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Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

taara Philips multimedia devices and GPL (311 comments)

One example being Philips TV or BluRay built on Linux. When asked for source code, it is provided, but there are no way to ensure that the source code is for the device, because the provided binaries are encrypted and signed.

about a year and a half ago

Supernova 2011b Gradually Fading

taara Re:rhetorical question (122 comments)

This is, what could be called incorrectly referenced reference frame :) Our reference frame is special, because this is the reference frame we observe things. Why should we choose any other reference frame from multitude of infinite? And in our reference frame the supernova happened about 64 000 000 years ago. I do not understand the confusion here. I could understand the statements though if the person talking does not have insight into special theory of relativity...

more than 3 years ago

Some Windows Apps Make GRUB 2 Unbootable

taara Re:WTF is the "embedding area"?! (429 comments)

MBR is 512bytes long. Have you looked inside of it? I wrote a hack some 20 years ago to enable multiboot for MS-DOS and AT&T UNIX, not with the orthodox menu, but just a text saying "Press D or U" and waiting for the keypress. As I recall, it was a very close shave. I think I used up every single byte of the given 512 minus the partition table after trying several combinations. You are right - MBR allows for infinite number of partitions (space-permitting), and space permits no more than four. Logical partitions are a different story and are described elsewhere, not in the MBR.

more than 4 years ago

Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

taara They were not thinking about contradicting laws. (1376 comments)

Someone has to register the "Almighty Filesharer" polytheistic religion in Ireland. They might worship gods named BitTorrent, aMule (also known as eMule - god is known to walk with many names), Limewire, etc. Worshipers everyday mantra should be: "Information wants to be free! **** *** MAFIAA!". Lets see who is blasphemous enough to criticize them!

more than 5 years ago

Do Subatomic Particles Have Free Will?

taara Re:This is exactly what free will boils down to.. (608 comments)

If, my friend, we hadn't have the quantum mechanical phenomena, do you think that we could calculate our behaviour to the end of universe? No! That's why the Chaos Theory is made. We live in nonlinear world and for nonlinear systems one has to have infinitely precise computer. Because otherwice the calculation will very soon deviate prominently from reality (think about weather forecasts, if we would have tenfold the computation power we have now for forecasting the weather, we could maybe achieve only an additional hour more or less accurate forecast). We all would know that our lives are predetermined, but it would not be possible to know ahead what we would do!

more than 6 years ago



Estonian IT company blames PostGre for failure.

taara taara writes  |  more than 3 years ago

taara (687286) writes "When the votes of the elections of the parliament of Estonia were counted yesterday, there was a two hour blackout in the real-time publishing of the results. The election commission resolved the problem by using alternative channels, like Facebook, etc... The IT company, responsible for the service of online publishing, announced that the failure occurred because Estonian government opted for free software — PostGre — to save circa 170,000 USD and the problem is not their fault. http://www.e24.ee/?id=398586 ( In Estonian, use Google Translate). Might this claim have any legitimacy?"


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