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My in-use, non-TV displays add up to (diag.):

a Flatbed Darkly I'd think it almost impossible not to have 60"+ (264 comments)

My 20" (computer #1) + 22" (computer #2) + 9" (tablet) + 16" (personal laptop) + 12" (school laptop) + 19" (school computer) + 32" (work computer) + 3.5" (smartphone) takes me well into the 90"+ bracket, and I've barely invested in computers. Those under 90" are out of school and either unemployed or don't use computers at work; those under 60" must work from their Amigas and Micros.

more than 3 years ago
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Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

a Flatbed Darkly Democratic republic (1277 comments)

More correctly, the US is a democratic republic, but due to influence from the names of the German Democratic Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Vietnam and so on, the phrase has become irrevocably associated with Communism and so is very rarely heard in reference to any capitalist democracy.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Search To Reconnect Refugees With Their Families

a Flatbed Darkly "A lengthy and emotional feature..." (22 comments)

"...on Wired-" Lost me there. Hackneyed attacks on what is probably among the most hated of tech magazines pretending to be more independent than they are aside, this is certainly a good idea, but what's to stop people searching for people whom they have nothing to do with? The information on the site, from what I could ascertain from the article, doesn't appear to be meaningfully secured and is open to abuse.

more than 3 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Hackercup 2011 (158 comments)

True; by "classic" I meant "more classic than this new definition, which I hadn't seen before Y Combinator took it up", but otherwise you're correct,

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers Increasingly Using Twitter For Botnets

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Why? (56 comments)

IRC's usually on an obvious port and has a discrete protocol of its own. There's no mistaking IRC. With Twitter everything's through HTTP, so people involved have some small level of deniability, and people are far more likely to notice an odd connection appearing on an abnormal port and look into it than they are to pay any heed to the din of HTTP.

more than 2 years ago
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Smile Efficiently With the Emoticon Keyboard

a Flatbed Darkly Nothing new (123 comments)

Many phones with touchscreen keyboards have an emoticon keyboard along with the phone-style keypad and qwerty. Many simply with buttons have emoticons on autocomplete or under symbols options. This is simply an upscale. I can't find the source (TFA gives barely any details) but if this is a student project, I like. It would actually sell well. If this is a commercial product, oh god no. Yes, it will sell well, yes.

more than 3 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Hackercup 2011 (158 comments)

I take it that they're referring to "hacker" as in Y Combinator's "Hacker News", as in "programmer in general", rather than the more classic meanings of "one who accesses systems without authorisation by means of exploiting vulnerable code, etc" or "skilled programmer with tendencies to the questionably legal".

more than 3 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

a Flatbed Darkly "Hacked"? (158 comments)

It's clear that none of Facebook's code was compromised, otherwise other high-profile pages would be being defaced. What's more likely here is that, through some human flaw of easy security questions or simple passwords (I can't see the Zuck or his immediate staff using unsecured wifi), the account was compromised. Ergo, not a hack. That pedantry aside, I'm very much pleased to see Facebook knocked down a peg or two, especially in the area of security.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook To Make Facebook Credits Mandatory For Games

a Flatbed Darkly I see nothing wrong with this. (116 comments)

Were this a market and were the government enforcing similar, or were this an industry and a regulator enforcing similar, or were this the internet and an ISP enforcing similar, I'd complain as you are. But this is Facebook's platform. Yes, it's unnecessarily grasping, or so one would think if Facebook are really as profitable as they're telling us. Yes, this will panic the stock monkeys. But this is not an entire market, this is not an entire industry, this is not an entire content platform, this is one service. Besides, perhaps this will even out competition with the minor developer exodus it'll probably end up causing.

more than 3 years ago
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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

a Flatbed Darkly Inception and TSN, perhaps. (201 comments)

But I heavily doubt that anyone could state TS3 worthy of an Oscar were it not for the drought of good "mainstream" cinema. The rest of the nominees are mostly above average, I'd say, but in no way is TS3 deserving of an Oscar. This is, though, an undeniable step up from last year's glut of cheap action movies and thrillers.

more than 3 years ago
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The Matrix Re-Reloaded

a Flatbed Darkly After how the third bombed (640 comments)

Wasn't the poor reception of the third enough to warn them away from making any more?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Are Wikileaks actually making anything? (181 comments)

Did I ever claim moral outrage? I doubt that many people's reaction to having a film, however bad, made of their life would be moral outrage. I simply stated that Wikileaks, as you agree, is not getting a cut.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

a Flatbed Darkly Knowing Al-Jazeera... (760 comments)

...conveniently omitting any mention of Qatar.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Are Wikileaks actually making anything? (181 comments)

In addition, as Assange's lawyer earlier condemned the biographies, and no one has their lawyer condemn things that they'll be profiting from, we have it near enough confirmed that, like Wikileaks or Assange or not, no money from this is going anywhere near them.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen

a Flatbed Darkly Are Wikileaks actually making anything? (181 comments)

They're claiming the film rights from an unofficial biographer who, as far as I have heard, did not pay Assange or Wikileaks royalties, and only according to rumour paid them a one-time payment - in short, a biographer who may have paid Assange nothing. They're not claiming the film rights from Assange, or from Wikileaks, or from the Sunshine Press, or from any associated organization or person. Unless Assange or Wikileaks step in, they won't be making a penny and we'll have one more shitty current-events movie.

more than 3 years ago
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BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Definition of two tier (138 comments)

35k/sec? Around 4am, when I find myself with little to do at such a time but download, I've managed 300k/sec over torrents, more than the line's apparently capable of, but typically torrenting speeds rarely break 1k/sec. To add to the litany of anti-BT complaints, the home hubs default to opening port 4567 (not sure about business), and it seems impossible to close it for more than a few minutes without the router opening it again. Apparently this is for firmware updates, but the tinfoil hatter in me says it's a backdoor. Rationally, it's more likely to be an unintentional but blatant vulnerability.

more than 3 years ago
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BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

a Flatbed Darkly Re:Definition of two tier (138 comments)

I'm, sadly, with BT currently (not my choice); BitTorrent seems affected from about 2pm onwards, though I'm unsure when it ends as I'm generally offline after 11pm.

more than 3 years ago
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BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

a Flatbed Darkly Re:BT's infrastructure monopoly (138 comments)

Ah, thanks. I didn't realize that cable had reached any significant level of popularity next to the latter two yet; it appears that I was wrong.

more than 3 years ago

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BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

a Flatbed Darkly a Flatbed Darkly writes  |  more than 3 years ago

a Flatbed Darkly (1964478) writes "BT's Content Connect, a service which many have accused of threatening net neutrality, has apparently launched, although it is unknown whether or not any ISPs have bought or are planning to buy it yet; BT has denied the allegations, from Open Rights Group among others, that this, despite certainly being an anti-competitive service, does not create a two-tier internet. From the article: ""Contrary to recent reports in the media, BT's Content Connect service will not create a two-tier internet, but will simply offer service providers the option of differentiating their broadband offering through enhanced content delivery," a BT spokeswoman said.""

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