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VLC 's Beta For Android Is Ready — Unless You're North American

mcavic Re:hmmmmm (118 comments)

Bitcoin software is very unfriendly. The concept is alright, but the tools need more development.

about 2 years ago
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After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

mcavic Re:Without power? (813 comments)

It wouldn't help you. Windmills still have to be maintained. And, you still need reserve power when the wind dies down. If the reserve comes from batteries, the batteries will need periodic replacement, which is expensive. And if the reserve comes from offsite -- forget about the windmill and just bury your power lines.

about 2 years ago
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Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion

mcavic Re:Another lousy company (307 comments)

Chrome has always auto-updated without my permission. Imagine my surprise when I see 50% CPU utilization, and I see a Setup.exe running, but I'm not installing anything that I'm aware of.

about 2 years ago
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The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

mcavic Re:How is this an issue? (284 comments)

POSIX.1 defines seconds since the Epoch as a value to be interpreted as the number of seconds between a specified time and the Epoch, according to a formula for conversion from UTC equivalent to conversion on the naive basis that leap seconds are ignored and all years divisible by 4 are leap years.

I think that's the only way to do it. You need some formula to convert between epoch time and component time, and a static formula can't account for arbitrary leap seconds. For computing purposes, instead of thinking of a leap second as making the day one second longer, think of it as a one-time adjustment to your clock.

about 2 years ago
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The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

mcavic Re:How is this an issue? (284 comments)

Yeah, I understand that the :60 exists in the real world. But from a computing standpoint, a small approximation seems to make things much easier.

about 2 years ago
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The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

mcavic Re:How is this an issue? (284 comments)

Thanks - the kernel log on one of my machines seems to indicate that the :59 was repeated. That's what I would hope for the sake of software compatibility.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

All these anti-piracy efforts are predicated on the notion that piracy is bad, and that copyright is the only way or the only fair way artists can make a living.

If there are other ways for artists to make a decent living in a world where everything is copied freely, then you're completely right.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

The thing you have the remember about the internet is that it is a country. It should have it's own governing body and rules

I would go for that, and I love the idea. The governments just don't agree.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

Yes, you can write all the books you want, you just can't actually sell drugs or kill people. That's the difference between censorship and law enforcement.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

There's no entitlement to expect people to pay for your work rather than stealing it?

about 2 years ago
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The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

mcavic Re:How is this an issue? (284 comments)

Why would a Unix application ever see the :60? Any time someone checks the clock, the time should be derived from Unix time (seconds since the epoch) which doesn't account for leap seconds. So to an application it should appear as a duplicate :00 or :59.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

In the sense that the American government is run by Americans, sure. But the definition of government is that some people are in power and some aren't.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

I'm saying it's okay for them to enforce laws. In this case, they're not doing anything to the Internet. They're making it easier for copyright holders to serve complaints. And by serving the complaint to your ISP instead of suing you, they're saving you money and court time.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

It's a trade-off. People want to copy music, so it's a way for the artists to be compensated too. Yes, some people don't get any benefit for the tax, but nor do I get the benefit of every tax dollar that's spent here in the US.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

Yeah, they could figure something out about the hard drive space. Just put a tiny tax on all drives if you want to, otherwise enforcement is a problem. But the real problem is copying. As I recall, the deal is that you can make a copy of something for your own use, but you can't distribute copies. In my opinion, P2P should count as distributing copies, because the effect is the same. But yes, I know there's a counter-argument.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

You have a far better chance of catching them if you don't drive them underground.

If we were talking about fighting censorship, that would be a good point. But we're talking about law enforcement. Whether it's pirating or drug dealing, you can't let them carry out their business and bust them for it too. It's either legal or it's not.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

Censorship shouldn't exist.

We're not talking about censorship; we're talking about law enforcement. In the US and probably a few other countries, there's a difference between the two.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

The blank media tax is a brilliant idea in my opinion. But yes, it seems to have been written for physical media and doesn't extend very well to the Internet.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:Freenet is still here (298 comments)

Letting other people surf through my IP? Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

about 2 years ago
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Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

mcavic Re:That's what they want (298 comments)

We are supposed to have a network where we can communicate freely

You don't get to avoid your country's laws just by creating a computer network. If a terrorist group wants to use the network to plan attacks, and if I want to use it to sell drugs to kids, is that okay? Just saying. There is a line somewhere, and the governments are going to set the line for us - it's the definition of a government.

about 2 years ago

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