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Comment: Re:Starships have sensors. (Score 1) 47

by struppi (#31470618) Attached to: Fastest (and Most Compact) Stellar Spinner Confirmed

The comet was only a few kilometres across and plowed into the solid planet at over a dozen kilometres per second, so it pulverised itself out of existence in less than a second, hurling black-grey-brown-red-white spurts of material off from the impact point in arcs, most of them directed in the direction of impact, themselves leaving lines of smaller impacts around the edge of the planet, while a visible black ripple spread out from the origin. FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM was how Jex and Yuo's onboard videoaudio sound effect generator chose to interpret this.

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Comment: Re:No ethical problem at all (Score 1, Redundant) 782

by struppi (#28911127) Attached to: The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone
No, this is complete bullshit. It's not the law, it is a license, so stop comparing apples to oranges. If they grant me a license to their code, which explicitly states that I may charge a fee for redistributing it (Section 1 - did you ever read the GPL v2), then they are bound to it. They also expect me as a re-distributor of their code to follow the terms. I suggest that you read this before posting again.

Comment: Re:Privacy? Huh? (Score 3, Informative) 574

by struppi (#28570411) Attached to: US Couple Gets Prison Time For Internet Obscenity
I saw the documentary "Deep Throat" some time ago, and it said that there were still laws against porn in the US - I couldn't believe it, but it seems to be true. But I am not a lawyer and not from the USA - Can someone with an understanding of the US laws and legal system explain what exactly the crime was? Is producing and distributing porn really a crime for which you can get jail time in the USA?

Comment: Re:What I learned (Score 4, Insightful) 461

by struppi (#28011259) Attached to: Special Effects Lessons From JJ Abrams' Star Trek
Yes, exactly. And in the close-up fighting scenes (of which the film has way too much) the camera is shaking so much that you can't see anything. And that scene with the huge predators on the ice planet remided me of Star Wars Episode 1 ("There is always a bigger fish"). Otherwise a nice movie, but not a masterpiece IMHO.

Comment: Re:Cheating? (Score 1, Insightful) 309

by struppi (#27464065) Attached to: Open Source Shooter <em>Nexuiz</em> 2.5 Released
What a stupid reply. The parent made a point and gave good arguments for it. You just replied quoting some unprooved stereotype. Preventing cheats in games is indeed completely different than writing a virus, since you rely on client side security. And as you might know, client side security is always a bad idea.

Comment: Re:Apache? (Score 1) 188

by struppi (#26645423) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Source Code For Web Sandbox
And, let's not forget, if Microsoft had released this software under the terms and contitions of the GPL they could still create an improved closed source version, but nobody else could. Every other developer would have to develop for them or not be recognized at all (because nobody except geeks would use a fork). Sun is doing exactly this with Java, just google for "Java" and "Walled Garden". With AL2 at least everybody can create a closed source version. I think the AL2 is a good joice by them.

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