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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Cruciform Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

There's no doubt that they are used but the prevalence is likely as exaggerated as "stranger danger".
In the UK 75 cases of suspected dosing were investigated and only one person turned out to have a date-rape drug in their tox screen. The other cases appeared to be people drinking to excess.
This doesn't put the blame on the victim instead of a rapist. We should also be aware that the regular old issue of people getting shitfaced is still a real contributor to creating vulnerable targets for predators.

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Cruciform This doesn't compute...or does it (113 comments)

The original creator comes up with the idea, usually among many ideas. Then they have to decide which one to go with. Then you have to design and implement, refine, and see what works, until you have something worth releasing.
Then you might have to put the effort into social media or advertising.
Then you might become popular.
Then someone else looks at what you created and breaks the concept down into components that are easily reproducible in a day or two, while their artist copies your art. They flood the store with them.
The only real counter to something like that is to create a game that's complicated enough that reproducing the game mechanics that make it popular takes long enough that the clones don't come out in time to bite into the profit during the critical first week/month.

about a month ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

Cruciform Re:The problem's not finding things on the interne (191 comments)

I bought Dark Souls on Steam during the summer sale last week. I mentioned this on Facebook. The next time I went to Kotaku to read a story it recommended a story about Dark Souls to me. Not the new sequel, but the one from years ago that I just bought. The article was from 2011. So it's not like it's a coincidence that a recent story matched up to my posted content.
Gives me the creeps.

about 3 months ago
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ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

Cruciform Re:Zero Cost Alternative (59 comments)

And you get to track several other objects as well. Once I moved out to the country that site was open on my desktop every day.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Cruciform Re:What's in my TrueCrypt volume? (566 comments)

It's not to hide income info. It's to keep the tax forms that the Canadian government uses that have enough info for ID theft secure from prying eyes.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Cruciform What's in my TrueCrypt volume? (566 comments)

The only things in my TrueCrypt volume are password lists, tax info, etc.
And those are encrypted separately before being put in the Truecrypt volume.
That way if my machine were to be hijacked while I have the volume mounted, I wouldn't lose all the data to nefarious purposes.
And if the device is stolen, there's two layers of security to get through. (Which around here would just be the thieves deleting everything and selling it for Oxy)

about 4 months ago
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The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

Cruciform Not so fast... (74 comments)

Linus gave an intro speech for the course. That doesn't mean he's going to be teaching it.
The course staffer is Jerry Cooperstein.

about 4 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

Cruciform Re:Teach my tone-deaf sister to sing (294 comments)

A strange example, considering we now have people who aren't exceptional singers but have charisma and looks and are auto-tuned to make them marketable.

about 4 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

Cruciform Not happening. (116 comments)

I have 400+ unique passwords. I don't think I'll be changing those for password day.
I suppose putting my trust in a password manager could also be considered a risk, but I use a passphrase long enough that even someone with an extensive dictionary attack would take years to get through it.

about 5 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

Cruciform Re:What we would like to know (329 comments)

It's strange having a disease that some doctors don't accept.

I've had doctors look at my chart or ask me for background and give great sympathy for having fibromyalgia, and mention other patients they have whose symptoms are even worse. Then there are other doctors who have sneered at it, and basically accused the other doctors of being incompetent for even believing in such a thing.

about 5 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Cruciform Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

Yup. It was.

about 4 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

Cruciform Re:price? (217 comments)

Good tools are expensive.
Someone that makes an income selling firewood can really boost their output with one of these.

about 5 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

Cruciform Enjoyed reading the article the first time (217 comments)

The Geek.com article seems so close to the Boing Boing article I read last week I'd be surprised if he didn't just shift a couple of words around.

about 5 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Cruciform Re:"it's also a smart visual explanation of why... (276 comments)

I had a watch with a full scientific calculator on it when I was a kid. My fingers were small enough to press the buttons, but an adult likely would have needed a pencil lead to push the buttons.
It died when we were having squirtgun fights and I dunked my arm in a bucket and forgot I was wearing the watch :(
I loved that watch.

about 5 months ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

Cruciform Re:Attach video in kid's 2026 college application (196 comments)

I lucked out guessing a wifi password once. The neighbor's had put up a network and called it "harunyahya". I googled for it and came up with some wacky creationist conspiracy nut. One of the most common words on the site was 'truth'. So I used that as the password and got in on my first attempt.

A little bit research and a lot of luck. Pretty satisfying either way :)

about 6 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Cruciform Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

All boycotting does is remove a portion of the revenue stream, accompanied by statements as to why.
It was up to them to decide if his value as a CEO was greater than the lost revenue.

Companies are realizing that it's not in their best interest to affiliate with those people who are against equality for citizens.

about 6 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Cruciform Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

That argument holds no water in the real world. How many Christians do you see objecting to homosexuality, then going out to tell people not to eat at Red Lobster, not to wear mixed fabrics, and advising farmers not to plant multiple crops in a field.

They're just using cherry picked content to defend bigotry. Not doing it for "love".

about 6 months ago

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