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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

MatanZ Re:I think this judgement defeats all copy write. (183 comments)

If pi is normal, then indeed every sequence of numbers of any lengths appears in decimal (or otherbase) presentation of pi.

It is not enough that it "goes on forever and never repeats". There is no proof yet that pi is normal.

more than 2 years ago

The eBook Backlash

MatanZ I did not see the pop-ups problem on any device. (418 comments)

For over 10 years, I am reading electronic books on platforms including Palm, Windows Mobile, Maemo, Kindle, Android.
Except for "Battery out", I never saw any popup over the book I read. It is only a matter of configuration, and any computer user configures their device as they like it.

more than 2 years ago

Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is "Hacking"

MatanZ This is not about computer hacking (317 comments)

This is about plutocracy and anti-labor stance. If the roles were reversed, then the union would be forced to compensate the company for the damages that the union's badly configured server caused the company.

more than 3 years ago

The Ugly State of ARM Support On Linux

MatanZ The GPL remarks GPL in the article are nonsense. (94 comments)

The ARM vendors (TI, Samsung, etc.) do release their kernel changes. What they do not do is work with Linus and RMK on getting their code merged upstream. The GPL does not require that they do that.

more than 3 years ago

How a Leather Cover Crashes the Kindle

MatanZ 2 ohm is not a ahort circuit. (280 comments)

If it connects directly to the battery at about 4V, it will only draw 2A, or 8W. This should be enough to warm the case, but not to make it or the device burst into flames.

more than 4 years ago

Nokia N900 Hardware failure - USB port falling off

MatanZ You are not even funny. (4 comments)

Suggesting that users open their working device in order to "prevent" this issue is so ridiculous, that it does not deserve a comment.

The only way to fix this issue is by Nokia issuing a statement (and standing by it):
"Every N900 with detached USB connector will be fixed/replaced free of charge, regardless of user handling or warranty issue".

Saying that it will be solved according to warranty is not good enough, since even if the connector manages to hold for a year and then breaks, it is still a bad design by Nokia, and should be replaced. Saying that it will be solved according to warranty and then refusing to fix (as is the current state) is so much worse. The only way "we" can help to fix it is by giving this issue as much publicity as possible.

more than 4 years ago

Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

MatanZ Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

The contest might be trusted, but not wanted by the administrator of the machine.

Another way to think about it - you are now vulnerable to local root exploits not only in packages you installed, but also in packages you chose not to install.

more than 5 years ago

Iran Has Put a Satellite Into Orbit

MatanZ Re:Dear Iranian nation (923 comments)

If you know it is manufactured propaganda, why do you repeat it.

We actually know of only one country that is crazy enough to be willing to use nuclear weapons - USA.

more than 5 years ago

Toshiba Launches First Cell-based Laptop

MatanZ Re:Not cell-based, cell-assisted (172 comments)

Most scientific calculations use integer opertation of the CPU, impelementing their own Floating/Fixed point if needed. The type of calculations for which single precision gets the wrong answer really quickly, but double precision is perfect is very rare.

more than 6 years ago


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