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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

lbalbalba Re:Entrapment (545 comments)

Exactly. Also 'entrapment' (seducing people into committing a crime) is illegal in Holland. So the pedophiles found in the Netherlands in this way will likely not be prosecuted. However, I get the feeling that this was not the intention of the project. I think they just wanted to show how widespread this issue is, and get attention for it. So that 'legal' (whatever that is in your country) measures can be taken to stop this.

about 6 months ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

lbalbalba Linked to the 'Balkenende Norm' (1106 comments)

Whether that means the politicians wage should be less, or the minimum wage should go up, is left as an exercise to the reader.

about a year ago
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Jack Tramiel, Founder of Commodore Business Machines, Dies At Age 83

lbalbalba Gotta Love 'TOS'. (301 comments)

For it's name, at least, the name for the operating system on the Atari ST: T.ramiel O.perating S.ystem

about 2 years ago
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Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong

lbalbalba No, Sir ! (180 comments)

Im not telling you my hot new Pong ideas, no way ! Well, im off to collect my $100,000, see ya !

more than 2 years ago
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AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA

lbalbalba I Agree (295 comments)

>
> the AFL-CIO's Paul Almeida advocated for the internet blacklist, saying 'the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks'"
>

Why should one be allowed to steal stuff ?

more than 2 years ago
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Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling

lbalbalba Re:Sounds like the PHP dev team... (334 comments)

The problem was integrating the PHP plugin (nsapi ?) on Netscape/iPlanet webserver on AIX. Not the most common set up, I agree, but it was claimed to be 'supported'. Yea, I looked at the backtraces myself, but since im not a dev I couldnt get much useful info out of it, apart from the fact that the backtrace looked exactly the same over different versions of PHP. If there were specific requirements of using libfoo.so.14 instead of libfoo.so.15, then the devs could have made an effort to point me in that direction, instead of just saying over and over: 'oh, you are using an outdated version of PHP now, 3 months after you submitted your last backtrace. Now go do it again with the newest release'. Which then got the exact same results. And even if it would have 'obviously' been a problem with my compiler/linker/debugger (GCC on AIX), then it would have been helpful if the devs would have given me suggestions on what else to try besides: 'use the latest php version', even though the code that core dumped hasnt changed in eons. PHP devs suck.

more than 2 years ago
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Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling

lbalbalba Sounds like the PHP dev team... (334 comments)

Sadly, I have had similar experiences with PHP where my web server dumped core the moment the php module was loaded by the web server. I faithfully reproduced the issue, and included back traces in the reports, for over 8 months long with god knows how many different versions of PHP. The results were always the same, and every time a developer finally got around to looking at the bug report, they simply said: "you are running an old version of PHP, please retry with the latest version.". After zillions of retry's of different PHP versions with the exact same backtrace, I decided to give up and stated so in the bug report. The bug was then closed as 'BOGUS'.

more than 2 years ago
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I get most of my books...

lbalbalba Paper (283 comments)

Looks like, most people are still reading dead trees... Errrr Paper Books ...

more than 2 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

lbalbalba Re:The Alternative (838 comments)

What about the other people that are involved? It wasn't too long ago that some selfish asshole jumped from a bridge into rush-hour traffic near where I live, traumatizing dozens of people in the process.

Uhhmmm... That sorta was part of my point. That it would be way better to legalize 'physician assisted suicide at home', rather than forcing people to do horrific things like that. Both for them and the other people involved.

more than 2 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

lbalbalba Re:The Alternative (838 comments)

May people aren't in a condition to rationally make that decision when it needs to be made.

Which is why, when making laws that allow this, it should be mandatory that people make that decision up front, in writing, when they still are able to think rationally.

more than 2 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

lbalbalba Re:Religious Politics (838 comments)

Religion is the only legitimate basis for politics. All laws force some smaller group to do what a larger group thinks is 'moral'. I challenge you to define the term 'human rights' without reference to either law or morality. There is no such thing.

By that reasoning, 'religion' is just a way to let some larger group do what a smaller group thinks. Nothing more than that.

more than 2 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

lbalbalba The Alternative (838 comments)

The alternative to legal assisted suicide, and a 'mild death' of course, is a 'wild death': people jumping from buildings and in front of trains in order to end their lives. As long as it is at the specific request of the person itself, as long as it is voluntary, I am pro.

more than 2 years ago
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Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

lbalbalba Re:'historical fiction' ? (337 comments)

Why should I not be allowed to write the above?

Uhhmmm... Because you pretend that this fiction is fact ? Lying ? Slander ? ...

more than 3 years ago
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Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

lbalbalba Re:'historical fiction' ? (337 comments)

I mean, what makes you think that *you* have the right to include 'real' people into your fake fictional works ?

Indeed. Mixing fact and fiction is quaintly known in civilized societies as lying. Making up a genre called "historical fiction" doesn't change the simple fact that Hilliard is being dishonest -- saying things about a real person that he knows are untrue. If his sincere intent was "literary criticism" as his lawyers now claim, then he would have written an essay, not a novel. They're entirely different categories of prose and I hope the court can appreciate that "fictionalizing" events of real people's lives is not literary critique, it's literally lying. And if any of the made-up events are in any way insulting, it's slander.

Very true... Mod parent up, please.... ?

more than 3 years ago
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Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

lbalbalba Re:'historical fiction' ? (337 comments)

Surely the burden of proof is on those who want to restrict such rights.

Hahahaha! No. If you dream up fictional stuff on someone/something, and pretend that it is 'factual', then the burden of proof of that is on you, pal.

more than 3 years ago
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Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

lbalbalba Re:'historical fiction' ? (337 comments)

Fine. The next time one of the Rambo/Red Dawn-sort of US movies will come out, have the directors get a permission from the Communist Party of Russian Federation. Because, like, the CPSU (and its descendants) can manage their own publicity.

I have absolutely no problems whatsoever with 'factual' works... Just with 'fictional/imaginary' works ... Just saying ...

more than 3 years ago
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Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

lbalbalba Re:Am I a character of my own creation? (337 comments)

It would feel odd if my real life character had less legal protection than a fictional character I create.

A 100 % percent agreed...

more than 3 years ago

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Location stolen iPad insufficient evidence for Dutch authorities

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "A location message send from a stolen iPad by an anti-theft application, turns out to be insufficient evidence to issue a search warrant for the Dutch authorities. A Dutch man reported his iPad as stolen to the Dutch authorities last month. Despite the fact that the rightful owner was able to locate his iPad within hours of the theft, thanks to the anti-theft application he had installed, the Dutch authorities did not issue a warrant to perform a search. The app reported two possible addresses, indicating were the device could located. 'One of them is the residency of an elderly couple. For all we know, they could have bought the device on e-Bay. Furthermore, the police is requested to take action based solely on data retrieved by citizens. Should we really rely on such information ? According to the prosecutors, a search warrant is 'a very heavy measure, that invades the privacy of people. Something we do not take lightly. It should only be used when there is sufficient suspicion'. The theft report by the owner was viewed as 'subjective evidence' in the case.

Link to Orignal Story (Google translation)

Link to Ipad App:"
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Location stolen iPad insufficient for warrant for Dutch Authorities

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "A location message send from a stolen iPad by an anti-theft application, turns out to be insufficient 'evidence' to issue a search warrant for the Dutch authorities. A Dutch man reported his iPad as stolen to the Dutch authorities last month. Despite the fact that the rightful owner was able to locate his iPad within hours of the theft, thanks to the anti-theft application he had installed, the Dutch authorities did not issue a warrant to perform a search. According to the prosecutors, a search warrant is 'a very heavy measure', that should only be used when there is 'sufficient suspicion'. The theft report by the owner was viewed as 'no objective evidence' in the case."
Link to Original Source
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Dutch Telecom KPN Phone Systems Hacked

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "Dutch Telecom company KPN-Telecom phone system had been hacked about a month ago. They didnt notify the authorities up about a week after discovering the break-in. The hack was made possible because the telecom didnt apply security updates, supposedly for years.The hackers had access to, and copied, about 16GB of private costumers data. According to the telecom, in theory the worst-case scenario would have been that thge hackers had been able to disable all telephone calls for all of it's customers: including the inability to call emergency service '211' (the equivalent of 911). What makes this interesting is the fact that all dutch telecoms are required by law to enable people to call emergency service '112' at all times.

Original story (In dutch)
http://nos.nl/artikel/339192-hoogste-alarmfase-na-hack-kpn.html

Google translation of dutch story:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnos.nl%2Fartikel%2F339192-hoogste-alarmfase-na-hack-kpn.html"
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THQ CEO: New consoles ‘last thing we need&rs

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "THQ CEO Brian Farrell thinks that a new Xbox or PlayStation is the last thing the videogame industry needs. He'd rather see developers working to make games richer, rather than chasing more photo-realistic graphics or more impressive explosions.

Link to Original Source"
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EA Stock Takes a Plunge After MoH Reviews

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "The Electronic Arts stock took a plunge of roughly 6% after the reviews for Medal of Honor were published yesterday. The stock was previously “inflated” the amount of hype that EA has been putting into the Medal of Honor series reboot, but none of that hype can make up for a mediocre game. While the game has received generally positive reviews across the boards, the scores don’t quite match up to the hype surrounding the game or our expectations.

Link to original source"
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New Duke Nukem Forever footage

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "This video of Duke Nukem Forever contains violence, rough language, and probably shouldn't be viewed at work. Or at least turn down the volume of your computer. Or tell your boss to shove it. At any rate, take a look at some Duke Nukem Forever footage.
Link to Original Source "
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Unions urging Actors not to work on Hobbit movie

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "Last we heard about The Hobbit, Guillermo Del Toro dropped out, Peter Jackson was unofficially directing and secretly auditioning actors, the movie had yet to be green-lit, and Ian McKellen was getting super-antsy about the whole thing and threatening not to play Gandalf. This shouldn't help the long-gestating movie happen any quicker: Actors guilds including SAG issued actual alerts yesterday against working on any of the Hobbit films, advising their members not to take parts in the non-union production, should they be offered them.
Link to Original Source"
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Capcom: DLC is better than advertising

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "Downloadable content is a better way to promote games than expensive advertising campaigns, says Capcom after the success of Dead Rising 2: Case Zero on consoles recently. Seems that the publisher has only just realised that, while advertising costs money, publishers can actually make money from selling DLC.
Link to Original Source"
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Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt to Contaminated Soil

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "In April 1986, a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded and sent radioactive particles flying through the air, infiltrating the surrounding soil. Despite the colossal disaster, some plants in the area seem to have adapted well, flourishing in the contaminated soil.
Link to original source"
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Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt to Contaminated Soil

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "In April 1986, a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded and sent radioactive particles flying through the air, infiltrating the surrounding soil. Despite the colossal disaster, some plants in the area seem to have adapted well, flourishing in the contaminated soil.
Link to original source"
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THQ announces MSHS: Infinity Gauntlet

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "THQ has announced 'Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet', coming to PS3, 360, Wii and DS. The sequel to the 2009 Marvel Super Hero Squad game, The Infinity Gauntlet is based on season 2 of the Cartoon Network animated show, which has players fight against Doctor Doom's Lethal Legion and search for the six Infinity Stones

Link to Original Story"
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Bangladesh blocks Facebook over Mohammed cartoons

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "Bangladesh has blocked access to Facebook after satirical images of the prophet Muhammad and the country's leaders were uploaded. One man has been arrested and charged with "spreading malice and insulting the country's leaders" with the images. Officials said the ban was temporary and access to the site would be restored once the images were removed. It comes after Pakistan invoked a similar ban over "blasphemous content".
Link to original source"
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EU objects to Sun-Oracle deal

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "European antitrust regulators have formally objected to Oracle Corp.'s $7.4-billion US takeover of Sun Microsystems Inc., citing concerns that the takeover could hurt competition in the database market.
Sources: Forbes, CBC News"
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Nintendo announces DSi XL

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "This morning, Nintendo announced the third upgrade to the DS family, the DSi LL (or DSi XL), will be released in Japan on November 21, one year after the DSi debuted, for ¥20,000 (approx. $220). The LL's main improvement is the size of its screens, which have been increased from 3.25" to 4.2" with a moderate increase to the size of the chassis. The device also includes a much bigger stylus, which looks to be the size of a ballpoint pen, and battery life has reportedly been increased to five hours at maximum screen brightness."
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Court Orders The Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "A Dutch court ruled today that The Pirate Bay has to remove a list of torrents linking to copyrighted works. The list is to be provided by BREIN (similair to RIAA in Holland), and is similar to the earlier ruling against Mininova. The defendants are given three months to comply, if not, they will face penalties of 5,000 euros ($7,500) per person, per day.
Link to original story"
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YouTube experiencing technical difficulties

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lbalbalba (526209) writes "For the last few hours, YouTube has been experiencing serious technical difficulties. Whenever you try to watch a video, you get the message 'YouTube is down for maintenance and will be back shortly' instead."
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Jack Kirby Heirs Reclaim Marvel/Disney Rights

lbalbalba lbalbalba writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lbalbalba writes "Heirs to comic book legend Jack Kirby sent 45 notices of copyright termination to Marvel Entertainment, prospective Marvel buyer Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and others studios that that hold licensed media rights to Marvel characters, this according to a Sunday afternoon report published on the New York Times website. New York Times"

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