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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

luvirini Re:I recommend non - MMO (555 comments)

Very true. Most of the new high level content is kind of "bleh" and there is no end game in DDO currently.

But most of the earlier, lower level adventures are a blast of fun. Also there is some hope, as the newest update had a high level quest "Study in Sable" that is definitely a classic D&D adventure.

The character customization options in terms of the different builds are amazing. (13 classes, where you can mix and match up to 3 of them, 8+4 races with racial abilities, 21 skills, 2-4 enchantment trees/class+1/race, dozens and dozens of feats to chose from..)

To add to the fun they have a Reincarnation system where you can after running through the fun parts of the game (reaching level 20), you can "Recycle" your character and start again at level 1, with (slightly) more power. And for those of us who are addicted, that process can be repeated again and again, each time gaining bit more power.

about 10 months ago

Password Strength Testers Work For Important Accounts

luvirini The forced registrations on many sites drive reuse (129 comments)

The growing number of places you need a password on just to access some content is a sure cause for increased password reuse.

Humans are simply not suited to remembering random enough password to cover all the sites on internet.

The save password option on the browser might help...

but more and more sites use the "no not save passwords" option.. forcing people back to reusing passwords.

Well, personally I just use fairly random passwords and "rememberpass" extension on firefox to force saving password even when the site does not want you to do that.. as the lesser of the evils.

about a year ago

Don't Want a Phonebook? Give Up Your Privacy

luvirini Re:File a police complaint for littering (357 comments)

If corporations want the rights, they should also have the responsibilities.

So if an employee is killed through negligence for example the corporation would have everything they own held (as in all factories stopped from producing and such) for the duration of the prison sentence that a natural person would get for the same thing....

The same thing for any other crime that a corporation does. If they do not want that then they should not have the rights either.

about a year and a half ago

Responding to US Gambling Law, Antigua Set To Launch "Pirate" Site

luvirini Re:Thanks, Antigua! (377 comments)

Yes, in effect treaties are high priority laws in the US of A.

That is why any such foreign treaty has to be approved by the Senate and the President.

about a year and a half ago

Australians Urged To Spoof IP Addresses For Better Prices

luvirini Re:Good riddance to geo-blocking (206 comments)

Indeed they are, but US is pushing it hard globally, most others involved are just nodding heads.

about 2 years ago

UK Broadband Plan Set To Clear EU Approval

luvirini The real problem is the lack of choise (37 comments)

As I understand the situation, the councils that want to get part of the rural broadband money have to use "approved suppliers" and there are only two of them.

There is really not that much competition with only two companies available, though I am sure other companies could also do some of the projects.

The problem is thus that because it is a national program with only central authorization of suppliers with pretty high barrier of entry given the types of documentation and other things required to "prove" that you are capable to doing such on national level, this leads to companies that have only a regional presence not really being able to be suppliers...

about 2 years ago

First Mammals Observed Regenerating Tissue

luvirini Re:NEWS FLASH !! FLESH HEALS !! (89 comments)

And unfortunately it seems that in politics at least ignorance is the key to success.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Rover Fires First Laser Beam At Martian Rock

luvirini All those movies about Mars invading.. (167 comments)

.. and we send a laser armed robot to Mars to shoot up the locals disguised as rocks.

more than 2 years ago

Why Didn't the Internet Take Off In 1983?

luvirini Re: closed systems (469 comments)

Yes, to a geek an iPhone is a closed system.

But to an average user it is a very open system: All those applications in the store, access to the web and so on. All in an easy to use package.

Compared to the phones thay had before, iPhones likely feel like a breath of fresh air to them.

more than 2 years ago

HP TouchPad Go: $99?

luvirini well, you can get 7" android tablets for $80 (146 comments)

From quite many sources.

Cheapest I have seen have been about $65, though I did pay $108(inclusive shipping) for mine to get capacitive screen, a 8gb internal storage, 1.5ghz processor model.

more than 2 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

luvirini Re:Too good credit rating anyway (1040 comments)

In a sane banking environment they get loan amount that maxes out at lower than the expected easy resale value of the home.

It is when markets go overheated that people get too high loan amounts compared to what the homes would sell for when times are bad and they often do go insolvent if they lose their income while there is a market disruption.

What easily sellable assets does US goverment have to cover their debts if suddenly there was no further loans incoming? I know they have a lot of assets, some are even resesable, but in such a bust situation, how likely are they to be able to raise the money to pay off all the loans without davaluating the whole currency massively by "printing money"?

more than 3 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

luvirini Too good credit rating anyway (1040 comments)

The total debt US has is way too high anyway, if a person had same sort of debt load they would be insolvent.

US is ofcourse not alone in the list of countries where the debt is too high, and still many of those other countires have high credit ratings too.

And yes credit rating companies are bad at basic math skills as expected by their previous ratings, but that does not mean that US should have any credit raiting above "Do not lend money at any cost"

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

luvirini Not surpricing (533 comments)

Given the "friendliness" that greets new contributors.

I have entered correct information with references and such in few articles where I am somewhat of an expert, like one where I did my masters in the topic and created couple of pages that were in the page request list in topics where I am fairly knowledgable.

End results: >70% of my edits were removed within few days and in several cases replaces with actual WRONG information. Of the created pages one has today totally wrong information, one has been proposed to merge with another page, but nothing has happened in way many months and a third page was just removed.

more than 3 years ago

Measuring Openness In Open Source Projects

luvirini While open governance is good it is not the point. (65 comments)

While the fact that an open source project has open governance is good if you want to continue using the main codebase, the most important factor by far is the right to fork if needed.

It is the ability to take the code, change it and post your version that really will eventually force the "right" things in any open source product that many enough people care about.

Any "open governance" can be stopped at any point, but once given code is out in open source it is "safe" provided enough people care.

more than 3 years ago

Doom Ported To the Web

luvirini Re:Progress (248 comments)

Yes, that is indeed called progress as defined by much of the software industry.

more than 3 years ago

Micro-SD Card Slot Abused As VGA-Port

luvirini Nice, but... (77 comments)

While the GPL part is nice, and hack can be fun, the question still arises why start with such a limited platform in the first place if you have the need for more?

more than 3 years ago

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Caught Pirating Each Other

luvirini Reminds me of... (131 comments)

Said by a lawyer: "Not all lawyers are crooks, it is just the 99% that make the rest of us have a bad reputation."

more than 3 years ago



Proposed law to curb copyright enforcement excesses gets a good start in Finland

luvirini luvirini writes  |  about a year and a half ago

luvirini (753157) writes "There is a push in Finland to get a citizens law proposal to curb copyright enforcement excesses to be a law. There exists a fairly new mechanism where citizens can directly propose laws if enough voters give their support to that proposal. The proposals then go to the Parliament for voting as any normal law proposal from the government. The proposal has been up for slightly more than two weeks and has almost third of the needed support, so seems to be on good way as the time limit to gather enough support is six months. You can read the google translation of the proposal in here and if you are a Finnish voter you can support it on the Justice Ministry's pages"
Link to Original Source

Does your bank spy on you?

luvirini luvirini writes  |  more than 6 years ago

luvirini (753157) writes "According to local news Sampo Bank in Finland apparently spies on its customers computer configuration when using their web banking and sends the information to a third party company.

This activity is a feature of their also otherwise catastrophic switch to use their parent banks(Danske Bank) computer systems after being bought out.

The Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland has sent a request for more information, but the bank currently claims that no extra infomation is sent despite the clear network traffic.

Have not yet found any full english language coverage on it, so the babelfish translation of the orginal article is the only resource until such surfaces.

An quick analysis of the actual sampo bank programs in english

Do other banks spy on they customers in this way or is it just a Danish phenomen?"

luvirini luvirini writes  |  more than 7 years ago

luvirini (753157) writes "Lately there has been a raising number of web ads that pop up to cover the web page, make strange noises or similar very annoying tricks.

So my question is, do we have a new generation of marketeers that have forgotten about X10? Or is is just a genral idea that if someone remembers the product even if in bad light, it is a good thing?"


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