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Warner Bros. Forced To Fight For Fair Use

aylons Re:Fair use when it suits them (222 comments)

At the time, however, the equipment that allowed you to create and/or view the motion pictures was covered by Edison's patents, and so it gave him significant leverage in imposing morality codes on what people produced using that equipment. Read up on Edison sometime - he was a complete asshole not satisfied with making shitloads of money when he could also gain total control over whatever he touched.

If you feel Edison is too old, you may just read up on Steve Jobs.

more than 3 years ago

The Art of the Animated GIF

aylons Harry Potter (129 comments)

Doesn't Harry Potter pictures use this technique?

more than 3 years ago

New Tool Hides Data In Plain Sight On HDDs

aylons Plausible deniability (136 comments)

Doesn't TrueCrypt's plausible deniability get the same effect without depending on a loose file system hack?

more than 3 years ago

Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed

aylons Re:I wish there was a cafe... (375 comments)

You are looking for a hackerspace:

more than 3 years ago

Telecom Cables Wanted For Climate Research

aylons Who is the new leader in China? (48 comments)

"You was part of an international group of oceanographers..."

My first reaction was to twitch, then I realized what was going on.

more than 4 years ago

When Telemarketers Harass Telecoms Companies

aylons 3 minutes? (234 comments)

Headline should be: "Telemarketer failed the Turing test."

But I guess this is not as much breaking news as it is a confirmation, .

more than 4 years ago

Study Hints Ambient Radio Waves May Affect Plant Growth

aylons Re:Double blind should not be hard (298 comments)

Actually, people do there all the time. There are lots of tables and graphs of sun's noise temperature, tellin the engineers how much noise you should expect coming from the sun in every frequency, season, place on Earth (or outside it - really, sattelites often get this noise), azimuth, zenith, or whatever.

The fine print: nobody wants an antenna to to look straight to the Sun. The noise from it becomes a real problem, specially in higher frequencies.

E.g, satellite TV, at least here in Brazil, stops working for a up to an hour a day for some weeks because of it. This happens twice a year, and its cause is the Sun getting behind the satellite (or the other way round, as Copernico told us).

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 4

aylons Re:I love this.... (1184 comments)

You mean, how that doesn't work. For it to work, it takes engineering.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 4

aylons Re:yeah I know how you feel (1184 comments)

Not a valid comparison.
You can write whatever book you want and try to sell it through any publisher. There are hundreds of them, surely you can find one that fits your work style. Damn, if you believe your book will sell a lot despite of the opinion of every publisher, you can even pay for print (it's actually cheap) and try to sell yourself! This is not a novelty, or even a rare thing.

However, if you develop for iOS, it takes less than a Steve Jobs' bad day and you will never be able to sell your software. There is no option, no alternative publishers, not even a self-publishing option. No, Cydia is not in scope here, it's hackery and demands users to violate the ToS.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

aylons Consolidate (763 comments)

Why do you have 3 keys for one home? Isn't it possible to keep the other keys in a relatively safe place inside your girlfriend's home and pick them up as needed?

If you really need immediate access to all these doors, why don't you change the locks so they all have the same key? Even better, you could even extent this to your home, and have a one key to rule them all.

Also try to reduce the number of keys. For example, try using combination locks. It is easy to do the shift in the case of padlocks, and also cheap, depending on your security needs.

Finally, I bet you do not use the car, the bike and the motorcicle at the same time. Take care of keeping you bike locked even at home (so you won't forget the keys), and this is only one key more to your keyring.

In the ideal situation, this would mean: 1 key for your home and your girlfriend's, 1 key for the current vehicle, and some codes to remember. Even if you can't reach the ideal case, the situation sounds much more manageable now.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

aylons Re:wtf (284 comments)

Really, it makes little for Opera Mini to have an ad block. Flash is kept outside. The amount of traffic the image ads would sum to the download of an Opera Mini compressed web page is negligible. The only problem is if you do not want to see any ads at all, regardless of traffic. Then, you may disable all images and just download selected ones. At least, you can do this with some versions of Opera Mobile, not sure for Opera Mini. A worse option, then, would be enable all images on the page and reload.

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

aylons I won't suggest you any specific software... (896 comments)

Mileage always vary. You may have speedier machine, a new one, or your client may be trying to get the last drop of juice from his 8-years-old Windows XP box. It may need to remove virus more often or will be better with a more reliable real-time detection. I suggest you to go to AV-Comparatives. They make nice (sometimes clever) tests and publish really extensive reports about them. Their tests are not limited to effectiveness (like the ability to detect viruses), but also to other aspects, as performance(meaning how AV affects system performance) or even "corporate reviews". Surprisingly to me, MS Security Essentials is doing quite well, according to their tests. Maybe an option for clueless users, as it's easy to use and nice to the system.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Giving Rival Browsers a Lift

aylons Re:Opera download numbers (272 comments)

Pay attention: they said that the download rate increased 3x compared to other main releases.

more than 4 years ago

Bluetooth 4.0 To Reach Devices In Fourth Quarter

aylons Re:Not Pedometers! (103 comments)

Just the opposite: every children should carry a pedometer. Then, when an individual with a high pedo degree approaches, it beeps on alert.

more than 4 years ago

Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

aylons Re:It's all stupid, and for stupid reasons (578 comments)

Yes, that is right. This is due to Brazilian Constitution, which says that all diplomacy must be reciprocal. E.g., for every country which demands a visa from Brazilian people, Brazil demands a visa for their people to get in Brazil. If the government, the Federal Police or the airport authority decides to do any different, they will get sued.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed

aylons Re:Screw PHP, I write everything in C (295 comments)

Computers are for lazy developers. I project ASICs for my webapps and I even built my own modem to improve perfomance.

more than 4 years ago

SourceForge Clarifies Denial of Site Access

aylons Re:How typical.. (396 comments)

Because they are not asking for funds. Simple as that. Actually, they didn't even cite lack of funds as a to not consider other solutions.

Sticking to your logic, I could say:

I don't see a single person who is complaining offering to have sex with the owners. It's not easy when your ass in the line, is it?

more than 4 years ago

SourceForge Clarifies Denial of Site Access

aylons Re:If you care, yank your projects (396 comments)

I have another idea: if you are a coder for a free software (as defined by FSF) hosted in sourcefourge, and the principal maintainer don't move it, copy it yourself and ask other developers to come. If you care, off course. It'll be a fork and a loss of strength, but I guess most contributors will still go with you to the other site.

more than 4 years ago



GIMP Resynth vs Photoshop content aware

aylons aylons writes  |  more than 4 years ago

" rel="nofollow">aylons writes "Just after Adobe releasing their videos showing off the content-aware feature of Photoshop CS5, the GIMP community answered (in /. comments also) showing the resynthesizer plugin, which is available for some time and can do a similar job. However, are they really comparable? This article (in portuguese, google translation here, but really, the images are pretty much self-explaining) compare then side by side removing the same objects from different kinds of images. Results do vary, but the most interesting part may be seeing the different results and trying to understand the logic of each algorithm."
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