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Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac

bgspence Re:So it's slower for iTunes (133 comments)

It bogs badly with 326,000 songs on an external 3TB drive using 2.5 TB for tracks on my modern MacBook Pro.

iTunes likes to update its database with every little nit.

I use one iTunes db to add albums and update metadata, then copy to the big iTunes with minimal metadata updating.

more than 2 years ago
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Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

bgspence He could do it himself (330 comments)

Apple would easily sell the Woz the rights to his Apple II. He could then open the OS and open lots of prototyping bussing, cabling, and networking hacks.

more than 2 years ago
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Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac

bgspence So it's slower for iTunes (133 comments)

iTunes peaks out at 100% of a single CPU usage in its single threaded mode.

So I'm better off with 1/2 of two processors at 10,500 than 1/4 of 4 processors at 12,252

5,250 crushes 3,083

Any single threaded app wins huge on old gear.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Now Has Distributors -- and Will Soon Have Boards for All (Video)

bgspence Re:Electronics supplier DDoS (304 comments)

Apple dreams of the day they could sell 10000 units of a new product in single morning.

And the amount of buzz, if only they could get the press interested...

more than 2 years ago
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25 Alleged Anonymous Hackers Arrested By Interpol

bgspence Re:Interpol never arrests anybody (256 comments)

Interpol seems a bit like Anonymous, that "organization for information exchange" between hackers.

more than 2 years ago
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Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal

bgspence I completely agree (184 comments)

At least to the extent that the work is completely creative and does not rely on prior art.

So, we must exempt the use of previously used words or phrases. Or, the use of characters or glyphs previously invented. Using those borrowed ideas, which are in the public domain, should place any derivative works also into the public domain.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Was Hypercard Killed?

bgspence Re:Occam's Razor (392 comments)

'If Monks Had Macs' was a wonderful mixed bag of surprises.

People here mention Excel or FileMaker as simple programming environs, but I am hard pressed to think of any popular game written in either of them.

Hypercard could implement many simple office workflow solutions and was a fun toy, too.

Industrial strength solutions are written by teams to solve big problems, but tools like Hypercard offered personal computing one's own personal solutions. Personally useful stacks could be created in a few minutes to implement games, databases, workflows, or most anything you could think of.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Tool Lets Anyone Redistrict New York

bgspence My one wish (102 comments)

Disallow concave redistricting shapes

more than 2 years ago
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What is Your position on Climate Change?

bgspence Re:A minor bit is due to man (695 comments)

The climate in the summer in the last 100 or 200 or 300 years has been significantly colder than the climate in the summer. Thats a simple fact. And, yes the weather in the summer is usually warmer than the weather in the winter.

Annual climate change is certainly man made, but seasonal climate change is not and is even more significant.

more than 2 years ago
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What is Your position on Climate Change?

bgspence A minor bit is due to man (695 comments)

Most climate change is seasonal. And, the seasons are caused by the tilt of the earth's axis which was there before man evolved.

Most year over year climate change is caused by man, but it will be a very long time before man's year over year effect is as large as the climate change from summer to winter to summer. That would be a very large change which will probably not occur within the lifetime of anyone alive today, much more like the change from spring to summer or autumn to winter. It is up to our children to experience man's climate change of winters to summers and summers to hell on earth.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers

bgspence This is awful (485 comments)

Please Please Please Adobe, Do No Kill Flash

Sure I hate it. It is the engine of all the blinking, spinning, annoying bits of noise on web pages everywhere. If you kill Flash, then these bubbly bits of crap will be implemented by the intrinsic features of every browser. I use ClickToFlash to keep these naughty bits of the web in their place. How will I suppress the noise?

Please continue to support Flash so I have an easy way of turning the crap off.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

bgspence Re:Are taxes theft? (694 comments)

I'd be for a 'Fair Tax' just so long as it only applied to money you didn't really earn.

Don't tax earned income (wages of the working poor & middle class), just tax unearned income (the rest of the fat ass freeloaders).

more than 2 years ago
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Earth Officially Home To 7 Billion Humans

bgspence Easy (473 comments)

WWIII

more than 2 years ago
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Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

bgspence Re:Just authors? (342 comments)

Or if your libertarian views are welling up, substitute everyone for anyone.

It's a game of musical chairs these days, and those few seats come pretty cheap.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

bgspence Just authors? (342 comments)

The days where anyone can make a living off their work is relic of the 20th century.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Lose $10 Per Kindle Fire

bgspence Nah, they could lose way more (181 comments)

I found a MIMO UM-720S Touch Screen USB Powered 7 Inch Swivel LCD Screen Mini Display for $174.99 rather than the $87 quoted in the investigative journalism research article.
http://www.amazon.com/MIMO-UM-720S-Screen-Powered-Display/dp/B002QFP4Z8

So if they get those then they will lose more like $98 per Kindle.

And, I could sell them enclosures for $113, not the $11 they quoted.

Then Amazon could lose $200 per Kindle. Now that's a really big scoop.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

bgspence It will be a huge productivity boost (2115 comments)

By increasing taxes on those high earners, who are the most productive people in our society, they will be forced to be even more productive to recoup the lost earnings. We will have a productivity boom that will blow away all past statistics. Maybe.

But then, look at how hard those 40% work who pay 'no' taxes (If you don't count sales tax, SS tax, and all the other junk taxes.) People who pay 'no' taxes pay a higher percentage of total tax on their earnings than America's largest corporations paying 'no' tax (at the highest corporate tax rate in the world.)

more than 2 years ago
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EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

bgspence The Reciprocal Law of Copyright Extension (536 comments)

When the length of EU copyrights increases by 40%, the respect for those copyrights drops by 40%

"The fences are down. It's a free concert, now." - A Woodstock attendee

about 3 years ago
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Only Idiots Don't Give Back To Free Software

bgspence Some you do and some you don't (326 comments)

Some changes make sense to contribute, and others don't.

Bug fixes and general improvements that you don't want to maintain need to be contributed. It's in your own, selfish best interest. You would be an idiot to try to maintain them forever.

Enhancements, extensions and additional layers which provide distinctive features to give you competitive advantage need to be architected so that they exist in your separately linked, proprietary code. You would have to be an idiot to give everything away, unless you are Stallman. But, maybe he is an idiot anyway.

about 3 years ago

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NedaNet needs your support

bgspence bgspence writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bgspence (155914) writes "Welcome to NedaNet http://www.catb.org/esr/nedanet/

This is the resource page for NedaNet, a network of hackers formed to support the democratic revolution in Iran. Our mission is to help the Iranian people by setting up networks of proxy severs, anonymizers, and any other approprite technologies that can enable them to communicate and organize — a network beyond the censorship or control of the Iranian regime.

NedaNet doesn't have leaders or a manifesto or even much in the way of organization. We're not affiliated with any nation or religion. We're just computer hackers and computer users from all over the planet doing what we can to help the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.

NedaNet does have contacts on the ground in Iran. We are actively and directly cooperating with the revolutionaries (though for obvious security reasons most of us don't know who the contacts are). By helping us, you can help them."

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