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Stealing Laptops For Class Credit

daedae Re:Why stop? (138 comments)

My understanding was he meant casing in the sense of wanting to break in while he was gone, since to some extent once you give up physical security all bets are off.

more than 2 years ago
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Stealing Laptops For Class Credit

daedae Re:Looks like a familiar contest. (138 comments)

Two relevant anecdotes from when I was in college:

1) In an artificial life course we got to propose our own semester project. One guy wanted to write a worm, but the professor was afraid that his tenure would not be enough to protect his job if the worm got out of hand.

2) One faculty member that taught a computer security course used to make the offer that anybody who could successfully access his gradebook and change their grade could have the higher grade. He stopped doing this after students switched from trying to electronically break in to just casing his house.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian President Interested In Funding ReactOS

daedae Re:3... 2... 1... (186 comments)

That's a good question that I don't really have an answer for. I don't know know where the line is drawn for reverse engineering -- just dumping the entry points or actively inspecting the internals to figure out what it's doing. Or they could claim that they discovered an undocumented API when testing a random application that failed.

more than 3 years ago
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Russian President Interested In Funding ReactOS

daedae Re:3... 2... 1... (186 comments)

I don't know if angry ninjas were actively involved, but I remember a few years ago they basically froze development to do a code audit. Something about making sure they were able to prove there was nothing in the code base that had been reverse engineered and that all the code was either freshly written or had been copied from publicly-available sources. http://www.reactos.org/wiki/Audit

I had the same experience with ReactOS as several other posters... I installed it on a VM, saw all of the screenshots on the site of "look what we can run!" and tried to replicate some of those, and basically had one crash after another

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?

daedae Re:ROM Marketplace? (361 comments)

Ah, glad to see somebody beat me to saying this. One of my buddies in undergrad had the same "I don't want to pirate" mentality, but he wanted to play Super Metroid sometime in that period between a real SNES being readily available and the knockoffs you can buy for $30 being available. His solution, of course, was to get ZSNES and the ROM, but he also went out to a GameStop or something and bought a used copy of the cart.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Code With an Expired Patent?

daedae Rewriting doesn't help (139 comments)

A patent covers the method, not the implementation. If the patent is expired and the code is not covered under copyright, you can use it. If there are other patents that cover it that aren't expired, then you'd still be exposed to trolling.

(IANAL)

more than 3 years ago
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Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009

daedae Rally the troops! (295 comments)

I'm waiting for the email from Defective By Design demanding that we boycott emacs and/or send large amounts of some token object to Stallman.

more than 3 years ago
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US Wants Drivers To Test Wireless Auto Safety Tech

daedae Re:Bicycles (137 comments)

They've actually started posting signs around Charlottesville to alert both bicyclists and drivers when a cyclist can use the full lane.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Announces Video Calling With Skype

daedae Re:Let the Microsoft bashing... (102 comments)

Let the Microsoft bashing and the Facebook bashing continue for no good reason!

FTFY

FTFY. At least, in this case. I mean, sure, bash Facebook's privacy debacles, and bash Microsoft's patent strong-arming, but there's no real reason to bash them in the context of this article.

And now I will get modded down for daring to disagree without posting as AC.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

daedae Re:deja vous, anyone? (226 comments)

This is covered a bit in TFA. They reference a case that does remote DVR storage and make the distinction that having one copy that you send to multiple people becomes a broadcast, whereas keeping an individual copy for each person that uploads it is actually streaming the individual their own copy. So essentially, for your work case, you would have to have an individual disc, file, whatever medium stored the content you were streaming, and make sure that you were demonstrably sending a different copy of the same bits to different members. (This article What Colour are your bits seems relevant.) The implication appears to be that Google and Amazon will not be able to use any sort of duplication-based compression to save space when multiple people upload the same track, if they don't want to run afoul of broadcast licensing restrictions.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Blocks Google+ App, Google Removes Twitter From Real Time Search

daedae Re:How Microsoft of Them (250 comments)

That's what happened for me with Wave. Eventually I got my wife on it and we used it to plan some travel, but none of my other friends really used it. (Of course, the bigger problem with Wave was nobody really knew what to use it for, even once it opened and they had people to use it with.)

Plus has worked out much better for my social network, though: one of my friends got an invite and the majority of our network got added in the ~12 hour period that invites were open. One of our friends remarked that we're clearly not the norm and that while most of her computer science grad student friends had gotten full networks, all of her non-computer science friends on Plus basically only had her in their circles.

more than 3 years ago
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30 Creative 404 Error Pages

daedae An unused 404 (166 comments)

I'd originally created this to use as a 404 page on my website, but I never actually implemented it as such.

more than 2 years ago
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New Process Allows Fuel Cells To Run On Coal

daedae Herring (125 comments)

I see what you did there.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

daedae Re:Not a complete solution (688 comments)

I'd never even heard of it until there was announcement that Virginia was criminalizing it.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

daedae Not a complete solution (688 comments)

I guess it depends on what the states do, then. Removing it from federal schedules just pushes down to the states. Some states will probably legalize it, but some states that were relying on the federal categorization will probably locally criminalize it. (This is based on the fact that salvia is currently not listed on any federal schedule but has been individually criminalized in several states.)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

daedae Re:Sure it can (758 comments)

There was some other post in this thread about ripping jitter, but I can't really say anything about that. But what does whether the intermediate wav matches have to with anything? Even if every copy of a CD ripped to the same wav before encoding to MP3, there's no way to reverse from the MP3 to the wav to somehow get the "original" MD5 to check the match. Unless the MP3 for some reason already stores an MD5 of its "parent" wav.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

daedae Re:Blaming others for your mess (758 comments)

Interesting. I'd used mp3.com a lot back then, but always to listen to independent music. (Also, it's a nice reminder that "cloud" music services/music lockers have existed for a long time).

But the way that summary reads, the court decision was that mp3.com was outside of fair use and was infringing for making available. ("However, it was MP3.com doing the copying from the CDs onto their servers, and the court found this copying not a fair use.") It doesn't really say anything about whether a user listening to or downloading a track that they own would be an unauthorized copy.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

daedae Scene tags (758 comments)

Depending on the (original) source of your pirated tunes, and how particular you are about your file naming scheme, you could probably just do a find on files named with common scene release groups. If your files didn't come straight from scene releases, or if you renamed them to fit your regular naming scheme, I think most groups also put their name in the ID3 tags.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

daedae Re:Sure it can (758 comments)

Through an Md5 database hosted on the RIAA website or funded by the RIAA. Every legal file could be known. And then every illegal file would be among those not in the official database.

Won't work. From an article about whether iCloud's match could be used as a honeypot, that I thought was posted on /. a few days ago:

Then there will be MP3s that individuals created themselves from, for example, ârippingâ(TM) their CD collections. While these are not watermarked to the individual, they appear to be unique for each âripâ(TM). To confirm this, I ran a test with fresh installations of the exact same CD ripping software on two different computers. I then had them rip the same track from the exact same CD using the unchanged system default settings on both computers. The MD5 hashes did not match.

( http://betweenthenumbers.net/2011/06/is-apples-icloud-music-match-a-possible-honeypot/ )

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

daedae Re:Blaming others for your mess (758 comments)

I don't think that idea has actually been tested. It's not entirely clear what constitutes an "unauthorized copy." We can throw away the ridiculous old RIAA argument that ripping from your own CD is unauthorized and not fair use. But is it an authorized copy to copy somebody else's fair-use rip because it's easier than making your own rip? And can you prove that you owned the CD before you made that copy? I think at that point you get into the highly-paid lawyer version of "he said, she said."

more than 3 years ago

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Spotify US rumored to launch this week

daedae daedae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

daedae writes "Music website Metalsucks claims to have confirmed that Spotify has reached an agreement with Warner Bros., the last major label holding out, allowing the service to launch in the US."
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Movie industry files injunction against UK ISP

daedae daedae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

daedae writes "A group of US movie studios, under the name Motion Picture Association, have filed suit in the UK against BT, Britain's largest ISP. The studios are asking for an injunction which would force BT to block access to Newzbin, on the grounds of massive losses to Usenet piracy."
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Facebook patents the news feed

daedae daedae writes  |  more than 4 years ago

daedae (1089329) writes "It seems Facebook has been granted a patent for the news feed, as a method of monitoring activities, storing them in a database, and displaying an appropriate set of activities to an appropriate set of users."
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