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20 Years of Photoshop

notseamus Re:Nostalgia (289 comments)

I've met someone that used Bridge By choice too!

more than 4 years ago
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IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access To User Files

notseamus Re:Flawed (259 comments)

I can see this being a big problem for business users too.

We issue all files to external parties as pdfs/dwfs so they're basically read only, but there's a tracker reference for internal use which is on this, and I've seen this a lot before too, so I imagine that it could expose something that is supposed to be locked away for contractual reasons to being accessed, modified and distributed.

We also use XP, some essential software can't handle 64 bit xp, nevermind Win 7, so we're stuck here for a while at least (or until Microsoft stops supporting XP, and everyone is forced to switch. The sooner the better).

more than 4 years ago
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Pieces of stamped mail I sent in 2009:

notseamus 20 - 40, Mostly CVs (297 comments)

a lot of architecture firms ask for hard copies, or prefer to see a hard copy of a portfolio, even though it's an a4 print of an a3 document, so not the best way to even present it.

I probably sent out 120 CV's via email though with the same attachment, emails had a higher amount of replies.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

notseamus Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

Depends on the airline you take. The restriction was in place in 2006 briefly, lifted, but many Airlines have kept it. I've been stopped at the gate with a shopping bag and told to get rid of it, or repack my carry on (ironic, considering the security questions).

As for bins, there are loads in airports, but you'll be hardpressed to find them in train stations.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

notseamus Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

No really, there are staff constantly patrolling with huge brushes capturing all the litter. I was too embarrassed to throw it on the ground, so I took it outside the station, but I don't live there, so it would be hours before I took it home.

It's the policy it would seem

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

notseamus Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

Europe has locked down it's train stations a bit, especially London, and in the UK, largely, you won't find a bin in a train station. In Glasgow Central you have to throw your rubbish on the floor, and someone sweeps it up.

Airports are a different matter. Airlines used the one bag security restriction to limit people to one piece of hand luggage permanently (maybe this was only a UK restriction, and it's been largely lifted now, but I think it's still in place in some airports), so you can't even bring a handbag and a shopping bag, or a handbag and a piece of luggage aboard the plane (it does seem to unfairly target women).

There's also the restrictions on luggage, photos at the gates, searches etc, but it's been years since I flew to America, so I don't know how bad it is in comparison.

Elsewhere in Europe, it's not as bad, but the UK is Americanised in more ways than one.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential

notseamus Will They Ever Get to Try This? (259 comments)

This can't be legal, especially under any sane consumer protection laws. I really can't see them ever getting to try this, especially in the EU, where for anything Microsoft do, there's a team of lawyers waiting for the chance to fine them for it.

On the other hand though, sometimes I like to think that Microsoft go around patenting bad ideas to protect them, not for their own use, but to stop someone really malignant from using them in the real world. How on earth does one determine influence anyway?

about 5 years ago
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SpinVox "Recognition" Is Often Expensive Human Transcription

notseamus Re:change is good (226 comments)

Is this a joke?

Today's rich will still be tomorrow's rich, and are probably the best equipped to ride out the recessions.

Today's banks are going to be tomorrow's banks, or if not, will have been bought up by larger banks, see Santander.

The logic you've used is like saying that fires are good, because they mean new houses will have to be built.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Finds Delinquent Behavior Among Boys Is "Contagious"

notseamus Re:warning! (245 comments)

They'll hear a wooshing sound...

more than 5 years ago
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New DVDs For 1,000-Year Digital Storage

notseamus Re:How do we KNOW that.. (274 comments)

Ah, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded.

more than 5 years ago
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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

notseamus Re:Music, Movies, Books,.. Museums next (345 comments)

http://www.spanisharts.com/prado/prado.htm

http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/prado/

El Prado, Spain's biggest museum offers high resolution reproductions of its collection through google earth, and probably elsewhere too. They're such high quality you can get down to brush strokes.

Although IMO, there's something about seeing the painting/art work in person that can't be replaced by viewing it on a monitor. Something is lost if you see it on screen, especially if the space that you visit it in is repurposed or designed for the piece in question. This especially applies to sculpture.

more than 5 years ago
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Choosing Better-Quality JPEG Images With Software?

notseamus Re:How about audio? (291 comments)

If you're running a mac and have all your files in an itunes library, then Dupin is extremely useful. It matches on name, size, length, bit rate, or all at once.

It's pretty useful, and the freeware version lets your delete from drive as well as library.

If you're on windows, I searched for years and couldn't find anything :(

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Loses Bid To Keep Revenues Secret

notseamus Re:I object! (229 comments)

Liar Liar, it's Jim Carey's character.

Good movie actually

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5's First Vulnerability "Self-Inflicted"

notseamus Re:Wimp! (156 comments)

If you wait long enough, the spyware that exploited old versions of IE will disappear making browsin safe again!

more than 5 years ago
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Squeezing a Wikipedia Snapshot Onto an 8GB iPhone

notseamus Profits (169 comments)

It would be nice if he shared/donated some of the profits from this to Wikipedia, seeing as he's getting the database for free. There didn't seem to be a mention of it in the article or his personal site.

more than 5 years ago
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GPS-Based System For Driving Tax Being Field Tested

notseamus Re:Or... (891 comments)

Indeed. Surely the rise of fuel efficient cars is a success and shouldn't be punished by raising taxes anyway? And if consumption is going down shouldn't the cost and frequency of repair fall also?

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Announces Sale to Swedish Company For $7.8 Million

notseamus Re:How do they plan to make money? (406 comments)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4718249.stm
http://torrentfreak.com/why-pirates-buy-more-music-and-music-labels-fail-090428/
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2347/125/

Dead thread, but i thought it was worth replying to anyway. There've been a slew of reports on /., ars etc, and they seem to have the numbers behind them unlike the industry's: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/05/ben-goldacre-bad-science-music-downloads

more than 5 years ago
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UK Compulsory ID Plan Shelved

notseamus Re:Not so fast! What about passports? (201 comments)

The Guardian is reporting:

British citizens who apply for or renew their passport will be automatically registered on the national identity card database under regulations to be approved by MPs in the next few weeks.

The decision to press ahead with the main elements of the national identity card scheme follows a review by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, of the £4.9bn project. Although Johnson said the cards would not be compulsory, critics say the passport measures amount to an attempt to introduce the system by the backdoor.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/30/passport-details-id-card-database

I wrote to my local MP, but he's a useless cunt, and didn't even bother writing back.

From further down that article:
He also denied that there were any significant public spending savings to be made by cancelling the project saying: "This scheme pays for itself. If you cancel all you will get is diddly squat."

This is a reference to the self-financing nature of the project under which it is to be paid for through increased charges for passports and the £60 cost of a biometric identity card.

I had hoped that the new Home Sec would at least have a bit of sense not to emulate his predecessors, but it seems that was misguided. Did Labour even look at the last election results? They have no council mandate, little popular support, they've lost Scotland, and are losing the north, yet they still press on with misguided schemes like ID Cards that are universally unpopular. They've lost all touch with reality.

I remember hearing that Jacqui Smith said that people had approached her saying that they couldn't wait to get ID cards. Even worse, in the long term they've brought back unpopular people like Mandelson, in the hope that nobody would notice or remember how insidious he was.

Sad thing is that I have no faith in the Tories to do any better. No wonder people are voting for UKIP and BNP. If Nigel Farage is seen as more honest than Labour, things are grim for them indeed.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Announces Sale to Swedish Company For $7.8 Million

notseamus Re:How do they plan to make money? (406 comments)

Either way, surely this is the death of The Pirate Bay. It's followed the pattern of being something underground, to becoming something well known amongst the technically literate, to something known by the populace at large, to being discussed by governments, courts and the media to being absorbed by the corporate world.

Like social networking sites like Friendster to Myspace which are in decline or are terminal, the internet crowd is fickle, and will move on to the next big thing at the drop of a hat. Nothing is stopping you.

A comment above from Reddit pointed out that the site has been in ownership for a year now, and that trackers are down to 17 million.

What's replacing it in some sectors seems to be watching tv/movies online, the gray sites that act like iPlayer that link to movies hosted ni China etc. I know quite a few people that use those regularly, that wouldn't necessarily have used torrents before. And sneaker nets are as alive and well as ever.

A lot of other people will think like you, and we can expect to see the pirate bay's traffic to fall, and other trackers to rise in the coming weeks. Whether it recovers or not is a different matter.

more than 5 years ago

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Policing the Online World

notseamus notseamus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notseamus (1295248) writes "It was recently reported on Slashdot that an an American couple have been jailed for obscenity charges. The Guardian is reporting that the British government is finding it increasingly difficult to police online pornography and fan fiction. The article cites an interesting pre-internet case of the The Streisand Effect where Linda Lovelace's biography had "only sold a few thousand copies in the years before the 1976 court case," says Robertson. "Within three weeks of the case acquittal 600,000 copies were purchased by the public." Experts predict there will be a similar effect from the attempt to prosecute Walker. "The perverse thing about the Walker case is that everyone will read this Girls (Scream) Aloud now," says Sutherland."

The Guardian also reports that in the UK there is a challenge to Operation Ore due to an allegation of credit card fraud. Over 7,000 men in the UK have were on its target list, and 39 men have killed themselves.

Both articles paint a picture of a government that is still struggling to police internet crimes effectively."

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Swedish Gaming Firm Buys Pirate Bay

notseamus notseamus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notseamus (1295248) writes "News emerged today that Swedish gaming firm, Global Gaming Factory, has paid 60 million Swedish Krona (£4.7 million) for notorious, yet well loved website, The Pirate Bay. Global Gaming Factory owns "the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world and provides advertisers, software publishers and service providers" access to their market. The press at www.globalgamingfactory.com release states that they want to develop models that allow copyright holders to get paid, but as yet doesn't detail what these might be. However, on TPB Blog, fears of change to the site are allayed by the promise that "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have", posted at http://thepiratebay.org/blog

A clue however to the decision to sell might lie in the same paragraph where the author says "And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us." I this a move to escape the judgments passed earlier this year, or to spread liabilty, or even to provide a strong base to defend against legal challenges?"

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YouTube Muting and Removing User Videos

notseamus notseamus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

notseamus (1295248) writes "In the past few days, YouTube has started muting videos uploaded by users that use "unauthorized copyrighted music" as reported here and here in response to Warner Music's threat over royalties, and so far appears to target only Warner Music related videos. Ars also reports that after three DCMA notices YouTube will remove a user account, even when it appears to be fair use. Kevin Lee has had video essays which he believes are fair use removed from YouTube, and his account disabled before he could file a counter notice."

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