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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

Mhtsos Re:damn (264 comments)

But surely anyone writing a Greek document in the US must be extra careful not to end his sentences with pi.

about 8 months ago

Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

Mhtsos Re:Contribute (527 comments)

Mod parent up.
Also google, amazon and microsoft should be fighting on who will send the most lawyers over to lavabit if they have any sense in them, because of a thing called legal precedence.

about a year ago

Why Australian Telco's Plan To Shape BitTorrent Traffic Won't Work

Mhtsos Re:Pareto, I hate you. (84 comments)

You forgot the part where you also slow down ambulances, because they're shaped like trucks. And when ambulance drivers complain and you allow them all the truck drivers pick up on it and paint their trucks white and have people lying inside along with the goods so they'll get through. So now you need doctors to diagnose people in white trucks to see if they should get through. The road just costs too much for everyone now with all those doctors manning it and people are still dying in ambulances because the extra diagnosis takes a lot of time... ..but it's all for nothing because you have armored trucks that won't let you peek inside them. You either have to block all those and get sued by doctors if they're armored ambulances or allow them all to pass, or allow them all and pretty soon every truck in the city is armored because, hey, they don't cost anything. ...I might have gone too far with this car analogy.

about 2 years ago

Ubisoft Uplay DRM Found To Include a Rootkit

Mhtsos Re:Not really surprising. (473 comments)

This Ubisoft one violates the "don't do anything on the system not related to your product" clause.

I have to mention the NCsoft nProtect here, the reason I dropped out of Aion. They were detecting running processes to see if you were trying to "cheat" by using debugging tools. These included notepad++ and filezilla apparently along with a multitude of applications someone might have on his system for other reasons. Now for the kicker: When detected, instead of nProtect preventing the game from runnung it would KILL those applications. Seems many companies believe our computers are there just to run their game.

more than 2 years ago

Italian Wikipedia May Shut Down Due To New Legislation

Mhtsos Re:What's the problem? (292 comments)

If that were the case people in Italy administering or writing on the English version of Wikipedia would be faced with the same problem... and you would be able to keep supporting Italian Wikipedia with contributors from outside Italy.

more than 3 years ago

Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

Mhtsos Re:Simplicity wins. (835 comments)

That's not how good Fax is, that's how bad e-mail is. E-mail is probably the most out of date widely used protocol on the planet. You want single point reception, use an IM's file transfer.

more than 3 years ago

Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

Mhtsos Re:Deprived Again (415 comments)

No need to trick anyone, just snap a photo, make a fb profile for the teacher, friend yurself and blackmail away. How can he prove it's not his account?

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Military Invents Tumbling, Flying Sphere

Mhtsos Re:wow, nice. (156 comments)

A grenade you can control the flight path of from outside the building your target is hiding in? sounds pretty damn useful to me, even with an 8 minute battery!

Battery lasts long enough, EVAs have 5 mins and look what they can do.

more than 3 years ago

Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

Mhtsos Re:not just autorun! (639 comments)

The USB stick concept is wrong. Every other popular removable medium was just that, a medium. You could only mount files on a computer with floppies, cds, zips, and even sticking HDs and flash cards. USB sticks are evil because they can be anything. They load a driver that's kernel level and instruct it to do anything it can, as demonstrated by the USB stick keyboard. People need to get SD readers and use those.

more than 3 years ago

Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics

Mhtsos MAME support (325 comments)

Can someone link to the MAME build that supports this? ....
What do you mean they're not coding this directly into MAME source?!?!?!

more than 3 years ago

Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"

Mhtsos Re:Enough of this already (433 comments)

They should just have someone change his name to Tolkien, write a book about comparing various kinds of wood and ask HIS permission.

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

Mhtsos Bad things happen when you code tired (997 comments)

On Friday night of 11 hour days you don't WANT me touching your codebase. One little mistake can cost you days of debugging. If your work forse is tired enough you might generate bugs faster than you can fix them.

about 4 years ago

Film Industry Hires Cyber Hitmen To Take Down Pirates

Mhtsos Re:Er, (457 comments)

That's what laws are theoretically, a shared model to approximate the consensus on morality.

more than 4 years ago

Infinite Mario With Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment

Mhtsos Re:Play more games (103 comments)

No, you're just that good, that was a disguise!! The game is messing with the sprites to make you loose!
A friend of mine was so good, the game started feigning door knocks and phone rings to distract him. When that didn't work, it threatened to delete his files if he didn't commit suicide ingame.
He, for one, welcomes his new Mario Overlord..

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Adds External Speakers To Warn Pedestrians

Mhtsos Re:Begs for creative modification (531 comments)

If you tap the speed measurement and the gas you can even have it say "To boldly go were no one has gone before" and have it warp off when starting on every traffic light.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft To Issue Emergency Fix For Windows .LNK Flaw

Mhtsos Re:Windows 2000 users (112 comments)

This is especially important to anyone actually using the SCADA software this virus attacks. Some versions of WinCC are incompatible with XP (as in "only certified to run on windows 2000" i'm sure nothing technical prevents running in XP). So actually quite a large portion of the target group remains unpatched.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Flash Now Officially a Part of Google Chrome

Mhtsos Re:Is it removable? (168 comments)

I'm hoping flashblock extension will still work after the integration.. am I hoping for too much?

more than 4 years ago

Next iPhone — Front-Facing Camera, A4 Processor

Mhtsos Re:Blazing??? (327 comments)

Yes it can, every other phone with the same core does. The fact that apple chose not to allow multitasking in its OS is not because of lack of support from the processor.

more than 4 years ago


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