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  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 5:20pm

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    Actually, you guys in US have to keep the eggs refrigerated because the regulations require producers to clean the eggs and destroy a natural layer of protection of the eggs in process.

    In Europe, washing eggs isn't common, and also most eggs can be kept without refrigeration for a few days without any problems.

    There's a very good article on Forbes about these differences between US and Europe : -supermarket-and-vice-versa/3/
  • Mar 3rd, 2014 @ 3:52pm

    The list

    Dave Jones mentioned in the forum that the name was in a system called "restricted party screening" :

    While Element14 probably had no obligation to use it, they probably accepted to use it in order to be able to distribute certain parts from some US manufacturers, or in order to sell parts in US.

    The system however is very dumb and just matches anyone by name or surname, without considering location, ethnicity, age ... so a David L. Jones can match Dave Jones and so on.
  • Oct 2nd, 2013 @ 2:14pm

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    There's also the case of the last posting on Pinac showing several cops jumping and beating a kid who was shouting at them from across the street.
    Apparently, the kid was so hard to control that a cop with a dog had to come and unleash his dog on the kid injuring him.

    See the post and videos in the links in the post: cing-dog-non-resisting-man/

    I wonder what would have happened if a regular person were to jump in, to try to "help" the four cops.
  • Jun 25th, 2013 @ 5:42am

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    It's not the first time Trump called for some people to be killed.

    In 1989 he financed a full page ad in a newspaper calling for death sentence for 5 kids who supposedly raped a woman in a park.
    Turned out they were innocent...

    Here's an article about it: alty.html ive-doing-in-the-park/
  • Jun 18th, 2013 @ 7:44am


    I have over 2800 hours of playing in Left 4 Dead 2, it's a game I enjoy playing with friends after work for a couple of hours a day.
    No exceptional graphics, but fun.

    Also played each Half-Life game, probably at least 3-5 times.

    They're all Valve games, polished, nicely made.

    Granted, Valve has the budget and can afford to spend time to get everything right, but it's still a very a good example of how a small number of people can create games and extend their lives by involving community into making maps,mods, custom campaigns, hats (see Team Fortress 2)...
  • Apr 10th, 2012 @ 4:02pm

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    Apparently they issued a statement saying they actually have the tape, just don't have the authority to release it to Megaupload lawyers:

    Article :


    However police on Tuesday rubbished the claims, saying the footage had not been destroyed or damaged and it will still be able to be viewed.

    ''Police would happily release the footage in question but currently has no authority to do so,'' a spokesman said.

    ''The footage is contained on a hard drive lawfully seized on a warrant obtained by police at the direction of Crown Law following a properly formulated mutual legal assistance request from the United States.''

    The spokesman said the equipment was part of the wider evidence gathered and police would hand it over once the court gave direction on how the exhibits, in their entirety or individually, were to be managed.

    Dotcom's lawyers were asking for full disclosure from the FBI. Documents are yet to be provided, and it is likely a court hearing will be held to argue what will be released.

    A date for that hearing is yet to be set.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 @ 7:46am

    From the paper

    Wow... just wow...

    However, we found that the Paperclip Rails plugin used to handle file uploads stored each ballot file in the /tmp directory before it was encrypted. The web application did not remove these unencrypted files, allowing us to recover

    After about 3.5 hours using the crackerís default settings, we recovered the secondary administrator password cisco123 from a salted MD5 hash.
    When we inspected the terminal serverís logs, we noticed that several other attackers were attempting to guess the SSH login passwords. [...] We realized that one of
    the default logins to the terminal server (user: admin, password: admin) would likely be guessed by the attacker in a short period of time, and therefore decided
    to protect the device from further compromise [..]

    Typical "win project, contract it to the cheapest programmers" stuff..
  • Mar 5th, 2012 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re:

    Oh and let's not get into things like contract disputes or what happens when an artist leaves a publisher.

    There's a great example in Prince, who was not allowed to use his "Prince" name until the contract with Warner expired. Later on he moved to Universal, another publisher.

    In this case, which publisher's site and online store gets to decide what to be as first result?
    What if the artist's contracts expire and he's now indie or self published? Does the artist have a word in what should be listed as first results?

    You can see it's not so easy...
  • Mar 5th, 2012 @ 11:52am


    This isn't entirely true. Search engines often feature "official" sites at the top of listings.[...]

    Song title: Same thing - either the artist page, the label page, or whatever.

    This wouldn't be fair for lots of users, as it gives an unfair advantage to certain companies or artists.

    For example, let's say I'm a photographer and I travel to Italy or Belgium and snap some photos of Madonna... you know, the statue.

    Should my website where I sell prints of the photos be downgraded because poor artist Madonna is not rich enough or her publisher loses money?

    Actually, search for "Madonna" right now on Google and you'll probably find the "Madonna of Bruges" article from Wikipedia, links to movie pages with Madonna in the title, hospitals with Madonna in the name.

    Sounds like a reasonable result. Should we get instead 10-20 official stores selling Madonna music on the first page instead?

    Don't you feel there's some entitlement issue with the music companies if they feel they deserve to be in front of others?
  • Sep 21st, 2010 @ 11:01am

    Re: Re: OBJECT tag?

    Lots of people disable Adobe Acrobat from automatically opening documents in the page because of all the vulnerabilities and critical bugs it has.

    Plus, it loads very slow and would annoy users if you embed 10 pdf files on a single page.

    Flash is more reasonable as I can just use the Flashblock extension for Firefox to block all flash on the page and, if I'm interested in seeing the PDF file, I can just click on the flash icon for that object and unblock it without reloading the page, and I can then see it loading in the Flash object on the page.
  • Feb 25th, 2010 @ 1:38am

    Nudity on Youtube

    I was positively surprised seeing videos about breast feeding on Youtube, which actually showed a woman's breast as the child was doing its "job".

    Then, I thought maybe stuff like this is so controversial (womem rights, breast feeding in public and so on) they probably preferred to leave them with just a warning ("may not be suitable for minors").

    I'm all for it and it's a pity Americans are so stuck up about nudity - here in Europe it's not such a big deal.
  • Feb 1st, 2010 @ 6:31am

    iPad rumor

    There's also a rumor this publisher made deal with Apple to have his ebooks on iPad, but Apple didn't like the 9.99$ price and wouldn't publish their books on iPad unless they set the prices higher or the same on competitors.
  • Jan 25th, 2010 @ 8:18am


    I think a lot of people are reluctant to enter their credit card details to any site but are less reluctant to use Paypal and they trust it...

    So it doesn't help much to choose another service instead of Paypal, people will just be reluctant to use it and will ask for a Paypal account to donate to.

    In my case, often it's just easier to use Paypal because I don't feel like searching through my pants for my credit card, type the number and verification code and so on - it's faster on Paypal.

    However, I made it a habit not to have more than 50$ on my Paypal account, just in case it's hacked or limited and so on. I get my wage on Paypal and withdraw it the next day... The 20-25$ they take as processing fees for receiving about 1000$ is less than the fee my bank takes for processing a check and it doesn't take 4 weeks to clear so it's worth the risk.

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