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Yahoo! Japan May Have Had 22 Million User IDs Stolen

Brobock Re: Yahoo has 22 million .jp users? (28 comments)

Have you tried google.com/ncr ?
This will do a no country redirect and you will get google proper no matter where you are.

about a year and a half ago

HBO Says Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"

Brobock Is it piracy when I pay the TV tax? (447 comments)

Here in Sweden, I pay a TV tax. This tax goes to paying for state owned TV channels. They broadcast Game of Thrones without commercials. There are no advertisers being hurt, and my TV tax goes to paying HBO for the syndication rights. The issue is I do not like seeing the subtitles that are burned in. I also like my show at the highest resolution with surround sound.

So is it piracy when I download it rather than watching it directly from syndication?

about 2 years ago

Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

Brobock Re:You can't eliminate them (825 comments)

The country I am in now (Sweden) does not round the prices. They still use the obsolete öre (in physical form) in the prices. What they do is round it to the nearest krone. Some times you benefit if less than 50 öre and they round down, otherwise they round up.

more than 2 years ago

Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

Brobock Re:You can't eliminate them (825 comments)

In other countries this is solved by laws demanding that all prices advertised to individuals (as opposed to companies) or where the target customer is clearly an individual include sales tax. So prices including the sales tax are conveniently set to nice round numbers.

Sweden just had an issue where including the tax in the price caused recently reduced taxes to not get passed to the customer.

Restaurants had a tax reduction from 25% to 12.5%. Since the tax was already included in the price, none of the restaurants reduced the prices and just pocketed the profit. If the price shown was pre-tax and the tax added in tally, the customer would have received the tax break.

The only ones that actually reduced their prices was the large food chains. Most likely because watch dog groups were making sure of this.

more than 2 years ago

Report Warns of Space Junk Reaching a Tipping Point

Brobock Re:Nobody will take it seriously (105 comments)

until somebody die from it. sorry, but it's been that way for centuries.

Nobody will take it seriously until an entertainment satellite gets taken out.

more than 3 years ago

Exciting Kinect Stuff Already Coming Out

Brobock Re:I wonder (200 comments)

How long it will be till TVs come with Kinects built in, and can't be turned off. It would be an advertiser's wetdream, and then the DHS could use it to monitor those who might be a "threat to national Security" (everyone).

One word: Tape.

more than 4 years ago

VLC Developer Takes a Stand Against DRM Enforcement

Brobock Re:Looks (717 comments)

they can't install custom firmwares that remove the restriction.

You can install custom firmwares on the mac yourself however that prevent the region change counter from deducting.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era

Brobock Re:Oh, if I could get the hours lost back (186 comments)

Here's a wonderful little piece of trivia about Solar Realms Elite:

The author of SRE, Amit Patel, went on to work at Google, and is one of two people credited with devising their "Don't Be Evil" motto.

and that he lost the source code to SRE due to a hard drive crash.

more than 4 years ago

Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

Brobock The Wii started offering Demos (379 comments)

Surprisingly, the Nintendo Wii began offering demos of Wiiware titles, and to a limited extent short time demos of Virtual console titles (such as through Super Smash Bros Brawl). The only companies that have something to worry about are the ones releasing horrible games where the demo causes people to test and not purchase the full version.

The movie industry offers demos in the form of Previews. Although comparing the two are like apple and oranges.

more than 4 years ago

Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice

Brobock Re:Dinosaurs (326 comments)

I have a Swedish and an Australian SIM card. Each of which cost less than US$ 10 and included a bunch of minutes and free or nearly-free (international!) texting and cheap and easy-to-get refills. Both of which "just work" every place I've tried to use them.

Except one. The US... where they want 10 times that much just for the SIM and they can't even guarantee that it'll work in both Florida and New Jersey!

When I went to Sweden, I found the first news paper stand I could find, bought a SIM card for US$10 and got US$15 in credit. Yes, they gave me 5 dollars more in credit. And the best part, my pre-pay Swedish SIM card worked Internationally, I tested in Japan and the US. The refill process is simple as getting a code printed receipt from a number of places, you text the code and you get refill confirmation. All your minutes are valid for a year upon refilling, including your previous minutes, even with the cheapest refill amount. They even offer campaigns such as free internet days, 3000 international SMSes if you refill with $25, and etc.

US carriers such as T-Mobile, offer Prepay, but the damn SIM only works in the US, will not register internationally, require a purchase of the SIM at double what I paid in Europe without credit on it, and expires in mere months.

more than 5 years ago

Smile! Urine Candid Camera!

Brobock Re:fake. Anyone can make up stickers. (370 comments)

I can say that I have made fake stickers for use in bathrooms. You know those hand blow dryers? I made a sticker that said.

1. Push Button.
2. Dispense Bacon.

Since the 3 wave bands in the depiction looked like that.

more than 5 years ago

Bits of Tassie Tiger Brought Back from Extinction

Brobock Re:First Save the ones on the verge of extinction (197 comments)

Then there was the Passenger Pigeon which didn't die due to loss of habitat, but rather over hunting as cheap meat.

So, um, they'd be hunted back to extinction as cheap meat again?

In that case the mechanism that drove them to extinction is still present.
They were hunted to feed slaves in America. The meat itself wasn't savory, it was just cheap. Plus if you protect it and NOT offer a bounty on quantity, it can thrive.

more than 6 years ago



Brobock Brobock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Brobock (226116) writes "The Local An English news agency in Sweden reports that Sweden's Justice Ombudsman (JO) has chosen not to criticize police or prosecutors for a raid on file-sharing website the Pirate Bay in May of last year. The Pirate Bay leader Rickard Falkvinge said "I find it astonishing that the JO's investigation leaves out everything that was a flagrant violation of the constitution,""


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