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The Spread of Do-It-Yourself Biotech

Ontheotherhand Re:Just great... (206 comments)

That was my first thought too. but i guess a less exciting deadly flu might be more likely.

more than 4 years ago
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Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

Ontheotherhand Re:It doesnt matter... (304 comments)

Well, maybe it wasn't a flame, but i hate making spelling mistakes, and you have taken some of the joy out of my first ever first post. I had to type fast, but also take the calculated risk that what i could say was faintly amusing, cos it could so easily have gone the other way. some of us just cannot spare the karma, you know. So, go on, laugh at my expense. heh heh immume, thats a great word though....

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

Ontheotherhand Re:It doesnt matter... (304 comments)

afaik, smug bastard, rich bastard and of course, more money than sense bastard are not caused by micro-organisms. er, i suppose i should balance that by mentioning that i know people who use macs who are really nice people and they get great work done. none of them post on slashdot, tho.

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

Ontheotherhand It doesnt matter... (304 comments)

Yeah, but it doesnt matter. everyone knows that apples are immume to viruses and malware. and they look better than ordinary Pcs.

more than 5 years ago
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Trust an Insurance Company's "Drive-Cam?"

Ontheotherhand Re:Ride a bicycle (480 comments)

um, what about the 180 quid I paid for the tax disc on my car?. Not to mention the duty of about 80 percent on each gallon of petrol? Bike riders are like parasites, living off a system they make little or no contribution to. can't say ive noticed most cyclist obeying the law, either. some pedestrian teenager was killed by a bolshy cyclist some time ago, as i recall.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

Ontheotherhand Re:I'm all for it (359 comments)

Bah, where are your mod funny points? Still, I got tea up my nose. maybe its an age thing.

more than 5 years ago
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The Mathletes and the Miley Photoshop

Ontheotherhand Re:Patently Offensive (555 comments)

The explanation is as follows: first you get voted into power. then you try and flex your power muscles. oooohhh, that criminal stuff is so old hat, and sorting it out is, like, really hard. (social deprivation, education, rehabilitation, drugs and all that) but wait, we can still feel powerful passing some legislation for lots of other bollocks stuff that appeals to the hard of thinking. and better still, the cops are hot for it, cos it is a lot easier than catching the old hat criminals, who dont give a shit about the system anyhow. and better still, they can be banged up for a really long time, unlike the normal criminals, who seem to get community service or whatever, what with the jails being so full and all..... I guess it is a form of cancer, where if the body doesnt have enough real disease to fight, it turns on itself. Britain has turned on itself, and the prognosis is not good. and hell yes i blame the politicians. hmm, stream of conciousness. where did i leave those tranquilisers.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Files Patent On "Any-Object" Motion Control

Ontheotherhand Scooby Doo and the Phantom virus (69 comments)

Scooby doo went there years ago. could an animation count as prior art?

more than 5 years ago
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The Biggest Cults In Tech

Ontheotherhand Re:Oracle DBAs (397 comments)

I used to feel the same way about microsoft access.
Then I realised it was because I didn't know anything else.

more than 5 years ago
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FreeBSD 7.2 Released

Ontheotherhand It not about the technical excellence (204 comments)

I think BSD needs a new, cuddly but cool mascot. how do you compete with tux? Is the cresta (remember that?) polar bear available?

more than 5 years ago
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Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs

Ontheotherhand Re:I doubt this very much. (150 comments)

I imagine the system is recording some sort of analogue signal? It boggles my mind to imagine they possesed anything other than the most basic digital stuff in the 60's. mind you, i am frequently dissappointed by how far we haven't come since then.

more than 5 years ago
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Game Developers On Gold Selling

Ontheotherhand Economics rule. i.e. it is an economic rule (424 comments)

Economics. the allocation of scarce resource. If it is not limited, then there is no ecomomics.
In these games, time is the scarce resource, and maybe patience!
People sell their time (collecting gold or whatever) to people who want it.
The problem for the Game developer is that they do not have a real economy. (hey, just like the real world!) that is, the money created just appears and floats upward, whereas in a real economy it circulates, and is never "used up" (present circumstances excepted). Unless the game can simulate an economy successfully, then there will always be problems with currency in game.
This means work, or some simulation of it, which is by definition not that much fun. (software developer excepted, of course). So I would conclude that they are, um, wrong to ban external labour simulating in game labour. so far, the free market has proven to be the most efficient distributor of resources. well, till now, anyhow.

more than 5 years ago
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Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs

Ontheotherhand Re:Tape (150 comments)

I am not sure if they had something like a Jpeg in the 60's,, but JPEG was invented in 1991. by then I suspect the card reader was deprecated as a major storage medium, so it was inevitable that your idea should fail.
like so many other things, it's all in the timing...

more than 5 years ago
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Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs

Ontheotherhand Re:I doubt this very much. (150 comments)

I agree, with the proviso that the size of the coil in the magnetic head would determine "compatibility" with other readers. that said, during my time as a tape drive engineer, i never saw a tape that could not be read "raw".
unless the tapes were analogue "data", in which case, it would be a lot harder. (i guess)
I could not tell from TFA whether it was digital or not. If it was really helical, which i doubt, it would definitely be analogue, like a vcr, cos we didnt get error correction good enough to do digital till the 80's, afaik.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Cuts Off Pirate Bay Links

Ontheotherhand Re:What about Google? (137 comments)

Well, Piracy is a criminal activity. Incest is too. and chances are, if your sister is not cooperative, it might also be rape.

The fact that you are conflating copyright infringement, and a printed instruction on a disc, at that, to the equivalent of the above offences, suggests you are an RIAA lawyer?

more than 5 years ago
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Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd

Ontheotherhand Re:So now not only am I guilty being a linux nerd (240 comments)

(a) I used to correct typos for people on slashdot, whilst feeling some sort of superiority, but generally it earned me negative karma, and usually didn't address any useful point.
(b) Wikipedia, to summarise, suggests: Fascism is a radical, authoritarian nationalist ideology. Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state. Fascist governments forbid and suppress all criticism and opposition to the government. Following the defeat of the Axis powers in World War II and the publicity surrounding the atrocities committed during the period of fascist governments, the term fascist has been used as a pejorative word.

so sure, a rather lazy evocation of right wing thuggery, but intended as an insulting comment on the present direction of government. personally I prefer Nazi, but Godwin's law, and all that. The adverts suggesting you inform on your neighbours, and the general application of emergency powers to any situation are rather reminiscent of the early German state. If you are scholar of political history, as your post faintly suggests, I would be comforted to hear reasoned arguments that the situation currently bears no resemblance to the past.

more than 5 years ago
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Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd

Ontheotherhand Re:So now not only am I guilty being a linux nerd (240 comments)

Sure, its funny enough. but the TFA is about trying to obscure your downloading activities from being identified as belonging to some "group". And the original poster was suggesting you may worry about defending yourself in court once this "identification" has been made. most of the posts about infringement of liberties on slashdot these days seems to be how to get around them.

more than 5 years ago

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