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Comment Please don't use the word "piracy" (Score 4, Insightful) 93

Publishers often refer to copying they don't approve of as "piracy." In this way, they imply that it is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them. Based on such propaganda, they have procured laws in most of the world to forbid copying in most (or sometimes all) circumstances. (They are still pressuring to make these prohibitions more complete.)

If you don't believe that copying not approved by the publisher is just like kidnapping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word "piracy" to describe it. Neutral terms such as "unauthorized copying" (or "prohibited copying" for the situation where it is illegal) are available for use instead.

Comment Desktop Wiki: Zim (Score 1) 227

If you're working with GNU/Linux, consider Zim, the desktop wiki.

Some points for Zim:

  • Zim stores your notes in plain text with only light markup so you can also edit them with your favorite plain text editor.
  • Built-in support for version control systems, including git
  • Equations and Plots with LaTeX and Gnuplot
  • Supports multiple wikis

Comment ACK (Score 1) 106

My virtual server apparently used to be owned by spammers before I rented it. Several web sites ban its IPv4 due to alleged proxies and/or spam.
Thinking it might be a one-off false positive, I cancelled the server and got a new one within the same network, to no avail.

So I contacted the admin of one of the websites that banned it. Turns out they blacklisted the whole network of cheap virtual servers years ago.
IP blacklists should have expiration dates. Apparently most don't.

Comment No problem with KeepassX (Score 2) 365

KeepassX does not use the clipboard but instead simulates actual typing, with a configurable delay.
When you select a password entry and press Ctrl-v in KeepassX, it hides itself, switches the focus to the last active window and types the password.
This also protects you from accidentally leaking password to remote desktop sessions or virtual machines that synchronize the clipboards.

Comment The Day After Trinity (1981) (Score 1) 60

I'd also recommend The Day After Trinity for a touching portrait of the project's human side.
>Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon completion of his wonderful and horrible invention became a powerful spokesperson against the nuclear arms race.

"You may well ask: Why people with a kind heart and humanist feelings... why they would go and work on weapons of mass destruction."

This one will stay with you.

Comment SoylentNews (Score 1) 33

SoylentNews picked it up:
SourceForge has since removed the adware from GIMP-Win:

[updated on 28-5-2015] Since yesterday, SourceForge Gimp-Win mirror downloads only the original software without any offers. We also invite the Gimp-Win developer to take back control of the project if that is his desire, while respectfully asking that he maintain any project updates or allow us to do so.

Comment Xenharmonism (Score 1) 106

The most urgent deficiency in most music software and the MIDI protocol itself is the fixation on the 12-TET scale.
The new MIDI HD protocol fixes this issue with its "Direct Pitch" feature that lets you define arbitrary notes.
However most composing software still offers no practical way to edit music in other scales.

It's time for music to evolve. The grim reality however is that popular music has been getting more bland for the last 50 years:

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. -- Abigail Van Buren