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Judge Lets Sony Access GeoHot's PayPal Account

Otis_INF The CAS is really about how stupid some people are (288 comments)

Really... how many of those angry people in the CAS did install Yellow Dog Linux and actively used it on a regular basis? With satisfaction?

I bet none. Due to the memory restrictions it was dog slow, also because the SPU's weren't utilized by many applications, making it a pretty slow performer. And that's what OtherOS gave you, a very restricted space in which you could install linux but it didn't gave you a great, powerful machine with Linux to use as a desktop machine.

that's the sillyness of this. Some people cry like a little baby that their life has no meaning anymore because, oh the horror, OtherOS has been removed from the _play_station!.... A group which is really stupid among those crybabies joined forces with a group of shark lawyers to sue sony to get some money. For what? all the damage that was inflicted upon them by the removal of this marvelous option called 'OtherOS'? Gimme a break.

If you want to run linux so badly, buy an ASRock with a BR drive, install linux and be happy. Oh, of course, everyone in that CAS was part of a supercomputer project, right? ...

more than 3 years ago

Judge Lets Sony Access GeoHot's PayPal Account

Otis_INF What are you whining about? (288 comments)

Sony's stuff has been actively hacked by a couple of people. The legal team of Sony gets the order to stop this so they do their job and Sony, if you like it or not, tries to protect what they think is theirs.

The hackers knew this could happen, and they thought it would blow over. Well, they made a miscalculation. Boohoo.

And please. all the whining about 'oh this is so bad!', no it isn't. It has nothing to do with you nor any other consumer who buys the product for what's it suppose to do, nor will this lawsuit affect your life in any way.

That you now will never purchase a sony product again... where have we heard that before? Oh that's right. The CoD boycott. Yeah that worked out fine, didn't it?

more than 3 years ago

GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

Otis_INF You're an idiot. (797 comments)

Sorry, but I can't put it in another way. Here's why:

Option1: LEFT Click a button.
Option2: Right-click on title bar, then LEFT click option in context menu
Option3: Press ALT-F9

Which one is easier, option1, with 1 left click, or option 2 which forces you to fiddle with a menu and right-clicking? You say: option 2. Sorry... what?

Oh, of course, minimizing isn't used, right, you should move the window to another workspace by using... right-click, and then left click option in context menu. One LEFT click is easy, it's deterministic and it's well known.

In windows I use 2 monitors and ultramon. It adds (!) 2 buttons to every window bar: one for moving the window to the other monitor and one for maximizing the window across two monitors. No offense to you, but they are very very easy and add usability to using window objects on a desktop.

more than 3 years ago

New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

Otis_INF Sorry, but glossy screen == no buy (627 comments)

The reviewer doesn't even enlist the glossyness of the screen. If you look at reviews over at, you'll see this review is just 'lame'. A laptop is taken outside, how does it behave under conditions with a lot of light (even indoors)? Stuff a buyer would want to know.

Ok, maybe not a mac-user, but still.

more than 3 years ago

BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps

Otis_INF You missed one big USP for RIM (158 comments)

Using a blackberry, internal messaging is free. For businesses this can be a big plus, as they don't have to pay for any messaging between employees.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Otis_INF Bring back Yesterday News! (2254 comments)

The slashbox Yesterday news is what I miss the most. It's now gone and that sucks bigtime.

Also, you should have implemented a reddit style comment system. The current one is simply too cumbersome.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub

Otis_INF Github won't put them back online. (266 comments)

Do you really think Github can afford a lengthy trial with mammoth Sony? Not in a million years. The legal team of Sony will bury Github's with so many documents they either have to give up or will lose.

Big corporations have big law departments. The only purpose of these law departments, which cost a lot of money each year, is to make life as easy as possible for the employer, Sony in this case. This means: they'll do everything they can to make the life of the opponent as miserable as possible: lawsuits, burying with massive amounts of documents etc. Github doesn't have a chance.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

Otis_INF You can distillate all that from the summary? (267 comments)

There's absolutely NO INFO available on the PSP2, yet you already know what kind of games there will be released on it and that it will not be your cup of tea. Care to share your stockmarket predictions as well?

more than 3 years ago

Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

Otis_INF Medicine isn't an 'elite', it's a numerus fixus (391 comments)

Several courses on dutch universities have 'numerus fixus', which means only a limited number of students are accepted, as the universities can't accept more due to the facilities and the nature of the courses. This doesn't make them 'elite', as the selection isn't really a selection, but a lottery. In other words, it's not 'hard' to get into, you just have to have luck. It's sad it's this way, really, but on the other hand, it's fair.

We have 1 elite university in the netherlands: Nijenrode University, but compared to Harvard and Princeton, it's very small scale and relatively less expensive.

You as a law student in Amsterdam should know there IS small elitism among law graduates in the netherlands: Leiden University and Utrecht University law students are considered 'higher educated', by many people, which is of course prejudice bullsh*t, but you know how people are. It's however not the same as with the USA system, as you could have applied to study law in Leiden as well, without any extra effort.

more than 3 years ago

Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

Otis_INF I think you missed the point... (391 comments)

The point isn't which university / college you should choose based on what the quality of the program they offer, but whether it's worth the costs.

You say you had the 'elite route', and I hope for you that if you had to take a huge debt to make it through college/grad school, you can afford to pay it back. But what if you didn't have the job(s) you had after you graduated, simply because there aren't that many jobs for people with your skillset/knowledge? Not everyone becomes a researcher (most people don't).

One should really wonder whether it's worth it to take a debt of $100,000+ to visit an Ivy League college/gradschool, as there's no guarantee you will land a job to pay it back.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Talks 1000-Core Processors

Otis_INF RISC has downsides... (326 comments)

Because of the limited number of instructions, you have more instructions for a logical operation, e.g. multiply (although many risc cpu's have that operation), so this means you have to load more bytes from ram to do the same thing as a CISC instruction with lesser bytes than the whole piece of code for the risc. As cpu speed vs. ram / bus speed is skewed, it's more efficient to have instructions which take maybe a bit more bits, but on average they don't really take that much more and have microcode on-die to handle them, instead of having to load alot of risc instruction bytes from ram for doing basic operations a cisc can do through microcode. As long as the memory speed/busspeed is not exactly the same as the cpu speed (like on the ps3 where memory/bus runs at 3ghz, equal to the cpu) but slower, risc isn't always more optimal.

more than 3 years ago

National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches

Otis_INF Finally the US citizen gets what they do to others (647 comments)

For years, people flying to the USA have been treated as criminals when they entered the USA, with questioning at the home airport, scanners, photos taken, fingerprints taken, several times questioning by assault-rifle carrying border patrols what the F*** you're doing in the USA, laptops searched (and taken), camera's searched, shoes that have to be taken off, belts that have to be taken off, no water you could take with you on board, you have to register on a website which costs 14 euros if you want to be left I need to go on?

Now, the USA citizen gets what others have been punished with for years. I'm glad the USA citizen finally experience this and hopefully they'll realize what kind of crap they have forced upon foreigners for years. Because, make no mistake: we in europe now have to get new passports because the USA demands passports with biometrical information. The USA demands that people boarding for the USA in europe are questioned by a security officer who asks questions like "Who packed your bag" and if you answer "My wife" he'll respond with "Do you trust your wife?". What the **** is that kind of shit?.

I do remember the days when I was boarding for Amsterdam on a greece island and all passengers were in a single hall, security was as tough as "Oh is that your bag? Looks ok, carry on!" and everyone had a great time. Did anything ever happen on one of those flights? no.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Needs a Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates

Otis_INF Of course they're interested in Java (388 comments)

... simply because most Oracle client stuff runs on it/is written in it. Oracle depends on Java in a lot of ways, and I think it's strategic for them as well, especially against IBM which also relies heavily on Java.

That some high-end people leave Oracle now is not a surprise nor do I think that Oracle will give a hoot: Oracle hasn't become big by sitting on their hands or because they hired only stupid people, they have a lot of clever people on staff as well, they know the brains will come in sooner or later or maybe they already have them on their payroll. Either way: just because some guy did something some years ago at Sun doesn't make that person irreplaceable at Oracle, on the contrary: it might be that person has a vision which worked back then but has no value in the future.

more than 3 years ago

How the Web Rallied To Review the P != NP Claim

Otis_INF This is likely a dumb question but... (160 comments)

... given that SAT already is NP complete, doesn't that already prove P!=NP? For P to be equal to NP, it has to be equal for SAT too, which it isn't.

So isn't it then coming down to: WHICH classifications can be made, so P==NP for class X and P!=NP for class Y?

about 4 years ago

PS3 Hacked via USB Dongle

Otis_INF No, it was secure due to on-die decrypting (337 comments)

Read Shimizu's paper about protecting software through hardware (She's the lead designer for the CELL's protection mechanism). It has nothing to do with obscurity, you simply can't reach the place where things get decrypted as it's on the CELL, in hardware. There are no 'key's to be found, it's not protected by software.

about 4 years ago

Tor Developer Detained At US Border, Pressed On Wikileaks

Otis_INF You go out the door much? (637 comments)

A few years ago I flew from The Netherlands to the USA for a Microsoft conference. At the airport I was asked who packed my suitcase. I was first unwilling to answer that kind of stupid questions but I was told to cooperate or I couldn't board the plane. I asked why these questions were necessary and I was told the USA required them. So I answered "My wife" (which was true). I was then asked "Do you trust your wife?". I was amazed about these kind of questions... wtf do you think .. of course I trust my wife. It went on and on...

When I arrived in the USA, I had my picture taken like I am some kind of criminal, fingerprints were taken (my own country doesn't even have my fingerprints!), I was asked where I stayed, when I would go back (it was written down in the passport), what I was going to do in the USA, why (!), and after that I was asked 10 (!) more times by various people what my business was in the USA, what I was going to do there. And not by normal people, but by people with assault rifles, army boots and what looked like combat police uniforms.

At that moment I decided: I'll never ever go to the USA again, until they become sane again.

Ps: when I and the rest of the people from my plane were waiting for the first customs counter (where you get your mugshot taken and fingerprints seized) border patrol was actively looking for people who held a passport with arabic characters in their hand. These people were taken aside.

Isn't there a line in the USA anthem which says 'land of the free' ? I don't know but what the USA is doing has little to do with 'freedom' IMHO.

more than 4 years ago

Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

Otis_INF err... (438 comments)

I, as a professional ISV owning developer, can only pay my bills because of copyright. This way, I can write software for a living and sell licenses of my work to my customers. What you wrote is IMHO one of the most stupidest things I've ever read about copyright: why would someone who created something NOT own that work? You seem to think that person doesn't own that work, 'society' does.

Sorry, but that's just an excuse for ignoring the fact that you don't own the hard work of other people, they do.

more than 4 years ago

A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

Otis_INF Sorry? (973 comments)

I write software for a living. I have worked for 2 years full time on a new version and I sell that version for money. I can do so because copyright law exists: I _own_ the work I created.

I therefore fail to see why this is a bad thing. Who are you to say what *I* should do with the software I worked on for over 2 years full time? (mind you: I payed my bills from my own pocket) Copyright is a right given to people who create stuff to make THEM decide what they do with it, instead of the people who want to USE it. You for example are not in charge what should happen with my work, I am. And I think that's fair, as I wrote it, spend all my time on it and payed for it from my own pocket, you didn't do a thing for it, so why should you be entitled to use it freely? How am I then going to pay the bills?

more than 4 years ago

A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

Otis_INF GPL (973 comments)

It's shocking how much people here bash this composer, as this is a site which always has taken the stance against GPL violation.

If a person X writes a piece of code and licenses it under the GPL, it's X' decision. If I take that code and embed it in my own code, not giving credits to X nor open my own code, I thus 'stole' X' work. It's the same thing as with this sheetmusic: the composer asks money for his work, that's HIS choice, not anybody's elses. If someone else wants to use / have the sheetmusic, that person has to pay: obey the rules the creator of the work has stated.

It's strange that on a site where every GPL violation is big news and a lot of people show their support for the GPL etc. etc. it's apparently 'ok' to violate the rules some composer has stated for HIS work. It's not YOUR work, it's HIS work. Don't want to pay? don't download it.

more than 4 years ago



A turing machine build with Lego

Otis_INF Otis_INF writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Otis_INF (130595) writes "To honor Alan Turing, two researchers at the CWI built a simple LEGO Turing Machine, to show everyone how simple a computer actually is. Primary goals were to make every operation as visible as possible and to make it using just a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set."
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