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Glenn Beck Loses Dispute Over Parody Domain

edschurr Re:its fair turn around (1172 comments)

Specifically it's the Oct 29, 2009 show, clip 1. At about 3:30 into the clip they start the segment "FOR FOX SAKE!". At about 7:00 in they give an example of the commentator->reporter relation. I checked this at thecomedynetwork.ca, but I don't know where non-Canadians are supposed to watch it.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

edschurr Re:problems with complexity (1146 comments)

There is a video with physicist/programmer Brian Beckman talking about how it's harder to model a car than a plane in a video game. I'm not sure that's relevant here but you're comparing two different classes of vehicles. (It's an interesting video anyway.)

more than 4 years ago
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ICANN Approves Non-Latin ccTLDs

edschurr Re:Fragmentation. (284 comments)

How the hell are non-Chinese, for example, every going to figure out how to type a Chinese address?

Visit a dictionary site, lookup the words they need via Pinyin or English, and copy-paste into the URL field. Or, use a Chinese Javascript IME website. Or, write it down somewhere and type it directly via Punycode (probably possible). Or, find the site via Google based on a term they can remember (that's the only time I use "I'm Feeling Lucky", e.g. I search "ascii table" rather than remember if it's asciitable.com, asciitable.org, ascii-table.com, etc.).

People will figure out strategies to make use of these URLs.

The simplest one: write it down. It's not like the spelling of Hudong or Zhongguo is obvious when you have only heard it.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Could Have Saved Ontario Hundreds of Millions

edschurr Re:Could open source really do the job? (294 comments)

Who would have taken the politicians and IT management out for steak dinners... pretty power point presentations

There are lots of companies who sell open-source "solutions", like Red Hat, Canonical, and Novell. Why wouldn't they wine and dine?

more than 4 years ago
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MIT Axes the 500-Word Application Essay

edschurr Re:And why should they care? (441 comments)

So what good exactly is the "descriptive and alliterative treatment" vs. technical documentation? To me, the former is something I have to translate into the latter before I can read it. I can appreciate that someone might enjoy creative word choice, but is it anything more than a puzzle?

more than 4 years ago
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Software To Flatten a Photographed Book?

edschurr Re:ahhh - book scanning (172 comments)

A 6mm 12"x9.5" piece of regular (not anti-glare) glass costs less than $10 to get cut. However, I haven't figured out a good way yet to use the glass without damaging the book's spine (while also operating the entire contraption quickly). That's why I want to use "heavy" image manipulation myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

edschurr Re:Starcraft II LAN Petition (520 comments)

[P]irate battle.net servers will be created no matter what precautions you take. This is a point that has been proven time and time again by other companies seeking to use DRM.

And this is a fallacy made time and time again regarding DRM—that DRM needs to prevent absolutely all piracy ever to be useful for a company.

more than 4 years ago
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Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker

edschurr Re:Not clearly fair use (869 comments)

As has been noted by other posters, non-commercial political speech is essentially the most protected form of speech that there is.

Many/most of the posters don't seem to understand though that the point of parody being protected is not so a person can rip off any copyrighted work as long as they're making fun of something, but rather so a person can make fun of the copyrighted work itself. What you quote though—"the original work need not be the sole subject of the parody" and "reasonably could be perceived as commenting on the original or criticizing it, to some degree"—somewhat clarifies things for me.

more than 4 years ago
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Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker

edschurr Re:So.... (869 comments)

Neither Hitler nor Satan are copyrighted.

more than 4 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

edschurr Re:They wouldn't have arrested her (847 comments)

Or by following plain clothes cops going to meet undercover agents and informants.

more than 4 years ago
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Voting Machine Attacks Proven To Be Practical

edschurr Re:Not a Bug (225 comments)

Regarding the seals: can you mess with them using solvents and glues? Can you figure out the number, leave, create a matching seal and send somebody else in to break it? Can you paste a fake seal over the original to last long enough to add counterfeit votes before detection?

Reading the time limit: can you send in a team of fraudsters who, all together, get enough time to tamper with the machine? Can you distract the poll workers to buy time you or a buddy time?

I won't claim these aren't solvable, but I am interested in answers. (Didn't rtfa, urk.)

more than 4 years ago
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Google Previews New Search Infrastructure

edschurr Re:New algorithm = more relevant results (129 comments)

I also find the way Google drops terms annoying. The problem is that you can't simply add + (plusses) to all your search terms, because then Google won't search for near hits, like words with plurals and misspellings. You may not like that feature anyway, but personally I'm OK with that sort of doctoring of my search results.

more than 4 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

edschurr Re:Ball Point Pens Destroyed Cursive (921 comments)

People should get a roller-ball or gel ink pen. They're much, much nicer (smoother to write with) than ballpoint pens, and nearly as good as fountain pens. They're less messy than fountain pens in my experience. There is variation between brands with respect to ink drying time, water-fastness, and ease of writing. I've got some that dry in 2 seconds, others that dry in 20, etc. So buyers be warned: a single pen won't prove anything about the whole class.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years

edschurr Re:Why didn't this happen sooner? (408 comments)

I think they're BBTags. They're used in certain forums and they're similar to HTML but they're not HTML. The poster might just be familiar with them from spending time on another forum.

about 5 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Moves To Strike RIAA $1.92M Verdict

edschurr Re:Statutory Damages (392 comments)

With some time and some exponential growth those damages can be reached easily.

about 5 years ago
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CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis' Yellow Star Decree

edschurr Re:OT: Why can't I see subject lines? (567 comments)

Whoops, there's an error. The Slashdot filter removed an asterisk (used to match subdomains) from the @include in the ecode tag. To correct it this time I saved my post as "code". Hope this works:

// ==UserScript==
// @name           Fix invisible Slashdot titles
// @namespace      hjd73hd73hd
// @include        http://*slashdot.org/story/*
// ==/UserScript==

var s = document.createElement("style");
s.setAttribute("type", "text/css");
s.innerHTML='\
    .title, .title * {\
        background-color: #005151 !important;\
        //background-image: none !important;\
    }\
'; // End of source
document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(s);

more than 5 years ago
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CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis' Yellow Star Decree

edschurr Re:OT: Why can't I see subject lines? (567 comments)

You could try this Greasemonkey script.

// ==UserScript==
// @name Fix invisible Slashdot titles
// @namespace hjd73hd73hd
// @include http://slashdot.org/story/*
// ==/UserScript==

var s = document.createElement("style");
s.setAttribute("type", "text/css");
s.innerHTML='\
.title, .title * {\
background-color: #005151 !important;\
//background-image: none !important;\
}\
'; // End of source
document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(s);

more than 5 years ago
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How To Store Internal Hard Drives?

edschurr Re:Off site backup! (393 comments)

I have a hdd for software-managed backups in my computer, so I want my next backup to be off-site to guard against fire/burglary/earthquake. The most convenient place is actually my car. But the downsides/risks include vehicle acceleration, temperature changes, and humidity. Are these manageable, anyone?

more than 5 years ago
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Fraudsters Abusing Canada's Do-Not-Call List

edschurr Re:And here I thought I was imaging it (229 comments)

Yeah well, my telemarketing calls went from 6+ a week to zero. I used the DNC list and Micheal Geist's iOptOut.

more than 4 years ago

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