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To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

pesc Re:How is a percentage of a device cost fair? (582 comments)

So if Apple would stop selling iPhones, and instead produce a $10 plugin module with 3G/4G for their next iPod touch, then the fees to Motorola would be 22 cents.

Would you consider this to be fair too?

about 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

pesc Re:Why I don't like software patents (171 comments)

Can I publish program my own text that encodes and decodes H.264 video without infringing a patent?

Can I sell that text? Like other authors can with their work?

Programs = text.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

pesc Re:A serious challenge (171 comments)

I am happy if the patent law contains an paragraph that states that buying, selling, writing, downloading, installing or executing software will never infringe on any patent.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

pesc Why I don't like software patents (171 comments)

In one sentence:

I am a software author and I want to have the same right to publish texts I write as other authors have.

If you don't agree, why should novels, film scripts, musical genres, comic characters, etc, be exempt from patenting?

more than 2 years ago
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A Week After Apple's Fix, Flashback Still Infects Half a Million Macs

pesc Still no fix for Leopard (161 comments)

If you bought your Mac three years ago and never bought an OS upgrade, you are likely running Leopard.

Apple has still not provided any fix or upgrade that addresses this malware for Leopard. Only for Snow Leopard and Lion.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Debates Supporting H.264 In Firefox Via System Codecs

pesc Hypocrits! (320 comments)

Mozilla already plays H264 video embedded in flash contents through an external flash plugin. Today.

So why would it be controversial to allow another plugin to do the same?

more than 2 years ago
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Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

pesc Re:Since encryption is the topic (261 comments)

Doesn't OS X have any filesystem-level encryption like ecryptfs or encfs on Linux? Seems like a weird oversight.

Yes it does and it is built in. But it is not supported for the boot partition.

As the parent to your post said, you can easily create encrypted disk images that grow as they are used which you can mount by double-clicking on it. OS X will then ask for the key before the image is mounted.

about 3 years ago
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Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

pesc Key management? (261 comments)

The difficult questions are:
- How do you manage your encryption keys?
- What is your procedure for changing them?
- How many bits of entropy does your key really have? Did you say you used AES-256?

Encryption is easy. Proper key management is hard.

about 3 years ago
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Google Accuses Competitors of Abusing Patents Against Android

pesc Re:Seriously (294 comments)

The same is true for Microsoft. So why did they join the cartel?

Do you think MS is able to re-license the patents to Nokia? If they can, why couldn't Google?

more than 3 years ago
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Programming Mistakes To Avoid

pesc Re:GOTO... (394 comments)

There's nothing wrong with goto.

Correct. It is the labels that mess things up.

{ // long, long code //
a = 1;
a_label:
b = 2;
return a*b;
}

When reading code, the label messes up what you know about the state of the program. What are we returning here? You have to scan the entire function and find the gotos to know.

more than 3 years ago
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Annual power consumption at your residence?

pesc Units... (507 comments)

Why do we talk about power consumption in units of kWh/year. Why not simply measure average consumption in kW (kilowatts)?

And why do we pay by the kWh and not by the MJ (Megajoule)?

Don't they teach everyone stuff like this in school?

more than 3 years ago
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New MacBook Pros To Sport Light Peak Technology

pesc Re:SSDs - when will TRIM come to OSX (356 comments)

Please mod the parent up!

The referenced article says nothing since they never did a proper reset on the SSD.

Of course OS X needs TRIM. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to reset an SSD on a Mac. You have to remove the drive and put it in a Linux or Windows machine to reset it properly.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Acknowledges Espionage At Nuclear Facilities

pesc Why the secrecy? (175 comments)

But the Iranians insist the nuclear facilities are for research and civil uses. It is against islam to create nuclear weapons!

So why the secrecy? Why not be open about everything and build some trust?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

pesc Because people suck at math (1140 comments)

Most people believe that a widescreen 20" monitor gives you "more/better screen" than a "non--widescreen" 20" monitor.

The opposite is true. The 20" measurement is the diagonal of the screen. You get the largest area when the height/width is equal.
The more you increase the width (and reduce the height), the smaller area you get.

The manufacturers benefit because they can sell a 20" screen with less pixels and make it sound more desirable.

Think of a circle where the radius is the screen size...

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

pesc Re:Loose potrait mode for good, and go with landsc (1140 comments)

Do you read?
Books, magazines, etc print text in portrait mode.

Heck, the newspapers even print the text in several columns to avoid very long lines, as that makes text more difficult to read. (I hate programmers that create 200-character statements on one line.)

For people using computers for text (documents, programming, etc) rather than watching movies, the vertical resolution is valuable.

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Urges USPTO To Deny Most Software Patents

pesc Re:Why I don't like software patents (175 comments)

The problem with this is that if I decide to patent "Online Purchasing of Movies", then I will effectivly shut off all other people and get a monopoly on it

Well, a patent IS a monopoly granted by the state to individuals or corporations.

Patents == monopolies. Let that sink in.

I am a proponent of free markets where anyone can compete. I think monopolies should be abolished. Monopolies or guilds should not exist in a free market economy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Urges USPTO To Deny Most Software Patents

pesc Re:Why I don't like software patents (175 comments)

So why should authors of software have different rules than authors of (for example) film plots?

Why shouldn't we allow patents of film plots including (for example) a teleportation device as found in Star Trek?

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Urges USPTO To Deny Most Software Patents

pesc Why I don't like software patents (175 comments)

I am a software author. Software patents interferes with my right to publish texts that i write myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Conroy Still Hell-Bent On Internet Filter

pesc Re:Why not shut the sites down instead? (254 comments)

I think that "430 child pornography sites" is a bluff. I'm calling it. What sites? Which countries? Did the Australian authorities contact the police in those countries? What happened? Did they give up and are calling for blankets?

It needs to be asked since international lobbying groups are exploiting "child pornography" to establish censorship as being normal on the internet.

Read this:
http://christianengstrom.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/ifpis-child-porn-strategy/

Do these lobbying groups operate in Australia?

What do Australian families think about commercial entities exploiting child pornography?

more than 4 years ago

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