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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Narcocide Re:hehehe (74 comments)

Just FYI; you don't catch tuberculosis by petting them.

yesterday
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Narcocide But but... (74 comments)

She told me she was a mermaid!!

yesterday
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Narcocide Re:china did it (278 comments)

Its called "setting a bad example." This got my little sister out of trouble almost every single time.

yesterday
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Non-monetized platforms (71 comments)

Sigh, but now that I test a few other videos I'd tested before there are some ads now, so I guess i'm just wrong and they simply originally didn't have ads. Nevermind me, sorry.

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Non-monetized platforms (71 comments)

Its also worth noting, now that I understand where your actual concern lies, the ARM chip in the controller isn't actually used to decode video. The whole point of the custom 5ghz wireless connection from the main console is in fact so that it can stream full-framerate decoded video TO the screen on the controller, in case the console itself is not connected to an actual TV display directly (or if it is simply off - as it is designed to be optional for most purposes) though when you use the stock web browser to surf to typical flash websites, its common to see really badly written javascript-based browser detection erroneously misidentify you as a mobile platform based on browser/flash version. The YouTube app I suspect specifically exists to combat this issue. Some stuff *does* run almost entirely within the controller (the silly TVii app thing comes to mind) and it runs notably enough slower that its obvious its doing so. TVii however, does not carry video.

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Non-monetized platforms (71 comments)

I think that in reference to my original post, I only regarded YouTube policy as relevant in to videos with ads attached by default, which I *do* get on my Linux box still when visiting youtube.com, just like on Windows. So far I have *not* found any ads on *any* videos through the Wii-U YouTube app, nor have I found any videos that will refuse to play on the Wii-U app that do play on the Linux box, even ones that show ads on the Linux box.

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Non-monetized platforms (71 comments)

Sorry, I apologize for accusing you of phishing/malware distribution. Yes, it plays fine on the Wii-U stock YouTube app for me at least as of just now when I checked it. It also plays fine on my Linux box, in both cases with no ads. I can summarize from this that you can't conflate the Wii-U YouTube app's behavior with that of mobile devices, though I guess its technically unclear whether that is a hardware issue or a difference in YouTube policy at this point. (Note that despite alot of derisive commentary about the Wii-U performance capabilities floating around the internet, its NOT, technically, ARM hardware, which might pose actually different technical issues vs Android/iPhones)

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Non-monetized platforms (71 comments)

I didn't check yet, but that video doesn't even show an ad on PC... most youtube videos in question with ads are the ones with copyrighted songs. You just spamming a malware-laden flash video or something?

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Narcocide Re:Better (legal) way to get ad-free YouTube music (71 comments)

Unavailability for using it offline is a valid point, however the former issue about videos "not being available on mobile" is not a problem while using the stock YouTube app. While its possible that is an issue that was fixed/patched more recently than I have tested, I suspect you're confusing the behavior of the stock Wii-U YouTube app with surfing to youtube.com directly with the stock Wii-U browser, which is problematic on any site requiring Flash versions later than about 7.x or 8.x - similar to the stock browser on the previous generation Wii.

2 days ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

Narcocide OMG SPACE PLANKTON!! (114 comments)

Star Whales coming soon to a galaxy near you!!

2 days ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Narcocide Re:Reactors and Magnetic Shielding (61 comments)

That is a great question, though I suspect finding large deposits of easily mined and smelted lead could substitute for a larger reactor. The bigger question is generating enough oxygen, food and clean water for a crew big enough to maintain the reactor.

2 days ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Narcocide Re:Great, but... (61 comments)

We have that capability now, technically. We just don't have the capability to get them back safely, or for that matter keep them alive there for very long.

2 days ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Narcocide Re:Niggers. (358 comments)

Speaking purely hypothetically here, would flame throwers even work? I thought I had read that you can't "cook" Ebola out of the meat that easily...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Narcocide Re: False dichotomy. (198 comments)

I think what you're really getting at is that UX should not omit attention to the UX of the manual itself.

about a week ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

Narcocide fucking magnets (74 comments)

how do they work?

about a week ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Narcocide Re:Weird.... (127 comments)

It pretty much goes like this:

1) Purchase ticket using unique email address.
2) Almost immediately receive spam to that email address from a spoofed source.
3) Realize Amtrack is (knowingly or unknowingly) selling your personal contact information to anyone who will pay.

It makes sense that if this Amtrack employee was selling the customer contact info database illegally to the DEA there likely were other buyers too that are much harder to catch in the act. Furthermore it makes sense that if the DEA would spend that much money buying the information illegally they'd have no qualms about reselling it once they purchased it to recoup some of the cost for other operations, or potentially even profit from it.

In this situation Amtrack is sadly hardly unique either. This is pretty much the name of the game with most companies that require you to hand over your contact info in order to do business, regardless of what their Terms of Service might say about it. At some level in the chain of command there is always a point where someone has access to customer information that is of a value enough orders of magnitude more than their salary that the temptation to do something dishonorable far outweighs the fear of getting caught.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Narcocide Second Verse: (291 comments)

... same as the first, a little bit louder and a whole lot worse.

about two weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Narcocide Re:Meaning (227 comments)

Depends largely on whether you're the parent or the teacher.

about two weeks ago

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