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Comment: Re:I R Pharaoh! (Score 1) 368

by flappinbooger (#47873935) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

pshaw, personal space programs are so 00's!
The new hotness is life extension research and personal immortality.

Minecraft is already pretty transhuman.

You can change your skin at will, appearing in different worlds with a completely different appearance but it's still you. You can die on one world and appear on another world with a different skin - but it's still you.

I know many modern sci fi novels have embraced this body swapping idea either as a main plot point or as a normal practice in the sci-fi universe.

Comment: Re:So if I... (Score 1) 362

by flappinbooger (#47867507) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Thats nothing. I use a VPN everyday for my company's cloud based accounting system. My entire department is staffed by pirates.

The BBC is Tone Deaf .... With the revelations that the NSA and the GCHQ are basically tapping THE WORLD how the expletive do they NOT expect ... The World ... to start using VPN?

You can buy a year subscription to privateinternetaccess for something like $35, you can pay with bitcoin, and you can use it on PC, linux, and android and presumably iOS and mac. And there are others but that's what I got, just for kicks. It even comes with a DEDICATED PROXY that you can plug into uTorrent. HA HA HA. and it works. It all works seamlessly and reliably and very very fastly.

But of course I've only downloaded linux distros with it and not top gear episodes.

VPN are only going to get more commonplace for every day internet using. Because screw you, NSA.

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 523

by flappinbooger (#47861289) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

This request by ATT is a desperate grasp to stay relevant.

ATT has one asset, and that is countless miles of copper strewn about the country. Very old copper. Aging. Decrepit.

Where I live there are a couple ways to get DSL service, but they ALL lease the ATT phone lines. I've had their service from a local telecom, and there were TONS of problems, and all of the problems were with the crap ATT phone lines themselves.

The copper works fine for voice, and will work for data as well, up to what, 20 megabit MAX? Most places can only manage 3 megabit, some 1.5 megabit under ideal conditions, such as no rain or high wind recently.

If the very definition of "Broadband" moves to 10, ATT will no longer be able to call what they sell broadband. This is because the infrastructure that they have milked to death and are likely unable to truly maintain at this point will be unable to provide that service to many places.

Comment: Re:Al Gore warned about it. (Score 1) 67

by flappinbooger (#47823993) Attached to: Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

You know, if you keep building more and more high ways the cities will sprawl uncontrollably. Al Gore warned us about it back in 2000. (If he had not, he would have, I mean at least it is the sort of thing he would have warned about). Now we have sprawled to some 500 million light year diameter. When you face that impossibly long commute, remember that prophetic sage.

Al Gore is not a prophet

Comment: Re:I'm starting to wonder... (Score 2) 182

by flappinbooger (#47823969) Attached to: Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

I encourage you to think carefully about what you care most about and sign up as a steady, long-term donor to a few causes that are really important to you... this is of far more long-term benefit than episodic giving.

I recommend the Free Software Foundation.

dump a bucket of microsoft disk cases and old win95 floppies on your head for the FSF challenge

Comment: Re:Alleged leaker already named (Score 1) 336

by flappinbooger (#47802553) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

This seems to explain how the pictures were acquired and that it wasn't just one guy stealing them and it isn't just one guy distributing them:

This is going to be harder to control and contain than the DefDist 3D printed gun part cad files when they got taken down by the DoD. In other words, absolutely impossible.

What was even more clever was doing it on a holiday weekend, everyone's barbecuing.

Comment: Re:Here they come... (Score 2) 336

by flappinbooger (#47802525) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Fact of the matter is, tech-types who should know better still struggle with digital security and lose; laymen don't really have a chance.

The only winning move is not to play.

I'm just surprised this didn't happen sooner. Perhaps the amount of hip/trendy celebs using iphones/mac/icloud just reached critical mass and this is the resulting explosion.

To get philosophical about it. this is another example of the cool people getting owned by the geeks. Revenge of the nerds, right? Too soon?

Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 1) 336

by flappinbooger (#47802505) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

You get a shot at seeing boobies and all the sudden all those complaints you have about the NSA peeking at your files goes flying out the window. When that's brought up all the sudden we've got something worthwhile to spend our mod-points on. Cute.

Let me make this simple in case there's a post-fap-clearer-head lurking around this area of the thread: No, you do not have a good reason to acquire those photos. Yes, you are a bad person for grabbing them and sharing them. No, modding my posts down does not make me wrong about it. You lot, and you know who you are, are despicable.

Jennifer Lawrence, is that you?

Comment: Re:How much is due to Congestion (Score 2) 72

by flappinbooger (#47628961) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

My Japan wifi experience was: amazing speeds, 20 hours a day, completely unusable for 4 hours a day. Fortunately there was an ethernet port - far more valuable to me than wifi.

Yeah, before I went to Japan my "assumption" was that every square inch of the place was wired. Internet everywhere. All I'd ever seen was pictures of that one busy street in Tokyo with all the lights and glitz.

This was in Onoda, and we were staying in what I heard was "the only" western style hotel. If I recall it was a wired connection only, and the entire service would go down periodically, pretty much daily. I'd have to go to the front desk and say "internet down. no internet. can please fix?" or something of that nature and hope they would understand and go back into the back and reset it.

It was funny because they would recognize every westerner on the trip by face and hand each of us our correct room key when we came back to the hotel without a word, just a smile and a nod.

Sigh. That was a good trip, I hope to go back sometime. Very nice people and a beautiful country. Very memorable, especially the visit to Hiroshima and the museum there. I'd never felt quite that awkward before, as a US citizen in the Hiroshima museum.

Comment: Re:How much is due to Congestion (Score 1) 72

by flappinbooger (#47625485) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

I've never had good internet service, really good, on hotel wifi - with one exception.

The worst was in Japan, go figure. It was down half the time, and no-one at the front desk spoke english. Fun fun fun. I was probably in the Japanese equivalent of Gary - in the ONLY Western style hotel in the city. Any more native and I'm pooping in a hole in the floor.

My one memorable good connection - I was at a UTM appliance training session and the wifi in the room connected me to lousy service, however the training company got the hotel to hook the training room up to the GOOD STUFF. We were connected to rock solid service with sustained upload and download both in the 47 megabit range.

So, congestion - yes. My guess is that they put the rooms to a ganged up and metered port whereas the admin connection is free and clear.

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.