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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

GeekWithAKnife Social media absolutely helps terrorists (228 comments)


There are actually a few other things that help terrorists;

Mobile phones, telephones, radio waves, email, speech, pens, paper, smoke signals...actually who is this idiot?

Instead of arresting social media site owners, forums users and people with "illegal thoughts"; let's arrest all the senior officials that new the GCHQ are spying on their own via the NSA and arrest senior NSA officials for knowingly spying on their own via the GCHQ.

You cannot talk to these people because they are "at war" like so many radical groups against different ideas.

When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.

about 2 months ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

GeekWithAKnife Re:Sign me up (163 comments)

Ever had the feeling something just went past you so fast as to leave you confused as to what it was exactly?!

about 2 months ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

GeekWithAKnife Human nature (571 comments)


Can we first then agree one what exactly constitutes a troll?

I've seen a lot of news about trolls and trolling but it seems that it's rather loosely on an almost arbitrary basis. "Troll" has been used to described a stalker, an asshole, a person with an impolite opinion, a racist, sexist, bigot etc etc

From one online dictionary we can learn that "troll" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/troll?s=t) has nothing to do with online activity. Seems this word is now re purposed to what the urban dictionary has an entrie for: (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll)

"One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument."

Now by that definition which seems to be very much the case in many references is such a person deserving of punishment? prison? -our norms are dynamic. With enough trolls trolling will be the norm.

The article mentions human behaviour and I believe trolling is an aspect of bullying which is very much natural (although incorrect) and normal. I say this because it's a complete fallacy to tie "trolling" with stalking or sexual harassment.

We need some clarity on this rather than all this blanket FUD nonsense about trolling. When a person gets mouthy in real life he might get locked up for 24 hours for "disturbing the peace". This includes some pretty colourful language. If this is consistent against one specific person then that is harassment, there is a legal framework for this.

Has harassment stopped? bullying? -while not justifying it, I argue it never will cease because it's part of human nature.

Our only hope is to create a finer definition to stop this umbrella term which means different things to different people at different times without consistency; and furthermore we need a punishment befitting of the offence if there indeed was one at all.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

GeekWithAKnife What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)


As usual, creative people will find solutions to make the spying irrelevant.

From decentralizing and conception to storing data where the US (and others) cannot legally reach it etc.

The US and other agencies dug themselves a hole. They have shown us they are weary of strong encryption standards and good security practices by individuals.

They've shown us that we cannot trust them to use data responsibly and that we should avoid sharing anything with them.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

GeekWithAKnife Comound found in beer? (119 comments)


Then apparently it's a chemical in hops with such low dosage that thousands of beers need to be drunk for the dosage to be meaningful...

What about the other compounds found in beer that would kill a person drinking such quantities?

Talk about baiting headlines...

about 3 months ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

GeekWithAKnife Let's talk methodology (68 comments)


In order for this research to be of any use we need peer reviews as well.

Can they please go into some detail as to the methodology used to connect to Silk Road 2.0, how they purchased things anonymously and how to tell teh real thing from fakes?

Also, if they have any idea of how to hide a kilo of say uhm, feathers from the authorities in terms of shipment, delivery and pickup that would be great for uhm, scientific purposes.

about 3 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

GeekWithAKnife More bugs and exploits (329 comments)


Rejoice my brethren; finally linux is becoming popular, the year of the desktop is upon us!

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

GeekWithAKnife Obligatory quote/s (224 comments)


The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

...and; People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

More to the point is that of course, all these disproportionate and draconian measures have ensured no whistle-blowing takes place. Good job, pat yourselves on the back and suck each other's cocks.

-nuff said

about 3 months ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

GeekWithAKnife We're doing what?! (212 comments)


Holy screwballs, we're ALREADY monitoring everything everywhere without telling anyone about secret courts with secret decisions?!

Quick, let's legislate after the fact to make it all legal!

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

GeekWithAKnife Re:Am I the only one? (421 comments)


Keep going until your thumb matches the angle of that guy's thumb...see how it goes.

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

GeekWithAKnife Am I the only one? (421 comments)


...concerned about the angle of that guy's thumb?

All things considered I could bend most so called smartphones these days but why would you bend your brand new phone? -some people are weird.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

GeekWithAKnife Re:My fellow Americans (183 comments)


REALLY? - I say WMDs and you are bothered by "transgender"?

Don't talk back at me son, I'll smack you upside the head.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

GeekWithAKnife My fellow Americans (183 comments)


I write to you today to appeal to your sense of reason.

Our country is under attack from all fronts. Russia wants to disrupt our authority, fanatical terror groups want to blow up our buildings, atheists want to corrupt our souls.

Make no mistake, we are at war. Having no other alternative to protect our great nation we have taken to attacking the enemy in preventative measures. We have struck at their core; their finances and funding, their territories, their freedoms, their countries, their friends, their families and their family's families.

You may look at Edward Snowden and consider him to be a harmless; sexually confused transgendered computer professional. This of course would be what Snowden would like you to see.
In truth he is a vicious, calculating pathological liar that will stop at nothing to destroy America (USA) as we know it.

Not only did he endanger good men in the field he endangered law-abiding US citizens everywhere.

To say that Edward Snowden does not have Weapons of Mass Destruction is to entertain a cataclysm that may indeed claim your lives and your children's chastity.

Now, let's forget about this person and his fake and silly documents. We want to get back into the real business at hand, protecting the United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave (although we have the braves on reservation now).

Thank you and god bless.

about 3 months ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

GeekWithAKnife Re:So close on the alliteration (61 comments)


Tell Me Twice
Why This Tinker Tinba Taylor Trojan Spy
Targets Top Tender Traders
With Little Digital Mice
These E-bandit Raiders Splice
Working In The Dark Of Night
Trying To Get Financial Height
Instead Of Getting A Job And Doing It Right

It was a stream of consciousness sorta thing. *shrugs*

about 3 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

GeekWithAKnife Thank you apple! (336 comments)


I can only thank apple for making these sort of decision to help everyone embrace a more open platform in Android.

How many companies make android phones? how many have to compete to make the best?

One day people will wonder whatever happened to those iPhones...

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

GeekWithAKnife Lots of ice! (635 comments)


One cannot help the motivation behind posting this.

Is the Earth melting? is this "killer ice"? or "massive ice sheets"?

File under "climate change" - lots of ice, run for the...err...I mean paddle for land!

I thought slashdot was new for nerds, stuff that mattered? please kindly shed some light on the relevance?

about 3 months ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

GeekWithAKnife Re:Oh dear (130 comments)


*looks up at you*

Everything that has a beginning, has an end.

*Looks back down*

about 4 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

GeekWithAKnife Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)


Dear sir,

You are quite wrong. There is a mountain of evidence that so called "no-fly" lists have prevent unspeakable acts of terrorism and violence.

It is however important to note that to divulge the details of said evidence will expose state secret and thus constitute a threat to national security.

To explain; in order to protect you, the national citizen we have to keep this secret from you as telling you how we do things can put you at risk. Given that you can now clearly see how you yourself put your own well-being at risk your personal freedoms should in fact be revoked for your protection.

A secret court that we cannot tell you about already ruled in our favor. All your rights are belong to us.

Sincerely,

Your democratically elected and chosen government.

about 4 months ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

GeekWithAKnife Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (120 comments)


Assuming you can do just about anything in a game, yeah nobody can predict that.

On the other hand, in a game, with an "open world" design that actually has a corridor structure, yes they can predict a lot of movement, choices etc.

The system may backfire if you intentionally do things unrelated to game advancement but that's a different story.

about 4 months ago

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RockStar shaft PC users

GeekWithAKnife GeekWithAKnife writes  |  about a year ago

GeekWithAKnife (2717871) writes "RockStar have let PC users down with not releasing GTA in a timely fashion as with their console releases...let's not even mention GTA IV's awful PC port.

There has been a petition to change this and it's gaining momentum. The open letter states:

To:
Rockstar Games
Rockstar PR
Rockstar Games
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Please release GTA V on PC. GTA games have been a large part of so many people's lives and it's a
big shame not seeing the newest iteration of the game being released on the most powerful platform.
Things like modifications have always been a HUGE part of PC gaming and modded GTA is some of the
most insanely fun times you can have.

I hope you consider the release of GTA V on PC as it'll make...

Why do some people sign this? probably"

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Banned from purchased game features?!

GeekWithAKnife GeekWithAKnife writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GeekWithAKnife (2717871) writes "I have recently felt like playing Mass Effeect 3 again and having spent time and money on online multiplayer packs which I cannot use is really upsetting. so I decided that I'd like to do something about this.
Over a year ago I was banned from Mass Effect 3 Online Multiplayer. I've been accused of editing ini settings to exploit credits. I have spent some £100 and countless hours on online packs to get better multiplayer equipment etc.
EA will not answer my emails & bioware flat out refuse to talk to me.

Although I'm quite technical I have no idea where to begin to edit these settings to achieve the credit exploit I was accused of. It was suggested to me that I may have been connected to a hacked server that was giving too much credits etc. To be fair I don't care, I want my money back.

I recently contact their customer support again, my case was closed within 4 minutes of opening without any explanations?!

This is what bioware wrote to me at the time (May 2012):



Hello,

We have proven that you have exploited Mass Effect 3 multiplayer through editing your INI settings. We take cheating very seriously and we have decided to ban your account from multiplayer. This ban will not be reverted under any circumstance.

Regards,

Thomas Abram

No further explanations offered. No proof for that matter either.
Normally I'd just never buy from this brand again but I don;t want to be one of the many people that took it laying down instead of doing something about it.

My question is this, even if we assume I have been cheating (which is ridiculous because I paid £100 not including the cost of the game itself of money for online packs) does EA have legal grounds to ban me & if so do they have legal grounds to deny me a refund?
What can I legally do to recover the very real money I have spent? What does the Slashdot readership suggest I do about this?"

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