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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

ugen What about the environment? (367 comments)

So they prefer that Google use large vehicles that consume fossil fuel, emit greenhouse gases and may damage fragile desert ecosystem with their tires? Way to go PETA. I hope a few environmental groups take you on on this one.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

ugen Re:People (481 comments)

Self-preservation. We are people, hence by social contract we (no longer) eat each other. That way each of us can feel safe that others will not consume him. We consider people who violate that rule criminals or insane and deal with them appropriately.

There is no such social contract with animals. We can eat them and they, occasionally, eat humans too.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

ugen Way to be offensive in the apology (280 comments)

The so-called "apology" is in itself offensive and patronizing. "Drag queens" to LGBT is what "Exotic dancers" are to being a straight woman (or a man, I suppose). The choice of names they used in the example is also not coincidental.

I wonder if reaction would have been different were facebook to require all married women to use their husbands name (Mrs Robinson), and then apologized by way by letting them keep their "Lil Miss Makemeasammich" monikers.

It's only "PC bullshit" until it's your problem.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

ugen Use Macports (208 comments)

Macports updated their version of bash. Get macports here, if you don't already have them, and install bash: https://www.macports.org/
Make sure to move their bash into /bin and remove original Mac binary.

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

ugen Next step - beer! (308 comments)

Next step - beer.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

ugen Re:I got 4 of them. (206 comments)

You need to set your microwave to "fruit" option to charge it.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

ugen Re:Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

Not sure about other products, but here is the recent article about Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung sold 5 million Galaxy 5S phones in the entire month of May (which was evidently the first full month of sales)
The article says that it sold less in its first month than Apple sold iPhones 5S in the same month.
http://bgr.com/2014/07/16/galaxy-s5-vs-iphone-5s-sales-may/

I know there is always a "many Android phones vs one Apple" argument. But numbers are what they are.

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

ugen Re:Pleasant? (174 comments)

Any game that takes an effort to make "safe" cannot be described as pleasant or safe by default.
It takes more than a little effort or research. Unless you constantly monitor servers for content or audit server list daily - you cannot claim that the game is played "safely". Server content can change at any time, and your children can add and delete servers as they see fit.

Something is up with /. reader's ability to comprehend the material today :)

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

ugen Re:Pleasant? (174 comments)

1. I am not in the micromanaging my kids business. Sitting next to my child every minute they are on the computer, and watching their every step is not viable. I prefer services (and games) that are designed from ground up to provide child enough freedom without having to have a permanent guard set next to them.

2. You are making my point for me. As a game universe, in general, Minecraft is *not* nonviolent or purely creative, as it is being generally described. It has its fair share of sex, violence and useless junk. It takes a conscious and significant effort to protect players from that. This is something that articles about Minecraft seem to conveniently omit.

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

ugen Pleasant? (174 comments)

As a parent, I don't see Minecraft through the rose-colored glasses, as it seems to be commonly described. While a game was supposed to be nonviolent, plenty of Minecraft servers seem to have added functionality that allows direct fighting and ability to kill other players. Chat capabilities go unmonitored and "adult language" is widespread.

Due to Minecrafts de-centralized nature there are no effective technological age or content controls, leaving children (mine anyway) exposed to kinds of things that I would prefer them to consume in limited amounts or not at all.

The only realistic technical measure of control is to prohibit playing Minecraft at all, or at least prohibit network play. Unfortunately, given Minecraft popularity this is not feasible. My parenting approach does not include use of force or abuse of my authority, (where safety or law is not directly concerned), so I can't in good consciousness prohibit it outright.

On a personal level, it annoys me that a game world with a level of 3d graphics and physics sophistication that was state of the art 20 years ago is extremely popular today, but I can see the draw of "retro" look and feel.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ugen Re:Before and After (730 comments)

From what I understood so far, mobile payments will only work on devices equipped with fingerprint scanner. So, unless they badly break the design, it should not be possible for a 3rd party to pay with the device.

about a month and a half ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

ugen Re:Analyzing the FBI's Explanation of How They Loc (142 comments)

That'd be one useless network though. If your devices have no information worth stealing - than what are they doing?

That's the problem with anonymity (and security in general). To be perfect, it's got to have no value.

In a more practical case like this one, I fully expect that administrators of those servers made one small mistake (more likely simply could not check every possible bit of code for information it may leak) and that was their downfall.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ugen Seat size is well defined (819 comments)

On most airlines size and pitch of seats is well defined and listed when you purchase tickets. I mostly fly United (not that I like them, they just go where I need to go) and seat size is clearly listed.
You can pay extra and get an "Economy Plus" seat that is promised to have extra leg room and may otherwise be more convenient.
Seats that do not recline are also clearly marked.

  That is to say - you pay airline for a very specific set of conditions, and it is airlines job to provide those (as limited as they might be).

People that need more knee space/seat space etc are able *now* to buy seats that fit to their specific size. What they cannot do is buy a cheapest ticket and then attempt to make up for lack of space by taking some of the space *I* paid for.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

ugen Re:A solution to a problem (152 comments)

Yes, and that's precisely what I've been doing. Firefox + UAControl = score :)

I get to use normal-looking and convenient Google maps (instead of the recent monstrosity that shows up in Safari and other "current" browsers)
I can easily remove trackback links (because Google returns them in plain text to IE6 but goes to great lengths to obfuscate them for current browsers)
And otherwise Google looks clean and neat.

This is one feature of Google I happen to love :)

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

ugen Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

This is UK, queen and all. I don't think 5th amendment applies there.

about 4 months ago
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On 4th of July:

ugen I hate fireworks (340 comments)

Fascination with big fires and loud booms is a bit primitive, isn't it?

about 4 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

ugen Re:Index it to inflation (619 comments)

Who not simply make it a percentage of gas price? Magically indexed. (Unless gas becomes cheaper, which will mean people will drive more and pay even more gas tax anyway)

about 4 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

ugen Re:Greater per car occupancy? (260 comments)

So what you are saying is that Uber is not even a ride "sharing" platform so much as an enabler for unlicensed car service business? I did not know that.

I have to admit that my opinion on Uber was, so far, essentially neutral. However, if what you are saying is true - I would be inclined to reconsider and think of them as a net-negative. If they are a taxi cab - they should register and operate as one, any instant online hailing and optimal vehicle routing sauce notwithstanding.

I will vote accordingly if/when this comes up in my locality.

about 5 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

ugen Greater per car occupancy? (260 comments)

I am not sure trying to pass Uber as an environmentally friendly solution will pass muster. Uber drivers operate essentially as unlicensed taxi cab drivers, rather than true "rideshare" or carpool services. They pick up new clients wherever requested and drive them to wherever client wants to go. These are trips that would not have happened otherwise. Since these services are, generally, cheaper than licensed taxi cabs (though, curiously, not by much in the area I just checked) - they may prompt people to call for and use an individual car, whereas otherwise the same riders might have chosen less convenient but cheaper public transportation.

about 5 months ago

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NASA awards "space taxi" contracts to both Boeing and SpaceX

ugen ugen writes  |  about a month ago

ugen (93902) writes "Contrary to the rumor posted on Slashdot earlier today, "NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday... Boeing was awarded $4.2 billion to SpaceX's $2.6 billion. ""
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US arrests son of Russian MP in Maldives for hacking

ugen ugen writes  |  about 4 months ago

ugen (93902) writes "The son of a Russian lawmaker has been arrested by the U.S. on charges of selling credit card information he stole by hacking into the computers of American retailers.
Roman Seleznev, 30, was arrested overseas by the U.S. Secret Service on July 5 and was ordered detained today during a hearing in federal court in Guam, the Justice Department said in a statement."

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