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February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Effective 5th Feb 2012 Politics & P2P

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Some Teleidoscope Fun

June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

After a little personal misfortune, I was going through old stuff, and found a cheap plastic Teleidoscope. It used a neat little multifaceted lens, and I took some pictures of various items using my cellphone camera (an LG Vx9100) which was about the same size as the eyepiece opening.

(Click to enlarge)

Images 1-3 are of the plate mounted ont he front of my car, image 4 is using the flag that is flying in my livingroom window (hence the slightly faded look). Nevertheless, it’s made some nice images, especially the third one.

US Box Office Estimates April 2-4 2010

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Slight change, as we go from the top5, to the top10.

Two new releases top the charts, Clash of the Titans (yet another 3D movie), and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?, with a third taking 4th place, behind last week’s top earner, How to Train a Dragon. Alice’s staying power seems to be waning, though, perhaps making the Disney decision to shorten the release time to 12 weeks appear smart in retrospect.

The rest follow pretty much in the same order as last week, with the exception of Green Zone and Shutter Island swapping places. Avatar, still there, in 13th place with just under $1M, after SIXTEEN weeks, an incredible longevity.

Rank (last week) Film Weekend Gross (Millions) Theaters Total Gross to Date (Millions) Weeks on release
1 (N) Clash of the Titans (2010) $61.4 3,777 $64.1 1
2 (N) Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? $30.15 2,155 $30.2 1
3 (1) How to Train Your Dragon $29.2 4,060 $92.3 2
4 (N) The Last Song $16.2 2,673 $25.6 1
5 (2) Alice in Wonderland $8.3 2,980 $309.8 5
6 (3) Hot Tub Time Machine $8.0 2,771 $27.8 2
7 (4) The Bounty Hunter $6.2 3,118 $48.9 3
8 (5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid $5.5 2,842 $46.2 3
9 (6) She’s Out of My League $1.463 1.390 $28.6 4
10 (8) Shutter Island $1.462 1,356 $123.4 7
It’s important to remember, these figures for the weekend are released lunch-time Sunday, so estimate Sunday’s figures, there may be some discrepancies. Figures provided by BoxOfficeMojo. Click here for the full weekend figures.

An ACTA Comment to the USTR

February 24, 2010 1 comment

We all know about ACTA. What we don’t know is what ACTA contains. The US Government calls it a National Security issue, and points to Executive order 12958. The UK government is refusing to put the treaty on the Parliamentary record. It’s a den of shadows, where nothing is clear. All that there are are rumours and drafts.

So, it’s at least partially heartening that some pretense of listening to the people has occured to the US Trade Representative (USTR) in that he opened the door for comments. Naturally I, like others, jumped at the chance.

It’s all too easy to go off half-cocked, and start rambling, talking about things you’ve heard, think you think might happen, etc. That’s not the right way. If it sounds like a conspiracy theory, then odds are it’ll be treated as one, and ignored. Sticking to the facts in a clear and comprehensive manner work wonders.

With only a week’s timeframe, it could be hard to write something factually hard-hitting, but also short enough to avoid being ignored as ‘tl;dr‘. Luckily, the snowstorm that hit DC meant that there was a 2 day extension for submissions. This was not neccesary for myself, but for the US Pirate Party it meant we had enough time to get a statement out I feel was acceptable.

I’ll leave it to them to publish their statement, but I’m going to post mine, just for some thoughts, should you wish to contact your representative. Especially in light of the most recent leak, 3 days after the deadline close.

Success! Your Comment Has Been Submitted
Comment Tracking Number: 80aa7e65
Thank you for submitting a comment on the following NOTICES

Document ID: USTR-2010-0003-0001: 2010 Special 301 Federal Register Notice
Your attached files:
ANortonUSTR-2010-0003.pdf Successfully uploaded

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I made Wikipedia!

January 7, 2010 1 comment

Earlier this week, I had a slight surprise. Someone had actually created a wikipedia article about me. Great! Nice to think I was considered notable enough in the Pirate Party movement to get a page. It’s a bit light on facts though, so I thought I’d add some here (since I couldn’t add them to wikipedia, as that’s a “conflict of Interest”

  • I’m married with 3 kids
  • I was born June 24th 1980
  • I used to work on BattleBots (I went from an assorted crew minion at the Long Beach event and Season 1.0, to coordinating the pits in 2.0, and was a safety inspector in 4.0 – passes are on this VASTLY out of date page from 03)
  • I also took part in Robot Wars, as part of Team Liverdyne. We ran the Middleweight Hard Cheese (Middleweight champ 98-2000) and the Heavyweight Viper01
  • Hard Cheese can also be briefly seen in the Spaced Episode “Mettle” – I am visible a bit more, as one of the slo-mo’d solo cheerers during the episodes battle.

And for those that want to know what ‘ktetch’ (more properly “K’Tetch”) is about – it’s a the name of a character I developed for an RPGin the mid-90s. It’s of Klingon origin, and it’s very handy as an on-line user name, as no-one else uses it.

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‘Super’ Seeder’s Stupid Settings

December 17, 2009 5 comments

The  last µTorrent support post I made was quite popular. over 600 hits in one day (the usual is 20-30/day). However, life goes on and so another day, another stupid support problem, but unlike last time, this guy thinks he’s smart and knows what he’s doing. Like last time, it’s the µTorrenet support channel, and this happened December 16th (yesterday)

[20:35.05] * Delusion ( has joined #utorrent
[20:40.27] <Delusion> I’m fighting with the maintainer of the newer versions of the hphosts file. and most big torrent sites are listed.  I’ve gone through the list for the sites that I use (including a bunch of blocks), but I can’t get utorrent 1.8.4 to connect to the update server.  I get “Unable to contact utorrent update server”.  Browsing to works fine, and
[20:40.34] <Delusion> I’m assuming the in-client update uses that.
[20:40.37] <Delusion> Am I missing anything?
[20:41.01] <Delusion> (obviously I’ve commented out all the hosts file entries that hit
[20:43.32] <Delusion> I’m currently hosting about 2700 torrents, with XP, and I’ve had no problems in the past.  The tcpip half-open is re-set to 100K, so it’s not that, either.
[20:43.58] <MC> 100000 half open
[20:44.01] <MC> lolwut
[20:44.05] <Delusion> It’s overkill, I know.
[20:44.16] <Delusion> I got sick of setting a reasonable number and then finding out it wasn’t so reasonable.
[20:44.29] <MC> dude u might single handedly destroy the entire internet with that shit
[20:44.34] <Delusion> 100 became 500 became 1000 became 2000 became “I don’t want to fuck with it”.
[20:44.35] <Delusion> 🙂
[20:44.47] <Delusion> I host a lot of content.
[20:45.17] <Delusion> huh
[20:45.19] <Delusion> Now it worked.
[20:45.27] <Delusion> After an hour and a half of fussing with it.
[20:45.40] <Delusion> It seems all I had to do is join this channel and poof.
[20:45.42] <Delusion> Excellent magic!
[20:47.10] <Delusion> It takes about 20 minutes for the client to restart with this much content hosted.  I’ll stick around until I’m sure it worked since IRC cargo cult magic worked before.
[20:54.20] <Delusion> OK, so it’s only 8 minutes.  It feels like 20 sometimes.
[20:54.38] <Delusion> Thanks for … being there?  Ciao!
[20:54.48] * Delusion ( Quit (Quit: )

Hard to know where to begin really. 2700 torrents, a half-open limit set to 100,000 and ‘no problems’ – Riiiight. I think MC was the only one capable of actually typing during this, the rest of us were too busy laughing.

Quite a few of the old myths came up here. First of all, the half-open connections one. There are only very very rare instances when this has to be modified (with Vista SP2 and Windows7, there isn’t a limit anyway), and in those instances, you don’t need to do more than 50, even on a 100Mbit connection. Second is the myth about having more torrents is better. 2700 torrents uses up a lot of bandwidth just in announces, bandwidth better used elsewhere. It’s maybe 3MB just in tracker announces each time (assuming only one tracker per torrent, multiple trackers, like the 4 on every piratebay torrent multiply that accordingly). Then there is the huge number of total peer connections 2700 torrents would need. Each one of these suchs up more bandwidth (it’s why private tracker users, often running 150-200 active torrents, find public torrents so slow.)

What many people don’t realize is that utorrent itself has a way of handling lots of inactive torrents. In the advanced preferences, there’s an option called queue.dont_count_slow_ul that is set to ‘true’ by default. This option means that inactive torrents (ones with an extremely slow, or zero upload) don’t count towards the queue limits. When your queue limits are reached with active torrents, the rest go back to queued status. That means your bandwidth can be used for active torrents, and not in ‘hoping’ on inactive ones, maximising your upload.

Of course, Delusion can’t really be blamed. I’ve read more than a few torrent guides at various private trackers, and they all give ridiculous settings. After all, it’s not like you need to know what you’re talking about, in order to run one, and that’s another reason why so many fail.