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Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 290

by TheDarkMaster (#48822107) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure
Unless the entire production chain involved to create the product you want to buy with bitcoins has also been paid with bitcoins, it will be virtually impossible to buy the product you want using the same 200 bitcoins for a long time. That is why I consider the bitcoin useless, its value in real currency varies way too much.

Comment: Re:PCs are still awesome imo (Score 1) 130

by TheDarkMaster (#48810453) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering
I must admit I also build my computers largely for the fun of doing it and doing hardware experiments like any good mad scientist. And being able to build your own computer in my country in particular is very important, otherwise you become hostage to crooks who loves to sell shit as if it was a luxury item.

Comment: Re:Application installers suck. (Score 1) 324

by TheDarkMaster (#48804347) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads
You have a pretty low ID to have forgotten already how is an proper created MSI package or installer. These rogue installers are a recent thing, few years ago I only saw these installers with "irresistible deals" on really questionable applications with very shitty vendors.

Comment: Re:Application installers suck. (Score 1) 324

by TheDarkMaster (#48804217) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads
Full stop. Really.

A proper Windows installer is way, way better than the amateurish Linux "installers". But, real serious, pay attention to the subtle detail that the problem is not the installer idea, is who is making the installer. An installer works perfectly well when they have no one wanting to use it as "trojan horse" to fill your computer with trash, and if the developer of this installer decided to go rogue changing the way of installation will not magically solve the problem.

And more, the "click, click, click" have a good reason to be: Options. If your application has several installation options is perfectly normal to have several buttons "next", what the criminals who make these rogue bundles do is abuse this option to purposely try to trick you. It is not a failure of the idea itself, is a character flaw of who uses the idea.

Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information 172

Posted by samzenpus
from the was-that-wrong? dept.
An anonymous reader writes Canada's new copyright notice-and-notice system has been in place for less than a week, but rights holders are already exploiting a loophole to send demands for payment citing false legal information. Earlier this week, a Canadian ISP forwarded to Michael Geist a sample notice it received from Rightscorp on behalf of BMG. The notice falsely warns that the recipient could be liable for up to $150,000 per infringement when the reality is that Canadian law caps liability for non-commercial infringement at $5,000 for all infringements. The notice also warns that the user's Internet service could be suspended, yet there is no such provision under Canadian law. In a nutshell, Rightscorp and BMG are using the notice-and-notice system to require ISPs to send threats and misstatements of Canadian law in an effort to extract payments based on unproven infringement allegations.

Comment: Re:FTL communications? (Score 1) 109

Well, the idea is transmitting a message. If I understand correctly what you wrote, then the problem is that scientists do not have a method to assign a specific polarization to the entangled photon, I am correct? And if they can "read" the photon but still can not "write" on it, but someone finds the method of "writing" without interrupting the entlangment, then sending messages would be possible right?

Comment: Re:FTL communications? (Score 1) 109

Sorry but the no-communication theorem seems BS. If you are able to obtain the polarization of the photon and you are also able to force this photon in a given polarization, and the photon is in an entangled state (existing in two places at once), so I do not see what would prevent the transmission of information using this effect and the theorem fails to explain what would be a good reason for this communication be impossible.

Comment: Today's movie theaters are crap (Score 1) 400

by TheDarkMaster (#48717023) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
My experience on actual movie theaters, ignoring the question of the film itself be good or not:

- The picture quality is ridiculously bad , I have seen only one movie theater years ago where the image was reasonably good;
- Popcorn is ridiculously expensive and bad;
- The sound is always too high and always exaggerates in the bass (ohhh explosions!);

These days I can buy a big quality TV at an affordable price, a home theater and so I can watch the movie I want whenever I want and with hot, quality popcorn. Why in hell I would go to the theather?

Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie 117

Posted by timothy
from the 4-80-whattsa-difference? dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Tech Dirt: For years, we've pointed out that the giant 'settlements' that the MPAA likes to announce with companies it declares illegal are little more than Hollywood-style fabrications. Cases are closed with big press releases throwing around huge settlement numbers, knowing full well that the sites in question don't have anywhere near that kind of money available. At the end of 2013, it got two of these, with IsoHunt agreeing to 'pay' $110 million and Hotfile agreeing to 'pay' $80 million. In both cases, we noted that there was no chance that those sums would ever get paid. And now, thanks to the Sony hack, we at least know the details of the Hotfile settlement. TorrentFreak has been combing through the emails and found that the Hotfile settlement was really just for $4 million, and the $80 million was just a bogus number agreed to for the sake of a press release that the MPAA could use to intimidate others.

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