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Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

necro2607 Re:How long can they fight it (348 comments)

"But I guess if Google were being a search engine only for warez and illegal content, they would be shutdown quite fast too." Yeah, but... ThePirateBay is not a search engine only for warez and illegal content. In fact, it's considered "the" torrent site, that "everyone" uses. As such it's totally loaded with peoples' own content, even high profile users such as Nine Inch Nails releasing their content via ThePirateBay. Not to mention countless numbers of independent bands, record labels, software companies, people sharing old documents and obscure stuff that would be otherwise hard to find.. etc. etc.. it's effectively the Google of Torrent sites. I know people who run net labels who distribute their entire discography via torrents on all the popular torrent sites. I know an author who posts his books on TPB and other torrent sites. It's THE distribution model for today's internet, basically. And it's not inherently "piracy" or "illegal" or "warez". It's just a totally killer awesome digital distribution model which gets a bad rap for not upholding the copyright laws of many countries. :P

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source FPS Game Alien Arena 2009 Released

necro2607 Re:Oh wow, it gets worse. (142 comments)

What do you mean? Did they develop the game for Win/Linux on 500mhz Pentium IIIs? If they can't afford a $1000 Mac, they can't afford a $1000 Windows PC. Since you can run OS X on Intel x86, these guys could be theoretically running OS X on the very same machine they're developing in Windows on. There's just no longer the argument that "We can't afford Macs, so we can't make Mac software"...

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source FPS Game Alien Arena 2009 Released

necro2607 Re:Oh wow, it gets worse. (142 comments)

So, basically, what you're saying is... It's just as well that it's not succesfully ported to OS X? :P Sounds like usability epic failsauce, to me.

Maybe if they hadn't ignored the Mac platform and checked out some of Apple's industry-leading guidelines on usability, UI and "UX", it wouldn't have turned out that horrible. Seriously, I believe strong adherence to good guidelines will make every aspect of your software of a higher quality.

Then again, I wager this game was developed by coders, with graphics/audio and "design sense" (thus usablity/UI) taking a back-burner position.

more than 5 years ago
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Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

necro2607 Do this stuff ANONYMOUSLY as possible (467 comments)

Well, not that I mean to be insensitive, but when you're messing with that kind of stuff, you want to be as anonymous as humanly possible.

Like, purchasing hosting somewhere else in the world, with a one-time VISA/MasterCard cash card that you bought at a corner store with cash. You know? Uploading everything from your laptop while you're chilling at a coffee shop well distanced from your home.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but man, I would not be dealing with this kinda scenario where people are getting killed in the night and shit, unless I was doing it ultra un-traceable style. Because I would absolutely anticipate this kind of harsh backlash from the same crazy fuckers that are doing the same thing in Iran.

I actually considered setting up an anonymous web-form -> twitter gateway, but it was just not worth the hassle to set that kind of thing up with the kind of anonymity I would require to be OK with doing that. :P

more than 5 years ago
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An Inside Look At Tabula Rasa's Failure

necro2607 Re:Worst beta I've ever been in (44 comments)

"I've been jumping into every MMO beta I could ever since asheron's call, and frankly TR had the worst quality beta and launch I've ever seen."

Damn.. did you play Hellgate London beta? I thought it was freaking horrible. I was honestly surprised that the game I was playing, was one that was supposed to be launched/live in like 2 or 3 weeks. Wasn't even slightly surprised when I heard the servers would be getting shut down...

more than 5 years ago
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3 Cups of Coffee Increases Hallucinations

necro2607 Re:Three cups? (628 comments)

Heh, you wanna talk about PTSD from a video on the net, there's way worse, "NEDM" comes to mind. :(

more than 5 years ago
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3 Cups of Coffee Increases Hallucinations

necro2607 Re:RTFA (628 comments)

Man, that is freaking hardcore. I consider it to be excessive if I have more than a few lattes (or variants like mocha/etc.) in a day. I can notice the difference in energy/alertness on weekends where I don't really have any coffee. Did you work 7 days a week? Otherwise you must have been totally out of it or zombie-style on the weekends!

more than 5 years ago
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How Microsoft Beats GNU/Linux In Schools

necro2607 Re:Apps! (476 comments)

It's worth noting that Boardmaker is available for OS X as well. ;) Of course that family with the 11 year old son could always make their own "tags" using clip art off the net. I've seen it done firsthand as an alternative to using apps like Boardmaker. It's not as convenient or elegant, of course.

more than 5 years ago
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Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse

necro2607 1 billion made and they still last 1 year (456 comments)

I feel a bit surprised Logitech has made 1 billion mice now, considering even the absolute newest mice of theirs I've bought have had show-stopping failures, specifically the physical button-clicks.

The last two Logitech mice I've used (I mean "last" in both relevant senses) have developed this problem where a single left-click very often results in the mouse sending a very fast double-click.

Obviously this causes a lot of problems, like unintentionally opening documents (and thus launching applications I wasn't planning on opening), overwriting local files when accidentally downloading a remote file in an FTP client, closing two programs instead of just the one I was trying to close (because the "underlying" window would have had its close-window button clicked as well)... etc. etc. Had a pretty hard time not throwing the mouse across the freaking room, after a certain point.

The most frustrating thing is that I've had the most recent mouse well under a year. I'll send it back for RMA, because it's unacceptable to have this kind of hardware defect, but the fact that it keeps happening is the most frustrating aspect.

I'm curious to hear if other people experience this problem. I've read it on forums (seems like a huge problem of Logitech's actually), but wondering to hear some anecdotes in response to mine...

about 6 years ago
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Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse

necro2607 Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (456 comments)

I've been trying to right click with it for 2 weeks, with no luck, and its been driving me nuts. I just went upstairs and tried by lifting my index finger when I clicked, and voila: context menu! My reaction: "stupidest mouse ever."

I guess.. While I agree it happens relatively often that it treats your intended right-click as a regular left-click, I also became aware very quickly that it happens when your left finger is pressing down to a fair degree. What this means is, a simple adjustment of holding the mouse to cause less pressure on your fingers will make it pick up the right-click properly.

My complaint with the Mighty Mouse was the "scroll ball" which would get jammed incessantly. I started using my ancient, second-hand crappy old Logitech USB optical mouse.

However, Logitech isn't a lot better, at least in terms of hardware that works reliably. My less-than-year-old mouse from the $150~ MX5500 keyboard/mouse duo, no longer left clicks properly. It double clicks very very often, when I only click the button once. Needless to say this caused a lot of unintentional app launches, unintentional overwriting of local files when double-clicking in an FTP program instead of single clicking, etc. etc. etc. Same thing was happening with the previous Logitech mouse I used at work (MX5000 keybd/mouse duo).

about 6 years ago
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Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow

necro2607 Re:If there is water... (118 comments)

"bleh... that'll teach me to post when awake..."

As opposed to what, posting when asleep? I don't know that that would turn out much better... ;)

more than 6 years ago
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Asus Ships Cracking Software On Recovery DVD

necro2607 Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (263 comments)

Nice, I want a copy of that. Sounds like Asus is including some pretty useful utilities along with their new machines! Now there's a software bundle that for once might actually be of some use to me! ;)

more than 6 years ago

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Editing of notes in polyphonic audio soon possible

necro2607 necro2607 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FMTA writes "Audio-software developer Celemony have just announced a new feature in the upcoming v2 update to their pitch/beat-correction software Melodyne, which will, amazingly, allow for the direct editing of pitch and timing of specific notes in a polyphonic audio file. To put it simply, you can actually pick out individual notes in an audio file and move them around in pitch and timing, even if they are in the middle of a chord with many notes. This has generally always been considered impossible to do, but it seems like Celemony just may have achieved the impossible. Personally, I am blown away, and consider this to be amazing news for the audio engineering/production field. Take a look at the video on their website which shows some realtime editing, which frankly, in my opinion, is almost unbelievable to watch. Melodyne version 2 is due out this Fall 2008."
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Halo 3 to offer 2-4 player co-op over Xbox Live

necro2607 necro2607 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FMTA writes "Even after it was previously speculated that Halo 3 would lack multiplayer co-op over Xbox Live, Bungie has now announced that Halo 3 will allow up to four players in online co-op games. "Of course we were working on it, but we were also working on something better. Not two player co-op. Not three-player co-op, but up to four player co-op. Online. On Xbox Live, or sure, System Link if you prefer." This comes as a pleasant surprise after being disappointed by statements to the contrary. However, split-screen games are still limited to two players on your local Xbox. An additional one to two players can join via Xbox Live or System Link."
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necro2607 necro2607 writes  |  about 8 years ago

FMTA writes "A posting on NASA's website tells us that 'NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years.' The deposits of sediment are apparently several hundred meters long. To further quote the article, '"The shapes of these deposits are what you would expect to see if the material were carried by flowing water," said Michael Malin of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego. "They have finger-like branches at the downhill end and easily diverted around small obstacles."' What amount of liquid water is flowing beneath the surface of Mars and whether this water might harbour microbial life are two key questions that are raised as a result of this discovery."

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