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RC Plane Attack 'Foiled,' Say German Authorities

MSojka Re:Hyperbole, anyone? (233 comments)

...state-threatening act of violence.

Unless the model plane is the size of a 747 or the explosive is anit-matter, how is that a "... state-threatening act of violence." Is Germany in such dire straits that a single model aircraft can topple a whole country?

They could shut down the BILD HQ for a day or two. Imagine that: Millions (no hyperbole, they sell about 2.5 million copies daily) of dumb people not being able to read the "truth" on the front page of their favourite tabloid and having to think for themselves! State-threatening indeed.

about a year ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

MSojka Re:What keyword means DRM free? (435 comments)

Steam's DRM scheme is called "Steamworks". Look for that in the description, I guess (Just guessing here since I don't use it or any other similar "service").

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Donate Your Genome For Medical Research, But Not Anonymously

MSojka Re:Y-Chromosome is tied to your last name (58 comments)

Y-Chromosome tied to your surname? Even assuming your culture has surnames in the first place, that assumption is so wrong in its generality it hurts. Patrilineal naming convention is just one of many, and for example patrinomic (where your surname is derived from your father's name, as in "Jon Olafsson, son of Olaf Magnusson") is also often in use - for example in Iceland or many Muslim countries.

about 2 years ago
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The Worst Job At Google: a Year of Watching Terrible Things On the Internet

MSojka Gizmodo is readable suddenly?!? (535 comments)

Wow ... you can actually read Gizmodo (and related sites, I guess) without JavaScript now. Took them long enough.

more than 2 years ago
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Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin

MSojka Re:Paul who? (571 comments)

If you are not a resident of the U.S., since Paul Ryan is running for Vice President (...)

See, that's all the info that needed to be in the starting sentence or the second one the latest - "running for vice president of the USA" (optionally for which side, but that's not that important really). Seriously, the story doesn't even have an "usa" tag or icon (it has the "wikipedia" icon), so how the hell should somebody from the outside guess?

It also makes the whole story a non-story. This happens with pretty much ever presidential candidate and people in their circles in those countries where this position matters. Francois Hollande's page (on the French Wikipedia) is still semi-locked, and the edit wars there didn't feature on Slashdot either. Pretty much the only exception I can think of in recent times is Vladimir Putin's presidential campaign.

more than 2 years ago
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Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin

MSojka Re:Paul who? (571 comments)

If you don't know who Paul Ryan is, why do you care?

Your comment makes, from logical point of view, no sense

Exactly because I don't know who it is, I don't know if this is important enough for me to care. Google search brings up at least some actors and one(?) talk show host, one cinematographer, some politicians and a ton of other people by the same name - no wonder, it's a rather generic one. I guess he must be some politician in some country, given the context, but this still doesn't give me the nearly same info "Paul Ryan, proposed for the next free seat in Canada's highest court" or whatever would do without checking a bunch of results to see which one could match.

more than 2 years ago
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Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin

MSojka Paul who? (571 comments)

Would it kill the editors to write half a sentence about who the hell this "Paul Ryan" guy(?) is supposed to be?

more than 2 years ago
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Upgrading Software From 350 Million Miles Away

MSojka Re:A little late? (228 comments)

"...as they get ready to download a new version of the flight software on the Mars rover Curiosity..."

Flight software? She flying back too?

"Flight" as in "fight-or-flight response". You know, in case Curiosity encounters Martian life which think it's delicious ... or at least interesting enough to study and take apart.

Those people at NASA think of everything ...

more than 2 years ago
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Australians Receive SMS Death Threats

MSojka Re:Assumptions ... (192 comments)

What would you do?

I'd grab a beer, start up the BBQ, prepare some T-Bones with some olive oil and some spices, and lay out in the sun.

Did I win?

Possibly the "balls of steel" award for doing that in the middle of winter. As mild as it might be at the moment, the evenings can get frosty. ;)

The thing is, even if the thread is empty and just meant to help another crime (extortion or worse), if only one person gets murdered, even in a totally unrelated act, and the police didn't say what they said, they'd face a public shitstorm. So they say what they say, put a person or two to try and track down the senders (which will likely fail), maybe set up a sting operation for them, and otherwise ignore the illusionary danger.

more than 2 years ago
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Australians Receive SMS Death Threats

MSojka Assumptions ... (192 comments)

I hope "almost certainly" is droll understatement.

It certainly is. On the other hand, assume you can send SMSes in a way which is not traceable and comparatively cheap. Assume you want the entire police force of some place - say, New South Wales - to be too busy and way less effective. Assume you want to commit some other crime which would greatly benefit from the police force in that place being too busy chasing phantoms.

What would you do?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces

MSojka Re:Wow (127 comments)

I was unaware that Hades had a Wall Street too. :P

It's in the rather shady part of Hades and they don't like to talk about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers

MSojka Re:Why? (34 comments)

Try using Google Maps to display a map of Venus on your site. Or, for that matter, try using it to display a map of FaerÃn or Tamriel.

While it's not impossible - setting up your own mapserver bound to a PostGIS database is a lot easier and a lot more flexible, especially for updates to the data.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Traffic Falls In the U.S.

MSojka Re:P2P traffic is legal! (129 comments)

Many of the game distributors use P2P as well - in the specific case of BitTorrent, for example Blizzard, Square-Enix and anyone who uses the Pando Media Booster (NCSoft, Riot Games, ...) are using it to deliver the games and their patches. Given the popularity of games like WoW, Diablo III or League of Legends, that's not really a "minor share"

more than 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

MSojka Re:Downloading Ubuntu (354 comments)

Also, Pando Media Booster is basically just a BitTorrent client (really - run their PMB.exe through IDA Pro to see the protocol strings for yourself). This is used by a lot of game companies and others to distribute their files and updates, for example NCSoft (Lineage II, Aion, City of Heroes/Villains, Guild Wars, ...).

more than 2 years ago
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The Software Patent Debate Is Incorrectly Framed

MSojka (Insert XKCD reference here) (274 comments)

Hardware is just physics and physics is just applied mathematics, so everything can be reduced to a mathematical problem ... if you're willing to be silly and unhelpful enough.

more than 2 years ago
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Mass Effect 3 To Include Co-op Multiplayer

MSojka Re:yawn... (78 comments)

FPSs are not the owners or even the originators of co-op multi-player. The original Neverwinter Nights for example had it and it worked very well (a RPG similar to ME).

The original Neverwinter Nights? Of course it hat multi-player. It was a pure multi-player game after all (too bad it was restricted to AOL customers). That's like saying Ultima Online, Everquest or Meridian 59 had "some" multi-player capabilities and it worked for them.

about 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

MSojka Working on the right features, I see (403 comments)

Wake me up when I can finally use 16, 32 or 64 bits per channel, and the channels aren't restricted to RGBA or integers ...

more than 3 years ago
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The Oslo Massacre and Violent Video Games: the Facts

MSojka Re:Well (343 comments)

By killing Jews he did not put himself into conflict with the Christians, 5 min. looking into European history will tell you; Killing Jews is the great Christian pastime.

Yeah. For us in Europe, it ranks second only to killing other Christians.

more than 3 years ago

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Game Pirates Complaining About Piracy in Game Development Simulator

MSojka MSojka writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MSojka (83577) writes "Greenhart Games asked themselves "What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?" — and decided to test just this by releasing a slightly modified "cracked" version of their new game Game Dev Tycoon on popular BitTorrent sites. Short version: They complain about the piracy bankrupting them. "Hilarious" doesn't even begin to describe it."
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