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When meeting polls on the internet, I

Nakor BlueRider Re:If I vote 'always lie' (159 comments)

Not necessarily. You could actually be in the group that sometimes lies but sometimes tells the truth, and this time you are lying, and so not being truthful at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Thumbprints Used To Check Books Out of School Library

Nakor BlueRider Re:"No image of a thumbprint is ever stored" (355 comments)

If I read the article correctly, the thumbprint isn't being used as a password of sorts, but rather the only method of identification at all. Therefore even a single false positive within the school is a major problem as the system would have no way of telling between the two students whose hashes are identical. Thus the hash must be specific enough for false positives to be highly unlikely within any given school's population across all schools using the system.

more than 4 years ago
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Thumbprints Used To Check Books Out of School Library

Nakor BlueRider Re:"No image of a thumbprint is ever stored" (355 comments)

Not that I'm against this use of thumbprinting, but I wonder how effective the mathematical template is at maintaining privacy. Theoretically even if they don't have the actual thumbprint on file, could they not still check a thumbprint they find somewhere against their student database by running it through the same template and seeing if it matches the result of any of the students' prints? They may not have the students' thumbprints themselves to compare against, but they still effectively have a hash from it. This would prevent them from producing the student's thumbprint from their hash and using it elsewhere, but not from finding a thumbprint somewhere in the school and comparing it to their database if they desired.

more than 4 years ago
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"Canadian DMCA" Rising From the Dead

Nakor BlueRider Re:please be broad-minded (211 comments)

I wonder about that last bit. The main reason the last election gained the conservatives seats seemed to be the fact that Canadians were pissed off that their opposition called an expensive and pointless re-election. If the Conservatives force a re-election in the process of trying to pass a bill that Canadians can't stand, the resulting election immediately thereafter might cost them seats.

more than 4 years ago
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"Canadian DMCA" Rising From the Dead

Nakor BlueRider Re:Why it will win eventually (211 comments)

This is what I worry about; it feels like only a matter of time. The only seeming way out of this is to have a law enacted that ensures consumers' rights are truly fully protected; but then, that seems like a nearly impossible goal to achieve.

A general lack of understanding about copyright law among people in general really doesn't help the issue. Here's hoping we can both stave it off a bit longer and find a real solution.

more than 4 years ago
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Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format

Nakor BlueRider Re:ePub (348 comments)

Well, that's true of most DRM, eBook and otherwise. Still, I'd personally rather not buy DRM'd books and strip them, because that still appears to support DRM'd books from a sales perspective.

more than 4 years ago
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Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format

Nakor BlueRider Re:It already exists. (348 comments)

RTF is a better choice than either, if you really want to keep things simple. But neither really adds up to ePub at this time for anything that includes images at all. Then there's metadata, text reflowing/resizing and so forth.

more than 4 years ago
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Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format

Nakor BlueRider Re:Cool - how about html? (348 comments)

Actually, ePub files use XHTML and CSS. They already have the ability to plug in a DRM layer (with no specific standard demanding a certain sort at this time) and include text reflowing and resizing (while keeping images at the same size up to as large as the screen in question allows). They also track page numbers based on the original book's page size. So effectively, it's probably the implementation you're asking for.

more than 4 years ago
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Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format

Nakor BlueRider Re:PDF? (348 comments)

PDFs are great on computers and some devices, but don't always work as well on eBook readers. Other formats such as ePub have better capacity to reflow and resize text while keeping images at a single size; reflowing text on an eBook reader often causes errors in PDF files. It depends on the reader in question of course, but if we're looking for an industry standard, it should be as widely compatible as possible, and ePub would fit the bill better than PDF for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format

Nakor BlueRider Re:ePub (348 comments)

ePub is a really good choice. Aside from the fact that it's an open standard, it has the option to plug in any DRM the publisher wants to use/write for it. Hopefully they eventually learn better, but since for now they won't settle for anything that doesn't include a DRM option, that's an advantage for it. It's specifically designed for reading books on an eBook reader, including keeping track of where the pages actually change (when reading at different zoom levels). I'm honestly a bit surprised the industry isn't already switching to it.

That said, I'm not fond of the Adobe Digital Editions DRM that it tends to come packed with at the moment on DRM'd books. The required software is not very good quality. The eReader style DRM is at least a lot easier to work with. (Of course, DRM-free remains the ultimate goal; at this point I pretty much only buy DRM-free eBooks anyway.)

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

Nakor BlueRider Re:Odd choice (256 comments)

Another choice that might be better geared to students is the Entourage eDGe. If memory serves it was created with students, especially in science fields, in mind. It has one ePaper screen and one tablet-esque LCD screen, and apparently it's received decent reviews from students, though I have no personal experience therewith.

Recent article
Official site

Excerpt from article:

The enTourage eDGe is the first device to merge an e-paper and LCD screen to create a dual-screen device that combines the functionality of an e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video recorder and player in one inclusive device. These two displays work together to allow students to access and enrich information in a way that they previously couldn’t. Students can access their textbooks and make notes in the margins or highlight text while they simultaneously look up further information on the subject via the Web on the LCD side.
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The two screens of the enTourage eDGe interact so that users can open hyperlinks that are included in an e-book text and view the content on the LCD screen, or ‘attach’ Web pages to passages in an e-book to be referenced at a later point. Additionally, as the enTourage eDGe uses E-Ink technology for easy digital reading, images will appear in gray-scale on the e-paper side of the device; however, users can load these in color on the LCD side, ideal for viewing colored charts and graphs from course materials. A built-in camera and microphone captures audio and video content that users can store and play back later. Included Documents To Go software makes Microsoft Office documents available for creating, viewing and editing for notes or school papers. The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system and backs up all content on enTourage Systems’ servers for safe keeping. The device folds a full 360 degrees and orients its displays horizontally or vertically, to view as a book, single screen, or prop up laptop style.

more than 4 years ago
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Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

Nakor BlueRider How will other states react? (895 comments)

Setting aside questions about Texas itself for the moment, I wonder if this will cause other states to go to greater lengths to separate their curriculum from Texas's. The curriculum change got a lot of opposition in Texas, and I can only imagine it would get a far greater amount in many of the other states, especially the more liberal ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Offers Encrypted Web Search Option

Nakor BlueRider Re:think logically (288 comments)

Agreed wholeheartedly. There are things that I want to keep private; those things do not go on the Internet. There are things I don't mind companies knowing. eBay knows my name and address and for a while I had a credit card on file with them (I still do with PayPal). Similarly, I don't particularly mind Google knowing what I search for... any more than I mind the local bakery knowing what goods I like. Nobody complains about a bakery keeping track of sales (Hmm, the elderly seem to like xxx while kids like yyy. Let's sell xxx on Sunday afternoons, and yyy weekday after school hours!) but Google keeping track of search records (People who search xxx often are looking for yyy. Let's use yyy ads on sites that match xxx keywords.) is seen as evil. (And yes, I'm aware that's an oversimplification, but I think the point still rings true.)

I guess you can call it selling my privacy if you want, but I don't know that it's really my privacy if it isn't something I particularly wanted or needed to keep private in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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PETA Creates New Animal-Friendly Software License

Nakor BlueRider Re:Don't make me laugh (356 comments)

Sorry, that one highly reduces your odds of getting laid too.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Streetview Privacy Snafu Prompts Lawsuit

Nakor BlueRider Can you expect privacy on unprotected wifi? (418 comments)

Most of the collected data was from unprotected networks; they could only get the network name of anything protected. For example, public hotspots that don't use encryption. (Our city has one.)

Given that, a good question is how private should one consider their connection on such networks? Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy when not using any form of encryption, or when using encryption whose key is publicly distributed? I'd have to say no.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox With H.264 HTML 5 Support = Wild Fox

Nakor BlueRider Re:End of Firefox? (477 comments)

You're right, only I don't know that it's premature for Slashdot. It certainly doesn't belong in a mainstream news article of any sort, but we know the feelings here on the topic; perhaps a little /. exposure is what the project needs to get its feet off the ground.

more than 4 years ago
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Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

Nakor BlueRider Extra Ordinary? (515 comments)

Hmm. Can a city be so ordinary that it actually isn't at all ordinary due to how ordinary it is?

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Users Donate Twice As Much As Windows Users, On Average

Nakor BlueRider My best guess (145 comments)

Macs are generally owned by people better off financially (PCs also have the better off folks in their market of course, but probably a much greater percentage of poorer folks than Macs), so that explains their position. Perhaps Windows and Linux both have a contingent of geeks who care, but Windows has far, far more non-geeks/non-gamers than Linux, and that's where the difference there comes in? (Or maybe it's from saving the hundreds of dollars on OS and other proprietary software, but a lot of that gets pirated anyway, so that still may only apply to the less geeky half of the populace.)

more than 4 years ago
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Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

Nakor BlueRider Re:Cheaper and better than cable (224 comments)

I would love to be able to do that. Sports leagues are starting to offer their games online, but generally blacked out in any area where there's an existing regional television contract. If I could get local sports live and online without the blackouts, that would be the end of paying for cable for me.

more than 4 years ago

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I4i Inc. Wins Copyright Infringement Suit vs. MS

Nakor BlueRider Nakor BlueRider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nakor BlueRider (1504491) writes "A small Toronto-based technology firm called i4i Inc. has won a Texas based court case in which Microsoft was ordered to pay the company $200 million U.S. for willful patent infringement. I4i claims they approached Microsoft with a "breakthrough data processing" product and were turned down, but later found its technology being used in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft claims that they did not provide sufficient evidence and will appeal the decision. I4i Inc. will be seeking an injunction against any further sales of Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007, as well as enhanced damages."
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Doctors in the UK May Have Discovered an HIV Cure

Nakor BlueRider Nakor BlueRider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nakor BlueRider (1504491) writes "A patient in the UK was treated with a bone marrow transplant for his leukemia. The donor of this marrow is one of the roughly 3% of people born with a natural resistance to the HIV virus. In the three years since, the patient has been completely cured of the HIV virus.

The immunity is caused by a genetic mutation, where one of the two receptors in the marrow that HIV interacts with is missing. Experts hope that they can grow a permanent stem cell supply from a few donors' bone marrow. Medics are saying this treatment may become common as soon as five years from now. With only 3% of the world bearing that mutation, the need of a compatible donor for a transplant to work, and the risks involved with a transplant, it may not be perfect, but I believe we can all be overjoyed that we have proven HIV can be beaten."

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