Monthly Archives: January 2006

Infected by Starforce DRM

And I was wondering why my Windows system was so unstable lately. I managed to avoid the Sony debacle just to get hit by the Starforce mallware. What is it? It is yet another retarded copy protection tool that is … Continue reading

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Talking to Users

Hehe… This is so true: I was working on a little online app for my company once, and I asked them if they want to have give users different permission and access levels. They said no. I added some rudimentary … Continue reading

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Applying Music Industry Logic to Other Enterprises

Tarmle from Autumnal City has posted this little comparison. What if we applied the Music Industry business logic to another business? For example, grass cutting: I would alter the current grass cutting technology to limit the degree to which it … Continue reading

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Who is running exploits on my server?

My system has been crashing lately. I think 3 times this week I found it unresponsive or completely locked when coming back from work or trying to log in in the morning. I figured it was my RSS reader crashing … Continue reading

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Screen Scraping for RSS

I like to read online comics. Unfortunately some of them do not publish RSS feeds which is retarded. I ranted about this on Monday. But hey, if they don’t make one, I will do it for them. I wrote a … Continue reading

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Dr. Deremer’s Programming Languages Class

Holy poopsicle! This class will be allot of work. I just scanned over this weeks homework, and its slightly on a nutty side. And this is day one. The syllabus said she will require ~6 hours of out of class … Continue reading

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What if the bad guys win?

Ever wondered how would world be like if RIAA and MPAA had their way? Tarmle has posted a scary dystopian vision of the future, in which the world is controlled by the big content providers. Since the ISPs were made … Continue reading

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First rule of VEIL – you do not talk about VEIL

Ed Felten has posted a great entry on the proposed analog hole legislation at Freedom to Tinker. Apparently the specs for the VEIL technology that is to be used for watermarking content is doubleplus super trade secret: [T]he company helpfully … Continue reading

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Open Letter To Web Comic Publishers

If you publish an online comic, please for the love of God use RSS. Please note that some of your readers do not have time to visit your site every day waiting for updates. Most of your readers probably don’t … Continue reading

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The Truth!

This is priceless! My reaction to this cartoon was: ROFLCOPTER! :P Shamelessly stolen from the good folks at User Friendly. Tags: humor, commics, user friendly, webcomic, dmca, copyright, copyfight

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Hi-Def Output must be Down Converted

It appears that Hollywood managed to strike a deal with hardware makers. They will now be required to down-convert analog output for all the next-gen media such as BluRay. [A]nalog signal must be “down-converted” from the full 1920×1080 lines of … Continue reading

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Kdesu bug in Kubuntu Fixed

Thanks to a great tip from consistencies.net. Thanks dude! The problem is that KDE does not like ubuntu’s no-root policy. I don’t like it either, and I feel retarded without a fully fledged root account on the system – so … Continue reading

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Firefox Ping is Stupid

Personally I think that the Firefox link ping concept is one of the stupidest things I have seen in browser development lately. Who is going to use it? Let’s face it – it is very unlikely that equivalent feature will … Continue reading

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University Hall

Today I visited the newly opened University Hall for the first time. Holly crap, that building is huge. The entrance hallway is so big, you almost feel agrophobic walking around in there. Crazy stuff! The only thing I could think … Continue reading

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MPAA Pirates

MPAA Report a Pirate Site Source This is possibly the funniest thing I have seen in a while. Please look closely at the attached screenshot. This is the source I have grabbed from the web form MPAA set up to … Continue reading

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Catching up to Microsoft

Nicolas Petreley the Editor in Chief of the Linux Journal wrote an interesting editorial rant in the February 06 issue titled “Skim Cream not Scum”. I agree with his point for the most part, but I think some of his … Continue reading

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Mybittorent – Who’s your GoDaddy?

I have been watching the MyBittorent.com saga unfold in the last few days. As you might or might not know, GoDaddy took down the aforementioned website on Jan 12th. The story immediately hit digg and became the hot topic of … Continue reading

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Ex2 IFS is great!

all your drives are belong to us I just wanted to say that Ext2 IFS for Windows is great. For a while I was trying to find a windows driver that would allow me to access my linux ext3 drives. … Continue reading

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Green Pigoons!

Glowing Pigs? Pigoons! When I saw the blurbs about the Glowing Pigs from Taiwan, all I could think of were the pigoons from Margaret Artwood’s novel Oryx and Crake. If you haven’t read that book, go get it now. It’s … Continue reading

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Business Contact Manager Crashes Outlook 2003

Microsoft Office is giving me a headache today. All my users with Office 2003 are calling in one by one this week, complaining that Outlook is crashing at startup. The scenario is the same in each case. The users does … Continue reading

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FAT: How Screwed Are We Exactly?

Ladies, and gentlemen, it seems that we are in deep dodo. Microsoft now holds a patent for the FAT system. What does it mean for an average consumer? For one, According to Eben Moglen as quoted in EETimes, you can … Continue reading

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I want that Umbrella!

Coolest Umbrella EVAR! I found this when browsing Gizmodo – an umbrella with Sting like properties. According to the article, the handle glows blue if the weather forecast suggest that it is going to rain. Wohoo! I want it! Seriously, … Continue reading

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Everybody Hates Thompson

Jack “The Gamer Hater” Tompson (photo courtesy of wikipedia) It seems that Jack Thompson can’t keep his story straight. He was just interviewed by NetJak and he once again seems to have changed his stance on his A Modest Game … Continue reading

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Posible Paternt Reform

This is not necessarily new anymore but I wanted to comment on this. It seems that we might finally get that patent reform we were asking for. An open patent review program would set up a system on the patent … Continue reading

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Clinton in Redmond

Will the other Bill become the new CEO of Microsoft? According to unconfirmed rumors on the interwebs, BigMac may possibly (or may not) be the next CEO of a much despised, evil software company based in Redmond. I think this … Continue reading

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