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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

Phrogman Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Ah this "no-value-added middleman" is the guy who created the show, researched it, wrote it, his wife is one of the main characters and he acts in it as well. He is by no stretch a "middleman". I am not saying I agree with him - haven't read the article yet even - but he definitely on the creator side of things.

about a month ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Phrogman Re: I wonder (347 comments)

I agree, although I also think there is a strong element of "not on my watch" covering of the ass. No one in the West wants to be held responsible for the next 9/11, so gathering *all* the information on everyone seems a prudent exercise to prevent being blamed because *you* didn't do something to prevent it, no matter how flagrant a breach of the public trust, laws, etc.

about 2 months ago
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Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay

Phrogman Re:Sounds like a problem (98 comments)

Yes you are. Sure makes sense in that light doesn't it? :P

Rights holders won't have to worry about the effects of piracy when they offer a means of consuming media that is as userfriendly as torrenting that media is, or better. The technology exists, all they need to do is sell it to us at a reasonable rate.

Netflix is the wave of the future. Cable TV and all the other rental services that want to sell me media for consumption at 10x the rate of Netflix are doomed to failure, unless they can jury rig the laws to close Netflix down.

about 2 months ago
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DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

Phrogman Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Which is why the fact that they are building a parallel case should be relevant and should be revealed to the Defense. In essence the use of these parallel cases means the government has the motive to "find" evidence to create a chain of evidence that can be used against the defendant. That is an encouragement to create evidence if it can't be found by other means. That's just wrong, period.

This also provides and incentive for the prosecution to rely on evidence acquired illegally, and only encourages the surveillance state mentality.

about 3 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

Phrogman iMac Desktop (371 comments)

I am using an 20" iMac Desktop from 2008 or so. I have it set up to dualboot into Win7 using Bootcamp, and I admit I primarily spend my time on Windows. It is more or less completely silent, I can hear a slight sound from the fans but its almost always drowned out by sound from other sources (traffic, fridge, cat snoring etc). To the point that I was surprised to read this poll because I hadn't thought about system noise in ages.

Whether or not you like OS/X, the iMac is a brilliant desktop computer. Mostly I spend my time actually doing something with it rather than thinking about the system, unlike a lot of my Windows PC desktops prior to 2008.

about 3 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Phrogman Re: Wrong (211 comments)

But the key thing here is that most people do not care if the device is closed and limited - their needs for it are limited too. The average person does not need a computer, they just need something that lets them perform a limited amount of functions (mostly email and social networking), and a tablet can be put in your pocket or purse.

Thats a hard sell to the folks of /. of course, for whom the computer is an important tool they use heavily in a lot of cases for a variety of purposes that go beyond mere social networking crap.

I have a desktop that I do creative things on and play complex games on, I have a tablet that I use as my e-reader, and to play a few simple games etc. Each to its own purpose.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

Phrogman Re:If only you knew the the power of the .... (177 comments)

Hmm, that seems awkward. You would think there would be some sort of relationship between the two rating methods.

about 4 months ago
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Happy 50th Doctor Who

Phrogman Re:Watched (211 comments)

During the period after the old show was canceled (when the movie with Paul McGann came out), and the new revived series, they have set a whackload of Dr Who adventures starring Paul McGann's iteration of the doctor. They are radio-plays effectively, available here: http://www.bigfinish.com/

There are also recorded episodes for a pile of other popular but now defunct TV shows. My wife has listened to a ton of these and says they are very well recorded, full cast stories.

If you count these, Paul McGann has likely done more Dr Who stories than most of the other actors playing the Doctor :P

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Phrogman Re:I left them all behind for Minecraft (555 comments)

Check out http://www.swgemu.com/ if you hadn't noticed it exists. You need your old install disks, but its free, and its SWG as of Patch 14.1 - or will be once they are done rewriting it. Currently much of it exists and is functioning, and its receiving regular improvements.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Phrogman Re:As a LOTRO player (555 comments)

And these are all problems that have come up in previous games, been resolved, and then ignored in modern games.

I think the problem is mostly the players mind you, people do not want to group, do not want to PvE and learn the skills, they want to PvP and be Uber right away. Developers are catering to this because of course they want the number of players to increase and they think simplifying a game and making it soloable will do so, but I think thats a mistake in the long run.

The MMORPGs I have stuck with the longest have been those in which it was fun to group up to face a challenge, in which there were enjoyable PvE experiences and PvP (if any) was an add on as the end game. The best example of this, bar none, was Dark Age of Camelot. Best PvP game ever, despite its flaws, and a decent PvE experience at least early on. As it aged though, they made leveling up 100x easier, ignored the PvE side for the most part, and made changes to the game that were in many ways damaging to it, based on feedback from players who after all, are *not* game designers.

about 5 months ago
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An Anonymous US Law Enforcement Officer Claims US Wouldn't Arrest Julian Assange

Phrogman Re:Sure... (399 comments)

Yeah, what would actually happen is somewhere between what is legally supposed to be possible under US and international laws and what has actually happened in the past that was in no way legal. Given the choice, I would assume that the US Government would do whatever the fuck it wanted and completely ignore the laws. Assange would be in Gitmo inside of 24 hrs, never to be seen again.
The fact that he is not a US citizen and has broken no laws since he isn't subject to US law unless he is inside the US, is completely irrelevant.

about 5 months ago
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Stephen Wolfram Developing New Programming Language

Phrogman Just Call It "Wolf" (168 comments)

that way if we make a programming error we can just comment "Bad Wolf" (too much exposure to Dr Who recently) :P

about 5 months ago
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Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

Phrogman Re:US regime busy legitimizing NSA transgressions (504 comments)

Very well said. The best form of government it seems to me, is the one that grants the government only the power and authority it needs to function and no more - as defined by the citizens not the government :P

about 6 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

Phrogman Re:Home Office . . . (262 comments)

Look up "Sin of Onan" then you will see the wordplay involved :P

about 6 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

Phrogman Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (622 comments)

and if they had made encryption the default - they would have handed over the keys to the NSA anyways.

about 6 months ago
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Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

Phrogman Isn't Humanity Wonderful (166 comments)

It only takes a few years after something wonderful is invented for somebody else to come along and make their livelihood by fucking up the wonderful new thing.

I would like to think these sockpuppet firms would get their asses sued into the ground somehow but I can't see that happening. In fact I think increasingly you cannot trust any opinion in any comments these days because there is so much of this shit going on everywhere.

The first mistake we made was in allowing commercial enterprises on the 'net :P

about 6 months ago
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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

Phrogman Re:Why are we so obsessed with fighting? (182 comments)

Those of us who are capable of living outside of the war to control resources, are able to do so because someone else is waging that war for us.

The coming wars will be not only over hydrocarbons, but over water. Since a large percentage of the world's politicians and industries are hell-bent on ignoring or denying the climate change we see around us, water is going to become a very important resource and a cause for future conflicts - along with food of course since we are denuding the oceans of their life as well.

When that happens you do want *your* society to be able to do something about protecting your resources from those who will take them. the more we can do to make fighting over resources unnecessary the better, but our whole capitalist system is founded on harvesting and selling resources to gain money and power. I don't see that changing so conflict is inevitable as an outcome of our economic system.

Sadly, I honestly expect it will take the deaths of a few *billion* people over the next 40 years or so for us to find a different way, if we ever do. Mind you if enough people are slaughtered by our ignorance and willful stupidity, a lot of the resource pressure will go away. Its just the wrong way to resolve things.

about 6 months ago
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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

Phrogman Re:What could go wrong? (182 comments)

Until they get used for Riot Control, or sold to dictatorships for the same etc.

about 6 months ago
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Police Demand Summary Domain Takedown, Traffic Redirection

Phrogman Re:Douche-o-matic (251 comments)

Plus of course a lot of sensational tragedies - shootings in schools come to mind - are likely perpetrated at least in part *because* those responsible know they will reach everlasting fame (albeit negative fame) at the hands of those very news services that report on them.

We need news services but we might benefit if they returned to actual reporting and research rather than merely over the top sensationalism.

about 6 months ago

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Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers backdoor in military chip

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "UK officials are fearful that China has the capability to shut down businesses, military and critical infrastructure through cyber attacks and spy equipment embedded in computer and telecommunications equipment. A British researcher chose an American military chip that is highly secure with sophisticated encryption standard, manufactured in China, with the aim of seeing if there were any unexpected features on the chip. They discovered a previously unknown backdoor, with a key they extracted, that enabled the chip to be reprogrammed or disabled. The article does not provide specifics on the technology used or details on the backdoor itself."
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Wear a Mask During a Protest in Canada: 10 Years in Jail

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "The Conservative government of Steven Harper in Canada has proposed a new bill that would impose a jail term of 10 years for anyone wearing a mask while "participating in a riot or unlawful assembly". The conservative backbencher who proposed the bill makes it clear that he intended it to allow police to arrest anyone wearing a mask "before protests spiral out of control". Since this is the same government that arrested hundreds of protesters during the G8/G20 summit using a law that didn't actually exist, it raises the question as to how they will define "unlawful". This is the latest in a series of "tough on crime" legislation being promulgated by the Conservatives now that they have the power of a majority government. The 10 year penalty is more than double the penalty awarded to a person who murdered someone in a fit of "road-rage" recently."
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Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling result a

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Phrogman writes "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light."
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Branson spacecraft completes test flight

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  about 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "CNN is reporting that "British billionaire Richard Branson's dream of space travel that thousands of people can afford took a leap toward reality with the maiden flight of the world's first commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert", stating that "the VSS Enterprise had successfully completed what it called a captive carry flight attached to a carrier plane.""
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Ultraconservatives Rewrite History in Texas

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade. The changes will see teachers no longer teaching students about Thomas Jefferson (instead they will learn about religious right icon John Calvin), "Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state", Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic" rather than "democratic", teachers will not be required to teach students that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others, there is a heavy focus on teaching about conservative groups and movements (including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association) with no corresponding discussion of liberal or minority rights groups, high school sociology courses will no longer discuss differences between sex and gender (board member Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, worried that (discussion) "would lead students into the world of 'transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else"), gone are discussions on the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while the late President Ronald Reagan gets elevated to more prominent coverage, Members voted to polish up references to the American 'free enterprise' economic system and removed most mentions of 'capitalism,' a word that board member Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, said has a negative connotation, plus a variety of other changes all reflecting an ultraconservative viewpoint. Since Texas is one of the biggest clients for textbook publishing, these changes here can affect textbook content nationwide."
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DR Congo ring may be giant 'impact crater'

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "The BBC is reporting that "Deforestation has revealed what could be a giant impact crater in Central Africa, scientists say. The 36-46km-wide feature, identified in DR Congo, may be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade." If you search google maps for "Omeonga Democratic Republic of the Congo" you will be right in the middle of the suspected crater."
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U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "In this CNN article by Bruce Schneier, he states that the US Government inadvertently enabled Chinese hackers access to Google's Gmail. The article states "Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated — we knew that already — it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.""
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Dave Arneson RIP

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  about 5 years ago

Phrogman writes "The Co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons (along with Gary Gygax) has passed away. As this note on his blog mentions "Dave Arneson invented "armor class." He invented "hit points." He invented the "cleric." He invented the "dungeon." He invented "so, last week you cleaned out the dungeon, and now you've heard about another, even scarier dungeon, over the ridge there." He invented "everyone plays one guy, and I play all the monsters." He invented Roleplaying Games. I think a lot of the /. readership will be sad at his passing."
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Flikr Set of Obama on Election Night

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "From Scott Beale's Laughing Squid blog: "Obama for America campaign photographer David Katz shot some wonderful behind the scenes photos of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and their families watching the election results come in from their hotel room in Chicago." A fascinating look behind the scenes and an excellent set of photographs. Great to see another use of the 'net by the Obama campaign staff."
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U.S. Customs Officers Enforce Copyright Laws

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes ""Jerilea Zempel was detained at the U.S. border this summer because she had a drawing of a sport-utility vehicle in her sketchbook. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her of copyright infringement. She was released after more than an hour in custody at the Houlton, Maine, port of entry from New Brunswick, Canada. Her release came only after she persuaded border guards she was an artist doing a project that involved a crocheted SUV as a statement against America's dependence on oil and love for big vehicles."
What I find interesting in this article is at the end where a Customs official notes "It's a part of a CBP officer's training. Time is set aside for intellectual-property-rights training". Looking at the sketch they stopped her for, they need a bit more training..."

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Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phrogman writes "CBC News in Canada, is reporting that "An ancient ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields that broke off Ellesmere Island could be dangerous when it starts to drift in the spring, a scientist says. The collapse of the ice island's northern coast represents the largest breakup of its kind in the Canadian Arctic in 30 years, the head of a new global ice lab at the University of Ottawa said on Thursday."

The article notes "the remains of the Ayles shelf are about 15 kilometres long and five kilometres wide. The fragment is between 30 and 40 metres thick.". I don't think its a good time to be working in the Oilfields off the Grand Banks..."

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