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UK Benefits Claimants Must Use Windows XP, IE6

WhitetailKitten Re:Better solution... (230 comments)

Additionally, the evidence is easy to capture.

"Hey, asshole with Glass! I'm gonna beat the shit out of you!"
"Glass, record a video!"

Go ahead and assault someone wearing a head-mounted cloud-synced camera.

about a year and a half ago
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Punkbuster Service Goes Down, Hundreds of Online Game Servers Affected

WhitetailKitten Re:Productivity skyrockets (74 comments)

Brace yourself, Duke Nukem Forever finally came out. And it didn't do so well.

about a year and a half ago
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US ISPs Continue To Support DNSChanger Redirection Servers

WhitetailKitten Re:What's the big deal? (87 comments)

This reminds me of the shit on Facebook where people like pages marked, basically, "I have never read a book in my life and I'm proud of it."

Western society is in a death spiral, and Idiocracy is coming far faster than predicted.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Is the Biggest Gateway Drug For Teens

WhitetailKitten Re:Wow (459 comments)

All right, tell you what, I'll meet you in the middle. Neither should be a scheduled substance (except with respect to regulation to prevent minors from getting at it, etc.).

My point was informed primarily by the overall harm of each drug. While I'm sure you may enjoy a glass of something now and then and are at little risk for falling into alcoholism and letting it control your life, not everyone can. Nobody's ever beaten their wife to death while stoned.

I'm not an alcohol drinker myself, aside from the very occasional treat. My grandfather was a not-well-controlled alcoholic, however, and that affected my father greatly, and that's informed, to a degree, my own attitudes on it. I've also personally seen a lot of stupid and harmful shit done under the influence of alcohol. But I'm not about to take it away from responsible users.

But let me grow a plant in my own private property if I want to.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Is the Biggest Gateway Drug For Teens

WhitetailKitten Re:Wow (459 comments)

I came here to say this, so good on you, AC. Alcohol should be a schedule 1 (or 2 if you're in Canada) drug, and cannabis should be regulated like cigarettes. ID laws, taxes, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky

WhitetailKitten There's only one problem (288 comments)

Neither Chomsky or Ayyadurai seem to have heard of RFCs.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Changes Its Tune On Forcing Paid Upgrade To Fix Security Flaws

WhitetailKitten A compromise (90 comments)

Tell you what, Adobe. I'll pay for security patches to your near-ubiquitous software products if you accept criminal liability for any damages incurred if I get keylogged and my bank accounts emptied/credit cards stolen/identity stolen/network compromised as a result of an Adobe software flaw that led to me being exploited.

Deal?

more than 2 years ago
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With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

WhitetailKitten Re:I'd watch Blu-Rays if I could get them... (429 comments)

As a Canadian who had his default bandwidth setting turned down to the lowest of the three options Netflix offers when Netflix did this, I can assert that you are correct, and you can still change the setting now. They sent everyone an email notifying of the change and instructions on where to change it.

Now if only we could get some sort of queue function (without the DVD by mail service, there are no queue options, so if you want to watch a movie later, you have to remember it).

more than 2 years ago
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With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

WhitetailKitten Re:There's a big leap of faith there (429 comments)

Netflix and Hulu are US only

I'm in Canada

Either your credibility in this post just went out the window with a loud woosh, or I've been paying for am imposter video streaming subscription claiming to be Netflix for over a year now. Pretty convincing branding and credit card processing for a fake.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Supporters Tricked Into Installing Trojan

WhitetailKitten Re:Not hackers? Shocking! (184 comments)

This is /. and not /b/, you know.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Supporters Tricked Into Installing Trojan

WhitetailKitten Re:Not hackers? Shocking! (184 comments)

You don't get anything done on a public imageboard, unless that thing you're trying to do is posting porn/shock and gore/kittens/stupid image macros. Any serious organization is done in IRC or elsewhere. I took part in the RL protests against Scientology, but I'm not particularly interested in joining along in DDOSing large organizations with lots of lawyers.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet

WhitetailKitten Re:Another reason (346 comments)

Direct contact with intelligent extraterrestrial live does seem to have a significant impact on society. In the world of Star Trek, sometime between the 20th century and the 'now' of the 24th century, and likely after first contact, society finally decided that there were better things to do than pushing spreadsheet columns around to make a profit for investors and making cheap, useless, overpriced gadgets imported from third-world sweatshops.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet

WhitetailKitten Re:Another reason (346 comments)

The Earth of Star Trek is also a post-economy society. Money no longer exists, and the entire society is built around socialism if not communism. This seems to evade a lot of people. Eliminate poverty and economic disparity and you free up an unimaginable amount of mental cycles that the global population was previously devoted to keeping up with the Joneses/acquiring wealth. Now, humanity lives (by and large, according to the show) to explore the universe and improve the world. The technology is just set dressing.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

WhitetailKitten Re:Doesn't believe in patents (249 comments)

He's sticking to the technical, narrowly-focused truth, but using words that to someone not looking for pedantic technicalities would interpret broadly (and falsely).

VA: Here is my source code for the program I've written, "EMAIL." I'm registering copyright on it.
News: VA, inventor of "EMAIL," blah blah today blah blah.
John Q. Public: Huh, this guy invented email. I thought [AOL|Hotmail|their ISP|Google|Microsoft Outlook] invented email."
Slashdot crowd: WHARRRRRRGAAARRBBLL

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

WhitetailKitten Re:Maybe... (249 comments)

I actually invented the Blu-Ray disc before I was born, but I decided to let Sony claim credit for it because the PS3 would've been an even more miserable flop for its first three years otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

WhitetailKitten Re:Maybe... (249 comments)

You got to drive a ZAMBONI?! AC, you lucky bastard!

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

WhitetailKitten Re:Good point. (249 comments)

I came here to say this. This assclown is as easily disproved by simply examining the RFCs.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

WhitetailKitten Re:It could have been MUCH worse (294 comments)

Did you fall into a coma while Clinton was president and you just recently woke up?

more than 2 years ago
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Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users

WhitetailKitten Re:Google Needs To Get Their Ass In Gear (280 comments)

Ubuntu has had the Ubuntu Software Center for quite a while now, in Internet years, and it's a front-end to apt-get, basically, but it's entirely graphical and laid out in a logical and straightforward fashion. I didn't say it was the best implementation of a repository-style app market environment, but it sets out what it accomplishes to do fairly well for users unfamiliar or uncomfortable with package management (which sounds scary if you're unfamiliar with the terminology).

As much as I hate the closed nature of Apple's App Store and the sometimes-ridiculous approval process, I'm not a fan of the Android Market for this reason. Before I installed DroidWall on my rooted HTC Magic (aka the MyTouch 3G, the second Android device released in the US), I only installed apps that were recommended by a moderately reliable source, such as Lifehacker (not much of a fan of the rest of the Gawker network, but LH is okay) or ones where it looked particularly good and the permissions were sane. I'm a little more fearless with DroidWall when it comes to checking out an app that seems even a little sketchy, because DW's default is to block wifi/3G connections, so it only gets net access after I check it out and see if it's obviously crap or not. At any rate, if the market system worked like a collection of repositories and users were freely available (though the carriers would probably attempt to lock that down) to add trusted third-party repos to their market. Maybe not with Google Checkout payment support, perhaps, but it could be done. If Android Device X shipped without a wifi tethering app/option and the carrier's subset of the official Google Market doesn't list wifi tethering apps and yanks new ones as they're added, I'm sure someone would happily host and write if necessary a tethering app for free and slap it on a repository with a very good community reputation in next to no time, simply to fix that fascist omission.

more than 2 years ago

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