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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

_merlin Re:of course it wasn't NK (229 comments)

Oh what? They blamed Iraq for plenty of things they didn't do, and they've never presented evidence for all the claims of cyber attacks from Russia and China.

yesterday
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

_merlin Re:with what? (182 comments)

Keep in mind, I can't recall if it was 2k11 or 2k12 but the Obama admin did not exactly dispute the pentagons view that "cyber" attacks could/should be viewed as an act of war. The "terror" threats against theaters have escalated things from a criminal matter, attack on a corporation, to a state matter attack on the public and order; therefore some kind of "response" is required. I am sure 0bama is trying to find a way to "do something" or appear to be without pissing off the Chinese.

So the US has committed acts of war against Germany by tapping their head of state's phone, etc. Or is it only an act of war when it's against US interests?

3 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

_merlin Re:Driver in video was unfamiliar with the car (191 comments)

In Australia, many European cars (e.g. BMW, VW, etc.) have the turn signal stalk on the left even though they're right-hand drive models.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

_merlin Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

How does this legitimise the raids? They didn't get anyone connected to this incident when they conducted the raids. They didn't obtain any information allowing them to predict or prevent today's incident. They didn't even manage to charge anyone. All they did was piss off a significant proportion of the population by harassing people who, as far as we can tell, were innocent (lack of charges points to this). For all we know, today's incident could be a direct result of the raids. Harassing innocent people tends to radicalise them.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

_merlin Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

Yeah, but they managed to piss a lot of people off mightily. You can't expect no backlash if you do shit like that.

about a week ago
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Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

_merlin Re:Professional courtesy (55 comments)

You obviously aren't a whore and don't know any. Whores don't try to poach customers from each other. Whores don't take it personally when a customer chooses another whore. I could go on, but it's off-topic. But I can assure you, professional courtesy definitely exists among whores.

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

_merlin Re:Nerd Point of Contention (222 comments)

I don't think there was a mad scramble to copycat, the Dual Shock is a better controller than the N64 controller.. Nintendo should have never let Shiggy near the controller design people.

The funny thing is, the PlayStation controller is very much a clone of the SNES pad layout. All equivalent buttons in the same places. They just added some extra shoulder buttons, jammed in analog sticks within thumb reach, and then added vibration.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

_merlin Re:Effort dilution (254 comments)

Funny, the biggest issue I get with switching RHD to LHD is checking my blind spot over the opposite shoulder. The motion feels unnatural.

PAL actually has reasons besides intentional incompatibility. Alternating phase on alternate lines makes it possible to correct for phase shift, so the tint control can be set and forgotten.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

_merlin Re:Apple pay already lost... (375 comments)

Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 are capable of emulating EMV provided you have an app from your bank (in Australia CBA and Westpac provide apps, I think some UK banks do as well). It's coming to everyone slowly but steadily. Apple Pay is just Apple's spiffy marketing for their implementation of EMV emulation on a smartphone.

about three weeks ago
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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

_merlin Re:SiwftKey? (56 comments)

I seriously don't understand all the love for SwiftKey. When Samsung switched from their own proprietary predictive input to SwiftKey, the net effect was that input became a whole lot slower and less accurate for me. It just doesn't seem to be that good.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

_merlin Re:Cash no longer talks I've found (375 comments)

The only consumer-oriented places I go that require payment by credit/debit cards are hire car joints. However many trade supply shops, web hosts, and other business-oriented places only accept payment by direct deposit, credit, etc.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

_merlin Re:Apple pay already lost... (375 comments)

Apple Pay is EMV-compatible and requires no work for the merchant to support over supporting regular Visa/Mastercard NFC cards.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

_merlin Re:More than cash and cc (375 comments)

So true. I check in at home, then print a boarding pass at the airport because it's so much quicker and more convenient when going through the gate.

about three weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

_merlin Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

My brother was a nurse in Australia for a few years before advancing to become a paramedic. He actually did encounter a lot of sexism at work. The older female nurses would treat him as though he shouldn't be there - "What kind of girly man are you? What are you doing here? This is a women's domain!" The younger female nurses would flirt, proposition him, grab his arse, etc. Basically all the same stuff that women in male-dominated spaces complain about. Makes you wonder whether men and women really are all that different.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

_merlin Re:IBM and HP, please release the source! (323 comments)

Yes, she would have needed to obtain redistribution rights for the source code from all copyright holders.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

_merlin Re:IBM and HP, please release the source! (323 comments)

The trouble is there's so much cross-licensing and license pollution involved. No-one would know for sure whether a codebase contains something licensed in a way that prevents them from redistributing it in source code form. Well, IBM might, but I wouldn't expect anyone else to.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

_merlin Re:quick notes? (523 comments)

Mechanical pencil is definitely fastest for me, but if I'm writing for an extended period of time I find a pen more comfortable to use. Speed isn't the only consideration.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

_merlin Re:Marriage is 80%/80% (720 comments)

Mod parent up. If you're always looking to make sure your partner's doing "their 50%" and you're not doing more than "your 50%" you're going to end up bitter very quickly. You don't want to go there.

about three weeks ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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