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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

gsslay Re:parachutes? (130 comments)

Never under-estimate the ability of a random poster to point out, after 2 minutes thought, things that so-called experts have jointly devoted hundreds of years of studying to, yet completely over-looked. Like they were total morons.

It's what makes internet forums the font of all human progress, and not ill-informed stupidity.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

gsslay Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

So either you went to a really bad school, were a child genius, or just a normal teenager with an inflated opinion of your knowledge and experience in comparison to adults.

Which do you think is most likely?

about two weeks ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

gsslay Re:2015: Still using Facebook (80 comments)

Google "Facebook shadow profile". The near future already exists.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

gsslay Re:Dear Prime Minister Cameron, (329 comments)

Cameron's real problem is that he doesn't understand anything that doesn't have profit as a bottom line. And the greedy cronies that he's surrounded by (it would be a mistake to think them idiots) aren't interested in anything that doesn't have profit as a bottom line. It is, they believe, everything that makes reality work.

There is no obvious profit margin in other people's privacy. Therefore it has no value, and is a hindrance to where profit is to be made. So it must be removed.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

gsslay Re:No (437 comments)

Yeah people! You've had two whole months to be doing that upgrade! What's taking you so long?

Anyone would think people had more important things to be doing than spending Christmas attending to their phone. All those poor androids out there running an OS literally 60 days out of date! It's enough to make you weep. I guess some folk just have no shame.

about two weeks ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

gsslay Re:Gawd I hated it! (237 comments)

"People north of 40 are schizophrenic about voice mail," says Michael Schrage.

I don't even know what the hell that means. Wikipedia defines Schizophrenia as "characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real." Is he saying that people over 40 think voice mail is a voice in their head?

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

gsslay Re:How hard is it...? (190 comments)

my mid-Atlantic upbringing

Ascension Island?

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

gsslay Re:"gate" (556 comments)

Watergategategate - conspiracy theory regarding why this retrofitting has not yet been done.

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

gsslay Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (556 comments)

But, but, but you don't understand! Gamers are having games that are no good forced on them through an evil conspiracy by game companies with journalists! They are having to spend hours trudging through dull games that are not fun! They are being blackmailed into spending thousands on in-game purchases, otherwise they won't reach level 100 and their lives will be worthless!

The number of basic human rights that are being violated here are beyond count! Why does no-one care??!!

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

gsslay Re:Until Sony caved, yes.... (589 comments)

Another internet tough guy.

Look at it this way. Are you prepared to go see a mediocre movie, where there's a slight chance of the cinema being targeted for a terrorist attack (made greater because it is the only cinema showing it), just to prove a point? And if the worse happened, you (or your bereaved family) would in no way ever consider suing both cinema and Sony for negligence in showing it, when they knew there was a chance of this happening?

If you aren't prepared to do all the above, why should anyone else?

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

gsslay Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

2. "Rudin called Angelina Jolie a "minimally talented spoiled brat" in an email exchange with Pascal." Outrageous!! How dare a film producer hold a negative opinion about an actress!!

3. Erm, isn't holding personal info exactly what HR departments are supposed to do? If this related to company health insurance policies, how are they expected to not know about it? Isn't the real crime here the deliberate leaking of this private information?

4. No, what you have there is evidence that Jennifer Lawrence staring in a movie is worth less than Christian Bale or Bradley Cooper. Unfortunate for Lawrence, but I think she'll manage to struggle by.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

gsslay Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

Let's look at it this way.

Say, for instance, it has been suggested a popular soft drink gave you cancer. The company who make the drink have investigated this, found it to be true, but are spending millions covering up, denying and rubbishing the suggestions. We're talking a massive scale lie and fraud here. They are being so successful at doing this that you are convinced, and are happily continuing to consume the drink. You've got a can of it by your computer right now.

A few years from now you're going to discover you've been lied to, and it's almost certainly going to kill you.

Still think you'll have nothing to complain about? Did they force you to buy that can? Are they putting it to your lips? Nope, it's all your decision. The fact that you are being tricked doesn't matter. Man up, sucker.

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

gsslay Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

It's like when you drunk drive and think you're just fine.

Well the problem there is you're drunk, not that you can drive. C is a great language, and it gives its programmers a great deal of power and flexibility. But with that comes responsibility not to code like an idiot. If you're going to wield its power carelessly, of course you're a danger.

Perhaps C's greatest weakness is that it places too much trust in the coder, where other languages don't.

about a month and a half ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

gsslay Re:MPs conflict of interests (216 comments)

I'd rather not bare this MP at all, in mind or otherwise.

But I'll bear your suggestion in mind.

about 2 months ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

gsslay Re:US Centric? (167 comments)

Examples?

The BBC is regularly berated by the current government. And by all other political parties. Which is usually a good indication that they're getting it right.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

gsslay Re: Good (134 comments)

No, I think you'll find that was written in all seriousness. Not all writers and readers of Conservapedia may agree whole-heartedly on its sentiments, but Conservapedia has never had a problem with contributors bringing their own personal opinions into edits. (As long as they don't markedly differ from the owners of Conservapedia.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to make a gaming PC 'wife friendly' for living room use.

gsslay Don't waste your time (3 comments)

You really are new at this marriage thing, aren't you? Start constructing your man-cave, it will be the only acceptable location for your gaming. Half way solutions, no matter how well they address they claimed problems, is just wasting your time before the inevitable.

about 2 months ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

gsslay Re:thepiratebay.se (80 comments)

If i can't download my stuff

Aren't you the entitled one? It isn't your stuff.

about 2 months ago

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gsslay gsslay writes  |  more than 8 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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