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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

chefmonkey Re:This can not work with most video (142 comments)

Actually, I was terribly unimpressed, too, until they did something clever that overcomes this limitation. Watch the last few dozen seconds of the video, as they pull sound out of the video recorded by a normal, consumer DSLR: no high speed video needed!

about three weeks ago
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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

chefmonkey Re:One big PLUS (109 comments)

Unless you're Japanese:

Mozilla has ensured that unlike Google devices, non-US developers won’t be deprived of the devices. The phone will be shipped free of cost anywhere in the world except for Japan

This is all explained in plain language here: http://www.mozilla.jp/firefox/...

Can't read that? Then it's probably not your concern. The short version is that government certification is pending, and interested parties are being prompted to sign up for an email notification when the Japanese government finally signs off on the devices.

about 3 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

chefmonkey Re:If you are a programmer and have a Wikipedia pa (220 comments)

If you don't want Google to track you, Google provides tools you can use to ensure you're not tracked. In the process you'll have to give up some (not all, but some) use of Google's services, because the targeted advertising is the fee you pay for those services.

Ob "trading up privacy for services": http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id... ;-)

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

chefmonkey Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (361 comments)

Unfortunately you can't really assert that any of what you said is true. There are GPL projects that are equally, if not more, successful than equivalent projects under those licenses.

If his metric is "look what Microsoft has done," or even "look what several Fortune 100 companies have done" -- and that is, in fact, the metric he selected -- then I'm pretty confident I can.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

chefmonkey Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (361 comments)

That's utter revisionist claptrap.

Stallman's uncompromising stance is pretty evident in the GPL, which is a relatively minor player when compared against more permissive licenses (MIT, Apache, BSD, and -- relevant to the conversation at hand -- MPL). These licenses, by allowing in the "little bit of evil" that is represented by allowing their use in commercial contexts, have been significantly more successful than GPL and similar viral attempts.

You can try to hold him out as a cheerleader in this arena, but in terms of "meeting his philosophical demands," how much of the stuff that Microsoft has released is under viral licenses like GPL?

RMS lost this battle, and it's completely because he won't take compromise of any kind. If the only two options were "closed source or GPL," then the open source movement would have died decades ago. The more compromising stance of organizations of MIT, Berkeley, Apache, and Mozilla -- and the myriad software projects that followed their lead -- is what changed the landscape.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

chefmonkey Re:I don't like DRM either (361 comments)

But this is an open-source browser we're talking about. If we don't want DRM, we can make a build of it without the DRM piece.

Or, even better, when it asks you if you want to turn the DRM feature on, click "no." No compiler needed.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

chefmonkey Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (361 comments)

There is a lot to like about the Richard Stallmans of the world. They are clear about the what and the why, and they stick to their guns.

And that's why Gnu Hurd is a viable desktop alternative to Windows and OS X, and is so influential in what happens in operating systems at large.

Without the snark: if you have no measurable market share, you don't have any measurable market influence. If people can watch Netflix on Chrome, IE, and Safari, but not on Firefox, what do you think happens? How much impact can Mozilla have if Firefox becomes the Gnu Hurd of the browser world?

about 3 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:Talk about conflicted... (1746 comments)

You've triggered my "someone is wrong on the Internet" reaction again. You can play humpty-dumpty all you want, claiming words mean what you say they mean when you use them, but the term "public company" has a very specific meaning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

In any case, my point here -- the reason that it's important to keep in mind that Mozilla is *not* a public company -- is that the rampage against Mozilla wasn't an attempt to hurt some corporate profit machine to compel it to act. It was an intentionally-inflicted tragedy of the commons, designed to damage a public good because some people thought that the collateral damage of destroying a nonprofit was an acceptable trade-off for making this specific point.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This displeasure was large enough to have him removed from Mozilla.

The board and executives would have kept him on -- he was not forced out by the company. He left because certain members the public wanted to burn him at the stake, and didn't care about the collateral damage their campaign was doing to Mozilla. And he wasn't willing to hang around and let that damage continue.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:Talk about conflicted... (1746 comments)

I think Howard Stern was right, if you're planning on leading a public company....

Public? Really? What is Mozilla's ticker symbol?

No, Mozilla is the opposite of a public company.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

He and mozilla made a business decision.

The only decision that Mozilla made here was to accept his resignation, which is really kind of pro-forma when a CEO goes to the board and announces his intention to leave.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

To be clear, no one in a position of power other than Brendan decided that Brendan should step down and leave. This was Brendan's decision. The crucifixion of Brendan was done at the hands of the public, and he left to prevent further damage to the project. This has nothing to do with the operation of a private business, unless your position is that Mozilla should have continued to employ Brendan against his will.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

So your position is that the board should not have accepted Brendan's resignation? Spell out how you think that would work.

about 5 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

chefmonkey Re:I think one thing we've glossed over (824 comments)

At the risk of feeding what is probably a troll, I'll point out that you are confused about Mozilla's financial structure. Do some research.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Sure. Apple, Microsoft, me, you -- it's all the same: it makes no difference to Rockstar.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

No, but shooting you in the head won't stop the dog. Apple, Microsoft, et al. did bad things. But there's nothing you can do to them to stop the rampage.

about 10 months ago

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Woman Sues Apple for iPhone price Cuts

chefmonkey chefmonkey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chefmonkey (140671) writes "A woman has filed suit against Apple, Jobs, and AT&T over the iPhone price reduction. Her suit alleges that price discrimination between early and late adopters has hurt the resale value of her iPhone. Her list of grievances also includes the discontinuation of the 4GB model, the existence Apple's price protection program, and the fact that early adopters bought the phone before any hacks were available to untether it from AT&T."
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chefmonkey chefmonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chefmonkey (140671) writes "It's been pretty commonly said that unauthorized copying of music hurts the major record labels much more than it does independent bands and bands on smaller record labels. Apparently, this isn't always true. Earlier this year, Dependent Records closed its doors for good due to declining record sales. While Dependent was a small label, they've been in business for 25 years now — and the arguments they make linking unauthorized downloads to their demise are compelling. (For example, they point out that first-week sales of an album totaled half the number of unauthorized downloads of that album from a single Russian MP3 download site during that same week.) It's pretty obvious that big labels, like Sony, aren't going away any time soon — so, if unauthorized copying of music is demonstrably shutting down the small labels, what kind of music will we actually be left with when all the dust settles?"

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