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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

chalkyj Re:Photocopy (244 comments)

Or photograph/scan them. It's not like being in physical form prevents instant digitisation, especially with how good OCR tech is now.

about 2 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

chalkyj Re:Tracking (436 comments)

In what situation would pressing the "off" button on a GPS transmitter that is currently on fire achieve anything? I think in general, a GPS transmitter will do a pretty job of turning off all by itself when its components are on fire. The likelihood of an electrical signal to an electrical device that is currently on fire doing anything at all is very slim, including when that signal is "turn off".

There are already plenty of components on an aircraft that cannot be turned off by the pilot while in flight. The black box being the blindingly obvious example. They have transmitters that the pilot cannot turn off too, which is where the information in the article comes from. I have read that Malaysian airlines weren't using the transmitter to transmit more detailed information simply because they had not paid the subscription to use this advanced tracking. It seems like it would be helpful if such tracking systems automatically monitored the location of aircraft even if they don't do advanced performance monitoring purely to assist with emergency search and rescue.

about 6 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

chalkyj Re:Tracking (436 comments)

It's harder because putting satellites into space is harder than building cell towers but since both these things have already been done I'm not sure you're making a terribly relevant distinction. Modern aircraft have tracking systems that use satellite networks, the only real question is why is the pilot apparently able to disable it?

about 6 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

chalkyj Re:Tracking (436 comments)

I'm not sure you need to guarantee it resists all possible sabotage efforts. It just needs to not have an "off" button in the cockpit and be located in an inaccessible area of the aircraft. I assume the answer to this question is simply that the planes involved are probably fairly old, and that new planes do indeed have features like this. If I can buy a car with that sort of feature for anti-theft I'm sure putting it on a plane can't be terribly difficult.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

chalkyj Re:99% (172 comments)

It'll be nice to use server 2013 without having to battle with a "touch screen optimised" interface. I guess they over estimated how many people are running server 2013 on tablets.

about 7 months ago

Fusion Rocket Could Take Us To Mars

chalkyj Re:nuclear fusion? (171 comments)

Presumably it's not a way of generating power, but rather storing it. Who knows how efficient the generation of this plasma is, but you probably need to burn far more energy to create it than is produced when it is used.

about a year and a half ago

Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row

chalkyj Re:It's actually worse than stated... (162 comments)

What sort of world would we be living in if you couldn't make a big fat profit out of suicide prevention? Certainly not a world I'd want to live in...

about 2 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

chalkyj You think that's bad? (384 comments)

Oh, don't get distracted by just this one piece of news when there's been so much more revealed!

Max 4 person multiplayer! Region locking for co-op games! No offline single player! No mod support what so ever!

Sure, this RMT auction house is the shitty icing on the shit cake, but lets not lose sight of the complete mess this game is going to be even without this feature.


more than 3 years ago

UK Games Retailers Threaten Boycott of Steam Games

chalkyj Good luck with that! (443 comments)

I'm pretty sure nobody walks into a retailer looking to buy a game, finds that it's not stocked then just completely gives up. No, you simply walk into a different retailer and look for it there. And if you can't find it anywhere, you think "well, that was a massive waste of time, I should have just bought it online". Like on Steam for example.

more than 3 years ago

NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia

chalkyj Re:humm? (174 comments)

Quite high if you had a car parked next to the launch rig. Which is what happened. If you bothered to click the link.

more than 4 years ago

Google Italy Execs Convicted Over YouTube Bullying Video

chalkyj Re:Confused as hell about this line (391 comments)

Guilty of failure to comply with the Italian privacy code != guilty of criminal defamation.

more than 4 years ago

NCSoft drops Game Guard from western launch of Aio

chalkyj Title length fail (1 comments)

Truncated the last character of the title. Should be "Aion".

about 5 years ago

TomTom Sues Microsoft For Patent Infringement

chalkyj Re:MAD (166 comments)

But does anything actually come of these lawsuits? I read about infringement claims by trolls against large companies and by large companies against each other all the time, but they never seem to come to anything - or at least the outcome is never publicised.

Does anyone have some information on what percentage of technology patent suits get thrown out of court and how many actually end in settlement or damages?

more than 5 years ago

Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

chalkyj Reloading a tab at the point that it crashed... (662 comments)

Each tab is isolated from the others, so if one tab crashes, the entire browser doesn't go down. You can then restore the crashed tab, and when you do, it reloads with the information that had been in it when it crashed, such as a partially written e-mail. And if you were watching a video, the video will start playing at the point the tab crashed, not at the beginning of the video.

Cool as that seems in theory, doesn't automatically reloading the exact state that the tab was in when it crashed mean that it will probably just crash again as soon as you reload it?

more than 4 years ago

Internet-Caused Mistrials Are On the Rise

chalkyj Re:Easy solution (414 comments)

What does that have to do with the Internet? Jurors can go home and read a newspaper to find out things that they're not meant to know too. If they want to go out and research things that they are not allowed to from home they don't need the internet to do it.

more than 5 years ago

Half-Life Short Film Grabs Attention

chalkyj Re:bad "marketing" angle (72 comments)

I have the feeling they didn't literally mean "no time what so ever". They're not trying to apologise for the quality of the film because it was simply willed into existence.

It did take them some time - evidently it took them how ever long it took them to produce what they produced. The implication of "no time" being that they weren't able to put as much polish on it as they would have given more time.

One would also assume that as independent film makers and commercial directors they had access to the software already, rather than trying to include every single resource involved as part of that one film's budget.

more than 5 years ago

US Becomes Top Wind Producer; Solar Next

chalkyj Re:Makes you wonder (388 comments)

Yes, pat your selves on the back. America (9,161,923 SQ KM) has over taken Germany (357,021 SQ KM). Good work.

more than 5 years ago

Conficker Worm Could Create World's Biggest Botnet

chalkyj Re:This is what baffles me... (220 comments)

It's poorly phrased. It doesn't create 250 domains per day, it CHECKS 250 domains per day. The botnet controller only needs to create one of those domains to upload new instructions.

more than 5 years ago



Games Workshop sues Warhammer Online fansite

chalkyj chalkyj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

chalkyj (927554) writes " (run for the last 5 years as one of the leading fansites for the MMORPG Warhammer Online) is being sued by Games Workshop for the use of the "Warhammer" name, "cybersquatting" and "unfair competition". This lawsuit is yet another in Games Workshop's disturbing pattern of suing their fans and hobbyists, this time going after a legitimate fansite for their MMORPG franchise. Read the complaint in full here."
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NCSoft drops Game Guard from western launch of Aio

chalkyj chalkyj writes  |  about 5 years ago

chalkyj writes "NCSoft has announced that they will be dropping Game Guard, from the western launch of their upcoming MMORPG. The flawed Korean anti-cheat software has been heavily criticised for employing root-kit like techniques and conflicting with many hardware configurations. The final straw is thought to have been the stability issues experienced by players during open beta and the community outcry it caused. The decision makes Aion, which recently announced over 400,000 western pre-orders, a real contender in the western MMO market."
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Prince threatens to sue b3ta

chalkyj chalkyj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chalkyj (927554) writes ""Prince is threatening to sue his fans for breach of copyright for using his image on fansites. So fire up Photoshop and give [him] something to complain about" was the parody image competition on until a few hours ago when Prince decided he would sue them too if they didn't remove all the images.

Apparently "fair use" isn't in Prince's vocabulary. I wonder if this will be seeing the Streisand effect here?"


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