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Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

Lordfly If all it takes is one... (65 comments)

...relay to be compromised to remove the entire point of using Tor, it's certainly besides the point how high the churn rate or how low the chances are, isn't it?

about 9 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

Lordfly In other news... (264 comments)

...Congress has passed legislation to protect buggy whip manufacturers from the likes of Ford and Chrysler.

There's also laws in France which prohibit deep discounts on books, so while you do get a million bookstores per square mile, they all essentially have the same inflated prices (no more than 5% discount). This is protectionism to the extreme. I don't really think this will work long term.

1 year,4 days
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

Lordfly Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

But... I just brewed 5 gallons of hooch mead inside of a month. Drinking 3 glasses of the stuff is better than Nyquil, and way tastier.

Alcohol production is stupid easy. Sugars + yeast + sanitized brewing vessel + time = get 'er drunk.

about a year ago
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Instagram Rolls Out Plan For In-Feed Advertisments

Lordfly Whoops.... (60 comments)

My finger slipped. Instead of clicking on the "premium ad experience" I accidentally uninstalled Instagram from my phone.

Damn those fat fingers.

about a year ago
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Why Local Is So Damn Hard For Startups: Foursquare Borrows $41M To Try Again

Lordfly As someone living... (121 comments)

...in a mitten-shaped flyover state, I think part of the problem might be that these businesses don't realize that most of the US doesn't look like LA, San Fran, or New York City. Therefore their idea of useful or exciting really isn't to someone living in Herpaderp Iowa, population 4,354. Maybe if they tooled their services to be a little more useful to people who can't just hop on the subway to the latest gastropub, they'd be a bit more successful.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's 'Mega' Storage Site Arrives

Lordfly Re:...and this will make money how? (314 comments)

For once I should have read the article. Pricing tiers. Still 50GB is a lot to give away.

about 2 years ago
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Can Fotobar Make Polaroid Relevant Again?

Lordfly Re:seriously? (149 comments)

Even Walmart offers options such as that. This is basically one-hour photo wrapped to look like an Apple store. The overhead will be hilarious, and they will go under inside a year.

about 2 years ago
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The Internet Archive Has Saved Over 10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes of the Web

Lordfly Yes, but... (135 comments)

I need a car analogy about the Library of Congress before i can understand that number.

about 2 years ago
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Bring On the Decentralized Social Networking

Lordfly Color me stupid... (238 comments)

...but if I sign up for Alice's network, and ten of my friends are on Bob's network, and another 35 are on Charlie's network... what do we gain by belonging to 3 separate networks?

If the content is all federated (Alice's network pulls contact info from Bob's network, etc), it acts the exact same as Facebook does for the end user.

This to me sounds like an arbitrary barrier to social networking. My friends don't fit easily into social network "buckets", and nearly none of my friends have time to sort and connect to various federated sources of information. They have 15 seconds to check one spot - facebook - for notifications, messages, and status updates. The really hip ones use Twitter.

So really: Sell myself and my friends on this in one sentence. "It's not facebook" is not that sentence - if Google can't make that work, neither will geeks trying to precisely bucket social communication like we were robots instead of messy, finicky humans.

more than 2 years ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

Lordfly Re:There is a d3, it's not a d6 / 2 round up eithe (213 comments)

A d3 was essential for my Pathfinder character, an alcoholic gnome "drunken master" sorcerer; the DM tweaked a mechanic to allow all of my spells to be affected by my alcoholism; 1 was 50% less effective, 2 was normal, 3 was 50% more effective. Made for some tense moments (my fireball spell fizzling) or some utterly awesome moments (my fireball spell shattering the wooden bow of an Orc ship, saving the town and drowning about 50 enemies).

I miss Pathfinder.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

Lordfly Profits in narcissism (204 comments)

This is brilliant; allow people to preen over themselves by getting them to pay a fiver to let "more" people see their posts.

It's like printing money.

I doubt it will affect regular users of facebook much; I assume the kinds of people that would pay money to let their posts be seen more would be blocked already from most people's feeds....

more than 2 years ago
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The Fixes That Google Chrome OS Still Needs To Make

Lordfly Re:Bummer (128 comments)

>Sure, the iPad is really nice and has its advantages, but don't assume that it's more capable or a better value. Personally, I'd prefer to have two Chromebooks sitting around my house than a single iPad.

Sure, but i'm betting that more people are like my wife, who basically abandoned their shiny fancy Macbook, for first an iPod touch, and then a rooted Nook Color tablet, because it's couch friendly. Using a mouse on a sofa cushion sucks.

more than 2 years ago
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Instagram Debuts On Android

Lordfly I'm glad the only thing the Slashdot community... (84 comments)

...gets from this story is that it's "just" a social media app, "just" a stupid way to put filters on your crappy cell phone pics.

Sure is. And it's going to make their founders mountains of cash. If it were so easy, why didn't you come up with it? Eh? Is making money beneath you, snobby Slashdot User?

more than 2 years ago
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Satellites Expose 8,000 Years of Civilization

Lordfly Re:Or just a few decades (138 comments)

Utility lines perhaps, or the railroad still technically owns the right of way.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

Lordfly Article lost me... (309 comments)

at this: "It would be interesting to repeat this analysis using Facebook data, but there is no reason to believe the results would be substantially different."

Yes, because the millions of smartphones out there with a camera and a Facebook app (as opposed to a flickr app) aren't going to skew the results at all.

Flickr is for people who like photography; ergo, the data is going to be skewed heavily towards actual cameras.

Facebook is for people sharing themselves with their friends and the world. One only has to peruse a random person's Facebook profile picture page to find hundreds of self-snaps taken in the bathroom, or at the pub, or on a train, or whatever.

Kodak, in my opinion, failed because they neglected to make quality products in their particular niche (easy to use, inexpensive, easy to share). They offshored their production, so Kodak cameras were notoriously hit-or-miss in regards to actually working right. They missed the highend market (then again Kodak was never known for that anyway), letting Sony, Pentax, Canon, and Nikon beat them there. They failed to leverage their gigantic photo paper experience into anything worthwhile (I own a Kodak printer that, as I type this, refuses to print due to some bizarre error I don't have time to diagnose).

In short, Kodak failed because Kodak fucked up. Photography isn't going anywhere. Hell, film photography isn't going anywhere. Kodak just stood still and let the world pass them by.

They took our Kodachrome away, and nobody cared.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawmakers Intent On Approving SOPA, PIPA

Lordfly Not surprised... (513 comments)

It's a pretty geeky issue to get worked up about. Most people won't notice until Youtube gets pulled. By then it'll be on the books for months, and we won't have any recourse to get rid of it. And it's not like the Congress Critters are listening anyway. It's an election year, after all, and they need Hollywood donations....

Oh well, the internet was fun while it lasted. I guess I'll go outside now.

more than 2 years ago
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Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011

Lordfly Crysis 2... (383 comments)

Was salivated over for its eye candy, not necessarily for its gameplay. It's a benchmarking tool. Then again, people who downloaded it for benchmarking certainly had no qualms over blowing thousands for a top of the line gaming rig....

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Wins Gaming Arts Award

Lordfly Re:Portal 2? (87 comments)

A mod thing is in the works, and has been given to several community mod makers to work over to make sure it functions properly.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood

Lordfly I read the book over lunch breaks at work.. (44 comments)

As someone who classifies himself as a "geek", albeit one terribly bad at math and logic, I thought it was a pretty good read. I do wish I had some more "hello, this is information theory presented in an engaging manner" books, though.

about 3 years ago

Submissions

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Ask Slashdot: Easiest to use multi-user map editing?

Lordfly Lordfly writes  |  about 8 months ago

Lordfly (590616) writes "I'm part of an online group of local hobbyist, semi-pro, and professional photographers. I want to start an editable map that showcases interesting places to shoot photos — parks, old buildings, interesting infrastructure, etc. Ideally I'd like to be able to tag/organize the markers (public/private property), as well as add example photos for each location to give people an idea of what the place looks like.

I've used the Google Maps "Create a Map" feature, but have found that sharing for other users to see/edit is a bit... off. Also, given Google's propensity for dropping features without much pretext, it makes me wary to sink time and effort into a possibly ephemeral map. It does most of what I'm looking for it to do, but are there more robust alternatives out there I'm not finding?"
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Ask Slashdot: Ultimate personal media storage / sync setup?

Lordfly Lordfly writes  |  about 2 years ago

Lordfly (590616) writes "The wife and I have started looking to buy a house. In the spirit of that, I've been giving away books, CDs, and DVDs to "downsize" the pile of crap I'll have to lug around when we do find the right place. That got me thinking about digital files. I'm perfectly okay with giving up (most) books, CDs, and DVD cases. The only music I buy are mp3s anyway, and we stream most everything else if we wanted to watch a show or movie. That being said, I have a desktop, my wife has an old Macbook, we both have tablets, and I also have an Android smartphone. I'd like to set up something on an extra Windows box shoved in a closet that lets me dump every digital file we have (photos, music, ebooks, movies) and then doles it out as necessary to all of our devices. Unfortunately my best computer geek days are likely behind me (photography and cooking have consumed me since), so while I CAN schlep around a command line, I've lost most of my knowledge, so go easy on the "just apt-get FubarPackageInstaller.gzip and rd -m Arglebargle" stuff. Something easy enough for my wife to use would be a major plus.

So: What's the best way to make your own personal "cloud"?"
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Lordfly Lordfly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lordfly writes "Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, have jumped their own gun: they announced earlier this year that the Second Life client would be open sourced within a year; apparently it only took them a week. The Second Life client has been released under the GNU GPL 2 license (http://blog.secondlife.com/2007/01/08/embracing-t he-inevitable/) for people to do what they wish. As a long-time SL user, I can't wait to see what people can do. Maybe some of the infinite bugs will finally be fixed (better content creation tools?) In any case, a huge step for making this program a standard for a 3d space online.

story url: http://blog.secondlife.com/2007/01/08/embracing-th e-inevitable/"
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Lordfly Lordfly writes  |  about 8 years ago

Lordfly (590616) writes "http://www.lordfly.com/wordpress/?p=84

Like any other PC gamer nerd, I'm practically wetting myself about Spore, Will Wright's new game that simulates everything from multi-cellular organisms to galactic conquest. How long will it take for someone to hack the files that are uploaded to the EA server, make a potentially unstoppable creature (with, say, 999999 hit points, 99999 intelligence, and so on), and have it benignly loaded into everyone's game? the game server will have no idea that the file is hacked; with such a small file size, it wouldn't take long to decrypt, potentially. By modifying a few values, you could make an invincible creature/empire/race/whatever. (disclaimer: I wrote the linked blog post.)"

Journals

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My music...

Lordfly Lordfly writes  |  more than 12 years ago This is a shameless plug, of course, but I make electronic music, and it may be of worth to some of you...

The address is http://www.option42.com. I'm sure you're all thrilled. Comments encouraged, as I'm still learning. Thanks :)

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