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GPUs Dropping Dead in 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Aldenissin Caveat Emptor (3 comments)

Buyer Beware...

  Is it fair for customers to pay exorbitant repair prices when manufacturers decide not to build modular hardware?

Yes. If you support these practices with your dollars, then you get what you.... deserve. I choose Android over iphone, although I do like many things about Apple products. But this and related issues are more important to me.

about 7 months ago
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Real-Time Face Substitution in Javascript

Aldenissin Here it comes... (63 comments)

real time photo-shopping of celebrities on live television...

about 8 months ago
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What The DHS Is Looking For In Your Posts

Aldenissin Re:False Positives (278 comments)

I predict that future leaks of this sort will be intentional as this one likely was, since it is the best way to fully perfect your algorithms...

more than 2 years ago
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PETA To Launch Pornography Website

Aldenissin Re:Basically, they are going to give you 4chan.org (348 comments)

I came here for Rule 34, and I got it. So now, we're deliberately trying to see if we can get people to like violence and porn... but with animals.(the violence) And, to get everyone behind it under the guise of something else and quite opposite as well... evil lords over stupidity everyday.

more than 2 years ago
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TRISQUEL 5.0 RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

Aldenissin Come On... (1 comments)

It's software freedom day! This is news!

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

Aldenissin Re:Which Korea ? (237 comments)

He just well, effectively "closed off" this thread. (not really, he doesn't have that much cred.; illus. purposes only.)

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

Aldenissin Re:G+, Anyone? (237 comments)

Is this what a free ride feels like? (when I'm already late)

Really and honestly, it is edge on. Google has said that certain services will be full identity required, while others will not be. Youtube evidently will not be. However, I do remember them saying I would have to connect it to a Google/Gmail account awhile back...

Like 10,000 knives, when all I need is a spoon. Maybe, just maybe if I cut off my tongue, maybe I'll have one soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Happy Tau Day

Aldenissin Re:Always show your work (298 comments)

I whole heartedly agree. As Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid) said, "No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher."

A similar incident happened with myself. The teacher wanted me to write in cursive. I didn't want to. Then after a few tests she said my h looked like a k. There was only like a month and a half and me and Chasity both had a star for every week for getting a 100% on the weekly spelling test. I knew she wasn't going to miss a word going forward, so I didn't even try. I never did reclaim the same interest in anything related to English with the same gusto. There were several times I was not encouraged in school. But this article helps me see an answer to this problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

Aldenissin Re:Police have no expectation of privacy (384 comments)

So, what do you do if you are in the middle of the war and you don't have the ability to transport the prisoner? What if holding them there may bring an attack that could get everyone killed? You're surrounded and you got the enemy wanting to come in after the VIP even though it is a fortified position, and they might be able to breach. What then? I would say at that point, "restraints" or not, the situation and the prisoner aren't exactly under control. Exedcuting them may be the only option to save the situation.

The victim was a part of a death squad. They could either execute him, which was likely their mission anyhow, and maybe catch others, or they could waste time trying to bring him back. Just because he "surrendered" doesn't mean it wasn't still a hostile war zone and he an enemy combatant.

I believe in due process, I really do. But war is hell. Sometimes you don't know what the right answer is at the moment.

more than 3 years ago
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Siemens SCADA Flaws To Be Disclosed At Black Hat

Aldenissin Re:Is is settled this time? (101 comments)

What if Siemens confidence evaporates and, August time, some of these vulns are not yet patched? Will they allow the presentation?

Who is they? If you mean the conference, well then they wouldn't exactly deserve the title "Black Hat", would they?

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Protocol Has Been Reverse Engineered

Aldenissin Re:How about a real open protocol? (231 comments)

Nobodies mentioned the excellent echo cancellation. Trust me, that matters. Plus it was clearer than anything I had tried when I first tried it several years ago. And they had cheap rates, and and and, it all for the most part just worked with all of the features.

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Aldenissin Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

Not as arrogant as someone who says "No, we don't care if we destroy the delicate balance and make everyone starve, we want to make a profit, so fuck you."

more than 3 years ago
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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

Aldenissin Re:ha (609 comments)

Still is apples and oranges, which is my point, that even mine was not a good one. Saying someone can't get a refreshment is one thing. Perhaps in even yours, it is if their is a tight schedule on the buses and you may miss it. It is impolite of them to not allow him to do as he pleases since he is a guest, but it is still their option. Is it fair that one university pays for a lecturer and nearby ones want to have them as a speaker although they don't want to contribute? How about companies that compete instead of universities? This is more what is happening here. It just happens they have wartime political and as well as locational rivalries. I am not even asking if that matters, because that is irrelevant directly to my point.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

Aldenissin Re:ha (609 comments)

Software is different than travel. If you ask me for a ride or I offer one to the store, and I say no, I don't want you also to go somewhere else while we are out on foot but to stay with me, is that unreasonable? You're comparing apples to oranges.

A better solution would be to ask Isreal if they would like to fund the trip, and then if they agree offer to speak in both places. That gives Isreal the chance to make Palestine look bad and say don't bother coming. If both parties agree, then it makes Palestine look bad. If Israel refuses to fund the trip, then they have no reason to complain. No matter what the man said in the email, he is disappointed, or angry that RMS would not just refuse to spread his message to either side. Sometimes you have to show some love to those that aren't, that is the only way to defeat hate, is with love.

more than 3 years ago
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Lodsys Responds To In-App Purchasing Patent Controversy

Aldenissin Re:Most revealing section (158 comments)

Most garage inventors spend a crapload of time (and money) inventing and patenting things that they have no intention of making. Instead, they sell the patent to companies that will make the invention. Take that away, and you're essentially saying that only large companies with large manufacturing arms should ever be able to get a patent, and small inventors had best seek employment at one of them if they want to earn anything.

How do you get that only large companies with large manufacturing arms can only make some inventions? Why can't they get investment and still make it "themselves"? At the least sub-license/contract it out? I really don't see anything but good in taking away the ability to patent something with no intention of making it. Sure, our culture has made it sometimes difficult, but that is only because of and reinforced by the way things are, which is no reason to continue. Undoing this injustice do the system will help put us on the correct path to sanity and setup to allow inventors to make things without feeling they HAVE to sell the patents to large companies who've become oligarchies.

more than 3 years ago
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A Map of the Universe, 10 Years In the Making

Aldenissin Re:Obligatory Steven Wright paraphrase (130 comments)

Why would a map show a "run" (course) in distance (parsecs) when that unit of measurement is obviously used in a way such as a car's 0-60 speed(but in this case distance instead of speed)?

more than 3 years ago
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A Map of the Universe, 10 Years In the Making

Aldenissin Re:Weird spiderweb/neuron concentrations (130 comments)

It is isn't it? Matter almost seems to have this attractive force.... ;) But yes, it is weird and interesting, but other phenomena has exhibited similar "web like lines" as you describe it, due to an attractive pull. I do believe that usually a lack of opposing force or push (like the space vacuum for stars, i.e. pull unimpeded) helps to facilitate.

more than 3 years ago
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A Map of the Universe, 10 Years In the Making

Aldenissin Re:Redshifts, red = moving away and blue = closer? (130 comments)

Well apparently he can't read yet wants others to. (Typical coward...) Just because it's called redshifted, it often is used to describe a shifts period, unless you need to be specific and then you might say blue. Don't blame me, it's like crackers being called hackers. Related yes, same thing no, but that is how it is used.

While of course rarer, I am pretty sure there are objects moving toward the Milky Way. IF that isn't represented, it should be noted. Perhaps it was in that key, but sparse keys will lead to confusion. I am sure I am not the only one who made an error if I did because they don't understand esoteric symbols, but can still comprehend the significance.

more than 3 years ago

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TRISQUEL 5.0 RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "In what we can now call it a tradition, we celebrate the Software Freedom Day by publishing our latest release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 5.0 STS, codename Dagda.

Today we publish both the standard GNOME based, and the lightweight, LXDE based Trisquel Mini editions. Current Trisquel 4.5 users can upgrade using the update-manager application, without the need for reinstallation. Advanced installations -server, RAID/LVM, encrypted, etc- can be done using the netinstall images. Two more editions, one based on KDE and other using the educational environment Sugar are on the way. The standard edition includes, among many others, the following packages:, Linux-libre 2.6.38, GNOME 2.6.32, LibreOffice 3.3.3, Abrowser (our unbranded Mozilla based web browser) 6.0.2.

We would like to thank the FSF, and their campaigns intern Jonathan Nadeau for helping us improve this releases' accessibility support. Among other changes, our international DVD boots now with a screen reader on by default, allowing blind users to run or even install the system without assistance. This change will also be applied to the system loaded in the FSF membership cards.
Download it now, and spread it around!
And remember, you can help this project continue by donating, buying a gift in our stores, or by becoming a supporting associate member."

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Are We Mistakingly Praising Ability Over Effort?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes ""You learned that so quickly, you're so smart!"; "Look at that drawing. Are you the next Picasso or what?"; "You're so brilliant — you passed that exam without really studying!"

They come across as precisely the kind of confidence-boosting statements that should be given to children or, indeed, anyone else. Such phrases are used in homes and classrooms every day, particularly with exams looming. But are they benign? Or could they unlock the reason why so many children are failing at school and elsewhere?

To find out we need to take a quick detour into the science of expertise, and ask a question. Where does excellence come from? For a long time, it was thought the answer to this hinged, to a large degree, on genetic inheritance. Or, to put it another way, it is all about talent. It turns out that this is mistaken. Dozens of studies have found that top performers — whether in maths, music or whatever — learn no faster than those who reach lower levels of attainment — hour after hour, they improve at almost identical rates. The difference is simply that high achievers practice for more hours."
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Next-gen Low Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "From the Xiph.org developers, Opus is a non-patent encumbered codec designed for interactive usages, such as VoIP, telepresence, and remote jamming, that require very low latency. When they started working on Opus (then known as CELT), they used the slogan "Why can't your telephone sound as good as your stereo?", and they weren't kidding. Now, test results demonstrate that Opus's performance against HE-AAC, one of the strongest (but highest-latency) codecs at this bitrate, bests the quality of two of the most popular and respected encoders for the format, on the majority of individual audio samples receiving a higher average score overall.

Hydrogenaudio conducted a 64kbit/sec multiformat listening test including Opus, aoTuV Vorbis, two HE-AAC encoders, and a 48kbit/sec AAC-LC low anchor. Comparing 30 diverse samples using the highly sensitive ABC/HR methodology, Opus is running with 22.5ms of total latency but the codec can go as low as 5ms."

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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS "Slaine" Released

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. The web browser received several changes to improve attibutes like speed by enabling http pipelining and other methods, privacy with blocking third party cookies and moving to Duck Duck Go search engine — both as default, and usability with the preinstalled FlashVideoReplacer plugin that allows watching videos from YouTube, Vimeo and many others. The main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, Xorg 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla based web browser 3.6.15 and OpenOffice.org 3.2.

Slaine is based on Ubuntu 10.10, and as always with Trisquel, it contains just free software. Available are 32 and 64 bit flavors, and being an STS release it will be supported for a year. This release will be the "live" operating system included in the Free Software Foundation member cards from now on, in replacement of Trisquel 4.0."

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Drug Dogs False Alert Over 200 Times In Study

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "The accuracy of drug- and explosives-sniffing dogs is affected by human handlers' beliefs, possibly in response to subtle, unintentional cues, UC Davis researchers have found.

    The study, published in the January issue of the journal Animal Cognition, found that detection-dog teams erroneously "alerted," or identified a scent, when there was no scent present more than 200 times, particularly when the handler believed that there was scent present.

In other words, at best, dogs are responding to the subtle non-verbal cues of their masters to find drugs or explosives where the human thinks there should be drugs or explosives. The cop suspects you have pot so his body language makes the dog alert. At worst, the cop is purposefully cuing his dog to alert when he wants a handy excuse to violate your 4th Amendment rights."

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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money to Legalize Pot

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Dustin Moskovitz confirmed that he has recently given (an additional) $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which is seeking to legalize marijuana in California this November. He had previously donated $20,000 to supporters of the act, which would allow people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of the substance. Asked for a comment as to why he’s backing the legalization of marijuana, Moskovitz just sent this statement:

“More than any other initiative out there, Prop 19 will stabilize our national security and bolster our state economy. It will alleviate unnecessary overcrowding of non-violent offenders in our state jails, which in turn will help California residents.”

An irony here is about a month ago Facebook refused to take FireDogLake’s ‘Just Say Now’ pro-cannabis law reform ads"
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T-Mobile Censors WeedMaps' Commerce.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "With over 90 million Americans living in the states with medical cannabis laws a cool application like Weed Strain Exchange is getting short-sighted and imprudent blow back from one of the country's biggest Telecom providers, T-Mobile, who has decided it is going to censor WeedMaps' commerce and is blocking their short code from showing up on T-Mobile devices.

The matter of a major cell phone provider blocking lawful information about lawful commerce is now in the federal courts where a number of public interest groups (notably Public Knowledge) are supporting WeedMap's efforts not to be discriminated against by T-Mobile by establishing federal laws that treat text messaging (and other short codes) with the same privacy protections as all of our phone conversations enjoy (which can't be interfered with unless a judge signs a warrant).

  (I for one hate pretty much any form of censorship, as information needs to be free. If this website can be censored, what will be next?)"
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The meaning of open, for Google.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Google, starts his blog post "The meaning of open" with:

"Last week I sent an email to Googlers about the meaning of "open" as it relates to the Internet, Google, and our users. In the spirit of openness, I thought it would be appropriate to share these thoughts with those outside of Google as well.

At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. Many companies will claim roughly the same thing since they know that declaring themselves to be open is both good for their brand and completely without risk. After all, in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means. It is a Rashomon-like term: highly subjective and vitally important."

  Will Google's definition of open influence others who make the claim of openness and even those who do not?"
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How do next generations eponentially impact us?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Aldenissin writes "How would the world be different if software companies decided to support and maintain actively used (and viable, not hopelessly insecure) software, instead of forcing an upgrade to something non-backwards compatible? Some that come to mind are Microsoft and possibly anti-virus vendors. Would the same theories apply to all companies, like for example auto-makers? Imagine if you could buy virtually the same car brand new you have now in 3-4 years, and/or be able to upgrade an older model to the same specifications. What would be the efficiency factor, if any?

If companies were shown hidden (existing?) incentives that allowed for a more "natural" capitalistic market, where would human civilization be now? Vista has obviously shaped the path of companies plans for software and hardware upgrades. Is it possible to estimate the time and resources, from end user, to IT, on up to CEOs that it costs everyone (even those that deal with you that hold back) for something like moving to Windows Vista? Even better, is it possible to calculate a total cost benefit ratio?

Could we as consumers begin to influence if company "x" is selling us "exponential value" and not just manufacturing externalized costs that we all will pay for in an effort to increase their sales? I understand that at the basics bigger sales=bigger economy, but does bigger economy=stronger economy? How have any failures of Vista literally affected our economy?"

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