* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

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Other players say: you have to EARN your characters

The way we think is: You want a collection of high-level characters, you have to earn it the hard way. It's boring? Tough. Essentially, we think you are being lazy.

Actually, I would mind less if it was used in instances. At least, it would not interfere with my gameplay. But then, I was not in the race to have the coolest weapons on the server. (Not playing at all anymore, actually)

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Good for WoW

The DCMA should not be used for that, and should not even exist, but good for WoW.

I hate bots, even if I stopped playing long ago.

Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

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I think Assange was more influential this year...

Then again, considering HOW much I believe Zuckerberg is an ass, I guess he had to have some "influence". And it IS better than the Tea Party.

Brussels quizzes UK on school kiddyprinting

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No seriously, schools fingerprinting the kids?


WikiLeaks urged to stop hosting on Russian blackhat ISP

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It doesn't look so far as if they can touch it in any jurisdiction except United States...

So far, France has rejected to close down the website hosted there, and for all the "persecution" of Assange by Sweden, the site is still hosted there, loud and clear.

By the way, Spamhaus is based in UK.

Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

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The whole world can now read these cables, yet the people in charge are unable to make the necessary changes in security protocols so that the people who were originally most likely to have access to it are allowed to read them from the web. This is truly an example of a bureaucracy that cannot get a clue: "The rules say that every evening, we must do a headcount of the barn, and close the door. I know the barn is empty, but the rules still apply."

Nah nah naaaah, can't hear you, can't hear you...

UK.gov braces for possible Wikileaks hacklash

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Christmas Island?

The links "Email when there is WikiLeaks news" etc. point to an address in the domain reg.cx... I wonder why that TLD, out of all others.


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CEO, not founder

CEO, not founder

South Sudan voters get SMS election hotline

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Unintended consequences

Doesn't the service allow potential terrorists to find out good targets? And what about terrorists sending fake information?

Grand jury meets to decide fate of WikiLeaks founder

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A jury?

I don't get it. They need a jury to decide whether to bring charges? Does he have a lawyer representing him? What about appeals?

Chinese official gets suspended death sentence over anti-virus scam

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Why did he get caught?

One can only assume he pissed off the wrong person...

Governments stonewall interwebs porn domain

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Bad idea

Essentially, this is only a good idea for the the domain registrars who are going to be able to sell some more domain names...

Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

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Hurray for Judge Birss

Title says it all

Copyright troll sues for ownership of Drudge Report domain

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I hope they are finally made to pay the fees of the other party. They obviously will not stop until then.

Google morphs Gmail into Microsoft backup service

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The State Department will want to sign up

They are unhappy with the way their cables have been "backuped" so far

Call of Duty DDoS attack police arrest teen

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DDoSing for better scores??

This is a new low.

WikiLeaks payment service threatens to sue Visa, MasterCard

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Well, imagine that Visa and MasterCard suddenly refused to take payments for, say, the iTunes store... I don't care what their T&C are, they would have a hell of a lawsuit coming their way.

They would not do that with Apple, of course, but when you think of it, few business can survive on the web once Visa, MasterCard and PayPal refuse to work with them. That is a lot of power they wield.

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Objectively, neither WikiLeaks nor DataCell have been charged with anything.

Of course, Visa certainly has a shitload of provisions in their T&C to allow them to terminate an account whenever they want, without needing to justify themselves. Now, the question is, since they have such a stronghold on the market, is this abuse of monopoly?

The way I see it, it is. I believe any organization should be allowed to get paid by credit cards, like about anybody else, as long as it has not been declared guilty of something by the legal system. In that, I approve completely of the position of OVH, which is hosting WikiLeaks in France as long as the French justice says they cannot.

Google Docs offline feature to return wearing HTML5 overcoat

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Where's the martini girl?

I didn't get it...

Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing

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What are the odds?

That he is ever able to get out of jail?

Feds arrest man who juiced Google's 'just be evil' search

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I actually feel sorry

For his wife, not him. In the NYT article, they said she has a child. And now, she will have to find a way to live while her arse of a husband is in jail.

Stupid reaction, really, but that's the first one that came.

Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'

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Pass the popcorn... again

This IS entertaining.

Groupon shuns Google's $6bn takeover bonanza

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That is why I could never create a company

If I ever had a successful company, any 8-digits offer would probably have me asking where to sign...

And these guys refused a 10-digits offer.

How I will ever get a job with so little ambition?

White House forbids feds from reading WikiLeaked cables

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Security procedures

Yes, some other sites have mentioned that if an unclassified computer gets infected with classified data, it is a big problem because then the whole hard drive has to be shredded, as a standard security procedure. Imagine that happening to the mail server because somebody sent an e-mail about a cable he just read...

So, because nobody is willing to either declassify the lot, or create an exception to the security procedure, official unclassified computers must be kept clean by staying away from the bad stuff... This is actually a fairly valid explanation for a bureaucracy with many layers of rules.

However, this does not explain why university students have been warned to not talk of the cables on social networks, in case they ever want to work for the government. This may be paranoia, but it is fairly bone-chilling.

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Future employees to be careful

Boston University warned its students that posting about the leaks on social networks may look poorly when they apply to US government jobs. Getting these jobs entails a security check, which might just entail a google check for their name+wikileaks...

That I understand, this was not an official statement, just a warning to the students to be careful. What does it say about a government that merely commenting on the news may bar you from getting a government job?

Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history

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WikiLeaks dubs Amazon 'The Cowardly Liar'

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US gov forbidden to read leaks!

"White House Tells All Federal Agencies To Prohibit Unauthorized Employees From Wikileaks Site"


Now, this is comedy material. "Yes, we know that everybody in the world can read these leaks. But YOU are our F**ING EMPLOYEES and YOU will only read what we ALLOW you to read!"

A law school has also warned its students that talking about the leaks on social networks could possibly give them trouble if they apply for US gov positions. You never know.

There is an IT angle: this could be due to Standard Security Procedures(TM). Apparently, any unclassified hard disk that is found containing classified information has to be shredded and replaced. Talk about an IT support nightmare!


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Pass the popcorn

Quite honestly, the circus around the leaks is way more entertaining than the leaks themselves.

Will Joe Lieberman retract his claim that Amazon booted Wikileaks thanks to his intervention? Don't answer that. Ha ha.

Still, all this is probably the biggest concerted international effort to close down a website that the internet has known so far. It actually seems to give quite a lot of work to the people in Wikileaks, more than I would have thought. Still, it obviously will not work. Duh.

I am wondering at which point Wikileaks will just say: "screw that" and distribute a huge file with the remaining cables in one go, rather than the daily spoon feeding they did so far.

Oracle asserts non-existent open source trademark

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Like it is necessary to be right to send threatening lawyery letters. Just ask SCSO.

Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

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Don't cry

You still have the Olympics, you lucky dogs, you...

DDoS attack, sex warrant won't stop Assange's leaky discharge

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I think not

He's probably sworn off sex for the next few years, unless the partner first signs two contracts and an affidavit.

Even if it's PH.

People's Republic says it will purge self of illicit software

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Ha ha

Next, they'll tell us they will stop producing cheap imitations of luxury brands.

Ha ha.

Interpol issues arrest notice for Wikileaks' Julian Assange

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Paris Hilton

I bet he's regretting it...

I can't think of anybody else who must regret so much listening to his lower brain since Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

By the way, this is from the Wikipedia entry on Interpol:

"In order to maintain as politically neutral a role as possible, Interpol's constitution forbids its involvement in crimes that do not overlap several member countries,[3] or in any political, military, religious, or racial crimes.[4] Its work focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption."

I don't usually follow what Interpol actually does, but it looks like they are a bit out of their usual tracks, this time.

...Oh, Ecuador have apparently rescinded their offer, condemning the leaks. Apparently, diplomatic cables are still going from US to the Ecuador.

PH for the honey trap, of course

Wikileaks hit by second DDoS

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What Arab country?

You mean Iran? Tsk, tsk... Iran is not an Arab country (part of the reason an Arab country asked the Americans to bomb it)

How I saved the Macintosh

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I actually understood

That the author saved Apple by returning back to art school and stopping trying to sell them... ?

Canada steps closer to legalising sex work

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Prostitution legal?

From what the comments say, prostitution itself is already legal both in Canada and the UK.

...So that will be only the US still pretending that it is better to make it illegal than regulate it, I guess...

Oh, and of course, Muslim countries and China.

Dutch twaddle-prof lambasts Google Scholar

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Has never been a problem for me

Usually, I am looking for a very particular question. Either the Google Scholar results are about the right problem, or they are not. There is no "better" or "worse", just "yes" or "no".

If I am looking for new papers, I usually find them by searching which papers cite the papers that I already know.

Gamble to win and lose... and win

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As with precedent article...

Wouldn't you actually make more money by working at McDonald's? What is more, in a truly risk-free way? From my point of view, it would even be less boring.

There are quite a few things that can go wrong in such a scheme, from the bookie going bust to your connection lagging at the wrong time to a simple mistake in the betting. If anything happens, you are likely to lose everything... and eve if you win every time, the margins are small.

Go ahead if you have nothing better to do with your time. As for me, I do have.

Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

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Is there a complimentary sticker for your forehead with "I am a lose^H^H^H^H nerd^H^H^H^H geek" written on it?

WTF is... up with e-book pricing?

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I don't get it

Why are people complaining so much about the price of eBooks? Just buy a real book, then.

...Or could it be that you find eBooks so much more practical, because you can keep a whole library in a single device? Well, THAT advantage is something you should, obviously, pay for.

Honestly, I feel that people are complaining that the thing they find so much better and more useful and easier to use and easier to buy, actually costs more money.

Start-up pitches low-cost no-glasses 3D for iPad

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One of the problems...

It only works in one orientation, of course. Turn your device sideways, you lose the 3D.

Money for nothing – and your (gambling) kicks for free

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Sorry, how does this compare to a job at McDonald's?

In terms of how much time you spend, checking the fine print, placing opposing bets, just to earn 50 quids? (minus what you lose placing opposing bets, of course)

Not for me, thanks. But if you have the free time, go ahead...

USA to bin colour-code terror warning system - report

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Wrong colors, says the expert!

From the New York Times:

Amy Wax, president of the International Association of Color Consultants North America, said the use of “childish” primary colors like red, yellow and blue might have diluted the impact. “Purple, orange and magenta might create a sense of something that would get attention".

CLEARLY, this is an expert consultant.

Google sued for scanning emails of non-Gmail users

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OMG noes

When I send a postcard to someone, the postman actually scans the postcard to find the address of the person I am sending it to!

Angry Birds struggle to take on Androids

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Hang on, is it a performance problem, or something else?

Some comment imply that on a cheap low-end android, you should not expect high performance. But the article seems to imply that if it was just programmed in Flash, everything would work everywhere.

So which is it? If Android has low-end models that cannot run computation-intensive programs, that is understandable. If all models are powerful enough, but so different that is is a pain to code something that will work everywhere, that is a point against Android. On the other hand, if Flash really makes it simple to code for all models, then that is a point FOR android: "Just code it in Flash. Not that big of a deal."

Verizon revives Microsoft's unhappy hipster phone

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Good luck to them

Maybe they just could not get Microsoft to accept them, so it's that or the garbage dump...

I wouldn't want to be the salesman in charge of selling that. It really looks like a moving yard sale, and yet the price are not that attractive...

Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Big deal

Whenever I look for something that looks like a place, e.g. "san diego ca", I always get a Google Maps link in top position, never a Mapquest link or whatever equivalent Bing has.

My assumption always has been that the Google engine forcibly adds a Google Maps link, not that by some incredible chance, the best link was always that one...

Google's social 'problem' doesn't involve building Facebook rival

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We don't want to go through the hassle

We just want the data over who is friends with whom

Google: Oracle doctored that 'copied Java code'

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SURELY you jest

> First, in the US you can't sue anyone over anything. It has to pass a sniff test otherwise the lawyer > bringing the lawsuit can be disbarred.


Good to know you cannot sue for improper reasons in US... And that only cases that are legitimate are brought to court... *pffffrt* WA HA HA HA HA HA... sniff...

And you owe me a new keyboard!

China faces million-strong zombie phone horde

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I must be behind the times

I hardly ever click "continue" on anything on my smartphone. Probably means I'm not using it its full potential...

I would add that I feel safer because it is a iP**ne, but that is probably a baseless assumption

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