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Comment: Language revival bootstrapping (Score 1) 271

by tepples (#48469359) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Yea kinda sucks when your language dies

That's why you need to include children's books and dictionaries in collection, so that future archaeologists will have an easier time learning the language. The illustrated children's books are for bootstrapping basic competence; the dictionaries are for building more complex meanings.

Comment: Middle East too (Score 1) 45

China would like to speak to you about paper [etc.]

Granted. And the Middle East has given us phonemic writing (rebus hieroglyphs), alphabetic writing (starting with the Phoenicians), place value numerals, and algebra. Thus we recognize Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East as sources of science and technology. But what comparable contribution has come out of Africa south of the Sahara?

Comment: Too much of a good thing (Score 1) 45

ass shit. Fuck

runs his potty mouth

Potty mouth?

Three slang words in a row referring to sexual contact, excretion of body waste, or body parts primarily associated therewith sounds "potty mouth" to me.

pretends that using profanity is somehow wrong

An occasional swear is a valuable rhetorical tool. But overuse of "potty mouth" words distracts from the point of the post and makes the speaker sound so uneducated that he can't express a point without bringing up sex or excretion.

Comment: Re:He said free software destroys the market (Score 1) 37

by tepples (#48460629) Attached to: The Man Who Made Tetris

He's right when it comes to games.

But not so much when it comes to the libraries that underlie games and the marketing of games. Though the free software community has so far failed to developer a business model for producing original games, it has excelled at producing infrastructure. EA's ports of Tetris to Android run on top of free libraries. Tetris Zone was first made for OS X, whose low-level components are based on Mach and FreeBSD. Tetris can be played over the Internet, and many TCP/IP stacks are based on the free TCP/IP implementation released by AT&T in 1989 as free software. Tetris has a Twitter account, and Twitter was originally written in the free language Ruby until it switched to the free language Scala. uses the CloudFlare CDN, which according to Netcraft runs Linux. Yet Mr. Pajitnov thinks all the free software on which his business depends "should never have existed".

I'm surprised you didn't ask [pastiche of my previous question patterns]

I've moved on. Best practice is "prototype your original game on PC first then talk to Sony", contacting is "@tetris_official will tell you what you need to know", and how same-screen Tetris works is "whatever BPS and its partners have put out on the latest console".

Comment: Vicarious infringement (Score 1) 141

by tepples (#48458749) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

So he's being charged with some made up offense

Vicarious infringement is defined as profiting from infringements that you have power to stop. A policy of paying users who share infringing copies of popular files is pretty good evidence of profiting from infringement. Safe harbor laws such as OCILLA exist in many countries to protect site operators from having to pay excessive damages due to accidental vicarious infringement, but it appears Megaupload didn't take steps to qualify for these safe harbors.

which isn't a law anywhere.

What do you mean by "isn't a law"? New Zealand and the United States are common-law jurisdictions, which rely heavily on how previous judges have interpreted statutes.

Comment: Disney Disc Replacement Program (Score 2) 154

by tepples (#48458439) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack
First see if Disney offers a discount on a new copy with the exchange of a broken authentic disc. If not, a workaround is to find a decent adaptation of the same story not distributed by Disney. I can think of a half dozen versions of The Adventures of Pinocchio, and there are probably plenty of "Rapunzel" and "The Snow Queen" adaptations that aren't Tangled or Frozen. Yes, mockbusters exist; read reviews to avoid the worst. And when they get old enough, show them the other Tangled with Rachael Leigh Cook.

Comment: Clickview counts reporting (Score 1) 307

by tepples (#48454917) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

admen don't trust webmasters on clickview counts reporting.

Then why do they trust Google and the other major ad networks on clickview counts reporting?

Putting an ad blocker or plugin click-to-play on top of hosts

Hosts are a ALSO valuable added layer of security!

That's what I was trying to imply. Adblock is a layer, and hosts is a layer.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.