Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I can't seem to let go of it. Bought Civ5 when it came out, worthless dumbed-down failure. That was the last time I bought a game without trying a copy from TPB first
#2: World of Tanks - the only MMO I've never stuck with for more than a few days.
#3: Crusader Kings II. Medieval strategy, last decent game from Paradox.
Apart from those I sometimes boot up Colonization (dos), Defender of the Crown (C64), Last Ninja 2 (C64), North & South (Amiga). All modern games offered on piratebay are extremly f'ing boring. BF4 - boring. Skyrim - boring. Assassins Creed 4 - boring. Gta 4 - boring.
Looking forward to Elite: Dangerous though.
German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement
That might be how it works in some... countries, but in a civilized society (Germany?) it's not enough with random requests or notifications to shut down something even if it's "obvious", without a court order. The registrar (and the webhost) is not a court of law. If they passed it on to the owner of the site, and the owner of that site for whatever reason didn't agree and didn't remove the material, then it should be decided by a court.
This case might be black and white (no idea, never visited h33t.com), but most cases are not, and it's therefore not up to the registrar or the host to shut down anything.
I work for a large European webhost, every time I get some shutdown request or ridicolous DMCA-blaha from someone in a country ruled by copyright holders, I just tell them stop bothering us and report the actual owner of the site to the police (in whatever country the siteowner lives in), if it's really copyright infringement.
CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC
No section for discussions, but at least news for nerds.
How Weather Influences Global Warming Opinions
If you think Stalin or Mao were motivated by atheism, then perhaps you also think that Hitler invaded Poland because he was a vegetarian? Or because he wasn't a buddhist?
It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order
They are either real domains pointing to somebody's hacked old joomla/oscommerce/cms made simple-site, in which case the problem is with the website. Or if it's a real phishing/malware-domain, it's with 100% certainty ordered with fake user information and a stolen CC, so the registrar/host can simply delete domain (at least that's what we do).
Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?
Please don't even consider Zoneminder (unless you want to develop it). It's hopelessly outdated, has very limited support for modern surveillance cameras, and is more or less useless compared to commercial alternatives. Unfortunately - I really wish there was a good open source alternative
You're better off buying Axis- or Sony-cameras and using their monitoring software.
Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
> The Odyssey
Just don't grab the greek one by misstake, it's quite boring compared to:
D-Link Patches Critical Vulnerability In Older Routers
Spread it on facebook, twitter etc and they'll do something about it. They don't lift a finger until the marketing department takes notice.
What's wrong with D-Link... well. I worked for D-Link support a long time ago, but it looks like nothing has changed. The people in Taiwan are doing their thing, and there's a lot of layers between them and the end user. I might still be bound by some kind of contract blaha, but one example: they refused to release the gpl'ed firmware sources to customers until I first reported them to the wall of shame on busybox.net, then reported it that my bosses and eventually got them to do something because it looked bad.
Book Review: Digital Outcasts
"Many of us have experimented with what it means to be disabled, by sitting in a wheelchair for a few minutes or putting a blindfold over our eyes."
Er... No. Not all of us smoke whatever you are smoking.
Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google
> Mozilla's CTO, Brendan Eich, gets $652,194.
Even if he's a bad CTO, roughly $650 sounds a bit low. Firefox is screwed up, but still somewhat usable and I think he would deserve at least a normal salary.
Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet
No, I added the robots.txt myself :-\
The domains are still mine, just took them with me to the different webhosts I've been working for.
OTOH, nothing of value has been lost, just wanted to know exactly what I wrote about Seven of Nine 13 years ago.
Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet
That really sucks. And explains why I've not been able to find older versions of my own websites.
Researchers Dare AI Experts To Crack New GOTCHA Password Scheme
It does matter, a colourblind person (like me) can't see anything but random dots. How can I possibly come up with a description (that I will remember) for random dots?
Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...
> MY MONITAR WIL NOT TURN ON!!11!!
Please make sure the power cable is plugged in.
Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company
> I would now never play another MMO without being able to multibox because they are all too easy.
Really? Try multiboxing World of Tanks or War Thunder... Or just try to get good stats the normal way.
Want To Hijack a Domain? Just Get a Fax Machine
I'm not quite sure about the ICANN regulations, but with some TLD's a signed fax is a valid request- ie if a registrar get a fax (or letter) demanding DNS changes (or EPP-codes), the registrar *have to* do what's asked without "being troublesome" and calling back etc. It has nothing to do with cost. Stupid? Sure. But not the registrars fault.
Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66
I've always wondered what kind of audience his books are intended for. I really liked Red Storm Rising when I first read it at the age of 14-15, Patriots, Hunt For the Red October and something else were also fun. Then I (and my classmates) kind of outgrew him, and the later books just seems bizarre - greens are terrorists?
I can still enjoy re-reading some stuff, just like I can kind of enjoy watching teen-movies like Pacific Rim (ok, that's not totally true - stopped watching after 4/5th when I got tired of all pointless robot battles). But I get the impression most of his readers are adults?
Anyway, thanks Tom for at least providing the inspiration for Red Storm Rising the sub simulator! One of the best C64 games ever.
GNOME 3.10 Released
The question is, how necessary are projects like GNOME now that Mate and Cinnamon exists? Gnome decided it was a good idea to suck, it's a wonder they still have any users. Why would we give Gnome another chance?
UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too
Who don't you explain why we should not have all the stuff we want for free?
It worked fine for at least 50.000 years of human history, artists, musicians etc happily continued creating "culture" without getting payed for it 70 years after their deaths.
Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches
I also work for a hosting company, and Drupal is not a problem (unlike Joomla, for example). Not even for slashdotted sites. Oh, we also use drupal for our own (very high traffic) main site.
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