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NASA's New Bag Turns Urine Into Sports Drink

pelrun Yes... (182 comments)

Twice!

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?

pelrun Re:Uh yeah... (607 comments)

Absolutely - the lepers deserve better than to be stuck with those people.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Faces Privacy Audits For Next 20 Years

pelrun Re:This does seem a bit excessive. (112 comments)

No, it's not marked "Download Internet Explorer 9". It's marked "Internet Explorer 9", which is the search term that the ad is targeted at. And it explicitly shows the true destination of the ad link - which is pretty much the polar opposite of 'deceptive'.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Faces Privacy Audits For Next 20 Years

pelrun Re:facebook (112 comments)

You seem to misunderstand what 'privacy' actually means here. It's nothing to do with what information they may or may not collect about you - it's what they DO with that information. That means not letting other people have access to it without your explicit permission or a court order.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

pelrun Re:I wouldn't say their security was terrible (508 comments)

And by "dismantle it", I mean break it irrevocably in a way that no other code-signed console has ever, EVER, been broken before. All their private keys are known - hell, they were *reverse engineered* mathematically, which even the simplest public key crypto should be able to prevent when implemented properly.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

pelrun Re:I am reminded.. (508 comments)

Nah. There's been rampant piracy on all the other CD/DVD based consoles too, and that didn't stop them from gaining a large marketshare. Sega just completely screwed the pooch on the marketing side. Ever try actually finding someone who isn't a console geek who even recognises the word "Dreamcast"?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

pelrun Re:I wouldn't say their security was terrible (508 comments)

Bollocks. The only reason the PS3 lasted so long was because nobody who *actually* had the skill required to break the security had any desire to do so. Once Sony poked them in the eye, it took them bugger-all time to completely dismantle it.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

pelrun Re:Wait, you mean THIS key? (508 comments)

Dammit - I typed that in and it turned out to be Goatse XP

more than 3 years ago
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Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?

pelrun Re:Jeri Ellsworth (614 comments)

Actually, Ladyada is Limor Fried.

But both of them are absolutely hero material.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Scares Aussie Banks

pelrun Re:Australian Banks Are Terrible (150 comments)

Yup, aussie banks treat us customers like walking cash machines. Deposit? Fee! Interest? Fee! Showing up at a branch? Fee! Record profit for nth year running, literally a not-insignificant fraction of our total GDP? Fee increases across the board!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Scares Aussie Banks

pelrun Re:Physical access (150 comments)

Careful about tarring both Google and Paypal with the same brush here - Paypal has a long and gruesome history of being extremely quick to freeze accounts and confiscate funds and extremely (or impossibly) slow to release them, though here in Oz it's less prevalent because they're forced to *actually be a bank*. I don't think Google has been nearly as nasty in their similar role.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Adopts EU's Geographical Indicator System For Wine

pelrun Re:Aussie! (302 comments)

Aussie!

(slashcodeoriginalcommentdammit)

about 4 years ago
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Australia Adopts EU's Geographical Indicator System For Wine

pelrun Re:Symbols (302 comments)

They're just pissed off that us Aussies are producing better wines than they are.

about 4 years ago
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Australia Adopts EU's Geographical Indicator System For Wine

pelrun Re:Perhaps not as much as you think (302 comments)

Just like only a board of audiophiles can tell me that that $3000 block of wood can make my CDs sound more 'danceable'.

about 4 years ago
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

pelrun Re:Application developers fault (178 comments)

Yeah, and what happens when that DLL gets updated due to a different vulnerability, but the app doesn't? You either get a broken app or one using an insecure library *anyway*.

more than 4 years ago
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The Chipophone — an 8-Bit Chiptune Organ

pelrun Re:MIDI device (84 comments)

Uh, so converting this organ into a boring old midi keyboard similar to what everyone already has is more awesome than making a unique instrument perfect for playing back old chiptune music?

I disagree.

more than 4 years ago
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Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

pelrun Re:Is it really so difficult... (312 comments)

Long distance travel is pretty easy; there is ample signage and you rarely have to make more than a few direction decisions along the way. It's dense urban routefinding that's the problem - you can potentially have to remember an incredible serpentine route with a turn every twenty seconds, all sorts of special-case turn restrictions, and no signs pointing the way to the specific place you're headed to.

more than 4 years ago

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