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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

Hal The Computer Re:People still use pay-pal? (775 comments)

Actually, their minimum monthly fee appears to be $75 + $35 = $110. However good they may be, they're not really competing with Paypal.

They also don't provide merchant accounts to people outside the U.S. Which is the grandparents entire point. Your post isn't that relevant.

more than 3 years ago
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Simon Singh Talks With Wired About His Libel Battle

Hal The Computer Re:A Pyrrhic Victory (239 comments)

People don't have to hire a lawyer, it just is generally a good idea the same way it's a good idea to hire a contractor rather than renovate your home yourself.

The state does already pay someone "to carry out a complete and thorough adjudication of the issues". She is called the judge.

Your rant about crimes and corporations is extremely ill-considered, but I shall leave that for someone else to discuss. I'll just point out that fraud already is illegal pretty much everywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?

Hal The Computer Re:just use a CREDIT card (511 comments)

What do you mean arguably and probably. Saying that you never bought something when you did, in order to get money is fraud.

more than 4 years ago
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Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters

Hal The Computer Re:Crappy Summary and Links (250 comments)

Of course it doesn't list examples. In Canada, you can be sued for republishing defamatory comments.

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

Hal The Computer Not a great idea (497 comments)

Are you familiar with tape recorders?

more than 4 years ago
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SpamAssassin 2010 Bug

Hal The Computer Re:"I'll just use a regex!" (115 comments)

Your solution doesn't work.
It fails on new years eve if someone is in a different time zone or if their clock is slightly off.

I'd suggest that any message sent more than seven (pick your favorite number) days in the future is spam.

more than 4 years ago
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Proposed UK File-Sharing Laws May Be Illegal, ISPs Upset

Hal The Computer Re:Guilty without trial by jury. (198 comments)

I'm sorry, you want what? A trial by jury before they can disconnect your internet? I don't agree with this proposed law, but you're still way off base. Since we're talking about the UK, I'm going to quote from the Magna Carta:

No freeman shall be taken captive or imprisoned, or deprived of his lands, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way destroyed, nor will we go with force against him nor send forces against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

You'll note that it doesn't say no punishment without a jury trial. Juries are important. But you don't get one anytime you feel that people are being mean to you.

more than 4 years ago
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Poor Passwords A Worse Problem Than Poor Antivirus

Hal The Computer Re:Biometrics (247 comments)

Okay, I'll bite. Because you're too cheap. Seriously, biometrics that actually work (are hard to fool) are going to make your keyboard several hundred to several thousand dollars more expensive.

Those fingerprint readers that come for "free" build into laptops are snake oil.
Some educational reading:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat_fingerprint_sensors/
http://mythbustersresults.com/episode59

about 5 years ago
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The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

Hal The Computer Re:Yes (782 comments)

I hope you're running all of your open source linux apps on libre hardware. Not only do you have to pay for an x86 processor, you can't hack on it or distribute your modified hardware.

Remember, if you can't change the firmware of your mouse, it's not a true open-source system.

about 5 years ago
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Generating Fast MD5 Collisions With ATI Video Cards

Hal The Computer Easier Way (72 comments)

If all you want is a signed SSL certificate, I suspect it would be easier to bribe an employee at a CA to skip a few steps when validating you.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Keyboard Firmware Hack Demonstrated

Hal The Computer No, It would take me about two seconds (275 comments)

Apple keyboards are pretty standard. You just buy your own and install a keylogger at your leisure. Then you just have to swap your doctored keyboard for theirs. If you have any skill at slight of hand, you could probably do this while someone is watching you.

about 5 years ago
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Feds Seek Input On Cookie Policy For Government Web Sites

Hal The Computer Re:How about no? (74 comments)

So you want your browser to send the site a key and value every time so the site can track your preferences. Congratulations, you just invented cookies.

So basically, you're blaming the web sites for the fact that the browsers do not implement the exact functionality you want. Did I get all that?

about 5 years ago
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Lawyer Offers $1M For Proof His Client Could Have Done It; Oops

Hal The Computer Re:Pepsi points (362 comments)

A clear example that you shouldn't take legal advice from random idiots on the internet.

The statute of frauds only applies to sales of land (and a few other non-relevant things). The $5000 amount you're thinking of come from the American UCC and applies to the sale of goods. And in most places in the US it's more likely to be $500 last I checked. Of course all of the above is not applicable to the alleged $1 million offer, as it doesn't involve the sale of goods. Sorry, you're wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Police Told To Use Wikipedia When Preparing For Court

Hal The Computer Re:CPS? (180 comments)

Crown Prosecution Service (American's can call this a district attorney, they're the prosecution)
Feel free to mod me up.

Ironically, you can look this up at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/CPS. I also knew this before having to look it up, so I can say it's actually accurate.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome V2.0

Hal The Computer Mod Parent Up (381 comments)

I too strongly endorse Privoxy. You can use it with any browser you can imagine. It's pretty simple to set up too.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Hal The Computer Re:depends (1137 comments)

I'm not him, but in my city some of the buses have bike racks on the front. He probably took the bike on the bus.

more than 5 years ago
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The End of Tax-Free Internet Shopping?

Hal The Computer Sigh (784 comments)

I love slashdot. People moderate up wrong answers. I'm giving up my ability to moderate to set the record straight. The correct answer is:

All businesses have to charge you for GST (a federal tax), they only have to charge you for PST or QST (provincial taxes) if they have a presence in your province. However, if you live in Ontario (for example), most of the businesses you buy from will charge you PST because they have a presence of some sort in that province, blame geography.

more than 5 years ago

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