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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

bobbocanfly Re:FROSTY PISS!! (816 comments)

Did anyone else note the jump in usage of 'global warming' around 1900 on that graph? I wonder what caused this, there doesn't seem to be much mention of it online (admittedly I looked for about 3 minutes before giving up and deciding to post here). It seems to be the first major mention of the phrase and while very small compared to the current usage, it'd be interesting to know what caused it.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing Is Booming

bobbocanfly Re:What a surprise (308 comments)

"You have loaded an HTTPS site. Your internet connection will be suspended to the end of the month". It would never work.

more than 2 years ago
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No Pardon For Turing

bobbocanfly Re:It's not a choice (728 comments)

>*They turned a blind eye to it when he was working at Bletchley and was regarded as "indispensable" to the war effort.*

Do you have some evidence for this.

Anthony Cave Brown's book, "C": The Secret Life of Sir Stewart Menzies, Spymaster to Winston Churchill, states: Menzies had known that Turing was a practicing and aggressive homosexual; this had emerged soon after his employment at Bletchley. But since he caused no offence to his colleagues at Bletchley, and since he was perhaps the only man in Menzies's service who might have been called ‘indispensable,’ his services were retained... Early in 1944 a suspicion arose that he might have been the man responsible for molesting schoolboys at the main public library in Luton, a large industrial town not far from Bletchley. While no proceedings arose, it was decided that the need for good order and discipline required his removal - but not before he had done his finest work

more than 2 years ago
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No Pardon For Turing

bobbocanfly Re:It's not a choice (728 comments)

They turned a blind eye to it when he was working at Bletchley and was regarded as "indispensable" to the war effort. As soon as he was no longer required they stopped turning a blind eye and he was convicted. Many would see that as betrayal.

more than 2 years ago
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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

bobbocanfly News for Nerds? (201 comments)

I feel to see how this falls under the topic of "News for Nerds?". A glossy Disney pop-scifi remake of an old cult nerd film is about the only nerdy thing on there. The Social Network was an overhyped fictitious story which had very little of the technological aspect. Toy Story 3 is just a kids film, a very good one at that, but in no way really nerdy.

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Party Banned From Social Networking Site

bobbocanfly Re:Zeitgeist (354 comments)

Technically, it is illegal to discriminate against members of the BNP (or any other political party) in the UK. Not employing someone for the sole reason that they are a BNP member is grounds for a discrimination claim. Though, due to the policies of the BNP, it probably wouldn't be difficult to say the person wasn't employed due to a companies anti-discrimination code (or something similar, most companies have something along those lines).

While I agree mostly with your post (they are a legitimate political party and most legitimate parties should not be discriminated against), I think in entities like the police, it makes sense to discriminate against members of the BNP (and other such parties). I mean, how fair can you expect someone with a background of discrimination against immigrants to be when arresting/investigating an immigrant as part of the police force?

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Court Loss Won't Stop the Flow of Files

bobbocanfly Re:Evolution (358 comments)

Remember Napster? It was only good for people who listened to mainstream chart toppers with crappy sound quality. It was not an option for people really interested in music.

The Pirate Bay is today's equivalent of Napster for music (discounting things like LimeWire of course, which are only used by the real filesharing noobs to trade terrible quality tracks). Most of the music torrents (at least the ones I have seen) are encoded about about LAME V3 or V4 (or equivalent), which isn't crappy, but nor is it audiophile quality. The Pirate Bay does have a Flac section, but the selection of music there just isn't comprehensive enough yet.

Anyone really interested in music should be on one of the music oriented private sites (such as OiNK was back in the day) where the rules about quality, completeness etc. are much more draconian. Tried finding a really small band on TPB recently? A search for "Tall Firs" on TPB finds nothing, but on a private site, two albums in a multitude of different formats/qualities are returned.

The pirate bay isn't an option for people really interested in music

more than 5 years ago
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Silverlight On the Way To Linux

bobbocanfly Re:Javascript (475 comments)

IIRC, FF3.1B1 uses something called "TraceMonkey" to optimize Javascript, while Chrome uses something called V8. I'm no expert on the subject, but I'm willing to bet they are not the same thing (just as Java and Javascript are not the same thing).

more than 5 years ago

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Humble 'Introversion' Bundle Released

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "The next instalment of the pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle has been released featuring 6 games from Introversion Software. Games in the bundle include Darwinia, Aquaria, Uplink, DEFCON and Crayon Physics Deluxe. All games are cross-platform, DRM free and you decide where your money goes, including donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and charity Child's Play."
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MPAA Forced To Take Down University Toolkit

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "An Ubuntu developer has succeeded in getting the MPAA to remove their "University Toolkit" after claims it violated the GNU GPL. After several attempts to contact the MPAA directly the developer eventually emailed the groups ISP and the violating software was taken down."
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MPAA's University Toolkit May Violate The GNU GPL

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "It seems in a new level of hypocrisy the anti-piracy goons at the MPAA created a tool for spying on University students' computer activities called "University Toolkit", which they are heavily promoting to University administrators across the USA. The tool is actually a modified version of U/Xubuntu, and in fact doesn't change any of the default artwork. Against the terms of the GNU GPL no source code is provided on their website at http://universitytoolkit.org/
There would be reason to believe that they are at minimum violating Ubuntu's trademark, and likely also violating the GPL and thus committing copyright infringement or "piracy" as they like to call it.
Everyone knows this isnt the first time the MPAA has commited an alleged act of piracy. Remember the Forest Blog fiasco."

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WGA Stores Your MAC Address, But No Mention On Web

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "The Windows Genuine Advantage application stores your network cards Media Access Control (MAC) addresses in the Windows Registry, but there is no mention of this happening anywhere on the WGA site or even on the whole of Microsoft.com. Nobody, not even Microsoft it seems, know what they are doing with these addresses but it certainly looks like yet another personal privacy issue with Microsoft's flawed WGA scheme."
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Campaign Set Up To Spread Open MEdia Formats

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "A new campaign has been set up by the Xiph.org Foundation to promote the use of Open-Media formats like Vorbis and Flac. It main aim is to educate people about Open-Formats and show you how to release media in these Open-Formats."
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BBC's On Demand Service To Be Windows Only

bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "Linux users that want to catch up on their favourite program from the BBC will now have to use Microsoft Windows to get it. The BBC's new iPlayer on-demand service is going to be released as Windows Only sparking anger in the open source communities. This is also bringing up the fact that currently the BBC only releases Radio Shows and Show Clips in Realplayer Video or Window Media Video, both proprietary formats. Full Story : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/22/iplayer_os c_eu_ofcom/"
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bobbocanfly bobbocanfly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bobbocanfly writes "Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years you will have heard about the problems with the Windows Genuine Advantage system. Well here is another one. A user at UbuntuForums.org managed to validate their Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine. This along with the advancement of LiveCD technology could mean the end of Microsoft's control over who gets their updates."
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