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Best-Selling Author Refuses $500k; Self-Publishes Instead

Arkem Beta Re:Was wondering when this would happen (290 comments)

I think you would enjoy Neil Gaiman's work less if it weren't edited and I'm sure you like cover art too. Maybe you enjoy having places like amazon.com to buy books from and without a publisher's marketing effort you might not have even heard of Neil Gaiman.

The $20 price isn't all profiteering, there are a lot of people who work on creating and selling a book and they don't work for free.

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Withdraws WikiLeaks Donation Service

Arkem Beta Most people? (794 comments)

"PayPal's move is unlikely to result in many more people boycotting the company, as most knowledgeable on-line users will have been refusing to use them for years for a wide variety of abusive practices."

I don't think that the word most means what the submitter thinks it means. Either that or the submitter is implying that if you don't boycott Paypal you aren't knowledgeable.

more than 3 years ago
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ICANN Approves .xxx Suffix For Porn Websites

Arkem Beta Re:100,000 preregistered? (273 comments)

I was also there when *cough* alt.sex was created; it took all the sex off mainstream usenet and put it in one tidy place. .xxx will do the same over time

Because all companies restrict themselves to .com and other organisations stick to their respective .org, .net or .edu?
Because all US based domains are registered under .us?

I don't think .xxx is going to change anything at all, especially if ICANN introduces custom TLDs for sale.

more than 4 years ago
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AU National Broadband Network Signs $11 Billion Deal With Telstra

Arkem Beta Re:$11bn?!?! (120 comments)

Wikipedia suggests that a third of Telstra was worth $14bn in 1997. The current market cap of Telstra is $41.8bn (which actually suggests that the company is worth less today than it was in 1997). Telstra's total assets run to approximately $37bn. The Government still owns about 10% of Telstra through its future fund.

$11bn would be about 26% of the total value of all Telstra's stock or 29% of the value of its assets.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases Wi-Fi Sniffing Audit

Arkem Beta Re:Most definately is a crime. (198 comments)

IANAL but analogies rarely hold any legal water because the laws that govern each activity are completely separate.

The Missouri statute quoted above includes the 'reasonable grounds to believe that he has authorization' provision and I doubt that any sexual assault legislation would have a similar provision.

Whether or not a court would find that Google does have these 'reasonable grounds' is too complicated a question for me to more than guess at. It may be that the onus is on Google to prove that their belief was reasonable or alternatively there might be precedent about what constitutes 'reasonable grounds' that is applicable to the case.

Of course unless Google is charged with violating this particular Missouri law the question isn't particularly relevant.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases Wi-Fi Sniffing Audit

Arkem Beta Re:Well, it's not a popular view ... (198 comments)

A reply to your aside: It's not the encryption between me and my mail server that I'm worried about (that's easy to control), it's the lack of encryption between my mail server and wherever the mail I send is going. How many mail servers are configured to talk SSL encrypted SMTP? I know about STARTTLS but do mail servers generally try and use it?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases Wi-Fi Sniffing Audit

Arkem Beta Re:Most definately is a crime. (198 comments)

While I'm not sure if the act's definition of access would require two way communication alternatively I'd suggest that Google could claim that they had reasonable grounds to believe that they were authorized to access the network based on the lack of encryption on the network.

more than 4 years ago
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Cory Doctorow On For the Win, Gold Farming, and DRM

Arkem Beta Re:Having actually READ the novel (179 comments)

After looking into it a bit, I must admit that the book does actually look a good attempt to give an unbiased introduction to common fallacies in economic thought. I guess you can't judge a book by its cover (or title in this case)

more than 4 years ago
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Cory Doctorow On For the Win, Gold Farming, and DRM

Arkem Beta Re:Having actually READ the novel (179 comments)

I don't know anything about Joseph Heath or his writing but a title like "Filthy Lucre: economics for people who hate capitalism." doesn't make it easy to believe that it is a balanced accounting of the basics of economics.

more than 4 years ago
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NZ Plan For Fiber To the Home

Arkem Beta Re:Caching? (169 comments)

Many if not most Australian ISPs maintain large transparent proxy servers to meet this requirement. It worked really well in the past before streaming media became big, between youtube and bittorrent standard caching schemes don't seem to cut it. Even with many of the big CDNs having an Australian presence there is only so much good that local caching can do.

more than 4 years ago
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MechWarrior 4 Free Release Now Available

Arkem Beta Re:MTX + Privacy Issues (151 comments)

It sounds more like they use the MW4 3D engine to visualize GIS data. If they instead talked about IP Geolocation rather than "GIS navigation" I might believe that they're in advertising.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Raises E-book Prices For Everyone

Arkem Beta Re:Gonna sound snarky.... (327 comments)

Don't forget marketing, publishers will try to get a book publicity in the form of advertisements, reviews and premium space in bookstores / ebookstores.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

Arkem Beta Re:Stross who? (809 comments)

The Jennifer Morgue isn't a science fiction novel.
If you would like to try Stross' science fiction I would suggest Accelerando (available free online here: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/accelerando/ ) or if you prefer near future science fiction Halting State would be worth a look.

more than 4 years ago
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Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

Arkem Beta Why is tiered pricing evil? (501 comments)

I don't understand why everyone is against metered data costs whether it be on phones or one their home connections. Electricity and other utilities are metered by use and it doesn't seem to provoke the outrage that metering of data connections does. Adding metered data usage could make the iPhone data plan cheaper for light users. The concept of metered usage is not inherently any less fair than unlimited usage plans, it all depends on what price structure they propose. If unlimited data is $30 but 1Gb/month is $15 then the average iPhone user is saving money, on the other hand if instead the pricing was $1/Mb obviously the users would be losing. It's clearly too early to be worried, why don't you wait and see what happens? Why shouldn't the people who use a little data on their iPhone pay less than the people who use a lot?

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Party Unites In Australia

Arkem Beta Re:Freedom is born where oppression reigns (173 comments)

This is interesting to me, do you have a link about the illegal groups thing?

Australians do have a "constitutionally upheld" right to free speech according to the High Court, see http://www.aph.gov.au/LIBRARY/Pubs/RN/2001-02/02rn42.htm for details. While the ruling isn't as broad as the the US 1st Amendment it still provides freedom of political communication. With this ruling it would be difficult for any Australian law to outlaw a political party.

more than 4 years ago
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Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

Arkem Beta Re:Strange... (304 comments)

I was under the impression that Linux ASLR was rather primitive unless you used non mainline patches.

more than 4 years ago
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Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker

Arkem Beta Re:except (869 comments)

Please direct me to your lawyer. I wish to engage him to explain the MySpace ToS with crayon drawings and hand puppets at an upcoming children's birthday party. It will be great!

more than 4 years ago
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Australian ISPs Soon To Become Copyright Cops

Arkem Beta Re:This law helps network administrators do their (183 comments)

EFA opposes the construction of 'appropriately used' in s 6AAA of the exposure draft. We submit that the definition in s 6AAA ought to be amended to reflect that operators are only entitled to intercept and monitor communications where those communications pose a threat to the security of the network itself.

Personally, I'd want the ammendment to be clear that it applies to network troubleshooting as well as network security so that network administrators can definitely use tools like Wireshark to fix their network.

more than 4 years ago

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