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Privacy Advocates Protest FBI Warning of 'Going Dark' In Online Era

KlausBreuer ...as usual (135 comments)

What will happen is:

a) The FBI comes up with an idea.
b) The people complain.
c) The idea is dropped...
d) ...and implemented 3 years later under a different name.

Welcome to the USA. Home of the free.

more than 2 years ago

Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town

KlausBreuer ...aha (172 comments)

Aaaah yes. They spend 1 BILLION dollars to enable tests like "intelligent traffic systems" or "self-flushing toilets".

Certainly. Of course.
And it has absolute NOTHING to do with training combat of, say, military people in a city, defending the state against the citizens. Nothing about rising water or sinking fuel amounts or anything like that.

Nothing new hare, move along.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

KlausBreuer Double it (241 comments)

Get yourself a second briefcase (which should - like the first one - look old and battered).
Fill it with the exact same stuff: laptop, tablet, call phone and kindle.

The first one you always carry with you, the second one is somewhere safe.

In the evening, you simply pick up your second briefcase, and bingo.
If flying somewhere - have one case with you, the second one in the belly of the plane.

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version

KlausBreuer Darn Germans... (160 comments)

Sitting here in Germany (and being a German), I get this message when I call the link:

"Sorry, your IP address shows you are coming from a country that requires us to block access to this particular site."

Thanks you, Germany, Thank you very much for taking such good, loving and thoughtful case of your children.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

KlausBreuer Fascinating (1174 comments)

So the USA airlines are messing up again. Very fascinating. Utterly.

Especially to see the article here, for computer guys, who meet to talk about... computers. Software. High technology. Fascinating hardware.

Not some crap you expect to see in some lower-end news hype.

more than 2 years ago

Is Perl Better Than a Randomly Generated Programming Language?

KlausBreuer Re:Trick question? (538 comments)

Yes and no.

The official name was supposed to be 'Pearl' (after a quote from the bible, of all things), but a language named PEARL already existed, so it was turned into Perl.

The later created "Practical Extraction and Report Language" is also officially accepted - as well as, yes, "Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister".

more than 3 years ago

Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story

KlausBreuer Re:...and? (1014 comments)

My apologies - I didn't notice I hadn't signed in. The above message is from me, I don't write usually as AC.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking

KlausBreuer So what? (226 comments)

Since the court will allow such a device installed on your vehicle in 99% of all cases anyway, this doesn't really change anything...

more than 4 years ago

Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

KlausBreuer Re:This is an appropriate use. (650 comments)

I also agree.

For a change, they're not bothering us, not wasting their or our time, not sniffing our data lines, library books or whatever.
They're using a very simple, fast and accurate system to see if somebody hasn't gotten a required permit. And collection money on it. And it seems to be worth it - already over 250 people have been caught, and sent a (relatively low) fine.

Actually looks like they're making sense.... hm. Hang on. The state making sense? There must be something behind this! Evil aliens? Looking for terrarists in your backyard? Playing God to harmless civilians? There must be Something Wrong! I've never seen the state make sense!

more than 4 years ago

How Will Contemporary War Games Affect Veterans?

KlausBreuer Enjoy killing (288 comments)

Well, seeing how the US Army seems to (partially) enjoy killing and their wonderful power over civil, er, sorry, terrorists, I'm sure the veterans will like more video games like that.

(Yes, I read WikiLeaks)

more than 4 years ago

Brazil Forbids DRM On the Public Domain

KlausBreuer Re:They Can Aprove Whatever They Want (258 comments)


You're saying that the Brasilians are ignoring moronic laws set up by industry and reality-estranged politicians, and you consider this something not to be proud of?
I don't get it.

more than 4 years ago

Most Console Gamers Still Prefer Physical Media

KlausBreuer Re:We're in it for the long haul (232 comments)

You're right.
And isn't that an excellent reason to fully ignore all games requiring connections to some or other server, which might die on you in a few years anyway?
Check out the games before you buy. CD-based protection? Okay. Server-based protection? Hands off.

more than 4 years ago

Japan Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail In Space

KlausBreuer Re:Focus (284 comments)

Mhm... yes and no.

Hating the USA (or any other country, for that matter) is simply a sign of being part of those 50% of humanity (the ones with below-average IQ).
Why hate an entire country? It can be that it's run by a particularly lousy dictator (dictator bad citizens bad) or a government selling itself out to the industry (also doesn't mean that the citizens are bad), or your local PR agency is cursing the country because .

The leaders of countries are usually idiots. Politics is typically not something done by bright people, so you can't even blame them for it. Hating them will not help you much, especially as you've never met them in person, getting to know them better.

Best thing you can do is ignore these morons, and stay away from countries who are currently giving trouble (such as the USA, for insists on the right to take away our notebooks at the border for at least six months, without needing reasons) .

But don't blame the citizens. They're just people like you and me.
The above post is quite correct - there are a large number of countries who used to be world powers, and now they're simply nice tourist destinations: Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Portugal, the UK, Holland... they were all big, then came a crash + collapse, and now they're harmless. Same thing will happen to the USA - good. Just wait for it to blow over, then you can go and visit again.

more than 4 years ago

BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term

KlausBreuer Re:Why are we supposed to be angry again? (439 comments)

>I'm a computer programmer, not a BP employee or apologist.

Again, my apologies. I just keep getting good news about BP, and sniffing closer at it, I keep running into the PR industry...

Oh, well. Guess I should trust Slashdot more.... oops. Probably simply need more sleep ;)

more than 4 years ago

BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term

KlausBreuer Re:Why are we supposed to be angry again? (439 comments)

I am sorry if I seem to misunderstand something, but... who are you? And who gave you "+3, Insightful"?

Yes. They buy a search term, to try and put a spin on the news. Of course this is irritating. And no, we're not interested in news from them as we know that they have a very large and currently exceptionally busy PR department, making news from them quite worthless.

Again, sorry if I seem paranoid or something, but... who are you? I keep finding very positive entries, protecting BP, writing positively about them. Seems a bit weird, especially seeing that they're trying to keep 3rd-person data away from this.

more than 4 years ago

BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term

KlausBreuer Re:It may seem egregious and offensive (439 comments)

"BP to Donate Net Revenue from MC252 Well Leak to Protect and Rehabilitate Wildlife in Gulf States"

A pure PR site. Looks like you can actually find some capable PR people ;)

I do apologize, but... who are you?

more than 4 years ago

Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair

KlausBreuer Interesting, but... SONY? (274 comments)

Sounds very interesting indeed. Normally I'd be quite fascinated, but... seeing that the whole thing comes from SONY causes me to simply call up this article to say I refuse to touch anything made by SONY.
I know. Large company, lots of different attitudes, some of it could be quite good - but sorry, no. I have had so many bad experiences that I'm willing to get rid of a bit of good stuff while pouring out a huge amount of junk and irritation.

Let's wait for a copy. Even a more expensive copy would be interesting. As long as there's no SONY involved.

more than 4 years ago

Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street

KlausBreuer Bugs? (525 comments)

Well, by now we should all know that the only way to make money on the stock market is by having some amount of insider information. Everything else you can more or less forget about. ...unless, of course, you hook up a couple of billion to a computer program and really, really hope that it does not contain any bugs whatsoever...

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases Chrome 5.0 For Win/Mac/Linux

KlausBreuer Re:yay? (347 comments)

Wrench icon -> Info about Google Chrome -> Ta-DAH.

Does make a bit of sense ;)

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Windows 3.0 Is 20 Years Today

KlausBreuer Re:Bing is following Google's lead (307 comments)

>However, we do have real power over Gov't - it's called actual votes.

No, you don't. The USA shows this particularly clearly, as you only have two parties, and they're *both* worthless morons.
In other places (like here in Germany) you can find more parties, but they are *also* all morons, with no exceptions.

So - no, you don't have power over your government; unless you're a large company who simply buys them all.

more than 4 years ago



KlausBreuer KlausBreuer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KlausBreuer writes "Waaay back in the early 80s, a game showed up on the just-released Apple Mac: ChipWits. Versions were also available for the C-64 and Apple II. It was quite successful and won numerous awards. More importantly, it had a loyal following, even if their systems outdated fast; ChipWits was written in MacFORTH, needing patches for each new Mac.

For a long time, a re-release was promised — but the title-only website was not updated since 1999. Quite a few people here asked about ChipWits, but got no answer.
Well, this has changed — a new version of ChipWits is on the way, written by the same authors, needing beta-testers! This time it's written in Flash, and will not only run on Windows but also on Macs and — yes! — even Linux :)
And you have until this Saturday to win a ChipWits-tshirt: you just have to dive into IBOL (Icon Based Operating Language) and create an efficient ChipWit for a certain map...

No, I'm not involved with this (except as a tester) — merely found out about this since I rewrote ChipWits for Windows in December '06. Yes, yes, I know, but a port to the Mac is planned, and Linux is certain to follow :)"


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