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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RivenAleem Re:Wait for it... (751 comments)

He does not have it, because it has been misplaced. If I misplaced my keys, then I would not have them.

5 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RivenAleem Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (751 comments)

One man's claiming credit, is another man's owning up.

5 days ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

RivenAleem Re:nothing new (122 comments)

Damn Fracking!

5 days ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

RivenAleem Re:Easy solution ... provide a better excuse (401 comments)

Firstly, remember they WILL resort to lying, begging or pleading to get you to keep the service.

Secondly, unless you keep a record of you telling them you are cancelling, either in a recording or registered mail, they will send your unpaid bills to debt collectors, and your credit rating will take a nosedive.

So either lie to them, or record the phone call, make it last 5 minutes. "Hi I'm calling to cancel my account, here are my customer details... I am keeping a recording of this call for my records. Have a nice day"

about a week ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

RivenAleem False Positives (106 comments)

I had the chance to test drive this. However I had had lunch earlier at Taco Bell, and the car seemed to think I was having heart attacks.

about a week ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

RivenAleem Re:we've known this for a while (214 comments)

You see, that's exactly it.

If you released the movie for free (even low quality) before the theatrical release, then two things happen.

1) All that money they spend on marketing is worthless
2) If the Movie is bad then nobody goes to watch it

At the moment, they can spend lots of money on marketing to fool people into going to see it in the cinema. The money they give to the marketeers can be written off against the 'profits'. If you got access to the whole movie prior to release, then they couldn't hide the lemons they produce under millions spent on bribing critics. If they couldn't bribe critics, then they would be forced to make good movies. Their ability to churn out shit movies is vital to their money laundering organisation.

about a week ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

RivenAleem Re:It's like, how much more black could this be? (238 comments)

It's not really black. If you look closely you'll see it's just really really really dark blue. Only Priest's cloths are actually black.

about a week ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

RivenAleem Re:Google Glass only? (116 comments)

You could easily set up a telescope and camera on a balcony on an elevated point overlooking target area.

about two weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

RivenAleem Re:Superman (249 comments)

This is something I like about the latest Captain America movie, versus other avenger-related movies. Captain America is described as "The peak of human capability" which I take to mean he's not actually super-human. This means that the villains he fights don't have to be super-human. The Winter Soldier was a freak, but didn't have a super power.

It helps to ground the movie/story when the characters are not super-human. On the opposite side we have man of steel, which descended into a bit of a super-farce for the last hour between Clarke and Zod.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

RivenAleem Re:Seems excessive... (86 comments)

It depends on whether you embrace it or not. There are some people for whom game tester is an amazing job. It also depends on the games being tested. There is a small clip of a demo at a con done by one of the game testers.

http://imgur.com/gallery/5XLUt...

When you are this good, even game testing can be fun, I guess.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

RivenAleem Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

Not entirely true.

Terrestrial TV companies (RTE in Ireland and BBC in UK) have agreements with the regulators to give them first shot at airing TV shows in the country. It can often be on their behest that these shows are not available to stream from Netflix and Hulu. It took years to even be able to get Netflix in Ireland in the first place!

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

RivenAleem Re:Please do not use this facility (153 comments)

I'd be VERY careful of any old person in NZ or Aus. Anyone able to survive the natural elements there for that long has to be particularly badass.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

RivenAleem Re:Holiday in the USA? (702 comments)

My wife is from Poland (I am Irish), and in order to go to the US for a holiday, we have to ring a premium phone line to arrange an interview, where we must demonstrate that we have return flights booked, hotel booked and enough spare cash to keep us going while we're there. She must also provide details of employment etc. to prove she won't try to stay there illegally.

This is before all the TSA bullshit which I, who can easily get a visa, won't stand for in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

RivenAleem Re:And Your Vibrator (702 comments)

As a guy, I'm very tempted to start bringing a vibrator in my carry on just for the laughs.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

RivenAleem Re:This is scary (284 comments)

I wonder if this is the mechanism involved in hypnotism.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

RivenAleem Re:Long Distance Flying (284 comments)

And Micheal Bay movies!

about two weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

RivenAleem Re:Pilots View in WWII over Germany (200 comments)

Well of course it wasn't as colourful in WWII, they only had black and white back then, you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

RivenAleem Re:kind of like a small town fireworks show? (200 comments)

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic. I suspect you to be from somewhere landlocked, where the use of fish as a unit of measurement is as rare as a good tasting perch.

about two weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

RivenAleem Re:What we need... (235 comments)

What can be really useful is a short, flexible, pole, about 2 feet long, with a red flag tied to the end, and a glass cutter. Given how in many places, there is a minimum of 3 feet, 1 meter or in some places even 1.5 meters, anyone hit by it would be breaking the law. Ireland, unfortunately, has no such law yet (the law says "Give sufficient distance" and not a specific value for sufficient distance).

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

RivenAleem Re:It's accomplices all the way down! (255 comments)

Both analogies are false.

Volkswagen is the hardware (the computer), the ISP is the road (the internet).

The TOR operator is basically a Person parked outside the bank who will drive anyone, anywhere, no questions asked as they come out of the bank. So if someone come out wielding guns and carrying duffel bags of cash, the driver just smiles and nods and asks, "where to?".

There are 2 questions.
1) Is it irresponsible for someone to run a TOR node which can be used for criminal pursuit?
2) Is it possible to know what someone uses your exit node for?

I suspect the answer to number 2 is "No", which makes question 1 important. You have the Car, Someone provides the Road, they are just things (you might argue one war or another on the ISP, is it a thing or a service they provide) but you chose to run a TOR node that you are aware aides someone to perform illegal acts. It would be like selling guns to people and not asking them for any ID, or submitting the required paperwork for background checks. Is it reasonable to say "I'm just selling guns, I'm not responsible for how they are used. I didn't kill anyone"

I think we chose to quietly ignore the fact that in our quest to protect privacy online and maintain the anonymity of the TOR network, we are conveniently overlooking our responsibility for the outcome of such actions.

about three weeks ago

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Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct Warcraft Movie

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "The Hollywood Reporter released info on the new director for Legendary Pictures adaptation of the MMO World of Warcraft. Having directed low budget Moon ($1 million) and not so low budget Source code ($35 million) Duncan is expected to have upwards of $100 million to spend on the new movie.

Also, Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises and upcoming Man of Steel) to produce with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Production is expected to start Autumn 2013 with a 2015 release."

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EA/BioWare Servers Hacked?

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about 3 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at http://support.ea.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5367/ or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?"

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Seems China liked Avatar afterall

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "Despite a previous story of China pulling the 2D version of Avatar from cinema leading people to think that they were, in some way, making a statement of dislike of the movie's theme, China has given the movie quite an honour by renaming a mountain after it.

A photo taken by a Hollywood photographer of the Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province became the inspiration for Pandora's landscape, and will be renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

It is hoped that the renaming will boost tourism in the area on the back of the movie’s success."

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