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Stephan Sokolow
Re: Square Enix: DRM Boosts Profits and It’s Here to Stay - https://torrentfreak.com/square-...
"Which is kind of ironic, given that Square was founded by guys who thought that Enix's creations were stale." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Square Enix: DRM Boosts Profits and It’s Here to Stay - https://torrentfreak.com/square-...
"This is why the only Square Enix games I play are the old PSX and PS2 discs I bought before I completely lost interest in gaming for several years, then had my interest rekindled by GOG.com. ...and I always rip them before playing so I don't have to deal with swapping discs and can can carry the PSX ones in my pocket on my OpenPandora. (I'm especially thankful for the PSX re-releases of the SNES-era classics.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Now the RIAA Sues Megaupload “For Massive Copyright Theft” - https://torrentfreak.com/now-the...
"o_O? I've heard of "copyright infringement" but what the hell is "copyright theft"? The only definition that comes to mind is somehow transferring the right to make copies to yourself without the legitimate copyright holder's knowledge. (Which isn't THAT far off from what the recording industry does to artists, given how thick the legalese can be.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Let github.com trigger your source update - Open Build Service - http://openbuildservice.org/2013...
"That makes sense but it'd still be more resource-efficient and more fair to https://build.opensuse.org/ if the CI server could act as a pre-filter so OBS only sees the revisions which are known to pass on the primary development target." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Let github.com trigger your source update - Open Build Service - http://openbuildservice.org/2013...
"I worry that the docs don't give any mention of a way to indicate a specific revision to build. What I'd really like to see is an API that lets a Travis-CI after_success hook trigger an OBS build for the specific revision which just passed the test... even if another revision gets pushed between the time the test ran and the time OBS pulls the repository." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: U.S. Court Orders Seizure of “DVD Ripping” Software Domains, Servers and Funds - https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-cou...
"And, in that case too, having the media independent from the electronics helps since I've never ever heard of a mobo fart forcing the laser in a CD/DVD/BD writer into write/erase mode and, if it did, you'd only lose a fraction of the data that can fit on a single hard drive." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: U.S. Court Orders Seizure of “DVD Ripping” Software Domains, Servers and Funds - https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-cou...
"No argument. I'm just saying that, for stuff that doesn't need to be high availability, all else being equal, removable media is more resistant to failure because you can replace the drive electronics and mechanisms independently from the actual storage media." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: U.S. Court Orders Seizure of “DVD Ripping” Software Domains, Servers and Funds - https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-cou...
"I don't own them either, but then I generally lost interest in movies during the DVD era. ...but I am preparing to switch to BD-R for backing up my Humble Bundles and youtube-dl rips of anything and everything I've ever watched legitimately. (Redundancy mechanisms like RAID and duplicate copies aside, if a hard drive dies, you've lost terabytes of stuff. If a removable disc drive dies, you just get another drive. If a removable disc dies, you've only lost a few gigabytes.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: SeriesGuide Turns Chrome Browser Into a TV Torrent TiVo - https://torrentfreak.com/seriesg...
"Trident (IE 10+), Gecko (Firefox 4+), and Blink (formerly "Google's WebKit branch", Chrome 11+, Opera 15+) all have their own independent implementations of IndexedDB. http://caniuse.com/indexeddb WebSQL has one implementation... the SQLite-based one Apple added to WebKit which Blink inherited and Opera copied. All the browsers you listed are descended from that one WebKit patchset. I love SQLite and use it in my own creations... but it's really a one-of-a-kind thing. (I seem to remember it only being possible because of defense department grants.) Standards are made and enforced by MULTIPLE active and solid implementations and WebSQL was binned because it was determined that producing an API-compatible competitor to SQLite was unfeasible. There's no problem with Firefox using SQLite because it can be swapped out without affecting any APIs that are cross-browser standards but there's a big struggle right now to keep WebKit from becoming the new IE 6.0. (Most visibly, a lot of..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: SeriesGuide Turns Chrome Browser Into a TV Torrent TiVo - https://torrentfreak.com/seriesg...
"Firefox refuses to support it because it was withdrawn as a candidate for a web standard after it was realized that it would be unfeasible to implement an alternative implementation. (It would require that all browsers embed a copy of SQLite to achieve compatibility)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: TekSavvy told to reveal names and addresses of 2,000 customers accused of illegally downloading movies - http://business.financialpost.com/2014...
"Given the 1000+ CDs I burned for backups before switching to DVD+R, it sounds like somebody owes me a lot of free music." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: TekSavvy told to reveal names and addresses of 2,000 customers accused of illegally downloading movies - http://business.financialpost.com/2014...
"TorrentFreak (a legal site focused on P2P news) also maintains a list of VPN providers who officially claim to keep no logs and don't forbid P2P in their terms of service. (And the list includes notes on which jurisdiction each one is incorporated in.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Take Action to Protect Your Privacy on The Internet - https://torrentfreak.com/take-ac...
"Here. This should give you guys a ready-made way to have nice-looking Twitter and Facebook buttons that don't compromise privacy. https://github.com/mozilla/Soc..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Because Of DRM, The Entire Copyright Monopoly Legislation Is A Lie - https://torrentfreak.com/drm-ent...
"In my experience, GOG is still the best place to buy stuff with two exceptions (one major and one relatively minor). The GOG developers would rather force people to re-buy their games to get a Linux version than have to compromise on their "unparalleled support on all platforms offered" guarantee. (Which means I own Dust: An Elysian Tale for Linux and OSX only because I'm a Linux user with an uncompromising stance on DRM and it was a choice between Humble Store (Linux, OSX, Steam) and GOG (Windows, OSX).) GOG has no batch installation/update tool, so people who want that without Steam DRM have to use Desura or, on Linux, Gameolith. (Gameolith generates RPMs and DEBs for the publisher)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Google Heckled at MIDEM Over YouTube Ripping & Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/google-...
"When YouTube hasn't changed something and broken it, Video DownloadHelper will let you select 1080p in your choice of available formats from the drop-down menu without even having to click Play. When YouTube HAS broken it and an update hasn't yet been pushed, you select 1080p in the player, click Play, and then pick the sniffed HTTP stream. You can also change formats after it's started playing, but then the dropdown will display both the old and the new version and, since their filenames are identical, you have to remember whether the newer sniffed entry appears at the top or the bottom of the list. (Sniffed entries are cleared from the list either by navigating to a new page or on a timer.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: BitTorrent Sync Used to Create Decentralized Web Browser - https://torrentfreak.com/bittorr...
"*yawn* Let me know when someone writes an open-source BitTorrent Sync client. The list of exceptions to my "only games may be closed-source on my system" policy is only allowed to shrink. (nVidia drivers pending Nouveau, Flash pending Shumway, Skype pending mature WebRTC support in Firefox, Opera pending 12.x usage dropping sufficiently to stop testing it, and oDesk Team because I need it for work.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Google Heckled at MIDEM Over YouTube Ripping & Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/google-...
"Have you tried Video DownloadHelper for Firefox? It sniffs the raw HTTP streams the Flash plugin uses so, if the regular download options with explicit selection of formats break or you're on an unsupported site, you can just hit Play and then grab whatever the player requested. (It doesn't do RTMP but I've never seen YouTube use that and, when I do need to rip it, a netfilter redirection rule plus rtmpdump's companion proxy work wonders.) I've also found youtube-dl (and any GUI based on it) to be quite good at keeping up with YouTube, even with the slower updates I get by using the Ubuntu PPA rather than the built-in updater." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: What Happened to TorrentFreak? - https://torrentfreak.com/what-ha...
"I don't like it but, thankfully, the full text of articles is still presented in the RSS feed so I only need to see it when I get curious about how people are reacting to something." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: New VPN Technology Claims to Thwart Great Firewall of China - https://torrentfreak.com/new-vpn...
"To be honest, I never understood the appeal of equalizers and filters enough to want real tubes. (I'm generally of the view that a piece of music should be accepted or rejected based on the most unadulterated form of playback possible.) I was just thinking that, given that I know nobody with tube-based equipment, if I could find a tube filter I could apply in an appropriate place in my audio playback pipeline, maybe I could do some comparative listening to try to better understand what people are talking about." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: New VPN Technology Claims to Thwart Great Firewall of China - https://torrentfreak.com/new-vpn...
"Ahh, vinyl. One of these days, I really need to see if anyone's written a filter to replicate the "warmth" distortion that tubes and vinyl introduce to audio." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: 35% Of All Pirate Bay Uploads Are Porn - https://torrentfreak.com/35-of-a...
"I wouldn't know. Humble Indie Bundle games are closed-source, OCRemix doesn't offer software, and neither GitHub nor apt-get use BitTorrent. :P" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Court Throws Net Neutrality Overboard, But Comcast Won’t Ban Torrents - https://torrentfreak.com/court-t...
"I already know. I'd read some fanfiction, play some Minecraft or OpenTTD, and read some novels from the library's 50¢ "donated stuff we don't need" bin while I wait. (I lived through the era when Bell Canada used Deep Packet Inspection to throttle all non-whitelisted traffic on 3rd-party ISPs to 30KB/s to punish them for hiding behind their government-mandated ability to lease an ADSL loop at a flat rate... torrents providing Linux ISOs, Humble Indie Bundle games, and OCRemix packs weren't exempt.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Google Discarded 21,000,000 Takedown Requests in 2013 - http://torrentfreak.com/google-...
"U.S. presidents are forbidden from serving more than two terms. He could be the best president the country ever had and he'd still be gone next election." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Court: 30,000 Movie Piracy Threats Could Have No Legal Basis - http://torrentfreak.com/court-3...
"Even the most minimal HTTP server logs store the IP address and URL requested and those tend to be enabled by default because they're necessary for diagnostic and anti-abuse purposes. (eg. knowing what IP range to ban if you're getting DDoSed) For pretty much any site on the web, there are good odds they've got that kind of data unless they took explicit steps to turn it off." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Themes For FocusWriter / Ellen Gummesson - http://ellengummesson.com/blog...
"Yeah, minor mistake. According to the Solarized .xresources file, the font color for Solarized Dark should actually be 131, 148, 150, which gives better contrast." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Themes For FocusWriter / Ellen Gummesson - http://ellengummesson.com/blog...
"Thanks but are you sure the Solarized Light one is correct? The text color is identical to the Solarized Dark one and the result seems too low-contrast to be correct. Also, while I doubt they're significant enough to qualify for copyright, given that tweets aren't, in the interest of courtesy, would you mind if I offered them up in a GitHub repository under either an MIT license, or a CC-BY license? (Which licensing mix I use will depend on what licenses are used for the images in the other themes I want to ask for permission to include.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Themes For FocusWriter / Ellen Gummesson - http://ellengummesson.com/blog...
"Colors, screenshots, rationale... anything you can find that would let me reconstruct it and make it available again would be great." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Themes For FocusWriter / Ellen Gummesson - http://ellengummesson.com/blog...
"Both links 404. Is there anywhere these are still available?" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Videos During Christmas - https://torrentfreak.com/amazon-...
"I suppose that's another benefit to growing up without cable. The first time I discovered a given Disney movie was when we bought the VHS." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: BitTorrent Client Devs Work on Bitcoin Integration - http://torrentfreak.com/bittorr...
"And what if you're someone less paranoid than me connecting through some café or hotel WiFi? Under those circumstances, "hijacking your entire Internet connection" isn't just possible, it's been observed in ways selective enough to implement that attack." - Stephan Sokolow
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