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Rent Your Own Botnet

Zibblsnrt Re:I Love the Future! (79 comments)

Wow! Just, wow! I mean, I can rent a freaking botnet, and put it on my MasterCard!

The nature of the whole enterprise being what it is, I imagine the idea's more that you rent a freaking botnet and put it on someone else's MasterCard.

about 3 years ago

Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco

Zibblsnrt Re:That's ok (261 comments)

Unfortunately? I dunno, I sort of like the idea of companies taking that approach to problems knocking themselves out of business. Maybe if it happens often enough we won't have to worry about this kind of thing as much.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon, Google Cave To Apple, Drop In-App Buttons

Zibblsnrt Re:Cave? (307 comments)

It's not Apple's product after it's sold to a customer.

Doesn't Apple generally disagree with that assertion these days?

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

Zibblsnrt Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

I can think of six right off the top of my head in the last century, and I *know* I'm missing some.

more than 3 years ago

Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming

Zibblsnrt Re:So... what ARE those needs and preferences? (432 comments)

Definitely agree that, if we're going to have WWII FPSes, the Eastern Front's hideously underrepresented except for Stalingrad. (Really, Russia is in general - a WWI eastern front game would be interesting, though going back to the original topic you wouldn't be seeing much in terms of women on the front lines then..)

more than 3 years ago

FCC Plans To Stop Cell Phone Bill Mystery Fees

Zibblsnrt Re:jail (157 comments)

Gotta love the good old "regulatory compliance fee."

more than 3 years ago

Time To Rethink the School Desk?

Zibblsnrt Re:Luxury! (405 comments)

Well, you see, there are times when water, and even ice, have been known to fall from the sky in large amounts.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

Zibblsnrt Re:600,000 in PayPal - Crazy Nuts (775 comments)

That 600K has built up since the account was locked, which usually prevents people from withdrawing money from their PayPal accounts. Sixty thousand orders for a popular game in that timeframe - especially one that's popular on SA and the various chans, and is plugged by TF2's and Rock Paper Shotguns' websites - is entirely reasonable. Hell, Dwarf Fortress pulled together tens of thousands of dollars in a couple of days back in April through a mere tip jar and with vastly less exposure.

It's probably easier for people to say "I'm too lazy to look into the game in question about which I know little or nothing, so I'll just decide he's doing something illegal," though.

about 4 years ago

Will Australia Follow China's Google Ban?

Zibblsnrt Re:I would (280 comments)

What about censorship of political, religious, and controversial viewpoints? This is about Freedom of expression and Freedom of communication more than it is about any single issue.

I was under the impression that, constitutionally and legally speaking, Australia recognizes neither as a right.

more than 4 years ago

Former Congressman Learns About Streisand Effect

Zibblsnrt Re:Fair Use? (527 comments)

I find it hard to imagine that they're now suffering anything close to the way in which being locked in a 3*3*2 meter cage for half the day is suffering.

The fact that one of the two parties, y'know, did something to earn their suffering might factor into things a bit here.

more than 3 years ago

Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Causes Outrage

Zibblsnrt Re:Heads Up and Activision Statement (543 comments)

Which one is it (or is it both somehow)?

If news coverage of it's saying one thing - that the player's gunning down civilians - and the company producing the game is saying another - that it's effectively an interactive cutscene whose point is to say that These Guys Are Bad - I'm inclined to give Activision the benefit of the doubt, even if they're still deep in the failure mines with other aspects of the game.

more than 4 years ago

Gates Foundation Funds "Altruistic Vaccine"

Zibblsnrt Re:Is that really enough? (259 comments)

While the idea of those Windows-induced problems traveling back through time to, say, influence King Leopold II's management style or spawn any of the other eleven gazillion and three problems that Africa has had over the twentieth century is, honestly, kind of awesome in a horrible way, I'm skeptical that that's how it actually happened.

more than 5 years ago

Gates Foundation Funds "Altruistic Vaccine"

Zibblsnrt Re:Is that really enough? (259 comments)

Without Bill Gates keeping science and engineering from developing, those people wouldn't be poor in the first place.

You heard it here, ladies and gentlemen: Bill Gates' marketing tactics in the eighties and nineties are the cause of catastrophically-botched decolonization in the sixties and seventies.

more than 5 years ago

Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

Zibblsnrt Re:We are a bunch (898 comments)

All they have to do is to hit the cockpit with the cannon (as to prevent further manoeuvres by the terrorists) and then the engines/wings until enough propulsion/flight surfaces are destroyed.


You're one of those people who think that all police officers need to do is shoot the gun/knife/whatever out of the criminal's hand, aren't you?

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest

Zibblsnrt Re:Or they're terrified (921 comments)

(ObDisclaimer: agnostic speaking here.)

Purgatory and Limbo are two different creatures. The former's Heaven's waiting room with a maximally irritating selection of magazines and radio stations, and the latter's an area of neither-punishment-nor-reward for those who hadn't earned a ride on either elevator just yet.

You probably wouldn't mind hanging out on Limbo with nothing better to do, since it's supposed to be maximally benign without actually being heaven itself. Purgatory sucks by design, though.

more than 5 years ago

My handwriting ...

Zibblsnrt Re:Letter writing (613 comments)

I've always loved the look of Tibetan myself; it looks like writing you'd find in a moderately-epic fantasy or science fiction setting, to say nothing of simply looking neat for its own sake.

As to the original topic of the thread, I've also recently come to the horrible realization that my Greek handwriting is clearer than my English. When folks look at my writing it's all Greek to them regardless of whether it actually is or not. :P

more than 5 years ago

Massive EVE Online Alliance Disbanded

Zibblsnrt Re:I've been reading the forums.. the alliance"sta (352 comments)

The euthenasia of this massive organization will breathe new life into the game, but it may also drive a large number of these people who were screwed out of the game, making a huge dent in the userbase.

I got the impression that quite a few people were either signing up or returning because, well, the euthanasia of that massive organization breathed new life into the game.

It's like an in-character collapse of Rome in space or something. The sheer amount of disorder and fluidity that this set off provides all sorts of opportunity for players to do a variety of interesting things before the dust settles. I don't play Eve myself - MMOs give me soul cancer - but I tend to look over friends' shoulders a lot who do play this particular game, and the stuff going on in the last few days has gotten me closer to considering signing up than, well, pretty much anything else.

(Also, "Alliance" does not map to "Guild" in the WoW sense at all. You're underestimating the scope of the organization that got taken down, I think.)

more than 5 years ago


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