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Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

epSos-de Re:Wow (463 comments)

You are wrong on the basics, because the destroyed ships can be recycled and looted in that game, so the loss of one is a win for the others. It was a wealth redistribution battle, that is why so many scavenger ships did participate in there and got smashed.

about a year ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

epSos-de Re:So What??? (449 comments)

Furthermore the game was set up to be quick and for fun without much else. Gate lost, because he took the bate in this game.

about a year ago
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YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

epSos-de Re:Still 3K$ for a monitor (255 comments)

You are late. 2014 will have a screen for 1k USD at 4k pxl resolution. Old prices are irrelevant now.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

epSos-de Re:Worst MacBook EVER (477 comments)

Have a look at HP business laptops (pro line). They make them intentionally for businesses who order thousands of units and need frequent upgrades. They even provide Bios upgrades for as long as 5 years sometimes. Their consumer models are nowhere near in terms of updatability and support.

1 year,22 days
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Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

epSos-de Re:Why are they doing this? (137 comments)

Japan did refuse. China does refuse. Russia does refuse.

1 year,23 days
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

epSos-de Re:Tomorrow in the news: (495 comments)

Funny joke.
Sweden can increase health of their soldiers, if they go vegetarian every second day. Protein is hard to get rid off in the metabolic system. It is better to give the body some time before a news pile of metabolized protein does trash the body.

1 year,26 days
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CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

epSos-de Re:Easy! (481 comments)

They have been doing this before iPhone 5. Their bast hack was the collection of fingerprints from high grade politicians, from restaurant glasses. One of their magazines published the fingerprints and explained how to print them with printers and strap them on thin latex gloves. It was a protest act against fingerprints in passport, but the politics did not listen.

about a year ago
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Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches

epSos-de Re:Drupal sucks. (38 comments)

Drupal is better than you think, becasue the other offers in this world do suuuck even more.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

epSos-de Re:Imagine this happening with music and movies (263 comments)

Valve is super smart on this one. Sharing is like free advertising for them. They get more users and personal advocates for free. Sharing will work out for them, just like video sharing or Tupperware sharing parties are working out.

about a year ago
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Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

epSos-de Re:Blame Microsoft (195 comments)

No need. Seagate will come up with a design to leave out one empty row for every 10 rows of overlapping data. This way they can manage the amount of data that needs to be rewritten. This of course will happen in the next generation, after they see how their first design sucks.

about a year ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

epSos-de Re:Does the order matter? (201 comments)

Ministry of Sound is officially evil. The electronic music was supposed to be like open source, where Djs and producers do allow creative use of their music, because Djing and remixing is not possible without sharing.

about a year ago
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Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

epSos-de Re:uhuh sure (179 comments)

Your non-action against thought crime has been logged.

about a year ago
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

epSos-de Re:Of, by, and for the powerful elite (555 comments)

Craig Zucker is an AAA-Level A-hole. He used to sue competitors of him while he was in business. And now he is complaining about the same cruelty that he did to others. It only suits him well that he is in the same situation now as his own victims were.

about a year ago
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Code For America: 'The Peace Corps For Geeks'

epSos-de Code for the world instead (58 comments)

The self-imposed American government of the (The North) is not very respected among the people with more than half a brain. No money, no free work. I guess that smart coders would rather code for the world in an open source way, instead of coding for one corrupt system that is breaking their lives in numerous ways. Why Shouldn't I Work for the NSA? (Good Will Hunting) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrOZllbNarw

about a year ago
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Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action

epSos-de Re:Self Driving (167 comments)

Super funny how the law is resisting technology. The winners will embrace Uber and use it to max out the profit during work. The others will loose.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

epSos-de Yes to Money, but not as donation. (301 comments)

You could give 3k to me and I will publish a batch of the best 100 images under the creative commons license on Flickr. The images would be free to use for everybody. I can guarantee an audience in the millions. I can guarantee perfection and quality which you can see in advance. The problem is that you can not get your money to be marked as donation, because I am not an registered non-profit organization as same a many of the open source developers and contributors. Donating money is easy, getting it recognized as donation is harder. Contact epSos.de on Flickr with your money granting proposals and have fun !

about a year ago
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Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones

epSos-de Re:Tin-foil... (163 comments)

To their defense, the Russian police actually does locate stolen phones. The German police does spy on us, but never gives us the location of our stolen or lost phones, because they say that it is not their job. In reality, all of the governments use this kind of surveillance tech, but only Russia is OK to provide it openly to the real people on the street. There are a lot of things that the RUSS government does very badly, but some they do much better then the hypocritical governments in the west. The govt. debt of example, they were strong enough to just default on it and move on in 1998. The EU is crippling itself over debt and is dragging millions into poverty over it. It is the same hypocrisy that let's them protect our privacy in public, but actually spy on us in private. I am very sure this phone locator tech will get abused, but at least they provide non-abuse services with it too, unlike the governments that do not even admit that they use such technology.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

epSos-de Too late (510 comments)

Welcome to the future. The smartest taxi drivers will use ride sharing services to eliminate their down time. The others will get broke.

about a year ago
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In Germany, Offensive Autocomplete Is No Laughing Matter

epSos-de Re:What if my name was Hitler (200 comments)

Your comment is more valid than you think. There are a few people who are named Hitler or Adolf in Germany. They are usually older. I have heard of one personally. They are usually immigrants from the former German exile communities from the eastern Europe and Kazakhstan. Due to different regulation and history, they were forced to keep their names. The Germans themselves managed to change their family names, if it was associated with Nazis in any way.

about a year and a half ago

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Google is actively developing products against users of alternative browsers

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  about a year and a half ago

epSos-de (2741969) writes "Google said: "Don't be evil". In reality they are actively discriminating against browsers that are not based on Google Chrome. Opera is repeatedly crippled in gMail. Google's Java Scripts are prohibiting Opera users from selecting and copying text in the Opera browser.

Opera did resolve the issue with every new release, but Google still keeps changing their code, so that users of Opera are not allowed to select and copy text, when they are using gMail. The first few times, it was suspicious, but now it is too obvious that Google is actively developing products that can not be used outside of the Google Chrome."

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YouTube is helping to steal rights from bands and users

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  about 2 years ago

epSos-de writes "Concert videos are constantly stolen by the copyright-based companies on Youtube. Now it happened to me too. The concert video was recorded in Germany, by a German user, during a public concert of The Cinematics band from Scotland, in 2009. It was published soon after the concert.

YouTube changed the publishing date to March 7, 2012 and claimed that it belongs to Reservoir Media from USA now. In July 2011, the band had split up. They own no rights for their own songs and are not paid. As it is now, it would be illegal, if the band members themselves would upload their own music videos to YouTube. The disputed music video was published under the creative commons license, before it was claimed by the criminal American company.

YouTube is helping to steal from the bands and from the users who create concert videos."

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Getty Images is stealing Creative Commons pictures.

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  more than 2 years ago

epSos-de writes "Getty Images caused controversy for its aggressive pursuit of copyright enforcement on behalf of its photographers.

In reality Getty Images is stealing rights from photographers and publishers. Almost all of the pictures of epSos.de on Flickr were published under the Creative Commons license. Getty Images is licensing pictures from epSos.de through the Flickr account. After licensing the images they change the copyright from free to use to all rights reserved. It is a digital type of theft of free pictures.

The stolen picture is here:
www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/5394616925/

The screen-shot of the digital theft is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8138893914/

They will probably try to sue people for using the free picture that was published under the creative commons license first."

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Journals

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Bitcoin and the information inequality.

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  about 2 years ago The information inequality is a basic concept in price building. The people who know the real value, get the best price. Others have to guess and are often tricked, because they have no information about the product or value or competition or alternatives, etc.

In case of Money, the information inequality is in favor of early adopters or anyone who adopts it before the others. It is not very fair to the people who have no chance to get it for cheap as it was the case of 2009, when none of us got it for almost free at that time.

The information is also in favor of the coders, who understand the algorithm to the last bit. Anyway, as of now I see Money as a very exotic animal. It is money, it is investment and it is like stocks at the same time. We have never seen something like this in history before.

The use of Money as money and as investment is very compelling. It is not going to replace real money as of now, because the transaction limit of the network is lower than the number of the daily transactions of the world. It can act as an investment or as a channel for large transactions for people who do not trust banks to do it better.

The daily transaction limit is very interesting to ask about, when you talk to people about Money. They always claim that Money is as useful as traditional money, but why does it have a limited number of transactions in the system ???

In order to know what Moneys will be, we have to look at the people who were pushing them from the start. The developers of the software and the earliest Money services are hoarding it like crazy, they start new services. Open shops that sell goods for cheap, accept Moneys and force people to put money into it.

The mid-level shadow market is going crazy on the coins, because they finally can do business without washing the transfers. The financial investors doing a lot of pump an dump action and hoard the coins too. The market is as crazy as it can be. The value keeps jumping.

Others invent alternative coins and sell them for Moneys, just to get the Moneys for free. There is a lot of good stuff and there is a lot of scam, because everybody is smelling money.

In the end, Money is changing the world and has brought the ripple system to life, which will probably be better for mundane transactions of favors between people, who do not want to induce anything capitalistic into their real world relationships. Money has created a new hope for people who want to reinvent the world. As same as it was with the Internet at the start.

Money wanted to destroy money and banks, but it created an even better money for the banks who can use it too and even better than traditional money. Look up time based contracts that are part of the Money system. The ripple system is the answer to replacing money for poor people, Money is not.

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Bitcoins have wealth, age and information in-equality build-into them.

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  about 2 years ago

Money is a great bubble of hour time.

I have looked at it 6 month after they started, but never believed that the early investors would convince enough people to invest into it. Yes, I do regret that I did not buy, but feel cleaner to stay out of the scam that will bring unequal money-access to the masses of people who never bothered to understand monetary dynamics.

It will be horrible, when people buy 1 Money for 100 dollars and find themselves broke after no one wants or can afford to invest anymore.

Yes, Money works and is safe for 1 day, but the build-in injustice into the value of it is just not as clean as AUD, EURO or even USD. It is very bad that the future investors will have very unequal access to Moneys that are supposed to be good for daily business.

Moneys have wealth, age and information in-equality build-into them. It is going to be in the history records for a massive delusion that the very smart people participated in.

I feel very sad that the gaming industry is participating in this, because they help to give more credit to Money. They should at least fork the open source code of Money and create one of their own, but with a more softer algorithm of deflation and monetary supply.

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Gandalf in the car wash

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  about 2 years ago I used my Gimp pimp force and made this: Gandalf in the car wash.

The original drawing was by a math teacher in high school, who loved to tell a story about how, before he handed out the final exam for the highest level calc class in the school, he stood at the front, raised the exams above his head, and shouted "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"

Needless to say he scared the shit out of a few people.

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Getty Images is stealing Creative Commons pictures.

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Getty Images, Inc. is a stock photo agency, based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of more than 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of film footage. Mark Getty is the company's founder. Getty Images caused controversy for its aggressive pursuit of copyright enforcement on behalf of its photographers.

In reality Getty Images is stealing rights from photographers and publishers. Almost all of the pictures of epSos.de on Flickr were published under the Creative Commons license. Getty Images is licensing pictures from epSos.de through the Flickr account. After licensing the images they change the copyright from free to use to all rights reserved. It is a digital type of theft of free pictures.

The stolen picture is here:
www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/5394616925/

Flickr and Getty Images made and internal agreement to change copy rights. As a publisher on Flickr, epSos.de can not do anything to stop them from changing the license of an image. Getty Images can not have the rights of an author, because they are licensing the images themselves. They also can not have exclusive rights, because the right of an author is protected above the rights of the publishers and agencies.

The screen-shot of the digital theft is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8138893914/

Getty Images is stealing the freedom away, because they are true fellows of the cut throat capitalism. It is an evil abuse and a clear scam in the world of stock license photography.

Thank you for sharing this story with your friends !

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Bitcoins again

epSos-de epSos-de writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Slashdot is following the Money development very closely.

I feel that the technology oriented people are too crazy over this new monetary system. I also feel that the people who speculated on the forex markets think that the Money system is in any way different. As of today, the Money value is very dependent on the exchange rates. There is no real way to translate Moneys into bricks, cars or flights.

Even, if the internal value of the Moneys is supposed to be stable, the external value is not protected against speculation.

The other thing is the fairness of the system. The early adopters and the early Money millionaires are going to be very rich at the expense of other people. This is not good. There are only 21 million of planned Moneys. There is no way to make more Moneys, than the one who got the first million.

Income and wealth disparity is build into the system of Money. I have no idea how this is different from regular capitalism.

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