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Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools

totalg33k Re:libdvdcss ilegal? (252 comments)

Except that cyborg is short for "cybernetic organism". So yes, Robo-cop was very much a cyber cop.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Dev Demonstrates CarrierIQ Phone Logging Software On Video

totalg33k Re:Credit card number exposure (322 comments)

This is different because the end user signs a contract (as many have stated before) allowing the collection of data by the carrier. The onus is on the carrier to use the data with a neutral intent, but they are still given the right to collect the data by the end user. In the case of a skimmer, the person using the pump or ATM has no a priori knowledge their information is being recorded, and that makes all the difference.

more than 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Last Night In Space Orbit

totalg33k Re:counting unhatched chickens (108 comments)

This. There have not been 135 separate vehicles, but five, which have each made an average of 27 flights. The average aside, losing 20% of your operating fleet due to mishaps like those don't bear well on the outlook of the fleet.

more than 2 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

totalg33k Felt the same desire to destroy my machine (533 comments)

I used to work second tier customer service for a catalog based retailer. I had pretty much always worked second shift, which was a 2-11 time slot. Our IT department insisted on having all virus scans (network base) run at the same time during the day, which meant it was scheduled to run after 5 pm (so the sales department wasn't affected), during the busiest part of my shift. It got to the point where I would have to do a hard shutdown on my machine (yeah, bad form), but it was the only solution I had to stop it from running (it wouldn't restart when I powered back up). My PHB saw me sitting idly at my desk looking at a blank screen and asked what I was doing, and after explaining this over a two week period, the IT guys eventually rescheduled my scan to run in the morning.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Reality of Gaming

totalg33k Re:One Word (122 comments)

That sounds like Second Life.

more than 3 years ago
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I Appreciate The Ergonomics Of My ___ The Most

totalg33k I said mouse (460 comments)

I'm a southpaw, and for the longest time, was stuck with the shitty M$/generic ergonomic mice that were not really made for one hand or the other. I finally got the Logitech MX610 left hand and it'll be a sad day if/when they are no longer manufactured.

more than 5 years ago
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Work Progresses On 10,000 Year Clock

totalg33k Re:Wow... (307 comments)

IIRC, from the 2005 article: it will be built as far from civilization as possible so "that will help people forget about it and avoid the contempt of familiarity."

more than 5 years ago

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