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by phillipsjk
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 29392

Re: 1075: "Warning"

This is why cycling is safer than most motor transportation. As long as other people insist on driving killer metal boxes around, you're actually a lot worse off cycling. It is more complicated than that, but I was too lazy to look up current statistics. Because of the low speeds, bicycles look bet...
by phillipsjk
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 29392

Re: 1075: "Warning"

This is why cycling is safer than most motor transportation.
by phillipsjk
Mon May 21, 2012 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 20646

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Um, you do know that after base64 encoding your 2.0GB file becomes 2.5GB, right?
(I am chosing to ignore the post saying the actual size is 750MB.)
by phillipsjk
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1021: "Business cat"
Replies: 70
Views: 25701

Re: 1021: "Business Plan"

This is wholeheartedly wrong, I don't know how many of you have firsthand experience with seagulls but if you throw food -even one moldy french fry- 50 to a 100 will show up and they will fight each other (to the death) over every molecule of it before flying off. It is possible that the seagulls a...
by phillipsjk
Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Those senators are not opposing the bill. They are opposing a motion to force a vote. I agree that the bill may be more likely to die if further debated/ammended, but that is not a certainty. It is also possible that an ammended bill may be reasonable, but I don't think that is likely (keeping in mi...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Replies: 82
Views: 13418

Re: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

If you are seeking an "argument" from an "expert". How about the greatest 1st amendment scholar in the nation? You know... the guy who successfully argued Citizens United and convinced the SCOTUS to overturn 100 years of precedents because he so transformed their beliefs on Free...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Are there any sites OTHER than Reddit that are definitely going to get involved in the blackout, that anyone knows about, or just rumblings? When I dragonmustang made the assertion that reddit set a date, I was assuming they would act as a Bellwether on this issue. The larger the organization, the ...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Everyone on Wikipedia is against it, but a number of foreigners who use Wikipedia literally can't do jack against SOPA. Not true. As I said in my first post, this legislation specifically targets foreign websites that normally fall outside US jurisdiction. This is likely a sufficient loss of sovere...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Netflix purchases streaming rights from content providers, at a price much, much higher than "so we bought a DVD and put it on the internet", negotiated by both parties to ensure that the provider feels it is worth it to them to give the content. Right, but my point is more that for 7.99 ...
by phillipsjk
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Replies: 82
Views: 13418

Re: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

Cory Doctorow and Boingboing.net lost my respect years ago with their predictions of doom... that didn't come to pass. He may be smart, but he is the computer industries version of Glenn Beck. http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/03/secret-copyright-tre.html Seems I recall lots of people on this board...
by phillipsjk
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

SOPA would drastically change the shape of the internet Again, basically the entire argument from the anti-SOPA posters. You have haven't been right about a single internet destroying prediction yet, so I see no reason to listen to you guys now. Wait, what other Internet destroying prediction are y...
by phillipsjk
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Leaving asside the "virtual vs physical" property debate for a moment (need to compile a list of every-day objects you don't really "own"): The first version of the law made it possible. However, the revision from the Judiciary Committee has restricted the shutdowns to only forei...
by phillipsjk
Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

... Names are names, they are used so that people don't get confused about concepts. But arguing about changing names is just... dumb IMO. As long as you know what I'm talking about... and as long as you know what I'm talking about, then I could care less about what the actual name of the words are...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

It was the term Intellectual Property I was objecting to. I can't just link to that essay by RMS anymore because I later learned that "Intellectual Property" does have a technical legal meaning: mainly enumerating what legal instruments are covered by some International treaties. I fully s...
by phillipsjk
Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

It is possible to share ideas without relying on the concept of "intellectual property". ... I'm confused. You seem to be claiming that patents, copyrights, and trademarks are not protecting "intellectual property". IP law explicitly is the laws regarding patents, copyrights and...
by phillipsjk
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

It is possible to share ideas without relying on the concept of "intellectual property". Patents were invented to discourage the use of trade secrets that may result in lost knowledge if they are not disclosed before the company goes out of business. Now, you have software patents that don...
by phillipsjk
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Without getting too philosophical on the issue... everything is fiction. "Individual Property Rights" are just as much fiction as "Intellectual Property". Property Rights exist because we want them to exist, and large entities (ie: The Us Government) have agreed with us that Pro...
by phillipsjk
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 89655

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Lets be honest here, the US does have a problem with enforcing international copyright infringement. There is virtually nothing that the US Government can do to the Pirate Bay, except plead with Switzerland to do us a favor. SOPA started off as a methodology to give the US the power to shut down th...
by phillipsjk
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 24589

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

I once drank about 11 litres within 5 hours. It hurts. It really, really hurts. ... Contradicted me before I even posted. I was going to say continuous flow is impossible (without a catheter) since your bladder is designed to slowly fill up, then release everything at once. When I am over-hydrated,...
by phillipsjk
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 84534

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Don't know if it is relevant, but Google only indexes terms it expects users to search for . If your query looks "strange", but is close to another query they expect, they auto-correct it with no option of using your original query unless they expect the "misspelling" and have i...
by phillipsjk
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 84534

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

melts from the shadows Don't know if it is relevant, but Google only indexes terms it expects users to search for . If your query looks "strange", but is close to another query they expect, they auto-correct it with no option of using your original query unless they expect the "missp...
by phillipsjk
Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 41523

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

My theory is that the music industry killed music stores when they silently dropped the "Compact Disc; Digital Audio" Logo signalling conformance to the Red Book Audio Standard . If CDs are no longer trustworthy, why risk buying them? Edit: That is also why vinyl is making a comeback: It w...
by phillipsjk
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.
Replies: 152
Views: 23181

ACTA to be signed this weekend.

After nearly a year, I feel double-posting is justified to bump the thread in light of new information. ACTA To Be Signed This Weekend The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement tries to police so-called "intellectual property" infringement, focusing on trademark and copyright law. With respe...
by phillipsjk
Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 61214

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Comparisons between Wile E. Coyote and Black Hat Person are not particularly strong arguments either. I can't get my hands on an anvil too easily, let alone precariously balance it upon a mountain top. I can, however, purchase a chin-up bar relatively easy, and find an escalator. In the space of ab...
by phillipsjk
Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 82198

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

I blame the "War of filesharing" that has been going on since 1996. The powers that be don't want it to be simple to transfer files. For example, the latest Apple tablets have no USB ports*: barring sneakernet. People have brought up ISP restrictions: bans on hosting files-servers were rea...
by phillipsjk
Wed May 18, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 37785

Re: 0900: "Religions"

BTW, if you own a computer, you are probably in the top 1% of the world's population in terms of wealth. Just sayin'. Demonstrably false. Assume the world population is 7 Billion. For that statement to be true, only about 70 million people can personally own a computer. I don't think that statement...
by phillipsjk
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 55753

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

How come GNU/Linux doesn't become the dominant OS until 2014? Everyone knows that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop. 2014 is when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP SP3. Source. . Though, according to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ , they may have to extend that since Windo...
by phillipsjk
Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 14681

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

"I worry a lot about what the people at the recycling center think of me." Me- Hey guys, how's it going, I heard you're having a e-waste drive. Them- Yup, just set it down and we'll go though it Me- Um, yeah, actually, I was hoping to take some of it off your hands..... Them- ...... Me- W...
by phillipsjk
Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 14681

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

Ever since my municipality started using a central sorting facitlity, I've started to get recycling fatigue. The sorting facility is not designed to handle large or small objects. That means no shreddeded paper or bottle caps; even if they are otherwise recyclable. A few years ago I stopped recyclin...
by phillipsjk
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?
Replies: 12
Views: 4043

Re: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?

Samsung controller: does the controller verify that the partition is NTFS (check partition type, then verify something like superblock composition or some such)? IMO, no details about the implementation being released is cause for concern, not that they are trying to utilize the structure of a wide...
by phillipsjk
Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135103

Re: PC != Windows

Well sorta, if it has the native ability to run windows then yes. ...A Mac is not, and unless they adopt BIOS never will be. PC is a specification, not a "hard" one, where it is published on a regular basis, but a loose one. You know it when you see it. Well Microsoft does publish the min...
by phillipsjk
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:29 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Checking a CD-R for physical defects befor burning?
Replies: 6
Views: 1972

Re: Checking a CD-R for physical defects befor burning?

My Pentuim 166 can burn at at least the 16X speed using wodim. Unless your computer is very old, I would be surprised if gnome is the culprit. I suspect drive problems due to dirts, wear or local vibration. The lower burn speed has a higher margin of error.
by phillipsjk
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?
Replies: 12
Views: 4043

Re: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?

Doesn't TRIM handle all of that? Do non-SF SSDs have any crazy things like assuming NTFS? I am not sure what you mean by "non-SF" (non-Samsung Firmware?) I suspected I may have to provide examples: Samsung, a major provider of drive controllers, decided to develop an algorithm that would ...
by phillipsjk
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mіcrosoft Platform Vs. All
Replies: 111
Views: 18913

Re: Miicrosoft Platform Vs. All

Sc4Freak: The Administrator is not allowed to assign a file they own to somebody else (using icacls). The error is something like "permission denied." Have you tried this from a run-as-administrator command prompt? Or just the usual administrator-user-with-a-limited-security-token UAC dea...
by phillipsjk
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mіcrosoft Platform Vs. All
Replies: 111
Views: 18913

Re: Mіcrosoft Platform Vs. All

Sc4Freak: The Administrator is not allowed to assign a file they own to somebody else (using icacls). The error is something like "permission denied." Huh? UAC doesn't have much if anything to do with DRM... and neither does the interface failure of changing a file's owner... It may be the...
by phillipsjk
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mіcrosoft Platform Vs. All
Replies: 111
Views: 18913

Re: Mіcrosoft Platform Vs. All

I think Microsoft's decision to become some kind of DRM platform is short-sighted. They are betting that their market share will carry them enough to charge big bucks for their DRM. The problem of course, is that DRM doesn't work. To make matters worse, Microsoft has to sacrifice usibility to even g...
by phillipsjk
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135103

Re: PC != Windows

Those are several very odd UI requests. As for themes I have no problem changing them. I have never had to screw with the registry to do so. Windows isn't about total customization though, its about getting stuff done. Customization is great and all but if you are going to use Linux as an example o...
by phillipsjk
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: <?> How to make an external drive last longer
Replies: 7
Views: 2051

Re: <?> How to make an external drive last longer

For that use I would take it out of the enclosure and put it in the computer case. It can't get knocked on the floor that way. Since they don't disclose the internal interface , I will assume that advice voids the warranty. Just tied to check the Seagate website: looks like they are only interested ...
by phillipsjk
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?
Replies: 12
Views: 4043

Re: What filesystem to use for a (laptop) SSD?

I am kind of disturbed by built-in garbage collection and compression in SSD controllers. Why not just tell me the block-size so I can byte-align and tune my filesystem accordingly? Many of the garbage collection schemes seem to assume a NTFS as well. What if I write data that looks a lot like a NTF...
by phillipsjk
Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:53 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Checking a CD-R for physical defects befor burning?
Replies: 6
Views: 1972

Re: Checking a CD-R for physical defects befor burning?

You can try burning at a lower speed. I have found most my modern drives seem to defualt to max speed if you specify a speed deemed too slow. I have found 4x (600kB/s) works. I have been putting off burning a test DVD after putting over 2 inches of semi-rigid foam under my file-server. My my dump/re...

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