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Comment Re:It won't happen anyway (Score 1) 220

A DS and like 50 games is a good start. Thats roughly the size of a shoebox. An e-reader with a memory card full of things is another good one. I assume communication with home would be on the agenda as well.

I would assume the others on the ship would make for good conversation as well.

Comment Re:Windows 8 seems like a solid product (Score 4, Interesting) 558

You use a subscriber account to read the articles early, but use a different account to post shill. Just keep mashing F5 on the main page with your text ready in notepad. That way you avoid the karma hit and recognition as a shill poster. Just make a new one when it outlives its usefulness.

I'm not sure how it can be fixed off the top of my head. Maybe prevent new accounts from getting top post until they've made X other posts?

Comment Re:How stupid they think hackers are? (Score 1) 184

He used a subscriber account to read the story early, type up a rather lengthy response, and then posted it using a brand-new account. You can tell this because his comment was posted in the same minute as the article, yet clearly took more than one minute to post. Astroturfers seem to use this method to post scathing commentary about company X (Google seems to be the most common), while avoiding the permanent karma hit (and recognition as an astroturfer) to their subscriber account.

It could also just be a troll posing as an astroturfer, and using this method to irritate the community. That distinction is largely irrelevant, however.

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