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Comment: Re:Stop using Youtube (Score 1) 306

Content-ID picked up the infringement of audio, but for music that was so ancient (Any older and it'd be on wax cylinder!) as to be public domain even in the US. I looked into it - a collecter's society had claimed the rights to it, even though the composer was dead more than seventy years ago

How old was the recording you used? The song/tune itself can be public domain due to age, but the performance/recording will still be protected by copyright if it was made recently.

Comment: Re:Much, Much Later (Score 2) 243

by Lord Crc (#46624213) Attached to: Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

I refused to use Dropbox ever since its "end to end encryption" claim was shown to be false, and they were de-duping your files.

I simply never assumed my Dropbox files were private to begin with.

While I don't share everything in my public folders, I don't put anything in Dropbox that I don't mind the whole world to see.

Comment: How about not-quite-random numbers? (Score 1) 108

by Lord Crc (#46304085) Attached to: Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Why can't they use a PRNG to dictate the detector settings? Pick a high quality PRNG, seed it with the first prime number. Run the experiment N times. Restart, seeding it with the second prime number, and run the experiment for N times again. Repeat M times until satisfied.

Then re-run the above with a different type of high quality PRNG.

Am I missing some big clue?

Comment: Re:Yes, but have they fixed the crashes? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by Lord Crc (#46153269) Attached to: Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

Maybe it's me, but Firefox 26 would crash at the drop of a hat

Tried running it in "safe mode" without addon's and see how that goes?

Firefox still crashes for me when it runs out of memory due to buggy javascript in either an addon or on a page. For example we use FinalBuilder at work, and the build control page has a massive memory leak in the javascript (sucky dom handling in web 2.0 crap) causing FF to run out of memory if I leave the page open over night.

Other than that it's been very stable on all the machines I've used it on for many years now (and that's both Windows and Linux).

Comment: Re:Obvious, but worth restating. (Score 2) 165

by Lord Crc (#45816793) Attached to: Not All Bugs Are Random

Are any bugs truly "random"? I always thought computers were deterministic machines.

If your code contains a state machine and the code has a bug where it in some conditions references invalid or uninitialized memory to determine it's next state, then the bug may appear quite random. In fact, it may appear to be several different bugs.

This is particularly fun when doing cross platform programming, where some platforms always zero initializes memory upon allocation causing programmers who develop on those platforms to think everything is peachy, only to have the code promptly crash or worse when run on platforms which does not zero initialize memory.

Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 147

by Lord Crc (#45421131) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

What app? I have yet to use a Qt app on OS X which wasn't a complete clunker.

To be fair, our GUI demands are very modest. Project is LuxRender, a physically-based open-source renderer. The GUI is mostly just for visualization of the resulting render and tweaking tonemapping and other post-process parameters.

Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 147

by Lord Crc (#45421123) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

So, why you didn't contribute to fix this if you have access to the library source code?

We didn't have a dedicated developer on OSX, more like an enthusiastic user who could compile it but not so much code. Sometimes he could Google some workarounds other times we did a workaround in the blind.

In either case we did not feel comfortable hacking the wxWidgets internals, as we had no OSX experience or ability to debug.

With Qt this isn't an issue, as we mostly don't have to worry about stuff not working on OSX if it works on Windows and Linux.

Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 3, Informative) 147

by Lord Crc (#45398877) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

Some users really want the perfect look of native widgets

Yeah, I get that. But given than the OSX offering from wxWidgets was pretty much broken on a constant basis, not-quite-native-but-functional Qt widgets won the day over broken-every-other-week wxWidgets.

I exaggerate slightly, but the lack of proper OSX support was the main driver to Qt for us.

Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 4, Informative) 147

by Lord Crc (#45396773) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

1. Native widgets (especially important under OS X).

Ironically this is the reason we moved our cross-platform OSS app away from wxWidgets to Qt. The native widgets just didn't work properly and it was a pain to fix. We made the move some 4 years ago or so, and I can't say we've noticed we're missing something...

Comment: Re:Still use Crashplan (Score 3, Informative) 285

by Lord Crc (#45323501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

I use Crashplan - it doesn't need to be on all the time, and your neighbours computer doesn't need to be on all the time (the one that has your USB disk plugged into it).

Indeed! You have two options. Either via network or physical disk. If you do it via network, Crashplan will perform the backup when both PC's are online. If you need to restore you can copy the backup repository from your neighbor's computer onto a physical disk and restore from that at home.

Alternatively you can simply use a couple of USB disks, set up as two separate destinations for the backup set in Crashplan. Keep one at home and one at your neighbor. Once a week or whatever you swap them. Crashplan will automatically detect the disk when you plug it in and start syncing the backup.

The best part of this is that the data is encrypted in either case, and IIRC you can do all this using a free account. The paid options only matters if you also want to store the data in "the cloud".

Comment: Re:Neutrino Detection? (Score 1) 85

Ummm ... have nuetrinos actually been detected yet?

I seem to remember a LOT of attempts in a number of deep dark places around the planet, but can't remember any instance where anybody maintained that they'd actually detected a puppy.

Yes they have. Were you thinking of dark matter? If so, the latest results show nothing. A review paper from this summer discussing the hunt can be found here.

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