolate bar. :P ;)

more than 3 years ago
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EU Approves Intel's McAfee Purchase After Interoperability Pledge

56ker McAfee (68 comments)

I've been called out many times to clients complaining of slow computers. The reason they're slow is bloatware software like McAfee or Norton has been installed. These companies just prey on the gullible, then milk their victims yearly with extortionate amounts for yearly virus definition updates. I've lost track of the times people have called saying their computer is suffering from a virus, when it isn't and it's a hardware related fault. The media unfortunately help companies like McAfee spread so much fear about viruses that some consumers are frightened into buying their product. There are free options out there, many of which don't have such deleterious effects on computer performance and don't pop up with nagging messages each time the user wants to do something simple.

more than 3 years ago
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Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

56ker Re:Not a science major? (947 comments)

At least here in the UK there's a shortage of maths and science graduates who teach, because they can get higher salaries in the private sector. There's no controversy here about evolution. It's part of the curriculum they have to teach kids for their exams as well as related areas such as genetics.

more than 3 years ago
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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

56ker Re:Environmentalism = genocide? (279 comments)

You also have to take into account gravity though if you want a breathable atmosphere. At low gravities any lighter gases will merely rise (hence the lack of atmosphere at the moon). By tolerate slight variations, certain amounts (even in small quantities) of gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or other things we find toxic would quickly make a breathable atmosphere unbreathable. The pressures and oxygen quantites you refer to are only for short term use. If people were to live and colonise these places, it'd have to be with a broadly similar atmosphere to that which we have on Earth as breathing for example 100% oxygen is eventually damaging.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

Sounds how I put it but better! :D If you look into any court case taken against licence dodgers you'll find that even though £1000 is a maximum fine the judge never fines them more than the cost of the relevant licence (eg B&W or colour). "but the guy's attitude when he was telling me this was completely unacceptable." Yeah, but you don't need customer service when you run a monopoly do you? From what I remember like many things in this country some of it is outsourced to a private company (whose aim is to make as much money as possible).

more than 3 years ago
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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

56ker Re:Environmentalism = genocide? (279 comments)

An atmosphere can be generated from what's there at the moon with the appropriate equipment. It's also far quicker to get to the moon than Mars. Mars doesn't have a breathable atmosphere either, although given enough time it could be terraformed. Mars is 95% CO2, 3% Nitrogen, 2% Argon + traces of Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide and water. Humans need it to be about (we can tolerate slight variations) 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% Argon and traces of others.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

Do most TV licence holders have the understanding to decrypt a television channel though?

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

Yes I did try. Wasn't worth the price of a stamp for the response though.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

Yes, as their letter actually suggested it. However you just get a form letter back stating they don't believe it because people lie to them. At the time the property had an aerial, I had terrible neighbours and was standing for local council. I suppose the frequency of spurious visits by TV licencing and the police might have been done for political purposes.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

Don't worry I've since moved, although my uncle and Dad still have this problem. The TV licencing letters are twice as long in Wales though as they insist on making them bilingual. I really didn't mind them coming, I just found it disruptive and annoying (especially when at the time I was working from home and was losing money in the time it took me to deal with them).

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:The real reason they're tearing it down... (189 comments)

Yes, but do we need to listen to Vogon poetry as a result!? :P


"Oh freddled gruntbuggly/thy micturations are to me/As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes. And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

56ker Re:I have another option (189 comments)

It seems that the BBC on this "slash and burn" of its websites (or bonfire of its websites) is keeping its core audience (all the kids stuff and stuff aimed at teens stays). However this client group isn't the one that pays the TV licence. In many cases people pay a TV licence and don't use the BBC's website or other offering (eg radio). The TV licence also goes to fund enforcement. As (when I lived on my own) I had no licence every so often a succession of strange men would come round, inviting themselves in to look for the "mythical" TV they thought was there. Each time the "quest for mythical TV" costing the licence payer 3.5% extra on their TV licence was a failure. Those engaged on the quest, left with sad faces, downcast and demoralised by yet another visit. In addition vast forests of trees were chopped down and red ink used for threatening letters, seemingly every few weeks. In this "Alice in Wonderland" fantasy TV licencing exists in they said "We can't trust people when they tell us they don't have a TV licence as some lie to us". Instead the humble people without TVs got persecuted by letter and people. Up was down, the ministry of the truth was the ministry of lies and Great Britain went on as it did before.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Goggles Solves Sudoku

56ker solving Soduku (206 comments)

I thought the fun was in trying to solve it yourself, not through having a machine give you the correct answer.

more than 3 years ago
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Time Warner Defends Comcast In Level 3 Dispute

56ker Re:Geotargetting (315 comments)

Sorry that should read geotargeting not geogtargeted. I blame it on the wife watching TV next to me taking my mind off my train of thought!

about 4 years ago

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Iroquois team refused UK visas RFID passport chips

56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

56ker (566853) writes "I found this interesting story on Yahoo (there are other news stories too) about the Iroquois team being refused UK visas to travel to the UK as part of the once every four year world lacrosse championship.

It seems the sticking point is that as a sovereign nation within the United States (and Canada) they issue their own passports. As these are just paper passports (like the big black passports we used to use for years before joining the European Union) and don't have digital photos and RFID tags the lacrosse teams have been turned down for visas by the local British embassy or consulate.

My grandfather's passport (which I still have) which has no RFID tags got him into France before they were invaded by the Germans in the 1940s. According to the article the first game the Iroquois have is against England.

One of the ironies of the situation is that in the UK we have different nations; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, each with their own national team. Why can't the native American or First Nation Canadians be recognised in this way? Their sense of identity and nationality is the tribal group they belong to. Understandably regarding their history they have strong feelings about having a Yankee or Canadian passport.

If the US will let them leave (which they have with a one-time waiver) and they've got return tickets, what's the problem (or is it just a cunning way for England to win by default against a better team)? ;)

As usual comments, including personal or otherwise stories about strange immigration decisions.

P.S. Anyone any idea how to get the spellchecker on livejournal to use British English by default rather than American English?

In the interests of open journalism, the author of this article is married to a person of native Lakota Sioux descent born on a reservation in Canada, who now lives in the UK."

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56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

56ker writes "I have a blog, written in the UK and published in America. A guy rang my home phone, mobile phone repeatedly yesterday (and emailed me) as he objected to a comment a third party (an American) had left on the blog calling him illiterate. Apart from first referring to livejournal as Myspace it turns out he wants me to "get rid" of the comment (despite not being the author or publisher) otherwise he'll sue me for libel. The comment in question was written last year around December 4th-5th. The question is — as a person who can edit the content on my blog do I have to comply with his request? Can he sue me for such a matter and should I ask the person who left the comment to delete/rephrase it or wait for a lawsuit? What are the laws that apply to comments left in blogs by third parties (only other case I can think of is Shoemoney). Any advice anyone? P.S. The UK libel laws do not apply to Six Apart (who publish livejournal) or the commenter — but they do to me as "editor" — which set of laws applies anyway?"
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56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

56ker writes "Comparisons between the video game industry and Hollywood, the new trend of in game advertising, bias in game reviews, journalism ethics and future trends in both TV/video gaming discussed."

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56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yes we've just had a mini-heatwave with highs of 30 degrees C - thankfully it's a little cooler now with a maximum of ~ 24 degrees C. However the heat I think has been a contributing factor to the demise of my GeForce MX2 400 graphics card - although the fan on it persisted in going round the computer just wouldn't boot with it in (hopefully a replacement will be arriving in the mail tomorrow). Then I can get back to playing Eve Online. Strangely enough it was this day last year at roughly the same time I last made a journal entry here.

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It's getting hot

56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well there's a mini-heatwave here. Time to get the fans out.... nothing else to report.

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will I ever use my Amiga again?

56ker 56ker writes  |  more than 12 years ago There was a time when I was a fanatical anti-PC, anti-Windows, Amiga loving computer user. However as I have not used my Amiga in ages I'm wondering if I should sell it but then I start reminiscing & want to keep it for sentimental reasons. A friend of mine once said I could never network a PC to an Amiga - even if I did the PC wouldn't recognise it - one day I still hope to prove him wrong!

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