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Last Chance To Stop SOPA From Coming To Canada

RJHelms Re:Liberals+NDP (86 comments)

And then if/when that party wins enough power under the FPTP system to actually bring about that change, they will mysteriously lose their desire for proportional representation.

Don't forget, before political power was within his reach, Stephen Harper was a consistent advocate of proportional representation. Somehow that dropped by the wayside once the distortions in our electoral system started to work in his favour.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

RJHelms Re:I'm confused (369 comments)

It sounds like it is going to be on the side of the case, i.e. the flat part of the jack will be exposed. You're right that it will be a lever, except that the idea is that any force applied will make it just fall out.

more than 3 years ago

Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny

RJHelms Re:Account verification (211 comments)

I have heard this theory as well. One of the reasons I've seen is that organizations like Al Shabab, various warlords, etc, serve the functions of a state even if they don't have any diplomatic recognition as such. The tiny "central government", as well as presence of international organizations, are also "too much of a state" for some libertarians..

I think recognizing non-state actors as stepping in to fill the role of the state is important. But it's a pretty big jump to assume that in any way supports a libertarian viewpoint.

more than 3 years ago

Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny

RJHelms Re:Account verification (211 comments)

They still have a state, just not an elected government.

Just because there's no ministers, doesn't mean all the bureaucrats go on vacation for a year - though you might wish they would.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

RJHelms Re:Civ2 AI (133 comments)

Nice, now I have an AI to play against that isn't completely retarded.

Read the paper. The "reading AI" developed at MIT was still crushed by the game-provided AI about half the time. Gives you an idea just how badly the game-provided AI plays.

Read the paper. That was before they had the "reading AI" read anything. After it read the manual, their AI beat the game-provided AI 78% of the time.

more than 3 years ago

Turn Your iPad Into a Star Trek PADD

RJHelms Re:Article error in headline! (165 comments)

Trekkers are more normal? I have never, ever heard the term used like that.

The real usage goes like this: Trekkies are hopeless Star Trek nerds. Trekkers are Star Trek nerds who are so hopeless, they're even hopeless nerds when it comes to discussing the terminology used to describe hopeless Star Trek nerds.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

RJHelms Re:No substitute for real hardware (585 comments)

For the NES, it's probably the sound. Emulators have gotten a lot better at this, but none of them have quite captured the sound of the old synthesizer chips.

For a system with a very distinct sound, like an NES or a C64, it can take a lot more away from the experience than you'd expect.

more than 3 years ago

When AIM Was Our Facebook

RJHelms Re:Strange (395 comments)

With the exception of Hyves, this is how it went in Canada (at least Ontario) as well.

AIM? The only people I know who use(d) it had strong connections to the USA.

more than 3 years ago

Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

RJHelms In foreign lands... (490 comments)

For the benefit for those of us who live outside of Americatown, what is Algebra II? What year would you take it? The II suggest to me 10th grade, is this correct?

How many math courses are required to graduate in most US high schools now? Also, does USA actually have a national high school curriculum? In Canada referring to a course by name means very little once you cross provincial borders.

more than 3 years ago

MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month

RJHelms Re:News? (336 comments)

I'm not surprised they are losing this many users. Rather than stagnating and becoming irrelevant like Geocities and Livejournal, MySpace is actively alienating it's userbase.

They saw that people were moving to other platforms, and decided to engage in a poorly thought out redesign that took the features people actually used, and removed, broke, or hid them.

I haven't deleted my MySpace accounts, but as a musician until recently did have a worthwhile reason for logging in periodically to keep in touch with venues and other bands, and as a URL I could give out to showcase recordings and show dates. All that functionality is fubed now, as is the layout and design of my page.

I won't be back.

more than 3 years ago

Cheap Games a Risk To the Industry, Says Nintendo President

RJHelms Re:Translation (310 comments)

The issue is that people apparently see iPhone games for $1 and think "oh, games are cheap, why would I spend $40 on a Nintendo game then?"

I don't think that really happens though, just that marketroids and executives, who are scared of the quality of their own product, think it does. I see plenty of iPhone games for $1 that I like, and plenty of games for free that I like too. But I'll happily shell out $40 for a game that gives me 40 more entertainment than an iPhone game, which thankfully most console or PC games do. Purely anecdotal of course, but most other games I know feel the same way.

Compare the occasional 15 minutes of diversion you get from Angry Birds, for $1, with the (just to pull a random example) 60 hours minimum you get from a run through of Fallout: New Vegas (with enough left over for a few more run-throughs) at $50, and I don't think the competition is in anyway unfair or that the price difference is out of whack.

The only legitimate I could see for a big game studio feeling threatened by $1 games was if they knew all along they weren't delivering $40 of value with their $40 games. And if that's the case it's hard to have much sympathy for them.

more than 3 years ago

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

RJHelms Re:The perfect plan. (364 comments)

Why is this modded Redundant?

This is EXACTLY what would happen if the CRTC was disbanded. Just because the CRTC makes unpopular and poorly-reasoned decisions occasionally (ok, quite frequently) doesn't mean that there's no need for a regulator. The only reason we had unlimited-use packages from smaller ISPs at all was because the big telcos requires CRTC approval to abolish them.

Is that really something you want to do away with? Reform the CRTC, yes. Demand greater accountability and public oversight, absolutely. But disband? Hell no!

more than 3 years ago

How Facebook Ships Code

RJHelms Re:Ken Thompson code (314 comments)

Did he actually do this? I've read a paper he wrote about this, but got the impression it was a proof of concept for hiding a backdoor in the compiler, not something that actually shipped.

If I'm wrong I'd be interested to read more.

more than 3 years ago

How Facebook Ships Code

RJHelms Of course they have no QA... (314 comments)

It's easy not to have QA when your users aren't paying you.

Google's in the same boat - the websites aren't the product, the end users are. When your website is your product this crap won't fly.

more than 3 years ago

DoE Develops Flexible Glass Stronger Than Steel

RJHelms Re:Mr. Scott (242 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

RJHelms Re:Fucking stupid (471 comments)

Fair enough, I stand corrected.

Of course, that data suggests that AAPL isn't overvalued compared to the rest of the S&P 500. There's always a possibility the entire market is, but that still doesn't explain this behaviour.

Also I like being modded +4 Informative while being directly contradicted by fact. Go Slashdot!

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

RJHelms Re:Fucking stupid (471 comments)

Why is Apple's stock so prone to heavy fluctuation at the even the slightest hint of something not being perfect?

I suspect it's because it's horrendously overvalued. Apple investors get scared that the bubble will burst, and no one wants to be the last one out. When it doesn't turn out that the "correction" is actually happening, people regain their senses^H^H^H^H^H^Hgreed.

more than 3 years ago

The Biggest Hoaxes In Wikipedia's First Decade

RJHelms Re:Jimmy Wins (219 comments)

But the current generation in school has textbooks that say Watson.

[Citation needed]

more than 3 years ago

MySpace Lays Off 47% of Employees

RJHelms Re:New product? (206 comments)

The assumption that I don't use any of the dozens of alternatives is a little silly. In the real world, using MySpace doesn't preclude any other attempts at promotion.

Also, I never claimed not to be a retard, you insensitive clod!

more than 3 years ago



Cross-Site Scripting Attack hits Twitter

RJHelms RJHelms writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RJHelms (1554807) writes "As those of you who use Twitter may have notices, the social media site appears to have been hit with cross-site scripting attacks this morning. From Sophos:

"The Twitter website is being widely exploited by users who have stumbled across a flaw which allows messages to pop-up and third-party websites to open in your browser just by moving your mouse over a link. Messages are also spreading virally exploiting the vulnerability without the consent of users."

As of 9:20AM EST, I have also seen attacks doing the same thing using an overlay, making simply viewing your account reproduce the offending messages. PC Magazine's Larry Seltzer's blog claims the attacks were stopped around 9AM but began again around 9:15. Perhaps the original fix only blocked onmouseover."

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