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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

BoogieChile Re:Duh (222 comments)

Or anywhere in Australia, where $530 is the best price in town

3 days ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

BoogieChile There's a Putin in the closet... (430 comments)

Sounds like Vlad feels that being gay is a choice

about three weeks ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

BoogieChile Re:One word: (352 comments)

This map begs to differ, even at only 10 percent efficiency.

about a month ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

BoogieChile Re:Container ships (491 comments)

> The 15-30 largest container ships in the world (depending on who's estimates you're using) produce more pollution than all the cars combined. ...and one volcano puts out more CO2 than all of the world's industry combined...and turning on a fluorescent light burns more electricity than it does leaving it on for four hours.... Why do people keep falling for this? Do they have no concept of the numbers involved, or does people's brains just break down when faced with differences of more than two orders of magnitude?

about 2 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

BoogieChile Best way to deal with these (251 comments)

Fire up your VM and let them connect to it. Get the IP address of their internet connection. Inform the appropriate authorities Watch their internet connection go "away".

about 3 months ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

BoogieChile Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

Not that I'm disagreeing with your statements re "skeptics" and "propoganda"

about 3 months ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

BoogieChile Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

Problem is, when I look at your signature, I see one comma too many.

about 3 months ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

BoogieChile Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

No, collaqialsmisms. Do you failed reading or somesuch?

about 3 months ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

BoogieChile Good grief! MORE symbiotes? (100 comments)

So does this mean that as well as the bacteria that we have living in a symbiotic relationship with us, there's viruses in our internal ecosystems that we need to keep us alive as well now?

about 4 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

BoogieChile Re:How does the current POTUS fair ... (242 comments)

Well, that depends on whether the person running his dossier through said system wants him to end up on it or not, just like anybody else. It all depends.

about 4 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

BoogieChile Re: Finally! (474 comments)

Well, speaking of caffeine, there was a story on the news last Friday about caffeine powder making its way into the market and onto the radar by way of some overdoses. The powder comes out in a packet which advises the recommended dose: 1/16th of a teaspoon, which makes it very easy to overdose on, especially if measured out with common household implements.

about 4 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

BoogieChile Re:Not normally done, but no big deal (242 comments)

Nu-uh! I drink only pure, unadulterated planetary nebula whizz, and I love it!

about 4 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

BoogieChile Re:very cool (204 comments)

I hope you made a torrent and posted it to one of your regularly scheduled archival websites for those who would follow in your footsteps...

about 4 months ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

BoogieChile Re:Slashdot fails at reporting. (158 comments)

Milking cows. Try leaving it till after the sun is up and your cows will not be timid in expressing their dismay. Or quiet Opening the shop before the morning rush. What, you think pastries hot from the oven for breakfast is a modern invention? Any number of religious orders have been following the canonical hours for well over a thousand years. Who do you think was getting the animals to the temple in time for the morning slaughter? And who was making their roasted walnuts, or whatever they used before coffee was invented?

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

BoogieChile Seems to be a lot of downvoting going on (136 comments)

Is it just me or or is anyone else noticing a lot of flamebait and troll mods being applied to any comment reminding people of Microsoft's standard operational practice when faced with a potential new market?

Embrace, Extend and Extinguish was a real thing, and this sort of behaviour might make people suspect that the lepoard has not changed his shorts.

about 5 months ago
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Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

BoogieChile Strange use of the word "Only" (134 comments)

You could conceivably say that of the 65 tested, "only" 15 did not have good enough OpenGL support. This...other...usage of the word "only"...I do not think it means what you appear to think it means...

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

BoogieChile The best defence... (201 comments)

I've dealt with a few of them over the last few years, it can be very entertaining.

The way to do it is to set up a virtual machine with a packet sniffer on it. If you use all the old tricks that you would have learned on the helpdesk, you can even keep them on the phone while you set it up.

Here's a few of the classics to get you started;

"Yes...Ok...right...ok...right..yes...<15 minutes later>...no, sorry, I'll never remember all this. The computers in the other room: If I go in there, would you show me how to do it?...."

"it's a terrible slow old thing, let me start it up <ten minutes later...talking about the grandkids, especially the oh-so-clever favourite who built the computer for you is an excellent way to pass the time> oh, looks like it's frozen, I'll just turn it off and start again..."

"Start button? Oh, he must mean the button on the front of the hard drive! OK...it's shutting down now...OK, it's off, now what?"<20 minutes, easy>

Once you've got it all set up, let them talk you through downloading and running the LogMeIn software on the virtual machine. don't make it too easy for them, now...Did you know the app that you download from LogMeIn is only good for five minutes? If you haven't got it running by then, you'll need to download a new one and try again! Hours of fun and excitement for you both! So, let them connect and then use the packet sniffer to identify the IP address their connection is coming from. Also, here's a fun tip - the local session takes priority over the remote session, so if you are moving the mouse, even just a little bit, they can't! Fun!

Once you've had your fun, and you have their IP address, you can let the authorities know, and their internet connection will become a very interesting place. Briefly.

1 year,1 day

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Aussie SMS Spammers Handed Proper Smackdown

BoogieChile BoogieChile writes  |  about 5 years ago

BoogieChile (517082) writes "The Australian Federal Court has laid fines of $15,000,000 against two companies and three individuals for harvesting mobile phone numbers from dating websites and using them to lure men into subscribing to SMS sex chat services, whatever they are.

This is the first court case pursued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) against unsolicited SMS messages. The ACMA estimates the scheme gathered more than $2,000,000. Off to a flying start, gentlemen, let's hope you can keep it up!"

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Live Giant Squid Dissection Tomorrow

BoogieChile BoogieChile writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BoogieChile writes "The dissection of a 245 kilo giant squid caught off the coast of Portland, Victoria in May will take place tomorrow at the Museum of Victoria. In a first for the museum, the event is open to the public and will also be streamed live to the internet from the University's website here, starting at 0130GMT on the 17th of July."

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