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Will Real Name Policies Improve Comments?

rcasha2 Anonymous users will stay anonymous (264 comments)

If someone doesn't want to show their real name, they won't use their real name. If the law requires them to use a real name they'll make up a fake name using real first and last names.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same

rcasha2 Wrong conclusion (576 comments)

This study shows that music analysis algorithms are still crappy.

about 2 years ago
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EU Parliament Adopts eCall Resolution

rcasha2 Re:How will it determine if assistance is needed? (212 comments)

Would that be foremost on their mind? Even if they're unhurt they probably have caused significant damage to their car, got out of their car to inspect the damage, check on the other car, fill in insurance forms etc. The alert might not get cancelled until some time after.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Parliament Adopts eCall Resolution

rcasha2 How will it determine if assistance is needed? (212 comments)

One problem is: How will it tell apart a serious accident in which people were hurt, and one in which the car was damaged but the people inside were unscathed. Once it gets installed in all cars, this could result in emergency services rushing to places where they are not needed, wasting time.

more than 2 years ago
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CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4th

rcasha2 Who is this Higgs... (226 comments)

...and why is everyone trying to get a peek at her bosom? :)

more than 2 years ago
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Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive

rcasha2 Natural != innate (404 comments)

The concept may not be innate, and is learned, but it can still be natural. The symbol for a full/empty battery does not resemble how a real battery drains. It represents how a cup or container looks when it's full, half-empty or empty. I say that's quite natural.

more than 2 years ago
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Toronto Police Use Facebook Picture in Online Lineup

rcasha2 So that's why some have Obama on their profile! (227 comments)

Sorry Mr. President, you're under arrest. You're being charged with 1,984 different crimes committed yesterday evening in 78 different countries.

more than 2 years ago
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Team Creates Footwear Recognition System

rcasha2 Future email to sysadmins (50 comments)

"I think someone stole my shoes. I need new shoes."

"My shoes were hacked!"

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Google Argue Against Web Censorship In India

rcasha2 Google, Facebook etc. should block India (160 comments)

Since the court said that Google/FB/others must filter their content or be blocked, these sites should go along with the latter option and block all requests coming from India. It shouldn't take long for India to be clamouring to be let back in and offering that judge's head on a platter as a peace offering.

more than 2 years ago
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India OKs Censoring Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

rcasha2 Google / FB should play along (146 comments)

If any court in any country passes an actual enforceable sentence like this, Google, Facebook and other similar websites should actually help the court implement its decision by blocking all requests coming from that country/region and redirecting them to Disney or TeleTubbies or something like that.

They can reverse that decision when the country stops behaving like a baby and comes begging to be let back in, ideally with the judge's head on a platter as a peace offering.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

rcasha2 I don't want my PC to think it's a mobile phone! (798 comments)

Unity was supposed to be a user interface for all devices (hence the name). But I don't want an interface that is the lowest common denominator between my dual-screen laptop and my touchscreen mobile. They're not the same, I don't want them to be the same. I want to customise my PC. I want these icons to be right there, and not here, and I want this panel to be at the bottom, with the clock on this corner. I don't care if Mark Shuttleworth thinks it looks prettier in the middle.

I had been really happy with Ubuntu right until the arrival of Unity. The previous version at least allowed you to stick to "classic Gnome", but now even that has been f'ed up to make it look more like Unity (who was the brains behind that idea?).

Unity is the best thing going for Linux Mint right now - it's driving loads of people from Ubuntu to their distro.

more than 2 years ago
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Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

rcasha2 This makes no sense (1345 comments)

You should say "NOT discarding the moral teachings that have been handed down over thousands of years is equally ridiculous."

According to the moral teachings of thousands of years ago, slavery (of others) is great, stoning people to death for worshipping the wrong god is ok, and if you're short of cash, selling your daughter is perfectly reasonable. The only reason that most modern religions manage to come up with a decent code of morality is if they discard all the so-called morality in their holy books and come up with a new code of morality, then ascribe it to the same god.

more than 2 years ago
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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

rcasha2 Re:Very very old news (199 comments)

Actually yes, they do have very strict parameters on things like sports shoes, bats etc. Without such parameters you could end up with competitors (even those with perfectly good legs) racing with http://www.air-trekkers.com/

about 3 years ago
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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

rcasha2 Re:Very very old news (199 comments)

Even if it is determined on this occasion that they do not, every minor modification or newer and better model of the blades will reignite the debate: "Do they now constitute an advantage?" This risks changing the sport into a competition of who has the best technology.

about 3 years ago
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Brainstorming Clever Ways To Detect Alien Civilizations

rcasha2 Just build a tricorder (343 comments)

"I'm reading life-signs captain. Approximately 350,000 inhabitants, all humanoid."

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

rcasha2 Various films... (1200 comments)

Why is it that we still get films in which the computer screen projects words and images onto the face of the user? Talk about screen burnout! You'd have the Windows/Linux/Mac desktop permanently burned into your face.

Another common theme is when there's a computer plotting to take over the world or some other dastardly plan, the hero battles incredible odds to arrive at the computer room, then takes out his biggest, baddest shotgun..... and blasts the screen, occasionally also taking out the keyboard, while the actual computer sniggers quietly under the desk.

Finally, what kind of encryption allows you to guess a password one character at a time? You always get these huge screens showing you 5 or 6 characters changing rapidly, and then the characters start falling into place one by one, usually with a cute pling! sound to tell you it's been guessed. Never mind the idea that the world's nuclear arsenal would be protected by a 6-character password.

Seriously, you'd think that film directors or script writers would familiarise themselves with the basics of computing when producing a film in which computers are a major element.

more than 3 years ago
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Ukraine To Open Chernobyl Area To Tourists

rcasha2 Cool! (207 comments)

Free tans that glow in the dark!

more than 3 years ago
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All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England

rcasha2 Since we're on this topic... (347 comments)

The Geological Society requests all profits from photos featuring the Earth (or part thereof) to be forwarded to its bank account. This claim however is being contested by the Astronomical Society which contends that the earth is just another planet and since it is the sole beneficiary of IP rights related to stars, planets and other cosmic objects, it automatically has rights over photos of Earth and the moon and sun. In addition, any photos made using unauthorised light from the sun are strictly forbidden.

more than 3 years ago

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Playmobil sues man who "customised" dolls

rcasha2 rcasha2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rcasha2 writes "Playmobil has launched a lawsuit against a man for (among other things) "tampering with Playmobil toy characters without authorisation", "circulating the manipulated toys" and "breaching copyright on the company trademark". The playmobil dolls normally depict benign activities, smiling faces and a cheery disposition. The customised models included "macabre-looking knights holding bloody decapitated plastic heads". This case could have repercussions on various kinds of customisation jobs."
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Can someone pwn your cam without your knowledge?

rcasha2 rcasha2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Truman Show (1157863) writes "In another article, someone took over a coffee machine connected to the internet, which got me thinking... how safe are webcams from being pwn'd? Many cams have no indication that they are active. Many cams are on personal computers in kids' bedrooms, and it's not unusual to just leave the laptop on most of the time. What precautions are there to prevent some new trojan from installing a remote-controlled on-switch to turn your bedroom into a live webcam or send a snapshot every X minutes? Heck, you might be the star of your own Truman Show right now."
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Microsoft loses EU appeal

rcasha2 rcasha2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rcasha2 (1157863) writes "Microsoft has lost its appeal against the EU fine of almost 500m / $700m. Microsoft could still appeal again at the European Court of Justice. More important than the fine, however, is the confirmation of the ruling that Microsoft must share with competitors information needed for interoperability. This ruling could have an effect on such products as Samba, email clients etc."

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