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'weev' Conviction Vacated

SailorSpork Re:Or in legal parlance (148 comments)

Yeah, "Don't Make New Laws Unless You Have To" looks like copping out, but is actually something I completely support. When new laws are made, it usually just makes things more complicated, may create unintended/unforeseen consequences, and so forth.

about a week ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

SailorSpork Re:Auto play audio? (142 comments)

I'm reading this at work, where my computer is already muted. Joke's on Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

SailorSpork From the Ask Zelda column: (77 comments)

You and your co-workers could ask [the supervisor] for a team meeting and lay out the issue as you see it: “We feel like you don’t trust us and we aren’t comfortable making small talk anymore for fear of having our desks moved if we’re seen as being too chummy.” (Leave out the part about the snitches.) Tell him how this is hampering collaboration and affecting the work, ask him if he has a problem with the team’s behavior, and see what he says. Encourage him to come directly to the employee in question if he has a concern (rather than ask a third party to gather intel for him).



Trust is hard to rebuild once it has been broken. Your work center may take time to heal after this deplorable practice has been discontinued, but give it time and hopefully the open cooperation you once enjoyed will return.

Ironic, Big Brother.

about a month ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

SailorSpork Oh, Facebook (462 comments)

If you can make it this easy for people to share who they share their gender preferences with, why can't you let me customize which advertisers and apps can and can't see what portions of my data, my friends list, and can post on my behalf? I guess I will continue to not like anything on Facebook and not use apps.

about 2 months ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

SailorSpork Re:I've always wondered that about antihistamines (351 comments)

Yes, but sometimes it's over responsive. In this case, allergies. The only true long-term healthy solution to allergies is to physically move somewhere else; even if that means another city/state/country.

Or allergy tolerance shots. I get injected every week with a dose of what I am allergic to, in order to slowly build up my allergen tolerance and lower the amount of drugs I need to control my symptoms. It's to the point where I can now have pets!

about 3 months ago
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Japan To Tax Online Sales Of Foreign-Made Content

SailorSpork And how will they impose this tax? (59 comments)

The reason consumers are buying digital merch from other countries is because it is cheaper. Entertainment moguls have an even tighter stranglehold on Japan's entertainment business and pricing than even the RIAA in the US and prices for music, movies, games, etc are all much higher, on the order of 50-100% higher. If you try buying a song in the Japan iTunes store for instance, a song that is 99 cents or $1.29 in the US app store is ~$2 in Japan.

So I'm sure what the Japanese people are doing, as an example, is switching their iTunes "home" location to another country and buying iTunes cards from those countries, saving costs and getting equivalent merchandise.

This scheme does not make for easy tracking and taxation on the Japanese side...

about 3 months ago
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Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons

SailorSpork Re:When (153 comments)

When did a directed energy weapon become a "cheap tool"?

Sorry, I initially read NERF guns... anyone can make a mistake. :)

about 5 months ago
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

SailorSpork Re:Harder than killing him... (520 comments)

According to TFA, he was shot in the chest multiple times before being taken into custody. I don't think bringing him in alive was their top priority, but I agree that it is unusual and will be interesting to hear what he claims his motives were rather than piecing it together by scraping it off of his Facebook page and his Guns 'R Us receipts.

about 6 months ago
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Fighting Paralysis With Electricity

SailorSpork It's backwards... (56 comments)

Anyone who has played Pokemon knows that Electric attacks *cause* paralysis!

about 6 months ago
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

SailorSpork Re:Homer! (190 comments)

If this was a Kinja-powered news site, the comments section here would be full of Homer Simpson images, animated gifs, and memes generated just for this news story.

Thank goodness this isn't powered by Kinja.

about 6 months ago
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Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't

SailorSpork Story leaves out important bits (771 comments)

Also from the front page:

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.

He leaves a link to donote to their legal defense fund. In other words, he's still fighting it, but in secret shadow court.

about 8 months ago
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Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

SailorSpork Re:What about games (373 comments)

What this means is that "Gamers are not normal users," and they can cost-save their standard line by going from 7200 to 5400 and charge the same, and create a new Gamer/High Performance line and charge a lot more for it, if they aren't already doing that, while eliminating the lower-tier 7200 line that was doing "good enough" for most Gamers or high end users.

In other words, if you like 7200 cheap drives, buy one now or hope that competition won't follow suit.

about 8 months ago
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New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

SailorSpork Experimentation time! (93 comments)

The researchers don't yet know how its strength compares to that of S. somereni.

In other words, they are currently writing up a research grant proposal that allows them to travel the world stepping on shrews. FOR SCIENCE!!!

about 9 months ago
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Cisco To Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 Billion

SailorSpork Oh, SourceFIRE (38 comments)

Did anyone else read "Sourceforge" and start to worry about everyone's (1st/2nd/3rd) favorite code repository?

about 9 months ago
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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

SailorSpork Re:Bravo EFF (333 comments)

Good point.

...aaaaaaand done.

about 9 months ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

SailorSpork Re:"Of the situation" (401 comments)

Mod parent up, there is so much truth to this. I am an EE in the US (CompE actually), but between the real-world experience and painful interviewing process, it became clear that supply outpaced demand and competition for even the least appealing EE jobs was high. And of course, over time talent supply flows to where the demand (and pay) is higher. Personally I left the field, got my MBA and joined the ranks of evil in the corporate world where there was more demand and money...

about 9 months ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

SailorSpork Re:Mega Dollars? (528 comments)

It's part of the new dual-currency system they're introducing in the US off of the highly successful Free 2 Play game system model and gamification of real life. Dollars can be earned through normal gameplay, mega-dollars can only be purchased by the Rich or Politically Connected and are required to unlock the best stuff in the the game.

about 10 months ago
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US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage

SailorSpork Re:Petition to pardon Snowden (442 comments)

You mean the pre-order list for the Xbox One with always-on Kinect?

about 10 months ago
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

SailorSpork Could be better than the comic (88 comments)

I'm disheartened by the mostly negative comments I'm seeing on Slashdot on this. The comic itself isn't bad. The art, while heavily influenced by manga, is nice and unique and has evolved since he started, which is something you don't see much in anime/manga these days outside of something like One Piece. The story wandered a bit but flows better when you aren't reading the page a month that it now updates.

Yes, Fred and his wife have had health problems preventing frequent updates and I am not going to be his apologist, and no I have not read the comic regularly in years, but I think this project has serious potential. He started the comic with heavy influence from the visual novel genre and this could be the ultimate expression of the comic... he may even have a chance to straighten out some story elements. The ability to look at the same story from more than one character's perspective with different play-throughs and multiple endings sounds great as well.

Also, he has a team of developers working with him, he's not doing it on his own, so they should be able to keep this on track. Also, with any luck, one of the stretch goals will be to hire an art assistant (I mean he's blown through nearly every other early stretch goal in a day, why not?).

about 9 months ago

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Shunned by White House, Death Star turns to Kickstarter

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  about a year ago

SailorSpork writes "Shunned by the White House, the Death Star has turned to Kickstarter to fund its evil ambitions. At £20,000,000, it will be funded and be allowed to move forward to drawing up plans and finding chicken wire to cover up that vent. If it reaches its stretch goal of £543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000), full construction can commence.

While clearly a joke (from TFA: "The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible"), crazier things have happened, and funding is already over £230,000."

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US District Court drops charges against Aaron Swartz

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  about a year ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes ""The US District Court in Boston has dropped the charges against Aaron Swartz, a web entrepreneur and political activist who committed suicide Friday, according to a court document filed this morning.

In July 2011, Swartz was charged in US District Court in Boston for hacking into the JSTOR archive system on MIT's network in 2010. He allegedly downloaded more than 4 million articles, some of which were behind a paywall." This has been talked about numerous times here."

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Super Mario Bros. was almost a beat 'em up shooter

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes "IGN has the scoop on the content of the Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary set released last week in Japan. On the bonus disc were never-before-seen design documents, dated 9 months before it hit shelves in Japan in 1985, that had Mario using kicks, ray guns and rocket launchers with the A button (rather than the now famous Jump, which would have been Up on the D-pad). This puts the original Mario game closer to Contra or Streets of Rage, and that changes were made very close to launch to make it the classic game we know and love today."
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Disc no longer needed for PS3 Netflix Streaming

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes "I just got an email from Netflix stating: "
Dear ****,

You no longer need the instant streaming disc to instantly watch with your PS3 system.

To watch instantly via your PS3 without the disc:

1) Go to the PlayStation® Network section of the main menu.
2) Simply install Netflix from the "What's New" area.

That's it. There's no need to send the disc back to Netflix.

Enjoy!

–Your friends at Netflix"

I'm assuming this means the Honeymoon with Xbox Live is over. Note that unlike with Xbox Live (recently going to $60/yr), this doesn't even require the additional Playstation Plus paid account."
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Nintendogs Blamed for Child Mauling - Nintendo DS

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes ""Megan Walker was mauled by Saracen, a bull mastiff, while playing the game at a friend's house. The dog dragged Megan from the sofa and sank its teeth into the girl's face, removing her lip.

[British Tabloid] The Daily Mail attributes the attack to the sounds of barking emanating from Megan's DS "game station" during a bout of Nintendogs.

The girl's grandmother, Jean Taylor, told the paper, "I think this game should carry some kind of warning. People should be told not to play it when there are dogs in the room. I blame the game for what happened to Megan. If they hadn't been playing it I don't think the dog would have gone for her."

The mastiff was later destroyed. Unfortunately, the true culprit in the crime (the idiot parent that allowed a young child in the same house as a face-eating mastiff) was not."

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Gotta Hush 'em All - Pokemon fansites being C&

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes ""Owners of popular Pokemon fansites such as Serebii.net, Bulbagarden and Pokeranch opened their email inboxes this weekend to find a "Cease and Desist" letter from Nintendo's legal department. ... The issue seems to reside in the use of screenshots of Pokemon Black and White, two games that have just shipped in Japan. Fansites have generally had free reign with "fair use" content of Pokemon media (including in-game screenshots), and while Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have been restrictive and protective of the Pokemon license by unlicensed third parties, this Cease and Desist takes it to a new level.""
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RealNetworks Loses DVD Copying Decision

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SailorSpork writes "Remember The case of DVD Copy Control Association vs. RealNetworks about the RealDVD product, software which would have allowed copying movies to your hard drive and playing them back without a DVD? The judge ruled this week that the software maker broke it's CSS contract with the DVD CCA by not following certain security requirements, and that in addition, it's attempts to circumvent ARccOS and RipGuard errors violated the DCMA. The judge also noted that the backups themselves are not illegal, just the tools that make them. RealNetworks said they are reviewing the detailed ruling before commenting on the possibility of appeal."
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Nintendo announces Club Nintendo Bonuses for US

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SailorSpork writes "Kotaku has the scoop on Club Nintendo US's eagerly awaited bonuses. Club Nintendo has been around a long time in Japan, and finally opened up in the US last year. "Platinum Members can get downloadable title Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, which allows players to fight Little Mac's coach, Doc Louis. Also available is replica Mario hat. Gold Members get a calendar. Yes, a calender." Past Club Nintendo Japan bonuses have included a Wii Classic controller shaped like an SNES pad, a Mario Galaxy soundtrack, and a gold Wii Wheel. For perspective, to get to Platinum status in the US one would need to buy and register about $600 worth of Nintendo hardware & first-party games."
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China delays internet filter plan

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SailorSpork writes "BBC Reports: "China is delaying a controversial plan requiring all new computers sold in the country to be equipped with an internet filtering software, state media says. The filter, called Green Dam Youth Escort, was to have been required from Wednesday, but the ministry of industry said computer makers needed more time." Except of course for Sony, who as reported earlier lacked the moral fiber to hold off installing the spyware, which reportedly is ridden with security holes and uses stolen code. Sony actually managed to ship ahead of the schedule."
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Screw The Beatles, "LEGO Rock Band" is Com

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SailorSpork writes "You're reading that right, from TFA: "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that TT Games and Harmonix are developing a Lego version of Rock Band for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, with an additional version scheduled for release on the Nintendo DS. Players will be able to rock out in true Lego style, complete with customized avatars and LEGO themed venues. So far the only songs confirmed for this version are Blur's Song 2, Carl Douglas' Kung Fu Fighting and Europe's The Final Countdown." People in the comments section said it best — it might look like the franchise is jumping the shark, but what a way to do it!"
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Greg Bear to Write Halo Trilogy

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  about 5 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes "Many gaming websites" are reporting that Hugo and Nebula award winning sci-fi author Greg Bear will be writing a 100,000 year prequel trilogy to the Halo series, focusing on the Forerunners and presumably the construction of the Larry Niven knock-offs. Will he be able to balance the needs of his hard sci-fi fanbase with the Halo fan's need for a soft introduction to "chapter books"?

Despite my sarcasm, as someone who considers both as guilty pleasures, I am actually really looking forward to seeing how he handles this..."

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Human-Animal Hybrids Fail

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes "Fans of furries and anime-style cat girls will be disappointed by the news that attempts to create human animal hybrids have failed. Experiments by British scientists to create embryonic stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs had raised ethical concerns, but the question of how we would treat sub-humans will have to wait until we actually figure out how to make them."
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Comcast targets unlicensed anime torrents

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork writes "According to the linked thread on the forums of AnimeSuki, a popular anime bittorent index site, Comcast has begun sending DCMA letters to customers downloading unlicensed (meaning that no english language company has the rights to) fan-subtitled anime shows via bittorrent. The letters are claiming that the copyright holder or an authorized agent are making the infringement claims, though usually these requests are also sent to the site itself rather that individual downloaders.

My question is have they really been in contact with Japanese anime companies, or is this another scare tactic by Comcast to try and reduce the bandwidth use of their heavier customers now that their previous tactics have come under legal fire?"

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Former Yahoo CMO Joins Nintendo to Fill Reggie's S

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork writes "Advertising Age reports "Nintendo has a new top marketing executive. Cammie Dunaway, who announced she would be leaving Yahoo as its chief marketing officer just last week, will join Nintendo of America on Nov. 5 as exec VP-sales and marketing. That position has been empty since last May when Reggie Fils-Aime was promoted to president and chief operating officer." She has some big Reggie-sized shoes to fill, good luck to her!"
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Japan Asks US Government to Stop Anime on P2P

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes "The Japanese government has formally asked the American government for their help in stopping the distribution of fan-subtitled anime, specifically via P2P networks like Bittorrent and video sharing sites such as YouTube. The full document (in Japanese) is available here, a Google translation of an article on a Japanese website summarizing the request is available here, and a short article is available in english here. In a nutshell, the Japanese government blames rampant filesharing with the recent decline of the industry both at home and abroad. While individual companies have made similar, targeted requests before to stop a few specific projects, this is the first time the Japanese government has asked for help in enforcing its international copyrights across the board.
Ironically, Geneon Entertainment, an anime distributor that had an agreement with Azureus to digitally distribute its titles via Bittorrent, has recently withdrawn from the American market."
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Serious Gaming Starting at Age 6?

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork writes "This article from Advertising Age presents data saying that 6-8 year olds are gaming much more than the previous year's research (75% more), and that an increase in easily accessible casual games is helping this growth. Marketers are calling this young demographic a "critical age at which to capture the future gamers of the world." The article also states that the results are troubling for those concerned about the link between video game marketing and the increasing trend in obese children (when I was that age, we — err, they were called "fat kids"), but says that more research is called for."
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Nintendo is Ad Age's Marketer of the Year

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork (1080153) writes ""NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In much the way Apple made music aficionados out of mere music buyers, Nintendo via its Wii system has created a passionate group of devotees out of people who previously couldn't have cared less about video games. Wii broke open a market long confined predominantly to young men and welcomed in the rest of the family."

Full article: http://adage.com/latestnews/article.php?article_id=121039"

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Sonic invades Smash Brothers Brawl

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SailorSpork writes "It's been long speculated and hoped for and finally confirmed: the blue speedy spiny former long-time nemesis to the pudgy plumber will show up as a rival in the latest generation Smash Brothers game for Wii coming out in December. The official Smash Brothers homepage has pictures and videos of Sonic and Mario in action together, showing off a few early shots of his speedy moves. Now that Snake isn't the only non-Nintendo exclusive character in the game, what other surprises are in store? Don't hold your breath if you were hoping for Master Chief and Sephiroth."

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