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Browsing the Broken Web: a Software Developer Behind the Great Firewall of China

Carthag Re:impactful? (58 comments)

its me i am the clever one

more than 2 years ago
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Browsing the Broken Web: a Software Developer Behind the Great Firewall of China

Carthag Re:impactful? (58 comments)

Name two significantly divergent possible interpretations of "impactful".

I'm not talking about grammar-nazism, I'm talking about staleness. Languages die when you bar them from evolving. Sure, there are certain fields where a strict, formally defined language is preferable — law, science, etc. This is not the case here, there's no doubt what is meant by impactful, no grey areas, no ambiguity.

more than 2 years ago
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Browsing the Broken Web: a Software Developer Behind the Great Firewall of China

Carthag Re:impactful? (58 comments)

Fuck prescriptivism. "Impactful" is entirely and fully understandable and a valid word in every sense of the latter.

Also you're the one who sounds faux-formal (oh I bet this pisses you off, a goddamn sentence fragment aaaaa). Just because English isn't currently 100% agglutinative 100% of the time doesn't mean it can't be some of the time. Sincerepostin' over here.

more than 2 years ago
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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

Carthag Re:Text of proposal (297 comments)

Doy, there's a whole list of appropiate sources at the end of the document.

more than 2 years ago
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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

Carthag Re:Text of proposal (297 comments)

But how much is dilligent? Somehow I doubt a fre google queries will count. Large companies may be able to hire a historian to go and trawl through old newspapers of the period looking for advertisments or reading actor biographies in hope of finding a passing reference, but that effectively excludes amateurs who don't have the time or money for that level of checking.

It's actually defined int he text too.

#Article 3 Diligent search
31. For the purposes of establishing whether a work is an orphan work, the organisations referred to in Article 1(1) shall ensure that a diligent search is carried out for each work, by consulting the appropriate sources for the category of works in question.

32. The sources that are appropriate for each category of works shall be determined by each Member State, in consultation with rightholders and users, and include, the sources listed in the Annex.

33. A diligent search is required to be carried out only in the Member State of first publication or broadcast.

34. Member States shall ensure that the results of diligent searches carried out in their territories are recorded in a publicly accessible database.

So it seems that each state will define some central rights repository or authority, maybe the national libraries?

more than 2 years ago
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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

Carthag Text of proposal (297 comments)

Can be found here: http://pippi.euwiki.org/doc/CELEX:52011PC0289:EN

Interesting stuff, hopefully it'll eventually pass. In short, if you do a "diligent search" and are unable to locate a rightsholder, the work will be considered orphan. This is basically an area "between" copyright and public domain; you're allowed to reproduce the work "for the purposes of digitization, making available, indexing, cataloguing, preservation or restoration."

more than 2 years ago
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Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society

Carthag Re:Um, (729 comments)

There are no atheists during Orgasms or when you bang your knee.

Only in countries with pervasively religious language.

more than 3 years ago
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Data Sorting World Record — 1 Terabyte, 1 Minute

Carthag Re:Been doing this for years... (129 comments)

Why is sorting 1TB so hard?

I can just instruct my tape library to put the tapes in the library in alphabetical order in the slots... Y'know AA0000 AA0001 AA0002... moves a hell of a lot more than 1TB.

That's not sorting 1TB. That's sorting n records where n = the number of tapes.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Eases Restrictions On iPhone Developers

Carthag Re:I wouldn't say backpedaling (195 comments)

there are standalone games in the appstore that use the scummvm engine, flight of the amazon queen for instance

more than 4 years ago
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How a Virginia Law Firm Outpaces the MPAA at Suing Over Movie Downloads

Carthag Re:S2S (237 comments)

That's not how the scam works. They just work under the assumption that once a business reaches a certain size, the board/owners/whoever doesn't sign off on every single thing anymore. So some invoice for 100 dollars or whatever, a secretary or somebody is authorized to pay it. And if it looks legit enough it might get paid without a second thought. So if you send out small invoices to thousands of companies and say 200 end up paying, that's a pretty decent ROI.

Usually it's about something like being listed on some webpage or in some pamphlet so they can say they actually provided a service, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Crytek Plans Free Version of CryENGINE 3

Carthag Re:Ok.. now if there were OSS engines of this qual (75 comments)

what's the major difference between a game and a graphics engine?

A game engine has one or more of the following: physics, AI, a tool chain for content generation, a scripting language or similar for game rules, etc.

A graphics engine only displays the graphics.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Vaccine-Autism Claims Again

Carthag facts? (416 comments)

how is this a matter for the courts, thats retarded.

more than 4 years ago
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Denmark Chooses OpenDocument Format

Carthag Re:learning to write (198 comments)

Yep, that's correct (Dane here)

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Attacker Will Be Sentenced To Jail

Carthag Re:We are Anonymous. (354 comments)

(Still, jail seems kind of disproportionate. Scientology has engaged in worse online censorship-fraud without even being fined.)

So if I murder Tony Soprano I should be punished less than if I murder your wife?

Not if the GPs wife is also fictitious

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's Mini DisplayPort Officially Adopted By VESA

Carthag Re:HDMI? (160 comments)

True patent trolls don't manufature anything anyway so why would they care if they lose the license to potentially make Mini DisplayPort-compliant stuff?

about 5 years ago
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App Store Developer Speaks Out On Game Piracy

Carthag Re:Didn't think App Store piracy was that big (762 comments)

For example: the new Stargate series, it'll be years before it's on TV here, and they'll probably mess up the order (I have no clue why they do this, but they can's seem to ever show any series in the correct order over here), stop halfway through a season, broadcast it at random times, etc. It's almost as if they don't want people to follow the series.

Easy; it's filler, the content being commercials.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Won't Punish Lawyer For Anti-RIAA Blogging

Carthag Re:Hrmmm (160 comments)

Whether or not you believe he is making it a better country isn't the issue, either... -He- believes that (and so do many others) and he's working on his beliefs.

That's an admirable thing.

So you're saying he's kinda like Jack Thompson?

If he was grossly unprofessional to the point of disbarment, yeah maybe.

more than 5 years ago
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PhotoSketch Image Manipulation Tool Taking the World by Storm

Carthag Re:The end of creativity (193 comments)

A Scanner Darkly

more than 5 years ago
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PhotoSketch Image Manipulation Tool Taking the World by Storm

Carthag Re:How does it mask? (193 comments)

It says in the Vimeo link. Not gonna summarize it cause just look at the damn thing

more than 5 years ago

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