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Dutch Pirate Party drags entertainment industry to court kicking and screaming.

Pflipp Kicking and screaming? Neh. (1 comments)

"Kicking and screaming" might be a bit over the top (and this wording isn't in the original articles either). Your average bully is more likely to react scorning and sneering, and BREIN is certainly no exception here.

It's more truthful to state that the Pirate Party hopes to have found some wiggling room in the Dutch laws to hold against BREIN at this point, which at best would force BREIN to start a completely new court case to get what they want, instead of relying on the ruling of the previous case for all their current bullying. But the Pirate Party may very well end up losing this one and leaving with the costs of going to court plus the original injunction, which would be really bad for this grassroots organisation.

So in short I don't think BREIN is all that impressed.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Scientists Measure the Heat Emitted From Erasing a Single Bit

Pflipp designing circuits around this theory? (111 comments)

Back in the Uni library, I once had an old ('60's?) book in my hands which stated that for every logical AND circuit, combining two '1' bits would also result in heat. The author suggested designing AND circuits so taht they would have two results: the logical outcome, and the overflow 'exhaust', both connected to the rest of the circuitry. This would be used to keep the processor from generating heat, but might also have more practical, logical uses. (He probably said similar things for other kinds of circuits.)

I thought it was a wonderful book at the time, and wondered if anyone ever tried to work out this man's arguments.

Now I wonder if anyone is familiar with this? Haven't remembered the author or anything.

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Walks Like a Human, Requires No Power

Pflipp Reminds me of.. (195 comments)

http://www.strandbeest.com/

Found this guy mentioned in a forum once, turns out he lives at walking distance from me. I think it's the coolest thing ever.

more than 2 years ago
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US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

Pflipp Re:As an American Conservative... (458 comments)

> This is what the Supreme Court determined and is true.

You do realize there is a difference, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?

Pflipp Yup. (492 comments)

Remember when the term "hippie" used to refer to hard-working idealists?

OK -- sliiiight over-exaggeration perhaps. But at least those people existed. Really. So I'm told :-)

But anyway, now it's used to refer to any old bum. Bummer.

And while we're on the topic, this was also the generation that popularized the word "freak", with many parallels to today's "geek". Just goes to show that the underdog is often right and the masses are just... masses. Then again, that's language for you: http://www.word-origins.com/definition/bureau.html

more than 3 years ago
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Places With the Most Wikipedia Articles

Pflipp Stockholm? (37 comments)

Honestly surprised that Stockholm gets mentioned so much. Now I'm intrigued; any suggestions why?

(I still have to plan my holidays...)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

Pflipp keep it simple (323 comments)

I once knew this guy who didn't watch TV because he thought the commercials were brainwashing. Hard to say he wasn't right, but he was unlucky as hell, too. Not for lack of TV, but from worrying too much.

If you think your government treats you indecently (i.e. by allowing you to be tracked), speak out while it still allows you to. But be buddhist about it: don't worry that you cannot change the world, just do what you can while you still feel comfortable with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Debian Matters More Than Ever

Pflipp Re:This is how I see it. (345 comments)

Oops, wasn't logged in.
See mig sig now:

more than 3 years ago
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Preserving Great Tech For Posterity — the 6502

Pflipp Re:Painful (290 comments)

And we were happy!!

more than 3 years ago
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JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

Pflipp Plastic mining (223 comments)

Quick! Start buying up landfills!

Plastic mining is the way of the future.

more than 3 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

Pflipp Re:Much as I love Linux .... (222 comments)

> All I want from a fridge is to keep stuff cool.

Adding linux makes it 100% cooler.

Plus, the fridge obviously keeps the computer cool. Win-win. Help global warming!

more than 3 years ago
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UK-Developed 'DNA Spray' Marks Dutch Thieves With Trackable Water

Pflipp Beef spray (191 comments)

Well, that's the first thing they'll serve with actual DNA in it, then.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad — No, Seriously!

Pflipp Cutting edge, huh? (325 comments)

So where's Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Oh wait, of course, it's a Mac. That would be Ctrl-Cmd-Opt-Power.

more than 3 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

Pflipp Re:OMG (524 comments)

Yeah, and can anybody tell me why terrorists always want to hijack airplanes, anyway?

What's wrong with a good ol' touring car? A boat? Why does it have to fly if it can also sink?

What's the fun in saying "THIS PLANE GOES TO CAIRO!!" when you could just have taken the right plane to begin with?

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Launches ISP

Pflipp Re:Please spread to other countries... (356 comments)

There is no reason that anybody needs to know where I am, when I'm asleep, or when I poop

So I take it you don't use Twitter, then?

more than 4 years ago
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Prince Says Internet Is Over

Pflipp Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (450 comments)

A Jehova's Witness? Imagine that!

(Sunday morning)
*Ding Dong!*
(Opens door, looks around, only to see an empty horizon)
"Hey! Over Here! Down below!"

And then you look down to see... Prince! In full ornate! Eye shadow and all!

After some extensive smiling and eye blinking that would have looked cute (but also already quite perverted) on a 10-year-old girl:

"Hi! Do you know God?"

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source, Open Standards Under Attack In Europe

Pflipp Re:objection (164 comments)

IT has lots of soul. You have been in IT too long. Now it has your soul, too.

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

Pflipp Re:Don't forget correlation is not causation! (542 comments)

Well, the other way around would mean that the rats that were doomed to become fat, caused themselves to get HFCS.

And that would be religious logic instead of scientific.

(Scientific logic is saying that it must be true because Princeton said so.)

more than 4 years ago

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