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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

Aim Here Sometimes the companies act differently (344 comments)

Heh, I've had experience with commercial film companies and fansubs.

A few years back, I had too much time on my hands, and an itch to watch certain foreign movies that (then) had no publicly available English translation. Not to be outdone just because I was monolingual, I downloaded the films themselves from the internet, downloaded subtitles for *other* languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese) and proceeeded to convert the subtitles into English, using a mixture of google translate, perl, online dictionaries, hand-editing and mass rewatching of parts of the film, until I got something that looked roughly right to me, at the time. It took a pile of time, but as I say, I had too much time on my hands.

When I was done I finally got to watch the film, then uploaded the files to some subtitle database on the internet in case others found it helpful, which apparently a few people did. No matter that what I did had a lot of wrong bits (the hardest part is catching local idioms, which aren't well-documented, even on a place as comprehensive as the internet).

Fast forward a few years, and I spot DVD versions of one of these films on Amazon complete with English subtitles and buy it instantly. Finally, I'll get to see the film with properly translated subtitles, rather than some botch job by someone who didn't know what they were doing. And, of course, it turned out that the Korean company that packaged the DVD had just downloaded my subtitles from the internet, made some small alterations and slapped them on the DVD itself (sadly, not correcting the most obvious mistakes I'd made).

Seems some of these film companies will happily take free fan labour (however shoddy!) and sell it on to paying customers without acknowledgement or royalty*, while others will send in jackbooted thugs to have you sent to jail. Such is life.

*I'm not miffed about my work being used like this - I'm just embarrassed at the terrible job I did and hope the customers aren't upset by it!

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Nintendo Chief: Consumers Don't Understand 3DS Yet

Aim Here Re:Incompatible with me (215 comments)

I really hate to break the news to you, martijn, but you're blind in one eye. Sorry you had to find out this way.

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more than 3 years ago
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Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

Aim Here Re:No, because science != sci-fi/fantasy (298 comments)

The Andromeda Strain is the only movie I can think of which depicts actual bona-fide scientists performing something close to actual bona-fide science - there are a number of experiments (including some not overly humane animal experiments) performed by the main cast in order to ascertain the nature of some deadly space plague. What's more, you can actually tell, more or less, how the experiments work and what they're intended to achieve, unlike most science in 'science fiction' films, which generally involve some mad scientist pulling inscrutable levers or pouring green foaming liquid from one test tube into the purple bubbling liquid in the beaker.

Not that I think it would be an easy movie to use to sell science to today's sugar-addicted attention-impaired youth. The film is fairly slow and talky by today's standards, the main characters are mostly rather dowdy and middle-aged, there's more or less no sex or violence, and it's from 1971 and most definitely looks it. The only thing that would make you think otherwise is that, refreshingly, it's not about some lone individual rebel fighting back against/escaping from an oppressive totalitarian government like almost every single mindfucking sci-fi flick made in the English-speaking world between 1965 and 1975. Count the other exceptions, if you like, I'll be surprised if you can think of more than 4 without referring to Halliwell's or the imdb.

Anyways, if you want to see science done almost right in a movie, you can do far worse than the Andromeda Strain.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Starts Mass Mirroring Effort

Aim Here Re:TMI (586 comments)

...

Candid assessments about Karzai's leadership : DO NOT RELEASE
Name calling of the Prince of England : DO NOT RELEASE

The thing is, if Wikileaks redacted cables based on the nature of the content, rather than a few names that might be considered 'at risk', then they would be accused of bias or editorialising or censorship - attacks on Wikileaks' integrity. Far better to release the whole thing and be accused of distributing trivia.

As for the cases you're talking about, Prince Andrew stands a very good chance of becoming King (it just depends on the order in which his mother and brother die in) and the monarch does have a lot of formal powers which can get abused to the detriment of democracy (These powers were used to forcibly deport the islanders of Diego Garcia and to unilaterally depose the Australian Government in 1975). The fact that Prince Andrew is a moronic jingoistic fucknut when there are no TV cameras in the room is actually of some serious public interest.

more than 3 years ago
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Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

Aim Here Re:Democrats loved the Pentagon Papers (833 comments)

If that were so, then where are the leaks from China, from Germany, from Russia, etc?

Howabout here, here, here and here, for starters.

I don't see any Russian documents on a brief scan, but that might be a linguistic thing, or just that they've not had any Russian leakers yet.

more than 2 years ago
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The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

Aim Here Keyboard (715 comments)

I spilled a small amount of coffee on my new(ish) Unicomp Model M clone keyboard a couple of days back and now some of the keys just fail to work. Hopefully it's some gunk on the membranes causing a short that can be cleaned off, but if it's not fixable then I'll not be happy. Best keyboard I ever had, and it was Not Cheap.

Sigh.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Sues Private Server Company, Awarded $88M

Aim Here Re:Blizzard? (356 comments)

Thing is, there's a bnetd-derived server running now, called iCCup which is the server of choice for almost anyone playing Starcraft (BroodWar, not 2) these days. Not only does it ignore CD checks but iCCup will offer you a chopped-down copy of Starcraft to play on, if you look hard enough. There doesn't seem to be any great rush from Blizzard to stomp it off the net, either.

Blizzard seems to be ambivalent about iCCup. It has called it a "pirate server", but it has also linked to ongoing iCCup tournaments from the battlenet homepage, which is probably because it has realised that the vast majority of people still playing BroodWar (legitimately as well as otherwise) much prefer iCCup to battlenet, to the extent that if you don't know your iCCup ranking, you really can't call yourself a Starcraft player.

Likely, that's because iCCup has a functioning ladder system, and the admins do keep iCCup relatively free of cheats, and the worst of the foulmouthed little brats you get playing online games, unlike battlenet, which is a cesspool in comparison. The "pirate server" offers, for free, a better service than the one that Starcraft players generally paid for, and Blizzard has realised that allowing overt (if discreet) piracy is a small price to pay for keeping a functioning community centred around some of their products.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

Aim Here RIAA shoots self in foot, I think (510 comments)

Think about it. The RIAA's usual claim is that every downloaded file is a lost sale. and damages should be calculated based on that. Now by asking for this ludicrious figure, they've just put the lie to that previous assertion, since there is absolutely no way in hell that the general public could, or would have paid for $1 trillion worth of their products.

On the other hand, they've just claimed that Limewire has increased the net digital wealth of the world by something of the order of well over $1 trillion, something the RIAA could never have done by themselves. Way to go, Limewire!

more than 4 years ago
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I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

Aim Here Re:how quaint (432 comments)

The GP didn't say paying taxes was quaint. He said filling in a tax form was quaint. Over in this part of the world, income tax is automatically deducted from an employee's paycheque by the employer and sent off to the Inland Revenue (paye, or Pay-As-You-Earn), so that the vast bulk of the population (self-employed people excepted of course) don't have to waste hours of their lives with all that dismal rotten paperwork that you USians inflict upon yourselves every April 15th.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

Aim Here Re:A-list? What? (471 comments)

Either that, or you're the most prominent news outlet to mispell the subject's name, as happened here. Ma Jae Yoon is Savior. 'Ja Mae Yoon' isn't.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

Aim Here Re:Sport? (471 comments)

Sir, I beg you to try clicking the mouse 3 times a second for half an hour. I assure you it is quite physical.

He's on Slashdot. He probably clicks that fast normally.

Actually, in all seriousness, 3 times a second, or 180 actions per minute) is fast for a starcraft player, but it is too slow for a Korean pro - only the slowest of them, such as Savior, average 200 over a game, while most average an APM Of 300-450 over the course of a 5-60 minute game, and peak at maybe 600 or so.

I can maybe hit 300-400 if I mindlessly spam keypresses and mouseclicks while doing nothing at the start of the game. I can't evisage how anyone actually can click that fast that AND keep track of the units and the tech tree and the base layout and the production buildings and the workers and the scouting and the upgrades and the 2 dozen things you have to worry about in a normal Starcraft game AND try to outwit some other devious bastard at the other end of the internet trying to kill you off all at the same time.

Anyone who says playing Starcraft doesn't involve a physical skill is probably assuming that it's like some other game they happened to play once.

more than 4 years ago
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Students To Live Like Ancient Roman Gladiators

Aim Here Boring (30 comments)

It's not news until we get to watch them die like ancient Roman gladiators.

more than 4 years ago
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Haptic Gaming Vest Simulates Punches, Shots, Stabbing

Aim Here Re:I doubt it (110 comments)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) writes:

"Having been shot several times, ..."

I know Slashdotters are a pedantic bunch, and prone to nerdrage, but shooting someone for bad analogies is a bit extreme, even for them...

more than 4 years ago
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EU Parliament Rejects ACTA In a 663 To 13 Vote

Aim Here Re:663:13 !? (477 comments)

Strangely enough, UKIP is against ACTA, and presumably they're dead against the EU having any secrets whatsoever (given they want it abolished), yet the majority of their MPs voted against this motion. Are they too lazy to bother to read whatever it is they vote on? Did the party functionary who tells them what way to vote make a mistake? Or is UKIP just so instinctively contrarian in Europe that they oppose any EU consensus at all, even when it is in favour of their stated principles?

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

Aim Here Re:From having read TFA... (806 comments)

"I know you can use the Scroll Lock key in conjunction with Excel, but I'm not sure anyone else ever does. "

I use it all the time, to get out of that irritating Scroll lock mode caused by accientally hitting it the first time round.

more than 4 years ago
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Bono Hopes Content Tracking Will Help Media Moguls

Aim Here Is there anyone left on this planet ... (569 comments)

... who doesn't yet think that Bono is a sanctimonious hypocritical, posturing, corporate shill who is always willing to suck up to any big businessman or politician he can grab a photo opportunity with, no matter how venal?

Just askin'

more than 4 years ago
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Malware Found Hidden In Screensaver On Gnome-Look

Aim Here Re:auto-update (611 comments)

You're describing Microsoft Windows XP.

XP came with an automatic update function. A few years into XP's life, Windows Genuine Advantage was automatically rolled out in a service pack, and once installed it will degrade your computer if Microsoft decides you might be a pirate.

Your nightmare scenario is everyday reality for most people. Pleasant dreams.

more than 4 years ago
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The Struggle For Private Game Servers

Aim Here Re:Irony (125 comments)

I don't follow you. How are either of those two factors relate to the matter of the quality of the official versus unofficial matchmaking servers for Starcraft? Was blizzard's policy 10 years ago to turn battle.net into a retard-infested shithole, but they changed policy 5 years later in time for WoW? Are the people who set up unofficial servers for RTS games somehow a nobler, gentler breed than the unofficial MMO server makers?

The fact I can't follow your non-sequitur logic is hardly surprising, though, because your slashdot ID is divisible by 3.

more than 4 years ago

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GCHQ distributing malware to LinkedIn and Slashdot users

Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  about 4 months ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "If you're reading this, it's probably too late.

The latest Edward Snowden scoop, from Der Spiegel is that GCHQ hackers have targeted Belgian telecommunications employees by spoofing social networking sites (LinkedIn and Slashdot are mentioned) in an apparent man-in-the-middle attack, and infecting their computers or devices with malware. The very fact that they consider ordinary telecom employees in a NATO country to be worth spying on is newsworthy in itself, too. The article ends with quotes from GCHQ documents suggesting that they plan to turn every mobile device into a piece of surveillance equipment.

At this rate, the most newsworthy items will soon be the revelation that some gadget or other isn't spying on you."
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SCO vs Novell: Novell wins

Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "Breaking News: According to Novell's website, and the Salt Lake Tribune, the jury in the SCO vs Novell trial has returned a verdict: Novell owns the Unix copyrights. This also means that SCO's case against IBM must surely collapse too, and likely the now bankrupt SCO group itself. It's taken 7 years, but the US court system has eventually done the right thing..."
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UK ID card service footguns with online ad

Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "According to The Register, a new Flash advertisement for the controversial identity card system from the UK government's Identity and Passport service shows exactly how the card could be used by a tyrannical government. The ad shows a number of cartoon fingerprints claiming to be 'Spartacus', until the real ringleader gets singled out, presumably for crucifixion, by his identity card. One wonders how the obvious message 'Identity cards will make the world safe for slavery and government tyranny' was lost on the makers, or if the anti-cards pressure group 'No2ID' could have made better anti-card propaganda if they tried."
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Australian Police: Don't bank with Windows

Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "At the New South Wales hearings into cybercrime, Detective Inspector Bruce vad de Graaf testified, on behalf of the government, that there were two rules he used for internet banking. The first was to not click on hyperlinks to a banking site. The second was to not bank using Windows. Instead, he suggests using an iPhone, or booting with a Linux liveCD, citing Ubuntu and Puppy Linux as examples.

When even the government says your product is too unsafe to use, have you lost the FUD game?"
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Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "Cryptome, John Young's controversial website devoted to discussion of cryptography, the intelligence services, surveillance and related matters, is reporting that it's ISP, Verio has given it notice that it's service will be terminated, for a violation of Verio's acceptable use policy on the 4th of May. So far, there's no word on what that violation actually is.

This certainly isn't the first attack on cryptome. In it's time, cryptome has attracted the unwelcome attention of the FBI, the Readers Digest, the Mormon Church, the High Court in Northern Ireland and the MPAA, among others. With a roll call of enemies like these, was it just a matter of time before someone found a way to shut down Cryptome?"
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Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "In an earlier article, Slashdot quoted Reuters as claiming that the FSF might try to ban Novell from using Linux. Eben Moglen of the FSF has responded in an eweek interview, claiming he was quoted out of context, and that his quote in the article merely refers to the upcoming version 3 of the GNU General Public License. Was this all just an honest mistake, an eager journalist overhyping a weak story, or part of a wider campaign of sinister anti-FSF FUD?"
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Aim Here Aim Here writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aim Here (765712) writes "Hans Reiser, the developer of the Reiserfs and Reiser4 filesystems in Linux, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Although Oakland police have yet to find a body, they claim that they have enough circumstancial forensic evidence to form a case against Reiser. Hans and Nina Reiser had been involved in an acrimonious breakup prior to the disappearance.

How any of this affect will the arguments over whether and how Reiser4 is to be accepted into the Linux kernel is uncertain."

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