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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

91degrees Joke? They're real! (97 comments)

These days used for cheap knock-off memory sticks.

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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

91degrees Re:I find this amusing... (243 comments)

Yes!

This is private corporate information that the recipient knows they have no right to. Sony has a legal obligation to its shareholders, its partners and its employees to minimise the harm done here. The only thing they can do is sue!

They literally have no choice.

yesterday
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

91degrees If it was that easy, spammers would have done it. (130 comments)

Go to usenet, you'll see countless copies of mainstream movies and shows, usually just a few hundred K. In addition a lot of the downloads are pretty poor quality.

Torrent sites don't have that. They have ranking mechanisms and other techniques that allow real users to say whether something is real. They get rid of the crap pretty quickly.

2 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

91degrees Re:Citizens Arrest? (512 comments)

Are you 100% certain that "violating your rights" is an arrestable offence? Can you cite case law and/or statute explicitly stating this?

Be careful with a partiak understanding of the law. It's a complex beast, and a broad understanding of your basic rights doesn't translate into an in-depth understanding of when specific rules apply.

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

91degrees Re:We don't care how many pixels it has (179 comments)

I'm thinking more from a TV point of view.

With a monitor, number of pixels is important. I really liked my 1920x1280 monitor I had once, just for those extra 200 vertical pixels.

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

91degrees We don't care how many pixels it has (179 comments)

That's useful for technical matters like bandwidth calculation but the user cares about clarity.

8K can display a line half the thickness of 4K. That's what matters.

5 days ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

91degrees Re:Watson is a scientist (234 comments)

The problem is that so many people have an agenda with this sort of research, it's very hard to tell who has an agenda and who is genuinely curious. Not sure what to do about this.

And his description of Rosalind Franklin do come across as a pretty sexist, even if you make excuses for his age.

about a week ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

91degrees Re:A few facts (135 comments)

They want to keep kids off hacking websites. These are not very technically minded people.

So yes. I'll concede that this is probably an overbroad interpretation of "hacking" which is why only 3 ISPs actually listed it as such, and one of them chenged their mind.

"3 private companies miscategorise CCC as 'hacking'" is hardly a major news story.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

91degrees Re:Good grief. (135 comments)

Well, what do you expect from a country that has CCTV on every corner in every town

We don't. The report that said we did had really poor methodology and a lot of speculation.

Even then, the bulk of CCTV is in private shops. You have this in every country.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

91degrees A few facts (135 comments)

Because the hysteria over this is idiotic.

  • There is no "British porn filter".
    • The filters are sold as "parental controls"
    • The filters are run by the ISPs and not the government.
  • In this case a total of three of them actually blocked the site.
  • "Hacking" is a default category.
    • While blocking "CCC" may be an overbroad application of this filter it does provide information on a lot of subjects that would assist a would-be hacker.
  • The filters aren't opt-out. You make a choice when you set up your connection. It is virtually impossible to accidentally set them up
  • If you are so incompetent that you set them up accidentally, the block-page tells you how to turn it off
  • Only three ISPs blocked this site. Two of them are mobile providers. One of them has since unblocked it.

    I'd really expect technical sites like Slashdot, and CCC to actually have a clue about these filters. Instead users have latched on to a bandwagon.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

91degrees Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

I'm not defending the other argument. I'm attacking the stupidity of focussing on a group that represents less than a millionth of the population of the world as though it's somehow relevant to homelessness or low paid, dangerous jobs.

Who gives a shit about CEOs? Really? You think gender is the only reason preventing someone from becoming head of ICI?

Men, as an aggregate are more competitive than women. They're more likely to be concerned with status and money and competition. Result: More men actually strive to become CEOs. If you want to be a CEO, fight your way up the corporate ladder and become one. Nobody is going to just hand that to you out of some guilt over inequality. Every CEO fought for their position taking advantage of anything society offered them, and finding ways to mitigate their disadvantages. They take responsibility for their own success. They don't blame society, or privilege.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

91degrees Re:Why only women? (310 comments)

Honestly, there are a lot of questionable statistics. But it seems that the numbers are close enough together that gender really shouldn't enter into it. Some people are victims of violence, usually from people they have strong enough feelings for to be completely irrational over the matter, and we should actually address this as a serious concern.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

91degrees Re:Has there ever (310 comments)

GTA 1 & 2 didn't. Well, I guess some of the blobs might have been female but it was pretty indescriminate mindless violence.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

91degrees Re:Why only women? (310 comments)

Male agression against women is slightly higher, but we're only looking at a 40/60 split. That is, of course, reported, but then the statistics don't seem to be that different for injuries caused (I did see a figure very close to 50% here but I think that might actually be misreading of the statistics).

The main problem here is lack of awareness. The police seem very reluctant to prosecute women, and men are reluctant to apear weak.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

91degrees Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

If you need to think of something closer to home, read about domestic violence, in "the west," today.

In the UK men make up 40% of domestic violence victims, and pretty close to 50% when the abuse involved "severe force". There are 7500 refuge places in the UK for women, and 60 for men.

How dare you lecture others on equal rights when you totally disregard the millions of male victims of domestic violence!

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

91degrees Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

Until then, men are the more oppressed sex

I broadly agree with most of your points but I hate this sort of thing. When you start getting into one-upmanship over who's the most opressed you come across as that social justice peasant in Quest for the Holy Grail. "Help, help, I'm being opressed!"

Women often have to deal with prejudice. So do men. Work together, and tell the SJWs and MRAs to get stuffed.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

91degrees Re:New notice on Google agreements (602 comments)

Cutting certain businesses or even entire countries out of the Internet is not nearly as difficult from a technical point of view as cloud-dreaming geeks like to think, and taking billions out of a national economy by blatantly playing the system is a very strong motivator.

Didn't mean to imply that it was trivial. Google obviously sees a business need for a presence in the UK. More the observation that it is genuinely a lot harder to claim conclusively that a transaction with Google happens in any specific place. Sure a British company advertising to British customers paying Google UK is a British transaction, but what about a Canadian company that does 17% of its business in Europe paying Google US for international advertising? And with multinationals selling to other multinationals things get even more complicated.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

91degrees Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

I'm a man. I'm not a fortune 500 CEO! Why the hell not! I was promised there's be privilige!

I have a 99.9999% chance of not becoming a fortune 500 CEO. A woman has a 99.99999% chance of the same thing. Fact is neither of us are going to become CEO. But this is petty trivial shit.

Yes, it is a problem that women are opressed in a lot of the world. I'll go on marches and sign petitions because that shit matters. Whining that women don't become CEOs (when most women don't want to be CEOs) is so trivial that it makes a mockery of the things that do matter!

about two weeks ago

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Of course it's a troll

91degrees 91degrees writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, probably, but there's usually a germ of truth in what I say.

Either that or I'm not trolling, but felt like ranting. Or making a joke.

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Why computers need driving licences

91degrees 91degrees writes  |  more than 12 years ago I was recently sent an email by a friend about stupid computer users. One of these people had broken his CD-ROM drive trying to use it as a cup holder. One of them had tried to use the mouse (The plastic device that you use to move the pointer around the screen) as a foot pedal.

My friend seemed to find this funny. I found it disturbing. We have people spending several thousand dollars on a piece of sophisticated equipment, that they have no idea how to use. It's not just this though. The shear volume of unmitigated dross on the Interent is screaming for us to regulate it, if only to make it possible to find something useful.

I think people should have to take a driving test for their computers.

This may seem like a strange suggestion, but this is simply because you aren't used to the idea. When the driving licence was first proposed for cars, people were horrified at the prospect. Now, if you even consider suggesting the abolision of the driving test, people with react with equal or greater horror.

A computer can after all be every bit as dangerous as a car. Used incorrectly, it can be used to attack commercial and government websites that are essential to the running of the free nations of the world. Even those who don't have any illegal intentions could unwillingly be allowing criminals to hack into their machines, and the evil hackers could use them as a springboard to get into other computers, making the owner of the computer an unwitting acomplace to a criminal act.

It is illegal to export powerful computers to over 100 countries. Yet these same countries do have low power computers. These can be used to hack into more powerful computers, that can be used to hack into the powerful computers that we have in the democratic world, and these can be used to hack into the extremely powerful servers that run our nation. People need to be taught to prevent this sort of attack from happening. We should not allow people to put these at risk simply because they don't know how to secure their computers.

We should expand this into restrictions of the types of computers that should be used on the internet. Now, many people here believe that Microsoft Windows should be the only operating system that people shuld use, but I feel that as long as they could ensure basic security was implemented, other operating systems should also be considered. Obviosuly we should make sure that these are rigourously tested, and at a cost to the manufdacturers. We insist on basic crash tests for cars after all. Once again, I'm sinmply suggesting that we apply the same rigourous standards to computers

This would have several benefits.

Old operating systyems such as the MS-DOS found on the early pre-Pentium machines can be decertified after they reach a certain age. This will keep the slower machines off the net, speeding up the internet for the rest of us.

After all, surely people should not be entitled to modify their computers in dangerous ways. Some people have REMOVED the Windows operating system that came with their PC, and replaced it with a free operating system in order to avoid having to pay for their software. I'm surpirised that this is still allowed. Nobody allows us to put spikes on the front of our cars, or replace the wheels with sawblades. Why should we be allowed to do the same to our computers?

Finally it will reduce the cost of our computers. Part of the cost is the cost of technical support. If they didn't have to train qualified people to answer so many questions, the cost of Windows would plummet.

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