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Apple II DOS Source Code Released

flimflammer Re:Contradictory? (211 comments)

No, it's not. What part of "non-commercial purposes" did you not understand? Or are you insinuating that you merely viewing the code is a commercial venture?

about a year ago
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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

flimflammer Re:Is this legal? (234 comments)

They didn't personally remove it or request it be removed. They simply added a robots.txt to their domain, and the Internet Archive retroactively removes content from the domain when it encounters robots.txt.

about a year ago
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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

flimflammer Re:Deleted from the Internet Archive? (234 comments)

No, they put robots.txt on their website and the Internet Archive respects robots.txt retroactively. If they had 20 years worth of data archived from one domain, and someone puts a robots.txt on the domain, all 20 years worth of data is removed from the archive. Whether it's actually deleted or hidden is unknown, but I hope it isn't deleted.

about a year ago
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Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time

flimflammer Re:Cheats, not wins (114 comments)

I don't understand this rationale at all. It's not cheating, it's just better than you are. Is it cheating that Deep Blue can beat world chess champions because it can successfully counter world chess champion strategies?

If cyborgs existed, would they all be cheaters because they could naturally do what was done in the video?

Are humans who are gifted with unnaturally good reflexes cheaters because their abilities deviate beyond what we might consider "normal"?

Then again, I guess it is human nature to drop the cheating card when they lose.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking

flimflammer Re:Mozilla is not free (173 comments)

I don't really understand the problem people have with Wikipedia's method of funding. Begging so a free service can remain free without advertisers since apparently as I've heard parroted over and over again, having ads on Wikipedia would somehow compromise everything it stands for? So what?

about a year ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

flimflammer Re:warning bypass (138 comments)

Windows: GFY, you need this warning.

No, we really don't.

about a year ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

flimflammer Re:Great news! (138 comments)

What a stupid suggestion.

about a year ago
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The Case Against Gmail

flimflammer Re:What? (435 comments)

That must be great for you.

about a year ago
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Firefox 25 Arrives With Web Audio API Support, Guest Browsing On Android

flimflammer Re:privacy (144 comments)

Nope. Not true.

about a year ago
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Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions

flimflammer Re:Not a Dick Move (134 comments)

Do hardware manufacturers provide refunds to people who paid full price for hardware when it came out, as the price gradually goes lower and lower?

Should they?

1 year,13 hours
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

flimflammer Re: Why are important drugs single source? (1160 comments)

Economies of scale. Having this single source is the most economically viable option for this particular cheap but costly to manufacture drug. Building and maintaining the laboratories needed to generate this stuff is not cheap and not worth the cost it would require.

1 year,14 hours
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

flimflammer Re:Unfriendly Elitists (372 comments)

Being modded down on slashdot isn't the same thing at all. The "offending" comments are all still there and easily accessed. Finding dissenting opinions on Wikipedia is a lot more involved, requiring you to iterate through the article history comparing the past and present for differences.

Hell, I view slashdot at -1 just so I don't miss comments that shied too far away from the groupthink.

1 year,2 days
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

flimflammer Re:This, this, and more this! (372 comments)

Maybe things have changed since then, but I'm not really looking to find out.

Nope, it's still just as bad, if not worse. Just last week I had some contributions I made to an inconsequential article on a particular anime reverted because apparently, and I'm paraphrasing, "someone else handles all the summaries" - I mean, what? Looking at it now, it's still as empty as it was when I first saw it. Whoever they're relying on to do them isn't. It's bizarre.

1 year,2 days
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

flimflammer Re:"and intent" (488 comments)

The point is public perception. It has nothing to do with rational thinking.

1 year,2 days
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

flimflammer Re:"and intent" (488 comments)

No, lets put "thief" into the context of the actual article here, replacing "hacking" with "stealing": "We like stealing things and we don't want to stop"

We know what sort of negative connotation "hacking" has become despite it being the most ridiculous thing, but the "thief" angle is actually a pretty good one. If I say I'm a thief and I never want to stop thieving, it sends all kinds of negative connotations about who you are and what you do. Maybe you like stealing from people whom you have a prior arrangement to test their security, seeing how much loot you can get away with to show them how secure or insecure their home is with no intent to keep any such loot. Do you think the average person is going to think an angle like that is present, or just that you really like stealing things from people?

It's crap, but fairness is not a part of this. It's all about perceived notions by laypeople. Hackers are just bad people. That's the thought.

1 year,3 days
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NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

flimflammer No jurisdiction? (242 comments)

The Supreme Court of the United States, the highest federal court in the country, doesn't have the jurisdiction to challenge the NSA? What kind of bullshit is that?

1 year,5 days
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Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev

flimflammer Re:Everything is easier today! (105 comments)

I think you missed the point. They're not saying doing things at the bleeding edge today is easier than the bleeding edge yesterday, they're saying doing the things bleeding edge yesterday are easier today.

1 year,6 days
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Facebook 'Stalker' Tool Uses Graph Search For Data Mining

flimflammer Re:What if one has no FB ? (38 comments)

if you have a youtube account then you're on g+ now("upgrade account" click).

Not me. I've been very proactive about avoiding G+ (not on privacy grounds primarily but because I have no interest in having pointless social network profiles floating around). My youtube account isn't associated with a G+ account at all.

Maybe it's because my Google account is essentially tied to their domain services and I have all G+ stuff disabled on their dashboard. Trying to go to G+ at all presents me with a nice "Google+ is not available for your organization" message.

1 year,7 days

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