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Tor Developer Detained At US Border, Pressed On Wikileaks

Rocketship Underpant Same shit, different pile (637 comments)

So the name on the desk changed. The calamitous policies, the wars, the complete disregard for human rights continue.

more than 4 years ago

Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

Rocketship Underpant Re:HOV is for CONGESTION not for ENVIRONMENT (384 comments)

HOVs are a political tool. Studies indicate they increase congestion even more by reducing the number of lanes available for most drivers and doing little or nothing to change carpooling habits.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

Rocketship Underpant Re:300dpi is magic number, like 20kHz on CD (476 comments)

Finally, someone gets it.

Honestly, as an ex-graphic designer, I realize what a big deal the iPhone 4 is. People ought to be popping out champagne corks now that Apple has ushered in an era of LCDs that have the same resolution as print materials.

more than 4 years ago

Official Kanji Count Increasing Due To Electronics

Rocketship Underpant The list is mostly irrelevant (284 comments)

The Joyo list is pretty irrelevant anyway, used maybe as a guide for high school textbooks and not much else. Most of the new characters they're adding are very common, and everyone knows them already. Actual literacy in Japanese requires more like 3,000-4,000 characters, which everyone just picks up through reading and daily life regardless of what the government's official list says.

And as you probably know, for those learning Japanese or Chinese as a second language, characters start getting a lot easier once you know a thousand of them or so.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 4

Rocketship Underpant Re:iAds (1184 comments)

I think he qualifies as a nerd rather than a geek.

more than 4 years ago

Quantifying, and Dealing With, the Deepwater Spill

Rocketship Underpant Re:Heh, (343 comments)

Oh, "only" economic liability. Whew.

more than 4 years ago

Cutting Through the 4G Hype

Rocketship Underpant Re:4G? (283 comments)

Here in Japan, nationwide 4G is expected to be out by 2012. Docomo has already successfully street-tested 7Gbps 4G. I believe that's two orders of magnitude faster than Sprint's "4G".

more than 4 years ago

The Hurt Locker Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers

Rocketship Underpant Re:The first movie (861 comments)

Agreed. Had I paid to see it, I would have asked for my money back. (Does that mean they owe me $150,000 or whatever it is they claim a single copy is worth?)

As a somewhat ironic twist, however, the movie's protagonist regularly buys pirated DVDs. Smells like hypocrisy to me.

more than 4 years ago

Nero Files Antitrust Complaint Against MPEG-LA

Rocketship Underpant Re:MPEG_LA Isn't the devil (247 comments)

Patents weren't even strictly invented to prevent copycat manufacturers. They were invented to make manufacturers publish technical implementation specifications on inventions that were too difficult for a copycat to produce without specifications. The incentive to do so was a limited-time monopoly against copycats and disincentive for competitors to compete until the patents had expired.

So really, any invention that is obvious to re-implement without reading the patent specs should be non-patentable.

more than 4 years ago

London's Mayor Promises London-Wide Wireless For 2012 Olympics

Rocketship Underpant Re:How long will Digital Britain last? (130 comments)

The primary problem with naked people in Britain is that they're usually British people.

more than 4 years ago

Would You Die To Respect a Software License?

Rocketship Underpant Re:Remember not to use Java.... (233 comments)

"Windows for Battleships"? Well, it is sort of a hit-and-miss operating system.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Finds Cause of Voyager 2 Glitch

Rocketship Underpant Re:Reset the memory? (283 comments)

NASA technician #1: Voyager 2 is sending a text string to inform us of its status.

(Looks at screen.)

NASA technician #2: Did the reboot work? What does it say?

NASA technician #1: "Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue."

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Its Co-Founder Says

Rocketship Underpant Re:Why is Webkit winning the embedded mkt? (646 comments)

It's been covered — do a little googling and you'll find Apple's own reasoning. Basically, they looked at both engines, but Konqueror's code was a lot cleaner and easier to work with than Gecko's, so they went with that.

more than 4 years ago

App Store-Aided Mobile Attacks

Rocketship Underpant Re:Clearly unfair to Apple (186 comments)

My guess: there's a rather popular hate-the-leader bandwagon among certain geeks. You see this on Reddit a lot, where anything critical of the iPhone or iPad gets modded up immediately whether it's insightful or not.

This author is probably part of that bandwagon, desperately trying to stitch together a premise (open app stores are an opportunity for trojans) and an incorrect conclusion (fear the iPhone!) with no logical connection. Why else use App Store like a proper noun in the title, knowing full-well that most people will immediately assume the iPhone/iPad App Store?

Anyone who's owned a Mac a long time and constantly been lectured by their PC-using friends that "Macs are just as susceptible to viruses" even though no one gets viruses on their Macs while PCs are like leper colonies for malware knows this full well.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Sends Nuclear Experts To Tackle BP Oil Spill

Rocketship Underpant Re:It's different when it's someone else! (389 comments)

Peace? You are truly a clueless American. No one else would consider those to be peaceful presidencies.

Eisenhower oversaw the final months of the Korean War and got the US military involved in Vietnam. Still, he was the best of the three.

Reagon participated in El Salvador's violent civil war, got militarily involved in Lebanon, invaded Grenada, pushed Honduras towards war with Nicaragua, bombed Libya, and attacked Iranian oil platforms.

Clinton bombed Iraq (repeatedly), Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Serbia.

more than 3 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

Rocketship Underpant Re:Hard to say (515 comments)

Yeah, I live in Nagoya, so I figured "well, with 3.5 million in the metro area, it must count as a metropolis", but honestly, it's not that big compared to Tokyo's 35 million people down the road.

more than 4 years ago

Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke

Rocketship Underpant Re:If Hollywood has taught us anything... (799 comments)

And it's no wonder the big steel dome didn't work. It had "Acme" painted on the sides! Anything clever made by that company is liable to blow up in the user's hands.

more than 4 years ago

Lidar Finds Overgrown Maya Pyramids

Rocketship Underpant Re:Lidar (169 comments)

But does it have large talons?

more than 4 years ago



Rocketship Underpant Rocketship Underpant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rocketship Underpant writes "Orrin Hatch, the Congressman viewed by many as a shill for corporate copyright interests, recently stated that people who download copyrighted materials should have their computers destroyed as punishment. However, as reports, Hatch's own website uses copyrighted software without permission — a Javascript menu system developed by a British company. Is Mr. Hatch accepting volunteers to go through his home and office destroying all his computers, or were his comments to Congress just a bunch of hypocritical hot air?"

Rocketship Underpant Rocketship Underpant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rocketship Underpant (804162) writes "Ars Technica has given the new DRM-based BitTorrent video store a test drive. For those who may not know, the BitTorrent name is following in the footsteps of Napster, using its name to pursue non-free media distribution. But while Napster had nothing in common with its filesharing precursor, BitTorrent does use the bit-torrent protocol for distributing videos.

So does the new BitTorrent store work? "Store" may be an exaggeration; while it was (mostly) capable of taking the reviewer's money, none of the first few videos that were downloaded would play. Unsurprisingly, DRM is the source of the problem. Windows Media Player experienced numerous problems trying to read and authenticate the videos, even though it is the only supported player. In the reviewer's opinion, the service of the BitTorrent store is unacceptable. What's more, even files that work are rendered practically useless by the restrictive BitTorrent DRM, as the video cannot be burned to DVD or played on other devices."


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