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VLC Developer Takes a Stand Against DRM Enforcement

pyrrhonist Re:GPL requires no DRM? (717 comments)

and Best Buy would clearly be responsible for making sure the source code was available

Uh, no. For example, CompUSA used to sell various Linux distributions. They, of course, had a store in Boston that was within walking distance of FSF headquarters. They were not required to provide the source code.

more than 3 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

pyrrhonist Re:What good is... (360 comments)

That made absolutely no sense.

about 4 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

pyrrhonist Re:Pointless battles (360 comments)

neither you nor I fixed those bugs, either.

Have you tried fixing any Mozilla bugs? I have and it's a royal pain in the ass. You first post your patch to the bug itself, which is simple enough. Then the main cabal of developers critique your patch, and if it doesn't exactly conform in every possible way to what they would have coded themselves, they will reject it with little, if any, explanation. After you finally get an explanation out of someone, you can continue to submit changes to see if any will appease them. Of course, you will have accidentally violated a minor style guideline, but this won't be pointed out to you until you've submitted changes for their other critiques six times. After you've fixed that issue, they'll think of some other hoop that you'll have to jump through even though the patch fixes all aspects of the defect at this point. After another 16 edits of the three line patch that doesn't have any security implications and doesn't change any portion of the API, they'll ask you for a unit test that wouldn't test anything but the API for which they already have unit tests.

I'm all for being careful and making a stable, secure product, but I expect people to not be completely retarded about the process of writing software. Not even the system that delivers EAMs has a process this annoying for fixing trivial defects.

And *that* is why Mozilla defects don't get fixed for years.

about 4 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

pyrrhonist Re:What good is... (360 comments)

Building an entire site or app in shockwave or flash

If you're using Adobe products, you don't build websites with Flash, you build them with Flex. The applications then run on the Flash or Air platforms.

about 4 years ago
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Gaming Foursquare With 9 Lines of Perl

pyrrhonist Re:no need for srand; (84 comments)

Perl itself calls srand() if it hasn't been called (regardless of what platform it's running on). You don't need to do it explicitly.

more than 4 years ago
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Sending Data In Bursts of SMS Messages

pyrrhonist Re:My 300 baud modem shivered... (181 comments)

The reason we used them was because it was illegal to connect to the copper on a POTS line back

That became legal in 1968 with the Carterphone ruling. You probably had an acoustic coupler in 1974, because the modular jack wasn't introduced until 1976.

more than 4 years ago
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Astronauts Having Trouble With Tranquility Module

pyrrhonist Not an issue (300 comments)

One has to wonder if this is another imperial/metric snafu.

Probably not. From the article:

The $27 million, Italian-built observation deck sports the biggest window ever flown in space. In all, there are seven windows that will offer 360-degree views.

The 11 astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex opened the door Friday to the $380 million Tranquility, also made in Italy for the European Space Agency. The door leading from Tranquility into the observation deck was opened soon afterward, and that's when shuttle pilot Terry Virts and Kay Hire encountered the cover problem.

So, now even submitters aren't reading the article? Damn...

more than 4 years ago
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OpenOffice 3.2 Released

pyrrhonist Re:Nothing That New or Innovative... (260 comments)

But yes, a titanium-headed hammer would be stupid. Titanium also has poor surface hardness, so it would get dented really badly.

Right, no one would make those.

more than 4 years ago
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100% Free Software Compatible PC Launches

pyrrhonist Re:Pricey (458 comments)

I just don't want to pay the "KDE tax". I wonder if I could get a refund if I refuse to accept the license.

more than 4 years ago
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Cliff Click's Crash Course In Modern Hardware

pyrrhonist Re:Fast forward... (249 comments)

The slides can also be found here here on Azul Systems' website (i.e. the company Cliff works at).

more than 4 years ago
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Cliff Click's Crash Course In Modern Hardware

pyrrhonist Re:Fast forward... (249 comments)

some poor guy's machine through a dynamic DNS service!

Some poor guy? It's on an Amazon EC2 server!

$ host flv.thruhere.net
flv.thruhere.net has address 67.202.36.223
$ host 67.202.36.223
223.36.202.67.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer ec2-67-202-36-223.compute-1.amazonaws.com.

more than 4 years ago
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All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

pyrrhonist Re:Does anyone really use it? (443 comments)

but I can just picture trying to explain to the average Windows end user how to install and use Cygwin.

He's referring to the library, not the software environment. It's just a DLL that you package with your software.

more than 4 years ago
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Entire .SE TLD Drops Off the Internet

pyrrhonist Re:No big deal (207 comments)

but I did notice the internet's smug meter had dropped about 30%.

Norwegian detected.

more than 4 years ago
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Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy

pyrrhonist Re:Good luck with that (413 comments)

Nobody in their right mind uses Playboy for masturbation.

So you prefer National Geographic, then?

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

pyrrhonist Re:I'm not looking forward to going to the US (1040 comments)

I hate to break it to you but that statement is contradictory.

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone that is born New England is from Southy.

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

pyrrhonist Re:I'm not looking forward to going to the US (1040 comments)

I'm a peaceful Norwegian with two (many years ago) convictions for possession of small amounts (1-2 joints) of marihuana. My grandmother wants to take me to visit our family in Boston next year, and I'm not looking forward to it at all because of one thing only: US border control and visa stupidity.

The ironic part is that possession of that small an amount of marijuana isn't a criminal offense in Boston due to a law passed last year.

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

pyrrhonist Re:This article is misleading at best (504 comments)

thanks to the Freedom of Information Act that was passed by Democrats over the objections of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Scalia.

What you are referring to are the amendments to the FOIA in 1974. The FOIA itself was passed in 1966 and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.

President Ford vetoed the amendments to FOIA, but was overridden by congress. The House voted 371-31 to override the veto, and the Senate voted 65-27.

If you want to read the full story, I suggest looking here, as there are links to scans of the actual documents involved.

Weirdly enough, Johnson was against FOIA, and Rumsfeld was originally for it.

about 5 years ago

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