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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

Robotron23 Re:There is one, and only one, way to fight trolli (116 comments)

You'll notice that there was virtually no griefing or trolling in old MMOs.

I call bullshit.

From 2001 till 2004 I played the oldest of the popular online MMOs; Ultima Online. Trolling occurred through excessive player killing, disruption of guild activities and dungeoneering plus people doing some honest mining. It was characteristic celebrated amongst perpetrators and adrenaline junkies but reviled amongst those wanting a less combative, PvE experience.

It was already on the decrease when I joined up thanks to the introduction of a non-combat realm. Nowadays a few thousand people yearning for the lawlessness of the old UO have founded their own free servers replicating the 'Wild West' culture.

Trolling isn't exclusive to new MMOs or modern forums, social media and so on. It was present in the early days of Usenet, the earliest chat rooms and IRC channels, and from the very first online games venturing beyond LAN and Intranet play.

about 6 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Robotron23 Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Taco Bell should release a Bland Sauce for her. It would basically be chopped tomatoes with a little onion.

Plus a couple of preservatives, some xanthan gum, and a few other chemicals to match those in the food itself.

Source: http://www.tacobell.com/nutrit...

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Robotron23 Slashdot Beta's Death Star (250 comments)

CowboyNeal: Governor Alice. I should have expected to find you holding Beta's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought onboard.

Alice Hill: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate Slashdot.

CowboyNeal: [sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.

Hill: CowboyNeal, before Slashdot's execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make the Beta shitfest operational. No tech site will dare oppose Dice now.

CowboyNeal: The more you tighten your grip, Hill, the more tech sites will slip through your fingers.

Hill: Not after we demonstrate the power of this revamp. In a way, you have determined the choice of the website that will be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the rogue site relaunch base, I have chosen to implement Beta's destructive power on your favorite website of Slashdot.

CowboyNeal: [shocked] No! Slashdot is peaceful. We have no hot grits. You can't possibly–

Hill: You would prefer another target? Then name the system! [stepping closer to CowboyNeal and pinning him against Slashdot's editors] I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the revamp based?

CowboyNeal: [looks at Slashdot for a moment, then, resigned] AltSlashdot. They're on AltSlashdot.

Hill: There. You see, editors? She can be reasonable. [to sysadmin] Continue with the operation. You may launch Beta when ready.

CowboyNeal: [panicked] What?!

Hill: You are far too trusting. AltSlashdot is too small to make an effective demonstration, but don't worry. We will deal with your revivalist friends soon enough.

CowboyNeal: No!

Fuck Beta! Everyone get in touch with Alice Hill, the person who actually runs the show at Dice - her LinkedIn.

about 8 months ago
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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

Robotron23 Re:AltSlashdot is coming (23 comments)

How about simply 'AltSlash.org' ? So long as the site isn't too similar to Slashdot classic it might just work. Sounds a bit reminiscent of Usenet though, and there are certainly technical hurdles as unitron says.

Look at how people are condemning Beta, getting twenty or so Beta condemning submissions modded up and flooding topic after topic. If we could rally around a single revival and steadily promote it, especially in the days and weeks leading up to when Classic dies off for good, then a percentage of people will likely make the exodus. Even if it's a small hardcore, it'll still be more than Slashdot had in its early days.

We could even ask CowboyNeal to join the show!

about 8 months ago
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DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

Robotron23 Re:Minor details! (294 comments)

That he'll be charged as a terrorist and sequested in a room somewhere to be beaten with a metal pipe or waterboarded until he gives up the password. Has anyone heard from him lately?

Ulbricht appeared in court on Friday, and after a request from his legal team has a bail hearing scheduled for October 9th.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Robotron23 Whitewash (1191 comments)

I see Soulskill was kind enough to update with how to turn off images. What about those of us who'd prefer never to see this abomination implemented in the first place?

Once it's up, that's it. Slashdot as we know it is over. Kill it: there can be no compromise with something so shallow, so poorly functioning, and so obnoxious.

That this has even been proposed is a sign of colossal ignorance on the part of the owners and staff. You still do not know what makes readers come here, which is itself dismaying. If you don't have the initiative to actually inspect your own website, I doubt any of you will have the backbone to admit this is a huge mistake and put a stop to it.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

Robotron23 Satirical precedent (403 comments)

The British satirist Chris Morris authored 12 columns in the Observer, a British newspaper. He built up to a spoof suicide under the pseudonym 'Richard Geefe':

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Class_Male/Time_To_Go/

Interesting that his satire has now become a reality for one journalist.

about a year ago
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NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" From Suspects

Robotron23 Sheesh (322 comments)

Even the humble home brewer is under scrutiny now.

about a year ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

Robotron23 Hands (554 comments)

Since human hands can be employed to lethal ends, I daresay these evil and completely non-essential items frequently found on a person's being could be next on the chopping board.

I personally am more worried about them banning lumpy fruit salad; there is no greater joy than at the start of a flight covertly emptying a plastic packet of it into a sick bag:

Halfway through the flight post-meal very loudly pretend to vomit into said bag, then proceed to eat the fruit salad out of it with a little plastic spoon.

As for those who notice...they'll remember you for years!

more than 3 years ago
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How Allies Used Math Against German Tanks

Robotron23 Meth (330 comments)

I read the title as 'Meth':

For once a misreading made perfect sense in the summary title's context: use of amphetamines throughout World War II on land and air personnel is well-documented. There's a phrase one hears infrequently that amphetamines 'won the Battle of Britain' - fending off constant attack from the Luftwaffe made necessary the use of stimulants as hiring and training a new pilot took too long. Whether it really did tip the scales in that battle we'll never know. As one would expect abuse orose within both Allied and Axis forces, and the spike in use persisted after the war. The Vietnam conflict saw American troops use methamphetamine very widely, and today the drug is popular amongst the poor as a relatively inexpensive stimulant.

If there's anything that isn't widely known by the public and merits publicizing it's history of drugs such as this in the context of 20th century events like warfare. What laid ground for a forerunner to the modern drugs situation to me represents a phenomena of greater gravity than the serial numbers of tanks which one would expect would be used simply through using good old oxymoronic common sense.

Presently there's a drug by the name of 'Modafinil' which mimics amphetamine but removes almost entirely the euphoric element and much of the crash that accompanies sudden cessation. It has been around for a number of years, and sees much use in modern conflicts. It also has much off-label use, and has even been used by astronauts to cope with heavy exercise regimens.

more than 3 years ago
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Twitter To Start Selling Followers

Robotron23 Re:What else is new? (95 comments)

Wasn't that model predated with say...match.com, Friends Reunited and all those other 'social' sites which charge for being a venue for fostering friendship or romance developments?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Is Down

Robotron23 ./? Hm? (448 comments)

What is this "dotslash" of which you speak?

about 4 years ago
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First Reviews of Civilization V

Robotron23 Re:Wine? (380 comments)

Raises an interesting point; in Civilization IV do you need to have researched a technology required to gather a luxury resource like wine to be able to receive it in a trade?

It's plain to see you can't get strategical goods like iron in trade without Iron Working and so on, but as a casual Civ player I'm uncertain about less vital things like luxury resources...

If you do need the tech, then it's certain you'll need Monarchy for wine; probability won't enter the equation.

about 4 years ago
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Steve Wiebe is the King of Kong Again

Robotron23 King of Kong portrayals (127 comments)

I'd enjoy hearing how accurate the portrayals of the rivals were in The King of Kong. I bought that film after seeing it mentioned here on Slashdot; fantastic entertainment for those who recall the 1980s and younger people who aren't as acquianted with the arcade culture since the decline that happened after that decade elapsed.

In the documentary, Steve Wiebe was portrayed as a geeky underrachieving family man; all around a likable, modest chap who'd arrived at competing for Donkey Kong's high score much later than the era in which it was 'mainstream' to play.

Billy Mitchell was portrayed as a proud, competitive, somewhat disgruntled insider who'd been affiliated with the judging body Twin Galaxies and the videogame high score scene since the beginning. To my mind he didn't seem near as affable or appealing a person as Wiebe.

This is the age of manipulative editing, and in a 'reality' type production such as The King of Kong I'm a bit wary of a disturbed chronology enacted to favour the rivalry and contrast elements. Does anyone here have anything to verify or debunk the film's portrayals?

about 4 years ago
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The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

Robotron23 Trial and error (715 comments)

Biggest issue with computer problems is that it requires trial and error procedure to identify the problem component. My latest component to fail was a faulty RAM stick - often testing the system by removing individual RAM sticks is a good first step.

Sometimes it can be a hard drive fault - could be a data issue which is remedied by a thorough format, though it's possible for disks to develop hardware faults. CPU problems are often more obvious than memory or HD - sudden shutdowns and even motherboard messages upon startup that allude to the processor can indicate where the problem lies.

Video card is usually obvious; visually through artifacts or overall display errors. Many motherboards today have onboard display components appended which, if you remove the GPU unit and install drivers, can clue one in as to whether or not the GPU is acting up.

Power supplies are less formulaic, but are also vital. If you've a bad PSU it can potentially fry an entire system should it have a fault - obviously that's costly and frustrating unless you derive more pleasure from a loud, sudden bang and a bricked system than you would a remedied, alive computer.

Obviously buying reputable brands rather than obscure 'third-party' manufactured components is wise. Product reviews tend to crop up recently after purchase - a component could perform well for awhile then perish, with few reviews online reflecting this. That said I've bought various computer hardware over the years and some obscure China-made stuff has performed as well as pricier, renowned brand equivalents.

For the time being we've still this incumbent trial and error equation facing nerds. Chances are if you own one or more computers some suspected hardware fault will crop up. For nerds who build their own computers this is somewhat less of an issue; an annoyance that can be dealt with. To my mind, the best method is to be very speedy and rigorous if you believe there's a hardware issue - a software malady tends to be (in home computer cases) innocuous; you just backup any wanted files and format the hard disk. Hardware problems can hinder or even damage a system permanently.

about 4 years ago
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My Camera ...

Robotron23 Nikon DSLR & accessory tips (342 comments)

I bought a Nikon D300S for photojournalism and recreational uses not long ago. For anyone looking at an entry-level professional model I'd go for this. It's got pretty much everything an aspiring photographer needs. Prior to mid-2009 there was the D300 which inferior in terms of shutter speed to the full frame model the D700. However when Nikon replaced the D300 and appended the 's' it moved much closer to the D700 with the only defining feature separating the two being full frame.

Full frame is a new-fangled luxury. If you're not an extremely engaged artist or studio photographer the use of the FF feature is pretty limited. The results gained relative to the greater cost just aren't worthwhile for most folks. I take a general mixture of shots which are used on websites and in print publications it just isn't necessary. Put it this way; the D300S exceeds any camera 20 years ago. Not forgetting that the dark film and film rolls have all but dissapeared.

For comparison: D300S is about £1,100 new. D700 is circa £1,700. One can shave roughly equal proportions buying used (usually in the region of 20-30%) but as said...FF is swanky and a great thing, just not of much consequence. Be wary when buying used; there are reputable exchanges out there and it's generally best to stick to those.

A great backup camera is the D3000 which is currently sold on Amazon which a nice little Nikkor kit lens for about £350. This is an enthusiast level DSLR capable of some decent shots. However bear in mind that for fast shooting it is inferior. Therefore it's best kept for non-speed intensive work like macro (close-up) photography, or for backup use in case of battery issues or the unlikely scenario that the primary cam becomes faulty. On occasion I do need to take a shot of a moving, transient object which means rattling off 6 or 7 shots a second - the lower end cams can't achieve this and thus represent a refined, high-end holiday camera.

Accessories wise...always go for Lowepro backpacks; these are secure (waiststrap and rear-side clips over camera pocket) and you can append locks for security - try to conceal locks as they're a sign you're carrying valuables. Lots of models available; they hold laptops, and have ample space for one to pack food, drink, perhaps a GPS or map etc. Certain models allow for a full-length tripod to be attached.

For indoor photography, get the SB-400 flash and attach a cable to it to grant it the swivel function. This saves you cash having to buy the higher-end SB-600 or SB-800 speedlights - the results from a swivel-capable 400 are fine for most folks, it's a competant flash for use on cloudy days and at night within close range, especially if light from a streetlamp or building augments the illumination.

Lenses...go for a 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 Nikkor for general all-purpose use. If money is an issue just get this lense. For macro work there's a budget solution from Sigma; a 70-300mm great for capturing distance objects in for instance nature. Noise tends to be louder from the cheaper Sigma lenses...however in most cases it really isn't a problem, and you're saving a lot of cash on Nikkor lenses. Be aware that third-party brands do not replicate all types of lense well; best to check reviews and go along to a local shop to give any glass you've got your eye on a try.

Also if you do aim to go on treks, purchase a walking pole or cane. This helps a lot afterwards if you're rusty (as I was) when it comes to long walks. It isn't apparant at the time, but the endurance help a stick grants is great - plus it lessens blister and aches due to promoting balance and relieving pressure from the legs and spine.

about 4 years ago
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Icons on my (computer) desktop:

Robotron23 Icons and memory (384 comments)

About a decade back a technician built me a computer. I always remember him telling me to keep the icons to 'two rows maximum' to conserve memory. I had 128mb in RAM which was quite good for the end of 2000.

I always questioned his advice; if people were running 98 SE on say 32 or 64mb, surely a few icons wouldn't slow it down to by any significant proportion?

Nowadays I've 29 icons on a 1920x1080 res rig running Win7 as my primary. 10 icons a row, and no appreciable difference. I believe if you can keep the desktop manageable then there's no reason not to have many icons. My secondary PC (Ubuntu) has a comparitively modest 14 icons, but given that many on the Windoze box are game shortcuts it's understandable.

Before long home PCs are going to have over 10GB of RAM, and a few icons taking up a fraction of a megabyte (?) of random access is obviously no big deal unless you're disorganized to the point of overly cluttering the desktop.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

Robotron23 Re:Using drugs for addiction (258 comments)

Indeed; this was noted in my original post. The recreational potential is limited in part due to seizure factor.

Disregarding the limited (mostly anecdotal) evidence for recreational interaction of Wellbutrin with other drugs there's another point to make:

Here's the summary on PubMed.>

Note that the study also encompasses total hours played and craving symptoms. How was gaining such information possible other than subjective accounts from the sampled?

Then there's the fact no placebo group was present: There were zero corresponding Starcraft players/addicts given a sugar pill and then shown the Zerg images to measure their reactions. So how do we know whether this was Wellbutrin or merely the study itself and circumstances surrounding it that triggered the difference?

more than 4 years ago

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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Slashdot's finest editor to date has been mercilessly locked in a basement filled with fuzzy dice Dice created to furnish Google's self-driving cars. Screaming, followed by sounds of frenzied masturbation, have been reported from the subterranean dungeon. "There's no way enough ejaculatory fluid is getting sprayed on our dice to make us care about this deluded protestor's opinion." a Dice executive commented earlier. Former Slashdot owner turned professional millionaire Robert Malda, expressed support: "No porn. More dice than a casino. Lame.""
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Why Games Should Be In The Public Domain

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Rock, Paper, Shotgun author John Walker shook a hornet's nest by suggesting old videogames should enter the public domain during GOG's Time Machine sale. George Broussard of Duke Nukem fame took to Twitter, saying the author should be fired. In response to these comments RPS commissioned an editorial arguing why games and other media should enter the public domain much more rapidly than at present.

"I would no more steal a car than I would tolerate a company telling me that they had the exclusive rights to the idea of cars themselves." says Walker, paraphrasing a notorious anti-piracy ad. "However, there are things I’m very happy to ‘steal’, like knowledge, inspiration, or good ideas...It was until incredibly recently that amongst such things as knowledge, inspiration and good ideas were the likes of literature and music.""

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Satya Nadella Tipped As Microsoft's New CEO, Gates May Leave

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Satya Modella, the present head of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, has been heavily tipped as Steve Ballmer's successor. Discussion is already erupting over Nadella's potential approach to the company should he be granted the position. Bill Gates, the co-founder and present chairman of the company, may be replaced at the same time."
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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $1,000,000

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Specializing in beating video games as rapidly as possible whilst raising money for cancer prevention, Awesome Games Done Quick just staged its most successful marathon to date with over $1,000,000 in donations. Highlights include Duke Nukem 3D (completed in 12 minutes), Super Metroid (45 minutes) and Half-Life (39 minutes). Game developers involved with the games, such as Valve's Zoid Kirsch, weighed in to add commentary."
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The NSA Revelations Decoded

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about a year ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "The Guardian has published a comprehensive review of the revelations derived from leaked documents published by Edward Snowden. Among the topics covered are NSA monitoring programs and techniques, the legal framework of such programs, counter-surveillance techniques, events such as the Lavabit shutdown, and prospects for reform. In the final section, some NSA documents are available for access."
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Silk Road Founder Charged With Two Counts of Assassination

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about a year ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Further charges have been made against Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht, aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts'. Yesterday saw the shutdown of Silk Road, a website Ulbricht founded which specialized in the sale of illegal items such as recreational drugs. As well as paying for a hit on a forum member, Ulbricht later requested an undercover agent murder an arrested employee of Silk Road, terming it "the right move". Upon receiving staged photos of torture and eventually the corpse, Ulbricht paid in full."
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William Shatner Covers 'Friday'

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "In a shock return to music, William Shatner has released a cover of Internet sensation Rebecca Black's 'Friday' . The spoken word cover was originally to have been Auto-Tuned, but an angered Shatner announced: "I'm not having any pitch corrections distorting my voice." Critics are calling the Shatner cover the first to improve rather than reduce the quality of the original song."
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Robot Actress Makes Stage Debut In Japan

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "The BBC reports that a robot named Geminoid-F has made it's acting debut in Japan. The short play in which it appeared was a sellout with the Japanese public who were curious to see the robot's performance. However an actress who co-starred pointed out that the lack of human presence made the droid difficult to act alongside."
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British Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal Password

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "In one of the first cases of its kind, 19 year old Oliver Drage of Liverpool, UK has been jailed for 18 weeks for refusing to give up a password to his computer. Police who made the arrest were tackling child sexual exploitation. Drage worked in fast-food service and had no prior criminal record. Police are still attempting to crack his sophisticated 50 character password. A detective on the case termed his sentence the 'ultimate sanction'."
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If The PopeMobile Gets Bazooka'd, Blame Atheists

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Pope Benedict XVI, who is on a UK visit, received heavy criticism following his remarks comparing followers of atheism with Nazi extremists. The Pope's £75,000 bulletproof Mercedes, the 'PopeMobile', transports Benedict from place to place. A British commentator remarked that only a missile could pierce the car's chassis, and that if it did atheists could be blamed."
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Science Writer Ed Yong Reveals Custard Truths

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Ed Yong of the popular British science magazine Discover has revealed results of his long-awaited custard research. Yong, an award-winning science writer, said he'd journeyed to the sprawling Amazonian rainforests to discover the origins of the popular dessert sauce. The results, to quote a certain sci-fi character, were "Fascinating...""
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Robert De Niro Sets New Guinness World Record

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "Dramatic scenes erupted in Manhattan this evening as veteran actor Robert De Niro achieved a world record. The feat took 8 hours, 48 minutes and 51 seconds. Fellow Hollywood auteurs were keen to praise De Niro, whose endurance is now officially unmatched by any actor. The record concluded with a brave attempt to set another — 'Loudest sound made whilst drinking' — this narrowly failed, leaving the actor with mild intestinal problems."
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Apple Reveals Naming Mistakes

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 writes "At a discreet press conference yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs together with Stephen Wozniak confessed that throughout the company's history there had been errors in product naming: Those Beatles lawsuits could have been avoided had company registrars recorded the proposed name m'Appelle which was intended to tell customers the products 'truly belonged to them'. Wozniak mentions that the PowerBook was meant to be called the MightTome to better appeal to D&D enthusiasts."
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Capt. Picard Calls Old Spice Man About Leaked File

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "In an unexpected twist of events in the Wikileaks scandal, it emerged this evening that Patrick Stewart had interviewed Isaiah Mustafa, famous recently for his Old Spice endorsements. One of the 91,000 leaked files had apparently contained a letter and photo alluding to Mustafa as a 'special operative' in Afghanistan. It was spotted by fans of the sports star and has proliferated online since; Sir Patrick obtained a copy this morning and used his connections to gain an interview with Isaiah himself."
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UK Policeman Not To Face Charges Over Death At G20

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "The BBC among many other British sources is reporting that a police office who violently shoved Ian Tomlinson to the ground during the London G20 conference protests will not face charges, despite the man collapsing with a fatal heart attack minutes later. The incident was captured by an American businessman who was present to film the assault. Filming or photographing a police officer is now illegal in Britain, meaning the story was technically published using an illegal source; police sources were later suspected of fabricating falsehood in relation to what occurred, with numerous evidence contrary to London Metropolitan Police's statements."
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Apple's Rotten Core: Inside The Foxconn Facility

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "The Daily Telegraph reports on the ongoing grim situation with Apple's manufacturing workforce in the wake of the iPad's European launch. Twelve suicides this year have occurred from employees jumping off of Foxconn factory buildings. Accounts of life working for Foxconn have emerged from within China including this translated report from an undercover reporter. Two deaths and further attempts have occurred over the past ten days."
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The ILOVEYOU Bug - Ten years on

Robotron23 Robotron23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robotron23 (832528) writes "The BBC has a first-hand account of the ILOVEYOU e-mail virus from a worker at Star Labs who observed the phenomena as it happened. A decade ago, two students based in the Phillipines wrote the virus as a part of an undergraduate thesis; the virus was renowned less for its technical intricacy than its method of presentation which took advantage of human psychology. The virus itself cost firms millions in productivity losses, badly affecting businesses in Asia as well in Europe and the US. Server overloads, a lack of experience, and the absence of backups are cited as reasons for the severity of the e-mail infection — a fix was released quickly, but the magnitude of demand meant that initially it was available only to a fortunate few."
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