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Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

Mattintosh Re:#$%! economy (270 comments)

Actually, I read a story about the current solar minimum just today, and how that has reduced the solar wind pressure. Perhaps that's the cause of the red spot on Jupiter.

Of course, that story's comments had similar "the economy is shrinking the sun" stupidity, and that's what made me think of it just now.

more than 5 years ago

Hulu Munging HTML With JS To Protect Content

Mattintosh Re:Dumb question here (281 comments)

Not if they hand you the decoder and you run it, since that's what they expect you to do anyway.

Circumvention is when you bypass their protection by making your own decrypter. Playback is when you use their decrypter for the exact same purpose.

Only circumvention is named in the DMCA.

more than 5 years ago

I typically stick with the same desktop environment

Mattintosh Re:I know this is slashdot..... but XP (432 comments)

Windows-button commands aren't handled by explorer.exe, which is where the taskbar, start menu, folder windows, and other shell crap is run from.

I'm pretty sure Ctrl-Alt-Del (Windows Security), Ctrl-Shift-Esc (Task Manager), Win-R (Run), Win-L (Lock), and most of the rest of those sort of commands are all run by System, which is basically a fancy way of saying "the fricking WinNT kernel." That's also why you can't change them.

If explorer.exe crashes, just run another instance. It's just a damn shell. Hell, replace it if you want.

Just because it's not Linux doesn't mean it isn't properly designed in at least some ways.

more than 5 years ago

Interview With the Author of "Mastering Cat"

Mattintosh Re:I use... (243 comments)

Watch out, he might start using a Heisenberg Compensator. Then you're screwed.

Of course, if he uses one, he'll have to build it first, and if he can build one, he'll have earned the card back anyway.

more than 5 years ago

One SimCity Per Child

Mattintosh Re:OpenTTD? (253 comments)

I'm guessing that since it runs Linux, you might be able to find a copy of gcc for the OLPC (it doesn't include it out of the box) and compile OTTD. Alternatively, maybe one of the precompiled binaries on the OTTD site would work. The requisite TTDWin assets are "available", though it would be nice of Chris Sawyer to release them freely to the world now. And hey, you never know when they'll actually finish the 32-bit graphics pack for OTTD. It could be tomorrow (but probably not).

more than 7 years ago



Netflix confirms it, Blockbuster is dying

Mattintosh Mattintosh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mattintosh (758112) writes "So maybe it's not Netflix, just some blogger from C|Net, but it's still an external pundit's assessment that Blockbuster is failing as a company. Some notable highlights include heavy losses ($35 million), job cuts ($45 million worth), store closings (526 of them), a stock price in freefall ($5.06 at the end of Thursday), and an executive with his head in the sand."
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