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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Spottywot Re:misleading (72 comments)

I have a similar policy with my 5 yr old boy, apart from the password. I let him choose his own password , of course I know what he typed, but he thinks he has a secret which he thinks is great, and he has his introduction to computer security.

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Spottywot Re: Not to mention (246 comments)

Lol, ot slightly, but you shouldn't be modded down. +5 funny

about a month and a half ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Spottywot Re: ... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

The fallacy is that we are debating democracy as the reason our system of government doesn't work, the truth is our system of government is unfettered capitalism. The two things are not the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

Spottywot Re: Despecialized Editions (210 comments)

Thanks for that, I didn't realise that they were still works in progress, I'll check to see which version I have and compare it to 2.5.

about 5 months ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

Spottywot Re: Despecialized Editions (210 comments)

Harmys despecialized editions can be found here http://originaltrilogy.com/for... This site invites you to create an account to get access to the torrent link, but the torrents for all three movies should be quite easy to find on the usual torrent trackers. They are all great quality hd versions with the original soundtracks. Happy hunting, with no need for Disney to intervene.

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Spottywot Re:Woot! (92 comments)

The 85% who thought it wasn't illegal to make a backup were correct as it isn't illegal to do so. However, it was a copyright infringement to do so. So you have something you are entitled to do that is also illegal. Since your consumer rights trump a civil misdemeanour (never tested, but your rights are inviolable) no one wanted the hassle of upholdng that law.

So you agree with me then?

about 7 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Spottywot Re:Notice this part (92 comments)

I'm sure no one has been stopped at copying media for personal use for a long time, but there's also this part in the end of the summary:

Besides the new private copying rights, the upcoming amendments will also broaden people’s fair use rights. For example, people no longer have to ask permission to quote from or parody the work of others, such as a news report or a book, as long as it’s “fair dealing” and the source is recognized.

That actually is good news, haven't read the details yet, but on the face of it a really positive move. Must check to see what this is designed to distract us from...

about 7 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Spottywot Woot! (92 comments)

It's finally legal to do something that no-one could be bothered to harass me for doing when it was illegal. I feel freer already.

about 7 months ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

Spottywot Re: Tron (127 comments)

a) Baddie uniform. b) goodie uniform. c) Star Trek uniform. If this is the attempt to envage the public in space missions, I hate to say it but it's probably pitched about right. Think X factor in space. I shudder to think about it.

about 7 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Spottywot Re:Plenty of scientists (374 comments)

A very wide no fly zone, strictly enforced by air to air missiles. And also employ the TSA to confiscate large scissors.

about 8 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Spottywot Re:ambitious? (330 comments)

I remember having this conversation in Physics class many years ago, would be fantastic if it goes ahead but I honestly don't think that anyone would invest the huge amount of money needed to even attempt this, at least not until the oil has run out.

about 8 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Spottywot Re:Irony (238 comments)

I agree completely, hopefully it works and we can all carry on as normal, unfortunately I think Dice have spent too much money on this to let it go. We will be sold out to the advertisers like every other free site on the web. The monetization of everything eventually fucks everything. There will be no safe harbour anywhere for long until either the nature of humanity changes, or the nature of the economy does. I know which one of those is more likely, but even that is a long hard road that no-one wants to take the first steps down at the moment.

about 8 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Spottywot Irony (238 comments)

What's ironic for me is that the articles over the last couple of days have been a lot more interesting to me than in recent weeks, while I fully support the FUCK BETA protest, it's a real shame that we're missing out on some interesting discussion.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Spottywot Re:Where is the opinion survey ? (2219 comments)

I was directed to the beta site the other day on a work computer and I honestly thought I had been directed to the mobile site, and I only put up with the mobile site because it's too much hassle to load up the full site every single time. I've been there once since on purpose just to see if it really was that terrible, and frankly yes it is. If your attempt to appeal to a wider audience drives away your estabished, core audience-who by the way are your content creators- you are doing it very very wrong.

about 9 months ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

Spottywot Re: Ads are toxic. (347 comments)

On the other hand, it's possible to enjoy sport and have a sense of humour simultaneously.

about 9 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

Spottywot Re:Barrier to prevent a crash (296 comments)

Unfortunately Microsoft seem to be looking to looking to emulate Apple by taking a cut on every piece of software released for the platform, and raising the barriers for entry for indie developers in the process.

How is an entry barrier necessarily unfortunate? Entry barriers exist for a large part to prevent conditions like those that led to the 1983 crash.

It's quite simple, the market for computer games was very naive back then, people believed hyperbolic quotes on the back of games, and the misleading screenshots and cover art. We are now dealing with at least 2 generations of tech savvy consumers, and poor games simply won't sell, it's not like poor releases can taint the industry anymore on the same scale as the early days of cheap computing. Barriers to entry enforced by dominating entities such as Microsoft just mean that they get to define the playing field to suit themselves, whereas more competition means the playing field has more of a chance of being defined by the consumer or developer.

about 9 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

Spottywot Re: Explain (296 comments)

Unfortunately Microsoft seem to be looking to looking to emulate Apple by taking a cut on every piece of software released for the platform, and raising the barriers for entry for indie developers in the process. I think that the competition for their traditional gaming market by players such as Steam has the potential to persuade Microsoft not to backtrack on their previous business model. Either we get what we have been used to as gamers and developers from Microsoft, or we have a new place to go which is based on Linux. I really don't see the problem here.

about 9 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity

Spottywot Re: oh boy... (230 comments)

I agree with you totally, what needs to happen though is the economy needs to run in a way that reflects that. A lot of problems could be solved.

about 10 months ago
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Guardian Ignores MI5 Warnings, Vows To 'Publish More Snowden Leaks'

Spottywot Re:Liars, liars, pants on fire (301 comments)

Especially when they quote bullshit for the reason, i.e. Britain faced one or more terrorist attack per year since 2000 and will continue to do so http://news.sky.com/story/1151954/mi5-boss-warns-of-growing-uk-terror-threat. Now that means that there have been 13-26 attacks according to his figures and we haven't heard of one of them? I remember when the UK really was under the threat of terrorist attacks from the IRA, and though a lot of things were kept secret for obvious reasons during that time, when the security forces scored a major victory or prevented an attack you knew about it. Are they seriously saying that 7/7/2005 was 'the one that got away', and they haven't told us about the others because of secrecy? Just one for an example?

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AMD To release Mantle drivers today. Battlefield 4 patch released.

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  about 9 months ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "While there were some reports flying around about further delays of the Battlefield 4 Mantle patch it has been delivered on time today by DICE. The necessary AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers — to get Mantle optimisations to work — are yet to be released publically but are expected to be available later today.

Johan Andersson, one of the Technical Directors in the Frostbite team, said about the update: "Battlefield 4 on PC is already quite heavily optimized using DirectX 11 and DirectX 11.1, but with Mantle we are able to go even further: we’ve significantly reduced CPU cost in our rendering, efficiently parallelized it over multiple CPU cores and reduced overhead in many areas." Andersson added that the best performance gains are observed when a game is bottlenecked by the CPU "which can be quite common even on high-end machines".
DICE did a "couple of benchmarks" using Battlefield 4 on a variety of configurations. With an AMD A10-7850K 'Kaveri' APU Mantle provides a 14 per cent improvement, on a system with an AMD FX-8350 and Radeon 7970 Mantle provides a 25 per cent boost, while on an Intel Core i7-3970x Extreme system with 2x AMD Radeon R9 290x cards a huge 58 per cent performance increase was observed."

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Sabre engine technology could revolutionise space travel.

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  about a year ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "The UK government has invested 60 million in Reaction Engines to develop a new jet technology which is planned to deliver payloads into low earth orbit at a fraction of the cost of conventional rockets, and could even be used to power passenger aeroplanes at up to Mach 5."
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Could an overdeveloped visual cortex have caused the Neanderthals extinction?

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species.

As a result, more of their brain was devoted to seeing in the long, dark nights in Europe, at the expense of high-level processing.

This ability enabled our species, Homo Sapiens, to fashion warmer clothes and develop larger social networks, helping us to survive the ice age in Europe.

The study is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B Journal.A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species.

As a result, more of their brain was devoted to seeing in the long, dark nights in Europe, at the expense of high-level processing.

This ability enabled our species, Homo Sapiens, to fashion warmer clothes and develop larger social networks, helping us to survive the ice age in Europe.

The study is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B Journal."

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THQ Files for Bankruptcy

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "News long anticipated arrived Wednesday, with the announcement that THQ Inc and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. It also announced its plans to sell the company entire.

Affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group have agreed to act as the “stalking horse” by submitting a $60m bid for the troubled game manufacture under an Asset Purchase Agreement. Other potential buyers will be able to submit bids once the court has approved."

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Windows 8 applications hacked already, anyone surprised?

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "Earlier in the week a blog post by Nokia engineer (and former Microsoft employee) Justin Angel highlighted a number of issues with applications from the Windows Store that enabled, among other things, the unauthorized conversion of trial apps into full versions, the modification of the prices of in-app purchases, and removal of embedded advertisements. Soon after publishing his post, Angel's blog was knocked offline in a flood of traffic; at the time of writing it remains unavailable, returning 503 error messages instead of content.

The integrity of Windows Store applications is an important issue. It forms part of the value proposition to developers, of the store itself; not only does the store provide easy, reliable billing, distribution, and updating, it also provides at least some degree of protection against piracy and other kinds of exploitation. If Windows 8 can't provide this then competing platforms (such as iOS) and competing delivery mechanisms (such as the Web) become more appealing."

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Mac OS X Machines Roped Into Jnanabot Network

Spottywot Spottywot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spottywot (1910658) writes "Security specialist Symantec has released an analysis of the cross-platform Jnanabot worm, revealing that around 16 per cent of infections are found on Mac OS X machines.



The figures, which Symantec released earlier this week, analysed the infected machines that made up the Jnanabot botnet in December 2010, and came to a somewhat surprising conclusion



While the vast majority of machines infected by the Java-based Jnanabot worm and forming the botnet were Windows-based, 16 per cent of the network was made up of machines running Apple's Mac OS X — a platform that is often claimed to be immune to malware."

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