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Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

WillDraven Re:remove phone-home crap - Then how would it work (124 comments)

How do you think the service knows where traffic is backed up at? If nobody shared their GPS data there wouldn't be any traffic feedback. I'll admit comparing it to Facebook status updates is a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn't call the idea of a service pooling GPS data so users can see where traffic jams are "a completely retarded argument."

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

WillDraven Re:As did (599 comments)

I thought it was generally accepted that Hiroshima and Nagasaki convinced Japan to surrender, thus preventing more deaths in the long term than were directly caused by the bombings. The title of the article is "Nuclear power prevents more deaths than it causes", thus "As did bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki." It's not the most substantial or relevant comment, but I don't see how you get blaming heat stroke on solar power out of that.

about a year and a half ago
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Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress To Disclose Critics' IP Addresses

WillDraven Re:SLAPP (119 comments)

If you read the full story behind what's going on here, you'll see that the lawyers who filed this motion are all getting dragged in front of a federal judge that they've managed to piss off. The judge has been throwing phrases like "defraud the court" and "incarceration" so Monday's hearing should be fun to watch.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Administration Supports Journalist Arrested For Recording Cops

WillDraven Re:A sudden attack of reason (238 comments)

He said "thousands" which I think 2000-3500 qualifies for.

about a year and a half ago
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"Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal By German Court

WillDraven Re:Liability, the law, and you (285 comments)

I don't see where they said what PGP's intended purpose was, only the effects it had on society. You make all these rude noises about unsubstantiated crap, and then the only thing you really said was refuting a claim that the GP didn't actually make.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

WillDraven Re:Slackware on floppies (867 comments)

Same here. I went Slackware -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Protection Plan For Your Phone?

WillDraven Re:Save your money (225 comments)

Where exactly are you buying these $1.30 phones at? ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Huge Diamond Deposits Revealed In Russia

WillDraven Re:And how will this (243 comments)

It will also increase her financial self-worth, giving her something she can personally contribute to the family (at high emotional cost) in times of great need, or something of intrinsic and emotional value she can hand on to favoured descendants. At worst, she can flog it off if you separate.

As long as you make sure most of the value is in the precious metals of the setting. Diamonds aren't worth shit for resale.

about 2 years ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

WillDraven Re:No doubt (867 comments)

My bet is on something similar, but instead of freezing our bodies, we just upload our minds into the ship and modify our perception of time in software.

about 2 years ago
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MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

WillDraven Re:Fool of an MP (454 comments)

Just because an idea is obviously stupid doesn't mean the government wont try it... In fact it often seems that the stupider the idea the more likely it is to be accepted by politicians.

about 2 years ago
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'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

WillDraven Re:Why give something like this the publicity ? (570 comments)

I would agree if you had to do something violent to be denied a gun permit. Unfortunately in the USA you can lose your right to bear arms for any felony, many of which have nothing at all to do with being violent or dangerous.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

WillDraven Re:There are no Facts (1469 comments)

Just because that's the way things are, doesn't mean it's the way things have to be for an optimal society.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates To Develop a Revolutionary Nuclear Reactor With Korea

WillDraven Re:Thorium (413 comments)

I could deal with a beak to become a super genius I think. Having my genitals shrink away to nothing on the other hand...

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

WillDraven Re:I'll admit to torrenting a few times (215 comments)

Actually, with utorrent and VLC you can stream most music and videos so you don't even have to wait for it to finish downloading all the way (assuming the torrent is healthy enough of course, anything that came out in the past year or two is usually streamable within 30 seconds or so).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

WillDraven Re:Dumbass... (386 comments)

I've got as much love for Wikipedia as anyone, but I think anybody trying to use it to rebuild civilization would be rather frustrated. It's full of articles that let you know things existed, who made them, how popular they were, etc. without enough detail to tell you how to make one yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

WillDraven Re:Dumbass... (386 comments)

I'm down. Who wants to help start the Foundation?

more than 2 years ago
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Patient Just Wants To See Data From His Implanted Medical Device

WillDraven Re:Is it worth it? (262 comments)

"Oh, you own the implant, but the software is licensed. Make sure you keep up your license payments and come in for your monthly compliance review or we'll use the remote kill switch."

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Morpheus Lander Test Ends In Explosion

WillDraven Re:Unless there is a compelling reason... (237 comments)

I guess I was more pointing out that you can hear them say "call 911" as opposed to, i don't know, "code blue" or something. My line of reasoning was that preserving the craft to determine it's mode of failure could warrant a dedicated team with special training and/or equipment, and that budgetary concerns might have led to the lack of such.

Of course I'm not super familiar with NASA's internal workings and especially not this project specifically. It could be that they figure out it's cheaper to just add enough sensors to determine any likely failure modes from the telemetry and just let the thing self destruct if it goes down.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Morpheus Lander Test Ends In Explosion

WillDraven Re:All I can say is... (237 comments)

I think the saddest thing about this video is that Kennedy Space Center had to call 911 and wait 9 minutes for a fire engine to arrive to put out the flames. I guess it shows how much budget they've lost that NASA doesn't have their own emergency response teams for things like this.

more than 2 years ago
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The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

WillDraven Re:SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! (180 comments)

Has anybody mathematically proven that the current copyright laws are detrimental to the sciences and useful arts? If we could do that maybe we could get some laws struck down as unconstitutional. (I know, I'm dreaming...)

more than 2 years ago

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Swedish Pirate Party Launches ISP

WillDraven WillDraven writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WillDraven (760005) writes "Torrentfreak is reporting that The Swedish Pirate Party has launched an ISP. Starting with 100 residents in the housing organization LKF (Swedish) in the city of Lund, Pirate ISP hopes to gain 5% of the market in Lund before spreading to other markets. Headed by longtime Pirate Party member Gustav Nipe, seen giving an English interview about the ISP here, the company aims to provide internet service with the sort of guarantees one would expect from the Pirate Party. Most notable of these are the promises to keep no logs of subscriber activity and provide no data to law enforcement or private corporations. The original Swedish report on Sydsvenskan can be found here."
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Circuit City Files For Bankruptcy

WillDraven WillDraven writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillDraven (760005) writes "Circuit City, the United States 2nd largest consumer electronics retailer, has filed for bankruptcy under chapter 11. This news comes as no surprise as the company has been in financial trouble, recently announcing that it will be closing over one fifth of its stores and laying off 17% of its U.S. employees in the process."
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FCC Approves Unused TV Spectrum For Unlicensed Use

WillDraven WillDraven writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillDraven (760005) writes "The FCC Tuesday approved the plan for unlicensed use of unused TV spectrum backed by technology giants such as Google, Dell, Motorola, and Microsoft. The plan allows for devices to be sold using the spectrum in between TV broadcast channels for data transfer. Of course with every seemingly good deal there is a catch: Most devices will be required to have a GPS or other geolocation module installed. The stated purpose of these is so the devices can access a database of known licensed TV stations in the area and avoid broadcasting in their spectrum range."

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