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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

bughunter Re: Never attribute to stupidity (575 comments)

Be careful.

Do we really want to identify a crime against a corporation as "an act of war" against a nation?

The implications of that kind of associations are profound, and not trivial.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

bughunter Re:Home of the brave? (581 comments)

Humans are brave, and motivated by ideals like liberty and honor.

Corporations are risk averse, and motivated solely by profit.

4 days ago
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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?

bughunter Re:Larry Niven Anyone? (88 comments)

Right. Give tasps to corporations and let them wire up the general public. Great business model.

End of humanity.

I'll take two.

5 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Your reading comprehension fails you miserably.

My attitude is clearly stated, "I'll watch it and be happy to pay you a fair price. Try to rip me off, then deal's off. You went there first, I didn't."

Now we're playing the ripoff game. The copyright owner started it, but if I win I'm a criminal?

Why is it fair and legal for the copyright owner to rip me off for an amount several orders of magnitude over the incremental cost?? Sure, that's fine, but if I pay that cost to make a bootleg then I'm a federal criminal.

Right. That's fair. </sarcasm>

Fuck that.

5 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

He can't stand to see anybody but him get anything net positive, no matter how little value it holds.

In his sad little world, if somebody else isn't losing, then he is.

5 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

bughunter Re:So No Space Elevator ??? (187 comments)

He has made or is repeating a deduction based on the fact that the part of the foreskin removed is known to contain a significant number of nerve endings. He made his deduction and moved on.

It may or may not be a correct one, and it's a debate that will never end, but most people replying to him are shoving political crap into the discussion rather than criticizing his logic.

about a week ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

bughunter Re:I use these devices (100 comments)

Most of my DVR contents are stored using WOMEN (write once maybe erase never) memory.

My fault for installing a 12TB RAID Array.

Now my wife records everything, but watches almost none of it.

about a week ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

I can overlook most of those things in exchange for the big screen and opportunity to view it on first run.

Additionally, I have a 10 year old son. To him, waiting a month or two and viewing GotG at home on Netflix (or bootlegged, regardless of the timing) is NOT the same.

I did have to watch The Avengers from behind a railing because it was the last pair of seats left in the entire theater. That was the only time I felt ripped off. I couldn't believe they even put a seat there.

about a week ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

If by "entitled twit" you mean "I get to decide what the content is worth to me, and refuse to pay more" then yes, I am an entitled twit.

about a week ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:Tribler works around site outages (302 comments)

Do the mainstream ISPs (AT&T, TimeWarner, Charter, etc) consider Tribler traffic to fall under Six Strikes content? If so, then that will be a limiting factor in the adoption of Tribler.

(Serious question, because I've been considering trying it out, replacing Miro. www.getmiro.com )

Now maybe if it had a built-in VPN client and a network of proxies, with turnkey setup for ID10T layer 8 components, then it might become more widely adopted.

about a week ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bughunter Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

It's about what the market will bear. If the content owners would offer it to us at a fair price, people wouldn't bootleg it.

For instance, me personally:

I WILL pay to see a movie in a theater, and I very rarely download feature films mostly because I don't have an urge to own a copy - paid or free.

I WILL pay Netflix $22/mo (or whatever it is this month) for service that includes all I can stream to multiple devices in my home.

I WILL NOT pay Charter $150/mo for the level of service that's required to get HBO, Lifetime, FX, etc just so I can watch 12 episodes a year of the four or five series that are worth watching. Therefore, I WILL bittorrent bootleg copies of Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, etc that are often superior to the level of service I get from my own cable company. (And the wife gets whatever she wants to make her happy; "You want all five seasons of Boardwalk Empire, sweetie? No problem, you'll be watching the first episode in half an hour.") Offer me a cafeteria plan, and you'll get paid what the content's worth.

Furthermore, if they can't be bothered to supply me with reliable equipment and/or a signal level that won't befuddle said equipment, then I won't have to download programs that I had intended to DVR, but your POS set top box got confused because I tried to tune it to channel 4 so now I have to bootleg that, too.

Finally, I WILL pay $250 once a season for a pair of tickets to see my favorite NFL team play against my hometown team, plus spend money at your concessions. It's a whole day's entertainment and the experience of a live game is worth it, even if I have to put up with asshole Chargers fans.

But I WILL NOT pay the $400 per season that DirecTV and NFL conspire to charge me to watch live games if I am a fan who lives outside of a team's primary market area. Therefore, I WILL watch bootleg live streams even if they are only 175kbps 12fps lagfests rather than be extorted by corporations. Offer me an option to subscribe to one team's games and I might pay $100 a season, maybe even $150. Offer me a standalone VOIP option at an affordable price and you'll get paid what the content's worth.

Otherwise, I have other options. And I always will. Even if it's paying nothing and viewing nothing.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

bughunter Re:Easy solution... (596 comments)

Chicago and NYC (and SF) have useable mass transit systems.

LA doesn't. It has a light rail system, but the sprawl is so bad you still have no reliable, timely way to get from your closest train stop to your home or office.

I worked in Simi Valley with a young engineer who lived in South Central. Great inspirational story of someone bootstrapping themselves. But he spent two and a half hours commuting by a combination of bus, train and bike to get to work.

Each way. Not very many people will tolerate it. But he did. Because he didn't want to move his mama from South Central to Simi Valley. He supported her, and the culture shock would have been too much for her.

Then he was killed when a [train] engineer missed a signal and collided with his commuter train coming the other way on the same track.

Most people would rather drive.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

bughunter Re:Waze can be rude (596 comments)

I've been using Waze for almost two years now, and I learned early on, never rely on it for navigation. I mostly use it for commuting anyway, and I know my way to work and back. It's there mostly for accident and speed trap intelligence.

It will run in the background with Apple Maps or Google Maps in Nav mode, so you get reasonable turn by turn directions when you're road-tripping it and still get a heads up for "police reported ahead."

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

bughunter Re:Traffic Furniture (596 comments)

They don't replace old sidewalks in LA either. They just let the roots turn them into minor mountain ranges.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

bughunter Re:Frustration over being public? (596 comments)

And then die on the guillotine as soon as people get tired of y'all's BS, revolt, and start collecting heads in baskets.

about a week ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

bughunter Re:Nethack needs an upgrade (186 comments)

I was about to add this.

Even experienced players can learn a lot by watching others play high level characters.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

bughunter Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (699 comments)

You are the delusional one sir. I would not mind some discrete ads.

Yea I agree. It's those damn continuous ads that get me. Nobody likes those.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

bughunter Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (699 comments)

I started to care when they were large fixed images, and then multiple variations of the same image on the screen at once, and then flashing or blinking or animated. They they started using Javascript and Java and Flash to pop-up, pop-under, open new windows, play sounds or videos automatically, and otherwise manipulate the browser itself, and that's when I installed ad-blocking software, and later I installed flash-blocking software and script-blocking software.

It was the flashing and blinking and traveling ads that made me install AdBlock Plus (now use AB Edge). They were doing everything possible to distract your eye from the content.

And like the author of the MondayNote article said, another reason that drove me to install it as standard kit on every computer I use was the CPU utilization of all of these animations and ads and crap. The CAD engineers get the souped up graphics and CPUs -- us project managers get aging, crippled POSes... it's not until you get to the VP level where you can sign a Purchase Req for the value of a high-end laptop.

Finally, it's a huge security risk to let all of this code from the wild run on your machine. It's a fricken jungle out there, code wise, and the last thing I'm prepared to do is to give every page permission to run any code it wants. Thus, not just adblocker but scriptblockers and cross-site scripting is blocked, too. Plus I have Remove It Permently on browsers that the whole family uses so of one of us sees an image, ad or not, that's inappropriate on one of the pages our kid visits, we can block that, too.

These days, you're either clueless, careless, or crazy to run up a stock browser on a Windows box and go surf the internet, even if you're not surfing pr0n and warez.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

bughunter Re:I don't mind driving (307 comments)

And the entire time my stomach would be churning from me worrying about all the additional failure modes offered by such an arrangement. Even with humans handling the luggage, about a third of my recent family trips (necessarily involving two checked items per person) have seen one or more bags get lost or delayed.

I'm not a luddite, but I'm not an early adopter either. Until the bugs are worked out of a robotic valet-slash-chauffeur, I'll still be most relaxed when I can just put a carry-on in the overhead bin.

about a month ago

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"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert System Debuts Today

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about 2 years ago

bughunter writes "After months of delay, the “Copyright Alert System,” (also known as “six strikes”) is ready for its “implementation phase.” Participating ISPs will be rolling out the system “over the course of the next several days.” According to TorrentFreak, Today the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system kicks off in the United States. Soon the first BitTorrent users will receive so-called copyright alerts from their Internet provider and after multiple warnings subscribers will be punished. But, what these punishments entail remains a bit of a mystery. None of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will treat repeat infringers and the CCI doesn’t have this information either. Is your ISP on the list of participating providers? Also, should casual, occasional users of BitTorrent who download this week's Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones be concerned, or is this primarily aimed at detecting large-scale copyright infringers?"
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ACTA Is Dead after EU Parliament Vote

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bughunter writes "Today at 12:56 CET, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a 478 to 39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally. Everyone in the European Parliament are taking turns to praise all the activists across Europe and the world for drawing their attention to what utter garbage this really was, not some run-of-the-mill rubberstamp paper, but actually a really dangerous piece of proposed legislation."
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ISPs to apply CCI's Six Strikes starting July 1

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bughunter writes "Starting July 1, the nation’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to adopt a “Graduated Response” program intended to cut down on illegal file sharing. The program, colloquially known as the “six-strikes” system, is the brainchild of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). After six notices of infringement, the participating ISPs will take “mitigation measures,” which include bandwidth throttling (i.e. slowing down the accused subscriber’s connection), or even temporarily cutting off full Web browsing abilities. In cases where alleged infringement persists after the initial mitigation measure, the subscriber may face lawsuits from the copyright holder, and/or have their Internet access cut entirely. Those currently on board include AT&T, Cablevison, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon."
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The New York Times' Kitchen Table of the Future

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bughunter writes "Matt Boggie, The Times Co.'s Media & Technology Strategist for R&D, demonstrates the Times' screen-top version of a kitchen table. It's based on Microsoft's Surface technology, modified by the Times' R&D Lab to create a Times-oriented user experience that reimagines the old "around the breakfast table" reading of the paper. The prototypes on display at the R&D Lab consider how news can be used, in particular, in the home, woven into the intimate contexts of the morning coffee."
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Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"
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Saturday is National Gaming Day at Your Library

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "On November 13, 2010, libraries across the country will participate in National Gaming Day 2010: the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids (and their parents) will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing at their local library. In addition, libraries will be offering a variety of board games for all ages to play together. I know I'll be taking my six-year-old son, whose Mom has vetoed every suggestion to buy a console... for good reason. But until she relents, she'll at least give up one Saturday morning each November."
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Help Me Introduce a Non-geek to SF

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "I'm having trouble identifying a novel that would interest my wife in science fiction. I've tried a couple of times to introduce her to the genre, without success. She's mildly curious as to why I'm interested in it, and why I aspire to writing it. But she holds quite a few misconceptions about it, probably due to the horrible examples set by SF movies and TV series. I still think that no one has ever shown her a good example of the genre, not even me.

She seems to have been under the impression for a long time that "SciFi" was about aliens, space ships, and ray guns... that the only appeal of the genre was the nerdier analogue of a penchant for spaghetti westerns or monster movies. And she's not interested in classical space opera at all.

I've tried to explain the concept of hard SF and how it differs from science fantasy or space opera. I'm not emphasizing the scientific rigor and plausibility of hard SF as much as I want to demonstrate how its depend on scientific speculation or mysteries. Not many SF films have conflicts and key plot elements that are built upon scientific or technical propositions (as opposed to using enabling devices that are sheer fantasies, like Stargate). I have used the few that exist as examples, for instance "What if humans encountered an active artifact of an advanced civilization?" [2001: a Space Odyssey] or "Is a machine consciousness any different from a human one?" [Blade Runner].

I've given her a couple of SF novels that she's attempted to but she quickly lost interest. I thought that she might enjoy Neal Stephenson, so I gave her what I thought was one of his more approachable novels: Zodiac. But she found the main character, Sangamon Taylor, too arrogant to identify with. I really enjoy Bruce Sterling, and thought that she could handle Distraction, but she wasn't interested in it at all. Perhaps I should have tried Islands in the Net, instead.

After this, why am I persisting? Well, she frequently complains she has nothing to read, and I have a huge library of SF novels, mostly boxed up. And she says she's interested in my interests, that she wants to understand them. Perhaps I'm taking her too literally, and that she just wants to hear me explain it, to see me express my passion for it. But for now, I'm still interpreting her to mean that she'd like to try reading SF. She claims to have really enjoyed Carmac's The Road, but from what I can gather, that's more about the characters and not really SF.

Lately I've been reading all the New British Space Operas I can get my hands on: Hamilton, Reynolds, Banks, etc. I'm considering something like The Player of Games or Use of Weapons, but I'm afraid that Banks' post-scarcity milieu might be just too exotic for her. Maybe something more pulp, like Altered Carbon, or more classic but still rigorous like Footfall? I'm also considering things like Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, or Card's Ender's Game. I suspect that she's probably more receptive to the soft science fiction or social science fiction subgenres than I am, but I haven't explored them very deeply so I'm at a loss for good examples.

I really want to demonstrate to her that science fiction is more than a horse opera set in space. I'd like to be able to demonstrate that SF is a serious branch of literature that employs scientific premises or plausible technology advances to create plots and conflicts that just can't be translated to other genres. Is that even possible? Is the idea of literature as "thought experiment" just too self-indulgent? What are good examples that would appeal to someone who reads Anna Karenina and The Snowball?"
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Should I Be Afraid of "Smart" Electricity Metering

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "Last week, Southern California Edison included a notice in my bill announcing that SCE would be installing "SmartConnect" electricity meters in my neighborhood. After reading SCE's PR blurbs about the 'advantages' of the system, I'm not sure I want it. Color me skeptic, but SmartConnect seems to be primarily a way to charge me more for daytime use, and to turn my power off on a moment's notice. The benefits to the subscriber claimed by SCE sound more like marketing spin on the new abilities granted to the utility. Here is more information about the program, and more information about the meters. How many slashdotters already have this type of meter? What are your experiences with it?"
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Systems Engineer: The Best Job in America

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "According to CNN/Money — which ranked 50 jobs for 2009 according to Salary, Demand, and Quality of Life — Systems Engineer came out as number one because, 'Pay can easily hit six figures for top performers, and there's ample opportunity for advancement.' (Note that lack of stress was not cited.) It's especially nice to see Engineering get some recognition as a rewarding career. Eleven of the Top 50 Jobs are engineering or IT related, with IT Project Manager and Computer/Network Security Consultant sharing the top 10. I really love my job. As a systems engineer with 21 years of experience working for NASA and aerospace firms, I get involved early in the concept phase of new projects, and I've helped determine how some really cool stuff happened, from atmospheric science, to innovative UAVs, and commercial space launches. And I did it all with a Bachelor's Degree. Engineering Rocks."
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Habitable Planet Discovery Expected "Anytime Now"

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "Planet hunters from NASA, Harvard University and the University of Colorado are collaborating on an effort to find Earthlike planets orbiting other stars. David Latham, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is quoted at saying, "It could happen almost any time now. We now have the technological capability to identify Earth-like planets around the smallest stars." Using the COROT and HARPS observatories, they expect to soon find our first candidates for extrasolar colonization. Now all we need is a Bussard Ramjet and a few volunteers."
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Senate to Reconsider Wiretap Immunity

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "According to Wired Threat Level, "Lawmakers are considering key changes to the Patriot Act and other spy laws — proposals that could give new life to lawsuits accusing the nation's telecommunications companies of turning over Americans' electronic communications to the government without warrants. On Oct. 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee likely will consider revoking that immunity legislation as it works to revise the Patriot Act and other spy laws with radical changes that provide for more government transparency and more privacy protections." This is big. Now would be a great time to donate $20 to the EFF, since it appears they will be heading back to court on our behalf."
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Why is Metamoderation Broken?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "For the past two days, the same posts are given to me when I go to metamoderate, and they all retain my past metamoderation choices. This persists even when I switch to a different browser on a different computer, so it ain't me."
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First Flight of Powered Flapping Wing Vehicle

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "Pioneers in autonomous, solar-powered and human-powered aviation, Aerovironment, Inc. (AV) has accomplished another first: the controlled hovering flight of an air vehicle system with two flapping wings, using only the flapping wings for propulsion and control while carrying its own power source. (More information and video here.) Employing biomimetics at an extremely small scale, this nano air vehicle (NAV) is ultimately intended to provide new military reconnaissance capabilities in urban environments. The "Mercury" R/C test vehicle is capable of climbing and descending vertically, flying sideways left and right, as well as forward and backward, for a duration of 20 seconds. The NAV program was initiated by DARPA to develop a new class of air vehicles capable of indoor and outdoor operation. In response to this success, DARPA has awarded AV a Phase II contract, which will focus on improving the NAV's endurance and performance."
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New Mac Clone Maker 'Quo' to Open CA Retail Store

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "Cnet is reporting that Mac clone maker Quo Computer plans to open its first retail location, selling Mac clones, on June 1. To start, Quo will offer three desktop systems: the Life Q, Pro Q, and Max Q. While details of the components are not yet available, De Silva said they are looking at Apple's system configurations for guidance. Pricing has also not been finalized on the desktop machines, but the company is looking to start pricing at less than $900. While Quo is starting off with the desktop machines, De Silva said it is looking at offering an Apple TV-like media server and a smaller computer similar to the Mac Mini. Plans on those systems have not been finalized. The Quo Web site is being worked on now and is set to launch next week. The retail store, located at 2401 West Main Street, Alhambra, Calif., will open for business on June 1."
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Linden Lab to Crack Down on Adult Content?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "According to Second Life Update, the Second Life administration is planning to clean up its virtual world. 'Linden Lab lab announced today in their blog a huge crackdown on adult content in Second Life. If you remember the outlawing of gambling in Second Life, crackdown on advertising in Second Life, or the new virtual land restrictions then this may not come as a surprise change for the virtual world.' Darn, I procrastinated, and now it's too late to start roleplaying a callipygous zoomorphic nymphomaniac."
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Nvidia Fires Back at Intel, Drops Via's Name

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "'Today, Nvidia fired back with arguments of why Ion is the best solution for the Atom.' That's from the Tom's Hardware lede, but the quote from my boss is more entertaining:

Now Nvidia comes back with a point for point response. I have to say this is quite entertaining for a geek like me. Intel only looked at the worst case numbers with the CPU and GPU drawing peak power continuously. Nvidia points this out and shows that under nominal conditions the ION platform that is more powerful only draws a half watt more. Then as a zinger Nvidia suggests that the ION platform can be accomplished just as well with a VIA processor in place of the Atom. Kapow! This is the "Days of our Lives" equivalent for tech nuts.

We've got an application for Ion right now... I wish they'd kiss and make up already."
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Will Orbiting Carbon Observatory find missing CO2?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) is slated for launch tomorrow, February 24, 2009. OCO is the first earth science observatory that will create a detailed map of atmospheric carbon dioxide sources and sinks around the globe. And not a moment too late. Popular Mechanics has an accurate, concise article on the science that this mission will perform, and how it fits in with the existing "A-train" of polar-orbiting earth observatories. JPL's page goes into more detail. And NASA's OCO Launch Blog will have continuous updates as liftoff approaches and the spacecraft reports in and checks out from 700km up."
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UK Porn Filesharers Get RIAA Treatment

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about 6 years ago

bughunter writes "Thousands of internet users have been told they'll be taken to court unless they pay hundreds of pounds for illegally downloading and sharing hardcore porn movies. This Newsbeat story describes how people across the UK have been accused of using file-sharing networks to get hold of dozens of adult titles without paying for them. A German company called DigiProtect claims the users are breaking copyright law and is demanding £500 to settle out of court. Many recipients of DigiProtect's 20-page legal letter deny copying the movies and say they have no idea why they were identified in the first place. TorrentFreak appears to have identified this activity as early as November 18 (potentially NSFW URLs on target page)."
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Most Business-Launched Virtual Worlds Fail

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bughunter writes "Internet consultant firm Gartner claims that only 1 in 10 commercial virtual worlds succeeds, and most fail within 18 months

"Businesses have learned some hard lessons," Gartner analyst Steve Prentice said in a statement released Thursday. "They need to realize that virtual worlds mark the transition from Web pages to Web places and a successful virtual presence starts with people, not physics. Realistic graphics and physical behavior count for little unless the presence is valued by and engaging to a large audience."
Nonethless, Gartner advises businesses to keep trying. Virtual worlds can add value initially to training and simulation exercises, and suggests it will eventually provide a venue for more mundane collaboration."

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War of the Future: Robot vs. Robot

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bughunter writes "This spring, it seems everyone is publishing breathless fearmongering stories of killer robots run amok, but this story is a refreshingly insightful treatment of unmanned warfare. While it doesn't go into depth, The Star does accurately represent the technical limitations, challenges, and the paths being blazed by Unmanned Systems companies. Sensor data fusion, personal equipment, force protection and civilian awareness are the current focus of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Unmanned Ground Vehicle development, in the UK as well as at my company in the US and also abroad.

"It is a weird extrapolation, the idea that war is becoming a scenario of `Your robots versus our robots,' Why not just fight it out on a video game instead?" said Mindsheet's Tribe. "But this is where things are moving."
Yes, we played Starcraft in our spare time, too. But credit goes to Orson Scott Card, who saw this coming over thirty years ago."

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Donate to the EFF

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So Obama is "Worse than Bush" with respect to Warrantless Wiretapping. Well, it's not like we didn't see this coming.

edit 9/24/09: It appears that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be looking again at telco immunity and executive wiretapping authority. The EFF hires lobbyists, too, and needs your support to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you're not yet a member, please go now to the EFF support page and make a contribution.

If there's one nonprofit you can trust to use your money in your interest, its EFF. If you have money to make only one donation this year, please make it the EFF. If you donated to the Obama for America campaign, and now object to what he's doing with respect to warrantless wiretapping, torture memos, or even Wall Street, donate to the EFF to restore your conscience, karmic balance or service to liberty (take your pick, choices are nonexclusive).

Addendum: I don't regret voting for him, but he hasn't received a dime from me since his July 2008 Senate vote, and he won't until he upholds the 4th Amendment.

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