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The Silk Road Is Back

Michael Hunt Re:YAY !! (261 comments)

The fact that you think that plutonium is somehow intrisnically immoral bothers me.

It's like if somebody in 1750 said that "crude oil will always be intrinsically immoral" because it was poisonous, smelled bad when you burned it in a lamp, and caused a stack of black, smoky pollution. There are reactor designs that exist right now which are capable of turning that plutonium into heat and short-lived decay products.

_Nothing_ is intrinsically immoral except for man perpetrating force or fraud against his fellow man.

about a year ago
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Is Safe, Green Thorium Power Finally Ready For Prime Time?

Michael Hunt Re:Only if you can separate it from the U-232 (258 comments)

Not only that, but 232U and 233U are far more difficult to separate in a centrifuge than 235U and 238U are, by virtue of being far closer together in mass.

Besides, given how much hard radiation 232U kicks out, i'd be surprised if your average centrifuge could use it as an input without premature, costly failures. 235U isn't a particularly hard emitter of anything, it's just fissile. 232U is fucking nasty.

about 2 years ago
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Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

Michael Hunt Re:Honest Question (946 comments)

Feel free to explain how GPLing their driver (which is support code whose sole reason is to drive the hardware that generates their revenue) is going to cause them any pain whatsoever?

People give Nvidia (and ATI/AMD, and whoever else) money for graphics hardware because of the hardware's capabilities; Nvidia wouldn't suddenly make any less money overnight if their driver code was out in the open.

more than 2 years ago
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Home Office To Ignore Wikipedia Founder's Petition Against O'Dwyer Extradition

Michael Hunt Re:I admit, I was wrong ! (276 comments)

Fuck off. The guy committed a "crime" in the UK, and was neither physically present nor controlled assets in the US.

What you're suggesting is directly analogous to the UK home office extraditing someone to Saudi Arabia for talking shit on a UK website about Muhammad (PBUH.)

more than 2 years ago
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Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?

Michael Hunt Voxels (291 comments)

Now is not the time for voxels. At current hardware specs, the computing time:image quality tradeoff comes out so far in favour of rasterizing (or whatever) polygons it's insane.

These guys had a tech demo floating around a few years ago, and to my eyes, not a lot has changed.

more than 3 years ago
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NX Compression Technology To Go Closed Source

Michael Hunt Er... (286 comments)

The reason that the "core" bits of NX were always Free is because dxpc (and, thus, mlview-dxpc, from which NX sprang) is only available under the GPL.

If i was involved in dxpc (or mlview-dxpc, really, although I'd imagine most of those changes are owned by the NX folks) development I'd be lawyering up at this point, if only to get some kind of proof that I wasn't being ripped off.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung

Michael Hunt Re:And they expect to sell those phones? (426 comments)

That's NOT going to be your average user. That's going to that same class of idiot that randomly sticks ram modules into their motherboards without regard to whether the motherboard will accept that particular speed or configuration. The kind who tries sharing his printer by plugging it into the usb port on his PVR, the kind who has his entire living room plugged into a bar plugged into a power bar plugged into a power bar. The kind who have their cable modem plugged into a LAN port on their router, the kind who plug their TV into their PVR using an HDMI to DVI adapter and wonder why their is no sound only to then plug in a set of composite cables and watch everything on the composite input "in HD".

Nice examples, but there's no reason that audio won't work over DVI equally well as over HDMI. There are no HDMI "audio pins", audio is sent during the video VBI, and works equally well over DVI-DVI, DVI-HDMI, and HDMI-HDMI, assuming the source device supports HDMI audio.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung

Michael Hunt Re:Permanently modified? (426 comments)

May I respectfully suggest you read up on CPRM, and note that the SD spec implements it and MMC (from which SD was, in fact, derived) does not.

more than 4 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict

Michael Hunt Re:The system clearly isn't working. (764 comments)

Here's the catch. When its a company faced with punitive damages, no one seems to have a problem. When its someone of wealth, no one seems to have a problem. But when its their pet illicit act, suddenly everyone is upset about how broken the system. In fact, you could actually argue that your reaction actually validates the system is "blind" and working properly in this specific detail.

No. People have a problem because the damages awarded are thoroughly disproportionate to the act committed. I'm amazed you can't grasp this, I really am.

more than 4 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict

Michael Hunt Re:No, Wait... (764 comments)

Why do you think that was?

more than 4 years ago
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EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game

Michael Hunt Re:All your eggs... (620 comments)

Actually, PLEX can be used from anywhere. You don't need to be docked in the station where the PLEX is.

more than 4 years ago
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Blogetery Shutdown Due To al-Qaeda Info

Michael Hunt Re:Burst.net have NOT handled this well (330 comments)

Ugh, replying to my own post:

In the interest of fairness, it's worth noting that I have no involvement in this whatsoever besides being thoroughly unimpressed with burst.net's behavior. As a result, my opinions above are just that, opinions; not grounded in any first hand experience whatsoever.

My rage upon finding out what :actually happened: made me somewhat intemperate in my earlier post, methinks. I still think you'd have to be mad to give them money, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Blogetery Shutdown Due To al-Qaeda Info

Michael Hunt Burst.net have NOT handled this well (330 comments)

So, the Burst.net guys get a request for information about a machine they host which has ~70k users, give or take. Instead of asking the box's sysadmin (who's their CLIENT), they pull the pin, then go on to mutter vague conspiracy-minded commentary such as "getting a refund is the least of his (the site owner/sysadmin) problems" on fora such as WHT (see http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?s=05a61aabdfcacdb369e1582aff4686a1&t=964013 ) Apparently the fact that he _received_ abuse complaints in the past was grounds to terminate his service; never mind the fact that he had SEVENTY THOUSAND USERS and acted on DMCA notifications and other abuse requests in a timely fashion, which is better than can be said about a lot of sites.

Had burst.net forwarded the request to the site owner (or even simply given the feds his name, and explained how he fit in) instead of disconnecting the machine, making borderline slanderous statements (such as 'he'll never get his data back' and 'a refund is the least of his worries right now',) they would have come out of this looking reasonably good. As it stands, you'd have to be completely brain-dead retarded to even think about giving them money.

more than 4 years ago
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VP8 Codec Coming To FFmpeg

Michael Hunt Re:What is the problem? (218 comments)

The fact that VP8 is incredibly SIMILAR to H.264 (but has several almost arbitrary differences in key places) suggests that it was written with the intent of avoiding specific patents in the H.264 pool. If you don't match all claims of a patent, you're not infringing that patent.

It's unlikely that VP8 would be as similar to H.264 as it is if its authors hadn't set out to deliberately NOT infringe H.264's patents.

more than 4 years ago
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Building a Homemade Nuclear Reactor In NYC

Michael Hunt Re:Yes, have to love Enrico Fermi (219 comments)

When the reaction hit the point of being self-sustaining, one of his colleagues would take an axe and chop the rope, dropping the control rod back in place to absorb the excess neutrons and halt the reaction before it was too late.

Leading to the term "SCRAM", short for "Shit! Cut Rope, AxeMan!"

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

Michael Hunt Re:Tape (941 comments)

Spying because you have a sense of responsibility about the activities of teenagers that you can't control, because you're acting on a sense of right and wrong that has been taken to extremes, is more forgivable.

No, it's not. Get your inflated sense of right and wrong out of my house.

more than 4 years ago
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India Hanging Up On 25 Million Cell Phones

Michael Hunt Yeah, great idea (103 comments)

IMEIs are not used at all in the call routing process, and are, ultimately, pretty easy to forge convincingly. Granted, this will stop everybody whose handsets have totally bogus IMEIs, but as long as the first 8 digits (type allocation code) and check digit are correct, then there's very little India can do without impacting legitimate customers.

GREAT idea.

about 5 years ago
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Virtualbox 3.0 Announces OpenGL/Direct3D Support

Michael Hunt Re:I wouldn't count on it (161 comments)

The problem, as I understand it, isn't that 3D hardware is difficult to handle in a VM (it's not, really, you simply paravirtualise calls to the 3D hardware and translate them into libGL calls in the VM host software). The problem is that doing so in Windows is practically impossible, because of MS's licensing terms for the DDKs you need. Smart move on their part, of course, if Paravirtual D3D was considered a first-order citizen of windows in the same way that NVidia or ATI D3D was, then nobody would have any really compelling reason to use windows as any sort of on-the-metal OS.

While this holds true for both directx lower-level drivers and ICDs to suit MS OpenGL, it's possible to simply REIMPLEMENT OpenGL, as everything (barring perhaps the "WGL" parts specific to windows, i'm honestly unsure about that) is nicely standardised. This doesn't help with DirectX, so the approach to date has been to replace d3d8.dll and d3d9.dll with mingw-compiled versions of the Wine D3D dlls, which simply wrap DX in OpenGL.

more than 5 years ago

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