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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

HarmlessScenery Re:Yeah, I'm an AC - so what. (596 comments)

By all means, post an example - just one would be more than sufficient since I stated an absolute - of a corporation lobbying on the behalf of the public good AND that is detrimental to their profits.

Just one to blow me out of the water and I'll kiss goatse on the ass.

How about this one:
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/01/why-one-game-developer-is-skipping-e3-to-start-an-anti-sopa-crusade.ars

A games company boycotting E3, and using the $50k they would have spent going to set up a group protesting SOPA instead.

more than 2 years ago
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The Science of Password Selection

HarmlessScenery Re:Simple vs Short. Round one: Fight! (340 comments)

The main issue with that type of method is that you don't know if the site you're connecting to stores the password in plain text or not - and there are a lot more out there than you might think.
If it does, then you've just potentially revealed *every* password, for every account you own, on every site - because the pattern is so easy to spot and understand.
As soon as that site gets cracked (which, if they're stupid enough to store plain text passwords, is going to be highly likely) - you're in deep trouble.
Or maybe the owners of the site aren't averse to taking a peek into the password list and checking out the email account you signed up with ...
Patterns are great for remembering - but you'd still need to have several, so that you can use different methods of generating passwords for different sets of sites. That way you can keep accounts partitioned and reduce the damage when one of your patterns gets outed.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker

HarmlessScenery Re:I wish I saw this earlier (658 comments)

I doubt making your own biodiesel and using it is the offence. The offence is not paying a tax you are legally required to pay. In the UK you can run your car on biodiesel if you like, but that doesn't let you avoid paying tax - you have to pay the tax directly rather than it implicitly being included in the fuel price.

Actually, that's not 100% true. In the UK it's legal to produce up to 2500 litres of biodiesel tax free, for personal use. If you produce more than 2500 litres per annum you have to register for a licence and pay duty. http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/news/682/bulletin/

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Case, Capitol vs. Thomas #2, Starts Monday

HarmlessScenery Re:Lawyers and geeks (166 comments)

Unfortunately, "it's obvious" is not actually a legal argument.

Res ipsa loquitur - only really used in negligence cases, but "it's obvious" can actually be a legal argument.

more than 5 years ago
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Making Sense of Census Data With Google Earth

HarmlessScenery Re:Part of this has already been done (65 comments)

"A lot of this has already been done, although the site hasn't updated since google changed their API's: www.gcensus.com."

He mentions gcensus.com in the article - it uses Google maps rather then Google earth - and the API for Google earth apparantly allows more to be done with the visualisation of the data.

more than 7 years ago

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