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Comment Looks like they failed (Score 1) 213 213

From their intro video it appears that you generate your key on their website and even have a backup code that lets you retrieve it. How is this end to end? If they can retrieve the key for you and hold your private key for you, they can be compelled to release it (or knowing Yahoo's track record, accidentally leak it or get hacked).

Comment Why not use torrents (Score 1) 94 94

Could there not be some tech or protocol that lets you host something the pirate bay directly on torrents somehow, via signing + distributed hashing or somehting? If anyone could get something like that started it would be TPB. Surely there's some way to create an app or site which leverages distributed nature of torrent to host an application or website "everywhere"?

Comment The HTML5 DRM Spec has no positive side to it (Score 1) 320 320

From looking at the spec, all it appears to be doing is creating a protocol for the negotiation of third party platform specific DRM plugins. So basically, platform specific third party browser plugins, but now in the standard for some reason. Why is this necessary? It doesn't make it so that the plugins are platform agnostic or open, it just makes it so that the protocol to load and activate platform SPECIFIC, purpose SPECIFIC, binary plugins are part of the standard now... for some reason. This just makes it more complicated and doesn't actually have any upside! These closed, binary DRM plugins will still need to be installed, just like flash or silverlight is, and they'll still only be on the platforms that the movie industry considers trustworthy, nothing will have changed except now we have a more complicated spec to follow in order to make a "compliant" browser.

Comment Re:How is Qt still relevant? (Score 5, Informative) 161 161

On the business software side, there's also well known applications like Autodesk Maya (2011 and above, they switched TO qt recently!), and also the Perforce client (P4V). I'm seeing more and more of it in the internals of "big" apps like that, even if the user is unaware. I have a feeling its partly because of the LGPL side of things opening up more than anything. Although I'm pretty sure autodesk licensed it commercially.

Comment Awesome (Score 1) 161 161

QT is about the best "native SDK" I've seen out there. In the company I work at, we dev our internal tools in Qt, and at home my hobby projects are in Qt also. They run on mac, linux, and windows. Other projects that run on Qt include Maya (Autodesk), they recently swapped over to using 4.7.1. Knowing autodesk, in only a couple decades they'll switch to Qt5!

Comment Re:Fuck the BSA (Score 1) 140 140

Yeah, this is a way to 'legally' do it but the BSA is more of a racket than that. You see, they don't just apply legal pressure. Their contracts make others in the same alliance refuse to deal with those that won't work with the BSA. So for example, Microsoft / Sony / etc will stop validating your hardware or software and Apple will blacklist your keys and so on. If the BSA was standing only on legal footing that would be one thing but right now these large corps are using it as leverage to get smaller ones who depend on them to play ball.

Comment Re:Pirates (Score 1) 424 424

You're incorrect here. The EULA on all these games indicate that what you bought was a hunk of plastic, and you can do what you want with that (including melt it down), but the data that happens to be on it does not belong to you. You've merely been given a revocable license to copy it into ram in order to play it. It sounds unbelievable, I know, but read the small print. This is where we're at in the legal side of games now.

Comment Finely tuned for life? (Score 2) 273 273

Getting really tired of hearing this. Nothing is finely tuned for life. As far as we know, it takes certain conditions for very complex life to form, but that simply means that complex life will only form in those conditions, and here we are. If there were no regions in this universe with the right conditions for complex life we would not be here.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

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