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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

gsslay Re:In Japan (268 comments)

You already live in a world that's far worse;

One beer, a large strong one, the "slightest infraction", and you kill someone on the road because you weren't so sharp.

Life's tough sometimes, and you have to live with the consequences of your "slightest infractions".

11 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

gsslay Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (198 comments)

I don't think that the USSR were making any particular statement about gender politics. They were simply looking to score another 'first'.

There's also a suspicion that their statement was that their space industry was so advanced, that they could send up even a woman. So the exact opposite of a positive gender equality message.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gsslay Re:So what qualifies? (480 comments)

Are you really unable to see the difference between expressing an opinion (however controversial), and threatening to assault someone?

Your definition of trolling is also totally skewed. It is either;

* voicing an opinion (that you may not actually hold) for the sole purpose of getting a rise out of someone
* threatening people online

The second definition is relatively new and an invention of media, but we're stuck with it. But either way, trolling is not expressing an opinion that others may disagree with.

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

gsslay Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (198 comments)

A fair percentage of early space exploration was entirely political stunts. It was one of the driving forces that made it all happen.

Doesn't mean it wasn't an achievement and Tereshkova has something that no-one can ever take away from her.

yesterday
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

gsslay The inevitable (116 comments)

Is it just me, or is there a deluge of unsympathetic ridicule heading this guy's way?

about a week ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

gsslay Why 7 ? (212 comments)

When I was 7, computers were something with lights you saw on Star Trek. I didn't start coding until I was in my teens. And this was when coding was hard work. Not like the spoon-fed coding environments you get now.

Yet I manage.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

gsslay Re:Couples where one partner says, "Well yeah but" (445 comments)

How about if one says;

"No divorce" does not equal "long-term stable marriage". It can equally mean "long-term nightmare marriage".

about a week ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

gsslay Re:Or... (191 comments)

Somehow I don't think your average drug cartel cares about the distinction between helping the DEA, and appearing to help the DEA.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

gsslay Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

I'm really looking forward to the date when a politician makes a speech regarding the end of these temporary "for some time to come" shifts.

Happily, we have reached the point where the authorities no longer need these measures. So we will be putting and end to what we always suggested was only a temporary inconvenience. We are freely relinquishing these powers and the balance between freedom and security is restored."

Somehow I doubt this will ever happen and I can't remember it ever happening before. Funny that, isn't it?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

gsslay Re:uhm (66 comments)

This is down to the magic of perception. As demonstrated by the Checker shadow illusion. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... )

Your wall is most certainly green, but your brain sees it as white.

about two weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

gsslay Re:What do you expect? (367 comments)

The purpose of testing is to collect data about the system itself and how it operates in end user environments; this is collecting information about the end users themselves rather than just the machine

The end user is part of the end user environment. Some would even say they're the most important part of it.

This is a non-story. If you don't want your Windows 10 use to be monitored then maybe don't enroll in a program for testing Windows 10, and don't use it for your everyday computing.

about two weeks ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

gsslay Re:Uh seriously? (71 comments)

How about "can I check my email to see if the delivery of anti-malaria medicine for my village is on its way" ?

Or "can I send an email to offer my crop for sale" ?

about three weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

gsslay Re:Funny (261 comments)

I don't think those figures demonstrate what you think they demonstrate. They still show that the average American produces twice as much carbon as the average Chinese.

about a month ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

gsslay Re:Why do they take the risk? (144 comments)

But in this case, TPB are making money. Lots of it.

But I'm sure they're happy for you to suggest nobler causes for their business model.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:This is bullshit from start to finish (494 comments)

but it would certainly be rational for us to impose one to pay for the cost of maintaining roads to enable good to travel to and from Scotland.

Well this has to be the stupidest idea here.

Does France charge Spain for the cost of maintaining roads to and from Spain? Or do they maybe realise that roads go both ways, as does the goods on it.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:stupid fear mongering (494 comments)

Luxembourg, Switzerland , Liechtenstein, Monaco and Norway all have a good credit history. That's all the banks care about. Scotland, on the other hand, would be the equivalent of an 18 year old with no credit history. That makes it, as far as the banks are concerned, an unknown risk. Banks do not like unknown risks.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:Scotland third time lucky (494 comments)

In 1914 Scotland voted for independence from the UK

No such thing occurred. All you can say is that some in Scotland voted for a party which had a policy of Scottish home rule. That party then prepared a bill, which didn't propose independence, only devolution. Unfortunately the First World War intervened before it progressed through parliament. By the end of hostilities there was no appetite from anyone to restart the process.

some dodgy rule dictated that at least 40% of the total registered electorate had to vote for devolution, and even though they got the majority winning by 51.62% Yes to 48.38% No the vote was overturned because the vote was overturned because the Yes vote comprised only 32.9% of the total possible vote

I think it's quite a sound policy that only 32.9% of the electorate shouldn't be deciding what happens to the country. Particularly when people were told before the vote that not voting was equivalent to voting no. Think of it like this; 48.38% of those who voted made the effort to vote no, when they actually didn't have to do a thing. And those who did need to make the effort (the ones who wanted a change) only amounted to less than a third of the population.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

gsslay Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

If only there was an answer to your questions. Perhaps some reliable source on the subject could publish details on it that we could link to. We could then RTFA.

about a month ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

gsslay Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Coffee mornings. Plotting coffee mornings. Getting a nice cup of tea and a lovely moist bit of cake, not blown up.

I hate it when people get these things confused.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

gsslay Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (610 comments)

I don't think you can compare the two. Radio play is a degraded, time limited, copy that takes effort to replicate. If you like what you hear there are plenty of incentives to buy your a copy that will suffer from none of these limitations. A copied MP3, on the other hand, is available always, pristine and effortless. Once it is available for free there are no limitations to it and no further incentive to buy a copy.

about a month ago

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gsslay gsslay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gsslay (807818) writes "Everyone must have noticed a surge in spam recently, particularly for stock pump 'n' dump scams. The Register reports that anti-spam companies have seen a 30% increase in the last two months and, more worryingly, more of this spam is getting through to mailboxes due to the spammers change in tactics. Rather than use unsecured mail relays spammers are using bot nets, making spam harder to identify and eliminate. Bounced spam is also on the up, and some experts reckon it's past time to start worrying.

I know 90% of all email through my domain is either spam or bounced spam and more than ever is evading my ISP's spam filter. It's been predicted often enough before, but is email set to drown in a sea of dross? As one of the experts says; what's needed to stop spam is for people to stop doing business with it. But as the response rate to spam goes down, spammers are only increasing their output to compensate."

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