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Comment: What about the legal part? (Score 1) 483

by tnnn (#33319226) Attached to: Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?
If I understand correctly, you are trying to build some kind of a static radar gun. I'm afraid that legal part of this venture is much more tricky than the technical stuff. In most countries I've visited, such a device must be officially approved and regularly calibrated. Have you checked if your device has to pass any tests to be allowed to produce evidence? What you must also consider is the way it will record offenders - it's likely this is also subject to some legal requirements. And then comes the support part - someone has to support it (which can be a pain under working conditions you mentioned) and someone has to take the evidence from it and issue a speeding ticket - in Poland, where I currently live, police was forced to hire new workers just to be able to send tickets to some offenders (plus keep in mind that there must be a way to identify them in a reasonable time frame). A lot of things to consider (and check) before you even start planning the tech part of this idea :)

Comment: Re:Awesome game now free (Score 2, Informative) 151

by tnnn (#32082608) Attached to: <em>MechWarrior 4</em> Free Release Now Available
Solaris VII rules were supposed to be used during "arena" games, not normal multi mech engagements. Mechwarrior series was based on the CBT (Classical BattleTech) board game which allows customizing as well as building new mechs from scratch. While it may lead to creation of some... well... monsters, it's fun and adds to gameplay. Besides, if you simply want to customize a bit, nothing holds you back - you don't have to build a multi PPC behemoth and you can stick to "canon flavors". So what is the point of taking this possibility away (if I recall correctly devs were explaining this as "it's weird to see lasers shooting from LRM racks")?

Ah, and as for small laser firing as often as gauss - keep in mind that in CBT board game 1 turn = 10 seconds. Don't try to imagine 1 turn of small laser fire as a single shot (as a matter of fact, multiple war games use "1 turn of shooting != 1 shot" principle) - it simply means that during one turn small laser will do that much damage and produce some heat, regardless of how many times it really did shoot. The same applies to ammo - 1 ammo round means that a weapon can fire during 1 turn - be it one gauss shell or designers-know-how-many machine gun rounds.
Now that I think about it, I wonder if the fast firing weapons in MW aren't more powerful than in a board game - they fire more often and probably deal the "1 turn damage" during a single shot...

Comment: Re:captain obvious (Score 1) 366

by tnnn (#29710531) Attached to: Warez Moving From BitTorrent to Conventional Hosting Services
Just keep in mind that while downloading from such a site you are not making any content "available" (which, to my understanding, is the main issue with all those copyright trials). Whether this is enough to protect yourself from any legal problems depends on laws in your country. For example, here (Poland) it is not illegal to download (and posses) copyrighted music/movies/etc. (software excluded!) so it's most likely safer to download from such a site than from p2p.

Comment: Re:It isn't as bad as it sounds (Score 2, Insightful) 132

by tnnn (#28504551) Attached to: India To Put All Citizen Info In a Central Database
"Entrepreneur, Nandan Nilekani has been chosen to lead the ambitious project which will be the second largest citizens' database in a democracy, with China being the biggest."

I wonder if they are implying that China is a democracy or just saying that they have the biggest database...

Comment: Re:VLC (Score 1) 464

by tnnn (#28121641) Attached to: Is Playing a DVD Harder Than Rocket Science?

Of course, one of the biggest obstacles to linux adoption is that Windows is effectively "open source".

He called it "open source" not an open source.
Just look at it from outside - if we forget about the open source part (that is the ability to look at the code) what is left? On window$ you can use any media player you desire, even if this means breaking several licenses/laws. In fact, you can usually use any software you desire - many open projects have their windows ports and many windows apps cannot be run (without problems) on open platforms. Of course you will be using several layers of code that is closed but simply - most people don't care. And don't forget that for many users window$ is also a "free" software - either by cracking it or by getting it "for free" with a new pc. So if people don't care about ability to see the code, get windows for "free" and can run more things than on a truly open platform - why choose linux (or any other free os)?

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 3, Informative) 221

by tnnn (#28079041) Attached to: In Istanbul, Cameras To Recognize 15,000 Faces/sec.
I believe that those 64 cameras are connected to a system capable of scanning 15000 faces total - not 15000 from each camera. 15000/64 gives us about 235 faces per camera which is quite possible when using high resolution wide-angle cameras. Besides think about the future - you can easily double the amount of cameras and the system will still work without any upgrades.

Comment: Optional in 1.9.2.5 and removed in 1.9.2.6 (Score 2, Informative) 408

by tnnn (#27796783) Attached to: NoScript Adds Subscriptions To Adblock Plus
v 1.9.2.6
+ NoScript now automatically removes the controversial "NoScript Development Support Filterset" deployed with NoScript 1.9.2.3 and above on startup, permanently and with no questions asked.
v 1.9.2.5
+ One-time startup prompt to ask users if they wants to install/keep the AdBlock Plus "NoScript Development Support Filterset" deployed with NoScript 1.9.2.3 and above


While I'll most likely check the changelog before applying new NoScript version, I doubt I'll stop using it. I have mixed feelings about this situation but at least author warned us about what he was doing and broke nothing. Some of you may remember what happened with Fast Dial - it added some spam links, which completely broke user bookmarks. While its author also informed about this change in changelog, he forgot to mention that it will totally break your bookmarks.

Comment: (catchy subject) (Score 1) 572

by tnnn (#21596685) Attached to: EVE-Online Patch Makes XP Unbootable

The concern that I have is how did this get past the QA testers at CCP and into a production build?

Good question. While I doubt that this patch was not tested at all, it's possible (but unlikely) that none of their testers used XP. I'd rather say that while the new version was somewhat tested, some minor last-moment changes were made into the final version without being retested.
Music

+ - Music industry wants credit card nums in ID3 tags->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an obituary for AnywhereCD which closes in one week, MP3.com founder Michael Robertson chronicles how at least one record label wanted him to put credit card numbers of buyers into songs. Fascinating story about how at least some of the labels still don't get it and why AnywhereCD is about to buried."
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Censorship

+ - Thailand's secret internet censorship lists

Submitted by James Hardine
James Hardine (1150665) writes "Wikileaks has released the entire secret internet censorship lists of Thailand's military Junta together with an analysis. Since the military coup of September 19 last year, the Ministry of Communications & Technology has increased the number of censorsed sites from 2,328 to 11,329. The fifth official order of the coup leader on the day after the coup was to censor the Internet. However, the ICT Minister, Dr. Sitthichai Pokaiyaudom, has been variously quoted in the Thai press making statements that, since coming to office in October 2006 as "Official Censor of the Military Coup", his Ministry has blocked "only two", "five", "about a dozen" websites."

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