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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

theArtificial Re:My what impressive sources you have! (351 comments)

For the record this event couldn't have happened to a better company. Since we're talking individuals and not collections of people: It's not just these parts, for example take violations of prisoners, specifically rape jokes. How are those convicted of sex crimes, say involving children (Sandusky) treated inside the system?

yesterday
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

theArtificial Re:This needs to stop ... (351 comments)

All non-military personnel are civilians, this includes police.

yesterday
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

theArtificial Re:The end result (226 comments)

Offtopic: Ah that joke, reminds me of this scene from The Pink Panther. (sfw)

about a month ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

theArtificial 100 Year old (81 comments)

1914 is not the 19th century. I imagine this person still uses 'turn of the century' to refer to the 1900s, too. In a similar vein, an actual 19th century computer, there is Babage's Difference Engine (tighter shots here) which is very impressive to watch as well.

about a month ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

theArtificial Re:Ideally (76 comments)

Broke into an open network eh?

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

theArtificial Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

It is very illegal for a merchant to store your credit card number for more than the 5 seconds it takes to authorize the transaction, unless they implement fairly strong protection to make sure nobody can steal those numbers later. But even if they do this, it is still very illegal for them to try to share those card numbers and what they purchased, which would be necessary for different merchants to "track" your purchases.

You seem to have a pretty good understanding of the topic and I'd like to expand upon it. I've worked with several payment processors and been involved with many systems which handle credit card data and PCI compliance has very a specific definition (expanded, see also) about what card holder data is. Your first and last name, billing address, expiration, last 4 and the card type are not card holder data. Plenty there to "track" legally without touching the PAN (Primary Account Number). That said, I have no desire to see CurrentC implemented.

This doesn't even really touch companies like Acxiom. Here's a little scoop on the whole data broker thing for those unfamiliar with the scope of collection.

about a month and a half ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

theArtificial Re:Hard to find (71 comments)

I don't get why anybody wants a print version of a blog in 2014

How many blogs can you go back 30 years on? I've had paper last far longer than any computer.

about a month and a half ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

theArtificial Re:Hard to find (71 comments)

Purchased one a few days ago from a Microcenter. Maybe they were just out?

about a month and a half ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

theArtificial Re: It ain't no Team Fortress Classic (170 comments)

Uh oh, my heart just stopped... there it goes. I vividly recall the happy bday stuff too. Good times

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re: Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

What? I must've missed where I claimed all of these games were "German style". I listed some games in one comment and in another comment mentioned that I liked German style games. These are not in conflict. Also, Settlers of Catan and Pandemic qualify and Catan is explicitly mentioned in what I linked, take a look under the history section again.

The Settlers of Catan, first published in 1995, paved the way for the genre in the United States and outside Europe.[citation needed] It was neither the first "German game" nor the first such game to find an audience outside Germany, but it became much more popular than any of its predecessors.

What are some games you like playing?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

Understandable. The whole point of the game is cooperation and if you cannot get people to work together play a different game pronto. I like this game specifically because its a team building game.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

It's a completely different style of play, and it is much more focused on play and having fun, than winning at all costs. And it means one person doesn't always win the game, and everyone else decides they have better things to do.

Indeed! I'm a big fan of German style games specifically to avoid Monopoly like situations.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

Dominion! This is an excellent card based game. Not difficult to pick up, a warmup game clears up things quickly, and as a bonus they've got an official electronic version online at http://playdominion.com built using html and js, and there is a chrome extension too. You can play without signing up or logging in and against bots or other players not to mention the entire base game is free. You are not hindered with the "base game" and there are several expansions which add additional cards to the game. The game itself uses 10 cards at a time which you can randomly draw to keep things interesting or if you prefer you can build decks. Dominion shines with 3+ players and maxes out at 8. Games last anywhere from 10-45 minutes. I'm actually working on an IRC port of this since everything is better on IRC >.>

Munchkin is another great party game.

about 4 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

theArtificial Re:Trillion-dollar boo-boo (252 comments)

on a par with second world countries (which is what Russia really is these days)

The Second World refers to the former Socialist, industrial states (formally the Eastern Bloc), mostly the territory and the influence of the Soviet Union. Following World War II, there were nineteen communist states, and after the fall of the Soviet Union, only five socialist states remained: China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam. Along with "First World" and "Third World", the term was used to divide the states of Earth into three broad categories. In other words, the concept of "Second World" was a construct of the Cold War and the term has largely fallen out of use since the revolutions of 1989, though it is still used to describe countries that are in between poverty and prosperity, many of which are now capitalist states. Subsequently, the actual meaning of the terms "First World", "Second World" and "Third World" changed from being based on political ideology to an economic definition.[1] The three world theory has been criticized as crude and relativity outdated for its nominal ordering (1, 2, 3) and sociologists have coined the term "developed", "developing", and "underdeveloped".

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

theArtificial Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Sounds like a wonderful, idealized, place to live. Many countries place restrictions on citizens who've been convicted of felonies. These restrictions make it a little less democratic don't you think? That appears to be at odds with your binary democracy. Which so called democratic country do you hail from?

about 5 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

theArtificial Re:What?!? (928 comments)

While some may consider this joke somewhat tired, well done. I laughed.

about 5 months ago

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