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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

Elixon Re:um... (71 comments)

Nope. Every kid already got that. Those scientists obviously missed their childhood... otherwise they would know that the thing they discovered is known to every 6 years old child who ever tried to release air-filled balloons and watch it progressively accelerate... :-D

I hope they will get a massive grant for this discovery... to compensate for the childhood they probably never had.

about 3 months ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Elixon Search for vomits yields better prospects (95 comments)

The search parameters suggested in this post will yield only low quality results.

I would rather search for vomit traces - that way we will find a civilization that knows how to party hard!

about 5 months ago

All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Elixon In Plain English: Security Crap (54 comments)

Anything that claims to boost your privacy and security should not have something like pagekite included. I have just visited their home page and this is what greeted me as 2 step "linux flight plan":

  $ curl -s https://pagekite.net/pk/ |sudo bash
  $ pagekite.py 80 yourname.pagekite.me

Am I stupid or what? Open my root account to some website page? Flight Plan to hell. Looking forward to somebody who will hack that site to create one file there saying "rm -rf /" LOL

about 8 months ago

Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

Elixon Map Analogy (97 comments)

Sure. I understand portals and hyperlinks as Yellow Pages irl. Nobody is going to sue Yellow Pages or other newspapers because they published an address of some fraudulent business or shop with "original" goods.

about 10 months ago

Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Elixon DRM Solution (227 comments)

And you thought that Encrypted Media Extensions coming to HTML is evil!

If NSA followed future open (read "closed") standards to protect state secrets you would not have a problem like this.

Snowden would need to deal with serious messages like "Click here to purchase one copy of 'Guide to PRISM, part 2.' from NSA for only $4.99 incl. VAT"... And of course he would be limited to share such documents only with maximum of one additional reading device. That would definitely put the uncontrolled spread of information (for the people, by the people) to the end.

Plus if "wget" was not freaking-OSS he could read something like "wget is not licensed to be run on computer NSA-1AD1-489, please purchase full version"...

See how evil is OSS and open web?

about a year ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

Elixon HQ Only, Please! (366 comments)

The message the judge is sending is this:

If you pirate movies then you shall do it properly! No cam, webrip, telesync or other crap! All releases that does not match BRRip quality will be punishable by law!

Judge is obviously very tired of all that poor quality and out-of-sync crap out there. We all are!

1 year,9 days

NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Elixon Wrong Question (509 comments)

We ask them not to spy on us and they turn it around and ask us how to spy on us so we don't consider it as spying? Are they stupid or what?

1 year,12 days

British Police Censor the Global Internet

Elixon Tax Funded Investment (228 comments)

By owning the intellectual property one gains rights but also duties to protect the intellectual property. It is in fact the burden on shoulders of IP holders that is specified by law. :-) This is a very nice example of businesses delegating their duties to people (I mean tax-funded police). Definitely smart way to lower the costs of intellectual property ownership and thus increasing the profit margin.

I am sure that ordinary British will not like it. I am interested to see what will they do about it (to know when our Police will get the same idea ;).

1 year,17 days

What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

Elixon Introducing Scarcity into Superrich worlds (447 comments)

I can understand that gold has a real price. I can understand that a house has a real price... because they are scarce. That is why there will be real-world poor a rich people.

Internet and the whole intellectual world was never meant to be driven by scarcity. The Internet was build to mitigate the real-world problems with duplicating resources. The Internet allows the main commodity - information - to be transferred, duplicated, created, shared... at virtually no cost. Internet is the attempt to create a world where there are no poor (speaking of knowledge) people but everybody share everything as much as possible for the good of mankind.

The scarcity complex is artificially introduced to this unlimited e-world by companies who simply failed so far to find a new business model in a world where everybody is already rich with information - everybody are already fed with information. Where there is no hunger/demand there is no traditional business model. So lets make those information rich people become poor so they will hunger for information and then we can feed them for a price.

Let's deny access to information using a copyrights, laws, DRMs... Let's artificially create once again information-rich and information-poor people because the existing real-world model proved to work so well.

about a year and a half ago

Nokia Receives $1.35B Grant To Develop Graphene Tech

Elixon Re:Patents (79 comments)

You wish. If you are an employee of Nokia part time assigned to this job how will you know who paid for your idea? Today you work on EU project, tomorrow you work for Nokia on related project... and boom you got an idea. Who paid for it?

And after all Nokia is just a commercial company currently struggling for money so I have no doubt what will be the management decision.

I rather wander if it is not just a case of disguised subvention by EU.

about 2 years ago

US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time

Elixon Microsoft looses ... Windows (531 comments)

So if I store and run Microsoft Windows from my home cloud (whatever computer configuration fits the "cloud" definition) - does it mean that Microsoft lost property rights to it? Cool! I love it!

more than 2 years ago

Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Elixon FF market decline might be in fact huge win (665 comments)

Firefox is striving for open web and more choices. That is a noble goal. But what means giving users more choices? It means that people will start choosing other alternatives. Firefox' market share declines? Don't call it failure but rather celebrate that their goal came true. There is no monopoly anymore. And that they may fall victim to their own vision should not be surprising.

They decided to get stick with limited set of standard technologies. And that is a hard game to play when all "sellers" sell the very same stuff and there is no much of a differentiation (proprietary things... XUL is gone :-( ...). Then the "buyers" choice is rather impulsive then rational...

more than 2 years ago

Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

Elixon China-made iPad is banned from export? (1116 comments)

I don't get it. Which part of the sensitive technology iPad contains you deny to Iranians in Apple Stores that they cannot get from communist China where the iPad is manufactured?

This whole "sensitive technology" banning in common consumer market... that just makes common Iranians feel bad because they are Iranians, nothing else.

Would you be able to claim victory with all that Windows-based state-sponsored spyware Stuxnet and Flame if it were not for commercial companies (Siemens) breaking your funny rules and installing export-regulated Windows directly into nuclear facilities? ( www.microsoft.com/exporting/faq.htm ) Did you notice, that nobody says a word against Siemens ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet ) but some common no-name Iranian (slash American)... Big money different rules?

more than 2 years ago

Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

Elixon Re:Poetic Justice (1116 comments)

> if you know, or have reason to know, that the item is being purchased for export.
And he knew it for sure. She was speaking Farsi! And that is a clear sign that she supports terrorists and intends to hand iPad to bomb-makers in Iran. And if not then she is for sure going to develop a nuclear weapon with it.

Everybody knows that language, colour of the skin, passport your own, ... constitute the guilt. No doubt. Once it was state policy to don't serve non-white people... in my country we used to have state policy to don't serve Jews... now you have a policy to don't serve Iranians in Apple stores... and as always all is backed up by law and very serious regulations (with very severe penalties if not followed) and political theories. Works - proved by history, congratulations for using time-proven practices.

more than 2 years ago

Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

Elixon We don't serve Iranians (1116 comments)

I think that US should get back to once well working signs "We don't serve niggers" with slight modification to read "We don't serve Iranians". Because for Apple it is exactly what it is.

I think it would save time to both parties as Iranians would not be required to get this information too late after poking around the things they cannot buy anyway. Signs are good. Use signs. They save your time and money. You used to be so good in it.

(Weird feeling imagining the signs "We don't serve XY" in the stores? Good! There is still hope ;-) . Tell Apple about it. It is your country.)

more than 2 years ago

'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

Elixon Suing Dictionaries - Already Happenning (388 comments)

You would be surprised - but yes. It is normal.

My sister has entered the lawsuit with Mad Dog Athletics because she uses the word "Aerospinning"... and MDA happened to have trademarked the word "spinning(R)". During the course of hearings it turned out that MDA lawyers in Czech Republic were sending threatening letters to publishers of Czech-English dictionaries demanding either
a) Removing the trademarked word "spinning" from the dictionary
b) Accompanying the word "spinning" with "TM" and their name as respective trademark owners.

You would be surprised but publishers are just publishers making their living out of books and nobody is really interested in having legal battle with some US companies because of one word... We know at least about 3 dictionaries that surrendered to their demands and removed the word "spinning" from Czech-English dictionary.

more than 2 years ago

Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

Elixon Re:Whom to blame (671 comments)

> I ain't scared of homos, but I don't want them around me.
First part of this sentence clearly contradicts the other part. You simply say that "excomunication" (not having "others" around) is what you prefer.

Did you know that for social beings the excomunication from the society is in fact even worse then death? Why would you wish anybody such as horrific punishment if you are not a homophobe?

To me it looks like you are the typical homophobe. :-) Sorry if I am wrong but there is no other way I can explain your words.

more than 2 years ago

Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

Elixon Whom to blame (671 comments)

I am sure that he didn't jump because he was videotaped by one asshole. It was most probably that he feared the reaction of others when it leaks... the reason was the homophobic society rather then one particular guy. I would say that the society's attitude killed him. What would be the label for the society then?

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

Elixon Quantity, quality... who cares? (535 comments)

I thought that the standard is French :-))) (Just teasing you. The standard is really different for every social group.)

Never mind. Does anybody actually really care since we have translate.google.com? I really don't. I will gladly start writing in my mother language too without feeling sorry that so many I-Speak-Only-English people might miss my bright ideas. :-)

And anyway isn't it nice that so many Chinese philosophical writings are to be found on internet in their original language...

Honestly. English speakers - are you afraid that people will abandon English or rather that you will stop understanding the rest of the world or that you will be forced to learn other language to communicate? Either one is not going to happen. Don't worry. Just the communication will become more natural to so many people while keeping the information interchange even more vivid. ;-)

more than 3 years ago



Spinning trademark revoked

Elixon Elixon writes  |  about 5 months ago

Elixon (832904) writes "Have you ever tried spinning? You might be surprised to learn that the word "spinning" as it pertains to indoor spinning is registered trademark of Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. If you are in fitness business and you didn't know it already you could learn it the hard way. Until yesterday. OHIM issued its fresh decision to revoke a community trademark "SPINNING". Where it leaves allegedly more then 200.000 certified spinning instructors and 35.000 certified spinning facilities is yet to be seen."



SPINNING trademark cancelled in EU

Elixon Elixon writes  |  about 5 months ago

Some saw it coming. Others will celebrate. On 21 Jul 2014, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market issued its decision on an application by Czech company Aerospinning Master Franchising Ltd., s.r.o. to revoke a community trade mark "SPINNING": The CTM proprietor's rights in respect of Community trademark No 175 117 are revoked in their entirety as from 07/02/2012. Full text is to be found here (PDF).

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