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Comment Keep an offsite backup. (Score 1) 346

Seems to me that the jury is still out on how liable you would be found as the law is still somewhat murky.

Either way though they will come and confiscate every piece of computing equipment in the place if they decide your IP/residence is of interest. So you will definitely want to keep an offsite backup of your data. That way if they take everything you can get another computer and get back to work right away.

Comment Re:WebM is too "geeky"; too "open/free" (Score 1) 267

Let's take two examples everyone knows: OGG/Vorbis. What's the penetration of this open and free format out in the music player industry?

Not true. It is easy to find music players that support not only ogg/vorbis but flac as well. The only player I've seen recently that doesn't support them are ipods, which isn't surprising given that it is primarily a vehicle to promote itunes.

Comment Re:The reason is clear but it isnot the one mentio (Score 1) 113

Your doubts are misplaced. The #1 reason is access to source code. Not so much to modify or fix bugs, though I've done both at time, but for documentation. The documentation written as such universally sucks and never really matches up with what the software actually does. The only real documentation is the software itself. If you don't have access to the source so you can see what the hell is going on you don't have usable documentation and are just guessing.

Comment Re:They won't get me (Score 3, Insightful) 158

IMO it's better to have an easy to find public 'you' online for these people to track. You use that for everything 'safe'. You then use multiple anonymous accounts for anything you don't want tracked.

If you have nothing tracking online I think it might start looking more suspicious than not. Plus having nothing might encourage 'them' to dig in and try to relate you to your anonymous account(s).

Comment Re:Wouldnt he have deleted everything already? (Score 2) 117

My understanding of the situation is that he was trying to restore the ability to boot to linux on the PS3, a feature that was included on the device when he purchased it.

No. That was failOverflow that did the work to get Linux running on the PS3 but they did not go on and do the additional work required to run pirated games on it. Geohot did that additional work.

Comment Re:Predicting the future... (Score 4, Insightful) 141

This has nothing to do with your cookies, browsing history, etc. It will be an accumulation of your searches, shopping habits, media habits, social networks, etc. Your online behaviour as seen by third parties. They will scrape what they can and buy the rest. They are basically profiling people looking for correlations with their insurance risks. This is nothing new, it is what they have been doing for years. They are just looking at adding new data points that are cheaper and readily available.

Comment Doesn't take much to be noticeable (Score 1) 520

After getting a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones I was very disappointed in the sound quality of both my old Audigy 2 ZS and the on-board sound. There was a noticeable, high-pitched buzz all the time that was very annoying.

Purchased a HT Omega Striker and it sounds MUCH better. Not just no buzz but it just sounded better overall, particularly with the headphones. Quite a difference.

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