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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

Chris Dodd Re:utf-32/ucs-4 (165 comments)

Its obvious you have little real experience with unicode, because saying 'just convert to utf-32' just papers over the problems without solving them. UTF-32 units are code points, not characters, and there are many multi-code-point (variable length) characters in utf-32. So you still have all the length and normalization problems you have with utf-8 (and even with ASCII, though people often ignore it there -- are 'a' and 'A' the same character? How do they sort?) The real 'length' problem is that people insist on using the term ambiguously -- you have string storage space and string rendering size, and the two are completely independent.

about two weeks ago

NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Chris Dodd Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

Not to mention that the "dumped to console" was ALSO fixed many, many years ago (8.04?) as part of their bulletproof-X initiative.

Yup. Now its just dumps you back to the gdm screen and you have to manually get your way to a text console to fix it.

about 7 months ago

Virtual DVDs, Revisited

Chris Dodd Its the first-sale doctrine... (147 comments)

Your "non-obvious" answer flows directly from the obvious answer that you say is wrong (and is the real answer) -- the first sale doctrine. The only reason Netflix has cooperative agreements with the studios is because they have the "threat" of simply going out and buying the DVDs. Without that, the studios would not deal with them, preferring to sell directly to customers. The cooperative agreements only come into play when the studios think they can gain a little bit by economies of scale vs forcing Netflix to go buy the discs (as happened in the Disney case you note). By doing everything they can to make Netflix as annoying for customers as possible, they try to force those customers to pay them directly rather than going through Netflix (which would make them more money -- attempted market segmentation), but as you note, it mostly just forces people to pirate instead.

about 8 months ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Chris Dodd It's not the studio's choice (490 comments)

> So what could be their reason for allowing users to check out physical DVDs but not to "check out" virtual DVDs in exactly the same way?

The answer is that they DON'T allow users to check out physical DVDs -- they would stop the the rental of DVDs if they could to force people to use their own distribution channels (and generate more profit). But the courts have said that if they sell DVDs, they can't prevent others from buying those DVDs and renting them out. So if they want to sell DVDs, they have to allow rental of DVDs.

about 10 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

Chris Dodd Re:Hard to believe (804 comments)

Why do I think they ordered those parts from the most expensive sources possible?

Well, if you read the fine article (the original, not the bgr rehash), you'd see that all the proces come from NewEgg -- not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive...

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

Chris Dodd Basic premise is flawed as you must enter a plea (871 comments)

The basic premise of your whole argument "The Fifth amendment means that person need not answer 'Yes' or 'No' when asked the question 'Did you commit the crime'" is simple wrong and untrue. IF someone is charged with a crime and arraigned, they must THEN enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" and cannot at that time "refuse to answer". The context is key -- this questioning happens in a courtroom in front of a judge, with a lawyer present, and not in a back room somewhere. The same protections apply to a 3rd party being questioned -- they DON'T have to answer unless they are subpoenaed and in that case can have a lawyer present. Of course, insisting on these full legal protections might make the police suspicious that they are involved, but that is kind of tough to avoid.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Chris Dodd Telemarketers (1144 comments)

Well, I've subjectively seen one effect -- a huge spike in the number of telemarker calls I've received in the past week, apparently due to no longer being able to report them to the DO NOT CALL registry (which is shutdown due to the gov't shutdown).

about a year ago

One-Time Pad From Caltech Offers Uncrackable Cryptography

Chris Dodd Re:Not too long until an iceberg attack is reveale (192 comments)


The innovation here is that that nobody can make a copy of the piece of glass.

Or is it...? If Bob can create a OTP using the glass then so can Eve. All she does is sneak into his hotel room when he's asleep, generate his pad using his crystal and make a copy of it.

The point is that its a READ ONCE device -- Eve can't make a copy of the data in Bob's key without destroying the physical device containing the key...

about a year and a half ago

Warner Bros. Sued By Meme Creators Over Copyright Infringement

Chris Dodd Re:Copyright of IDEAS is ridiculous (210 comments)

Which is why they're sueing for TRADEMARK infringement. The fact that slashdot gets things totally wrong in the headline is besides the point

about a year and a half ago

Proposed Chinese Copyright Changes Would Encourage Re-Use

Chris Dodd Copywriters can't read the copyright draft law... (169 comments)

There's nothing here about using others works without compensation -- this is about manadatory licensing of works, with rates set by the state licensing board. Which may or may not be a good thing, depending on who you are.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Microcell Disassembly; Security Flaws Exposed

Chris Dodd Using IP multicast for the backdoor (82 comments)

The most interesting thing I thought was that the device uses an IP multicast address for the backdoor reply. This makes it possible to search for all Microcell devices across the network, as long as its not behind a router that blocks IP multicast.

more than 2 years ago

Open Source Advocates' Attitudes Toward Profit

Chris Dodd Yet another straw-man argument (208 comments)

He's basically just trying to deflect criticism about whether things that he's done (or his company has done) are bad for the Open Source community. Anyone who is ciritical must obviously think that profits are immoral and so be an ignorable nut-job.

more than 2 years ago


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