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RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

Dr Tall Re:Yes what people need to remember (492 comments)

- Ignore the summons to court.

Unfortunately, that's a crime even if you didn't already commit one.

more than 5 years ago
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Tetraktys

Dr Tall Re:science? (216 comments)

It depends what you mean, and I think a lot of people are conflicted about it. If "science" means to make predictive theories about the way the natural world operates, then no, CS isn't science. If "science" means to make claims in a verifiable, empirical, and unbiased fashion (that is, the scientific method), then CS theory proofs and industry debugging seem a lot like science to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Tetraktys

Dr Tall Re:science? (216 comments)

Frankly, yes. Art of the most beautiful kind.

more than 5 years ago
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Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers

Dr Tall Re:Nothing to worry about... (276 comments)

But the threat in the video is farfetched, because there are much easier ways of finding American tourists.

I don't think the author is making the claim that RFID is the best way to ID Americans. I agree with you that there are much better ways for a human to ID an American. But what about an explosive device, as shown in the video? Modern terrorists use remote explosives to time an attack for most destruction and/or destruction of Americans as opposed to sympathetic locals.

It would be much easier to build a device that will only blow up if X number of Americans are in its kill range. This device could be constructed, dropped, and forgotten about. This means you have no risk of being caught once you plant the device. Sure it could make plenty of collateral damage, but it would always get at least X Americans along with it. The author's claim is that faulty RFID shielding on passports makes this possible to do. I don't have a cost analysis, so perhaps it is still farfetched, but for the right price I think this would be a very practical exploit.

more than 5 years ago
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Wolfram Alpha Rekindles Campus Math Tool Debate

Dr Tall Re:I don't see how this matters (339 comments)

Yes, there are so many textbooks out there with only one author and no sources cited. And find me a Nobel laureate who never collaborated with anyone.

more than 5 years ago
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Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM

Dr Tall Re:Not Exactly for Taking a Photo (1232 comments)

I believe there are states which require you to divulge your legal name and permanent residence, but I don't know about any where you actually have to show ID. That would mean you must be in possession of an ID at all times, which is certainly not true.

more than 5 years ago
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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Dr Tall Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

You realize our Congress can't raise taxes in other countries, right?

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

Dr Tall Re:What happens when Steam fails? (731 comments)

In an MMO, the central server provides a service in addition to authenticating your client.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

Dr Tall Re:What happens when Steam fails? (731 comments)

Well DUH. My patience is getting cut short. How are you supposed to play an Internet online game, without the Internet in the first place, that your steam account can connect to!!??!

What are you talking about? My point is that if Steam's servers are offline, I cannot play my online games even though *my* Internet connection works *fine*. Obviously if I have no Internet I can't play online :P

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

Dr Tall Re:What happens when Steam fails? (731 comments)

Become educated instead of braying along with the masses. Its cool.

Try it yourself.

Steam can be run in offline mode, yes, but networkable games cannot access the Internet when Steam is in offline mode. That is not "do whatever you want", it is DRM.

Yes, Gabe said that, but when the day comes he'll have no incentive to do so. He might not even have the money to push the patch out.

more than 4 years ago
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Alarm Raised On Teenage Hackers

Dr Tall Re:Gosh, underage hackers with no skill? (213 comments)

I guess by "legitimate postal service" I also meant "not the police on a sting operation". I think the cops do whatever they want :) You're right that they'll definitely arrest you!

about 6 years ago

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School

Dr Tall Dr Tall writes  |  more than 11 years ago Oh yes, its back, and bad as ever. The only thing I even wake up for is AP computer science. I wish I had that 1st period instead of second, then I could start 3/5 days with it. Actually, I wish I had computer programming every period.

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Star Wars: Galaxies

Dr Tall Dr Tall writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, it happened. SWG has gotten boring. Why? Total XP whoring coupled with the fact that *every* non-combat elite class is broken.

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Vampire mod for Half-Life

Dr Tall Dr Tall writes  |  more than 11 years ago I don't fucking want to play it. Go away. Edit: Well ok it was actually good.

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Why I don't miss my Mac

Dr Tall Dr Tall writes  |  more than 11 years ago Just look at the list of journal topics here on slashdot. There's Media or Media (Apple), Networking (Apple), Technology (Apple), Utilities (Apple), Wireless (Apple). There is, however, no Games (Apple). Simply put, this is why I basically haven't thought about my Mac since I gave it to my sister.

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Dr Tall destroys friend's pirate dream

Dr Tall Dr Tall writes  |  more than 11 years ago Just today, I owned Stinky_Ogre in a game of Battlefield Pirates (900 something to 300 something), and he seemed to get quite depressed. I feel I've done something awful here. Update: 7/01/03 Stinky_Ogre has just unrenounced his title has pirate. This means his vision is no longer wrecked, and I can go about my life.

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