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PayPal Freezes Cryptome's Account

antic Re:What's a Paypal? (253 comments)

A start-up in the US recently had their account withheld by Citibank because of the content of some YouTube videos on their blog. This sort of situation isn't unique to PayPal.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

antic Re:One small step for man (920 comments)

Moon/Mars is a learning step towards greater exploration.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

antic Re:One small step for man (920 comments)

And then when the Sun moves towards its final days?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

antic Re:One small step for man (920 comments)

"Why??! There are vast regions on Earth, that remain unsettled"

Right now, we have all our eggs in one basket. A total extinction-level event would mean the end of everything - the overpopulated areas AND the barren deserts.

more than 4 years ago
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Wireless Power Group Sees Standard Within 6 Months

antic Re:Pointless (152 comments)

Beyond phones and cameras, a good use will be for kitchen appliances like toasters, kettles, sandwich makers, blenders, etc that are powered by the benchtops. For phones and cameras, it'd just be hype - most people would charge their phone over night once every few days, surely?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Security Chief Defends JavaScript Support

antic Re:Simple solution (216 comments)

I recently disabled JavaScript in Acrobat.

A day before that, I visited Pirate Bay for a fraction of a second before noticing something odd (in the statusbar) and shutting my browser. I use Firefox (up to date) on XP (up to date). I didn't click to approve anything during the process of visiting PB and getting infected. There was a rootkit, malware, etc. Took me a few attempts to get rid of it and it wasted a lot of time. Obviously venturing out into the dodgier regions of the net has its risks, but the last time this happened to me, I'd visited the site of an NBA team. Each time, I believe the cause was a rogue PDF or Flash piece possibly pushed through an ad network.

Very frustrating.

more than 4 years ago
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Astronomers Detect the Earliest Galaxies

antic Re:Really? (127 comments)

I am not an astrophysicist, but why not?

Not smart enough? Parental pressure to follow your father into plumbing? A death in the family during a critical part of your schooling? Lived too far from suitable tertiary institutions? Can I have a hint? :P

more than 4 years ago
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Heart of the Milky Way Photos From NASA

antic Re:BIG SIZE (111 comments)

I have been thinking about trying to get a Milky Way composite photo large enough to print and mount as a false-ceiling in my home office. Then have it backlit so the night lighting in the room is worth kicking back every now and then to stare at in wonder.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

antic Password Safe (1007 comments)

I have to track a lot of personal passwords and also 200+ passwords for client websites, emails, etc. I use Password Safe and recommend it:

http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

Hides when minimised and has a useful function that enables it to copy a password and minimise again when you double click a client name (i.e., if you need their main/default password). Quick and easy.

Used to have Filezilla set to remember client passwords until a PDF hole led to a bot stealing Filezilla's password store and auto-hacking a lot of sites that were a serious pain to clean up.

more than 4 years ago
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Court To Scammer, "Give Up Your House Or Go To Jail"

antic Re:WTF? (152 comments)

And get the news out in the mainstream press and in the right channels where opportunists will see it (IRC, forums, etc). Would spammers take the risks they do if the penalties were higher and more common?

more than 4 years ago
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French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

antic Re:Aren't ALL photos modified these days? (512 comments)

They should use a system of coloured icons:

  - shape changes (e.g., made a leg skinnier)
  - skin, wrinkles (removing wrinkles or similar)
  - skin, blemishes (airbrushing freckles, moles, arm hairs, etc)

more than 4 years ago
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Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet

antic Re:I'd agree (436 comments)

Our current methods (or at least some of them) for detecting exoplanets tend to find us large planets that are close to their respective suns...

more than 4 years ago
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Banks Urge Businesses To Lock Down Online Banking

antic Re:Sounds like they should hand out liveCDs (201 comments)

In the US, do you have a system where any bank transfers to a new (previously unused) external account must be approved by a time-limited PIN that is sent to you by SMS? Both banks that I use provide this by default.

more than 4 years ago
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Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker

antic Re:So.... (869 comments)

Has the copyright owner filed to have the image removed (as was likely done by Time) and Flickr denied that request?

more than 4 years ago
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Suitable Naming Conventions For Workstations?

antic Re:Worst ask slashdot ever (688 comments)

Out of mod points, but liked your naming scheme. Nice work, especially with the laptop!

more than 4 years ago
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Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?

antic Re:Console FPS == Multiple sclerosis simulator (399 comments)

Right, plus 8 copies of the game?

Seven of us played Halo the other night. One Xbox, TV and stereo were already on site. Brought the second Xbox and projector in a small bag. Quick to set up and everyone was in the game and killing away. Of those seven, maybe three of us would have laptops and probably two would've had copies of Halo 3. And who can't shoot and turn around at the same time in a console FPS?!

If you don't like it, don't play it - just wake up to the fact that console gaming is popular, there are reasons for that, and that FPSs can still be great fun without a keyboard/mouse combo (hell, for a long time back in the Doom/Quake days I would play without a mouse and generally win games).

Mountain biking is still a popular sport despite the existence of faster and louder motorbikes. *shrug*

more than 4 years ago
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Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?

antic Re:Different Audiences? (399 comments)

"FPS games on a console are a big bag of fail IMO. Only people who defend them in my experience are ones who haven't spent years using the superior mouse/keyboard combination."

Played FPSs on PC for many years but I'll defend them on console because it's a quick and easy way to get 4-8 people playing a FPS in a room as a social activity. No lugging around PCs, making sure everyone has the right version, stuffing around with networks, etc. Bring along a projector to add to a TV, a second Xbox and controllers, couple of copies of the game and away you go.

Aiming might not be as accurate, but everyone in the game is in that same boat.

more than 4 years ago
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Domain Tasting "Officially Dead" Thanks To Cancellation Policy

antic Re:The Many (Miss) Uses of Domain Tasting (102 comments)

Domain names are an incredibly cheap part of setting up a business. Typo should be tough luck, or you have 30 minutes to catch it and adjust.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Should I Trust My Network Administrator?

antic Re:Worried about the results of your actions? (730 comments)

I run a web business. I have access to hundreds of thousands of customer records, sales data and the like of my various clients. But the last thing I have time/interest for is snooping through their data. And if I had more spare time, I can think of countless things more exciting than trawling their gear maliciously.

That sort of thing might not be the case for all businesses, but in this case you either need to outsource and show some trust, pay up for them to physically visit when required, or keep it in house.

more than 4 years ago
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Parents Baffled By Science Questions

antic Re:Scientists baffled by parents' questions (656 comments)

Not to mention, display a good amount of passion in passing on that knowledge and hope some of it rubs off.

(Dangerous mentioning rubbing and passion on /.)

more than 4 years ago

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antic antic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antic (29198) writes "The Principality of Sealand is up for sale. The 550 square metre steel platform boasts "uninterrupted sea views", complete privacy and has been mentioned on Slashdot in the past for its offers of hosting outside the jurisdiction of (some) traditional laws.

ABC News has more"
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antic antic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antic (29198) writes "News.com.au is reporting that Segway is voluntarily recalling all 23,500 of its scooters shipped to date because of a software bug. The bug causes sudden changes in direction that can lead to riders falling and injuring themselves. Ouch!"

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