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Comment Re:They disrupeed our plans! We want blood! (Score 1) 131

They need to go after the uploader and only Dropfile can identify the IP address from which the file was uploaded.

But dropfile doesn't log IP addresses of uploaders or downloads, so that's a dead end. Reddit does log IP address, so you go after logs that exist.

Comment Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 795

And you are assuming that there isn't a why. If our universe is just a simulation, then we might be able to detect information outside the universe, just as computer processes can detect whether they are running on dedicated hardware or sharing hardware with other processes.

While far-fetched, we might communicate with the beings running the simulation. This would be science - based on measurements. To date we have no evidence to explain "why was the universe created?", but "It just was" is a defeatist answer that could keep us from looking deeper.

Comment Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 4, Insightful) 795

But science does not dismiss questions about why the universe was created, it merely discovers the limits of what we know. The big bang is how the universe was created. The inflation of the universe is the event that we cannot measure beyond with the tools we currently have. "Why?" is still a valid question; and science says we lack the tools to gather evidence of "why?".

Comment Re:They're far from simple (Score 1) 37

Even when you spend all the time and money to get the right nut for a device you can learn that you did not understand the load case and environment. SpaceX lost the Falcon 1 flight 1 due to the failure of a nut.

The cost of space rated hardware is the cost to understand the load case, not the cost of the item.

Comment Re:interesting take. (Score 2, Insightful) 158

The content and advertizing companies are already tracking us in ways that are frustrating and scary ( This proposal is about making it easier for me to tell the advertizing companies what I want to see ads for. No more embarrassing ads about my fetishes when I visit amazon, firefox tells them what I want to see.

This could be a good thing.

Comment Re:That's the way the cookie crumbles (Score 3, Interesting) 455

In the US this would almost certainly be considered 'fair use' because it is commentary on OP's original work.

The US four factors test for fair use is largely met:
Purpose: The authors of this video have added significant commentary that was not present in OP's original work.
Nature: They are using OP's video not as a creative work, but as statements of facts to support their commentary.
Portion: They used a large percentage of OP's video, but not all. This might be an item in your favor, but since this video is low res, they used as little as they could to make their point.
Market: They are not likely to have reduced the commercial value of OP's video.

So this seems to me that this is 'fair use' of OP's video. The commentary they present is certainly utter rubbish, but the law allows people to use evidence from original works as evidence for their arguments, even rubbish arguments.

OP has already posted a comment that attests that this is an unauthorized use of his original video. That taints the authors and their message. I am not sure that any further action improves the situation.

Comment UltraVNC SC (Score 1) 247

I've been using Ultra VNC Single Click for years. It only works with Windows, but it is small, open source, and relatively secure.

1 Your support client calls you
2 You open VNC in listen mode
3 Your support client runs a custom version of UltraVNC SC that is set to connect only to you.

Easy. Fast. Cheap. And it works.

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