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US Authorities GPS Tagging Duped Indian Students

loutr Re:The United States is really dumb (181 comments)

At my French university you could go study abroad for one year. The US were amongst the choices, you could even go to Berkeley or something like that. The beauty of this system was that you would pay the same tuition fees whether you went abroad or not, so basically you could go to Berkeley for one year and only pay your cheap French tuition fees* . OTOH, US students who came here paid their regular (indecent) US tuition fees...

* about 500€ per year, or even nothing if you have a scholarship, which is not really hard to get if you (or your parents) can't afford the tuition fees.

more than 3 years ago
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Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes — Sort Of

loutr Re:TCP Connection (290 comments)

"Fin" means "(The) End" in French, maybe it was a pompous way of saying goodbye to her readers.

I do prefer your explanation though ;)

more than 4 years ago
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The Beatles On iTunes

loutr Re:*Sigh*... (551 comments)

ZOMG U CAN HAZ BEETULZ ON TEH iPhone NOW!

No, you can now *buy* the Beatles on teh iPhone. You could get them on the device from day 1, provided you had ripped your Beatles CDs or illegally dowloaded the mp3s.

more than 4 years ago
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The Best Video Games On Awful Systems

loutr Re:Wow... (272 comments)

The article is about "awful systems". The Sega Saturn was awesome.

more than 4 years ago
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Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash?

loutr Re:See, this is what I've been saying on Slashdot (468 comments)

Well for starters HTML5 is superior for us (non-flash) web developers. It's also superior for geeks who use exotic OSes. And from a normal user's perspective, I said there was no obvious difference (i.e. most users can't tell whether they are on a flash site), but Flash seriously lacks in accessibility :

  • you can't select/copy/paste text if the developer didn't bother to implement it
  • you can't zoom
  • you can't middle-click to open a link in a new tab
  • if you've focused the Flash content you have to click elsewhere in the window to give the focus back to the browser and be able to use keyboard shortcuts (to create a new tab for example)

I could go on. And as an added bonus, Flash is CPU-hungry and crash-prone.

more than 4 years ago
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Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash?

loutr Re:See, this is what I've been saying on Slashdot (468 comments)

The difference between a CRT and flatscreen TV is obvious. People see LCDs in stores, or at a friend's house, and that makes them want to switch. And then there's marketing of course.

The general public doesn't know, and doesn't care whether a site is made in Flash or HTML5. You can't wait on the users to switch to HTML5 sites.

more than 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

loutr Re:"Limited?" (405 comments)

Because a jailbroken iPhone is the best smartphone on the planet, except maybe for the n900 and suchlike, but I spend enought time tinkering with computers at work to do it on my phone. Once jailbroken the iPhone just works.

Maybe I should have been clearer : Spotify mobile is my main music player (I know, Android and other platforms have a version too), and by games I don't mean Snake, I mean the shitload of dedicated iPhone games, and the shitload of ports. Know a lot of phones that run GeoDefense, Plants vs Zombies, C&C Red Alert, Street Fighter IV and GTA:Chinatown Wars ?

more than 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

loutr Re:"Limited?" (405 comments)

There really, really cheaper alternatives if all you're looking for is a phone. Plus their batteries last more than a day.

Not sure what you're calling "nonsense". All I know is that I used to travel with a cellphone, an mp3 player, and a Nintendo DS, and now I only have my iPhone in my pocket. And I can check my email and IM my friends from about anywhere.

more than 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

loutr Re:"Limited?" (405 comments)

I thought the inability to multitask (corrected, apparently, in iPhone OS/4) would bug me, but it turns out it's a non-issue.

I use Spotify all the time, it has completely replaced the iPod app on my iPhone. But there's no way I'd pay 10€/mo. if I couldn't background the app. Having to pause my music to answer an SMS, or to check my email would be very, very frustrating. The next major version indeed corrects that, but not if you own a 3G like I do. Except if you jailbreak and enable multitasking, that is ;)

Other cool (non-essential) JB apps are :

  • Music Controls : allows you to control about any music apps with pop-up controls, headphones remote, lockscreen, ...
  • Quick Reply : double-tap the notification, and the sms appears, along with the keyboard in case you wish to reply, all without exiting your current app.
  • 3G unrestrictor : tricks certain apps (spotify, youtube, appstore, ...) into thinking they're on wifi.
  • tethering apps (and custom carrier settings) : share your 3G connection without any aditionnal fee (YMMV, my carrier doesn't seem to notice or to care).
  • Themes (there are some really nice ones)

more than 4 years ago
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Intel and Nokia Provide First MeeGo Release

loutr Re:We really need dates (115 comments)

"Posted by kdawson on 14:55 Friday 02 April 2010"

That's what I see under the post title. Is that what you're talking about ? If so, yes, you can change the date format in your preferences.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM

loutr Re:No problems here (266 comments)

Never said PC gaming was cheap :) Hardware may be more expensive, but as I said I pay (much) less for my games, so if you play a lot of different games as I do, it evens out in the end.

My last upgrade was a GTX275 which I bought almost a year ago, and even new games run fine. And if I turn off FSAA, I'll be able to play 2010 and 2011 games just fine. And I buy most of my games for 20-40€ (last purchase : L4F2 for 25€), or even cheaper as Steam has lots of indie games and oldies for less than 10€ (recently bought BG&E for 5€).

more than 4 years ago
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EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM

loutr Re:No problems here (266 comments)

I fear that instead of releasing new controllers, they'll dumb down games (à la Halo) : huge crosshair or auto-targeting, slow IA, auto-regenerating HPs, ... That's what kids are used to, after all. One more reason for me to stay away from consoles.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM

loutr Re:Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing (266 comments)

Does your "etc." include proper counterparts to Super Smash Bros. series, Mario Kart series, and Animal Crossing series?

No*, that's the reason I've got a Wii ;) As Nedlohs says, I was comparing PCs to PS3 (and Xbox 360, as they are very similar).

I only use the Wii when friends come over, for solo and online play I use the PC.

*SFIV and Trackmania could be viable alternatives though. Trackmania wii is coming out soon, you should check it out if you haven't played it yet. Trackmania Nations is free, it's awesome on a big screen TV, very (very) fast and still looks good. The only downside is that there's no split-screen on the PC version.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM

loutr Re:No problems here (266 comments)

The PC as a gaming platform is done.[...]PS3 offering unparalleled processing power[...]

Can I play every PS3 game in 1080p, 8xAA ? Didn't think so. On my gaming PC, I can. With an Xbox Controller and HDMI output, I can play Batman, GTA, etc. on my HDTV, sitting on my couch, with (far) better graphics than on any so-called Next-gen console. And with the same machine, I can play FPS, CRPGs, and strategy games with proper controllers (mouse/keyboard). Oh, and thanks to Steam's constant stream of special deals, I don't have to pay 50-70€ for each game.

Each time a console's price drops, I've had the temptation to buy one. But each time I quickly remember that I would hardly use it, except for playing the odd exclusive title.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

loutr Re:A point to note (565 comments)

My great-grand father was a pastor, my grand-mother and mother are protestants, but after going to sunday school and such I've become an atheist when I was a teen (for the reason you cite), and no one pressured me into reconsidering it. IMO the problem is the bigotry of the families you speak of, not that particular religion. BTW, there's "going through hell with your parents" and then there's "being harassed constantly and having your private life thoroughly investigated for dirty secrets to try and get you fired, jailed or institutionalized".

Speaking of my great-grand father, he was the kindest, most selfless man I've ever known (hid jews during WW2, helped develop a small pacific island, ...). He most certainly never pressured his parishioners into giving him or his church money.

Anyway, my point was that despite all the crooked priests and bigot followers, mainstream religions are much less greedy and evil than cults like scientology. For example, you can get the bible for free or at a very moderate cost, and without giving out any personal information. Same with the Qur'an. Try acquiring scientology "courses" for free or anonymously...

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

loutr Re:A point to note (565 comments)

Are you saying that catholicism should be forbidden because of what happened centuries ago ? Next you'll tell me I should be apologizing to every black person I come across for slavery...

I don't agree with most of the Catholic church views, and it certainly has major flaws, but *nowadays* the leaders of this religion are not motivated by greed and power (if they are, they're doing a very lousy job at it). Scientology obviously is.

more than 4 years ago
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Real Settles Lawsuits, Will Stop Selling RealDVD

loutr Re:dd if=/dev/dvd of=dvd.iso (139 comments)

As I say a couple of posts below, the purpose of CSS is to prevent you from copying the disk. If a simple dd invocation could allow you to copy the DVD and have it play on standard DVD players (which can decrypt CSS), there is no way it would have been chosen as the standard copy protection scheme. See TheThiefMaster's post below, I think he's right about how CSS works.

more than 4 years ago
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Real Settles Lawsuits, Will Stop Selling RealDVD

loutr Re:dd if=/dev/dvd of=dvd.iso (139 comments)

Do you have any source to back up these claims ? They seem highly dubious to me. If you can copy the DVD to your HD this way, what would stop you from burning the ISO to a DVD-R ?And in this case, what would be the point of CSS if you could copy the disk using a standard unix command and an ISO-burning utility ?

more than 4 years ago

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French National Assembly adopts HADOPI law

loutr loutr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

loutr (626763) writes "Yesterday the French Assemblée Nationale voted in favor of the HADOPI law, dubbed "Creation and Internet", after 4 days of debates. Since the inception of this three-strike law against illegal filesharing tailored to the specifications of the entertainment lobbies, Minister of Culture Christine Albanel was much criticized for her total lack of technical understanding of the subject, and for consistently dismissing the onslaught of negative reactions to the project : according to her, people will be able to prevent the hijacking of their dsl connection thanks to the "OpenOffice firewall", and the numerous critics of the law amount to "five dudes in a garage". This comes one week after the European Parliament decision to recognize internet access as a fundamental right."

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