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3D Printing May Face Legal Challenges

sukotto Re:Tuff. (316 comments)

There are cases of government initiatives working really well though. Take, for example, the anti-currency DRM they have installed in every (?) consumer-grade printing device.

When it *really* matters to them, the government can be highly effective.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Access While Sailing? (Revisited)

sukotto Re:Geez, call me old fashioned (308 comments)

Don't just *have* the sextant. Make it a habit to take a daily noon sighting and record your distance logger.
Always assume the GPS is wrong until verified by hand.

more than 3 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

sukotto Does he get a check? (298 comments)

I'm interested to see if this counts as a true error and thus deserving a check.

more than 3 years ago
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Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

sukotto Re:unpossible (1343 comments)

There's a real difference between the expected level of writing quality of a "for credit" English course at university, and a forum comment on an online news site.

Sheesh.

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile

sukotto A response from Google? (146 comments)

You got a response from Google about a technical problem with one of their products?

How the hell did you accomplish that?

more than 4 years ago
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8% of Your DNA Comes From a Virus

sukotto David Brin - The Giving Plague (478 comments)

David Brin's short story "The Giving Plague" (from the 1994 collection "Otherness") uses this idea as a central concept.
The idea was that, over LONG periods of time, viruses form symbiotic relationships with humans. In some cases, even integrating themselves directly into our DNA.

I love it when science fiction writers guess correctly about the future. (Though I hope that's the ONLY part of that story he got right... the rest was double plus ungood)

more than 4 years ago
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Canada's Airlines Face a Privacy Dilemma

sukotto Just say NO (457 comments)

Speaking as a Canadian...I think we should tell those paranoid xenophobes to go fuck themselves.

Jean Chrétien had a lot of flaws, but at least he had the balls to tell the Americans to stop pushing us around.

If they are concerned about passenger security then they can damn well set up more of those "you're guilty until proven innocent" security-theatre checkpoints on their own soil and search people getting off the plane. Hell, they can even build special security airports at the borders to inspect people's shoes and water bottles.

(Sad to think that would probably be a better use of their funding than most of the stupid crap they've wasted their money on in the last 9 years)

Go ahead and mod me down American nationalist zealots ... I have karma to burn and I'm tired of putting up with America's bullshit.

[/rant]

more than 4 years ago
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Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

sukotto Re:The solution.. (484 comments)

Trust /. to nitpit the neologism and skip discussing the merit of the rest of the sentence. :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

sukotto Re:Privacy for Wrongdoers (671 comments)

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -- Cardinal Richelieu

more than 4 years ago
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China Enforces Even Stricter Regulation On Games

sukotto Re:Bribes (235 comments)

Because it would be political suicide to let those particular ones go?

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

sukotto Re:Is it trickery? (514 comments)

I see a lot of people on the slickdeals.net and other "hot deals" forums using bing to take advantage of it's cashback ads.
(That is, you buy a product through a bing search, and you get a certain amount of money returned to you)

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

sukotto Re:Is it trickery? (514 comments)

That's fair. Firefox's search defaults to Google. *shrug*
Yes, you can change it... but seriously... who does?

more than 4 years ago
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Senate To Air Findings In Web "Mystery Charge" Probe

sukotto Re:Could be fixed with a simple law. (120 comments)

You assume that the legislature is willing and capable of passing simple laws. I think the evidence is against you there.

more than 4 years ago
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Colleges Secretly Test Music-Industry Project

sukotto Re:Blanket licensing is never legal (208 comments)

Here's the part where I wish /. had a brief "whoops, I didn't mean that" button. I misclicked "submit" instead of "continue editing" :-( (The "you must wait before publishing another comment" thing also sucks in this case)

more than 4 years ago
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Colleges Secretly Test Music-Industry Project

sukotto Re:Blanket licensing is never legal (208 comments)

How do you handle the case where you've shared your music folder, then you download a song for personal use? Do you keep multiple music folders? Some can be shared and others cannot? That seems kind of onerous.

more than 4 years ago
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Colleges Secretly Test Music-Industry Project

sukotto Re:Blanket licensing is never legal (208 comments)

Iirc, it's legal to download music in Canada. It's illegal to provide downloads

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

sukotto Re:Lenovo (583 comments)

Why the hate for Chrome?

more than 4 years ago

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tr.im url shortener closes it's doors.

sukotto sukotto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sukotto writes "The popular url-shortener tr.im (primarily used by Twitter users) has closed its doors citing lack of funding and inability to find someone to buy them out. Too bad. It was a great service.

Here's the press statement:
tr.im is now in the process of discontinuing service, effective immediately.

Statistics can no longer be considered reliable, or reliably available going forward.
However, all tr.im links will continue to redirect, and will do so until at least December 31, 2009.
Your tweets with tr.im URLs in them will not be affected.

We regret that it came to this, but all of our efforts to avoid it failed.
No business we approached wanted to purchase tr.im for even a minor amount.

There is no way for us to monetize URL shortening — users won't pay for it — and we just can't
justify further development since Twitter has all but annointed bit.ly the market winner.
There is simply no point for us to continue operating tr.im, and pay for its upkeep.

We apologize for the disruption and inconvenience this may cause you."

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Ubuntu's new Firefox is watching you

sukotto sukotto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sukotto (122876) writes "Ubuntu recently released an unannounced and experimental "multisearch" extension to Firefox alpha3... apparently to improve the default behavior of new tabs and of search. In a response to one of the initial bug reports the maintainers mentioned that the extension's other purpose was for "collecting the usage data" and "Generating revenue" [citation] . Since this extension installs by itself and offers no warning about potential privacy violations, quite a few people (myself included) feel pretty unhappy.

There is no way to opt-out other than manually disabling the extension via Tools >> Add-ons."

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