Marco’s hideout

tech, mountainbiking, cyclocross, politics, tattoos, photography, 8-bit computers and more

Awesomeness from orbit - deja vu feelings

Here is a picture of the Cygnus Mass Simulator just after separating from the Antares upper stage.

Somehow this reminds me of the early space age images of years gone by. In fact it is not dissimilar, since for Orbital Sciences it is a first.

EU ban on Porn for equality is bullshit

The EU wants to block porn. Based on so-called "equality" initiatives.
Hangon a moment!
 
First of, porn is fiction. Just like Pinocchio is fiction. So that's out of the way.

Let's talk about equality a bit.
Let's look in real corporate business.
Women are paid much less than men in the same roles. Sometimes even 50% less. Some equality eh.
In porn, women are generally paid much more than men. Woops.. doesn't sound to bad for the women, right?

Maybe, just maybe we should focus on equality in the REAL world instead of make-believe stories.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130306/15203822230/european-parliament-considers-banning-all-pornography-blocks-emails-eu-citizens-protesting-against-censorship.shtml




iTunes Match - some reasons items are not uploaded/matched

I checked my iTunes library and 255 songs were not matched/uploaded. Out of 11752 total tracks this ain't too bad.
Reasons for not matching are shown when you hover the little cloud symbol:
* duplicate
* ilegible (mostly for Voice Memos)
* videoclip
* digital booklets

Looks like actually all my content has been uploaded and matched properly. Yay!

Device size vs LTE

If I’m right, we will start seeing smaller LTE Android handset sets a year or so from now, and the tech press will collectively forget the “bigger is inherently better” mindset that pervades phone reviews today.

The first one with smaller sized and more efficient LTE will be an iPhone though.

Your old iTunes purchases (pre-no-DRM) won't be matched?

Songs purchased outside of the United States iTunes Store containing DRM (Digital Rights Management) will not be matched or uploaded to iCloud.

(emphasis mine)
Argh, looks like songs that you bought in a non US iTMS before iTunes went no-DRM will not be matched to the iTunes iCloud. I have quite a few of those (living in NL I use the Dutch iTMS mostly), I never bothered to convert them to iTunes Plus. To have them matched, I probably have to convert them to iTunes Plus first, which adds quite a few euros to the bill.

So, I guess I will just download those illegally and have them matched.. WTF are you doing Apple?

[edit]

I guess I was mistaken. I have 11752 items in my Music library. iTunes Match matched 11388 songs. Difference of 364 songs. I have about 2609 songs still marked as "Protected AAC" - the old DRM-ed files. Looks like those are matched anyway, and the 364 remaining are some obscure items that can't be matched (I don't have any illegal stuff in my iTunes library)

Computer Virus Infection at JAXA

1. Possible leaked information
As the computer was used by an employee who is involved in the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station,) the following information was potentially compromised.

 

  • Stored mail addresses
  • Specification and operation information of the HTV
  • System log-in information accessed from the computer

 

via jaxa.jp

So, in Aug 2011 it already had a "virus" on it, which was removed. And now a new "virus" on the same computer?
Coincidence? I think not.