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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

mwvdlee Re:Just enjoy the game (223 comments)

Other websites: Celebrating the surrepitous distribution of DRM malware.

Slashdot: Angry DRM malware rant.


Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

mwvdlee Re:Anybody know? (223 comments)

- Does SecuROM cause security vulnerabilities on PCs on which it is installed?

Yes. Absolutely. Any additional software, especially ones that embed themselves so deep into the OS, provides additional exploitable bugs.
Let he who codes without bugs cast the first stone.


OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

mwvdlee Re:what? (158 comments)

I guess somebody who points out something that is technically correct but unnecessary to point out, could be called an "ethical douche-bag".


Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

mwvdlee Re:OCR (149 comments)

I don't use OCR on a scanner all that often, but last time I did (atleast 5 years ago, probably more), it had no problem recognizing the pages full of text.
As far as I've tested it myself, OCR works great on scanners, so why wouldn't it work as well with cameras?

2 days ago

Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

mwvdlee Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

As a side note, take a minute to realize how amazingly good prosthetic limbs have become that using one has become an unfair advantage.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

mwvdlee Proxy (206 comments)

Not a network expert, but wouldn't some sort of internet proxy with caching be a simple way to help?

Other than that, the sad truth is that obsolete hardware is usually most productive when it's not using up valuable energy.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mwvdlee Unittest (710 comments)

GCC had a bug that wasn't covered by their unittests.
Linux had a bug that wasn't covered by their unittests
According to Linus, only one of these two is retarded, can you guess which?

2 days ago

On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

mwvdlee Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

May well be, but nobody is using it to get incorrect information removed.
I've only heard of it being used to get correct but unflattering information removed.

2 days ago

On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

mwvdlee Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

I have yet to hear of a single case where a removal request revolved around incorrect information.

Mostly it's people who see their careers threatened by their own past illegal or immoral actions being known.

3 days ago

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.

about a week 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 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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