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NCSoft To Close North American Lineage Servers

Drakkenmensch Where will griefers go (91 comments)

... to murder lowbies who are just trying to go in or out of the main hub towns?

more than 3 years ago
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Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks

Drakkenmensch La la la la la (203 comments)

they're loving it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Frankentablet: Windows and Android Mashup

Drakkenmensch Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (121 comments)

I say skip to the end where that monster of a tablet runs off to the north pole to never see people again and commit suicide by fire.

more than 3 years ago
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23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit

Drakkenmensch Re:Busy Work... (386 comments)

As for the ISPs, I imagine the **IAs would love to see them inconvenienced even further by piracy. It means more of an incentive to put in place technological measures to stop piracy like blocking popular trackers, traffic shaping and tiny usage quotas.

Or an incentive to just stop caring and start ignoring the requests from media lawyers.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Under Civil War?

Drakkenmensch Re:How'd have thought... (301 comments)

Yeah, I only noticed my typo after hitting submit. It's that sort of thing that makes me long for a slashdot "edit" button.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Under Civil War?

Drakkenmensch How'd have thought... (301 comments)

...that you can't trust a bunch of anarchist computer network destroyers to be the champions of law and justice?

more than 3 years ago
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A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas

Drakkenmensch Re:Absurd credentialism (220 comments)

More than that, you need to filter out the nutjobs who would otherwise sue everyone and everything using insane troll logic to justify themselves and would constantly bog down the legal process by questioning even well established facts by claiming that "nobody ever proved it to them." Having lawyers as necessary middlemen does remove a whole lot of clutter for this specific problem, and if the lawyer himself becomes the problem, Jack Thompson demonstrated how well that ends up for them.

more than 3 years ago
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A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas

Drakkenmensch The RIAA showed us how to abuse it (220 comments)

First, because I don't think that subpoenaing a defendant's identity from a service provider constitutes an abuse of the legal system in and of itself.

The abuse does not come from the request itself, but usually what follows said request. The plaintiff usually knows that he has thin legal ground over his lawsuit and will pull back his suit before a judgement likely to favor the defendants (and set a landmark) can happen. He will then turn around and DIRECTLY contact each of those defendants that got outed in the discovery process and personally extort thousands of dollars from them under threat of ruining them through endless litigation that will cost them far more to defend themselves from a million dollar lawsuit.

Now THAT is textbook abuse.

more than 3 years ago
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Signs of Dark Matter From Minnesota Mine

Drakkenmensch Scientific breakthrough! (158 comments)

Dark matter is more of a medium charcoal color.

more than 3 years ago
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LastPass Password Service Hacked

Drakkenmensch Hacker convenience (268 comments)

LastPass: the one stop hack for all your identity stealing needs.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

Drakkenmensch Gas tax is better (932 comments)

Easier to implement, harder to cheat on, and it rewards using fuel efficient cars.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Gadgets Degrade Our Common Sense?

Drakkenmensch Maybe not all our fault (311 comments)

He documents how one woman narrowly missed being hit by a train after she followed sat-nav directions over a railway track. While she got out of her car to open the level-crossing gate, a speeding train drove straight through her vehicle. While this may be an extreme case, Vamosi argues that we are developing a culture of dependence on technology to the detriment of our common sense.

Are we really sure Skynet didn't become self-aware and declare war on humanity a few weeks ago?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

Drakkenmensch Something doesn't add up (575 comments)

How does a hacker steal several gigs of data in a few minutes in the midst of a DDoS attack, when the server are too overwhelmed to answer outside requests? Whatever ISP this guy has that can give a download speed of above 1 gig per minute, I want in on their service!!!

more than 3 years ago
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Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

Drakkenmensch I have a great device (208 comments)

... for operating my touchscreen while holding my phone one-handed: it's called my thumb.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech That Failed To Fail

Drakkenmensch Twitter will never catch on (428 comments)

Come on, who would want to read what some unknown did that day, with only 140 characters? /sarcasm

more than 3 years ago
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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

Drakkenmensch Channel crawling (297 comments)

Imagine hitting "channel up" on your remote control and waiting... waiting... wondering if the infrared signal made it to the receiver or was blocked somehow, only to finally see the channel change a full minute later. It's my daily experience with my digital cable company.

more than 3 years ago
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Aaron Computer Rental Firm Spies On Users

Drakkenmensch Irony (510 comments)

This big problem would probably not have surfaced (at least not so soon) if one of their employees hadn't been stealing from the till. Sometimes it takes a crime to uncover another crime!

more than 3 years ago
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Robotic "Tongue" Lets You French Kiss Over The Internet

Drakkenmensch Give Japan a month or so (136 comments)

The University gave no word on the possibility of tentacles in future models.

Seriously. Japan will provide, it's inevitable.

more than 3 years ago
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Bin Laden's Death Causes Twitter Record

Drakkenmensch Re:Inconceivable! (167 comments)

On one hand, it's worth spending the money to be rid of Bieber. On the other hand, for every Bieber we take down, ten Veronica Blacks will rise!!!

more than 3 years ago
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Bin Laden's Death Causes Twitter Record

Drakkenmensch Inconceivable! (167 comments)

It took the death of the most hated man alive to finally put an end to the supremacy of Justin Beiber tweets.

more than 3 years ago

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RIAA's flunks high school math

Drakkenmensch Drakkenmensch writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Drakkenmensch (1255800) writes "The reason why RIAA asks for settlement and lawsuit amounts in the thousands-to-one in regards to lost revenue on per-unit downloads may be quite simply that they suck at math. RIAA's Cary Sherman recently declared that song downloads are experiencing "logarithmic growth" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10127454-93.html?tag=txt) but anyone with a basic knowledge of logarithms knows that a logarithmic curve experiences a steady decline until it stabilizes a growth near zero towards the infinity end of the X-axis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logarithm)."
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New DNF screenshots

Drakkenmensch Drakkenmensch writes  |  about 6 years ago

Drakkenmensch writes "So, 3D Realms releases 2 new screenshots to keep the internet discussions of Duke Nukem alive. This is not the first time they've done so, and the wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_nukem_forever) gives a detailed timeline of the game's development and media releases. Now, the real question is... have they simply given up on REALLY making the game and kept the "when it's ready" release promise as a slick form of VIRAL MARKETING? You can get the latest screenshots at http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/54940"

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