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Comment: Moving is always an option (Score 1) 405

by gowen (#48380129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

"When I ask my other tech friends what they would do, they simply suggest changing ISPs. Nobody likes Comcast, but I don't have a choice here. I'm two years into a three-year contract. So, moving is not an option"

Moving is always an option. But you have to eat the cost of one year of Comcast. Sorry, but that's your solution.

Comment: I see his point... (Score 1) 109

But I can't really agree with it.

As someone who played Elite on the BBC B in the 80s, let's look at the what made different:

i) massive, open ended universe and freedom to make one's way, within a convincing universe of varying dangerousness
ii) strong element on trading, and with combat as a means to grab extra goodies and facilitate profitable acquisition of cash
iii) missions, and a progression of deadliness - that unlocks cooler gear and more dangerous missions and story progression

Does that not sound like most MMORPG ever invented? Could that not be WoW, or Skyrim?

Games like Elite don't not-exist, they're practically the norm. It's just that they were groundbreaking in 1983, and now everyone's seen them 1000 times over.

Comment: Freedom Of Speech, eh? (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by gowen (#36278540) Attached to: Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case

Freedom of speech does not include the right to slander or libel people you don't like, and it absolutely does not include the right to do so anonymously. You have the right to free speech - but you also must obey the libel laws, and you must be prepared to take the legal consequences of your free speech.

Comment: Caution: Unpopular Opinion (Score 1) 185

by gowen (#34733058) Attached to: Hungarian Officials Can Now Censor the Media

Seriously folks, no-one is looking at the free US Media and saying "That is the model to which we should all aspire". Would I rather have a democratic government or Rupert Murdoch controlling the media - well, I'd rather have neither - but at least I can vote out a democratic government.

Fox News or The BBC - no fucking contest....

Comment: Oh how clever... (Score 2, Funny) 133

by gowen (#33095946) Attached to: Silent, Easily Made Android Rootkit Released At DefCon

I've noticed a 0-day vulnerability in old ladies in that I can hit them over the head with a cudgel and steal their handbags. I'm going to a black-hat muggers conference to hand out cudgels and more detailed instruction. But that doesn't make be an utter scumbag, oh no. I'm a "security researcher", that's what I am, only interested in increased security for old ladies.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.

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