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Comment: Common sense now, responsability never (Score 1) 196

by gnarlin (#38211910) Attached to: EU Court Adviser Says Software Ideas Can't Be Copyrighted
As long as it's a non binding opinion it might as well have been the mad ramblings of the local street hobo for the good it will do. This might even be detrimental since this makes the pro-patent lobbyists aware of the possibility that the case's conclusion might seriously affect their changes for having insane software and idea patent law put into permanent place so the scumbag lobbyists will work extra hard to get some legislation past or to have the cases conclusion narrowed and not have broad patent implications. Whatever happens you can trusts assholic institutions and corporations to work for the detriment of the public good.

Comment: Riddle me this batman! (Score 1) 274

by gnarlin (#36398352) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Reducing Software Patent Life-Spans?
What would you call cutting the heads off the French aristocrats?
A good start!

So it is also with patents (and not just software patents). After reading about patent lawsuits for years I have come to the conclusion that the whole patent system should go. I doesn't serve the interest of the majority of the human race. Barring that, shortening the life span of a portion would be a tiny hen step in the right direction.

Comment: Yes, but is it OVER 9000?! (Score 1) 98

by gnarlin (#36091650) Attached to: Exabit Transmission Speeds May Be Possible
How long is it until we can keep a local copy of all human culture and data on a thumb drive? A long long time ago, back in the dark ages of the intertubes called the 90's, people started downloading individual mp3 tracks. Then individual albums, then artist collections, then music video collections and soon entire genres. Of course now people don't bother much with downloading music and just stream it from wherever is convenient at the moment (youtube, music stores, illegal streaming sharing sites etc.). The same thing is happening with video of course. And the quality of the encoding is constantly getting better to the point of diminishing returns. How long until there will be a torrent of all human music collected by the sharing community on the Internet?

Another thing that I have sometimes wondered is: why can't you have a torrent of torrents? That is a torrent that redirects to a bunch of other torrent so as to make collecting larger data sets easier, to avoid repacking to some extend as well.

I know this rambling is a bit of topic, but I think that the speed of the Internet, the speed at which the human race is able to share is directly correlated to the quality of the human experience. That is why I love reading news like this.

Cheers everyone.

Comment: PC is short for Personal Motherfucking Computer (Score 1, Offtopic) 100

by gnarlin (#35451032) Attached to: DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available
This is really starting to irritate me. This isn't just my personal pet peeve anymore. It's become a major psychotic episode for me!
PC means: "Personal Computer"! Guess what; macs are PC's! Your mobile phone is a PC nowadays. My fucking calculator is a PC! Your god damn blinking sneakers might be a PC!

When makers of proprietary games say that their game will run on: "PC and mac" it sound just plain stupid. Oh? It will run on every personal computer I own including macs? Oh goody! I'm running the Ubuntu OS on my tower. I guess I'll run it on that then. Oh, and on my fucking android phone while I'm at it! After all, it will run on all all Personal Computers..........and macs!

Perhaps those publishers believe that the mac personal computers are so tied to apple that no can really own a mac; merely bask in the presence and glory of their macbooks and imacs that apple has allowed them to do for a short while; you know, like religious people believe about their brief existence here on earth! A beautiful unique snowflake said this: "I don't own my macbook pro, it is only a visitor on our shores for a short while; and then.... it is gone!".
But back to the topic at hand.

Equating the term "PC" with the line of operating systems from Microsoft called windows also implies that operating systems are an inherit part of the computer that cannot be lodged out, you know, like a really bad tenet in a project! A permanent residence with an increasingly bad attitude. That the OS is burned into a ROM chip on the motherboard. That it's inside and has taken your computer hostage. You know, like consoles. Of course that's pure uncut bullshit. While not everyone is like me and often changes the operating system on a computer like they were changing a dirty diaper on a screaming child, everyone should not be lied to with propaganda like this. Everyone should at least be aware that an OS can be changed if they don't like it, like swapping out a used pair of underwear when it's just become too painful to have on any longer.

In conclusion: Don't say stupid things like: "I have a PC".

I guess I have more to say about macs in general and apple specifically, but for now I guess I'm done.

Enjoy your fucking life. It won't last forever.

+ - FreedomBox Foundation hits target in 5 days-> 4

Submitted by
lkcl writes "The FreedomBox Foundation hit its minimum target of $60,000 in just 5 days, thanks to KickStarter Pledges, and seeks further contributions to ensure that the Project is long-term viable. Curiously but crucially, the FreedomBox fund is for Software only, yet neither suitable low-cost $30 ARM or MIPS "plug computers", envisaged by Eben Moglen as the ideal target platform, nor mid-to-high-end ARM or MIPS low-cost developer-suitable laptops actually exist. What do slashdot readers envisage to be the way forward, here, given that the goals of the FreedomBox are so at odds with mass-market Corporate-driven hardware design decisions?"
Link to Original Source

+ - Tolkien Censors Tolkien 1

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Back in the late 2009, I got into a Twitter conversation with Madeline Ashby about geek culture, fandom, and a bunch of stuff like that. Madeline wrote, “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion.” I thought this was an excellent encapsulation of the divide in SF/F/Whatever fandom, and thus took to Zazzle to make little buttons with her quote. I bought a bunch, handed them out at a few conventions, then I had a kid and promptly forgot all about it.

Until today, when Zazzle emailed me to say they were pulling the buttons for intellectual property right infringement.

And guess who complained about their rights being infringed?

I’ve tried to come up with something more to say about this, but I’m too angry and confused and tired to say anything more than I did in the title of this post. Have fun milking your dad’s stuff, Christopher Tolkien!"

Comment: Roger, Over (Score 4, Funny) 244

by gnarlin (#35212558) Attached to: Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds
Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9'er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9'er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.
Captain Oveur: Roger.
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: Roger, over!
Roger Murdock: What?
Captain Oveur: Huh?
Victor Basta: Who?

Espionage In Icelandic Parliament 274

Posted by timothy
from the maybe-it's-just-the-porn-server dept.
bumburumbi writes "An unauthorised computer, apparently running encrypted software, was found hidden inside an unoccupied office in the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, connected to the internal network. According to the Reykjavik Grapevine article, serial numbers had been removed and no fingerprints were found. The office had been used by substitute MPs from the Independence Party and The Movement, the Parliamentary group of Birgitta Jonsdottir, whose Twiiter account was recently subpoenaed by US authorities. The Icelandic daily Morgunbladid, under the editorship of Mr David Oddsson, former Prime Minister and Central Bank chief, has suggested that this might be an operation run by Wikileaks. The reporter for the Reykjavik Grapevine, Mr Paul Nikolov is a former substitute MP, having taken seat in Parliament in 2007 and 2008."

Comment: Re:frosty piss (Score 1) 124

by gnarlin (#34803326) Attached to: Cedega Being Replaced By GameTree Linux

Because despite what Linux users say about wanting things like gaming every time I see someone actually try to support Linux by catering to them, like Cedega or Loki, they end up going tits up.

GNU/linux users paid more individually then both Mac users and windows users for the humble indie bundle 1 and 2 (which included the games from bundle 1 as well) and they were about 1/4 to 1/5 of paying costumers. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Humble bundle

Comment: Re:One of Our Cancers (Score 0, Troll) 529

by gnarlin (#34360146) Attached to: DHS Seizes 75+ Domain Names

You don't get convicted/punished until proven guilty, that doesn't mean they don't shut down the operation when it's obvious they are actively selling fake goods right now. It is the courts job to decide what criminal charges may exist. Perhaps the shop owner didn't know they were fake? Just because the owner may not be the person criminally liable, that doesn't mean you allow the operation to continue.

It was obvious these sites were selling fake goods and distributing copyrighted works. They shut them down and the owner's get to plead their case about how they didn't know or whatever their case is. The site still gets shut down now if they are breaking laws now.

Fake eh? I have a copy of a digital file. The checksum is the same. Now tell me, which one is the "fake" one? You can't? Perhaps that's because equating the digital sharing of culture with "counterfeiting" is a false dichotomy. Digital copies are perfect and therefore the copy isn't defective in any way unlike when real counterfeiting takes place. Then it's quite possible that the copy might pose some sort of danger to it's purchaser or user which is one of the reasons why manufacturing needs to be regulated in the first place while. Remember, copyright exists for the "encouragement of the science and the useful arts". Not because control of our collective human culture is a good idea.


China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches 326

Posted by Soulskill
from the par-for-the-course dept.
1 a bee writes "CNN is reporting that China is attempting to block all communication regarding Peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Even texting is affected: 'Text-messaging on mobile phones is not immune from censors, either. A Shanghai-based netizen, @littley, tweeted his unfortunate experience: "My SIM card just got de-activated, turning my iPhone to an iPod touch after I texted my dad about Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize."' Might as well add Slashdot to the censored list." Further coverage is available from NBC.

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