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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

sunny256 Is this really a ban? (555 comments)

IANAL, but I don't think this forbids anyone from setting up their own server because of the words "should not":

"Unless you have a written agreement with Google Fiber permitting you do so, you should not host any type of server using your Google Fiber connection"

(Emphasis by me). This sounds more like a "it would be nice if you don't" to me. Heck, even RFC 2119 agrees:

4. SHOULD NOT This phrase, or the phrase "NOT RECOMMENDED" mean that there may exist valid reasons in particular circumstances when the particular behavior is acceptable or even useful, but the full implications should be understood and the case carefully weighed before implementing any behavior described with this label.

about a year ago
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Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

sunny256 Re:Which kernel version do I apply the patch to? (333 comments)

Correction: Symlink error, now it applies fine:

linux-2.6$ ln -sv . linux-2.6.30-bfs.orig
`linux-2.6.30-bfs.orig' -> `.'

Same kernel version as mentioned above.

more than 4 years ago
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Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

sunny256 Re:Which kernel version do I apply the patch to? (333 comments)

I applied the patch to v2.6.30 from Linus' git tree at git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git (commit 07a2039b8eb0af4ff464efd3dfd95de5c02648c6), and it compiled fine. Had to let patch(1) assume "-R" when it wanted to delete non-existant files, though. Worked for me:

linux-2.6$ ln -sv . linux-2.6.30-bfs
linux-2.6$ patch -p0 </tmp/2.6.30-sched-bfs-209.patch
patching file linux-2.6.30-bfs/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt
patching file linux-2.6.30-bfs/fs/pipe.c
patching file linux-2.6.30-bfs/include/linux/init_task.h
patching file linux-2.6.30-bfs/include/linux/sched.h
The next patch would delete the file linux-2.6.30-bfs.orig/kernel/sched.c,
which does not exist! Assume -R? [n] y
[...]

more than 4 years ago
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Company Awarded "The Patent For Podcasting"

sunny256 Incompetent USPTO people (202 comments)

11 expanded comments in this thread, and nearly half of them link to evidence of prior art. WTF are these USPTO people doing at work? How about some investigation before granting the patent, or at least a simple Google search?

Sigh. Utterly useless.

more than 5 years ago
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SFLC Says Microsoft Violated the GPL

sunny256 Re:I've Still Yet to See the Code from Them (237 comments)

PLEASE NOTE: Microsoft Corporation (or based on where you live, one of its affiliates) licenses this supplement to you. You may use it with each validly licensed copy of Microsoft operating system products software (for which this supplement is applicable) (the ÃoesoftwareÃ). You may not use the supplement if you do not have a license for the software.

(Emphasis by me.) Addidionally, if this is GPL, as they say, they can't demand that you have a MS Windows license to use the software. When you've got a copy of it, you're free to use it as much as you want, with or without a MS Windows license.

more than 5 years ago
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Attempt To "Digitalize" Beatles Goes Sour

sunny256 This is the story behind the podcasts: (434 comments)

"Vår daglige Beatles" (Our daily Beatles) was a daily radio program presenting all 212 recordings by The Beatles in chronological order, presented by Bård Ose and Finn Tokvam. Every presentation lasted about five minutes and contained interesting facts about the song -- what the inspiration for the song was, how it was recorded, some trivia about the period it was recorded, and so on. A very well-produced and informative work. The radio show started January 2007, and every Beatles song was played in its full length. It's believed this is the only time Revolution 9 was played in its entirety on Norwegian radio.

The last episode was aired 2007-12-13, and when christmas 2007 arrived, all 212 podcasts were put out for download at nrk.no as a christmas present for all Beatles fans, with the music removed. A real treasure, even though I had this cron job running every day to download each episode. Still, it was nice to get the complete collection.

This January NRK was planning to release every episode with the music. They got a deal with TONO (the Norwegian RIAA) and everything was OK, but it turned out that the agreement with IFPI and FONO only allowed publishing shows aired the last four weeks, and as mentioned, these programs were aired in 2007, so the podcasts had to be pulled.

more than 5 years ago
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Christmas Tree Made From 70 SCSI Hard Drives

sunny256 Re:What are the plans after the tree is dismantele (248 comments)

And the error message also reads: "An E-Mail has been dispatched to our Technical Staff, whom you can also contact if the problem persists."

They're in for a surprise when opening their inbox tomorrow.

more than 5 years ago
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Theora 1.0 Released, Supported By Firefox

sunny256 +1, Insightful (310 comments)

I'd really like to give you an "Insightful" on this one, but I prefer to reward logged-in users with those few mod points I have. Please stop being an AC unless it's necessary.

more than 5 years ago
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Scribbling On Digital Photos

sunny256 Prior art de luxe (134 comments)

We've had this for years. It's called EXIF data and file comments. I doubt my sloppy handwriting adds value to the data.

more than 5 years ago

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