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Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 290

by im_thatoneguy (#48936509) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

This headline should be enough to remove the A380 from running:

Airbus A380 could be discontinued in 2018 says Airbus CFO http://www.themanufacturer.com...

Don't purchase something that is about to be EOL'ed. There are a number of other problems first and foremost in my mind would be runway access. The a380 limits where the president could go. Everybody and their mother can still accept a 747.

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 1) 422

The DOJ always hoovered up massive amounts of data. Metadata collection is absolutely nothing new. It's interesting watching The Wolf of Wall Street and reading up on the case that it's based on--call logs were prolific in the case. "It says here that you called so and so at 8AM and talked for 45 minutes."

The problem isn't so much in my opinion the mass collection it's the fact that the collection isn't encrypted. The software should be designed and audited such that the info can only be searched with an encryption key issued for a limited time. And then all searches and results should be logged and reviewed by an independent body.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 4, Interesting) 227

by im_thatoneguy (#48925489) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

I agree with this sentiment to a large extent. We don't get mad when TCP/IP is used in an authoritarian country. At some point Facebook is like any other infrastructure on the internet--it's a conduit. I don't really blame Vint Cerf or Cisco for the great firewall of China. If anything the fact that Turkey's government has to go to Facebook and demand that they filter content is already a win of sorts in an authoritarian anti-free speech zone. If we replaced Facebook with something like email the Turkish could simply block all TCP/IP traffic that matches banned images or words. At least this way you have a company like Facebook running the filtering which will presumably do the very absolute minimum filtering required by law as opposed the absolute maximum that they can get away with before a court orders them to back off on the filtering.

Comment: Re:Open source code is open for everyone (Score 1, Insightful) 211

by im_thatoneguy (#48918585) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

It's because we've put up with 30 years of FOSS community trumpeting the fact that Linux isn't hacked, only Microsoft needs anti-virus, Open Source means that "something like this will never happen".

If a community spends decades puffing its chest and talking shit it's going to get 10x the scorn when it's revealed to be as vulnerable as the next guy. The fact is that all software can be hacked. And at any given time there is a zero day exploit that can probably penetrate any system. Commercial tools used to be the target of this research and and attack and now that open source is gaining traction it's getting the same scrutiny--and similarly failing.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 462

Not maybe 1:1 but I know people who sold software and as soon as the crack would go wild their sales immediately plummeted. Custom DRM was the best way to extend the time from release to crack but also releasing stripped down trial versions helped a lot since it reduced the demand for a cracked version.

It shouldn't be a surprise that the Games industry has chosen DLC to be its mode of extracting revenue. Release a game for free and buy that horse armor.

Comment: Re:Hold your horses (Score 2) 211

by im_thatoneguy (#48890909) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Correct me if I'm wrong but without knowing the voltage isn't comparing amperage hours to one another useless?

5v * 1Ah = 5watt hours
12v * 1Ah = 12watt hours

Amp-hour isn't actually a unit of energy potential.

One AA battery has about 2.6ah * 1.5v = 3.9 watt/hr
One D Battery has about 18ah * 1.5v = 27 watt/hr

175 years = 1533000 hours * 7200 nanoampere seconds per hour = 11.06 ah. Which if it's .1 volt would be 1 watt/hr of capacity. Or if it was 10v it would be 100 watt hour. Makes a pretty big difference. And without knowing voltage we can't compare.


Science By Democracy Doesn't Work 496

Posted by timothy
from the just-ask-ex-planet-pluto dept.
StartsWithABang writes The US Senate just voted on whether climate change is a hoax, knowing full well that debates or votes don't change what is or isn't scientifically true or valid. Nevertheless, debates have always been a thing in science, and they do have their place: in raising what points would be needed to validate, robustly confirm or refute competing explanations, theories or ideas. The greatest scientific debate in all of history — along with its conclusions — illustrates exactly this.

Comment: Nuke Studio, Flame and Davinci (Score 1) 223

by im_thatoneguy (#48871815) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

If we're talking about NLEs for VFX then the obvious choice would be Nuke Studio (http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/nuke/studio/) It's integrated with Nuke which is used everywhere and it's a multiplatform app which runs on Linux, OSX and Windows.

Davinci is also for Linux and it's got pretty decent editing capabilities now. And like Nuke Studio it also has lots of VFX friendly features like handles and solid EDL support.

Another obvious option are the Autodesk (Discreet) systems. Flame Premium 2013 supports Linux. For a while there Flame/Inferno were exclusively linux.

So there is plenty of VFX editing on Linux, it's just pricey for the most part and not at all open source.

Comment: Nuke Studio is designed for VFX facilities (Score 1) 223

by im_thatoneguy (#48871771) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Blender is not going to address the needs of a VFX facility. Having a python checkbox isn't enough to handle the sorts of scenes and needs of a feature film vfx shot in most situations. There is a reason CG supervisors still pick Max, Maya or Houdini over "free" software and that's the cost of productivity. $3,000 is a small price to pay compared to being even 10% more productive. The average VFX artist is paid at least $65,000. So if you need 10% more artists to do the same thing in the same amount of time then you're paying $6,500 per year in lost productivity. That's substantially more expensive than $1,000 per year for maintenance. Which isn't to say that there aren't good video editing applications for Linux. For VFX studio editing needs Nuke Studio is enough and it runs on Linux:


In fact from a VFX facility's perspective it integrates better into a pipeline than any of the other commercial editing applications and it works well with Nuke which is the defacto standard for compositing.

Comment: Re:Schedule D?! (Score 1) 450

If you're getting that much back on your refund then you're probably doing it wrong.

I did do it wrong, but I also spent a lot more than I anticipated after already paying. But it *does* create a bit of a loophole. 10% is a pretty good return. Especially since you can theoretically put it in the final quarter. So if you want to buy a big screen TV on Amazon for $3,000: overpay $2800 on your final quarter. File your taxes in February. Get your return entirely in Amazon gift certificates and you just got 10% off your TV.

Comment: Re:Schedule D?! (Score 2) 450

I bought the Professional Turbo Tax on Amazon and it cost $64. And I get 10% extra on everything from my refund that I Put into Amazon Gift Certificates. So with TurboTax this year I could theoretically take my whole refund as Amazon Gift Certificates and pay off Turbotax a few times over. But I don't think I spend enough on Amazon even with my prolific Amazon Purchasing to justify taking all of it back in Gift Card Balance.

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