NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown
It's not perjury, and they're not criminals. Perjury is making a false or misleading statement while under oath, and there is no oath here.
17 U.S.C. (512(c)(3)(A)(vi)):
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
But IANAL. So why isn't this perjury?
Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released
Manufacturers and carriers that hold back Android updates are like IT departments that keep everyone on IE6. Developers have to decide whether or not to support new features given so many people running old versions. And if they do use the new features, do they lock out the old versions, or spend extra time writing workarounds and testing on those old versions?
Theater Professor's Firefly Poster Declared Threatening
Eric Cartman? Is that you?
Oracle Removes Java Signatures, Breaking Webstart
The CPython implementation has a global interpreter lock that makes threading worthless in some situations, but the language certainly supports it (and other implementations can use it without restriction).
There certainly are mediocre Python programmers out there, but I hadn't seen "Java-bad" Python code until the most recent TDWTF: http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Python-Charmer.aspx
Adobe Released 64-bit Flash For Linux
As a Solaris user, I guess I just don't get it. Why EXACTLY do you need a 64bit version of flash? Have they removed the ability in linux of running 32bit binaries on a 64bit system?
It's nice not to have to maintain an extra userland just for one program. If I upgrade JACK and the wire protocol changes, Flash can't make sound until I go find the latest 32-bit libs.
America's Cubicles Are Shrinking
"Younger workers' lives are all integrated, not segregated," says Larry Rivard. "They have learned to work anywhere — at a kitchen table or wherever."
Could that be because their office space has become so worthless that anywhere else is preferable?
My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..
I prefer adding extra days to the calendar when behind schedule.
Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid
You can't *start* a thread by Godwinning it! That's what Hitler would have done!
Open Source Transcription Software?
Ubuntu uses PulseAudio on the ALSA audio subsystem, but that error message indicates XTrans is trying to use the OSS audio subsystem instead. To work around this, try using the Pulse OSS wrapper or temporarily disable Pulse. From the commandline, "padsp xtrans" or "pasuspender xtrans".
YouTube Adds 'Leanback,' Support For 4K Video
Thank you! Reading page after page of complaints about this was disheartening. Not everyone has lost their sense of imagination.
MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks
Is there perhaps some kind of grassy, open area that you'd like today's kids to extricate themselves from?
Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way
It wasn't Phoronix who got the confirmation from Valve, it was telegraph.co.uk.
Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans
No*, but I do like my flash videos to have sound. I use JACK for low-latency audio mixing, and JACK's wire protocol is not compatible over different architectures.
* I use development builds of Chrome, and the bad ones sometimes DO use >4 GB RAM. But not often ;)
Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans
Meanwhile, Hulu hasn't worked with the 64-bit flash plugin since January...
Flaw In Emergency Response System May Have Killed Hundreds
Is anyone else reminded of Star Control 2? The "peaceful" Slylandro probe... which was misconfigured with bad priorities.
Captain: Your probe DOES destroy ships and I can prove it!
Slylandro: No! It cannot! It is not programmed for hostile behavior! What is your reasoning?!
Captain: Think about what a probe does when it meets a ship.
Slylandro: Space ships are the probe's highest priority because we want more than anything to make friendly contact with alien races.
Captain: Think about a probe's Replication behavior.
Slylandro: The probe seeks raw materials, and processes them in preparation for Replication.
Captain: Think about the effect of changing the replication behavior's priority.
Slylandro: The answer is simple... it would spend more of its time seeking raw materials for its replication process. So what?
Captain: Now, what will it do to a ship, given that its Replication priority is set to maximum?
Slylandro: I don't see what you are getting at, but I'll play along with you.
Slylandro: Like I said, alien ships are THE top priority target. Once a probe scanned a ship, it would instantly move toward it. Then, when it got to the ship, it would initiate communication automatically. When communications were terminated, a new behavior would be selected, and...
Slylandro: A new behavior would be selected, and since the Replication setting was set to maximum the probe wouldn't get time to pick a new target... it would use the current target--the ship--for raw Replication materials. It would process the ship, break it into component compounds with electrical discharges.
Slylandro: Oh no! what have we done? Traveller! You must tell us what we can do! How can we stop the probes from destroying all life in the galaxy?!
ReactOS Being Rewritten, Gets Wine Infusion
Not that I'd expect anyone here to read the articles, but to quote the presentation:
ARWINSS takes the best from Wine:
– “Cheap” syncs of work done by hundreds of
developers for every new version (takes ~30
minutes to merge and test)
– At least 13495 apps from appdb.winehq.org
become supported, plus support of those apps
which Wine can’t run by design (hardware
protection, drivers, etc)
– Good, proven, regression tested source code
...and leaves the worst:
– Ugly emulation of NT kernel
– Incorrect call chains in kernel32/ntdll
– ntoskrnl.exe being just another service
– Very slow communication with Wineserver
– Wineserver as a nightmare
– UNIX dependencies
Firefox 3.5.1 Released
Middle clicking in the document area will paste and go. That probably only works in X, but the same principle should apply on other interfaces.
David Axmark Resigns From Sun
I have! MyISAM tables get corrupted by normal MythTV use on x86_64, which causes mysqld to crash. Pretty annoying to live with, until you realize you can change the engine to InnoDB and it seems to work.
This is documented on the ubuntu wiki, but affects gentoo as well.
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