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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

MorderVonAllem Re:Old World (516 comments)

Interestingly enough the British accent we so associate with England came about after the Revolutionary war. I don't recall the source off the top of my head but it's probably on wikipedia.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street Addresses

MorderVonAllem Re:I'm a Microsoft whore (104 comments)

Yet Google would have to know what the address numbers really was in order to validate the reCAPTCHA, so that can hardly be why they are doing it. They don't need to crowd source an answer that they already know.

Doubtful. They post two images. One they know and one they don't. They use the data for the one they don't, combine it with data from 1000s of other people who have also solved that captcha to get an accurate picture of what that particular number is. They use the one they know to validate the recaptcha data and verify you're human...

more than 2 years ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

MorderVonAllem probably should have been lowered anyway (1239 comments)

Just the fact that we were even thinking about defaulting or raising the debt limit should have lowered our credit rating.

more than 3 years ago
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LastPass: Users Don't Have To Reset Master PWDs

MorderVonAllem Re:Curious (83 comments)

That much I understand but I was talking about if you "forget" your password and have a new one issued. If that's the case they can't decrypt your keychain because you don't have the password anymore. That's specifically what I'm wondering about.

more than 3 years ago
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LastPass: Users Don't Have To Reset Master PWDs

MorderVonAllem Curious (83 comments)

I'm rather curious about how the site passwords are stored on this site. My assumption was the all the passwords were encrypted with the master password. If this is the case and only some of the passwords are encrypted with the new password because the databases weren't "caught up" or if someone forgets their master password and needs a password reset then wouldn't the account be unrecoverable?

more than 3 years ago
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Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

MorderVonAllem Re:Fear of technology (346 comments)

the preceding comment is my own and in no way reflects the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

was not - it was Jack Valenti's

more than 3 years ago
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Google Mobile-Payment Patent Raises Privacy Flags

MorderVonAllem Re:Trade-offs (83 comments)

only debts, this would apply to stuff like eating at a restaurant or using something and paying afterward. If you haven't used it, you haven't created a debt and therefore cash can be refused.

more than 3 years ago
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Kepler Recovers After 144 Hour "Glitch"

MorderVonAllem Re:Whew, that was close (73 comments)

Except it already went over 17 hours

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

MorderVonAllem Re:I have seen that work (320 comments)

Aren't all shortlinks posted here?

more than 3 years ago
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The Legend of Zelda Turns 25

MorderVonAllem Re:13 pages (98 comments)

A friend linked this article to me earlier and I thought it was just the one page...didn't know there were more.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

MorderVonAllem Re:No surprises here (273 comments)

Sounds like any ad service like double click or whatever or analytic services.

about 4 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

MorderVonAllem Re:why not both? (570 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. My 1990 bmw gets around those numbers if I don't slam the gas pedal down and put it in neutral when it makes sense. It's easy to do as the car has a current mpg meter on the dash.

more than 4 years ago
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Giant Impact Crater Found In Australia

MorderVonAllem Re:A lot to discover.. (109 comments)

No, it's clearly a doomsday planet that was stopped in it's tracks by the fifth element.

more than 4 years ago
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Geolocation XSS Tracker Proof of Concept

MorderVonAllem Re:Or, maybe it doesn't (102 comments)

Heh, mine says it's across the country. My home one says I'm in Hawaii...when I'm much closer to Hawaii's 9th island.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Says Targeted Ads Gettin' a Lil' Creepy

MorderVonAllem Re:Banner ads are disease nr. 2, text ones are wor (241 comments)

the optimizegoogle extension for firefox allows you to remove sites from showing up in the results (though they don't prevent google from sending them back) I do it a lot with expertsexchange, about.com and a host of freesoftware sites...

more than 4 years ago
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Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

MorderVonAllem Re:Wot? (515 comments)

Wish I had some mod points because this is exactly the problem that I perceive. Until you remove all old bills from circulation why would anyone bother counterfeiting the new bills? These new 100 dollar bills probably cost 20 dollars each to make and how knows how many millions just to design and then build the machinery to make them...

more than 4 years ago
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History Repeats Itself — Mac & the iPad

MorderVonAllem Re:To the people who don't "Get It" (514 comments)

Personally, I think that the iPad and such are setting a bad precedent in that more hardware companies will start to go this route. Microsoft's new phone 7 will have an app store (I am unaware of whether it will be the only app store available) Cellphone companies may no longer use java or other operating systems that allow you to install any app you want and so forth...I don't see a problem with complaining but I do see a problem with people complaining and then turning around and buying one anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Source Code To Google Authentication System Stolen

MorderVonAllem Re:Cloud security? (306 comments)

By clicking on a link and connecting to a "poisoned" Web site, the employee inadvertently permitted the intruders to gain access to his (or her) personal computer and then to the computers of a critical group of software developers at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Ultimately, the intruders were able to gain control of a software repository used by the development team.

Unless it's a flaw directly within the messenger software rather than the user who clicked the link...Microsoft wasn't really involved...

more than 4 years ago

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How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad... 23 year

MorderVonAllem MorderVonAllem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MorderVonAllem (931645) writes "There are a lot of similarities between Apple's iPad and the mobile computing devices—known as PADDs—used in the Star Trek universe. Ars spoke to designers Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler to find out the thinking and inspiration behind the PADD and how closely the iPad represents a real-life incarnation of that dream."
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MorderVonAllem MorderVonAllem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MorderVonAllem (931645) writes "Apparently one lone man has decided to defend himself by stating that when Kazaa settled with the RIAA for the infringements of it's users. He was free to download. From the article: "As the RIAA-shepherded file-sharing lawsuits wend their way through the courts, we have seen defendants utilizing a handful of different strategies as they fight back. A novel defense comes courtesy of Arista v. Greubel, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. David Greubel argues that even if is found liable for copyright infringement, Arista and the other record labels are barred from recovering any damages because the of the Kazaa settlement.""
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MorderVonAllem MorderVonAllem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MorderVonAllem writes "I'm in the market to build a new couch for my house (i am decently capable as i have built a couple before). The geek in me would like to add features to this couch such as an ethernet router for those people who visit with their laptops but i don't want to bother setting up wifi to allow them to access as well as some outlets (with sufficient fireproofing) for them to plug in. Since I am already going this far, what does the Slashdot community think I could add to this couch in addition to the aforementioned modifiers? I am an avid gamer and have a nice media center setup."

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