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Comment: Growing Up (Score 1) 384

by ConaxConax (#45795705) Attached to: Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

'We are reaching a place where the Internet is growing up. These changes represent a maturing (online) environment.' - what's so grown up about attaching real names to online posts? Is stifling anonymity really that mature, or is it just about easier peer pressure guided moderation with marketing prospects and profiling? Paper mail can be anonymous and they can send comments to newspapers that get published and people don't seem to have an issue with that, so what's the problem with it when it is online?

Comment: Small and Unreliable Sample? (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by ConaxConax (#45094995) Attached to: Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher

It seems a little risky to make such a story with the maths they are using. As the article says they tested 32 hand prints, and 24 handprints were female, with the algorithm determining if the handprints belonged to a male or female painter having an accuracy of 60%. That doesn't seem very conclusive to me.

Comment: The whole article in a post (Score 4, Informative) 122

by ConaxConax (#44530067) Attached to: "Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

I'm a Sky user in the UK, and I am here to post the text of the article:

"Website blocking has become a hot topic in the UK in recent weeks. Opponents of both voluntary and court-ordered blockades have warned about the potential collateral damage these blocking systems may cause, and they have now been proven right. As it turns out blocked sites can easily exploit the system and add new IP-addresses to Sky’s blocklist. As a result TorrentFreak has been rendered inaccessible to the ISP’s four million customers.

stop-blockedFollowing a High Court ruling last month, six UK ISPs are required to block subscriber access to the popular TV-torrent site EZTV.it.

The actions EZTV faces are not the first taken against a torrent site in the UK. The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and several other “pirate” sites have been blocked by previous court orders and remain inaccessible by conventional means.

However, over the past couple of days Sky subscribers noticed that the blocklist had been quietly expanded with a new site that’s certainly not covered by any court order – TorrentFreak.com.

Our site first became inaccessible on Wednesday night, only to be unblocked 14 hours later. However, about an hour ago it was again added to the blocklist.

The recent blocking spree is causing confusion among Sky subscribers who have no idea why TorrentFreak is longer accessible. However, we can confirm that the problem lies with Sky’s filtering software that is supposed to enforce the court-ordered torrent site blockades.

The owner of EZTV informed TorrentFreak that he used Geo DNS to point UK visitors to TorrentFreak’s IP-address. Soon after there were reports that our website had become inaccessible to Sky users."

Comment: Re:The only winning move.... (Score 1) 435

by ConaxConax (#43567171) Attached to: New Console Always-Online Requirements and <em>You</em>
It would help if reselling games had more value. Consider, new versions with come with DLC, second hand ones won't. New versions will come with all sorts of "cheap" passes for more DLC, second hand ones won't. PC games essentially can't be resold with many of them requiring online registration, or they tie you to something like Steam or EA's or Ubisoft's service. Consoles want to do what the PC has done for years.

For these reasons, unless you research every second hand game beforehand, buying used games is a minefield and if you want the "full game" with all the supposed DLC, it might cost less just to buy a new game with the DLC included. The customer has been screwed out of his right to sell his purchase properly.

Comment: Re:mega lolz (Score 1) 189

by ConaxConax (#41829555) Attached to: "Badass" Bug Infects and Kills Borderlands 2 Characters
Not quite! The Ring works in the way that showing it to someone else, ie/ passing it on, means that you won't be killed, unless you re-infect yourself. In this bug, even if you pass it on, you remain infected and vulnerable to permadeath unless you mod it out of your own account. Perhaps it's a bit like an extremely contagious STD, and that by engaging in an orgy with someone with this STD all participants catch it and and are able to pass it on and can only lose it if they medicate themselves (mod their saves).

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