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PS4 Launch Date: November 15th

Rinnon Re:Only need to know... (151 comments)

What is a PS3 w/500gb HD worth on trade-in...

Don't forget that the PS4 does not support backwards compatibility, so if you have any desire to play your PS3 games you might want to hold on to it.

about a year ago
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Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

Rinnon Re:More?? (342 comments)

"Space Fantasy" might be more accurate, since it wouldn't really be fair to try to compare anything that happens in Star Wars to science (Not fair to both Science, and Star Wars.) But obviously we're mining the same node on that one.

about a year and a half ago
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Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

Rinnon Not a Placebo (240 comments)

By definition, antibiotics are NOT placebos. A placebo must have no pharmacological effect to be designated as such; which clearly rules out antibiotics. Full disclosure: I'm not a doctor. Not that one needs to be to understand what a bloody placebo is supposed to be.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

Rinnon Re:Move On (247 comments)

Nothing. Seriously. You tried, they didn't listen. Typical. Now find someone more deserving of your business to spend your money on. :)

There, fixed that for you. =)

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Concept of 'Cyberspace' Stupid?

Rinnon "Cyberspace" is the soul of the Internet (292 comments)

It occurs to me that the concept of "Cyberspace" is not too distant from the concept of a soul in the individual. The soul seems to have originated, and continues to be accepted as a valid metaphysical concept, because we do not want to believe in ourselves as merely the firing of synapses in the brain. We want to believe that there is more going on there, something that supersedes those physical boundaries and makes us more than that. Thus, we think of the soul as a real thing, even as it's directly linked to our brains in some way. Thinking of Cyberspace as being more than the a mere collection of the computers, pathways between then, and signals being sent, is very similar. We seem to want to think of the Internet as more than the merely the the sum of those parts. Where the analogy breaks down of course, is that unlike the human brain, there is nothing we do not know about how the Internet functions. As such, it seems to me like the author is right, and we really should be taking a physicalist approach in order to have a meaningful conversation: The Internet really is merely the sum of it's parts, and nothing more. There is no "Cyberspace," it is a metaphysical mistake to think there is one, and it is a result of the way we use our language that lends credence to the concept.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

Rinnon Diversify (547 comments)

There's a locally owned DVD rental store near where I live. This may not be viable for your friend, but they've always also been in the market of Game Rentals/Used Sales. They are essentially the only place to rent video games, and their prices on Used Games are way better than EB/Game Stop. Not only do they pay more (cash) for your used games, they also sell them for cheaper, so competing with EB/Game Stop is not incredibly challenging. Only problem, is that they've been in this business since BEFORE we had an EB games in the mall, back when I'd buy my Super NES games used. I'm not sure if it'll be possible to start that up from scratch at this point, with most people already granting EB the monopoly in their minds.

about 2 years ago
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Best Buy Cuts 650 Geek Squad Techies

Rinnon Re:First Post (143 comments)

Yes! But don't worry, your replacement warranty may cost more than the product is WORTH, but you can rest assured it'll still be a small fraction of what you'll actually be paying for the product!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

Rinnon Re:Slave labor (654 comments)

To hire someone who's labor cannot justify the "living wage" is to engage in charity and many small business owners cannot afford to be that generous.

if you cannot afford to run your business without slave labor then society should not allow your business to remain open.

Minimum wage is not slave labour, it's just minimum wage, nothing more, nothing less. Dramatic hyperbole is not going to make your case solid. If you actually believe that "if you cannot afford to run a business without paying minimum wage then society should not allow your business to remain open," I think you have a rather naive understanding of how much money many small businesses are making.

more than 2 years ago
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Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

Rinnon Re:When I was a lad ... (321 comments)

.. when I bought my first home computer in 1978 (a 1MHz Z80-based NASCOM 1) it came as a bare motherboard and a bag of chips (ICs, not potato) and you had to build it yourself.

Then we memorized the Z80 assembler op codes and wrote programs directly in hex, poking those codes into the chips we'd just soldered in.

And we liked it like that.

So it was "Some assembly required" then, eh?

more than 2 years ago
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I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

Rinnon Not Lying, Ignorant/forgetful (280 comments)

Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to ignorance. Most people probably just forgot to consider that their Android or iPhone is an OS.

more than 2 years ago
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How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?

Rinnon Re:I use "AC" always (315 comments)

The unintended side effect is that people may judge the lack of name rather than the piece. "Why didn't the author want their name on it? Is it that bad?" You can't win either way. Fact is, people will read into it one way or the other, name or no name.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Growing Up WIth Gadgets Has a Downside: Social Skill Impairment

Rinnon Re:Study finds surveys bad science.. (203 comments)

Don't forget the fact that the magazine in question is "Discovery Girls." Now, I don't want to submit myself completely to stereotypes, but what kind of person reads Discovery Girls? I'm guessing NERDY GIRLS. Just a shot in the dark. And nerds aren't exactly known for their stellar social skills. Not that any of this is a bad thing, I'd take a nerdy socially awkward girl any day of the week (not from the age range the survey took from mind you).

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music

Rinnon Re:wow (649 comments)

It's not like MegaUpload was some kind of charity ... CEO seemed to be making money hand-over-fist.

All that proves is that MegaUpload was providing value to people.

Making money hand over fist doesn't always mean you're providing value to people. The RIAA still makes money hand over fist. Do you think they provide a lot of value to people? You can make tons of money off of the Stock Market as a day trader, are you providing value to people? I'm not saying MegaUpload WASN'T providing a valuable service. I'm just saying MegaUpload making money is not an indicator they are providing value to anyone.

more than 2 years ago
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On my death, my data ...

Rinnon Re:About Schmidt (201 comments)

Unless that data includes access to your money.

more than 2 years ago
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On my death, my data ...

Rinnon Re:Note to son . . . (201 comments)

My son (tresstatus) reads slashdot, so he will probably read this. Hey! There's a hidden text file on my computer and it contains all the usernames & passwords - bank account, 401k account, websites, message boards, email, everything. You'll find it. P.S. Ignore the porn

So now that he has all this information, he needs to keep you around... why?

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Online Cheating Is Infectious

Rinnon Re:Makes sense (110 comments)

Cheating on fluff classes I am inclined to not care about, either. The education system is screwed up and needs fixed badly enough that people stuck in it now should be using whatever means they can to get through and get the piece of paper entitling them to be some kind of magically upstanding citizens (regardless of actual skill or knowledge). Again, I never cheated on tests, but I wouldn't necessarily vilify those who do. If cheating on a meaningless test makes the difference for someone between flipping burgers and having a fairly good job, I can't possibly fault them for it, and I think you'd be hard pressed to do so, even. Maybe if the system weren't broken it would be different, but I just see bigger ethical and moral issues in the world than that.

Hard pressed? Surely you jest. Do you know what cheating is a substitute for? Hard work. There is no "fluff" class it's not possible to get through with decent grades through hard work. Cheating, is dishonest. There can be no question about that. And it's not dishonest for the sake of some greater good either, don't act like this is some righteous resistance against an oppressive educational system. It doesn't matter if the educational system is screwed up or not. Cheating is just being dishonest so one can be lazy. I have no sympathy for someone who would rather lie, than work hard to pass a test. They want to have that piece of paper so they don't have to end up flipping burgers? Good for them. How about doing it through hard work, rather than deceit? Not willing to put in the hard work, why do you think they deserve the better jobs then? I would, with 100% certainty, hire a dropout before I would hire a graduate whom I knew had cheated.

more than 2 years ago
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Huge Tesla Coils Will Recreate Natural Lightning

Rinnon Re:Where to put a 10' story Tesla coil (199 comments)

Oh come on, we all know where the best place for these kind of mad science projects are. The Antarctic! Worst thing you could do is melt a little ice, and I think we've already got a plan in motion for that one.

more than 2 years ago
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Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

Rinnon Re:There is always a way (337 comments)

Then we should hook them all up to World of Warcraft then. Seems to do the trick for keeping people on the outside from fulfilling the obligations they otherwise would have upheld. I see no reason why it wouldn't work in Prisons. "Hey man, we're planning a riot for tonight, you in?" "Ahh... yeah thing is, tonight is Raid night, and I'm kinda the MT."

more than 2 years ago
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Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

Rinnon Also, how WELL do the Upgrades Run? (770 comments)

I used to own an iPhone 3g. When iOS 4 came out and I updated, the phone slowed to a CRAWL. This was apparently a common thing, as the iOS 4 was more geared towards the hardware in the iPhone 4 or possibly the 3GS. So, it now took noticeably longer to open ANY app, even the ones built into the phone, answering calls was laggy, it was not good. With no way to "legitimately" downgrade to a previous version, I ended up feeling like I HAD to jailbreak, just to retain the performance of the previous version! So, the chart suggesting that the 3g is still being "supported" with new updates is entirely misleading. New updates are that are designed for better hardware are being FORCED on it. I like Windows 7, but I wouldn't want to be all but forced to put it on a 10 year old computer that still runs XP just fine, that would be counter productive. (For those who try to say you aren't "Forced." If your iPhone ever crashes and you have to do a restore, it'll demand you go to the latest iOS. It happened to me.)

about 3 years ago

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UN Declares Internet Access Is A Human Right

Rinnon Rinnon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rinnon (1474161) writes "The UN has recently released a report declaring that disconnecting a user from the Internet, barring technical errors or cyber attacks, is a human rights violation.

"While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, states have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely. The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from Internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

Now hopefully this will put an end to all these ridiculous 3 strikes policies that keep popping up, but when has the MAFIAA ever let a silly little thing like human rights stand in their way? Full report found here: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf"

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