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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

calzones Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

posting to undo moderation. I aimed for funny but mistakenly released on overrated. ugh.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

calzones Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

You're a ridiculous, abject moron. Undeniably an ad-hominem, but since it's obviously true I'm ok with it =]

For the record, the ad-hominem in question was calling Marlin's integrity, intent, and legitimacy into question as your justification for calling his position and opinion unviable and of no value. Either you can't see that, hence you're a moron, or you can but you choose to argue and troll away regardless... hence you're a moron.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

calzones Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

Nice way to interpret his intent into something base can prop your ad hominem upon.

There's nothing wrong with establishing an argument that claims you work in a particular field and therefore are accustomed to making educated choices about stuff related to that field.

If someone calls themselves a chef or a foodie, it may not make them right when they say how long you should boil pasta, but it means their opinion about it IS based on care, thought, and knowledge about the subject at hand. If someone random says "boil spaghetti for 20 minutes" then you may be more apt to consider their opinion as out of hand than someone who presents "credentials".

If slashdot wasn't such a fucking non-stop pissing-contest people might not feel the need to present "papers please" when offering their thoughtful opinions about stuff.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

calzones Re:In addition... (214 comments)

From what I've read, you'd be wrong about that. Link your source or I have to call misinformation / FUD on that one.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's 2014 WWDC Keynote Will Be Streamed Live; Hopes For a Microconsole?

calzones Re:Apple TV? (147 comments)

bingo

about 6 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Let's not forget that's the hubris and presumptuousness that is required to assume that a video is worthless except for the copyrighted audio track within.
At the very least, Google's Content-ID system should split the revenue sharing 50-50 between the Content ID owner the owner of the video. Neither could exist without the other.

While a record company may claim that no one would watch the video were it not for the soundtrack (and this does happen a lot on YouTube, where people just upload a song and add a photo of the album cover or something), the reverse is just as often true: people watch a video for the video and in the process learn about a song, or are further exposed to it (and that's the point of radio, after all. the more you get exposed to a song the more likely you are to end up wanting to buy it).

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

This. The Content-ID thing. A travesty.

At the very least there should be an accountable human behind any DMCA takedown request (which even then would be terribly flawed for all the other arguments pointed out by others).

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Yeah, that was unclear... I meant to say that Google fights authority for a lot of things, but not this, because in this case, they have a stake in not fighting it. So it's foolhardy to look at Google and think they are a champion for just causes, which is how they first looked to most people in the earlier days.

I didn't sign the contract. I was just doing a favor. The point of the post is to show how the principle of the system is flawed and stacked against the common person, which is what YouTube was originally all about.

Now it's all big content on there that drives the show. Common person content is only still allowed there as a way to make it seem like it's still the same youtube and maintain it's original attraction. Lies. As soon as any such content actually garners enough eyeballs on a regular basis, a bigger content company buys them out.

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

I honestly thought of doing something along those lines. But we're talking pennies barely worth small claims court here (going by what Google normally pays out for YT revenue sharing). And at the end of the day, such a suit might even end up dismissed with a simple "well, you should have read the fine print and not posted the video" or some such, because it's true, my company doesn't own the audio content, my friend does and he has a contract with the publishing company so I assume they would argue they are protecting his rights by adding his music to the database. Best case scenario we'd get some fraction of the revenue sharing, the publishing company gets another fraction and my friend gets nothing because it's not enough to undo the by operational costs.

Alas, I have too many other things to worry about and no good lawyer friends. Its not worth it so I just live with that chip on my shoulder but move on.

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Sorry, to clarify: our friend has even spoken with the publishing company. They say they have no control over it. Google just automatically flags content that includes songs that are in the database as being owned by different publishers. Short of paying to get lawyers involved, and everyone loses except the lawyers if that happens, there is no way to alter this automated madness!

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Google fights authority for lots of things. In this case, they happily worked on non-trivial content-tracking and content-scanning code and subsequently handed over the keys to the YouTube kingdom to the MAFIAA.

Why? Because Big Content is now also distributed on YouTube. Google gets a piece of that action. That wouldn't have happened if Google hadn't agreed to clamp down on even the most borderline and questionable copyright claims possible.

Here's an example: my company wrote, directed, filmed, and edited a music video for a lesser known artist who is a friend. We did it pro bono because he is a friend. We posted the video to YouTube and he started using it successfully to promote himself and get more appearances. He's not making any money, but he is increasing his exposure and the hope is someday it will help him get somewhere. In the meantime, the video is garnering views on YouTube and we had it set to monetize. Our aim was to offset our investment even in the most minor way possible. The medium sized publishing company that he used to distribute his track turns out is owned by a bigger publishing company. That bigger company claimed they owned the copyright on the video. Google happily revoked our right to monetize it and gave us the option to take it down or let the bigger company monetize it. There's no one you can actually talk to at Google to dispute these things and it's all automated and played according to rules designed solely to favor the big content companies that revenue share with Google for hosting their commercial YouTube channels.

Since the publishing company didn't enter into any contract with us to produce a video, we don't stand a chance to get any money. We can take down the video and thus hurt our friend, or we can demand he pay us, which also hurts him, or we can leave it there and the publishing company, which didn't spend a SINGLE DIME to either write, record or produce the track (they just distribute it, and their reward is a cut of the sales), and which didn't spend a SINGLE DIME to write, record, or produce the video... just gets to sit back and monetize the video. It's peanuts to them. Shit, it's peanuts to us and wouldn't undo the time and money we put into the video. BUT IT'S THE FUCKING PRINCIPLE!

All thanks to Google buying YouTube and then not only not fighting the fight it should have fought, but actually working intentionally to hand it all over to the bad guys.

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

server speed has increased immensely

I never noticed a problem before Google. Even if it were, video is cacheable and buffer-able and I'd prefer to wait if it's the condition for unencumbered content

they've moved to HD

I think this would have happened regardless. Possibly it would have been YouTube's revenue model... to upload or consume HD, you have to pay in some way.

they've removed time limits on videos

I think this would have been similar to the HD situation and would have happened regardless.

they've allowed live streaming of shows

Meh. I don't care much about live streaming. Regardless, the average Joe isn't doing this, it's mostly people with deeper pockets.

they've given away hundreds of millions of dollars through the partnership program they introduced (including many shows that are simply vlogs)

Revenue sharing is only right. You shouldn't credit Google for making money off the content and then sharing some of that revenue with the people that upload it. Because if they didn't, there would be torches and pitchforks headed toward Mountain View. What does suck, though, is their implementation. Upload original content that happens to have some copyrighted song in the background and you don't get a penny. Sorry, but that's just wrong, wrong, wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

calzones Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

YouTube was great until Google acquired them. Every "enhancement" and change they make drags it down further.

Of course, without Google, YouTube might not still be around otoh. But the point of YouTube was to decentralize video sharing and take it out of the hands of corporate media giants. Instead, the giants are increasing their stranglehold on YouTube and making it unfeasible for any old Joe to get a tiny kickback for content they upload, as well as crowding out all other competing content.

Meanwhile, Google mandates that people use YouTube with their real name and make it exceedingly difficult to manage multiple accounts.

Fuck em.

about 8 months ago
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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

calzones It's all fun and games until the NSA gets involved (264 comments)

Just wait, til the cops start uploading all their footage to a central server for the NSA to add to its collection so they can start cataloging every social interaction that cops see while on their beat. Someone who's face matches a potential subject of interest in a database will get flagged when they show up on the footage and the NSA will then start tracking them based on geolocation data in the footage.

about 8 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

calzones Re:Old people (459 comments)

seriously I wish I had mod points. OT, Troll?... who cares... it was a total gem.

about 9 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

calzones Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

It's not that it's justified, it's that there are only two realistic options. Kill or be killed. Either is unjustified. But you get a legal pass because it's better for you to prevail than him.

However, if you had the power and means to restrain the attacker without causing harm and delivering him to authorities for arrest, then THAT would be the correct option, not shooting him.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting an Uncooperative Website To Delete One's Account?

calzones Re:bit of a tricky question with forums (171 comments)

Many discussion forums I've been a part of allow deleting your own posts. Some even allow editing. That they don't give you a mechanism to blindly mass-delete posts wouldn't change your ownership rights over them.

For that matter, "ownership" rights may simply mean that you retain copyright over the posts. This doesn't mean you get to somehow magically make them all vanish on a whim -- no more than an author can go out and change or magically vanish copies of books already in other people's possession.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

calzones Re:You were (and still are) an idiot. (227 comments)

Inflammatory though this comment is, I actually have to agree.

Adobe Flex was a steaming pile of crap.

Here's a clue: DON'T pick solutions just because they make your life as a developer easier if it comes at the expense of the user.

about a year ago

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Can you catch mad cow disease from fish?

calzones calzones writes  |  more than 5 years ago

calzones (890942) writes "Three U.S. scientists who believe about it's possible to contract mad cow disease by eating farmed fish want the government to ban the common practice of feeding cow product/meal to fish.

From the article: 'We have not proven that it's possible for fish to transmit the disease to humans. Still, we believe that out of reasonable caution for public health, the practice of feeding rendered cows to fish should be prohibited....Fish do very well in the seas without eating cows.'

What if we just ban the practice of feeding dead/sick animals (or those unfit for human consumption) to ALL ANIMALS? It seems as if all these meat packing industry 'efficiency' practices are basically sick and perverted and lead to nothing but human misery and illness. Maybe using them as fertilizer or something would be ok."
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Steve Jobs had liver transplant in TN 2 mos ago

calzones calzones writes  |  more than 5 years ago

calzones (890942) writes ""Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago. ... William Hawkins, a doctor specializing in pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgery...said that the type of slow-growing pancreatic tumor Mr. Jobs had will commonly metastasize in another organ during a patient's lifetime, and that the organ is usually the liver. Getting a liver transplant to treat a metastasized neuroendocrine tumor is controversial because livers are scarce and the surgery's efficacy as a cure hasn't been proved, Dr. Hawkins added. He said that patients whose tumors have metastasized can live for as many as 10 years without any treatment so it is hard to determine how successful a transplant has been in curing the disease. ... Patients are ranked on a list using a complex algorithm that determines how critical the need is." TN was chosen because the median waitlist time is 48 days as opposed to 306 nationally."
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YouTube, etc, at work increases productivity

calzones calzones writes  |  more than 5 years ago

calzones (890942) writes "Finally confirming what slashdot readers already knew, 'The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not.'"
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calzones calzones writes  |  more than 7 years ago

calzones (890942) writes "The problem: I have three macs at home used by three different people. Though no machine _really_ belongs to a single person, each of us has what we all consider to be his or her "primary" machine. But sometimes, we'd like to use "someone else's" machine depending on the situation or software need. We'd like to avoid littering other people's accounts with our own files and browser bookmarks, passwords, and histories; and we'd like to avoid creating duplicate accounts on multiple machines and worrying about keeping them synced.

OS X Server supports remote home folders, but OS X Server requires:
  1. a dedicated machine to be the server (which if we made one of our primary machines into, would always be supporting everyone's load, and
  2. paying $500 for a lot more software than a small family network really needs.
The ideal solution: if OS X could transparently allow you to log into any machine on the same local network with your own username, and where OS X just finds your account on the network and loads it up onto the host machine you're using at the time.

Since that's not the case, the next best thing is to find a way for a geek to hack/configure his own network network to support this.

Digging around in NetInfo Manager, I discovered you can define the location for each user's home. You could set it to something like /Volumes/mountedshare. Theoretically, then all you'd need to do is make sure you have the usernames and user id and group id numbers consistent on all machines involved and you'd be good to go, right? — Wrong. The resulting login doesn't give you permissions on the remote directory. In searching possible alternatives, an O'Reilly article actually describes this... perhaps it used to work pre-Tiger but no longer?

But then, I found this article: Master Mac OS X Users and Groups by Making Your Mac Think It's a Server This article doesn't actually address the issue I'm trying to solve, but it offers a tantalizing lead to free OS X Server tools on a vanilla OS X installation and the part about making it "think it's a server" gave me hope. The Workgroup Manager application included with the tools comes tantalizingly close to working here. But still no dice.

From an error I encountered trying to get it working, it looks like in order for a remote home folder to work, the remote machine needs to advertise itself on the network as having home folders available for mounting.

I know I can't be the only one who has faced this situation, and it seems like it should be easy and already supported in some way. So I'm hoping the Slashdot community can help, maybe someone who has actually found a way to do this already can share their secrets."
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calzones calzones writes  |  about 8 years ago

calzones (890942) writes "Shane Cory, executive director of the national Libertarian Party... ...believes tech-savvy Americans are drawn to the Libertarian Party because of its principled support for individual rights, lower taxes, and fewer government regulations. "We take a look at the issues before us and try to find solutions to them, just like you'd troubleshoot a PHP script or HTML." http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6129672.html?part= rss&tag=6129672&subj=news"

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