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Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls

progician Re:Low Quality (96 comments)

The whole idea of Intellectual Property comes in to play because companies wanted to assume monopoly over tech/entertainment markets. The current legislation behind patents and copyrights is a result of this effort via lobby, and on the public relation front of it is this crusade for IP.

about a year ago
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UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

progician Re:Let's do the math (193 comments)

Isn't it possible to use, I don't know, Suspend to Disk aka. Hibernation feature? That would save awful lot of time.

about a year ago
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UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

progician Re:How is this even possible? (193 comments)

Is it just me who find it outrageous that councils are using these excuse for a software, like Office suit and all that, and piling up costs to update and maintain them, while a fucking free text editor do the job, on a lower spec pc, with little to no maintenance costs?

I mean, there's a host of reliable, powerful and well supported tool for all the stuff that a normal office person does: emailing, writing documents: plain text editing is at the heart of writing a document, formatting is only a secondary thing and is not needed until the point that you must print it, in which case, you a bloody asciidoc/markdown/whatever formatter and get done with it. Spreadsheets are just a poor excuse for doing something more complicated and confusing way than a simple script language and some elaborate, plain text formatted data. That is all what a simple office minion need to use, in any country, in any council. There are great, free ways to construct digital forms too, without a mess what Word is.

Yes, it requires training. So does Excel Fucking 2007. And then again, Excel Fucking 2010. And then agian... with, or without ribbons. And then, learn "Cloud Services". But once the person got comfortable of doing some basic calculations with plain ascii stored data, that knowledge will be useful for her entire career. These aren't user friendly systems: many spend most of their time to find the right templates, the right bloody styles, fixing their fonts placing and sizing the columns, scrolling back and forth (c'mon, in excell 2010 I can't even tell how that fucking scrolling works in the first place, and eventually every poor fucker must write macros because otherwise useless. Just get a fucking education in a user friendly programming language such as python, or I don't mind what and leave me alone with your digitally useless spreadsheets) instead of actually dealing with the work at hand. And the costs are enormous for basically worse productivity, crippled by updates and fragmentation, incompatibility, linked costs (like that of the operating system and million additional "app" to make it useful to some degree) and pay an army of "Microsoft expert" to locate files in hidden directories. The whole MS Office world is mess crippling public services.

about a year ago
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Latvian Police Raid Teacher's Home for Uploading $4.00 Textbook

progician Re:please stop calling it piracy (289 comments)

File sharing is what you do with something you own.

No. File sharing is when you make files publicly available. Of course, you need to have permission to read in order to do that. Ownership however is not required.

Piracy is sharing files that you do not own.

No. Piracy is when you force the crew of a ship to hand over the control of a ship. For doing so, the pirate must possess the tools of coercion, arms. According to the United Nation, the piracy is a very serious, violent crime. I don't see any reference to file sharing in the text, do you? In any case, making the connection between the two is an act of exaggeration, association with one of the most violent behaviour, just like calling people who disagree with you, nazis or mass murderers.

Movies are about fiction (virtually always).

That may be true. However the mentioned fictional film is about the actual meaning of the word, piracy, not the fictional content that you just made up above.

Some educator uploading material they do not own is piracy. It may also be civil disobedience.

Again, no. I'm not aware from the story that the said teacher invaded private ships on the seas and forced the crew to hand over the load.

Some 12 year old downloading Katy Perry is piracy. It probably is not civil disobedience.

No, not even by your own definition. As long as the 12 year old takes the publicly available copy and only downloads it, there's no file sharing involved. It is only the case if she or he starts to make her own copy publicly available, being a leach or a seed in a torrent network, or the analogue in some other way. If someone leaves a Kate Perry CD on a bench in a box labelled free to take, and bring the CD for listening, would you still accuse her with hijacking ships, threaten ship crews with murder, and so on?

If the law says that file sharing you do not own is illegal, that is one thing. Using a label "pirate" for those who do so is an other, an act of magnifying of the act what they did. File sharing is not theft, not pirating. It is what it is: sharing files, sharing information. It may be debatable that the information sharing is a not a basic right, yet, it is not by default. One must sign non-disclosure agreements if one is expected to keep some information secret. This always happens before revealing the information. Consumers of digital media aren't restricted by two-side non-disclosure agreements before purchase. If the law is not consistent it can't be applied, and enforcement of laws which aren't consistent with the nature of acts it supposed to regulate can't be, by nature consistent either. Non-consistent law enforcement is the tell tale sign of an oppressive political system. In this case, the source of oppression is the political lobby of different publisher cartels. Civil disobedience is the right of the citizens in such a case, not an option.

You can apply the same idea here as for homosexual acts. For hundreds of years homosexual acts were illegal and inconsistent of the nature of sexual life. The justification was that homosexuality is a crime against nature. Of course, Nature as such, isn't a person, and is and was mostly linked to the idea of God, again, a non-person. But by citing God/Nature in the justification it exceeded the entire framework of the issue, and brought it in to a stage where it doesn't belong. Ditto with piracy and file sharing. This is a question about the way we handle information, and has nothing to do with piracy.

about a year and a half ago
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Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

progician Re:It does not matter (559 comments)

It's not just America. The so-called socialist/communist block also praised labour as the only thing that makes human beings worthy, and if you don't drone all bloody day, you don't deserve your food, shelter, children. At the end of the day, the problem here is the protestant work-ethic that will not hold on the long term.

"Lump of labour" fallacy doesn't apply here. The whole purpose of industrialization and automation is to lower the need of labour in the production. Industrialization made major changes in our society, changing the model of the family. Automation made it possible to employ women and children in factories, automation also enabled to run the house holds without the permanent need of a person labouring at home. It went onward to basically replace majority of the human labour needed in most of the stuff we produce. Even in the not so long term, you see that economies resort to human labour in roles where the human is a servant, rather than a producer. The waiter, the parking guard, the security guard, the cleaner, etc.. The face of labour changes, and that changes do make difference in the social relationships. The politics of increasing industrialization and automation is the really horrifying part, because most of the planet is still place the value of human life on its labour.

Politicians and economists can perform miracles with the statistics of employment, the rate of unemployment however doesn't tell much about the wider social issues. There's a huge population on Earth that was never even close to be employed in the first place. Good part of the lowest social strata, house-wives, struggling agricultural families in Asia, South-America, or Africa isn't even counted in the population, or the work-capable population. My point is, that amount of labour needed is a political issue. At some point, individual profit will not work as a good incentive to create more chance to work, more chance to connect these groups in to the circulation of the world economy. Capitalism has its limits, and that limit is closely linked to the human labour.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Revealed As Behind $1.5B "Catapult" Data Center In Iowa

progician Re:800 million active users per month = 16 per day (82 comments)

According to this, there's 680 million logins per day.
I couldn't find an official Facebook word on it, and the latest estimates are from last August, but they say a magnitude lower, 180k. I highly doubt that within 7 months there would be a 10 fold increase in server numbers.

So going by these numbers, there's 680.000k/180k = 3778 user/server/day. For a web server, this is pretty good number, as I can imagine, serving 3778 users is a sort of continuous thing, unlike many other websites. Notifications are polled pretty frequently, and as you scroll requests are made constantly to the servers.

I don't like Facebook, and I think this is a waste of energy and space for storing cat videos and sex-quizzes but the numbers in this case do add up.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:not much better (394 comments)

Alright, dude, but watch something twice, and you will download exactly the same data again... why? And how on Earth does this make any healthy network ecosystem?

about a year and a half ago
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Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

progician Re:Visual Studio (254 comments)

Did that below in this thread. My personal favourite is Qt Creator for C++, free, and platform independent, plus better productivity IMHO.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:W3C DRM proposal is OPEN! (394 comments)

No need to encourage me. I don't use DRMed or any other media service. Torrent is doing just fine for me...

about a year and a half ago
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Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

progician Re:Visual Studio (254 comments)

OK, I thought you're one of Those Guys... who think that debuggers encourage bad coding practices. My understanding of a good debugger is sort of the ones that are available today. I don't expect debuggers will expand their feature set anyway, they are good as they are. In fact, MS debuggers are in some aspect are inferior as they can't be scripted AFAIK.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:Big deal (394 comments)

DRM doesn't work. It doesn't work because there's an already working technology, that is, downloading media files over the internet. DRM doesn't add anything to that. Media players, browsers, your display connector, etc. is in your possession, and is yours to use them in a way you like. DRM is a bunch of method to deprive you from that basic right. DRM doesn't add up to your service quality, at best(!) you don't notice. But even then, you need to have an equipment that is able to decode the DRM encryption, which would require better hardware, and more electricity spent. There's no harmless DRM in the world.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:W3C DRM proposal is OPEN! (394 comments)

Inviting DRM in to standard browser tech is a sort of thing, that directly turn the internet to be more closed information system. For the moment, the reason that not all media provider goes with DRM is that DRM still loomes over the user and exclude a portion of the population, because it can't be done without user interaction. If user interaction won't be required any more we'll soon will see large migration to DRM scheme.

The problem is that if content providers move en mass to DRM schemes, your choice is not simply not discard DRMed providers, but not to consume entertainment at all or install god-knows-what binary blobs on your system, forced to use software which you wouldn't normally buy or even trust, and so on. DRM scheme, along with many "invention" of the tech/entertainment industry is a fraudulent scheme, nothing else.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:They can add DRM all they want. (394 comments)

Yep, TBH will feature the same shows in the same time, plus 2 seconds.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:not much better (394 comments)

Your metaphor doesn't work here. It's rather than copy the key with brute force (i'm not sure what would be that IRL), and send the copies out all over the place, without going back to the original lock. Not every user has to brute force it, only a single one. The whole idea of DRM is completely broken.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:Silverlight greatness (394 comments)

You can, however, make it enough of a pain in the ass that most people won't bother.

Yet it's enough a single person to decrypt their streams with the necessary means, and distribute the content over p2p networks, where people can easily download and that's it.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

progician Re:Silverlight greatness (394 comments)

Wow, recently we're swamped with MS spammers.

about a year and a half ago
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Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

progician Re:Visual Studio (254 comments)

What are you doing with Access for a work? I don't even know where would be it useful at all.

about a year and a half ago
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Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

progician Re:Visual Studio (254 comments)

None of those would help you out without a good debugger. I use all of those at work, yet the best combination to find bugs is to get the unit tests in to the debugger. TDD isn't a magic cure, it's just a good method to work in certain cases.

about a year and a half ago
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Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

progician Re:Visual Studio (254 comments)

I use Qt Creator, it is great for C++ development in general. For everything else, I fire up Eclipse. Eclipse has its own issues, as it is written in Java, you can't expect the same performance as from Qt Creator for example, but it has the best plugin collection and perhaps most supportive community. Virtually all existing language is supported by an Eclipse plugin, and the number of existing ones will let you implement your own.

Also, I'm a great admirer of Emacs, which is my primary environment if I do some work remotely. I love to work with it, for C++, script languages, or just simply text editing.

If you're looking for something more similar to Visual Studio, I suggest you should also give a try to KDevelop. There are plenty of alternatives as you can see.

about a year and a half ago

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Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

progician progician writes  |  more than 2 years ago

progician writes "Under the draft code, published on Tuesday by the regulator, the UK's biggest ISPs – BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media – will be required to send letters to customers warning them when there is an allegation from a film, TV or music company that there has been illegal downloading from their computer.

Web users who get three warning letters in a year will face having anonymous information of their downloading and filesharing history provided to copyright owners, which could then be used to gain a court order to reveal the customer's identity and take legal action against piracy."

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