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Comment: What's the difference between the US and China? (Score 4, Funny) 146

by bungo (#47205621) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

From my perspective, it appears that both China and the US are willing to bend to their control any IT organization that they can.

I'm happy that a verified source have been made, but sad to think that it has now come to this - the US, China, Russia, ..... so many countries that it is no longer safe to host security projects.

If only I could get a CISCO router build in China, packages in the US and sold through a reseller in Russia.... it could be marketed are the ultimate freedom router*.

(* Note: freedom is not for the end user)

Comment: Re:Yes, and it's pernicious (Score 2) 253

by bungo (#47083489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

I've seen this happen with some of the Oracle support forums, and I really hate it.

What Oracle are doing now is that when you log a support request for some products, they first direct you to the customer forums to find an answer before you can complete entering the support request - and you have to acknowledge in the support request that you are aware of the customer forums.

The problem is that unless your problem is really simple, the forums are a waste of time, and when I have to log a support request, it's never for a simple issue, and normally for something that needs a brand new patch, or a patch that has only been out for a short period of time and only a few people have encountered the issue before.

The customer forums don't make the cost of the support contract any cheaper, so if it's saving money, then all it means that Larrty gets to spend more on another boat.

Comment: Re:Funding (Score 1) 664

by bungo (#46920029) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

I have to say that it's expensive for a Fiesta (it's only around $20k where I am), but in general the US has the cheapest car prices for a western country. I think that's because the market is competitive, and consumers are price sensitive. Everyone in Europe, Australia and New Zealand get ripped off. The prices in Japan aren't so bad.

My last new car cost about 20% more in Euros, than in USD, and that was with a â1/$1.30 exchange rate - almost half price in the US. It would have been cheaper for me to purchase the car from the US, have it shipped over to Europe and then pay 20% in import duties.

The worst part was, the car was built in England!

 

Comment: Re:I find my backup camera useful (Score 1) 518

by bungo (#46632901) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

My wife's Nissan has a backup camera. I wasn't use to it, as my main car has ultra-sonic parking sensors. Originally I didn't like the camera, until I was in a car park and it was pitch black. The camera has night vision capability, and I was able to see everything just like it was daylight (but only in black and white).

In this case, looking out of the windows didn't help much, but with the camera, I was able to see far further than the reversing light.

 

Comment: Re:So, they knew (Score 1) 243

WB was using the backers' money and let them assume the risk if the project fails.

So?

To quote super chicken, "you knew the job was dangerous when you took it".

That was a risk I was willing to take. If I lost out and didn't get anything for my money, then oh well, maybe I'll not eat out one night instead and I'll be even.

Worst part is, you guys aren't even getting the promised rewards, i.e. the digital download.

No, that's a lie. They provided a digital download. No where was it ever promised that it was going to be a DRM free download.

I'm a backer. I was never told it would be DRM free.

Comment: Re:uh, you paid a studio and expect returns? (Score 2) 243

I'm a backer.

No, we didn't pay a studio. We paid Rob to create a movie. Rob then worked with the studio to get extra funding and promotion.

If Rob didn't get agreement with the studio, then he still was going to make the movie with the money that he raised. It might not have had a wide cinema release, but he had enough money to made a reasonable quality movie.

Comment: Re:Investors? Really? (Score 2) 243

But where were we ever told that it would be a DRM free digitial download?

I'm a backer. I never saw any mention of it being a DRM free digital download. I have access to be backers website, I read all of the comments on kickstarted by Rob and his team. No-one ever said that it would be DRM free.

As far as I'm concerned, they delivered the promised download, they met the conditions.

Comment: Re:Investors? Really? (Score 2) 243

I'm a backer of the Veroncia Mars movie.

I was hoping that a movie would be made, of at leave direct-to-video quality. If it didn't get make, then, oh well, it was worth the shot.

It's not like I committed as much as the founder of XE.com, who paid $10,000 for a speaking part in the movie. (Although he could probably afford his $10k as much as I could my $40.)

Comment: Re:Geek Rage!!! (Score 1) 243

Geek rage is right. People here are getting all worked up over something that probably doesn't affect them. I suppose some people just like getting upset at big media companies.

I'm a backer. Is anyone else here an actual backer? I pledged enough to get a digital download. I never expected it to be a DRM free version. The fact that I can download it to my Nexus 7 is a bonus further than I was expecting. When I signed up, I was thinking they were probably only going to deliver a MS Windows only version - after all the project is being run by a director/producer, and not a tech head.

And am I upset with the digital download? No. Totally DRM free would have been great, but it's not something that I expected.

Right, so, as a backer, what did I actually expect for my money? I donated money to have the chance to see a Veronica Mars movie that would have been on a cheap budget and a direct-to-video quality production.

What did I get? I got a move that is really like a cinema quality release movie. That's more than I hoped for. I also got a t-shirt, stickers, the script, a DVD, and a digital download. All of that for half the cost of a AAA game title.

Heck, I'm over the moon.

And what else did I get for being a backer? I got sense of ownership of the movie and the whole creation process. It was a fun journey.

Also, for any of you non-backers that have decided to download the movie, well, I'm a bit disappointed that you're interested enough to have a look, but it would have been nice if you could have contributed someway. Maybe if you like the movie, try to make it one of the most pirated movie around at the moment. With more interest, maybe there can be a second Veronica Mars movie.

What non-backers don't appear to know is that Rob was restricted by the studios and the agreements with the cinemas on how he could allow the digital downloads. To get a movie in the cinemas, at the same time as being available for download is the first time this has happened (as far as I know). The studios and cinema owners normally never allow this.

One final thing. Even though the kickstart paid for the production of the movie, the studio covered the cost of the kickstarter rewards and also the (little) promotion that went on. So I can understand why the studio wants to keep control as much as they want over the distribution.

Comment: Re:Should be Alternative Language Requirement (Score 1) 426

by bungo (#46071775) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

You never learned of subjunctive, conditional, imperative, indicative? All native english speakers I talk to said they did.

I didn't. I was in school in the unfortunate period when new math appeared, and it was decided that grammar was too confusing and didn't need to be taught. This made learning French more difficult, and I had to first learn what the tense was in English.

I curse the people who decided to change English teaching to stop being about the language and into making up stuff about what an author could have thought, but maybe didn't - and if you don't agree with your teacher on what the 'correct' made up stuff was, then you were in trouble.

 

They NEVER match because the subtitles are done in France and the audio dubbing is done in Quebec.

It's same same everywhere. I think it comes down to cost, cheaper costs equals crappy subtitles. Even French TV shows, in French, made in France have subtitles that don't match what's being said. The only times when I've seen good quality subtitles is when it's with an expensive big-budget movie (French or US).

 

Enlightenment

Enlightenment DR 0.18: Improved Compositing, Wayland Support 62

Posted by timothy
from the now-that's-some-conservative-versioning dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Enlightenment DR 0.18 window manager has been released one year after E17. Enlightenment 0.18 provides many new features, with demanding compositing, Wayland client support, improved systemd integration, new Enlightenment modules, and stability fixes."

Comment: Re:Should Have be Charged With Treason (Score 1) 442

by bungo (#44083887) Attached to: US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage

Professional terrorists are unlikely to use communication that will be intercepted in this way.

Sure they do, just set up pre-known phrases in advance, and you don't even to need encryption
e.g.
John is starting a new job => Akmed has sourced the fissile material

Jane is expecting the baby in July => The bomb will be on the ship making port in July.

There you go. They're only doing their job. The need to keep track of anyone who is named John or Jane, or anyone who speaks to any John or Jane, anyone who is having a baby, or anyone who knows anyone having a baby.

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