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US export regulations

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Going to play around with a Coolrunner-II CPLD so I thought it would be a good idea to get Xilinx’ free ISE WebPACK. Guess what, that was a bad idea. The US wants my home address and phone number:

US export regulations require that your First Name, Last Name, Company Name and Shipping Address be verified before Xilinx can fulfill your request. Please provide accurate and complete information for immediate processing. Sorry, addresses with Post Office Boxes and names/addresses with Non-Roman Characters with accents such as grave, tilde or colon are not supported by US export compliance systems.

Fucking nazis…. No way I’ll give them the requested info. Hell they already monitor my bank transactions (do they really think any half decent terrorist uses the ‘system’ and risk a big fat red flag behind their name!?). Filling in bogus info does the trick just fine ;)

On a related matter, Mouser does not sell Xilinx products. Looks like an alternative CPLD is needed for any future development.

IFPI lobbyist in charge of EU’s copyright policy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Read and weep: original article

Wtf, is this even legal?!


Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Had everything running upto XBMC, except hardware video decoding. Tonight I started looking for a solution to fix a missing library figuring that could mean something. Installing xvba-va-driver thinking all would be good. Next thing I know the system has no working X setup anymore. Xorg config has not changed judging by it’s timestamp and yet X just won’t work anymore… All I can think of now is a Dutch word: kutzooi!