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Why Do You Want To Kill My Pet? Zynga Shuts Down PetVille, 10 Others

Hordeking Re:And nothing of value was lost (377 comments)

Given the addiction factor, this might actually be the next step in the gun-control lobby's efforts to ban all arms, from nuclear warheads to nerf guns and pointy things. Think about it, all of those aimless, wandering, zomboid Petville addicts, wandering around with access to the real world, including guns, pointy things, and schools. It's almost as if they WANT another pointy-thing attack to occur in a school! It's the fuckin' Cloward–Piven strategy, man!

about 2 years ago

7 Jailed In 'Kidney For iPad' Case In China

Hordeking Re:Don't sell your kidneys! (100 comments)

Sell somebody else's!

Don't they have a huge prison population? Why can't they just have some of their more troublesome prisoners volunteer theirs? You know, the ones in trouble for spilling state "secrets", even if they're beyond obvious to everyone and his dog.

more than 2 years ago

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Hordeking I don't suppose it's too late (56 comments)

to nominate Microsoft Windows for this award?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

Hordeking Re:Heat. (249 comments)

Carry the media? That's a load of crap. IT'll just get confiscated at the border. Pay someone to put the data somewhere within whatever country you're in now on a VPN and you just copy it over once you get to your destination.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

Hordeking Re:Because insurance pays for them (629 comments)

Yep. No market pressures to lower the price. Sucks if you don't have or can't get insurance.

Am I the only one that read this as two completely contradicting statements?

No, he's saying that the insurance companies pay either a set price or don't negotiate a lower price than the maker asks. So, since people don't balk and walk away from the higher price (because insurance gets it for them), there is no incentive to lower the prices. Kind of like how the US Gov't is forbidden from negotiating down medicine prices, and consequently us Americans have to pay an arm and leg for meds. Essentially, Insurance companies decouple the supply-demand relationship by hiding the true cost to consumers.

more than 2 years ago

Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone

Hordeking Seems obligatory (277 comments)

Herpy Derpy had a cell-phone,
Whose cell-phone was theft prone.
All of the chief's canines,
and all of the chief's policemen
couldn't find the cell-phone even with tracking software on it again.

about 2 years ago

British Broadband Needs £1bn More Funding

Hordeking Re:Simple economics (128 comments)

Exactly. If I lived in the middle of the nearest city I'd have 100Mbps cable broadband. I'd also be paying twice as much to live there, have no garden, nowhere to park and lots of noise. I live out in the sticks where I get 5Mbps broadband

Wow. Maybe England would like to run the broadband to the rural areas of the US. I can barely get 1.5Mbps. And I only live two miles from town along a main road.

more than 2 years ago

Conflict of Interest Derails UK Government Open Source Consultation

Hordeking Re:Respected, not ethical (34 comments)

[Citation Needed]

more than 2 years ago

The Digital Differences In Americans

Hordeking Re:What a surprise! (214 comments)

My local library has paper forms, but good luck to someone that isn't smart enough to earn $25 a month to pay for the internet on figuring out those instructions. I consider myself pretty intelligent, but I still need a computer to help me through filling out those crazy forms and checking for errors.

That's why you get on the internet at the library and do your taxes there. Duh.

more than 2 years ago

George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

Hordeking Re:You don't say (578 comments)

Actually, the hearsay rule only stops the defendant from using it. The feds are allowed to use all the hearsay they want in prosecution, according to my understanding of the federal rules of evidence.

more than 2 years ago

HP CEO Says Google-Motorola Deal Could Close-Source Android

Hordeking Closed Source? (203 comments)

Maybe I'm stupid, but since Android is already open-source, wouldn't someone just fork off the last open version?

more than 2 years ago

NASA Wants Green Rocket Fuel

Hordeking Green Rocket Fuel is as easy as green beer! (185 comments)

If NASA wants their rocket fuel to be green, all they have to do is add a whole lot of green food dye to the tanks before filling them!

more than 2 years ago

LibreOffice Developer Community Increasingly Robust

Hordeking Re:Large Deployments (180 comments)

I can only hope they can get Calc up to the responsiveness of 2007 Excel, especially in the area of charts and graphs. I'm a big fan of Libre, but when it comes down to interoperability between Word Processor and Spreadsheet, Word and Excel win hands down. Add to that the fact that Excel seems to do a better job with charts and visual representation of data, and that's why I prefer (for now) to do my scientific data processing with Excel.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers

Hordeking Re:The solution is obvious: (627 comments)

Therefore, we should not repeal Prohibition.

Why did it take a constitutional amendment to enact prohibition, but drugs are illegal without a special amendment? I never did understand that.

more than 3 years ago

Man Accused of Selling US Military Drones On EBay

Hordeking Re:I have a better idea (182 comments)

Ender's Game?

More like the movie "Toys" In fact, that was the first time I'd ever seen this idea...

more than 3 years ago

Is Daylight Saving Time Bad For You?

Hordeking Re:Yep (333 comments)

The rest of us, the majority... we live in perpetual Twilight.

Could be worse...could be living in the Twilight Realm...

more than 3 years ago

Town Expands To Boost Cooling For NSA Data Center

Hordeking Re:That's a great theory (112 comments)

If they ran the water through the system, and then to the customers, wouldn't they have to keep it separate from the secret parts of the facility, to prevent leaks?

more than 3 years ago

Internet Downloading Costs To Rise In Canada

Hordeking Re:Don't worry (433 comments)

The parts about "strong economies" and "low unemployment rates, especially in the US" should have been a very quick tip-off...

Don't forget how America's strong, robust housing market can also be attributed to not hamstringing finance companies with oppressive regulation.

I don't know if any of you have noticed this, but those low unemployment rates don't seem to have been made better by the wonderful policies like "debt monetization" (aka printing money) instead of trickle-down economics.

about 4 years ago

Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

Hordeking Re:Like Bush... (317 comments)

Like Hitler, I DO pay attention to Poles. C'mere, Poland, let me give you a big friendly hug.

I'm calling Godwin on this one.

about 4 years ago



Broadcom Exec Slipped Drugs To Other Tech Execs

Hordeking Hordeking writes  |  about 6 years ago

Hordeking (1237940) writes "Everyone's favorite chipmaker, responsible for those pesky Linux-incompatible wireless chipsets, Broadcom, seems to be in quite a bit of hot water these days. Their CEO, Henry Nicholas is being charged with various Sex and Drug crimes, in addition to the usual stock-options scandals. Among the allegations:

  • At the Woodstock 1999 concert in Rome, New York, Nicholas drugged an unnamed tech executive with Ecstasy without his knowledge
  • Nicholas's party planners gave him invoices for drugs, including one bill for $15,000 labeled "party favors for 300 hits of Ecstasy.
  • In 2000 Nicholas built out a commercial warehouse and office space in Laguna Niguel, California with plush digs, including private rooms, to share and do drugs
  • In early 2000, while in New Orleans, Nicholas spiked another tech executive's drink with Ecstasy.
  • In 2001, Nicholas directed subordinates to keep piles of coke, Ecstasy and meth, among other drugs on hand permanently at the Warehouse.
  • In January 2001, to celebrate the Superbowl at his warehouse, Nicholas bought 225 tabs of Ecstasy.
  • In 2001, on a private plane headed to Las Vegas, Nicholas and his crew smoked enough pot that the pilot had to don his oxygen mask to escape from the marijuana smoke and fumes.
  • In 2001, Nicholas directed an employee to give an envelope of $5 to $10K in cash to a drug courier in exchange for an envelope of drugs. This hand-off happened in the lobby of Broadcom's offices in Irvine, California.
  • In June 2002, Broadcom signed a settlement agreement with an employee, paying out $1 million for silence about Nicholas's illegal drug activities.
  • From 2003 to 2006, Nicholas and friends conspired to get prescription drugs — namely Vicoprofen (similar to the pain killer Vicodin) and Valium.

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Qwest and Throttling?

Hordeking Hordeking writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hordeking writes "We've seen that Comcast most certainly throttles bittorrent traffic, and may very well throttling plain http traffic now as well (a bid to get the FCC off their back by not discriminating by protocol?)

Has anyone else seen evidence of throttling/shaping by DSL providers such as Qwest? I'm starting to see a lot of "server reset" messages nowadays when refreshing web pages, when I don't remember seeing them before. Is this a case of electronic hypochondriasis or am I actually seeing a real symptom of something?

How would I go about determining for myself? I don't have a lot of experience with network protocols other than end-user tools, but I'm always willing to learn if someone is willing to teach (read: patiently explain and answer questions)."


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