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Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

yukk Re:Deadman switch courier ships (277 comments)

How about this: Open Source Ecology. A lot of work has gone into this.

And there's a TED Presentation for those post apocalyptic net-surfers.

These guys have the blueprints to go from nothing to somewhat modern. The site goes through mining and metal extraction and refining to building useful machines from plows to 3D printers.

See: Coffee can foundry to Casting and so on to the Global Village Costruction Set of 50 machines designed to make modern life possible.

about a year ago

Cloned Horses Ok To Compete In Olympics

yukk Re:I'd like to blame the editors... (87 comments)

When do you think cloning ATHELETES will become legal? That's something I wouldn't put past the old USSR/East European Block. Remember the "women" atheletes they sent?"

Link to Original Source

What do you mean when will it become legal ? It may not be legal but you can bet that certain countries *cough*China*cough* are already doing that.

For some regimes the only real definition of illegal involves being caught.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

yukk Re:well, if you want to be technical... (407 comments)

no more than it's legal to take a book home from the bookstore to review for 24 hours before you decide to buy it.

Where would you get that idea from?

Don't the libraries let you do this ? In fact, I think they let you take it home for long enough to read the whole thing !

more than 2 years ago

Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins

yukk How to covert bitcoins to hard currency (450 comments)

1. Generate bitcoins.
2. Hack in and steal bitcoins.
3. Sue for real money.
4. Profit!

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

yukk Re:Gabe Newell should treat them to lunch... (473 comments)

These guys are walking billboards highlighting the value of Steam vs the crap DRM-ware of Ubi, Origin, MS Games, etc.

I don't know if it's changed, but I heard Valve was working on a reputation based discount system. Maybe not quite what we're discussing here, but who knows, maybe if you say "Steam Rocks - buy games there because of X" and people do, at the next sale you'll see a coupon for lunch :)

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

yukk Re:And they wonder why people pirate (473 comments)

Well, the difference is that in theory they could have made another sale to the person who entered the secondary market. In practice though, that person is in the secondary market for a reason; usually price. So in order to capture that sale the company would have to drop the price after a short intro period, and likely keep dropping the price to hit the thresholds of those (in, say, Australia) who don't want to pay $99.99 (~$US104) for a game but are willing to pay, maybe $40 for a used copy of a game that costs $50 in the U.S.

The companies can't be bothered doing this though, so they try DRM. Luckily Steam has a lot of sales and I guess that's good enough for the publishers.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

yukk Re:DRM?- I just play non-DRM games :P (233 comments)

That's a great idea and you should suggest it to them.
I don't think it'd take much work to convert some of their artwork to CD compatible graphics or even to get the original designs and maybe modify them with a GOG logo.

more than 3 years ago

Vuvuzelas Blare On Pirated Copies of Music Game

yukk Re:By the end of the game Tetris becomes hard too (320 comments)

But then how do you distinguish this from a game that's genuinely difficult, like Tetris The Grand Master 3 that gets ungodly fast starting around 3:00, and then turns off the lights around 5:00 and you have to beat the game by sense of feel?

Not by sense of smell ?

more than 3 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

yukk Re:Chess (418 comments)

I'm in my mid 40's as of about a week ago. I still play games, single and multiplayer, and I still own the kiddies who think they are hot stuff. Getting older doesn't mean you can't have fun.

This could be just how my brain works, but I figure if I'm 40 and I am still able to own kids in fast-paced multiplayer games, then this is actually a BAD thing because it means I've invested way too much time into the game when I should be doing other things with my life. Not to criticize you in any way, it's just a reason why I feel that sucking at such games as one gets older is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Means you've moved onto other, more important things.

No, being able to own those kiddies means his senses, reactions and eye-hand co-ordination are still good at 40. Maybe even great. Let's hope your next surgeon if you need one kicks ass at video games and that the guy behind you on the highway isn't thinking it's too bad his reactions have gone to heck and he can't see well enough to play games any more. Games are just a choice of outlet as someone said. Different things engage different people. That's what makes us individuals.

more than 3 years ago

Free E-Books, With a Catch — Advertising

yukk Re:Ewwww, imagine "can't skip" technology? (194 comments)

While I haven't actually been able to find a free book on this service I have been getting "free ad-sponsored" music from Guvera and all they make you do is visit a sponsored playlist page within their site and the sponsor pays for your unencumbered MP3 music. The mp3s have no ads or DRM.
Apparently this model is working for music so hopefully with books it won't be too much worse.

On the other hand:

"I've discovered the identity of the murderer. His name is....." "...and now a word from our sponsor."

Sounds a lot like watching TV these days.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Announces Final Diablo 3 Class, PvP Arena Battles

yukk Re:Slashvertisement (187 comments)

Since when was Facebook breaking privacy news ? It's certainly not news in the GAMES section. Sheesh. Also, just because that's news, it doesn't mean that DIII isn't news for NERDS !

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Announces Final Diablo 3 Class, PvP Arena Battles

yukk Re:A shame I won't be playing it. (187 comments)

I think you'll find that comes down to Torchlight
But it's certainly no Diablo III.

I bought it and played it for a while and haven't gone back with the same level of addiction I did with the old Diablos.

more than 3 years ago

'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery

yukk Re:You Know What They Say? (594 comments)

I believe that comment may not - in all truth - have been made in complete seriousness. Maybe you need to check your humour levels. Maybe you need a top-up.

more than 3 years ago

'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery

yukk Re:You Know What They Say? (594 comments)

Probably a good thing you weren't there. I guess you would have just gunned them all down and then there wouldn't have been any more problems huh.

more than 3 years ago

Irish ISP Wins Major Legal Victory Against Record Companies

yukk Re:Economics (96 comments)

Well, a nice economic fightback tactic would be for the ISPs to say that after 1 "strike" (being caused by the user downloading music) the ISP then demands that since it's music causing the problem, the music companies must now strike that person off their own customer lists.
Therefore the person is no longer allowed into any music stores or to buy music from those companies by any means.
Once the labels can show that they are doing their part of the work, they may go ahead and serve more notices for downloading. Once they have shown all their paperwork proving that their culprit has been turned away from stores and the comprehensive list of "downloaders" is being enforced at every outlet, they may go on to strike two and, eventually, 3.
It is unfair that the ISPs are made to do all the work for the labels in this respect AND to cut off their own paying customers who may have paid for 50GB of bandwidth and used a measly 5MB of that (.1%) in order to infringe on the labels' copyrights.

more than 3 years ago

ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds

yukk Re:It's not a lie (547 comments)

Ahh, but is it lying to say "This truck can do up to 100" when in fact it's been speed limited at 60 ?

Also, all the natural numbers up to 6.7 should include 5 and 6 !

more than 4 years ago

Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

yukk Re:The expense of the interlock... (911 comments)

It's called planning ahead. Set aside the cab money while your sober, or plan to have someone pick you up.

That's all great until they have a few drinks and suddenly that spare money could buy MORE DRINKS !

Drinking impairs memory. People who drink often seem to forget things such as that they don't smoke or that the spare money is to get home.

more than 4 years ago

Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

yukk Re:Uhhh...what? (911 comments)

I have hear this plenty, but not since the early 1970s. Then there was outrage in the 1980s when they passed an open container law for the front seat.

I must admit the reasoning behind open container laws utterly mystify me. What's the point ?

It's that moment just before you crash when you have to decide whether a beer foul because you need two hands to manoeuvre is worse than a fender bender. I guess the cops just said that's it. No more beer fouls.

more than 4 years ago



Laser Tractor Beams

yukk yukk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yukk (638002) writes "A laser can act as a "tractor beam", drawing small objects back toward the laser's source.
Unlike the optical tweezers version which traps tiny objects in the focus of a laser, using a Bessel beam at a glancing angle should provide a force towards the source of the laser.
Details here."

Link to Original Source

Extreme DIY - Home Fusion

yukk yukk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yukk (638002) writes "Mark Suppes, a web developer for Gucci fashion is working on his own, personal fusion reactor. His work in a NYC warehouse using $35 000 of his own money and $4000 raised on a web site has made him the 38th independent researcher recognised as creating a working fusion reactor. How's that for a hobby ?"

yukk yukk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yukk writes "The nights and early morning hours of November 17-19 mark the return of the Leonid meteor shower to the skies of Earth. Viewers along the northeastern coast of the United States and Canada, as well as people in Europe and western Africa might get to see a possible "outburst" of as many as 100-600 meteors per hour. This spike in activity is predicted for 11:45 p.m. — 1:33 a.m. EST on November 18-19 (4:45 — 6:33 UT on November 19). Get the scoop here."


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