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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Chas Re:So, then... (296 comments)

He's against Anarchy in the UK, then?

Right! now
ha ha ha ha ha...

I am an antichrist
I am an anarchist
Don't know what I want
But I know how to get it
I wanna destroy passerby

'Cause I wanna be Anarchy
No dogsbody

Anarchy for the UK
It's coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time stop at traffic line
Your future dream is a sharpie's scheme

'Cause I wanna be Anarchy
In the city

How many ways to get what you want
I use the best
I use the rest
I use the N.M.E
I use Anarchy

'Cause I wanna be Anarchy
It's the only way to be

Is this the M.P.L.A or
Is this the U.D.A or
Is this the I.R.A
I thought it was the UK
Or just another country
Another council tenancy

I wanna be Anarchy
And I wanna be Anarchy
(Oh what a name)
And I wanna be anarchist
I get pissed, destroy!

yesterday
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

Chas Re: Devil's advocate here... (125 comments)

What makes you think that? Is the USA military so inefficient that it can't deter attacks without spending several times more than its rivals?

I can answer that for you. But I don't think you'll like that.

Basically, all that spending on "toys" provides a technological advantage.

This means that we can accomplish, through superior technology, things that USED to cost (large numbers of) human lives. And the correlation is QUITE direct.

In general, the US public *HATES* going to or being at war. Now throw a million casualties at it.

There's also the fact that other countries ARE spending to further their military technology. And WWII demonstrated that superior technology CAN make a difference. The proof of WWII, though, is that superior logistics can trump technology (and the willingness to sacrifice lives).

Being only "marginally" superior nowadays is a good way to get lots and lots of people killed in combat operations. On BOTH sides. Being in possession of vast technological superiority actually cuts down on casualties on both sides (though primarily your own).

yesterday
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

Chas Re: Devil's advocate here... (125 comments)

Sometimes I like to think about what sort of country we could be if we didn't spend quite so much on our war toys :/

Not sure, but you'd be speaking either German or Russian.

And this assumes you're white, straight and a LOYAL PARTY MEMBER.

Otherwise, you're probably dead or chopping rocks in Siberia.

2 days ago
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

Chas Re:We are fucked (125 comments)

My guess is we are fucked.

No. Being "fucked" implied some modicum of informed consent.

The proper term is "ass-raped without even the courtesy of a reach-around".

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

Chas Re:Listen to Sales - as hard as it may be (158 comments)

No. The SALESWONKS are pushing this.

Not the people paid to make decisions.

The saleswonks argument basically breaks down to "they don't know how to sell "open" therefore it is "bad" for business".

These are bugs we're talking about.
Not necessarily "security exploits".

Like "Under Windows 8, 32-Bit running Citrix, the "Foo" button turns green instead of orange"

Or: On dev build XYZ, going to the Tools menu auto-crashes the application.

If the salewonks can't spin "We care about bugs, we hide nothing, and we take bugs VERY seriously."?

Then what the fuck are they getting paid for?

Basically, this person needs to talk to the person making the ACTUAL business decisions. Outline his reasoning.

If the person making the ACTUAL decisions for this company decides to lock it down. Do it.

Make it part of a dev portal.

Now, actual SECURITY issues, *THAT* is probably something you don't want left out in public ("an e-mail crafted just *SO* will corrupt the ERP's mail module and crash the system").
That's something that would probably be better off in a dev portal or limited to vendors, devs and customers.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Chas Re:The "old boys' club" (331 comments)

That's great until they win a federal case.

All Tesla needs is a good, solid win at the federal level and this shit goes away.
Slowly, but it WILL go away.

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Chas The "old boys' club" (331 comments)

The sooner Tesla breaks open this idiotic "members only" crap, the better.

I'm not saying dealers don't provide a valuable service. Or that they didn't provide protections to consumers at one time.
The fact is, one angry consumer, TODAY, has orders of magnitude more power to make an automaker acknowledge a grievance than we EVER had in the past.

One nasty little YouTube video can, potentially, reach millions of consumers.

Wheras 80 years ago, if Joe Blow in Podunk, Idaho got shafted, what was he gonna do? Drive to Detroit and crash the gates?

3 days ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Chas Re:May still be infected. (107 comments)

It's already been a few years.

Yes. AND?

Do people exposed to HIV immediately begin developing non-hodgkins lymphomas and a completely compromised immune system?

No.

Has this person POSSIBLY extended their life? Maybe.

But going "It's been X years, he's clear!" with something like HIV is a dangerous precedent.

3 days ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Chas May still be infected. (107 comments)

I know they are pronouncing him "cured".

That's the funny thing about diseases like HIV.

The simple fact is, it may STILL be in his system. Just, currently, in quantities far too low to be detected.

But, give it a couple years. And out of his blood/bone marrow/organs, it'll come. And it'll multiply into life threatening numbers again.

4 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Chas Re:Remember this is Argentina (aka Kleptocracy.gov (208 comments)

Basically everyone who's not a government official in the country needs one thing.

air.

Everything else is a "luxury item" and the government's committed to taxing people until they can no longer afford anything but the basic one thing.

FTFY

I stand ashamed, but corrected.

4 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Chas Remember this is Argentina (aka Kleptocracy.gov) (208 comments)

Basically everyone who's not a government official in the country needs three things.

Food, water, air.

Everything else is a "luxury item" and the government's committed to taxing people until they can no longer afford anything but the basic three things.

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Chas But Apple...just...works? (203 comments)

Yeah. Not a good day to be in the Apple camp.

The problem with building endless hype?

It puts you in a giant, high-candle spotlight.

That makes this sort of crash and burn stand out even more starkly.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Chas And a tech review stops mid-fellatio (277 comments)

Fair? HAHAHA! You MUST be new!

*Tech reviewer goes back to slobbing the Apple knob*

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Chas Re:Misattributed to P.T. Barnum (206 comments)

Wow.

From a +5, Funny to -1, Troll. All for a joke.

I take it I chapped SOMEONE'S ass.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Chas "birth" Oi vey, no "ingles" (206 comments)

In the context of the quote "birth" isn't talking about childbirth. It's talking about the idea of inception as a classification (in this case, a "sucker").

Simple English 101 here.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Chas Misattributed to P.T. Barnum (206 comments)

There's a sucker born every minute.
-- Misattributed to P.T. Barnum

3 days

3x24=72 hours

72x60=4320 minutes

10,000,000/4320=2314.814814814815 suckers/minute

M2PTB was a pessimist.

By this mechanic, there are 38.58024691358025 suckers/second ( or about 3.858024691358025 suckers/decisecond).

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Chas Re:Quality, not quantity (478 comments)

Pretty much this.

The points he addresses have nothing to do with age and everything to do with "quality of life".

So, if we could, somehow, manage to prolong life *AND* maintain quality of life, great!

Otherwise, yes, growing decrepit, feeble-witted, etc and wishing for an end is something people have realized for a long, long time now.

Like the myth of Tithonus

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Chas Slashvertisment for HotHardware! YAY! (125 comments)

Oh joy.

Instead of linking to multiple articles, we just see endless links to the HH blurb.

about two weeks ago
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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

Chas Re:Finally a universal binary standard (101 comments)

This is it; write once run anywhere has finally arrived.

Nononono. As always. "Write Once, Beta Everywhere".

about two weeks ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."
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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about 7 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  about 12 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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