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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

Tim C Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

They did, but it was temporary; it has since been restored - but with the "Important note" about the issues people have faced trying to get it to work properly.

about a year and a half ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

Tim C Re:Or (248 comments)

You wouldn't, and that's the problem I have with most of the "go back to the good old days!" posts. That only works if the cost of hosting the site is cheap enough to fall in to a person's "hobby-level expenditure". Anything even remotely popular is going to cost orders of magnitude more than that; that requires either direct payment, corporate ownership, or corporate sponsorship - the most common form of which is advertising.

about a year and a half ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Tim C Re:It's a flawed way to keep a site up. (978 comments)

I'm not so sure that their targetting is all that great - I keep getting dating ads, despite being "in a relationship", and Christian-centric ads despite being an atheist.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

Tim C Re:overly dramatic. (278 comments)

If you read the article it's barely even that - they're tracking their use of that site, not their computer (or web) use in general. It really is a complete non-story.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

Tim C Sensationalist much? (278 comments)

I appreciate that the headline just copies that of the original article, but I really do expect better of Slashdot. (I know, I know, I must be new here.)

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia

Tim C Re:Dialing out of service range? (337 comments)

I live in the UK so perhaps it's different where you are, but it's perfectly possible for me to have a strong voice signal and no data connection. It doesn't happen very often, but it can and does happen.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

Tim C Re:Holy fuck (1208 comments)

My girlfriend's mother is from Mauritius; I call her Marie, if that helps?

(Slightly more sensibly, my gf refers to herself as being "half black".)

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

Tim C Re:One time... (1208 comments)

Other than the use of the utterly ludicrous (and potentially damaging) term "reverse-racism" I'd agree.

more than 2 years ago
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Taliban Offer Question-and-Answer Service Online

Tim C Re:Mod me redundant... (284 comments)

I don't mind one or two clever, subtle April Fool's jokes, but in the past that's not what Slashdot has done - each editor has posted a couple, mostly astoundingly stupid and/or obvious.

So no, I don't miss it either.

more than 2 years ago
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UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search

Tim C Re:Try reading the article (154 comments)

I don't know the exact details, but remember that both of those things (super-injunctions and ASBOs) are only possible because of Acts of Parliament making them possible. Parliament writes the laws (proposed by an MP/group of MPs, voted on by the Commons, if passed then voted on by the Lords, optional back and forth if the Lords reject it and amendments are made, finally either passed or canned), the courts enforce them.

Also, super-injunctions do more than your example; they prevent absolutely anyone from discussing the injunction, including the fact that the injunction exists.

ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) are meant to deal with people who are being a nuisance, but not technically breaking a specific law, or breaking a minor one repeatedly in such a way as to cause a nuisance. E.g. someone may be regularly getting drunk, shouting at passersby and pissing in the street. Nothing they can be locked up for necessarily, but you don't want them doing it either and causing distress, so you have the option of giving them an ASBO preventing them from, say, being drunk in public. If they breach the ASBO, that potentially carries a jail term. In practice however there is a perception in some quarters that they're handed out like candy, sometimes for things that people can't realistically be expected to comply with (you can't expect an alcoholic to be sober in public - they need help, not an ABSO, etc) and poorly enforced (the prisons are too full to jail every petty ASBO-breaker).

more than 2 years ago
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Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

Tim C Re:pedantic (195 comments)

Fantasy is just scifi with magic instead of tech. (Different realms instead of different planets, elves, goblins, etc instead of aliens, no space ships, etc)

more than 2 years ago
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Drug Turns Immune System Against All Tumor Types

Tim C Re:Won't happen (330 comments)

It won't fly, as antibodies are cheap and not complicated to do

What does cost to produce have to do with price, other than to set a minimum? Besides, you can get generic painkillers for 12p a box here in the UK, or you can buy the name brand stuff for £3.50; the two co-exist just fine. (Though I wonder who on earth buys the name-brand stuff...)

They'll do something to stop this treatment in its tracks. They always do.

Links or it didn't happen.

more than 2 years ago
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French President Proposes Jail For Terrorist Website Visitors

Tim C Re:Do you have to ask? (402 comments)

Except that in practice, a few people will maybe end up in jail, then as the number of cases increases and more and more people are claiming it was a trojan/virus/whatever, they'll have to either a) stop prosecuting people for it or b) develop a test to detect said malware; detection = no conviction (unless you can successfully argue that the presence of the malware was a ruse to provide an alibi, and they really *were* visiting the sites).

So, I doubt that many people will end up in jail because of a trojan of that sort, just as not many have ended up in jail because of child-porn-planting trojans (which have been successfully used as defences in court).

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen

Tim C Re:Saul Zaentz's lack of character (169 comments)

Just nit-picking here but actually, I'd say that using "ahole" instead of "arsehole" (or "asshole" if you prefer) is a good example of mincing your words - rewording something so as to not cause (as much) offence.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen

Tim C Re:What the bloody goddamned fuck? (169 comments)

I gather you have never heard of fair use.

I gather you're not from the UK, or at least are not familiar with our copyright laws. There is no "fair use" provision. There is a "fair dealing" provision, but by my reading of the details this does not fall under it.

more than 2 years ago
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New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It

Tim C Re:Status light? (320 comments)

There are websites that, when reviewing a new product, take it apart to see its innards. If your Lenovo laptop had a placebo recording indicator light built into it by the manufacturer, then do you think we would not have heard about it on /. by now?

How does opening the machine up to see the circuitry prove that the software cannot turn on the camera without turning on the indicator LED? How does reverse-engineering a FOSS driver prove that the firmware doesn't have an undocumented API call to enable that mode of operation?

more than 2 years ago
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Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

Tim C Re:Wrong units... (144 comments)

Well now, that really depends on what you're measuring, doesn't it?

more than 2 years ago
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Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

Tim C Re:Cautionary tale about digital cash (176 comments)

Do I have cash? Or do I not discover the problem until I'm stood in front of the ATM, cursing at it for not dispensing any?

It's a moot point anyway, as in either situation my first recourse would be to phone the bank, not visit it.

more than 2 years ago
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New York Times Halves Monthly Free Article Views To Ten

Tim C Re:"trivial to circumvent" (178 comments)

"Information wants to be free, rent wants to be paid".

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

Tim C Re:Is Intelligent Design really (not) scientific? (1108 comments)

I don't have time to read it properly now (I'm at work), but the issue may be a lack of understanding of what a scientific theory actually is - that is, that it must be falsifiable. This means that a theory must make predictions that can be tested; e.g. "if I do X, I expect Y to happen". If you do X, and Y happens, then you have evidence to support the theory; if Z happens, you must either modify your theory or throw it out and look for one that does explain the observations.

Intelligent Design, as I understand it, makes no such predictions; it merely says "these things are too complex to be due to chance, therefore they aren't". The fundamental thing to understand is that even if that is correct it is not a theory in the scientific sense, and so should not be taught in science class. By all means use it to investigate evolution and attempt to demonstrate that evolution is wrong; once you succeed, come up with a new scientific theory and teach that in science class.

more than 2 years ago

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