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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

Dangerous_Minds Money (216 comments)

So, how much money would be needed for healing and mana potions for this little operation?

about 2 months ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Dangerous_Minds Re:16 Bit Games (415 comments)

Maybe. I wouldn't know for sure as I only used DOSBox and Win3.1 for playing really old games again.

about a year and a half ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Dangerous_Minds 16 Bit Games (415 comments)

Once you have Windows 3.1 loaded and functioning properly in DOSBox, you can run pretty much any 16 bit game you can find. You might need to install certain drivers to get some games to display properly which this guide covers nicely. Ideally, you'd be running the 16 bit game in straight DOSBox first. If it asks for a Windows installation, then boot up 3.1 first and execute it via file manager. There are entire repositories of Abandonware if you do a little Googling around, so you are literally opening yourself up to being able to play thousands of games you wouldn't otherwise be able to. One video game that is legally being distributed is Elder Scrolls II, though I don't believe you need Windows 3.1 for that. I've also heard of people running Microsoft Works for Windows using this method, but it's kind of redundant when you have Open Office and Libre Office floating around. Windows 3.1 and DOSBox is really a compatibility thing, so you can take it to whatever your needs are.

about a year and a half ago
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US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide

Dangerous_Minds I'm Guessing that... (236 comments)

...someone in the US Navy is in a world of ship.

about 2 years ago
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Russia's Former KGB Invests In Political Propaganda Spambots

Dangerous_Minds Spamming Propaganda (164 comments)

Isn't this sorta like what's going on in the US with the Tea Party?

more than 2 years ago
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Grumman Building Football Field-Sized Robotic Surveillance Blimp

Dangerous_Minds Unblinking Eye (150 comments)

"to fly at speeds between 30 and 80 knots without ceasing for 21 straight days while providing an 'unblinking' eye of surveillance"

So, by day 22, will there be the paddling of the swollen rump before I get to be a member of the surveillance Stonecutters?

more than 2 years ago
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Unblocking The Pirate Bay the Hard Way Is Fun

Dangerous_Minds Re:*That's* considered the "hard way"?!? (151 comments)

What did you expect? It's TorrentFreak. You can expect that what's on there isn't going to be that reliable to begin with.

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

Dangerous_Minds Natural Gas? (377 comments)

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just extract the natural gas from the debates in congress?

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Break Video CAPTCHAs

Dangerous_Minds Breaking Captcha? (109 comments)

What could possibly go wrong? v1agra

more than 2 years ago
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A New Human-Seeking Drone, Much Cheaper Than a Predator

Dangerous_Minds Human Seekers (178 comments)

Something wrong with using Mantracker to hunt for people?

more than 3 years ago
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British ISPs Could 'Charge Per Device'

Dangerous_Minds SHH!!! (194 comments)

Keep it down, will ya? AT&T might hear this!

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Tracking Emerging 'Darkness' Botnet

Dangerous_Minds The Darkness Botnet? (85 comments)

Does this botnet believe in a thing called love perchance?

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Starts Mass Mirroring Effort

Dangerous_Minds Admin Courage (586 comments)

A simple checklist for admins when considering this: Do I... 1. support government transparency and general democracy? 2. own a web server and know a fair bit about security? 3. have balls of steel? If yes to all of the above, you too can be a proud owner of a Wikileaks mirror!

more than 3 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Dangerous_Minds Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

Popularity doesn't pay the bills when 90% of your players aren't paying for the game.

Unless, of course, a million people pirated the game. A 10% sale rate sounds better and better the more it is pirated.

more than 4 years ago

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API Outage Temporarily Takes Down Anti-Spam Filter Akismet

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "When it comes to fighting spam on WordPress sites, many users turn to the Akismet comment spam filter plugin. However, recently, many users who use the plug-in are getting notices that there was an API issue that has prevented the plug-in from filtering spam comments. In spite of everything telling users Akismet is working properly, spam comments are not being filtered. What is going on? Akismet is reporting that they are having outages back on the 25th on their end for some users, "There was a sudden surge in spam traffic, on top of spam volumes that were already unusually high. One of our data centers began dropping some API calls, and responding slowly to others. Our systems team routed all traffic to another data center, and after a few minutes the load was stabilised." Today, Akismet is saying, "There was an API outage on November 28th. A switch failure led to cascading problems that took approximately 40 minutes to stabilize.""
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Multiple Analysis' of Recently Leaked IP Chapter of the TPP Emerge

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Recently, Wikileaks leaked a recent version of the Intellectual Property Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). People are beginning to publish full analysis of the chapter. Drew Wilson of Freezenet.ca posted that the TPP would, among other things, create a global three strikes law, resurrect the INDUCE Act, and create a Global DMCA. Michael Geist has also published his observations agreeing that termination of individual accounts is in there along with copyright term extensions."
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GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?"
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The Pirate Bay Experiences Downtime

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "It appears that BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay is experiencing some downtime. ZeroPaid notes that users who attempt to access the site see a "Could not connect to caching server 00" error message. Drew Wilson says that it's unlikely that a raid has occurred and that it couldn't be a DNS problem as users can access enough of the site to receive the error message. Still, details are sparse as to the precise problem of the site at this point in time."
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TorrentLitigation Offers Database on File-Sharing Lawsuits

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Freezenet recently profiled a website called TorrentLitigation. The website documents the file-sharing related litigation that is going on, then compiles them in a database of multi-Jon Doe lawsuits filed in the US. The database organizes the lawsuits by plaintiff and jurisdiction. There is even a list of files that plaintiffs have been most suing people over. Adam E. Urbanczyk of TorrentLitigation made a number of interesting comments including this: "The website has always been designed to be an objectively-minded “portal” through which website visitors – usually individuals on the receiving end of federal copyright infringement or state-based hacking cases, but also other attorneys and inquisitive individuals – can educate themselves and, if need be, seek our assistance.""
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Returning NZ Soldier Fined Under Skynet Law

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "The publicity for the New Zealand three strikes law (or Skynet law) isn't getting any better. Freezenet is pointing to an article on Stuff which details the latest incident revolving around the Skynet law. Apparently, a soldier was just finishing a tour in Afghanistan and returning to New Zealand. When he got back to the country, he found out he received his third and final copyright infringement strike and was to appear before the copyright tribunal. Despite the obvious circumstances, he was fined $255.97 for downloading music from Hot Chelle and Rhianna anyway. Last month, it was revealed that RIANZ spent $250,000 just to reap the reward of $616.57."
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New Calls Surface for Australia to Implement a Three Strikes Law

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "In the midst of a debate that pits media corporations against the Australian government over what new regulations should be in place for the media, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein has called for Australia to be the next country to implement a three strikes law. He says the law should be similar to that of the US, France and New Zealand variations. Freezenet points out that all three countries have had numerous problems since their respective implementations. Examples of these problems include introducing new security risks, failing to slow falling music sales and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars with a mere fraction of that money returning from fines. Since a three strikes law is a marked departure from the debate surrounding what rules journalists should abide by in the wake of the phone hacking scandal in the UK, it''s unclear whether or not this latest call will get any traction."
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Criticisms Toward Copyright Alert System Mounts

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "This last week, the Copyright Alert System was rolled out. Now that everyone is getting a better idea of what the alert system looks like, criticisms are building against the system. Freezenet says that the mere fact that ISPs are using a browser pop-up window opens the floodgates for fraudsters to hijack the system and scam users out of money. The EFF criticized the system because the educational material contains numerous flaws. Meanwhile, Web Pro News said that this system will also hurt small business and consumers as well."
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The IIPA Copyright Demands for Canada and Spain

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) is demanding a number of countries be placed back on the special 301 piracy watchlist. One country being recommended for inclusion is Canada (PDF). Apparently, even though Canada passed copyright reform laws, any compromise to protect consumers is reason for inclusion. Michael Geist offers some analysis on this move. Meanwhile, the IIPA is also recommending that Spain be included in the watchlist. In a separate filing, the IIPA makes a host of reasons why Spain should also be included. One of the main reasons seems to be that even though Spain passed the Sinde Law in spite of protests, the courts aren't simply rubberstamping any takedown requests and that cases that were dismissed due to lack of evidence is cause for concern. Freezenet offers some in-depth analysis on this development while noting towards the end that the Special 301 report suffers from credibility problems."
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RIANZ Blows $250,000 on NZ Three Strikes Law to Gain $616.57

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Earlier, Slashdot posted a story where RIANZ convicted its first file-sharer under the New Zealand three strikes law. While the fine totaled $616.57, a New Zealand Herald report points out that in order to get that fine, RIANZ had to spend $250,000. Freezenet makes an interesting point that HADOPI (France's version of the three strikes law) faced similar problems when the Socialist party commented that 12 million euros was a lot of money to pay 60 agents to send out 1 million e-mails. In making this connection, the question raised is whether or not this money pit trend will continue when the Copyright Alert System (CAS) starts processing strike notices in the United States."
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RIANZ: Downloading P2P Software Proof of Wrongdoing

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Yesterday, a tribunal enforcing the three strikes law in New Zealand fined its first file-sharer. Today, Freezenet is providing a followup by pointing to a radio interview where the director of RIANZ said that the mere act of downloading a file-sharing program is proof of wrongdoing and that no one downloads copyrighted material without knowing that it's illegal."
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Russia Proposes New Internet Piracy Crackdown

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Freezenet is reporting that the Russian Ministry of Culture is proposing a new law that would crack down in Internet piracy. Citing both Russian and French reports, the proposed measures would demand websites remove infringing material within 24 hours of a complaint. If there is no compliance, then the website owner could face a fine, though there are conflicting reports as to what that fine is. Reportedly, even web hosting companies could be liable for the act of infringement as well."
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Mega Defends its Security Practices

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Recently, Slashdot posted about how cloud storage company Mega was "riddled" with security holes. Freezenet points out that Mega has issued a response to some of these criticisms including one which criticized its use of SSL. Mega responded saying that if you could break SSL, you could break things much more interesting than Mega."
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Study: Anti-Circumvention Laws Excessively Favors the Content Industries

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "On the heals of reports saying that Canada and Europe are close to finishing the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a recently published study says that anti-circumvention rules for TPMs "excessively favours the content industries". The study examined laws in the US and Europe and reviewed several cases revolving around TPMs. It was aimed at making recommendations to the Chinese government in regards to possible copyright law reform saying that anti-circumvention laws should take a balanced approach so as to encourage content creators to create new content while allowing interoperability to allow consumers to enjoy content legally as well as allow innovation in related industries."
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New Mega Website Experiences Mega Traffic Surge

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Earlier today, Slashdot posted a series of reviews on the launch of the new Mega website. With all this attention from many including the media, it may not be a surprise that the website experienced a surge in traffic on launch. In fact, the surge was so great, it temporarily brought down the website. Kim Dotcom, the founder of the new website wasn't complaining though. He commented that the website managed to eat up 10GB in 10 minutes on launch and the servers experienced maximum capacity when the site got 250,000 registrations. The team behind Mega is currently working to balance the traffic load across multiple servers."
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New Zealand Three Strikes Law to Be Tested

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Next month, tribunals will begin for the first people receiving their third strikes in the New Zealand "Three Strikes Law". In all, 11 people will have their cases heard including one who said that her connection was used without her knowledge. Freezenet notes that there has been a long history of controversy for the law from the Internet blackout protests of 2008 to the cablegate leak which revealed that the law was financed and pushed by the United States."
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Organization Crowdsourcing Bounty Funds for the Leaking of the TPP

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "An organization called Just Foreign Policy has created a website devoted to a pool of user contributed pledge money to be rewarded to Wikileaks should it publish the full text of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). ZeroPaid notes that the campaign has raised over $17,000 in pledge money to date and that the organization has tried to prove itself to be a legitimate organization through a page on Guide Star."
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Green Party Releases International Joint Statement Criticising the TPP

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "ZeroPaid is reporting that the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian Green Party have released a joint statement on the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Among the concerns are the secretive nature of the talks and "could hinder access to safe, affordable medicines, weaken local content rules for media, stifle high-tech innovation, and even restrict the ability of future governments to legislate for the good of public health and the environment." ZeroPaid also notes that the statement is starting to appear in New Zealand and Australian media."
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Running 16 Bit Windows Applications on 64 Bit Operating Systems

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "ZeroPaid has recently posted a guide on how to get 16 bit Windows video games and applications running again on 64 bit operating systems. While the guide is directed at video games running on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit), it could possibly be used on just about any operating system. The difficulty in running these particular applications is the fact that you need the Windows environment to run (not just Dosbox). The guide also points out that if you are running at some of the higher resolutions, the memory footprint of this concept is only about 100k. What 16 bit applications do you remember toying with back in the day?"
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Leap Second Crashes The Pirate Bay

Dangerous_Minds Dangerous_Minds writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Some were concerned about the leap second causing havoc on many websites. It seems that the leap second was the cause of the recent downtime of Swedish BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay. ZeroPaid has been watching the story closely, debunking the various theories circulating including a DDOS attack or a brand new raid. A staff member of The Pirate Bay confirmed that this was the cause of the outage, however, it is unclear when the site will be back up."
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