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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

jthill Re:My understanding of the issue (354 comments)

Decompiled and deobfuscated code isn't the original. To whatever extent anyone but Mojang has a copyright interest in that decompiled/deobfuscated code, that interest doesn't cover the original code. The takedowns are utter bullshit. Mojang's complying with the GPL in both letter and spirit.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

jthill Re:$10 / month, no contract. Read the summary (71 comments)

Umm, please name any skein of human culture not rife with liars and idiots. Focusing on them is, at best, a waste of time. Of course, just one step above the barrel-scraping morons are the raw bigots, who pretend every undesirable characteristic is largely the fault of some group of people Not Like Themselves. Also endemic everywhere.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

jthill Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

It is because he was a cop

Nope.. This has happened before, it will happen again. There's a substantial cultural skein in this country that thinks feeling threatened should be enough to jail the cause. Judges, fortunately, still know that thoughts are not crimes. Expressing thoughts is not a crime. Desires are not crimes. Expressing desires is not a crime. Somebody claiming they feel threatened by you does not constitute you making a threat. Making a threat is a crime. Somebody saying "if Obama shows up, somebody's going to shoot him" is not a crime. Substituting "if Obama shows up, I hope somebody shoots him" is not a crime. It's asinine, things in that vein are commonly expressed by people so deeply gulled, so utterly out of touch with reality, that I regard them as insane on the subject. But expressing those desires just makes them idiot children, not criminals.

about 2 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

jthill Be sure you read the responses to the WaPo article (108 comments)

The tl;dr on those is, metafilter's users spontaneously decided to start donating, before or after someone ran across an old paypal link, and before metafilter had even asked, 10% of their users had donated. One commenter implies those donations are set up as recurring, i.e. not just voluntary but spontaneous subscription.

about 4 months ago
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Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

jthill Re:Difference (186 comments)

If you purchase a copy, you own that copy and retain all first-sale rights.

Could you offer a link, where this legal quirk is convincingly explained?

You got told copyright trumps first sale and you actually _believed_ it?

109 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Effect of transfer of particular copy or phonorecord (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106(3), the owner of a particular copy or phonorecord lawfully made under this title, or any person authorized by such owner, is entitled, without the authority of the copyright owner, to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that copy or phonorecord. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, copies or phonorecords of works subject to restored copyright under section 104A [doesn't apply, chase the link yourself.]

First sale was settled in 1908 by the Supreme Court, and it's been statute law since copyright was codified in 1976. Anyone who claims to know anything at all about copyright and feeds you that line is playing you for a chump.

about 4 months ago
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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

jthill Once there's a "fast lane", you know what happens. (149 comments)

What's going to happen is, they're going to provision their networks with two separate kinds of routers, "fast lane" routers and "slow lane" routers, and if simply never upgrading the "slow lane" routers isn't enough to get them what they want they'll sabotage them or just disconnect them entirely.

about 4 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

jthill Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

Of course, the defining characteristic of his depravity was his lack of empathy for others, his willingness to see them die horribly. It's what made him less than acceptable as a human. Go feel self-righteous all you want, history's got a long, long track record on people and cultures who punish brutally. Vengeance or justice, the motive doesn't lessen the act's effect. Doing things like that turns people into beasts. Your rage should worry you.

about 5 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

jthill Re:How much energy? (172 comments)

order-of-magnitude calc time: Insolation average for the whole planet is 1kw/m^2, 1e9kw/km^2. Earth: 5.1e8 km^2. That's 5.1e17*24 ~ 122e17 kwH/day energy dumped on the earth per day by the sun. one kwH is ~ 3.6 MJ so say 440e17 MJ/day. One ton TNT is 4184MJ, one megaton is 4e9MJ, the sun's hitting us with something like a 100,000,000 megaton nuclear blast every day.

about 5 months ago
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

jthill Every call's collect! You still pay too. Only fair (410 comments)

And toll booths should be allowed to charge the people you're visiting for the privilege of allowing you to visit. And trucking companies should be allowed to charge the receiver for the privilege of accepting delivery.

about 5 months ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jthill Re:Missing a rather large point (136 comments)

From the linked FAQ:

(micro- enterprises are enterprises employing no more than ten persons with an annual turnover or balance sheet not exceeding EUR 2 million).

and

Material marketed in small quantities by non-professionals or by micro-enterprises ('niche market material') will be exempted from the registration obligation.

and

More specifically, micro-enterprises will be released from the obligation to pay any fees for the registration of their varieties, or for the issuance of official labels for certification. Moreover, micro-enterprises may market niche market material without the obligation to register the concerned plant material.

Really not seeing anything to support PP's description here. Devil may be in details elsewhere, but PP chose to link this as "support". PP's description of what this FAQ says is simple falsehood.

about 5 months ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jthill Re:The wrong license (136 comments)

I don't think anything prevents anyone from offering a GPL-style patent license: you're free to use at no further charge however you like, excepting only that if you incorporate it into anything and offer it to others, you must also offer exactly this license.

about 5 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

jthill So let's disband the Secret Service then. (235 comments)

Because it's widely understood that if anyone competent _really_ wants to kill the President, they're going to do it.

about 5 months ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

jthill Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

Ham's lost in a sea of factual relativism. For him, facts and reason are ephemera, servants to be abused or discarded if they fail to serve the glorification of his own views. He parted ways with dishonesty long, long ago, if he ever met it.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

jthill Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Except it's not appropriate. None of the traffic characteristics you mention have _any_ analogy in network traffic.

about 6 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

jthill Re:Meh... (387 comments)

[...] the _definition_ of crime is based on law, not morals or[...]

This is extremely misleading. Crime's second meaning is rendered in dictionaries as some variation on "a grave offense, especially against morals".

The combination of the two meanings could be fairly rendered as "behavior which should be punishable under criminal statute law".

Denial of that has been showing up in quite a few places recently. Attempting to legislate morals is an attempt to make children of us all, under the stern but loving gaze of Our Father the State, but all the same criminal acts are just that, profoundly immoral, whether or not anybody's written a law against them yet.

about 7 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

jthill Re:Very different code (225 comments)

In particular notice the example at "Interacting Compiler Optimizations Lead to Surprising Results", it's an exact match for GGGP. Tests that are redundant in context is a *very* common result of inlining, compilers these days optimize based on propagating deduced range constraints, which can wind up stripping huge amounts of dead code -- calling a safe function twice in a row, for instance, error checks on any repeated arguments are often wasted, freeing up branch-prediction slots and cache lines and load-store bandwidth for prefetching that's now on a guaranteed path ... and how is an optimizer to tell whether a test being irrelevant signifies a fatal flaw or trust that dead-code-elimination can clean up properly?

about 9 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

jthill Re:When the manual is tl;dr (225 comments)

That's why professionally-produced documentation comes with change bars or better for printed docs and embedded revision history for binaries.

about 9 months ago

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Microsoft Stores and Accesses Every HTTPS URL You Skype.

jthill jthill writes  |  about a year ago

jthill (303417) writes "The H is reporting something lots of the security-watchers noticed: Skype has been storing and, several hours later, accessing every https: url you send in Skype. It's hard to imagine they'd do something that so perfectly fits the cynics' predictions, but there's no doubt. The did stop doing it shortly after it was reported, but the damage may be done."
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All Oracle databases vulnerable to injected listeners

jthill jthill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jthill (303417) writes "A horrible miscommunication has led to the premature publication of the complete details of a critical security hole affecting every production Oracle database.. The bug was reported in 2008. Oracle said it had been fixed, and it has — on the development branch. There's no patch."
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Eight point seven five terapixels of the night sky

jthill jthill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jthill (303417) writes "The BBC reports that the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has provided data release 8, now comprising complete access to their dataset. The image data is the least of it. The SkyServer interactive viewer links from the image to the object data for everything you see. That's 260 million stars and 208 million galaxies (and 12682 unknown objects), covering about a third of the celestial sphere. When you click upon a star, their somewhat busy servers soon hunt down the rest of it."
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Hari Seldon is starting to look less fictional

jthill jthill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jthill (303417) writes ""Psychohistory" is the basis for the eentirentire Foundation series. Hari Seldon is a university mathematician, develops models good enough to predict social developments the same way engineers can predict physical ones: given enough individuals, probabilistic aggregate behavior becomes all but completely predictable.

So now some mathematicians at Cornell have developed a probabilistic model that behaves like real social groups. Karate clubs. Republicans and Democrats. From the article:

They plugged in data on international relations prior to World War II and got almost perfect predictions on how the Axis and Allied alliances formed.

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jthill jthill writes  |  about 8 years ago

jthill writes "and that's not all. Characterizations that get dismissed as fanboi worship or braggartry (is that a word?) are, it turns out, spot on — or in some cases nearly British in their understatement. Bruce Lee almost certainly did not strike with snake-like speed; smart money says he was at least four times quicker, because that's what they clocked a guy doing just recently.

All hail motion-capture.

Fight!"

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