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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

SailorSpork Recording Apps (368 comments)

Here is an article from Lifehacker on how to record incoming calls on your smart phone. It looks hard unless you use Google Voice, and GV only records incoming calls (fear of grey areas around wiretapping laws it seems). Free Android apps seem to record all sound coming in the mic and end up being lower quality recordings.

about a month and a half ago
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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

SailorSpork Re:And it's already closed (81 comments)

So this site, which according to the article was behind schedule and missed every major milestone, is basically closed as soon as the Panasonic partnership was announced. Maybe this site (and its mismanagement) did not meet Panasonic's needs, as they are supposed to be contributing major amounts of capital and equipment, so much so that this site had to be scrapped. /end speculation

about a month ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

SailorSpork Re:Could be worse (234 comments)

This same version of Sims 2 DX was given to anyone who has registered any Sims 2 software on Origin. It, in fact, replaced any pre-existing Sims 2 version(s) you had as they were "no longer supported." As one of these people, this is basically bait-and-switch because my old version of Sims without drastic DRM is "no longer supported."

Or to use a car analogy, if the fact that it was given away to everyone else when I already owned it was kind of a slap in the face, the DRM was a slap in the face with a smelly fish that had a nail bat hidden in it.

about 2 months ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

SailorSpork Two sides to this... (150 comments)

One one hand, I join in the mob rage that this warrant is obviously to broad / vague. On the other hand, as of 2014 in the US this data still need a search warrant to obtain. Let's see how this conversation goes in 2020. Maybe by then US will stand for Universal Surveillance.

about 2 months ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

SailorSpork Re:Resurrection (205 comments)

I see the plot of a new Micheal Bay (or maybe J.J. Abrams) movie: The US military, unable to get qualified recruits to fight the new Zombie wars, takes a cue from the Zombie playbook and develops the technology to bring life old soldiers. After a bit of a difficult start, the program exceeds all expectations until the previously dead soldiers revolt at being put back in the grave and bring Washington to it's knees by filing for Social Security benefits.

Hmm. Nice twist at the end, but too much plot, needs more explosions.

about 3 months ago
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MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

SailorSpork Re:More Uses for Aluminium foil (125 comments)

Batman has been way ahead of you guys for years. The Batcave is lined with lead just for this kind of thing!

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

SailorSpork Re:Control Groups (250 comments)

Where are the control groups? Shouldn't there also be at least a few of these: 1) One group that showers daily and uses the spray. 2) One group that showers daily and sprays plain water. 3) One group that doesn't shower for 4 weeks and sprays plain water.

Number 3 is almost required for any accurate study and I would think it would the other 2 wouldn't hurt either.

Reading the article, she was subject 26 of who knows how many. For all we know, she was in the control group, or there may have been separate control groups present. The article recaps her personal experience, not the complete conditions for the experiment. Maybe with the initial findings, they'll do multiple rounds with different variables as you suggest above.

about 4 months ago
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Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)

SailorSpork Big Bang Theory (41 comments)

They basically did this on The Big Bang Theory. The 3D printing of themselves part, not the make-your-own-better-resin-printer-out-of-scrap part. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg....

about 4 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

SailorSpork Re:This isn't why they had a security breach (210 comments)

Pffft, you think that matters? Target had a high-publicity credit card hack theft thingy, Target installing "better" card thingys with "chips" in them, seems gadgety and high tech. Target gets its "we're improving our credit card security" headline. American people go "wooooo, high tech thingy! Problem solved!"

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases

SailorSpork Re:400 years for one murder (51 comments)

You kind of hit on the point. There are certain things that can be done to reduce sentences and overturn rulings. In theory, having multiple life sentences and 400 year punishments should effectively deter any of them from actually allowing certain criminals to get out of prison early. I would assume it would also give the prison wardens some sort of way to rank and prioritize attention paid to inmates, work release programs treatments and privileges, and so forth. The guy serving 10 years for killing his wife in a fit of rage for cheating on him may get to try programs that the guy who did multiple unmentionable things many times over and is serving 10 consecutive life sentences will not. Maybe I'm giving the system too much credit.

Also, who knows what medical breakthroughs we'll make in the next 400 years?

about 4 months ago
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How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations

SailorSpork Re:If you're just beaming it down to earth anyways (230 comments)

They had these in SimCity 2000. You built Microwave power collectors that collected energy from orbital space stations.

Why I'm bringing it up on Slashdot (aside from the hoped-for karma boost from invoking PC game nostalgia) is that occasional disasters happened if the orbital satellites were ever off by a fraction of a percent and they beamed the energy into the nearby residential population instead.

I'd be very interested to know more details of how they plan to transport the energy to the surface.

about 5 months ago
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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 6 months 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 6 months ago

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Shunned by White House, Death Star turns to Kickstarter

SailorSpork SailorSpork writes  |  about a year and a half 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 and a half 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  |  about 4 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  |  about 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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  |  more than 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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