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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

Net_fiend Re:First (155 comments)

What if you were a cherry flavored Popsicle?

1 year,9 days
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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

Net_fiend Re:Cannot recover neurological state .. (155 comments)

Everyone's always concerned with the brain. No one ever stops to think that if you're alive and kicking what about your junk. Does your junk still work after being re-animated?

1 year,9 days
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Los Alamos Fire Idles NSA Supercomputer

Net_fiend Re:This isn't... (65 comments)

Correction: NNSA not NISA.

more than 3 years ago
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Los Alamos Fire Idles NSA Supercomputer

Net_fiend Re:This isn't... (65 comments)

So...further checking reveals: - TFA states: National Security Administration instead of NISA (which was already noted earlier) which is more likely the actual Administration that is being stated in the article. - Still a long leap from /. assigning a new word to an Acronym that is notorious in the public eye. - Seeing as the NSA (National Security Agency) isn't even mentioned in TFA. A simple mistake? Probably.

more than 3 years ago
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Los Alamos Fire Idles NSA Supercomputer

Net_fiend This isn't... (65 comments)

sensationalist in the slightest. Not that I'd expect editing or fact checking prior to a /. post; that was a fad that died out decades ago. I fully expect this to get flame-baited.

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

Net_fiend Re:Hold on a Minute (535 comments)

See...you're looking at this as a one off. That isn't the case. Capcom is using this as a test bed for future games/DRM choices. The industry as a whole would love nothing more than to kill Gamestop because they don't get a piece of the pie even though their greedy fingers already charge $60 for a game title (which nets the publisher well over what it cost to make the game initially). Not only that once a game is made they can re-use pieces of code in future games (reducing time to market); see COD games...if you look at the server configs that are allowed many of the old variables from the original COD series still exists. I mean Axis and Allies in MW? WTF?! If you find the right app you can even open up the main game files and dink around the code to see what they've re-used from past games. The crux of the issue is that if they succeed in stamping out GameStop it effectively means we as consumers should be disallowed from resell of our property. You're not profiting from the code in the game, your profiting from the hard merchandise (ie: physical item) that you want off your shelf. Outlawing game re-sales would effectively make selling games at garage sales illegal. Frankly this is idiotic and obscenely greedy.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

Net_fiend Re:Sheesh (1352 comments)

But why? Fox has some pretty good looking women doing their news. I can't say the same for MSNBC or any of the others. I mean why *wouldn't* I want to watch Katie Couric give the nightly news. I mean she does a bang up job. Btw, Fox News is mostly filled with *Shows* not f'ing news. They state that over and over again before the start of whatever show it is. They aren't journalists, they're entertainers. Hell Bill O'Reilly has said that many times. However, I stopped watching all but local news. ALL of the networks grease their news (even local), so you better watch it with a grain of salt and take from it what you can. Then go over multiple sources (who probably got their stuff from the same central source that was also tainted). But yeah, if you read the last sentence the poster states "let the flame war begin". So they obviously were looking to start something. And seeing as their is a minority of conservative people that actually post on /. it's going to be a one-sided battle. Its kind of funny actually since the left knows they're going to win here and anywhere else they have a majority. Sort of pointless unless it gives you feel good points. I mean if you need a hug I'll give you a hug. If that makes you feel better. Wow, I better watch out or I'll turn into a hippie.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

Net_fiend Re:Bad Science (1352 comments)

If you want to fund this study I also have a bridge I'd like to show you...

more than 3 years ago
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British MP Calls For Pornography 'Opt-In'

Net_fiend Re:Claire Perry, way to admit to being a bad mothe (335 comments)

While you disagree with the other side at least you see that there is a disagreement and are ok with it being that way. Others would rather force their side, regardless of which it is on the other. And I'd disagree; here in the US you'll find that both sides can equally be prudes which is where this conversation was heading. I may disagree how you'd raise your kids but I sure as hell won't be telling you how to raise them. However, if there is some tool I could use to keep mine away from things I deem as unnecessary for them to get involved in that is my prerogative and I'll use it. Just because another tool becomes available doesn't mean that *everyone* has to use it. The bigger issue I see with this is if we start to segment the internet due to one sector this will give governments, private companies, etc to effectively do what China does and remove things that those in charge don't deem "fit" for anyone or will use it as a propaganda machine. I think if it was done on the ISP end it would encourage competition since not all ISPs would have to have adhere. And ISPs DO have the ability to do this. Whether it is legal or not is another issue, as you'll have those that don't want it. Although if it were opt-in it wouldn't be a huge deal; they'd have to use static IPs most likely. Or just put certain subnets on it and make sure that those that opt-in only pull IPs from that pool. If it's not hurting your liberties I don't see the issue in the end. Keep in mind your liberties don't extend into raising my child for me which is why I disagreed with her. However, I don't see giving the option she suggests is infringing on anyone viewing the internet since it is opt-in not opt-out. It does put a burden on the ISP, but I'd suggest they just opt some policy of "if your kids sees porn on the net we're not responsible" deal. Since ultimately it is up to the parent to supervise their kid. A while back I had a mother ask me how to supervise her teen on the net and I basically told her to stick the computer in a room where everyone is normally and to just monitor usage when the kid is on the net. Beyond that I basically left it in her hands to do her job as a mother. Oh and I suggested removing power from the machine while she wasn't home; unless the kid went to buy another power cord or something.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Engineer Spied On Teen Users

Net_fiend Re:Always a concern (338 comments)

While that may be true citizens should have some sort of integrity about themselves. There was a time when, regardless of the abilities people had, that privacy was respected. This "Its the internet age you have no privacy" is bunk. We only have privacy regardless of whether its digital or not if people kept some sort of respect and integrity about themselves. However we live in an age where people are selfish as hell and could care less about smearing or stabbing someone in the back to get ahead or just watch the fires burn around them. Sad days.

more than 3 years ago
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Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You

Net_fiend Re:Wait, what? (202 comments)

I'd hope it wouldn't be useful at all. This is plain cockamamie crap. I don't care if my food tells you I was in Bangladesh. It isn't foolproof enough to use in any court of law. This is paramount to saying "We should have Thought Police like in Minority Report." Total BS. Technology should only be used in court battles to a point otherwise we're going to start putting more innocent people in jail than there already are and I'm sure that number is too high as it is even if we can't properly calculate; everyone in jail is innocent. / sarcasm I love IT/science, but using it unabashedly without 2nd guessing its uses or even the outcome is foolish. This issue is just like with the science freaks that think some day some special break through is going to happen that explains the entire universe. Not only is that foolish thinking its ridiculous thinking. Everyone knows the answer already. 42.

more than 4 years ago
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Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You

Net_fiend Re:Liquid Tin Foil (202 comments)

That was iron buddy.

more than 4 years ago
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Bionic-Eyed Man Wants To Stream Eye Video Online

Net_fiend Re:Oh hey, it's cyberpunk (115 comments)

Only if he can find a Johnson.

more than 4 years ago
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One Crime Solved Per 1,000 London CCTV Cameras

Net_fiend Re:The trade-off (404 comments)

Ugh, that is what I get for drinking and typing. Line 10 should be: on full CCTV camera and has the DNA to prove it?

about 5 years ago
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One Crime Solved Per 1,000 London CCTV Cameras

Net_fiend Re:The trade-off (404 comments)

Huh, really? So the camera is just gonna grow arms and legs and stop the crime. Damn I want that camera because I'm gonna get rich quick! Cameras are way more worthless than cops. Cops peek just over cameras since they on occasion do stop a crime before it happens. But usually its to pick up the pieces or to harass you.

Personally the latter portion is where I hate cops the most. Some cops can be complete anal asshats but I think those are the young ones who seem to think their cock is bigger than yours and want to prove it with the power they wield; those same cops should be fired and put on an island to rot. I know some good people who are officers and they wear the uniform respectfully.

Also, wouldn't you just love to be the poor sap that gets screwed by some political stooge that knows you know something about him so he stages a crime on full CCTV camera and hast he DNA to prove it? Seeing as its now proved to be pretty "easy" to fake DNA. Which I'm sure has been used at some stage before the public knew about it. It would be very surprising to find that none of the major government agencies (CIA, FBI, Interpol) didn't know about any of this before hand. I'm just saying.

about 5 years ago
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Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels

Net_fiend Re:pwned (595 comments)

It may be patched, but if someone used the flaw around the time it was originally created (2001) then that is an awful long time for someone to have created another method into the machine after they've gotten in. Ever read The Cuckoo's Egg? Simply put if a hacker got into a system you'd think the first thing they do after escalating their privileges is to create a backdoor in case the one they came in was closed. Now...try to find that backdoor and any other apps the hacker put on the system. 8 years of residing on a system is a looong time, assuming they weren't found out beforehand.

about 5 years ago
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Judge Rules IP Addresses Not "Personally Identifiable"

Net_fiend Re:Yup (436 comments)

Ugh.. 2nd line: should be *proven 4th line: should read: issues crop up around the planet

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Rules IP Addresses Not "Personally Identifiable"

Net_fiend Re:Yup (436 comments)

Well by the standards shared by this particular judge I would think this would/should hold up against an RIAA legal battle, unless of course your ISP "finds" the IP address "assigned" to your modem/router. Which technically is a total farce since its been prove that both MAC spoofing and IP address spoofing is very simple.

BUT...wtf does EU law have to do with US law?! NO JUDGE should be using another countries laws/case law in the US court system. I realize that simliar issues crop around the planet, but our judges should be following what laws we have not another. They should be applying US law and the US Constitution and if it doesn't exist in either law or the Constitution I'd have to check on what should be done. My suggestion would be for them to drop the case until something is legislated and/or notify the stated/federal legislature of this gap to actually utilize our freak'n system that is in place. This legislating from the bench pisses me off; although I didn't read the article (per procedure for posting) so I don't know.

more than 5 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Moves To Strike RIAA $1.92M Verdict

Net_fiend Re:Some people should realize that... (392 comments)

well...I suppose it is working...odd. For some reason the preview mode didn't display the markup properly.

more than 5 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Moves To Strike RIAA $1.92M Verdict

Net_fiend Re:Some people should realize that... (392 comments)

The courts understand this very well. That is why we are in the state we are in now with the justice system. While we have the "3 ring circus" [emphasis is mine] whom is to regulate the courts? One of the biggest issues is that once something is decided in the court system (mainly the Supreme Court) it is very hard to over turn later down the road and slowly allots more power to the judiciary (depending on the decision) or the federal government.

I'm reading a book now, while it may be slanted towards a certain political view, the view cites some very interesting case law which has shaped much of this country in the last 4-5 decades. Unfortunately this will near impossible to reverse and erodes what power the states may have had in making their own decisions (without the interference from the federal government). One of the biggest problems right now is that you've got people who believe that the federal government should do everything for us. Then others that believe in states' rights and the federal government should go f* off.

I suppose with my viewpoints of the Constitution and the our judiciary I'd be labeled as an "originalist." One of the problems that I've seen is that people go about their business non the wiser on what is going on in the government and in the courts. Thus both have been gaining power that was never theirs in the first place. This garbage of "reading between the lines" is utter crap. This is where the legalese comes into play and someone whips out Webster's dictionary and tries re-define what specific words in the Constitution or in the Bill of Rights mean. People seem to forget that, as stated above, judges at the end of the day are just other normal people with baggage and/or side agendas. This leads to the crap we've seen getting past the court systems which boggles the mind since if they were following the letter of the law (both federal and local) most of these crap RIAA/MPAA law suits would be dealt with pretty quickly. However, IANAL so I don't know law in every 50 states; let alone every code in my state although I have read several sections when needed. Most law is not extremely hard to understand, but the interpretations seem to take on a life of their own once a lawyer or judge starts to review it. Personally I think they start seeing things that aren't there...this is usually done to get to whatever ends that person is looking for in the law.

Hell, look at the first Supreme Court judges appointed...several of them were quiet crazy and rambled, but a few still managed to vote and make decisions on several issues that affected our country.

note: I tried to separate the paragraphs...apparently the paragraph markup isn't working.

more than 5 years ago

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