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Art School's Expensive Art History Textbook Contains No Actual Art

tetromino Re:The photos of art are being licenced, not the a (371 comments)

Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.

A US federal court decision is hardly relevant in a question of Canadian copyright law. (The Ontario College of Art and Design is, as ought to be clear from the name, located in the Canadian province of Ontario.)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

tetromino Solution: bar stool (347 comments)

I have a stand-up desk and a cheap wooden bar stool with a backrest. I can stand when I want to stand, and sit down when I get tired of standing. Best of both worlds!

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.2 Has Been Released

tetromino Re:Btrfs (271 comments)

If this is the case, whats the fucking point really?

The fucking point is to encourage beta-testers. Bleeding-edge users who know what they are doing and don't care about data loss are being offered the chance to test a new and interesting filesystem and (ab)use it in ways that upstream developers had not thought of, hopefully uncovering major bugs before the thing will get marked as feature-complete and enabled by default for new installs by major distros.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

tetromino look beyond the party slogans (156 comments)

United Russia is the party of Putin's yes-men, put in parliament to approve anything that Putin proposes. Stupendously corrupt and proud of it. A Just Russia are random leftists who make a show of being in the opposition, but are for the most part too scared to oppose Putin on important matters. Liberal Democrats are assorted wingnuts, clowns, mafiosi, and nationalists who try hard to be more Putinist than Putin himself. Communists are Soviet dinosaurs, supported by old people nostalgic for the USSR and by young people disgusted with the other major parties.

more than 2 years ago
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Predicting US Supreme Court Justice Votes

tetromino Re:Courts are supposed to be predictable (186 comments)

Note quite. Lower level courts, the ones that hand out the final decision for the vast majority of everyday cases, are supposed to be predictable. But the Supreme Court is supposed to only handle appeals for the most difficult and borderline cases where nobody can really tell in advance what the right decision ought to be. Your local traffic court's decisions are supposed to be very predictable, but it's truly disturbing if an algorithm can accurately model SCOTUS.

about 3 years ago
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(Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward

tetromino Re:Honest question: (215 comments)

Well, here are the requirements for a CA's certificate to be included in Mozilla products. In particular, they require an independent audit of the CA's policies and internal operations. Presumably other browser vendors follow similar procedures.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

tetromino Re:No shit (146 comments)

15 times that farm's quota

Not quite. The law that you are referring to (passed by the Politburo of the Ukrainian Communist Party, which at the time was led by an ethnic Pole) stated that if a farm failed to meet its quota, the farm could be subject to fines of up to 15 monthly quotas of meat. Even if government agents decided to apply the maximum penalty and to seize the fine immediately, in theory the farm would still be left with grain and vegetables.

more than 3 years ago
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Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer

tetromino Great move, Sweden. (115 comments)

Let's make it harder for websites to use cookies for legitimate purposes such as persistent logins, habituate Swedish computer users to clicking on the "yes, allow" button, and make foreign companies face trial in Swedish courts for using standard web technologies, while doing nothing about advertisers' ability to track users without permission!

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

tetromino Re:No shit (146 comments)

And to expand on my point: the 1932-1933 Soviet famine wasn't genocide. It was a horrific man-made accidental disaster that affected the entire Soviet grain belt with no regard for ethnicity, and was caused by a combination of poorly thought-out and brutally implemented collectivization, habitual use of fake statistics, and a bureaucratic culture where underlings were afraid to tell their higher-ups that the higher-ups' "wise policies" were rapidly leading to disaster. Thirty years later, the same scenario was played out on an even grander scale, and with even more victims, during China's Great Leap Forward.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

tetromino Re:No shit (146 comments)

they tried to starve us to death

Who's "they"? Do you mean Stalin (a Georgian)? Or maybe you are talking about the (ethnic Ukrainian) communist functionaries who sent Stalin fake statistics to try to convince him that his economic policies were working well and that there was no starvation in Ukraine? And who is "us"? Because the entire grain belt of the Soviet Union (covering parts of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan) was starving in 1932-1933. Millions of ethnic Russians starved to death too, yet today the Ukrainian authorities are cynically trying to appropriate the tragedy for themselves and portraying the event as an Ukrainian genocide by the evil Russians.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

tetromino Re:The Ukrainian complaints are utterly ridiculous (146 comments)

where Ilya Muromets came from is known today as the Ukraine

Ilya Muromets came from Murom. Murom is and has always been in Russia, not Ukraine. And it's in the solidly Russian part of Russia; the territories where Ukrainians form a major part of the population are hundreds of miles to the south.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine

tetromino The Ukrainian complaints are utterly ridiculous (146 comments)

Back in the middle ages, when these fairy tales were created, Russians and Ukrainians were one, united ethnic group speaking one language (it took many centuries for the languages and cultures to drift apart, and Ukrainians didn't really start to develop a separate national identity until the 19th century); so claiming that an ancient fairy tale character is exclusively Ukrainian or exclusively Russian is utterly ridiculous. Unless, of course, that character is somehow firmly tied to a particular geographic location. One such example is Ilya Muromets, who (as you can guess from the name) is from the town of Murom, located in Russia, 400 miles north-west of the Ukrainian border. The insane people claiming Ilya Muromets exclusively for Ukrainian folklore have clearly failed both history and geography.

more than 3 years ago
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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

tetromino On the plus side.. (145 comments)

...the people who resort to buying ISK from RMTers are usually those who don't know how to earn ISK legally in the game - i.e. noobs and clueless folk of one form or another. So of course they end up spending all their bought ISK on shiny ships that they have no idea how to fly properly, quickly get themselves blown up, and leave wrecks full of juicy loot for those of us who play by the rules.

more than 3 years ago
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Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier

tetromino For the xenophobes and small-town residents (159 comments)

who are wondering why healthcare language barrier is such a major issue in America:

  • In major US cities, there are a lot of people who were born overseas and don't known English well. They include foreign tourists (whose grasp of English may be limited to a few dozen phrases from a guidebook); recently arrived immigrants who haven't had time to fully learn the language; and residents of ethnic enclaves who don't know much English because they don't need to — 95% of their daily communication is in another language.
  • Human biology being what it is, the people who are the most likely to find themselves in need of medical attention are old. And old people universally suck at languages. They have trouble remembering new vocabulary, they have trouble getting the pronunciation right, and when they get stressed (such as when they are in a hospital due to a sudden medical problem), they tend to forget English words and phrases and have to resort to their native language.
  • Even foreigners who know English fairly well may have trouble with medical vocabulary (if you don't believe me, here is a quick illustration: if there is a foreign language that you think you know pretty well, try saying "irregular heartbeat" or "intestinal bleeding" in it). Not to mention the prevalence of false cognates (e.g. "angina" means "chest pains" in English and "tonsillitis" in Russian) and the fact that different countries often use completely different names for the same drug.

more than 3 years ago
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Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier

tetromino Re:Call me an asshole... (159 comments)

I don't go to foreign countries and expect them to speak English. When I am in a foreign country, I pick up enough fo the dialogue (not to mention carrying a small translation guide) to function for the duration of my stay.

Oh really? When you are visiting a foreign country, are you sure you can "pick up enough of the dialog" to be able to explain to a local doctor what the symptoms that you have suddenly developed are, what your and your family's medical history is, and what local medicines you are allergic to (remember, the same drugs are typically sold under different brand names in different parts of the world; a foreign doctor may well have no idea what you mean by "Tylenol") — while experiencing fever and pain that would have taxed your ability to coherently express yourself in English?

more than 3 years ago
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LotR Rewritten From a Mordor Perspective

tetromino Re:But that is actually the point (583 comments)

The thing which I'm curious about, is what is it in Russia that makes them choose to identify w/ and retcon for, or do causuist apologetics for Morgoth and Sauron?

The Russian people have been exposed to twenty years of Western pop culture telling them that the Soviet Union was evil (despite their own memories telling them that it wasn't) and before that, to seventy years of Soviet propaganda telling them that the West is evil (and then gaining the opportunity to travel to the West and see for themselves that it isn't). They have gotten used to reading between the lines and mistrusting officially accepted accounts of historical events. As a result, when a Russian opens a book and reads that Sauron was 100% utterly evil, his natural suspicion is immediately aroused; he starts to think, well, maybe Sauron really wasn't such a bad guy, and Tolkien's version of the story is just propaganda?

more than 3 years ago
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How Your Username May Betray You

tetromino Why would you care about marketers tracking you? (308 comments)

I do not understand the bizarre European obsession about online marketers tracking people. Sure, there are some things that a reasonable person would wish to keep private (for instance, medical history, finances, and for those living in repressive societies, political and religious affiliation), but why would anyone wish to hide what brand of jeans they like to wear? I for one would very much prefer that marketers and ad networks had a good picture of my product preferences so that instead of ads for mortgage refinancing and painfully unfunny t-shirts, I would get advertisements for things that I might actually be interested in.

more than 3 years ago
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The Russian stealth fighter makes its first flight

tetromino Re:First photos (2 comments)

Here's a hires photo, courtesy of Lenta.ru, Sukhoi and Coral Cache.

more than 4 years ago
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Russia's stealth fighter takes flight

tetromino Hires photo (1 comments)

Hires photo of the PAK FA, courtesy of Lenta.ru, Sukhoi and Coral Cache.

Also, FYI, the news clip on YouTube does not actually show today's test flight; it only shows a taxiing test from 1 month ago.

more than 4 years ago

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