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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

mwvdlee Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits...?" (143 comments)

No more blackmail settlements, no more blanket anonymous lawsuits, no more copyright trolls.
Somebody needs to stop those freetard publishers running amok with other people's hard work.

4 days ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

mwvdlee Re: Black hole? (277 comments)

Just to add my 2c. A while ago I was working on a project which could use data in WHOIS records. Ultimately this failed because the data is very unreliable and mostly unavailable, but I did come accross some laws.

Seems the U.S. is pretty much the only country that has a law on this, and it just says that it is illegal to have inaccurate information in a WHOIS record if and only if you're using that inaccurate information to scam people. So basically you can use inaccurate information all you want but if you're conficted of scamming people online, the use of inaccurate WHOIS information can be used to add some additional jailtime.

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

mwvdlee Re:New Snowden (244 comments)

5 reams of carbon copy paper contains much less information than a single USB stick.
This is security by volume.

about two weeks ago

How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

mwvdlee Re:As an actual, full-time chess coach... (128 comments)

The only time an actual ruling needs to be passed is if the students can't come to an agreement. This is very rare and will usually only happen 1 in 2000 games or so. We don't need to RDIF tag all of our 16000+ tournament pieces just so that 1 in 2000 games someone who knows nothing about chess can make an accurate ruling. We'll just bring over an expert in those cases.

As an expert, what is the most difficult ruling you have ever had to make?
I'm not a chess expert but I can't imagine any situation that would actually require an expert to resolve, as opposed to somebody who just read the rules and played a couple of games once.

about two weeks ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

mwvdlee Re:Uh (278 comments)

Are those petabytes compressed or uncompressed and if compressed, at what quality?
Would they keep the recordings real-time accessible or on backup media?
Petabytes of uncompressed telephone-grade audio would boil down to less than one backup tape a day easily.

about two weeks ago

Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

mwvdlee Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

GP implies stopping the drugs was the direct cause for the relapse.
The CNN article states the child was initially "functionally cured" a few months after stopping the drugs.
The facts us readers know, indicate neither correlation nor causation between stopping drugs and the relapse.

about two weeks ago

Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

mwvdlee Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (178 comments)

Which is why there is a growing movement of scientists who promote publishing failed research results.
Scientists, out of anybody, should know that failure is when you learn the most.

about two weeks ago

Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

mwvdlee Re:No (180 comments)

Name me any language without bad parts.
I've used several dozen languages so far; every single one of them had bad parts.

about two weeks ago

Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

mwvdlee Re:Simple answer is (180 comments)

I've tried knockout.js and I really like the style of programming; I just haven't found any practical use for it beyond very basic single-page web apps which would be just as easy to do without MVVM.

about two weeks ago

The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

mwvdlee Re: Of course (28 comments)

I think GP meant "random" as in the seeded random values a computer generates; i.e. all over the place and unpredictable for a human but completely identical every time.

about two weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

mwvdlee Weird definition of "normal". (608 comments)

A normal person is a person who's good at some things and bad at others.
99.99% of programmers, including myself, are normal people who are good at the things required to be a programmer and bad at others (like social things, perhaps?).

TFA is some self-righteous bullshit. Imagine if a garbage collector wrote a blog about "the insufferable unequality in his profession because it takes somebody with rare talents such as muscle-power and the ability to withstand excruciating smells, excluding all the normal people". We'd call that guy an arrogant prick. What is the difference?

Get of your high horse, mr. Edwards. Unless you are one of these Jonathan Edwards's, you're just a normal person like pretty much the entire rest of humanity.

about two weeks ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

mwvdlee Re:Not sure about that (285 comments)

It's hard to take your anti-school stance seriously while you keep misspelling "you".

about three weeks ago

Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

mwvdlee Using SSN? (74 comments)

How could a criminal use SSNs anyway?
What types of scam/hack/crime would be possible?

about three weeks ago

Rightscorp Pushing ISPs To Disconnect Repeat Infringers

mwvdlee Maintain DMCA safe harbor? (92 comments)

How can a company be a threat to an ISP's DMCA safe harbor status without actual court decisions to back up their copyright infringement claims?

about three weeks ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

mwvdlee Sensory deprevation tanks (333 comments)

On the other hand, there are people happily paying to go into a sensory deprevation tank.
It's all about context. If you choose the sensory deprevation, it's relaxation, if you're put into the same situation, it's boredom.

about three weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

mwvdlee Re:simple fix (221 comments)

What about Bingo?

Bingo involves the physical act of moving your hand to tick the scorecard, and there's a clear, objective winner.

about three weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

mwvdlee Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

+1 insightful. Wish I hadn't already commented.

about three weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

mwvdlee Re:the real reason? (221 comments)

Three words in reply to the "real sports are all segregated by sex" argument: "Mixed doubles tennis".

about three weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

mwvdlee Re:simple fix (221 comments)

How about rock-paper-scissors?
[X] physical skills involved
[X] some kind of scoring system
[X] objectively declare winner
Ticks all your boxes!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

mwvdlee What's the business case? (143 comments)

Is it your feeling that SAS is "stifling any real innovation" or do you have examples of projects that are impossible with SAS but possible with Python or R?
Do those example projects actually help the bottom line of the company or are they just "cooler"?

If you can think of examples that have clear financial benefits to the company, you have a solid business case already.
If there are no such examples or other factors negate the benefits, then the company has nothing to gain by switching and should not switch.

Short answer; if you're asking on Slashdot for reasons to switch from product X to product Y, you probably have no real reason to switch.

about three weeks ago



mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"


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