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Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

syrinx Re:Not really about Bitcoin (327 comments)

Even if you could turn "virus" into an -i plural, it'd just be "viri". I don't know where people get this extra i from. It's not "virius".

But yes, just use "viruses" for FSM's sake.

about 2 years ago

GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

syrinx Re:I don't know about you guys... (654 comments)

Castle Adventure! Always love seeing a reference to that. I can right this moment run through the solution to the game and all the treasures in my head.

more than 2 years ago

My primary phone runs ...

syrinx Re:My cat's breath smells of cat food (400 comments)

The Amish feel that personal technology peaked in the early 1800s or so, and that most things invented subsequently only provide a distraction from living a worthwhile life.

You appear to be the same, but for 2001 instead. I guess there's nothing wrong with that, but don't expect the world to go along with you.

more than 2 years ago

All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

syrinx Re:Like War (483 comments)

More time spent on this pointlessness means less time available for their normal job of ruining things. Yeah the USA is "outrageously fucked up", but Congress can pretty much only make it worse, so the more they get out of the way, the better.

Wolf's my congressman btw. If someone better wants to run I'd be all for it, but the ones who actually run against him are much worse.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?

syrinx Don't worry about it (196 comments)

As long as it works, just fire it off and forget about it. If it sucks, that's a maintenance programmer's problem.

more than 2 years ago

Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

syrinx Re:Censorship? (805 comments)

we are supposed to be proponents of network neutrality

We don't like governments mucking with DNS servers

Self-awareness just complete eludes "net neutrality" supporters, doesn't it?

more than 2 years ago

Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

syrinx Re:What is conservative? (232 comments)

Slashdot used to lean libertarian, but has been pretty much just liberal since, I don't know, at least 2004.

Actually I would say the decline in quality at Slashdot is correlated pretty closely to the decline in libertarian leanings.

Where the OP got "conservative" I have no idea, Slashdot has never been that.

more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

syrinx Re:Giving up passwords (575 comments)

Uh, I think your sarcasm detector needs work.

more than 2 years ago

The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

syrinx whole system (522 comments)

Best upgrade was from an XT clone to a 386. CGA to SVGA, 4 whole megabytes of RAM, a hard drive 4x as big (20 MB to 80 MB). I don't think anything has been as amazing as that.

more than 2 years ago

I typically run Windows ...

syrinx 7/vista I guess (417 comments)

7 on my home desktop, though I'm using it less and less recently in favor of a laptop running OSX.

Machines at work are all Vista, but 75% of the time I'm just using them to log into a Linux server anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities

syrinx Google+ (332 comments)

Google+: For people who thought, "You know, I wish there were some way I could give even more personal information to Google!"

more than 3 years ago

I've had a personal email account for ...

syrinx 75% (336 comments)

1989, I was 7. That was on Prodigy. Had some BBS addresses and an AOL address during the next few years; my first true "Internet" email address was from a local freenet in 1993ish.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

syrinx Re:First post (hopefully) (380 comments)

It's life Jim, but not as we know it.

You cannae change the laws of physics.

But the laws of biochemistry are open, I guess.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development

syrinx for consoles? (356 comments)

Were console kiddies even born when the original Duke Nukem games came out?

about 4 years ago

Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service

syrinx from the cry-them-a-river dept. (383 comments)

So the Slashdot groupthink's anti-law enforcement stance has extended to the Secret Service now? Which part are we in favor of: counterfeiting money or assassinating the president? Personally I'll go ahead and take a bold anti-counterfeiting/anti-assassination position and say that this is a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago

Telecom Plan To Take Over the Internet Isn't Real

syrinx Re:Doesn't anyone remember when this started? (89 comments)

I completely remember this debate. And my feelings haven't changed from that day to this: If you let the Government get involved in this issue, in ANY way, you will live to regret it.

What TWC and Verizon (the instigators of that roe as I recall) wanted to do was to charge large content providers (Google, Time, CNN, etc.) to have "priority" throughput on their networks. If they didn't pay, they'd be given a lower QoS and therefore, because of the number of requests to their servers, they would effectively be throttled.

What I pointed out all those years ago (with many years experience RUNNING an ISP) was that if you get the government involved, it will give them an avenue to moderate the Internet for political reasons. Further more, all the "kiddies" at that time were bitching about how Torrent, etc. was being throttled by Joe's Wireless company or some such, and they just couldn't understand the difference between what TWC/Verizon were doing and what Joe was doing trying to maintain a basic QoS on his limited bandwidth network.

In the end, it appears that two things have happened: The kiddies have drowned out the voices of people who actually have a clue, and the politicians have heard their cries and have come running.

"We're from the government, and we're here to help." -shiver-

Yes, *this*.

(Quoting your entire post since someone seems to have modded you down for contradicting the groupthink.)

more than 4 years ago

Civilization V To Use Steamworks

syrinx Re:Gone onto the XBox (295 comments)

... what is the Xbox other than DRM writ large? Consoles are much more restrictive than any PC DRM could ever be. If you like console gaming, go for it, but citing DRM as an issue doesn't make sense.

more than 4 years ago

I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

syrinx Re:More than 10 years ago? (505 comments)

"Bought", not "used". By 2000 I had piles of floppies around, some purchased earlier in the 90s, and some obtained free (at one point Intuit would send you a free demo of Quickbooks in the mail -- on 7 floppies. A friend ordered a bunch of copies, and we never needed to buy floppies again).

more than 4 years ago



Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Actually Student Project

syrinx syrinx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

syrinx (106469) writes "The so-called "No Net Brutality" campaign, reported on by ThinkProgess and posted on Slashdot turns out to actually have been a student project, not associated with telecom companies at all. "In a case of truth being stranger than astroturf, it turns out that the PowerPoint document was prepared as a class project for a competition in Florida last month. It cost the six students a grand total of $173.95, including $18 for clip art.""
Link to Original Source

Civilization 5 Announced, Coming in Fall 2010

syrinx syrinx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

syrinx (106469) writes "Firaxis announced the latest in Sid Meier's Civilization series, coming this fall to PCs only (presumably Windows). Details are still sketchy, but a few screenshots are available, and one obvious change from older games is that the world is now divided into hexagonal tiles, rather than the classic squares."
Link to Original Source

"The Hobbit" Movie, Plus A Sequel

syrinx syrinx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

syrinx (106469) writes "Peter Jackson, New Line Cinema, and MGM have all agreed to work on two new movies, "The Hobbit", and a further sequel. From the article: "The two "Hobbit" films — "The Hobbit" and its sequel — are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of "The Hobbit" release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.""

Civilization Coming to Consoles

syrinx syrinx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

syrinx (106469) writes "Take Two Interactive announced that Sid Meier's famous Civilization series would be coming to "next generation consoles and handhelds" in 2008. The game, currently called "Civilization Revolution" will feature the return of Sid Meier as lead designer."

syrinx syrinx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

syrinx writes "Apple, Inc. (formerly Apple Computer) and the Beatles' company Apple Corps have resolved their long-running feud. Apple, Inc. will take full control of the Apple brand, and license certain trademarks back to Apple Corps. This may even pave the way for the Beatles' music to become available on the iTunes Music Store."


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