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Bastardi's Wager

hipifreq Re:real science (672 comments)

[Citation Needed] - show me the research that says we're entering a cooling period. Yes, we SHOULD be in a cooling period due to the longer-time Melankovich cycles, but the existing record shows otherwise

Of course, carbon dioxide is a bit more of a problem that we're feeling for real, RIGHT NOW, not some couple of degrees C in the next few decades. There's no denying that digging up ancient carbon sources and pumping them into the air directly results in higher carbon dioxide levels.

more than 3 years ago

AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

hipifreq First Avast, now AVG! (318 comments)

I still use AVG, but thankfully not on my Win7 machine.

I had to switch an XP machine from Avast when a mandatory update from Avast caused problems on loading Windows a few months ago. Could only boot to safe mode, and uninstalling Avast cured it. Reinstalling did exactly the same thing so I dumped it for AVG

Work machines are all on Norton, which I must say has gotten better in versions 2010 and 2011. /me *DUCKS*

more than 2 years ago

25% of Worms Spread Via USB

hipifreq Photo kiosks are common vector (190 comments)

My own experience with USB viruses was pretty thankfully not horrible, but annoying and disheartening. I brought a USB key full of pictures to a local store to have them printed, and when I got back home and put the stick in I was infected. Nothing serious, and easily detected and cleaned, but still annoying. I called the store to let them know, and asked to speak to someone in IT. After I while I talked briefly to a tech, let him know what I experienced, and suggested they turn autorun off, as it wasn't necessary. Shame on me, because two weeks later I went to print more pictures from USB, and yet again my key was infected. This time I had turn off autorun for USB (different and harder to turn off than for CD I found) and found the infection before it spread to my desktop. No I have what another user suggested in a directory named autorun.inf with all the flags on (system file, read-only, etc). Works for me. What I wondered about at the time is what one can do when you know of a virus vector, have informed that infected party, and they take no steps to prevent it. Are there places out there where knowing you have a virus, know you're spreading it, and don't do anything is illegal?

more than 4 years ago

Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?

hipifreq Re:They can't (243 comments)

Mmmmm.... Hold on a sec while I imagine a Beowulf cluster of ASM-135's Aaaahhh... Thanks

more than 4 years ago

North Korea Announces Achieving Nuclear Fusion

hipifreq Re:Corrigendum (372 comments)

Those responsible for the error have been sacked

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Shoots For New Image, Rebranding As Xfinity

hipifreq Re:You know (356 comments)

As another Comcast business customer I couldn't agree more. The service is stellar when they give you a direct line to the local sales and service guys. I've never had it go down, always had speeds as advertised, and the phone services just works. However, as a previous residential customer of Comcast in several different locations around the USA, I would have to say that they treat the residential customers like dirt. Good luck getting your service as advertised, and there's nothing you can do if it isn't. I've seen net connections throttled, packet sniffers drop torrents, and even TV service that's gotten choppy.

more than 4 years ago

Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

hipifreq Did they try nibbling on the quick-start guide? (267 comments)

I'm betting it's printed with LSD-based inks!

Sure would make it fun to play with whatever flashy version of aero they'll include in Ultimate!

more than 4 years ago

Cyber-criminal Left In Charge of Prison Computer Network

hipifreq Re:Stupid Brits (389 comments)

How about the asshole who gave the asshole gassing the Kurds the gas in the first place?

Oh right, that would be Donald Rumsfeld who completed that deal during the Reagen administration, not Richard Cheney.

more than 4 years ago

Google Buys reCAPTCHA For Better Book Scanning

hipifreq Re:Mod up (138 comments)

But if the people behind reCaptcha are really doing this well, then they remember the words that you refreshed. If a word gets refreshed enough then a real human can go to the real book and figure out the meaning of the word.

about 5 years ago

StarCraft II Single-Player Details Revealed

hipifreq Re:SC2 will require internet to install (206 comments)

That's really gonna help keep the game out of the office LANs isn't it?

One of the great things about the first 'Craft was being able to install and play either single-player or LAN-based multi from a copied disk. How many offices lost hours and hours of productivity to that feature?

On a related topic - I'm not too happy about the multiplayer for another reason. Why connect to some distance server for all that traffic when the overhead could be kept on the local LAN for strictly local gameplay? Especially when the game "checks in" on installation, which presumably would prevent rampant theft.

more than 5 years ago

Adobe Flash Cookies Raising Privacy Questions Again

hipifreq Re:Piece of cake... (103 comments)

"Windows cannot find 'ln'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and the click Search"

huh... For the MAJORITY of operating systems out there your technique doesn't work

go figure!

more than 5 years ago

China Delays "Green Dam" Internet Filter

hipifreq Re:Dear Xiam: (86 comments)


more than 5 years ago

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?

hipifreq Re:Dear free MMO companies (157 comments)

Hint: on campuses there's at least 50% Mac users.

[citation needed]

I don't know what campus YOU'VE been on lately, but our local campus has FAR more Windoze boxes running around.

more than 5 years ago

Robot Soldiers Are Already Being Deployed

hipifreq Re:I, for one... (258 comments)

Those responsible for not welcoming those that would not welcome our robotic soldier overlords have been sacked

more than 5 years ago

Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?

hipifreq Re:Court first then cut. (263 comments)

Well thank you clarifying my point, as we appear to be in COMPLETE agreement on this, and you have just added more to my comment. What I had said was that DOWNLOADING music was fine, but that using a BitTorrent client to do that also typically makes those files available for download by others. Even if you're download them ethically (i.e. you already own the license through ownership in another format) you are still distributing those files unless you're just LEECHING.

It is that SEEDING activity that will get you unless you're careful enough to not distribute.

more than 5 years ago

Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?

hipifreq Re:Court first then cut. (263 comments)

Note : I don't download music I don't already own a physical copy of, but some of that material is on 8 or 4 track tape that I bought in 1974, I've format switched it via the internet. The music industry insists on a license to listen, not ownership model so be it. If you own ANY physical copy of the material the you are entitled to the material in different formats. If they want to change their policy to ownership of the single copy then I will change my behavior to reflect that.

The problem with that point of view is that the MAFIAA doesn't care if you're DOWNLOADING music at all. It's what files you are making available for download that they will be looking for. Unless you've got your torrents set to leech-only, then you're also making the music you own a physical copy of available for someone else to download, and THAT is the copyright infringement they're trying to stop.

more than 5 years ago

The Dangers of Being Really, Really Tired

hipifreq May be deadly... (469 comments)

but sleep dep is not likely to kill unless you are kept awake artificially. I've gone as long as 80 hours awake just for fun (teenager), and by about 72 I was having some serious visual hallucinations, and at 80 I just couldn't stay awake any longer. Slept for about 24 hours.

Ah, to be young again!

more than 5 years ago

Lala Invents Network DRM

hipifreq Re:When I buy something (212 comments)

That would depend on what "government" you're talking about.
If you mean the US, then try the fourth amendment (See "seizure").
There's also some strong restrictions on the use of eminent domain (yes, some abuses too, but they're in the minority today).

Other places, I can't speak for.

more than 5 years ago

Court Sets Rules For RIAA Hard Drive Inspection

hipifreq Re:Question (470 comments)

While the article you link too was quite informative on the court issues surrounding encrypted drives, the matter is not anywhere near closed in that case. I suspect that one may go all the way to the SCOTUS, although even if they do say the court can compel testimony, then it appears to contain some specific issues such that it doesn't clearly say that courts can compel a defendant to provide a password just because the drive is encrypted.

If you read the reasoning from judge Sessions, who said the court has the right to compel the defendant to decrypt the drive, the court has that right only because the police had foreknowledge of some of the contents of the drive.

The distinction here is fairly subtle, but the crucial legal point appears to be the interpretation of the "reasonable particularity" requirement that applies when government demands the "testimonial" production of evidence. Crudely put, the government can demand that you produce that bloody knife the police saw you run into the woods with, but they can't insist that you turn over any objects you may have around the house that would prove you guilty of a crime. In one case, they're just insisting that you provide the thing they intend to show the jury; in the other, you're supplying the information that helps them convict you.

Too me, as a non-lawyer, the police already saw the "bloody knife" at the border check so can compel the defendant to produce it to show the jury. If they just see an encrypted hard drive they don't have any foreknowledge of evidence that may or may not exist on that drive, so cannot compel the defendant to produce a password.

more than 5 years ago

Google Mows With Goats

hipifreq Re:Excuse Me But... (466 comments)

Yes, goats emit CO2 just as would be emitted by lawnmowers.
CO2 emitted by goats is of the short carbon cycle variety: removed from and replaced to the atmosphere in a short time. No net longterm change in CO2 concentration.
CO2 emitted by lawnmowers comes from carbon stored deep underground for millions of years.

Just an aside, why doesn't the SUB tag work?

more than 5 years ago


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