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Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill

DJCacophony Re:American Chernobyl (565 comments)

Actually, it's the UK filling the Gulf with FAIL

more than 4 years ago
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Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

DJCacophony Re:But the main reason is... (436 comments)

Microsoft, and the other patent holders, have a solid lock on the patents in H.264, therefore they have complete control over the codec and the users of that codec.

Microsoft doesn't own the patents on H.264. Apple is also using H.264 because that was probably part of the deal Apple made with the RIAA/MPAA to get their content on iTunes

That's extremely unlikely. Jobs' artificially-imposed user restrictions on apple products exist because he makes tons of money off of them.
This is just like when he decided to put DRM on itunes tracks and refused to license fairplay in order to create vendor lock-in between itunes and the ipod.
Then, after everyone had already bought an ipod because it was the only way to play Jobs' DRM-encumbered music, he removed the DRM that he himself chose to implement. Yay steve! What a pioneer!

Of course, he later came out and claimed that the big, mean, record companies made him do it, but only stupid, gullible douchebags believed that.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft DRM problems remain unsolved

DJCacophony Smart Business Move (But not by Ubisoft) (1 comments)

If this is indeed an external attack on their servers, it would be sending an important message: "Don't try to screw your customers."
But another message being sent is "Don't try to use this DRM". If an attacker can get a software company to remove DRM like this from their games, then it seems like it might be easier than trying to bypass it when releasing pirated versions of the software.

In fact, it wouldn't make business sense not to do it.

more than 4 years ago
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"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

DJCacophony Re:Mandating a headset can be even more unsafe. (419 comments)

"reach for my bluetooth headset, try to get it on my head and adjusted right, make sure it pairs properly with the phone, then answer the call." Wow, you are seriously doing it wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

DJCacophony Re:Hasn't worked in the UK (419 comments)

I wonder how the cops feel about getting their time wasted by some moron who keeps reporting something that isn't illegal.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

DJCacophony Your prices are wrong. (651 comments)

Try "You can have this regular chocolate for 49 cents, or this 'fair trade' chocolate for 15 dollars".

more than 4 years ago
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Russia Confirms Failed Missile Launch Caused Norway's Light Show

DJCacophony Re:Well paint me surprised: (236 comments)

Underwater subs?
My god, it's worse than I thought.

more than 4 years ago
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US Congressman Announces Plans To Probe Wikileaks

DJCacophony Re:I shall pick up your gauntlet (311 comments)

But, let's apply that 0.3% (which is 30%)

I must have missed the memo that said that 0.3 = 30.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Begins Crafting Net Neutrality Regulations

DJCacophony Re:And who ... (297 comments)

The idea that "they're trying to force this on tv and radio" is another lie telecoms are paying neoconservative radicals to spread.
Seriously, stop believing everything you hear. It makes you look like an absolute fool.

more than 5 years ago
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FCC Begins Crafting Net Neutrality Regulations

DJCacophony Re:And who ... (297 comments)

there is a fear that the govt will go beyond network management policy here...and delve into rule of content on the internet.

You need not have that fear. It will not happen. It has nothing whatsoever to do with this legislation. It's simply a lie perpetrated by fearmongering radical right-wing neoconservatives to protect that which they value most: the corporations that give them money to lie on the air.

Now that that's cleared up, do you have any realistic concerns?

more than 5 years ago
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10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

DJCacophony Re:I can has? (344 comments)

How could they make the keyboard a part of the touch interface, and still provide users with a real, physical keyboard that provides substantial haptic feedback that can be used without looking at it? Keep in mind that's what the vast majority of users want: a real, physical keyboard that provides substantial haptic feedback that can be used without looking at it.

more than 5 years ago
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10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

DJCacophony Re:Typing (344 comments)

* Why isn't the touchpad also the keyboard

Maybe because that would be utter shit? Good keyboards require real haptic feedback. Hardly anybody would like or use a full-sized touch-screen keyboard as a replacement for a real one.

more than 5 years ago
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IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

DJCacophony Re:Not news (684 comments)

Apple opted to use DRM not because the music companies forced them to, but because it was beneficial to Apple. The only "evidence" behind what you're saying is what Steve Jobs himself claims. "Oh, help us, help us, we're a poor multi-billion dollar company, the music companies are having their way with us and there's nothing we can do about it!" It's a huge load of bullshit. Any company opposed to DRM would refuse to do business with any labels that forced it upon them. Apple only pretended to be opposed to DRM so they could play the victim to their fans while simultaneously making millions off them through vendor lock-in. Once they had the lock-in they needed, with millions of people having already bought ipods, made itunes accounts, and gotten used to the music pipeline between the two, Apple started offering limited DRM-less tracks in a format obscure to most mp3 players that weren't made by themselves, and later on released all their music in the same, rarely-seen-on-mp3-players format. Hooray, the assholes who were punching us in the face to begin with, are now only punching us in the stomach! What heroes! Industry pioneers!

more than 5 years ago
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Sophisticated Balloons Could Help Steer Spacecraft

DJCacophony MAGIC BALLOONS (96 comments)

Atmospheric drag? It sure is going to be cool when they come out with a big balloon, covered in multi-inch thick ceramic tiles for heat dispersion.

more than 5 years ago
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Report Links Russian Intelligence Agencies To Cyber Attacks

DJCacophony IT WAS THE ONE-ARMED MAN (57 comments)

If they're ballsy enough to launch a physical attack on another country, annex territory, and dare the international community to do something about it, they're ballsy enough to sponsor some hackers.

more than 5 years ago
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Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop's Facebook Status

DJCacophony Re:What the hell? (653 comments)

90% of cops make the other 10% look bad.

more than 5 years ago
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Spore DRM Protest Makes EA Ease Red Alert 3 Restrictions

DJCacophony Re:How is this a compromise? (486 comments)

Or buy it, don't open it, and return it, to inflate their return numbers.

more than 6 years ago

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DJCacophony DJCacophony writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DJCacophony writes "Ted "series of tubes" Stevens has introduced his next piece of proposed legislation. Going by the interim name S.49, the bill aims to block access to interactive websites from schools and libraries. The wording of the bill is vague enough to apply to Wikipedia, Myspace (and other social networking sites), and potentially even blogs.
The bill is apparently so similar to the failed "Deleting Online Predators Act" of last year that it has been termed "DOPA jr." by some."
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DJCacophony DJCacophony writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DJCacophony writes "In a little-noticed move that affects both corrupt business practices and social engineering (and therefore also private investigation) nationwide, the 109th U.S. Congress opted to illegalize "pretexting", the controversial practice of lying about ones own identity over the phone. The legislation was passed in the 109th Congress' last session, and overrules the decision against similar legislation made less than two weeks earlier by the California legislature after pressure from the MPAA, who had been practicing pretexting as a method for gathering informtion on filesharers. The practice had previously only been illegal in 12 states."

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