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Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services

CTalkobt Re:Antitrust (163 comments)

Then you don't buy the hammer - or you use the one that they're giving away for free (open source) but you don't get to call it their hammer (ref: Amazon).

about a year ago

Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services

CTalkobt Re:Antitrust (163 comments)

>> >>"Here's a box of screws. If you want to use my hammer, then you need to use my wood also."
>> If you're using a hammer for screws, you're doing it wrong.
This is Slashdot remember?

If I did make a logical argument people would still argue with me non-sensically. At least this way, I get to pick the argument focus for those individuals. :-)

Yeah.. that's what I was thinking of when I typed that...

about a year ago

Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services

CTalkobt Re:Antitrust (163 comments)

They're not tying it to the phone. They're tying it to the permission to utilize the Android trademark and to utilize the Google Apps. Think of it this way, "Here's a box of screws. If you want to use my hammer, then you need to use my wood also." "If you don't want to, go elsewhere." is fine and no lumber yard would run into anti-trust issues over it. (Might run out of customers however due to nature of the business).

about a year ago

Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?

CTalkobt Re:The best way to find programmers (260 comments)

Interview questions that start with a false premise are usually places to avoid.

about a year and a half ago

New EU Legal Privacy Framework: We're Not Kidding

CTalkobt Re:This looks like a failure waiting to happen (243 comments)

The intent I fully and whole-heartily agree with... However, 2% of _world_wide_revenues_ is what concerns me. I'd rather see it phrased as 2% of world-wide revenue apportioned to user base / affected users (affected or not by breach).

Hence, the larger the breach, the larger the fine. I could easily see Company A arguing to US regulators : "We shouldn't have to pay for US users as the EU already fined us for everyone.".

about 3 years ago

Correlating Psychopathy With Speech Patterns

CTalkobt Re:Not psychopaths, just the murdering ones (270 comments)

Repeat after me,

Just because A implies B, does not mean that B implies A.

( A = Identifiable word choices, B = Psychopathic Murderers ).

more than 3 years ago

Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

CTalkobt Why spread the vile? (699 comments)

Why do people help these people spread their vile?

Posting stories on Slashdot / Putting it on CNN is only helping them get what they crave : Attention.

Some problems are best ignored - then they'll fade away out of frustration when they realize they're not getting the attention.

Blah blah - free press - I get it. I'm not asking for a law but common sense to take place.

People love dirty laundry - D. Henly.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?

CTalkobt Re:not going to find it (361 comments)

If you legitimately own a copy on some medium, medium-shifting to another one is legal, just like you can rip your own music CDs to mp3s.

Incorrect, at least under U.S. copyright law. RIAA v. Diamond, 98-56727 (9th Cir., June 15, 1999) (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1054784.html), the seminal case on the issue, found a fair use in "space shifting" music to MP3 players, but did so under the auspices of the Audio Home Recording Act (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap10.html), which carves out specific exemptions applicable to sound recordings. No such provision(s) exist for video game ROMs, in any jurisdiction I'm aware of.

So... there's an exemption for Music but not for everything else so you read the negative into it? Generally, in case law as I understand it (not a laywer) - the absence of a case proving a poiint can't be inferred to prove a point.

more than 3 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

CTalkobt Re:Mortgage Backed Securites (1040 comments)

My only comment to this is hindsight is 20/20. The problem with statements like this is that they very obviously weren't at the time. Not just from the rating agency's point of view but many economists were feeling the same way. There were a few economists who cautioned against them and had them correctly evaluated but they were far from the majority and even then most of their opinions were hedged with speculative language.

Oh come now - just because there is a bunch of stupid economists that couldn't apply prior historical behavior to the situation at hand that makes those economists ones that should be excused? The housing bubble showed all signs of being a bubble. Any time a commodity rises as quickly as houses were you're guaranteed you're in the middle of bubble.

History is always 20/20 in terms of analysis. However, history serves some great examples for understanding what is going on today. Those who forget history are doomed to *u*k it up over and over again.

more than 3 years ago

Saturn's Super Storm

CTalkobt Re:Surely (73 comments)

we already ruled out the sun as a driver of climate change, so the only conclusions are that the people of Saturn have been producing too much greenhouses gases, and thus destroying their planet. ipso facto, there are Martians on Saturn.

Martians? I thought there were too many cows.

more than 3 years ago

Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets

CTalkobt Re:The reason it crashed too? (484 comments)

That's credible. Now please explain to me how they got 24 seals complete with combat equipment, two flight crews, a body and lots of swag - total at least 6,000 pounds - out in the one remaining chopper.

They didn't ... they used a 3rd helicopter that was on standby as a backup.

more than 3 years ago

Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

CTalkobt Re:How Amusing (195 comments)

So... my formulas were off but in the end there were more solutions than I had thought reasonable :

I've starred lines where I think the assumption mac
windows linux mac
10002 133 7593
10282 254 7192
10562 375 6791
10842 496 6390
11122 617 5989
11402 738 5588
11682 859 5187
11962 980 4786
12242 1101 4385
12522 1222 3984
12802 1343 3583
13082 1464 3182
13362 1585 2781
13642 1706 2380
13922 1827 1979
14202 1948 1578 **
14482 2069 1177 **
14762 2190 776 **
15042 2311 375 **

more than 3 years ago

Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

CTalkobt Re:How Amusing (195 comments)

Oh how I find this quite amusing. (Snapshot from when I was at the payment page)

  • Total payments: $92,658.36
  • Number of purchases: 17,728
  • Average purchase: $5.23
  • Average Windows: $4.13
  • Average Mac: $6.55
  • Average Linux: $12.15

Anybody care to run the figures and find out the % breakdown for each OS category?

( 4.13w + 6.55m + 12.15l ) / 17728 = 5.23

for some numbers w, m, l.

more than 3 years ago

Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

CTalkobt Re:and in the usa you pay up to $0.25 per text for (573 comments)

AFAIK, It's pretty much always been free to block SMS. I've done it on all cell plans I've had (various carriers over the past 10-12 years). They don't like to advertise / push it - but if you ask how they'll certainly tell you and it's not complicated.

After all, you should be in charge of your bill - not somebody spamming you w/ SMS texts.

My wife and I use google talk to get around lack of SMS, which ironically probably costs the telco more but costs us less.

about 4 years ago

Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers

CTalkobt Re:Absolutely spot on (419 comments)

I'd become evil in an eye blink. Deep within my lair I would tie people to by horrendously over engineered table and unfold my nefarious plots to educate people about how bad their sense of editing, spelling, grammar and story selection are.

"No Mr Samzenpus, I expect you to learn"

...tie people to my horrendously...

There - fixed that for you since you're doing such a good job as a villain.

more than 4 years ago

Preliminary Finding Invalidates VoIP Patent

CTalkobt Finally!! (77 comments)

This will allow me to call my hot girlfriend who is just waiting for me on the other end of the line. Now I can do it via VOIP.

When I tell her about she'll be so enthused - I can just imagine her response now.

[ insert response below ]

more than 4 years ago

Intel Threatens DMCA Using HDCP Crack

CTalkobt Re:That is the modus operandi (373 comments)

Actually 2 bit encryption has 4 keys : 00, 01, 10, and 11. I believe you're thinking of 1 bit encryption.

Depending upon your function to encrypt and what it does, having a 1 bit key doesn't make things necessarily any easier or harder. There may be additional values associated with the encryption algorithm which adds to the encryption complexity (eg: prior lookup on the past x+key bits that have been encrypted ).

more than 4 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

CTalkobt Re:Well, that explains things. (1268 comments)

It's a sine of the times.

cos each generation is stupider tan the last?

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Company Seeks US Workers With 125 IQ

CTalkobt Re:URL (553 comments)

Wait, they didn't give the link to the test for instant IQ verification... is it... Let me know if you can connect - I think it got slashdotted.

more than 4 years ago

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

CTalkobt Re:Sad to see this happen (258 comments)

"the site failed to renew its SSL certificate, a basic web protection that costs less than $30 a year and takes only hours to set up..... Wikileaks' head Julian Assange declined to comment." - What's he hiding?

Perhaps the fact that there's a man in the middle now handling/reading his traffic?

more than 4 years ago


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