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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Gaygirlie Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

"Because people will move or travel, and all there games will stop working" -- This has nothing to do with the games not working, it's only about being able to buy games or gift games in those cheap areas. If you have bought the game it'll still continue to work, regardless of where you bought it or where you're playing it in.

2 days ago
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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Gaygirlie Re:Sounds like my Sony Blu-Ray player (82 comments)

Have you checked if it uses HTTP or HTTPS for its traffic? If it's just plain-old HTTP you could redirect the traffic to Sony's servers to a server of your own instead and always just reply with "everything is ok, no updates available, please continue." That's what I've done to several apps and appliances, thereby removing myself from their prying eyes and granting me access to things even when manufacturer's servers are unavailable.

2 days ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gaygirlie Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (91 comments)

What is a disaster is the PC controls.

Ugh. Why do so many AAA-games ship with broken controls on PCs? That really pisses me off. I was planning to buy the game, but now.. well, I've been burned by horrible controls so many times in the past that I'm just not so keen on repeating that anymore :S

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Gaygirlie Re:How about SuperSu? (234 comments)

Your wife's phone is rooted, that's what SuperSU is about.

about three weeks ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Gaygirlie Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Are you seriously advocating having people shooting guns into the airspace around an airport?

Of course not, you silly, it was sarcasm. Shooting drones down would be more fun than legislating them, though.

about a month ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Gaygirlie Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Regulation or banning would be ineffective, it's so easy to order parts online and build the things yourself. Or 3D-print them. A sniper or two with good rifles on airport grounds, though, would most likely work much better.

about a month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Gaygirlie Re:Wow, that's very deeply insightful (594 comments)

Many things in life were not originally designed for the tasks they were later used for. SpaceShipTwo and any future revisions may still yield useful tech or information. Dismissing it all just because it's not designed for deep space is short-sighted.

about a month and a half ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Gaygirlie Re:Unfortunate... (242 comments)

As much as it is off-topic, I do swing both ways.

about 2 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Gaygirlie Re:Unfortunate... (242 comments)

Windows 8 is pretty much the same OS as 7 with a slightly worse UI.

I've been using Windows 8 with Start8 for well over a year now and I really don't have much to complain. I just simply disabled all the Metro-related hot corners with Start8, set the system to boot to desktop and changed the default apps from Metro-ones to the standard desktop-ones. Visually the only difference to Windows 7 is the lack of translucent window-borders -- something that I do not mind -- and it feels a tad faster in pretty much everything. I upgraded my boyfriend's PC and went and installed a similar Win8 - setup for him, too, and he hasn't been complaining about it, either, and he's just the kind of a person who tends to complain about even quite irrelevant things if they just happen to differ from what he's used to.

All this is to say: I feel Win8 is perfectly useable as long as you don't delve into Metro.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Gaygirlie Re: Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

No, they're responsible for maintaining their packages in every repository they wish to add their package to, though. If they want to be part of the Ubuntu repo, rather than hosting their own repository, they play by Ubuntu's rules. Don't like it? Run your own repository.

They do: http://software.opensuse.org/d...

They're not the ones maintaining the packages in Ubuntu's repos, that's Ubuntu-folks' own doing.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Gaygirlie Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

They *DO* provide repos for multiple distros: http://software.opensuse.org/d...

Providing repos, however, does not fix this. If Ubuntu decides to carry packages for ownCloud on their on repos then keeping those packages up-to-date and secure is their responsibility.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gaygirlie Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

Deliberately destroying equipment because it uses a fake component goes to a whole new level of nastiness.

I came here to also say that deliberately destroying property that doesn't belong to you is, as far as I know, illegal. If it was a private person doing that they'd probably land jailtime real fast, but companies tend to get mere slaps on their wrists, so we'll see..

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie Re:Yawn (72 comments)

No, it means you have questionable taste in Shadowrun games.

Considering that I have no previous experience with Shadowrun games at all I find my experience so far pretty good.

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie Re:Yawn (72 comments)

Anyone who contributes money to a Kickstarter project deserves what they get.

I didn't use Kickstarter, but I backed a game while the devs were still asking for funding on both Kickstarter and a few other places. I got a great, worthy game and didn't feel even the tiniest amount cheated out of my money: the game was Shadowrun Returns. Does that mean I deserve great, enjoyable games?

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie I posted a question (72 comments)

I referenced the following part: The anonabox has been developed and refined for the sole purpose of running the open source software Tor, considered the best and most secure way to access the Internet anonymously. All traffic coming out of or going into your computer or network is encrypted this way. The result is strong, secure anonymity.

Relating to the above, I asked exactly how can they make such claims when proper anonymity requires the users to also understand the concept and to actively avoid doing things that would compromise that anonymity, like e.g. logging to Facebook or checking e-mails. I did say that they are very specifically making it sound like the box can just magically make you anonymous even when you do your usual stuff over Tor and they should either rephrase their sales pitch or I'll assume they don't even want people to really understand the concept. My question has gone unanswered, so take what you will!

about 2 months ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

Gaygirlie Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (60 comments)

If you prefer Gnome to KDE, why?

Well, I just dropped KDE today after trying it briefly. I noticed my system slowing down to a crawl after a while and after digging into it I noticed kded4 eating nearly 14GB RAM due to some memory-leak. Googling for the issue it seems to be an issue that's been around since 2010 or something. The suggested workaround -- disable power-saving service called "Powerdevil" -- didn't work, and no one on KDE's IRC-channel even tried to assist with the issue, so yeah, I dropped it.

about 2 months ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Gaygirlie Help for women with no sex drive? (216 comments)

There are a lot of women out there who have very low or no sex drive and nothing seems to work, so I can't help but wonder if oxytocin would be useful in this area. Especially in a relationship the woman wouldn't be the only one reaping the rewards as the partner would likely also be quite happy with increased sexual activity around the house.

Disclaimer: I admit to being totally ignorant of what oxytocin really is or what it does and I have no idea if it would work the same in humans.

about 2 months ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Gaygirlie Re:half-true, half-not-true (101 comments)

In your rush to complain about Android you made a few mistakes, there. For one, it's an alternative client on Android to the official one, so how would you actually use it without network-permissions? Secondly, they also offered a web-client useable on browsers, useable on desktops and laptops and whatnot, so again, how's Android at the fault for stuff that isn't even running on Android?

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: cheap ARM-boards not gimped by software?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "For a while I've been ranting online and offline about the possibilities and prospects cheap, ARM-based boards like e.g. the Raspberry Pi or the Pandaboard could provide, what with giving youngsters cheap computers to learn with, simple home automation systems, cheap HTPCs or TV-connected emulation boxes, always-on video chat systems, and so on and so forth — the possibilities are nearly endless!

These systems, however, are seriously gimped by poorly-designed drivers, constant breakage of features and the generally disheartening lack of support by the SoC manufacturers. I like e.g. the hardware of the Cubieboard at only $49 as it's quite well rounded all around and provides a good selection of connectors for most tasks, but... well, the Mali-400 drivers apparently break all the god damn time (#1), and the video acceleration — features are available only via the proprietary Cedar-library — no GStreamer, no Phonon, no OpenMAX, not a single standard method is available (#2.) A good example of what this means is VLC: VLC only works from console (#3,) no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! (#1, #2, #3 )

With the above in mind, does anyone know of any boards in the planning where the software is actually guaranteed to work properly, be supported for longer than six months, and offers access to all the capabilities the H/W possess? Also, what are your thoughts on the matter as a whole?"
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Valve officially acknowledges Steam for Linux

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "While it has been known for quite a while now that Valve is indeed working on a Linux-port of Steam they haven't actually admitted to the fact before. Well, now they have on their Steam for Linux — blog with the announcement that they're targeting Ubuntu 12.04 at first, are hard at work at optimizing their already-native port of L4D2 and will in the future try to support other distributions as well."
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Multiword passwords secure or not?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: "It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary words may not be as vulnerable as individual passwords, but they may still succumb to dictionary attacks, the research finds."

I find this to be twisting of words and general concensus; of course any password whatsoever is going to be insecure against offline attack, and using common, popular words is going to make guessing the password much easier. But is this really an issue in a world where most attacks are done online? Should general populace still be coaxed into using randomly generated passwords?"

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Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

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Victory for music locker services?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Records for a while now, especially because of the Sideloading search engine that is tacked along with the locker service. Now the case has been resolved though: EMI Records won. But lost on all the accounts that actually really matter.

Michael Robertson is a man known to not shy away from legal fights and is known to always be seeking new boundaries to push. He founded the MP3Tunes service in 2005 with mostly the money he gained from running Linspire back in the day."

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Sony after visitors on Geohot blog

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Yet another interesting twist has appeared in the Sony vs. Geohot case: judge has allowed Sony to subpoena all visitors to Geohot's blog and any related YouTube videos, no matter if they just visited the blog by a chance or actually contributed something. Also, Geohot's Twitter account was handed to Sony on a silver platter.

Read the story for more details and prepare a massive facepalm for the sheer stupidity of it all."

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