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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

PetriBORG Re:RROD is all about heat (607 comments)

While everything I said is anecdotal of course, their entire poll was a self reporting group... I saw this poll (or a poll very close to it in content) back when it was still live... I found it via a website instructing people to go there and complain about their broken xbox 360s!

Clearly MS should just release some statistics on the matter and shut people up but it probably is somewhat higher then normal and don't want to open themselves up to lawsuit... but 54%? Thats laughably unreliable. MS would have fixed the issue after release with that kind of major problem simply because it would have cost them more money to keep the cycle of repair going.

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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

PetriBORG RROD is all about heat (607 comments)

The whole issue is all about heat, I've bought my Xbox 360 right after xmas the year it was released and have had very few issues with it. I personally believe it is because I've always used it up-right and the power supply well ventilated. The only issue I had w/ it at all is when I accidentally knocked it over and wrecked my COD5 disk recently.

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Adobe Flash Cookies Raising Privacy Questions Again

PetriBORG Re:Perhaps we should surveil the surveyors... (103 comments)

Yeah but in case you hadn't noticed the courts accept a large amount of digital evidence in courts with less then a steller backing, or so it seems to me. As a programmer I know *nothing* on a computer is 100% reliable right down to the CPU microcode (blue pill hacks). It really is turtles all the way down.

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Adobe Flash Cookies Raising Privacy Questions Again

PetriBORG MOD +5 this (103 comments)

Thanks for that link, very cool.

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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

PetriBORG Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (882 comments)

I live in DC where they do the whole 45/35 thing in school zones and I don't know where you live or anything, but here in DC they love to put speed cameras out in front of those schools which give tickets. A couple of days ago in the news it was revealed that those people who were doing 45 were being given tickets by the system automatically, even though they shouldn't have because school wasn't in session, OOPS!

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Microsoft Makes Second GPLv2 Release

PetriBORG Re:So that's their plan.... (218 comments)

Since its GPLv2, its clear that step two is "Require patent licensing" and hidden step four is "Sue any forked projects in ground for infringement".

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Family's Christmas Photos Hawk Groceries In Prague

PetriBORG Re:Total Hijack (263 comments)

anagama - The bug you're showing in your link is from the slashdot code being broken in "classic" mode. I view slashdot in multiple browsers on multiple platforms and its basically broken in all of them unfortunately. The new "D2" does not appear to be broken though on the other hand, so you might try using that one instead. Dissussions Viewing Preference should allow you to switch to the other style.

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The Anti-ODF Whisper Campaign

PetriBORG Re:Corporate FUD is the real enemy here (213 comments)

Maybe you could suggest the wiki entry be deleted. It doesn't sound like this guys posts have enough external reference points to hold itself up, and it doesn't sound like it is relevent enough to warrant a wiki article... There was a thing a while back about how wikipedia was clearing out those kind of entries. Just a thought.

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Mozilla Jetpack and the Battle For the Web

PetriBORG Re:Yeah, Sorry Guys. (280 comments)

While I can understand what you mean, it seemed to me that this transaction-cloud or whatever, could be used to hold your money like a bank (presumably in an anonymous way) so that you could get to your money w/o the government being able to track it... After all that is really how the IRS knows about your money - because banks are required to report on you, and so are your employers.

I do agree with you though in its unlikeliness.

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Mozilla Jetpack and the Battle For the Web

PetriBORG Re:Yeah, Sorry Guys. (280 comments)

Thats why in the book Diamond Age when someone(s) invented a highly encrypted non-traceable way for people to do transactions governments collapsed because they couldn't tax people anymore. Its merely a background point in the book, I almost wish he wrote a book on just that topic I think it would be great. Its one of Neal Stephenson's best books imo.

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Adobe Uses DMCA On Protocol It Promised To Open

PetriBORG Re:Copyright law? (203 comments)

If you actually read 12USC1201, you'd know that it is illegal to sell a VCR that does not respect the macrovision flag. In the exact same way, there are flags in RTMP media that control access to the underlying content. rtmpDump circumvents those flags.

Ah yes this is true and I'd forgotten that, but it was still true for broadcast tv and what is a stream of data if not a broadcast?

[...] I feel like it's quite proper for me to say "look but don't copy" -- same for a draft of a novel I'm writing or a short piece of music I've composed. [...] it seems to me quite obvious that you have no right to require that they not attach conditions to those bytes. This reasoning is known in legal circles as a maiore ad minus -- from the stronger unto the weaker. [...]

And it seems fair to ask look but don't copy, except all a computer does is copy bits all day from one place to another, its just what they do. But I do believe that those systems currently send those bytes without any requirement on my end - which is what I was getting at. There may be an implied requirement but there is not an explicit one that I can see - no login required for Hulu or Youtube content. So while you're right there may be a condition on those bytes, but to my eye the condition seems to be an internet connection. To which you'll say, but the video has a format and that format has a meaning and so we must re-implement macro-vission for the digital age!

And to that I say NO - don't go back to the bad old days. I've got more interesting things to do with that data which I shouldn't have to purchase it 12 times because you can't see past your nose.

Is the DMCA unconstitutional because it violates a particular provision of the Constitution or just because it's atrocious? People don't like to hear this from lawyers, but the fact is that the Constitution allows many shitty things (it is, after all, manifestly imperfect).

You've got a leg up on me here because I personally avoid this crap like the plague usually... But... How about this, the constitution requires that copyright be for a *limited* amount of time, I could argue they are preventing this. Though thats a weak argument I'm out of time at work and my internet is busted at home thanks to Comcast's crappy service.

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Adobe Uses DMCA On Protocol It Promised To Open

PetriBORG Re:Copyright law? (203 comments)

Maybe it is a classic is/ought problem as you put it, but my comment wasn't directed at your factual grandparent comment. A discussion can have more then just fact but also opinions.

In your post you said: this is an unsettled area of law. Since it would be a rather boring discussion without opinion (especially here) I think we can move passed that point eh? Now onto something more interesting...

I disagree very strenuously with the notion that this point alone proves that consumers ought to be able copy content marked 'display only'

To which I would beg the question, why not? The makers of rtmpDump don't seem any different then those of the vcr or camera to me. I don't believe there is any signed agreement by the site and the user to only use the Adobe certified player software and so long as they send the bytes to me they can have no complaint on how I use (display) those bits on my end (as a user). Now with the advent of the DMCA - an atrocious law that should be declared in part or whole as unconstitutional - there is a legal ground for attacking the neo-vcr and to that I say bullocks. With no contractual agreement between any of the parties why the fed. gov. need to get involved with everything? I'm sure the ass hats would like to come after me for my DTV capture devices too, bugger them. I shouldn't even have to utter the words fair use. I welcome the diamond age.

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Adobe Uses DMCA On Protocol It Promised To Open

PetriBORG Re:Copyright law? (203 comments)

They way you describe it it really sounds like the DMCA can be used to create an Evil Bit standard backed by the full power of legislature...

That is exactly what the DMCA is for, the creation of the evil bit - see HDTV's magic flag bullshit, or in this case, a stream flag or whatever. Its all really stupid because ultimately displayable content is copyable and thats what they refuse to realize.

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When Does Gore Get In the Way of Gameplay?

PetriBORG Re:can't you turn Gore off? (141 comments)

In some games you can turn it off, others you can't, but in this game it doesn't matter because there isn't any. Check out these images from the game. I searched, I couldn't find any that had any blood even. If we were talking about COD5 which has lots and lots of blood plus blown of arms and legs and torsos even - you would have something to talk about, but this game doesn't even have any that I can see.

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Sun To Build World's Biggest App Store Around Java

PetriBORG Re:The problem... (325 comments)

I think its because its the simplest option for both the developer and for the user. Consider that this packaging process can be automated, requires no special installer program, and is pretty user friendly. That makes it the shortest path for both a developer and for the user, win win.

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The Grid, Our Cars, and the Net

PetriBORG Re:"Only those with something to hide..." (222 comments)

Not to rain on your parade here, because I really would love a sweet mesh network, but our phones and PDAs are already used by the gov to track us - remember that the FBI can turn on the voice mic (and for sure the GPS and maybe the camera by now) of any phone - even if that phone doesn't appear to be on.

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StarCraft II Beta Signups Open

PetriBORG Re:trouble signing up? (123 comments)

I had that problem the first time I tried it, I just closed it and relaunched it... It then uploaded w/o problem.

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Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

PetriBORG Re:Ubuntu (414 comments)

Maybe its been a while since you looked at it, according to their page it looks like debian and ubuntu are supported.

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Australian Gov't Offers $560k Cryptographic Protocol For Free

PetriBORG Re:I laugh ... (163 comments)

Of course it will be broken in some ways, but this does sound like it would be an improvement over the current set of problematic ID systems. I mean if an ID with protection in depth that was actually cryptographically secure could be created... Well lets just say I would feel a lot better using it in a more wide spread area (think credit cards / money transfers, or more creative things).

more than 4 years ago

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