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A Critical Look At Open Licensing For Hardware

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Security implications? (123 comments)

The designs don't have to be lousy to have faults visible only in the design. The truly lousy designs have flaws visible whenever you try to use the things.
That said, there are two ways security could be affected by open design:
First, they said open design, not copylefted design. Someone could take an open design, change it just a little, and not list their changes. It could then be really tricky to determine whether the demonstrated flaw is in the open design or the hidden changes.
Second, many of the people who are most vocal about security believe (for good or ill) in "security by obscurity." You can't get that from an open design unless you secretly change it, which loops back into point one.

more than 4 years ago
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A Critical Look At Open Licensing For Hardware

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:open design (123 comments)

Further, unless a big company forks the project

Remember the Microsoft mantra: "Embrace, extend, extinguish."

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Time Machine (441 comments)

Oh, no. I'm sorry to hear that...
It's not right to have that steep a difference, to have that sharp a limit. You shouldn't have to have unlimited data to use your phone on the internet for map programs...

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:What does this do, chemically? (475 comments)

You want to know why they stopped stamping labels directly onto citrus fruit?
It's nothing to do with the safety of the inks. Sometimes, I think people ink entire oranges to make them orange enough. No. It was determined that, if more than a certain number of people squeeze a given grapefruit, the ink smudges, leaving the label unreadable. This is worse than nothing no matter how you slice it -- especially now that large oranges are the same size as small grapefruit.
Using water-soluable ink on citrus fruit that is then left directly under sprinklers also creates problems...

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads

Anonymous McCartneyf About that "article"... (249 comments)

Is there a link to an article on this that isn't a video?

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Counterfeiting Deal Aims For Global DMCA

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:who cares? (380 comments)

They can't make non-commercial art illegal per se, at least not in America. They can only make it difficult. They can't stop you from singing; but do it amplified without making sure what you're doing, and they could sic ASCAP on you.
If they can arrange it that most of the archives of noncommercial art are on sites dependent on commercials from them or their own distributors, they'll be happier.
There is the problem that the large media companies are doing all they can to make it unclear what films and music is in the public domain. The music industry has made its position clear: the section of the Rock Band store reserved for user-created songs doesn't allow folk song covers. (That is, if anybody has recorded it, then the industry thinks it "belongs" to that person/record company.)
Any film release that involves restoration is gonna get a fresh, recent copyright for the overall package; since most sound films properly in the public domain could conceivably not be in the public domain, this is a problem, especially given the scarcity of film negatives.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:I just bought an HP laptop (583 comments)

Fun anecdote:
One of my current favorite computers right now is a Compaq. (Compaqs are just like HPs, but for some reason HP is maintaining both brands.)
Anyhow, a few months back, a (legit) anti-malware program got installed onto the machine. It flagged three programs that came with the system as malware.
The programs did get removed. I don't get Compaq pop-up ads anymore...
Now, if only corporations would stop bundling in programs that are designed to self-destruct in 90 days!

more than 4 years ago
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Can Nintendo Really Be Planning Another DS Variant?

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:For a Change? (187 comments)

Even if it had, that would just make the PSP the second longest-lived portable of its era.
Sony is stubborn with its tech, hoping to get market share through persistence. You could get blank Betamax tapes well after that format lost its format war -- it took DVDs to make them disappear. You could get MiniDiscs (introduced 1989 and never popular) well into this decade. You can still get Memory Sticks. And you can still get PS2s!

more than 4 years ago
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Can Nintendo Really Be Planning Another DS Variant?

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Good Idea (187 comments)

They shrank the screen size from the DS Lite with the original DSi. They're just shifting it back. And this is good, because not only is the screen ridiculously small on that, the entire unit is ridiculously small.
Yes, I know, portables are supposed to be small... but the original DSi has a footprint barely bigger than an Atari joystick! It looks more fragile than it probably is...
Increasing the screen size will increase the size of a DSi without increasing the depth. This will be good.

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Coming To Sony PS3

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:exclusive partnership (145 comments)

Okay then. So, if it was ever exclusive in the first place -- well, "exclusive for one year" is common. Microsoft got it Nov. 2008; Sony is getting it Nov. 2009. How was Microsoft to know that the PS3 would get a second wind between then and now?

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Coming To Sony PS3

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:ok, so I'll get one then. (145 comments)

BluRay players will become more common, regardless of how PS3s do. BluRay won the HD war. Stores are stocking BluRay discs, right down to the Walmart and Costco level. Disney is selling kits containing both BluRays and normal DVDs. And they are being advertised heavily.
A PS3 is just a convenient way to get a BluRay player, especially if you already have a game you want to play as well. (The game controller makes an awkward BluRay remote, though.)

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Coming To Sony PS3

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Handy for some, less so for others (145 comments)

If all else fails, Sony has its own Playstation movie & TV download service. It probably doesn't have as good a selection, but odds are Sony isn't getting rid of it just because of Netflix. And I think many of those films and TV shows are to keep...

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Coming To Sony PS3

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:exclusive partnership (145 comments)

Yes, but you'd think they'd negotiate a term longer than four months!
Then again, it's not entirely Microsoft's fault. Microsoft right now has exclusive rights to launching Netflix directly from its online system ("right off the dashboard"). So Netflix requires a BluRay disc or some lateral thinking for PS3 users to do it. (People keep forgetting that PS3s are real computers... I bet they can even work Google Docs if you attach the mini keyboard to the controller. No printer yet, though...)

more than 4 years ago
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EU Paves the Way For Three-Strikes Cut-Off Policy

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Call for boycott (272 comments)

Hey, even some members of the entertainment industry are against this... I know Paul McCartney is, anyhow.
And don't boycott any software companies that aren't also in traditional media -- this likely isn't their idea. Films will still have theaters, music will still have radio and PA systems, TV will still have over-the-air broadcasts and DVD box sets -- but an awful lot of software is dependent on the internet to run as intended...

more than 3 years ago
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The Sidekick Failure and Cloud Culpability

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Has there never been a non-cloud data loss? (246 comments)

Problem for T-Mobile Sidekick users -- the computer they synched with was the one that crashed and took everything with it. Sidekicks weren't designed to sync with the user's computer.

more than 4 years ago
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Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:"they should have used ZFS or btrfs" (304 comments)

The current millennium has only been around for nine years and ten months. (Eight + ten months if you are a traditionalist and think the Nineties ended in 2001.)
Then again, good back-up policy predates computers. If Microsoft/Danger had the same dedication to backups of valuable documents as monasteries did back in the 1000s, this sort of mess wouldn't have happened.

more than 4 years ago
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Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Conspiracy time (304 comments)

If no one had linked Microsoft to the Sidekick server, then that might have worked. It still might, to some extent.
But, since T-Mobile named Microsoft as the people maintaining the server, they likely aren't going to give away WinMo phones to make up -- not when they have Blackberries.

more than 4 years ago
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Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Interesting article about Pink/Danger/Sidekick (304 comments)

Well, if Microsoft was trying to kill Sidekick, then this is a lucky break for them -- or would have been if T-Mobile weren't so open about who was (not) managing the server now that it's down.
No one, but no one, is going to want to use that particular model after this. T-Mobile no longer sells nor leases them -- that's official as of today.

more than 4 years ago
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Left 4 Dead 2 Banned In Australia

Anonymous McCartneyf Re:Heh (215 comments)

Just one problem with that -- region coding. I suspect that the controls that prevent Region 1 games from being played on Australian XBoxes work unless specifically hacked.

about 5 years ago

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US vs. Jose Padilla

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago Well, it's been decided. The US government is going to try Jose Padilla for "murder-conspiracy." This almost didn't happen--there was a question about whether this charge was "double jeopardy." (How did I miss the first case?) But an appeals court is letting the trial go forward, assuming that he's declared sane enough to have one, so it'll be harder for those of us on /. to use him as an example of government injustice. Especially if the government finds him guilty...
Trial starts in April if Padilla is declared sane.
Cite: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070130/ts_nm/usa_padilla_dc

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Sony Settles With FTC Over Rootkits

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago The FTC is about to make a deal with Sony punishing Sony for the rootkits. This settlement is exactly like the Texas and California settlements--$150 a rootkit.
Cite: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6314443.stm
The settlement isn't final yet. There will be a 30-day public consultation. American citizens who read Slashdot might want to put in their two cents.

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EMI rumors

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago It is rumored that EMI is working to get music released on YouTube and MySpace. Yes, genuine RIAA music on YouTube and MySpace!
Who wants to see authorized EMI music videos on Youtube?
Now if only we knew which artists they had in mind...

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European Union states knew about CIA flights

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago From the article: "A European Parliament committee has approved a report which says EU states knew of secret CIA flights over Europe."
Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6290701.stm
More from the article:
"A BBC investigation last year revealed that a well-known CIA Gulfstream plane, the N379P, had made several landings at Szymany airport in northern Poland in 2003.
"The airport's flight log also showed that a Boeing 737 had flown direct from Kabul to the airport, which is not far from a Polish intelligence base in the village of Stare Kiejkuty."
Yikes!

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German and French groups want to open iTunes

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 6 years ago It started with Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Now the movement to kill Apple's Fairplay DRM has come to France and Germany.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_hi_te/europe_apple_itunes
From the article:
Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said French consumer lobby UFC-Que Choisir and its German counterpart, Ferbraucherzentralen, joined the effort late last year, and other European countries are considering it. Finland's Kulluttajavirasto consumer group is also part of the effort.
"This is important because Germany and France are European giants," Thon said. "Germany, in particular, is a big market for digital music."

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What Is the National Guard Doing at the Border?

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago Last May, President Bush asked the National Guard to support the Border Patrol. The National Guard is running the communications equipment and cameras so that the Border Control can concentrate on stopping illegal aliens.
On Jan. 3rd, four members of the Arizona National Guard saw four illegal aliens at the border, moved to a safe location, and called the Border Patrol. When the Border Patrol arrived with helicopters blazing, the illegal aliens ran back across the border.
Much of Arizona's government and public don't think the National Guard did enough.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0111thur1-11.html
So, what should the National Guard be doing, and what should the Border Patrol be doing?

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Apple & Beatles rumors

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago Rumor has it that Apple Inc. will announce that it's releasing songs from Apple Records, specifically Beatles songs, in an ad during the Super Bowl. If true, then the Beatles songs may hit the iTunes Store on Valentine's Day.
http://blog.wired.com/music/2007/01/applebeatles_de.html
On the day after the Super Bowl, we should know if this rumor is true. Good thing the Super Bowl is almost here.

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Gonzales defends Bush's revised domestic spying

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago The Senate interrogated Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over why the warrantless wiretapping program didn't end sooner. Gonzales did his best to avoid giving any answers. He also refused to tell the Senate any details of this just-discontinued (we hope) program because all those details are classified. Ouch! http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070118/pl_nm/surveillance_bush_dc

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The problem with music copyrights...

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago I watched a BBC-produced special on the Beatles' touring years last night. One aspect of it was spooky: there was film footage of the Fab Four in concert; I could even hear Beatles speak; but there was no Beatles music--only classical music. I got serious cognitive dissonance hearing classical music over Beatles concert footage.
I think I'll make an amendment to my copyright reform plans. Books and films should get 28 years with registration plus 28 with renewal. (No registration should mean public domain.) Music, being a more fragile medium, should only get 14+14.
(And software should get 7+7. At most.)

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Hello--to two blogs...

Anonymous McCartneyf Anonymous McCartneyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago Hello, Slashdot readers.
I am making my first post in this journal because I've started a second blog over at Yahoo! I've used Yahoo! for email for about eight years now, and I've changed IRL addresses enough in years past that I don't want to change e-mail addresses again. Since anything at Yahoo! can gate into anything else there...
Yahoo! is pushy. I'm still mad at it for hiding the directory from its main page when they redesigned it a couple of years back because they wanted to keep its users in its system. I intend to keep their classic email as long as possible.
I'm wondering why Yahoo! installed a toolbar on a browser that I never use. I'm just surmising this, since I let Yahoo! install one and have not seen a trace of new toolbar on Firefox since. (I have IE7 but so far haven't used it.)
Don't think that Google's increasing dominance and relative "non-evil" is going to make Yahoo! surrender any time soon. Yahoo! has its own vs. of "extend, embrace."

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