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Comment: Copyright extensions are pure scams (Score 5, Insightful) 298

Whether or not a longer copyright term will help promote the arts are encouraging more investment in art production is debatable. I have a strong oppinion, but so do many others with the opposite.

However, there is no theory whatesoever that retroactively extending copyright terms does anything to promote the creation of new art/culture (recall, the whole point of government granted copyright monopoly in the first place.) In fact, there is strong evidence that works still under long copyright are supressed until they become public domain.

I think we can conclude that any politicians singing on to retroactively extend copyright terms are clearly corrupt.

Comment: I'm actually rooting for Adblock plus on this issu (Score 1) 619

by Rashkae (#48971845) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

For those complaining about Adblock plus selling out... Have you actually looked at the requirements for Ad's that adblock will allow (even paid for?). Personally, I'm in full support of Adblock Plus campaign to pressure ad companies into returning to non-intrusive and non-annoying ads. Advertising *can* be a positive thing if the money helps sponsor content on web pages *and* potentialy provides useful information to people who might benefit from learning about a product or service.

Google used to be on the forfront of promising a clean and non-annoying ad network. They built their whole search engine reputation on it. Unfortunately, they since sold out and became the biggest pedler and annoying ads currently in business. A firm hand is needed to bring the entire ad industry to heel and hold them to a standard that will control public annoyance and malware both. If Adblock Plus can achieve this, while getting paid for their own work in the process, all the power to them. I think Firefox should partner with Adblock Plus to include the plugin by default with new installs, while getting a cut of the sponsered acceptibe ads.

Comment: Re:I RTFA'd, and I still want to know... (Score 2) 187

by Rashkae (#48667133) Attached to: Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

I don't really know, but I can throw a couple educated guesses from experience. There are two reasons:

1: Motion Blur. This is even simulated in high end animated movies. (look at a scene in a movie like Shrek of How to Train your dragon, and watch frame by frame where there is motion.

2. Conistency. 24fps looks ok so long as it is consistent, either because of how the brain receives the image naturally, or just a matter of conditioning since we've been watching movies at 24fps for so long. I know when I watch video that is not properly de-telecined, (29fsp, but every 4 frames there a repeated frame) it immiediately looks very jerky and unwatcheable to me. Video game frame rate tend to swing wildly.

Comment: So many comments worried about NSA... (Score 1) 212

by Rashkae (#48413337) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

So I'm just going to send everythign in plain text instead. That'll show em.

If you need true secure communications, in as much as any such might be possible, there are other solutions for that, which don't involve any kind of central authority. (As soon as you have a central authority, you have the weakest link of attack for a larger target.)
This is encryption for everyone else, so passwords aren't being sent in the clear willy nilly by everyone who connects to their favorite sites from public wifi spots, (as an example of a real potential problem with today's security practices.)

That being said, I think they are wrong about this being the missing piece... if it were that easy to use https everyone would at least be using self signed certs by now. The standard has to be updated to reflect the reality of shared IP virtual domains. And why no TLS for http traffic yet? Even if there is no authorative signing, the web browser could then at least warn you if the cert of the a kown server suddenly changes, indicate potential MIM.

Comment: Re:Cool data but... (Score 2) 142

by Rashkae (#48373371) Attached to: Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

If the PC has less than optimal cooling, it's possible, even l iikely, the drive temperature will exceed operating specs at some point. Even if there is no ill effect or any long term problem, the BIOS will forever more report "Imminent Drive Failure" on every boot if BIOS SMART is enabled.

Comment: EXT Devs not listening to people's requests (Score 2) 345

by Rashkae (#48125735) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

I searched 2 years ago for a means to mount ext4 filesystems with system assigned file ownership. I found many bug request asking for just such a feature, (and exactly for this reason, so the file system can be used on a device that is meant to be portable across different systems.)... but the devs handily found excuses to not do it. Maybe this will light a flame under the nether regions of the kernel devs in charge of the filesystem. EXT? is a great filesystem over all, and I wouldn't hesitate to use it for any system or permanent data drive, but what is really needed now, is a journaled filesystem that is designed with features for system protability.

Comment: Why is this so difficult? (Score 3, Insightful) 1198

by Rashkae (#46878251) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Leaving assite entirely the debate over death penalty to begin with, when we have to put down our pets, vets don't seem to have any trouble putting them to sleep, (and then inject more and more until sleep becomes permanenet.) Maybe the state just needs to fire to their medical experts and hire some country vet?

Comment: Bitcoing needs regulation protectoin form Ponzi (Score 1) 490

by Rashkae (#43265825) Attached to: Will Legitimacy Spoil Bitcoin?

I think more regulation on Bitcoin trades can only serve to help protect people from Ponzi schemes. No, I'm not like those other people who call Bitcoin a Ponzi, they are not. However, the exchanges that are now springing up are amost a perfect recipe for one. Someone sets up an exchange, pople open accounts to which they deposit money to engage in bitcoin trading, exchange operators help themselves to funds, either for operational expenses or to line their pockets, and instead back the accounts with bitcoin, bitcoin innevitably suffers a 'market correction,' there's a run on the cash accounts, and the exchange can't keep up with the cash withdrawals, voila, classic ponzi.

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