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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

mariushm Wayback Machine to the rescue (480 comments)

You should search for the js scripts on Wayback Machine, in old archived versions of those websites using your js code.

That should be good enough proof.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?

mariushm CHDK custom firmware for Canon digital cameras (508 comments)

CHDK (link to their wikia page) is a custom firmware for a large number of Canon Powershot cameras that can be loaded from the card (and doesn't mess with the original camera firmware) and gives you a lot more features.

For example, after the firmware is loaded you can configure the camera to check for motion and snap pictures whenever there's a certain degree of motion in the frame.

It also gives you the ability to change the video quality to a much better level than the built in presets (selected by Canon to give users a good ratio between battery consumption and record time) so if you take a digital camera and power it from a DC adapter and stick a 16-32 GB card inside, you might just make a HD surveillance camera.

You can shove such modified camera in a teddybear or a larger book and have it conspicuously recording anything moving inside your room.


more than 2 years ago

Suggestions For Music Hosting?

mariushm Swiftway (225 comments)

Happy customer of Swiftway here : http://www.swiftway.net/

They have datacenters in US, Holland and maybe Poland (not sure about the last). Currently paying about 110$ for a dedicated server with unmetered 100 mbps port and using about 6 TB a month of that (didn't choose it for bandwidth needs but rather for location and value of hardware for money)

They also have streaming services and CDN that's relatively cheap so that may help you stream the music reliably to people.

I'd also like to recommend Voxel.net - check them out.

more than 2 years ago

Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011

mariushm Downloads does not equal piracy (383 comments)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a multiplayer game - as far as I know the cracked game will NOT let you play in multiplayer mode... so the majority of the people that downloaded the game probably purchased legal keys or stuck to playing the single player mode or playing with friends in LAN.

Basically, the download acts as DEMO, incentive to buy the access to the multiplayer mode, and it definitely does not mean that a download equals a lost sale.

As for Crysis 2, I'm not sure how many of those downloads were just to "benchmark" their video cards...

Even so, even if a large part of the downloads were pirates, it doesn't mean lost money... it just means they don't make as much money as they wanted. I know in my own case I'm currently taking advantage of every Steam sale to buy games I pirated and enjoyed in the past - I couldn't afford spending 40 euro on a game but now I have no problems paying 5-10 euro for each of the STALKER games, for example.

I currently have over 200 games bought, in the Steam account.

about 3 years ago

Webhosting For A Large Art Project?

mariushm No vps (137 comments)

VPS won't be good enough for your needs - most VPSes share the disk space (a raid 5 is shared between 8-16 vps machines so they can't give you lots of space).

Talk to various companies advertising budget servers on Web Hosting Talk forums.

You should be able to rent an Atom based server or an older generation server they wouldn't otherwise be able to rent for about 40-50$ a month and some of the companies will even accept to physically mail them a hard drive and install it in your server for a few extra dollars a month.

more than 3 years ago

Polaroid: This Time It's Digital

mariushm Re:Special paper... and expensive (176 comments)

With Gillette blades, you only have to change one when it starts to bother you. For some it's once every two weeks or so, for me it's once every 2-3 months. And it's basically a few meters walk to where you store them.

With this camera, it's not like you're going to carry 20 packs of paper in your backpack every day... the purpose of the camera's gimmick, the integrated printer, is no longer there.

If you do plan on actually carrying photo paper, you'd have to get extra batteries because as they say it can only do 25 prints. In this case, you might as well carry a light photo printer with you then. Hell, as long as you still carry a backpack, you might get a cheap 50-100 watt inverter and a motorbike battery and be done with everything.

more than 3 years ago

Polaroid: This Time It's Digital

mariushm Special paper... and expensive (176 comments)

Unfortunately, at 20$ for 30 sheets of the special photo paper it needs, I don't see it being successful.

I guess they're probably trying to use the classic inkjet printer selling scheme, where the printer is cheap but the cartridges are expensive... though their camera is 300$.

It can also print just 25 photos with its battery which is not clear if it's removable or not - strange number considering the paper is sold in packs of 30.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast Launches Program For Low-Income Families

mariushm Re:Who Knew? (229 comments)

And in other news, for a one time fee of about 13$, I can get 256 kbps/ 64kbps for free, for as long as I want, without bandwidth limits. It's not high speed but enough to access mail and various websites - pretty much anything except watching videos.

Or I could pay 5$ a month for 10/2 mbps. Or about 13$ a month for 120/6.... see http://www.upc.ro/internet/ divide prices by 3 to get the price in dollars.

Comcast (and the Internet prices in US) is a joke.

more than 3 years ago

Battle of the SATA 3.0 Controllers

mariushm It's not always the controller's fault (138 comments)

It's not always the fault of the controllers, it can also be the way they're connected to the system.

These onboard controllers are connected to the system using PCI Express x1 - it's literally just like plugging them into a x1 slot only they're directly on the motherboard. The problem is there are two versions of PCI Express - the older PCI Express 1.0 provides 250 MB/s in each direction, while PCI Express 2.0 provides 500 MB/s in each direction.

AMD motherboards only had PCI Express 2.0 lanes but Intel had a mix of 2.0 lanes and 1.0 lanes - the most common was 32 x 2.0 lanes (for 2 x x16 lanes for graphics cards) and about 6 x 1.0 lanes coming from the southbridge. So motherboards manufacturers had to either use 1 lane from southbridge and get only 250 MB/s in each direction or resort to using some multiplexing chips that take 2 or more lanes and create a x4 path for the controller. More recently, motherboards detect if there is a card on the second pci express x16 and if there's nothing there, they "borrow" a few of those unused lanes to improve the performance of the various controllers integrated on the motherboard.

See this Anandtech article, it explains better than I can explain: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2973/6gbps-sata-performance-amd-890gx-vs-intel-x58-p55/2

But the point is even if the pci express 2.0 is used, there's only 500 MB/s in each direction, SATA 6 gbps means that a maximum of 750 MB/s should be reachable - very few motherboards connect the controllers to more than one 1x lane so even if the controller could reach 750 MB/s, you won't get it.

This is nothing new - remember the gigabit network cards on PCI? The whole PCI system on your computer can do 133 MB/s and a gigabit link can do about 110 MB/s - would you sue anyone if you plug 4 pci cards in your system and can't reach a throughput higher than 133 MB/s ?

more than 3 years ago

Malicious Spam Spikes To 'Epic' Level

mariushm Noticed it (130 comments)

Yeah, I noticed it... I only have 3 email accounts and get batches of 15-20 emails every 5-10 minutes with the Win32/Kryptik.RAM trojan virus (ups notifications and invoices) ... they go straight to spam

more than 3 years ago

New USB Specification Promises 100W of Power

mariushm Technologically hard to do (287 comments)

Unless they will change the connector, it will be a mess. The current cables can not possibly deliver 100 watts of power, they're too thin... at best they probably an do about 30 watts.

People will use cheap cables with thin wires to power a printer that needs 40-60 watts of power and will find themselves with burnt cables or even worse, usb ports on the motherboards dead (the individual fuses blown up)

Also, power supplies at this time use separate circuits to deliver up to 3A to the USB ports even when the system is down - this is useful to have wake on key/mouse/modem capability and also to charge devices through USB ports. It's done this way for efficiency.

I don't know how they plan to keep this with the new standard - having ports that can't do high wattage and ports that can do on the back side of the computer would only confuse people.

And last, it's not unusual to have 6-8 USB 2.0 ports on the back of a motherboard - I just can't see how the metal traces on the motherboard could possibly support 100 watts of power to EACH connector... not to mention the metal traces and the whole area will warm up even more due to the high current flowing there, and there's already the cpu voltage regulation system there.

more than 3 years ago

Cisco, US DOJ Fire Another Salvo At Peter Adekeye

mariushm Read related links (94 comments)

Anyone reading this should also read how Cisco lied and got him arrested in Canada ... there's a link right below the description but I'm posting it again here as well:



more than 3 years ago

Release of 33GiB of Scientific Publications

mariushm Re:Of all the choices, why pick on JSTOR????? (242 comments)

Even if a person scanning the pages is paid 100$ an hour for his work, that person can probably scan 2 pages a minute, at a cost of about 0.8$ per page. JSTOR charges 10$+ per article, which may be one or several pages, and you basically get a token that expires in 14 days. You don't even get permanent access to that article.

I'm sure nobody says they shouldn't try to recover their costs and cover the bandwidth and server costs but it probably costs less than 3$ to host a PDF file for 20-50 years. Charging tens of dollars for every access seems really greedy and wrong, especially since they didn't create the work, they didn't pay for it, they just host it and scanned it...

more than 3 years ago

Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

mariushm Re:Hmm... (162 comments)

It's about 132 MB/s actually - remember, it's multiples of 1000, not 1024 and then some space is used by the file system.

Anyway, it's not clear what they want just from the description here on Slashdot. Read the labels of the drive? But seriously, one could get a 2 TB drive or whatever drive has the most density these days and make it show up as 500GB drive... I believe it's called http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/short-stroking-hdd,2157.html

more than 3 years ago

Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

mariushm Re:Ohyes, this makes sense... (235 comments)

If they were to release HL2 - episode 3, it would have been released after Portal 2 anyway. I believe Portal 2 contains some references that will get the worlds of Portal and Half-Life 2 closer together - Portal 1 already had references about Black Mesa.

Also, from a marketing point of view, if you want to release a game, you want to release it just like big Hollywood movies are released - either when children come back from Summer holidays or towards the end of November - early December, when parents start buying Christmas gifts.

So I wouldn't be surprised to hear Half-Life 2 - Episode 3 is already done or in some beta stage and just waits for the right time to start advertising it.

Smart move from Valve imho would be to get around December both Episode 3 * and * some kind of updated Orange Box, containing the whole Half-Life 2 episodes and both Portals. It would be an excellent gift.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure

mariushm Re:Finally, no video system on a server (90 comments)

Server video cards embedded on motherboard don't use the system ram, they have an embedded 8 to 128 MB memory chip. Sure, they have a tiny frame buffer in the system ram but there are other things using more system memory than that frame buffer.

As for power usage, such plain vga video card embedded on the motherboard uses a couple of watts on idle - the chip doesn't even need a heatsink so it's not really a power saving feature if you remove it.

You would be saving much more power by using a power supply with high efficiency and wattage close to the actual server usage, instead of using (optionally redundant) 500-800 watts server power supplies.

Seriously, complaining about a few watts... some 1U servers have at least 4 x 40 mm high speed fans inside, each using 2-5 watts of power (because they run at max speed all the time) and you're complaining about a couple of watts on a video card.

more than 3 years ago



New drug may be lost due to lack of funding

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "A pioneering British project that is on the threshold of developing a revolutionary treatment for cystic fibrosis is facing the axe. The setback is a desperate blow for thousands of young people who suffer from the incurable wasting illness.

The £30m programme had reached the final stages of drug development but earlier this year ran out of cash and as a result, the consortium's work has been suspended. Unless a further £6m is raised by autumn, it will be abandoned.

Hopefully by raising awareness, celebrities or other interested parties will learn about it and help turn this trial into a success, helping thousands of people all over the world."

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Australia bans small breasts

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "The Australian Sex Party (ASP) said Wednesday that the Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. It comes just a week after it was found that material with depictions of females ejaculating during orgasm are now Refused Classification and Australian Customs directed to confiscate it.

The National Classification Code dictates that anything that describes or depicts a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not) in a way that is likely to cause offense to a reasonable adult is Refused Classification."

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Linux contractor fired for using Firefox on Linux

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "A US Linux technician received a contract proposal from a big company (with three letters in its name) to patch more than 1000 Linux servers with some proprietary SAN access software. After about a month of grueling process of approval, he came to the very last step...a simple competency test to be taken online. He was given the URL and instructed to complete the test and notify the Project Manager at the computer company with three letters in their name when finished.
However, upon accessing the website, he found out the page would not render at all and upon an inquiry he received the answer from the Project Manager (of the three letter company)that the website will not run on Linux using Firefox and that he will receive a laptop with Windows and VPN software to complete the test.
While waiting for the laptop, he sent an email asking the website administrators for the reason why the page does not load on Firefox/Linux and the company with three letters in the name promptly fired him for "refusing to use Windows and Internet Explorer" and blackballed him from future projects."

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Author breaks down how he gets paid for Ruby book

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "Peter Cooper, the author of Beginning Ruby, breaks down how he gets paid for the book, including the advance and royalties, giving a nice clean explanation of how authors get paid for their books.

He also describes the negotiations over the second edition of the book, in which he begged his publisher, Apress, to offer the ebook version for free, believing (strongly) that it would promote sales of the paper book. He even notes that the original version's ebook barely had noteworthy sales, so it seemed reasonable to offer up the ebook for free to drive more attention. No dice. Even though Apress has done that with other similar titles, it wouldn't agree.

As he retains the copyright for the actual text, he encourages people to buy the book and create an online version of it without covers, contents table and indexes, promising not to enforce his copyright over the new work."

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Time Warner Shuts Off Heavy User's Account

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "After deciding to shelve metered broadband plans, it looks like Time Warner is cutting off, with no warning, the accounts of customers who they deem have used too much bandwidth.

Austin Stop The Cap reader reader Ryan Howard reports that his Road Runner service was cut off yesterday without warning.
According to Ryan, it took four calls to technical support, two visits to the cable store to try two new cable modems (all to no avail), before someone at Time Warner finally told him to call the company's "Security and Abuse" center.
"I called the number and had to leave a voice mail and about an hour later a Time Warner technician called me back and lectured me for using 44 gigabytes in one week," Howard wrote. Howard was then "educated" about his usage.
"According to her, that is more than most people use in a year," Howard said."

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Research: Legalization of drugs makes more sense

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mariushm writes "A new research paper from the thinktank Transform, funded by charitable foundations and individual donors, comes to the conclusion that at least in the case of UK, it is primarily the fact of drugs being illegal which makes them so damaging to society and furthermore, if drugs were legalized — even assuming a huge increase in their use — the public would have more benefits from regulation and legalization versus the current system.
The research shows that:
It is a relatively small subset of the using population, made up of marginalised low income dependent users offending to fund their drug use, who are disproportionately responsible for creating the secondary £13.9 billion in acquisitive crime costs from the £3.7 billion turnover of the illicit market for heroin and cocaine. That the heroin and cocaine market, freed of the distorting influence of criminal market economic pressures, would likely be worth around one tenth of the £3.7 billion figure highlights this particular negative impact of prohibition economics even more starkly.
Over half of all UK property crime is to fund drug misuse, primarily heroin and cocaine. If drugs were available on prescription or at affordable prices comparable to those paid by dependent drinkers, it is assumed that levels of acquisitive crime related to fundraising would be negligible. Intoxication-related offences would be unchanged (at a given level of use).

The paper also points out that drug users' health would improve because the drugs would be controlled and of better quality compared to the ones on the market.
It's worth noting that the report assumes health costs for the drug users would remain the same but does note the health costs will probably be lower, as people will no longer share possibly infected needles to inject themselves with drugs.
Also something to think about is the fact that the estimated financial advantages that would be brought by the regulation and legalization of drugs do not include taxes."

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FBI search warrant for Core IP datacenter leaked

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "The search warrant for the Core IP datacenter has apparently been leaked (alternative link).
Besides a page giving lots of details about one cabinet, including the color of the cables it has, there's also an annex which contains a very long list (16 points), mentioning pretty much anything you can think of.
As far as I understand the warrant, it looks like FBI could have taken even the microwave oven from the kitchen, if they wanted."

Datacenter robbed for the 4th time in 2 years

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mariushm writes "The CIHost datacenter was attacked by armed intruders for the fourth times in two years.

According to a letter C I Host officials sent customers, "at least two masked intruders entered the suite after cutting into the reinforced walls with a power saw, [...]

During the robbery, C I Host's night manager was repeatedly tazered and struck with a blunt instrument. After violently attacking the manager, the intruders stole equipment belonging to C I Host and its customers."

To aggravate the situation, C I Host representatives needed several days to admit the most recent breach, according to several customers who said they lost equipment, all the while reporting the problems as "router failures"."

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mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mariushm writes "SlySoft has just updated AnyDVD HD, offering users the possibility of watching Blue-Ray media without DRM. This comes after only two weeks from the first release which was able to remove DRM from HD-DVD.

Version has lots of features but probably the most important one is stripping the evil DRM infection from Blu-Ray and restore your fair use rights.

The free upgrade can also remove region encoding, works on Windows XP-64 and Vista-64, and fixes a ton of bugs. You can get the update or a trial copy here."

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mariushm (1022195) writes "There's a great article at The Inquirer ( http://www.theinq.com/default.aspx?article=36570 ) about a document some guy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand wrote about Vista's security model, its DRM, its restrictions and how it affects us users. Seems to be very well written. They also link to the guy's document ( http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_c ost.txt ) so you may want to check it out and write a nice story because I suck at this."

mariushm mariushm writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mariushm writes "Shawn Hogan, the millionaire sued by MPAA for allegedly downloading Meet The Fockers, has written in his blog that he may win the law suit due to a technicality:

Universal City Studios Productions (the entity suing me [more or less] on behalf of the MPAA) doesn't actually have a legal right to sue because they didn't own the copyright. You can read the motion to dismiss over here (warning:PDF) if you are bored.

He continues his post with a very serious question:

For the hundreds of people that "settled" for $2,500, are those settlements even legal/valid? If they turn out to be invalid, what can I do to help everyone get their settlement money back from Universal/MPAA? They're legal right to make settlements with people would be along the same lines as me settling with you for downloading Star Wars. I'm thinking if people were paying me because I told them I owned the copyright to Star Wars (but I didn't really) may be illegal in itself."


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