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EU Warns Nokia Not To Become a Patent Troll

Krakadoom What he actually said (78 comments)

Nowhere does it say that Nokia cannot leverage it's patent portfolio and make a business out of that. The operative word in the Commission statement is "illegal". Being a patent-owning business (and nothing else) is not illegal, nor is licensing the property for considerable fees. Heck, suing for profit isn't either. So the actual value of this statement is minor.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

Krakadoom Old habits and all that (383 comments)

I wish they wouldn't shut down iGoogle. I have been using this as my default browser page ever since it was introduced (I think), and I'm really happy with it. It lets me put everything I use most often and some handy newsfeeds that keep me informed during the work day all in one place. I really dont understand why they'd nix it, especially since it doesn't seem like it's a big ressource draw.

about a year and a half ago

ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2

Krakadoom Exploits are exploits (233 comments)

"The so called exploit was in fact an error on ArenaNet's side, leaving weapons at a low price from some vendors. Players saw this and started making profits buying and selling the items. Should players be penalized for errors committed by the game developers?"

That's the very definition of an exploit - you notice something odd that is probably not supposed to be this way, you realize you can get some sort of advantage out of it, and then you repeatedly go back for more. All exploits (almost anyway) are based on some error a developer made, so the seeming outrage of the submitter is in a word idiotic. The fact that this was an obvious error makes it even worse.

about 2 years ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

Krakadoom Uh hello? (350 comments)

Heidi Klum. There can be no other answer!

about 2 years ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

Krakadoom Re:Comcast tried to steal my money (250 comments)

"..called and by 1am, they had someone on the pole near my house working on it."

That really is quality service. Usually you have to put up a lot of singles for someone to work on the pole around 1 am.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

Krakadoom Lawsuit or bust (176 comments)

Truth is it's probably not worth it to file a suit, but if you can afford the fees and such and dont much care about the financial side of it, it's a good way to get peace of mind. If you dont want to be out of pocked, all you can do is take it as a life lesson and next time you get password reset emails, act on them. Personally I would take the "Half a month of hosting as a good faith gesture" as a slap in the face and give em hell for it.

more than 2 years ago

What is Your position on Climate Change?

Krakadoom Re:Bah! (695 comments)

"We know it is humans because the observed warming fits with the warming expected from the extra CO2 emission we humans have generated lately. "

So what you're saying is we know it, because it fits with the assumption we're making?

Rather it seems the current assumptions about the effects of CO2 emissions are largely based on changes in climate that may or may not have any (significant) relation to said CO2 emissions.

The causation is in no way clear, but of course the models will show whatever you want them to based on whatever assumptions you want to make.

more than 2 years ago

Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

Krakadoom How stable is that 2600 foot tower? (407 comments)

My initial question would be what happens when a hurricane lands near a 2600 foot tower perched on a giant greenhouse? Somehow the mirrors (concentrators) and water/oil tank configuration of solar power seems like a more resilient structure, if only for the fact that the mirrors are smaller and closer to the ground and you dont need a massively tall tower.

more than 3 years ago

Osage Oppose Wind Power At Tallgrass Prairie

Krakadoom Hypocrisy (147 comments)

Everyone loves wind power, as long as the mills aren't located anywhere near themselves. This is the story every time a project is planned. Besides it's not like you can't just dismantle a windmill, it's not like strip mining that leaves permanent scars. If the world is ever to get serious about leaving oil dependencies behind people are going to have to take the good with the bad.

Personally I love seeing windmills on our coastline and I feel good every time I look at them. They are a MUCH nicer view than the smokestack from a coal plant...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

Krakadoom Easy (619 comments)

Send a reply to Most domains still have some sort of mailbox for this.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU

Krakadoom Re:OH NOES! (350 comments)

Easy, this is just the distributor being unreasonably worried - not the authorities actually requesting the game be pulled. Anyway hentai isn't even illegal in Denmark, so why should an upskirt shot of some animated broad be a problem?

more than 3 years ago

Magicka Sequel Planned, Console Version a Possibility

Krakadoom Unqualified success? (62 comments)

By what criteria was Magicka an unqualified success? The game was so buggy at release it was basically unplayable for any length of time - for some it's still entirely unplayable. I think you'd have to set the bar too low to call that a success at all.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012

Krakadoom Re:Upgrade (287 comments)

Outputting crappy graphics in higher res will make no difference whatsoever - it can't very well output what the game wasn't designed to do. Unless we're talking some nifty post processing stuff (high AA at least), but that seems doubtful.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Krakadoom Re:Hackers... (1200 comments)

Wouldn't that imply that the movie was supposed to be funny? Or have some other redeeming features that make up for the pile of fail that it is?

You can't just say you're not supposed to take it seriously when there is no other way to take it.

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

Krakadoom The decline of language skills? (500 comments)

I just thought it was amusing to post a headline with decline and fall both in the same sentence, when they are clearly the same thing in this instance. Should it actually have been "the rise and fall of ..." or "the decline of ..."?

more than 3 years ago

Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

Krakadoom Most by what metric? (364 comments)

By volume most of my storage is paper
By importance most of my storage is DNA and cellular
By data amount most of my storage is (sadly) dangerously failure prone magnetic disks.

more than 3 years ago

Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids

Krakadoom Re:What a tool (505 comments)

Children need to learn right from wrong and good from bad. You don't do this by sealing them in a bubble of control. You do it by TEACHING them, and they have to have experiences in this arena too. What you are doing removes all responsibility from the child - how are they going to learn that concept?

Yes, you need to provide guidance and support, but spying is not it. Spying is exactly the short-sighted solution, what happens when you're not there to make their decisions for them and to "protect" them?

more than 3 years ago

Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids

Krakadoom Re:What a tool (505 comments)

Just because you're told you're being watched, doesn't mean it doesn't violate your privacy. If the goverment decided we should have state controlled yet fully disclosed cameras in every home, you would think your privacy was being violated, right? Whether you tell your kids or not, you're still violating their right to privacy. Now whether you think they should be afforded that right in the first place, as I assume you don't from what you wrote, is another matter entirely.

I just happen to think all human beings are entitled to privacy, regardless of age.

more than 3 years ago

Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids

Krakadoom What a tool (505 comments)

'When it comes down to safety and welfare of your child, I don't think any parent would sacrifice anything to make sure nothing happens to their children,' he says."

First off, shouldn't that say that he DOES think that any parent would sacrifice anything blah blah? Second, the parents don't actually sacrifice anything themselves, what they do is violate their child's privacy, which doesn't affect themselves in any way.

more than 3 years ago

Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Krakadoom They're phones... (618 comments)

Because the primary use of a phone is making calls and smartphones are bulky ugly things with terrible battery life. Honestly if I could find a good simple lightweight phone with long battery life I would buy it in an instant - but now I'm stuck with the SE X10 mini pro, which doesn't really have any of those things. I'm not inclined to walk about with a 4" screen in my pocket and I presume a lot of people feel like that.

more than 3 years ago


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