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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Not surprising (364 comments)

In which language?

3 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

shutdown -p now Re:Not my kind of person. (388 comments)

My paycheck comes almost entirely from people paying for software, but I don't think that someone "stealing" that software - i.e. infringing copyright - deserves jail time. Make him liable for damages, sure. Force him to pay them out from the part of his paycheck for a while - sufficiently long to make a point - sure. But there's no justice nor value to be had from putting him behind bars.

5 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

shutdown -p now Re:The real crime here (388 comments)

You are forgetting that there are victims of crimes, and those victims have a right to justice, and part of justice involves incarcerating people for certain crimes.

"Justice" is a societal construct. 500 years ago, "justice" for the crime of theft was often losing a hand (it still is in some societies). 300 years ago in UK, "justice" for petty theft was hanging. 50 years ago, "justice" for having sex in private with a person of the same gender was up to 10 years in prison in some US states.

5 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Seems to be working really well... (364 comments)

ISIS is much, much more than just Sunni. They are more like the modern reincarnation of the Kharijites.

And the only reason why they have as much power and prominence as they do, is because we kicked Saddam out, helped kick Gaddafi out, and supported the attempts to kick Assad out. By rooting out secular dictators, we unleashed the force that they have contained.

7 hours ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

shutdown -p now Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (362 comments)

No, it's "anglichanka gadit", which is exactly what I wrote - the implication is that she shits on Russia. It is claimed to have originally being said by Suvorov, though there's no definitive attribution.

7 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Seems to be working really well... (364 comments)

We're talking about what's currently there, not about what has been there. Yes, the present situation is due to Western meddling in the first place, but currently that meddling has receded significantly. It may well end up going even higher now.

9 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Not surprising (364 comments)

English was not invented by anyone - like any other language, it is the result of a natural evolution with a heavy influence of several languages.

Regarding "offence" vs "offense" etc, the American spelling actually dates back to the older British spelling, which itself dates to the original French word "offense" that was adopted into English wholesale. For some mysterious reason, the Brits have switched a bunch of French "-se" endings to "-ce" sometime after American independence, while at the same time changing the spelling of some other words to more closely follow French (like "center" -> "centre" etc). So in many cases, American spellings today are more conservative with respect to language evolution than British ones.

11 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:haven't watched it... (364 comments)

For the same reason, I recommend that people go look up "The Clanging of Swords" - it's the original ISIS propaganda video from when they just finished their first major push in Iraq. It has it all - mowing down civilians, executing freshly surrendered POWs, forcing people to dig their own graves at gunpoint and making them say on camera that "my fate is slaughter", forced conversions etc. After watching this, I am firmly convinced that the people who filmed it, and the people who are filmed in it (other than the victims), are a cancer that should be exterminated.

12 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Seems to be working really well... (364 comments)

The executioner in that video was born and grew up in Britain.

As far as propaganda goes, this video cuts both ways. I'm sure it'll cause some more to join the muji ranks. It will also cause some more Americans and Europeans to scream bloody murder, quite possibly enough to escalate the Western involvement in this conflict.

12 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Thoughtcrime (364 comments)

Yes. Any law that makes the act of consuming any product or service illegal is a bad law. This includes drugs, prostitution, gambling, any kind of porn etc.

This is orthogonal to the act of producing the product or providing the service. E.g. in case of child porn, producing it should definitely be illegal.

12 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (364 comments)

While I agree that this is bullshit, the reason why Daily Mail want people to see this video is because it will make that much easier to get them riled up about evil Muslims and such, which is basically the Daily Mail business model.

12 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re:The people of the UK. (364 comments)

who are you to claim immunity from the democratic will of society

A human being with natural rights.

A "democratic will of society" is not the end-all, be-all. The democratic will of society in Weimar Germany resulted in a totalitarian regime that opened the first concentration camp for political opponents less than two months after taking over the government. The democratic will of society in Rwanda resulted in a genocide of several hundred thousand people. The democratic will of society in Russia resulted in invasion of a sovereign country and annexation of part of its territory.

12 hours ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

shutdown -p now Re: Jurisdiction 101 (364 comments)

during the French revolution they found out, people could keep blinking after their head was cut, for various lengths, but most around 35 seconds or so. So you don't die instantly, and experience horror for at least 35 seconds.

It's a myth, and does not have any basis in the modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology. A drop in blood pressure so rapid will render the victim unconscious practically instantly.

12 hours ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

shutdown -p now Re:Two weaker nations (362 comments)

What good is a strong nation if that strength doesn't benefit its citizens?

12 hours ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

shutdown -p now Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (362 comments)

Russia? If so, why? Russia's interests do not clash with the UK's anywhere on earth - quite the contrary, it is in our best interests to live in peace with the Russians.

If only the reverse was true. UK is still seen as US' lap dog in many ways, and one of the most hostile NATO members in Europe. Then there's a very long history of conspiracy theories that basically blame Britain for every single bad thing that happened to Russia/USSR since like 17th century (from that perspective it's the reverse, and US is a puppet state for the UK). Google for "The Englishwoman shits" to see some examples.

12 hours ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

shutdown -p now Re:Does it really matter ? (362 comments)

Putin's model is a combination of both.

12 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

shutdown -p now Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (689 comments)

Just because they are signed by Microsoft, doesn't mean that Microsoft wrote them. For Vista, and even more so for Win7, large number of drivers was included out of the box to cover a wide range of hardware without needing driver CDs as often as XP did. Most of those are third party drivers, but because they are redisted by MS, they have the MS signature on them.

Basically, if you see MS certificate on some binary, it means that someone at Microsoft has built that binary. It doesn't mean that they wrote the source code for it.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

shutdown -p now Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (689 comments)

Note that only 65k are in "engineering". This is across the entire company, working on numerous products (many of which you probably don't even know exist), and also internal infrastructure like build systems, test automation, and internal dev tools.

Quite obviously, one third of that cannot be working on the drivers, and even one tenth is an unreasonably high estimate.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

shutdown -p now Re:Linux could own the desktop... (689 comments)

To be more specific, what they need to do with Android is what Microsoft is doing with the next version of Windows (for store apps): put a full-fledged multi-window desktop there, complete with a taskbar/dock, and allow it to run existing Android apps in resizable, closeable windows. They already have fairly decent mouse support in Android, in fact (and the browser even understands hover), and most apps aren't that bad with a mouse, either. They just need to make the core UI around the same, and make it an official Android platform, so that people writing apps keep it in mind when doing UX design.

2 days ago

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Microsoft adds Node.js support to Visual Studio

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about 9 months ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Coming from the team that had previously brought you Python Tools for Visual Studio, Microsoft has announced Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, with the release of the first public alpha. NTVS is the official extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Node.js, including editing with Intellisense, debugging, profiling, and the ability to deploy Node.js websites to Windows Azure. An overview video showcases the features, and Scott Hanselman has a detailed walkthrough.

The project is open source under Apache License 2.0. While the extension is published by Microsoft, it is a collaborative effort involving Microsoft, Red Gate (which previously had a private beta version of similar product called Visual Node), and individual contributors from the Node.js community."

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Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 Beta Released

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about a year ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "My team at Microsoft, which works on Python Tools for Visual Studio — a free, open source extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Python to that IDE — has just shipped a beta version of the upcoming 2.0 release with numerous new features and improvements.

PTVS supports most Python interpreters including CPython, advanced code completion, debugging, and profiling. Some highlights of this release are mixed-mode debugging of Python and C/C++ code with integrated call stacks, stepping and breakpoints; the ability to remotely attach to and debug Python programs running on Linux and OS X; and Django support with ability to conveniently deploy Django websites and services to Windows Azure.

PTVS works with Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 Preview, as well as the free Visual Studio Shell."

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Code from Microsoft submitted to jQuery

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Microsoft has previously announced its support for jQuery JavaScript client framework when it started bundling it with Visual Studio back in 2008. Since then, Microsoft developers, in direct cooperation with the core jQuery team and the community, have developed three new plugins — Templates, DataLink and Globalization. Today, this contribution has finally found its way upstream into the main jQuery code base, and will be included into the upcoming 1.5 release. As all other jQuery code, the plugins are dual-licensed under MIT and GPLv2, making it another rare case of Microsoft contributing code to an Open Source project under the GPL."
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Windows Phone 7 Series - Developer Perspective

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "As previously promised, at MIX10 developer conference, Microsoft has released details about the development side of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series.

It is now confirmed that two frameworks for application development will be XNA for games and game-like fullscreen, high-performance applications, and a subset of Silverlight 3 for everything else. Both frameworks support managed .NET code only — no native (C++) code support. Furthermore, the applications are sandboxed, and "unsafe" functionality, such as P/Invoke, is not available. A fairly detailed set of UI guidelines for developers has been made available as well.

The integrated web browser is claimed to be based on Internet Explorer 7 engine with some extra features, such as proper XHTML support.

An single centralized store will be available, called the Marketplace. It will include both applications and other media (such as music). The Marketplace will be the only way to install applications onto the phone (though, supposedly, "enterprise customers" will have some workaround). There will be an approval process for publishing applications on the Marketplace, and, aside from filtering out malware, it will also require that applications are "generally good taste excluding pornography, hateful/inflammatory speech, and gratuitous violence".

On the hardware side, the specifications will be tightly controlled for the benefit of developers. A standard set of hardware buttons is mandated on all phones ("Back", "Home" and "Search"). Screen size is limited to two standard resolutions: 320x480, and 480x800, and touchscreen must be capacitive, with at least 4-point multi-touch. Other requirements hardware requirements include 3D acceleration, GPS, and accelerometer.

Unlike past mobile SDK releases from Microsoft, a free version of development tools for Windows Phone will be available, named "Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone". A preview of that is presently available, complete with an emulator. In the future, a mobile-oriented version of Expression Blend 4, a designer-centric development tool, will also be available."

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Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released, Supports ODF

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "On April, 2008, Microsoft has released service pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007. Among other changes, it includes the earlier-promised support for ODF text documents and spreadsheets, featured prominently on the "Save As" menu alongside Office Open XML and the legacy Office 97-2007 formats. It is also possible to configure Office applications to use ODF as the default format for new documents.

In addition, the service pack also includes "Save as PDF" out of the box, and better Firefox support by SharePoint."

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ISO publishes final Open XML specification

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "ISO/IEC 29500:2008, better known as Office Open XML, is now a published ISO International Standard. Major changes since last public drafts include splitting the standard into "strict conformance" and "transitional conformance" parts, with all the Microsoft Office compatibility hacks going into the latter, "for Office Open XML consumers and producers that comply to the transitional conformance category ... provide support for legacy Microsoft Office applications". The complete standard, including the transitional part, is still rather unwieldy at 7,228 pages; of those, the transitional elements take up only 1,475 pages.

In addition, the ISO press release explicitly references something called "Microsoft Office 2008" at least one time. Presumably, it would be a Microsoft Office release fully compliant with the newly released specification in its final form; however, there haven't been any announcements from Microsoft about a product named "Office 2008" yet."

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Exploits generated autpmatically from patches

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "A group of researchers wrote a paper (PDF) on automatic generation of exploits from security patches. It works by performing flow analysis on the code that is changed by the code to find the boundary conditions that lead to vulnerability in an unpatched version. It's not just theory, either: they have successfully generated exploits for 5 known vulnerabilities in Microsoft products using their algorithm. The authors note that a successful attack using this method is particularly likely when vendor deliberately delays releasing security patches to the general public, to push them in a single bundle on a regular schedule — as is the case with Windows Update and its infamous Patch Tuesday."
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