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Bringing Old Arcade Machines Into the Internet Age

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (95 comments)

I don't know what in the hell you guys are doing and I lost my coding skills years ago, but that, my friend, is a bookmark I'll be following for as long as you guys work on it. Thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (550 comments)

Just to go slightly off-topic, how does Apple's lossless compare to SHN and APE and the others? I've been ripping to LAME -v0 for so long that it's just habit, but with 2Tb drives going for under $100 these days I might finally make the jump. I, for one, have never been able to justify the quality vs. space tradeoff since even through great speakers I can't tell a difference between -v0 and lossless. (The one tiny benefit of hitting my 40s, I suppose...) What's the reference standard these days? I still search for new encoding methods every once in a while but the same handful of pages that haven't been updated since 2007 are always the ones that pop up.

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data

The Ultimate Fartkno I really have to wonder... (136 comments)

...just how much of an "invasion of privacy rights" it is when all you have to do is come whizzing by in a camera car to intercept all of this supposedly "private" data. If you're spewing a cloud of personal information around the neighborhood that's unencrypted, unlocked, and unfettered in any way, then I don't think you can expect any more privacy than someone who's in their house and beating the crap out of their spouse so loudly that the entire block can hear it from the street. At some point people are going to have to realize that being on the interwebs doesn't just magically make all of your secrets completely invisible to everyone but those evil Ukranian hax0rs. If it's not encrypted, it's public. Period.

more than 4 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:Wait a minute. (307 comments)

Now that's just being anti-Symantec.

(alt: anti-Siemantic. You pick.)

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Google Video Runs In Times Square

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:I know I'm going to sound like a troll here... (346 comments)

The point that I tried (and utterly failed) to make is that people are getting all up in arms about Google and completely ignoring all of the interceptable hops that your information goes through to get there. Do some of Google's habits bother me? Sure. Do I worry a lot more about the people *between* me and Google? Yes. The information that I give out online that would be easily tied to my real name, occupation, and so on is sandboxed away from the things I'd rather not have follow me around. It's naive to think that someone who *really* wanted to track me couldn't do it, but all of the regular search engines in the world aren't going to tell you anything about me that a $5 PI couldn't figure out in a day and a half.

My point, I guess, is that I keep hearing people freak out like Google is implanting Communism in their brains while they sleep, but they don't worry a bit about the people who aren't nearly as transparent about their activities as Google is and have even more access to everything they do online and I don't see how that thought process works.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Google Video Runs In Times Square

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:I know I'm going to sound like a troll here... (346 comments)

You forgot to make fun of the part where I said the telephone companies suck. How are you supposed to earn internet cool guy points if you miss an opportunity to zing me with that edgy, rapier wit of yours?

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Google Video Runs In Times Square

The Ultimate Fartkno I know I'm going to sound like a troll here... (346 comments)

...but the internet ceased a looooong time ago to be the wild and secretive jungle that we all remember and loved, and it's now a commercial enterprise. Period. I don't understand how people can get so outraged over Google's data-mining without starting long before that. Google, as evil as people think they might be, track *who you say you are*. Of a handful of Gmail accounts that I have, exactly one of them has any information at all that could be traced directly to me. The rest are throwaway accounts, as are my six or seven yahoo accounts, and I don't think I have a single other account anywhere in my own name other than Facebook. When my identity got stolen, computers had nothing to do with it. They either stole my mail or my trash, not my Gmail password. Why do people freak out so much about Google using keyword-targeted advertising that's completely run by a machine that cares not a whit who you are and spends its day searching for "hdtv" or "tentacle porn", but these same people have no problem whatsoever giving their name, address, phone number, credit card number, bank routing information, and direct access to every single byte that comes out of their computer to the phone companies that have proved over and over and *%&$ing over again that they simply DO NOT CARE about their customers and look at them as nothing more than money troughs? (Seriously? $.30 for a text message, but a 650K jpg is free? *^&$ you.) Where's the similar outrage at the telcos, who are less progressive than the MPAA and will roll over for a warrantless wiretap like a wiener dog with an itchy belly? Seriously. Did I miss something?

more than 4 years ago
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Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'

The Ultimate Fartkno Has anyone checked to see... (186 comments)

...if Roopfert has a trademark on eating a bowl of dicks yet? Because I seriously plan on suggesting that he do exactly that.

more than 4 years ago
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School District Drops 'D' Grades

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:How about... (617 comments)

Little johnny ( and his parents ) can look at the percentage and figure it out then.

I get the feeling that if little Johnny could figure out percentages then he wouldn't be in this predicament in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana, Intelligent Design, and Science Classes

The Ultimate Fartkno I don't see what all the fuss is. (989 comments)

The entire curriculum will consist of Genesis. The answer to every question is "it was God's will," or "The Lord works in mysterious ways." Any injection of the scientific method into the discussion, pointing out the glaring contradictions in the class text, or other dissent will result in a trip to the pastor... I mean principal's office, where the student will be thrown into water to see if they float. "Creationism 101" should take about 15 minutes of one class period.

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana Public School Mulling Intelligent Design

The Ultimate Fartkno I don't see what all the fuss is. (4 comments)

The entire curriculum will consist of Genesis. The answer to every question is "it was God's will," or "The Lord works in mysterious ways." Any injection of the scientific method into the discussion, pointing out the glaring contradictions in the class text, or other dissent will result in a trip to the pastor... I mean principal's office, where the student will be thrown into water to see if they float. "Creationism 101" should take about 15 minutes of one class period.

more than 4 years ago
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Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:Further Down the Rabbit Hole (561 comments)

That was just... that... I mean. Wow.

I'm glad I was here for that.

more than 4 years ago
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When Telemarketers Harass Telecoms Companies

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:There is an app for that. (234 comments)

I'm pretty sure Lindsay Lohan tweeted that *exact* same thing right after she got sentenced.

more than 4 years ago
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Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

The Ultimate Fartkno She didn't get hit enough. (699 comments)

Seriously. Where's a speeding, out-of-control Michael Bay-style 18-wheeler loaded with gasoline and hand grenades that's already on fire when you need one? I think Google's entire response should be a photocopy of an enormous erect penis that just says "suck it" at the bottom.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair

The Ultimate Fartkno Finally... (274 comments)

...my neverending, streaming, wi-fi hi-def porn coat will happen! I am currently mapping the addresses of every shopping mall and elementary school within the 5 miles that I'm allowed to travel from my home.

more than 4 years ago
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Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

The Ultimate Fartkno Re:I am happy. (572 comments)

If they can solve the issues of drivers and the various distros with various libraries and such, this has the potential to be more like a combine

Have you not played Half-Life 2, man!? WE DON'T WANT THE COMBINE!

more than 4 years ago
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Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

The Ultimate Fartkno Classic California law enforcement... (1204 comments)

Lindsay Lohan steals an Escalade, goes on a high-speed chase up PCH, shows up at jail with a load of blow in her pants, and two years later the cops are all "hey, if you could show up for a deposition or something that would be, kind of, you know, cool and stuff."

One hardware nerd loses a phone and suddenly it's a goddamned national disaster. ZOMGMANTHEBATTLESHIPS!

more than 4 years ago

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