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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

bjohnson This is in step with the new fascist government (149 comments)

Now they can arrest people photographing anything the authorities don't want photographed. Welcome to the 21st century Fascist movement.

about a month ago
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Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

bjohnson Well duh! (77 comments)

The music industry has a long and sordid history of ripping off the artists...in the main there's nothing to negotiate because the music publishers own the republishing rights.

Book publishers, contract to publish the book, in one format.

(The same negotiations often have to take place for paperback rights as well, so it's not like this is something new, and is, in the main simple boilerplate contracting with the author, author's agent, or estate) The renegotiations are hard because the publishers are greedy.

Of course all of your basic /. 'intellectual property is theft' technomarxists who never had to make their living off their own intellectual property couldn't be arsed to comprehend this...while musicians can sometimes eke out a living playing live (when they still own their own music, that is), there's not a lot of call for authors to read their books in front of adoring crowds night after night...

about a month ago
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The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

bjohnson Re:Open source? (215 comments)

A truly random one-time pad longer than your cipher text is not crackable other than brute-force. Use a code along with the OTP and it's uncrackable (because the crackers won't recognize the plaintext when they do decipher it.) Of course you need to distribute copies of your codebook and OTP, which is why they developed ciphers in the first place...the only trick is to develop a code that parses to plain boring text. "Aunt Martha sends her love; she made a wonderful cherry pie for the church potluck last week, everyone was raving about it!"

about 4 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

bjohnson Re: I believe it (1010 comments)

Yes. because degenerate primitive theocracies have ALWAYS been very nice places to live.

about 4 months ago
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The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

bjohnson Re:Sure except... (210 comments)

You DO understand that if your phone is in the physical possession of the bad guy, they can do anything they want?

It's not like this can be done remotely with some crappily cloned Tetris game off the App Store, like some Android exploits we've seen....

about 4 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

bjohnson Re:Will it blend? (501 comments)

oooohhh an insult from the 90's...how clever!

about 4 months ago
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Is Ruby Dying?

bjohnson Re: Short answer: no (400 comments)

Slashdot Home for Old Farts

"Wait a minute, That scruffy beard, those suspenders, that smug expression.You're one of those condescending Unix users!"

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-06-24/

about 4 months ago
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Switzerland's Mega Tunnel Sets Record

bjohnson Re:Meanwhile in the U.S. (163 comments)

No, it's not very interesting because it simply isn't true. On the average government employees are better paid than the average american, but that's only because government jobs tend not to be minimum-wage McJobs.

When controlled by educational achievement, the exact opposite is true.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/09/public_employees_dont_make_mor.html

The average government employee with a bachelors degree makes 25% LESS than the average private industry employee with a bachelors degree.

more than 3 years ago
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World Cup Prediction Failures

bjohnson Re:Wait. (312 comments)

Well, actually the current state of the economy is proof enough that "these guys who spend their entire lives predicting financial markets" aren't god at predicting financial markets.

Who the hell would believe these guys could predict soccer?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet

bjohnson Re:Reactionary? (381 comments)

I like the 'court-ordered vigilantism', myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Jet Pack Runs For Hours On Water

bjohnson Re:are you crazy? (268 comments)

Nope, such devices have been made by EV hobbyists. There's a guy in CA http://www.mrsharkey.com/pusher.pdf who made a EV out of a VW Rabbit, then made a hybrid by lopping off the front end of another Rabbit, and attached it via a rigid towbar to the back of the EV, along with the necessary control electonics for changing gears, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Netbook Return Rates Much Higher For Linux Than Windows

bjohnson Re:Try a few of these free games... (663 comments)

I wish I had a cluebat right now.

"Those are all packages I found with a quick `aptitude search "~i~sGames"; that is, these are games that are packaged and trivially easy to install straight out of the box."

See that contrail waaaaaay up there at the edge of the atmosphere? That's the whole point flying right over your head...

more than 5 years ago

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