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2022/06/25 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2013/3/21-5/18 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers] UID:54632 Activity:nil
3/21    Browser Plug-In you must get: Ghostery. It gets rid of a bunch of
        ad trackers on a web site, resulting in really fast load times.
        For example, a typical media site will require 10-15 trackers
        (you know, those URLs that track your activities so they can
        target you better). Ghostery kills them.
        \_ This has been working well for me, and breaks fewer things
           than NoScript etc.
2012/11/18-12/18 [Recreation/Celebrity, Politics/Domestic/911, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:54537 Activity:nil
11/16   Anonymous responds to be labeled a "terrorist" by Isreali media:
2012/11/6-12/4 [Recreation/Dating, Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Consumer/Audio] UID:54522 Activity:nil
11/6    I downloaded some free and paid apps that are ummmm questionable and
        I don't really want my wife to see it, how do I remove it from the
        iTunes download history? I can't seem to do that anymore after
        upgrading to iOS6 (I used to be able to "hide" it).
        \_ Is it the app that searches for your friends' nude pics on FB?
2012/7/11-8/19 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:54435 Activity:nil
7/11    Story of the first image on the web: []
        \_ It might be the first image available via HTTP all right, but people
           have been downloading GIF's via FTP long before that.  I still
           remember files like sigirl5.gif and dadygirl.gif back in 1990.
           (NSFW, of course.)
           \_ Remember SFTP?
              \_ Yeah, and?  -- PP
2022/06/25 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2012/1/9-2/6 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Politics/Domestic/RepublicanMedia] UID:54284 Activity:nil
        MOTD is the best!
2010/9/18-30 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:53961 Activity:nil
        \_ I hate America. You never seen this type of shit in Japan.
           You haven't been on  the Internetz for 7 months?
2010/2/8-18 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:53695 Activity:kinda low
2/5     I like Adobe Flash. When written correctly, it scales along
        with your browser size. It looks consistent on every single
        browser. It is predictable. On the other hand, I'm not a big
        fan of CSS/HTML, which for the most part, look wildly different
        between browsers, and don't even work consistently or
        correctly at times. So why do so many people (like Steve Jobs)
        hate Adobe Flash?
        \_ It looks consistent!?  I guess.  They all look like an empty box
           with a little (f) circle in my browser.  There is no proper Flash
           support in FreeBSD.  I run a Windows version of Firefox under WINE
           sometimes, as needed, but I'd rather not.
           \_ LOL consistently bad is better than inconsistently good :)
              \_ And now we know what values have been affecting the art
                 community for the last few decades.
        \_ The player really only works on Windows (CPU usage on Macs is
           ridiculous), "predictable" display sucks from a user perspective
           (because users want to display things the way they prefer),
           and it's proprietary.  -tom
           \_ not to mention linux and solaris, whose builds are also slow,
              but until very recently lagged behind in versions and security
              updates, etc.  Also, flash folks appear to do the same thing
              many bad web developers do and assume everyone runs their browser
              fullscreen at 1600x1200+ resolutions
              \_ web devs are stupid. 95% love coding with constants. the
                 concept of % is foreign to them.
        \_ It's not part of his monopoly.
2010/1/12-29 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:53627 Activity:kinda low
1/12    How do I get a job NOT related to internet DNS social network cloud
        twitter GOOG EC2 amazon API ???
        \_ A CS job not related to API?
        \_ Chip design, or maybe software that does chip design. What is
           your major? How about game developer?
        \_ DNS? DNS? What era ado you live in? I agree that social network
           is so BLAH and everywhere. What else do you want to do?
           If you wanted to do OS, go back to 1980s. Compilers, 1985.
           Architecture, 1990-2000. I mean, seriously, what do you want
           to do with your degree? And even if you join a company and
           get a "job", it's a fucking job. You're a tiny little cog
           in a souless machine. It makes no difference whether you do
           something with the cloud/GOOG/EC2 or working on something
           that actually interests you. A job is just a fucking "job"
           In the grand scheme of things, it makes little difference
           what you actually work on, yes?
           \_ wow you're even more bitter than i am.  Good "job"!
           \_ What about working at a startup?
              \_ As long as it is not about technology, it's cool.
                 Just do your own shit. Be an artist or a cook
                 or something you're passionate about. That's the
                 key to long term sustainable happiness.
        \_ social network -- yeah totally blows, mostly run by a bunch of
                stupid MBAs who think computer science is about making
                web sites
           twitter -- limited growth, but could still be interesting
           GOOG -- company is way too big. It's just yet another
                big corporation now, with pretty awesome [FREE] food
           Amazon EC2 -- exploding growth, got tons of opportunities
                to learn about scalability and load processing. What's
                wrong with a job working on EC2?
           Let me add a few other things:
           Advertising, SEO -- SUCKY SUCKY SUCKY
           Media -- SUCKY SUCKY SUCKY. One word. DON'T!!!
           \_ It depends on what you are looking for. If you like endless
              cube farms, filled with geeky engineers who never take baths,
              then stay far away. If you want to work with glamorous, exciting
              and smart people who know how to have fun and want to make a
              positive impact on the world, then a media company might be
              for you. It is true that you probably won't be doing work
              on the cutting edge of computer science, but plenty of great
              software, including the Apache web server was built at online
              media companies. -ausman
              \_ how about advertising?
                 \_ Don't know. -a
              \_ you obviously never worked at a media company.
                 you ever talked to people who work at Disney or ILM? It's
                 not as fun or creative as you think it is.
                 \_ I have worked at HotWired, PlanetOut and CNET, which is
                    now CBS Interactive. These are all online media companies.
                    I don't know too much about Old Media, though technically
                    I work for CBS now. -ausman
                    \_ I have a feeling that old media (pre 1990) and new
                       media (post dot-com) have very different cultures.
                 \_ Completely depends on your position with said companies.
                    Doing accounting or IT for them? Not so much. My gf has
                    worked in entertainment for > 10 years now in a
                    variety of production jobs and it's a lot of work for low
                    pay (unless you are really lucky and then it's a lot of
                    work for a lot of pay) but it's certainly fun and creative
                    in addition to stressful. The people are very smart
                    and very interesting, the work is fast-paced, and
                    there's a tangible result at the end  so you feel as if
                    you accomplished something for your effort when it's over.
                    I think it's one of the better industries to work in
                    as far as being stimulated.
2009/7/21-24 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers] UID:53175 Activity:kinda low
7/21    Erin Andrews (
        Is that her nipple showing through the jacket?
        \_ This is what you really wanted to see:
           To me it seems contrived that she would be curling her hair
           in the nude right in front of a peephole right when this
           jackass filmed her. I could follow my girlfriend with a camera
           for a week and likely not get such footage.
           \_ nice. I was bored and clicked on your .ogg. THANKS. Worth it.
           \_ How do I open .ogg files?  It looks like crap in Windows Media
              Player -- half the time the frames are pixelated.
              Player -- half the time the frames are pixelated with random
              \_ The video is kinda crappy, but I used Firefox 3.5.1.
                 \_ I see.  My Firefox 3.0.11 said it doesn't know how to open
                    it, so I saved the file and used Media Player.  -- PP
                    \_ Upgrade Firefox and try again.
2009/1/21-26 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Consumer/Audio] UID:52427 Activity:nil
1/20    I downloaded a song from iTunes and used it as a soundtrack
        in a movie I created in iMovie. But now youtube won't let me
        use the audio in the movie, as it's licensed. What is the easiest
        way to get around this, on a mac? Is there a way to directly record
        this song into an mp3, as I'm playing it on this machine? Thanks.
        \_ Ah, I see you are enjoying the DRM kool aid.  Isn't it nice how
           it keeps you from illegally using that song?
           \_ iTunes is DRM free these days. Maybe it's YouTube:
        \_ Maybe don't be a pirate? Some artists will let you use the song
           free or cheap if you ask, while some are pricks about it and
           will want like $20K. If you don't ask, though, you are a pirate.
2009/1/5-9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Recreation/Music] UID:52320 Activity:nil
1/5     Norway is posting every Beatles song on the Internet: [ars]
2008/9/11-18 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:51134 Activity:nil
9/11    "`The Twist' is top song of Billboard Hot 100 era"
        'He compared "The Twist" ...... to the creation of the telephone as a
        groundbreaking moment because he said it was the first time people
        were dancing "apart to the beat."'
        What does "dancing apart to the beat" mean?  Thanks.
        \_ I assume 'apart' means 'without a partner.'
        \_ I think they mean without holding hands or otherwise in contact.
           In ballroom dancing, you are usually touching in some fashion.
2008/8/26-9/3 [Consumer/Camera, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:50968 Activity:nil
8/26    Recreate '68 tries to start riot in Denver, is shut down cold
        \_ Son, that urine doesn't look healthy.
        \_ Here's a great pic from the Denver post:
           \_ See, once you start attacking police, you should probably just be
              \_ The problem with shooting people (they learned in the 60's)
                 is, even if the people you're shooting at deserve it, there
                 tends to be collateral damage.  I'm very impressed with how
                 these bozos have been handled by the Denver police.  I'd buy
                 'em all doughnuts.
        \_ no one remembers the nice meek protestors who follow the rules and
           tastefully politely hang out in the Freedom Cafe knitting and
           pleasantly expressing their right of free assembly
        \_ Just what exactly are the Recreate 68 people trying to recreate?
           The only thing that comes to mind for me is that MLK and RFK were
           both assasinated leading up to the DNC.
2008/7/6-8 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:50481 Activity:kinda low
7/6     What's a good DLNA server that's free?
        \_ []
           \_ I just tried FUPPES and TVersity (free) and neither one of
              the servers were recognized by my new Sony Bravia Z4100 TV.
              What's up with that?
2008/5/31 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:50105 Activity:nil
5/31    I have a slow wireless router and slow fileserver on my network.
        Is there a video or media player (windows or unix) that is smart
        about caching content while playing it?  I would like to be able
        to hit play on a file from a file share, wait for it to catch
        up for a while because my connection is so slow, walk away for
        a while and come back and view my movie with no annoying skips. thanks.
        \_ To answer my own question, this worked:
2008/4/2-6 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:49644 Activity:nil
4/2     Code Pink puts on a bizarre April Fools day stunt where they appear
        to be the butt of their own joke.
        \_ They obviously have a better sense of humour than the confused
           and enraged zombietime bloggers.
2008/2/11-14 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:49110 Activity:nil
2/11    How does this work?
2008/1/14-16 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Recreation/Humor] UID:48944 Activity:nil Cat_by:auto
1/13    One of those Indian songs subtitled in English (very funny)
        The nipple song:
        \_ keywords: india funny youtube translation cuss cussing words word
2007/9/20 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Science/GlobalWarming, Computer/SW/P2P] UID:48139 Activity:nil
9/20 | ^
          tools mediadefender uses to browse p2p | Update: A list of leaked
          utilities is now available: | AresDataCollector, AresLauncher,
          AresProtector, AresSupernode, AresUDPDataCollector, AutoUpdater,
          AutoUpdaterSource, BTClient, BTDataCollector, BTDecoyClient,
          BTInflationDest, BTInterdictor, BTIPGatherer, BTPoster, BTRemover,
          BTScraper, BTScraperDLL, BTSearcher, BTSeedInflator,
          BTTorrentGenerator, BTTorrentSource, BTTracker, BTTrackerChecker,
          CVS, DCMaster, DCScanner, DCSupply, DistributedKazaaCollector,
          DllLoader, ED2KSupplyProcessor, ... | ... EdonkeyIpBanner,
          FastTrackGift, FastTrackGiftDecoyer, GnutellaDecoyer,
          GnutellaFileDownloader, GnutellaProtector, GnutellaSupply,
          KademliaProtector, KazaaDBManager, KazaaLauncher,
          KazaaSupplyProcessor, KazaaSupplyTaker, KazaaSwarmerDest,
          KazaaSwarmerDistributedSource, KazaaSwarmerDownloader,
          KazaaSwarmerSource, MediaMaker, MediaSwarmerDest, MediaSwarmerSource,
          MetaMachine, MetaMachineHashSetCollector, MetaMachineSpoofer, ... |
          ... MI-GnutellaSupply, MovieMaker, NameServer, NetworkMonitor,
          OverNetLauncher, OvernetProtector, OvernetSpoofer, P2PFileIndexer,
          PioletDC, PioletPoisoner, PioletSpoofer, SamplePlugIn,
          SLSKSpooferDLL, SoulSeekClient, StatusDest, StatusSource,
          SupernodeCollector, SupernodeController, SupernodeDistributer,
          SupplyProcessor, TKCom, TKFileTransfer, TKLauncher, TKProjectManager,
          TKSyncher, UsenetPoster, UsenetSearcher, ... | ...
          WatchDogControllerDestination, WatchDogControllerSource, WinMxDC,
          WinMxLauncher, WinMxProtector, wma generator
2007/9/11 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:48018 Activity:high 100%like:48003
9/11    hey old people do you remember this song
        \_ actually the old people might remember all of these songs.
           ok tnx.
2007/9/11-12 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:48003 Activity:nil 100%like:48018
9/11    hey old people do you remember this song
        \_ actually the old people might remember all of these songs.
           ok tnx.
2007/8/20 [Industry/Jobs, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:47664 Activity:low 66%like:47639 80%like:47673
08/20   It's the electrical engineer theme song:
2007/8/17-20 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:47639 Activity:nil 66%like:47664
8/16    CSUA theme song!
2007/8/10-13 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:47581 Activity:low
8/10    Hello my fellow free linux media stream player users.
        Does anyone have a good url to listen to NPR, over the net?
        thank you
        \_ I have this in my xmms playlist file for kqed:
           Title1=(#1 - 347/1000) KQED Public Radio
           \_ does KQED pump out all that NPR stuff?  like Fresh Air?
              \_ They do broadcast Fresh Air.  You should probably check their
                 website for other programs:
                 Oh, it looks like they actually have mp3 stream playlist on their
                 website now, so you can use that instead of above.
                 Oh, it looks like they actually have mp3 stream playlist on
                 their website now, so you can use that instead of above.
2007/5/25-28 [Transportation/Car, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:46751 Activity:nil 66%like:46744
5/24    The Pinkberry song
        \_ Speaking of Pinkberry, I'm the op who posted the following:
           After talking to a bunch of people it appears that no one seems
           to be sympathetic to the traffic congestion it has caused. On
           the bright side I see a bunch of attractive looking college
           women waiting for their pinkberries.
           \_ Ask them about their pinkberries.
2007/5/24-25 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:46744 Activity:nil 66%like:46751
5/24    The Pinkberry song
2007/3/7-9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:45895 Activity:nil
3/7     What's a free (or cheap) utility to do simple editing on mp3's in
        OS X? I want to split one of my songs into a few different pieces.
        It appears that neither iTunes nor GarageBand can do this. Thanks.
        \_ Audacity or SuperCollider could do this. -scottyg
        \_ You can abuse iTunes to do this for you. If you want to split
           a song do the following:
           1. Click your song and then select File->Get Info
           2. In the Options tab set the start time and/or stop time
              to where you want to split the song and click Okay
           3. With the song still selected, selected Advanced->Convert
              Selection To XXX [ this uses whatever the default import
              format you have selected ]
2006/12/17-19 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/OS/Linux, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:45458 Activity:nil
12/17   Yay I'm the person of the year! ME!!! I'm so special, just
        like everyone else!
2006/11/7-8 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:45233 Activity:nil
11/7    Royksopp is awesome: (MTV of Sims characters
        a variant of the Geico caveman commercial song)
        \_ Definitely interesting videos, but the music's not very exciting.
        \_ Weird. I was just listening to "So Easy" and trying
           to figure out the lyrics and now there's all this Royksopp stuff
           on the motd.
2006/11/7-8 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:45208 Activity:low
        Geico Insurance Caveman Commercial. I really like the song, what
        band sings it and what is it called?
        \- it's by this norwegian band contrlled by karl rove's family:
           \_ Really awesome in concert if you ever get a chance to see
              them.  Melody A.M. is a really cool album;  "So Easy" is the
              track they perform best live.  -John
              \_ I just checked out their music video on youtube. Dude,
                 this music totally sucks. Is this typical of European
                 pop?  It sounds 70ish. It needs a bit more hip and maybe
                 some hop. A bit more bass doesn't hurt either.
                 \_ I guess I should have been more emphatic about the "better
                    live" part.  Whatever, your preference.  -John
                 \_ I don't think they are a typical group. But god forbid
                    a group can sound like something other than mainstream
                    hip hop. By the way, what is an example of good music?
                    \_ Good music: Eminem. Snoop Dogg. Anything loud.
                       Get down man.                            -pp
2006/11/6-7 [Recreation/Dating, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:45198 Activity:kinda low
11/6    What do you guys do when you have continual impure thoughts?
        I will not elaborate what they are but I can't seem to get
        my mind off of these thoughts.
        \_ Nuke the motd.
        \_ impure thoughts?  this is a joke right?
           \_ No I'm serious. There's a really cute blond girl at my work
              place. I have absolutely no interest in her except for sex.
              She's a bit fat but otherwise very cute. I'm obsessed about
              having sex with her and that's all I can think about at work.
              It's driving me nuts. By the way masterbation works!!! -op
              \_ Code Monkey song for you.
        \_ masturbate.  duh.  not joking.  suddenly, you can concentrate on
           other things again!  amazing!  (sex obviously the preferred option,
           but somehow i'm guessing that's not a viable option for you)
           \_ CRACK ONE OUT, BABY.
        \_ I had sex twice on Saturday night, came home and masturbated
           4 times (Sunday), today I am up to #5.  Tomorrow I have
           to badger people into not voting for the abortion
           notification proposition so I won't have a lot of time. - furious
           \_ This is kind of insane.  Are you sure you don't have a brain
              tumor which is causing insane sexual desire?  Maybe you should
              see a doctor.  Or exercise a lot.  I find that 2hrs/day of
              exercise suppresses libido.
              \_ I'm running late this morning so I googled for
                 "Brianna Briggs" and had myself 1.  Gotta start my
                 day now. - furious
2006/10/19-23 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/HW/Drives] UID:44872 Activity:nil
10/19   Anyone using a TeraStation or similar product?
        How well do you like it?
2006/9/25-27 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:44529 Activity:low
9/25    Urgent help. I have a MacBook Pro and compared to the predecessor
        G4 it is a total piece of shit and I regret getting it. At any
        rate, I upgraded from itunes 6 to itunes 7, and now itunes 7
        crashes every 5 minutes. I deleted it and tried to install itunes 6
        again, but now the itunes 6 GUI keeps saying "Custom Install
        on Mac HD, Package Name iTunes-- Skip". I can't make it install
        at all. What's going on?                -really frustrated
        \_ I played with a MacBook Pro laptop for 2 weeks and it seemed nice
           compared to my old G4-based Powerbook laptop. What problems
           have you had?
           \_ Gayness.
              \_ That's a feature, not a bug.
                 \_ It's *Fabulous*!
                    \- apple -> lemon
                       FYI: i think most of the problems i had on my old
                       g4 powerbook titanium were due to some software
                       install not being atomic. i have an MBP too and
                       it seems pretty stable. if anything, i had trouble
                       with the old machine not waking up sometimes. the main
                       win of the MPB is the better wifi reception.
        \_ Your machine should still be under warranty. Take it back.
2006/9/25-27 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:44521 Activity:nil
9/25    Adobe Lightroom beta4 is out:
        \_ played with it last night. enuf improvements over beta3 that
           its worth taking a look at (at least the PC version). changes
           to the UI and it looks like some performance too. -shac
2006/9/19-22 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/Companies/Yahoo] UID:44450 Activity:nil
        Quigo is going to kill Yahoo and Google
2006/9/16-19 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/China, Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Security] UID:44403 Activity:nil
9/15    Software in China helps w/ sentencing:
        "The software can avoid abuse of discretionary power of judges as a
         result of corruption or insufficient training."
        \_ What about the verdict part?
           \_ That's easy:
              if(political_activist || causing trouble) guilty=true;
2006/9/4 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:44265 Activity:nil
9/4     RIP
2006/9/1-5 [Recreation/Celebrity, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:44243 Activity:nil 90%like:44239
9/1     Cal Thomas, "Al Gore is Right About the Media" (
        \_ Who the hell is Cal Thomas?
2006/7/18-20 [Recreation/Celebrity, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:43703 Activity:nil
7/18    Hey Chicom, are you in on this?  It would explain a lot.
        \_ I happened to value freedom of speech, probably value it more
           than you do because I have experienced those things.
           I do curious, though.  Putin has done a lot more harming the
           freedom of speech but why no US media ever bitch about it?
           \_ Because he's not a commie.
           \_ Our government has.
           \_ I've read many articles and editorials about this in the
              mainstream US media.  As with many issues that people
              whine about not being reported fairly, can you show me
              evidence that the US media is biased in favor of Putin?
2006/6/6-9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Security] UID:43284 Activity:nil
2006/5/25-28 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:43193 Activity:nil
        Can someone please translate this? Thanks.
        \_ This is not a love song.
           Whether you like it or not, you must dance with the Whitehouse.
           You drink cola cola, wear wonderbras, go to Disneyland, and
           fight wars. Damnit, we are all living in Amerika. And BTW the
           scene at the end implies "Damnit if it weren't for the fucking
           Amerikans we Germans would have been on the moon first."
           The messages are subtle but powerful, similar to Triumph
           of the Will.
        \_ "We're all living in Amerika..."
2006/5/22-28 [Recreation/Celebrity, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:43149 Activity:nil
        How the Media Brainwashes White Girls
2006/5/9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll] UID:42991 Activity:nil
5/9     motd boob guy apprentice wonders if ax got his account
        turned on.
        \_ Broken link.
           \_ works for me, might be filtered at your office
              \_ From TinyURL: Error: Unable to find site's URL to redirect to.
2006/5/3-7 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers] UID:42919 Activity:nil
5/3     How do I capture the BoxMart jibjab video to MPG or AVI?
        \_ It's a Flash file.  Why not save it as Flash and use a Flash
           player?  It'll be smaller and won't degrade the quality.  Otherwise
           you'll either need to find a Flash => AVI converter (so far I'm
           unaware of any good free ones, though I'm sure Macromedia's Flash
           authoring package does it) or get a screen scraping program.
        \_ Firefox VideoDownloader should do it.  It even points you to where
           you can get an, apparently Windows only, player for FLV files.
           \_ That'll download it, but it won't convert it.  It's not clear
              exactly what the op wants though.
              \_ Looks like FFMPEG will convert FLV to foo
                 \_ But it's not an FLV.  It's just a normal SWF Flash
                    animation, isn't it?
2006/4/24-26 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Consumer/Audio] UID:42814 Activity:nil
4/24    The Play on iTunes:
        Link is on the right.
        \_ for the rest of us who don't have itunes installed, tell us more.
           \_ It's the short video version of The Play.  -tom
              \_ how much do they want for it?
                 \_ free download.  -tom
              |_ if they keep things free and put more sports content up there,
                 this will be pretty cool. oh ya, you can now also (relitively)
                 easily find course lectures on the apple-hosted site.
2006/4/4 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Industry/Startup] UID:42653 Activity:nil
        Computer Sciences Cutting 5,000 Jobs. Don't worry it's not
        CS CS, but CS Corp. What a dumb ass company name, it's like
        Merck naming itself "Pharmaceuticle Company"
        \_ How do you feel about Microchip, LSI, or VLSI?
           \_ Or Analog Devices.  But yea, CSC is bad.  My company uses them
              and they are incompetent.
        \_ Usually they are called 'CSC'. As other have noted, how is
           that much different from, say, SAIC?
2006/3/31-4/3 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Security] UID:42568 Activity:high
3/31    Anyone want to engage in wild speculation on 30th anniversary Apple
        \_ More very expensive consumer electronics toys that lock you in.
           \_ The iPod locks you in how?  Well, ITMS does but frankly, ITMS
              is lame.  (Not the implementation, the whole DRM + too damn
              much a song)
              \_ I have plans to write an application that adds some of your
                 fair use rights back in to iTunes, but does not circumvent
                 the terms of the DMCA. -dans
                 \_ That's cute dan.
                    \_ I'm not sure how to interpret this. -dans
                 \_ Ignoring the fact that you will likely be in violation
                    of the itms terms of use, how exactly do you propose to
                    go about doing this in light of the 2d cir's ruling in
                    Corely (273 F.3d 429 (2d Cir 2001)) that "fair use"
                    doesn't mean that you have a right to use in your pre-
                    fered format?
                    And if you do decide to take up the challenge, you may
                    wish to speak to Robin Gross who handled the Corley
           \_ I don't know how you can make such wild claims.
              \_ Reckless posting like this will destabilize the motd for
                 \_ I bet BUD DAY never posts recklessly!
        \_ Probably just an accident, but I find it odd that this thread from
           the middle of 3/31 was nuked while threads with fewer comments or
           responses from 3/30 and 3/29 were not.  In response to the person
           who mentioned terms of use as well as the Corley case: Actually,
           the app I plan to release is something that facilitates legal
           sharing, not format shifting.  Also, isn't there more recent case
           law that does support format and time-shifting as fair use?
           Basically, it allows you to authorize a friend's computer for your
           iTunes purchases for a limited amount of time, and then
           automatically deauthorize.  This in no way allows you to circumvent
           having more than the max (5?) machines authorized at any one time.
           I still need to look at the iTunes EULA to see if *using* this app
           violates the terms of service.  Even if it does, it's a contract
           violation, not an illegal act.  Regardless, it's definitely legal
           for me to write and distribute it since it is intended to
           facilitate legitimate, non-infringinging fair use of copyrighted
           works.  Also, I'm not 100% certain that my app is feasible, I still
           need to look into some technical odds and ends to verify this.
           Fortunately, we have many very good electronic rights lawyers in
           and around this area, Robin Gross among them, as well as Berkeley's
           own Pamela Samuelson, Lawrence Lessig, and Fred von Lohmann to name
           a few. -dans
           \_ AFAIK, most of there haven't been any recent cases of any
              significance wrt time/space shifting.
              You are probably thinking of the 9th Cir. ruling in RIAA v.
              Diamond, 180 F. 3d 1072 (9th Cir 1999). Diamond dealt w/
              what constitutes a digital audio recorder; not w/ DMCA
              violations. The DMCA wasn't at issue b/c (1) it hadn't been
              passed when the case was brought, (2) may not have taken
              effect until 2000 (Sec 1201(a)(1) 2d sentence) and (3) CDs
              don't have DRM/TPM so they are not covered under the DMCA.
              Corley was 2 yrs later (2001) and dealt w/ the DMCA directly.
              My understanding is that the Corley view that fair use doesn't
              mean you have the right to make a digital reproduction pretty
              much dominates.
              It is of some note that the USSC avoided the whole time/shape
              shifting Sony argument in Grokster. I'd personally be VERY
              hesitant to get involved in any US effort in this area (but
              then again I don't want to have to cool my heels in the
              Re production of the app, I'm not sure that your interpretation
              of Sec. 1201 is correct. You might be making a "device" whose
              primary purpose is to circumvent Apple's access control mechan-
              ism under Sec 1201(a)(2) (if one were to adopt the view of the
              unholy hordes of darkness). You might also be making a device
              whoe primary prupose is to circument a copy control mechanism
              under Sec 1201(b)(2)(A) (perhaps the RIAA could use some 100W
              bulbs in their offices so that they would not be forced to take
              so dim a view of the law).
              BTW, I took a class from Robin last summer and could probably
              put you in touch w/ her if needed "more/better" info re the
              DMCA, &c.
              \_ Oh, cool.  Thanks.  I'm fairly confident that writing and
                 releasing the app is not going to get me sued.  Of course,
                 before it comes to that, I'll almost certainly get a cease
                 and desist letter.  I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
                 I'm good friends with a former EFF staff technologist, and
                 reasonably acquainted with (one of?) the current one(s) so I
                 should have some inroads.  As I understand it the law is
                 ultimately about arguments.  So if this actually came to a
                 challenge, it would be up to a judge to determine whether or
                 not this consitutes a device who's primary purpose is
                 circumventing an access control or if this is a device who's
                 primary purpose was to facilitate contributory copyright
                 infringement.  Is that a reasonable assessment?  Thank you
                 anonymous motd legal advisor, I appreciate the insights.
                 \_ I love it when someone is more pedantic and long winded
                    on the motd.  it makes me so hot.
                    \_ wtf?  I asked a question.  I'm not a lawyer or a law
                       student.  Whoever posted the post I was responding to
                       clearly knows his/her shit.  If my understanding of
                       theory or process is flawed, I'd like to know it. -dans
                         \_ Wow, so you post an honest question addressing
                            something your ignorant about, someone gives a
                            something you're ignorant about, someone gives a
                            snarky reply...and you get all pissy about it?  I
                            remember you having a similar conversation not so
                            long ago, only with positions reversed....
                            long ago, only with positions reversed and you
                            getting very righteous about being snarky....
                            \_ My MOTD with Dans:
                               1. Sweeping comment Made by Dans.
                               2. Disagreement expressed.
                               3. Dans goes nuts and says "where are the facts"
                                  (not that he has really presented any)
                                  May remind you that he is Jewish.
                               4. You or somebody else tries to give a short
                                  reply ... Dans broadens/changes the topic ...
                                  and spends a lot of time ignorantly but
                                  occasionally entertainingly (isn't that what
                                  make it all worth it?) foaming.
                               5. You or somebody else takes the time to
                                  post a long informed reply in an area of
                                  expertise or experience.
                               6. Dans now says "I'm glad we had a civilized
                                  discussion," not realizing he has been taken
                                  to skool.
                                      \_ sic  --dans #1 Fan
                                         \- that is olde english, used by
                                            people too cool for school
                                  \_ Please support your statement with facts!!
                                        --dans #1 Fan
                            \_ Yup.  Get over it.  Hey look, I got my answer
                               below, which is all I care about! -dans
                               \_ Typical Jew.
                                  \_ This is such an obvious troll, but say
                                     that to my face some time and see what
                                     happens. -dans
                               \_ Well, at least you're honest about your
                                  \_ Your posts lack either insight or humor?
                                     Do you have a point?  If your goal is to
                                     upset me, you failed. -dans
                       \_ You are mostly in the ballpark. There is more to
                          the law than simply arguments, and judges are
                          usually limited in their application of a statute
                          to a higher ct's interpretation of that statute.
                          I am not 100% sure, but iirc the word "primarily"
                          has pretty much been read out of the Sec 1201(a)
                          (2)(A). Note also that Sec 1201(a)(1) doesn't even
                          require "primarily."
                          There are two theories of vicarious liability you
                          probably need to know about:
                          1. Contributory Infringment - You knew that users
                             were infringing and either caused or contributed
                             to the infringment.
                          2. Inducement - You knew that users were infringing,
                             you materially contributed to that infringement
                             and you encouraged them to infringe for personal
                          If you gave the software away, you probably could
                          avoid the whole Inducement issue (the Grokster
                          theory of liability), but this is still an open
                          issue. hic sunt dracones.
                          After reading the itms music license, contributory
                          infringement seems like it could be a problem for
                          you. If you look at Section 9(b) Use of Products,
                          one may not actually own the bits that constitute
                          a song purchased from itms:
                          [ This is one reason I won't buy from itms, even
                            though I drink a considerable amt of iKoolAid ]
                          \_ Cool, thanks! -dans
2006/3/30-4/1 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Graphics] UID:42558 Activity:nil
        Device tells you if you're boring or not. Helpful for geeks.

           wealth the company has much better chances of success, as everyone's
           interests then align for the good of the corporation.  It's better
           to own 25% of a billion dollar corporation than to own 90% of a
2006/3/22-25 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:42372 Activity:nil
        Listen to Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched over 24 hours.
        \_ i'll stretch YOUR symphony
2006/3/16-18 [Computer/HW/Drives, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:42274 Activity:high
3/16    Cal prank on USC basketball player
          \_ But wasn't that game in Berkeley?  It says they went to
             Westwood after the game.
             \_ sure, because they're from LA and travel back the same night
        \_ I think this is poor taste and no class.  I am embarassed for
           the "Rally Committee".
           \_ You should be embarassed by the very existence of a Rally
              Committee.  When childish wargames take precedence over academics
              and research, this is the expected result.
           \_ The player, as well his father, eventually had a good laugh
              over it.
              \_ And you can be sure that this player learned a good
                 life lesson about being in the limelight.
           \_ What exactly are your standards for taste and class?  Stuffy
              rooms decorated like the set of masterpiece theatre and high
              grade scotch served in a brandy snifter?  I think it's clever,
              crafty, and brilliant. -dans
              \_ I think he intended the conversation to be private.  It's
                 like making public the personal emails you have with someone.
                 His phone number is also made public.  Would you like your
                 phone number to be published on the internet?
                 It's a breach of etiquette at the very least.  I am not
                 saying he was smart, but for a Cal Rally Committee to
                 endorse and follow through with the plan is poor taste.
                 \_ My phone number *is* published on the internet.  While it
                    would rub me the wrong way to have my private email
                    published, I appreciate a good practical joke, even if I'm
                    the butt, so I'd let it slide.  Sometimes taste must
                    succumb to a higher calling, namely, humor. -dans
                 \_ My phone number *is* published on the internet.  On one
                    hand, yeah having someone publish my private email on the
                    net would rub me a little the wrong way.  On the other
                    hand, I appreciate a good practical joke, even if I'm the
                    butt of it.  I think that sometimes poor taste is
                    justified in the name of higher callings, like humor. -dans
                    \_ If that's the case, it doesn't apply here, unless
                       you have a really low bar for "clever, crafty, and
2006/3/15-17 [Consumer/Audio, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:42255 Activity:nil
3/15    Anyone know what GUI library/toolkit iTunes uses?
        \_ Seems to be Carbon. I don't know the Carbon widgets, but
           I'd guess they have implemented a couple of custom UI elements.
          [~] otool -L /Applications/
2006/2/7-9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:41748 Activity:nil
2/7     Does anyone from Hong Kong remember how to sing the last paragraph of
        this song:  I can
        only recall the melody and the lyrics up to the second last paragraph.
        I always thought that the second last paragraph was the end of the
        the song.  Thanks.
        \_ This is CSUA, not HKSA.
           \_ Nor is it Danish Students Assoc. or Islamic Students Assoc.
2006/1/18-21 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:41419 Activity:low
1/18    Anyone know of a good website that has explanations of song lyrics?
        Googling for individual songs is nigh impossible.  The sort of thing
        you'd imagine would be on the bands' websites but often isn't.
        \_ Explanations?
           \_ Someone told me that this song was about trying to get into
              some girl's pants.
              \_ They are all about trying to get into some girl's
                 pants, even the ones written by women, just the
                 opposing viewpoint. Yes, this means "Happy Birthday" is
                 about trying to get into some girl's pants.
                 \_ For example, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" as sung
                    by Marilyn Monroe.
                    \_ ...and which girl's pants was Marilyn trying to get
                       \_ She's trying to steal from inside Jacqueline's pants.
        \_ "People often ask me, 'what is that song about?'  If I could
            say it in words other than what are in the song...I would have
            written a different song."   --Elvis Costello
        \_ I've been wondering about the same thing.  Some lyrics are too
           poetic for me to understand.  (I'm a foreigner and I did poorly in
           English 1B at a community college.)  For example, what is Barbra
           Streisand's "Send In The Clowns" really about?  Very beautiful
           melody, but I can't understand the lyrics.
              It's a Sondheim song from a musical, it doesn't have to make
              sense.  -tom
              \_ Well, it makes sense in the context of the show.  It's a
                 couple that got together when they were younger, then were
                 split for 10 or so years.  She was pregnant but didn't tell
                 him, and is on the road as an actress.  He marries a 19 year
                 old virgin who won't sleep with him.  They meet again a year
                 into his marriage, have a brief affair, but he ends it. This
                 is when she has this song.  They've both been fools.  Ergo
                 "don't bother, they're here."
                 \_ Well, it could mean that.  Or "send in the clowns" could
                    be old show biz talk for throwing in the towel (as in
                    things are so bad that salvage is impossible and you
                    send in the clowns to distract the audience).
                    \_ Or it could be... both.
                    \_ Hmm, the more I read the lyrics the more it sounds like
                       what you said.
                       "Me here at last on the ground, you in mid-air..."
                       "Sure of my lines,  No one is there."
                       "Don't you love farce?  My fault, I fear.  I thought
                       that you'd want what I want."
                       "Losing my timing this late in my career?"
                       All these sound like "oops" moments when performing a
                       play on stage.
              \_ I got redirected to
                 \_ try (not "meangings")
           \_ It was originally the theme song to EPS2, when EPS2 had
              its original title "Attack of the Clowns."
2006/1/11-12 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:41337 Activity:nil
1/10    I tried iTunes when the first windows version came out, and the one
        thing that made it useless is that for the 3000 or so of my songs
        that lacked ID3 tags, it would only identify them as 'Unknown Artist'
        and made it impossible to identify the song by the file path, which
        was /Artist/Album/01 - Song.mp3   Have they fixed this problem or are
        people without proper ID3 tags still up shit creek?
        \_ This doesn't answer your stated question, but: Tag&Rename.
           Good tool for multi tag editing and getting tags from filenames.
           Free for 30 days.  -niloc
        \_ If you don't want to add id3 tags you can tell iTunes not to move
           your mp3s which helps some, but it still pretty much sucks.  There
           are lots of tools out there to quickly add id3 tags though, it
           really doesn't take that long.  And if you ever get an ipod you
           will be glad you did.
           \_ "really doesn't take that long"?  Did you read the part where I
              said 3000 songs?  Unless you know of a tool which does filesystem
              to ID3 generation, it will take several hours at least.
              \_ You can try something like - it didn't
                 work for all of my songs, but enough that the remaining set was
                 trivial.  The tagging tools in foobar2000 are also really good
                 for generating tags for files with regular names.
              \_ If you use a consistent naming scheme for your MP3 files,
                 writing a script to do this is pretty trivial; it wouldn't
                 surprise me if there were one readily available. I wrote one
                 some time ago; if I still had it, I'd post it. -gm
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1/6     For a Christian perspective on loss and suffering, I suggest reading
        the Book of Job.
        For those who've heard the beautiful hymn "It is Well With My
        Soul", written last century by a Chicago businessman after
        he lost all five of his children, here's a link to the story:
        Here's the lyrics for the song:
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