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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

brain159 Re:Good point! (169 comments)

It would be a good move to get it in to the Raspbian repos, as that's now the dominant distro for Raspberry Pi. There's plenty of under-utilised rPi boards in the world which would be suitable local terminals in to Twister.

about 10 months ago

Captain Cyborg Is Back! Kevin Warwick Predicts the Future

brain159 Kevin Bloody Warwick (57 comments)

The only thing I need to say about Kevin Bloody Warwick is this:

In his lectures in the Intro To Cybernetics module at the University Of Reading, he played long video clips from The Lawnmower Man. With a straight face.

(Source: BSc in comp sci at Reading, 2000 - 2003)

about a year ago

PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

brain159 Re:Who leaves money in a paypal account. (443 comments)

It's poor form to use a referral link that will personally benefit you in this sort of context. It diminishes your point, making you look like any other spammer or paid shill.

about a year ago

Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

brain159 Re:What? (562 comments)

Then don't go to that clearly-labelled session. Job done, next?

about a year and a half ago

Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies

brain159 Re:No the complaining will start... (369 comments) will be a CNAME dns record, referring over to - so their server will be accessed as if it's part of's domain, elevating the cookie to First Party status even though it's transmitted to-and-from an entity which is third-party. The wrinkle is that interestingsite have intentionally given shadyads the authority to do this, by adding that dns record.

about a year and a half ago

The Promo Bay Blocked By UK ISPs

brain159 Re:hum..... (132 comments) is fine but is blocking on Be (O2).

The former ( is a proxy - see the small print "Powered by Unblock The Pirate Bay v1" in the footer.

about 2 years ago

Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict

brain159 Re:Uh oh. (423 comments)

He's ignorant - but, as someone with a lower UID than you, I find you guilty of being a cockbag.

more than 2 years ago

'Anonymous' Plans Sony Boycott On April 16

brain159 TV-B-Gone (260 comments)

Just throwing this out there, I'm not available to go do this myself, but a TV-B-Gone or similar "universal TV turner-offer" device would be useful for this action. Even if you're not visibly obviously "doing protesting", you can help Sony reduce their carbon footprints by turning off all their store display TVs for them.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Freezes Support Account For Bradley Manning

brain159 Re:Yeah yeah (580 comments) and a recent episode of Security Now went into a bunch of detail about the theory of how it works.

(tl;dr hard crypto-guesswork puzzles are used to restrict the creation of their new digital currency. It is apparently anonymous and untraceable, and some sites already exist that will trade it for RL US$)

more than 3 years ago

Spamhaus Under DDoS Over

brain159 Re:bullllllshit (295 comments)

Please expand on how you set up virtual-hosting-by-name to support SSL properly - i.e. all the sites on the same IP being able to do SSL with their own domains.

more than 3 years ago

Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras Use For Non-Journalists

brain159 Re:Actually Point and shoots zoom better than SLRs (446 comments)

An alternative would be an Eye-Fi card and a MiFi 3g-to-wifi pocket router.

I have that pairing, they work very well - although you might want to cut back on image resolution or JPG quality to get a smaller file so it uploads faster.

more than 3 years ago

Herding Firesheep In NYC — Do Users Care?

brain159 Re:They need a simple guide or something to click! (200 comments)

I fully expect, within 14 days of now (if that), for people to be using this in busy locations to send links out to victims friends telling them to "click here to browse my holiday photos with this cool FakePhotosRealMalware tool!".

Not that I'm going to do it, just that it's really obvious and I want to feel smug for totally calling it.

about 4 years ago

BBC To Create Internet Protocol TV Standard

brain159 Re:Standards from the BBC (128 comments)

See the BBC's recent requests to OFCOM to be allowed to DRM the FreeviewHD EPG data and require Feature Breakification of receiver hardware in order to be given a license to unlock it.

That's pro-rightsholder and anti-consumer.


more than 4 years ago

VLC 1.1 Forced To Drop Shoutcast Due To AOL Anti-OSS Provision

brain159 Re:Sucks. VLC was the play anything player (315 comments)

I don't *think* it's "the ability to connect to shoutcast media streams" that's going away - just the ShoutCAST-branded radio stream directory side of things. (I wouldn't mind know for sure, though.)

It would seem to be the same sort of thing that CDDB pulled once it got commercialized - "our servers are only for the use of Officially Blessed clients".

more than 4 years ago

Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

brain159 Re:Horrible post (631 comments)

If you hit a DUCK with an Echo, would it make a sound, surely?

more than 4 years ago

Detecting Anonymously Registered Domains

brain159 Re:Continued misuse of blacklists (97 comments)

In some parts of the world, PO Boxes are not particularly cheap and are absolutely not anonymous. In the UK they cost a bunch (I forget specifics, but it's waaay more than an extra $9 per year for each of the few domains I have set up with DBProxy), and ANYBODY can obtain the name and real-address of the owner simply by writing and asking the Royal Mail.

That's right - no court order, no lawyer intervention, just ask. (There are some specific cases where that doesn't apply, but the general "there are dickheads on the internet" isn't one of them.)

more than 4 years ago

Valve's Battle Against Cheaters

brain159 Re:VAC is a joke (336 comments)

You ultimately run the risk of Valve shitcanning your entire Steam account. If you can't sign in to Steam, you can't play online - and even if you worked around that somehow, you couldn't get updates.

more than 4 years ago


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woot, journal

brain159 brain159 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

for some unknown reason I feel I should have at least one journal entry...

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