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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

djpretzel Legislation? Or a Constitutional Amendment? (308 comments)

Given that the Supreme Court has already weighed in twice on the constitutionality of campaign finance reform (money = speech, etc.), is traditional legislation even enough - at this point isn't an actual amendment necessary, to overcome existing rulings?

about 3 months ago
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Flies See the World In Slo-Mo, Say Researchers

djpretzel The rate is different, but is it also variable? (176 comments)

And if so, by how much? It's one thing to say that flies perceive time differently than we do, but I'm curious as to whether: 1. Among many flies, there is variance from fly to fly (both independent and dependent of relative size), and if so, what that variance is... 2. For a single fly, whether there is variance based on age, environment, time of day, etc. It's always seemed to me like those with an extraordinary talent at something, esp. an athletic or musical talent, are able to slow down time when performing this talent. I'd tend to say that perception of time should more and more be considered a sense, like sight, sound, taste, etc.

1 year,2 days
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Expense and Uncertainty Plague 'Fair Use' Defense

djpretzel Why license music and claim fair use for cover?? (190 comments)

http://ocremix.org/forums/showthread.php?p=790254#790254 "In my opinion, the album art was not particularly more or less transformative than the music on the album. If the intent was commercial sale, and the music was licensed to be above board, as mentioned, the album art probably should have been treated the same way, right? I'm not saying the photographer's not being a douche, or that the sums asked for weren't inappropriate, or anything of that regard, I'm just saying, if you look at the album as comprised of two elements - the music, and the cover - the first was licensed for commercial sale, and the second was not, so if you make a fair use argument for the cover... why not the music as well? If you acknowledge that the music needed to be licensed in the first place, and hence did NOT fall under fair use, it seems odd to make the opposite argument for the album art. That's my only real point, but I feel it's worth making, because it seems like music is often treated very differently (MORE scrutiny & copyright concern) than images. My favorite example that hits close to home is video game fan art vs. video game fan mixes. Peeps been submitting drawings of Mario, Zelda, etc. to EGM before the Internet took over, but the second mixes became a thing, everyone was VERY concerned w/ copyright issues. Again, no hate. We talk about fair use a lot here, it's relevant to us, and I'm pretty sure all of us read this article as a damn unfortunate thing happening to a good person. It's just... that doesn't make him right about the law, or fair use, and I just thought the inconsistency between the music being licensed and the image not was worth mentioning."

more than 3 years ago
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Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics

djpretzel Alright... (325 comments)

Now we need realtime implementation in ZSNES....

more than 3 years ago
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If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

djpretzel "App Store" = "Operating System"... not "Windows" (356 comments)

"Windows" makes sense as a trademark for an OPERATING SYSTEM because it is not particularly generic or obvious; yes, modern GUIs have "windows," and if they were trying to enforce that term outside the boundaries of OS names, it would be more problematic, but it's not the same as "App Store".

The functional trademark equivalent of "App Store" for an OS would be trademarking the phrase "Operating System".

Apple should lose.

I have a Macbook Pro, an iPod, an iPad, and 5 PCs.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Donates Windowbuilder, Codepro To Eclipse

djpretzel Score two for Eclipse (150 comments)

Ignoring the expected language-wars comments for a second, this is actually really cool. These were solid, expensive pieces of software that will now reach a wider audience. Netbeans (which I don't use much) was always better than Eclipse in at least this one way - visually building GUIs. It will be nice to see Eclipse achieve parity or exceed its primary free rival in this regard, finally.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

djpretzel Re:Middle Ground (335 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, but to continue your supposedly improved analogy, if I post a comment that is nothing but spam, filled with links to malware, illegal torrents, or whatever, it doesn't get deleted, and /. readers can still see it? I would have expected otherwise, based simply on the potential legal repercussions & CYA policies... that's really what we're talking about, here - violations of law, or at least terms of service...

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

djpretzel Re:Middle Ground (335 comments)

Hey, don't tell me, I know. But studies show people will basically answer "Yes" to anything, and there's no reason a BASIC level of scrutiny couldn't be applied to Android marketplace apps, especially those that do access account info, without going too far and blocking legitimate apps as Apple has. Actually, there is a reason, and I suppose it has to do with cost and trying to juxtaposition Android as the "open" alternative, but "open" doesn't have to mean "jam-packed with spam apps & sexy wallpaper crap that steals data if you're not careful"...

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

djpretzel Re:Middle Ground (335 comments)

Bad, knee-jerk analogy - removing this application from the marketplace isn't "punishing the few" - who on Earth would ever want it? Policies to prevent similar apps would only be beneficial, so long as they were *sanely* implemented, and specifically addressed security/deceptive practices, not profanity, obscenity, etc. A basic level of review for security and some very OPEN standards would be a good thing. Doesn't /. moderate its comments for a reason??

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

djpretzel Middle Ground (335 comments)

I think it's time to explore the happy medium between the "Big Brother" Apple vision and the "Wild West" that is the Android marketplace... this is the type of bad PR that can & should change some policies.

more than 4 years ago
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Sitting Down Too Long Is Bad Even If You Exercise

djpretzel Irrelevant! (376 comments)

Look, Ray Kurzweil promised me that in ten years we'll all just be brains in jars hooked up to virtual intarwebs of nanomachines, so this whole exercise thing is moot; the singularity is sedentary.

more than 3 years ago
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One Expert Pegs Yearly Cost of IT Failure At $6.2 Trillion

djpretzel In that case... (242 comments)

I'm gonna have to try that much harder in 2010... I know that, through my own personal hard work and dedication, I can get that figure down to $6,199,999,900,000...

more than 4 years ago
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Defining Useful Coding Practices?

djpretzel Best practices only go so far... (477 comments)

"Quality" can be both objective and subjective, and it seems this post is leaning towards the latter in terms of what it's getting at... while I believe in having formalized guidelines of some kind, I've found the best way to seek out and improve the elements that can't be easily quantified is through (drum roll) code reviews/walkthroughs. It seems like these are rare, at least where I'm at, and it's hard to get buy-in when you're talking about contractors charging by the hour, but in my opinion a single quality code review can save TONS of time down the road and is necessary for projects over a certain size. Also, read "The Pragmatic Programmer" and "Code Complete" for some of the best guidance on this topic.

more than 4 years ago
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OC ReMix Releases Final Fantasy 4 Tribute Album

djpretzel Re:Download/preview options, misc. (52 comments)

I love it; it feels far more powerful than language-specific solutions like Smarty, it's W3C, and it's procedural and can be used to flatten/infer hierarchies and do all sorts of neat stuff, once you get over the learning curve.

Yeah, if your only exposure with it was on a fed contract, I can see why it might not seem like the bee's knees, but imo it's very underappreciated in the OSS community and a far better technical solution.

I just wish XSLT 2.0 was more widely supported...

more than 5 years ago
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OC ReMix Releases Final Fantasy 4 Tribute Album

djpretzel Download/preview options, misc. (52 comments)

As an additional note, if you're reluctant for whatever reason to download, you can stream/preview at Last.fm and/or check out the theatrical trailer over on Youtube.

Our torrent tracker is indeed experiencing some load issues but we're working on getting the MP3s up in a single zip mediaupload/rapidshare fashion shortly, and individual MP3s are of course available at the site. The full torrent does include FLAC.

If running the site for almost ten years has told me one thing, it's that you can't please all the people all the time, but from a genre perspective at least this album features electronica, rock, orchestral, jazz, and much more. If Final Fantasy isn't your thing, please do check out the rest of our albums and individual mixes!

And, as a random side note, I administer/develop the site, it's LAMP, and I use Eclipse/PDT for all development and the Oxygen XML editor plugin for XSLT, which drives the frontend templating outside the wiki and forums. You know, just in case any one was wondering...

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Says IE Faster Than Chrome and Firefox

djpretzel There's at least one thing it does faster... (532 comments)

I *have* noticed that IE7 handles one very specific thing MUCH faster than Firefox - copying large amounts of tabular data. If I load up a table with ~5 columns and ~2000 rows, it takes FF3 much longer just to highlight all of those rows, and attempting to copy that data to the clipboard usually kills the browser entirely. IE7 just plains handles it, usually in a matter of seconds. Not a common use case at all, and don't ask me why I'm even trying to do this, but as an FF fan I'd prefer it do EVERYTHING better than IE, and here's one instance where it doesn't.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Documentation Declared Unfit For US Consumption

djpretzel In the land of the blind... (243 comments)

Scary thing is, I've always found their doc decent... relative to other companies. This judge needs to attempt to assemble some of the more ornate IKEA offerings - she'll have a new appreciation for MSDN/Technet...

more than 5 years ago

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OC ReMix Releases FREE Kickstarted Final Fantasy VI Album!

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  about a year ago

djpretzel (891427) writes "Sometimes DMCA notices DO have happy endings, and fans & corporations CAN reach an understanding; after our first kickstarter for a musical fan tribute to the (amazing!) music of Final Fantasy VI was closed at the request of Square Enix, many might have assumed that was the end of it. Instead, they worked with us to make sure that all our T's were crossed and I's dotted, and a second fundraiser was launched and successfully funded, well exceeding its goal. Now, many months later, we are proud to release the end result, our 40th FREE arrangement album, Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin !! MP3s available direct & lossless FLACs available via torrent — please enjoy the amazing music of Nobuo Uematsu, re-imagined by fans, including an arrangement performed by the Slovak National Orchestra (arranged by Chad Seiter) and a mind-blowing version of the opera scene done by Jake "virt" Kaufman in the style of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'!!"
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Indie Game Composers Honor Zelda's 25th Anniversar

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djpretzel writes "Indie game composers, including Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies), C418 (Minecraft) & SoulEye (VVVVVV) have partnered with video game music community OverClocked ReMix to honor the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda through an 18-track album, 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute , released today, for FREE, at http://zelda25.ocremix.org/."
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PayPal & The 9th Circle of Customer Service He

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djpretzel (891427) writes "Awhile ago PayPal classified our site, OverClocked ReMix, as a file-sharing service. I pointed out at the time that 1. all submissions were reviewed by staff and 2. technically, all websites are comprised of files at some level, which are being shared... but the shenanigans have continued. They've requested numerous policy documents — which can only be uploaded in JPG, BMP, or GIF via their website — and just recently requested a "guest account" so they can monitor content on our site. Since providing them with such an account would bypass their own acceptance of & agreement to OUR Terms of Service, I composed the following response. Are we being picked on for some reason, or is this now common? We have some ads but rely increasingly on donations to cover our hosting costs, and I have to think there are other sites out there in the same boat..."
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When Composers & Fans Meet: Deus Ex ReMix

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djpretzel (891427) writes "OverClocked ReMix (www.ocremix.org) has just posted its first collaboration between a game composer and a fan/remixer — Alexander Brandon (Unreal, Deus Ex, Tyrian) teamed up with artist/judge Big Giant Circles (Jimmy Hinson) for a ReMix of 'The Synapse (Hong Kong Streets)' from Deus Ex. The mix is freely available, along with an interview of Brandon that covers his long history in VGM, from the tracker/demoscene up to his latest work on Dust: An Elysian Tail."
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Street Fighter HD Remix Makes Soundtrack History

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djpretzel writes "OC ReMix just released for free download our official soundtrack to Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

While video game companies have worked with fans in the past, HD Remix is the first major video game with a completely fan-made soundtrack. More than twenty gamers from around the world contributed remixes of the original Street Fighter games' music for inclusion in the updated game, in styles including jazz, hip-hop, reggaeton, spaghetti western, garage rock, big beat and electronica.

MP3s and torrent (also incl. FLAC) are available at http://www.ocremix.org/hdremix/."

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Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  about 7 years ago

djpretzel writes "Today OverClocked ReMix released its ninth album, Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream. The album, made by fans for fans, honors the recent 10-year anniversary of the Square Enix PlayStation video game Final Fantasy VII with 45 arrangements of composer Nobuo Uematsu's original score. Available for free download at http://ff7.ocremix.org, Voices of the Lifestream is not affiliated with or endorsed by Square Enix. More than 40 artists from the OverClocked ReMix community contributed more than three hours of music to the album, with interpretations covering a variety of genres and styles from jazz to electronica to rock to symphonic."
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Music 4 Games Posts Review of FF7 Fan Album

djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  about 7 years ago

djpretzel writes "Today Music 4 Games, the premier resource for news and reviews about Video Game Music, posted an exclusive advance review of the upcoming OverClocked ReMix album, Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream. This review marks the first time a freely available, fan-made album of game arrangements has been evaluated alongside commercial video game soundtracks on the site. Reviewer Jayson Napolitano writes that it "doesn't get much better than this when it comes to arrangement albums," calling Voices of the Lifestream "one of the most impressive and encompassing listening experiences in the world of video game music." More information about the album, which will be released freely online this Friday, September 14th, can be found at http://ff7.ocremix.org. Hundreds of free game music arrangements and a thriving community of game music fans can be found at OverClocked ReMix's Web site, www.ocremix.org."
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djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

djpretzel writes "I run OverClocked ReMix, one of many game-related sites that maintains its own database of games/systems/publishers, etc. in order to facilitate searching (in this case for music) by these fields. While designing the database has been fun, it's always felt like reinventing the wheel a bit, since larger sites such as MobyGames have much more complete information and a larger infrastructure in place to ensure accuracy and consistent contributions. I've been trying to convince the administrators there to make portions of their database available under a Creative Commons license, to no avail. My argument was that they could maintain their business model by keeping much of the information private, but at least opening up game titles and corresponding primary keys for usage elsewhere on the Internet. My "grand idea" is that far more game sites could integrate with one another if there were some shared key that no one "owned" outright, but that one party maintained. How can maintainers of large databases be persuaded to open up parts of their IP to CC? Will there ever be truly open databases for games and movies that compare to what MusicBrainz is doing for music?"
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djpretzel djpretzel writes  |  about 8 years ago

djpretzel writes " Chipamp , released today, is a free bundle of existing plugins for Winamp that lets you play a variety of chiptune and tracker formats, including music from classic game consoles like the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, and Playstation. While the plugins included are available individually, Chipamp aims to make chiptunes more accessible by easing the installation process and creating file associations as well. It represents a conscious repackaging of existing open-source software for end users that are less technical and want things to "just work", and is part of an initiative by OverClocked ReMix to increase awareness & appreciation of chiptunes and game music. More info is available at http://chipamp.org/faq/."

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