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Stephan Sokolow
Re: Lionsgate Targets Hosting Providers & Domain Registrars Over Expendables 3 Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/lionsga...
"My specialty is UI/UX design, not low-level networking. I probably shouldn't have been so flippant, but my complaints remain valid. A P2P system lives or dies on network effects (the more people who use it, the more valuable it is to each person) and that site design is awkward, confusing, and doesn't inspire trust, which makes it hard to gain new users. Here. Read a few of these articles on good web design: http://www.nngroup.com/article... The #1 problem I had was probably that the site expected me to just read and read and read on ITS schedule. Whether it's a work of fiction or a website, you have to tell the reader what's going on and why they should care as quickly and effectively as possible. (It was also very off-putting for the site to explicitly tell me to read everything in order rather than using the links to jump around. That's another big no-no for websites. If I have to read everything in order, I'm supposed to realize that myself by looking at the content. Instructing..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Lionsgate Targets Hosting Providers & Domain Registrars Over Expendables 3 Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/lionsga...
"Are you sure that's a website? It looks more like the results of a "how many different 'this will drive visitors away' misfeatures can you cram into a single site?" dare. I wouldn't trust software designed by that person unless you paid me for my time, gave me a LAN and DSL subscription completely separate from my normal ones, and made sure it was all in your name in case the cops come knocking." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Dualshock 3 controller on Ubuntu 14.04 - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Have you tried [xboxdrv](http://pingus.seul.org/~grumbe...)? I haven't needed it but I've heard it's got a pretty decent "trick things into seeing non-360 controllers as 360 controllers" mode." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Has anyone tried a Gsync monitor with Linux yet? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It does lack mouse-based tiling. Would keyboard shortcuts be acceptable? I wrote a little utility which adds those to *any* WM. https://github.com/ssokolo..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I'm talking about the APIs that end-user applications see. The stuff that needs significantly more than a recompile to support. Yes, glibc/Linux would be accurate for terminal-only applications, but how common are those in these sorts of conversations? X11/glibc/Linux would be most accurate but I think it's too verbose to actually use." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Wine disk space issue. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"That "2-3.5 gigs" number and the fact that you're using a Win32 prefix makes me suspect that some 32-bit component in the stack between your kernel and the installer (kernel → Linux libraries → Wine → Windows libraries → installer) wasn't opted into the new "large file" APIs at compile time. (A 32-bit signed integer tops out at 2,147,483,647 (2GiB - 1 byte) and a 32-bit unsigned integer tops out at 4,294,967,295 (4GiB - 1 byte)) Unfortunately, I have almost no experience working with languages that compile to machine code and absolutely no experience coding for Windows APIs so I can't really suggest anything useful beyond "do you know anyone who is familiar enough with a debugger to look at what's actually happening as the free space count flows back up from the kernel to the installer?"" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Relationship between steam-runtime and LSB? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"As I understand it, one of the disincentives for Ubuntu/Debian to care is that the LSB specified RPMs as the required package format and neither Debian nor Ubuntu see it as worth the hassle to deal with complaints every time some kind of RPM-to-DEB conversion hack falls over. Hence the "we'll try to follow it to keep things simple for everyone, but we're not aiming to be officially, fully compliant" stance." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Deponia: The Complete Journey on Steam - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Agreed. I'll stick with playing my GOG copies in Wine unless GOG offers an "upgrade to the complete pack by paying $1 for the extras" option similar to what they did with Strike Suit Zero owners when the Director's Cut came out." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I just hope that it won't be too hard to make ResidualVM compatible with the new data files so people who want what I consider to be the best experience (open-source engine, mouse support patch, etc.) can play legit rather than being technically still pirates for using data files they didn't buy." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Actually, X11/Linux vs. Android/Linux would be more accurate. (That's actually what you see internally in things like the Firefox User-Agent string) The incompatibility between Bionic and glibc is sort of secondary to that and, as a bonus, that pattern extends neatly to things like X11/FreeBSD , X11/Darwin, and OSX/Darwin." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I prefer either "Lin, Win, Mac" (ordered by how much I care about them and it rhymes somewhat) or "Win, Lin, Mac" (similar, but acknowledging that, regardless of my desires, Windows is still the most important PC gaming platform.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Adobe Says Piracy is Down, But Photoshop Still Rules Pirate Bay - https://torrentfreak.com/adobe-s...
"Give Krita (KDE's competitor to GIMP) and MyPaint a try. They're both more aimed at at competing with Corel Painter and Easy Paint Tool SAI, but they are available for all platforms and are ahead of GIMP in certain areas. (For example, Krita is ahead of GIMP when it comes to advanced layer features.) Darktable and RawTherapee (both competing with Adobe Lightroom) are also useful tools many people miss, though, at the moment, Darktable is only available for Unixy OSes like Linux and MacOS X." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Hundreds of Paid Informants Help to Rat Out Software Pirates - https://torrentfreak.com/bsa-get...
"Another good reason to demand open-source alternatives to anything that doesn't offer a simple site license. No trade-off between the risk of BSA action and the time and salary overhead of regularly inventorying all your software." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Audacious Going Back To GTK2 Starting With Version 3.6 - http://www.webupd8.org/2014...
"As an LXDE user, I'd prefer GTK2 tarballs while I wait for LXQt and Audacious-Qt." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on GOG Summer Sale Mega-Thread! Anything relating to it (questions, complaints, etc) should be posted here - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yeah. My impression has been that it works because each flash sale is on for two hours and ITAD polls GOG's deals feed once per hour." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Dotcom’s Disruptive Music Service First to Support FLAC Streaming - https://torrentfreak.com/baboom-...
"Surround would be nice for the people who actually have the speakers for it (I've been meaning to get some) but there's no reason to support 24-bit/192kHz audio. In fact, it actually makes things slightly worse because nothing is free in digital-analog conversion and ultrasonics are more prone to causing distortion than any other frequencies. Here's a detailed, well-cited explanation of that by "Monty" Montgomery. http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmo... (If you need more foundational knowledge, it also contains links to the second of a series of videos he's been doing for Xiph.org on how digital audio and video actually work.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: “No Piracy” Symbol Added to New Unicode Standard - https://torrentfreak.com/no-pira...
"Probably the same thing as "data". People now perceive "data" as an uncountable plural like "water" or "sand" and use "data points" as the countable plural form. There's probably a shift toward seeing "media" in a similar manner... though, personally, I'll always see "mediums" as the plural of "[psychic] medium"." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Developer of Euro Truck Simulator 2 receives one year long community ban and loses partner rights for showcasing a exploit in Steam Community. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"For most types of applications, it's not impossible... just horrendously difficult to retrofit to existing systems because it depends on every layer in your dependency stack being secured. Android has done a pretty good job as far as that goes, despite relying on a kernel and runtime written in C/C++. Generally, the exploits involve the permissions rules not being fine-grained enough or the users being duped. Look at the Native Client runtime environment in Google Chrome. When exploits are found in that, they're bugs in the C/C++ implementations of the secured APIs, not the nature of the sandbox itself. (A specialized version of GCC is used so the machine code doesn't use instructions that are difficult to verify and the Native Client launcher does static validation on the result.) That's why, in the mid- to long-term, I'm hopeful for the [Rust](http://www.rust-lang.org/) language. It's the first viable attempt I've seen to produce something that provides the low-level capabilities..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Rise Up Against Govt Anti-Piracy Plans, ISP Urges - https://torrentfreak.com/rise-up...
"Not really. Generalizing iiNet to "ISPs" is about as accurate as taking GOG.com as indicative of Steam and Origin's policy on DRM." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on PSA: Why ITAD isn't doing a good job of covering the Humble Store - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Their loss. I only buy games these days when notified of acceptably lucrative sales by ITAD." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Honda Takes Down “Infringing” Jet From FlightGear - https://torrentfreak.com/honda-t...
"That IS true for trademarks but not for copyrights. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... (eg. Otis lost their right to their trademark "escalator" because they wrote things like "escalators and elevators" in their advertising copy as if the two terms were equally exclusive.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
eBay - Don't nag me to create a collection - http://userstyles.org/styles...
Remove the annoying, bright blue "Hey! Wanna create a collection!? It's fun!" message that persistently appears at the top of your eBay wishlist and can't be dismissed - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Huge Wolfenstein Download Infuriates But Doesn’t Deter Pirates - https://torrentfreak.com/huge-wo...
"*nod* It's been close to a decade since I gave any game the implicit endorsement of piracy but, even back then, ripping groups had no qualms about packing games using a mixture of esoteric, special-purpose, high-ratio compressors that required bundled utilities and a batch file to reassemble the original content." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on You can now import games to your IsThereAnyDeal.com Collection from GOG, Humble, Groupees, IndieGameStand, ShinyLoot and DotEmu - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I [added it to the issue tracker](https://github.com/ssokolo...) so it doesn't get forgotten. However, I also took a quick look under the hood and it doesn't look like something I'll be doing any time soon. The Groupees AJAX calls return raw JavaScript to be injected into the page and executed. Extracting the data without causing the page to go insane as it obeys tons of requests to animate accordion expand/collapse operations isn't something that can be done in 15 minutes like the enhancement I just added to the Humble Bundle Inc. support." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Hello, Printer - Exciting.io - http://exciting.io/2012...
"I'm not sure if it's ironic but, because Disqus's e-mail notification is broken again, I was introduced to a python-escpos fork that implements equivalent functionality under the method name "fullimage()" about an hour ago and only just learned that you'd replied yesterday. https://github.com/DavisGoglin... (All it'll take is a two-line patch to bypass the scaling call if the desired width is None or matches the starting width.) Now I just need to figure out what's causing my printer to drop rows enough to make printed QR codes unreadable. (It seems to be a regular pattern so I'll probably start by testing for a "data is lost when the buffer fills up" condition on the printer side by shrinking the slicing period below that interval and adding a delay.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Hello, Printer - Exciting.io - http://exciting.io/2012...
"I'm planning on reinventing parts of this project and was wondering if you could quickly point out where the >255 row image slicing code is located so I don't have to trawl through the whole codebase just to find it. I just want to give the TiddlyWiki instance I use for a TODO/PIM system the ability to print a TODO list with a weather forecast at the bottom and a barcode I can use with my scanner to pull the list back up when I get home. (I already have Bottle, webkit2png, and python-escpos to do the rest of the backend stuff and, since you separated it out, I don't need any help finding your printer-weather code.) I considered following your approach and using your codebase but, given the hardware I'm working with and my demands on the software, I decided it'd be easier to just add long image support to python-escpos and write a trivial localhost-only HTML-to-print server in Python than to get over my aversion to Ruby's syntax, familiarize myself with your codebase, write a..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Nintendo Nukes Hugely Popular iOS Game Boy Emulator - https://torrentfreak.com/nintend...
"That and convenience are the big reasons I'm a huge fan of consoles like the PSX and PS2 which use use bog-standard CD/DVD media with the copy-protection accomplished by checking the manufacturer metadata (which is already set when you buy CD-R/DVD+R blanks). It means that they get their cut of the game's sale price in the years while they're actually selling new copies and emulation is still catching up, then I get to easily run the game on my PC." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: US Expelled Saudi Students For Using Pirate Software, Official Says - https://torrentfreak.com/us-expe...
"Ugh. I never thought my "only games may cost money, non-games must be open-source unless they're Flash, Skype, nVidia Drivers, or my BIOS" policy might actually have a use beyond letting me feel morally superior to other people." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
FiMFiction.net - Custom User Toolbar Color - https://userstyles.org/styles...
A simple little style to force a custom color scheme on the user toolbar. May be especially useful to people who hide the banner using FiMFiction.net - Collapse Bulky UI Elements or customize it using FiMFiction.net - Custom Banner Image. When using a light background, the button borders will be visible as a color-blended gray. I'd have implemented it for dark backgrounds too but something about the color-blending is being contrary. - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
"Your notification demo is out of date. I'm on Firefox Aurora and, as this other demo proves, notifications very much ARE supported on Desktop Firefox. https://developer.mozilla.org/... Given how visible it is to some search queries, I'd at least change the message to say that it's outdated so it doesn't confuse visitors." - Stephan Sokolow
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