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YouTube Launches Ads You Can Skip

celardore I wish SeeSaw did this (249 comments)

I flatly refuse to use SeeSaw.com now, because of the obnoxious forced ads, and their buggy (due to DRM) implementation. Often, their video will bug out, you have to restart the whole thing - and sit through the same Windows 7 commercial I have already seen five times. I already own Win7, so the adverts just makes me angrier each time I see them.

more than 3 years ago
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WD Launches 3 Terabyte HD

celardore 3TB (313 comments)

That's even more data loss to worry about when it goes wrong :) I like my RAID array, but if I didn't have it I'd be afraid of using a single huge drive.

more than 3 years ago
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Simple Virus For Teaching?

celardore Re:What OS? And how annoying? (366 comments)

That reminds me of something I did when I was a bit younger. I was leaving the company that day anyway, and some dude had been bugging me for months. At some time previous I'd shoulder-surfed the IT departments "test" account, which I logged onto on an unused PC in the office. I created a simple .bat file

start:
net send annoyingguy "message i wanted"
goto start:

Or something along that vein. I can't remember exactly how I made it work, but possibly by leaving the PC on, monitor off, when I left work the last time.
The boss knew the people I went to work for so it didn't end well for me, but looking back it was incredibly funny and the couple weeks out of employment turned out to be very beneficial to my career in the long run.

I heard a couple months later from some old co-workers that it took IT about two days to figure out and in the meantime, old mateys account was unusable.

Live and learn I guess. Was still funny, and incredibly basic.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

celardore Already illegal in the UK. (1123 comments)

Suprised reading over the comments that nobody mentioned that photographing or videotaping of police officers is illegal in the UK. Is it a crime to take pictures?

Yep, you guessed it... Terrorism.

From today, anyone taking a photograph of a police officer could be deemed to have committed a criminal offence.

That is because of a new law - Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act - which has come into force.

It permits the arrest of anyone found "eliciting, publishing or communicating information" relating to members of the armed forces, intelligence services and police officers, which is "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

more than 4 years ago
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BBC To Make Deep Cuts In Internet Services

celardore Re:News on the BBC is not free (if you live in UK) (246 comments)

I replied earlier in the story saying how a TV licence man saw my TV, I explained it, and I still don't pay the licence fee.

I have had the opposite experience. I don't have a TV. When I did it was attached solely to a games console. Every time I wrote them a letter saying I don't watch TV and wasn't going to pay a license. They send the boilerplate "A rep will come round to check" but never did.

You don't happen to live in student accomodation, "affordable accomodation", a council estate or a hostel do you? I've lived in some of those, and boy do the TV licence guys have a field day. A lot of people admit they watch TV, they incriminate themselves - so lots of bonuses I guess.

more than 4 years ago
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BBC To Make Deep Cuts In Internet Services

celardore Re:News on the BBC is not free (if you live in UK) (246 comments)

you can get access to the web stuff without a license I believe but you have to not own a television.

This isn't strictly true. My flat gets zero terrestrial TV signal, though I do own a television which is used for TV-OUT, DVDs etc. I had a TV licence man knock at my door a couple of years ago, he noticed the TV and I explained the situation. I didn't hear from them again for about a year, I just have to remind them of the circumstances. They're OK with it.

Not a fan of their guilty until proven innocent stance in general though.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Makes $500M a Year On Typos

celardore Hypocritical Policies (98 comments)

I'm sure that Google requires as a condition of their AdSense program, your site contains at least some content. They manually review sites before you get accepted into the AdSense program.

Unless of course you use their Domain Parking option.

more than 4 years ago
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Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

celardore Re:Password strength vs. how often you change it (499 comments)

Agreed. We use an old accounting system called JDE, which has a caseless, mandatory 8 digit password - no more, no less. It forces a change every 2 months. You could pretty much calculate anybodies password by taking their surname, and their length of employment. So Joe Bloggs who worked for the company 3 years would likely be bloggs18, for example.

They would be better off allowing us to keep one $EcúR3 password for the duration of employment really.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

celardore It's already illegal to photograph certain people (419 comments)

I know that in the UK it is now illegal to photograph police officers going about their duties, this probably applies to government officials also. This was touted as an "anti-terrorism" measure of course, but it suggests to me that they didn't like the idea of peaceful protestors recording brutal police tactics, for example.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Alcohol Killing Our Planet?

celardore No more than cattle (468 comments)

But more importantly, why you going after beer man? Not cool.

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

celardore April Fools (1582 comments)

\o/

more than 5 years ago
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Gmail Adds 5 Second Send Rule

celardore Re:That makes no sense (281 comments)

This reminds me of a time when a colleague and I in the same department had handed in our notice, he was off work that afternoon, and I was stuck with the manager. She kept going on about this, that, the other etc and telling me how to live my life basically. I was so annoyed, I thought I'd drop my mate an email describing the situation. I intended to send it to his gmail, but the autocomplete tricked me - I sent it to his work email. I realised immediately after I pressed send, so this feature could have been useful then. The manager was monitering his email as was the policy when someone was out of the office. Her face dropped, and I could tell it had upset her. I was just lucky that a) I was leaving soon anyway, and b) not said anything overly offensive. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Packing Algorithms May Save the Planet

celardore Amazon (195 comments)

I heard a story once, that Amazon use a certain size/shape of box, usually oversized for the product, simply because they can pack in a van more easily and efficiently.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Earth Uncovers Secret UK Nuke Base

celardore I used google search (240 comments)

I came up with a secret nuclear bunker, too. link

more than 5 years ago
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Experts Say To Switch Browsers In Light of IE Vulnerability

celardore Those that haven't already changed... (455 comments)

...probably won't. Most uneducated users that read the article will probably be of the mindset "oh, it won't happen to me".

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Researchers Study "Cyberchondria"

celardore I have a doctors opinion on this (144 comments)

IANAD, but I know several personally, and also from trips to the GP. From what I gather, they quite like that a patient researches the symptoms and mentions this to the Dr. They don't like a patient coming in and saying, "Doctor, I have this illness and require this medication." Self diagnosis is a useful tool for any medical practitioner, but self medication can always be dangerous. A profesional opinion is something that can't be read or learned on the internet.

A side note, I had dinner with a couple last night who are medical doctors and have been practicing for over 30 years. I asked the question, "What when either of you are ill, do you diagnose each other, yourselves, or what?" They replied that they may well see an out-of-town doctor. Reason being is that if they diagnose themselves or each other there will always be some bias. If they see a colleague who works in the same practice as them, the colleague would know their private business.

more than 5 years ago
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Ethical Killing Machines

celardore Re:Do they run vista? (785 comments)

On a smaller level, societies where people own guns are usually more peaceful ones. Why? Because people can see them. Just the threat of being shot is enough to deter people from starting shit.

Name any African country (as well as most American ones) and you should quickly find a problem in your statement.

more than 5 years ago
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Integrating the Web Into Games

celardore My solution: (52 comments)

Dual screens.

more than 5 years ago

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EVE Dev Asks for Player Support, Players Retaliate

celardore celardore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kitty o9 (844933) writes "An EVE Online developer recently asked for player support in the European Game Awards voting. The backlash was swift, and strong.

The first post indeed sets the tone, "You're serious?" What follows is over thirty pages of player discontent. They're annoyed that a year ago a 1000 person battle didn't seem to be a massive problem lag-wise, and now there are reports of far less numbers making the game unplayable. A number of sources have picked up on the news, Kotaku provides some of the more recent coverage.

EVE Online has been mentioned a number of times on Slashdot previously, from RMT, fraud, the fight against RMT, to how everyone should take an example from CCP.

Recently, CCP posted a dev blog giving the player base the idea that they're more interested than pushing more new features than fixing old problems."

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Wife Murdered for Facebook Status Change

celardore celardore writes  |  more than 5 years ago

celardore writes "Edward Richardson, a 41 year old from Staffordshire, England has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Sarah. According to the BBC article Richardson was enraged when he noticed she had changed her marital status on Facebook from 'married' to 'single'. He went to her address after she didn't respond to his messages, forced entry to the property and brutally murdered her in her bedroom.

Is social networking, or the internet in general, dangerous in that we can look up our old relationships — and be dissapointed or jealous of what we find — or that we can be looked up by people we might not want to have contact with any longer?"

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celardore celardore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

celardore writes "A chickens egg that contains cancer fighting proteins has been produced in Scotland. While not themselves anti-carcinogenic, the proteins can be used to create drugs that have cancer fighting potential but it is still unknown whether the resulting drugs would work in practice.

This research was conducted by the Roslin Institute who were responsible for "Dolly the sheep", the world's first cloned mammal. Read the BBC article here."
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celardore celardore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

celardore writes "BBC News reports that rock band Keane will be the first act to release a record on USB memory sticks, their record label says.

Only 1,500 of the devices will be produced, as Island Records tries to gauge interest in the new format. The device, which weighs less than 5 grams, will contain a video for the song and can be re-used as a memory card, with 512 megabytes of storage space. The single also comes without copy protection, meaning that it can be played on a wide variety of digital music players."
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celardore celardore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

celardore writes "An internet user in the UK has pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, after an argument in a chat room. BBC News reports that Paul Gibbons who is 47, travelled 70 miles after using details his victim had posted online, and then beat him with a pickaxe handle.
The two men met each other in a Yahoo chat room centred around Islam. "There was an exchange of views between the victim and the defendant which were threatening on both sides," said prosecutor Ibitayo Adebayo.

It is thought that this is the first case of "web-rage" in England, and demonstrates the need to keep certain details private."
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celardore celardore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

celardore writes "BBC News reports that UK grocery giant Tesco is planning to offer a range of budget software that they say will rival the likes of Microsoft and Symantec. Their offerings will include office software, security systems, CD/DVD burning tools, and an image editing package. Tesco, which is Britains largest retailer with a 31.4% of the UK grocery market, are saying that each title would cost under £20 (around $40).

The software will be launched in 100 of the retail giants 1,800+ stores in October. While they state the software will be 'own brand', there is no indication of who will actually be producing the software and what expertise they have."
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celardore celardore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

celardore writes "We should all be familiar with 'grid computing' for a public benefit. For instance, the World Community Grid allows users all over the world to donate their computers idle CPU cycles for projects such as protein folding for cancer research, and fighting AIDS. There is also the famous SETI@Home project.

Do these projects actually help the cause? Is the data being used in a constructive manner? And given that some of the projects have been running for years, is the data useful or productive to the scientists actually doing the research?"
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celardore celardore writes  |  about 8 years ago

celardore writes "BBC News reports that Apple has admitted that Chinese workers in its iPod production plant are frequently working over 60 hours a week. Workers work six consecutive days a quarter of the time. Apple has said its supplier will now be enforcing a "normal" 60-hour week, which is still 50% longer than western employment regulations allow.

One saving grace is that "The California-based firm said its report found "no evidence of enforced labour" or use of child workers.""

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