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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

headkase Not Invented Here (226 comments)

I think the main issue Canonical has with Wayland and X is that they are Not Invented Here. Canonical has their own priorities and regardless of the technical merits vs. Wayland and others Canonical wants to be in control of the display server so they can lead it to their interests and not have to convince other parties to go their way.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

headkase Golden Age (363 comments)

A direct effect if copyright was reformed to reasonable terms would very likely be a golden age for our culture. All of a sudden those pent up reserves of story craft would be unleashed in a myriad of creative expression and experience. Movies, Music, Books, Interactive Entertainment, everything that copyright currently hoards. New ventures into existing universes is one thing but the ad-hoc communities that would form around the freed works would also spur a renaissance in our culture. Old computer games could be packaged up in whatever emulation needed to make them operate on modern machines, freely distributed. Legitimate torrent sites could specialize in genres and not only host the information but also a chorus of discussion that would not have existed when the works were locked away. If our culture was a tapestry then releasing the flood would weave into it vibrant colour and pattern that is currently dulled and frayed. The only reason this is all prevented right now is regulatory capture by vested interests who choose to keep their penny rather than let a dollar fall into a collective grasp.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

headkase Copyright has no clothes. (363 comments)

The old saying "The Emperor has no clothes" applies here. Copyright law is a distorted abomination. The terms of copyright are outrageous, a work created today will not enter the public domain in my lifetime because the length of protection is so corrupted. Since I will die before Alien (1979) enters the public domain then that means copyright is effectively unlimited. "Expiry" is a lie. Sane copyright law would see works enter the public domain after a reasonable amount of time such as 14 (original term) to 20 years (what would be acceptable). Not only would those works then be able to be freely shared but also new works, with new sane protection terms, would be able to be created in those universes. A new Alien movie which does not need the blessing of the old creators. 20 years is long enough, long enough for Terminator 2 to now be public domain and Skynet to be a free literary construct. When it comes to copyright laws another saying applies "unjust laws serve to bring all laws into contempt." A primer on the subject can be found here as a freely downloadable PDF: The Public Domain.

about 3 months ago
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Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

headkase Hulu sucks. (91 comments)

Went to view the Hulu link and it tells me I'm not worthy because I'm not in the USA. That is just douche-baggery.

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

headkase Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

I never said either group was anything. I said the most qualified and motivated people get jobs in a perfect world. Affirmative action for its own sake, conversely, is discrimination against people who worked their butts off for a position and were passed over because they were the wrong gender or color.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

headkase Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

I thought that competitive business was supposed to hire the most qualified and motivated candidates? Seriously, get out there, carve out your own space, and get hired! "Diversity" is just a politically correct buzzword and is not guaranteed to lead to an agile workforce..

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

headkase Don't waste money. (635 comments)

No matter how much DRM you put on it it will always be removed. The best thing to do is concentrate on adding value for paying customers. Do an on-launch check against the serial number over the Internet. If no Internet is available up to X number of times then launch without it. This is similar to what DOOM 3 by id Software does. If the same serial number is showing up too often then ban it. Basically: you're a niche - put a little DRM on it, enough so that a normal user wouldn't notice it at all ideally but at the same time that just enough that it would need to be cracked for every version for illegitimate users.

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

headkase Patronage. (112 comments)

Kickstarter is the new patronage , seriously: what was old is new again. I'd like to be a "patron of the games" please!

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act

headkase Re:*Stomps foot* (268 comments)

You totally stole my comment! I'm getting you shut down!

ACTA is coming into force, SOPA/PIPA will be coming back, and the upcoming Trans Pacific Partnership means that if you even think of dressing up like a copyrighted character then you'll be censored off the 'net.

Here's coverage on the TPP from a Canadian perspective: here, here, and here.

The point is that Hollywood and content holders in general have all the strings in their hands right now and for the foreseeable future. Like ACTA the TPP is being negotiated in secrecy. Which, when you think about it makes it undemocratic just by it's procedure.

more than 2 years ago
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Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

headkase Re:Far Cry 3 (332 comments)

I exactly agree with you. I'm not a kid anymore, I do have a disposable income unlike when I was younger. I have, let's see, 155 ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY FIVE games installed in Steam right now. I don't use a personal credit card on Steam, or the Internet in general but that's another matter, so what I do is go to a local store and buy one of those "disposable" ones. You gotta use 'em all up as best you can. Believe me: I have ton's of Indie game that I haven't even touched. I have big name games I haven't touched! Like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty Black Ops, MW, MW2, and World at War, Cryostasis, Dead Island, Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale, Hard Reset, Medal of Honor (the new one), Red Faction: Guerrilla, STALKER: Call of Pripyat, Singularity - and all of those are just the big names, because I buy those disposable credit cards I'm always filling in the last $5-$10 with Indie games. That's the reason I'm up to 155 games.

So, it's well established that while I might want to play Far Cry 3 I, in fact, have plenty to play that I haven't touched in place of it. My backlog is so shameful that I keep telling myself I'm not allowed to buy any more games until I play what I have. Then I OCD buy more games anyway. Ironic, when I was a kid I had all the time to play games but no money to buy them, now I have too much money, apparently, and not enough time to keep up playing-wise with my buying rate.

more than 2 years ago
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Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

headkase Re:Far Cry 3 (332 comments)

It's not a case of "damage to be routed around": unless the unthinkable happens and Ubisoft does a 180 I'm not buying it in any way, shape, or manner - or going to pirate it either. I have plenty else to play and I don't want to have anything to do it until they smarten-up.

Put it another way: the extreme Ubisoft is taking makes me feel dirty by having anything to do with it so I won't.

more than 2 years ago
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Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

headkase Far Cry 3 (332 comments)

I really want to buy Far Cry 3. Chances are however I will not be. Because Ubisoft is no doubt going to put their "always on" DRM on it. This article is the exact reason that that is unacceptable to me. So, Ubisoft can go about all they want championing how they're "putting it to those evil pirates" (roll-eyes) but in the mean-time they are losing out on me, yes, the person who wants the game but isn't going to submit to their idiocy. So, I lose because: no executive with a testosterone problem is going to back-off and admit he has shit for brains. And the cycle continues.

And as Gabe Newell so succinctly put it: Piracy is a Service Problem. So what's Ubisoft doing? Creating more value in the pirated versions. Way to go guys, golf-clap.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

headkase Bend Over. (720 comments)

"Bend Over"

"No"

"By refusing to bend over that is probable cause for not bending over. Here's a warrant, bend over"

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish Supreme Court Refuses Appeal In Pirate Bay Case

headkase Hilarious, in a sad way. (175 comments)

Remember every time copyright industries thought they had finally shut down The Pirate Bay? Yeah, just popped up again. Them not serving time because they aren't in Sweden? Not a perfect analogy but close enough for me!

more than 2 years ago
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Science Panel Recommends Censoring Bird Flu Papers

headkase Oh Great. (126 comments)

Anyone who has half-a-background in virology would have had this stroke of inspiration by now. So what has been accomplished with this ban? Well, lot's of attention has now been brought on the matter to alert the quarter-brained ones.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

headkase Re:Science text books (741 comments)

You missed the part where a cop wrote it and being digital there is no way to ascertain any metrics on the information. It's not like the 1's and 0's had fingerprints on them or their ink matched a pen stuck up your butt.

more than 2 years ago
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Non-Copied Photo Is Ruled Copyright Infringement

headkase Re:Uh oh. Big Trouble (657 comments)

Damn you, you beat me to it!

more than 2 years ago
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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

headkase Re:Lobbying vs Bribery (596 comments)

Um, because in practice it's never a you, but rather: always a corporate mouthpiece? That's just the general practice however - there's a minute percentage that bucks the trend.

about 2 years ago

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ZDNet and UEFI Secure Boot FUD

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 3 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "There is an article countering the FSF's Secure Boot petition over on ZDNet. That article seems to paint Linux users with a broad brush. I don't think that many Linux users are against Secure Boot in itself. Rather we would just like it to be a mandatory part of the UEFI standard that you have the choice to turn it off.

Of course, if you don't wish to ever install Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or yes, any version of Linux, BSD, or Hackin'Tosh then this is not an issue for you. The question simply is: do you presume to actually own the computer you bought?"

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Wikileaks hit with subpoena for 637,000 users.

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 3 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "Wikileaks and Twitter were recently given a subpoena which seeks personal information and all interactions between the @wikileaks twitter account and all it's followers.

Warning, pdf, the full document is here: Salon.com with the relevant section being in Attachment A, Section B."

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The Terrorists are Winning

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 4 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "Ask Slashdot indeed. If you travel by plane then you have a vested interest in this story. The terrorists are winning. The purpose of terrorism is not to kill as many people as possible but rather to disrupt the systems of your enemy. In the United States terrorists have succeeded brilliantly. The main agency formed to combat terrorism, the TSA, is a reactionary organization. It does not operate by logic but rather operates by "theater". Its purpose is to say that "something is being done" is more important than actually doing something. The TSA is being manipulated by terrorists. Terrorists are succeeding is disrupting the lives and quality of life of millions of Americans daily. Jerks. This "Ask Slashdot" is to generate ideas and seed them into the wider Internet community so that the purposes of terrorism can be more effectively negated. Please contribute any suggestion, criticize and build on any others, and in general act like a Citizen instead of a sheep. Thank you."
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Debating Change

headkase headkase writes  |  about 5 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "Recently I conducted an experiment on slashdot. I started with an issue that has relevance to this community and I sought a community validation for a definitive truth on it. The experiment was to explore whether or not social networks could be used as vehicles of debate to collect, refine, and present opinion. I believe it was successful as I encountered someone who was able to present, and validate to me, a position that was the absolute pragmatic approach that should be taken for the issue in question. If you would like to jump straight to what I believe to be the authoritative answer then please see this: link. The debate in general was about the importance of the public domain, see the instigation of the discussion: here. Now that I have defined global issues in my mind I need mechanics who dwarf my abilities. I have outlined some basics of how to manage a forum that seeks truth through discussion but as an individual compared to the group it could be developed much better by an "us." If you would like to contribute to the mechanics of such a forum, please see a feature request on the Facebook developer forums: here. If you would like to discuss the values associated with it then please see this group: here.

Individually we are relatively intelligent. As a whole we are a juggernaut. Please contribute."
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Social Intelligence

headkase headkase writes  |  about 5 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "Instead of using machines for the intelligence could social networks be used as an artifact to store and organize intelligence for humans? Along the lines outlined here.

I place this firmly in the public domain. If your nation does not permit a public domain then I grant you an unlimited license to use this in any manner you see fit with or without attribution.

As we enter the Information Age I am outlining a method here for harnessing our plurality, creativity, values, and intelligence to manage the issues of the day that relate to public importance.

Social networks have risen in popularity in the last few years and while they are excellent methods to maintain contact with your friends and acquaintances they could be dramatically improved by adding an agenda driven, truth seeking through adversity, and hierarchical organization of discussion, where you drill down and bubble back up. Closing deeper levels of conversation with truth. You may also support your position by linking around to more comprehensive arguments.

While seeking truth, bias is permitted to cover areas of opinion but prejudice is forbidden as this covers areas of fact.

Anyone may start a agenda/topic/issue to be managed. Topics are tagged, You have your "watch" topics, when your interests appear you are notified and you have the opportunity to go there and be either a proponent, opponent, or authority.

When you contribute something new you have the option to link back to your agenda to support it.

Some mechanics could include: At the root in a social network, general categories exist for discussion. Moderators manage here but they are not permitted to be proponents or opponents, only authorities. These authorities also may place any other authority at any sub-branch in their domain. Every reply is a branch, and drilling down, moderators get to manage branches they are responsible for. Creating a branch makes you its primary moderator and gives you the ability to add or remove others with this status. Your record of truth contributes to your rating of authority in their respective tags. As truth is established it moves back up the hierarchy to support or detract from those parents. Various opinions are collected to be used for different ratings — from a vote up/down to categorizing a comment.

As an agent everyone may attach their own opinion of reputation to any branch and these may be collated and shown for everyone. Reputation may also apply to individuals, if someone abuses, lies, vandalizes, and is pointless they can be filtered out. Being linked to your account this would sort out the majority of abuse only leaving new users to contend with.

Comments may be subversive, inflammatory, misrepresentations, and outright lies. Most of this could be minimized using keyword filtering, approval, and moderation systems if desired.

This outline takes work to pull off in a traditional forum setting and some functions have no equivalents but if purpose-built into social networks the kludginess could be minimized while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness — it is a prototype after all.

Please respond to this post by understanding the issue, adding your own ideas, contributing to the strengths, and criticizing the weakness'."
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Organizing Chaos

headkase headkase writes  |  about 5 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "I place this firmly in the public domain. If your nation does not permit a public domain then I grant you an unlimited license to use this in any manner you see fit with or without attribution.

I have an agenda. I want to improve the lot of humanity as a whole.

As we enter the Information Age I am outlining a method here for harnessing our plurality, creativity, values, and intelligence to manage the issues of the day that relate to public importance.

Social networks have risen in popularity in the last few years and while they are excellent methods to maintain contact with your friends and acquaintances they could be dramatically improved by adding an agenda driven, truth seeking through adversary, and hierarchical organization, where you drill down and bubble back up. Closing deeper levels of conversation with truth. You may also support your position by linking around to more comprehensive arguments.

While seeking truth, bias is permitted to cover areas of opinion but prejudice is forbidden as this covers areas of fact.

Anyone may start a agenda/topic/issue to be managed. Topics are tagged, You have your "watch" topics, when your interests appear you are notified and you have the opportunity to go there and be either a proponent, opponent, or authority.

When you contribute something new you have the option to link back to your agenda to support it.

Some mechanics could include:
At the root in a social network, general categories exist for discussion. Moderators manage here but they are not permitted to be proponents or opponents, only authorities. These authorities also may place any other authority at any sub-branch in their domain. Every reply is a branch, and drilling down, moderators get to manage branches they are responsible for. Creating a branch makes you its primary moderator and gives you to ability to add or remove others with this status. Your record of truth contributes to your rating of authority in their respective tags.

As an agent everyone my attach their own opinion of reputation to any branch and these may be collated and shown for everyone.

As an example, and I apologize if I turn some of you completely off while I was establishing the topic, fending off the trolls, and getting other general formalities out of the way. Read this: branch of a thread. Be sure to adjust the display slider as successive comments are continuations of the previous. Jump straight to the chase: here . This outline takes work to pull off in a traditional forum setting but if purpose-built into social networks the kludginess could be minimized while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness — it is a prototype after all.

Now I do have an obligation to that thread. I didn't jerk people around, I have to spend some real time and effort there defining the finer points of why the public domain is important in an adversarial setting. I also have the commitment to do what I said and pay more attention to slashdot so that when those relevant stories appear I do go in an contribute something while linking back and rewarding the efforts of everyone who helped with the consensus. Its a social contract, I hope the social networks don't take too long to adapt to issue management.

Please respond for this post by understanding the issue, adding your own ideas, contributing to the strengths, and criticizing the weakness'."
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Copywrong

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "I'll tell you what I think and it is in the public domain for anyone to use. If your nation is too backwards to allow a public domain then I grant you an unlimited license to use in any manner you see fit with or without attribution.

I'm a privateer. I decided to become one recently. What sparked this decision is the fact that content industries are stealing from me. When copyright was first introduced it was for a period of fourteen years which allowed the creator time to make a profit off of their work even with primitive dissemination systems of the time. After that period it expired and entered the public domain where it would join other works in a rich mosaic for future works to draw from. This is dead. Over the years copyright terms have been extended to the point where there effectively is no public domain anymore. The content industry plays lip-service to the issue, they insist that there is a public domain but when every work is at least life of author plus seventy-five years or so there is in reality no public domain from my life's point of view. I will never see Alien (1979) enter the public domain. I will never see a new original movie based off that setting and characters. I will never see the iron grip of control loosened and in fact I'm sure content is planning more extensions to the terms. Government is complicit in this, politicians have accepted bribes, er.. campaign donations, in exchange for listening to these idiotic and greedy lobbies and passing the appropriate legislation right on cue like their training taught them. Even if magically there are no more extensions to copyright by the time current terms expire the works in question will be irrelevant. No one will be interested in them any more as their times have passed. This gutting of the copyright agreement between publishers and citizens has resulted in copyright not being copyright anymore: it is now a form of property and you will pay for every single last use. In response to this wholesale theft from me I have decided to liberate what I see fit. Go to hell content. I will take whatever I like as you are raping and pillaging through my cultural tapestry. The day I stop will be the day there is an actual agreement restored. I would be willing to settle for twenty years for a copyright term which is even more generous than the original fourteen. With a twenty year period I would also like to see as a punishment for twisting our heritage that only copyrights younger than ten years would be protected from the start. In another ten you'd be up to your twenty. Bite me content you're a parasite and you are stealing from me directly. Anything 1989 and older is a moral right to me and until you stop reneging on the social contract everything newer is as well."
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What other innovation has the MPAA stifled?

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase (533448) writes "I'd like to preface this with the fact that I have a working prototype that performs well. What has the MPAA prevented in their quest to control how citizens interact with their entertainment media? Right now my setup consists of a "video jukebox". It is composed of a PC networked with an Xbox 360 which is connected to an HDTV via HDMI. Two pieces of software work together to provide the primary functionality. They are "Fair Use Wizard 2" and "Tversity". This is Windows-centric but the organization applies to all systems. Fair Use Wizard 2 is used to rip my DVD collection to the PC. The MPAA is preventing innovation at this point because they have successfully lobbied to categorize the act known as "ripping" a DVD an offense under legislation called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. Fortunately I don't live in a Nation that subscribes to this particular idiocy. So, from there. TVersity then handles streaming the video over my home network with the origin of the media being a general purpose PC and the destination after decoding on the Xbox 360 is the HDTV. Tversity not only streams but will transcode on-the-fly if needed to greatly mitigate the formatting issues that could arise. The organization of PC, 360, and Network defines this "video jukebox" as a concrete example of innovation that the MPAA has retarded.

Please add your own examples ideally using no more than two words in combination to describe the purpose of the device."
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Encoding Effort

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase writes "Within 15 years or so 3D Engines will have reached a point where they are indistinguishable from actual reality. At this time several business models are at risk. Hollywood will see the commoditization of entertainment blockbusters and the infrastructure itself, a 3D engine, will also see standardization. I agree with Richard Stallman in that I do fundementally believe that software should be free. But what is software? Traditionally it is seen as source-code. But its name is evident. It is an encoding of effort into a machine-specific ability. Programmers encode 3D engines, artists encode models, authors encode content. What has seen the first advance into Free is code but other forms of encoding effort will begin to appear as the ecosystem matures. Machinima with a completely realistic output paired with free graphics and sounds and other community developed content will be within reach of any individual with a personal computer. Where I disagree with Mr. Stallman is that I believe that while it is inevitable that Free will eventually win and individuals can use a "stone-soup" analogy to further develop common goals it is not immoral to receive compensation for effort expended in a specific case. This could mean that an artist accepts a bounty and creates a specific piece of content for an entity. The summation of this paragraph is that Free is inevitable but at the same time I'd like to buy some beer."
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Stone Soup Consolidation.

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase writes "Some systems contain a lot of knowledge embodied in code. One new market is of course 3D Engines which are beginning to settle down after a period of exploration. With two of the bigger players being Epic and id. Now that the technical aspects of basic three-dimensional engines has become concrete enough that the market-place is beginning to settle into mature content systems which hide the details of the target machine from the content-developers. This demonstrates that given the fact that a specific engine such as gamebryo targets multiple architectures while encapsulating the construction of the information and the way to do the same task on a virtual-architecture in run-time for the artists. Gamebryo proves that all architectures require a common basic-input-output-system that defines the technical aspects of whether or not you can walk through walls. The call to consolidate is directed at the best of what proprietary systems have to offer. Mr. Carmack, Mr. Sweeny, please cooperate and merge the best of what the markets exploration phase has taught you to create a common engine in any creative way marketers tell you to do so. Make an Engine open-source and developed in that manner starting with the luminaries individual contributions. A game in this sense could be a single data-module compatible with a range of Engine versions in that data telling the Common Engine what it needed to do with the hardware abstracted away. All games would be plug-ins you purchased for the Engine and the OS, Hardware, and interactive functions would also be plug-ins that let the open-source engine be the common engine that all artists would be able to create content for the creative market this Engine would create. You could run web-sites where users uploaded their content bits — models, textures, environment objects, scripts, etc. — and your web-site being this new market in the same way that the printing-press standardized books would earn you some residual income from providing the actors and environments in a free and open new market of creations by the artists of the future. Although if something like this came to pass I would prefer if the marketplace was integrated into the Engine instead of using an anachronism such as a web-site.

What do you think?"
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Why am I wrong?

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase writes "Please respond with comments even if it never gets posted.
First of all let me preface with a common reference: The Computational Beauty of Nature. I have read this book over three times and have been fascinated with it each time. This book is not the first in the vein to entertain me =p. In summary, it details the Universe from a computational perspective with there being no "top-down" laws that dictate Nature but rather distributed-computation "bottom-up" processing that tends to average to at least the degree of accuracy detailed in our measurement of our physical "laws". Be warned it begins and ends with Figure 1.
So, my question is this:
Sliding along a scale of time. Could it be that the percentage of c you happen to be moving with, things at higher velocities tend to take longer to process because they are skipping over sections of "space" that a slower object would "touch" more? High-relativism could be a product of a computational differential?

Now, why am I wrong?"
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Is a Common Engine Ripe?

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 5 years ago

headkase writes "I'm fielding the community here to seek constructive dialog on whether or not development in a particular area would be wise. The area is a counter to what Microsoft's XNA Developer Framework represents. Right now XNA is an offshoot of the C# programming language and associated development tools. Moore's Law is enabling higher-level constructs to perform adequately even with great flexibilities being the construction material. Garbage collection: No Null class of errors; Interpreted: avoiding build-link-compiling-before-run; Standardized-comprehensive-API's: a wealth of common libraries that have cohesiveness with each other. This framework as a whole represents an abstraction against the traditional API's used to create entertainment software. It simplifies DirectX, you learn the XNA API which is very streamlined and XNA takes care of all the details that DirectX requires to actually make it go. Right now XNA's content pipeline can be considered a graphics "BIOS". With the enablers present from Moore's Law this means that a more general 3D Engine is not only possible but desireable. This is the area of proposed development. Entertainment is an area that Linux has suffered a deficiency. A Common 3D engine would lower the barriers to entry along with associated free game assets. Entertainment is about telling stories and your Content fits into that work-flow. A common engine with pluggable models, textures, shaders, AI, script, and sounds. As a long-term development this model will eventually outperform todays commercial players. At this point in the markets development proprietary software because of its funding has been its greatest innovators. But not when you reach that Moore enabled next level of abstraction. XNA is a graphics BIOS and it is certain that more XNA 3D Engines will be created as time passes and they will perform within time-constraints because of Mr. Moore. This new level of abstraction represents the equivalent of what the printing-press represented. Games aren't about how good a particular letter looks but rather they are about the story you are trying to tell. A common engine with common assets would not only democratize the story telling process, it would also level the playing field between commercial and indie developers: the best stories should win. It is inevitable that a system such as this — the common engine and assets — will develop but it is simply a matter of priorities: would it be wise to expend resources here especially considering that this would fill a major deficiency in the GNU/Linux ecosystem and provide additional adoption paths from other operating systems continually increasing as more developers employ the common engine object?

Thoughts?"
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Canadian Copyright Rick-Roll

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 6 years ago

headkase writes "Via boingboing, Dan McTeague, a Liberal MP from Pickering-Scarborough East seems to think that Canada's copyright laws despite being more advanced than Japan's and the US's according to the World Economic Forum is in need of some MPAA and RIAA reworkings. He is holding a Public Policy Forum which at the moment is very industry centric with the only pro-Citizen representative, Howard Knopf, being removed from the discussion due to pressure from industry groups. Incredibly, Mr. McTeague would also like to pass a law making it illegal to "threaten" politicians with negative publicity if we don't agree with their political positions. With actions like this it seems Canada is also becoming a land where you can get the best laws money can buy."
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Vista SP1 due Monday

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 6 years ago

headkase writes "Tech ARP brings word that the long awaited Service Pack 1 Final for Windows Vista is due to be released on Monday, February 4th, 2008. Initially it will only be available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Another version will be release one to two weeks later that supports all 36 basic languages."
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You don't own your own pictures.

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 6 years ago

headkase writes "Via BoingBoing. Your car, your camera, your picture but you apparently don't own it. The latest round of the copyright/wrong wars has emerged and its downright stupefying. In a way I'm glad to see the stupidity rise to this level — after all it's only going to bring about a revolt faster."
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API-Translation the key to cracking MS' Monopoly?

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 6 years ago

headkase writes "Microsoft currently enjoys lock-in through the fact that developers write their software for Windows because the majority use it and consumers buy Windows because all software is written for it. How to go about cracking this nut? One line of reasoning that may actually be able to make some in-roads into this situation is API-Translation. Wine and Cedega right now do a fairly decent job of intercepting Windows calls and rerouting them into Linux infrastructure. Expanding outwards from this core, would developing this translation process to cover as many Windows API's as possible provide a good chance of a future where a neutral common infrastructure (with Linux being todays implementation) would be able to run everything out-of-the-box? Obviously it is an inefficient long-term strategy to translate all OS' calls but in the medium-term can a path such as this ease the migration away from closed infrastucture into open by breaking the feedback loop that keeps Windows dominant?"
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Canadian Police Tolerate Piracy

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 7 years ago

headkase writes "Torrentfreak brings word that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have stated that they are not that interested in pursuing piracy in the case of personal use. Another link to offset the slashdot effect. And a link in Canada's other official language: French. Considering Canadians already pay levies on blank media to compensate publishers for piracy loss, do you believe this is a positive or negative development?"
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Wider Integration of OLPC?

headkase headkase writes  |  more than 7 years ago

headkase writes "As everyone knows, the One Laptop Per Child project is a noble effort. Once the laptops begin to enter wide circulation are there more supporting systems that could complement OLPC? Imagine financial, logistical, and knowledge mechanisms working in concert. The Internet infrastructure comes first so as an example a village needs to build a water well. So they have a wireless connection and they access a logistical site that is basically Wikipedia for how-to(s). The how-to(s) tell them how to make a well and the logistical infrastructure provides information on what required parts can be manufactured locally and what needs to be ordered (such as one metal piece as part of the well-pumping mechanism). Then financial supports could subsidize specific items only such as the one piece that couldn't be made locally in the well pump example. Now, the software to implement all this would be a great open source project to develop with the OLPC hardware as the target. Basically the question is this: should the OLPC project expand out from an initial position of just providing hardware into wider education, philanthropy, and self sustainable development missions? Please try to elaborate more on these or your own ideas."
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headkase headkase writes  |  more than 8 years ago

headkase writes "Wired is running an article on Saving Democracy with Web 2.0. They discuss organizing information that is publicly available into models that can be easily used and understood by an average person. This is all well and good but can informed citizens following self interest really be trusted to motivate politics in place of big business and special interest groups? Maybe some support can be drawn from a recent book, The Wisdom of Crowds? What do you think, how can the web fulfill the great expectations people have of it?"

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