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Google's Honeycomb Source Code Release Is On Ice

LordPhantom Obvious (136 comments)

'How the heck can they do this, given that Honeycomb is licensed under the Apache Software License v2?" Well, see, anyone who would fight them uses google mail....

more than 3 years ago
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Kinect's Grandaddy Running On an Apple IIe In 1978

LordPhantom Ahead of it's time? (81 comments)

I find it quite hard to believe that anything he does *now* on his trusty Apple IIe is ahead of it's time ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Our Video Game Heritage Is Rotting Away

LordPhantom Re:Permanent archiving is impossible (492 comments)

That's a bit short-sighted, don't you think? Do you similarly think we shouldn't attempt to preserve the works of Beethoven or Picasso? There may not be a great cosmic truth contained in many different works of art but that doesn't mean there isn't irreplaceable creative value in it.

That's not to say that every game was noteworthy, but there are some that are worthy of preservation, not because of nostalgia but because they have value inof themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

LordPhantom Re:It is often pushed as such though (571 comments)

You're right, people who don't understand the difference between open source and a licensing agreement might make bad decisions, but those people aren't^H^H^H^H^H shouldn't be making decisions about that sort of thing without imput from their tech/IP folks.

more than 4 years ago
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WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

LordPhantom Re:Hmm (571 comments)

Perhaps you should post on your blog rather than wasting your valuable comments here?

more than 4 years ago
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WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

LordPhantom Re:And this folks... (571 comments)

...except not all open source software is licensed with the GPL. If anything the issue is less with OSS as a concept and more with the licensing wordpress uses.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums

LordPhantom So what? (833 comments)

This is a non-issue. Blizzard isn't forcing you to use your real First Last name, it's just forcing you to provide *a* first/last name. Put another way, with time codes it's impossible to prove your identity to blizzard, so you can pretend to be anyone you want with little chance they can enforce ULA or other contractual obligations.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Spurned Researchers Release 0-Day

LordPhantom vetting? (246 comments)

FTA: Current MSRC Members (alphabetical order!): XX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX

If you wish to responsibly disclose a vulnerability through full disclosure or want to join our team, fire off an email to: msrc- disclosure () hushmail com We do have a vetting process by the way, for any Microsoft employees trying to join ;-)


I wonder how they are going to determine *that*......

more than 4 years ago
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Google Maps Adds Distance Tool - For Geeks Too!

LordPhantom Map projection matters (2 comments)

Would be nice if they added a "great circle" option for global distances.

more than 4 years ago
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'Iceman' Gets 13 Years For 2nd Hacking Offense

LordPhantom Interesting..... (289 comments)

"It is a shame that someone with so much ability chose to use it in a manner that hurt many people," Dembosky said in an e-mail message."

That in light of

"Butler served an 18-month prison term for the crime and fell on hard times after his 2002 release, he said in a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday. "I was homeless, staying on a friends couch. I couldn't get work," he wrote. In desperation, he turned again to cybercrime."

I'm not saying he's right, but it does highlight something interesting about finding work as an ex-con.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

LordPhantom Re:Too Small (531 comments)

"How is less than 10 inches perfect?"
That's what she said!

more than 4 years ago
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Midwest Seeing Red Over 'Green' Traffic Lights

LordPhantom Re:heating element (839 comments)

I was up in Fargo, ND visiting family for Christmas (yah shoor ya betcha) and a traffic light was out on a 6-lane intersection. Guess what? Everyone was calmly proceeding as if it was a 4-way stop. No drama, no retardation.

This whole thing is a non-problem. It's just that lazy journalists love it because it's "irony". It's not really ironic unless you're Alanis Morissette, but it makes for an easy, shitty space filler. Notice how in that story the SIGN is also covered in snow? ZOMG! We need heated road signs! Woe is me! Signs can sometimes become obscured by snow, the horror! The HORROR!

You don't get it. The problem here is *one* direction is out or misleading. The drivers coming from any other direction have no idea that there's a problem, thus the issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Games Cost $60

LordPhantom Re:Its justified price (536 comments)

Frankly, to some degree I think the current cost of games is a bargain, especially if you compare the price point versus development costs of games of even 5-10 years ago. Paying $60 for a 40-100 hour RPG experience complete with full score, FMV and incredible rendering that took thousands of man-hours to produce is actually pretty cheap.

more than 5 years ago
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Watchmen Delayed, Or Worse

LordPhantom Re:Put into another way (220 comments)

Copyright law exist to protect the original author from abuses, so that the result of their hard working and sweating aren't used without proper compensation. This isn't the case.

Wrong Keep in mind Company A (Fox) originally paid for the transferal of rights for exclusive publication, the original author being the beneficiary of that transaction. If you don't protect the rights of Company A, you're restricting the free market and causing author's selling of their publication rights to have much less value. Just because company B is willing to pay for that franchise *now* doesn't mean that if company A hadn't footed the original bill in return for future profits that there'd even be anything to sell at this point.

more than 6 years ago

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