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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

AnttiV Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

Actively selling the chemicals to do so along with an instruction book detailing how to make meth and advertising yourself as the place to go for all your meth making needs is another.

While we are addressing details, I'd correct that to:

Actively giving and address to a shop that sells the chemicals (selling the chemicals) to do so along with a name and a phone number for a guy who will give you and instruction book (an instruction book) detailing how to make meth and advertising yourself as the place to go for all your meth making needs is another.

(originals in parenthesis).

I repeat myself, but: piratebay DOES NOT (nor did ever) host the actual "material", just a means to get it. It's not exactly like "links on Google" (because -torrent files contain much more than just a hyperlink), but it IS far less than actually hosting the material.

I don't say he didn't advocate piracy (he probably did), but he did not, in fact, actually host any of the actual data.

about 8 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

AnttiV Re:That's not true and you know it. (221 comments)

Mod parent up! This is something people (also here) seem to overlook/forget. Like someone compared an "anonymous posting" on Slashdot to a "piece of art" on Piratebay as data, it does NOT hold water. Piratebay does NOT and NEVER did host the actual "data", just a "link" to it. Slashdot actually holds MORE "copyrightable data" (yeah, I know) than piratebay ever did. Like the parent said, torrent files ONLY contain metadata, NOT the actual "data" that is being downloaded.

It's now exactly the same, but Piratebay is WAY closer to Google than Slashdot when compared to what data it hosts.

about 8 months ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

AnttiV Re:Popular Culture... (99 comments)

Thanks for the daily laugh :D :D

That's exactly that :D

about 10 months ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

AnttiV Re:Long names? (99 comments)

And it will. Trust me on this :)

A *long* time ago (BBS-time, before the 'net), I went by the name 'Nightwing' (and I still like that song) that came from an old D&D (pen & paper) monster's translation. As soon as "online" became more common and I frequented things like IRC, that very, VERY shortly became "night" on "nw". Therefore I shortened it to "Nite", which seemed to go ok and was very rarely shortened to anything. Once or twice with "N". I use that occasionally even today, but mostly after sometime I hit 20s I somehow figured nicknames are not THAT great. I thought that, well I do have a "real" name, why not just use that...

And yes, even that gets shortened usually. Even in real life.

about 10 months ago

Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

AnttiV Re:assuming too much (137 comments)

This is generally true (probably, I haven't done any scientific testing) and because of that any analysts and/or analytic program assume as much - which is why almost 95% of the time those instances define me as a female based on social behaviour in games/chats and texts that I write (stories, etc).

So while it is fairly simple to do it that way, it is also assuming too much as people are rarely, if ever, so one-sided that any clinical analysis could determine their age or sex short of looking into their pants. (which doesn't always work either, so what the heck :)

about a year ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

AnttiV Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

That's all fine and well and I don't have any problems with that... provided that system is ONLY activated for multi-player games. If I - or anyone else - wants to cheat in a single-player game (even if the game itself has multi-player, but the cheating happens in a single-player campaign) that's my - or their - own business and nobody SHOULD be able to prevent anyone from doing that, let alone BAN based on that.

I hate, hate, HATE cheating in multi-player games. I don't usually do it in a single-player game either, but there have been occasions when I've played a particular game n+1 times through and I just want to have some fun and see what is possible with cheats. This SHOULD BE allowed in all instances, as it does NOT, in any way, shape or form harm - or indeed affect - anyone else's gameplay.

I sincerely hope that system does not flag anyone based on cheats used while playing single-player. At MOST what a system like that should do, is disable on-line functionality while the cheat is in use. Nothing else. At LEAST not BAN anyone based on that, that just insane.

about a year ago

Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

AnttiV Re: See what happens when leftists are in Charge? (383 comments)

Please, can you dispose of all the Nazis living there currently and try to disrupts their plans to work with the Aliens?

1 year,12 days

Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

AnttiV Re:This is genius (397 comments)

Can we please have a "+100 Sarcasm" mod choice? This needs it.

about a year ago

Leaked Passwords On Display At a German Museum

AnttiV Re:Worse are sites with password constraints (42 comments)

Amen to that. The funny (or sad) thing is, this is too common, even in this age. One of the largest ISPs/Carrier Networks here in Finland has a hilariously stupid password rule set. Note: As much as I'd like it to be, this is not a joke.

1) 8-16 characters.
2) a-z, A-Z, 0-9 ONLY (Note: Although this is a Nordic country, this still excludes our normal day-to-day use letters ä, ö and å.
3) No three same characters in the entire password. NOT sequential or one after the other. In the *whole* password. (So "2rv8b23r09vnbn2" would not do, because "2" is there three times).

4) NO rule for sequential numbers/characters.

What this all comes to, is that the system gladly accepts "12345678" and "abcdefg" as perfectly viable and good passwords, but doesn't allow "j243508vubj234gj", "#a&%B3bv#sdf#" or "correct horse battery staple" to be used.

about a year ago

US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

AnttiV Re:Land of the free (457 comments)

The parent was just wondering WHY it is still "difficult to understand and difficult to use", if done so as the parent described, the user wouldn't even have to KNOW it was encrypted. If the email software did it automatically, it would not be any more difficult to use than "send a carbon copy", probably even easier because it would only require one checkbox.

There was, once, a program that did exactly that. It integrated PGP encryption/key-exchange very well, so the user was only required to initially input her public key. Probably. I don't remember that much, it was years and years ago. (the app in question was PMMail for OS/2, if anyone was interested.)

about a year and a half ago

Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

AnttiV Re:bs (234 comments)

Why is parent not modded up? This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the summary. They do say exactly that. Saying that you don't have "ownership" of something means *nothing* if you simultaneously claim perpetual and unlimited rights to said something.

more than 2 years ago

Will the Desktop PC Live Forever?

AnttiV Re:Hybrid (625 comments)

Why? How does that magically alter the device? Assuming by "PC" you mean "desktop", because tablet's literally ARE PCs (personal computers) already...

If you connect a Bluetooth keyboard and a mouse to a Galaxy Tab, why is it suddenly a desktop? Is a laptop computer a desktop if you attach a wireless mouse to it? Where is the line?

If you have a desktop computer, use it to connect and control (via WiFi) the tablet, does the tablet become a desktop? Because at that moment, you are using the tablet with keyboard, mouse and an external monitor? (You can setup this so that the tablet need not be in the same room, or - heck - even same country at all.)

Is it the monitor? If you connect your phone to a TV via HDMI, does the phone become a desktop? Is a laptop computer connected to a secondary monitor a desktop? Where do we draw the line?

What is the iMac? It's only "a monitor" that you use via two wireless (probably) devices.

Personally, I draw the line in that point where you can or can not pick up the actual computer (and use it on the go). (iMac is a desktop because you can't use it anywhere you want.)

For many, many people a tablet that connects to an external monitor (via any means) and has a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard is enough of a computer that they can use it as their daily driver. They read emails and surf facebook. Perfectly doable with a tablet. If you need to be somewhere else, you just pick up the small slate and go. Does it change from desktop to tablet when you pick it up from the table?

If a Tablet with a keyboard, mouse and monitor is a desktop computer, where is the line between these devices? At which point does the tablet become a desktop?

more than 2 years ago

Will the Desktop PC Live Forever?

AnttiV Re:Yes (625 comments)

While I'm in general agreeing with you, I must say your numbers/specs are still *way* off. X3/X4 Phenoms with 4Gb RAM and 500Gb was not *nearly* "low-end" five years ago. Vista was released five years ago. Requirements for that was 1GHz 32bit CPU, 1Gb RAM, 40Gb HDD and a 128Mb video card. "Low-end" was machines that did NOT meet those requirements (I was selling systems at that point. Sold many that didn't meet those). 4Gb RAM isn't "low-end" even NOW. (Or then we have entirely different meaning for "low-end".)

Also, "even the gamers will be looking at only swapping every 6 or 7 years" will probably never be true. 6 or 7 years is forever in computer terms and gamers (no matter how casual you are, if you classify yourself as a "gamer") WILL replace their systems far, FAR more frequently. Even I - that myself consider not being a high-end gamer and only replace my graphics card only once per 4-5 generations - replace my system far more frequently. Remember that last "4 generations" of graphics card was about 2-3 years (about). I just replaced my GTX285 few weeks ago and it was only a tad older than 2 years. My Q9650 CPU is pushing four years and it probably has less than a year life in it in my use. (I play quite a lot, but I don't necessarily play the newest games and play only for fun.) I have yet to meet a person that consider himself a "gamer" that DOESN'T replace their desktops once in 5 years. (At least parts of it.)

I'd agree that if one buys a top-end machine NOW, it will only "need" replacement in, perhaps, five years. But after 6-7? It won't be in "gamer-hands" anymore. Perhaps as a "backup" machine, or a machine that is capable of running most games/reduced settings that you've setup somewhere else (other room, summer house, neighbor's, etc..)

Now, "normal users".. THAT I agree 100%. Those girl-next-door, grannies and uncles, cousins and co-workers who do not play. They don't need to replace their machines until those literally don't start up anymore. I know people who use (daily) computers that came with XP (10 years ago) or even Win98. Heck, a friend of mine used a Mac LC II (that's about 20 years ago) up until 2011 (when the PSU died) as her work-computer (she writes).

I don't think "desktop" is going away anytime soon. Augmented, perhaps. Changed, probably. But gone? No. I'd believe the death of laptops sooner than desktops (tablets/other mobile devices are replacing laptops more than desktops).

It's quite simple, really, when you think about it. "The Desktop" will live exactly as long as companies are producing games for it. After that, it'll take a few declining years for it to fade out, but that's basically it. It is (and always have been) games - and thus companies who create games and gamers who play them - that make or break a success of any computing product.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Sues X-Plane

AnttiV Re:Stop living in the US (214 comments)

That's partly quite lousy comparison, because Huawei's smartphones are actually quite good. Their other 3G products are also good. In fact their 3G/4G gateways are amongst the best.

If you factor in value, Huawei's smartphones are essentially there at the top. They are not the best there are, but certainly not the worst. I actually wouldn't mind having a Huawei phone as my primary smartphone. I have used (for awhile, haven't owned) several of their products and they are very, VERY good for their price.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

AnttiV Re:What is a language? (316 comments)

Well, "Elvish" in general maybe, but specifically "Tolkien's Elvish"? No. It is quite correct to say that the books exist because of the language, not the other way around. (Heck, "The Hobbit" started from the need to have a world where "Elen sila lumenn omentielmo", would be a-ok :) For Tolkien, language always came first. Most of "Qenya" (Primitive Quenya) predate all Hobbit/LotR/Silmarillion/etc. books that he wrote.

But, this is kind of Offtopic, so I'll just stop here...

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

AnttiV Re:When people abuse prices go up (503 comments)

That is probably wildly different from location to location. For example, here in Finland, any store is required by the law to handle any returns/warranty. The store you bought the product from is required and responsible for all exchanges and repairs the product in question needs while under warranty, to the extent that it shall not cost anything to the customer.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Clarifies Data Limitations On "Unlimited" Data Plans

AnttiV Re:So why offer an unlimited plan in the first pla (247 comments)


It is, however, and always will be shady to still claim something is unlimited if it is inherently not. No amount of rationalization of "expected" or "obvious" limitations will ever change that. If you're offering a finite resource, do not claim it's unlimited with an asterisk explaining the limitations. Offer the service with a proper name. We should not be tolerating this sort of false advertising.

I have to disagree on this, to a point. Namely, I'm willing to let my current subscription to be called unlimited, with asterisk explaining limitations. No, don't yell at me yet, let me explain.

My current plan let's me download unlimited amount of data each month, no throttling, no caps. This truly is unlimited, but with an asterisk. See later.

My plan also doesn't cap my bandwith, at all, ever, but allow unlimited downloading each month, for the whole month. That, also, is truly unlimited, but with the aforementioned asterisk.

Okay, see here. The asterisk: Please note that these are limited with the current technology. The network available here is limited by the hardware and infrastructure to about 15-20Mbps, theoretical. It usually sits anywhere between four and twelve. So the amount of data, while unlimited in the meaning that no company limits your downloads, is still limited to a finite amount by limits in the hardware of the network and the device you are using. You cannot download 34579823475 TB of data each month, since the devices you own and the network provided are physically incapable of such speed that would be required for that amount of data.

If the company who sells the product/service to me does not intentionally limit the use in any way, I'm fine for them to call it "unlimited", even if it comes with an asterisk explaining the limitations of the underlying system.

more than 2 years ago

Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

AnttiV Re:Piracy is great (908 comments)

Actually, not. Compare pirated games
  * need to have the crack, if game is updated you always need to wait for the newest crack for the new update before updating.
  * Looking for cracks can (and probably will) lead you to viruses and malware
  * After cracking, most games STILL only allow you to play offline only, no multiplayer functionality (or sometimes local-mp only, but that's rare).
  * Sometimes cracks do not work, or work only partially, so need to search for another, working crack (see point two).
  * you need to keep the installer around in case you re-install windows. Also remember that the crack sometimes doesn't work with the new system (32bit vs 64bit, for example.)

to, for example, Steam games, particularly the ones on sale
  * no need for any cracks, game always stays updated
  * everything perfectly legal
  * full experience: multiplayer, local and internet, singleplayer, everything.
  * Even if you reinstall, just log in to your Steam account and hit "install", wait and hit "play".

Now, if you ask me, 5 to 20 euros for that simplicity, reliability and easiness isn't that bad. I'd much rather just shell out a few bucks than spend my evening searching for and trying different cracks and installing/re-installing the game in question and afterwards waiting for that new crack for the upcoming patch...

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Could Soon Start To Twist Google's Arm

AnttiV Re:How does it happen (214 comments)

No, they don't probably have programs running that add *no* features to the phone. BUT, the most probably do have programs running in the background that add *non-essential* features to the phone, and thus can be removed safely. And their features added back via Market/SamsungApps, if so desired.

But that "Apparently it doesnt fit though." part.. Yes, apparently that is what they say. Heck, it can even be true, but in that case, I wouldn't be caught confessing I'd be a Samsung programmer. Let's take a step back and take another (yes. bare with me) look at the RAM amounts.

HTC G1, with 192Mb RAM has a GB port and is capable of running it. Search Youtube for dozens of videos. Thus, GB can take a MAXIMUM amount of 192Mb RAM to run on (actual less, because it needs to leave ram for user applications.)
HTC Hero, with 288Mb RAM had ICS running on it, available from xda. Thus ICS can take a MAXIMUM amount of 288Mb RAM to run, etc.

Actually, I just discovered, the HTC G1, the very first Android phone, has an ICS port available with almost full functionality (rotation is quoted to not work). Thus, ICS can really only need 192Mb of RAM to work.

Do you actually, honestly believe that a multi-million company producing some of the best Android hardware and software customizations is incapable of getting ICS and TW working with a phone that has 512Mb or RAM? That TW, on top of ICS requires MORE THAN TWICE the amount of RAM it requires when running on top of GB? TW (with ICS) has a potential amount of 320Mb of RAM to play with in the SGS/Tab/W. We know that 256Mb is enough for whole of Gingerbread AND TW it becomes quite unbelievable to accept that with ICS base TW would take 1.5x the amount the former OS and TW need together.

I realize those are the max amounts of ram in the devices and that free RAM is essential to run any programs, but do the math.

I call BS on the explanation. If it is a ROM issue, the flash can be repartitioned quite easily and the devices in question have more than ample space (2Gb) for everything needed. It may be, that "it doesn't fit", but in that case TW is the most un-optimized, bloated pile of loosely-coded crap out there and everyone at Samsung should be deeply ashamed of ever admitting that. Taking a RAM dump of SGS/Tab running CM9 or the other Alpha3 ICS rom and noting down how much ram it uses is the only relatively real way to see how much ICS requires, but I don't believe for a second that the real reason why Samsung is not updating them to ICS has nothing whatsoever to do with SGS/Tab hardware, other than it being old and not netting Sammy any money from sales anymore.

about 3 years ago


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