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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

greenreaper Re:huh? (142 comments)

They could have been running the code for it on their server, doing a (perhaps asynchronous) request for the CAPTCHA image and that had been set up to use a direct IP address (or domain linking to one). The connection strings for AJAX requests and the like are often forgotten when handling domain-related issues/HTTPS/etc., so I'm not at all surprised.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

greenreaper Re:It's spelt A-R-C-H-I-T-E-C-T-U-R-E (176 comments)

But "Ask Slashdot" is all about pointing out your superiority to others. Why not the OP?

about 3 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

greenreaper Re:perception (320 comments)

Many disagree with you as to whether these things are or should be rights. Some believe that people should be left to starve or freeze to death if they are unwilling or unable to work. (This viewpoint is not uniquely American.)

Deriding people who hold such views for their lack of compassion is non-productive. To win them over, it may be more effective to show how helping the poor benefits them - if indeed it does. For example, public health care benefits everyone who has direct or indirect contact with the public - even the rich - through the prevention of epidemics.

In the Simpsons, the local school puts on a play ("The Nice Man Giveth") to show Mr Burns the personal value of education, when poorly-educated students accidentally serve him rat poison, can't read a map to drive him to hospital, and fail to operate correctly on him. While it does not work in that particular instance, perhaps those who seek funding from the public could do a better job of explaining why the public should care.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

greenreaper Re:At a carribean resort somewhere... (200 comments)

If he liked it so much, he can always pay for the programmers to support it. He's a free man now, sort of!

about 6 months ago

Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

greenreaper Re:Surprisingly lazy (235 comments)

This is where you take your mother to court for abuse and file a petition of emancipation. Good luck weaselling out of contract terms then.

about 7 months ago

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

greenreaper Re:I don't understand (284 comments)

The point is that it's obvious that he's the stronger player, and the world needs a better system than a single championship once every three years to prove it.

about 10 months ago

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

greenreaper Re:locations (284 comments)

Besides, chess has always been played in Eurasia.

about 10 months ago

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

greenreaper Re:locations (284 comments)

Because in Oceania it rains all the time and Eastasia prefers Go.

about 10 months ago

Comments About Comments

greenreaper It's hard to get comment systems right . . . (276 comments)

. . . especially when the needs vary with each site. I run Flayrah (a furry news/features site) and implemented a comment moderation system based on weighted ratings and user karma across comments and posts that fades and folds comments as their rating decreases. It works pretty well for us, but it took a lot of time to balance, as well as technical expertise which most site-runners don't have. Sometimes people complain about the "rule of the majority", but in practice they tend to do quite well. The alternative was more heavy-handed moderation by selected moderators, who have their own biases.

about a year ago

Linux 3.12 Merge Window Closes With Release of Linux 3.12-rc1

greenreaper Notably . . . (47 comments)

It's best to mix up your adjectives a bit. If you have someone "note" everything, it gets boring rather quickly. If you get stuck, "said' or "wrote" are good options.

1 year,3 days

London Tube Cleaners Don't Want Fingerprint Clock-in

greenreaper Re: Peter Principle (351 comments)

If wishes were mod-points, we'd all be +5.

1 year,3 days

A Tale of Two MySQL Bugs

greenreaper Not really a fair test (191 comments)

The poster made a comment in the second bug saying that they hoped to get a faster response than on the MySQL bug.

1 year,11 days

High-end CPU Coolers Reviewed and Compared

greenreaper Re:Silver (133 comments)

One of them is black. RTFA!

1 year,14 days

PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

greenreaper Re:FE F1 (443 comments)

You can't take a gift back; but if you don't get a product or service you purchased, that's a different matter.

1 year,15 days

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

greenreaper Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

You can also right-click on the tab bar, it's an option there.

1 year,26 days

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

greenreaper Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

It's saying that "undo close tab" is a thing. Somehow this is a surprise to some people.

1 year,26 days

New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

greenreaper Re:WTF perspective (372 comments)

Not unable; we just prefer to live in our virtual world. It's safer there.

about a year ago

Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

greenreaper Re:How else do I protect my forms (558 comments)

Unfortunately it's not all coming from a single IP address - there are literally thousands out there - and any one would only post as regularly as a standard user, with randomized text from large templates. You stop them at various layers - DNSBLs, CAPTCHAs, form entry field checks, link checks, specific spam text . . .

about a year ago



Piracy Not To Blame For Poor PC Game Sales

greenreaper greenreaper writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greenreaper writes "Is piracy behind a slowdown in the PC gaming market? Galactic Civilizations designer Brad Wardell doesn't think so, suggesting developers move on from the high-cost genres beloved by hardcore gamers and the press, and focus on shipping fun games in profitable markets that run well on mid-range PCs. Stardock recently published Ironclad's Sins of a Solar Empire without copy-protection, garnering both critical acclaim and record sales."
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