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Submission + - Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via "Pipelight" (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With Netflix continuing to rely upon Microsoft Silverlight, the video streaming service hasn't been supported for Linux users as the Mono-based "Moonlight" implementation goes without Netflix support. However, there is now Netflix support for Linux-based web-browsers via the open-source Pipelight project. Pipelight supports Netflix and other Silverlight-based web applications by having a Netscape plug-in that in turn communicates with a Windows program running under Wine. The Windows program then simulates a browser to load the Silverlight libraries. Netflix then works as the Pipelight developers implemented support for the Netflix DRM scheme within Wine.

Submission + - What to Know if you're Filming the TSA (cnn.com)

Geoffrey.landis writes: CNN posts a brief article "Shooting video at a TSA checkpoint? Here's what you should know, explaining your rights in shooting video of TSA screenings. First, she notes (from an article on the TSA blog last year) that the TSA doesn't forbid photography, as long as you don't film those monitors showing nude passengers:

"We don't prohibit public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations. You can take pictures at our checkpoints as long as you're not interfering with the screening process or slowing things down. We also ask that you do not film or take pictures of our monitors."

--the article does go on to note that state laws or local ordinances may prohibit filming.

And then she posts advice from Ms. Smith's "Privacy and Security Fanatic," which is that

"if you do videotape TSA checkpoints, then you should have the TSA public affairs (TSA's Office of Strategic Communications) number plugged into your phone: (571) 227-2829. Another important phone number to have with you is the TSA's Office of Civil Rights at (571) 227-1917."

Ms. Smith goes on to tell some stories of people who have been challenged at airport screening stations for shooting video. Important note, it's probably wise not to take off your pants except your underwear while doing this.

So, go ahead, and video, but know your rights and "stay calm and polite at all times." You could be the next You-tube sensation.


Submission + - The Young Coders Who Stole the World

theodp writes: In a retrospective on the 21st century, TIME's Lev Grossman writes that a decade ago, four young men — not one of whom finished college — changed the way the world works. Northeastern University freshman Shawn Fanning, then 19, cranked out Napster. Norwegian teenager Jon Lech Johansen (aka DVD Jon), 15 years old, teamed up with two other programmers to crack commercial DVDs. At age 18, Justin Frankel gave the world WinAmp, and three years later released Gnutella. And Bram Cohen, the grandpa of the group at 26, came up with BitTorrent. These four horsemen of the digital apocalypse arguably laid the foundation for much of the digital-media environment we currently inhabit — iTunes, Netflix, Kindle, DSL are just a few things that come to mind — even if the likes of Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings, Jeff Bezos, and Randall L. Stephenson and are the ones reaping the riches.

Comment Re:Cool. (Score 1) 169

> Almost every native culture on Earth has legends about a "golden age" when a more advanced civilization existed, which then disappeared during a subsequent "dark age".

This idea appeared and appears every time after the war, specially in conquests with the resulting establishment of an oppressive regime. With time, it becomes part of the "legendary history" and conforms the roots of many independence movements and nationalisms.

Comment Re:To bring the book industry into the 21st centur (Score 1) 223

Yeah, if you want to see how that thing could actually work, look at the Tempts Fate segment of the Goblins comic (currently on hiatus).

Here's how it goes: At the beginning of the month, the author posts an initial setting comic; at the bottom of the comic are several obstacles that Tempts Fate (the main character) will have to pass. Each obstacle is associated with a donation goal.

When the date of the obstacle rolls around, Tempts Fate will only defeat the obstacle if the goal has been met. How easily Tempts Fate defeats the obstacle depends on how much money over the goal the author has received.

If the donation goal hasn't been met, Tempts Fate will die.

The author initially started this several years ago, probably expecting that Tempts Fate would die in a couple of issues. Right now it's paused because the author has other stuff going on, but so far Tempts Fate has been no less than a little Goblin ninja; the donation goals are almost always exceeded, and sometimes by quite a lot.

Comment Re:Cool. (Score 1) 169

he disagreed with most of Hancock's assertions, that some of them deserved much closer consideration. And it's not only academic politics that have shaped our "consensus" regarding those civilizations. Religious and political forces have played an even greater role in making sure that the accepted history supports certain orthodoxies.

Do you have any that you can share? Any specifics?

I would like to know more than just what "lies my teacher told me" kind of books show. History is important, and unfortunately are rewriting to suit the winners, usually with political/religion goals. I didn't think discovery was that harsh, although suspected it played a roll.

So please impart with us more than a simple "the truth is out there" . . .

Comment I have also seen smoke coming out of computers (Score 1) 874

Two times where Quantum Fireballs live up to their name. The flyback on one of my monitors blew making a popping sound, then smoke started coming out of the top. I have watched a power line inside the computer glow red hot and ignite it's outer casing. Also smoke suddenly coming from a power supply that had lit on fire internally.

I was going to say I've never seen a computer spark, but there was this one time that the positioning of variable DC voltage power transformer and a monitor was creating a strong magnetic field. I accidentally dropped the monitor cable onto the outside aluminum case of the transformer and it blew the thin layer of metal off part of the monitor cable creating quite the white light. The VGA plug had a thin layer of metal for some strange reason.

Comment Re:Wind = Danger (Score 1) 374

Absolutely, and considering the human race has denuded the landscape of trees in many places, the Earth is undoubtedly much slicker than it would be had we not existed
We could litter the landscape with millions more turbines and I would suspect we would still not be back to the break even point..

Comment Re:Mistaking dramatic license for technical error. (Score 1) 874

The thing is that all those other things (e.g. missing buses) are real. You wouldn't have an expert car driver press a button and the wheels get replaced with skis (unless it's James Bond) in order that he could carry on chasing someone through snow. We know that cars don't work that way.

And this isn't the 60s any more when operating a computer meant going into a temperature-controlled room. Millions of people know what they do and that you don't need a slow-moving progress bar to move money from A to B.

There's a few plot devices to do with computers which are real and which I've never seen used in a movie. You could have a buddy cop scene where Bruce Willis is teamed with a geek and the perp deletes the file off his phone and the geek explains how it's not really deleted, just lost and proceeds to undelete the files. Or a sting where someone changes some router settings to use a different IP address so that they can get their password. You could still make it dramatic but use things that are real.

Comment Re:make all wall street traders own stock for 1 da (Score 1) 178

Or we could just dump that entire "market". I use scare quotes because the people in it do not have any capacity whatsoever to take delivery of the goods or to actually provide them on demand (other than to order someone else to send 'their' commodity to another destination). In fact, if even a tiny fraction of what they buy and sell were actually delivered to them, it would be an un-mitigated disaster.

Howsabout if company A needs a commodity they buy it from one or more producers of that commodity?

Our economy would be better off if every commodities trade resulted in a 'roll of the dice'. If your number comes up, you WILL take physical delivery of the goods before you can sell them. Bought a million barrels of oil? It's gioing in your swimming pool, bathtub, pots and pans, and the doggie dish! If that won't cover it (and it won't), we fill the basement until it overflows onto the lawn. If you wanted to play big bad oil distributor, you should have built a tank farm. Bought 20 tons of pork bellies? It's going to get a bit smelly around the ol' estate if you don't find a freezer fast!

So, no, we do not need parasitic day traders except to maintain an imaginary market that gets in the way of productive people.

Comment Re:Oh shut up (Score 0) 530

If he left the job (willingly or otherwise) and then divulged the root password to someone who wasn't supposed to have it, he'd definitely be walking on thin ice.

Not really. It's only a crime to access a computer unlawfully, not tell someone how to. Unless, of course, you're inciting them to or advocating criminal activity. Case in point; it's perfectly lawful for you to own a gun or a chemistry set, but not shoot someone or detonate an explosive.

Comment Re:I know just where to use it first... (Score 1) 430

Back in the 30's the US Government used to sterilize people for being poor. The thinking was that being poor was hereditary, so by preventing the poor from breeding we could eliminate the poor gene. Some claim that we used to do it to people like minorities or the handicapped without ever even informing them, usually during hospitalizations.

In fact, the US was one of the first nations in the world to actively implement Eugenics programs intended to "tidy up" the gene pool. Then we got all righteous calling the Nazi's evil.

Comment Re:Not completely bogus (Score 1) 182

Could it be that taking time out of their day, to see a "professional" and lie down for an hour or so, was the actual effector here, rather than any manipulation the healer or actor did ?

Hardly a conclusive sample, but I have this friend who is a major stress bucket, he is uptight about every littlest thing and I occasionally have to "disconnect" him for a month or so, to preserve my own sanity. He used to see a chiro every week or two for back pain, until one day Howard Stern endorsed a book about back pain that basically told him what I've been saying all along: "it's all in your dumb fat head". Since Stern is this guy's idol, he finally read the damn book, stopped seeing his chiro and his back pain is much less debilitating than it once was. Oh, and this guy is 30, not obese or anything, and is moderately active - more than the average /. reader and myself, at least.

His back pain was (and still is) directly related to his stress and anxiety levels, and while I am in no way a doctor or anything close, I would hazard a guess that many people's chronic pain is a direct result of stress. If you're high-strung all the time, your muscles tense up, blood pressure rises, and a whole bunch of other subconscious things happen as tied to the endocrine system. It is only logical to assume that these can lead to soreness and pain, especially if your stress management skills are poor (or nil). Anything that helps you relax is going to help with the pain. What the person does with their hands is irrelevant, it's the ritual, the psychosomatic effect that is at work here.

Comment Re:I'll play Devils Advocate here (Score 1) 547

It's not a micromanaging style though. The project managers only get access to the team rollup, not to the individual stats, and recoding the time has actually made the team better at estimating and better at seeing date slippage earlier. The stats of 'on task time' are personal, not compared between employees, and only ever brought up if there's a problem. As an added bonus, it's gotten us more 'work at home' days and 'no meeting days', which has lead to happier developers and more productive use of my time. I'm not saying it can't be abused, butt if used properly, it can be good tool.

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