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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

JigJag new word! (91 comments)

I propose the word 'Puffoon' to mark the case, see Wikipedia for my inspiration.


US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

JigJag double standards (335 comments)

Isn't this very action what the Congress decreed would be construed as an act of war?

about two weeks ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

JigJag (540 comments)

Actually, it's the other way around: I acknowledge the horrible behaviours of communism, but don't ignore either the equally awful result of capitalism: both regimes are terrible to their citizens.

about a month ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

JigJag (540 comments)

I can't decide if you're being funny or trying to describe the current United States government...

about a month and a half ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

JigJag Re:Propaganda, Lies and Bullshit (789 comments)

In war, truth is the first casualty

Aeschylus, Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC - 456 BC)

about 2 months ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

JigJag Re:How does it handle the unexpected? (506 comments)

if it can stop at a red light by _looking_ at the lights, then it has a level of 1) vision 2) rules, and 3) "understanding" (in quotes since it's just an algorithm).

So if the road is blocked, the car will see it and adjust appropriately. If it's not in this revision of the code, it will be in an upcoming one.

As for the best ever use, here it is: you tell your car to drop you at the restaurant and go park kilometres away where parking is free. When done dinner, you text your car and it comes get you.

about 2 months ago

New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

JigJag Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

The solution seems simple: have the bar/club put test strips on the counter like they put peanuts.
One step further, have it on mixing sticks or drinking straws so it can be put in every glass.

about 2 months ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

JigJag why STOP in telegrams? (144 comments)

Hey Slashdot, does anyone knows why telegrams are peppered with the word 'STOP'? Was there no punctuation mark to use a period?

about 2 months ago

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

JigJag Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (170 comments)

Note to people not having a clue of what the parent poster meant: this is a reference to the excellent game Plague Inc. available on Android and possible Apple. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot.

about 3 months ago

Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

JigJag Re:So close, and yet... (118 comments)

[...] it's the Internet of whomever builds it

If only! But the reality is much different when you look at those laws that forbid municipalities from laying their own fibers or operating their own network. How many stories on Slashdot have we had about this issue already?

No, rather, it's the Internet of whomever greases the palms of lawmakers the best, at least in North-America (Canada included of course).

about 4 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

JigJag Re:Git (387 comments)

Only wimps use tape backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it ;)

        Torvalds, Linus (1996-07-20). Message. linux-kernel mailing list. IU. Retrieved on 2014-04-26.

I guess we should update that quote and replace ftp with git

about 4 months ago

Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

JigJag Funny, mod parent up (180 comments)


about 6 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

JigJag free tax for Canadians (386 comments)

My taxes are very simple, so simple in fact, I was able to use TELEFILE (enter your taxes via telephone, it was amazing). For some unknown and probably stupid reason, the Canadian Revenue Agency decided to cancel this method, so I had to scramble to find a free alternative. Since I work on Linux, none of the software out there could help me out. Then I saw on the CRA website a list of certified NETFILE providers (enter your taxes online), and that's where I found A few questions, a few clicks, and done! Free to use regardless of income. They ask for donation at the end of the filing only if you have a return, so I ended up giving them $10 or so, since I really liked the simplicity. This year, they sent me ONE email, reminding me to do my taxes, with most of the relevant information pre-filled. Amazing!

about 6 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

JigJag quick fix (310 comments)

Twice a year, we keep switching by one whole hour...
Why not change once and for all by 30 minutes to average the daylight gain/loss and call it a day?

about 7 months ago

Deadly Avian Flu Strain Penetrates Biosecurity Defenses In Seoul

JigJag Plague Inc. (49 comments)

This story made me think of the game "Plague Inc." by Ndemic Creations. I currently play it on my phone while in transit.
The idea is to mutate and spread a pathogen (bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, prion, nano-virus, bio-weapon, neurax worm, and the zombie-making necroa virus) until the whole world is dead, mind-controlled (neurax worm), or zombified (necroa virus).

One of the ways to infect everyone is to acquire the ability to spread through birds, just like this article is about.

The game aims to be close to reality in the way things could happen. It's cheap too: In game, I spend US$0.99 to get the full version and then played the game through until all the bonuses were unlocked without spending another dime.

about 8 months ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

JigJag What a coincidence!? (166 comments)

did you see that the XKCD referred in the summary is 1337? Elite in leetspeak. My bet is it's not coincidence at all.

about 8 months ago

Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

JigJag moon is now closer or farther away? (69 comments)

I wonder if such a meagre impact has an measurable effect on the moon distance from the earth in the long run. I tend to recall that due to various forces, the moon is slowly escaping Earth's gravity, but maybe by happenstance, events like this just give this tiny nudge that puts it back in track.

about 8 months ago

Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

JigJag Re:Bad math (235 comments)

it's about 1/2 mile, although at this point, does it make a difference to you if you're covered with half a mile of molten lava vs a full mile? ;-)

about 8 months ago

Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

JigJag Favourite piece? (66 comments)

Hello George,

I love game soundtracks so much, that I have a folder dedicated to it on my drive, and it's one of my go-to when I do my work. I have played a number of games for which you composed the music, including Loom, Wing Commander II, Might & Magic III: Isles of Terra, Ultima Underworld, etc. and I love them all.

Which one of your work do you look back on with the most feelings? Which is your favourite piece?

about 8 months ago


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