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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

idontgno Wrong game (134 comments)

Arkanoid had an actual backstory, for $DIETY's sake. That puts it about 1,000,000 miles ahead of Tetris.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

idontgno Re:They need to lock this down now! (445 comments)

And more accurate, for very little more typing, for GPP to have typed "I don't know anything about Ebola, but I'm scared and loud!"

10 hours ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

idontgno Re:April Fools? (134 comments)

Right. It's April 1st Old Style*.

They recoilled away from Soviet Communism so hard they overshot back into Tsarist Imperial Russia.

*No, not really. Don't be whoosed by a feeble calendar joke. The bit about 21st Century Tsarist Russia, though, that was serious.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

idontgno Re:Completely Contained? (445 comments)

Maybe an immigrant traveling back to the home country for a visit.

Maybe to attend a funeral.

yesterday
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

idontgno Re:A "robatic" taste tester? (102 comments)

Meanwhile, typos and poor editing still done by a drunk marmoset.

No, wait. A drunk marmoset would actually be a significant upgrade. Give it a chance!.

yesterday
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

idontgno Re:It's trolls all the way down! (590 comments)

It's approaching troll event horizon, with trolls trolling trolls who troll trolls trolling other trolls. Ridiculous.

On one hand, I'd welcome empirical evidence that black holes actually exist, even if it requires every troll on Earth to do it. OTOH, 4chan has spewed forth many notable elements of on-line culture, so its loss would be lamentable. Sorta.

I'm conflicted.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

idontgno Re:BS (279 comments)

Probably. Funerary practices in that part of the world are very home-centered, generally administered by the grieving family. That's a major current transmission route, and its emotional and traditional base gives it resistance to quarantine pressures. No one is just going to pile corpses outside waiting for the body cart, if they've spent weeks locked away caring for their dying loved one.

Dealing with the dead is a big part of epidemic management, and "doing it right" (to minimize infectiousness) is expensive, as well as insensitive to the survivors. So yeah, the dead will continue to infect the living, until it burns itself out, or until someone imposes draconian responses.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

idontgno Re:Meh, anything Apple does is considered "cool". (277 comments)

Corollary: Anything done late by Apple wasn't cool until Apple did it.

Corollary corollary: Unless Apple claims it was never done before Apple did it, objective reality notwithstanding. Because it didn't count, or the RDF makes the faithful forget, or "No true Scotsman", or whatever.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

idontgno Re:Credit cards? (80 comments)

Harvest their organs for the long organ donor list and they'll have contributed to society for once in their now terminated life.

Certain intelligent people have already explored where that idea ends up.

Executive summary: you better never get caught jaywalking, because there are dozens of people who think they have a claim on your vital organs thay you do.

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

idontgno Re:Dogs as compass (127 comments)

The poop comes out aligned north-south anyway, but the dog really doesn't like it. Hurts like hell when it comes out sideways.

about two weeks ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

idontgno Re:KC-135 (112 comments)

You mean KC-10. The KC-135 platform is based on the ancient Boeing Dash 80 airliner prototype, the forebear of the 707.

The US Air Force is contemplating retiring the KC-10 as it takes on the new KC-46 (tankerized cargo Boeing 767) so that they can continue to maintain only two tanker types in the fleet.

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

idontgno Re:Not Hacked? (191 comments)

If you think like a cell in a Corporate Person, it's a critical distinction.

It's why you can't sentence a corporation to death, as much as it might be deserved.

So, yes. It's a distinction that makes no difference to the user, but every difference to the corporation.

And, at the end of the day, we all know whose interests the corporation is looking out for.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

idontgno Satre was an embittered multiplayer game player (292 comments)

"Hell is other people."

My current game addiction is WoW. It's explicitly multiplayer, although you can pretend ("the illusion of single-player") that you're playing by yourself for a lot of the play. Until someone ganks you, or starts spamming inane bullshit in the yell channel, or you have to go into a pick-up raid to accomplish something (damn legendary cloak quests).

In that latter case, you run into the worst of people, all in a little 10-player or 25-player microcosm. Narcissistic douchbags, trolls (some of whom are actually trolls), lazy asses who expect you to carry them, clueless weiners who don't understand the fight and can't be troubled to learn...

Too bad for me I actually enjoy the game, except for the parts where the "multiplayer" part ruins the rest.

about two weeks ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

idontgno Re:What ? That's not biologically possible (106 comments)

Editorial responsibility one step above basic spelling, grammar, and sense* would have eliminated any submission citing IBTimes as source material. It's right up there with "Nothing submitted by Bennett Haselton" or "Nothing posted by Samzenpus**" or "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line."

*Which is to say, two steps above what we have now

**Except that I notice that Samzenpus seems to be the only editor on duty lately. What an odd coincidence.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

idontgno Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

FWIW, some people weren't really ready for the arrogance of Apple deciding you really really really wanted this album. Those are people who clearly haven't been paying attention. As long as Apple is calling the shots, they know better than you, and they can prove it.

As to the "auto download not the default" setting, sure, the user had to switch it. If they were trusting enough to assume that THEY would be the ones who decided what music is in their own collection, that's a legitimate convenience decision. The mistake was in naively they controlled their music selection. I imagine they won't make that mistake again.

I, for one, welcome this event. Apple's customers need to be reminded of who's in charge. That way they can take the appropriate defensive measure when welcoming our fruit-themed entertainment overlords.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

idontgno Re:Locked doors (418 comments)

Did you know that the bodies of every criminal, unindicted, indicted, convicted, ALL OF THEM, are riddled with dihydrogen monoxide? ALL OF THEM. Their bodies are so heavily contaminated with the stuff that around 50% of their weight is this insidious substance!

We must BAN this potion of malefaction, this great insanity drug, this terrible criminal enabler!

If you're not a criminal, you have no need to pollute your body with this stuff. If your body is already polluted, purify yourself before it's too late!

about two weeks ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

idontgno Re:I need this in comparable terms. (210 comments)

1/1075th of one LoC, given the numbers in this Wikipedia article and extrapolating from its information:

Library data: The U.S. Library of Congress Web Capture team claims that "as of March 2014, the Library has collected about 525 terabytes of web archive data" and that it adds about 5 terabytes per month

525 tb + 5 months of 5 tb / month = 550 tb.

(Not counting September as completed, so only April through August.)

Or, you'd need a stack of 1,075 of these SD cards to hold one LoC. (The actual calculation is 1074.21 or so, but you have to round up or truncate off 100 gb of data, and it's the Library of Congress... you can't just throw away 100 gb of data!)

about three weeks ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

idontgno Re:Right. (140 comments)

Maybe this guy is genuinely sorry, and maybe he's not. I don't know, and unless you personally know him, neither do you.

Given the limits of what anyone can ever really know of another person's intent and thoughts, arguably true. Nonetheless, the observed evidence is a pretty good indicator.

If he felt remorse at any point before incarceration, it wasn't sufficient to actually make him stop his bullying and harrassing. As such, it's not relevant as "remorse", unless you choose to cling to a particularly futile and ineffective definition of "remorse".

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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9th U.S. Circuit Affirms Ban of WoW Glider Bot

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 3 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "In its judgment yesterday, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the World of Warcraft bot software Glider violates the "Anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA and cannot be distributed. Oddly, though, it also decided that Glider doesn't actually violate Blizzard's copyrights in the process. So exactly why does the DMCA apply?"
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US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "Looks like the U.S. Democratic National Party is hosting an unprotected web-based mail sending application which 419'ers are exploiting to get past mail filtering. (In some cases, I guess. I'd blacklist both major political parties, but that's just me.) As reported on The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/28/democratic_party_419_abuse/)"
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Bush White House Must Find Lost Official E-Mail

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "According to this Associated Press story (which I saw via El Reg, a U. S. District Court has ruled that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive can continue in their lawsuit to force the White House to recover up to 225 days of "lost" official e-mail traffic from 2003. The Administration's position, rejected by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, was that the courts had no authority to order the recovery of the e-mail.

This ruling appears to settle the issue mentioned in this earlier Slashdot story.

On a personal note, I stand gobsmacked that the Administration's argument boiled down to "You're not the boss of me!""

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Free software modtrolls strike!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Weird.

I posted a reasonable, well-intentioned, and sincere query about how anyone could think that the FSF has any real leverage over Suse--any meaningful way of expressing their evident displeasure at Novell signing on with Microsoft.

There was no inflamatory language. There were no waving red flags. There was no fanboi-ism. Frankly, I don't think there was any discernable bias one way or the other.

And along comes some clueless n00b to "-1 Flamebait" it.

Simply amazing. Amazing that mod points could be graced upon a slashdotter who could be most charitably characterized as a waste of oxygen. Amazing that once said slashdotter (henceforth known as "Puddinhead") got those mod points, he could wipe the drool off his chin and summon the intellectual muscle to work the moderation combobox. Even more amazing, if this moronic abuse of moderation represented Puddinhead's idea of taking a genuine and well thought-out position on the subject rather than the spastic twitches and burbles of the defective mentality he surely has.

Sigh. I am guessing the metamods will address this, but there are plenty of fanboi sheeples who M2 here who will agree with what they read into the moderation ("How dare he question The Stallman and his Crusade!?!"). But it doesn't matter. My karma remains excellent, because in the end, this moderation is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

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WTF!??! A no-comment poll?

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Today's poll, "Favorite tool of destruction?" has among other choices "Other (specify)". (Sadly, not a CowboyNeal option, but I'll get over it.)

Anyway, great. I love chiming in. After all, "High explosives" wasn't one of their offerings, so I had to vote "Other."

Ooh, lookie, no comments at any mod level. Schweet, I get FP!

WTF!?! No "Reply" button? And why the flaming hell does it say that the discussion has already been archived? It's been up maybe a day! With NO COMMENTS! Only 5000 votes! AND NO COMMENTS!?!?!? "Archived" my caucasian butt!

Feh. So much for "Other". I just wasted my vote.

Somebody screwed up most cleverly here.

I've not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt. -- Marvin Martian

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Mod points!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, out of the blue, 5 mod points! After months of moderation drought. I wonder if this is the beginning of something big?

On the other hand, Scientific American's "Skeptic" column pointed out that we primates have a bad habit of using our acute little pattern recognition cability to draw little causal connection arrows between completely unrelated but coincidentally-timed events. So maybe it just means /.'s PRNG hiccuped just so and bestowed precious precious mod points on me.

Naah, it's really because I'm extra spe-shul.

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wikiwikiwiki! That's a sound effect!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago I find myself slowly falling in love with wikipedia. Damn. It's scary.

Yeah, I know, it lacks authority, it's just a rabble spewing their institutionalized ignorace, it's a blog pretending to be an encyclopedia.

So, it's a lot like /. How's that for scary?

Anyways, it's fun. Lately I'm mostly playing whack-a-vandal. It's a petty game, really, but I get the cheap and vindictive thrill of undoing some yutz's graffitization of a perfectly good article. There's a moment of "In your FACE, Mr. 204.23.152.19! Don't bring your weak editing crap here NO MORE!" And then I have to ride herd on the article, because I know the foo' is coming back for more.

Eventually, I'll outgrow this phase. I guess it's like the first 5 mod points here, where the desire to smack down offtopics and flamebaits is irresistable. I'm sure in time I'll move on to more positive pursuits there, just like whenever I get modpoints here I try to upmod, not down.

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Ampersand entities, national currencies, and stealth changes

idontgno idontgno writes  |  about 10 years ago In a not-so-recent journal entry, I noted the rather sudden and unheralded ability of Slashcode to display the Euro currency mark: €

At the time, I tested to see whether some other currency marks would work. The yen, the pound, and the cent all failed to display.

Examine that journal entry now, and you'll find that the Yen mark (¥) and Pound mark (£) display beautifully. As they do now in this very entry.

WTF!??! How and when did this suddenly get fixed!? My old journal entries are beginning to look like unwarranted whining. I'm beginning to look like a clueless putz because of it.

Dammit. At least the cent mark isn't working:

<-- see, nothing!

(At least for now.)

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Damn. I'm not getting any moderator love.

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago My "excellent" karma is not bringing me the adulation and peer respect I was expecting. I mean, isn't karma the coin o' the realm, the key to the voting public's heart, the precious bodily fluids of human kindness?

Maybe I'm a lame-o weenie for missing it. Maybe I'm off my game. Maybe they've wised up and caught on.

Naah. It couldn't be my fault.

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Maybe I'm not an HTML idiot after all!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago Amazing. In my last journal entry, I was bemoaning the fact that the Euro currency character ampersand-entity didn't seem to work here. Now, all of a sudden, it does. I don't think I changed anything, but right there, in my untouched post, the Euro character sits where I entered my &euro; character.

Does it still work? €

Amazing. On the upside, I can now discuss European money issues with almost the same ease with which I discuss American, Australian, Canadian, or Singapore financial topics.

Now, what about others?

Yen: ¥ <- Nope
Pound: £ <- Nope
Cent: <-Nope

Oh, well, at least the Euro is there. I wonder if non-break space is still gone, or will we be inundated by page-widening trolls? No, actually, I don't want to know.

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Maybe I'm just an HTML idiot..

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago But why does slashcode seem to have problems with ampersand-entity characters? I can't insert a Euro character to save my life.

Witness: €

Shoulda been a Euro character there. I bet there wasn't. Now, some seem to work: < for less than, > for greater than.

Perhaps it's my Mozilla settings? No, it shouldn't matter, because I seem to see Euro signs on other websites OK. I don't get it, and it seems kinda unfair to have to type out "Euros" when talking about European economic issues when I can just hit "$" for American (and Canadian, and Australian, and a few other) money.

Is there a kind soul who can explain which amp-entities work, and why the others don't?

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