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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

sosume Re:how cool/innovative is that (160 comments)

No, it's now "With an IOS device". The phone related patent was claimed a few years back by a competitor, but clearly should not apply in Apple's case..

about three weeks ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

sosume Re:Lauched with defects? (57 comments)

H.265? "H.265 is said to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality"

about three weeks ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

sosume Re:Lauched with defects? (57 comments)

The software obviously wasn't ready when the probe launched. They needed nine more years to develop it. Had they waited, the probe wouldn't be near the comet in time. So it's a rather smart decision.

about three weeks ago
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Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

sosume Re:Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

Yeah, better kill the ones that have a good life in nature as well, these animals must sure be darn tasty.

about a month ago
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Routing and DNS Security Ignored By ISPs

sosume Re:Good (101 comments)

Sure, until the DNS steering comittee becomes headed by the representatives of Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Jemen.

about 1 month ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

sosume Re:Probably a tough choice to make. (200 comments)

There is a larger market for Firefox in Windows Metro users than in Linux desktop users. Heck, the installed base of Windows 8 is larger than all Mac OS flavors combined. So why keep developing for these inferior audiences and ignore the big fish? This smells like anti-MS propaganda.

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

sosume Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

I remember implementing tel:// uri's which could be clicked by the user, which would then run a phone dialer. Somewehere around 2003, though it was not on a 'mobile device' but on windows boxen. I may still have the source code.

about a month ago
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LABONFOIL: A Portable Bond-Style Lab

sosume Scary (30 comments)

The only area I can image this technology to be succesful in is surveillance. I really hate all the electronic snooping, sniffing and profiling. Can we please have a revolution?

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

sosume Re:Shill (545 comments)

"Water table depletion" .. you have obviously spent too many hours with Simcity.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

sosume Re:15 tons and what do you get (69 comments)

This is a nice reason to go back to the moon for a mission to collect the remains of this 15 ton meteorite.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

sosume Woosh (226 comments)

Given the toll on our highways shown to arise from distracted drivers, is this responsible corporate behavior to protect their product, or an unethical endangering of lives?

I'm glad the this is a neutrally worded question. I've got a similar one. Given the massive breach of our childrens online privacy, do you think underages should be free to visit whatever smut they want on the internet, or is it better to have the ISP install filters for all our safety?

about 2 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

sosume Re:first (325 comments)

Saudi's have it nowhere as bad as the North Koreans. Look up the Kaechon prison:

(wikipedia) ".. anyone found guilty of committing a crime, which could be as simple as trying to escape North Korea, would be sent to the camp along with that person's entire family. The subsequent two generations of family members would be born in the camp and must also live their entire lives and die there."

Now THAT is a brutal regime. And if you ask me, it's China's responsibility to step in before too many people have died.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

sosume Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

I'm sure you can somehow change your DNS cache to flush immediately.
Run a local DNS server on the same machine for extra points. I bet the cheat authors will respond by implementing their own DNS lookup.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

sosume Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

I am a consumer. I have lots of rights or Steam wouldn't be allowed to take my money. I don't care about their terms when they are illegal. If they think they can take drastic measures they'd better be well prepared for consumer watchdog hell to be unleashed. Especially for a service which is rumored to bring in over a billion dollar in yearly revenue.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

sosume Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

It would be much easier to replace your ipconfig executable (or disallow access to it from steam)

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

sosume Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

That means, if Johnny Random wants to be able to play the game in a certain way (getting achievements), that I cannot play the game in the way that I want to. Only the way the game developers intend to.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

sosume Re:So (373 comments)

Will you be crafting DNS request packets by hand? If not, then you will still go through the windows IP stack, regardless of your DNS server.

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

sosume Re:Thugs. (261 comments)

The best way to combat such government behavior is a real life DDOS. Everyone should report at Heathrow claiming to know Snowden, Assange and de Miranda. Carry encrypted thumb drives with you (chockfull with vile porn ofcourse). Refuse to decrypt without a court order. This will overload the system within 24 hours.
It would be even funnier if millions of ordinary citizens would end up on the no fly list. Report all government personnel and officials for spying! After all, they are part of a government with a broad illegal spying program targeted against their own population. So report them at home and overseas so they end up on no fly lists. Once a critical mass of people disallowed to fly has been reached, especially public servants, these programs will quickly get a review.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

sosume Re: So (373 comments)

This is so wrong and against privacy laws (at least in the EU), this would be equal to the IRS regularly scanning your history to see if you visit sites with tips for tax dodging. The police arresting everyone who visits lockpicking tutorials. The RIAA arresting everyone for possession of an internet account, Or the TSA l.. oh wait, they already do that. But at least the TSA can claim that their work is in the public interest.

Besides. This is a new definition of guilty by association.

" all Steam users have agreed to abide by specific online conduct"

I would say this is only valid while using a Steam product. the way it is worded in TFA sounds more like a lifestyle where you have to abide to their rules at all times. Steam makes it even illegal to cheat in games from their competitors!

This is so ridiculous, all I can do is wait for the class action lawsuit to commence. Steam is done with, if this turns out to be true.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Apple patents Apple Store

sosume sosume writes  |  about a year ago

sosume (680416) writes "Apple finally convinced the US Patent Office to grant patents for its Apple Store design. Despite many thousand years and forms of prior art, this seems like a new form of abuse of the patent system."
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Nature: global temeratures are a falling trend

sosume sosume writes  |  about 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "An article in Nature shows that the temperature in the roman times were actually higher than current temperatures. A team lead by dr Esper of the University of Mainz has researched tree rings and concluded that over the past 2,000 years, the forcing is up to four times as large as the 1.6Wm2 net anthropogenic forcing since 1750 using evidence based on maximum latewood density data from northern Scandinavia, indicating that this cooling trend was stronger (0.31C per 1,000years, ±0.03C) than previously reported, and demonstrate that this signature is missing in published tree-ring proxy records. This is a big setback for global warming scientists."
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Samsung Galaxy phones banned in EU

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "A court in The Hague has ruled on a EU-wide sales ban for the Samsung Galaxy S-, S-II and Ace smartphones, beginning Oct. 13. Basis for the statement is an Apple patent that relates to browsing photos."
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Sony adds rootkit to latest PS3 firmware

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "You'd think that Sony had learned from the rootkit-cd fiasco, but they're at it again. According to PS3 hacker Mathieulh the latest firmware contains a phone home feature which enables Sony to inspect all files saved to a PS3."
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Apple censors posts about consumer report

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article 'not recommending' the iPhone 4, it's not there any more. Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread. Bing cached it."
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sosume sosume writes  |  about 3 years ago

Apparently, slashdot has had an achievement system in place for the last 2 years .. oops .. well here's my achievement for the journal poster

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