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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Xest Re:old tech (159 comments)

"6 months after the C64 came out were there already rumblings that the Amiga was on its way? Obviously in a decade where you went from the ZX80 to the 486 there were new computers on a fairly regular basis, but it was really not the same as it is today with yearly PC updates (cpu/video), yearly phones, yearly games"

Really, it wasn't much different, only the technology that rapid iteration happened to changed. As I pointed out there are systems today that have relatively long life cycles (consoles) just as there were then, but similarly just as there were then there were short lifecycle systems too. All that's changed is that the highly dynamic open architecture of the PC won out as the most prominent computing device in people's homes, whilst those fixed-spec systems just found their niche in the console gaming arena and so forth.

Comparing phones seems pointless, there was a constant flurry of new landline phones you could buy back then, but given that mobile phones didn't really exist beyond the fairly experimental stage it's silly to compare them, they're a whole new market that just wasn't around then.

There were games coming out every year, I'm pretty sure off the top of my head that the Dizzy series of games were a yearly thing given that there were so many in such a short few years for example.

As someone else pointed out to you the whole nickel and diming thing was incredibly prominent with 80s arcade culture too.

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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Xest Re:old tech (159 comments)

"there is going to (predictably) be a new and (slightly) improved model next year or in a couple of years at the most, there is not as much attachment as there used to be."

The C64 came out in 1982, the Commodore Amiga, and Commodore 128 came out in 1985, with the Amiga 500 in 87, the Amiga 500 Plus in 1991, the Amiga 600 in March 1992, and finally, the Amiga 1200 in October 1992. That's 3, 2, 4, 1, and 0.5 years respectively between releases.

In contrast, the Xbox 360 lasted from 2005 until 2013 before a new model came out, that's 8 years. The PS3 only one year less. If you want computers, then I guess we have to look at the PC, but it's a different situation because they're so bespoke nowadays, however a moderate PC is going to last at least 5 years (mine from 2008 even is still perfectly good for modern releases like the latest Diablo expansion etc.).

Suggesting there's ever been any longer period of release cycles on some devices then than there is now is nonsense, but there's a rather amusing irony when you're suggesting so to try and argue the joke "nostalgia is better than it used to be" is true.

Long story short, you've fallen victim to nostalgia, and are trying to argue against it being possible now, begging the question, do you even know what nostalgia is? It's hit you and you don't even know it.

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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Xest Re:Debate... Debate... Debate... (423 comments)

"It is important to note that the 2C you are talking about is surface air temperature. It is less than 1 percent of our climate overall. The oceans are a vast reservoir of thermal sink, as is the stratosphere."

Right, but that's a sustained 2C, you can't have one thing at 2C and an adjacent thing much lower. Heat transfer occurs from hot to cold and the rate of transfer is proportional to the difference in temperature. To maintain a 2C surface temperature increase that means everything else must have increased too so pretending only 1% of our climate is going to increase in temperature is utter nonsense - the entirety of the oceans and stratosphere must also drastically increase in temperature for that 2C increase in surface temperature to be sustained, otherwise you wouldn't get a sustained 2C increase because the temperature would just be pulled into the oceans and stratosphere.

Just because the surface temperature is commonly cited doesn't mean that's the only thing changing, everything else has to increase too, it's just more convenient to quote the only immediately obvious temperature to your average human - that which they're sat in day in and day out rather than to quote all the possible ecosystems that will increase by their relative but varying amount.

"Local effects will be more extreme - milder arctic winters and longer growing seasons should improve crops in Russia, Canada and northern Europe."

Right, central and southern North America, Australia, and much of Africa and the Middle East will become too prone to drought for any reliable crop growth. Why just focus on the areas where crop yield potential will improve and ignore the vast swathes of the Earth where agriculture will become impossible unless you have some kind of insanely biased agenda here?

"Africa will see more precipitation turning the Sahara into grassland again."

Great, that's Europe and South America fucked then given that dust from the Sahara blown to those continents is essential for the fertilisation that allows the high levels of green growth.

What, you thought you could change a major ecosystem in the globe like the Sahara and there wouldn't be impacts elsewhere? that's not the way the world works.

"This may stress reefs, but really - they are millions of years old and have seen this before."

Not on a timescale that leaves no time for adaptation via evolution.

At first you seemed to have an extremely over simplistic understanding of the natural world, and that that was leading you to reach a gross underestimation on the negative impacts global warming would have, but your cherry picking of the benefits and certain statistics implies it's not necessarily that you don't or couldn't understand the respective elements of the natural world, but that you're being intentionally dishonest to push a short sighted and selfish view.

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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Xest Re:No great revelation (108 comments)

Well he's still the legal owner by law, so there's nothing to stop him literally just walking in, picking them up, and walking out with them. Common sense would suggest telling the police you're doing exactly that first, and letting them know you've done it afterwards, but legally short of them preventing you accessing the shop (in which case you'd have to get the police to do it for you) there isn't jack shit they can do to stop you just taking your items back.

In fact, it'd arguably be immoral not to just take them back, because anyone buying them is potentially liable for handling stolen goods, even if they weren't aware they were stolen, so letting them stay there risks leaving someone else at risk of prosecution when they've not knowingly done anything wrong.

If the shop owner has a problem with you walking into his shop and just picking up your items and walking off with them then it's upto him to call the police and take it up with them, it's not your problem - they're your goods and they legally belong to you still. If he's lost money on it then tough shit, he should've worked harder to make sure the goods were legit by asking for an original receipt or something.

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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Xest Re:No great revelation (108 comments)

Yep, no need to beat about the bush, there has been numerous occasions where CEX has been found peddling stolen goods.

When big well known nationwide brands are doing it and getting away with it what have the small guys got to worry about? CEX is the place of choice for many criminals trying to offload stolen Blurays, laptops, DVDs, video games, and mobile phones.

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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Xest Re:Russia (312 comments)

"Sure it was a coup and the vote for impeachment happened after the coup."

That doesn't even make sense, how can you have a coup if the leadership is not yet deposed? Changing will of parliament is not a coup, not under any circumstances. That's democracy in action. If the leader is still in power then by definition, no coup can have happened. To follow the constitutional process a committee to investigate the offence had to be formed, but Yanukovych resigned before that happened (then rescinded his resignation when he got to Russia which IS unconstitutional). Let's be clear - Yanukovych ran before he was pushed because he saw the tide had turned against him, there was a 73% majority in favour of impeachment which was enough to trigger the required investigation which he resigned before could happen.

"But if you consider what happened as a coup, then it all starts making sense."

Yes, I suspect if you view most things with a predetermined bias then they make sense to you, but that's no reflection on what actually happened.

The only changes that have occurred other than preparing for elections and acting in a security capacity are those to revert the constitution and a couple of other things that were already agreed by Yanukovych and the existing parliament before the interim leadership came into play. You seem to be implying this interim government plans to stay permanently but where is your evidence for this? the election date is set and there's not the slightest shred of evidence they're going to cancel this - in fact, despite the fact Russia has started now to send Spetsnatz units into Eastern Ukraine the leadership has explicitly not called a state of emergency because by law that would mean they would have to cancel the elections.

"I am not saying that the situation on Crimea wasn't a sham. There was no need to rig that vote really, the majority would have voted for an annexation anyway."

This doesn't make sense, if they would've voted for it anyway (polls prior to the Russian invasion suggest they wouldn't) then why go through such extraordinary effort to rig the vote including all the things I mentioned previously on top of installing an unelected puppet leadership in Crimea that called the referendum (again, things that most definitely were unconstitutional).

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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Xest Re:Russia (312 comments)

"Yes it was a coup d'etat. A coup does not have to be a military one. Every illegal usurpation of the government is a coup."

Yes you're right, but there was nothing illegal here. The democratically elected parliament voted for early elections and to impeach the president after deciding to support the will of their constituents (the Ukrainian people). That's not illegal by any measure, therefore, it wasn't a coup.

It was more akin to the parliament voting to impeach the president and then resigning themselves. Unless you're saying parliaments shouldn't be able to bring down a president that has lost popular support, or unless you're saying parliamentarians shouldn't be able to resign and force early elections, then there's no reasonable way this can possibly be described as a coup.

"No. Even in the most fraudulent vote outcome (Rostov region) Putin has received 58.99% of the votes."

I think his comment was largely hyperbole, but really, he's right. Putin has a long history of rigged polls. If there was anything legitimate about the view of the Crimean people in the referendum then why did Putin have to deny international observers, limit all propaganda to pro-Russian propaganda, shut down all communication in and out of Crimea prior to the referendum? Surely if it's what the people wanted then a verifiably free and fair referendum would've been far easier and far easier for him to claim victory for a more legitimate annexation? It's hard to see how an election can ever be called fair when the ballot counting isn't independently verified by objective observers and when it takes place under the barrel of the guns of only one side of the debate. That's before you consider the ballot options - independence and closer ties to Russia, or join Russia. Where was the "Fuck off Russia" option? Surely you can't honestly believe that was a legitimate referendum even putting aside arguments about what the people supposedly did or didn't want?

Scotland is holding an independence referendum later this year, would you believe it legitimate if English soldiers turned up outside every polling station with guns, tore down all the independence campaign posters and replaced them with "Alex Salmond and the SNP are Nazis", took over the television and radio airwaves to broadcast pro-union propaganda, shut down the cell phone towers to lock down communications, and took away all the ballots to be counted at David Cameron's house? That's what Putin did in Crimea.

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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Xest Re:Russia (312 comments)

"The legitimately elected pro-Russia government in Ukraine was overthrown in a coup."

Where do you get this shit from? The legitimately elected government wasn't just pulled out of office physically or anything. They are the ones who voted with a majority of 73% to oust Yanukovych, and allow a new round of elections. If responding to your constituents is a coup then I hope the fuck you permanently stay away from politics as I don't like the sound of your type of dictatorship where democracy is defined as doing what another nation (Russia) wants and ignoring the demands of your constituents. The healthier the democracy, the easier it is to recall representatives who no longer have popular support - the very fact the Ukraine did it this way is a sign of a healthy democratic action. Far better than the likes of Gordon Brown taking power and sitting there for over a year after his approval rating had sunk as low as 15%.

You're parroting Putins propaganda and ignoring that Yanukovych's ousting was a wholly democratic impeachment by an elected parliament. There was no coup in the Ukraine, that's just Putin's line, a coup is, by definition, a violent, illegal, seizure of power. The only violence was from Yanukovych's pro-Russian Berkut puppets who shot police and protesters alike to try and stir violent confrontation between the two. It was entirely a legitimate democratic action.

If you don't understand what happened it's probably best not to comment, parroting Putin's line is the worst form of idiocy and is akin to the muppets who were parroting Blair's 45 minute WMD claim to justify their support for the war in Iraq. Don't do it, you're better than that.

"I'm not saying I agree completely with all that, but people seem to forget that there was a coup and the people of Crimea asked for Russian assistance."

The majority of Ukrainians are pro-Western, that's why this happened in the first place. The pro-Russians are a minority. Given that the pro-Western grouping have asked for NATO assistance is your view then that we should send British, America, and other NATO troops into the Ukraine to kill the Russians that annexed Crimea? That's the logical conclusion of your thought process - that if a group of people ask for support then the nation(s) being asked have an obligation to give that support.

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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Xest Re:Russia (312 comments)

"Even the most cynical adjustment of the numbers still shows a majority."

Your fault is assuming the numbers were in any way legitimate in the first place, which given objective polls from only a few weeks before gave only 41% support for joining Russia there's a pretty strong suggestion it is not the case.

I just held a poll of all Crimeans and they actually said 100% that they don't want to be part of Russia, even if you adjust for a bit of normal statistical error there you can't manipulate it far enough to say I'm wrong.

See how that works? That's basically what Putin did in reverse, so congratulations on being one of his useful idiots. The simple fact is that there was supposedly an 82% turn out, despite the fact that at least 30% weren't even ethnic Russian and had no interest in Russia. The results Russia spat out just were not credible in the slightest, and that's before you factor in the 120%+ election turnout in Sevastapol where Russian troops who weren't even Ukrainian nationals voted. Yes, you read that right.

"There was no evidence that the people of Iraq or Afghanistan wanted to be liberated, yet the world is just peachy with that."

Amusingly, whilst I disagree with the Iraq war, that's simply not true. The people were extremely grateful for liberation in the aftermath, it was the failure to plan to build a working nation state that resulted in all the case. There was actually massive popular support for Saddam's rival, the UK/US just completely failed to fill the vacuum left by his departure leading to a brutal power struggle, that's what went wrong there. The same has happened in Libya and Egypt - the vast majority wanted liberation from their respective dictators, the problem is they also didn't want the chaos that followed but eventually did because they didn't plan for what happens afterwards.

Look, the whole Iraq war was wrong, and that's fine, I get it, you hate America and the UK and whoever else for what they did. But that doesn't magically make Russia not as bad, Russia is still just as bad, arguably worse - at least the UK and US always planned to pull out and eventually did, Russia just annexed the place and declared it there own. You cannot honestly criticise the West for what they did and then defence Russia's actions, that just makes you the worst kind of hypocrit. That just tells us you've no interest in the truth, or the facts, you just want an excuse to slag off the West and big up Russia and if that's what you want then fine, just at least have the fucking courage to say what you mean and believe - that you're pro-Russian, agree with Putin and hate the West. At least have the courtesy to cut the bullshit.

Cards on the table, I'm embarrassed by what my country did, I'm disgusted by what the US did, but I'm also appalled by what Russia is doing. The UK and US' stupidity doesn't make Russia an angel, it just makes it another asshole nation as well in carrying out actions equally as unacceptable as the 2003 Iraq invasion and subsequent occupation.

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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Xest Re:I think I just found a title for my thesis (303 comments)

If you mount it on a sliding rail running parallel to and pointing at an infinite length horizontal board with an infinite belt of ammo and set it moving with a correctly calibrated exponentially increasing speed then you can use it to reproduce, using a measurement of the distance from the start, the Fibonacci sequence.

Useful if you're in a zombie apocalypse and you need to remember it.

Do I get my own Slashdot article now?

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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Xest Re:Uh-huh (842 comments)

The Register, on climate change, really?

You might as well just have posted "TEA PARTY, FUCK YEAH, CLIMATE CHANGE IS BULLSHIT".

It would've had the same impact.

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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Xest Re:Two solutions (Encrypt or leave) (243 comments)

No, it boils down to:

PCs follow a standardise open architecture, you can verify one and that verification follows comfortably onto others

Most phones follow a black box architecture, you can verify an open phone but it tells you nothing about the hardware or software on the majority of other phones that people are using.

Apparently you can't grasp this simple argument though in your desperation to pursue the nonsense idea that phones are somehow as safe and as well understood from a security standpoint as PCs.

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Xest Re:Next, be a woman (381 comments)

"My point is that you can generalise. I.e. that green1's statment was correct."

Then you are talking shit, you are actually saying that murder of someone who wants to die anyway is worse for the victim than being gang raped repeatedly for many years or some other extreme scenario. If you're saying what you're saying you're saying then the extremity of any example I provide is not irrelevant in proving what utter nonsense you are talking, any such example if realistic (it is, both these things have happened and will continue to happen somewhere in this world) is proof by counter-example that your argument is incorrect. I'm sorry if you find that inconvenient to your desperate attempts to continue to be an argumentative tit for the sake of being an argumentative tit.

"No, but stating that rape is as bad as murder will make some victims feel that way."

Again this shows your utter disconnect between what victims actually feel and what you think they should feel and highlights how far from reality your understanding of this topic is. If you tell a victim what happened to them can indeed leave them feeling like they'd rather have just been killed then you're showing empathy with their situation - you're highlighting that you understand how they feel. Telling them well it's not as bad as being murdered so they can be thankful of that does not show empathy, it shows a complete lack of it.

But I get it, I really do, many people on Slashdot do not have that property of empathy, and that's fine, not everyone is or need be empathetic, it's just the way they are, but let's not pretend that's representative of the population at large, or that we should be putting non-empathetic people like you in any kind of position that involves trying to help victims of crimes like rape. There is a very long way to go, but thankfully there is a massive amount of money, time and effort going towards training in police stations and hospitals across the globe in general to help train people in the need to be empathetic in the face of such issues. Thankfully your non-empathetic view of dealing with victims is a dying one, so it really doesn't matter that you think your non-empathetic view is the correct way to deal with the matter regardless of how much you may disagree.

5 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Xest Re:Next, be a woman (381 comments)

I don't disagree with anything you're saying here for what it's worth, but I don't think your original post came off well - it has the implication that rape is always more trivial than murder, but some victims will always feel that is not the case, and in my opinion, understandably so.

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Xest Re:Next, be a woman (381 comments)

"You're comparing rape with a killing someone on their death bed. Sure, people have been killed right before they would have died, but that does not make rape worse than murder. By that logic you can say that bullying and teasing is as bad as murder, because there are people that would rather die than be bullied. "

You're taking my example and implying I'm claiming some kind of generalisation, which is complete nonsense - you're building an argument against a point I never even made. My point was simply that you can't generalise and say that murder is always worse than rape, which is nonsense.

My point is simply that these things occur on a spectrum - there are murders that are brutal and unwanted like the killing of a young boy for some sick thrill, and there are murders where the victim was on the edge of suicide anyway so would barely even care that their life was about to end.

Similarly there are rapes, that are questionable to even classify as rape at one end, and brutal ones involving gangs, and possible death at the end of it to boot.

These spectrums overlap - there are some rapes that are worse for the victims than some murders, hence why I do not believe we can make the blanket claim that murder is always worse than rape.

"I think you're misunderstanding me. I'm not saying that one should blame the victim of rape or not talk about it. Saying murder is worse than rape is not victim blaming."

No, but it does trivialise it for some victims - i.e. those who would rather just be dead as a result of it anyway, try telling them "Oh well, at least you weren't murdered", don't be surprised if they tell you they wish they had been and genuinely mean it.

"Rape isn't trivial, but implying that people should just as well be dead because they were raped pisses me off."

I don't know where you even got that from, it's not even close to anything I said. Stating that some victims will feel that way is not the same as stating that victims should feel that way.

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Xest Re:Next, be a woman (381 comments)

Yes, I was probably being a bit unfairly facetious there :)

For what it's worth I suspect it's a debate we'll be having in the UK soon, there have been a string of high profile prosecutions of historic abuse against high profile celebrities that have failed because it's so hard to prove such an event so long after the fact.

Ultimately this long after the only evidence you can get is circumstantial, and this is why the cases are persistently failing. Despite the fact it's hard to reconcile how multiple victims who have never met can provide non-conflicting accounts of intimate personal details with innocence it's trivial for the defence to simply argue that as a high profile celebrity they're just a victim of money grabbers at which point the jury simply can't possibly accept that the beyond reasonable doubt test has been achieved, hence the innocence ruling. Normally, DNA evidence would swing it in favour of a guilty verdict but in the absence of that 20, 30, 40, in some cases even 50 or more years after the fact what can they do? There seems a reasonable chance at least some of these people are still guilty but how do you prove it beyond reasonable doubt so long after the fact?

Of course then the flip side is that the beyond reasonable doubt test is extremely important, so what do you do? What options are being suggested in Sweden for getting the balance right?

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Xest Re:Next, be a woman (381 comments)

"A rather contrived scenario. I too know without a doubt which victim I'd rather be. And that's alive, thank you very much, don't pick for me."

So no one old has ever been murdered shortly before they'd have died anyway? No one has ever been a victim of abuse? It's called an example, the example bit of the sentence in question would be a giveaway to most people, it highlights the fallacy of the argument that it'd always be better to be raped than murdered. It's quite normal for a proof by counter-example to provide an obvious counter-example, that's kind of the fucking point. Your complete lack of understanding of the trauma of something like rape highlights how utterly out of touch you are with modern understanding of mental health issues. Again, if you're so tortured by such an event that you kill yourself, then for many such victims it's not a choice between being killed, and being alive, it's a choice between being killed, and being so mentally tortured by the event that you end up killing yourself anyway. If you really think that being killed is better than being tortured before dying anyway then you really have lost all touch with reality.

"No it's utterly right. In fact, attitudes like these causes trauma in rape victims. Believing themselves to be damaged goods and worthless."

This statement alone says that you're so far out of your depth here that you shouldn't even be bothering to try and play armchair internet devils advocate on this subject. If you think all there is to deal with rape trauma is to pretend that everything's fine then you really do have absolutely no clue.

Feelings of worthlessness are simply related to depression and something that affects people who are both victims of rape, and non victims alike. Dealing with that has really no impact on dealing with the memories of being assaulted and the inherent fears of various things ranging widely from loneliness, to other people depending on the victim and the crime in question. Those problems are going to persist - you can't just make them go away with kind words, you can't simply pretend that everyone will be able to live a normal life after such an event - that just builds a society where we don't talk about it and blame the victim if they're acting a bit weird for a day. If they're feeling down one day it's obviously their own fault because I mean, they're just living a normal life now like everyone else right? Obviously it can't possibly be to do with what happened to them, I mean, they're over that we told them it'll all be fine and they'll live normally like everyone else!

As a society we're past this, you're living in the past, with a now thankfully terribly outdated view of what impact rape has on victims, and how we should deal with it. Your trivialisation of the impacts on victims belong in the past, please leave them there.

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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Xest Re:Was it worth 4,488 Americans dying? (313 comments)

For what it's worth, some of us both think the US (and my government at the time, the UK) were completely wrong and that soldiers don't deserve the saint hood they're granted.

My grandfather and his generation deserved the privileged view veterans of his generation were given because he was forced into a war fighting for his life and the very survival of his country as a Royal Marine Commando fighting against Nazi Germany, but the guys who sign up today? No, they're almost all doing it because they're fuck ups and failed at school, and it's the easy way out of bucking up, growing up and doing something useful like everyone else.

I'd have respect for soldiers fighting in a war of survival, or conscripts who were forced into a war against their will, but volunteers for the military of a nation not under direct threat? Nope. I don't respect them anymore than I respect people going into any other profession.

I understand in America brainwashing is more prevalent and some people genuinely do believe that patriotic duty bullshit, but certainly here it's nonsense, no one believes that, they always claim it to demand they be afforded otherwise undeserved respect, but they don't believe it. They do it because they left themselves no other career path through their own stupidity, or because they just want to dick around with tanks, guns, and planes. That's fine to be like that, or to want that, but don't pretend it's something you deserve respect for. Military populism as peddled by the likes of The Sun and Murdoch and co's other offerings are populist poison in society creating saints of people who are otherwise failures by their own hand.

Out of interest though, how do you determine that the Iraq war was worth it? I personally can't see how anything positive came out of it, the region lost an important counter balance to Iran, and Iran gained an ally. More people died, the country is less stable, and it cost the US economy trillions of dollars of debt. What possible benefits arose from it? I just can't see a metric that made it worthwhile. At least with Afghanistan I can see there is some argument for increased stabilisation, and less brutal militancy, at least with Afghanistan I can respect that there is certainly some progress.

5 days ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

Xest Re:A year? Seriously? (196 comments)

For what it's worth I do agree it's actually a really shitty reward :)

In the UK you can renew for as little as about £29 quite often. I'd think of that as a kick in the teeth if I was given it as a reward, even with the games as well.

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Man jailed for trolling

Xest Xest writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Xest (935314) writes "A man in the UK has been jailed for just over 4 months for trolling, and has also been given an order banning him from using social networking sites for 5 years. The trolling in question involved insulting a person who committed suicide by jumping in front a train by posting offensive remarks on a page dedicated to her memory, and creating a YouTube parody of Thomas the Tank with the deceased girls face in place of Thomas'.

Is it about time trolling to this extent saw this kind of punishment, or is this punishment simply too harsh for someone who perhaps didn't realise how seriously his actions would be taken by the authorities?"

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Android takes 2nd place for the quarter

Xest Xest writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xest (935314) writes "For the quarter July, August, September Android has now pushed into second place for handset sales accounting for 25% of all phones sold, with Apple taking 3rd place and RIM taking 4th. Symbian is of course still king, largely due to it's massive userbase of low end phones in places like Africa, India, and China where handsets such as the iPhone and high end Android devices are simply unaffordable to many. The article notes that sales by smaller handset manufacturers such as HTC, Huwaei, and ZTE who often develop phones on behalf of other companies to brand themselves now account for a third of phone sales. With devices like the Orange San Francisco developed by ZTE selling at £99 without a contract and sporting an AMOLED screen whilst also being able to run some of the most popular games and applications today such as Angry Birds, perhaps even Symbian will see itself displaced over the next few years to be replaced with some of the highly competitive Android devices beginning to trickle out."
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A brighter future for freedom in Britain?

Xest Xest writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xest (935314) writes "Over the last decade on Slashdot since the events of 9/11 we have constantly been bombarded with stories reporting the continued deterioration of freedom and civil liberties in the West as governments come up with their new latest and greatest scheme to track down terrorists and criminals however negative the effect is on the rest of the law abiding population.

Today, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister of Britain's new coalition government who came to power just last week outlined the new government's vision for the future of British civil liberties. The government has so far confirmation that they will be abolishing Britain's ID card database, abolishing the National Identity Register, abolishing the ContactPoint database, look into reforming libel laws to protect freedom of speech, will be restoring protections for the right to peaceful protest, and will improve the fairness of the DNA database to ensure innocent people's DNA is no longer held on it. This all begs the question; is the tide finally turning against deterioration of our rights and freedom?

The results of this rhetoric are yet to be seen, but if they are sincere in their aims, and truly even wish to allow citizens to recommend laws for removal as stated, then might we perhaps even see the dreadful Digital Economy Act repealed? Right now it's too early to tell, but a positive vibe on civil liberties from people now in power is often news in itself when taken in the context of the last decade of mostly doom and gloom for civil liberties and freedom."

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PS3 plagued by similar problems to the XBox 360s i

Xest Xest writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xest writes "More and more reports are appearing of Playstation 3 consoles failing in a similar way that the earlier models of the XBox 360 did, except for Sony, it's the Yellow Light of Dead. The BBC has an interesting article, which suggests the problem could be almost identical to that which caused the earlier XBox 360 models to fail — poor soldering connections. From the article:

"Several of those businesses have told Watchdog that the vast majority of consoles they see with the "yellow light of death" can be repaired by heating up specific parts of the circuit board. This process is called solder re-flow. By heating the connections between the components and the circuit board to temperatures in excess of 200 Celsius, the metal solder joints melt, just like they did when the device was first assembled. Console repairers say that this process method is commonly used to repair fractured connections, or dry joints."

But it's not the only rule from Microsoft's playbook on the issue that Sony have been following, whilst they have admitted 12,500 out of 2.5million (a convenient 0.5%) of systems have failed, they refuse to release full figures of failure rates citing them as being commercially sensitive. Unfortunately one rule Sony does not appear to be following Microsoft on is an extended warranty, stating that if it fails after 12 months, it is not their problem. In the UK however at least, the Sale of Goods act would disagree with that statement."

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Microsoft announces "YouTube for Games"

Xest Xest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xest (935314) writes "At this years Game Developers Conference, alongside the announcement of Gears of War 2 due for release this November, Microsoft have announced another interesting feature — homebrew game sharing. Utilising XNA, developers and gamers will be able to share games that they have created over XBox live and rate them in a similar manner to YouTube's video sharing service. Microsoft have released 7 games to showcase the capabilities of the service at the event.

If this idea is extended to Windows users through Microsoft's Live for Windows program and with XNA Game Studio being a nice environment for amateur and professional game developers alike this could provide a powerful new path to mainstream users for indie game developers."

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