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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

mSparks43 Re:Friends Don't Let Friends... (55 comments)

PS+ is a subscription service
And
https://support.us.playstation...

Which is why I didn't end up buying one.
Went round to a friends to see if it was worth getting. "Lets fire up multiplayer then" - "We can't, you have to pay extra for that".

Then Battlefield 4 came out on the PS3 (it was advertised as PS4 "exclusive") which settled the argument. (BF4 is still a crashy pile of shite btw, but only FPS other than BF3 with realistic helicopters afaik)

Next title I play regularily will be back on the PC, which I haven't really done since the counter strike days.

4 hours ago
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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

mSparks43 Re:Friends Don't Let Friends... (55 comments)

Certainly gone that way. Such a shame, the PS3 & Other OS got me off pc gaming and onto the console.

PS4 gets me off the console and back into PC gaming. (luckily I didn't buy a PS4 before finding out online play was now pay monthly. So knew not to bother)

yesterday
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mSparks43 Re:Secure (106 comments)

If it has access to the wider internet other than through tor, the IP address of the host network.

A lot of those taken down seem to be on VPS hosts, which provide virtually zero opsec for the actual server being identified. Since you don't need to get the IP address of the server, just the name of the VPS service provider (e.g. from a 404 page)

about a week ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mSparks43 Re:Secure (106 comments)

Yet nobody seems to be considering the possibility that TOR simply isn't providing the anonymity that it claims

Well, yeah, because:
http://www.dailydot.com/politi...

However, upon further examination, no one could quite figure out where all supposedly seized hidden services were. After all, the biggest Dark Net markets are still in operation. The biggest child pornography sites are still running. In fact, the seized websites represent less than a third of Dark Net commerce.

Update Nov. 8, 8:31am: Far from the original number of 414 seized hidden services and lower even than the number 50 provided to the New York Times, the FBI told Forbes that it had seized 27 actual sites but 414 .onion addresses that all go to the same sites.

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Seems pretty obvious that it was 27 websites all hit by the shellshock bug to give up their real IP.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mSparks43 Re:To be revealed... (106 comments)

More likely they were all running on webservers with standard internet access.

Pretty straight forward to get a webserver or other service to identify itself if the machine it is on can resolve a standard url.

plain jane simple post shellshock bug.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mSparks43 Re:Separate the hidden service from the tor daemon (106 comments)

agree with that.

hidden service operators should be running a separate "last mile" service.

Something like sticking it on a I2P network with no internet access and routing out through tor on another section of the network.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

mSparks43 Re:What could possibly (316 comments)

Absolutely nothing can go wrong.
I'll be reporting pretty much all the BBC content on a regular basis.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

mSparks43 Re:Water cooled! (202 comments)

Make it wireless and do the processing offsite.
Doh!.

about 1 month ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

So if he's paying for his service, and my phone provider isn't getting paid.
Then who's stealing his money?

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re:IRL (204 comments)

->but now I will pay AGAIN for the same traffic though my Netflix subscription fees. THAT I don't like..

Pretty sure all the non netflix customers are quite happy with it though.

And if you don't like the price of netflix, it's not exactly like there aren't a hundred thousand other ways to get the same content without paying a cent more than you pay for access to the internet.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

How about a toll road that charges for both directions.
Can't see that ever catching on either.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

That sounds like a fundamental misuderstanding of what's happening.
you have your bandwidth, it's netfllix and the other big bandwidth hogs which haven't bought the bandwidth from them.
And because they aren't paying for the bandwidth they are using everyone else has a congested network outside of their ISP.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

How so?
What part of this is remotely like that.

Who's netflix? me or my brother?

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

He does, we both have to pay line rental. I pay for the call.

But that's a bad analogy here. There are four parties.
Me, My brother, netflix/big bandwidth consuming companies, and the other people using netflix/big bandwidth consuming companies.

and me and my bother are getting a choppy line because big bandwidth consuming companies are using our telepone to provide servies to other people. With the net neutrality argument being me and my brother should pay more for our line rental so other people can use our phone line.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mSparks43 Re: IRL (204 comments)

I'm not sure I agree this is that bad a thing.
Surely the congested routers will now improve because they are not being congested by shitty Netflix traffic?

Why should everyone else have to pay for Netflix to deliver their services?

Surely the analogy is a lot like a coal company driving their coal through New York and instead paying to have a train line built straight to the port.

Why are people arguing this is a bad thing?

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

mSparks43 Re: Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

I guess that means you don't get out of the city much.
The planet most definitely is not "heavily populated".

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

mSparks43 Re: Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

Yeah, they also need heat and humidity.

melted polar ice caps and generally warmer climate should do them just fine then.

But on a more serious note. Yes. Quite
Some areas will benefit greatly from global warming (hey, we may get a whole new continent to exploit once the ice is gone)
Some will be hit quite hard.

But we have legs, and cars and planes. so it's not like moving from one to the is really gonna be that much of a big deal.

For all the flawed science banded around in the climate change debate, the biggest flaw is none of it is actually revalent to anyones actual lives. People are more likely to get excited about quantum pictures of cats than they are about the shoreline hundreds of miles from them getting a little deeper - for example, something most shorelines do daily..

Most climate "debate" can be summed up by a tabloid headline "scientists shocked that ice melts in summer, but now they all agree it does".

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

mSparks43 Re: Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

I think it's a fairly basic point.
Crops get most of their carbon matter from CO2.
more CO2=> more carbon matter => more crops.

less CO2 => less carbon matter => less crops => ice age.

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

mSparks43 Re: Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

Good analogy.

Except. Imho
  global cooling is the car accident
And global warming is a trip to Barbados.

Why do so many of you think an ice age would be a good thing?

about 2 months ago

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mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mSparks43 writes "AQ2:LTKTBM. strange name, but signifies the mesh of technologies that bring it together. Advanced AI. Developing Physics, Sound and GFX. LTKTBM has been taking the Action Quake 2 community (which is approaching its 10th birthday) by storm, but is still relatively unknown to the wider world. AQ2, which has been voted #1 all time classic mod by several prominant gaming sites in recent years still holds its own, and LTKTBM brings it to the 21st Generation."

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DARPA Plagarism

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

To whom it may concern,

It has recently been brought to my attention that patent application number 20070162405, Characterizing and predicting agents via multi-agent evolution describes exactly work I released in the public domain in 1997.

The game in question can be downloaded from:
http://www.cam-direct.co.uk/ltk

Although the later versions use much more sophisticated algorithms than those description in this patent, the patent itself describes exactly the work that was released in 1997.

A history of its evolution can be viewed via the news and plans section of the same site. The web archive can also verify that these sites present a true representation of its development.

Any advice you can give or if this email should be directed elsewhere, or if you require anything else from me to stop this blatant plagiarism would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Mark Parker
LTKTBM developer.

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Police drones take to the skys

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago In what can only be described as another BBC 'through the back door' news article, it emerged this week the Merseyside poolice have got their dirty little hands on a RC spy drone.
I for one can see a few problems that arn't mentioned in the article. Firstly wind, and secondly, that they should make for quite good target practice.
You can also watch the little creep

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Neocons. A history of pain

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago A series of videos on youtube examines the history, mistakes and skewed agenda of the group collectively known as neocons. Highlights the reasons for the links between Bush and Osama Bin Ladin, and shows how America has continuously lied to itself so much, that when it eventually believes its own lies no-one can understand why the facts dont appear to match the believed reality.

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mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Information accessibility is becoming an increasing concern, with current AI technology able to create complete psychological profiles from a few small snippets of information, the 'cold caller' issue takes on whole new meanings, as the ability to extract exactly what someone is thinking becomes increasingly easy can we ever rely on IP technology to convey our thoughts and concerns?

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