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Comment: Re:Wow gorgeous (Score 4, Funny) 219 219

You have to admit, Windows 2.0 benefits greatly from HD displays and millions of colours.
At the time of its initial release, you barely had 16 colours for the whole screen, and you had to convey information with them.
Nowadays, you can have 16 distinct shades of grey, none of which gives you the slightest clue about if some UI element is actually click-able/tap-able or not, but man, aren't these fonts gorgeous ?

Comment: Re:Those evil enemy oppressors (Score 1) 812 812

How many countries exist in which the government would have no problem with a significant chunk of the country deciding to just split off and become their own government?

For example, there was Czechoslovakia. You're welcome.
I can hear the no true Scotsman fallacy from here, but I don't care.
By the way, Canada / Québec, UK / Scotland are also candidates.

Comment: Re:Are computers taking over? (Score 4, Funny) 271 271

Since when did we decide that it's OK for computers to make those type of decisions--and not allow human beings to reverse it?

They didn't say "computer" but "algorithm".

In fact, I can give you a sample of the algorithm actually used :

When following conditions are met :
- entity A gives you $$$$$$$ for URL X
- URL X currently belongs to entity B
- entity B gives you nothing for URL X

Then give URL X to entity A.

If entity B complains more than THRESHOLD, give it $ to shut up. (I wanted the cent sign, but even ¢ isn't accepted by slashcode)

Comment: Re:Hopefully... (Score 1) 294 294

by alexhs (#49952969) Attached to: Study: Sixth Extinction Event Is Underway

Have faith in Slashdoters ! ;)

I suspect that there are less of us around here on Saturdays and Sundays, and what you're seeing is concerted shilling by some conservative group outnumbering us.
Well, that's for the nonsense. I didn't see the racist posts, they're probably by ACs and probably have been modded down by now, as they ought to be.

Comment: Re:Buggy software is buggy (Score 3, Informative) 232 232

by alexhs (#49947937) Attached to: June 30th Leap Second Could Trigger Unexpected Issues

The ITU-R has outlined 4 methods for the future of UTC

Only method A1(*) proposes to redefine UTC. All other methods are keeping UTC just as it is.

To sum up the methods :
A1: No more leap seconds, UTC will drift from UT1.
A2: Come up with a new name for "UTC without leap seconds" as the broadcast universal time, UTC becomes legacy.
B: Keep UTC as it is, also broadcast a TAI-based reference time on an equal basis.
C1: Keep UTC as it is, also broadcast a delta between UTC and TAI.
C2: Same as C1, with more verbose recommendations.
D: Keep UTC as it is.

(*) With A2, UTC is not broadcasted anymore, so it has the same implications as A1, but mbone was going with the definition of UTC, so there's room for nitpicking :)

Comment: Re:Not nuclear fear (Score 5, Informative) 419 419

by alexhs (#49915663) Attached to: Philae's Lost Seven Months Were Completely Unnecessary

Plutonium-238 is simply no longer available - nobody makes it anymore.

That's pretty much what's in the article. The summary is inflammatory (on Slashdot ? Who would have guessed ?).
The meat of the argument is this :

  1. All previous deep space probes have used RTGs [Radio-isotope Thermoelectric Generator], but the ESA has not developed RTG technology. They couldn’t get it from NASA (who wouldn’t provide it) or Roscosmos (which would violate the ITAR treaty).
  2. We are literally running out of our Pu-238 supply for deep space missions. We are no longer making more, although we could be easily doing so for scientific purposes. It just costs a little bit of money.

So : side effects of nuclear regulations, and lack of material.
By the way, weight was not a reason, RTG weighting about the same as solar panels (12kg).

Comment: Re:I've always said... (Score 1) 637 637

by alexhs (#49886223) Attached to: Why Our Brains Can't Process the Gravest Threats To Humanity

The human species' most dangerous trait is its ability to rationalize nearly any belief or behavior.

Not a specifically human trait. It's just that we're unable to hear and understand other species' own rationalizations, hence why we think we're the most intelligent.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.

Comment: Re:Commerce as speech (Score 1) 172 172

by alexhs (#49806729) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

Yep, there are a few transformative angles you can take.

First thing to note, is that it is unlikely that Richard Prince would sue. I guess that for the price tag, each print is unique. Why would he print twice the same thing when it takes him all of 10 minutes to find a decent image, screenshot it, print it and sign it (apparently for the Instagram copies, his comment is the signature, he doesn't even bother to sign) ? There is no loss of sales for him, and he's able to find suckers for his "unique" prints. Why would he risk losing a case ?

But in the hypothetical case... the courts say that an use is transformative (Firefox's spell checker doesn't like that word...) when it is "altering the original with new expression, meaning, or message".

About the expression, given that Suicide Girls have the original image, they could "reinterpret" the print by enhancing it with the original quality instead of the screenshot quality, and argue how it's adding depth, or adding contrast with the surrounding low-res text or whatever.

Or if it is about the context changing its meaning, at first it was an Instagram post, then it was a part of an art exhibition, then it is a re-appropriation for a charity. Hence I'm arguing that Mark Meyer's comment on how "While Prince’s use of Mooney’s photos adds new and significant context, Mooney is simply selling copies of Prince’s work with no additional contextual commentary" is wrong. In the end, the "context" is only about your capacity to convince that, really, "it isn't what it looks like". And Richard Prince is much more seasoned at that game than Mooney ever will.

About the message, I was thinking along the same line as you did. Something like, this is the actual message (the $90,000 / $90 poster), and the sold prints are only parts of the overall artwork, as so many parts of the message. With both Prince and Mooney, it's the same relation between the individual print and the "meaningful context" (art exhibition / re-appropriation for a charity).

However, I agree with Mark Meyer on that point, the "we added the "suicide girl true art" message" is probably not going to cut it.

Comment: My experience with IPv6 (Score 2) 390 390

by alexhs (#49515459) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

I can do IPv6 from my ISP since last November. My issues so far have been:

  • The ISP ADSL router hasn't been extensively tested for IPv6. Its caching DNS server tends to die after approximately 10 days, and the IPv6 connection itself is at times unavailable (probably not an up-link issue as rebooting the ADSL router fixes the issue. Temporarily.)
  • Some web sites have registered a DNS entry for IPv6, but don't have a properly configured IPv6 HTTP server. I could ask the DNS resolver to try IPv4 first, but then when would I actually be using IPv6 ?
  • I can't even experience the non-NAT'ed network, as I don't have IPv6 access from the work place.

On the other hand, IPv6 was doing fine 12 years ago, on the IPv6 backbone from the university.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."