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Indian Government To Track Locations of All Cell Phone Users

lucifron Welcome to the club.. (151 comments)

Norway (the promised land of freedom and liberty, my ass) enacted a similar law last april, and we're implementing it this very monent.

We've already seen mass-dna-screening using phone based location data (before the law was even in legislation; seems the police already had access to this kind of data..), and lobbying for making retained data accessible to rights holder organizations without a court process (our law lumps cell phone tracking and internet access tracking together).

more than 2 years ago

Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release

lucifron Re:No rootkits then? (166 comments)

By "the game", I'm not referring to the witcher, I guess it could be read that way.

more than 3 years ago

Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release

lucifron No rootkits then? (166 comments)

After having my pc ruined by rootkits installed along with the game, DRM-"removal", i.e. patching out cd-checks or whatever just doesn't cut it for me.

Fuck you publishers, I'm not touching any of your DRM laden crap ever again..

more than 3 years ago

Google Engineer Releases Open Source Bitcoin Client

lucifron How to 'mine' bitcoins (280 comments)

Thought I'd write up a quick 'getting started' guide for anyone that wants to give bitcoin mining a go:

#1 - Download the bitcoin application from bitcoin.org, install and fire it up. It will connect and sync with the p2p network, downloading approximately 114700 blocks.

#2 - Download and install the OpenCL driver for your graphics card / OS.
You might also need the full SDK, my drivers were supposed to include OpenCL support, but the GPU miner still didn't work. For AMD/ATI cards, this link should work:

#3 - Download and unpack "PyOpenCL bitcoin miner" somewhere. You'll find windows binaries here (7zip-compressed):

#4 - Using the bitcoin client, create a new 'receiving address' which you call 'mining income' to track payments.

#5 - Sign up for a mining pool. You'd rather have a few cents an hour than wait months for a random shot at 50 BTC. I'd go with:
as they're free, while the others charge a fee of 2-3%. Wallet ID is the thing you created in step 4.

You'll find the other pools here:

#6 - Stuff the following into a .bat file and run it. Might want to try from the console first, to make sure all is ok.

start /DD:\bin\bitcoin\poclbm poclbm.exe -f 60 --host=bitcoinpool.com --port=8334 --user=username --pass=password -d0 -v -w 128

This of course assumes you're on windows, and installed to a directory named d:\bin\bitcoin\poclbm..

Setting the f options to a higher value will cause less stress on your system. 30 is the default, shoot for 120 if your screen is lagging too much.

The d option is the device id of your graphics card. Mine's device 0, it could also be 1, 2 or whatever.

If the above worked, you should see a console window containing output like this:

23/03/2011 17:18:55, long poll: new block
23/03/2011 17:19:27, b15bbc4d, accepted
23/03/2011 17:19:47, 97f98213, accepted
23/03/2011 17:20:04, 2a8d658f, accepted
23/03/2011 17:20:15, 96fd6e6e, accepted
160772 khash/s

more than 3 years ago

Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates

lucifron Re:"Theft increases sales" (305 comments)

You never hear stories about piracy hurting anything.

Sure you do.. I've seen several threads in the last couple of weeks about open source being marginalized by unlicensed MS software. ;)

PC gaming is far from dead, the revenue was $13 billion in 2009, up from $11 bn in 2008. Has it ever been healthier, despite an ever-increasing range of activities (and consoles) competing for our time?

Go read the wikipedia pages on software-as-a-service, and I doubt you'll see piracy even mentioned. It's all about cutting costs through reduced overheads and specialization.
While businesses can afford to pay for their software, 13-year old kids might not, but they still wouldn't be able to if the pirate bay wasn't an option. I simply don't buy the argument that copyright infringement equates to lost sales.

The way IP holders and their lobbyists are pushing us towards a totalitarian society, in an effort to keep their antiquated business model, is such a threat to our free society that I'm in favor of major revision/relaxation of our IP laws. Their stated purpose is to provide an incentive for creating art and driving research, but people would, and do, these things regardless of profit.

more than 4 years ago

Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

lucifron Re:That does it (589 comments)

Because PostgreSQL's performance is not enough for large websites and transaction numbers (it will need many times more hardware). We have a website with 2 million members and 200 million page views a month (10,000 concurrent users sometimes). We tried to convert to PostgreSQL but it just did not provide even near to the MySQL's performance on the same hardware.

From my experience Postgres beats MySQL on single-query performance and is significantly better for high concurrency workloads. You must have been doing something wrong, or been depending on some mysql-ism like it's lower-overhead connections or the query result cache. Don't expect stellar results when your architecture clashes with the RDBMS..

And even if PG is faster, that's not why I use it. I choose PG because it's a mature, well-behaving, solid piece of engineering, that I can trust with my data.

more than 4 years ago

Norwegian Day Traders Convicted For Manipulating Computer Trading System

lucifron Re:Intriguing (299 comments)

AFAIK this was a criminal case, and Timber Hill aren't involved beyond acting as a naive market maker.

more than 4 years ago

Norwegian Day Traders Convicted For Manipulating Computer Trading System

lucifron Re:Timber Hill beaten at their own game (299 comments)

AFAIK Timber Hill isn't involved in this, beyond losing some $$ by acting as a very naive market maker.

The two men were brought up on criminal charges for market manipulation, after the stock exchange flagged their trades as anomalous and reported them to the authorities.

more than 4 years ago

PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

lucifron Re:"Great leap forward" (344 comments)

There is no feature parity. MySQL does have decent range of features these days, but they are often tied to some specific storage engine, which means a lot of them are mutually exclusive.

Want full-text search and GIS? Sure, but you lose ACID and are stuck with table level locking..

more than 4 years ago

The Case For Oracle

lucifron Re:I think Oracle is right (341 comments)

To be honest I don't mind Oracle pushing this because I personally believe we'd see Google using Python to replace Java and I'd prefer that.

Let's just ignore the fact that most, if not all, of those patents would still apply to a Dalvik VM running Python..

more than 4 years ago

Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

lucifron Re:Starting to think of moving to the USA... (690 comments)

The feds just print more money.

Who gives a crap if it's sustainable, as long as the private prison industry & politicians they have on retainer earns well..?

more than 4 years ago

Finland To Legalize Use of Unsecured Wi-Fi

lucifron Re:There's got to be a better way... (151 comments)

Then when the owners turn it off, they can't claim they didn't know what it meant.

Why should it matter whether they "know" or not?

ISP's aren't accountable for their what their users do, should it be any different for individuals who let their neighbours check mail or whatever?

more than 4 years ago

What Is New In PostgreSQL 9.0

lucifron Re:Join removal is cool (213 comments)

Postgres, not Postgre.

The name comes from Postgres relation to the earlier Ingres database.

more than 4 years ago

The Laidoff Ninja

lucifron Re:Crimes and rationality (237 comments)

Compare heroin prices in your neighborhood ghetto to bulk prices in Afghanistan (at _least_ 1500% -- what kind of interest rates do you see in your bank?). It might not be ethical, but it certainly could be rational -- even when you factor in the risk of getting caught, or killed by the competition.

No amount of tax payer money wasted on police and prisons can stop that kind of profit; all we manage to do is drive up prices, thus making recruitment even more lucrative.

more than 4 years ago

UK Bill Would Outlaw Open Wi-Fi

lucifron Re:Enforcement? Not likely. (250 comments)

Selective enforcement is key here. Locking up anyone you don't like is easy when everyone's a criminal.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed

lucifron Re:Three sources of scripting language inefficienc (295 comments)

Flaky UIs - click on a button and nothing happens. Or things not drawing properly. These are my observations.

Unresponsive UIs tend to be written by naive/ignorant developers who don't understand threading.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Disconnects Modded Xbox Users

lucifron Right in time for Christmas (738 comments)

I'm sure the timing isn't accidental. Whole lot of kids out there begging their parents to replace that bricked console now..

more than 5 years ago

Twitter Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit

lucifron Re:Fuck the USPTO (236 comments)

The USPTO is not your enemy, congress is.

more than 5 years ago


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