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NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

Stoopiduk UK and US snooping (256 comments)

So many times I've read US comments on Slashdot regarding privacy and how awful it is in the UK because of our camera coverage.

Ha! You were getting stiffed the whole time too! You weren't even getting the remote chance of video evidence to protect the innocent, just a blanket government surveillance of your online activity to protect against a largely government-engineered threat.

Now that we're both screwed, can we quiet-down on the finger pointing across ponds, and start pointing elsewhere?

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:amazing indeed (166 comments)

I don't understand how you've been upvoted for reinstating a point I've already agreed with.

Just because it's a lesser impact doesn't mean it's not an interesting one.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:A big boat eh? (166 comments)

Yup, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has a growing list of environmental regulations that apply to every ship in the world.

Most people will be surprised how good oil companies are when it comes to employing decent, environmental sound ships for their projects. Generally the majors don't have their own fleets now, so charter in tonnage, and have very high standards and a ridiculous number of inspections for the vessels they employ.

Admittedly, this is largely because they have caused some huge catastrophes in the past.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (166 comments)

Tankers represent 2% of Samsung's current backlog according to their IR report.

If we take super tanker to mean VLCC, that's anything over 200,000dwt (ULCCs are around 320,000 dwt, so I'm being generous). If they were churning out 100, that would be 20,000,000 dwt per annum.

According to Braemar Seascope, global tanker deliveries for all tankers over 27,000 dwt peaked at just under 55,000,000 dwt in 2011, with around 32,000,000 dwt in deliveries expected this year, not accounting for slippage. Samsung are not producing 100 super tankers a year.

Deletions from the fleet are under 10,000,000 dwt per annum. Overcapacity is already bad, I'm glad we don't live in the world that documentary was covering.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (166 comments)

That's not how shipbuilding works. The cheapest labour is not a way to success. Chinese yards are generally not as successful as the Korean and Singaporean yards that pay better, are more efficient and more advanced.

Ship owners can ill-afford to have shoddily-built ships anymore, especially in the tanker sector if they're looking to work with the oil majors.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:amazing indeed (166 comments)

... and therefore, we shouldn't consider the impact of the floating facility on the environment around them.

I agree, Prelude is a good idea and from what I understand is by a way the lesser of two evils, I am still interested in the effect it will have on the area it's deployed in.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:Yah... stupid much? (166 comments)

Commenter specifically said the area around it, not the whole ocean.

You don't bed down subsea apparatus, anchor the largest floating structure in the world, start offloading shuttle tankers full of LNG and transport supplies and crew for such a installtion without affecting the surrounding ecology in some way.

I for one welcome the curiosity of the original post over your off-topic twitter-bashing and (hopefully) deliberate misinterpretation of the commenter's point.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:Technically it is not a ship... (166 comments)

Prelude has three 6,700 horsepower thrusters for weathervaning. Mightn't be the best way of getting it around, but if they can pivot the bugger about the mooring turret, I'm sure they could move it around in some dreadfully slow and awkward fashion.

about 8 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Stoopiduk Re:amazing indeed (166 comments)

Interesting question - the mooring points are likely to have a direct impact wherever they're attached to the seabed, as will all of the subsea equipment and the engineering work to secure them in place.

The platform itself will, I imagine, have a minimal impact aside from noise and vibration. There have been whispers of regulating ship noise and vibration for the protection of the marine environment at IMO for some time, but nothing has come forward yet or is likely to in the next couple of years.

There will be increased marine traffic from shuttle tankers and crew/support vessels, but oil majors are largely pretty careful about the vessels they employ, especially for a project with as high profile as this.

Once it's in place, I doubt we'll ever hear too much about prelude, unless it goes horribly, horribly wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

Stoopiduk Re:Dream on. (292 comments)

Sounds like motion sickness/seasickness. The way I had it explained to me was that it was a mechanism to deal with poisons. Your senses give conflicting information on balance and what you're seeing, or the input is just plain alien, so your body reacts by assuming you've been poisoned and it hits the eject button.

    Not preaching this, happy to be told otherwise. Luckily if it is similar to seasickness, three constant days of it should see you straightened out.

    Better find a handy place to hotkey all of my abilities ready for Azeroth. Perhaps I could hardwire them into a suck bucket? Moisture sensor at the bottom linked to feign death might be a start.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Stoopiduk Re:Let Me Explain (550 comments)

My other half has very little interest in games beyond puzzle games on her mobile or FB, but my four year old son has a great time watching me play Minecraft. I never envisaged being forced to play video games by my child, but I'm sure as hell not complaining. He enjoys watching me create buildings and machines and I make a point of using the game to help with his reading and some problem solving.

He independently plays games on his tablet, and we often take turns on games like Angry birds and Cut the Rope. I don't think he's quite capable of grasping wasd and mouse yet, but I can't wait until he does!

TL;DR - Why not try seeing if your kids like video games?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

Stoopiduk Re:three letters... (338 comments)

Amazed you didn't go for the Chrome example - didn't google drop Google Chrome in results for certain keywords last year after it was revealed they were paying for blog posts?

about a year and a half ago
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Chilling Guidelines Issued For UK Communications Act Enforcement

Stoopiduk Chilling? (111 comments)

Are they chilling in that they will cause the idiots prosecuting to chill the fuck out?

about a year and a half ago
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China Blocks Google.com, Gmail, Maps and More During 18th Party Congress

Stoopiduk Re:Good. (129 comments)

Agreed. Not to mention that many of the google services do have alternatives. There will be a hardcore of people getting pissy, but how much will the average person on the street care about restricted access to google and its products?

There are other providers of maps, email and search, people will move to alternative (probably inferior and state backed) services and then continue with their lives.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

Stoopiduk Re:Valve Box (768 comments)

Having been out of high end PC Gaming for a number of years, I'd need an accessible go to resource for specs and support info before I considered investing in and building a box for Steam on Linux.

Is there a candidate for such a resource already?

about 2 years ago
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Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

Stoopiduk This'll be a joy (768 comments)

I get to add another OS to my MacBook. It was so difficult to find games worth playing on OSX that I installed Win7 with bootcamp. Now I'll feel morally obliged to install Linux too.

Interesting that Windows 7 continues to be the most stable operating system on my early 2012 MBP since I upgraded OSX to Mountain Lion. I wonder if I'll have as much luck with a Linux install? I wish them every luck, and will certainly show my support as I do my best to stay away from awful walled gardens, but it seems like a big ask compatibility-wise for Steam, which on both OSX and Win7 is already a programme with multiple bugs and infuriating crashing habits in my experience.

about 2 years ago
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Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

Stoopiduk Offtopic? (303 comments)

I'll only address the bit of your post that isn't wearing tin foil.

Whoever is stupid enough to make this a topic on Slashdot: this is a right wing troll. The big bad evil government is not going to rip your high end gaming machine from your cold dead hands. Stop wasting our bandwidth and time with this dumb ass crap.

I sure hate it when there's an article posted on Slashdot that causes a healthy debate about energy efficiency and computer use. I don't come here to read about computers and the real world, I want to hear about the latest trends in aluminium milliners and the protection their products offer against meningitis or Felix Baumgartner landing on my head.

about 2 years ago
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The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome

Stoopiduk POTOAP? (181 comments)

Post on text on a picture?

about 2 years ago
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UK ISP Asks Religious Groups To Set Parental Controls

Stoopiduk Which religious groups? (205 comments)

The paedos could be looking forward to catching a break for once.

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Internet Access for the Elderly

Stoopiduk Stoopiduk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Stoopiduk writes "My grandmother is in her late seventies and almost housebound. She's lucky enough to have frequent visits from family, but spends most of her time alone watching DVDs. As her mobility continues to decrease, simple tasks like her weekly trip to the supermarket become more difficult. She's expressed an interest in getting a laptop for online shopping and keeping in touch with family, but worries how she might cope as she has painful arthritis in her wrists and fingers. How should I go about getting her online? Is a laptop the right answer or a tablet? How do you teach someone with no knowledge of the internet how to stay safe online? Have any of you ever helped someone in a similar situation? Are there any major benefits to being online for the elderly that I've overlooked?"
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Senior UK Government Official Advises Using Fake Details Online

Stoopiduk Stoopiduk writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stoopiduk writes "The online privacy debate has made its way to the front page of the BBC website again, with a government official claiming accurate personal details should only be given "to trusted sites, like government ones". An easy target for pro-privacy advocates, the story also links anonymity with cyber bullying, child abuse and CRIME.
With the UK public service enjoying a history filled with perfect protection of private citizens' information, we can all rest easy and think of funny names to call ourselves on Facebook."

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Should Slashdot Participate in the Reddit Blackout

Stoopiduk Stoopiduk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stoopiduk (1593855) writes "Reddit is planning a Blackout January 18th from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC) to protest against and educate about SOPA. Should Slashdot show solidarity and contribute to the day of action/education? Does the slashdot readership agree with SOPA?"
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