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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

mrchaotica Re:No winner here, except for us all (572 comments)

Now all we need is for Anonymous to hack Sony again, replace Sony.com with The Pirate Bay, and put up a torrent of the movie. Then the lulz will be complete.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

mrchaotica Re:So stream it... (572 comments)

Nah, that's no good -- we can't have Sony actually do something good; it'd be too out of character.

No, what really needs to happen is that Anonymous should hack Sony a second time, replace the Sony.com website with a copy of The Pirate Bay, and release a torrent of the movie there.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

mrchaotica Re:Good (572 comments)

But to not show it because some third-world dictator pitched a fit is a different thing. That truly offends me. We should be showing it precisely because it pisses him off.

Exactly. But since the theaters dun goofed and Sony compounded their incompetence with a double-helping of cowardice, we need to compensate. Clearly, what needs to happen now is for Anonymous to hack Sony again and release the movie to Bittorrent.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

mrchaotica Re:Go ahead (376 comments)

Is stealing from the Public Domain by turning copyright into some sort of perpetual entitlement morally justifiable? Not really. In the end, someone is going around the rules of society for personal gain.

FTFY.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

mrchaotica Re:Just skin? (170 comments)

Since the experimental design involved artificially aging [only] the skin by exposing the mice to tanning, they probably don't know yet.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

mrchaotica Re:If you point the camera on a politician.. (437 comments)

We could also fix it by simply making a rule that "malfunctioning" camera + complaint of misconduct = bullet between the cop's eyes.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

mrchaotica Re:Unbelievable! (184 comments)

Renewables have the problem of portability. Some like wind and hydro electric needs to be located in the proper areas where they can get a reliable energy from. Others like solar do not offer 24/7 support. Batteries do not have the energy density that we get out of fossil fuel, and takes much longer to recharge.

That's why the real future of portable fuel is synthetic fuel (preferably from carbon sequestration or renewable sources, not coal).

3 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

mrchaotica Re:Quoted from TFA (194 comments)

After the rocket program had been canceled, it was expected that the tower would be useless when it was completed four years later. Lo and behold, now that it's completed it is indeed useless.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

mrchaotica Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

Yes and no.

It's more related to the time period in which those neighborhoods were built, and how they were built. Grid street patterns were normal before WWII, along with smaller houses (Victorians, Craftsman bungalows, etc.). "Subdivisions" didn't become common until the postwar era, when sprawling ranch houses with two-car garages and big yards were popular.

Not coincidentally, those postwar subdivisions were also getting built at the same time as the civil rights movement: at the time, black people were "blockbusting" in those grid-street neighborhoods, while the white people were moving out to the curved/cul-de-sac subdivisons to get away from them. In fact, the restricted number of subdivision entrances/exits, along with the higher housing prices (enforced in the zoning code by minimum lot sizes, which forced lower-density development) were, in part, tools to keep out those perceived to be undesirable.

4 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

mrchaotica Re:Hollywood... it's just not going to work guys!! (176 comments)

I know a "50 something" retired guy whose hobby is archiving pirated music. He claims to have "more than 250,000 albums" on HDD's. Sounds impossible but maybe he means "songs".

Assuming 3 MB per song (in MP3 format) and 10 songs per album, on average, 250,000 albums would take up only about 7.5 TB. That's not too far-fetched: the whole thing could even fit on one disk!

4 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

mrchaotica Re:I can see it coming . . . (176 comments)

and then what happens with they start trying to lay the hurt on them for listing pirate links (as it is almost impossible to block these witthout only showing sponsored content)

Hopefully, it would drive the popularity of peer-to-peer distributed search engines like YaCy or Seeks.

4 days ago
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OpenMotics Offers Open Source (and Open Hardware) Home Automation

mrchaotica Re:hardware is the challenge (36 comments)

And you really want a wireless solution, either RF (Zigbee, for example) or carrier current (X10). Carrier current, these days, is probably no cheaper than RF, and RF doesn't have anywhere near the interference and propagation issues that carrier current does.

No, what you really want is a low-voltage wiring standard (which encompasses both power and control, so that you can directly drive LED lighting without having a bunch of 120VAC transformers everywhere). That way you could wire the house once and not have to worry about incompatible proprietary bullshit.

4 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

mrchaotica Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

Doesn't your school have guidance councilors and an appeals process to make exceptions for issues like that?

4 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

mrchaotica Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

Y'all need to go to a better school. At my college, several of the lower-level CS classes had special "X" sections that were more interesting and challenging, and let us avoid having to deal with the non-CS-majors who had no idea WTF they were doing.

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

mrchaotica Re: Can you say... (263 comments)

That's not an accurate recipe: KFC is pressure-fried, not just regular [pan|deep]-fried.

4 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

mrchaotica Re:Good to Be A Software "Engineer" (160 comments)

Built any bridges recently for which the budget was cut halfway, you were forced to use chocolate fudge instead of cement, the location was switched every two weeks and the timescales halved, and delivered a working bridge nonetheless?

You know why REAL engineers don't have to deal with that shit? It's because the project can't get built until we put our stamp on the plans! Management's demands get a whole lot more reasonable when they can't replace you with some dumbfuck yes-man.

5 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

mrchaotica Re:Wait, what? (160 comments)

Oh right, it's that special definition of "corrupt" that means "it still works perfectly, but we can tell some other company modified it."

5 days ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

mrchaotica Re:Remember the stripper visa (122 comments)

I've found that foreign western Europeans are welcomed with enthusiasm but foreign Asians with much much resentment.

Western Europeans are coming from an economy just as good as our own, so they aren't willing to work for peanuts and thus don't drive down wages like people from third-world countries do.

Asians from developed countries (e.g. Japan) would be welcomed just as warmly, for the same reason.

5 days ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

mrchaotica Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (113 comments)

Let's say I have a bitstream that is *almost* bit for bit identical to an MP3, an MKV, etc. How bits have to change before it is no longer infringing? Don't start with things like, "Well, it depends how it was created and for what purpose..." Bits are bits.

This is where your post stops making any since whatsoever. The law doesn't give a shit that "bits are bits," and will not accept any technological argument in order to decide a legal issue. It's a non-sequitur, and if you try it you will fail every time.

What actually matters is if you had mens rea for copyright infringement.

about a week 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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