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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Culture20 I was actually thinking of buying minecraft soon (316 comments)

Friends are still happily playing it. Figured it might be a game that is fun for the long haul. Now I know it will be ruined. MS game DRM was what made me eschew modern games in the first place.

yesterday
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Culture20 Re:Ads (316 comments)

And so a whole new generation of gamers will learn the pain and heartache of a loved name from their childhood getting ruined by a poorly-thought-out corporate-developed sequel.

At least Star Control 3 wasn't a poorly thought out corporate developed sequel. The melee was so well thought out that there was an A.I. override built in and advertised in the manual to make the A.I. ships act suicidal. That takes planning.

yesterday
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Culture20 Re:Again? (191 comments)

Once a man knows you know he's a liar, you can no longer trust him to lie most of the time. You have to just stop listening to him.

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Culture20 Re: Reliability is key. (576 comments)

And this is good thing. The second amendment doesn't specify how much it costs to bear the arms. Only that you're allowed to. So yeah don't ban guns, just increase the cost of possessing them so that only those really really really into guns will go for it.

If we are going to do that, pay for your constitutional rights, how about about $1,000 per year to vote?

I like your ideas and want to subscribe to your newsletter.

Unfortunately, it will cost $100,000,000 per year to practice the free speech of publishing the newsletter, so it may never exist.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Culture20 MY fingerprint? (576 comments)

Seem pretty inconvenient. Now I'll have people all over asking me to unlock their guns. The worst will be the emergency runs. "Help! There's a man here whose gun you unlocked. I need you to unlock my gun or he'll kill my family!" *sigh*

2 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Culture20 Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Yes. Now continue the train of thought.

2 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Culture20 Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

I bet this is part of why "going postal" is part of the American lexicon.

2 days ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Culture20 Manic (170 comments)

Big Bang as a universal manic phase. Needs more lithium.

5 days ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

Culture20 Re:This pisses me off! (108 comments)

There is. One setting for browser and another setting for the mobile app. But the mobile app will still autoplay if it detects it's on wifi instead of cell data network.

about a week ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Culture20 Re:Pecions? (222 comments)

A pecion is a person with bulging pectoral muscles.

The kind of pecion Ren Höek always wanted to be?

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

Culture20 Re:Advancing science (226 comments)

Anyone who could relate to the characters in Coach would have thought it was a drama, despite the laugh track.

about two weeks ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Culture20 Re:A body in motion etc. (67 comments)

Don't waste your precious analogies on Slashdot; they'll only be torn to pieces.

Unless they're car analogies. Then they'll be driven into the ground.
Allow me: this new super cluster discovery is like finding out your car isn't just driving up the ramp of a semi trailer, but that the semi-trailer is on the deck of an air-craft carrier.

about two weeks ago
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Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

Culture20 Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Pretty sure GP meant "lawfully infringe". Execution and murder are essentially the same but for legal trappings.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Culture20 Re:Troll much? (613 comments)

You do have to put a fraction of the time you did in 30+ years of learning your way around SYSV systems into actually learning systemd in order to expect the same level of proficiency.

This is BS. "Learning" SYSV configuration takes 15 minutes to explain run levels and that everything is scripts and (usually) symlinks. You could even learn what you need by recursively grepping /etc for a process name and the script it's in is readable to anyone with programming experience. GP pointed out that a config file for systemd is sitting in /lib. WTF?

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Culture20 Re:Troll much? (613 comments)

-Starting up /bin/sh hundreds of times during boot is wasteful and slows boot. Systemd mitigates that by enabling more lightweight service start. However you'd have to care something about boot times, which is rarely even in the mobile category [...]

-Sequential startup of services is silly when many can be started in parallel. Of course now you have to debug a less deterministic boot process to enable such a thing, with the same inscrutable code paths for the sake of a faster boot very few people needed.

Especially in the server world. The OS boot time is a fraction of my server's boot process. Starting out, you've got POST with RAM tests et al. The RAID array spins up and does its dance. Maybe IPMI gets in the mix. The NICs might have their own prompt for configuration changes lasting a few seconds. And sometimes the BIOS decides to give a detailed list of events with a ten second countdown (bypassable with a keystroke). Then some particularly silly BIOSes complain for a few seconds about a lack of keyboard. Finally, the MBR is touched. systemd will never speed up the slowest part of the boot process, so it's useless for that purpose in a server environment.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Culture20 Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Newcomers don't mess around with init systems genius. The debate pro/against systemd is something that power users/sysadmins have, not grandma and cousing Louie.

GP didn't say willfully-ignorant. Newcomers come in all shapes and sizes. The ones newly coming to Linux are usually still power users and sysadmins in the other operating systems they're used to. I remember starting out with Linux. It was weird compared to SunOS, but it wasn't as weird as IRIX. Being new back then meant learning a few oddities and moving on. A decade and a half later, Apple's version of Unix is doing annoyingly convoluted stuff with xml and binary config files, and Linux seems to want to follow into the giggle weeds. Nobody wants to keep it simple any more.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Culture20 Re:Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

"right on top of" is an American English colloquialism meaning "really close by", usually in terms of a pursuit, but sometimes with stationary objects.

about two weeks ago

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Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-078.mspx
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032399448&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and 2.0.0.19 today. 2.0.0.19 is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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