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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

Zedrick Re:Bet On Vikings (34 comments)

My ancestors were very cool and died in all kinds of crazy places, but can't take credit for this. The viking age ended around 1050, and the jewelry pictured is not Scandinavian.

5 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Zedrick Re:Tyrant: The computer game (810 comments)



I think there's something missing in your walkthrough.

about a week ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Zedrick Re:So? (351 comments)

Because living in a "stone age" society is generally much healthier than living in a 1st world country. Also, more spare time - which isn't wasted on TV or the internet. (hunter-gatherer-people do not spend all their time looking for food, that's a common myth)

The downside is lack of medical treatment and vulnerability to external factors such as weather.

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Zedrick Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

> No, they didn't, but it was obvious to everybody and clear from history that the USA wasn't interested in
> annexing Iraq into US territory. So the comparison to what Russia has done with part of Ukraine is a false one.

True, Putin can at least claim he is protecting Russians (and might even believe it), the US-Iraq wars were just about controlling the oil.

> USA has taken territory it could have just kept for itself,

Eh... This is not a game of Risk.

> But we don't do that, and haven't acted like an imperial power, increasing our borders
> though military force, for a LONG time.

Again, this is not Risk. Please go to the library and look up the concept of Imperialism, it does in no way have to involve annexing territories - controlling countries through puppet governments (Iraq, for example) is how it's done since at least the 18th century.

about three weeks ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

Zedrick Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

> That's right. He owns the house. And guess what. A landlord can go into your apartment without your permission also.

Perhaps in Somalia and North Korea, it doesn't work like that in most other countries.

about 1 month ago

VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

Zedrick Re:No V-Sync (170 comments)

What's V-Sync and how is VLC useless if everything I play in it looks great?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Zedrick Civilization 4 (669 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

Zedrick Re:Liable *of not acting upon obvious infringement (164 comments)


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.

about 2 months ago

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Zedrick Re:The Slashcott (238 comments)


No section for discussions, but at least news for nerds.

about 2 months ago

How Weather Influences Global Warming Opinions

Zedrick Re:Egocentrism (517 comments)

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?

about 3 months ago

It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

Zedrick Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

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).

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

Zedrick Zoneminder (248 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

D-Link Patches Critical Vulnerability In Older Routers

Zedrick Re:Another bug... (54 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Book Review: Digital Outcasts

Zedrick What? (65 comments)

"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.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google

Zedrick Re:Mozilla's CTO gets $652,194 (278 comments)

> 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.

about 5 months ago

Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

Zedrick Re:Doesn't that kinda defeat the point of the arch (234 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Researchers Dare AI Experts To Crack New GOTCHA Password Scheme

Zedrick Re:Colorblind? (169 comments)

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?

about 5 months ago

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

Zedrick Re:works fine for me (258 comments)


Please make sure the power cable is plugged in.

about 6 months ago


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