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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

ubrgeek Re:Hey bigmouth... apk (854 comments)

Girls, girls. Settle down. You're both pretty.

about a week ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

ubrgeek Re:well that was new... (75 comments)

I guess to an extent. But I seem to recall the folks on the MUD I was on (Overdrive) were a bit more mature than the typical MMORPG player today.

about three weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

ubrgeek Re:Betteridge's Law in effect... (Answer = No) (156 comments)

> I would think that the only prerequisites to being a good journalist would be the ability to research a subject and the ability to communicate your findings in a clear and informative manner

As to the first part, no it's not. There are also the courses on photography, newspaper (or website) layout, communications law, and a score of others that I had to take more than 20 years ago. As to the second, the ability to research and communicate your findings is what separates a good writer from a bad writer.

Regardless, for an interesting look at a world where bloggers are considered at least as important as what are traditionally referred to as journalists, check out the newsflesh trillogy.

about three weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

ubrgeek Re:Betteridge's Law in effect... (Answer = No) (156 comments)

What you said. A "journalist" is someone with a degree in communications, journalism (regardless of print or broadcast). Anyone can provide information and term it "news."

Just because I can perform CPR doesn't make me a doctor.

about three weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

ubrgeek Policy changes?? (703 comments)

> likely to shape policies and climate talks for years to come.

Maybe in some countries. You know, like the ones where corporations aren't allowed to buy politicians.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

ubrgeek Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

> The Soviets saw Star Wars as a complete joke.

Actually, I think they were OK with Star Wars. Pravda gave The Phantom Menace two thumbs down.

about a month ago
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

ubrgeek Re:This has gone beyond madness (147 comments)

More likely to challenge it now would precipitate a cut to the agency's annual budget.

about a month ago
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

ubrgeek Re:This has gone beyond madness (147 comments)

> Kids can be terrorists too.

That's right kids! And now it's easier than ever with Mattel's My First IED!

about a month ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

ubrgeek Re:Facial recognition (74 comments)

It doesn't take minutes. It takes exactly as long as it does for the person at the keyboard to look up, make some remark to the main character and then glance back down when the computer goes "beep."

about a month ago
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IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

ubrgeek Re:Yeaaaaahhhhh... (146 comments)

That's what I was thinking (about the source, not your cat.) What component of IEEE? I didn't see a specific mention of the Computer Society portion of the organization and the part that would have carried some weight in the proclamation.

about a month and a half ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

ubrgeek Re:Lighters (141 comments)

> It would take an especially incompetent TSA agent

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain, a Biography

about 2 months ago
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BREIN Gives Up on Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade

ubrgeek Re:Forgone conclusion? (47 comments)

They'll find the fact that you connect to a VPN or generic HTTP proxy (over SSL) objectionable. And highly suspicious. And signs that you're most likely a terrorist.

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

ubrgeek Re:So (373 comments)

> Cost, convenience, and a lack of alternatives.

Are we talking about Valve or hookers?

about 2 months ago
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New Encryption Scheme Could Protect Your Genome

ubrgeek Re:We can't (78 comments)

I'm still chuckling over the use of the words "private" and "cloud" in the same sentence...

about 2 months ago
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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

ubrgeek Re:At least they're noticing (158 comments)

Sure, they're hearing us. So is Congress. They just don't care what we're saying.

about 2 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

ubrgeek It all depends on timeframe ... (535 comments)

> Wheeler said last week that he will announce the agency's next step for dealing with net neutrality "soon."

He then added, "But I plan to retire 'sooner'."

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Bug Sends Thousands of Emails To One Man

ubrgeek Re:Google software buggy? (113 comments)

Well, that'll stop once it's out of beta ...

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

ubrgeek Re:Apparent Horizons, but no Event Horizons (458 comments)

There are few things that confuse me: "it flouted Einsteinâ(TM)s general theory of relativity" - so does all of Quantum Theory. The point is that once you get to the micro level the rules are different than at the macro level. Then there's the scientist (I'm trying to remember his name) who said the event horizon is the holographic representation of everything in our universe with the information that makes up that hologram stored in the black hole itself.

In terms of a theory of quantum gravity I always like the one that goes back to String Theory (actually M-Theory) that states that some strings are open and anchored while gravity comes from closed-loop strings/gravitons and so less restricted. There's a really good set of PBS videos on the topic. This one talks specifically about it, right around the 5-minute mark.

about 3 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

ubrgeek Re:Tried playing this game (218 comments)

Or Open D6. Gotta love rolling two hands full of dice to hit a difficulty number of 15 :)

about 3 months ago

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Evernote forums compromised

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "Looks like Evernote was the victim of a successful attack against its forums. According to a notice posted on the site's forum page, no password information was lost and there's "no reason to believe any personal information or database content was compromised.""
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Patent troll claims Minecraft infringement

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ubrgeek writes "Popular game Minecraft has hit the big time: It's being sued for copyright infringement by patent troll Uniloc who claims the game infringes a patent it holds on copy protection software. Developer Markus "Notch" Persson sounds like he's up for the challenge: "Unfortunately for them, they're suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent.""
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French president hypocrite, pirate

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "According to "Le Canard Enchaîné" reported that French president presidential audiovisual services "produced 400 unauthorized copies of the 52 minutes
documentary 'A visage découvert : Nicolas Sarkozy' ... It is even more appalling that we are dealing with repeat offenders : last spring, while the Hadopi law was discussed, U.S. music duo MGMT received â30,000 as a settlement for a copyright infringement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party who used one of its songs at a political rally without permission. ""

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OS wars in Sci-Fi

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "How does any OS "battle" like *nix vs. OS X vs. MS play out in an environment like Star Trek where there is obviously one OS ("Computer"). Will there still be alternative OS's? Will they be allowed in an environment like a Starship? Will Vulcan geeks hack the Tricorder to run an alternate OS X?"

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