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Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

argent Re:Sucks to be you (680 comments)

Pointing out that this is likely to be an "own goal" doesn't imply approval of bad laws.

more than 4 years ago
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HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

argent Re:I want the opposite . . . (952 comments)

Lowering the resolution makes the fonts fuzzy and almost unreadable.

Don't lower the resolution, increase the scaling on the desktop... with applications that are scaling-aware and use larger fonts.

more than 4 years ago
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Library of Congress To Archive All Public Tweets

argent Tweetstore in 3... 2... 1... (171 comments)

How long before someone comes up with a scheme to backup files in encoded tweets "for posterity"?

Seriously, they should be spending their effort on funding or replicating the Internet Archive instead.

more than 4 years ago
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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

argent Re:Why? (501 comments)

Remind me again why everyone has to agree a codec before it can be used?

Because video takes up a lot of space and having to keep copies of videos in three formats around gets expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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New MacBook Pros Launched

argent Re:Apple Tax! (411 comments)

It must be "Talk Like a Pirate Day".

more than 4 years ago
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How To Exploit NULL Pointers

argent Re:Bad summary (139 comments)

OK, picky: "... through this mechanism".

more than 4 years ago
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How To Exploit NULL Pointers

argent Re:Bad summary (139 comments)

The OP's article wasn't very long, so you should be able to figure out that you just rephrased what he said: you need to have a null pointer function call kernel bug to exploit this. No combination of null pointer vulnerabilities in user space, and no null pointer reads and writes in kernel mode (which are more common) will get you root.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

argent Re:I get music for free online! (261 comments)

The problem is that most people see that some music is given away for free and then suddenly the demand that all their music is free.

No, that's NOT the problem. That's A problem, but not THE problem.

The problem is that the Internet makes the distribution of music cheaper.

This has two effects:

1. People can more efficiently distribute music illegally.

2. More people can afford to distribute music legally without going through the people who were handling the distribution before the Internet.

There is debate over the relative sizes of these two effects.

The existing illegal music distribution channels were already more efficient than the music distribution industry, because they didn't have to pay for advertising. The existing out-of-band legal music distribution channels were pretty limited... I never mail-ordered much, for example, I mostly bought tapes and later discs from local bands. See, they couldn't really effectively piggyback on the channels the pirates were using (well, they could, but they didn't get paid).

So the biggest change has not been in the availability of illegally distributed music... you could always get all that you wanted if you wanted to... it's in the availability of LEGALLY distributed music outside the "distribution industry" channels.

TL;DR: see my previous message.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

argent I get music for free online! (261 comments)

"There's no doubt that the music industry has declined significantly over the last 10 years," Lamy said. "Countless studies have blamed this on the fact that millions of people have been getting their music for free online. That has translated to thousands of lost jobs in the industry and that's undeniable."

I get music for free online!

I get free samples from iTunes every week.

I get free music from magnatune.com every day.

I get free samples distributed directly by the artists and advertised on 3hive.com.

I don't buy as many CDs because there's so much legally distributed good music online. I buy music online as well, but not as much as I used to buy CDs, and I usually only buy a couple of tracks instead of the whole album. So I don't need to pirate music for my demand for the traditional music distributor's high-overhead services to go down.

I don't buy a newspaper any more, because I get better and more timely news online, some through reprinted wire services, some through independent journalists. I'm not "pirating news" any more than I'm "pirating music". I can see how this is a problem, but it's not a problem that's going to be solved by writing stricter laws or putting people into jail... or by charging newspaper prices for digital news. The internet makes distributing information more efficient. Businesses based on a percentage of older more expensive distribution mechanisms are going to have to change or adapt... but trying to use the law to attack a decreasingly important part of the problem isn't going to solve it. It's not going to magically become more expensive to distribute bits... it's going to get cheaper. There's going to be less and less overhead to get your margin from as the industry gets more efficient.

more than 4 years ago
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New MacBook Pros Launched

argent Re:Apple Tax! (411 comments)

If OS X isn't worth $1000 to you, then OS X isn't worth $1000 to you. It's obviously worth that much to some people. It's not like Apple's anemic quirky hardware is worth that much, that's for sure.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

argent Re:What's good for the goose is good for the gande (980 comments)

Not to mention telling Apple "No, we're not going to port Photoshop to Yellow box (even though it's based on our Display Postscript technology)". It was a nasty one-two punch that could have put Apple out of business.

more than 4 years ago
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In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"

argent They *are* dumb pipes! (449 comments)

Some European telecoms groups fear Google will reduce them to 'dumb pipes' because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying its content.

That's because they *are* dumb pipes. That's their bloody job, moving bits around. That's all I'm paying my ISP for... I don't use their portal or email account or anything. Get used to it... you worked hard enough to become dumb pipes, throwing out services that you could actually provide more efficiently than websites like Usenet... you made your bed, sleep well.

more than 4 years ago
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US Rejects Demands For ACTA Transparency

argent Furtive: from the latin for "thief" (351 comments)

The word "Furtive" is derived from the Latin word for "thief".

That seems about right.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Incorporates Site Speed Into PageRank Calculation

argent Re:Isn't Google missing the point? (202 comments)

Did you search for "garden lighting" and her local area?

There are 350 "metropolitan areas" in the US, each of which must have at least a couple of shops selling "garden lighting". Let's say only half of them have a web page. At 10 results per page, unless there's something particularly compelling about her particular store, you would expect to find her around 17 pages down.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Incorporates Site Speed Into PageRank Calculation

argent Re:Isn't Google missing the point? (202 comments)

Where does she come up when people look for lighting and *her area*?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Promises To Fully Support OOXML ... Later

argent Re:The real story. (163 comments)

Nice Try, but that's what they said about MS-DOS 4.0, that was supposed to have multitasking and Microsoft Xenix compatibility.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Evangelist Lashes Out Over Apple's "Original Language" Policy

argent Revenge is a dish best served cold (789 comments)

1997: Adobe wants Apple to pay workstation prices for Display Postscript licenses for the new OS, "Rhapsody", which would have completely priced them out of the market. Apple has to rewrite the graphics layer for Rhapsody/OS X, and it's delayed 2-3 years.

2010: Payback is a bitch.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Promises To Fully Support OOXML ... Later

argent Re:Office...15? (163 comments)

Where's Office 13?

more than 4 years ago

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Does ANYONE like the new Slashdot interface?

argent argent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

argent writes "Trying to use the new Slashdot interface, I can't page back through previous stories, I can't jump back to the Slashdot home page, I can't even reliably read articles. I've tried Safari and Firefox, and it's broken in both. Is it just me?"

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Slashdot breaks slashdot again.

argent argent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OK, you've done it again. When I follow a link from the front page to a story, I get the nice usable old style interface. When I comment on an article, then click on the link to the article at the top of the page, I get the screwed up are-you-mad-who-likes-this-manure beta interface.

Hmmm...

The link from the front page is: http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/07/16/1335256
The link on the page itself is: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/07/16/1335256/Typography-On-the-Web-Gets-Different

Hey, Slashdot, when I'm looking at the page I can see the bleeding title on the page itself, AND in the link, I don't need it in the URL. And why the heck does the URL make a difference?

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OK, Slashdot, what the fuck have you done now?

argent argent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Now I can't even see the home page, it jumps right into some kind of RSS feed.

Quit the fuck fucking around with Slashdot, let us read the fucking thing without ten kinds of broken fucking AJAX crap.

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Beta Index, begone!

argent argent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Somehow Slashdot turned on the Beta index back on for me, and since I had no idea that it had been turned on I assumed this was more leakage from Beta back to the regular Index.

Good god.

All I can say is, they must be subcontracting to Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. It's appalling. It must never be released.

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It's a Journal

argent argent writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is a journal entry. It's just like any other journal entry, except that it's completely self-referential and pointless. It's here because it's here, and it cherishes a secret ambition of becoming a world-famous blog posting. It's destined to be sadly disappointed, and will commit suicide with patent ink remover and powerful magnets in a lonely hotel room in Poughkeepsie a few days before its forty-second birthday.

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