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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

aliquis Re:This is a good thing (386 comments)

Yeah, I don't see the problem there.

Most people are likely ok with them trying to catch the real baddies.

However the increased cost and all the baddies they will be missing out / communication they will miss I guess in a world of terror (well .. If you believe so) is bad.

12 hours ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

aliquis Re:grandmother reference (432 comments)

G2A and Kinguin are places where either or both of the following happens:

* Some other sellers list and sell their keys which they have got in whatever way.
* Physical games are bought in Poland or Russia and a photo is taken of the key and then the games are sold and that photo delivered. Since prices are lower in those regions .. .. There's also the case where games are cheaper in say Russia or Malaysia/Indonesia or whatever on Steam and may not be restricted by region when you add them.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

aliquis Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (432 comments)

Bought a GFWL game? It's now a Steam Edition game.

"Oh no!" *BOOM* (Lemmings or Worms reference. I'm not sure.)

yesterday
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

aliquis Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

I don't really know how things are in the US but maybe at least parts of your motor ways, sub ways, rail roads, airports, harbors, electrical grid, telephone grid, water plants, waste treatment / facilities, telephone network (maybe not and you used more satellites?) and such has been built by some sort of community organisation of whatever level.

Anyway I don't really see why a fiber network is different.

Even in the plan by the guy from SUNET (Swedish University Network) the idea was to just dig and lay the fiber just as the municipals do. Companies would then offer the services.

(In the apartment I have now I can Internet access by three different means, five by with wired and wireless telephone network.

Ethernet jack hooked up to Bredbandsbolaget = What I have now (and what has been around since beginning of year 2000 here, with 10/10 mbps for 200 SEK / month back then. But it was the first place in Sweden supposedly.)
Ethernet jack hooked up to Stadsnt Örebro/Kumla = The municipal fiber network with a bunch of providers, it cost 75 SEK = less than $10 / month to have the access to it and then you pick a provider and service level.
Cable jack.
(ADSL by copper.)
(3G/4G cellular.))

Here's what I can pick of from Stadsnt:
http://www.stadsnat.se/service...

And yeah. I can get that by the lake in the "summer/hobby house" area, and yeah that was in part made possible by money from the EU (I think it did cost about 15 000 SEK = $1800 or less to be hooked up there, but then you could likely chose from just the same service providers as above by road about 25 km from this city with around 100 000 people living it it by a lake in a region where not everyone live year around.

yesterday
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

aliquis Re:Self defense (386 comments)

Since I live in Sweden and isn't a hunter or do shooting practice (and isn't part of the home guard in case they get the keep any weapons at home I don't know) I have no gun so it doesn't really matter.

And if I had a gun there's laws regulating how it's supposed to be stored so it would likely be locked in when I was attacked anyway so if surprised still not really useful.

Since in the US you can have guns for self defense it's a completely different scenario.

yesterday
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

aliquis Re:Translation ... (386 comments)

If they don't identify themselves as officers and you shoot them in your home it's not going to be a problem. Something like this happened recently in Texas and the homeowner walked.

GCHQ is in the UK and I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to shot anyone going into your home there.

Possibly if they where really a life threat and you had a license or something.

If society get more full of criminals with weapons maybe that will change.

2 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

aliquis Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

I want to reply on the linked threat from the original article.

It talks about Sweden but the fact is only some of the municipals have their own fiber networks even though 12-13 years ago a go from Sunet suggested that one would build fiber to everyone just like the electronic grid and that the price would be a reasonable 50 billion SEK.

Sadly ADSL and cable modems started showing up and I guess the government retards and old fucks was to weak and stupid to make it happen.

It was of course a very good and much better idea than anything else.

Instead they built fucking TV antennas for digital TV (and will be upgrading for digital radio) and are still stuck with the old telephone network. AND people have less competition and quality on their Internet connection and not the same amount of options everywhere.

In the linked article someone make the lame excuse that the US have so many people whereas Sweden only have the population of New York and hence it's not comparable.

But it's all about density of the population. To be fair though US have larger cities and hence in-between them maybe more open space.

On the other hand IN something like NY there's no reason you couldn't have what Sweden have in Stockholm for instance.

Also someone compared with California which have got four times the people in about the same amount of space but shouldn't that just mean that there's better possibilities of doing it in California? An even larger city or more densely populated area = less to dig.

In the case of Sweden those 50 billion would be 5 000 SEK / person = $600 but that's NOTHING!

Having a fiber network is a long lasting infrastructure piece and having it built everywhere and others compete for providing bandwidth for consumers likely lead to much better price for them. The nationwide network would lower prices on Internet connection and over time $600 is really cheap.

And as said it could be used for stuff like TV, radio (possibly), telephony and things they may not want to do now because it's not as obvious that everyone got an IP connection (government and municipal service, health-care, declaration of taxes, banking, ..)

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

aliquis Re:nVidia Consumer Card (106 comments)

go with an nVidia

...On Linux?

Definitely.

2 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

aliquis Re:Balderdash (215 comments)

"He may not have been perfect but he was the best candidate we had!"

Anyway, considering the current events one would believe Abdullah Al-Saud could had been up for discussion and if him why not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

It's a weird world.

May I suggest the prices simply stay in Norway? =P

Or be given post-mortem to everyone who have been sacrificed for their will to think and wish to live free and who dared tell or show it.

Can any solution for bringing the region forward more than just a peace-deal happen without also accepting that part of their Islamic ideology should be ditched?

2 days ago
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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

aliquis Re:the problem with Twitter (114 comments)

Even removing all the people it's a reply to and the image or url links would had helped a lot.

At least when it become used for discussion rather than just saying something short.

Guess birds don't discuss.

Most useless service of the popular ones.

SMS always sucked too btw.

3 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

aliquis Re:I won't notice (329 comments)

Neither do I.

Call me when I get a license to the movie as such with downloads where the downloads are of various quality and keep having future improvements.

I don't give me "we'd added this little bonus content so now it's a new movie"-bullshit.

If I've bought it I have. Offer it to me.

Fuck discs.

3 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

aliquis Re:Not news (123 comments)

I'm no expert in the area but on Linux I assume having 32 bit libraries of everything you need would solve it and in the Windows case maybe his programs are just missing out on some 32 bit library somewhere / whatever. I didn't use it early on, have no issues now, have never had any issues with it in Windows the limited amount of time I've used.

3 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

aliquis Re:Not news (123 comments)

Switch to Linux on ARM and I've sure lots more of your binaries will fail.

I'm not convinced it counts as "breaking user-space" from a kernel code perspective though.

I don't really see how it's sad that there's more native ports than things working through a Windows environment replacement.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

aliquis Re:Switch off; turn on! (228 comments)

*Wears augmented reality goggles*
*Comes home*
*Drops keys somewhere*

later:
"Google: Where's my keys?"

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

aliquis Re:with permission, you are interacting with the r (228 comments)

Paint it all white and use no decoration at all and wear augmented reality glasses which put whatever you want everywhere obviously.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

aliquis Re:Switch off; turn on! (228 comments)

At first I wanted to say that isn't the idea that given enough time it will all even out in the end?

Anyway, I think the Google way is more fun:
- Just don't bother about it and let Google find what you want when you want it for you.

"It's better you leave it messy!" they claim. (Because then you need them to help sort it out for you and in return they can find out quite a bit about you. I guess.)
Imagine leaving Google access to your whole home and life to "help you" :)

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

aliquis Re:More proof (666 comments)

No?

The science / facts are still there.

Whatever do you anything to affect them is a completely different story.

Just because climate change is real doesn't mean you have to have or come up with a solution. Heck. Not having to do that is what many of the politicians prefer most.

There's this website which compare countries which also list the CO2 foot print per capita of the countries in question. Guess something such could give a hint about where to start.

Because one of the boring but rather realistic ways to do something about it is start limit the sources which help it happen (well, if you have decided it's man made and have decided what sources those are.)

about a week ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

aliquis Re:Pointless (93 comments)

It doesn't support any web browsers other than Chrome and Windows 8Internet Explorer. They won't be competing with Twitch anytime soon with those restrictions.

Mean-while over here I think twitch only work in IE for whatever reason (Adblock, Flash, .. Actually I think some maybe FlashBlock white list thing fixed it?) .. anyway. Why it doesn't work here isn't important. It's likely up to my configuration.

What's more important is that it seem to require Flash at least.

So yeah.. so much for "Oh but it requires .."

(Codec thing? Didn't Firefox get H.264 support by Cisco or something?)

about a week ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

aliquis Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

Have you used a Samsung-inflicted Android phone..? They have a knack for making things worse...

And that's why they are the most successful Android phone seller!! .. Uhm.. that doesn't make any sense?

(Well, guess you could argue Microsoft make the most popular OS too - touché!)

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

aliquis Re:Linux support? (227 comments)

Doesn't matter since he say "we want it for free" which clearly we don't require. At least not in the case of HB.

However one could argue HB is close to free and maybe more Windows users buy their games over on say Steam sales or such whereas more Linux users watch HB because they wanted Linux games.

Then again it's "beat the average" for the extra games and there's no reason to over-do it unless you want too.

And Linux users may do it more.

However HB also used to have two tiers and now often have three and the lower level was even PWYW including $0.01 (still is but with no Steam keys) and since in reality it could be the case the upper tier games wasn't for Linux (or the other way around) that could affect things, or how much the individuals wanted each tier, or in the case there was bots / greedy people who just bought a bunch really cheap and those just happened to run Windows.

Whatever.

I'd say things are more pricey and people seem more willing to pay on the Apple platforms.

Whatever actual price is all that important for Linux users I don't know. Windows is used by a lot and lots of kids who may pirate more whereas Linux may draw a little more mature crowd who can also more easily afford paying (same as with users of Apple products.)

about a week ago

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Sony-Ericsson Xperia X3 on November the third?

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aliquis writes "Looks like Sony-Ericsson is ready to release their first Android phone on the third november. It's rumored to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and WVGA screen. With Android 2 just getting finished can we assume this will be an Android 2 device to? And will it 1-UP the Sholes/Droid or not?"
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Nintendo DSi software will be region locked :(

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aliquis writes "Though eventually not a big issue in the end depending on what Nintendo makes of it, the DSi will be the first Nintendo portable to have region lock for its software.

However its only for DSi titles, who knows if it's obliged for all DSi specific software and also maybe it will only be used when it makes sense for the additional services."

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Nintendo announces DSi

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aliquis writes "So the rumors where true, Nintendo has announced the DSi as a successor for the DS lite. DSi includes two cameras, expanded screens, SD card slot and on-board memor with music playback function and a DS-specific download service, finally it also comes with a web browser. The screens have only increased from 3" to 3.25" but the whole unit has become even smaller! Release in Japan on the 1st November for ¥18,900 or around $ 179.
DS fanboy had the news."

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Sweden votes yes for "FRA-lagen."

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aliquis writes "The voting for the new swedish wiretapping law was supposed to be at 09.00 local time but happened this evening instead after a petition for reconsideration.

The result? 143 votes for and 138 votes against, one person didn't vote.
I was said that if four persons changed their mind it would get voted down, so I guess one in the blue camp did vote no.

It's covered at Svenska Dagbladet in swedish and at The Local in english."

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aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aliquis writes "Etrian Odyssey (website uses flash), a nethack/MUD-without-the-MU like game for Nintendo DS was released may the 16th.

The game features classic labyrinth RPG style gaming with over 125 monsters designed by Shin Nagasawa (Final Fantasy IX), nine characters of which you build a party of five, and a map on the lower screen where you draw the looks of the labyrinth using the stylus while you explore it.

Too bad it doesn't seem to contain any multiplayer support :(, graphical MUD on the DS (or any system) would be so sweet."

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