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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

Lord Crc Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Content-ID picked up the infringement of audio, but for music that was so ancient (Any older and it'd be on wax cylinder!) as to be public domain even in the US. I looked into it - a collecter's society had claimed the rights to it, even though the composer was dead more than seventy years ago

How old was the recording you used? The song/tune itself can be public domain due to age, but the performance/recording will still be protected by copyright if it was made recently.

about two weeks ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Lord Crc Re:Much, Much Later (243 comments)

I refused to use Dropbox ever since its "end to end encryption" claim was shown to be false, and they were de-duping your files.

I simply never assumed my Dropbox files were private to begin with.

While I don't share everything in my public folders, I don't put anything in Dropbox that I don't mind the whole world to see.

about three weeks ago

Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Lord Crc How about not-quite-random numbers? (108 comments)

Why can't they use a PRNG to dictate the detector settings? Pick a high quality PRNG, seed it with the first prime number. Run the experiment N times. Restart, seeding it with the second prime number, and run the experiment for N times again. Repeat M times until satisfied.

Then re-run the above with a different type of high quality PRNG.

Am I missing some big clue?

about 2 months ago

Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

Lord Crc Re:Yes, but have they fixed the crashes? (167 comments)

Maybe it's me, but Firefox 26 would crash at the drop of a hat

Tried running it in "safe mode" without addon's and see how that goes?

Firefox still crashes for me when it runs out of memory due to buggy javascript in either an addon or on a page. For example we use FinalBuilder at work, and the build control page has a massive memory leak in the javascript (sucky dom handling in web 2.0 crap) causing FF to run out of memory if I leave the page open over night.

Other than that it's been very stable on all the machines I've used it on for many years now (and that's both Windows and Linux).

about 3 months ago

Not All Bugs Are Random

Lord Crc Re:No (165 comments)

the seemingly random bug is in fact deterministic and only triggered under certain unintentionally well-defined conditions.

The faulty code is of course fully deterministic. The resulting output may be completely arbitrary.

about 4 months ago

Not All Bugs Are Random

Lord Crc Re:Obvious, but worth restating. (165 comments)

Are any bugs truly "random"? I always thought computers were deterministic machines.

If your code contains a state machine and the code has a bug where it in some conditions references invalid or uninitialized memory to determine it's next state, then the bug may appear quite random. In fact, it may appear to be several different bugs.

This is particularly fun when doing cross platform programming, where some platforms always zero initializes memory upon allocation causing programmers who develop on those platforms to think everything is peachy, only to have the code promptly crash or worse when run on platforms which does not zero initialize memory.

about 4 months ago

NYT: Healthcare.gov Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

Lord Crc Re:follow the money (334 comments)

They should have just used MongoDB. I hear it's web scale.

Web scale or not, I have no idea. But I do think they've got the best bug report ever in their tracker.

about 5 months ago

WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Lord Crc Re:Is it still relevant? (147 comments)

If you don't have experience with a platform and can't debug on it, how can you offer a trustable software for it?

Because we use portable libraries and code, and we have plenty of testers.

about 5 months ago

WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Lord Crc Re:Is it still relevant? (147 comments)

What app? I have yet to use a Qt app on OS X which wasn't a complete clunker.

To be fair, our GUI demands are very modest. Project is LuxRender, a physically-based open-source renderer. The GUI is mostly just for visualization of the resulting render and tweaking tonemapping and other post-process parameters.

about 5 months ago

WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Lord Crc Re:Is it still relevant? (147 comments)

So, why you didn't contribute to fix this if you have access to the library source code?

We didn't have a dedicated developer on OSX, more like an enthusiastic user who could compile it but not so much code. Sometimes he could Google some workarounds other times we did a workaround in the blind.

In either case we did not feel comfortable hacking the wxWidgets internals, as we had no OSX experience or ability to debug.

With Qt this isn't an issue, as we mostly don't have to worry about stuff not working on OSX if it works on Windows and Linux.

about 5 months ago

WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Lord Crc Re:Is it still relevant? (147 comments)

Some users really want the perfect look of native widgets

Yeah, I get that. But given than the OSX offering from wxWidgets was pretty much broken on a constant basis, not-quite-native-but-functional Qt widgets won the day over broken-every-other-week wxWidgets.

I exaggerate slightly, but the lack of proper OSX support was the main driver to Qt for us.

about 5 months ago

WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Lord Crc Re:Is it still relevant? (147 comments)

1. Native widgets (especially important under OS X).

Ironically this is the reason we moved our cross-platform OSS app away from wxWidgets to Qt. The native widgets just didn't work properly and it was a pain to fix. We made the move some 4 years ago or so, and I can't say we've noticed we're missing something...

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

Lord Crc Re:Still use Crashplan (285 comments)

I use Crashplan - it doesn't need to be on all the time, and your neighbours computer doesn't need to be on all the time (the one that has your USB disk plugged into it).

Indeed! You have two options. Either via network or physical disk. If you do it via network, Crashplan will perform the backup when both PC's are online. If you need to restore you can copy the backup repository from your neighbor's computer onto a physical disk and restore from that at home.

Alternatively you can simply use a couple of USB disks, set up as two separate destinations for the backup set in Crashplan. Keep one at home and one at your neighbor. Once a week or whatever you swap them. Crashplan will automatically detect the disk when you plug it in and start syncing the backup.

The best part of this is that the data is encrypted in either case, and IIRC you can do all this using a free account. The paid options only matters if you also want to store the data in "the cloud".

about 6 months ago

Thanks to Neutrino Detector, We Might Get a Good Look At the Next Supernova

Lord Crc Re:Neutrino Detection? (85 comments)

Ummm ... have nuetrinos actually been detected yet?

I seem to remember a LOT of attempts in a number of deep dark places around the planet, but can't remember any instance where anybody maintained that they'd actually detected a puppy.

Yes they have. Were you thinking of dark matter? If so, the latest results show nothing. A review paper from this summer discussing the hunt can be found here.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

Lord Crc Re:And nothing of value was lost... (330 comments)

Jitsi, despite its being written written in java, is a better deal.

Does it support calling landlines across the globe? That's the primary use I and my family have for Skype. I couldn't find anything immediate on the Jitsi page.

about 6 months ago

My productivity peaks between...

Lord Crc Re:At Red Bull thirty (309 comments)

I really don't understand why you wouldn't want sugar in an energy drink.

A friend of mine drinks sugar free red bull when he needs a kick. He's got diabetes, so limiting the sugar intake is key.

about 6 months ago

Meet the Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy (Video)

Lord Crc Re:SFC alternatives (29 comments)

Thank you for the reply, we're really looking forward to this.

about 7 months ago

Meet the Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy (Video)

Lord Crc SFC alternatives (29 comments)

A GPL-based project I contribute to wanted to become a member of the SFC, however it seems they have a large backlog of applications and are understaffed. It's been over 2.5 years since we've applied and we've yet to hear anything.

So, does anyone have any suggestions for alternatives?

We're not large, but could grow if we could get some framework for donations going. As such the financial side is our primary interest. We've decided against personal paypal accounts etc as we've had bad experience with this in the past, hence wanting something tied to the project.

about 7 months ago

Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Lord Crc Re:Uhhh... what did he just say to us? (337 comments)

Black holes are not particularly special; the event horizon isn't some solid barrier things crash into. It's merely the point of no return, beyond which escape velocity exceeds the speed of light.

That's the conventional view. However lately an argument has been presented which essentially says that if you pass the event horizon you'd burn up in a massive "firewall". And from what I gather, the argument has been very hard to dismiss...

Not-quite-random links here and here.

about 7 months ago


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