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Comment: Re:Fallacies (Score 1) 428

by Penguinisto (#48116257) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

One wrong is greater than another? In this instance, no. Neither own the network, both are abusing it in their own ways.

It's no more abusive than effectively shutting up an overly-noisy diner in a restaurant (minus using actual violence to do so, that is).

I like hat you did there, with the ripped movies/porn reference. Cause those are the only things people do with bittorrent, right?

Nice try, but I mentioned one other example as well - fact is though, most people use BT in a coffeeshop or such specifically to hide their IP addy (or at least avoid having their ISP get the notice, whereupon their home internet would get shut off.) There's only one real reason why someone would actively want to not have their home IP addy tied to the activity. You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise.

If it can knock a bittorrent user off the network, it can knock anyone off the network.

A pickup truck can be used as a mode of transportation, or it can be used to mow down pedestrians. Your point?

This tool will work for maybe a few weeks before torrent clients upgrade to defend against it. Probably by doing the same thing but redirecting ALL local traffic to the bittorrent user instead.

Perhaps, though you should be aware that most BT client devs are emphatically not going to incorporate such a thing into their apps - they have a hard enough time justifying their products as legal devices (to a largely ignorant public) as it is. Anything that gives the RI/MPAA ammunition to lobby against such apps is something they actively avoid providing.

Here's a better idea: how about if you're going to use BT on a network that you don't pay the bills for, you first learn enough about it to configure the thing to be polite on the network? That way business owners and frustrated laptop users won't be tempted to start using this little tool.

Comment: Re:Alternative headline (Score 4, Insightful) 428

by Penguinisto (#48112803) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Two wrongs do not make a right.

As odd as this is going to sound, I disagree. A simple blanket statement that makes no allowance for corner cases? I'm going to need something more than that to be convinced.

Let me explain...

In this particular instance, the "wrong" of hogging bandwidth is far, far greater than the "wrong" of blasting the hogs into oblivion. Even though privately-owned and run, one should expect at least some sense of common courtesy when using a resource like wifi. If you want to download pr0n and/or ripped movies, for heaven's sake do it at home and pay for the pipe. There are very few legitimate reasons to run multi-GB BitTorrents at full-bore in a coffee shop, and I promise you that there are simply not that many people who desperately need an emergency .iso download of CentOS or Ubuntu away from home.

Certainly, the guy could get a hotspot (as suggested), but that's like telling the guy to go buy his own property if they want a quiet park to sit in when a small group in the public park has a constant loud party going on. Also, hotspots don't always work as advertised - I lost count of the times I've had to duck into a rural/small-town MickeyD's or coffee shop because the stupid employer-issued hotspot/3g/4g device didn't have enough bars to get a decent connection.

Maybe I sound like a dick for cheering this guy on, but think this through for a moment - if coffee shop owners start getting slammed with MPAA/RIAA C&D orders, if their costs skyrocket, and if they generally figure the wifi to be more trouble than it's worth, then eventually the "free" wifi will become metered, will be QoS'd down to practically nothing, or worse. None of us want that. I like knowing that if my normal connectivity goes tits-up, I can duck into a coffee shop, buy a cup of joe, and use their wifi to do what needs done until I can get connected normally again.

It's abusers of the system that eventually become the reason why we can't have nice things, so this little "wrong" is a pretty nice way to keep bigger "wrong"s to a minimum, no?

Comment: Re:seems like good news, but really? (Score 1) 100

by Penguinisto (#48107209) Attached to: Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

I'm still wondering how they intend to get around transplant rejection problems.

Now if they could convert adult stem cells into insulin factories, then that bit is obviated - you take the stem cells off of the patient him/herself, convert then, then put them into the pancreas...

Comment: Re:So, it has come to this. (Score 2) 742

by Penguinisto (#48086599) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Agreed with the AC, actually.

If the guy indeed has a paper trail of good-to-excellent reviews and promotions, then suddenly got fired after the employer willingly admits the reason was over some petty vengeance from Comcast, then the guy can indeed sue the employer initially. All it would take is a subpoena of the alleged Comcast email/recording, and once Comcast fails to produce a valid (as in independently verifiable) version of either, suddenly he can go after Comcast for perpetrating all kinds of fraudulent stuff (and TBH, so can the employer).

Comment: Re:The water wars are coming (Score 4, Insightful) 151

by Penguinisto (#48037251) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

I don't think this particular story is a harbinger of that. Rather, I think it's a story of monumental stupidity caused by a totalitarian government that didn't bother looking forward, and was too eager by half to waggle their technological penises in front of the world.

The rivers feeding the Aral Sea haven't dried up - just that most of it got diverted to other uses, and the Aral Sea was the unfortunate loser in that bargain.

I don't disagree that yeah, potable water is going to eventually be a problem as climate slowly shifts and population grows. The climate and population growth are debatable and mostly unknown as to rate, direction and cause, but change they will.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 197

by Penguinisto (#48033509) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Really, you think professional 3d modelers don't know what a vertex is? Really?

They have an idea as to what it might be ('a mathematical point in cartesian space' would be the description given if you're lucky), but, say, how it behaves under subdivision and which SubD algorithm produces the best results for a given use case is another story entirely. That's why I put the word "really" in the sentence you took your question off of.

Let me give a more concrete example: Raytracing. Sure, they'll know how it would (mostly) behave in their given suite (depending on which render engine(s) they send it to regularly), but knowing how light (and more importantly, shadows and occlusions thereof) behaves, so as to produce a better result, especially when shooting for realism? A pro photographer likely has a better idea of how light works than most of the schlubs who push mesh around. ;) Put it this way - I can count a very small percentage of folks who have done a good enough job of it to fool all but the most experienced eye.

Comment: Re:Nice, but... (Score 1) 197

by Penguinisto (#48028003) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Why don't you do it?

Because it would involve asking DAZ or Smith Micro for the respective proprietary source codes first, then getting permission to release the results. Both applications are currently ongoing products (DS is at 4.6 now, and Poser at "Poser Pro 2013" last I checked.)

DAZ Studio is doable - I used to work for them as a dev back when 1.0 was released, and they IIRC still use C++ and Qt. Could likely pull it off the OSX branch with only a little effort.

Poser is not so doable; they use a wide variety of weird crap on top of C, including Adobe AIR and the nightmare libs spawned by Kai Krause if I remember right. Not even sure if Linux would accept half of it without a complete rewrite.

All that said, I don't really need to bother - both run just fine on OSX 10.9. I want to see them on Linux mostly for ideological reasons these days.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 197

by Penguinisto (#48027401) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

This, right here... and it ain't just Photoshop, either.

In the CG realm, you have people who learned "3DS Max", or "Poser", or "Modo", but few of them could tell you what a vertex really is, let alone half-edges, collision-detection, subdivision, and etc. A few folks do go out of their way to learn the fundamentals (which makes switching between tools less painful), but they're a distinct minority.

Part of the reason why you see so much of this is because every software house has their own oddball idea of what a user interface should do, and even how to approach a given task (NURBS modeling versus mesh extrusion for instance). It would positively scare you to learn one suite (say, 3DS Max) then get sat in front of another (e.g. Modo). The learning curve on each of them is astoundingly steep... Poser's ancient Kai Krause inspired interface, Blender's 48-mouse-button-inspired UI, Wings' (probably) EMACS-inspired sparse-as-hell interface... DAZ Studio's Qt-anchored one... they all approach most of the same things rather differently. It takes a lot of time to get comfortable with a given user interface, before you even take into consideration the behaviors and quirks.

Photoshop is no different in this regard, and that's why most folks who use it know Photoshop, but few of those users know the principles and concepts behind it.

Comment: Nice, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 197

by Penguinisto (#48027171) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

...I went with GIMP years ago. I was able to use many of P-Shop's brushes and actions as-is, and I learned GIMP's actions and interface.

Mind you, I'm not a graphics pro by any means (though I am a heavy hobbyist in CG graphics, and GIMP is invaluable to me for postwork and touch-ups.) Even when I moved to using a Mac for most of my farting-around, the first thing I went for was GIMP for OSX. Just as most actual professionals stick with Photoshop (in spite of the brain-dead subscription model they have these days) because they learned on it, I do the same thing with GIMP... and it works just fine for me.

Now in the professional realm, PShop makes sense to have a Linux port. Strange thing though - a huge percentage of professional CG work is done in Linux nowadays, and has been for awhile, so I'm surprised that it's taken them this long to get around to it.

(now if only the hobbyist CG software shops (I'm looking at *you* Poser and DAZ|Studio!) would get off their asses and make a Linux port...

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