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Radio Energy Harvested With Inkjet-Printed Antenna

FLEB Re:dumb question (164 comments)

I might be wrong (read: I'm talking out my ass here), but two big differences between tapping electrical-line power and tapping radio waves, in this respect, are that first, there is generally a lot more energy siphoned off the power lines, and second, the purpose of radio towers is to emit "x" amount of power with no expectation of ever seeing it again. OTOH, the power lines are being monitored on both ends, and the difference by EMF loss is compensated for by pumping more power into the system. While strictly speaking, too many of these antennas could cause a "shadow" that would block a radio signal, I can't imagine that in use they'd be placed right or be opaque enough to have an effect that required compensation.

about 3 years ago

Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

FLEB Re:Why they shouldn't.. (613 comments)

Or "6" if you're standing on your head

No, that would end in "9".

more than 4 years ago

FBI Obtains Phone Records With a Post-it Note

FLEB Re:Law enforcement thinks they're above the law. (187 comments)

every communications contract i've ever seen states clearly they will assist law enforcement, and makes zero promise to protect you from investigation.

And this is (part of) the problem.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Sells More Ebooks On Christmas Than Real Books

FLEB Re:Price is the problem. (111 comments)

What's more, you can't get ebooks secondhand or closeout. Forget 50% markup-- aside from programming manuals and the like (which usually only go closeout once they're obsolete), I get sticker-shock just looking at the MSRP of most paper books.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that for Kindle books (and others, I imagine), there is some extra work involved in reformatting them for ebook readers. I've heard gripes and annoyances from a friend of mine who had to beat a book into shape for Kindlization. While it might become a matter of course for a larger seller, for a smaller or less dedicated seller, it might be enough of an annoyance to justify a price hike.

more than 3 years ago

The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds

FLEB Re:Fear of Being Stereotyped? Really? (453 comments)

Along those same lines, I'd agree with the summary (RTFA? Me? Never!) that early computer education needs to be divorced from only the dull and pointless (MS Office training) and the specialized (programming) to include a wider range of activities that use computers as a tool. Computers have advanced in usability to the point where interacting with "the computer" is overshadowed by interacting with software, websites, and people. Frame computer literacy not in terms of "computer classes", but in terms of art, writing, design, engineering, yes-- programming, and all the creative endeavors that use the computer as a tool.

more than 4 years ago

Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

FLEB Re:Cripple Ware (419 comments)

Yes, sarcasm intended.

more than 4 years ago

Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

FLEB Re:Cripple Ware (419 comments)

Please, be realistic. Would you actually expect a company like Apple to intentionally lock out and cripple functionality on a general-purpose device like that, requiring hacks and hoops to unlock the capabilities that should... ...

Hmm... maybe if they contracted with Verizon...

more than 4 years ago

Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

FLEB Re:Fraud or stupidity (419 comments)

It does show a bit of a stupidity hole, though, where a cheaper and possibly better device to serve the purpose needed is being overlooked or denied simply because of a classification or certification. In a business that is profitable by way of its own thrift, it seems illogical that the insurer is requiring a higher-priced alternative when the client has requested a cost-saver.

Furthermore, the required pigeonholing and bureaucracy could stifle innovation. For example, if an inventor creates a helpful addition to a common device, will it be denied coverage (and wider adoption) if it's not solely marketed as a medical device?

Of course, other issues do come into play: Will others attempt to scam desirable multi-purpose devices that marginally assist with medical problems, or what happens if the device isn't up to the task, and the client comes back later wanting the real thing?

more than 4 years ago

Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

FLEB Re:To be more specific (673 comments)

No need. Use profiles. For bonus difficulty, tell it to store the profile's files on a removable drive, encrypted volume, or other manually-mounted location.

about 5 years ago

'Vanish' Makes Sensitive Data Self-Destruct

FLEB Re:Sarbanes-Oxley violation. (171 comments)

Yeah. So, clearly they aren't part of the intended user base.

more than 5 years ago

Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years

FLEB Re:Why didn't this happen sooner? (408 comments)

How doesn't this conflict with the Constitutional right against deprivation of liberty without due process?

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

FLEB Re:This is one of the most important drawbacks of (275 comments)

Really, #4 was the world-changer. Although you'd still hear some whining (after all, these are the people that whine about used record stores), I doubt you would have near the level of controversy if the technology had stopped at the CD burner. Although you do have the digital-quality aspect, the the level of personal music sharing would still be just that-- personal sharing. With the P2P apps and cheap bandwidth, though, music piracy became just as... even more... accessible than legitimate purchase.

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

FLEB Re:Whose? (275 comments)

I urge you all when making a purchase in future... goods of any value to read the terms and conditions for fun and anything you disagree with, make them change it if you feel it is unfair or write out your own "Terms and Conditions of sale", get them to sign it or you will not buy it. Works for me!

(Asking sincerely...) How's that working for you?

As for the rest, I don't mind content rental, content with terms, even DRM-enforced, nor do I think it should be abolished, as long as it's clearly advertised as such. You shouldn't have to delve into FAQs or TOSs to find out how what you're getting deviates from a common sale.

Worse, in my opinion, than the device-specific content like Kindle, are arbitrary DRM and activation restrictions on things run on a general-purpose computer. With something like a Kindle, or, say, a downloadable console game, you at least have the knowledge that all purchases are going to be restricted by the common rules of the device. OTOH, computer-game copy protection can involve any number or hoops an hurdles, and you're not likely to see a "Now with intrusive SecuROM!" burst on the packaging.

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

FLEB Re:On the other hand... (275 comments)

Regarding the "pay the artists directly" idea--

However, the artists aren't the only people who worked on and ought to be compensated for the record. Directly or by proxy, the artists in question chose to work with the middlemen and distribution chains that they did. If the artists wished to sell their recordings directly, they would have, and they'd be seeing every piece of the (likely smaller) pie. They, however, decided to cede some control and a cut of the price for the services and abilities of the labels and production companies they went with.

If we're going to preserve the moral balance by paying the artists, shouldn't the artists then be paying their promoters and producers out of that? In that case, the same amounts of money would still be handed out, just trickling the other direction.

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

FLEB Re:Start buying disk again? (275 comments)

Just curious-- do you run them through local copies of the AVs, or use the online multi-scanners?

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

FLEB Re:Yes, I'm posting this one anonymously... (275 comments)

They're only "Designed by Apple in California". Most of the production is in large overseas factories.

more than 5 years ago

Publishers Want a Slice of Used Game Market

FLEB Re:What used games market? (664 comments)

DRM. And that goes for both sides of the argument.

more than 5 years ago

Sunlight Labs Offers $25,000 For Apps

FLEB Re:NIce idea, but unlikely (59 comments)

It's like the old anti-DRM argument, though-- it only takes one bright person to crack it. In this case, it only takes one bright person to use the raw data to make the easily-digestible app that provides the right info/interest/ease to get people to start thinking. Not everyone needs to be a developer to be engaged.

more than 5 years ago

Dreamweaver Is Dying; Long Live Drupal!

FLEB Re:Dreamweaver's more for coders than designers (318 comments)

I used to use DW (MX from '00-- small company, wouldn't spring for the upgrade) at work, and never touched the WYSIWYG view. The biggest advantage I've seen to DW is that it has a very good pre-generated template language. It allows you to do the sort of template-based sites with reusable snippets that you'd normally use (CMS/PHP/CGI/etc.) for, but allows you to generate them into static HTML files that require no special server-side technology to operate.

more than 5 years ago


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