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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Skinkie Re:There is supposed to be a penalty. (157 comments)

Maybe a little bit more realistic: prevent they can do any other DMCA requests? That would certainly have some great effect on companies that are "just following orders". Another good option would be the support from a safe heaven user like Google to comply with the claim, but directly initiate a counter suit for lost revenue.

about two weeks ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

Skinkie I thought April fools was 2 days ago? (217 comments)

Maybe the Haskell team at Microsoft Research really didn't have anything better to do.

about 4 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Skinkie Mandatory publication? (664 comments)

How would a mandatory publication of all code as open source [not suggesting liberal licensing here] work out here? Might converge at a collaborative initiative and will most likely be reviewed by all sort of people.

about 5 months ago
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We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

Skinkie Surveillance states exists as part of the problem (267 comments)

Does anyone really think that the NSA wouldn't have been overthrown by the people if the government wasn't there to protect their precious surveillance state in the first place, using means of violence against human society as hole? What we need is a way to establish a status quo in ultimate personal security. A way no sniper riffle in Ukraine could hurt you, nor you would be able to hurt anyone else, nor you would be moving where you don't want to be taken. This would give a lovely ecosystem that everyone understands.
We are all quite back at Animal Farm et al. The question is: what should happen before mass hysteria outbreak occurs beyond the typical themes such as "religion". Passive democracy is certainly not quite cutting it, and is it better than the past? Probably yes, because people are being held accountable for registered actions. It does sadly not say anything about the puppet master that tries to make us think we are better off now.

about 5 months ago
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Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

Skinkie Re:Not a standard. (249 comments)

You may recall the SVG standardisation which also included text-flow (still supported by Inkscape) which was then removed from the draft. It seems some companies really do not want users to have such freedom of creative expression in favor of tools that do.

about 6 months ago
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Fancy Yourself a Tycoon? OpenTTD 1.4.0 On Its Way

Skinkie What would Chris Sawyer think? (106 comments)

I am really interested what Chris Sawyers opinion is on these improvements on his original brainchild. Would give a great tech documentary on (open)TTD.

about 6 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

Skinkie Re:PC means Personal Computer,not Politically Corr (612 comments)

Why would you want to make computer science "more appealing" to women? Just look at science students and computer science students in Russia. Women are the majority!

about 7 months ago
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Putting a Panic Button In Smartphone Users' Hands

Skinkie Samsung had this on their candy bar phones (175 comments)

Pressing 4 times volume down, it would allow you to trigger an emergency sms. Such combination could work for a typical smartphone as well, including position information.

about 7 months ago
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Oracle Promises 100x Faster DB Queries With New In-Memory Option

Skinkie MonetDB/X100 and Vectorwise (174 comments)

Columnstore databases such as MonetDB and their commercial spinoff Vectorwise (now Actian) already showed this can be achieved with open source and proprietary code.

about 9 months ago
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Around 2,000 Fukushima Workers At Risk of Thyroid Cancer

Skinkie Chernobyl? (124 comments)

I don't want to talk about risk etc. but can we please get accurate statistics on this one? Because the risk that it is possible that radiation can cause thyriod cancer is good to know, but I am interested how many workers in Fukushima actually got or might get cancer incompare to the unbelievable low numbers in Chernobyl.

1 year,2 days
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

Skinkie GoboLinux? (466 comments)

Wasn't this exactly what GoboLinux embraced?

about a year ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

Skinkie Xen's Mini-OS (201 comments)

Xen introduced Mini-OS years ago. The question is: how much functionality that the kernel and a fat libc commonly provides, does the application need. Boot times are not really the issue anymore; look at systemd, everything is booted within 2s.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Court Wants To Block YouTube For a Month

Skinkie Re:Yawn. Savages reject modernity, film at 11. (188 comments)

They tried this in Russia a few years ago. Everything that is prohibited comes around (hard). Better to have it slowly getting extinct over a generation or two. The only problem we have to overcome is the exporting of the religion and have it seed somewhere else, getting more stricter, more correct, than it was where it came from. While I agree with the general vision, the next worst thing to religion is someone that considers himself god and uses politics to get more equal than someone else. This kind of social behavior is a dynamic system with a certain theme to justify itself, it is still bound to rules. These rules are set by nature, either evolving to an equilibrium, directing in a binary split between followers or a collapse aka death.

With this nice modern internet age transparency it is possible that people actually manipulate what the word sees. Either by the availability of people to see it first hand, the limitation on publishing or damn copyright that prevents others to spread it. Just wondering what anyone can do about a country that riots because of its bad rulers. Is supporting their freedom of information the only thing we can do?

about a year and a half ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

Skinkie Re:Furthering class warfare (376 comments)

Patents are not brands. So the original brandname is still protected.

about a year and a half ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

Skinkie Re:Furthering class warfare (376 comments)

Have you been looking at kickstarter? The independent investor does get support and funding now out in the open while in past times this didn't happen. Whats wrong with a bit of competition? If someone really could make a clone of a product at a tenth of the price, everyone benefits including the original inventor that could copy the production strategy.

about a year and a half ago
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Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

Skinkie Exhausting happens at both parties (589 comments)

If party A would send (all - 1) their conventional weapons, imagine what happens if the rocket launch would indeed destroy everything foreign because the foreign missile defense is exhausted. Now think of what happens with the forces that are actually on route, how should the country be defended against them? This is an optimization problem is both cases: taking causalities because of potential worse problems, or exhausting everything and no defense.

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Supplier Gets Dumped By Apple For Fraudulently Using Underage Labor

Skinkie Overcapacity warrants for searching new excuse (206 comments)

Is it the current overcapacity in production that warrants a better look at the labor done for Apple? As the demand is lower, it sounds like a perfect excuse to ditch a factory, which otherwise would have been unreasonable.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

Skinkie Re:Why do drivers need to be free? (159 comments)

Its quite simple. I have a very nice Mac Snowball. Updates for OSX PowerPC are not flying in anymore, even Safari crashes on Google.com. So it is a good time to switch to a better maintained operation system. For PowerPC there are not many choices, but lets pick Linux. The motherboard has an onboard NV04, if this was an x86 I might be able to use the nvidia legacy drivers, for PowerPC: architecture not supported. So why is open source important: it can be compiled on your architecture of choice and gives proper hardware a few extra years (see below: "Great news for ARM"). Another interesting thing is that improvements won't limit themselves to the latest, greatest (and most expensive) flagship.

about a year and a half ago

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DerEngel found guilte by US court

Skinkie Skinkie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Skinkie (815924) writes "DerEngel, writer of the book "Hacking the Cable Modem" and owner of TCNiSO was convicted of seven counts of wire fraud by a federal jury in Boston. Each count carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 23, 2012, at 3 p.m. before Chief District Court Judge Mark Wolf, who presided over the trial."
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Hostile FFMPEG takeover

Skinkie Skinkie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Skinkie (815924) writes "Hi everyone

I just wanted to say that iam as surprised as everyone else about what has
happened in the last few hours and that some developers overtaking
official ffmpeg and closing everyone elses write access without any kind of
public discussion is kinda nasty.
Of course its their full right to fork if they see the need for that but thats
not exactly what they did.

And that I and everyone i spoke with dont even know the reason behind this move

--
Michael GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB"
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Axis discontinues Etrax CPU customers revolt

Skinkie Skinkie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Skinkie (815924) writes "Axis has officially announced a `New long-term strategic direction' that most notably includes the discontinuation of the ETRAX chips. Some customers have some problems with this strategy and complain: `We will not use any AXIS product in the future and we'll try to convince our customers to do so as well because AXIS can no longer be considered as a reliable supplier in the long run. Furthermore I'm not willing to give money to a company that has done so much financial damage to its customers.'"
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Seven year old GTK+ bug gets fixed

Skinkie Skinkie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Skinkie (815924) writes "Today the seven year old GTK+ bug was fixed that prevent user to click on a button after it gained status disabled while the mouse was still floating over it. The work around for the end user was easy, just move the mouse outside of the button area, and try again. Over time there were workarounds, patches to GTK+ and so on. The GTK+ community is graceful and enjoying the pie. As developer this is one of the nicest birthday presents I could wish for!"
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Skinkie Skinkie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skinkie (815924) writes "It seems 2006-007 leaves a trail of death airport cards for much users. Apple still denies knowledge of the issues, while many people remind them about it.

"It's hard to tell whether the number of people suddenly getting this is a coincidence (hardware failure) or the not (software updates causing the issue).

There is a security update out for Tiger today, a security issue with airport has been fixed. Perhaps this driver will be more reliable."

It was not."

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