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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Trogre Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (435 comments)

I thought that too, until I watched a couple of episodes of Jeopardy and realized it's just a regular question/answer game show with "[what|who] is" tossed in front of each answer.

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Trogre Thunderbird-Bing tie (395 comments)

300+ posts here and no one has yet mentioned that Thunderbird has been using Microsoft(R) Bing(R) as its default search engine for some time now.

5 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Trogre Re:Scrap heap (395 comments)

False.

Well, 50% false.

It depends on which addon class you're talking about. Extensions are as you say interpreted JavaScript. Plug-ins, however, are compiled code and absolutely do not work the same under Linux as Windows.

Both of those fit under the umbrella term addons.

5 days ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

Trogre Re:Punishment (98 comments)

Ever had a library fine?
Ever had a court summons or bailiff come to sieze your property because of that fine? I doubt it.
But:
Ever tried to borrow a book with an outstanding fine?

Now do you see my point?

5 days ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

Trogre Re:Piracy fines? (98 comments)

I meant the case of using University bandwidth to download content for personal use, that could trigger a fine depending on the University's Internet use policies. The licence of the content in that case is irrelevant.

Mis-use of University resources is defined by the University, and it can quite easily include clauses regarding unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material, etc.
I do agree with you there, and in that case the licence would be relevant.

5 days ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

Trogre Piracy fines? (98 comments)

Are these fines actually for copyright infringement, or for mis-use of University resources? This is an important distinction.

I doubt the University could legally collect on the former, unless they also happen to be the copyright holder of the obtained content.

If the latter, then students downloading free content (eg material covered by a Creative Commons licence) for personal use should also be liable.

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Trogre Re:Troubling for Debian (566 comments)

Oh, also Russ Allbery from the technical committee on 16 November.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Trogre Troubling for Debian (566 comments)

In less than two weeks we have had three significant resignations:

8 Nov, Joey Hess, from Debian entirely
17 Nov, Tollef Fog Heen, from the systemd team
Today, Ian Jackson, from the technical committee

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Trogre Re:So... (178 comments)

Openness is not bad.
Microsoft's track record is bad.

Having source code for more and more products is not bad.
Microsoft's track record is bad.

Embrace is good.
Microsoft's track record is bad.

Someone who questions Microsoft's motives is not an idiot.
Microsoft's track record is bad.

about a week ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

Trogre Re:reflexes? (114 comments)

You're right that binocular depth perception is just one of many cues, but your experiment will be tainted by cached binocular information. Recall that you can only actually see with any detail a tiny area represented by your fovea - the full image that you perceive is made up by moving your eyes over a scene and is of course aided by memories of what you expect certain elements to look like.

Here's another experiment:

Go to the same window but start out with one eye closed. Take note of what you see and try to judge how far away things are. After a minute, open the other eye and blink a couple of times.

Note the difference.

about a week ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Trogre Re:"...moving east." (69 comments)

What if it is spinning on more than one axis, ie tumbling? The direction where the sun rises for a given point on the comet will change all the time.

I have no idea if the comet is actually doing this, but I imagine that being a scenario where computing "east" being rather difficult.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

Trogre Re:Abusing the bug tracker (550 comments)

You systemd haters are simply living in your own delusional world, undisturbed by the harsh realities:
Don't do know that Debian systemd users now outnumber SysVinit users 3-1, even before Debian have released a stable systemd distro?

Where did you get that wee gem? Not popcon to be sure.

https://qa.debian.org/popcon.php?package=systemd
https://qa.debian.org/popcon.php?package=sysvinit

about a week ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Trogre Re:Fucking disaster (69 comments)

Some equipment didn't work, but the mission objective was still accomplished. The science data they set out to collect was still obtained. I call that a success.

By your logic, Apollo 11 was not a success because Armstrong had to resort to manual control when landing.

about a week ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Trogre Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (186 comments)

But... but the dark gloominess! And the grit! And the rapid camera zooms! And tribal percussion!

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Trogre Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Heh, yes the writing did leave a lot to be desired, but at least the show was intended to be family-friendly, as in it could be watched by kids.

Entirely unlike the reboot.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

Trogre Too long in front of the computer (136 comments)

It took nearly a minute before I realised that this article is not in fact about electronically transmitting aspects of a certain popular confectionery.

echolocate != echocolate

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Trogre Resource management (209 comments)

I want my house to manage:
How much water to use for washing dishes/clothes, and at what temperature (more a function of the individual appliances than the house really).
Power sources (grid, solar, wind, gas), and when each should be used.

And that's about it. I really don't want my house trying to decide for me when my lights need turning on and off, or telling someone else about it.

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

Trogre Re:...and also not true (249 comments)

Dammit where are my mod points? You just shot down a whole lot of pedants with that comment.

about three weeks ago

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Trogre Trogre writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Trogre (513942) writes "The recently troubled free CD database freedb has been picked up by a group called Magix. From Kaiser's blog: "Following my announcement that I would like to let freedb go, I was approached by many interested parties. ... Even if I shall no longer be actively associated with freedb, I shall continue casting a critical glance on freedb's future. The decision in favour of MAGIX has given us a new prospect of further development, offered a congenial and comfortable atmosphere during difficult negotiations, and provided the newly implemented hardware with generous capacities. " This might be good news since Grip still doesn't support MusicBrainz."

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