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Comment: Re:Another liberal dream goes totalitarian (Score 2, Informative) 439

by drewish_princess (#29056407) Attached to: EFF Says Burning Man Usurps Digital Rights

i know this is slashdot where talking out of your ass gets you modded as insightful but this is just too stupid to pass by.

you've clearly never been to the event and have no appreciation of its history. i grew up in reno i went for the first time in 1996. at that time there were only 8,000 people (at least according to wikipedia) last year there were 49,500. there's absolutely no way you can scale that without changing the rules. i remember talking to people that we upset that there was no more drive by shooting range. there was a rave camp a mile from central camp and everyone drove their cars around. and that year three people in a tent got run over by a car, so the next year only art cars were allowed and a speed limit imposed.

they don't make rules just to make rules. the rules are either: a) responses to clear problems to keeping the ever increasing number of people from killing each other b) imposed by the counties (washoe and pershing) or blm in order to obtain the permits.

Comment: ~29-year-old Heathkit H19 terminal (Score 1) 622

by drewish_princess (#28134939) Attached to: 45-Year-Old Modem Used To Surf the Web

I've got a Heathkit H19 dumb terminal on my desk that's hooked up to my MacMini via serial-to-USB converter.

I don't do a lot of "work" with it but I wrote a Ruby script for it to talk to iTunes via AppleScript and grab the album art then pass that through ImageMagick to bump the contrast then convert it to ASCII text using jp2a.

You can see some pictures:
Or checkout the Ruby script:

Comment: Re:They learned it by watching the government. (Score 1) 346

by drewish_princess (#27572221) Attached to: Ponzi Schemes Multiply On YouTube

"Over here, we (at least we did) believe in personal resposibility, the individual, and taking care of your own."

I had to laugh at that. For the last sixty years the idea seems to have been take credit for the successes and blame the failures on bad luck then ask for a bailout.

Comment: Re:Always the dutch .... (Score 1) 336

by drewish_princess (#26523171) Attached to: Dutch Study Says Filesharing Has Positive Economic Effects

I think you'd have a hard time finding an example of "good" colonizers but you seemed to have picked up the wrong end of 3.5 stripe's comment. You're looking at their profit while he's looking at the effects on the people in the countries where those profits were generated.

GNU is Not Unix

+ - New Method to Detect and Prove GPL Violations->

Submitted by qwerty
qwerty (162254) writes "A paper at the upcoming academic conference Automated Software Engineering presents a new method to detect code theft and could be used to detect GPL violations in particular. While the co-called birthmarking method is demonstrated for Java, it is general enough to work for other languages as well. The API Benchmark observes the interaction between an application and (dynamic) libraries that are part of the runtime system. This captures the observable behavior of the program and cannot be easily foiled using code obfuscation techniques, as shown in the paper. Once such a birthmark is captured, it can be searched for in other programs. By capturing the birthmarks from popular open-source frameworks, GPL-violating applications could be identified."
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