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Piracy

Submission + - GCSB illegally intercepted data in Dotcom case (scoop.co.nz)

karit writes: Prime Minister John Key today announced he has requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau. Mr Key says the Crown has filed a memorandum in the High Court in the Megaupload case advising the Court and affected parties that the GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants issued in the case. The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority.

Comment Finally (Score 0) 130

Direct link to download HD version (quicktime)
http://trailers.apple.com/movies/wb/thehobbit1/hobbit-tlr1-3mm4_h1080p.mov

Also, Hobbiton is 37km's that way from my house [[points]] but of course when I went to visit they hadn't started on the Hobbit yet.
We got a discount and a tour of the farm with the owner. Best quote: "You wouldn't pay NZ$60 to go and see some bloke's paddock"

Games

Submission + - Humble Bundle 6 Released (humblebundle.com)

gentryx writes: "The next incarnation of the indie games Humble Bundle has been released. Games included are
  • Rochard, a sci-fi platformer
  • Shatter, a reloaded breakout clone
  • Space Pirates and Zombies, 2d, top-down spaceship arcade action
  • Torchlight, an RPG in a fantasy setting
  • Vessel, a puzzle/platform hybrid
  • Dustforce, another take on wiping the dust of the platformer genre
"

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Humble Indie Bundle 6 Released (humblebundle.com)

quantumphaze writes: "You can pay whatever you want to get these DRM-free games on Mac, Windows, and Linux: the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also receive the incredible, frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce! Many of the games also come with their own soundtrack!"

Comment My thoughts... (Score 4, Interesting) 135

My thoughts in order:
- Have I got the cards to do this?
- What cards could I substitute to achieve the same thing?
- Could I optimize or simplify this and reduce the number of required cards?
- Do *really* I want to sit down and figure this out?
- Could I simulate this in one of the many (open source) mtg cardgame engines?

Android

Submission + - Nokia and Microsoft at Last Chance Saloon (stuff.co.nz) 2

madmarcel writes: There's something missing from this article though: Microsoft can just keep throwing money at this problem until they get it right...

"Microsoft and Nokia are loading up for their best — and possibly last — shot at denting a smartphone market dominated by Apple's iPhone and Google's Android mobile software.

If the new Lumia phones do not appeal to consumers when they are unveiled next Wednesday, it could mean the end for Nokia, and a serious blow to Microsoft's attempts to regain its footing in the mobile market, analysts and investors said."

Comment Re:I see a problem... (Score 2) 96

No.

Some of the asteroids are valued at several billions of dollars each. They contain resources that our industries need. The trick is; how can I economically reach that concentrated valuable stuff floating in space AND get it back to earth? (The answer involves robots...)

Contrast with itty bitty teensie weensie little bits of worthless plastic floating in non-concentrated form in big big ocean...which you want to use to make rather ugly plastic chairs...

Comment I see a problem... (Score 4, Interesting) 96

There is an online documentary on the 'floating garbage islands' somewhere. Not really islands. Just lots of little itty bits of plastic spread over a huuuuge area.

Since the plastic debris is spread thinly over a large large area, you'd need to blow through a fair bit of fuel to collect sufficient amounts of plastic to make a chair.

Doable? yes.
Economical? No.

Unless you could do this with a sailing boat, or a solar powered boat...and from the article...that boat doesn't look like either.

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