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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

sg_oneill Re: Only the beginning (236 comments)

Yes but your nitpicking to evade a perfectly reasonable point.

The absolute vast majority of Linux distros and OSX have bash enabled by default.

That is not true of the majority of (Non OSX) BSD variants however.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

sg_oneill Re:Not the government's fault. (212 comments)

People get the government they deserve. Hey Canada, you guys still taking Aussies immigrants? I gotta get out of here. Because ... you know, ... terrorists and stuff.

Normally I'd advocate going to New Zealand, which is sort of australias version of canada.Younger, more progressive and with the benefit of hindsight from watching its hillbilly neighbor.

Buuuuuut no, the kiwis just voted their conservatives back in too, so we're screwed.

The antipodes are the meth laboratory of democracy.

about a week ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

sg_oneill Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

One berk with a knife takes some swipes at a pair of police officers and twenty years of work by civil liberties activists are done because the tories are shouting and stamping their feet that we are under some sort of attack from eeeeevil terrorists.

I'm sorry, I live in northbridge, inner-city perth. The place is a stabbing range at the best of time. I bet people are stabbing at cops every other day.

Oh no, I'm terrified of brown people, here you go officer , have my rights, I'm too scared to use them!!!!!!

Pathetic.

about a week ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

sg_oneill Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Same cable companies (I'm looking at YOU foxtel) that convinced the incoming australian conservative government to cancell the national fibre optic broadband network half way thru construction because it'd compete with cable TV.

These people are seriously harmful to democracy.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

sg_oneill Re:BS (115 comments)

Chernobyl is *mostly* safe but there are still, and will remain still, some residual effects.

To be honest, the stupid war with russia is probably more dangerous to the folks of that region right now however.

On the other hand fear of Chernobyl radiation may well be keeping soldiers out, making it paradoxically one of the safer areas in the region.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

sg_oneill Re: Read Slashdot (471 comments)

Nobody spends 10+ years as a researcher to become a cable guy. What a PhD confers is not just "Hey this guy is a specialist in this tiny obscure field", but "This guy is a researcher and has the stones to stick with it".

My advice is simple, work in research. Don't send your resumes to dime a dozen web coder or networking shops or whatever. Get them out to microsoft , google and the big research shops (Is Xerox parc still a thing?) And of course , to ALL the universities. Find more research. Now that you've done the PhD , the tedium of PhD work is over. You can focus on what you where born to do, research the cutting edge, get grants and publish publish , publish.

about a week ago
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Assembling a Micro-scale Biochemistry Lab Like Snapping LEGOs Together

sg_oneill "FPGA" chemistry on a chip=Star trek replicator (26 comments)

"Make this drug on a chip" is kind of awesome, but the next step is the "FPGA" equivilent where novel compounds can be downloaded to it and have it assemble them from base compounds up. What might be implausible industrially due to having too many steps becomes plausible on the very small scale. From here we have the ability to have standard chemical inputs generate any given chemical output and we're on the way to 3D printers that can print almost anything. Thinking futuristically here, but thats your first step to a genuine star trek replicator without having to resort to imaginary quantum woo

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

sg_oneill Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Yeah I think your right actually. Its nearly 30 years ago, so in my defence my memory is somewhat hazy on the exact details of how the "poke of doom" worked.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

sg_oneill Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Beware the Doom floppies you found "left behind" at school. GET U PWND LLAMA!

There used to be a series of commands you could send to a C64 to get the motor to do some fairly unnatural moves(such as slam down the write head and then eject, if I remember rightly. Its been a *long* time).

We used to leave "game" floppies around the classroom (This was back in the 80s) and then wait for the high pitch whine , and if we where lucky , even a whiff of blue smoke.

Kids are little terrorists, and I wasn't much better lol.

about two weeks ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

sg_oneill Re:Spoiler (191 comments)

Well if we're taking inspiration from a 2000yo book of philosophy, we can solve the problem of god killing the tower of babylon by taking inspiration from a 100year old book of philosophy (Niztche's "The gay science") and just kill god before he kills us!

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

sg_oneill Docs have long suspected as much. (222 comments)

One of the problems of Psychiatry is that because the brain has been bit of a black box to us for so long (We can see the input, we can see the output, but the gears and cogs inside remain a bit of a mystery) disorder classification has been mostly about symptomology rather than causes, most of the time. Docs have long suspected that "schizophrenia" was a collection of disorders with similar-ish results. This finding appears to confirm it.

See also: ADHD and Autism.

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

sg_oneill Re: Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

*rimshot*. I do realise your just making a joke, however it is worth noting that multiple personalities is not considered part of the schizophrenia spectrum, but rather part of the disasociative disorders spectrum. Its a ketamine disease rather than an Acid disease, to make a metaphor.

about two weeks ago
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Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

sg_oneill Re:Let's look at the data (59 comments)

The new inhalers that don't use CFCs are 10x the cost... $30 to $80 an inhaler, up from $5 to $10. There might not be new hospitalizations from people using the new inhalers, but there may be more deaths from people not buying the inhaler they need.

..... or $0 if you live in a country with a healthcare system thats evolved past the 1800s "fuck the poor" model.

Seriously speaking though, I just googled the price of a Ventolin puffer in the US. $23!!!! What the hell america? Thats over half an hour pay for most people!

about three weeks ago
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Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

sg_oneill Re:Let's look at the data (59 comments)

How many asthma patients have died as a result of this plan, because they can't use CFC propellants for their medication?

The precise number is --> Zero.

The change in propellants is completely transparent to the puffers efficacy.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

sg_oneill Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

Speak for yourself. If its someone elses kit, I really couldn't give a damn. Whatever works for yo.

Some folks love their surfaces. Some folks love their droids, and I kinda like my iPad. And we're all right, they are all the best device for whoever has it and thinks its right for them.

about three weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

sg_oneill Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

while the intent of this law is good, it might have unintended consequences for contracts requiring NDA's that now allows customers to review secret details of products or company practices on public forums.

If it ends oppressive NDAs I'll pop a cork. Any gain in freedoms should be celebrated. Protecting corporate secrets just isn't as important as protecting free speech.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

sg_oneill Re:No. (368 comments)

Go's an awesome game, but try convincing an 11 year old to pick up a board game.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sg_oneill Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Right - so if hackers can just sniff this protocol, and with NFC cards being quite common nowadays here in Europe, why aren't we hearing about the widespread abuses? I know there haven't been any erroneous payments on my NFC-enabled card for the ~2 years I've had mine (unless the hackers have also managed to hack my bank statements, those bastards).

Its happening all over the place dude. Theres a damn good reason I hacked the rfid chip thingo out of my card.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

sg_oneill Re:No. (368 comments)

To some degree it has already happened. With no further updates to bukkit my 6yo is in hell. He has been playing Minecraft since he wasn't even 2yo, his entire youth has been focused on it.

If it was any other game I'd say "...and thats a good thing", but minecraft is a phenomena not like any other. A friend of mine has a deeply autistic son who's never had friends due to the toll autism takes, and he's had deep troubles with school and the like. Until minecraft. On minecraft he's just another kid on a server making castles with his buddies and being part of a gang of kids creating and playing. Its really brought him out of his shell and if I come over to visit his mom he'll even come out and say hello and want to talk (about minecraft... always about minecraft. Its a hobby), and thats a fucking achievement.

He's now interested in school and maths finally because he wants to be jeb (the main 9-5 developer on minecraft these days) one day. He's got a hero.

Basically minecraft is turning him into a normal kid, and I'd hate to see anything ruin that.

about three weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

sg_oneill Re:Sub Reddits that still aren't banned... (307 comments)

SRS is awesome, and making fun of racists and sexist knuckledraggers is a pretty important service to the community. If we cant make klansman womenbeaters leave of their own voltiion, then maybe reddit isn't actually banning enough.

Heres a better proposal: Give SRS mods global admin rights.

about three weeks ago

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Banner project kickstarter cruises past $500K, aims for $700K

sg_oneill sg_oneill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sg_oneill writes "Promising vikings, stunning hand animated graphics, set piece turn based battles and now an orchestral score, Stoic Studio, an indy game outfit started by veteran game developers from the SW:TOR project, have exceeded their original $100K pitch to net a stunning $580K in kick starter funding for its "Banner Saga" game.. The project now is aiming for $700 stating that reaching this goal will allow for a full orchestra soundtrack, XBLA port and some expanded end game content such as user buildable cities. With only a few days left, the race is on to make this game epic. With its vikings, epic orchestra content, turn based warfare and Disney style hand drawn animation, banner is already set to become one of the most anticipated indy games of 2012."
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