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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:I can see it coming . . . (175 comments)

Even better:

You searched "Sony". Here are the names, SSN, and phone number of every Sony employee. Click here to sign them all up for hourly Cat Facts.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Patents (377 comments)

So what constitutes a "product" when it comes to software? Say Mozilla implement this new format for Firefox, does that mean Mozilla have to pay $0.20 to MPEG LA every time someone downloads a copy of Firefox?

The demo website linked in the story sent a BPG decoder implemented Javascript to our browsers. So does that mean Bellard owe MPEG LA a metric shit-ton of money now?

about a week ago
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DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:And it's dead (66 comments)

In case you live under a rock, *BSD serves a third of the traffic on the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:What license? (525 comments)

The only major difference between MIT and Apache 2.0 is that the latter contains an explicit patent grant. I assume this is what you're referring to?

Are you saying Microsoft plans to pull a SCO in the future?

about a month ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:West Virginia too (468 comments)

The problem is that with the US system, you cannot vote blank.

Just vote for a third party candidate. That amounts to the same thing. /s

about a month and a half ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

Yes, it does:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

about 2 months ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

Just FYI, the rule against illegal cartoons exists in the USA too. The Supreme Court struck down attempts to use CP laws in this way as being obvious nonsense, so Congress just went ahead and amended the law to make it explicitly illegal as opposed to implicitly illegal.

You apparently missed some important details. I have highlighted them for you.

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Agreed on the moot point (72 comments)

Only half of the code has been released so far. This is supposed to be an open source software and hardware project and not a single schematic or Gerber file has been released so far.

about 2 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: So what? (201 comments)

That cancellation was itself cancelled after the ceasefire was announced. The sale is still going through.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: They're solar. (42 comments)

That thing is:

1. High altitude

So is Facebook's proposed aircraft.

2. Not delivering payloads to customers

That's why the Facebook version has three times the wingspan at 60 meters, to carry the extra battery for nighttime operations.

about 3 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Some info seems bogus (408 comments)

Some of that info seems bogus. 10,000 CNC mills? Unlikely. 10,000 CNC machines of all types across all of Apple manufacturing, maybe.

I was skeptical too, but then I looked up the numbers and turns out 10,000 is actually an underestimation:

The Fanuc Robodrill is the world's common CNC machine measured by installation numbers and by total value thanks to Apple.

about 3 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Me too. (408 comments)

they made 68 iphones to sell this holiday season.

Now I finally understand why Apple fans have to line up three days ahead.

about 3 months ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Citizens affected but not Companies?! (131 comments)

The submitter added that on their own. The bill applies to all US persons, i.e., all citizens, permanent residents, and corporate entities.

From the actual text of the bill:

The term ‘United States person’ means a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States, or an entity or organization organized under the laws of the United States or a State or political subdivision thereof.’

The word "citizen" doesn't even occur in the article.

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:well done mods. (290 comments)

I did, and all I received was an automatic reply saying that slashdot.org will not respond to or even read my messages, due to the large number of emails received at that address.

That is an utterly unacceptable response. I am outraged; I shall be referring this matter to the German police.

about 3 months ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

You buy 10 shares GOOG at $500. Later you buy 20 share of GOOGs at $550. Later you buy 20 share of GOOG at $560.

If you pay 30 shares to somebody

So, you wait a month, now GOOG is at $570, and you sell 5 shares.

Your cost base is ( $500 * 10 + $550 * 20 + $560 * 20) / 50 = 544

When you paid someone that 30 shares, the price at that instant was $560, so you made a capital gain of (560-544)*30 = $480

When you sold 5 shares at $570, you made a capital gain of (570-544)*30 = $130

I really don't see what's so confusing about this.

about 3 months ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Alibaba Is Useless (97 comments)

I replied the insult wasn't a word in Mandarin,

No, you didn't, you liar. You said "And it's not a chinese word".

but you assholes insulted me because I didn't know the cantonese word.

No, I insulted you because you wasted everyone's time with your ignorant bullshit about how a Cantonese word isn't Chinese. If you had said "And it's not a Mandarin word" then I would have modded you informative and moved on.

about 3 months ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Alibaba Is Useless (97 comments)

And it's not a chinese word, in case you were wondering.

I was actually wondering why you're wasting everyone's time by commenting about a word which you apparently know nothing about.

about 3 months ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Still... (193 comments)

Finally, what the hell is the z supposed to stand for in 0z?

He's probably a German speaker. Binary is Zeugenschutzprogramm in German.

about 3 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WWJohnBrowningDo A little behind the times (415 comments)

Typical government bureaucracy, relying on outdated technology.

Nearly 10 years ago, top minds in the private industry already developed super dogs that not only detected DVDs but could also determine the legal status of said DVDs by smell alone.

about 5 months ago

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