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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

JMJimmy Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (385 comments)

And then we no longer have an internet (international network)

INTERconnected NETworks, not international - though it's been that too, since fairly early

I was not stating that internet meant international network, but that I was referring to the international internet vs a regional internet.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

JMJimmy Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (385 comments)

And then we no longer have an internet (international network) we have a regional one which would royally suck.

3 days ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

DRM of all games sucks but that's not the point.

The point is that I purchased the games for the Xbox achievements which were then patched out by Steam without any choice on my part. They weren't giving me the choice of take it or leave it, they just took it away. I *WANTED* GFWL - that was the motivator for the purchases. I have over 1000 Xbox 360/GFWL/Win8/Xbox Arcade games and non-Xbox/PS3 games can't be tracked by my favourite achievement tracking service making Steamworks games less fun/interesting for me.

about a week ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

If you can't identify the individual speaking then private in public can apply. There is no black and white. The volume of a conversation can change its interpretation in a court. Judges deal in greys.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

JMJimmy Re:Have Both (567 comments)

I have two monitors: one landscape, one next to it flipped into portrait mode. It's not fucking rocket science.

Drop zones + 30" or bigger screen at a minimum of 2560x1960 res + up to 9 programs open side by side. You have space for up to 9x 853x533res windows or my preferred setup: 3x1x3 - 6 resources open for reference or drop swapping to the main middle panel which looks/acts more like a portrait screen. None of this affects the ability to full screen video or play games and keeps it all on a single monitor. 3200x1800 works well for that

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

So, town-hall meetings - non-public communication? Non-single sourced, and generally restricted to those present unless someone decides to upload a video.

Each individual speaking would constitute a communication to the public. When a person stops speaking it's someone else's communication to the public that begins when they start speaking. By contrast, someone cheering or booing in a crowd is not a communication to the public, it's a communication by the public and the "private in public" doctrine prevails (ie: anonymity/privacy of the crowd).

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

JMJimmy Re:Great... (377 comments)

A) It's not that obvious. Care to explain how that would work?
A2) That's not interesting to the end-user.

a) It is obvious. 3D is computationally expensive compared to 2D. An image a real person can manipulate to reveal the characters is easy for a person (given simple controls) and hard for a computer.

a2) You asked for useful, practical, mass-market - not interesting to the end user. For the latter, I can think of a million interesting uses for adding simple/quick depth to a web page without going full blown 3D/video/flash. From design tools to menus to smooth slideshow containers as a single object.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

JMJimmy Re:Great... (377 comments)

a) An obvious one, CAPTCHA.
b) by the time support for it comes around there will be decent resolutions. They're at 4 megapixels with their 2nd gen camera which is sufficient for a lot of web graphics uses. I'm sure they'll hit 8-12 by gen 3.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

JMJimmy Re:Great... (377 comments)

I'd still rather Lytro support.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

JMJimmy Re:Great... (377 comments)

To me, just looking at the Lena image before looking at the comparisons, my immediate thought was "this has been photoshoped to death" - sure it looks better than JPEG but it still looks like crap. The real issue is that for the future size will not matter but other issues will be more important. I'd rather see "4D" support (Lytro camera by Ren Ng) than any improvement on low end graphics.

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

JMJimmy Re:Great... (377 comments)

I have to agree, even as a big fan of smaller. BPG arguably does create better images at small sizes but it's not much better than JPEG. It trades JPEG's pixelation for removal of details/changing colours/etc.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

GFWL functionality was recently patched out of dozens of games from multiple publishers. Patches could not be prevented without going to offline mode, however, that only works for a max of 6 months and you're effectively blocked from most of Steam for that period to preserve the functionality. The odd game you could unpatch from a pirated version but many couldn't.

As shit as GFWL is, when you bought the games for the Xbox achievements it's rather useless when that feature is stripped out. If the developer released the patch and we had a choice of accepting it, or be limited in use without applying it, that'd be a different issue. The issue is Steam making them mandatory and not providing a realistic way to stop them from being applied.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

So, public communication can only occur between non-peers? And only in publicly-owned places? So I guess that means the that guy standing on a soap box preaching to an assembled crowd at the mall isn't engaged in public communication, nor are presidential candidates debating on national TV. So what exactly would fall into your hypothetical public communication pigeonhole?

I would see a communication to the public as one that is single source and indiscriminately communicated. ie: a sign is a public communication, or your guy on a soap box, or a TV program. A communication based on contacting an individual listed in a directory is not a public communication. ie: you look up someone's phone number and call them, the call isn't a communication to the public even if the directory is. A swarm is just a form of directory.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

Meh its being replaced with streaming video from Bumfuckistan where "nobody cares about your steenkin treaties man!"

When it comes to piracy as with anything else easy trumps all and "click and watch" don't get any easier. Sure you don't find things like games but Steam has pretty much made gaming so cheap why would anybody bother? this also royally screws the *.A.A as how you gonna bust people for watching video on the Internet?

Bumfuckistan's of the world are easily bought/corrupted/bullied into shutting down such sites. It's happened dozens of times already. It's also less of a grey area because streaming is a broadcast not a communication between peers. They may not bust individuals for watching but they'll have no trouble shutting down those sites.

The problem is one of access and choice. Steam is great but there's no guarantee of access to specific content through the service of your choice. There's also no equivalent competition for Steam on PC so their policies rule the day. If you disagree you lose your content. I've lost content even while agreeing (I bought games with specific functionality which was later patched out making the game pointless for my purposes to which Steam effectively replied "so sue us").

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

JMJimmy Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

3 more pop up. "TPB" can die, but what TPB did will never die

They aren't popping up though, especially not ones of any quality. The law is catching up but as usual it's being used as a club and with a complete misunderstanding of what technology is doing. Take the Voltage case in Canada - the legislation and interpretation by the courts to this point is that P2P constitutes a public communication. This ignores the fact that peer to peer by it's very name is a communication between peers, it ignores that it takes place entirely on private networks (there is no "public internet"), it ignores the hearsay nature of swarms, privacy of communications, etc. Until reasonable, predictable law is in place that protects all parties there will be fewer people willing to take the legal risk of starting a torrent site, let alone having the technical expertise. imo there's more need now for TPB than ever.

Unfortunately it's going to cost serious money, effort, and time to regain the civil rights we've lost under these insane treaties like WIPO, Berne, Rome Convention, and soon to be TPP. There are just too many areas where the law has been corrupted in favour of corporate/government rights over civil rights. Heck, in my province the default "civil rights" are those from 1792 England - I'm not even sure anyone knows what those were anymore.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JMJimmy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

In my experience - the backup gets checked every single time. I guess the standards at a small law firm are better than at a major corporation.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JMJimmy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

what is raw footage and accounting doing on the same system?

Who says both were on the same system?

For what reason does accounting need access to video production or vice versa? They are, or ought to be, separate internal systems that do not interact. Unless you're suggesting multiple intrusion points

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JMJimmy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

That wouldn't matter. If someone is able to re-direct the backups, they could change those settings as well.

And a competent IT team wouldn't notice major settings changes or the change in backup size?

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JMJimmy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

And our ability to secure information & monitor data flow on networks remained stagnant in that time?

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

JMJimmy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

Raw footage is massive, that's understandable - but what is raw footage and accounting doing on the same system? I can't answer that either way... time will tell the story.

about two weeks ago

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Healthcare.gov Problems Aren't All Incompetence

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about a year ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "Libby Shaw of Daily Kos writes

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there has been a number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site. It seems that there has been a concerted effort on several fronts in an all out Republican led war to kill and destroy the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One has to ask if this war on Obamacare has been an intentional and coordinated effort.

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Whitehouse petition to make patent trolls pay

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about 2 years ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "The patent office has approved countless ridiculous patents that are clearly non-sensical or based on obviously long-known ideas, making it easy for trolls to collect ridiculous patents and use them as their flimsy excuse to file outrageously expensive lawsuits.

This petition seeks to make patent trolls think twice about suing. Perhaps it ought to be expanded to include copyright trolls!"

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