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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

gronofer Re:Don't be passive, DO something (312 comments)

I don't think games are the answer. Sure you can concentrate on a game for hours on end, but games are designed to be addictive and hold your attention. You can't expect that experience to translate to any real-world activity, and the game will just be an additional distraction.

I don't see anything wrong with queuing up a few web pages to read because they load slowly, as long as there's a good reason to be reading those pages in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

gronofer Re:A related concern (312 comments)

Same with my Nokia from 2007. Keeping it switched off unless you are using it does wonders for the battery life. I use a prepaid plan that costs $20 a year, which is fine since I don't generally make outgoing calls.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

gronofer Re:Haters gonna hate (187 comments)

Never say never. But how about they stop extorting royalties from software patents first? That's pure evil by many programmers' standards. I'd also like to be clear that they are no longer in the business of inventing "standards" that are intended to make their own products incompatible with anything else. I see that their office software still doesn't use the Open Document format by default.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

gronofer Re:Good riddance (110 comments)

Google can't select for public domain (or CC0) however. On the other hand, the Bing search seems to be pretty bad, missing images from Wikimedia Commons for example.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

gronofer Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

If you think a wallet is too bulky to carry then would you really want to lug around a smartphone instead?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

gronofer Re:I think you missed the point ... (376 comments)

I think it's obvious that you can't work if you have serious health problems that prevent it. But what does that have to do with age discrimination at age 35? Many people remain in good health well into old age (which I consider to be 70 plus, not 40 plus).

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

gronofer Re:The lesson (329 comments)

What stops a poor psycho from leasing one?

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

gronofer Re:Dishonesty (429 comments)

A vacuum has space, time and a certain amount of energy. If none of those exist, how can anything ever happen? What does "ever" mean if time doesn't exist?

about a month and a half ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gronofer Re:So what qualifies? (489 comments)

However the Communcations Act of 2003 is interpreted, is seems. See Wikipedia:

Malicious communications

Section 127 of the act makes it an offence to send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character over a public electronic communications network.[8] The section replaced section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and is drafted as widely as its predecessor.[9] The section has controversially been widely used to prosecute users of social media in cases such as the Twitter Joke Trial and Facebook comments concerning the murder of April Jones.[10]

On 19 December 2012, to strike a balance between freedom of speech and criminality, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued interim guidelines, clarifying when social messaging is eligible for criminal prosecution under UK law. Only communications that are credible threats of violence, harassment, or stalking (such as aggressive Internet trolling) which specifically targets an individual or individuals, or breaches a court order designed to protect someone (such as those protecting the identity of a victim of a sexual offence) will be prosecuted. Communications that express an "unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humor, even if distasteful to some and painful to those subjected to it" will not. Communications that are merely "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false" will be prosecuted only when it can be shown to be necessary and proportionate. People who pass on malicious messages, such as by retweeting, can also be prosecuted when the original message is subject to prosecution. Individuals who post messages as part of a separate crime, such as a plan to import drugs, would face prosecution for that offence, as is currently the case.[11][12][13]

Revisions to the interim guidelines were issued on 20 June 2013 following a public consultation.[14] The revisions specified that prosecutors should consider:

whether messages were aggravated by references to race, religion or other minorities, and whether they breached existing rules to counter harassment or stalking; and
the age and maturity of any wrongdoer should be taken into account and given great weight.

The revisions also clarified that criminal prosecutions were "unlikely":

when the author of the message had "expressed genuine remorse";
when "swift and effective action ... to remove the communication" was taken; or
when messages were not intended for a wide audience.

about a month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

gronofer I hate to say it... (366 comments)

Seeing as most 'potential' human beings never make it, I don't quite share the moral dilemma in choosing the best of the best.

Raising not only humanities average intelligence but much more importantly the lower end seems a phenomenal gain to me.

You are assuming that parents would choose the embryo with the highest IQ. I'm wondering if a lot of people wouldn't be more likely to pick the one in the middle, because they don't want their child to be a "nerd".

about 2 months ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

gronofer Re:Is this counting Apple's new encryption scheme? (210 comments)

I'm not sure whay "key" means in this context. If I encrypt a file archive, I need to enter a pass phrase, preferably over 20 characters and not easily brute forceable. This pass phrase is they key, as far as I know. What is the equivalent on Apple's devices? Are they encrypting with a 4 digit pin?

about 2 months ago
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UK Copyright Reforms Legalize Back-Ups, Protect Parody

gronofer Re:But amateurs can't keep up any more... (68 comments)

Somehow I think society would survive without new big-budget productions like Lord of the Rigs et al. The benefits from making all of the world's information readily available, by no longer treating it as property, would far outweigh that loss. However the question is somewhat academic, since it seems that there's roughly zero political interest in any country that I know of for trying out alternatives to ever increasing copyright terms and ever more draconian attempts to enforce it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

Not entirely reliable, because if a file becomes corrupt on your Mac, you'll copy the bad file to the backup drive.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

gronofer Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

Good advice, but I think calculating an SHA-1 hash would be more reliable and quicker than viewing them.

about 3 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Yet another attack on Anonymity (579 comments)

I suspect that forcing women to make their real names available to the Wikipedia "community" wouldn't be universally acclaimed either.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Assuming you are logged in.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gronofer Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

Untrue. Take a look at the page history. Every edit has a "thank" link.

about 4 months ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

gronofer Re:Is this unaffiliated substantial coverage? (239 comments)

Looks like a bunch of blogs and other unreliable content by various trolls and people who don't know much. You'll need to find something in one of Rupert Murdoch's publications, or wait until Fox News cover it.

about 4 months ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

gronofer Re:A point that is missing. (112 comments)

It is later claimed in the legal action that advice from fellow Whirlpool users had allowed âhomemadecookâ(TM) to avoid using WCS Group. Why does this sound wrong?

If I post some recipes on the forums, will I get sued by Australian restaurants for helping people make their own meals and avoid their services?

about 4 months ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

gronofer Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Conditions of entry don't have any effect on copyright law, as far as I know. Copyright will still be held by the person making the video, and any action by the organisers would need to be on some other grounds (such as contract violation.)

about 4 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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