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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

dsavi G+, Anyone? (237 comments)

I know this happened a while ago, but given the recent events about Google removing users from G+ that were using the service under a pseudonym, this feels really ironic.

more than 2 years ago
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Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"

dsavi Re:Satire is Free Speech (160 comments)

When he doesn't get permission, he generally releases it anyway, but for free. (Like "You're Pitiful")

more than 3 years ago
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Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay

dsavi Re:Bzzzt! Bullshit. (144 comments)

Not to mention Spotify. Spotify was absolutely huge in Finland- It was replacing TPB before they made the free version lame.

more than 3 years ago
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Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay

dsavi Re:Really? (144 comments)

Most of the regular services are available in Finland, with the exception of Pandora (However "regular" Pandora is, I don't know). Finland also has Spotify. Given Finland's stance on free speech (We top the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index along with a few other countries, last I checked), I doubt that this kind of censorship will go through. I know, press freedom isn't entirely related to this. But Finland is a lot more liberal about such things than, say, the US.

Pretty much everyone I know here in Finland had moved to Spotify from illegal downloading, until Spotify watered down the free version. Restoring Spotify to its previous state would be far, far more effective than blacklisting TPB.

more than 3 years ago
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Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

dsavi Re:Hide what? (294 comments)

There has already been controversy on the Blenderartist.org forums and on Blender mailing lists (IIRC). As Ton Roosendaal (Blender Foundation chairman) concludes in the press release Rebranding Blender, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant". It was probably with this in mind that someone submitted this /. story.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Support For WebM

dsavi Re:Misguided (333 comments)

WebM may be patented, but is it encumbered? Not if Google doesn't sue someone for using it.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Insider DRM Risks Monopoly Investigations

dsavi Re:Astounding Hypocrisy (217 comments)

To enhance that warm, fuzzy feeling you just got:

But why stop at just movies, could this technology bring a myriad of services to the PC?

(Also from the Intel blog post)

more than 3 years ago
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Smartphones For Text SSH Use Re-Revisited

dsavi Re:The N900. (359 comments)

Also agreed. I tried SSHing from a touchscreen keyboard and it took like 5 minutes just to get connected. I'm also very pleased with Nokia hardware keyboards in general. And then of course the n900 runs a Debian based distribution, can be overclocked to 900mhz, no jailbreaking and all the rest of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 2.6.37 Released

dsavi Re:Kernel locking (135 comments)

Actually I believe they will ship with 2.6.38.[1]

more than 3 years ago
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TIME Names Mark Zuckerberg Person of Year

dsavi Breaking news (317 comments)

Today Time Magazine announced the Person of the Year 2007.

more than 3 years ago
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Caffe Offers a Reindeer Menu For Christmas

dsavi Not all that remarkable (3 comments)

In the Nordic countries, reindeer isn't so uncommon, especially at touristy places.

more than 3 years ago
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The temperature where I am now is controlled by...

dsavi Re:NOT missing option (402 comments)

Give her her own thermostat, in a convenient place. Connect it to nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?

dsavi Well, hopefully (89 comments)

Hopefully this doesn't (directly) affect anyone reading this. As in, I hope you're not wasting your money.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Movie "Sintel" released for download

dsavi Re:Typo (2 comments)

Another mistake! "This is the third "Open Movie" from the Blender Foundation", not simply the third open movie.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Movie "Sintel" released for download

dsavi Typo (2 comments)

Sorry, typo. "Elephants Dream", not "Elephant's Dream". (No apostrophe)

more than 3 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

dsavi Re:We can dream. (409 comments)

Oink oink, flap flap.

more than 3 years ago
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Credit Cards That Think They Are Gadgets

dsavi Re:Something similar (239 comments)

I remember the way he input the code- A series of ten buttons on the front. I think it just didn't give you a code if you entered the PIN wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if it would lock itself up after X number of wrong tries.

more than 3 years ago
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Credit Cards That Think They Are Gadgets

dsavi Something similar (239 comments)

A major corporation that someone I know has worked for used to use what looked like a very thick credit card to log into what I believe was a VPN. You would input a PIN on the front, and it would display a code that would be valid for 30 seconds or so for logging into the VPN that it calculated itself, based on the current time and PIN. I think this card was made by RSA, now I think the same company uses a slightly different system.

more than 3 years ago

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imslp.org Taken Down Thanks to MPA

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "The International Music Score Library Project's website imslp.org (A library of public domain scores and recordings of classical music) has been taken down by GoDaddy per a DMCA takedown request from the Music Publisher's Association. According to the MPA, a score of Rachmanioff's Bells is under copyright in the US, while according to IMSLP it is most definitely not. A DMCA counter-notice has been issued to GoDaddy by IMSLP, unfortunately there is a ten-day waiting period before the domain can be restored. While the imslp.org domain is down, the music library can still be accessed at PetrucciLibrary.org. Anyone who is interested in helping with counter-suing the MPA can email imslproject at yahoo dot ca."
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Blender 2.5 declared stable

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.57. This is the first stable release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign and development work. We name this version "Stable" not only because it's mostly feature complete, but especially thanks to the 1000s of fixes and feature updates we did since the 2.5 beta versions were published. The next 2 months we will keep working on finishing a couple of left-over 2.5 targets and we expect to get feedback and bug reports from users to handle as well. If all goes well, the 2.58 version then can be the final release of the 2.5 series, with a massive amount of new projects to be added for an exciting cycle of 2.6x versions. Target is to release updates every 2 months this year.

Blender 2.5 features (Among many, many other things) a heavily redesigned UI, a Python 3.2 API that has access to every tool and almost all the data in the scene, and a new animation system with the motto "make anything animatable"."
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Nokia shuts down Ovi store and "Comes with Music"

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "

Nokia's oft-maligned unlimited music service looks set to be coming to an end after internal documents were leaked online. According to Esphoneblog, no more Ovi Music Unlimited (formerly known as Comes With Music) devices will be shipped, and after 16 January this year customers have not been able to renew their unlimited music license. The high price of the devices, as well as the music being hard to download and locked to a PC and phone, are some of the reasons touted for the low user base – had Nokia managed to bring DRM Comes With Music to everywhere, and not just China, then perhaps it would have been a different story.

To me, Nokia's "Comes with Music" service was like a predecessor to Spotify, which is what makes this so disappointing- I wouldn't be surprised if it was competition from Spotify itself that caused this change."
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Iron Sky crew members beat up by police

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "Crew members of the comedy film Iron Sky (Directed by Timo Vuorensola of Star Wreck fame) were subjected to police brutality on the last night of a shoot in Germany for no apparent reason. From their blog:

Long story short, we were spending the last night in Germany in a small bar after a sushi lunch, chatting about the last 1,5 months in Frankfurt and what to expect for the coming Australian shoot. I left the bar earlier that night, lucky me, since soon after I was gone, the police attacked the bar, dragged some of our crew members out, beat the s**t out of them and then left without an explanation.

...

We’re figuring out with a German lawyer the ways to proceed in order to get some justice – or at least some kind of an explanation – but given that the cops are most likely not going to admit they did anything wrong, and there was quite a heap of them, it might be quite hard.

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Open Movie "Sintel" released for download

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "A bit more than a year in the making, the open (Short) movie "Sintel" has been released by the Blender Foundation. This is the third "Open Movie", following "Elephant's Dream" (2006) and "Big Buck Bunny" (2008). All the graphics were created with open-source software, mostly in Blender, which was developed substantially in the process of making the film. The files used to create the film will be released later under a Creative Commons license.
Download here, please torrent."
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Anti-Copyright Advocacy as a kind of Holy War?

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "Everyone loves free stuff, and in the last ten years "free" has come to mean more than cheap handouts. So when sites like Napster broke through in 2000, they became tremendously popular- With relatively few questions as to the service's legality. Suddenly, someone realized it was "wrong"- Cue the era of good-versus-evil-style ridiculous propaganda, sometimes not only from the pro-copyright side. But ask yourself this: In 50 years, will you tell your (great?)grandchildren that "Back in my day, not only did we live with a 100mbit/s connection, but downloading movies was considered a crime!"? Or do you think that this could be an issue that only is related to the age we now live in, and die out with time? To me, it feels almost like a holy war- Neither side is really right, and both use dirty tactics and most of the time, do not approach the subject intelligently enough, rather jumping on the bandwagon of one or another. Don't get me wrong- Who doesn't love free stuff?- But both sides of any such perceived "debate" go over the top a lot of the time. Maybe what I'm really asking is, do you really believe that sharing copyrighted content is right, that there is no shame in downloading non-free media for personal purposes? Or, conversely, do you really think that consumers should pay so much for something that only costs the music store bandwidth and royalties to the artist, etcetera etcetera?"
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Disney releases 3D texture mapper source code

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dsavi (1540343) writes "Ptex, Walt Disney Animation Studio's cutting-edge 3D texture mapping library which was first used on nearly every surface in the 2008 animated feature Bolt, was released under the BSD license on Friday. Quoting the announcement on monophyl.com:

We expect to follow Ptex with other open source projects that we hope the community will find beneficial. We will soon be launching a new Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology page under http://disneyanimation.com/ . It will include links to our open source projects as will as a library of recent publications.

This looks good for open source 3D graphics."
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How to save a Facebook app worth saving?

dsavi dsavi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BlacHoel writes "Luingo is a Facebook application for learning languages, mostly vocabulary. The application tests the user's vocabulary in the selected study language using audio recorded by native speakers (Or at least people who claim they are) to prepare them for the daily tests, and the tests themselves are multiple choice based, with the audio of each word/choice played back to hopefully make the user remember the correct answer. Right now anyway, the application is free. I'd like to get to the point though: The application is dyeing, and I think it's a shame to see so much work and code go to nothing like that. The application has some real graphic design issues and has the appeal of the average accountant's conference compared to a good deal of popular Facebook applications, but unlike those applications (Just think of those insanely popular apps like "Fancheck", an app that gained 5 million users in a single day) it has use and could even be a good alternative to relatively pricey solutions like Rosetta Stone, since the audio for the tests- And even the tests themselves- are crowdsourced, which reduces costs for the developers. Just new users isn't nearly enough to save it- with a few good ideas I think this app could really take off and help all kinds of serious or hobbyist language learners. What would you do to save it?"

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