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Comment: Re:Alternate Bank of Canada Press Release (Score 1) 135

by SeaFox (#49183723) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

The Bank of Canada wishes to inform Star Trek fans that while they may live long, they may not prosper if other parties refuse to accept defaced $5 bills.

Whoops, is that legal? In the U.S. you cannot decline payment made in cash (if you normally take cash). But it's also illegal to deface money.
But if it's not illegal to Spock a 5-spot in Canada that makes the bills legal currency still.

Comment: Revisionist history? (Score 1) 135

by SeaFox (#49183689) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

I read this story on the BBC site yesterday, and the title of the story was 'Spocking' not illegal, Canada Says at the time. It even still appears on Google search with that title. But now the headline has been changed to Bank spokesman says writing on bills "inappropriate".

Some shiny-shoed people getting a bit upset and influencing the media?

Comment: Re:can you use this on trun off HDCP / region lock (Score 1) 107

by SeaFox (#49159641) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

Wouldn't it be easier to buy a blu-ray player that has that ability? There are certain makes available in the U.S (I'm going to assume you're in the U.S.) that have hidden player settings menus to control BD region specification. It's not possible to get a true "region free" (it plays everything) player, you'll have to change the player whenever you go from discs from one region to another. But at a cost of $50-$100 it's affordable to buy it as a second BD player to set to your favorite secondary region that you have many titles from, and much cheaper than importing a normal player from the region you want.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 412

by SeaFox (#49157573) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

The camera diddled the image, maybe it was diddled even more before we actually saw it. Then we're all amazed that it doesn't look like the thing. But people have accidentally been taking pictures of things which don't look like things since time immemorial. They're called shitty pictures.

This is what happens when publications fire their professional photographers and give their "reporters" (who skill-wise are glorified bloggers now) smartphones and tell them to take their own pictures, because that's much cheaper than hiring real pros. The sad part is they probably think this is all great. After all, they're getting a lot more page views over this stupid photo controversy than a properly taken picture of the dress would have attracted to their site.

Comment: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs (Score 2) 107

by SeaFox (#49155311) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

...that are inserted by their owners.

Always good to remember a venerability is a venerability, but a trojan is a trojan.

  - People buying legitimate blu-ray titles are not going to have this issue.
  - Even people downloading pirated content are not going to have this issue... as long as they are downloading just video files and not trying to pirate the entire disc with menus.

Comment: Re:And no one cares (Score 1, Insightful) 185

by SeaFox (#49154755) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

And half those sort of "new generation" searchers won't know half the time if they are redirected to a phony site.

Or if they are blocked from reaching the site they want by the search provider choosing to delist what they are looking for.

Who needs an actual government internet filter when you can ask your good friends at the search providers to make the site "disappear" for a growing portion of the population.

Comment: How about using a whiteboard? (Score 4, Informative) 163

by SeaFox (#49154685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

No, seriously.

I know I've seen systems that use sensors you mount around the edge of a whiteboard and special markers to track where you are drawing and reproduce it electronically on remote monitors -- it's on a cheap system, but it's cheaper than flying people in airplanes all over the place.

You could also just have the whiteboard person use a graphics tablet, and skip the big arm movements.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly