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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

St.Creed Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Ofcourse there are risks. But my pictures are in a drawer. Too bad if a burglar gets them, but that's what it takes. The problem is that many people still consider the pictures to be some sort of physical asset, rather than virtual assets that will be stored in literally dozens of places. And that's where the problem comes in. Because snapping a polaroid and physically giving that to her boyfriend would have been the same thing, but much safer (unless you have a nasty break-up). So there is a difference there that is very hard for people to grasp, apparently.

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

St.Creed Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Well, I'll bet *she* was stacked :)

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

St.Creed Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Wow. That's certainly a surefire way to get very close personal attention from nearly all anti-money laundering departments in my country.

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

St.Creed Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Don't worry - we're only looking at the bankers.

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

St.Creed Re:if you ban cash (314 comments)

If I lived in Finland I'd probably want to get out too. You know how little daylight they have there? I'd rather be in prison in Spain at this time of year :)

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

St.Creed Re: if you ban cash (314 comments)

You may laugh. But last week I got a serious request from an acquintance to verify whether 2000 Kg. of unsorted Euro coins were real or fake. Pretty weird. So I did some research.

In 2012 in Germany, some folks managed to trade in 29 tonnes of coins at the Central Bank of Germany. Must have been quite a counting machine :) But they got 6 million euro in return (in notes) so I guess the trunk full of unmarked quarters was a pretty good deal. However, they weren't legit.

In 2013 some entrepreneurs tried it again with a container full of "old metal" that turned into Euro coins after customs, which they tried to trade in at the Central Bank of Belgium. Having been forewarned by the Germans, they had the enterprising Chinese arrested.

So I declined the opportunity to trade in 2000 Kg. of coins :)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

St.Creed Re:WTF? (261 comments)

The free version has a promotions folder. It just doesn't really work well with an IMAP configuration.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

St.Creed Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

What was once a relatively safe act (idling a car unattended to warm it up/cool it off) is now the most probable way to have it stolen

Well, that's nice. Even the car thieves encourage you to "go green".

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

St.Creed Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Yes, I'm sure she asked her frigging PR firm for advice when she wanted to send nude pics to her boyfriend.

"So, old manager guy, I want to send some nude pictures to my boyfriend on internet. What's your advice?"
"Well, just send them to me first and I'll have a team check them out to see if that's a risk."

Besides, Apple fanboys are rife in the area of PR and marketing, so don't expect anything more than "ofcourse nothing will go wrong! It's APPLE!"

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

St.Creed Re: Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

Technically, 24 is a pretty good age to have kids: your body is done growing, you probably finished your studies and you are in the prime of health with respect to viability of your eggs, the sperm of your partner and your resilience to the huge changes your body will go though. And after you had the kids and they're off to school, employers won't be thinking "oh, she's going to have kids" because you already have them so you won't be gone for 2x4 months or so (or years, in Germany)

about a week ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

St.Creed Re:um (135 comments)

Within 8 weeks ... saw a complete resolution of diarrhea after consuming 30 or 60 of the feces-filled capsules.

Um... that's an improvement? That's like advertizing "We found a new cure for hemorrhoids! It takes 2 months and involves a soldering iron!"

It's an improvement over suffering from diarrhea until you die, months later. And *a* cure for hemorrhoids actually does involve something like a soldering iron (laser). It's just a bit faster than 2 months, although recovery will be quite a few days. And incredibly painful if you're part of the unlucky 2% or so of the population who have nerve endings in the wrong place.

about a week ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

St.Creed Re:Costs (315 comments)

I think it lasso'd us pretty good already :)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

St.Creed Re:Three year s ubscription... (204 comments)

That's exactly the right way where I live. You start with a complaint, then escalate with a letter giving them a last chance to fix the issues. You give them a reasonable term, such as 30 days. After that, you terminate the contract and ask for your money back due to breach of contract.

You'll be much better off if you let a lawyer handle this sort of thing, by the way. But that goes for signing the contract in the first place, too.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

St.Creed Re:I'd argue that's not the case (320 comments)

Robotech was great. When I was in high school I tried to get my hair looking like the hair from the guy that comes back to save the Earth on RDF 3 (the expedition back to Earth that gets horribly mauled by the aliens). Ah, the things we do in puberty :)

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

St.Creed Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

I loved that - the double meanings in almost every sentence, the hilarious take on nationalism. Wow.

I also liked Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and Transformers :)

about two weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

St.Creed A modest proposal (126 comments)

I propose we immediately isolate the carriers of "fattening disease".

After all, it's infectious and it creates more casualties than ebola and the black plague combined! And since we don't know the vectors yet, other than "fat women", we should isolate anyone with a BMI over 25. In any case they shouldn't be allowed to travel. I mean, it might spread to Europe. Or even Africa, which has so far been mercifully untouched by "fattening disease"!

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

St.Creed Re:Lost opportunity? I doubt it (554 comments)

It's probably due to a horrible installation-image from her workplace. I'm using Windows 7 with 4GB, since 2 years ago, and I never had disktrashing. I regularly have Visual Studio, one or two databases (oracle, MSSQL), MS Word and numerous browser sessions open at the same time without running out of memory or slowing down my laptop noticeably.

about three weeks ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

St.Creed Re: Let's talk methodology (68 comments)

Given the nature of the site, it's a bit risky to assume the sellers are fine, upstanding businessmen who would never ever dream of helping their reviews a bit...

about three weeks ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

St.Creed Re:Spawn of Satan! (68 comments)

It rather depends on what you get hooked on. If you get hooked on heroine or morphine (which is worse, I've understood), you're only going for the fix after a while, so unless you have a trust fund you will run out of cash due to lack of income.

about three weeks ago

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Is our universe a quantum cellular automaton?

St.Creed St.Creed writes  |  about 2 months ago

St.Creed (853824) writes "Noble-prize winner Gerard van 't Hooft is best known for the work that enabled physicists to predict the mass of the top quark, w-boson and z-boson. But he has long been known for his rather "idiosyncratic" ideas on the nature of the universe as well. His theory on the holographic universe is by now fairly well known. However, he has taken it a step further in a 202-page article (or book) on Arxiv.org, where he claims that there may well be a system with classical properties underlying quantum mechanics.

Our models suggest that Einstein may still have been right, when he objected against the conclusions drawn by Bohr and Heisenberg. It may well be that, at its most basic level, there is no randomness in nature, no fundamentally statistical aspect to the laws of [quantum] evolution.

The ideas presented in the introduction are quite interesting to read even for non-physicists."
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