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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

Eraesr Re:Don't they have something better to do? (201 comments)

A playlist made by user X is not labelled as originating from artist/publisher/whatever Y. Spotify will say that the playlist is from user X and not imply any relation to the compilation album the playlist is trying to mimic.

about 7 months ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

Eraesr Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

It's a whole different situation. If I bring a peanut butter sandwich to work, then I'm directly responsible for putting my colleague in danger. However, if I'm sending a text message to someone I know is driving, then my sending that text message is in no way directly responsible for whatever accident may happen due to the driver picking up the phone and reading the text message. The big difference is that the driver still has a choice here. It's the driver that makes the choice to check the text message. He isn't forced to. Your allergic colleague doesn't have the choice of being exposed to peanut butter or not (assuming this is a real, terrible case of peanut butter allergy) and has no real way of avoiding the consequences.

about 8 months ago
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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

Eraesr Re:NOT correct (211 comments)

With a C++ program it is up to me, the programmer to make sure there are no exploits.

Guess how many programmers are adequately up to that task... And when I say "many", I actually mean "few".

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

Eraesr Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

I wonder what would've happened if they labeled the box as containing religious items rather than "atheist".

1 year,20 days
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

Eraesr Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

Problem is, if you're boycotting EA, then you'll soon enough be boycotting Activision as well on the same grounds. Ubisoft will follow right behind them and I bet eventually you'll do away with Take 2 as well.
Not a whole lot of games left to play then.

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Eraesr Re:Why is this necessary? (262 comments)

Jade, from Beyond Good & Evil.

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Eraesr Re: What do you do? (262 comments)

Yeah sure, blah blah blah.
He hasn't actually released the modified game and big gaming corporations don't give a fuck about a dad hacking a 30 year old game this way to make his daughter happy. To "squash" this, a corp needs to spend more money than it's worth, so they're not going to do a thing about it. Simple as that.

about a year ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

Eraesr Re:Not true. (984 comments)

Start braking a bit earlier. Jeez, it ain't freaking rocket science.
Besides, I'm sure you can come up with some exotic situation where you absolutely can't help but cross the line, but that doesn't invalidate the whole setup.

about a year ago
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Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

Eraesr Re:Keep your guard up (393 comments)

All I worry about is that the RIAA and their kin will interpret this news as their witch hunt on piracy is finally paying off, and all they need to do now is increase their efforts tenfold with even more invasive and restrictive measures.

about a year ago
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Minority Report's Legacy of Terrible Interfaces

Eraesr What a bitter, bitter man (305 comments)

The author of the article must be a really bitter, bitter man who doesn't realize Minority Report is just a movie, with computer interfaces designed to look cool rather than practical. In fact, I think Minority Report is one of the lesser offenders when it comes to totally unbelievable bullshit UI's (Jurassic Park and Swordfish spring to mind).

I've never heard or seen any serious designer strive for interfaces that are identical to what we see in Minority Report. Sounds to me like he works with amateurs who can't differentiate between "cool" and "absurd". And he's blaming movies for the rise of touch screens and the touchscreen gestures we use now? Maybe it's the other way around and the people who designed the stuff in Minority Report had a pretty good grasp on what the future would actually bring us.

In the end, the design of Minority Report's "orchestra screen" was brilliant in that it exactly matched it's purpose: to look cool, look (somewhat) realistic and get the necessary information across to the viewer of the movie. That interface probably wasn't designed to be intuitive for the actual user, it was meant to be intuitive for the cinema going audience.

about a year ago
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Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

Eraesr Just because THEY can doesn't me WE shouldn't (250 comments)

If there's some elite group of hackers who like to target high profile websites and services that can get past the most complex forms of encryption, then does that automatically mean we shouldn't use encryption anymore? For all I know, at the very least, encryption will keep out the 13 year old bedroom hackers who write vbscripts and call it a virus.

Similar to me having MAC filtering enabled on my wireless router. I know MAC filtering won't keep out the determined hacker, but it will be enough of a blockade for some wannabe punk that thinks it's cool to spend a weekend trying to access insecure wifi routers. To keep out more advanced and experienced intruders, more is needed, but that's no reason for me to just open the gate to every laptop owner with half a braincell who bookmarked a "hacking 101" tutorial.

about a year ago
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Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

Eraesr Re:Good idea (155 comments)

Good point. Also, after I posted my message I clicked one of the links in the article and found that so far it appears to work only for the HTML5 version of YouTube, which makes me believe that this only works for HTML5 controls, which means that annoying flash ads with sound can still creep through.

about a year ago
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Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

Eraesr Re:Good idea (155 comments)

Yeah I think it's a great idea. I just hope it works beyond HTML5 implementations of audio and is also able to tell me if plugins are playing audio (like flash or silverlight animations).

about a year ago
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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

Eraesr Re:Unrelated to 2012 DA14? (409 comments)

Actually, meteors hitting the earth's atmosphere is a very common event. It happens almost every night. The only difference is that this time the meteor was large enough to be visible and have this result. The big 45m piece of asteroid passing by isn't that uncommon either, it's just passing by relatively close compared to other asteroids.
In short: we're not talking about two uncommon events (certainly not "very rare"). You're falling for the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy here.

about a year ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Eraesr Re:"they" can fuck off, the binary units are the o (618 comments)

The problem arises when the two are used interchangeably. I don't care if a HDD's packaging expresses the capacity in powers of 10, as long as it's clear there's a difference between KiB and KB.
A much bigger problem is manufacturers having their devices marketed with 64GB of storage when only half of that amount is available for the user due to the other half being taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps.

about a year ago
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Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

Eraesr Re:Good (851 comments)

The question of whether or not flu shots actually works seems less interesting to me. The case here is that these people refused flu shots based on religious grounds and use that argumentation to combat the decision of the hospital. They aren't having issues with flu shots not working or flu shots being a possible cause of flu itself, no, they argue that their lord and savior instructed them not to take flu shots so they won't.

The other side of the argument is that there are medical indications that flu shots prevent patients from possible exposure to influenza. It's a safety measure taken to protect patients. For the sake of that side of the argument, lets assume that flu shots simply work in the expected way. Again, whether it actually does or not is not important as that is not being questioned by these religious people.

So here we have a discussion of patient safety versus religious belief. I find it insulting that a nurse would expose patients (which might one day include myself) to threats they could easily avoid by taking the shot. I think it's a pretty arrogant and selfish attitude, especially for a nurse.

about a year ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

Eraesr Re:Fahrenheit? (230 comments)

This is actually an interesting point, but it works against you. You see, Americans' fear of decimals leads them to use a scale with a finer precision. I'm not too familiar with the conversion, but from this discussion I understand that 1 degree C is roughly the same interval as 2 degrees F. So when you're taking someone's temperature, then you're getting a precision of 0.5 degrees Celsius, while my European thermometer, which indicates temperature in 1/10ths of degrees has a precision of 0.1 degrees Celsius.
I'm not familiar with American thermometers, they might have a single decimal digit as well, which would move that precision towards 0.05 degrees C, but that sort of precision is not necessary and it turns the "no decimals" argument on it's head.

about a year ago
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Police Raid Home of 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay User, Seize "Winnie the Pooh" Laptop

Eraesr Re:Sensational! (376 comments)

The most that can really be said is the 600 euro fine (and the non-disclosure agreement) is absurd for what the alleged crime is.

I find it strange that a house is being raided over a 600 euro fine. It probably costs 10 times that much money to raid the place and analyze the contents of whatever they have seized.

about a year ago
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

Eraesr Re:Get homeshcooled (743 comments)

A school should think of the children, yes, but not by limiting their freedoms and invading their privacy. A school should make sure those "threats" simply have no way of entering the school. That should be their priority, not tracking their every move like a bonafide Big Brother.

about a year ago

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Unreal Engine 3 running in Flash

Eraesr Eraesr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eraesr writes "Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Technical Director Tim Sweeney presented the company’s award-winning Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) technology running fully inside an Adobe Flash-based environment during a keynote at Adobe MAX 2011."
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Net neutrality by law in the Netherlands

Eraesr Eraesr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eraesr (1629799) writes "The Netherlands is the first European country that embraces net neutrality by law. Two days ago, the Dutch parliament passed a law that forbids telecommunication operators from charging for specific Internet services such as WhatsApp or Skype. This decision could set a precedent for other countries.
Industry officials have predicted that mobile broadband charges could rise significantly to compensate for these restrictions."

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Newell thinks PS3 needs to be "open like a Mac"

Eraesr Eraesr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Eraesr (1629799) writes "Apparantly Valve boss Gabe Newell thinks the PS3 needs to be more of an open platform, drawing a comparison to Apple's Mac platform. In an interview with 5BY5TV Gabe Newell said that he’d like to see PS3 be “open like a Mac” instead of being “more closed like a Gamecube”.

“Platform investments, like the Mac, are difficult because you have to be aware of what direction that platform is moving,” Newell said, referring to the firm’s recent move onto Mac with its titles and distribution service Steam. “We need to target platforms that do a better job of looking like where we want to be in a few years.”"

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