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Comment The Matrix is coming... (Score 1) 85

And this is why we needed Operation Dark Storm to blacken the sky when the Machines tried to take over. "We don't know who struck first, us or them, but we know that it was us that scorched the sky. At the time, they were dependent on solar power and it was believed that they would be unable to survive without an energy source as abundant as the sun." - Morpheus

Comment Favourite PC Games By Hours Spent Playing Them (Score 1) 382

Most played PC games list (from most to least): Rome: Total War (most number of hours played by far) Master of Orion 2 (love this game to bits, but a pity that you can't terraform toxic planets) Deus Ex 1 (perhaps my most favourite game, replayed it from start to finish dozens of times) Skyrim (Still haven't finished it; I never get around to finishing the main quest line before another game comes along to steal my attention away) Fallout 3 (and New Vegas) Starcraft 1 (favourite LAN game of old) Freelancer (favourite space shooter of all time, EVE doesn't even compare to this game IMHO) Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3 (about equal amounts of time on each, #3's ending was a let down) Hitman (loved them all, Blood Money is probably my favourite) Counter-Strike (second favourite LAN game, still play Counter-Strike: Source from time to time) Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 (KOTOR) (Force Choking and Force Pushing enemies off cliffs after a hard day at work is a great stress reliever) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 & 2 (see comment above, should be played on PS3, PC version is a bad port) Star Control 2 (love the story line, was saddened by how bad Star Control 3 was) Civilization 2 (used to play as a LAN game, almost always played as the Germans, the Panzer tank was just too much fun to Blitzkrieg the enemy with) Rome 2: Total War (playing it now, hopefully they will get all the bugs out some day soon, finished as the Romans and as the Spartans)

Comment Re:Obviously foreign states can sue you (Score 2) 139

Does the local police force working under the direction and supervision of a foreign govt count as a 'procedural error' as well?

Just in the case that you're actually interested in the response, it's going to disappoint you : no. Imagine if that were true : you'd just have to cross a single jurisdiction line and you'd get away with any crime whatsoever. That doesn't quite work.

Ah, but it does work! Ever heard of non-extradition countries? There are quite a few of them:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, and Vietnam. Also note that Taiwan is one for now but the US is currently talking to them about it.

Comment He fails to explain how many jobs will be created (Score 1) 3

He fails to explain how many jobs will be created by new technology in the next 18 years. Technological Unemployment is one of the most powerful forces in market economics, but when those people become unemployed they become available in new areas using technology not yet created in the present time period. Take the Agricultural Revolution, it ended with mass unemployment due to the advent of John Deere's steel plough, but those unemployed masses moved into the cities and started the Industrial Revolution, a nett movement of 94% of the working population from 1800 until 1995 (Rifkin, The End Of Work, 1995). Note that this figure doesn't factor in the increasing participation of women in the work force.

Submission + - Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months in Prison ( 4

wiredmikey writes: A hacker who tried to land an IT job at Marriott by hacking into the company’s computer systems and then unwisely extorting the company into hiring him, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

The hacker started his malicious quest to land a job at Marriott by sending an email to Marriott containing documents taken after hacking into Marriott servers to prove his claim. He then threatened to reveal confidential information he obtained if Marriott did not give him a job in the company’s IT department.

He was granted a job interview, but little did he know, Marriott worked with the U.S. Secret Service to create a fictitious Marriott employee for the use by the Secret Service in an undercover operation to communicate with the hacker. He then was flown in for a face to face “interview” where he admitted more and shared details of how he hacked in. He was then arrested and pleaded guilty back in November 2011.

Marriott claims that the incident cost the company between $400,000 and $1 million in salaries, consultant expenses and other costs.

Submission + - Text message brands Quebec man a terror suspect

An anonymous reader writes: Saad Allami likely never expected that a simple text message of encouragement would have turned his life upside down. But as seen in a similar case of absurd overreaction by authorities, a simple text message is all it takes to have yourself branded as a terrorist. From the article: The Quebec man says he was arrested by provincial police while picking up his seven-year-old son at school. A team of police officers stormed into his home, telling his wife she was married to a terrorist. And his work colleagues were detained for hours at the U.S. border because of their connection to him.

Submission + - Google in battle with its own lawyers (

An anonymous reader writes: Google is at daggers end with a law firm it's been using since 2008, after discovering that lawyers in the law firm, named Pepper Hamilton LLP, were representing a patent licensing business that sued Google's Android partners last month.

Google has claimed that Pepper Hamilton LLP never provided notice that it was hired by Digitude Innovations LLC, the firm that filed patent infringement complaints against Google's business allies.

The Military

Submission + - India Buys Jet Fighter: Not American ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: While America has offered the F-16, F-18 and now the stealth F-35 fighter, India picked for its new multi-role attack jet a low cost, older French plane. Why? For one it is cheaper and two, if American/Indian relations go bad, can they get the parts and equipment to keep the planes in the air? It seems prudence beat out the latest in technology.

Submission + - 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030 ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: At last week's TEDxReset event in Istanbul, Futurist Thomas Frey predicted over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030. He paints a pretty convincing argument in this overview of five industries – where the jobs will be going away and the jobs that will likely replace at least some of them – over the coming decades.

Comment Re:Should've done this already (Score 1) 583

Australia is full of animals and insects bred to kill anything else that they come across. Even the cute looking Koala is extremely vicious in the wild, their claws and teeth are razor sharp for climbing trees and eating leaves. Try New Zealand, there isn't much that can kill you, let alone bite you, as the European settlers, Maori and intentionally released European species of animals have killed off nearly everything remotely dangerous.

Comment Re:Should've done this already (Score 1) 583

Those who have the ability to travel will do so if the place is better than where they are now. The world once only allowed in people who could get there by themselves, and had something to offer the host country. Now any man and his dog can immigrate and countries are struggling to find legal reasons to say no to them because of human rights legislation set up after WW2 by the United Nations. 95% of all refugees never get a job in their host country which results in a 100% drain on social services, infrastructure, utilities, etc. because even the 5% who do work use more tax money than they pay. This assertion was backed up by a recent British study that did the calculations. Supreme Justice Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled that "Human rights do not prescribe national suicide," and with these few words may well see the western world turning against the flood of illegal immigrants, asylum seekers, and assorted refugees into First World countries from the Third World.

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