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Comment: Re:How will this help me play angry birds? (Score 1) 75

I think this is totally awesome, really I do. But I'm not really sure what I'd use it for.

What sort of everyday things would someone use a scanner for? (No, scanning a widget to make a 3d printed version of it does not count as everyday.)

3d printing is the future, this goes along with that.

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) 363

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) 533

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?

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken