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Comment: Because we demand them (Score 1) 850

by Schraegstrichpunkt (#32121114) Attached to: Flash Is Not a Right

But what does it say about the state of programming practice writ large when so many developers believe that their 'rights' are trampled because they cannot write programs for a particular device in a particular language? Or that their 'freedom' as creators is squelched for the same reason?"

It says we have fucking spines, you blind amorphous blob.

The Internet

Pressure Mounts On ICANN To Approve .xxx Domain 372

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the mounts-get-it-hah-hah dept.
An anonymous reader writes "An application for domain was first submitted six years ago. ICANN approved the application in 2005, and entered into an agreement with ICM Registry regarding technical and commercial terms. However, ICANN reversed its decision in March 2007. An independent review panel was called to look into why ICANN had changed its mind, and concluded that the body had been under pressure from the US government. Now the registry that submitted that application, ICM Registry, is pushing for .xxx to be approved. The company has argued that the .xxx internet domain should be approved for porn site use, allowing parents and businesses to easily configure browsers or filters to automatically block sites that carry the domain."

Comment: Re:Shazam! (Score 1) 101

by Schraegstrichpunkt (#32080774) Attached to: NASA Mars Rover Spots Its Ultimate Destination

This is exciting. The knowledge contained within this crater will feed millions and advance the knowledge nessesary for the survival of the Human Race by many years, and reveal the secrets of oil spill clean up as an added bonus!

I find your post very enlightening. Spirit and Opportunity should be supplied with Slashdot accounts and reprogrammed to post discouraging comments every few minutes. That would be far more helpful.


The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture 457

Posted by kdawson
from the read-only-culture dept.
jrepin writes in to recommend a piece by Eugenia from OSNews, which explores the depths of the MPEG-LA's lock on video. One part of the problem is that almost all video cameras, including ones that cost more than $12,000, declare in their manuals that they are for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes only. "We've all heard how the h.264 is rolled over on patents and royalties. Even with these facts, I kept supporting the best-performing 'delivery' codec in the market, which is h.264. 'Let the best win,' I kept thinking. But it wasn't until very recently when I was made aware that the problem is way deeper. No, my friends. It's not just a matter of just 'picking Theora' to export a video to Youtube and be clear of any litigation. MPEG-LA's trick runs way deeper!""

Comment: Foreseeable (Score 1) 84

by Schraegstrichpunkt (#31908194) Attached to: IE8's XSS Filter Exposes Sites To XSS Attacks

... the browser will automatically alter the response ...

This smacks of the thinking behind PHP's magic quotes.

Microsoft's so-called security experts should have known that this was a bad idea, especially if they'd worked with the UTF-7 XSS vulnerabilities. Any time you take a parsed language and haphazardly change the way that it parses, you're opening the door to security holes. That's probably why Dan Bernstein, years ago, said "Don't parse" in his page about qmail security.


+ - The Pirate Party of Canada is official! 3

Submitted by wasme
wasme (35127) writes "The Pirate Party of Canada (PPCA) has become the first Pirate Party outside of Europe to become an official political party. Elections Canada confirmed with the party on the 12th that the PPCA has gained "eligible for registration" status, and can run in elections starting June 14, 2010. Read the Party's official announcement:

"We are pleased to announce that as of April 12, 2010, the Pirate Party of Canada (PPCA) is officially eligible for Party Status.

After ten months of dedication and hard work, we have reached eligible status, which only leaves a 60-day “purgatory” period. After that, we will field candidates in subsequent federal elections, and begin the real work of a political party.""

Comment: Re:"Bribe"... (Score 1) 706

by Schraegstrichpunkt (#31816134) Attached to: Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt
           his judgment [syn: {payoff}]
       v : make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or
           influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: {corrupt}, {buy},
            {grease one's palms}]

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