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NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown

Kev Vance Re:awesome publicity for public awareness (597 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago

Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

Kev Vance Re:Updates to phones (309 comments)

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?

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Removes Java Signatures, Breaking Webstart

Kev Vance Re:Die! (198 comments)

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

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Released 64-bit Flash For Linux

Kev Vance Re:As the solaris user... (274 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

America's Cubicles Are Shrinking

Kev Vance Causality (484 comments)

"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?

more than 4 years ago

Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

Kev Vance Re:This Guy (337 comments)

You can't *start* a thread by Godwinning it! That's what Hitler would have done!

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Transcription Software?

Kev Vance Re:XTrans (221 comments)

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".

more than 4 years ago

YouTube Adds 'Leanback,' Support For 4K Video

Kev Vance Re:Stop the hatin' (204 comments)

Thank you! Reading page after page of complaints about this was disheartening. Not everyone has lost their sense of imagination.

more than 4 years ago

MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

Kev Vance Re:My two cents (1217 comments)

Is there perhaps some kind of grassy, open area that you'd like today's kids to extricate themselves from?

more than 4 years ago

Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

Kev Vance Re:64-bit flash (224 comments)

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 ;)

more than 4 years ago

Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

Kev Vance 64-bit flash (224 comments)

Meanwhile, Hulu hasn't worked with the 64-bit flash plugin since January...

more than 4 years ago

Flaw In Emergency Response System May Have Killed Hundreds

Kev Vance Slylandro probe (437 comments)

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: Uh-oh.
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?!

more than 4 years ago

ReactOS Being Rewritten, Gets Wine Infusion

Kev Vance Re:Ummm... (387 comments)

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

about 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5.1 Released

Kev Vance Re:Does it finally have paste and go? (147 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

David Axmark Resigns From Sun

Kev Vance Re:MySQL sucks (229 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago


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