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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items" 894

McGruber writes "Flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui performed on a variety of flutes, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance. Razgui has performed with many U.S. ensembles and is a regular guest with the diverse and enterprising Boston Camerata. Last week, Razgui flew from Morocco to Boston, with stops in Madrid and New York. In New York, he says, a US Customs official opened his luggage and found the 13 flutelike instruments — 11 nays and two kawalas. Razgui says he had made all of the instruments using hard-to-find reeds. 'They said this is an agriculture item,' said Razgui, who was not present when his bag was opened. 'I fly with them in and out all the time and this is the first time there has been a problem. This is my life.' When his baggage arrived in Boston, the instruments were gone. He was instead given a number to call. 'They told me they were destroyed,' he says. 'Nobody talked to me. They said I have to write a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. This is horrible. I don't know what to do. I've never written letters to people.'"

Comment Broken by design (Score 3, Informative) 179

It is not the way X works is particularly secure to begin with. Once an app has a connection to the X server, it has full control over the world of window, pixmaps and events on the server including of course all other apps.

Not that I have any faith in Wayland or Mir being any better, its developers coming from the X world in the first place, I am sure that they will make their new shiny systems vulnerable in the same ways.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 371

I remember when a co-worker ported a program from Windows to the Mac a few years ago. He had the problem that it made the Mac hibernate every time the program was run.
It took a while to find out why... the answer was that his code had called "Sleep()" with a capital S instead of "sleep()". Apparently, elevated privileges were not required to make the computer go to sleep.

Comment 4.3 million for a movie nobody wants to see? (Score 3, Informative) 366

4.3 million SEK is probably a large portion of the movie's total revenue, if not surprassing what it has already made.
It was made for ad-funded free TV for Chris's sake ...

It got low reviews from critics, and the series was already a trite.
Would filesharing it at low quality really degrade it's quality? Sorry, but you can't polish a turd.

(No offence to my cousin's husband who plays the lead in this movie. He's got to eat too...)

Comment Re:Branding matters, both for consumers and for (Score 1) 293

Bah. You are over-analysing. "Windows" is a crap brand, plain and simple, and that is both Microsoft's fault and Microsoft's fault that they don't realize it.

Normal users associate "Windows" with work, malware, slow computers (because of malware, or the software installed to combat malware) and annoying popups (not just malware, but Windows itself: Sticky keys, "You have unused icons on your desktop", etc.)
When people see a "Windows Phone", they think "do I have to install antivirus on it", not "oh, this is something that I am going to love".

I think that Microsoft should have used the name Metro, (which is what the touch-screen interface was called before it was renamed "Modern".):
"Metro-phone", "Metro-tablet". "Metro-app in a window on the MS Windows desktop" etc. ...

Comment Re:Lenovo. (Score 1) 477

On computers with different screen sizes and aspect ratios, you can not compare just pixel size.
1920Ã--1080 is low resolution if your screen is 50" 16:9, like a modern TV.
If your screen is 13", then 1920Ã--1080 has a resolution of 169.5 pixels per inch, which isn't that bad.

For a desktop computer's screen, I would say that 100-110 PPI is the "sweet spot" for using most applications without any screen scaling. For a laptop you often have the screen closer to your eyes, so you would want a somewhat higher resolution.

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