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BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

jprupp Everyone's crime... (585 comments)

...is nobody's crime.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?

jprupp Haskell (530 comments)

If you want to learn a cool language while having assured fun, learn Haskell. It is purely functional and very compact.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals

jprupp This isn't true! (205 comments)

I'm not aware of any Bitcoin mining company that threatens scientific journals.

more than 2 years ago
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Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

jprupp Obayashi Maru (488 comments)

The elevator has 150 people trapped in it, and your ship gets a distress call. You go to the rescue, and five Klingon ships appear from nowhere and start firing proton missiles at you. What do you do?

more than 2 years ago
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UK Student Jailed For Facebook Hack Despite 'Ethical Hacking' Defense

jprupp Re:Uhh (356 comments)

This is a stupid argument. If he had hacked the company, used the information for profit or to harm the company, and not informed them of their vulnerability, then he would be doing harm. But simply downloading proof and pointing out a vulnerability to a company, and expecting a tip sounds like pretty fair to me, unless he was intending to do something nefarious if he wasn't given a tip.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content

jprupp How about a law against false information (477 comments)

If nobody is up to the challenge of removing laws against criticizing, mocking or insulting, then I'd propose we replace these laws for a single law against the dissemination of false information. So, nothing that isn't proven true can be taught as such, and can only be accompanied by an appropriate disclaimer of conjecture or fiction. I guess all religions will be crushed pretty quickly then, for the betterment of everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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NTT DoCoMo Asks Google To Limit Android Data Use

jprupp IPv6 (160 comments)

I wonder why nobody mentioned it, but moving to IPv6 will largely mitigate the issue. Every device will be able to have a public IPv6 address and keepalives don't have to be frequent to cater to evil NAT boxes. As a fact, keepalives will not be needed at all at the network level, but only in the application if it is to provide presence notification. Think UDP over IPv6.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

jprupp Depenalize piracy (267 comments)

And then remove patents and copyrights from legislation.

This seems to be the only sincere thing to do. We are all pirates. Everyone's crime is nobody's. Th Internet will only achieve its full potential without these dinosaurs that leech on everyone.

Sometimes it seems that I'm the only sincere pirate out there. All of you guys are just hypocrites. You all either infringed or currently infringe copyrights, and for some reason still think that you should be punished for it. You feel like if you were doing evil. You all live inside the fucking Matrix.

Wake up and share. It's moral and good.

more than 2 years ago
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Do E-Readers Spell the Demise Of Traditional Schooling?

jprupp It was the Internet (301 comments)

It's the Internet that changed the way we access information for our own betterment. In most companies no one cares anymore about your credentials as long as you're capable of performing the required tasks. The school - college - university system that was the means to get started in a career in the 20th century has been eroded from the top: It's universities and colleges that are losing relevance. School is still somewhat relevant, but I wonder how long will that last. More unconventional ways of learning that leverage technological advances like the Internet, ereaders, tablets, and possible future advances as well, will surely come to erode more of the current practices in education.

Intellectual property must be rendered obsolete for the Internet can reach its full potential, and for these advances in learning and education to materialize.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Vs. Closed-Source For a Start-Up

jprupp Intellect (325 comments)

What about not treating the algorithms as property, but your combines intellectual traits. Instead of thinking that you have a product, instead think you have value-creating intellect. This way there is no more conflict. You release everything in the open as a way to prove to the World your intellect and cleverness. Then you wait for all those juicy contracts for services and new code that you'll get. You treat your clients well and help them use your capacities for their own improvement. You'll be nit Microsoft-rich, but quite sustainable and respected.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

jprupp Quick boot and browser loading (311 comments)

I had a 320 GB 5400 RPM hard disk drive in my laptop computer, when I decided it was time to upgrade to something faster. I download lots of pirated music, movies and TV series, so I did not want to go the SSD route and have a fraction of the storage space. I was originally thinking on getting a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard disk, but settled for the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard disk drive with 4 GB of flash storage. After a few reboots the HDD seemed to make up its mind on what to cache in the SSD, so my machine started to boot up in under 15 seconds (Ubuntu), and my web browser and email client would load very quickly. I recommend hybrid HDDs for anyone that is unwilling to compromise on storage space.

There's is some downside though: I find that my computer drinks more energy now. I believe it's because my platters now run at 7200 RPM instead of 5400 RPM. This computer isn't very energy-efficient since the outset. It's more of a desktop replacement machine. But I think it should be mentioned that changing to a hybrid HDD did increase power consumption overall. I wouldn't get anything but SSD if I was buying a computer meant to be used where there would be no power plug available. I would also not get a conventional LCD, but a LED screen, and I wouldn't want to have a big GPU.

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Flash?

jprupp Obviously a troll (507 comments)

Flash only works properly in Windows, and not elsewhere. Flash is about Adobe effectively controlling parts of the web with their proprietary plugin, which is the only thing that can properly parse Flash content.

HTML may not be the best markup language around. JavaScript may not be the best scripting language around. But they are by all means superior to Flash, in the sense that they're open and well supported at this point by all major browsers, including those on mobile devices.

I use Ubuntu as my operating system, and Flash is nowhere near usable. On the other hand, HTML5 gets good support from browsers here. All three Firefox, Chrome and Opera handle it very well.

When I got to the part where you said that Flash could handle 1080p video well enough, I understood that your post was a troll. I don't know why I bothered feeding it.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

jprupp Wrapped pager (249 comments)

1. Take a pager in vibration-only mode,
2. Wrap it around a condom,
3. Insert into a suitable body cavity,
4. Sleep

about 3 years ago
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RIAA Doesn't Like the "Used Digital Music" Business

jprupp This is plain stupid (300 comments)

Why doesn't anyone challenge all copyrights and patents in court. Heck, why we don't all do this?

We don't need these monopolies.

Digital files aren't rival. If you copy a music file and give it to my, we both have it.

Disobey, download, share, pirate everything. It's getting ridiculous. Why are so many people just brainwashed fucking zombies applauding copyrights and patents, for what? for stomping on everyone's freedoms? for making us believe that sharing is bad?

Fuck them all!

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

jprupp Maybe I'm just a Unity cheerleader (1040 comments)

I got used to the Unity fairly quickly. The first thing I enjoyed about it was the efficient use of vertical space, a welcome change since I have a laptop with a widescreen display, like most people that bought their computer in the last three years. Also, the left bar feels (to me) like a more efficient way to move around open applications, with the added benefit that it allows launching the popular ones that I pinned there. I must admit that I preferred the Ubuntu menu in the top left corner as it was in Ubuntu 11.04, and I believe making it the first button of the left bar was not an improvement. Clicking on a button for an application that has multiple windows and having only those windows displayed for me to choose is an improvement over using alt-tab to switch amongst all application windows arranged in no particularly intuitive way.

Using the Super key to access the Ubuntu menu is (duh) much more intuitive than ALT+F1, I don't think I need to argue about this one!. Super + shortcut keys to access shortcuts from the left tab is nice as well.

But the best improvement of all, and that was introduced first in Windows Vista AFAIK, is that I can just press Super and then *type* the first few letters of the application name, and launch it with enter, optionally using arrows to select the right one first, or pointing the mouse. This is a HUGE improvement over the previous browsing-only menu.

Placing the application menus in the top is efficient use of screen space. Getting rid of the left bar when I need for a window is good. Not needing a title bar for maximized windows is then again more efficient.

The only drawback I find in the new interface is that browsing the applications is harder than with the previous one. Before clicking on the Ubuntu menu and just browsing around the available applications was dead easy. Now I have to perform some clicks to get there. I don't care much though since typing is *so* much better.

I find that the new Unity interface makes better use of the assumption that I have both a mouse and a keyboard. I like it much better than anything else I've tried.

about 3 years ago
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Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

jprupp Civilized (337 comments)

But we're supposed to be a civilized society that don't send people to prison for "punishment", but instead to avoid further harm to others.

Oh shit!, sorry, wrong planet!

about 3 years ago
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NASA Sues Apollo Astronaut To Return Moon Camera

jprupp Theft (395 comments)

Doesn't the fact that the theft occurred outside of US territory. I'm sorry, I'll correct: Doesn't the fact that the theft occurred outside the planet messes up all the jurisdiction thing?

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher Builds Life-Like Cells Made of Metal

jprupp Transformers (259 comments)

Are they going to be able to shapeshift into cars, trucks, and cool jets?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Use For a New Supercomputing Cluster?

jprupp Re:SETI ! (387 comments)

Screw folding@home, give me that cluster so I can make some Bitcoin!

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Mandates Universities Receiving Funds Not File Patents

jprupp That's right Intel! (223 comments)

Hopefully they will eventually do the same with all research that's financed with taxes.

more than 3 years ago

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