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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Gibgezr Re:Celebrities are targeted more. (622 comments)

Scrameustache has hit on something very important, and all this talk of "security of the cloud" and "hacked accounts" is missing the message by focusing on the technology.

Folks, it's not the technology.

Any famous actress who takes nude pictures, whether with a cell phone or a Polaroid instacam or a 35mm film camera, needs to realize that those photos may become public in the future. Celebrities taking nude photos is a high risk activity, regardless of the technology involved.

about two weeks ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Gibgezr Re:Fracking (52 comments)

What, these kits also detect methane?

about a month ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

Gibgezr Re:quake 1 Reaper Bot (93 comments)

I don't recall Reaper bots learning opponent play styles. They did learn to path around new maps (the guy who wrote the AI had a day job writing routing routines for network routers, and he applied concepts from that to game pathing), and they had a simple finite state machine that allowed them to tarck enemies, search for enemies, engage in combat using techniques like circle-strafing, disengage from comat if canditions like health/armour/powerups/weapons were unfavourable, etc. As far as I remember they treated all players the same, though.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Gibgezr Re:It's too perilous (354 comments)

GALAHAD: Look, it's my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.

LANCELOT: No, we've got to find the Holy Grail. Come on!

GALAHAD: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?

LANCELOT: No. It's unhealthy.

GALAHAD: I bet you're gay.

LANCELOT: No, I'm not.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Gibgezr Re: Imagine the good they could have done.. (610 comments)

The poster you responded to above did not say anything negative about athletes, musicians, actors or models; he just pointed out that you don't necessarily need intelligence to succeed in those fields. Since you couldn't parse the message, it's obvious your strengths lie elsewhere as well, and that's cool, but maybe you don't want to poke a wasp's nest of intellectuals and take them on in their home turf.

Just a suggestion.

about a month ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Gibgezr Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Are you on Canadian Netflix? There are more Canadian shows on Netflix in Canada, compared to the U.S. Netflix.

At least, there were last time I checked.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Gibgezr Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

This is an announcement from Genetic Control:
"It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on humanoid height."

[Extract from conversation of Joe Ordinary in Local Puborama]

"I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold.
It's said now that people will be shorter in height,
they can fit twice as many in the same building site.
(they say it's alright),
Beginning with the tenants of the town of Harlow,
in the interest of humanity, they've been told they must go,
told they must go-go-go-go."

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Gibgezr Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

"Stand on Zanzibar", anyone?

Much like "The Sheep Look Up", it's one of John Brunner's novels that has stayed fresh and relevant. The guy wrote a lot of "throw-away", thin novels, but his great stuff was prescient and stylish in a way that has not tarnished with time.

about a month and a half ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Gibgezr Re:Define technology (231 comments)

I loved launching homemade hot-air balloons made from dry-cleaning bags, straws, toothpicks and birthday candles, as well as alternative heating experiments with Sterno and aluminum foil. Protip: camping fuels like Sterno are poor choices. They do burn at a very high temperature and don't weigh much, but the downside is twofold:
1) They burn so hot that the hot air near the flame is so much hotter than the air at the top of the bag that they tend to turn over easily.
2) Combine #1 with the fact that, unlike birthday candles (which go out when they drop from the sky), Sterno keeps burning.
I accidentally napalmed the local cop shop one night. Oopsy.

about a month and a half ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Gibgezr Re:seriously? (251 comments)

Wait a sec, you are a Slashdot reader, but don't concede that Brian Krebs is a respectable journalist specializing in computer security issues? I hereby revoke your nerd card!

Seriously, Brian Krebs is the gold standard of reporting on this stuff. His prominence as an expert who constantly exposes the computer criminal underworld is unparalleled in journalistic circles, and is the reason that he actually has been the target of attacks by the aforementioned underworld denizens. As for dismissing his professional investigative reporting because it's on his "blog", I will point to his previous highly successful 14 years as a tech/security reporter for the Washington Post.

Dismissing Brian Krebs as a hack because he reports via a blog is like dismissing Bruce Schneier's thoughts on some new encryption algorithm because he wrote about it on his blog. Would you feel differently if I had linked to a Fox News video?

about 2 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Gibgezr Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Some moved to Pathfinder, for sure, but many of us just kept playing 3.5 with house rules. The DnD sessions I participate in are fast'n'loose and fun as hell.

Almost nobody plays 13Th age (not dissing it, just am unfamiliar with it because ...er, nobody plays it).

about 3 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Gibgezr Not normally done, but no big deal (242 comments)

My wife has multiple certifications in water and wastewater treatment, and she claims that it is only impractical from a P.R. standpoint; in most places, people would raise bloody hell if you told them that they were drinking water straight from the wastewater treatment facility, but it really is no different than drinking water from a municipal watershed. As she puts it, we are all drinking dinosaur pee anyway :)

about 3 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Gibgezr Re:Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

Erotic is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.

about 4 months ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

Gibgezr Re:CACM is older (105 comments)

A break only terminates the innermost loop. Gotos are a perfectly fine way to exit a deeply nested set of loops, or jump to error-handling code. The test for using a goto mostly boils down to this: did it make the code clearer and more readable by using a goto? If not, don't use one.

A goto is just a jmp. There is no reason to be scared of it, just treat it with the proper respect and don't over-use it. Same can be said of inheritance, after all.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Gibgezr Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

There's been more money to be made with Objective-C than most other languages these last few years.

Really? I thought most developers weren't making any money on any of the mobile platforms. Here's an article that states that 60% of iOS developers don't break even:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2...

about 4 months ago
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SteamBoy Machine Team Promises a Portable Console for Valve's Steam Games

Gibgezr Re:Shield, JXD, MOGA (75 comments)

NVIDIA didn't seem to think so when it launched the Shield.

And look where that landed them; a product no one buys.
I *do* think a Steam handheld device could work, but I am very very leery of the touchpads. I understand that the touchpads are there so that we can play games that need a mouse, but I suspect that the touchpads will be inferior when compared to either a mouse or a twinstick controller. Thumbsticks are damn near perfect for many things.

about 4 months ago

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Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Sh

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Uploaded.to has shut the door on U.S. visitors to the site; it is currently telling them “Not Available: Our service is currently unavailable in your country. Sorry about that.”
Torrentfreak is speculating that this has to do with the FBI takedown of MegaUpload earlier in the week."

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White house petitioned to investigate MPAA, Chris

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Interesting "We the People" petition, asking the white house to investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA. I expect it will get the necessary 25K signatures, but be brushed aside with "we found nothing wrong, those were legal campaign donations"."
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