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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

sabernet Wake me up they have vacuum dirigibles (157 comments)

When the material sciences are to the point where a lightweight container can sustain Earth atmospheric pressure from crushing down on it, we'll have a practical way to take off vertically without prompting your neighbours to invest in surface to air missiles when you crank the engine on one of these in the morning on your daily commute.

about 5 months ago

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

sabernet Seems tied to user table (258 comments)

The errors match those gotten with a borked cookie. Also, not knowing there was an outage, I signed my account out, but it no longer recognizes my password nor sends the reset email(I know my p/w absolutely, was just testing the reset), effectively locking me out entirely.

I have a sinking "we've been hacked" feeling. Otherwise, I suppose I'll just have to be more productive today!

about a year ago

Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

sabernet Re:If you notice... (510 comments)

It would be useful if you educated yourself about the topic at hand before commenting on it(yes, I know, "You must be new here").

OnLive and Gaikai aren't multiplayer systems. Rather, you pay to play a game from a remote location, presumably on some powerful rack mounted hardware, which would stream the video to your client software. The keypresses from the client being equally streamed upwards to the servers.

about a year ago

Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

sabernet Re:If you notice... (510 comments)

I wonder if the third icon is a "Cloud play" system similar to Gaikai and onLive.

about a year ago

Pinholes and Plastic Wrap Make Solid Walls "Transparent" To Sound

sabernet Alternate Name (127 comments)

How to mess with/prank the blind.

about a year ago

European Human Rights Court Rejects Pirate Bay Founders' Appeal

sabernet Re:same as Hadopi... (183 comments)

"So you believe "freedom of expression" isn't an absolute right? We're starting to chip away at the veneer."

Not sure that required much chipping. Seeing as I unabashedly said so in my own post: when I said "In regards to that separate argument, I do feel some limits on speech can be reasonably agreed"

So...kudos on failing to read my post. I'm sure you're very proud.

"Freedom of expression means they have a right to think that copyright law is wrong, that they have a right to go around saying that copyright law is wrong, but not to actually break copyright law."

Except they didn't. They provided a facilitator, no doubt. But never hosted any of the content. The law, as existed in Sweden during their trial, did not consider the act of simple facilitation illegal. So what they were doing was expression. Making a freedom of expression play here was entirely justified.

And I would certainly disagree with any law outlawing facilitation of a crime. By that token, VCRs and DVRs would have been outlawed long ago. If one were to extend that to other areas, one could claim kitchen knife makers are facilitating domestic/spousal murder and that fertilizer companies facilitate terrorism.

about a year and a half ago

European Human Rights Court Rejects Pirate Bay Founders' Appeal

sabernet Re:same as Hadopi... (183 comments)

They are as nuanced as my statement would indicate. If the defamation is an untruth or a willful alteration of context meant(as in, literally "meant" as in the presence of mens rea) to cause literal, quantifiable harm to someone otherwise innocent of the accusation(s), I believe in the curbing of that instance of the defamer's freedom of expression in that case for the purpose of defending that person against that slander.

Again, this is my personal opinion on the matter.

about a year and a half ago

European Human Rights Court Rejects Pirate Bay Founders' Appeal

sabernet Re:same as Hadopi... (183 comments)

Erm, you seem to mistaken. Not sure if just shilling or willfully ignorant, but "free speech" means "free to speak", therefore the freedom to say whatever you want, anywhere(sorry, should I have prefaced that with a snarky "Clue:?")

Whether you feel that brings about too many problems(shouting "Fire!" in a crowded room) and wish to regulate certain portions of it is a different argument. But "Free speech" is exactly that.

In regards to that separate argument, I do feel some limits on speech can be reasonably agreed upon if it is required to protect the safety of people should that speech serve no other purpose but to harm the innocent by a literal and quantifiable definition of harm(in other words, "harmful thoughts" or anything upsetting a status quo should not be sufficient grounds on which to curb the freedom of expression, nor should one's "sensitivity" to a topic, but the aforementioned yelling of "Fire!" to incite a harmful panic upon a crowded room would be as would knowingly be taunting a diagnosed case of depression into committing suicide).

What you appear to be proposing is that economic interests if a party wishing to perpetually control distribution of data should also trump it. That is certainly an argument to be made, but please do not attempt to mask it,

about a year and a half ago

Carmack On VR Latency

sabernet Re:It was not just hardware (94 comments)

The Nintendo Virtual Boy failed due to being an undesirable product to most of the population(not me, I loved the thing....but I do think it was a bad idea and definitely way to pricey when it came out). It had nothing to do with safety concerns.

Having said that, there was a study way back which claimed stereoscopic displays would negatively impact the development of children less than 6 years old. There was also the concern of staring at a dark+red display too long since the display(unlike the Occulous) didn't really focus to infinity(though it did have some adjustable optics). So the VB had a health warning about letting six year old children play. It also paused automatically every 10 mins of play time to allow the player to lift their head and focus.

This didn't help sales. But it wasn't a health decision so much as a public paranoia issue that had just a minimal impact on what was otherwise an unfeasible product anyways.

The study about affecting the very young have since been refuted, however, Nintendo still allows parents who fear it to lock out the 3D effect on the 3DS via parental locks. I have no idea if 3D TVs these days extend the same courtesy.

about a year and a half ago

Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

sabernet Re:About time! (159 comments)

While software isn't quite as bad, I do know that physical goods can be doubled in price in Canada when the company in question is in the US, even when the company in question manufactures and/or ships from Canada.

This tactic is used to "subsidize" the price for Americans by making every other country pick up the slack. I quote "subsidize" since, in the end, it just means "We can maintain our very high profits while still pricing the competition out of existence within our very large domestic market."

about a year and a half ago

Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

sabernet Re:Laches (268 comments)

I was claiming that the length or existence of copyright is affected not one iota by how vigorously defended it is. It's a bit of a stretch to say the claim related to "back damages" which may or may not be affected by previous enforcement efforts, since it is at the whim of the presiding judge.

about 2 years ago

Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

sabernet Re:Toshiba to Customers: Drop dead. (268 comments)

1- It is not clueless to say they have to defend their patent or lose it. That's how it works. You lose patent and trademark protection if you don't try to defend any infringement you know about.
Try again. Trademark works that way since trademark is basically perpetual. Patent protection doesn't work that way, though it should, since it'd take care of a lot of submarine patents and patent trolls who wait until a product is big to sue. So yeah, still clueless.

2- This isn't about patent, it is about copyright. They are different.
On this we agree. But again, at the same time, copyright still doesn't get affected by attempts of enforcement. Only trademark does.

3- You can hate the current copyright laws, but that doesn't mean someone who acknowledges them is clueless.
The irony in that statement is hilarious given the above.

4- Don't buy products from manufacturers who play this game. Do your research before purchasing.
Noble gesture. Not sure it'll make even a dent in their bottom line, but noble nonetheless and something I try to do myself.

about 2 years ago

Two guys create world's first opensource volumetric display

sabernet This is pretty cool (1 comments)

Minus the sort of over-embelishment which I would otherwise have dismissed as slashvertisement, and the somewhat over the top movie trailer they used, the underlying object, being a seemingly easy to assemble off the shelf volumetric display, is pretty darn cool.

While none of the technique is oevrly new, having it nicely put together using kit that is well within the means of many is not. Opening it up makes it better.

Good on them :) May try to build one myself :D

about 2 years ago

DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba

sabernet Re:Better be a gag... (417 comments)

Not a gag. This isn't an April fools trick. Read about this earlier in the week. It's just that Slashdot was late in reporting it. Just more US gov't exported bullshit.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

sabernet Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

Total population of the EU: 500 000 000
Total population of the US: 309 000 000

The EU has 101 million more people in it. Yet they consume millions less of those bbls.

Running on sunshine and happyness they ain't, but quoting just those two numbers is disingenuous. The US, by proportion, is still hogging most but pays by far less.

more than 2 years ago

Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says

sabernet CORRECT THIS ARTICLE (186 comments)

As a Canadian, let me respond as soon as I finish being angry at the editor...

Seriously, why post the results of an oligarchical industry funded story as if fact? Seriously, what the hell, editors?

Let me put how offensive and misleading this is in perspective by changing the quote a tad:

"Americans enjoy among the fastest, most widely available and least expensive broadband Internet in the developed world, says a report released Thursday. The report, based on the results of 52 million speed tests of broadband users across the G7 countries and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) membership, was produced by NY-based consulting firm SomeGuy Associates Inc. on behalf of AT&T Communications Inc., the country's largest broadband service provider. It disputes the OECD's own report, published in July, that ranked Canada's high-speed Internet offerings significantly below those of other countries. The report comes days after the FCC revealed a sharp jump in the number of complaints it has received regarding Internet traffic-management practices, or 'throttling' in recent months."

By helping spread this FUD you are literally doing harm to us. Due diligence, do you speak it?

I've been visiting this site for a long time. I've not liked some of the things and mistakes I've seen posted here, but this is actually making me angry. Congratulations.

more than 2 years ago

China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

sabernet Re:What the hell is wrong with you? (218 comments)

a) Repeat after me: China will NOT shoot at the US any time soon. The two nations are connected at the hip economically. They'll continue to play games with each other, for sure. there will be some sabotage, some espionage, some tensions, but China and the USA have the dollar bill version of Mutually Assured Destruction.
b) Both the Russians AND the USA have weapons in space regardless of treaties. How's that World War with Russia going?
c) How much did the USA expand their military budget last year? Or the year before that? Or before that? Heck, when's the last time it DIDN'T? How did that affect the ability of the last space race to allow a man to walk around on the moon?
d) Doesn't the tinfoil hat itch?
e) Given current sentiments(as demonstrated by your post) and the fact that the USA owes all the money, it's technically more likely the USA would act first. but again, see point a) for why this won't happen any time soon.

more than 2 years ago

China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

sabernet What the hell is wrong with you? (218 comments)

Sorry, not even going to post this anonymously.

Whatever you think of how China's gov't works. No matter the motivations. How is this anything other than an overall good thing? Seriously? We have a space agency in the world right now with both the government funding, the will and potentially the skills to advance manned spaceflight again!

Worse case scenario, things don't work out and remain as they are(not counting deaths here since that's always a possibility with these and NASA as well as the Russians have had their fair share).

Best case scenario: They pull off something here and either succeed or encourage this awesome spirit of competition we've been sorely lacking since the Soviet Union and the US fought over the moon.

Please, keep your racist, xenophobic, nationalist or just plain ignorant bile to yourselves and enjoy what MOST people who admire the stars have been wishing for for a very long time: a renewed interest in space travel.

more than 2 years ago


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