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Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

apdyck The only surefire way (635 comments)

The only REAL way to prevent software from being copied/cracked is to include a hardware dongle. A simple USB device that has some hardcoded information included that must be plugged into the machine that is running the software. This has been done for years by high-end vendors. Nortel did it. AutoCAD did it. There are also ways to circumvent dongles. They are much more difficult to implement, however, and as such your software should be safer. If you are making a product that has such a high retail value the additional cost of a dongle (and the associated code) could easily be built in to the purchase price.

more than 2 years ago
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Encrypted P2P Voip

apdyck SIP with TLS & MSec (3 comments)

I work for a major telecommunications provider. VoIP phones utilizing SIP can be configured to use TLS for end-to-end security, and Media Security for encrypting peer-to-peer communications. SIP supports fairly good security. The hard part would be finding a provider that supports TLS and MSEC.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

apdyck Re:Percentages and separate rooms (839 comments)

Things like that make me happy to live in Canada! When I was in High School it was normal to take a lunch at a local pub. There was even one microbrewery that was popular among the school kids. Of course, we couldn't (legally) order beer, so we stuck to the menu and ignored the drinks. Pubs usually have great food, and they are often relatively inexpensive since they make their money off of drinks.

That being said, the original point was regarding sporting events. I would also gladly pay to view live sporting events. I purchase the MLB GameDay audio package every year to listen to baseball, and I have considered paying for hockey broadcasts as well. Fortunately here in Canada we can see hockey on broadcast television (still an analog signal too) every Saturday night anywhere in the country. Of course, if you aren't a fan of the locally broadcast team you might be in a bit of a pickle, but I'm a Leafs fan and they always get the most airtime since they have the largest fanbase in the country.

more than 2 years ago
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Google, Facebook Upset By Ad-Injecting Apps

apdyck Re:Easy solution (282 comments)

You are forgetting the fact that in order to display the ads in the first place the third party application must access the facebook/google API to retrieve content. By adding a line in the TOS for the API that reads something like this:
...access to this API used in conjunction with any third party advertising network or advertisers is strictly prohibited...
Then the owner of the API can go after the maker of the infringing software in court and easily win.

more than 2 years ago
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Google, Facebook Upset By Ad-Injecting Apps

apdyck Easy solution (282 comments)

Google and Facebook simply have to add some terms of service to their API. By changing the TOS to include a restriction on ads they will have the legal right to force these companies out of business for violating the terms of using their APIs. I believe that we will see this change happen very quickly!

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

apdyck Re:Go away, you're not 21 (839 comments)

Unfortunately this is usually handled by the State Government (assuming you're in the US - I'm in Canada). It can be done through petitions and lobbying. The trick to get around the 19-to-enter laws here is to serve food. As long as you are serving food (even something as easy as french fries - anyone can operate a fryer!) you can allow anyone in. They just can't buy alcohol.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

apdyck Re:Go away, you're not 21 (839 comments)

Most pubs in my neck of the woods will allow minors to come in with their parents (or legal guardians or whatever) and not purchase alcoholic beverages. That means kids can come, should they choose. They just can't drink all the booze.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

apdyck Commercials and On-Demand (839 comments)

The very fundamental principle of using television as a revenue generator is broken. I would gladly pay for a service that allowed me to watch whatever shows I wanted, when I wanted, with no commercial interruption. I am not willing to pay for a service that forces me to watch three minutes out of ten of commercials, and I certainly don't like to adjust my viewing schedule to accomodate the shows I want to watch! It is much easier for me to download shows and watch them later than it is for me to be in front of my television while they are being broadcast. If I want to watch a live event, such as a sports game, I can always head to the local pub and watch it there. I currently have basic cable and I pay ten dollars a month for it. The only reason I have that is that I purchase my internet through the cable company and, even paying $120 for the whole year, I was able to save a bunch of money on my Internet services ($300 off over three months, plus a 5% discount on my total bill, that amounts to a savings of $240 over the course of a year). I rarely turn it on. Not even for sporting events. Fix the delivery system and make it more accessible. Charge based on what you watch, rather than what channels you watch. If I was charged $0.25-0.50 per show I watched I would be inclined to watch more. But paying a monthly fee for a bunch of stuff I will never watch? Not worth the money.

more than 2 years ago
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Background for "American Gods"

apdyck Read? No...but... (1 comments)

I had quite the surprise when I saw the level of depth that the History channel used with their "Clash of the Gods" series. They focus primarily on the Greek pantheon, but they also have programs that discuss some Norse myth, as well as others. I know you can find these on Youtube for easy viewing. This may not be enough detail for you, but it could at least point you in the right direction as well as open up some additional questions that you could pose to the google machine.

more than 2 years ago
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What's the best laptop for streaming video?

apdyck Re:The 'Anonymous Coward'... (3 comments)

You are asking a very specific question here. Generally the Ask /. questions are of a more general nature. That being said it sounds like you need help picking out a computer. I understand your needs and I have a piece of advice. Don't bother looking online. Go to the nearest Best Buy or whatever large electronics store is in your area. Walk down to the laptop section and look over the specs listed in front of each laptop until you can narrow it down to a handful of choices that suit your needs and price range. Go home and think it over for a few days then head back into the store. If they still have the laptop you have chosen purchase it. If not, repeat the process again. They usually have the same selection within the same week, but check the local flyer to determine when their prices are changed (i.e. Prices valid from...) Hope that helps a bit, I've done that with many people and they always seem quite happy with their purchases.

about 3 years ago
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Job Hunting Improves

apdyck Good luck! (7 comments)

I feel your pain, I was out for six weeks a while back and it was painful. I'm sure you'll find something!

about 3 years ago
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Router for satellite ISP

apdyck DD-WRT (1 comments)

Any router that you can install DD-WRT on should do the trick. Also, a satellite connection isn't really designed to support that many users. I would suggest getting some additional links to support the number of users you have. Of course, that would require some more advanced hardware but it would solve the problem you are having with slow loading times.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Working from home?

apdyck Re:absolutely (3 comments)

I hate to sound cynical but it's true - your boss is taking advantage of your desire to prove yourself. You should speak to your boss about it. Check your local laws but I'm sure that there is protection for wages when working away from the office in your own time. I know there is everywhere I have lived! If your boss doesn't want to pay for the extra hours that you work then you should approach his or her superiors about the issue and follow up with a labor board if necessary. Ultimately standing up for yourself and refusing to work for free will help you get ahead in your chosen career much faster than volunteer work. If an employer sees that you will do extra work for no pay they are never going to see your potential as something other than cheap labor.

more than 3 years ago
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Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

apdyck Re:Prior Art? (325 comments)

The telegraph: one- and two-way messaging. It was first invented by Baron Schilling von Canstatt in 1832. I'm fairly certain that this predates the 2005 patent application.

more than 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

apdyck Re:Roundabouts (1173 comments)

The intersection does not have street lights. There are stop signs in three directions, but one of the directions is exempt if you are turning right, and the opposite facing traffic can turn left at the same time, resulting in both parties turning onto the same street at the same time - with only 200' of two-lane before it turns back into a single lane road! This is all compounded by the Tim Horton's that is right on the corner. It is a very dangerous intersection, I've seen many accidents caused by people who don't understand the flow of traffic. I can't help but think that a roundabout would lessen the danger in using this particular intersection.

more than 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

apdyck Re:Roundabouts (1173 comments)

I personally love roundabouts. As long as people signal and drive carefully (read: Properly) they are quite safe. Also they can help avoid clusterf*cks like http://wikimapia.org/1698209/Simms-Corner which is one of the most dangerous intersections I've ever had the pleasure of driving through.

more than 3 years ago
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What to do with old tech books?

apdyck I keep mine (2 comments)

I collect them, even after they become useful. I will go to book sales (fundraisers, library sales, etc.) and purchase old technical books. If you really want to get rid or them find a charity in your area that has book sales (in my city I prefer Big Brothers/Big Sisters, they have a sale every year) and give them the books. Alternatively you can simply recycle them at the appropriate recycling facility.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DVD Backup

apdyck This is an easy one (2 comments)

The encryption technology behind the DVD medium has not changed. Unlike a Blu-ray disc there is no way to update a DVD player every time encryption changes - so the tech has not changed. A quick google search found me this: http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper/

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How do you choose a Windows laptop?

apdyck Install XP (7 comments)

Why don't you just install Windows XP on your Macbook? I'm sure there are drivers for almost everything! Besides, buying a new windows laptop will get her Windows 7 and she will still have to learn something new.

more than 3 years ago

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Liberal Party of Canada ignores Spam etiquette!

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

apdyck writes "The Liberal Party of Canada had a mass e-mail sent out to subscribers today, at least one of whom did not consent to having e-mails sent! In addition to that, they neglected to suggest any way to remove one's self from the mailing list. More ranting and the full text of the e-mail can be found here."
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Wolfram Alpha is now live!

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

apdyck writes "I watched it myself — they "flipped the switch" to turn on Wolfram Alpha live on the interwebs today. There were a few glitches, including not having any logging of external traffic when they went live, but all in all it went smoothly. I have performed a handful of searches myself, and the capabilities of this engine are astounding. I really wish that this was around when I was in school, it would have made everything even easier! There are a few kinks that need to be worked out still, I've gotten the "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that..." error message, quite amusing! Aside from that though, it's quite functional, and even has a variety of suggestions for searches in all sorts of categories. I reconmend everyone go to Wolfram Alpha as soon as they can!"
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Google opens Zurich Engineering Center

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

apdyck writes "Google has launched a new Engineering Center in Zurich, Switzerland this week. Apparently, they chose Zurich because there was little competition for the jobs they are looking to fill there. A video of the new plant can be found at http://www.webuser.co.uk/specials/196635.html for those interested. Projects that will be worked on at the new facility? Well, gmail for one, and Mobile Search is another one. This is the largest Google Engineering Facility in the EMEA region, eclipsing their London site."
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Demonoid Tracker back online

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

apdyck writes "It seems that the demonoid tracker is back online! Now it's in Malaysia...hopefully there isn't an RIAA branch there. Apparently the tracker started working last week, although the main site is still down. It seems, however, that Deimos is (as usual) unreachable for comment. With any luck we will see a triumphant return of Demonoid before too long! The story was first broken here and then here."
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India's largest rollout of Linux is happening

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

apdyck (1010443) writes "The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) in India is rolling out SuSE Linux on over 30,000 workstations and 1,880 servers, many of which are being used in schools and other Government organisations. They are saying that the initial savings is approximately 33% (based on licensing costs for software vs. free software), and even more over the long term as they will be able to continue using hardware long after the Windows life cycle would have ended. From the article:

The decision to move to Linux could not have been anything if not daunting. As the nodal agency for information and communication technology of a state with the population of the UK, Elcot has enormous responsibilities — current projects include creating an electoral database and photo identity cards, computerizing land records and driving licenses, producing eight million farmers cards and 18 million family cards (used by families below the poverty line to draw monthly rations from the PDS), among others. In short, there are a million ways they can blow it.


But Umashankar knew what needed to be done. He was convinced that it was only a matter of time before the price of staying proprietary became crushing. With every technology refresh, with every piece of additional hardware, with every new school that his department provided for, with every new service they wanted to offer various government bodies and with every new PC Elcot bought, staying proprietary came at a significant price.
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iPhone apps are on their way!

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

apdyck writes "It would appear that Apple may be waiting until their release of their new OS to allow third party developers to create applications for the iPhone. According to Cleve Nettles of 9to5mac.com, Apple may release a program to third party developers to unlock the phone and develop applications for it. One can only wonder though, how long would it take for a program like that to be put on demonoid?"
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Worlds Largest Telescope now in use

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apdyck (1010443) writes "ITWire recently had an article announcing that the world's largest telescope is now up and running, conducting one-year series of tests. The Great Canary Telescope, located in the Canary Islands, is the largest telescope in the world at 10.4 m(34') in diameter. Not for your average stargazer! Check out the article at http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/13520/1066/"
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apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apdyck (1010443) writes "Microsoft announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement with the International Standard Audiovisual Number International Agency (ISAN-IA)to start using their multi-colored bar code for use with multimedia works. The technology promises to increase the amount of information that a single UPC code can provide. From the Microsoft Press Release: "Microsoft's new multicolor bar code will enable the inclusion of more data in the code itself, as well as the ability for consumers to interact with it by scanning the code with webcams and, eventually, cell phones with color cameras.". Full press release available here."
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apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apdyck writes "I am setting up a web hosting business. We are currently running Windows 2003 Enterprise Server, but we would like to have a few linux servers as well. Of the four partners in my firm, I am the only one with any Linux experience, and that is limited as best. I would like to know, which distribution is going to give me the maximum reliability with the minimum hassle? I don't want to have to spend hours configuring settings — ideally, it would work within minutes of the install, and any additional configuration should be minor."

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Stop the CRIA

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 6 years ago I have, with a friend, purchased http://www.stopthecria.ca/ for the purpose of raising funds to help web sites that are involved in legal battles with the CRIA. We have done this in response to Demonoid.com being forced to stop serving their pages to Canadian IP Addresses. Anyone with an interest in supporting such a fund is encouraged to send an e-mail to admin@stopthecria.ca. The web site is still under development, but will be up soon. We hope to have it completed by the end of the week.

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Exciting

apdyck apdyck writes  |  more than 7 years ago Well, last weekend my friends and I configured a Windows 2003 Enterprise server. Hopefully within a month or so we'll actually be able to make use out of it. The plan is to start hosting small web sites until we can generate enough revenue to purchase more bandwidth, more equipment, and more software. We're hoping to have a Linux server or three as well (you can never have too many linux servers!). With time, we should be able to make a viable business out of this. It's incredible how much tech work you can get done when your brain is operating on a different level than it would during the week. Hurray for paper!

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