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Comment: Re:LOL ... no ... (Score 1) 251

by Sarin (#47067913) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return

I used to play Descent in 3d back in '97 with liquid crystal shutter glasses (SimulEyes VR) it was the bee's knees in those days (and expensive).

It rocked, especially over the IPX network against my housemates and neighbours. Good memories.

I'm looking forward to using the next generation headsets for this to play against my new housemates (my kids).

Comment: Re: Ruby is a great language (Score 3, Interesting) 65

by Sarin (#45783287) Attached to: Ruby 2.1.0 Released

And I accidently sent my comment away. The syntax is great, but I don't like the way Ruby hasn't crystallized yet. Every new version they somehow remove compatibility with the old versions, that's bad. My scripts stop working and I have to fix everything, this is not userfriendly.

Documation is scattered and incomplete. It's something that needs to fixed if they want to get to version 4

+ - Dutch Security Services Plan NSA Style Phone And Internet Monitoring->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes " reports, "... Dutch secret services ... plan to expand the scope of their monitoring services to cover internet and telephone traffic and ministers are sympathetic At the moment, the security services are only allowed to collect bulk details about conversations made via satellite or short wave. But they want to expand the scope of the legislation to cover internet and cable-based telephone connections ... In a couple of weeks ... legislation will be published and is expected to recommend revisions to take account of new technology. ... the security services have already ordered listening systems which will allow them to bulk collect data about internet and telephone traffic. ... the secret service supervisory board CTIVD has no plans to intervene ... Internet privacy lobby group Bits of Freedom has already warned that any expansion of the security services' powers would be 'totally unacceptable' ... a public prosecution department official has said police and the justice ministry tap so many phones and internet connections that they are compromising on quality and investigation capacity. ... in the Netherlands we are tapping like crazy.' The Netherlands is already the most heavily phone-tapped country in the world. " — The Las Vegas Sun reports: Dutch government taken to court over NSA links — More at ZDNet, WSJ, and telecompaper "
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Comment: Re:I'm for this (Score 1) 394

by Sarin (#45285369) Attached to: NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters

The NSA could detect anomalous phenomena or detect certain sociological patterns that are impossible to find unless you monitor as much as possible on a global scale.

It would be logical for them to look. If what they find can be exploited, it would be much more powerful and stealthy than any new conventional weapon.

Nobody's looking for a new a-bomb anymore, except for the acclaimed terrorists.

Comment: Re:Some people... (Score 1) 621

by Sarin (#44942533) Attached to: GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

No, your kid is probably not going to be "irreparably mentally harmed" from being exposed to violent video games too early. But there is such a thing as exposing a kid to shit that they're too young to handle (or understand). And that's not a good thing.

A kid's innocence is a precious thing, and it's a shame to squander it too early. That doesn't mean I want to have my 12-year-old still believing in Santa Claus, but I also don't want him introduced to the ugly world of violent crime, drugs, and prostitution while he's still in kindergarten either.

You probably have the best comment here so far.

It all depends how you support your kids. If you don't have time to set the moral standards for your kid (because you're a single parent and gone all day - keep this in mind when watching Dr.Phil in the distant future) and buy GTA5 to basically babysit your teenager - you're in trouble.


Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers 525

Posted by Soulskill
from the protecting-you-from-yourselves dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A man with a neurological disorder is currently pushing the TSA to release a full list of its policies and procedures after a series of incidents in which he was harassed while trying to fly. His condition requires medical liquids and causes episodic muteness, and the TSA makes his encounters very difficult. From January: 'Boston Logan TSA conducted an illegal search of my xray-cleared documents (probably motivated either by my opting out or by my use of sign language to communicate). They refused to give me access to the pen and paper that I needed to communicate. Eventually they gave it to me, but then they took it away in direct retaliation for my using it to quote US v Davis and protest their illegal search (thereby literally depriving me of speech). They illegally detained me for about an hour on spurious, law enforcement motivated grounds (illegal under Davis, Aukai, Fofana, Bierfeldt, etc). ... TSA has refused to comply with the ADA grievance process; they are over a month beyond the statutory mandate for issuing a written determination.'"

+ - NASA's News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery->

Submitted by Totally_Tux
Totally_Tux (452763) writes "This looks like a significant event, has something been found? From the press release:

"NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at ""

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