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Pwnie Awards 2013 Winners: Barnaby Jack, Edward Snowden, Hakin9, Evad3rs

cybernanga Re:Etymology of Pwned and Pwnie (41 comments)

Long, long ago in the murky and misty history of the early internet, a young script kiddie, (most likely with an overinflated ego), tragically mistyped "Owned", probably due to having excessively greasy fingers, as is common with many basement-dwelling connoisseurs of junk-food.

Instead of "Owning" his opponent, he "Pwned" himself!

Word spread rapidly, generating much mirth in the community, and a meme was born.

1 year,16 days

US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

cybernanga Re:Worry 'bout this like its 1999 (443 comments)

Cellphones? How about if they come prerooted from the store?

That would be most desirable ;-)

about a year ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

cybernanga Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

Indeed, and I'm sure the IRS has the power to audit them if they suspect wrongdoing, much like HMRC will do in the UK. If they are found to be breaking the law, throw ALL the books at them.

What I have a problem with, is what seems to be happening in the US and the UK, where large companies are being summoned to explain their tax activities in front of a congressional/parliamentary committee. This is just plain wrong. By all means prosecute them if they are found to be breaking the law, but these "hearings" are not they way to check the legality of their actions.

It seems to me that the elected representatives are making a big fuss to try and shame these companies into paying more tax, and and at the same time, make the electorate think that something is being done. What they should do instead, if they feel the current system is not working is: fix the broken tax laws.

about a year ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

cybernanga Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

Maybe my use of the word "date" was incorrect.

I was referring to being a "two-timing son-ofa-bitch".

about a year ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

cybernanga Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

Even though I agree with you point that (Legal != Right && Illegal != Wrong), cayenne8 still has a valid point.

Everyone's moral code is different, which is why we have laws, so that there is a firm reference to what is allowed, and what is prohibited.

It might be wrong for me to date two women at the same time, but it's not illegal. As such, I could perfectly understand anyone calling me a prick for doing it, but that's about as far as it should go.

I wouldn't expect to be called in front of the authorities to explain myself, which is what is happening to Apple, and other companies around the world. If they have broken the law, then there are systems to deal with that, but if what they are doing is perfectly legal, then leave them alone, and change the law if their actions bother you so much.

about a year ago

Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

cybernanga Resolution (89 comments)

It's could also due to a low-rez environment, increase the resolution to 4K or more, and see what happens! (Just Kidding)

about a year ago

Shape-Shifting Mobile Devices Unveiled

cybernanga Re:Researcher names (53 comments)

I was being flippant, but....

As migration of people around the world increases, surely there's bound to be more incidents of "foreign" names appearing in various places. Doesn't this just reflect the state of the "Global Village" we all find ourselves in?

about a year ago

Shape-Shifting Mobile Devices Unveiled

cybernanga Re:Researcher names (53 comments)

Even worse, University of Bristol, is not even in the US, how dare they have foreign researchers at a foreign University.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

cybernanga Re:Children don't like their parents music (191 comments)

I listen to music from my parents generation, it brings back lots of (mostly) happy childhood memories, and as I've listened to more of it, I've learnt to appreciate it, and have made my own discoveries of good music from the same era. As a teen I had different musical tastes, that my parent's couldn't stand, and I went through a phase of not wanting to hear my parents music, but one grows out of that.

My 19yr old daughter, recently said "I wish I was alive in the eighties, you guys had the best music" I was flattered, but I also know that she only gets to hear the good music from back then. I have my parents music collection, my daughter wants mine*, and we both wish we had my grandparents collections.

* Sweets, if you read this, hopefully you still have a loooooong time to wait before you start prising it from my cold, dead fingers

about a year ago

Google's Idea of Productivity Is a Bad Fit For Many Other Workplaces

cybernanga Re:Google, eh? (167 comments)

Apparently, Steve Jobs also felt this way, he pushed for shared space to allow employees to "spontaneously mingle and collaborate", while at Pixar, and also with the new "spaceship" campus for Apple. See: An In-depth Look At Apple’s Iconic Campus II

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For the 'App Bubble' To Pop?

cybernanga Re:C++ (240 comments)

Another "human" language can be a great help as well.

I am fluent in English and Shona although I spend most of my time "in English mode". I have found that thinking through a difficult coding problem in Shona works wonders. I have been doing it for years, but only recently realised that it was happening.

I think it has something to do with the different grammar and sentence structure forcing the brain to think in a different way.

about a year ago

Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

cybernanga Re:Sigh (252 comments)

NatWest works fine with Safari on OS X, and has done for quite a while now.

about a year ago

Finnish Anti-Piracy Site Pirates Thepiratebay Content

cybernanga Re:Arson, terrorism and jaywalking (82 comments)


The stolen CSS in question: Cascading Style Sheets (used for styling web pages)

DVD CSS: Content Scramble System (used for protecting content on DVD's)

Also making a movie entails much more time, effort and manpower than either of the CSS's above which could feasibly both be created by a lone coder in a dark basement ;-)

about a year and a half ago

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

cybernanga Re:Live Performances (665 comments)

The benefit of a performance lasts till the house lights come back up.

The last concert I went to was about a decade ago, but I still remember it fondly, I had a good time, and it's a memory that will hopefully last the rest of my life. Granted, it's not a major memory, but all the little ones add up. The point is to gather more good ones than bad ones.

about a year and a half ago

Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

cybernanga Re:Bought it yesterday (241 comments)

MS Word, OpenOffice, Pages etc are "Word Processing" applications.
There are other applications like QuarkXpress, that are "Page Layout" applications

Use a word processor to get the text the way you want it, then use a proper page layout application to do the typesetting.

Right tool for the right job!

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla To Enable Click-To-Play For All Firefox Plugins By Default

cybernanga Re:Turn it on now: about:config in the address bar (181 comments)

You should be able to add that particular site the the click2play whitelist, then flash will be run automatically, just for that site (and any others you have added to the whitelist), bit of a pain, but you only have to do it once.

about a year and a half ago



Borat anthem played to Kazakh gold medallist

cybernanga cybernanga writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cybernanga (921667) writes "The medal ceremony at a Kuwaiti shooting event provoked bemusement and red faces when the wrong anthem was played to Kazakh gold medallist Maria Dmitrienko.

Following a mix up with an internet download, the winner had to listen to a spoof anthem written for the film Borat."

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Researchers develop "tea bag" water filter

cybernanga cybernanga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cybernanga (921667) writes "A group of researchers in South Africa has developed a filter that can purify water straight from the bottle.

It sits inside a tube that can be fitted on top of a bottle and purifies water as it is poured on a cup."

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Google to limit free News Access

cybernanga cybernanga writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cybernanga (921667) writes "In what appears to be a victory for Rupert Murdoch, Google have agreed to allow publishers to limit a user to only 5 free news stories per day, with subsequent clicks being directed to payment or registration pages. While this should hopefully keep Murdoch quiet for a while, will this actually achieve the publishers goals, or will it drive users to other publications after their first five free clicks with a particular provider?"
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Finding Complementary Business Partners.

cybernanga cybernanga writes  |  about 5 years ago

I have an idea for a website which I naturally think could be successful if promoted well. I've built the site and had it running for a while. It has attracted some interest, and everyone that I've asked has all given me good feedback and they appear enthusiastic. Sadly, I am unable to attract reasonable amounts of traffic/members, due to the fact that I suck at marketing/promotion/sales, either on or offline.

I'd be interested to hear the views of the Slashdot community, but my real problem is deeper.

I really need a business partner who has online marketing skills, but I have no idea where to find people who may be interested. My day job is in a completely non-tech field, so I have no way to make the needed connections through work or social circles.

In these days of recession and lay-offs, there must be at least a few individuals who have marketing/promotion skills, but no product to promote.

Where and how would I find such people, and would any of them be interested in working in return for a share of the business, as I currently have a zero budget. A tall order I know, but any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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