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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:Yes... information *IS* free (348 comments)

lol.
what a fucking clueless prick.

Enjoy your self congratulatory masturbating about how information is worthless. I look forward to a day when all the 'coding geeks' here at slashdot have to work as bricklayers thanks to their own short sightedness. :D

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:Now you know why there's no Linux version of Ra (348 comments)

"You frequently espouse the idea that because you have a copyright you're entitled to make money."

are you really that fucking thick that this is what you read into my posts.

Jesus christ its amazing you can operate a keyboard.

about 5 years ago
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Using a House's Concrete Foundation To Cool a PC

cliffski Does this apply to a cellar (465 comments)

I'm maybe moving to a house that has a cellar with a well in it, an active one that water flows through, so the cellar is damp and maybe slightly cooler than normal.
Would the cellar not automatically act as a sort of cheap ground source heat pump, in terms of equalisizing the temperature of the rooms above it?

about 5 years ago
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Time Denies Issuing DMCA Over Obama Joker Image

cliffski Re:Well.... (324 comments)

Well its not as one sided as you think. Take, for example the sites such as rapidshare and megaupload that routinely share terrabytes of copyrighted material.
If you find your copyrighted content on those sites, you can email them a DMCA takedown that MUST include your phone number, your physical address and other contact details.
Note that megaupload do not provide everyone with their direct contact number, and the people actually uploading the copyrighted content are 100% anonymous.
If you are luck,y after 48 hours the site might remove the content, taking no action whatsoever against the uploader.
Within a few hours, the copyrighted content is uploaded yet again, and the whole process starts again.
All the time, the copyright holder is the one who is giving out their personal information, and the hoster and the uploader remain safely immue to any possible comeback.
nice business model, and one that the DMCA does almost nothing to impact whatsoever.

People who criticise the DMCA for being too harsh have likely never used it, or been on the receiving end. Its a very weak piece of law in cases such as these. (The DRM-related aspects of the law are different, and total overkill however).

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:How long can they fight it (348 comments)

they have made an inhuman effort to pump up ad impressions.
Everything else was a smokescreen of bullshit.
I don't see, when I visit TPB a big banner linking to all the torrents of free speech essays for countries like china or burma, or stuff that has been published by whisteblowers.
Its just "music" "movies" "games" "software".

They don't give a fuck about free speech, never have, and never will.

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:Now you know why there's no Linux version of Ra (348 comments)

Couldn't agree more, but nobody here wants to here the truth. Thats why they modded you down in the hope nobody else will read it.
This is EXACTLY why there are no linux ports of big games. The demographic who insist on running linux have a sense of entitlement to everyone else's work for free.
Why would anyone sane spend MONEY to port their game to a platform where people refuse to pay for it?

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:Yes... information *IS* free (348 comments)

who are you talking to?
I'm a small 'content producer' who has 100% embraced digital distribution, does not employ lawyers, and does not support the RIAA, MPAA or any other government lobbying organisation.

And hey, guess what, TPB rip me off along with everyone else. Could it be that they just dont give a fuck about the effects of their actions? Lumping in TPB with some sort of anti-corporate crusade is silly. Those guys just sold out for millions, and were originally financed by a right wing millionaire called carl lundstrom.
TPB are as corporate as walmart.

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:How long can they fight it (348 comments)

I agree with you in that I strongly value freedom of speech too, I just think that TPB are the WORST cheerleaders for any free-speech cause.
The minute you lump in freedom of speech and censorship issues with torrents of The Sims and Spiderman 3, you trivialise the whole issue.

There is a whole generation of politicians who look at people defending TPB in the cause of free speech, and see just a petty excuse for virtual shoplifting.

Anyone who really believs in free speech online should distance themselves from a site based around viagra adverts and hollywood movie torrents.
TPB is (and always has been) about making money. Anything else is just PR to give them covering fire.

about 5 years ago
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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

cliffski Re:How long can they fight it (348 comments)

what 'values' are they fighting for exactly?
giving away everyone elses work for free whilst selling ad space?

about 5 years ago
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China Jails Four For Microsoft XP Piracy

cliffski Re:srsly (164 comments)

no it doesn't.
downloading and sharing pirated music, then getting caught, destroying the hard drive to cover your tracks, repeatedly lying in court, changing your story several times and forgoing about a dozen offers to settle out of court when you are clearly 100% no argument totally and utterly guilty and caught red-handed gets you that.

Most people who get caught breaching copyright law have the minimal number of brain cells needed to admit guilt and pay a relatively small fine. Lets not act as cheerleaders for dumbasses who think they can wriggle out of it.

about 5 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

cliffski Re:Never darken their door again. (265 comments)

why?
to punish them for actually supporting the people who create content?
Why the hell would anyone be so petty as to do that?
You realise that when you eat, you buy food that makes money for *gasp* evil corporations!!!!

about 5 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

cliffski Re:so... (265 comments)

"Who is going to pay the people who take the time and effort to encode "

Wow. that sure it is a lot of effort. especially when you compare it to the apparently valueless and trivial (according to pirates) effort of actually making a movie.

about 5 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

cliffski Re:misunderstanding the issue (265 comments)

"Lots of people, like Trent Reznor, for example, are making piles of money while still practically giving their music away"

its easy to make more money once you are already a millionaire.
Lemme guess, you had never heard of this guy, nor had anyone else, and he was suddenly on every media outlet straight from being a garage band that had never had the benefit of a global marketing push right?

What works for established acts does NOT work for people with no history of commercial promotion

about 5 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

cliffski Re:One in 12 of the population might disagree. (382 comments)

just as long as we have established what a morally empty sand selfish person you are for freeloading off everyone else, thats fine.
I'm sure you would expect everyone else to really give a shit they day you get fined by the RIAA though...

about 5 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

cliffski Re:anonymous? (382 comments)

Do you really think that people pirating music give a flying fuck whether or not the artist loses out?
You think they check the wording of the recording contract to ensure its an unfair deal before they click download?

people pirate music to get free stuff because they think they wont get caught and they dont give a fuck how it affects anyone else.
Any other justification is just after-the fact rationalisation bollocks.

about 5 years ago
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Why the BSA Is Less Reviled Than the RIAA

cliffski Re:Screw the other guy (371 comments)

wow.
show me the bit where anyone, let alone me suggested chopping the hands off of illegal downloaders.

Good luck

about 5 years ago
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Why the BSA Is Less Reviled Than the RIAA

cliffski Re:Screw the other guy (371 comments)

why not though?
I've bought every album dream theater has made, and I know full well I could torrent them instead.
Why should I give a fuck if they prosecute someone for taking for free what I handed over hard earned money for?
If I support the band enough to buy their stuff, why should I acre about people trying to rip the band off?

Are you not fussed if everyone in your town cheats on their income tax?

about 5 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

cliffski Re:One in 12 of the population might disagree. (382 comments)

Its pretty clear your morality includes letting you help yourself to other peoples work whilst honest people enable you to do so, so to be honest, I think any claim you have to possessing a sense of morality is fucking delusional.

God help the next generation when they are forced to work for a living. Do you expect other people to do that for you too?

about 5 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

cliffski Re:One in 12 of the population might disagree. (382 comments)

Maybe you should try actually paying for stuff you want?
just an idea.
Don't expect everyone else in society to be happy to subsidise your lifestyle. What makes you think you are entitled to stuff for free that honest people are paying for?

Tragic.

about 5 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

cliffski Re:anonymous? (382 comments)

And its my opinion that someone who people who repeatedly, knowingly, constantly take other peoples hard work for free, again and again and again,with zero intention of ever paying for it, or giving a shit about the effects of what they do, deserve what they get.
pure and simple.

about 5 years ago

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The problem with homophobia in games

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "Microsoft is being sued by a lionhead employee for sexual discrimination at work. Indie game developer Cliff Harris draws on this as just the latest symptom of a deeper problem in the games industry. Too many game developers are straight, white, middle class, male and under thirty. As a result, PC games feature the same predictable adolescent male fantasies again and again. Conspiracy theories, guns, buxom elves, butch heroes, submissive female characters and gratuitous violence. Games are made to appeal to such a narrow demographic, chiefly because games are made by a narrow demographic. What the games industry needs, in order to grow up, and to grow in size, is more women, more black and Asian people, more gay and lesbian developers, and people from different backgrounds. And that absolutely means that it needs to crush with huge force, ANY discrimination in the workplace. Maxis apparently have more women that usual for a game dev, perhaps it's no surprise they are doing well?"
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Video games given free to politicians

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "The world is facing a recession, instability in the middle east, the continued threat of runaway climate change, peak-oil, overpopulation and the ongoing war on terror. Clearly, such drastic times cause for drastic solutions. Clearly the solution is computer games. UK PC developer Positech Games have identified the cause of most political failures in the modern world — Inexperience. Politicians are clearly unqualified for the job. There are no 'practice' countries for would-be presidents to try out their policies on. Or are there? In a selfless bid to solve the worlds political problems, UK game developer Positech Games are giving away free copies of their 'government simulation' game 'Democracy 2' to every elected politician on Earth. The games are available anonymously, but we hope that there are some politicians who are proud to be gamers, and happy to embrace modern technology to assist in decision making, and will allow their names to be listed on our website."
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A new approach to online games cheats

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "Has the war against online game cheats, hackers, griefers and gold farmers gone the same way as the war on drugs and the war on piracy? Is it time for game developers to accept the technical limitations of trying to fight online cheats and deal with the problem in a new way? Developers already waste good development time on implementing pointless DRM, do they have to waste yet more time trying to secure game clients against determined hackers? Indie game designer cliff harris outlines how the most effective method for dealing with online games cheats is to abandon the idea of being able to play against anonymous opponents. It's not the technical ease of cheating that motivates the cheats, but the fact that they can do so anonymously and not know who is on the other end of the tubes. Cheating and hacking and using aimbots against random strangers is one thing, but do you really have any of these issues when playing against friends you know offline? Could this be the beginning of the end of anonymous online gaming, and a return to the idea of playing games against your friends?"
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Are indie game developers losing the plot?

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "A lot of people working in mainstream game development harbour dreams of 'going independent' and starting up their own company. It's understandable, it's exactly what I did myself. But if indie game developers really want independence, why are they so keen to jump into publishing deals that stick layer upon layer of middlemen between them and the gamers and give them such a derisory cut of game sales? And do people currently daydreaming about running their own studio really dream of the day they get to make yet another Diner Dash or Bejewelled clone? Indie developer Cliff Harris casts a cynical eye over the current state of indie gaming and asks what happened to the spirit of independence."
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Indie developers petition valve over Steam

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "In any discussion of PC game piracy, someone will always suggest that valves 'steam' digital distribution system is the answer. Steam has gone from most hated to most loved on-line games store, and is seen by many as one of the saviours of PC gaming. But contrary to popular belief 'just putting the games on steam' is not always easy. Although digital store-fronts were supposed to open up the 'long tail' of gaming, which no more fighting over shelf space, steam still only stocks a tiny proportion of available games. Now a group of (slightly cheeky) indie game developers have started an on-line petition to try and get the attention of Gabe Newell & Co to get their games listed on steam. Indie developers know they will sell more games and get noticed more on steam, and it can only mean a bigger catalogue and more sales for valve. So sign the indie steam petition today!"
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Best spreadsheet program to wean me off Excel?

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cliffski writes "Ever since I first started using modern PC's, I've used Microsoft office, mainly because everywhere I worked had MS office installed by default. As a games programmer, I use csv files every day as part of my work, and am still using my original Office 97 copy of Excel to edit them. The huge inefficiency and buginess of Excel is finally pushing me to breaking point. I don't need 99% of the features in the latest version, so upgrading Excel is crazy, and ideally there is a decent standalone spreadsheet program that can handle the simple tasks I use it for (visual editing of csvs, some charts now and then) much better than Excel 97. Ideally I don't want to have to install a whole office suite, because I have no need for databases or presentation software, and Word is good enough for what I use it for. What's the best non-bloatware spreadsheet for my needs?"
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Game developers response to pirates

cliffski cliffski writes  |  about 6 years ago

cliffski writes "A few days ago indie PC games developer Positech publicly called for people pirating their games to explain why, in an open and honest attempt to see what the causes of gaming piracy were. Hundreds of blog posts, hundreds more emails and several server-reboots later, the developers reply is up on their site. The pirates had a lot to say, on subjects such as price, DRM, demo's and the overall quality of PC games and Positech owner Cliffski explains how this developer at least will be changing their approach to selling PC games as a result. Is this the start of a change for the wider industry? or is this the only developer actively listening to the pirates point of view?"
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Game developer asks to hear from pirates

cliffski cliffski writes  |  about 6 years ago

cliffski writes "Indie game developer Cliff Harris has long waged war against games piracy, but has issued a call to pirates to tell him why he is wrong. Assuming that developers are missing out on potential sales from disgruntled pirates, Cliff wants to hear specifically from people who have pirated his games. Not to criticize or lecture them, but to answer a simple question. Why? The reasons people give for copyright infringement/piracy are many and varied, but much of the debate has centred around music and movies, with big 'Triple-A' games an occasional consideration. With specific application to the world of small budget 'indie' games like those cliff makes, he wants to know the thought processes behind people pirating the games. What puts people off buying? is it quality, cost, DRM, ease of access? Is there anything that can be done to convert those people to buyers? Why many pirates often make good general points about the reasons for the widespread pirating of PC games, it's unusual to get a chance to address specific developers with specific reasons. If you knew 100% that the developer would read your email explaining why you pirated their game, what would you say?"
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Going Rogue - Indie game development

cliffski cliffski writes  |  about 6 years ago

cliffski writes "Why Indie? Jay Barnson interviews the new crop of indie game developers. How could anybody abandon the steady paychecks, access to the best tools and engines, large teams of skilled colleagues and the glory of working on one of next holiday season's blockbusters for a chance to labor in relative obscurity on tiny, niche titles? Steven Peeler was a senior programmer at Ritual Entertainment. For him, leaving and forming the one-man studio Soldak Entertainment came down to a desire for creative freedom. "I really wanted to work on an RPG, and Ritual only made shooters," he says. "There were some annoying politics going on that was really frustrating, I disagreed with the direction the company was taking, I was really tired of pushy publishers and I just wanted to do my own thing.""
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Why it's (sometimes) good to let games phone home

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "PC Games connecting to a central server to send information (outside of MMO's) have got a (deserved) bad reputation in recent years. The huge outcry about Mass Effect and Spore are evidence enough of that. But in gamers hurry to prevent intrusive DRM systems and dubious privacy-breaking data harvesting, are we throwing out the good with the bad? In this column, Indie developer Cliff Harris outlines why in certain cases, letting PC games phone home with hardware and usage data is not only harmless, but a good thing both for the developer, and ultimately the gamer. Have gamers taken hostility to games phoning home too far?"
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Power consumption of a typical PC whilst gaming

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "How much does your PC really draw in terms of power when idle, when in sleep, and when playing a demanding game? I don't trust everything the manufacturers of hardware say, so I thought I'd get myself a watt measuring device and run a few tests on some of the gear I leave on all the time, and the gear I go to the trouble of turning off. The linksys router drew 8 watts, the monitor drew a fairly noticeable 30-31, but what surprised me was how little power the base unit drew, even when playing company of heroes. Also, the variance of power draw for vista seemed minimal, regardless of what you got the machine to do."
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Indie games and Indie Comics team up

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "According to Rock Paper Shotgun The sequel to the popular indie PC life simulation game 'Kudos' will feature artwork by none other than Jamie McKelvie, of phonogram fame. The original game was an indie hit, despite using stock poser models for artwork, with the addition of fellow brit jamie's art skills, could this push the sequel (due this year) out of the realms of indie gaming and into the eyes of the mainstream?"
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Top 10 independent games of 2007

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "2007 marks the sixth year of the Game Tunnel Independent Game of the Year awards. It's been a long journey to get here and each year it seems Indie games are just a little better known by the gaming public at large, which we view as tremendously good news. The games themselves also seem to get a bit better each year, mixing unique visions with innovation to create experiences that speak to the heart of gamers. Each of the games is a winner in its own right, an undiscovered gem just waiting to be found. So dim the lights and warm up your modem, as Game Tunnel presents: The Top 10 Independent Games of 2007."
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Best Indie Sim games of 2007

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "Game Tunnel have posted their top indie simulation games for the PC in 2007. This is a list of those sim / management games you probably never heard about in the mainstream media. They include casual games like Virtual Villagers as well as the more complex titles like Rock Legend. All the games are small downloads and have free demos. Bored with the big name titles of 2007? check out what the indie scene had to offer in 2007."
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Democracy 2 Released

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "Democracy 2 has finally been released. This is the sequel to downloadable PC game, described as 'the most complex political 'sim' game ever made', and coded and designed by ex-Lionhead AI programmer Cliff Harris. Democracy 2 puts you in the position of President or prime Minister of a fictional 'virtual-country' and hands you the challenge of fixing your countries problems whilst remaining popular enough to be re-elected. Democracy is programmed using a neural network to simulate the motivations, allegiances and beliefs of thousands of AI voters. The game is highly moddable, where pretty much every game variable is exposed happily to keen tweakers and modders."
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Political PC game gets retail release

cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cliffski writes "Discussions about games and politics are nothing new, but games actually about politics are. Thankfully the popular turn based politics sim 'Democracy' just got a retail release. Democracy has been sold on-line for a few years and a sequel is in the works, but this is the first time the game has hit US stores. Unlike most 'election games', Democracy has always been about the nuts and bolts of running the country (similar to the on-line game 'NationStates', rather than taking the more cynical approach of other games which concentrate entirely on the electoral process. A niche game built on a neural network, assuming a highly educated and literate audience, this is an example of the kind of game you will only see released on the PC platform."
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cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cliffski writes "UK building society 'nationwide' has been fined £980,000 (approx 1.8 million dollars) by the Financial Services authority as a penalty for allowing the theft of a laptop containing customer records, according to the BBC website. The director of enforcement at the FSA said "Nationwide's customers were entitled to rely upon it to take reasonable steps to make sure their personal information was secure". Despite the theft of the laptop, which became public news in November, the building societies chief executive said "I wish to emphasise that there has been no loss of money from our customers' accounts as a result of this incident". Is this a rare example of a financial watchdog showing real teeth? or is the fine trivial for a company that size?"
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cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cliffski writes "According to the BBC website The UK govt has just given the go ahead to two large offshore wind-farm projects. Between them the schemes would produce enough renewable electricity to power about one million households. The larger London Array project covers 144 sq miles (232 sq km) between Margate in Kent and Clacton, Essex and will be the world's biggest when it is completed. The £1.5bn scheme will have 341 turbines rising from the sea about 12 miles (20km) off the Kent and Essex coasts, as well as five offshore substations and four meteorological masts"
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cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cliffski writes "According to the BBC news website, the US government has set up a new media unit to boost its message, especially on the net. The Pentagon said the move would boost its ability to counter "inaccurate" news stories and exploit new media. The newly-established unit would use "new media" channels to push its message and "set the record straight", Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff said. The unit would reportedly monitor media such as weblogs and would also employ "surrogates", or top politicians or lobbyists who could be interviewed on TV and radio shows. Mr Rumsfeld said earlier this year that he was concerned by the success of US enemies in "manipulating the media". he said "They're on it all the time. They're very sophisticated users of it.""
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cliffski cliffski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cliffski writes "Some might think that halloween is a time to put away your geekiness and go with tradition. Myself, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to practice my bat'leth skills and turn out an elegant Klingon Pumpkin. Any other suggestions for how to have a suitably geeky halloween? Surely someone has knocked up a usb-powered pumpkin lantern by now?"

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