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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

Fex303 Re:Maunder minimum was not the culprit [Re:Of cour (375 comments)

... and the dating shows the Little Ice Age began well before the Maunder minimum. The Maunder minimum didn't cause it, very definitely.

The only logical conclusion is that cold temperatures on earth somehow prevent sunspots. Which means, obviously, that global warming will blot out the sun due to a proliferation of sunspots caused by warmer temperatures here.

We're doomed!

more than 2 years ago
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US Embassy Sanctioned Lawsuit Against Aussie ISP iiNet

Fex303 Re:Act of War (263 comments)

We're also engaged in a selective breeding program to make everything poisonous.

We started with spiders and jellyfish. The poisonous platypus was a great success. And of course you've noticed that we invented Vegemite and poisonous beer, or as you know it, Fosters. Next up is breeding a venomous chicken and perfecting our engineering of the poison brick.

more than 2 years ago
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Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication

Fex303 Re:We should be fine... (754 comments)

As long as the virus does not increase the intelligence of apes.

Or a retrovirus that is highly contagious and reduces the intelligence of human victims to near that of apes by changing brain chemistry, but leaves them alive and "OK", driven by only animal survival insticts, and permanently infected?

Have you seen what was going down at Walmart last Friday? That ship has sailed, my friend.

more than 2 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Fex303 Re:Geez... (611 comments)

Do you have insurance? I bet you do... and it's almost the same thing

Not quite. With insurance you're guaranteed to 'win' if something bad happens to you. (Except when insurance companies are being complete jerks.) That's the key point. If your insurance payouts were tied to something that wasn't your personal situation, say the roll of a dice, it would be gambling - but since insurance payouts are tied to you being a in situation where you really need the money, it makes a lot more economic sense.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Frequent Gaming Changes Your Brain

Fex303 Re:Overlooking the most important finding. (171 comments)

Close to 100 girls actually admitted they play video games!

And this outdated way of thinking is what drives them away. Think before you post.

Yes, all the girls will be driven away from slashdot. Riiiight.

more than 2 years ago
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How Cell Phone Money Laundering Works

Fex303 Getting more common (39 comments)

I hear there's a lot of this kind of stuff going on in the Torgai Hills...

more than 2 years ago
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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

Fex303 Re:Get back to me... (366 comments)

Actually a flying DeLorean solves basically all those problems.

...

It doesn't fly?! Then what's the point?!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

Fex303 Re:Purely out of curiosity (692 comments)

No, the real issue is now we're training already-smug dorks to give out unconditional orders reflexively and expect them to be followed. How long before they start expecting that to work with humans?

Oh, I'd say about negative a thousand years... Smug dorks who like to order people around aren't exactly a new thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Celebrity Endorsements on Google+ Require Disclosure?

Fex303 Re:Celebrity? Endorsement? OBJECTION!!! TROLL!!! (79 comments)

Missing critical information that Sergey Brin isn't really a "celebrity" so much as "google founder."

If you don't know who Sergey Brin is, you're reading the wrong website.

about 3 years ago
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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

Fex303 Re:Tracking us, what? (637 comments)

I would like to know how they were tracking us and why we weren't told about this.

I'm gonna guess that it's buried somewhere in the EULA. So techincally, we were told about it. And they were almost certainly tracking it when people played on consoles which phone home for updates anyhow, and I believe can send a set of info about how they've been played in the process.

more than 3 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

Fex303 Re:Every person's right (838 comments)

Wouldn't killing yourself be akin to repudiating your right to life? As such, killing yourself is counter to the right to life.

By that line of reasoning, doesn't a right to free speech require that everyone talk all the time?

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

Fex303 Re:Er. Uh. (490 comments)

"CryptNet is just a simple, innocuous tuple-processing collective, man."

more than 3 years ago
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Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

Fex303 Re:Slashdotter already (306 comments)

That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!

more than 3 years ago
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Futureproofing Artifacts: Spacewar! 1962 In HTML5

Fex303 Re:Just keep emulating (175 comments)

Because everything can be emulated in Logo?

Actually, does anyone know if Logo is Turing Complete?

more than 3 years ago
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Anatomy of the HBGary Hack

Fex303 The real mistake (220 comments)

The full story will make you wince — but how many of these mistakes is your company making?

Well, we're not going after 4chan/anonymous, so we're probably in the clear.

I think the biggest security mistake it's possible to make is antagonizing the largest collection of bored hackers/crackers/script kiddies/associated hangers on that exists.

more than 3 years ago
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Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars

Fex303 Re:How to Exploit (239 comments)

Step 1: Hack a transmitter to show the highway completely blocked ahead.

Step 2: Wait for cars to stop

Step 3: Rob the now stopped cars.

Or, you know, go to the nearest set of traffic lights.

more than 3 years ago
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Statistical Analysis of Terrorism

Fex303 Re:Stock Market Shenanigans (265 comments)

The trick being, of course, that they are all 100% worthless for predicting future trends.

Actually, they're pretty good at predicting broad trends. It's just that they're not good at predicting specific outcomes. In the same way that understanding the odds of roulette doesn't let you predict what number will come up on a specific spin. The only way to really use the odds is to bet across the entire table to take advantage of the trend - that's what the house does.

more than 3 years ago
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Has Progress Been Made In Fighting DDoS Attacks?

Fex303 Re:How could they not progress against a known thr (206 comments)

According to the Anonymous.... [snip]

Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.

Right, because Anonymous and /b/ in general are such guardians of good taste.

more than 3 years ago
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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

Fex303 Re:I Agree With This Law (1155 comments)

Both of these examples are rather bizarre, and I don't really see how they would be fundamentally different than warrants for stuff IRL.

In situation A, if you'd been keeping journal entries on paper, you'd have to show them to cops who had a warrant. Why should it be any different if you had typed it on your computer?

In situation B, someone could leave a locked safe on your desk instead of encrypting some files on your computer.

The law doesn't have to account for all possible options. It's generally trying to prove beyond reasonable doubt. For the most part with encrypted stuff, if it's beyond reasonable doubt that the person knows the password, I don't see why they should be able to withhold files on their computer when they wouldn't be able to withhold files in their filing cabinet. Just because it's digital, I don't see why it's different.

more than 3 years ago

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Cellphones team up to become smart CCTV swarm

Fex303 Fex303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fex303 (557896) writes "New Scientist is reporting that researchers at the Institute for Pervasive Computing in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed software (called Facet) that transforms a few cellphones into a smart camera network. Whenever a phone detects an object entering or exiting its field of view, it sends a message to alert the swarm and using this info, they establish their position in relation to one another to within 5%.

There's also the researchers' academic paper (PDF alert). The best bit is that they're releasing their software under an open source license."

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