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Antigua Looks Closer To Legal "Piracy" of US-Copyrighted Works

Benaiah Re:Time to shut down the WTO (327 comments)

So have your national sovereignty or your international companies making billions of dollars world wide. Part of having an international community is ceding national sovereignty for the greater good. The same way you cede personal sovereignty to the government in return for an organised society. If I was Antigua I would give all the content away for free so that they don't consume any of their quota and instead sell access to the site.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

Benaiah Re:Big Oil is Dancing (388 comments)

diesel has a lower flashpoint then petrol. so its more likely to catch fire... but good try.

Seriously. You posted that? Please don't troll. Flash point of Petrol is -42C, Diesel is 62C. That's a very large difference. If you get a match and try and light diesel at room temperature it wont burn as there aren't enough flammable vapors. Petrol on the other hand has no problem.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

Benaiah Re:Big Oil is Dancing (388 comments)

Seriously though. I have seen a Diesel Toyota hilux catch fire after hitting a tree and diesel is very hard to start a fire with. Petrol cars catch fire all the time. I highly doubt that these battery packs are statistically more likely to catch fire than a Petrol car. Please ignore overly dramatic journalism. These cars are thoroughly tested before they get approval to be on the road. Much more so than the dodgey chinese imports that are arriving.

about a year ago
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Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

Benaiah Re:Yes, but it won't make any difference. (406 comments)

If the world decided to leave the US internet, I'm pretty sure that a Competitor to Google/Facebook/Amazon/Netflicks would pop up overnight and happily take in all of the visitors. What actually makes the internet useful is all of the user created content like Wikipedia. Having 2 versions of such a service would be a tremendous waste of human resources. It wont happen though because its just 5% of Senators which are .001% of the population which have been fucking up the reputation of the whole of the US for their own agenda's. If the President wasn't in the pocket of everybody who put him there I'm sure his moral compass would have objected to abusing the privacy of every internet citizen. As soon as this starts to affect the bottom line of US Companies policy will change. However its on each and every citizen to rise up and protest. Or just bitch about it on twitter. At least do something rather be a part of the rampant apathy that has taken over the western world.

about a year ago
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Samsung Launches 3200x1800 Pixel ATIV Book 9 Plus Laptop

Benaiah Re:Resolution (397 comments)

2560x1600 is the standard 30" monitor res.
Cramming 3200x1800 into 13" can make many things appear mighty small. Its not that it wont work. Its that windows (and 3rd party apps) has traditionally been pretty bad at handling anything other than standard 96 PPI. The Samsung screen has an actual PPI of 275. So that x on the top of a window is going to be 1/3 of the size of what windows intended unless its scaled. Same with all your menu bars and whatnot. If you are using a fixed size application such as Calculator it may end up being unusable.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Benaiah Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

I don't need/have to play MGS or Halo. I would like to, and if released on steam or ubuntu software centre I would buy it. Exclusive titles only limit publisher income streams, I wont be forced into buying hardware that I don't actually own to play a cool game. If the voiced outraged actually started turning into lost sales, then maybe microsoft would listen. I stopped buying COD games after COD4 because the mindset of the publisher changed from community serving to self serving. Thousands of people still play older games unencumbered by modern DRM because they are more mod/community friendly. ie War3x, COD4, CS, Minecraft.
So yes, I wont be playing Halo on my linux box any time soon, but I can do so much more.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Benaiah Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Both the PS4 and Xbone seem a little pointless. I now have a linux box on my TV. I would rather get a few controllers for that and buy some linux games rather than buy another console when I wont be able to install the programs that I want, use the peripherals that I want and be overcharged for every accessory I buy due to the captive market. Unless the console makes it easier to buy DRM free movies that I can put on my SMB server and watch on whatever device I own TV/Tablet/PC I cant see myself bothering.

When the steam console comes out I'm pretty sure I will be getting one of those.

about a year and a half ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Benaiah Re:Wow, just wow. (406 comments)

Slashdots moderator system is a form of censorship.
Its just an open, and free form of censorship. The only way to make it more open would be to say who modded you up and down and why. But this might lead to reprisal voting and politics so as far as I'm concerned peer censorship works.

Additionally the -1 comments are still there, they are just out of the way and can be read if you want to have a laugh about goatse and frosty piss.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Police Now Double As CCTV Cameras

Benaiah Re:Q: How many cameras is too many to watch? (161 comments)

As computer power increases, facial recognition improves, databases become linked, ai improves we will all be watched. Someone with the right authority could do a search for all footage, location data, internet traffic of an individual. And wham instant blackmail material. Any activist, opposition member could be charged with enough crimes to give them life in prison. Fake tagging someone in a photo, identity theft. Using your partners credit card, fraud. All of this evidence could easily be compiled and used against you. Having a game of thrones marathon with some friends from an on demand streaming service? DMCA violation? CFAA violation? Illegal broadcasting? One party with infinite power.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Core HTML5 Canvas

Benaiah Re:I agree with your premise (72 comments)

Ironically "which is written in C++ and OpenGL, and compiles it using Emscripten into JavaScript and WebGL"
So why bother writing games in Javascript when you can use traditional methods and compile to js and arguably achieve better results?

about a year and a half ago
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Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

Benaiah Re:BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (377 comments)

Having worked on both sides of this fence I can say that IT are often lured into the belief that they are the core of an organisation and that they are constantly making things better for everyone by making things more uniform. Such as giving everyone the same desktop icons and refusing access to the desktop to allow users to add their own icons. They are hidden away from the rest of the workforce in artificially lit computer graveyards. The users in such a network ie, the accountants/journalists/engineers who are actually making the company money get more and more disillusioned with this system that gets less and less functional, ie submit a form signed in triplicate with a cost code attached in order to get Chrome installed. They bring their own 4G devices in and use them to do their work, or bring in windows hacking tools to give themselves local admin rights and all hell breaks loose.

Thus where I have seen IT actually play their support role is where they don't get put in the dungeon in the basement of the building but integrated into the workforce and forced to do their work in plain sight. Other staff members can see the work that they do and come and ask questions, and they can see the impact that their work has on their users. Their team meetings are infiltrated with key staff members who get to vet the plans moving forward, and key to all this, is an articulate manager who actually understands what his subordinates are doing and not just playing with dollars and cents.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Accept 'Bitcoin-Ware' Apps?

Benaiah Re:So It's An Indirect Intangible Gamble? (232 comments)

What if this came along with an airtight guarantee? Like: no tracking, snooping, all Facebook/Twitter/G+ buttons turned OFF until you click to activate them, never selling your info, forever, amen. Just mine us Bitcoins... and only while you're on the site.

I'll be honest, I would take that deal over the implicit "pay via getting spied on" internet we have today.

+5.

As the family IT guy, most of what I do is fix the damage done by free games. My cousins teenage kids seem to ruin their laptops by installing hundreds of adware programs on their computers which eventually destroy it. Perhaps this would end this trend of destruction.

However this would create another problem in turn. How would bitware apps fight for your idle processor? If left to their own devices they would get greedy and attach higher and higher priorities to their threads in order to muscle out the competitors app. I guess that you would need like a steam deployment platform running that shared your bitcoins based on the amount of time you spent playing each game?

about a year and a half ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Benaiah Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

No the woman gave birth 8 weeks ago. This is about bonding time not physical recovery. Men deserve the same amount of bonding time with their children as women. Then they can be forced to cash in their leave and work through anyway because as society we see fathers as less important parents than mothers. This decision by yahoo proves the point.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Unwanted But Official Security Probes?

Benaiah Re:SPEAK in their own language (238 comments)

Pretty sure this is the most likely. When a private practice moves into a hospital they have to sign many cohabitation agreements. One of them will cover I.T. governance and likely will be written in such a way that you have no recourse, "our network our rules". As such if you want these official probes to stop then talking to them face to face may be your only option. Then they may just tell you that its a legal requirement that they take every action available to ensure patient data is safe and penetration testing all machines on the network is standard practice.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

Benaiah Re:I have it. (259 comments)

How about, you use a phone with a prepaid data plan only. THen you connect your phone on your data plan to your home server via VPN. Then your home server routes your traffic through TOR or something. Your friends can gchat you, skype call, whatever voip/ims service you chose to use and no one should be able to track you because your number is just a throw away prepaid.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Benaiah Re:Old timer here, I hope this helps... (573 comments)

From a self confessed Linux noob. 1) I chose Ubuntu because I read good things about it being easy and familiar out of the box. It was. My peripherals worked, my NTFS hard drives mounted in R/W mode by default. 2)As I got comfortable using Ubuntu as a media server/desktop I began to expand In what I wanted to do. Thankfully everything you want to do in Ubuntu(and probably every Linux Distro) has already been done and google is all you need to work it out. I also found a lot of posts showed you how to do it the windows way, and then how to do it the Linux way(command line). 3) I think its important to help users get around and have things work intuitively, then try and teach them the advanced things when they need them. Ubuntu does this quite gracefully. I have only had to use the command line to get Plex working, permanently mount NTFS drives and configure some Samba stuff but just having a linux computer running in my house has been half the battle of switching to linux. I hope to install it on my desktop machine in 2013 now that Steam has released a linux client.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Benaiah Re:"Uses an X86 Processor" (587 comments)

I know I say this every generation but I wont buy. Sony has failed me as a technology company because it's cool toys are repeatedly being gimped by its media side. Blueray was delayed for over a year by the AACS (copy protection) implementation. I already know the features this will have, streaming blah blah.. cloud blah blah... Here's what you will get, freemium content, microtransaction hell, always online content, single console locked games. Even more updates before you play. Technology should let the user do what they want to do without getting in their way. Sony gets in your way at every opportunity. I have a bad feeling that this will just come close to what consumers want but ultimately fail to deliver.

about 2 years ago
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Xbox Originator: Stupid, Stupid xBox!!

Benaiah Rant mode (1 comments)

The article is pretty poorly written, verbiose but sprinkled with some good points.

  • xbox is expensive to develop for
  • lack of indie content
  • terrible ui, updates interrupting progression
  • apple or steam may save the day with streaming media gaming device.

about 2 years ago
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Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

Benaiah Re:18 years old and doesn't code? (183 comments)

There is more to a programming career then programming. When I did my CS degree there were heaps of kids who had already hacked together their own websites/programs/flavour of linux... And they had a massive head start. But there is more to coding then hacking, there is team work, development models and methodologies, test case development and discipline. Brilliant script kiddies found it hard to work in groups and definitely didn't get the best jobs at the end of the course. It was the asian kids, because no matter how good you are there is always an asian kid who's better.

about 2 years ago
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Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

Benaiah Re:Couldn't we just charge them tuition? (689 comments)

Being so close to Asia, We do this in a big way in Australia.
I went to a high school that had over 40% south east Asian students. When I got to university I found that they were paying up to 10x more for their fees than me. Dentistry for example is over $100k per year for a international student, but for residents its only about $10k. Why would they come here to pay fees like that? Easy migration path once they finish. We do have problems with immigration but its mainly with those who are granted asylum and live off government handouts. Immigration is also what has made Australia the powerhouse that it is.

about 2 years ago

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Australia is one step closer to R18+ video games

Benaiah Benaiah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Benaiah (851593) writes "Australia is one step closer to getting an R18+ rating for video games following the resignation of South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson. He suffered a smashing 14.3% swing against him in the recent election and has decided to step down to allow "renewal" in the Government's leadership. He has repeatedly used his veto power to prevent Australia from having an R18+ rating on games and as such big title games such as Fallout 3, Aliens vs Predator and Left4Dead 2 have been banned or censored.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/03/michael-atkinson-resigns-as-south-australian-attorney-general/"

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Driver stuck on cruise control for 30 minutes

Benaiah Benaiah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Benaiah (851593) writes "In something seemingly out of a Keanu Reeves movie, an Australian driver was unable to make his freeway exit when his car failed to slow down as he applied the brake. For those of you too lazy to RTFA he tried everything to stop the car including turning off the ignition but to no avail, the computer was in control. Police at one point escorted him down the wrong side of the road at 80km/h(50mp/h) until he eventually was able to stop it by bringing by repeatedly stepping on the brake pedal. Ford Australia spokeswoman Sinead McAlary said there has been a recall on that make of car but for a different reason."
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Benaiah Benaiah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Benaiah (851593) writes "EMI and Apple agree to music catalog deal. "The new higher quality DRM-free music will complement EMI's existing range of standard DRM-protected downloads already available," EMI said in a statement as the company began a joint press conference in central London with Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs."

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