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Has China Already Flown a Space Plane?

d0nster Re:Interesting idea (176 comments)

I think it depends on what kind of disaster we have and where the self sustaining outpost is. If the disaster is that our solar system is bombarded by enough gamma rays to kill all life on earth and our outpost is on the moon, we're still extinct.

more than 3 years ago
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Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

d0nster Re:Important question (253 comments)

Say that a little louder, and their importation will be banned.

more than 3 years ago
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Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

d0nster Re:Just what the corrupt MIA police dept needs (253 comments)

If the officer had stayed out of the doorway (as he should have been legally required to do) there wouldn't have been a problem. The big problem is that police are given such extraordinary protections under the law. Assault on a police officer should not really be any different than assault on any law abiding citizen. No malice and no real harm should not equal seven years in jail.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit

d0nster Re:Massive Copyright Infringements and the Law (181 comments)

Are you suggesting live performances by adult film stars? Oh, boy. I can see it now. Gentleman, you can "perform" with [insert popular starlet] on stage for $100. That won't stay legal in most places.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Reality of Gaming

d0nster Selling Women short (122 comments)

I disagree with the idea that people don't care about graphics, plot, etc. My wife started playing games with things like The Sims, but she has grown as a gamer and now plays things like Mass Effect, Fallout 3, and Starcraft 2. She loves the graphics almost as much as the story line. That's not to say casual games like Plants vs. Zombies aren't enjoyable, but for the longest time my wife believed the blockbuster games would be too hard to play and just watched me. The VATS system in Fallout 3 made it much easier for her, and has broken down her casual game barrier.

By the way, yes, my wife is awesome!

more than 3 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

d0nster Re:Well... (500 comments)

According to their supporters list, the Document Foundation has backing from Canonical, Google, Novell, and Redhat, along with many smaller names. Novell already has their own version of Open Office, called go-oo, with some extra stuff added for MS Office compatibility, so they for certain have paid developers working on this. I imagine the other three have developers working on this as well. With these heavy hitters behind it, I imagine Libre Office will succeed and Open Office will be forgotten.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Jailbreak Modified Into CC Sniffing Malware

d0nster Credit Card Magnetic Stripe Data? (120 comments)

Did anyone else notice that the iPhone apparently has a credit card reader in it? Wow, I guess they really are revolutionary devices!

more than 3 years ago
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College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

d0nster Countermeasure idea (851 comments)

Could you have something to measure the draw on your battery? If you have your radio off, lights off, etc. the same every time you start your car, everything should be the same. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a device like that should draw something.

What I'm really wondering is what happens when that little extra draw is just enough to overtax your electrical system. Does the FBI have to pay for damaging your car? Similar note; if you are in a wreck and the device is damaged, does the FBI claim damages too? If their (presumable lithium) battery explodes or shocks a rescue worker, will the FBI just deny all knowledge and leave the car owner with all the responsibility?

I respect that law enforcement has a very tough job, but in this case, I'm not sure the end justifies the means.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

d0nster Re:Because? (454 comments)

No, it's like your doctor coming to your house unannounced and uninvited, kicking in your door, and charging you for a house call. Best Buy is refusing sell a PS3 unless people pay for the upgrade. You don't get to watch them. They've already unboxed it, lost a cable or two, and put the firmware version that was current at the time. Do they even guarantee it's still current when you buy it? If Sony releases a new firmware at 5pm, does anyone really expect a PS3 bought at Best Buy to be up to date at 5:30?

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

d0nster Re:Because? (454 comments)

My dad had a 1990 Camaro, and I helped him change the spark plugs once. We spent about eight hours. The mechanics cringed and said it was at least a three to four hour job for them. This was not a job designed to be easy to do yourself.

On the other hand, PS3 firmware updates are meant to be done by 6-year-olds who can barely read but can press X. The hardest part is setting up wireless, and that's negated by putting the updates on disc.

A better comparison would be a dealer charging you extra to set your radio presets to the available local stations. It's trivially easy to do yourself, and if you ever go anywhere besides the town where you bought the car, you'll have to do it yourself anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

d0nster Re:Cut off vs. filtered (486 comments)

The problem is that some ISP will mistake your BitTorrent client downloading Sintel for a botnet and have the random ports for 30 of the 32 peers you can find blocked. Then, a new botnet will use a new zero day attack and masquerade as something users are guaranteed, such as iTunes radio. As soon as that is patched, some new game will use a different port that's blocked and tick off another customer. It will be a vicious cycle, because ISPs can't dictate what software you are allowed to use. Botnets and worms, however, have no legal purposes, and no sane law-abiding person would want to have their machine be a zombie on the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

d0nster Re:No reason not to do the following (486 comments)

Perhaps a phone call would be better than an email. I've always found it hard to send once my service has been interrupted.

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

d0nster Re:Yes (486 comments)

As ISPs go, they already are taking the wrong kind of people going at the wrong speed off the internet (read: p2p users or anyone who goes over the arbitrary download limit). This would be like towing the guy going 5 miles over the posted 70mph speed limit, but not even giving a warning to the guy with the unmarked wide load as he sideswipes other drivers while speeding down the road with a bunch of stolen cash from the latest heist. I don't like what they are already doing, but they should try to protect their network from botnet traffic. What I'm trying to say is that yes, it is a slippery slope. The problem is that the ISPs in America jumped straight to the bottom and missed this needed step on the way there. And for the record, if a machine at my house were to be infected by a botnet, I would appreciate a call from my ISP saying they have suspended my access until I'm cleaned up a lot more than I would appreciate not knowing at all. I would also appreciate not getting verified botnet activity coming down from my ISP.

more than 3 years ago
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West Virginia Is Geothermically Active

d0nster Re:Dammit it's not green energy (239 comments)

Not every place in WV is like Coalwood of Rocket Boys fame. The chemical industry employs a ton of chemical engineers here in the Kanawha valley, also known as the chemical valley. It is true that the mining communities are often poor, but at least they are actually working instead of just collecting welfare. Still, to say that all of WV is hopelessly poor is a lousy generalization. With $250,000 considered a cheap house in Martinsburg, WV, I would say that's a pretty wealthy town.

more than 3 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

d0nster Re:Reclaim Some? (717 comments)

I think the definition of "subscriber" has changed since 2000. Back then, AOL was mainly an ISP. Now, they do search, ads, IM, internet radio, etc., but few still use them as an ISP. If you look at their site, they only offer dial-up service. By your (unsourced) count, there are more dial-up users on AOL now than there were in 2000. I'm calling BS. I can't see them needing an entire class A subnet anyway. The only reason they have one is that they were around during the beginning of the commercialized internet and have never given any of it back.

about 4 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

d0nster Reclaim Some? (717 comments)

Maybe we should reclaim some of AOL's massive block of addresses. It would help a little in the short run. And they sure aren't using them.

about 4 years ago
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Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You

d0nster Re:Wait, what? (202 comments)

How could you prove their guilt? If I bottle tap water from Las Vegas and sell it to someone in New York, you can't prove whether the New Yorker was in Vegas or just drank my crappy bottled water.

more than 4 years ago
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National Car Tracking System Proposed For US

d0nster Re:Inductive sensors (563 comments)

At least fleet vehicles will screw that up. What about when my wife drives my car? How will my mood affect this system? Will car insurance premiums be based on your fingerprint? I think it's more plausible that the fingerprint will have to be each vehicle/driver pair, or possibly every vehicle/driver/passenger/mood/weather conditions/other random variable combination. Just drive inconsistently to throw them off ;)

about 6 years ago

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European customs ordered to seize PlayStation ship

d0nster d0nster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

d0nster (989432) writes "The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PS3s have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days."
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