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Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids

Duncan Blackthorne Re:You've GOT to be KIDDING (189 comments)

A Troll referring to a reasonable argument by me, as a Troll. You offer no proof that online interaction is better than face-to-face interaction yet YOU comment as if you were an expert. Blow me, asshole.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids

Duncan Blackthorne Re:You've GOT to be KIDDING (189 comments)

All I'm saying boils down to this:
Real world/people FIRST Internet SECOND.

more than 5 years ago
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Zapping Contrails With Microwave Emitters

Duncan Blackthorne Re:I'm confused (125 comments)

FNORD! :-)

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Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids

Duncan Blackthorne Re:You've GOT to be KIDDING (189 comments)

Don't be so damned literal. "Children in their own age group", or "Their peers", if you prefer.
You can't really try to argue to me that online interaction through some MMORPG is as good or better than interacting with people in person? Like they're going to have to do, say, in school and in the workplace? You must simply be a troll.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids

Duncan Blackthorne You've GOT to be KIDDING (189 comments)

I'm most emphatically not one of the "think of the children!" asshats, but all I can think, is that amidst a growing problem with childhood obesity and general disconnectedness from reality, we want to encourage kids to sit in front of a computer more than they already do? Instead of, say, something completely radical and outlandish, like, say, going outside, doing something physical, and maybe interacting with live, real children their own age??!? Quick, somebody do the research, find out which (or how many) of the game companies these people were paid by to do this so-called "study".

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Studios Sue Oz ISP Over Allowing Piracy

Duncan Blackthorne Establishing legal precedent, backdoor edition? (400 comments)

Perhaps they're suing an Australian ISP because they know that it won't fly here in the U.S., and they're hoping if they win enough overseas cases against ISPs that it'll significantly influence future actions again American ISPs? I know we would all like to believe that the MPAA and RIAA are all knee-jerk, but it stands to reason.

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McColo Briefly Returns, Hands Off Botnet Control

Duncan Blackthorne Re:Final Solution: (242 comments)

Serious, aren't we? Perhaps a bit self-important, too? Sheesh.

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Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protection

Duncan Blackthorne Whatev. (821 comments)

There'll be a hack released within a week. Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised if there's a hack released same day.

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McColo Briefly Returns, Hands Off Botnet Control

Duncan Blackthorne Final Solution: (242 comments)

Kill them with FIRE. NOW. Before they spread AGAIN.

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Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

Duncan Blackthorne Relevant statistics (1563 comments)

Here are U.S. Department of Labor statistics, sortable by gender.

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Artist Wants to Replace Lost Eyeball With Webcam

Duncan Blackthorne Re:That's easy. . . (156 comments)

I'd assume that the Borg, having already assimilated Federation ships and technology already, naturally used the Federation's own mapping coordinates system when dealing with them, and since Starfleet and the Federation originated on Earth, Sol system ended up being sector 0,0,1.

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China Defines Internet Addiction

Duncan Blackthorne Yeah, sure it is (201 comments)

I'm sure that the "cure" for this "addictive ailment" will involve some sort of "re-education", too. Fucking bastards.

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Compressed-Air Car Nears Trial

Duncan Blackthorne 4500psi? Somewhat daunting! (173 comments)

Having read TFA, and following the link at the end to the manufacturer's site and reading up on the technical details of the vehicle, I'm more than a little daunted by the possibility of air tanks under 4500psi of pressure failing while I'm inside the vehicle. I read their claims that the carbon-fiber technology used to create the tanks makes them safe, but I'm having a hard time accepting that having air under that much pressure released (worst case scenario) all at once isn't going to injure me in some new and interesting way, and I'm certainly not down with the idea that any chunk of matter propelled by that much pressure is not going to cause greivous harm to my person. As a possible example of such (although it may not be a fair example), has anyone seen the episode of Mythbusters where they explored whether or not a welding tank could propel itself through a wall made of concrete blocks, if the valve was broken off the top of the tank? Granted those were steel welding tanks and not carbon-fiber, but there's a serious amount of force involved there. I'm not trying to say EVERYBODY PANIC! and put them off the technology -- I think it would be a great thing to have, if practical -- but I would be foolish to not be leery of a scary amount of pressure being used in essentially a confined space.

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China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites

Duncan Blackthorne Re:Funny.... (174 comments)

Well, I'm kinda chuckling at that. This is the internet, what did you expect?

I still keep holding on to the hope that there is actual intelligence out here in the wilds, but I'm continually disappointed. Guess that makes me a masochist..

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China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites

Duncan Blackthorne Re:Funny.... (174 comments)

What would be really funny would be if some guys in China tried to do a DoS attack to TPB... and it would DoS the government's (in essence) servers.

Yeah, that would be really funny, how the Chinese government would come in the middle of the night, take them, their family, and likely anyone else that knew or cared about them, and drop them in a hole somewhere, never to be heard from again. Yeah, that's fucking hilarious.

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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

Duncan Blackthorne Re:Some possible problems, here? (410 comments)

There is a very easy way to fix this... the first time a user requests a web page, or maybe they click an icon on their desktop called "web browser" a little window pops up: "Would you like to download - Mozilla Firefox - Internet Explorer - Safari ... etc" problem solved.

Why not take it one step further and put the installers for all the above right in the OS install? If they really wanted to improve their (Microsoft's) image with the public, it'd go a long way towards that.

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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

Duncan Blackthorne Re:Some possible problems, here? (410 comments)

I just got thinking. So let's say Microsoft doesn't include the new IE in it's next Operating System -- how do you get it?

Maybe they'd expect you to FTP it. Hilarity ensues as the average little old granny tries to understand how to use the clunky command line FTP client.

more than 5 years ago
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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

Duncan Blackthorne Re:MEMO TO RACIST AC: (410 comments)

*shrug* I dunno, what that AC said makes at least as much sense as the AC he's calling out, and there's the added bonus that the AC he's calling out is likely so ignorant in the first place, that he'd actually believe that's true. Either way, can't see how everyone else can lose out here. ;-)

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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

Duncan Blackthorne Some possible problems, here? (410 comments)

Hasn't IE been a fully integrated part of Windows since, what, all the way back to Windows 98? If they start using some open-source code for their browser, will the architecture of the OS still have IE as such an integral part, or will it become a separate application again? Also, is it really such a good thing to have Micro$oft active in the open-source community? Forgive me, but talk like this makes me a little nervous.

more than 5 years ago
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D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 Hijacks Your Internet Connection

Duncan Blackthorne Absolutely, positively INFAMOUS (428 comments)

Sounds like a prime example of what happens when salespeople get too much of a say in the development process. Wonder if they made them back-burner fixing actual bugs and security holes in favor of adding adware like this?

more than 5 years ago

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Small business WAP recommendations?

Duncan Blackthorne Duncan Blackthorne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Duncan Blackthorne (1095849) writes "The small company I work for has finally agreed to allow us to have a wireless access point on our network here, and I've been tasked with recommending one to purchase. From experience I know better than to buy any of the consumer-grade WAPs out there, but beyond those it becomes a rather pricey crap-shoot, and I was hoping that the knowledgeable readers of Slashdot could make some recommendations. It needs to support WPA2, preferably needs to have adjustable transmit power so we can limit signal leakage to surrounding buildings, and of course best bang-for-the-buck."
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NY Legally Threatens Comcast Over Child Porn

Duncan Blackthorne Duncan Blackthorne writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Duncan Blackthorne writes ""New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has pressured Internet service providers to block access to child pornography, on Monday said his office would pursue legal action against Comcast Cable Communications LLC if it did not quickly agree to reforms."


I'm no big fan of Comcast, but I know blackmail when I see it."

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AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010

Duncan Blackthorne Duncan Blackthorne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Duncan Blackthorne writes "Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warned that the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded. "The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today.""
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