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Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won

Animaether Re:Hey, congrats (262 comments)

true that.. but why are you looking down long channels exactly? Are you trying to reduce cost involved with an overhead rail system by just using a single rail along the rows?

thanks for taking the time to respond, btw :)

more than 4 years ago

Court Returns Stolen Stargate MMO To Founder

Animaether Re:It's just a tv show! They're all just tv shows! (128 comments)

While I agree that sex isn't limited to intercourse, I disagree that anything 'sexual' is sex. One could argue that a character saying "you're looking GOOD in that dress" is a sexual come-on. But to then say there was sex in that show.. to me, that's absurd.

more than 4 years ago

UK Terror Chief Blocked From Boarding Aircraft

Animaether Re:Do as I say not as I do (237 comments)

tinfoil hat on

Because stories like these make the general public feel a little less singled out... clearly if even the security bigwig herself is subject to the same rules, then at least they're being 'fair'. If she then throws a mini-fit about it, the general public will realize that she's aware of the annoyance and grievances and she isn't any more fond of them than they are. Then later a statement is released in which she acknowledges this more formally, while pointing out that she deeply believes that these measures are necessary to stop actual terrorist plots... and the general public may just feel a little bit more sympathetic to her given the aforementioned.

tinfoil hat off

Now, about those body scanners...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJGvsAgpfig (not a rick roll, have pinches of salt ready though).

more than 4 years ago

Court Returns Stolen Stargate MMO To Founder

Animaether Re:It's just a tv show! They're all just tv shows! (128 comments)

what.. all of that is -sex- now?

I think that means I had sex at least a dozen times today. I've also been exposed to others' acts of sex at least 500 times.

I know SG-1 very well, and Atlantis somewhat, and although I find little flaw in the descriptions of the examples you propose.. they're just not examples of sex to me.

So a person is pregnant. Yes, that (usually, see: Vala) implies sex was had. But I don't remember any of the characters referencing this act.. nevermind -showing- it.. which is what sex would be to me.

Even in Firefly, Kaylee mentions not having had nothin' not run on batteries twixt her nethers. Is that a sexual comment? Sure. Is that -sex-? No, not unless there's an X-Rated version of the thing where they cut to a flashback showing that which she described.

As for there hardly being any sex in Dr. Who. Uhm.
That certainly goes -well- beyond anything that has been in Stargate SG-1 (pilot excluded, see previous comment).

more than 4 years ago

Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won

Animaether Re:Hey, congrats (262 comments)

then the follow-up question is.. why do those need depth perception in the form of stereoscopic vision instead of e.g. ultrasonic or laser range finding?

more than 4 years ago

Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won

Animaether Re:Hey, congrats (262 comments)

are you suggesting you are a *cough* tomato plant *cough*?

more than 4 years ago

Court Returns Stolen Stargate MMO To Founder

Animaether Re:It's just a tv show! They're all just tv shows! (128 comments)

There was sex in Stargate? Heck, even Vala's pregnancy was through some manner of immaculate conception (Adria's birth was probably not a virgin birth, though).

The closest thing would have been the original pilot (full frontal nudity), but the directors/producers never quite liked that scene and chopped it from the re-cut version.

Data and Tasha Yar getting it on was far more blatant as far as 'sex' goes.

more than 4 years ago

Man Loses Millions In Bizarre Virus-Protection Scam

Animaether Re:And... (366 comments)

Mod parent up... although most of the reports on this story are copy/paste, I couldn't find a single one that actually stated where the money went. I would think that if they donated it to charity, that would be something to note in such a story. (not excluding the possibility, but there's no evidence that this is what happened as far as I can see).

more than 4 years ago

Firesheep Countermeasure Tool BlackSheep

Animaether Tell that to these 170 'nobodies'... (122 comments)

The recent arrest of a 23-year-old California man that has allegedly hacked e-mail accounts of more than 170 women and posted sexually explicit pictures found within them to the victims' Facebook accounts, has highlighted the need to limit the amount of personal information posted on various social networks.

- http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=10096

more than 4 years ago

Former Student Gets 30 Months For Political DDoS Attacks

Animaether Re:As a rabid lefty (486 comments)

Coulter has in the past used her freedom of speech to advocate charging anyone who speaks negatively of the war in Afganistan with 'providing aid and comfort to the enemy' and locking them in prison.

Freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of exercising that freedom. That was even literally noted as such in one rather big iteration of the concept (see wikipedia + references).
Example: Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines saying she's ashamed that then-President George W. Bush is from Texas (like herself), and the backlash against the group that followed.
Note also that although you may be imprisoned, you can still send letters with the exact same speech if you wish - though you may then be indicted for this act and your prison term extended.

Of course under current U.S. (I'm presuming to be the context) laws this wouldn't happen anyway and Coulter was just making some headline-able statements to further her shameless self-promotion, but consider you being in the military and privy to detailed active operation plans. Freedom of speech says you can tell the world if you want to. Laws against treason say you'll be screwed if you do. But those laws don't prevent you from telling the world.. it may be a deterrent, perhaps even a strong deterrent, but you can still exercise your freedom of speech.

Compare this to e.g. a dissident in one of those friendly 'great leader' type states where anybody they suspect might exercise their freedom of speech in a manner they disagree with, they'll just lock them up and allow no communication to the outside world, or indeed the aforementioned soldier on a battleground whose communication may well be monitored and redacted (censored) as appropriate (regardless of the relative ineffectiveness of such measures in this technological age).

What's more worrying than people making use of their freedom of speech (which is almost entirely non-worrying) is the collective power of those listening to said speech and often with it the general lack of responsibility on the part of those making said speech when they are aware of said collective power.
Same example: Though the world was generally not aware of Natalie Maines' statement and it netted but a small column in a UK newspaper, this was picked up by politically inclined groups who lobbied hard to have their songs pulled from 'conservative radio' where individual stations decided individually to stop playing their songs; after touting the overseeing company's line, inciting their listeners, and eventually leading to such silliness as burning of CDs and driving over them with a bulldozer and ultimately a change in the Dixie Chicks' music career (for better or for worse).

In fact, I highly recommend reading up on that particular line of events and maybe buy/rent/download the DVD documentary "Shut up and sing" that follows the group from well before the proverbial shit hit the fan to several years after, as it demonstrates the above points fairly well.. though many people take away many different things from seeing it.. from "there shouldn't have been any consequences" to "good! they should have stayed away from politics!"

more than 4 years ago

Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing

Animaether Re:Hang on... (728 comments)

because traffic won't have to be slowed/halted while this accident is investigated and the car towed?

the lamp post doesn't need repairing?
that tree won't need to be uprooted (depending on damage)?
traffic won't have to be slowed/halted while this occurs?
insurance companies won't be involved (regardless of whether or not they pay any damages)?

I understand what you tried to say, but even in the case of the drunk driver who didn't cause any problems at all at the end of their trip I'd have a problem with it as that's more luck than anything else. (where by 'drunk' I mean 'impaired', not 'blood alcohol level is above the legal limit')

more than 4 years ago

ITU's Definition Aside, T-Mobile Pushes 4G Label In New Ad Campaign

Animaether "it seems hard to condemn companies too harshly" (120 comments)

it seems hard to condemn companies too harshly for using a marketing catch-phrase.

Hmm, no.. I'm not finding myself having any trouble doing this whatsoever.

Everybody knew there would be -a standard- referred to as 4G eventually... hijacking that for "marketing catch phrase" purposes gains them no sympathy other than from other marketeers.

Think of it this way.. if Microsoft were to start offering "IE9 with HTML 6 support" where "HTML 6" is not clearly defined, would you have any trouble whatsoever condemning them?

more than 4 years ago

Cisco Social Software Lets You "Stalk" Customers

Animaether Isn't this what customers want, though? (123 comments)

Isn't this what customers want, though? I'm rather serious about that.

Say a company has a website and on that website they obviously have a news area, a contact page (perhaps even a listed e-mail address.. rare as that may be) and because they're not totally stuck-up, they also run a forum.

What happens?
People don't read that website for news.. not even if it had an RSS feed. They expect to get those updates from a Twitter feed.
People don't post to those forums. Why would they? It's probably small and won't get very many eyeballs, even if it -is- the official forum and they can get in touch with the actual business people / engineers there. They expect to just go @SomeCompany on Twitter and get their responses there.
People don't use the e-mail forms... again.. @SomeCompany on Twitter.

Substitute Twitter with facebook / youtube / vimeo in some scenarios.

Note that people will do this even if the company does -not- in fact have an account at these social networking sites. Heck, if nothing else, people will just complain on those sites about the lack of the company being on that site.

So I reckon this is exactly what people want. Even if it's not what they want, they in part brought this unto themselves.

And yes.. I realize that part of the reason is because it is oh-so-public. Blaming Company X for a problem with Product Y on Twitter tends to get re-tweeted and picked up right-quick. Saying so on the company's own forum tends to lead to relatively bland responses. So companies, too, brought this requirement to be on social networking sites unto themselves.

But certainly neither party should complain about the development of these tools (and Cisco's is hardly the first).

more than 4 years ago

W3C Says IE9 Is Currently the Most HTML5 Compatible Browser

Animaether Re:My first suspicion (382 comments)

The good name that's slowly but surely turning sour in favor of the 'LibreOffice' fork? (which I do hope they plan on changing real soon)

more than 4 years ago

Firesheep Author Reflects On Wild Week

Animaether Re:What I don't get (229 comments)

it -should- complain, yes.... but the reason why people are groaning at Microsoft on this issue is the same reason they're groaning about the UAC prompts. With UAC prompts, lazy people get trained to 'just click Yes', thus severely reducing the effectiveness of the prompt. That this happens in other operating systems, albeit usually on a CLI, is apparently not an issue.

With the mixed content warning, you get an even worse problem from lazy people. The end-user will just click 'yes' as otherwise some silly little game just won't work, while on the developer's side there's some guy in a boardroom going "we're getting complaints from users that the site uses mixed content when running third party content X. How can we fix that?" and a site developer going "well ideally all of the content should be https.. but as we're dealing with third party content we have no direct control over, we could drop everything back to http" and a decision-maker going "make it so."

more than 4 years ago

IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

Animaether Re:Try Pale Moon (328 comments)

*eyes mods* Flamebait, huh? Yeah, that's pretty much the treatment people with FF problems get in general, I guess. Thankfully there's also people like surveyork.

surveyork: I'll give that a shot, thanks! :)

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court Hears Violent Video Game Case Tomorrow

Animaether Arnold Schwarzenegger and the real irony (342 comments)

Arnold's success at entrancing 12-year-old boys by shooting huge guns has vaulted him to a position of power from which he will blandly urge the Court to create a new exception to the First Amendment: violent entertainment aimed at 12-year-old boys.

The huge guns that he shot in movies which were all rated PG-13 or well above?
PG-13: The 6th Day, Last Action Hero
R: T1, T2, T3, Collateral Damage, End of Days, Eraser, True Lies, Total Recall (secondary rating), Red Heat, Running Man, Predator, Raw Deal, Commando, Conan the Barbarian*
X: Total Recall (original rating)
* Conan the Barbarian wasn't guns.. but what the hey.

There is no particular irony here on the part of Arnold Schwarzenegger even if he would have had a say about the ratings of these movies and whether or not legislation would be allowed to prevent the sale of these movies to 12-year olds.

The real irony is that despite these clear ratings that have been on the boxes since VHS and in many instances even included prior to the movie's starting, these 12-year olds and younger end up watching them anyway.

What that says about ratings and the proposed 'violent video game' legislation I'll leave to those who care. I just wish news sites would quit suggesting it's ironic that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be putting a signature under this thing and go back to watching Alanis Morisette videos unless they dig up a statement from him in which he encourages 12-year olds to watch the aforementioned movies.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

Animaether Re:Hate for DST aside, how does this bug even exis (487 comments)

That's what I first thought as well, but it doesn't make sense?

Let's say you set an event notification for "100 seconds from now". Let's say 'now' is 0s, so that you get the event at exactly 100s.

Now a time change comes along at 50s, which sets the clock back 50s.
So when the clock ticks through 100s for the event notification to occur, the clock ticks through to 50s, time change makes that 0s, then the clock again ticks through to 50s, triggering the event, and the clock ticks merrily onward from there.

The event thus comes at the new 50s, not at the new 100s.

I.e. the alarm goes off -before- it should have gone off. The bug as stated in the story, however, has the alarm going off -after-.. essentially at 150s. I think.

So if an alarm is set for "7 hours from now", and the clock ticks go like this:
0h, 1h, 2h, 3h/2h, 3h, 4h, 5h, 6h, 7h, 8h, 9h.

And the alarm says "in 7 hours I should go off", rather than "at 7am I should go off", it would look like this:
0h, 1h, 2h, 3h/3h, 4h, 5h, 6h, 7h, 8h, 9h, 10h.
Thus making the alarm go off at 6am - not the 8am in the story.

Did I mention I'm confused?
( I do hate DST as well, for this very reason, but I still can't fathom the bug. )

more than 4 years ago

IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

Animaether Letter to FF (328 comments)

Dear Firef *waits 9 seconds* ox. Please di *waits 5 seconds* e.

The *waits 30 seconds* Internet.

in before "what add-ons and plug-ins do you have installed":
A. The ones that make FireFox actually worth using.
B. None when I last reproduced the above scenario and that made for a very fun browsing experience all day long, let me tell you. Please, by all means, ask me to do that again after changing some undocumented about:config value. I have time and sanity to waste (as evidenced by posting comments at /.)

Time to give Chrome another shot, despite its inane UI (if I want more screen real estate for the page I'm visiting, I'll hit fullscreen, and keep my useful menus and button on-screen otherwise, thanks).

more than 4 years ago



Apple sues 'HyperMac' accessory maker

Animaether Animaether writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Animaether (411575) writes "``The lawsuit filed this month Apple accuses Sanho of infringing on [...] patents it owns related to the MagSafe charger and cables that use the iPod 30-pin connection.`` "Defendants' infringing conduct has damaged Apple and inflicted irreparable harm." However, ``instead of mimicking Apple's patented MagSafe connectors, Sanho's products actually rely on recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple``"
Link to Original Source

Supreme Court to consider Costco v. Omega

Animaether Animaether writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Animaether (411575) writes ""Can copyright owners assert rights over imported goods that have already been sold once?", that is the issue before the Supreme Court in Costco Wholesale Corp v. Omega, S.A. (backstory). What's at stake is the ability of resellers to offer legitimate, non-pirated versions of copyrighted goods [manufactured in foreign nations] to U.S. consumers at prices that undercut those charged by the copyright holders."
Link to Original Source



ThunderBird eats e-mails - mozilla, IT world quiet....

Animaether Animaether writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'll start this off with a chronology:


2006/Nov/07: ThunderBird released.

2006/Nov/08: I noticed e-mails from our mailing system were no longer arriving.

2006/Nov/09: Correction: they did arrive, but didn't display. The only reason I even realized this was because I checked ThunderBird the moment the e-mail came in. The mailbox showed there was a new e-mail, but none was displayed. The mailbox file certainly had the e-mail - reason for not being displayed was unclear. Visited #thunderbird on irc.mozilla.org , was pointed to the usual document on disappearing e-mails (sadly, there is such a document - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Disappearing_mail (1)). No help. Compacting folders, one of the suggestions, caused the missing e-mail to actually be deleted from the mailbox file. Scary.

2006/Nov/10: Found out the cause - the "References:" header and "Message-Id:" header have the same value (2). Logged a bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=360252

2006/Nov/11: Another user logged the same bug under a different bug number: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=360409

2006/Nov/13: Found out about that bug ticket, and suggested my original bug log be marked as duplicate, even though this new one would be, because this new bug ticket already had more discussion. Funny.

2006/Nov/13: A proposed fix is attached to the bug number.

2006/Nov/22: Release notes ( http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/releases/ ) updated to note the bug (3)

2006/Nov/24: 1.8 branch contains a fix.

2006/Dec/20: with fix released. No mention of the bug in the release notes ( http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/releases/ )


Now I know from past times I have mentioned this, there's a few common responses:

Q. (2) The e-mails are fucked up. Serves you right?
A. No. Yes, the e-mails are technically incorrect. Does that mean that ThunderBird should suddenly ignore it? Keep in mind that did not have this issue. A change in the ThunderBird code suddenly led to this undesirable behavior. Should mailers be fixed? Of course! Should ThunderBird choke? Hell no.

Q. (2) It's just spammers anyway. Just look at the discussion in that bug.
A. You are doing some selective reading. It's not just spammers whose e-mails have these messed up headers. If only that were true, it would make spam filtering a lot easier. For example, the mailing system used at my workplace had this bug. This is a commercial mailing system used mostly for creating 'tickets' a la support / issue tickets/tracking.

Q. It's a rare occurence - probably nobody is affected.
A. Number of e-mails from that mailing system since 2006/Nov/07: 792 . Rare? I would have lost 792 e-mails. I'm not the only person to have hit this issue ( see the bug report, as well as the two MozillaZine threads linked from the bug ). Moreover, these are just the people who *know* they have to deal with the bug. Given that the e-mails simply don't display, and the user would have to check their mailbox file to make sure the e-mails do actually arrive, there is a very high probability that there is a large group of users out there who are simply not aware of the issue - but in the mean time are missing e-mail, and perhaps even deleting it.

Q. (3) If you read the release notes, you would have known about this.
A. This is true only for those who downloaded anew since 2006/Nov/22 when the release notes were updated. Keep in mind that those who already installed - through automatic updates, for example - on 2006/Nov/07 would not have read these notes. Nor would they have been informed about this problem in any which way(4)


(1) In addition, should the user realize "hey, my e-mail seems to be disappearing", they would be likely to end up at the "disappearing e-mail" document. Which, to this date (2006/Dec/20) makes no mention of this bug as a possible cause. Worse yet, the recommended practice of compacting the folder will actually cause the e-mails to be permanently lost.

(4) What's probably the worst part of it all is that, indeed, the Mozilla Foundation did not see fit to announce this problem in such a manner as one might believe to be warranted when e-mails are not being displayed and in fact may be permanently lost. In addition, Slashdot has rejected at least two story submissions on this item. Could you imagine the same happening if it was Outlook not showing and, by way of the user following procedure, deleting them?


So finally the fix is in, but Mozilla has made no mention of having fixed what is a serious flaw in the previous version. Users will, thanks to this fix, suddenly see e-mail pop up as new that has arrived over the past month and a half, and go "wtf?". Worse yet, some of those users will go "WTF!!!" when they realize that suddenly some e-mail was recovered, but the rest is forever lost thanks to having compacted the folder.

In my opinion, Mozilla have handled this issue extremely poorly by downplaying the severity of this bug, the scope of this bug, the widespreadness of this bug, and by not making mention of this bug in any significant way.

Microsoft tells users not to open Word files they did not expect, or come from a source they don't know. People laugh at Microsoft for this. Personally, I think Microsoft at least had the responsibility to issue that statement. Yes, a fix would be better. However, as it stands now, Mozilla failed to deliver a fix in an appropriate timeframe -and- failed to issue a statement.

I'm one of the users who has been migrating from various Microsoft tools to open source ones - OpenOffice, FireFox and ThunderBird being the pillars of that migration. Unfortunately, one of those pillars is looking extremely weathered and fragile now. Although I may not go back to Outlook, having my faith restored in ThunderBird will take its time -and- an attitude change on the part of the Mozilla Foundation.

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