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Oracle Broadens Legal Fight Against Third-party Solaris Support Providers

Inf0phreak Re:What assholes (142 comments)

I... eh... what? Oracle owns MySQL, not PostgreSQL

about 6 months ago

EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

Inf0phreak Obligatory music track (470 comments)

This discussion needs a soundtrack and we're so lucky that the perfect one already exists. I'm of course talking about one of the most "what do you mean it's not awesome?" pieces of music ever made, Canvas Bags by Tim Minchin.

about 8 months ago

US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead

Inf0phreak Re:I don't mind (202 comments)

"Ascending some stairs," you say? E-LE-VATE!

about 10 months ago

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Facebook After Girl's Death

Inf0phreak Re:facebook is an american company (559 comments)

And facebook does business in Italy? So Italian courts have jurisdiction over facebook. They can argue US 1st amendment all they want, it's just not relevant.

about a year ago

Mozilla Delays Default Third-Party Cookie Blocking In Firefox

Inf0phreak Re:No issue. (106 comments)

The worst kind of 3rd party javascript is the stuff from *, where * appears able to be any random string. It (and amazon web services) are the bane of trying to keep a neat whitelist of domains for NoScript.

about a year ago

Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

Inf0phreak Re:mixed feelings (300 comments)

Don't. Put. Periods (or spaces) in filenames for anything to be read by TeX. Stick to [0-9a-zA-Z_].

about a year ago

9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor

Inf0phreak Re:Huh? (211 comments)

Define "best"

Is it best because a user making a legitimate parody or review is likely to get a strike on their account because the automated ContentID system cannot tell the difference between a straight copy and what ought to be fair use?

Is it best because hateful crazies can get your account closed with a flood of phony copyright complaints?

about a year ago

Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Inf0phreak You dirty rotten criminal! (255 comments)

Importing UK Blu-rays into USA? Did you also import a player for them? Otherwise, I don't see how you're not in violation of federal law (i.e. the DMCA) whenever you're watching one of them (Blu-ray region codes).

about a year ago

Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones

Inf0phreak Drones, you say? (66 comments)

I can get a diploma in Zerg showing I can drone hard? Awesome...

*Reads submission again*... oooh. That kind of drones. That's a lot less awesome.

about a year ago

What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

Inf0phreak Vorpality! (469 comments)

Ravager +6. Vorpal, baby! It's the only way to roll... d10s.

about a year ago

DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

Inf0phreak Re:How about the US-Canadian/US-Mexico border? (597 comments)

And that map isn't even complete. It's missing some 100 mile radius disks centred at inland international airports.

about a year and a half ago

CTO Says Al-Khabaz Expulsion Shows CS Departments Stuck In "Pre-Internet Era"

Inf0phreak Re:I consider that a pretty good analogy... (248 comments)

That's a fixable problem. For example, you could read this article by phk in ACM:

In particular note:

Clause 1. If you deliver software with complete and buildable source code and a license that allows disabling any functionality or code by the licensee, then your liability is limited to a refund.

about a year and a half ago

Hands On With Ubuntu For SmartPhones

Inf0phreak Re:Wat (127 comments)

Typical noob...

cat ~/mail/contacts/* | grep [...]

You earned yourself a Useless Use of Cat Award!

about a year and a half ago

Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm

Inf0phreak Re:Greengrocers apostrophe? (214 comments)

Yes. People would do well to read Bob the Angry Flower's guide to the apostrophe... you idiots!

about a year and a half ago

More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

Inf0phreak A name for this (277 comments)

I really like the name that phk (of FreeBSD and Varnish fame) came up with for permissions required for apps like that: chernobyl bits.

It has a really nice ominous and "this is wrong and you shouldn't do it" ring to it.

about a year and a half ago

Free Online Education Unwelcome In Minnesota

Inf0phreak Re:Donations aren't Always Bribes (240 comments)

It is corruption because whenever money and opinions intermingle there is always a shift in perception on the part of the recipient. We humans are social animals. We cannot help but think "he helped me, I should help him".

Even if it doesn't sway the recipient's opinions, it causes the perception that it has. Part of the reason why Congress has such a low approval rating (lower than the US going communist for crying out loud!) is that people perceive that representatives are bought and paid for by special interests and whatever personal opinions and principles they might have had have been sold for filthy lucre long ago.

about 2 years ago


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