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EA Building Microtransactions Into All of Its Future Games

BlueParrot Re:Where are you going to go? (303 comments)

There's nothing stopping you from setting the difficulty a bit lower and just using items you found yourself. The game has a 10 point difficulty scale, so if you find it too difficult without using AH items, just set the difficulty down. This is by design. People who want to use the auction house can set the difficulty high and bid for items. If you don't like that just set the monster power a bit lower so you can beat the game without resorting to auctioned items.

about a year and a half ago
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How To Safeguard Loose Nukes

BlueParrot Re:Radioactive material != Nuclear weapons (167 comments)

If you were to steal it, grind it up

You know, of all the things I might try to steal, a Co-60 source is not exactly the most attractive. May as well try to french kiss a black mamba.

about 2 years ago
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Tesla, Ford, Amazon Hint At Cloudy Future For Cars

BlueParrot Re:Cloud (231 comments)

To be honest I would trust amazon more than the average driver.

The main issue is probably privacy, but the internet is doing a good
job of getting rid of that anyway.

about 2 years ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

BlueParrot Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

My preference is to mix a few languages and technical terms.

nekozuki catbus ibuprofen shutzpa

Even if you know how I generate these passphrases the number of combinations is staggering.
Since the majority of language can use latin script you easily have a million or more possibilities
for each word, giving more than 10^24 potential combinations, and that does not take into consideration
that I am more than happy to include things like "catbus", which is not a real english word.

about 2 years ago
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Bangladesh Slaughters 150,000 Birds After Worst H5N1 Virus Outbreak In 5 Years

BlueParrot Re:Wonder how? (76 comments)

It was the other way around.

The companies that built the ovens for Auschwitz and the other concentration camps originally built crematoria ovens for disposing of livestock carcasses. When the Nazis needed to dispose off large numbers of bodies from the concentration camps they initially burned them on pyres, but eventually they contracted the company A.J. Topf & Sohne which had experience with building crematoria ovens for livestock carcasses.

This was fairly typical for the holocaust. German companies profiteered extensively from the camps. A subsidiary of IBM produced the machines which kept records of prisoners. IG Farben, which was part owned by Bayer, held the patent for Zyklon B, the Cyanide pesticide used in the gas chambers (the poison was actually produced by ther companies however ), and many other german companies profited from slave from the camp's inmates.

That's part of what made it one of the worst genocides in history. They did not simply kill millions of people. They turned mass murder into an industrialised business venture.

about a year ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Presses Charges Against Banks For WikiLeaks Blockade

BlueParrot Re:Excellent. (234 comments)

It's a political move. FI may not have any teeth, but by forcing them to address the matter it is bound to get at least some publicity. If they actually end up doings omething about it then that's just a bonus.

about 2 years ago
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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

BlueParrot Re:Yeah right... (308 comments)

You can do quite a bit more than that as Colbert showed.

Step1: Donate to charity controlled by your friend/uncle/misstress
Step2: Claim tax deduction
Step3: Charity buys service from shell company A
Step4: Shell company A donates to SuperPAC
Step5: Super pac spends a small fraction of acquired money on campaigning to seem legitimate
Step6: SuperPAC closes and sends the money to shell company B
Step7: Shell company B send money to shell company C, not even the IRS needs to know
Step8: Enjoy your tax free income.

about 2 years ago
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Phil Zimmermann's New Venture Will Offer Strong Privacy By Subscription

BlueParrot Re:Canada (219 comments)

Sweden has few effective laws for private citizens. It's explicitly codified into law that the authorities are allowed to snoop on your communications. It's a bit better than England ( where you can be jailed for not giving police your encryption keys ) , but there's really no good way to defend against a hostile government. If you truly want to avoid government meddling with your communication your best bet is probably hiding in plain sight. I.e, make sure you and your communication appear dull enough that your government can't be bothered to look at it.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida

BlueParrot Re:Cannot Understand his Customers (208 comments)

5. Local regulatory agencies have treated doctors like drug dealers, making them reluctant to prescribe medicine to people who need it, forcing patients to turn to the black market simply because doctors are forced to care more about covering their own ass than treating the sick.

Oh yes I'm bitter. If you had been left to suffer and forced to buy medicines from shady sources you'd be pissed too. No, I'm not a hypocondriac, I eventually found a doctor with some spine, and now I can get help legally. No, she didn't just give me a prescription because I demanded it, she did so because offical guidelines say that is how people with condition should be treated.

I can go buy hundreds of cigarettes whenever I want and smoke my lungs to ash, but a comparably safe and non-adictive medicine is treated as if I were doing heroine.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida

BlueParrot Re:Alternate interpretation (208 comments)

Transsexual here.

I was denied treatment for years due to the psych community having quite a few medieval-minded assholes in it ( no, I'm not just refusing to listen to them, we're talking about the kind of people who think there's something wrong with a girl who doesn't liek mascara ). As a consequence I basically had the choice between spending every night wishing I was dead or obtaining estrogen in alternative ways. Four years afterwards I finally managed to find a psych with a somewhat more sane attitude towards gender, and now I can get the medicines legally, but frankly I have a hard time blaming these people for filling a void that authorities have created with very little regard for those who get fucked over because of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Groundwater Use May Not Explain Half of Sea-Level Rise

BlueParrot Re:Scientific review (244 comments)

Clue: No one was putting forth the theory that the Earth was warming due to mankind's actions 120 years ago, so unless you can post a paper stating otherwise, trot that troll elsewhere.

That's wrong. Arrhenius himself noted that human activities would likely prevent another ice-age from ever happening. He figured this was a positive thing, but did not considered the consequences of excessive warming.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

BlueParrot Re:utter pointlessness (1165 comments)

DNA evidence ought to be admissable, but it should not be presented as conclusive proof.

Basically people watch too much CSI where the whole case comes down to one amazing
science trick. In the real world cases frequently rest on several pieces of evidence, each
one of which may not be enough on its own to secure a conviction, but when taken together
make up damning amounts of evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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European ISPs Ask ITU To Limit Net Neutrality

BlueParrot Re:Why is a bonus a problem? (120 comments)

Here's a final question - name a single network neutrality bill that would prevent Comcast from doing what they are doing, and why.

Strenghten antitrust legislation adn start to actually enforce it with some teeth.

more than 2 years ago
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How Many Seconds Would It Take To Crack Your Password?

BlueParrot Re:obligatory xkcd.... (454 comments)

My personal favourite is to translate some of the words into random languages after I have made the passphrase. It's not difficult to learn a few foreign words, but since the attacker doesn't know which languages you used he gets the fun task of trying ALL languages that use the latin script. Since there is more than 100 languages using latin characters in the world, even a moderate dictionary size of 10000 or so would give you a total of more than a million words, resulting in the generated passphrase having in excess of 10^24 possible combinations. If the attacker can try a billion passphrases per second, it would take 31.7 million years to try them all.

more than 2 years ago
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MD5crypt Password Scrambler Is No Longer Considered Safe

BlueParrot Re:Bad math (212 comments)

There are 95 ASCII characters, which makes 95**8 = 6,634,204,312,890,625 possible 8 character passwords

Or you can use 6 random words from the oxford english dictionary, which gives you more combinations that the number of nanoseconds in the estimated lifetime of the universe, while still producing a passphrase that is feasible for a human being to remember.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8: More EULA, Fewer Rights.

BlueParrot Re:Options (470 comments)

You do if you are a gamer.

Never stopped me: http://i.imgur.com/qG2qw.jpg

Mass Effect 3, World of Warcraft and Heroes of Newerth also run just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Sidestepping Tactical Nuclear Weapons Limits With Strategic Bombs

BlueParrot Re:Sure, but... (138 comments)

There are, certainly, some unambiguously 'strategic' weapons, of the 'bloody huge thermonuclear warhead on an ICBM'

Many of the ICBM's have selective yield, and even with the max yield they are not particularly powerful for nukes to be. The most powerful weapons are the ones dropped by aeroplanes, and they typically have megaton yields.

more than 2 years ago
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Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

BlueParrot Re:XKCD (487 comments)

My PRNG yielded:
74019,69542,70792,42388,32916,63978,55632

which maps to:
purchasing persecute platitudes escalations consummation mum intoned

Your pass-phrase is quite tricky to remember and type reliably. A better approach is to use different languages in order to increase the dictionary size. If you pick at random among the languages that use latin script, you can easily get a dictionary size above a million words. Just 4 such words would give a number of combinations exceeding 10^24. Even if you could try a thousand trillion combinations per second, it would still take in excess of thirty years to try them all.

more than 2 years ago
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NIH Study Finds That Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death

BlueParrot Re:My prof dranks coffee like water (234 comments)

Sometimes things that are harmful in one way can help in other ways.

Taking coffee as an example, it is known that heavy coffee consumptions
stunts breast development in women. As it happens, the same effect also
reduces her risk of developing breast cancer.

more than 2 years ago

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