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Com.com, a potential trademark or copyright typo-squatting threat?

ehrichweiss Re:CNET (3 comments)

It has nothing to do with CBS that I can tell. Most of the sites are porno, etc. that they've dug up.

1 year,19 days
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

ehrichweiss Re:They may be mocking the price but (369 comments)

Getting $1500 of income taken off your taxes is not remotely the same as the government giving you a $1500 refund, or you getting the product for free.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

ehrichweiss Olympus isn't too bad. (569 comments)

Olympus' "Four-thirds" system is supposed to be great for n00bs at giving better color toward the fringes of the image, though it gives more noise at higher ISO levels. I use the Evolt E-510 and it's pretty decent. There's a "micro-Four-thirds" system that's supposed to be better but I have zero experience with it.

about 3 years ago
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Theologian Attempts Censorship After Losing Public Debate

ehrichweiss Re:I propse... (943 comments)

Sorry to hijack the thread but Haught relented and the video has been posted!
http://vimeo.com/31505142

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering

ehrichweiss Re:Interoperability (207 comments)

"I love when people start out saying they're an ignorant AC."

I shouldn't have to follow the conversation if the quotes hadn't been edited by the AC(see what I did there? that's what happened to me only the original quote was significantly further up the page and I had no reason to think the AC I was replying to had actually made the corrections)

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering

ehrichweiss Re:Interoperability (207 comments)

Ahhh, I see what happened then. I thought he was giving a direct quote, pointing out the "errors" and then posting a snarky/incorrect comment. I stand corrected.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering

ehrichweiss Re:Interoperability (207 comments)

Wrong. Since the "u" is pronounced like "you" you use "A"...ala "a user" "a unified field theory". You use "An" in the case of the short sound e.g. "an umbrella" or "an understanding"

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

ehrichweiss Re:Touch-Tone with three fingers (393 comments)

I dial all my phones with my thumb since 1) I have the manual dexterity to do so and 2) they stopped making rotary dial phones years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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The iPhone's Role In Crippling T-Mobile

ehrichweiss Re:Apple Fans (325 comments)

Sold it back in 1999 and bought a few SGI workstations with the money when it became clear I couldn't afford to buy any more Amiga gear(people apparently think it's worth more than gold).. Someone gave me a fully working A500 a year ago but I haven't gotten a chance to tinker with it..no monitor, etc..

more than 3 years ago
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The iPhone's Role In Crippling T-Mobile

ehrichweiss Re:Apple Fans (325 comments)

No, they've been like this for a long, long time. About 18 years ago I got into 3D animation with the Amiga/VideoToaster(because Lightwave was still tied into the VT hardware back then) and was interested in talking with others in the field. Lo and behold one of the first people I meet is some little twerp telling me how Apple was going to rule the 3D world like it did desktop publishing...Lightwave was lame and never going to go anywhere and Strata3D was the best software there was. Less than a year later Babylon 5 came out and about a year after that I never heard anything about Strata except as some form of lame utility or something...but Lightwave is still going strong AFAIK. That's not entirely directly related to Apple but he was an Apple user and had the same fucking nasty attitude that we see today...

more than 3 years ago
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LHC Data Continues To Disagree With Supersymmetry

ehrichweiss Re:Higgs Boson == /dev/null (196 comments)

Possibly, but the idea didn't originate with Mead; it's been around long enough that they were considering it in the days of Einstein, even if they rejected it at the time. But there's more than
just Mead, myself, and some old fogies taking this line of thinking seriously...

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-10/fermilab-building-holometer-determine-if-universe-just-hologram

more than 3 years ago
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LHC Data Continues To Disagree With Supersymmetry

ehrichweiss Re:Higgs Boson == /dev/null (196 comments)

Carver Mead ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_Mead ) has been saying something similar for years....And I came up with a similar view a few years after he published his book on the subject, without having read his book or even previously hearing or thinking of anything about particles not existing; it just came to me...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave%E2%80%93particle_duality#Wave-only_view

more than 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

ehrichweiss Re:Don't they do this every couple of years? (403 comments)

Yes, you are WAY wrong, so wrong you either avoided or didn't even know to look for some things.

First of all, find me a free compiler that would work with Adobe's SDK from around Y2K. Go ahead, I'll wait. Remember, I said our budget didn't really have room for a lot of things and a compiler that would work with the SDK cost quite a bit back then. To add to your difficulty, you might note that since we were publishing, we were also using Apple primarily thereby it wasn't going to be cheap by any stretch of the imagination. So keep telling yourself how I didn't think of any of this and how I'm blinded by the fact that I was able to do something for free that would have cost the paper a few thousand dollars before we even got started if that makes you feel better about your purchases but rest assured that you're not as bright as you want to make everyone thing you are, Mr. Adobe shill.

more than 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

ehrichweiss Re:Don't they do this every couple of years? (403 comments)

You've just met one then. I've used GIMP since the 90's and I've worked professionally in print publishing since 2000. I used GIMP to accomplish effects that my PS peeps were utterly unable to accomplish because GIMP's open source nature allowed me to code my own plugins, which was nice since we had a limited budget for such things. One of our first uses was a photomosaic plugin(I think the code I modded for the SGI is still out there somewhere) for a front page of the paper.

Sure, it didn't do CYMK, etc. but we didn't even need the RGB->CMYK conversion done until 3 minutes before sending it off to the printer and Acrobat handled that for us automagically. I have PS laying around in case one of my clients gives me a file that requires it but I have used GIMP professionally a thousand times more than I have PS.

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

ehrichweiss Re:No (139 comments)

Did you know there was a ruling this year that actually said that NOT looking made one liable for triple damages? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'm still searching for the article that mentioned this but IIRC this happened in May so it's not widespread as of yet...

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Kids To Fund Online Gaming

ehrichweiss Re:Industrious (223 comments)

You have now piqued my interest. If this joke is real, I *must* know it..:)

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME and KDE Devs Wrangle Over 'System Settings' Name

ehrichweiss Re:This is ridiculous! (289 comments)

I hear people complain about 3.0 so much that I think that there needs to be a fork for 2.0, if for no other reason than to keep it mostly 3.0 compatible without killing all that is nice about 2.0.

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME and KDE Devs Wrangle Over 'System Settings' Name

ehrichweiss Re:This is ridiculous! (289 comments)

How are you handling your triple monitor setup? Is it 3 monitors on a single card or do you have multiple cards? I have a friend who was killing himself to get his 2 cards to display on 4 monitors like he had been on Fedora 14 but apparently some things changed, for him at least, and now Fedora 15/Gnome3 will only let him use 1 card.

more than 3 years ago

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Com.com, a potential trademark or copyright typo-squatting threat?

ehrichweiss ehrichweiss writes  |  1 year,20 days

ehrichweiss (706417) writes "Today I stumbled upon com.com by mistake. It looked like someone mistakenly entered it twice but being curious, I had to click and what I found was a site that copies domain names as if they were subdomains but they don't seem to contain any actual content. Searching Google for "site:com.com" returned sites like cbsnews.com.com, menshealth.com.com, etc. apparently to collect ad revenue. Figuring that this couldn't be legal I clicked on their legal link and it appears that they're well aware of the threat they pose with all the references they give to trademark. If they added content, especially if it's original, then this site would be significantly more dangerous in the typo-squatting arena. The biggest question raised by myself is, why didn't ICANN, etc. secure this and similar domains that could be used like this?"
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Tool cracks SSL cookies in just ten minutes

ehrichweiss ehrichweiss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ehrichweiss (706417) writes "Researchers in Buenos Aires are to release a tool called B.E.A.S.T(Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS) that can crack SSL cookies in about 10 minutes.

From the article: "On Friday, 23 September, at the Ekoparty security conference in Buenos Aires, researchers Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong are planning to present a tool known as BEAST (Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS). The tool allows an attacker on the same network to intercept and decrypt SSL cookies by performing a 'blockwise-adaptive chosen-plaintext' attack on encrypted packets.... According to comments made by Rizzo to The Register, BEAST is now able to crack an encrypted PayPal cookie in less than ten minutes.""

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Sound as the new illegal narcotic?

ehrichweiss ehrichweiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ehrichweiss (706417) writes "News 9 in Oklahoma City has a nonsense story about how the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning parents and teachers of a new threat to our children: sounds. Apparently kids are now discovering binaural beats and using them to get "physiological effects". The report goes on with everyone suggesting that they will act as a gateway to drug usage and even has one student claiming there are "demons" involved. Anyone who has used one of those light/sound machines knows all about the effects that these sounds will give and to state that they will lead kids to do drugs is nonsense at best. It seems the trend in scaring the citizens with a made-up problem has gone to the next level. As someone who has been experimenting with binaural beats for meditation and even to improve study/learning for almost 20 years, I find it surprising the Bureau of Narcotics, teachers, principals, parents and reporters couldn't do a little research to discover exactly how long these things have been around and how harmless they really are."
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ACTA were NOT secret from the beginning?

ehrichweiss ehrichweiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ehrichweiss (706417) writes "In a discussion I have had an older gentleman claim that the ACTA drafts were entirely public since 2006 despite the fact that everything I can find on the subject says the exact opposite. He also claimed that ACTA had been "on the board" since 1998 but "under a different name. Of course I suspect he's trolling because he answers requests for citations with "you can just look it up yourself", and he's already told me that he's pro-ACTA. Can anyone provide any insight to the history of ACTA? I have done 3 days of searching and can't find much on the history that goes before 2007 so I'm either missing something simple, or the guy is an outright liar."
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ehrichweiss ehrichweiss writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ehrichweiss writes "Plan gains to publicly identify accused

Ohio panel backs registry proposal

BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU

COLUMBUS — An Ohio legislative panel yesterday rubber-stamped an unprecedented process that would allow sex offenders to be publicly identified and tracked even if they've never been charged with a crime.

No one in attendance voiced opposition to rules submitted by Attorney General Jim Petro's office to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, consisting of members of the Ohio House and Senate.

The committee's decision not to interfere with the rules puts Ohio in a position to become the first state to test a "civil registry."

The concept was offered by Roman Catholic bishops as an alternative to opening a one-time window for the filing of civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse that occurred as long as 35 years ago.

A recently enacted law allows county prosecutors, the state attorney general, or, as a last resort, alleged victims to ask judges to civilly declare someone to be a sex offender even when there has been no criminal verdict or successful lawsuit.

More "WTF are they thinking!?!" here: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?A ID=/20060829/NEWS24/608290360/-1/NEWS

[One has to wonder how many people would now be for publicly posting lists of sex offenders especially with so much misguided vigilante justice going on]"

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