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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

PhilHibbs Re:Dodgy record (182 comments)

That's what mathematicians refer to as "trivial", which is one of the most derogatory terms in mathematics.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

PhilHibbs Re:I have an idea.. (456 comments)

He's referencing GWB's mangled attempt at the quote.

2 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

PhilHibbs Space Precinct! (476 comments)

Who am I kidding? The '90s was a bleak period for British sci fi.

2 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

PhilHibbs Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (490 comments)

The great thing about statistics and graphs is that by carefully selecting your data you can do things like this with them.

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

PhilHibbs Re:Science and politics are orthogonal (490 comments)

Actually, most Slashdotters are High School nerds, dateless college guys, single guys living in their mother's basements with apolitical axe to grind, or trolls poking the first three with a stick...

Consider yourself poked.

I suspect that the latter category also substantially overlaps the first three. Hah, poked you back!

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

PhilHibbs Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

Which company is or was being spied on by whom is irrelevant. Every company should take measures to ensure that no agency can spy on them, simple as that.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

PhilHibbs Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

So, Airbus's reaction to this should be just to accept that anyone can eavesdrop on their VPNs? Are Boeing ok with European governments snooping on their VPNs? Maybe China should be allowed to snoop on all our communications as well. After all, more eyes means less corruption, right? And since American companies never bribe, they have nothing to hide by letting every government in the world listen in on all their internal communications.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

PhilHibbs Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

I'm sure Airbus cared when the GCHQ snooped on the details of a bidding process and handed over the details to Boeing.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

PhilHibbs Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

Why would my employer fire me for using the corporate VPN from home? That's precisely what the VPN is for!

about a week ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

PhilHibbs Re:A guess (241 comments)

Android is already entrenched, and in a market where not even microsoft can dislodge it...

They're probably happy raking in the patent royalties. And that's probably a big factor in Samsung wanting to move away from Android. I can see Tizen being successful in India and Africa, if they can break into the Chinese market as well then that would be huge. From there, expanding via Korea and Japan into western markets doesn't look quite so impossible.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

PhilHibbs Re:What? (647 comments)

Switch with fall-through?

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

PhilHibbs White dot directly above on the image (130 comments)

There's a white dot directly above the Beagle, I wonder if that's a snapped-off solar panel petal.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

PhilHibbs Re:Extradition? (299 comments)

Oh, I didn't know that. Ok, "substantially" then. If I wrote an app that let people buy aspirin, paracetamol, echinacea, and crack cocaine, I bet it would get pulled.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

PhilHibbs Re:Extradition? (299 comments)

I'm astonished that Apple haven't done this already. An app that's designed purely for violating the law, that should be a no-brainer-ban.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

PhilHibbs Re:You know? The ass long time in summer? (388 comments)

I thought they were supposed to use that time to work on the land and bring in the harvest.

about two weeks ago
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Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft Now All Have a Hand In VR

PhilHibbs Re:Apple and Microsoft? (61 comments)

Apple always keep their cards close to their chest until they're ready to do a big launch event. The article mentions they hired some people to work on VR a couple of months ago.

p.s. Is "lead" valid for past tense in American English? We spell it "led" in the Old Country.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

PhilHibbs Re:Sounds good. (556 comments)

You believe that the number of sockpuppets was less than 100%. GP says that according to wiki, it's greater than 50%.

It says "many", which could mean anything.

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

PhilHibbs Re:Sounds good. (556 comments)

This whole gamergate thing has been deeply confusing right from the start. It's hard to work out which side is which. Earlier this year, a couple of rape-threat trolls were jailed here in the UK - and one of them was a woman. Sending rape threats. To someone who was campaiging to get Jane Austen put on a UK banknote. I just can't make sense of the world any more!

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

PhilHibbs Re:Sounds good. (556 comments)

According to Wikipedia*, #notyourshield was largely a sockpuppet sham.

* make of that what you will, maybe they are part of the anti-#gamergate liberal conspiracy (it always amuses me how "liberal" is somehow seen as an insult in the US)

about a month ago

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UK company creates free energy

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhilHibbs writes "The Daily Mail and Wired Blog Gadget Lab are reporting on an apparent free-energy device from British company Ecowatts. Scientists are "still not clear about the science involved here, because the physics and chemistry are very different-to everything that has gone before", but independent tests carried out by Jim Lyons at the University of York "were getting 150 to 200 per cent more energy out than we put in, without trying too hard." It "involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate (otherwise known as potash) and a secret liquid catalyst, based on chrome." So, stick that in your pipe and... get hot water out of it, I suppose. Maybe."

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"Why have you made me a Foe?"

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Because your comments contain something that I object to. Not the content, I'm happy to read your differing opinions, but something in the structure of the comment. Most likely, your comments contain a "sig" that is not removed by the "Disable Sigs" checkbox. If you insist on overriding my preferences and adding a sig to the body of your comments, or you indulge in any other formatting tricks that spoil the slashdot experience, then you are my foe.

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Which? on CD copying (story submission)

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Computing Which?, an entirely independent UK consumer magazine, is running a report on Apple, Sony etc.'s confusing stance on copyright. "Rip, mix, burn", but "The products that we produce ... are licenced to use for material for which [the consumer] holds the copyright". The article advocates the explicit legalisation of personal CD copying. (Can anyone work out what the BPI are saying in the last paragraph?)

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