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EFF Lawyer Calls YouTube ContentID Worse Than DMCA

vlad_petric YANAL (219 comments)

Problem with fair use is that it's a very vague concept (at least in the USA) to begin with. RIAA is even claiming that it's not a right, but an affirmative defense. So anybody can claim that X is not a fair use of Y without committing perjury in any way.

more than 5 years ago
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CFLs Causing Utility Woes

vlad_petric Speaking about mercury (859 comments)

The amount of mercury in an average person's mouth (because of amalgam fillings, still widely used) is far larger than in the lightbulbs in one's house.

more than 5 years ago
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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

vlad_petric Get an enterprise drive (SLC, not MLC) (480 comments)

If they're good enough for Databases (frequent writes), they should be just fine for devel.

OTOH, You should be a lot more concerned about losing data because of a) software bugs or b) mechanical failures in a conventional drive

more than 5 years ago
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Who Poses the Greatest Threat To Your Privacy?

vlad_petric Mobile provider is only 2% ??? (550 comments)

So you carry a device with you that's uniquely identifiable and, when turned on, can essentially be used to locate you with pretty good accuracy (keep in mind that the mobile provider can in fact triangulate your position), and that's not a privacy concern?

more than 5 years ago
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Acquired Characteristics May Be Inheritable

vlad_petric Wouldn't you need (242 comments)

the histones within the reproductive cells to be modified though?

I can totally picture how this could happen for conventional non-reproductive cell division, but that generally doesn't affect at all offsprings.

I'm not saying that you're wrong, I'm just really wondering how that's happening.

more than 5 years ago
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Author's Guild Says Kindle's Text-To-Speech Software Illegal

vlad_petric Re:To hell with them! (683 comments)

They want to sell audiobooks and make some *extra* money from that avenue, too ... Problem for them though, it's highly unlikely that it'll stand in court.

more than 5 years ago
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Intel Moves Up 32nm Production, Cuts 45nm

vlad_petric Not even (193 comments)

The shitstorm may be bad for them, but it'll likely be far worse for AMD to begin with. This is perhaps the best time for them to outspend AMD in research.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Launches New Processor Socket Despite Poor Economy

vlad_petric Re:Actual processor speed (215 comments)

Benchmarks are pretty much the only reliable performance measure these days (e.g., SPEC CPU). Frequency is only part of the equation - best example these days is an Atom processor running at the same frequency as a Celeron and being 2-3x slower.

Also, while the vast majority of server apps work well on multi-core, desktop apps aren't quite there yet.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Launches New Processor Socket Despite Poor Economy

vlad_petric Actual processor speed (215 comments)

Except that actual processor speed went off Moore's curve a while back ... While transistor densities have gone up (mostly) according to schedule, actual processor speed has not.

Your argument is good, and AFAIK processor makers use it to a certain extent, it's just that the percentages are a bit smaller.

more than 5 years ago
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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

vlad_petric And where exactly (504 comments)

... does the communist manifesto say that the communist leaders should be elected democratically by all people?

And please, let's keep it civil. At least, if you know what that means.

more than 5 years ago
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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

vlad_petric Allow me to quote from the communist manifesto (504 comments)

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production

The communist manifesto clearly advocates for a very strong, dictatorial state, which has total control over the infrastructure, capital and economy. It also includes socially-progressive measures, such as abolition of child labor and free education.

To my knowledge, the USSR did do pretty much all this stuff. So where exactly is your statement that The USSR never had anything approaching what Marx or Engels agitated for coming from?

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Gears Up For Explosion In Digital Media

vlad_petric P2P (141 comments)

IMHO, what they really need is a good P2P protocol to handle streaming media. Storage is not nearly as much of a problem as the bandwidth required. A 1 TB hdd can be had for 100$. 5-way replication - 500$. Still peanuts compared to the cost of actually serving it.

more than 5 years ago
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"Smash Your Hard Drive" To Fight Identity Theft

vlad_petric It doesn't need to melt per se (527 comments)

Well, the plastic stuff will actually melt. However, for the drives themselves it's sufficient for the temperature to get to the Curie point. That's the temperature at which ferromagnetism stops.

more than 5 years ago
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OLPC Downsizes Half of Its Staff, Cuts Sugar

vlad_petric In other news ... (379 comments)

A 200$ netbook is coming soon and it will run Ubuntu.

And yeah, 200$ not 400$ via "buy two donate one".

more than 5 years ago
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Dead Parrot Sketch Is 1,600 Years Old

vlad_petric Suetonius made me change my mind. (276 comments)

That's what I thought too, until I read Suetonius' Twelve Caesars... The amount of trash in it makes it particularly entertaining.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Treating "Windows-Only" As Open Source

vlad_petric Meaning of words (383 comments)

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'

more than 5 years ago
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The Gamer's Bill of Rights

vlad_petric At the very least ... (272 comments)

They do what they preach. Galactic Civilizations I, II and their expansions were always released like that, and they were highly successful.

I really don't see the "wishful thinking" part. Their model actually works. People who pirate aren't gonna be stopped by copy protections. The only effect those protections have is to annoy the hell out of the paying customers.

about 6 years ago

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