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Senate To Air Findings In Web "Mystery Charge" Probe

bigmouth_strikes Re:Could be fixed with a simple law. (120 comments)

I'm not sure that would benefit consumers greatly, since many are having a hard time already filling out forms when purchasing stuff. Also, the more forms there are, the more points of exploitation there will be as well.

Perhaps merchants should be forced to inform by email or preferably by snail mail when and why they share information, much like is done when companies ask for a credit report on you (at least where I live).

more than 4 years ago
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Navigating a Geek Marriage?

bigmouth_strikes Re:Forget the books (1146 comments)

Being married (yes I am!) falls in the same category as having friends, being a manager...etc - they are relations that you have, not methods that you apply. That's where all the books have it wrong suggestion that there are techniques to apply instead of being authentic.

more than 4 years ago
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Watching the IPRED Watchers In Sweden

bigmouth_strikes Doesn't work that way (88 comments)

There are no scripts involved in this. As much as it may disturb basement-dwellers, exercising your Swedish freedom of information involves showing up at the specific public office/gov't branch/etc yourself.

You have to show up at the court in person and ask to see any documents pertaining to specific IP-addresses. The court is not obliged to prepare lists or in any other way format the data; they will just hand out the entire court document itself for you to sift through. The work is also expected to be "reasonable", which is why you just can't show up with 1000 ip-addresses every day.

The general idea behind the Swedish freedom of information is that you know what you're looking for, not that you're scanning everything in order to find something interesting. This of course makes it hard to apply in cases like IPRED where you may not be informed that you are under investigation until after a whole month.

more than 5 years ago
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Watching the IPRED Watchers In Sweden

bigmouth_strikes Re:i'm swedish (88 comments)

And when they make it illegal to use VPNs and start enforcing it ?

The fuss is about that you shouldn't have to use proxies in order not to be monitored by a corporation playing cops.

more than 5 years ago
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German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

bigmouth_strikes Re:Right. (518 comments)

[Citation needed]

more than 5 years ago
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Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

bigmouth_strikes Re:Brainless research (266 comments)

Perhaps I am, but I believe that you're reading too much into the public release media material, which is a very watered-down version of the findings of the actual study.

more than 5 years ago
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Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

bigmouth_strikes Re:Brainless research (266 comments)

Do you have any clue what's involved in doing scientific research, especially involving a large study such as the one in question (ALSPAC), involving 14000 children and their parents ? It sounds like you are questioning the scientific methods used in the study, which so far has resulted in over 300 peer-review academic papers, so it would be interesting to know what you base this on.

Or is this just a knee-jerk reaction to something that's not obvious to you ?

I'm not saying that you're out of your depth here, but I'll wager that you are.

more than 5 years ago
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Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

bigmouth_strikes Re:Don't buy some of it. (266 comments)

> I don't think that researchers understand the difference between causation and correlation.

Why is that ? Have you ever undertaken studies to become a researcher, perhaps at PhD or post-doc levels ? If you did and still believe this, then you should ask for your money back. Most such programs involve quite extensive theory behind how to calculate statistical association and correlation. Do you actually know anything on how this study was performed and how its findings was analyzed ?

Perhaps you do, but the tone of your comment leads me to think that you have no idea and just think the summary sounded too far-fetching for your liking.

more than 5 years ago
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Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

bigmouth_strikes Re:dating (695 comments)

It's not dating if you give the money to the girl directly, you know...

more than 5 years ago
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Warner Music Playing Hardball With Rock Band

bigmouth_strikes To be fair... (86 comments)

These games use the music as a very integral and essential part of the game, not as an effect or to convey a certain mood. I believe that the money the labels receive under the current agreement makes no difference between those two circumstances.

Not that the music labels would succeed in recognizing any income apart from up-front money... I mean, they probably mark up the songs in games as "lost sales", since people wouldn't have to buy the records.

more than 5 years ago
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US Becomes Top Wind Producer; Solar Next

bigmouth_strikes Re:Best discussions ever! (388 comments)

Well it's good to see your valuable, thought-provoking, high quality comment complaining about worthless comments enhancing the signal-to-noise-ratio...

Clearly, Slashdot is a US-centric website where many articles and discussions are in the format of comparing the situation on a scientific or technological topic in the US versus the rest of the world. Nothing wrong with that, since there are many positive outcomes from that if one can raise oneself above petty nationalism.

In this particular discussion it is valuable to compare the statistics which are a bit skewed by the vast differences in size, population and population density. Nevertheless it is interesting to note that being able to power 5 million US homes by wind power is an astonishing number in itself, and brings hope for a brighter future!

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

bigmouth_strikes Re:Textpad! (1131 comments)

I'm using it to edit database dump files for quick data recovery... I'm sure there are other ways, involving more steps, but if Textpad would open 2 GB files it'd be a 10 second job.

more than 5 years ago
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Lie Detector Company Threatens Critical Scientists With Suit

bigmouth_strikes Re:quick! (367 comments)

Well, Mythbusters have already caved from corporate pressure at least once, pulling a segment on credit cards, so they'd do it again.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Discusses Team Fortress 2's Future

bigmouth_strikes Re:Hunted? (135 comments)

Oh, that was great fun. I played Half-life TF and the Hunted map exclusively for months and months. I loved that panicked look on the hunted guy, with only an umbrella for protection.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Was 3 Hours Away From DOJ Antitrust Charges

bigmouth_strikes Re:Where did it go? (221 comments)

The free market relies on companies not becoming monopolies.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Sued Over iPhone Browser

bigmouth_strikes Re:Patent reform (225 comments)

How long before we see a patent on "a system of placing letters and numbers in sequential order in order to convey something meaningful"?

Sadly, there's no prior art for this on the internet...

more than 5 years ago
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Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

bigmouth_strikes Contrary to popular opinion... (604 comments)

...but the hardest and most important part of running a software product company is selling the product. Your new, better designed, better documented, better implemented product has to compete with the same feature set - you said it yourself - with a more established product. What advantages will your product give the customer, making it easier to sell and possibly making the customers switch ?

As for the legal issues, IANAL.

more than 5 years ago
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The Trap Set By the FBI For Half Life 2 Hacker

bigmouth_strikes Re:Gun-Foot-*Bang* (637 comments)

Playing with libdvdcss at home isn't exactly illegal in the US, unless you happen to live in the US. Hacking servers residing in the US, however, is.

more than 5 years ago

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Codemasters receives exclusive Formula One rights

bigmouth_strikes bigmouth_strikes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bigmouth_strikes (224629) writes "A few weeks ago it was announced that British game developers Codemasters have received the exclusive right to develop and publish video games using the "Formula One" brand name. This was after Sony and Formula One Management didn't renew their contract that have made the Playstation platform the only choice for gamers wanting "official" games since 2003. The earlier Sony exclusive right and decision to only release for the Playstation platform has led to active fan-created content for various racing simulation engines, such as rFactor for the PC. The official Formula One website has a brief interview/promo piece with Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens about their hopes and intentions for the game and platforms — which will include Xbox 360 and Wii. The company is targeting an initial release in 2009."

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