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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

szyzyg B612 Foundation Is An Asteroid Defence Group (172 comments)

They're nothing to do with nuclear test monitoring, they just happened to use data from the monitoring network to count the number of kiloton scale events in the last decade or so.

The B612 Foundation is a non profit organization trying to raise money for a asteroid discovery spacecraft, a telescope that will sit down near Venus's orbit and look outwards, enabling it to see asteroids near earth without the sun dazzling the optics (half the asteroids passing near earth are invisible because they are too close to the sun). It's not an unreasonable goal when you consider that high profile museums and educational institutions regularly raise hundreds of millions of dollars in donations.

about 3 months ago
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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding-Driven Grey Market

szyzyg Re:So overblown (88 comments)

No, I'm suggesting that the article explains all the things that buyers should be wary of and therefore makes an excellent guide for buyers.

about 9 months ago
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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding-Driven Grey Market

szyzyg Re:So overblown (88 comments)

"CAVEAT EMPTOR, BITCHES."
Good thing someone wrote a guide explaining all this then eh?

about 9 months ago
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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding-Driven Grey Market

szyzyg Re:BS (88 comments)

The problem is:
Trading forums deliberately suppressing information on actual prices and alternatives.
Package resellers on Amazon & Ebay charging large markups because the buyers don't know the mechanics.
Star Citizen MODERATORS in charge of enforcing the trading bans on the official forum directing users to their own trading service.

In short, the problem is information asymmetry, which this article attempts to address.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Pushing Bing For Search In Schools, With Ad-Removal Hook

szyzyg Bing - Terrible Name If You're Scottish (158 comments)

I always like to point out that in Scotland a Bing is a spoil heap, it's the pile of dirt that you take out of the ground and discard to get at the minerals you actually want, worst name for a search engine ever.

about a year ago
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Russian Search Engine Yandex Beats Bing

szyzyg Do You Know What The Meaning Of The Word 'Bing' Is (88 comments)

In Britain a 'Bing' is a spoil heap, it's a pile of dirt taken from mining and discarded.
i.e. it's all the worthless crap left behind after you've taken the good stuff out.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Wades Further Into Hardware With "Nexus Call Center"

szyzyg Re:Loved My Nexus - Shame The Screen Breaks So Eas (58 comments)

I bought it from Staples, but really it's not Google's responsibility to deal with the shortcomings in Asus hardware, I'm in the US so generally after 30 days the stores won't take back a broken device. Still hoping Asus stands by their product

about 2 years ago
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Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith Fundraiser Campaign Reaches $100,000

szyzyg Re:Relevant Video (44 comments)

Forgot to login... and to link it Fly Safe Sean
I'm donating from my adsense earnings.

about 2 years ago
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Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith Fundraiser Campaign Reaches $100,000

szyzyg Re:That's in dollars, not ISK, right? (44 comments)

If I could have made legitimate isk donations I'd have 300billion to spare, that's maybe $10,000 in PLEX.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:lol (455 comments)

They have not responded to may e-mails, I have had contact with one person, but he was not directly resonsible for the content.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:How to fight it... Don't (455 comments)

That's part of the problem sir, they've put my picture on their video and are implying that I'm endorsing their message.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:Why else should Youtube take the video down aga (455 comments)

Right youtube are happy to take the video down again if I spend money filing a court case against the infringing party. Which is what would happen if a single person submitted a counter claim against a major corporation's takedown.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:Good Job, Scott Manley (455 comments)

The video used my name, and picture and implies that my research supports their creationist message.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:financial impact (455 comments)

I originally found out about this other video after Youtube's content identification system identified *my* video as infringing on *their* video and disabled revenue sharing, that took a month to sort out during which I was unable to monetize my work. (also, I suspect that this possible infringing status flagged my account and resulted in several of my other videos submitted during that period being denied monetization).

Anyway, yes, offended and it cost me a bit of revenue

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:file vs youtube (455 comments)

Nah google is cool with this, if I take the other group to court then they'll remove the video. No point in suing google.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

szyzyg Re:That's the way the cookie crumbles (455 comments)

Yes, but that would cost money, and while I could probably get damages It would be practically impossible to collect on them.

about 2 years ago
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Twitter Launches Political Index

szyzyg Re:Needs a better sample (86 comments)

Because until the US switches to Ranked Choice Voting only 2 parties can ever be competitive. and the 2 parties that are will have no incentive to change the system to let in 3rd parties.

(not to mention that the libertarians would probably shy away from RCV as being unconstitutional)

about 2 years ago
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Twitter Launches Political Index

szyzyg Sure Tweets can be manipulated but... (86 comments)

Anyone that's putting this much effort in will be aware of that and will be accounting for that in their scoring, topsy is driving this and they have a lot of spam experience.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Smart Meters Safe?

szyzyg Trespassing.... (684 comments)

I remember reading one news story where a property owner was saying he considered anyone coming onto his property to be a violation of his rights and might shoot someone from the power company if they tried to install a smart meter. I wish I could have asked him how the power company reads his meter right now?

Stupidest person ever.

about 2 years ago

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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding Driven Grey Market

szyzyg szyzyg writes  |  about 9 months ago

szyzyg (7313) writes "Star Citizen has broken all the crowdfunding records, raising almost 25million dollars in the last year to fund Chris Roberts' promise of the ultimate spaceship game. However an investigation by journalists sheds light on a murky secondary market where items are being resold by investors for profit, all for an game that won't be fully released for 2 years. The standard crowdfunding tactic of rewarding early backers has created a tiered system with ample room for profiteering, profits which many not be shared with the developers. Few thing would please me more than Star Citizen succeeding, but backers should read this article before being tempted to trade up their internet spaceships through a third party."
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Deal With Organizations Double Down On The DMCA Process?

szyzyg szyzyg writes  |  about 2 years ago

szyzyg writes "I've created som popular science videos showing how asteroid discoveries have happened over the last few decades. However I've run into a problem with a religious orgnization which borrowed my video and redubbed it to promote their religious message. Ultimately I filed a DMCA takedown request via Youtube's site, it's as easy as filling in a form and the video was removed. But this organization has since submitted a counterclaim claiming 'under penalty of perjury' that they do in fact have the rights to this work, and youtube has reinstated the video. It looks like the only way I can pursue this further is to spend the money to take the organization to court and get an injunction, but even if I did so I'd have to pay court costs up front and since they're based in another country I'd have a difficult time actually collecting any money from the other party. It feels like this other group is simply gambling that I won't spend the time and resources to take further legal action, the DMCA is supposed to provide equal protection but the more lawyer you have the more 'equal' you are. So does anyone have any suggestions for how I should proceed here?"
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szyzyg szyzyg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

szyzyg writes "Two of the most prominent objects in the night sky — the Moon and Pleaides — line up tonight — The exact time this happens depends on your location on the East Coast of the US its around 8pm, while on the west coast it starts around 5pm (before the sun has truly set) and in Europe it'll be nearer 3am GMT. The moon is so bright that it will be hard to see the stars without a telescope or camera, but the moon isn't quite full just yet and using even a small scope you can watch the stars disappear behind the small sliver of dark side still visible. For those of you in the SF bay area I created a little animation showing what's happening (because we're going to miss the start ;-)"

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