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China: The Next Space Superpower

Maquis196 Re:Medicare (250 comments)

really? turning a discussion about Chinese space efforts into a rant about Obamacare? Guess being that I'm British I dont have to worry about such things. UK space program is barely worth calling a program :)

about 3 months ago

China: The Next Space Superpower

Maquis196 Best news I've heard in a while (250 comments)

Nothing seems to get goverments spending money on space like any kind of race. Just a shame China don't just say "Mars would look great in China Red", that would soon get the budgets for NASA and to a smaller extent ESA raised a bit.

Rather co-operation on this, I know there is some. A Chinese moon base? Like America would let that stand!

about 3 months ago

53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year

Maquis196 Information is dangerous (360 comments)

Words can hurt you, won't someone please think of the children!

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Maquis196 Re:Its what we had! (285 comments)

Be honest, youve got some great memories :).

It's probably why I spend half my gaming life in dosbox and wine playing older 90's games.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Maquis196 Its what we had! (285 comments)

BIt of a pointless exercise this, I grew up playing Sonic, Gods, Falcon 16 CGA because that's what I had, why push my childhood on my kids? Nostalgia blinds us to the games we play (although some of them are truely classics imho).

When my daughter is ready, she can play games, but like other posters have said, I want her outside getting hurt playing in dirt first. She has her entire life to sit behind an organic stretchable LED display.

about 4 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Maquis196 Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

Its just the up front cost that can suck for people, considering the long term savings and the how much money that can be saved buying them in bulk, I am suprised a local/regional/state/country government doesn't just force the issue and issue a "Incandescent for LED trade scheme".

Country uses less power, poor people don't suffer (thats where the up front cost can hurt) and no one can complain that I can think off.

I'm in the process of switching my house to LED, but some rooms simply never have their lights on, the payback period is immense, I'll gladly replace broken with LED but they just won't die on me. First world problems eh?

about 4 months ago

Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish

Maquis196 Re:Who's next (149 comments)

But all the amoeabas are in politics, they have nothing to worry about. Keep voting them in people!

about 6 months ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

Maquis196 There really could be a simpler explanation (195 comments)

Bottom line is thus (and im a Giff-Gaff customer), is that it's a pay as you go network. From what I understand, these are designed to lock down on adult content (including betting sites I learnt the hard way) because anyone can buy a payg sim card. I had to put my driving licence number into the website to prove I was older then 18 (which is ironic considering in the UK you can have one at 17 but I digress...).

There was no "opt out of Tory porn lockdown" button to click, and giff-gaff will let me watch porn till my hearts content now. I'm not agreeing with the porn filter, that's evil, especially when out of a Tory policy, but this could be looking at the wrong thing.

about 7 months ago

UK's 'Unallocated' IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

Maquis196 Re:They should sell it anyway (203 comments)

Not just that, but this /8 is probably worth more then the British gold reserve that a certain former PM sold for about 1/10th of its current price (hindsight eh?). Unless theyre really using a massive part of it, do as you say. Sell it whilst its worth something, pay some nurses and everyone is happy. (except everyone else who would want a slice of that 1B).

about a year and a half ago

PSVita Hacked, Native Homebrew Loader Coming Soon

Maquis196 Wonderful timing! (50 comments)

I'm still waiting for my 1ghz pandora to turn up but my vita isn't doing much which is a shame, the hardware on it is quite simply amazing, now to have that running homebrew... I could see this being the best thing to happen to the Vita

about a year and a half ago

Raspberry Pi Revision 2.0 Board Announced

Maquis196 Still same old non-open source board though... (155 comments)

I appreciate that being cheap is the name of the game for Raspberry, but I wouldn't call this board Debian non-free friendly :)

about a year and a half ago

ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2

Maquis196 Some timing... (233 comments)

Payday for a lot of people (including myself), go onto site to buy it and oh look... Not sure I can be bothered waiting for amazon copy to arrive, being weekend and all...

about a year and a half ago

Valve Finds Open Source Drivers To Be Great

Maquis196 Re:Good news (159 comments)

If the rumoured steam-station/box exists then that graphics order alone might sway one or both of AMD/Nvidia to release some drivers if it helped them get the contract.

Even if they're just the drivers for a particular model of card or chipset. That card would also work its way into every Linux desktop I'll ever build.

about a year and a half ago

Dropbox Adds Two-Factor Authentication

Maquis196 Re:You can have it too! (64 comments)

Can vouch for this. google auth use PAM so its very easy to hook up to most things. I use it at work for our VPN stuff, also a few ssh servers.

Amazing piece of software.

about a year and a half ago

PlayStation Boss Defends Vita, Slams Social Gaming

Maquis196 It's the OpenPandora I'm waiting for! (147 comments)

I have a Vita, it's a nice piece of kit, lack of games is a bit of a concern, I've had mine for months yet only 3 games so far. It doesn't help that when on the tube (London Underground) you're lucky to be in a position where you have both hands free. I prefer reading on my kindle, least you're certain to have one hand free during rush hour!

Now portable wise it's the 1Ghz Pandora that I should be receiving next week. Generally it seems qemu is able to emulate roughly a 75Mhz Pentium on there. Just hope that Master of Orion 2 is playable on the move. Oh and I'm not trying to sell one to you (I'm not affiliated in anyway), you should really check it out;


about a year and a half ago

Shadowrun Comes To Linux, MMO Planned

Maquis196 +1 internets for kickstarter (51 comments)

I'm looking forward to the deluge of Linux games coming out kickstarter. Wastelands 2 is the version I'm waiting for with baited breath.

Here's hoping for Linux box releases, I like collecting commercial Linux games, I think I own them all now.

about a year and a half ago

Icelandic Court Rules: Wikileaks Will Get Contributed Credit Card Money

Maquis196 Re:Good decision by Icelandic court (168 comments)

Well it's not all milk and honey over here. Our airlines ARE supposed to give data to the US government if the airline has anything to do with America. I'm in the UK and were bow down to most US requests for people or information.

Iceland isn't EU (although they are attempting to join afaik), they just happen to be an awesome country that seems to care about such things. They must have been doing a good job, my goverment called them terrorists once for letting their banks fail (oh no, not the banks!).

This might have been feeding a troll but wanted to set a small record straight :)

about 2 years ago



MP wants to fine CC companies for anon payments

Maquis196 Maquis196 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maquis196 (535256) writes "Labour MP Geraint Davies wants to to fine credit card companies because their customers can purchase pre-paid credit cards and use them to buy child pornography online. His argument is that because you can buy a £100 card anywhere on the high street and register as whoever you like; then the companies are endorsing anonymous payments.

Child pornography used as an excuse to try and stop anonymous payments? Or has Garaint Davies got a point?"

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