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How Watchmen Killed 'R'-rated Fantasy Movies

AlterRNow Re:It was good. (771 comments)

What does it mean if you didn't even notice his penis was shown during the movie and only found out it was reading this discussion?

more than 3 years ago

Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

AlterRNow Re:Negative attention (316 comments)

You might not put anything on there you don't want employers to know, but does that guarantee that someone else won't?

more than 3 years ago

Pub Patrons Down Under Subject To Biometric Datamining

AlterRNow Re:Thanks Australia (138 comments)

If it is a life-long punishment, I'd say yes.

Not everyone who does a bad thing will continue doing it indefinitely. How many people do you know that have stolen some sweets from a store when they were younger, but wouldn't dream of doing it now?

Obviously, this can be counter-acted by a "lifetime" for the ban (so it expires after a few months on the first incident, few years on the second and never on the third, for example) or some way of getting removed from the list such as showing you have received help in curbing the behaviour.

more than 3 years ago

Abusing HTTP Status Codes To Expose Private Info

AlterRNow Re:And let's not forget... (133 comments)

I can only get all the comments to display if I don't have the "Classic" interface. When I select it, only the first comment (and the first child of each comment under it) show up.

Perhaps they have the same issue?

about 4 years ago

Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

AlterRNow Re:Hmmm (344 comments)

Your typed English is very good though :)

Unfortunately, you won't understand this reply :(

about 4 years ago

Scientist Says NASA Must Study Space Sex

AlterRNow Re:Stop Linking to the Journal of Cosmology (389 comments)

peer: a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

So yes, quacks reviewing quacks does count as peer review. Don't dismiss something just because it was said by someone/a group you don't like.

about 4 years ago

Warner Bros. Accused of Pirating Anti-Pirating Tech

AlterRNow Re:Novel? (228 comments)

I'm somewhat surprised this is allowed. Making a mistake is one thing, but purposely falsifying information that someone is paying you for (perhaps even specifically for the accuracy!) is another.

Is this one of those things that is actually allowed by law or just unenforceable because they can claim it was a mistake?

more than 4 years ago

Ballmer Says Microsoft Wasted Time On Vista

AlterRNow Re:Thanks for the insight, Ballmer (375 comments)

So you either modify everyone's desktop because you don't want that icon on your desktop (providing you have sufficient privileges) or you have to put up with it in case some other user wants it on their desktop?

Why is it an issue? Isn't there a technique called 'white-out' or something to handle this without having to do either of the above? Like.. creating a hidden file with the same name suffixed with "_DELETE" which tells Windows not to show that icon? Or have it part of desktop.ini

UnionFS (and similar) manage to cater for this scenario..

more than 4 years ago

GM Working On Interactive Windshields

AlterRNow Re:Reward vs risk? (307 comments)

The following transpired during my driving lessons ( about 2/3years ago ) in a Ford Ka.

"When I put my hand on the dash, I want you to do an emergency stop."
*gets up to speed and the hand goes to the dash, brakes are slammed on*
"Did you just skid?"
"Yes, I thought you said this car has ABS?"
"It does"

So far, my experience of ABS is "it doesn't help".. but it may have simply been broken on that particular car ( I've not had to stop quickly in any other car with ABS that I've driven ).

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Shuts Down Tracker, Switches To Distributed Hash Table

AlterRNow Re:In a related question (327 comments)

Using something like lessfs ( http://www.lessfs.com/ ) but across the *entire* network?

Is it illegal to download a list of instructions on which chunks to use ( and in what order ) to create a copyrighted work from your family photos? :)

more than 5 years ago

In Test, Windows 7 Vulnerable To 8 Out of 10 Viruses

AlterRNow Re:Not News!! (843 comments)

Note that you can count to 31 on one hand :)

more than 5 years ago

FBI Investigates Liberator of Court Records

AlterRNow Bad English (445 comments)

AARON SWARTZ would have known his access was unauthorized because it was with a password that did not belonged to him.

Proof-reading. A valuable tool.

more than 5 years ago

Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

AlterRNow Re:Training (607 comments)

Actually, that raises a good question.

GPS is quite a weak signal, and in my experience, rarely works indoors.
So would this be useless in a mall or other large, high-human-density building?

more than 5 years ago

Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

AlterRNow Training (607 comments)

If I were subjected to this, the first thing I would do would be to figure out how to remove it without setting of the alarm and then tie it to, say, a car exhaust. If only for the challenge!

On another note, the world may not be more safe or unsafe as it has in the past. The difference is that it has becomes easier to hear about what *does* happen with the internet and such.

more than 5 years ago

New 2D, HD Sonic Game Coming In 2010

AlterRNow Re:Finally... (123 comments)

Sonic 3D Cheats menu: B,A, Right,Right, A, C, Up, Down Down, A (It spells Barracudda) one of the more memorable cheats :)

Fixed that for you :)

more than 5 years ago

New York MTA Asserts Copyright Over Schedule

AlterRNow Re:This is will never fly in the courts (395 comments)

There are parts of Queens where you do not want to be alone on a subway platform at 3AM.

Unless they are notorious for things dropping on your head, I'd imagine you are safest when you are alone :)

more than 5 years ago

In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

AlterRNow Re:*sigh* (382 comments)

No worries, to me it wasn't rude at all, just "matter-of-factly". It's all good :)

more than 5 years ago



Right to Backup in the UK?

AlterRNow AlterRNow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlterRNow (1215236) writes "The Sims 2 currently stands at around 17 "unique" releases coming to a total of over 20 discs ( if you have the CD versions ).
Being the sort to keep my computer in tip-top (ish) condition, Windows gets re-installed quite often. Installing the Sims 2 every time is a nightmare.

So I got in contact with EA and asked them how I could :-
    1) make back-ups of the game to reduce damage to the originals
    2) if it was possible to consolidate the whole thing into one installation.
Their reply?

"I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you, however, you will not be able to make copies of the games or consolidate all of them into one Disk."

Being a UK citizen, do I not have the right to make backup copies of the games?"


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