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Why Don't We Finish More Games?

shivamib Re:Some of us have a life (341 comments)

Yeah, yeah, I know...but what exactly is "game over"? With all those achievements...

Well, obviously you've never played Ninja Gaiden.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Produces Electricity Using Thermopower Waves

shivamib RDX in a laptop (157 comments)

A laptop rigged with C4 gives a whole new meaning to "wrong password. you have one attempt remaining... before being blown to pieces ."

This is data security.

Warning: this post may contain high-explosive materials. Read at your own risk.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says, Don't Press the F1 Key In XP

shivamib F1 key? (324 comments)

I tried it and got a Firefox friendly help tab. F1 is the second most annoying key.

What you really don't want to press is that cursed, evil POWER key. You know, when you're trying to find the Page Up ke

more than 4 years ago

Netflix Gauging Interest In an iPhone App

shivamib Re:Am I the only one? (121 comments)

My thoughts exactly.

I used to have a Creative Zen Vision which had a pretty decent video quality and the only thing I ever watched was some Heroes episodes on a bus trip. And that was before high-definition.

Maybe some people don't care about quality, but I like my movies on a 1080p kickass flat screen and a trusty HTPC.

What we really need is more bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago

Newborns' Blood Used To Build Secret DNA Database

shivamib Begs the question (263 comments)

Which begs the question...

<b>How is babby formed?</b>

more than 4 years ago

Google Go Capturing Developer Interest

shivamib Incomplete Car Analogy (434 comments)

I'll agree with your points, but many vehicles have wheels and motors and there is still a clear preference

I am sorry but your car analogy does not compute.

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

shivamib Rake + Capistrano (267 comments)

As GP, I use Rails migrations, and they work for most part. Unless you're changing some data in a batch, structural changes should be able to do / undo. Rake automations helps a lot http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActiveRecord/Migration.html

But for SPs I'd create a separate file for each and add to SVN, then force my migration to recreate them every time.

I also find it handy to keep your dev / test / production databases up to date. Or at least a test one (with a sample data set), so you won't screw up badly if you mess up.

Altering production databases is great responsability!

more than 4 years ago

New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express

shivamib FeatureCpak (31 comments)

<quote>FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" <b>(but to use the logo you have to join the organization).</b></quote>

Specifically, the terms and conditions you are asked to agree to in the MOU are:

      1. Recipient acknowledges Diamond Systems Corporation as present owner of the FeaturePak trademark and logo.
      2. Recipient may only associate the FeaturePak logo with products that conform to the FeaturePak specification.
      3. Recipient may only use the FeaturePak logo in accordance with the logo use guidelines.
      4. Recipient may not use a name, trademark, or logo similar to FeaturePak's name, trademark, or logo for any substantially similar purpose.
      5. *Resistance is futile*

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

shivamib Spin Throw Chair (374 comments)

You spin your chair rapidly and lift your legs from the ground. Then put your arms out -- you'll slow down. Pull them back in -- you'll speed up.

And if you throw it afterwards, you become Steve Ballmer.

more than 4 years ago

US Military Surrenders To Social Media, Changes Access Restrictions

shivamib Only one (96 comments)

There are plenty of legitimate reasons for preventing access to social networking sites among other things, from private networks.

Likewise, there are at least one legitimate reason for allowing access to pr0n.

I sense a disturbance in the Force. As if thousands of military sung:
The Internet is for Porn!

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

shivamib Whoa! (374 comments)

Dude, maybe we should really turn that LHC off.

I mean, seriously. At least tone it down a little. You're making the <b>Earth</b> move.

more than 4 years ago

Aurora Attack — Resistance Is Futile, Pretty Much

shivamib Oblig (268 comments)

[...] dubbed 'Borgora' attacks. Up to 100 companies were victims, and some are speculating that resistance to such attacks is futile.

I for one welcome our new Aurorean Overlords.

Now let's see this PDF fi

more than 4 years ago

Europe To Block ACTA Disconnect Provisions

shivamib Police is corrupt. Piracy is the norm. (194 comments)

I live in Sao Paulo, in a middle class neighborhood where the law sort of works, work in a cyber cafe. I have had policemen, who can barely double click an icon, walk in insinuating they will confiscate everything because there is pirate software.

I live in Sao Paulo, you insensitive clod!

If the cops were in ur coffeeshops, stealing ur puterz, then the law sort of doesn't work. AFAIK there's only a small task force authorized to do that, provided they have a warrant from the ABES (Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Software) and even that was only after larger companies and those major bootleggers.

Yeah, cops here can be an ass if you let them bully you. I'd get their names and badges, ask for a warrant and file a serious report on their asses if they tried that on me.

Fuck those dirty cops.

And it's true, when I lived in Jabaquara, most Lan houses were all about piracy. Cable jacking and counter-strike galore. Truth is, in general you don't see anyone buying legal software unless they run a business that gets audited. We have so much more serious stuff going on, legal software is extremely overpriced and you find people selling pirate CDs on every street, the notion of copyright infringement is slim at best. You have people hijacking cable modems, open Wi-Fis everywhere.

On the bright side, our government loves Linux, thanks to our *nix zealots in the south and our leftist president. They're doing a bunch of cool stuff like putting linux boxes in public schools, computers with Internet at subways and such. There's a serious Digital Inclusion program going on, wouldn't be a bad place to get a job in IT right now.

Telefonica is such a crappy, old and monopolist ISP, can't even keep their backbone running right, let alone implement any sort of verification or throttling. They are so bad they were actually banned from selling ADSL by Anatel for almost a year. But they virtually own the entire state, cable being available only in São Paulo and adjacent cities.

NET and Ajato are a little better, though both throttle P2P (unless you encrypt) and have a monthly cap (that can be circumvented by changing your MAC address).

And they are all heavily overpriced. I pay around U$70/mo for a sloppy 2Mb Telefonica ADSL that rarely reaches 200kbps. Their boxes are saturated and their tech support is a joke.

Compared to those fellas, we are the Pirate Party. Yarr!

more than 4 years ago

IBM Claims Breakthrough Energy-Efficient Algorithm

shivamib Moar = self-running? (231 comments)

So imagine if you had a Beowulf cluster of these, they could like, self-power forever?

This likely involves cats strapped to buttered bread, for maximum effect.

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

shivamib An ASP site with a querystring for id? C'mon (267 comments)

Hmm I wonder how one could prevent this kind of mischief? Let's see... using Rails, you could:

In your Controller:

Student.find(:first, :conditions => params[:student])

In your View:

<%= h @student.html_summary %>

TFA shows an ASP site with some clear querystring id tied to a WHERE clause? Ack! You lost experience!

more than 4 years ago

When PC Ports of Console Games Go Wrong

shivamib Re:Saints Row 2 (398 comments)

Oh, Saints Row 2 had some serious co-op potential. Except it didn't. That was the most absurdly terrible port I've ever actually tried to play.

Freezing every 5 seconds at 5fps on my über PC on lowest settings is just unacceptable. By the third time you explode in horribly low graphics in a teleporting car crash and fail some mission - with another player, you just give up. How is someone capable of selling such a terrible, unplayable port and getting away with it is beyond me.

I'd say SR2 is on the top list there.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Lack of Nightly Builds For IE

shivamib Re:Security Updates? (154 comments)

Hans Landa, is that you?

more than 5 years ago

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s

shivamib Re:Wow (144 comments)

So much for a Beowulf cluster, then.

more than 5 years ago

How Vulnerable Is Our Power Grid?

shivamib Age of Dragons saw it coming (359 comments)

There I was, waiting for a loading screen in Age of Dragons saying Beware of power outages! Use F5 to quick-save... when *poof*, my Furman went to extreme voltage shutdown, followed by a massive, unpossibly coincidental blackout.

In the back of my head, EVA stated: LOW POWER. Was the game really this good? Was my base under attack?

Now I have to kill that High Dragon again. *Sigh*.

more than 5 years ago


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