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Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?

commodore64_love Yeah but I miss the Demos (213 comments)

By "demos" I mean the programs you would download and run for no other purpose than to see how far your computer could be pushed in the sound & graphics department. It was a fun time (80s and early 90s). Like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5kuYfTCGLg

That's what hackers used to create, in addition to cracking disks and sharing illegal music. Today's hackers rarely create this unique piece of art.

more than 3 years ago
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World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer

commodore64_love CNN made it sound horrible (354 comments)

Even though this is a non-issue (not conclusive by the study's authors), the folks over at CNN talked about the cellphone risk as if it was Certain to cause harm. They left me with the impression that cellphones are irradiating my hip, and they are a definite carcinogen. The one guy even compared cellphone to cigarettes ("People say they can't live without cigarettes either, but they should give up both those and cellphones if they are dangerous."). They even had people texting to say, 'No I won't use my cellphone anymore. I'm getting a landline.' or 'I'm using speakerphone from now on. I don't want to hold it against my head.'

Piss-poor reporting (aka fear-mongering). I wonder how MSNBC and FOX News are covering it.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Music Industry Copyright Class Action Settled

commodore64_love RIPPED OFF (99 comments)

50 million is a ripoff compared to the billions owed in backpay. That's equivalent to your boss saying, "I'll pay your $50 an hour," waiting years for your paycheck, and then he hands you a measly $5 an hour and says "Oops sorry." I would not have accepted it.

Worse - Since there are lawyers involved, the 50 million will probably shrink to 20 million that has to be distributed amongst the ~1 million singers owed money.

And these nonpaying a-holes in RIAA screw the singers, but they have the nerve to demand WE the customers pay for every single song we make a copy of - $1 if we download it, $1 if we burn it to a CD-R, $1 if we duplicate it across a 2nd PC, and so on.

GRRRR.

(I am a little bitter. Can you tell?)

more than 3 years ago
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Seismologists Tried For Manslaughter For Not Predicting Earthquake

commodore64_love Lesson Learned: I don't know (154 comments)

Better to CYA and say, "I don't know if ____ will happen," then to guess and say, "Oh you're safe. Don't worry." The latter will come back to bite you if you're later proved wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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US Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act

commodore64_love Guilty without trial (338 comments)

The sites merely have to be ACCUSED of being copyright infringers. Remember when Homeland Security yanked thousands of websites off the net, including several that were merely personal blogs or news sites?

This is no good. We have courts for a reason - to protect the citizenry from overzealous leaders assuming guilt and enacting punishment against innocent persons.

more than 3 years ago
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Tom's Hardware Benchmarks Inkjet Printer Paper

commodore64_love For quality just use a Laserprinter (160 comments)

The quality is basically perfect, and the laser printer is cheaper overall (the toner lasts 5000 pages, not a mere 100 like inkjet carts). I'll never go back to my old Commodore dot-matrix, or an inkjet like my brother got. It's worth it to get the Laser.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima To Become Nuclear Dump?

commodore64_love Re:Response to the voice of common sense... (255 comments)

>>>The casks are...a much safer storage option compared to leaving the spent fuel pellets in a swimming pool.

Yes true. I've heard that the explosion threw some of those pellets into the surrounding neighborhood, therefore getting them converted to stable "casks" is certainly better.

But the *safest* place would be somewhere not subject to earthquakes or drownings by tsunami. Like the Nevada or Sahara desert. That's where Japan should be storing its nuclear waste products for the next 1000 years.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Streaming Media Players a Passing Fad

commodore64_love Re:Yes, at this rate... (367 comments)

No.

More likely customers will start telling ISPs "fuck you" and refuse to pay the overage fees (i.e. $1 per gig over 150GB). Then the ISPs will move to metered billing, just like how water and electricity providers operate, in order to avoid pissing-off their base.

Then customers will eschew HD videos in favor of smaller-sized DVD and VHS-quality vids to cut their costs (like I do). It's a price battle in the making.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Suffers Yet More Security Breaches

commodore64_love RUN Away! (288 comments)

Clearly Sony is not a company you can trust with your credit card information. Hell you can't even trust a Sony Music CD (it will install crap on your computer without telling you).

I think Sony was decent when they were the newbie-on-the-block with the PS1, and also the PS2, but sometime around 2004 they turned into a clone of Microsoft. (Meanwhile MS actually improved.) Goodbye sony because PS2 will be the last of your equipment that I ever buy. You shot yourself in the foot, and are headed towards becoming the next Commodore or Atari (fell from #1 to bankruptcy).

more than 3 years ago
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EFF Co-founder Faces Copyright Heavyweights At EG8

commodore64_love Conroy vs. Sarkozy (151 comments)

FIGHT!

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called repeatedly for Internet regulation and more copyright protection.....

I really, really hate these guys. They are censoring our right to free expression of ideas, and hiding it behind copyright and child "protection".

Of course it's really all about control of the masses, in order to silent dissent. Last "great idea" I heard coming out of the US District of Chaos is that citizens will be required to get licenses to log on and speak their minds. Hopefully this idea dies immediately.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Rejects WebP Image Format, Google Adds It

commodore64_love Good (262 comments)

The world is confusing enough w/o having multiple formats to deal with. Imagine if, instead of DVD, we would have had another Betamax vs. VHS war. (Call it DVD vs. BetaDVD.) Nothing good comes out of these things, at least not for consumers.

And I don't see any benefit from a JPEG v. Webp war either. GIF, JPEG, and PNG works just fine for us casual web surfers.

I also found this part of the article informative:

Muizelaar's complaints about Google's WebP testing methodology are familiar because they echo some of the concerns that were raised early on by other WebP critics like x264 developer Jason Garret-Glaser. The gist of it is that Google [1] used peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) as its basis for quality comparisonsâ"a technical benchmark that experts say fails to account for how images are actually perceived. Another problem is that Google [2] recompressed existing JPEG images rather than starting with uncompressed source files..... WebP's lack of basic feature parity with JPEG in areas like metadata handling and ICC color profiles is identified by Muizelaar as another major problem with Google's format..... [Muizelaar says] the time that Google is putting into WebP would be better spent by improving JPEG encoders or contributing to existing next-generation image format efforts.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

commodore64_love No more sex in the Stacks (202 comments)

College just isn't the same anymore. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Defends App Makers Against Lodsys

commodore64_love Re:Tip of the Iceberg (108 comments)

>>>Weee! Free market at its finest!

A patent-based market, by definition, is not a "free" market. A free market would not have any patents/artificial government-created monopolies, and people would copy each other liberally without restriction. i.e. free

more than 3 years ago
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PlayStation Network Hack Will Cost Sony $170M

commodore64_love Re:Yeah, but they can make it up in volume (189 comments)

More likely LOSE volument. I discovered I don't really need PlayStation Network. I bet other users have also found more productive things they can do (reading, playing solo games, watching hulu.com) during this downtime too.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft: One In 14 Downloads Is Malicious

commodore64_love Re:"Malicious" (290 comments)

I sincerely hope you are trolling (bkspc)(bkspc)(bkspc) Joking.

I'm using IE-8 and I've never encountered this SmartScreenWhatever? I've seen it plenty of times on Firefox though, and think it's a good idea. Maybe these warnings would have stopped me from downloading FoxTab (PDF creation tool) and infecting my laptop. Lesson learned.

Of course if users ignore the warnings ("DANGER: Malicious site. Proceed? YES"), then it doesn't do much good. I suppose they deserve whatever they get. Sadly my brother is one of those and I spend a lot of time cleaning-up his computer, because he just clicks "yes" to everything. I don't think he even bothers to read the warning.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

commodore64_love First thing I do when I bootup (434 comments)

- open task manager
- goto processes
- kill any programs that I don't need (like Compaq Assistant, Adobe Launcher, etc)
- kill any services I don't need
- make explorer High priority

It frees RAM and makes the computer run faster (less hard drive swapping). Hopefully this internet "IP recorder" service is one of those things I kill off. Although now that I know how to do it permanently, I'll do that instead.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Dominates North American Internet

commodore64_love Why they are adding caps- Can't blame Torrent (301 comments)

This is good. It means they can no longer say, "Bittorrent is saturating our lines! We need Congress to ban these pirates." Now the blame is falling on LEGAL watching, and there's no way they can get Congress to ban legal usage of videos.

So instead they are implementing 150 GB caps. :-|

Bastards.

more than 3 years ago
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Powerline Networks Interfere With Spooks?

commodore64_love Not just radio amateurs (85 comments)

Powerline broadband also interferes with HD Radio, Digital TV, DAB, and TV Band internet devices.

It's possible it also interferes with cellphones and Wifi, but I'm not certain (the frequencies may be too high).

more than 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

commodore64_love I don't like two monitors (1002 comments)

It should be up to each individual person, but speaking for myself, I don't use the second monitor. It starts to hurt my neck when I have to keep moving back-and-forth (or worse: a window popsup and I don't know where it went). I'd rather overlay all the windows, and then use "tab switching" to bring forward different windows as needed.

In fact even as I type this, I'm only using half the screen available to me (the window is shrunk to 2/3rd vertical and 2/3rd horizontal). I like to have everything directly in front of my eyes.

IMHO.

more than 3 years ago
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Ultramobile PC To Make a Comeback?

commodore64_love Re:heh. says it is much heavier (140 comments)

Thought Atom was supposed to be a lowpower chip?

In any case I'd love to have a cellphone-sized Windows PC. I wouldn't run it at 1024x600 (too small) but maybe the older 640x200 standard that I grew-up with (larger icons/text).

more than 3 years ago

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Cryptome.org interviewed on wikileaks, Assange

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "John Young of Cryptome.org was interviewed on the radio about Wikileaks. In the interview he discusses his role in its founding, the goal of its members, plus the smear campaign against Julian Assange to justify "locking down" the internet to prevent future leaks, and why the government will ultimately fail in that goal."
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NBC's Syfy delaying online episodes 30 days

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "The Comcast/NBC-owned Syfy cable channel has decided to delay Online airing of new episodes. Most of its shows (including Haven, Ghost Hunters, Sanctuary) will not be legally available online for 30 days, in an attempt to get more people watching the show live on their Cable or Dish TV subscriptions. The response from Syfy VP Craig Engler: "How soon we post video is dependent on various agreements with producers, distributors, etc. We post as much as we can as soon as we can."

The explanation given by Hulu on their Stargate Universe page: "The first 3 episodes of the new season will be available the day after their original airdates. Subsequent episodes will become available 30 days after their original airdates.""

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Say Goodbye to Free Net TV

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "According to a just-released Associate Press article, recent actions by FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS suggest broadcasters believe they can make more money from cable TV providers if they hold back some programming online. That could mean new limits on online viewing are coming: Broadcasters might make fewer of their shows available to begin with, or delay when they become available — say, a month after an episode is broadcast — rather than the few hours it typically takes now. FOX Broadcast already postpones viewing of its new episodes by 8 days.

It would make it tougher for viewers to drop their cable TV subscriptions. Broadcasters can then demand more money from cable and satellite TV providers to carry their stations on the lineups. Meanwhile Time-Warner and Comcast are pursing a new model called "TV Everywhere" that would allow viewers to watch shows from TNT, TBS, Syfy online, but only if they entered the required password (available to cable subscribers only)."

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SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta released w/ faster Javascript

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "The latest build is now available. Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine (same as Firefox 4). Major new features from the previous SeaMonkey include: Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new troubleshooting tool, "about:memory" to monitor RAM usage, support for HTML5, and a rewrite of CSS to protect your history from website peeking.. On Mac OS X, plugins supporting Core Animation now draw faster.

Like the old Netscape Navigator from which Mozilla was forked, seaMonkey integrates all internet-related activities into a single program: Web, email, Usenet, chat, DOM inspector, javascript debugger, and editor."

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Wikileaks Reveals Illegal Black Ops by Italy

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  about 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "Officially the Italian government is engaged in a peace-keeping and rebuilding mission for Afghanistan. But recent documents released by Wikileaks show the Italian government is engaged in black operations, despite having told the public no such actions were taking place. Source: Russia Today video"
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US NTIA spent $35 million for Digital LPTV upgrade

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  about 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "The US Congress, through the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has spent 35 million dollars to assist low-power stations upgrade from Analog NTSC to Digital ATSC television. An additional 9 million dollars is still available for station managers and owners. Low Power, Clear Air, Translators, and same-channel boosters may obtain up to $20,000 grants to replace their analog gear with new digital-capable equipment, such as transmitting and receiving antennas, translators, and cables (complete list here: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/Eligible_Equipment_for_LPTV_Upgrade_Program.htm ).

There are around 7,000 of these analog stations still left in the country. Although the full-power transition happened back in June 2009, low power stations may continue broadcasting analog indefinitely. US neighbors Canada and Mexico will cease their analog operations on August 31, 2011 and 2015 respectively."

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SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha released w/ faster Javascript

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "The latest build of SeaMonkey (formerly Mozilla) is now available: 2.1 Alpha incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine that Firefox 4 uses. Major new features from the previous SeaMonkey include: Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new troubleshooting tool, "about:memory" to monitor RAM usage, support for HTML5, and a rewrite of CSS to protect your history from website peeking.. On Mac OS X, plugins supporting Core Animation now draw faster.

Like the old Netscape Navigator from which Mozilla was forked, seaMonkey integrates all internet-related activities into a single program: Web, email, Usenet, chat, DOM inspector, javascript debugger, and editor."

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SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha released w/ faster Javascript

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "The latest build of SeaMonkey (formerly Mozilla Suite) is now available: 2.1 Alpha incorporates the latest Gecko 2.0 rendering engine that Firefox 4 beta uses. New features from the previous SeaMonkey 2.0 include: MailNews return receipt notifications, the ability to save emails as individual files, Personas theming, Places bookmarking, a new manager for Addons, a new troubleshooting tool, support for HTML5 video and websockets, "about:memory" shows RAM usage of different subsections, and a rewrite of CSS to block websites from reading your history.

On Mac OS X, plugins supporting Core Animation now draw faster and more efficiently. Like the old Netscape Navigator from which Mozilla was forked, seaMonkey integrates all internet-related activities into a single program: Web, gopher, FTP, email, Usenet newsgroups, chat, DOM inspector, javascript debugger, and editor."

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DTV Transition - One Year Later

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "One year has passed since NTSC-analog television died (R.I.P. 6/12/09 — aged 68 years), and the new ATSC-digital television became standard. According to Retrovo, the transition had some successes and failures. Retailers saw this as an opportunity to sell new HDTVs and 46 million converter boxes, while cable providers advertised rates as low as $10/month. One-third of the converter boxes the US subsidized — approximately 600 million dollars worth — were never used by purchasers. Overall 51% of Americans felt the DTV transition was good, while 23% said it was not. 12% of respondents report that since the switch they have worse reception. Others received better reception, gaining 24-hour movie channels, Retro channels, foreign programming, and other new networks that had not existed under the old analog system.

For station owners in the UHF band the transition went flawlessly, however VHF station owners (channels 2-13) are still receiving complaints from viewers. In most instances the FCC has allowed VHF channels to increase their power levels 6-7 times higher than what they were just one year ago. In other cases VHF owners are experimenting with low-power repeaters to fill-in reception gaps.

However ATSC-DTV's existence may be shorter than expected. The US FCC is meeting to discuss ways to eliminate free over-the-air television completely, in order to make room for more cellphone frequencies : http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2010/06/articles/television/fcc-wastes-no-time-on-television-spectrum-reallocation/ (FCC Wastes No Time on Television Spectrum Reallocation)"

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P2P Injunctions - Lawyers Pretended to Be Police

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "In May of this year, anti-piracy group SGAE made a visit to Juan Colone of Spain, who was running two P2P trackers. They SGAE visitors included a lawyer, a computer expert and a clerk, purporting to be officers of the court and handing-over what appeared to be a warrant. They searched through Colone's house looking for evidence and computers, and then obtained an injunction from a Spanish court to take-down Colone's P2P trackers.

Today the court reversed its initial decision, allowing the trackers to be restored to operational order, and dismissing the collected hard drive evidence. “As I said in the hearing: how can it be that an interchange between a Polish and an Argentinian would be registered in [Colone's] hard disk if not even a single bit passes through my client’s website? I explained to the judge how P2P networks function and he was convinced that this evidence is impossible and useless, so he annulled the previous resolution held by the same court.” said defense lawyer Javier de la Cueva.

What is troubling is that the court initially allowed illegally-collected evidence to be the basis for seizing a private citizen's personal property. Where is due process?"

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GEOCITIES ends today

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "To commemorate the death of Geocities today, a number of websites have created "tributes" to the sitre. One of those is http://xkcd.com/606/ (XKCD) with a mockup of the typical 90s-era Geocities user page, including broken HTMl, a hyper-active background, and blinking text. GeoCities was born in 1995, before MySpace or Facebook, as a way for people to create their own connections on the web. Back then the average user owned a 14.4 or 28.8 kbit/s modem, which required rather simple web designs. Here are a few more tributes — http://www.geocities.com/videonovels/http://www.flashpointsocialmedia.com/Area51/Orion/geocities.htmlhttp://www.homestarrunner.com/sbsite/http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/28/a-geocities-tribute-by-techcrunch-readers/"
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Cable Companies aim to Block Online TV Viewing

commodore64_love commodore64_love writes  |  more than 5 years ago

commodore64_love (1445365) writes "A group of cable companies, including Comcast, Time-Warner and Cox, are colluding to eliminate online viewing of television shows. They are in negotiations with HBO, TNT, Discover, and a dozen other channels to remove videos from those respective websites, and cordon them into cable-owned centralized sites. If this happens, internet users will no longer enjoy free, ad-supported viewing of the Closer, Monk, Kyle XY, or other programs that air on these channels. The cable companies argue that they pay for the shows through subscriber fees (typically 25 to 95 cents per home, per channel), and therefore they should be able to control access online as well, and limit the programming to subscribers only.

Sam Schwartz of Comcast says the idea is not "some enormous new revenue opportunity" but a way to keep customers from leaving. Keith Cocozza or Time-Warner adds, "A TV-everywhere solution could give consumers more for their money while also helping to preserve the current business model that is generating and delivering popular branded shows viewers want." — LINK: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0209/598054.html"

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