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Comment: Re:School of Rock (Score 1, Insightful) 218

by Fireflymantis (#49467845) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

If this goes through, It could provoke more play of local (i.e. 'less expensive') artists. That would a good thing, yes? Or, does music get cheaper when bought in bulk... is Coldplay is 1 cent a spin, and local group USS is a dollar a spin? What bothers me the most is how any control over the pricing here results in upper level control of what songs get played. Only if somehow the artists themselves get to pick royalty pricing could I see this working.

Comment: School of Rock (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by Fireflymantis (#49467827) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

Dewey: Oh, you wanna learn something?

Summer: Yes, I do.

Dewey: You want me to teach you something? [most of the students nod] Here's a useful lesson for you: give up. Just quit. Because in this life, you can't win. Sure, you can try. [really getting angry] But in the end you're just gonna lose, BIG TIME. Because THE WORLD is run by the Man.

Frankie: Who?

Dewey: The Man. Oh, you don't know the Man? [class shakes their heads] He's everywhere. In the White House, down the hall, MISS MULLINS, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, and he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! Okay? And there used to be a way to stick it to The Man. It was called rock ‘n’ roll. But guess what. Oh, no. The Man ruined that too with a little thing called MTV! So don’t waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome, because The Man’s just going to call you a fat, washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!!!

Comment: Re:CMS (Score 1) 161

by Fireflymantis (#42136699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

I would highly recommend Tiki ( http://tiki.org/ ) as an option as it will probably have every feature you need ready to go. Wiki for main content, forums, article publishing, blogs, forums, chat, calender, data trackers, tons of starter themes, video conferencing, file/image galleries.. the works. The v10 beta is very stable and although it is a bit of a pain to configure initially since the number of options are overwhelming, once it is set up it really rocks. Getting good performance can be a bit tricky, however if you set up the APC module, enable the minify js/css features, and get gzip and proper caching set up on the web server it can be very very fast even on a budget VPS.

Comment: Re:Venue (Score 1) 2

by Fireflymantis (#41717987) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Edmonton, AB, CA
A quick update, I'm still planning on heading to the black dog for ~7:30, will be sporting the original 90's linux tshirt. Hopefully a few people will drop in to say hi, nerd it up for a bit, and mayhaps later, 10-11ish, since I didn't recieve any of the /. shirts, the option to raid the nearby hot-tub party for some swag remains open.

Comment: Re:Really?? (Score 1) 393

by Fireflymantis (#37506592) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?
I'm not entirely sure about this, but I'll bite. here's an example, I'm 90% sure that learning to drive stick improved my quality of driving overall. One of my friends even remarked that I was driving a lot smoother, namely the braking and acceleration rates. It effectively stamped the model of the car engine switching through gears into my brain that carried over even when driving automatic. I always felt more in tune with cars thereafter and naturally drove the car with gears in my mind, translating to smoother takeoffs and, well I use to gear down with standard; I miss that functionality driving automatic.

I tried dvorak once and tried hard to grapple it. While trying out the new layout I was very conscious of using the home row - for eventual maximal speed. As a side effect of learning it, I ended up with much better adherence to good typing when having to return to qwerty.

I know some instruments, and I'm fairly sure that as I learn to play new ones.. working on guitar and lyra right now.. generalizations and cross applicative senses of things form such as chord theory, rhythms and melody, moods of music..

As for numpads.. It would be best to only ever have one layout.. right?

Comment: Re:Hershel vs. Hubble (Score 1) 21

by Fireflymantis (#28657941) Attached to: More First-Light Data From Herschel Space Telescope
I RTFA, and it looks like they have compelling evidence of water and carbon in some very stunning places:
http://www.esa.int/images/SPIRE_01_H.jpg
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Scientists used Herschelâ€(TM)s Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) on 22 June to look for warm molecular gas heated by newborn massive stars in the DR21 star-forming region in Cygnus. HIFI provided excellent data in two different observing modes, returning information on the composition of the region with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. Scientists observed ionised carbon, carbon monoxide, and water.

Neat.

Comment: Let CSS work for you! (Score 2, Insightful) 338

by Fireflymantis (#28568747) Attached to: HTML Tags For Academic Printing?
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Abstract of a usable design</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      @media print {
         body { margin: 2.5cm; }
      }
      @media screen {
         body { margin:  50px; width: 50%; }
      }
      body { font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h1>It's so crazy it just might work</h2>
    <h2>and other html inspired musings</h2>
    <p>Why not just use css?</p>
    <p>Also, don't worry about page numbering. that's the browser's job.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1, Informative) 185

by Fireflymantis (#25996779) Attached to: Sun Releases JavaFX

Sun released JavaFX 1.0 today, in a bid to take on Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight technologies.

JavaFX, a technology by sun which will let developers write "rich internet applications" using a Java-esq language which has been in development for quite some time now has finally been released, joining rather late to the game. Also it requires it's own plugin which will be a hefty barrier to entry.

It is Sun's first Java release to include standardized, cross-platform audio and video playback code (in the form of On2 licensed codecs).

So, it will include Audio/Video support, and it is using codecs from On2. I don't think that this means the codecs are free in any sense of the term, just that Sun is paying the cost of licensing these codecs for the developers using JavaFX. Nevertheless, good codec support is always a good thing.

The lack of a Linux or Solaris release is a notable absence.

Kind of deflates the "standardized, cross-platform" claim...

The development kit currently consists of the base run-time, a NetBeans/Eclipse plug-in and a set of artifact exporters for Adobe CS 3&4."

So, the download they offer you includes the software to run the software you write, a plugin for eclipse and netbeans which are the two leading Java development environments, and some plugins for a few Adobe products to move stuff from them into the JavaFX world.

Enlightenment

+ - Scientology Protests->

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An anonymous reader writes: The Cleveland Leader reports that the Internet group called "Anonymous" has kicked of it's day of global protests against the Church of Scientology. Protests have happened in several countries with 200 gathering in Australia, and up to 1000 gathered in London. Several more are planned in the United States and Canada. The group has called for protests to be non-violent, and so far no incidents have been reported. The incident that sparked the protests originated with the removal of a YouTube video of Tom Cruise talking about the "religion's" views on psychiatry and other subjects.
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Software

+ - Crossloop: Remote VNC made easy->

Submitted by bryanlb
bryanlb writes: If you ever have had a need to help family, friends, or clients over the telephone trying to troubleshoot their computer, you know how difficult that can be. When you have to take 5 minuets to explain how to do something that would take you 30 seconds, it gets really frustrating. Now introducing Crossloop, version 2.0.
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Spam

+ - Captcha cracked

Submitted by mdekato
mdekato writes: The test used to stop bots from creating email accounts appears to be cracked according to 'The Register'. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/08/microsoft_captcha_buster/ The method used to bypass the Turing test is unknown to researchers at this time but appears to be effective. MSN, Google, and Yahoo are three services that using this form of screening and are rarely blocked by spam filters.
Social Networks

+ - 'Anonymous' declares online war on Scientology->

Submitted by Cruiseship
Cruiseship writes: A mysterious anti Church of Scientology group is using YouTube and other social networking sites to gather people for a day of action against the church this Sunday, February 10. The group known as "Anonymous" has released three videos on YouTube in the past fortnight that seek to discredit and "dismantle" the church. It's next phase to is muster support for a day of mass protest at Scientology offices world wide. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;632197333;fp;16;fpid;1
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