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Comment: So-to-speak legal (Score 5, Interesting) 417

by Gaygirlie (#47907567) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

They have no evidence of you doing anything illegal, they cannot prove that everyone using Tor is a criminal, but even the hint of suspicion is apparently enough for them to cancel your subscription. I must ask, however, if such behaviour is "so-to-speak legal?"

Comment: Re:Education requested (Score 2) 74

by Gaygirlie (#47896241) Attached to: Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

However, scientists have struggled to generate human pluripotent stem cells that are truly pristine (also known as naïve). Instead, researchers have only been able to derive cells which have advanced slightly further down the developmental pathway. These bear some of the early hallmarks of differentiation into distinct cell types – they’re not a truly ‘blank slate’. This may explain why existing human pluripotent stem cell lines often exhibit a bias towards producing certain tissue types in the laboratory.

Taken from the article. Basically, even if they shouldn't show any bias towards the kinds of cells they'll transform into they still do, and that's why the need for true placenta.

Comment: Re:Let's push it further! (Score 1) 418

by Gaygirlie (#47890541) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

I hate the keyboards that come with laptops. I have a perfectly good USB keyboard that I always use. Why do manufactures insist on bundligna crappy chicklet keyboard on the hardware? I want a refund for the keyboard, since I never use it.

My laptop is also plugged into an external monitor (the 11" display is useless), so why am I forced to pay for a display?

Oh, but you aren't forced to any of that. They're called "desktops."

Comment: Re:So many things wrong here... (Score 1) 253

by Gaygirlie (#47823489) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

The former; it does not consume any resources whatsoever to keep one in a box somewhere. Obtaining one could consume some resources, but you can just store your old phone when you upgrade, thereby sidestepping even that issue. Cleaning up phones after they've been used as loaners by people, tracking who has been given what, charging people for broken loaners, making sure you always have an adequate number of loaners available and so on requires more resources and as such is less resource-efficient. Even less so if you take into account all the resources spent on drafting the laws and then upkeeping regulation on this, as per your rather naíve suggestion. Don't mix resource-efficiency with personal comfort.

Comment: Re:So many things wrong here... (Score 1) 253

by Gaygirlie (#47821125) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

You're not quite thinking this straight. In your case you got a replacement for your primary phone in a day. You can certainly get by one, single day on a less expensive phone. Also, there are hundreds of low-end Android-smartphones for $50 that can you well for that time, including Internet-access. There is no point in buying a high-end phone just to let it rot in storage.

Comment: Re:So many things wrong here... (Score 1) 253

by Gaygirlie (#47819081) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Now, (4) what if we mitigated the cost to the store by (a) only requiring them to give out a loaner phone, not necessarily the same model that you have (as I wrote elsewhere, I hate anything that doesn't have a slide-out keyboard, but I'd live) and (b) only requiring the loaner phones to be available from some store in the area, not necessarily the one where you bought your phone?

Or, you could just do the same as any sane person does and buy a second-hand phone that you can use as a backup should something happen to your primary one.

Comment: Re:Time to cut prices (Score 1) 98

by Gaygirlie (#47806417) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

I suspect my next CPU will be arm(MIPS)

ARM-devices are awesome, fun toys to play with. There's a good selection of them on if you happen to be interested. I think it's amazing how full-fledged a computer you can get with a 60€ ARM-device, you just need to supply a HDD, kb+m and display and POOF, you're all set. Plus most of the board allow you to tinker with all sorts of addon extensions and whatnot.

Comment: Re:neither science nor news. (Score 0) 54 is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

Doesn't look good. The colour scheme is basically lots of grey and a splash of red here and there, and why the fuck are there some icons at the top that are spaced oddly and don't fit with the theme at all or do anything useful accessibility-wise?

Comment: And we should care? (Score 0) 54

It's a suit made of metal, of course it's going to protect him against some small fireworks. He didn't invent anything here, metal suits for protective purposes have been around for hundreds of years and in this case it's even pretty poorly made, too. If I covered myself in bricks and then had fireworks launched at the bricks would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?"

Comment: Re:Because the summary won't tell you (Score 2) 73

by Gaygirlie (#47760217) Attached to: MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released


What makes it decentralized? Do the MediaGoblin-servers communicate with one another? Do they allow browsing of all the servers' contents? I mean, if they're just servers running on machines and not actually communicating with one another then they aren't "decentralized" platform at all. I took a look on their website and at least at a glance I couldn't find anything actually explaining what makes it a decentralized platform.

Comment: Re:They're not gamers. (Score 2) 276

by Gaygirlie (#47741163) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

The obvious questions here are: how many hours, exactly, does one have to play a week to belong in this group of "gamers?" Does the type of the game being played determine if they are "gamers" or not? What if they have long stretches where they don't play at all and long stretches when they don't do much else than play?

Comment: Re:What's the problem... (Score 1) 92

by Gaygirlie (#47701725) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

How? ON what basis? Apple is not based in China, and there certainly isn't any international law that would compel Apple to do so. You argue:

If they wish to do business in China they have to comply with the Chinese law. It's that simple. I can't for example launch a company here, then start breaking the laws in the US while still being able to do business there. I have no idea why that is so damn difficult for you to understand.

So you really think China would willy-nilly force Apple out of the country, and in the process (because they would have no choice) shut down some of their own largest companies, which make Apple products?

The factories do a lot of parts for a lot of companies, not just Apple. They would not be shut down if they lost Apple, they'd still have plenty of other customers.

You really don't get it. Governments can't just do any old shit they want, and damn the economy. I mean, we know Obama thinks he can, and look at the mess he's made.

The Chinese economy isn't dependant on Apple.

Comment: Re:What's the problem... (Score 1) 92

by Gaygirlie (#47687389) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

You still aren't getting it. The whole point here is that unlike Chinese citizens, Apple does not have to ask for permission to store its encryption keys offshore. It can store them anywhere it damned well pleases. And if the Chinese government doesn't like that, well, they can just close down those companies that work for Apple. Which... coincidence? I think not... are some of the largest, most successful businesses in China.

Oh, please, don't be stupid. I never said Apple needs to ask for permission to store keys anywhere, I said the government can come and tell Apple to give access to the data. As for the companies: why would the Chinese shut down other companies when they can shut down Apple themselves? Apple can't conduct business on the Chinese soil unless the Chinese government lets them, so they have no other choice than to do anything the government tells them to. If Apple were to decline the government could stop Apple from selling any devices at all in China, ban all import of Apple-devices, ban all export of parts and devices to Apple, throw any Apple-employees in China in jail for contempt of court and basically ruin Apple as a company since they still totally rely on Chinese import of parts for their devices. Do you really believe that Apple would be willing to ruin themselves like that worldwide, just to spite the government?

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?