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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

aybiss Re:Because fuck you BBC (362 comments)

You should already have well and truly downloaded those by now. ...Oh wait, you mean the recent show with the same name and the constant stream of emo faggots as main characters?

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

aybiss Re:Er... Really? (221 comments)

Care to back that up with, say, some research?

about three weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

aybiss Re:Biased (221 comments)

"but that is not a question of scientific literacy"

Yes it is. If you believe you need more reliance on a 2000 year old fairy story in your country you can stay the fuck away from any science I have anything to do with.

about three weeks ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

aybiss Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (98 comments)

If you're talking about 'hold your head this way, right click on your keyboard then unplug your RAM == crash' then yes a change might be something you weigh up.

When you're looking at the code and you see *'this is logically incorrect'* then you fix it immediately. If you're smart you also create some unit tests _proving_ that it was incorrect before and is now correct.

Fuck everyone else who wants to reformat the headers of this part of the project and has it all checked out, fuck people who bitch about 'stability' in the sense of things not changing (after all, you don't HAVE to upgrade), you just fucking fix it.

That's what a programmer does - tells a computer how to *correctly* solve a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

aybiss Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (98 comments)

You may be correct but there's a couple of differences - firstly the processor designs are so incredibly complex now (Intel recently issued a 'microcode patch' that actually disabled some instructions on a certain batch of CPUs) that they're all optimised by computer, so it's unlikely that there's much leftover unused functionality. That brings me to the second point, in that whatever 'undocumented' behaviour is available is unlikely to be as useful as e.g. a deprecated opcode on a ZX80. Moreover, you don't go buy a ZX80 with exactly the same processor as everyone else any more. Not only do you have multiple brands to choose from for the same architecture, you probably aren't even paying attention to the exact model you are buying.

about three weeks ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

aybiss Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (98 comments)

It's an oldschool attitude to not touch things, from back in the day where software was so flaky that chances were someone had already 'exploited' the bug to do something non-malicious.

It drives me fucking crazy, having been born pretty much into the internet age where the corrected answer can be available in *seconds*. It's pretty obvious from the description what the bug is, so saying you aren't going to fix it is, as you say, pure laziness.

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

aybiss If you can rip it off in days... (113 comments)

"years of hard work undermined by someone who cobbles together a clone in a matter of weeks or days"

Sorry but if I can reproduce the game in entirety in days, then what you've done is years of dicking around.

It's time we stopped babying everyone who got the hang of 2D graphics and sound in Android like they've invented the internet.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

aybiss Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

"our culture is a culture of fear and cowardice :( plain and simple, when we all realise this collectively (lets hope it doesn't take a collective ass kicking) we'll grow up"

Your culture is a culture of guns. You don't even need to grow up about it if you just stop letting people shoot at each other all day long.

about three weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

aybiss Re:What is really funny.... (181 comments)

Erm... Foxxconn was around LOOOONG before iPhones were.

about a month ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

aybiss Fanboi troll? (181 comments)

So you mean it has things like a background, icons, and a screen you interact with by touching it? FFS would you also like a patent for those rounded edges?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

aybiss Re:Actually, it's the PERFECT name (426 comments)

You're exactly right. This can probably be blamed more for the non-arrival of that 'Linux Heyday' we keep pretending is arriving than anything else.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

aybiss LMFAO (199 comments)

UX has only ever made software _LESS_ usable. Good luck if you go down that road.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

aybiss Re:How can you hire what doesn't exist? (561 comments)

The ribbon and metro were undoubtedly the work of 'UX' people. I've long held that these people have no place in our industry and just make everything fucking suck for everyone else.

about a month ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

aybiss Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

so that the society becomes wealthy due to absence of government in free market capitalistic economy

I nearly fell off my chair laughing. The 1800s called, they want their ideals back.

about a month ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

aybiss Great for High Schools (219 comments)

Now to ensure that every high-school age child in America gets one!

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

aybiss Re:Finally! (502 comments)

The original question (in my filtered view) was asking whether you'd be happy with China demanding information stored on US Microsoft servers.

If you're saying that question is hypothetical because China isn't the US then I disagree. Microsoft does business in China. The Chinese government could assert that its control over that data also extends to the US, in exactly the same way as has occurred here.

I don't think people would be anywhere near as comfortable with that.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

aybiss Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

That's right, because in 1994 law enforcement was infallible.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

aybiss Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

That's a stupid response. The child most likely didn't give consent to be shot either.

Then again if this story is from the US, 90% of your kids get shot before reaching adulthood, don't they? :-P

about a month and a half ago
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PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

aybiss Thanks again console chumps! (75 comments)

Thanks guys but would you fucking stop now? First you decide locked-in un-upgradeably consoles are cool. Then you decide DRM-laden games are cool.

Now you're going to make the industry think we all want to rent games ad-inifinitum. For fuck's sake STOP!!!

I sometimes like to play my games from 10 years ago. Will you be able to do that? FFS...

about a month and a half ago

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Should we give UX designers a break?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about 7 months ago

aybiss (876862) writes "There's been a heap of stuff on Slashdot recently about ruined GUIs thanks to UX designers, notably Windows 8, the latest Ubuntu, and Slashdot Beta (just kidding... sort of).

Should we be giving UX designers a break though? Instead of treating these people like specialised programmers, treat them like they are: the people who couldn't get a job in programming with their CS degree. Thus, we shouldn't expect them to think logically because by definition they were the people in your CS course that failed to understand the fundamental logic theorems that you spent so much effort mastering. We also shoudn't be putting them in charge of a bunch of GUI programmers, we should be using them as assistants (and 'at best' might be the qualifier given recent reactions to their work).

Should we 'real' programmers be starting to think of UX designers the same way a graphic artist would think of someone who can draw?"

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Poll: USA-centric news makes me feel a) nauseous b) bored...

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aybiss (876862) writes "I've discovered that there are a number of people using this site who DON'T EVEN LIVE IN THE USA!

How about a poll to find out whether polls like "How about those Saturday mail deliveries" even mean anything to these people?"

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Ask Slashdot: Digital movie remastering at home?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "In the age where TVs can do temporal interpolation, and films like the original Star Trek movie can be brought up to BluRay quality, what tools have all you /.ers found useful for playing DVDs on 42"+ size screens high-def screens with basically instantaneous response time, where the pixelation, interlacing artifacts, and even the lack of bandwidth on the DVD are clearly visible?

Specifically I would like to watch my old Futurama episodes with some level of on-the-fly or reencoded enhancement. I often wonder if there are programs out there that can do the kind of scene-object detection and analysis that they must be using to remaster old films. The only thing I've found that comes close to offering an improved DVD playback experience is PowerDVD9, which funnily enough came with my BD drive.

So what do you guys use to play or remaster DVDs? Does anyone out there have sufficient knowledge of image analysis to come close to the type of reconstruction job that Star Trek did?"
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Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Ap

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission."
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Microsoft actively stifling Win 7 complaints

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Aside from failing to provide support for its medium grade server OSes, Microsoft seems to also be directly working to keep bad publicitiy about Windows 7 down. Not only have they closed (or rather renamed) the Windows 7 general discussion forum, they've been removing posts and forcing the closure of topics about Windows 7 that seem to get a little hot. For anyone who hasn't been watching the forums, you may find it interesting to see how many cases are closed by an MSFT, and there are cases all over the forum that are marked answered but are clearly unresolved.

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