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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Cruciform And then there's the hypocrites... (231 comments)

I know someone who is rabidly anti-privacy and calls anyone who disagrees with him 'deluded wingnuts' and other less savory terms.
He thinks the government should have full access to you all the time to "stop crime".

Yet he posts videos on YouTube with his face blurred out and his voice altered so he doesn't get fired from jobs.
It's okay for HIM to have privacy, but he doesn't believe anyone else should have it.

about a month ago

Court Order: Butterfly Labs Bitcoins To Be Sold

Cruciform Re:That was a near miss (66 comments)

I actually managed to get my refund back from BFL, shocking as it seems.
When I ordered the Monarch there was no "6 months before you can request a refund policy", but they still denied me the refund at first. And then immediately flagged my forum account as moderated.
When I used info from their site to contact the AGs in Kansas and Wyoming (they claim to be a Wyoming Corporation on their site, though Wyoming says they don't exist as an entity there at all) I posted it to see what the moderator would do. Instant ban.
Still, on the day the 6 months was up I requested my refund and two days after they said it was wired I got it back.
I was fortunate. There were other fellows on the BitcoinTalk forum out as much as 60K versus my 2K.

about a month and a half ago

NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

Cruciform Re:that's sorta the problem (192 comments)

Maybe if it was explained with a less technical product they'd get it.

It's like when you go into Bulk Barn and there are broken chocolate bar bits for less than the cost of a wrapped, branded chocolate bar.
They are still yummy, but not able to be sold for full price. So they sell them at a reduced price to get some return on them.

Now I'm craving chocolate.

about 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Cruciform Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

Yup. It was.

about 8 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago



Cruciform Cruciform writes  |  about 8 years ago

Cruciform (42896) writes "My seven year old niece has developed an interest in robotics, and I was wondering what books and projects are recommended for a child that age. I don't want to hold her back, but I also don't want to overwhelm her with overcomplicated projects and douse her enthusiasm. What would you put under the tree this Xmas?"


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