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Google & Verizon's Real Net Neutrality Proposal

plasmacutter Re:no exceptions for wireless! (254 comments)

But the majority of Verizon's wired infrastructure (i.e. FiOS) can handle a HUGE amount of data

I seriously doubt fios is the majority of Verizon's infrastructure, since I have yet to stumble across one of these mythical residences covered by fios in my numerous travels.

i'm pretty sure fios is actually a social experiment to see how many people can be led to believe it exists, but not in their area.

about 4 years ago
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Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

plasmacutter Re:Not necessarily a wack-job... (222 comments)

do you think a skin tattoo or glass chip under the skin will still be visible/readable after the body is burned or mutilated? this is as opposed to the current dog tags which are cheaper and more resilient.

that said, a passive chip which would be charged by and respond to a certain radio frequency would be a godsend in the event I was shot down and/or captured behind enemy lines.

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

plasmacutter What did she do to get to that point, we can learn (222 comments)

This proves that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

This woman must be doing something right for them to write up a bill specifically for HER to get her to "stfu and gtfo already" about the government planting chips in her body.

I can just see it now "thank you, ok aye votes? motion passed" *she leaves the floor* *some legislators laugh into their sleeves* "NOW, on to real issues".

more than 4 years ago
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ACTA Treaty Released

plasmacutter Re:A Completely One Sided Law (205 comments)

It is not a "law", it's a draft treaty. It must still be ratified/implemented before it becomes law. I'd like to note that canada has yet to implement the wipo treaty which calls for the DMCA.

Perhaps this "Pre-crime" garbage can be used to get the dingbat-libertarian-right teamed up with the far-socialist-left to kill it on the legislative floor.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Linux Is Not Attracting Young Developers

plasmacutter Re:older developers... (742 comments)

Give me a place to mail a CV.

My coursework included all the "hardcore CS" fare, and my program stressed teaching students the ability to "RTFM" and self-teach API's on their own.

its been 1.5 years since i've graduated and the "walled fortress" feel to the whole field is beginning to irritate me.

more than 4 years ago
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The Need For Search Neutrality

plasmacutter "neutral search engine" is an oxymoron. (203 comments)

You use a search engine to pair down listings based on arbitrary criteria, and you want those results to be relevant. This means intelligent algorithms which are by their nature non-neutral.

Given that the internet is 99% porn, I think its a very, very bad idea to ban such relevance sorting. I'm sure parents will be happy with their congressman after their kid enters "jupiter" for a science project and gets 10 pages of XXX to sort through.

more than 4 years ago
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How Europe's Mandated Browser Ballot Screen Works

plasmacutter Re:The ballot screen is Europe only (169 comments)

The bad news is that, the screen is to appear only for users in Europe. I hope the US anti-trust takes hint a from their European counterparts and mandate in the US too.

I believe deliberate, artificial market segmentation is a violation of the sherman anti-trust act. It merely needs to be actually pursued by the justice department.

more than 4 years ago
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How Europe's Mandated Browser Ballot Screen Works

plasmacutter Re:The proper Solution: (169 comments)

Makers of x86 applications should have been mandated to produce a (Generic) Linux, Windows, and OSX port of all their software.

that will swiftly and very effectively kill off most FOSS projects, as OSS developers do so as a hobby, and often have no clue about the operating system they DONT use.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

plasmacutter "Everybody Knows".... (272 comments)

there's gonna be a meter on your bed, that will disclose.. what everybody knows!..

never thought it would be LITERAL.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

plasmacutter Re:Mplayer OSX Extended (398 comments)

What's the quality like? VLC uses a lot less CPU than QuickTime on my Macs, but the quality is a lot lower - it doesn't do the same amount of postprocessing as QuickTime and so things like the BBC logo in the corner are crisp with QT and covered in macroblocking with VLC.

I have a keen eye and often notice visual inconsistencies others miss. I consider VLC to be overall smoother in motion scenes and better in overall image clarity. Though, results will vary from setting to setting.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

plasmacutter Re:I'll help! (398 comments)

I submitted the story. I'm not a member of the dev team, but give the popularity of VLC on this platform it absolutely astounded me this issue had not appeared on a major news site yet.

The forum thread linked from the article suggests you present yourself to the developer mailing list.

here is a list of all the videolan project's mailing lists - I believe the one they want you to contact them through is vlc-devel

Thank you for offering, i'd do so myself if i were not utterly sub-novice.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

plasmacutter Re:Does VLC really have any advantages over Perian (398 comments)

Seriously, with Perian you can pretty much play any video that plays in VLC in QuickTime, which also means that you can integrate it into all the other OS X apps(such as iTunes, iDVD etc). With VLC you are pretty much stuck using the VLC video player, which has a horrendous interface....

try opening any large matroska file in quicktime, call me in a few days when it loads under perian. Until the perian team can hack their way around that little problem their plugin will not measure up unfortunately.

It's a great idea, but it's not quite there yet, even though it performs admirably for smaller files and I do have it installed : )

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

plasmacutter Re:Mplayer OSX Extended (398 comments)

Sad to see VLC struggling, but there's always Mplayer OSX Extended for the mac. Get the extra codec pack and it can play anything!

Compare 1080p H.264 matroska playback in vlc to mplayer:

on my macbook pro (exactly a year old at this point) vlc plays it without a stutter, mplayer extended will drop frames like an epileptic. Im sure they both drop frames, but VLC does so much more gracefully, resulting in no noticeable distortion, while mplayer extended makes it obvious (and incredibly annoying) to the viewer. Nothing like watching blade runner final cut and being slowly infuriated by those epic scenes being subjected to massive chop and screen tears.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

plasmacutter Eu Contraire (398 comments)

My experience with VLC is that it has handled everything i've thrown at it admirably, with the few exceptions being horribly corrupted beyond recognition.

Mplayer will open and play more, but suffers horrible A/V desynch which, despite months of soliciting and applying arcane fix ideas, has remained persistent.

VLC is currently the only playback solution which can handle HD H.264 matroska without a major malfunction, and additionally has the highest quality video rendering, with more detail, smoother pans, and finer grained video controls than competitors.

more than 4 years ago
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Save VLC for MAC!

plasmacutter Re:Or... (8 comments)

Vuze is a horribly resource intensive program, and while I used it until very recently, I was compelled to discontinue when it began registering every torrent added to it as corrupted.

I've repeatedly come back to try mplayer after finding new tips on the AV desync issues with no success.

Quicktime has degenerated from a stable, efficient player in 6.x to a buggy, choppy mess.. and is now bipartite, featureless, and incomplete in 10.x

It pains me that I myself am completely powerless to help the project where it is needed. The best I can do is spread the news.

more than 4 years ago
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Save VLC for MAC!

plasmacutter Re:Or... (8 comments)

You could get your hands dirty yourself. Never too late to code.

with my level of skill, it would take far too long to gain a full understanding of the project. I don't even have a passing familiarity with xcode.

more than 4 years ago
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US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

plasmacutter Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

I like the complaint about the compiler. After all, Intel should be required to optimize their compiler for their competitor. To each according to his need...

The allegation is their compiler can, but deliberately does NOT, apply optimization to code if it detects the processor is AMD.

This is analogous to video game consoles refusing to use generic memory sticks or hard drives. Of course, intel will try to claim it's more like trying to attach a sata drive to an IDE port, but we all know the instruction sets for X86 are standard across both chips.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Government Seeks New Web Censorship Powers

plasmacutter Stop mischaracterizing net neutrality. (187 comments)

Just think, there are people who want to hand over regulation of internet traffic to the government under the name of "net neutrality," yet here we have a government proving that it would happily censor content. Imagine what would happen once lobbyists convinced bribed politicians to regulate things like torrent traffic in order to prevent "economic terrorism."

the concept of net neutrality is to legislate specifically to PREVENT abuses like the one this politician is trying to perpetrate.

Note: he still has to go through the legislature, but ISP's already do this unilaterally whenever they think they can get away with it, and in the US Comcast is suing agains the FCC to keep them from preventing Comcast from butchering traffic.

Hard-right libertarians don't seem to understand: This is not the pre-industrial era anymore! Royalty no longer controls the economy. Corporations are now SEPARATE from but EQUAL in power to the government, and the only way to keep the little guy from being crushed is to use each to put the other in check. (part of this is intelligent regulation)

more than 4 years ago
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UK Government Seeks New Web Censorship Powers

plasmacutter So What are they REALLY after? ACTA? (187 comments)

We all know this kind of outrageous proposal won't fly, so what's the next "iteration" this will be compared to to make it look "reasonable"? The question is what are these people actually after?

  It seems like this is yet another maneuver to "Frame" the debate around the upcoming ACTA clauses.

If enough of these outrageous ideas are being proposed, a simple removal of service for "egregious offenders" will look tame.

Remember, you have to boil the frog SLOWLY, and part of that involves acclimating the frog to heat before it goes in the pot!

more than 4 years ago
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UK Government Seeks New Web Censorship Powers

plasmacutter Huh? (187 comments)

Your statement is contradictory..

The list probably won't include porn, so that's a good thing. However, it will probably include hate sites. This makes it a serious crackdown on the freedom of speech. It's exactly this kind of thoughtcrime persecution that our American founders fled from those 250 years ago.

if americans had to flee from (and then rebel against) this persecution, how were they "cool" before? Are we going back to the days of stone henge?

more than 4 years ago

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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC for Mac

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0.

As the most versatile and user friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

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BD+ "reseal" "re-cracked", but not

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "Perhaps, if they wanted their hemming and hawing about the effectiveness of DRM to be taken seriously, it wasn't such a wise move to place their prized road block between geeks and their christmas bonanza?

This did not, however, come without a cost. The DRM cracking titans have also announced they will be charging [slysoft.com] for the continuous maintenance required in a protracted arms race.

Given the fact they peddle freedom for the price of a dinner out, though, I'd say it's money well spent."

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Pastors Flout Law to Preach Against Obama.

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "In yet another blow to the separation of church and state, preachers across the country have disregarded legal conditions to their tax exempt status, and begun to use their pulpits to wage a political war against Obama.

While this is a serious ethical and legal breach of conduct, the IRS has stated it's merely "monitoring the situation", bringing into question whether they will actually move to enforce the law at all.

In the mean time, the Alliance Defense Fund claim they will take this to the supreme court, defending their right to "speak biblical truth from the pulpit".

How McCain and Obama relate to "biblical truth", however, is beyond me."

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UK p2p users' internet to be "curbed" and

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  about 6 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "Cory Doctorow is spreading the word about a disturbing but not unexpected development in Britain

Parents whose children download music and films illegally will be blacklisted and have their internet access curbed under government reforms to fight online piracy.
Households that ignore warnings will be subjected to online surveillance and their internet speeds will be reduced, making it very difficult for them to download large files.

The measures, the first of their kind in the world, will be announced today by Baroness Vadera, who brokered the deal between internet service providers and Ofcom, the telecoms body.

They claim this is a "moderation" of their proposal to disconnect users, but I doubt anyone would call the reduction of their lines to 56k dialup speeds "internet connectivity" anymore than someone would call a car lacking the horsepower necessary to carry large loads of groceries home "transportation".

Maybe they should put spy cameras inside their homes too, surely they're ripping and burning their friends' CDs as well if they're engaging in such "deviant" everyday activity on the internet."

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Political Abuse of TOS Undery Online Speech Issues

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

plasmacutter writes "Reports are arising lately of unidentified people abusing blogspot's (google's) TOS violation tool to silence blogs critical of Barack Obama. The tool, which is fully automated, works not unlike the DMCA's "notice and takedown" system. Reports are accepted, and queued for "human review". Of course, the reality is very little substantive investigation is done, with the "human review" presumably involving the entry of rm -rf ~/*.*

This is potentially good news for those out to reform the DMCA, as such abuse expanding and hitting major political campaigns could prompt legislation requiring greater responsibility on the part of web hosts or even reforming notice and takedown to notice and notice.

 "

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Clear Channel demands more conditions to xm merger

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "Following the approval of the XM/Sirius merger despite their best efforts, the radio giant Clear Channel has been vehemently demanding more conditions for the new satellite radio monopoly.

Among these demands, the most vocal is the FCC apply the same decency standards used for broadcast radio, citing the capacity for the new giant to siphon off "edgy" content thanks to the lack of regulation in that regard.

In the interest of the public, clear channel is also seeking requirements they lease their satellite capacity to nonexistent competitors and 5% of their satellite capacity be set aside for public interest.

Finally, mirroring demands made decades ago by incumbent cable networks when satellite was established, Clear channel is seeking restrictions against XM/Sirius broadcasting local programs or advertisements.

Personally, i'm very happy to see our staunch public advocates at Clear Channel fighting against monopoly power."

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Copyright Lobbies threaten Federal College Funding

plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

plasmacutter (901737) writes "The EFF is raising the alarm regarding provisions injected into a bill to renew federal funding for universities calling for them to filter their internet connections and twist student's arms hawking services such as itunes music store.
Under said provision:

Each eligible institution participating in any program under this title shall to the extent practicable —
[...]

(2) develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity.


Similar provisions in last year's bill did not survive committee, it appears however that this bill is headed toward the full house for vote.

Responding to recriminations over this threat to university funding, an MPAA representative claims federal funds should be at risk when copyright infringement happens on campus networks."

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plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

plasmacutter writes "In a scoop which sounds right out of the deep end of anti-globalist propaganda, the official WTO News site is announcing their spearheading of an effort to encourage full ownership of african workers..

"Full, untrammelled stewardry is the best available solution to African poverty, and the inevitable result of free-market theory," Schmidt told more than 150 attendees. Schmidt acknowledged that the stewardry program was similar in many ways to slavery, but explained that just as "compassionate conservatism" has polished the rough edges on labor relations in industrialized countries, full stewardry, or "compassionate slavery," could be a similar boon to developing ones.
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plasmacutter plasmacutter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

plasmacutter writes "A quote from this sequel article to "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?"
Diebold Insider "Chris Hood remembers the day in August 2002 that he began to question what was really going on in Georgia.....
'It was an unauthorized patch, and they were trying to keep it secret from the state,' Hood told me. 'We were told not to talk to county personnel about it. I received instructions directly from Urosevich....'
According to Hood, Diebold employees altered software in some 5,000 machines in DeKalb and Fulton counties — the state's largest Democratic strongholds. the tally in Georgia that November surprised even the most seasoned political observers. Six days before the vote, polls showed Sen. Max Cleland...Democratic incumbent...leading his Republican opponent Saxby Chambliss...by five percentage points. In the governor's race, Democrat Roy Barnes was running a decisive eleven points ahead of Republican Sonny Perdue. But on Election Day, Chambliss won with fifty-three percent of the vote, and Perdue won with fifty-one percent.""

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