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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

mrchaotica Re:Overblown nonsense. (99 comments)

Now, I grant you that most an entire generation having grown up with the idea that it's ok to steal IP, and the toxic idiocy of the "information wants to be free" crowd additionally muddying the waters, and the proliferation of people who just can't seem to keep their word, one might have reason to be cynical about this.

You've gone off the rails here. The "information wants to be free" crowd thinks as such precisely because information naturally (i.e., without the interference of law) is in the Public Domain to begin with. Creating a strawman argument claiming that they'd somehow twist that position to justify stealing from the Public Domain is not only offensive, but patently absurd.

10 hours ago
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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

mrchaotica Re:Crontratulations to some of you (145 comments)

Why pay half a million dollars for an 1800 sq foot 30 year old house when you can buy a brand new 3500sq ft house for the same price?

First of all, in-town bungalows are more like 70+ years old. That means they were better-built than new speculative construction and (if built before WWII) have lots of architectural detail that's too expensive to build today. If they're "the same price" (as opposed to "fixer uppers") then they've been renovated and insulated to modern standards, so utilities are cheaper. And most importantly, they're in walkable neighborhoods and close to jobs, so the commute is shorter and the lifestyle is better.

You wold fit in real good with one of my sister's friends who is spending $1400 a month for an 800 sq ft apartment in Brookhaven (just so she can say she lives in Brookhaven) while I pay $1300 a month to rent a 1700 sq ft house out in Woodstock.

Why would I do that when I'm paying about $700 a month for a mortgage (including taxes and insurance) on a 1500 ft^2 house in Atlanta (in the Atlanta city limits, near Decatur)? Granted, my neighborhood isn't as nice as Decatur, but it's a damn sight better than most parts of the suburbs.

By the way, before I bought my house (5 years ago) I lived in an 800 sq ft apartment on the south edge of Buckhead for $800 a month, and I'm sure it'd be no more than $900 or so now... unless that apartment is super-luxurious, your sister's friend is getting ripped off.

Now, I know Google is doing it on a neighborhood basis, so I doubt that most places in these cities won't get it as there are probably not enough people that can afford the $300 up front investment to make a whole neighborhood viable, so it will still be only the rich ones that get this. It just seems to me that picking areas where the income distribution isn't so large would open them up to more customers

Just under half the folks in my neighborhood are yuppies who can easily afford the $70/month gigabit service. The other half are older people who've been here for 20+ years, who would benefit from the free service. In fact, I would say that even having the yuppies create a fund to subsidize the installation fee for the others wouldn't be out of the question. In other words, Google Fiber is a great fit for my neighborhood almost because it's mixed-income. Unless it's competitive (where the rollout is limited to only the top X% of neighborhoods, rather than all that meet some threshold), I can see every neighborhood in the city qualifying except for the real slums, like English Avenue or Mechanicsville.

13 hours ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

mrchaotica Re:Uh, okay? (319 comments)

It is the year of the Linux desktop! It's just that the Linux in question uses Chrome instead of X11 as its GUI.

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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

mrchaotica Re:Disappointed in Portland (145 comments)

If a $300 one-time fee (that you can plan for many months in advance) is a show-stopper for you, then you have a severe personal finance problem.

(And saying "I'm too poor not to live paycheck-to-paycheck" is not an excuse; plenty of people on the forums at sites like earlyretirementextreme.com and mrmoneymustache.com have figured out how to live well on $7,000 - $30,000 per year).

yesterday
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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

mrchaotica Re:They tried, Seattle bureaucracy and rules were (145 comments)

We no longer have cable TV because Comcast canâ(TM)t install a pedestal with the upstream amplifier thatâ(TM)s required after they switched from unecrypted QAM.

Nobody's forcing Comcast to encrypt QAM, you know. That's just Comcast deciding to fuck you over because it can.

yesterday
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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

mrchaotica Re:Crontratulations to some of you (145 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but people live in exurban wastelands (like Woodstock) because they can't afford to live somewhere like Decatur or Sandy Springs. Those Decatur bungalows you think are just "old" are actually $0.5M+. A lot of them are also actually really nice; they're just not designed to show it off from the street McMansion-style. (Bungalows are typically relatively narrow and deep and don't have front-facing attached garages, so they look smaller from the street than they actually are.) And Sandy Springs (along with Buckhead, adjacent to it) is full of actual mansions (not the "Mc" kind) and is the most expensive town in the entire metro area.

If your impression is based on just what you can see driving by at 50 mph on Scott Boulevard (or on Roswell Road, in the case of Sandy Springs) then you don't know WTF you're talking about.

(Now, bear in mind that I am talking about the City of Decatur proper... unincorporated Dekalb with a Decatur address really does suck, except maybe for the parts near Emory.)

Also, it makes more sense to bring fiber to older, closer-in cities precisely because they are closer, more dense, and don't already have (competing) good infrastructure.

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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

mrchaotica Re:pygame chess is the ultimate (182 comments)

I'm sure it's already been done, but impossible to find with a search engine.

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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

mrchaotica Re:Best short programs (182 comments)

What you're saying doesn't matter. The point is that the measured result has to include the runtime environment. Because of that, even "Hello World" in Prolog, Scheme, or Haskell is probably* going to be bigger than 487 bytes.

(* I haven't actually looked up the runtime size of those languages.)

yesterday
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

mrchaotica Re:Incredible! (182 comments)

You've got to be kidding. A visual representation of the board is insufficient to distinguish it from Checkers!

yesterday
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

mrchaotica Re: just put a motor on the elevator itself (240 comments)

Induction incurs a lot of losses. Yes, it can travel a small air gap easily; however, it does so with a lot of compromises. Some of the main challenges is heat generation and low power transmission efficiency. Increasing the power can attempt to address the latter but only at a cost of more heat.

With a km-high vertical shaft, I've got to think some use can be found for that heat (e.g. by putting an electric turbine at the top).

Finally, current elevators don't lift the car. It is counter balanced with a set of stacked weights. The elevator motor (a fixed mounted motor pulling the cables) only needs to lift the difference between the two weights of the loaded car and the counterbalance weight stack. A fully self-powered car of the kind we are considering would not have a counter balance (because it would lack the connecting cable) and therefore would need even more power to lift the entire mass of the car.

As somebody mentioned upthread, this is only true when the weight of the cable is negligible. If the cable weighs as much as the car, as it would in a sufficiently-high tower, then there are situations where the motor has to lift that much weight.

yesterday
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

mrchaotica Re: Cyber terrorism ... (94 comments)

I've done so on numerous occasions, which you ignore because you're a fascist. Fuck off and die.

yesterday
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

mrchaotica Re: Anti 1984 sign (275 comments)

Here's the thing: although you're entitled to your opinion, that doesn't change the fact that it's both wrong and un-American. In fact, the United States wouldn't exist without anonymous public comment!

So, if you hate freedom that much -- and make no mistake, freedom requires anonymity, so if you hate anonymity then you hate freedom -- then by all means continue to think that way. But please do the rest of us a favor and GTFO of the USA!

2 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

mrchaotica Re: Anti 1984 sign (275 comments)

Only cowards need to hide behind masks, the same as KKK and ISIL members

Or Christians in ancient Rome, or Jews in 1930s Germany, or educated people in 1970s China, or (soon) freedom-loving people in 2010s America.

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

mrchaotica Re:If by "some fucked up stuff" (140 comments)

Presumably, because in America you can't be thrown into prison for your speech -- so the powers that be will trump up some other kind of charges instead.

2 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

mrchaotica Re: Cyber terrorism ... (94 comments)

It's not self-loathing, it's loathing of tyranny -- a fine, patriotic American tradition.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mrchaotica Re:grandmother reference (456 comments)

For that to work, the vast majority of the game has to exist on the client (i.e., it has to be single-player or capable of LAN play or something). Hackers are not going to be coding up an offline server for an MMO. Maybe they'd be stealing the server-side code and adapting that, but not coding it up from scratch.

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

mrchaotica Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (388 comments)

Neither the US constitution, nor does any commentary I'm aware of, state that electors are pledged to represent the interests of their state.

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 2: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors..."

The idea that a state legislature would choose electors that represent its interests should be common sense.

Of course, at every crucial point in history prior to the 1860s, somebody suggests reducing the power of states in favor of either democratic populism (Jackson) of federal power (Hamilton, Washington...), and the argument against goes something like, "You're just trying to abolish slavery!" American federalism was invented as a pretext to sustain slavery in the colonies where it was economically entrenched.

You could just as validly claim that slavery was a scapegoat excuse for the Federal government to usurp power from the states. Preserving states' rights is yet another reason why we would have been better off if slavery had never existed...

2 days ago
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By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

mrchaotica Re:Got a car, since the cost of living is lower he (136 comments)

I live in Atlanta, and am well aware that the mountains exist. However, having mountains and beach 5 hours apart (making a 10-hour round trip) does not realistically count as "skiing and surfing on the same day."

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

mrchaotica Re:Good (388 comments)

bug every man, woman, and child in the west

The east attempted that before '89, didn't work so well

...and then cellphones happened.

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

mrchaotica Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (388 comments)

The problem with the electoral college is not that it exists, it's that it's being used improperly as a flawed proxy for the popular vote instead of as it was originally intended, which was to reflect the will of the individual states, not the people. Similarly, Senators were not supposed to be elected by popular vote, but rather by vote of their state legislature. And, of course, the office of the President was not supposed to be nearly as powerful as it is now.

What does this all mean? It adds up to the idea that the states were supposed to be much more powerful in comparison to the Federal government than they are now. Since states are smaller, it's easier for individual citizens to meaningfully interact with their state representatives than their federal ones. If states still had the power the Framers intended for them to have, individuals would have better representation than they do now even without electing the President or Senators.

Corporate interests are allowed to dominate because people feel like their vote doesn't matter. Why doesn't their vote matter? Because all elected offices who's constituency is small enough for them to actually affect don't do anything important enough anymore!

2 days ago

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Linux-friendly and Internet-enabled HDTVs?

mrchaotica mrchaotica writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrchaotica (681592) writes "I'm in the market for a new HDTV (in the $1200-or-slightly-more range, as I won the extended-service-plan lottery and have a Sears store credit). Several of the TVs I've looked at have various "Internet TV" features (here are Samsung's and Panasonic's). Some manufacturers appear to be rolling their own, while others are partnering with Yahoo (maybe in an attempt to create a "standard?"). Moreover, these TVs also tend to run Linux under the hood (although their GPL compliance, such as in Panasonic's case, may leave something to be desired). Finally, it's easy to imagine these TVs being able to support video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.) without a set-top box, but I don't know the extent to which that support actually exists.

Anyway, here are my questions:
  1. Is this "Internet TV" thing going to be a big deal going forward, or just a gimmick?
  2. Which manufacturers are most [open standard|Linux|hacker]-friendly?
  3. Which TV models have the best support (or best potential and community backing) for this sort of thing?

Thanks for your insight!"

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