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The world will end ...

Sumbius Just.. (585 comments)

..check the best before date. It is usually located on the bottom of the universe. (Unless it is a defective product. In that case God returns in all his splendour, and says, "Sorry, it's all been a total cock-up!")

more than 3 years ago

Bomb Detecting Plants To Root Out Terrorists

Sumbius Just.. (55 comments)

Try not to fart around it.

more than 3 years ago

SourceForge Down After Attack [Updated]

Sumbius Re:Qui bono? (143 comments)

What point is there to hitting SourceForge?

Someone clearly didn't like open source. I wonder who they were..

more than 3 years ago

RapidShare Threatens Suit Over Piracy Allegations

Sumbius Understandable (183 comments)

It's true that RapidShare is used for piracy but the same applies to other similar sites too. They could start combing and limiting their uploaded content but taking in account their huge amount of uploads that wouldn't be an easy process. Also, the contents of the uploads can't be figured out just by reading the names. Trying to control the content uploaded would only cause people to switch to another similar services.

more than 3 years ago

MasterCard Hit By WikiLeaks Payback Attacks

Sumbius voluntary DDOS botnet... (715 comments)

DDOS caused by a voluntary botnet... Is it just me or could that also describe having the MasterCard website linked in a Slashdot article?

more than 3 years ago

DRM-Free Games Site Gone

Sumbius Out of Beta (326 comments)

Like others have already said, this is most likely a marketing stunt for getting out of beta. Yes, they have been in beta for the last 2 years and like the message in the site says, "we've decided that simply cannot remain in its current form". At no point do they really say that GoG is gone. They mention change and that you will be able to re-download the games you have bought. They also had a promo running and this "announcement" happened on Sunday, which would be highly unlikely if this was a real site closing situation. A real closing announcement wouldn't come suddenly out of the blue without any previous indications of internal or external problems that caused it, nor would they do it on Sunday when most of the workers (and boss staff) are not working.

about 4 years ago

Breakthrough In Stem Cell Culturing

Sumbius But.. (57 comments)

Won't someone think of the children?

more than 4 years ago

Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

Sumbius Re:The article (261 comments)

In what appears to be a setback for Hollywood and the recording industry, the government said that it sees problems with the methodology used in studies those sectors have long relied on to support claims that piracy was destructive to their businesses. The accountability office even noted the existence of data that shows piracy may benefit consumers in some cases.

Yes, it seems that it does indeed mention media industry for more than a name in the graphs in the full report. That and bootleg footwear. Glad to see that they questioned the studies about the damage to economy caused by piracy at least considered the potential beneficial effects of piracy and.

more than 4 years ago

Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

Sumbius The article (261 comments)

Correct if I'm wrong, but doesn't the report mostly concern forged counterweight products and forged products that are sold as genuine? Sure, this also includes the good old pirate dvds that are sold, but it doesn't seem to give much attention to p2p pirating and such. It's mostly about pharmaceutical products.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists "Print" Human Vein With 3D Printer

Sumbius And thus the scientists... (94 comments)

had invented a printer which had provided them with a plastic cup filled with a blob of cells that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a human vein.

more than 3 years ago

Another ACTA Leak Discloses Individual Country Data

Sumbius hmm (133 comments)

Time to slashdot some diplomat's webpage? "We have taken your homepage hostage. Surrender your ACTA and come out of your meeting room hands up."

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

Sumbius Cynism (1142 comments)


more than 4 years ago

NASA Mars Rover Spirit May Move Forward By Spinning Its Wheels

Sumbius Let's start digging then... (175 comments)

Somehow I have a bad feeling that while allowing the rover to remain operational for a bit longer, it will also ironically become stuck in the hole it dug.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers

Sumbius Scary (553 comments)

So soon, if this trend keeps gaining wind under its wings, WoW will be flooded with millions of fatass female elfs and midgets... Well, they get whats coming to them.

more than 4 years ago

Russia Confirms Failed Missile Launch Caused Norway's Light Show

Sumbius Re:A missile that hypnotizes you (236 comments)

...Or nuke you. Just think about it. The entire nation frozen staring and pointing at the sky (swirly thing alert), while the Russians do what they want.

more than 4 years ago

Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

Sumbius Re:Swirly Thing Alert! (418 comments)

Cat: Forget Red — let's go all the way up to Brown Alert! Kryten: There's no such thing as a Brown Alert, sir. Cat: You won't be saying that in a minute! And don't say I didn't alert you!

more than 4 years ago

Why a High IQ Doesn't Mean You're Smart

Sumbius IQ (808 comments)

IQ tests measure only certain predetermined parts of human brain capacity. The problem with IQ tests are that it is hard to create an universal definition of "intelligent", and thus, what to measure. There are also many things that affect the results of those tests like current emotions, how well your brain has experience in such tasks and level awareness. Anyway, Stern, who created the bases to modern IQ tests never meant those tests to be used to compare people and their level of intelligent. People have to remember that intelligent behavior, mathematic power, short term task memory, wisdom, experience, knowledge, social intelligent and many others are all different things. It is pretty much impossible to measure humans mental capacities in a way that they would be comparable to other people.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Closure Sparked P2P Explosion

Sumbius Re:Eh Sonny? (560 comments)

Commander, tear this ship apart until you have found those torrents, and bring me the seeders! I want them alive!

more than 4 years ago

No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020

Sumbius Fragmentation (346 comments)

I for one, just like many others, prefer hard disks over solid-state because of their more predictable lifespan. Solid-state drives tend to slowly lose parts of their usable sections. Even though the good old hard disks tend to break easily, at least I can defragment them without slowly starting to damage the disk. Yep, there are 2 different kinds of solid-state drives which handle this problem differently, but I still don't think the technology is matured enough yet. Perhaps in a few years. As for the mini laptops and such, solid-state seems to be superior though. Many of the first mini laptops used solid-state, but now only very few have them. Why this direction of development?

more than 4 years ago

VASIMR Ion Engine Could Cut Mars Trip To 39 Days

Sumbius "A new NASA rocket engine" (356 comments)

"A new NASA rocket engine" Is VASIMIR really all that new technology. It has been in development for quite a while now, and has gotten quite much publicity in the past few years or so. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but ain't VASIMIR developed private company, not by NASA? Sure, NASA is working together with Ad Astra Rocket Company, but does NASA really deserve all the fame? Anyway, I truly hope that we will be sending a man in Mars in the upcoming years and I think that VASIMIR os one of the best ways of doing so. The problem is that Mars has always seemed to be just a bit under decade away for quite a long while now...

more than 4 years ago


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