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Comment Re:Unpopular here, but I'm with Berners-Lee. DRM e (Score 3, Interesting) 207

I would happily support DRM that actually cared about customers' rights. I want the guarantee that, like physical media, DRM-protected content will be available in the far future. Blu-ray already fails this test, and I only purchase Blu-rays to strip the DRM and save a long-term format. I want the ability to gift, loan, or sell any media that I possess the rights to. I don't want to possess merely a ticket which grants me admittance to content for a limited time, under limited conditions, subject to the dissolution of whatever producer, licencor, or operator manages the DRM scheme.

Because piracy has absolutely no effect on 99% of customers I am fairly certain that what content producers/licencors truly fear is "casual piracy" and fair use like loans and libraries where market forces drive the resale cost of digital media down to its natural price in the free market.

It's perfectly natural to resist inferior DRM schemes by refusing to make them standard. If you want me to support an open DRM standard then it needs to be capability based with normal customers like you or me represented as first class owners of those capabilities and implement a durable scheme for transfer of those capabilities into the indefinite future.

For example, consider a ownership-based scheme where producers issue N digitally-signed capabilities to a particular copyrighted work and sell them to customers on an electronic marketplace. Bitcoin has proven that it's possible to maintain a globally consistent transaction ledger of ownership of individual tokens, and a much cheaper implementation could maintain ownership and facilitate programmatic transfer of capabilities to digital works (to support sales, gifts, and even temporary loans) because the marginal value of acquiring more than one capability to the same work is zero and so there will be little need to spend gigawatts of electricity maintaining the blockchain against adversaries. The copyrighted work doesn't even have to be encrypted. Just make standards-compliant devices/software require current ownership of a capability to use the work. Yes, this is an easily defeated scheme for pirates, but so is every other DRM scheme. At least this respects individual property rights, the first sale doctrine, fair use, and libraries for the vast majority of users.

Comment Re:Current Version is GIMP 2.8.18 (Score 3, Informative) 117

For me, the major shortcoming is adjustment layers. In Photoshop, you can apply a non-destructive layer/filter over your image to modify parameters such as brightness, contrast, colour levels, etc. You can then directly edit your image "below" this filter, e.g. cropping it. You can then modify the adjustment layer later.

In GIMP, once you modify brightness or contrast, that's it. You can't come back and remove/change these setting later. This has been a requested feature for at least 14 years.

I wanted to quote this, not just for agreement, but to point out that ... yes.. this is a seriously large issue for professional work. I'm not sure that the 'why' of its importance is widely understood around here either so I just wanted to add some detail to it.

I think that the common mindset might be that once you've made a change, you're done, there's very little journey for you after that. That's true in many cases, such as simple photo editing etc. The value in having what amounts to variables in your stack of layers may not seem high enough to warrant Adobe's price.

When you consider that professional work being done means there's an economic advantage to getting done faster, then the idea of being able to create non-destructive templates in Photoshop means $$$ becomes a little clearer. Some time I invest in creating image 1 could mean I spend half the time creating image 2. It also means that if an image is kicked back to me for revision I can really quickly make that adjustment as opposed to re-tracing a number of steps. Again, time is money.

If I were asked to come up with a programming metaphor I'd give you this really shitty one: Imagine people urging you to switch to a clone of Python that doesn't let you create your own modules. Many of them don't need or want to create their own modules, but for plenty of people who have dug deep into it they feel they'd need them from day one, suffering greatly from the lack of that feature.

I've mentioned before that GIMP may be free, but that it wouldn't actually save me money over Photoshop, this is precisely why.

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 162

I doubt that his mom gave him over a million dollars to build a Star Trek themed theater in the basement of her house, but if that actually happened I'd look up to him with envy instead of scoffing. Even that scenario is far more likely to get moist panties thrown at him than anonymously making fun of him on Slashdot.

Comment Re:DOS's built-in BASIC system? (Score 1) 211

You could sort of do it in EGA mode if you used the PCopy command. My memory is fuzzy on the exact implementation of it but you could draw pictures into one of 8 'pages' of memory and use pcopy to dump that data into an invisible page, then make that page visible... double-buffering I think it was called.

I did a few experiments where some scrolling and even a bit of sprite animation could be done. It didn't have the performance to be mistaken for an NES, but it could have been in the ballpark of Commander Keen.

I apologize for not being able to get into grittier detail, but I did quite a bit of graphic experimentation with QBasic and was surprised about how far I got with it.

Comment Re:Uttery Unethical (Score 1) 129

How's about we name and shame (with evidence in the form of links) media outlets doing this? If they're getting a kickback, there's no way I'm trusting their review on anything.

First in line with a pitchfork!!

http://deals.kinja.com/todays-...

Oh.. wait... it's not a review, it's just a list of offers complete with several easily-visible disclaimers that read "Gawker Media may get a commission"... And... well it was Gawker that even showed me the offer so I have no particular reason to not want them to get a commission.. erm... I need to put my torch out.

Comment Re:PARENTING ISSUE, not Government control issue. (Score 1) 167

These are PARENTING issues, not GOVERNMENT censorship issues.

The government is not doing this. Sky is a private company.

Off-topic rant coming up:

This is exactly why I have a pet peeve about everyone throwing the word 'censorship' like they do. The usage of the term may technically be correct, but the incorrect picture is being painted by many who read it. Of course this is intentional, but as you can see, it's cheapening the metaphor.

Oh and just for clarification, this is really directed at those morons that are trying to equate moderation with censorship. If not for them I would not have brought this up in this thread. As a US citizen I'm actually surprised this is a story about a private company for once. That's why I'm calling my post off-topic.

Comment Re:Non-dominant hand (Score 2) 105

I use a wrist rest, and I use my fingers to reach the keys, and moving my wrist is only when using numbers or symbols.

It's just a big game of deduction. The watch can distinguish between the five elevations your hand has to turn to determine which row you're on just from its tilt. The microphone on it could probably distinguish which finger is striking the key just by volume. Heck, just the mere fact that some of the sound of the keys directly under your hand will be slightly muffled is enough to categorize them.

To me the bigger issue isn't in working out a process to do this, rather it's the calibration process. Can you get your victim to wear a watch while he or she types something predictable for a while?

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