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Submission + - PJ shutters Groklaw

The Cornishman writes: Early this morning, EDT, Pamela Jones, better known across the world as PJ posted what would appear to be her final article, marking the end of Groklaw. Her reason? The forced exposure which she feels from ubiquitous surveillance makes it impossible to continue to interact with Groklawers over the Internet, and she did always say she couldn't do Groklaw without email. As casualties of Big Brotherism go, this is pretty major. Personally, I thought Groklaw was a force for good in the world.

Comment D&D Heroes (old xbox) (Score 1) 550

For some reason, D&D Heroes worked well for me and my wife.

She'd pick a sword wielding warrior type and charge anything that moved and I'd pick a mage to do support.
Both had fun. The warrior has lots of action and doesn't require fine tuned 'aim the arrow' motor skills like that of a ranger.

I've been looking for a modern variant for PS3 of this ever since, but the games with multiplayer seems to use
the second player more as a sidekick and less as a companion.

Comment End game scenario "no miners"? (Score 1) 191

Imagine there are no miners. This is the practical endgame result when the chance of solving a block drops so low there is no point for ordinary users to be a miner.

Why would I run a Bitcoin client then? What are my incentives?

The health of the bit coin network or maybe society? There will always be some that do this. But most people value short gain profit over anything else.. Ref 'tragedy of the commons' or for that matter 'environment problem X'.

Perhaps I will run it because I use Bitcoin myself? I would certainly use it in the moments I need access to Bitcoins.
But in the 'idle' periods? I have no incentive, this would just be another bandwidth user and potential entrance into my system.

Give me incentive. Give me a chance of 'earning' something running my client and I would probably run it. But in my scenario, remember that there is no practical chance of getting a payment for a new block, so I would be interested in earning the transaction fee instead.

But once you have incentive for doing something, you run into the Sybil problem the Microsoft researchers try to defeat with their hybrid model. Assume zombie networks with lots of machines running for this purpose, and they might be able to at least push their odds in their favor.

The Microsoft analysis seems to be a sound analysis, given some assumptions. I believe that we, as technical people, should do less posturing and more scientific method. If you disagree, see if you can disprove that their assumptions were correct or try to prove a different model. I happen to agree.

Comment Re:When they fix something they should tell people (Score 1) 149

It sounds like you mix up 'not treating you' with 'treating you any way they please'.

By that I mean that what you see as 'poor treatment' could as well be seen as 'no capacity to respond'.

I was going to write something here on how 'real' game companies treat forums and tasks spawned from forums, but really. There is no point.
If a "quit your whining"-post was enough to prevent you from rejoining FoldIt, then I don't believe it was really ever an option. Maybe you were in it because of the social hooks and the achievements, not because it was fun? That would certainly explain why bad customer support killed it for you.

Anyway, you don't find it worth your time. And that's fair enough, it's your time.

Comment Re:I have another, related question: (Score 1) 374

You can find some master/slave power strips that only gives power to the slave outputs if the master output is drawing more than a certain amount of power.
Put your computer on the master output and the monitor/printer/whatever on the slave outputs.
When you then suspend or turn off the computer, the peripherals power down.

Comment Re:The e-mail from Mt.Gox. (Score 1) 642

Google had flagged supicious activity on my e-mail account as well, but I had used a unique password generated with "Keypass Password Safe", my new best friend. (Seriously, with ~100 passwords, this is a good way to keep them unique).

This may be the first time I know my paranoia has been useful, but I'm feeling pretty good about paranoia today.


Wiimote Turns TV into Touchless MS Surface 104

RemyBR writes "User interface project allows you to control objects on a display using gestures, working like Microsoft's Surface but without touching the screen at all. Inspired by Johnny Chung Lee's work, the system requires you to wear Minority Report-style gloves equipped with infrared emitters on your fingertips. A Wiimote on top of the display keeps track of these IR LEDs, while the software can read the motion down to two-finger pinching gestures for image zooming."
The Internet

Submission + - e-culture, slashdotism, futurism, blogofascism (salon.com)

hyperball writes: "Siegel gives a dissatisfied account of the new "e-society" as it emerges from the pre-2k society to whatever we are building for this century. The Salon account[Louis Bayard] convincingly stays away from Siegel's critique with regards to the likes of Gawker and YouTube... when he writes that "the Internet is possibly the most radical transformation of private and public life in the history of humankind,"... Knowledge is "devalued into information." ... [Our interior lives are being] "packaged like merchandise," and "the sources of critical detachment are drying up, as book supplements disappear from newspapers and what passes for critical thinking in the more intellectually lively magazines gives way to the Internet's emphasis on cuteness, novelty, buzz, and pursuit of the 'viral." So two things: technology is changing society/human relationships, is it for better or for worse? and, should'nt ./ be concerned not only with the latest technological advancements, but with the forecasting and construction of "the future"'s ideas? I mean, why do i read this in Salon, when ./ readers should be able to be main contributors to this discourse."
The Internet

Submission + - Geist's Fair Copyright for Canada Principles

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian law prof Michael Geist has been leading the charge against a Canadian DMCA including the creation a Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group that now has more than 38,000 members. Having delayed the legislation, he now outlines what Canadians should be fighting for — more flexible fair dealing, a balanced implementation of the WIPO Internet treaties, an ISP safe harbour, and a modernized backup copy provision.

Submission + - Bill Proposes Database of Offenders to Aid Dating (sacbee.com)

globaljustin writes: A California state bill would create an online database open to the public of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.

"If you're online, Googling and looking for information on someone you met in a bar or on MySpace, this would provide a tool for people to go and look to see if someone who is suspicious and a little creepy has a history of violence," said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who introduced the bill.

Also reported by the New York Times and GCN

The Courts

Submission + - Type host -l, pay $50,000+ and perhaps go to jail (spamsuite.com) 1

Joe Wagner writes: "In a written judgment that has only become public today, anti-spammer David Ritz has lost the SLAPP lawsuit filed by Jerry Reynolds filed for running "unauthorized" DNS lookups on their servers. Knowing "commands are not commonly known to the average computer user" can get you into serious peril in some judges' court rooms.

I kid you not. The Judge ruled that "In all intended uses of a zone transfer, the secondary server is operated by the same party that operates the primary server." The original complaint is here.

Ritz was a thorn in Reynolds' side during the years when Ritz was trying to get the Netzilla/Sexzilla porn spam operation to stop spamming. Reynolds has been quite aggressive in trying to get his past erased from the net (including forged cancel posts). The North Dakota Judge also awarded attorneys fee which could theoretically make the total bill over $500k for doing a domain zone transfer. Reynolds also filed a criminal complaint against Ritz which was on hold pending resolution of this trial.

Here is a literal worst-case scenario of what can happen when a court fails miserably to understand technology. The judge ruled:

Ritz has engaged in a variety of activities without authorization on the Internet. Those activities include port scanning, hijacking computers, and the compilation and publication of Whois lookups without authorization from Network Solutions.
The port scanning/hijacking computers is posting a test message through one of Verizon's machines to prove to Verizon they had an open relay — i.e. posting to 0.verizon.security via the relay a note to Verizon's security saying "What's it going to take to get you to secure this gaping hole in what you call your network," or words to that effect. Verizon apparently had no problem with the demo post and closed the relay.

Take note, for those anti-spammers out there, this Judge is ruling that if you post the whois record for a spammer's domain your are doing a malicious, tortious act.

There is a legal defense fund that was set up for his case. I believe he does not have the resources to appeal and this would be a very bad precedent to stand."


Submission + - Ford Claims Ownership Of Your Pictures (bmcforums.com)

Mike Rogers writes: "In a move that can only be described as "Copyright Insanity", Form Motor Company now claims that they hold the rights to ANY image of a Ford vehicle, even if it's a picture you took of your own car. The Black Mustang Club wanted to put together a calendar featuring member's cars and print it through CafePress, but an attorney from Ford nixed the project, stating that the calendar pics and "anything with one of (member's) cars in it infringes on Ford's trademarks which include the use of images of THEIR vehicles." Does Ford have the right to prevent you from printing images of a car you own?"

Submission + - Facebook: Worse Than Big Brother? (guardian.co.uk)

behe101 writes: "Tom Hodgkinson in today's Guardian has analysed the people behind Facebook and their terrible privacy policy in a scathing attack on the website. "I despise Facebook. This enormously successful American business describes itself as "a social utility that connects you with the people around you". But hang on. Why on God's earth would I need a computer to connect with the people around me? Why should my relationships be mediated through the imagination of a bunch of supergeeks in California? What was wrong with the pub?""

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