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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Zedrick Re:let me correct that for you. (546 comments)

> Communism is State Socialism.

No, it is not. I know it's difficult to get a grip on all the -isms, and there has been a lot of different interpretations since the late 19th century, but there Is No State in a communist society. The only examples of communist societies in modern times were, kind of, the Paris commune and possibly, again kind of, Soviet Russia during the civil war.

Chrusjtjov claimed that the Soviet Union would become communist some time in the (then) near future, he was obviously wrong. No Communist party in the world has communism in their party program except as a final goal sometime far in the future, when the state is no longer needed.


France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Zedrick Re:hmm (138 comments)

Isn't this joke getting a bit old? Sure, US education isn't exactly the best in the world, and it was fun to see Groundskeeper Willie and various US politicians show off their ignorance during the "weapons of mass destruction"- campaign 20 years ago. But far from all americans are this stupid, and it's a bit unfair to continue bashing them every time France is in the news.

about a month ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Zedrick Re:I didn't get any email (80 comments),what's your point? I didn't use my "real" email if that's what you're implying. Ever heard of catch-all? I use/used demonoid@one of my domains.

Not that it matters, "real" email or not, I haven't received anything from them.

about 2 months ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Zedrick I didn't get any email (80 comments)

"Demonoid has emailed all registered users"

No, they have not.

about 2 months ago

Report: YouTube Buying For $1 Billion

Zedrick Re:Why is twitch popular? (142 comments)

Well, (for me) it's like an interesting talkshow. I watch Quickybaby play World of tanks, partly because I like that game and can learn a few things watching someone really good play it, but also because he talks about all kinds of things. It's just like watching kevinpollakschatshow, but framed around a game instead of Hollywood.

OTOH there's a lot of people on twitch playing the game and saying nothing, that I don't understand. Boring.

about 2 months ago

Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Zedrick Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

I agree, but unfortunately we live in this universe, and not that alternative one where everything is as it should be.

If people can't go somewhere (not too far away) and see animals, they will soon think CGI-versions of these creatures are good enough, which leads to extinction for the real ones. Unless they are really cute.

about 2 months ago

Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Zedrick Re:Alcohol (329 comments)

I haven't seen any reports about Europeans drinking less, but you're right. Since I stopped drinking 4-5 months ago I've gained around 10KG. I'll try to catch up in a few weeks when my girlfriend and our newborn daughter are going away for the weekend, but no matter how many bottles of ale I manage to drink, I doubt I'll get back in shape.

about 2 months ago

'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.

about 3 months ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Zedrick Re:Tyrant: The computer game (818 comments)



I think there's something missing in your walkthrough.

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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, 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 months ago


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