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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

GuyverDH Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

Data stored digitally on your computer is the equivalent of your own memory.

Encrypting it keeps others out of it.

5th amendment protects against self-incrimination, period.

This trumped up charge needs to be dropped.
The judge needs to be de-benched and sent to prison for being a constitutional terrorist.
The prisoner should sue the City, the district attorney's office and the judge for everything they have for wrongful imprisonment, falsifying charges, and basic ass-hattery.

about 5 months ago
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DC Comics refuses to license Superman logo for murdered child's memorial.

GuyverDH Update (1 comments)

DC has reversed it's decision, and decided that the community can use the Symbol of Hope on the memorial.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertai...

about 5 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

GuyverDH Re:Whew (249 comments)

Alert! Alert! Sarcasm overuse detected!! (at least I hope that's the case).

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

GuyverDH Re:Tea (932 comments)

Correct, because we all know that the 1990 Ds were into extra-marital affairs while on duty.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

GuyverDH Re:Too bad we can't defeat beta.slashdot.org (932 comments)

it appears that classic.slashdot.org isn't working either, it immediately redirects to beta

even if you click the "give me classic you fucktards" link, which takes you to

slashdot.org/?nobeta=1

only gets you out of the beta until you click the first story link

Okay slashdot, enough is enough - your fucking beta sucks blue whale, the largest mammal to ever live within Terra's oceans.
Just kill the beta program and be done with it - you failed - worse than Windows Vista and Windows 8 combined.

about 6 months ago
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News From Apple's iPhone Event

GuyverDH Yawn! Who cares? (392 comments)

Another day, another dumb Apple product.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

GuyverDH Open letter to the United States Government (703 comments)

Dear Mr. President and members of Congress and Senate,

Please, stop listening to the corporate un-citizens. I say un-citizens because all they care about is lining their pockets with money. Not to say that most Americans wouldn't love to line their pockets with money as well, but only Corporate citizens (which aren't even real citizens as they can't be called to fight for their country, aren't held accountable for their actions unless someone with more money than them can fight them) have the money to pay for you to listen to their needs. The luncheons, the corporate sponsored getaways, the private flights and perks are all their way of buying you, you the representatives of us, not corporations.

If you really want to protect the creators of ideas and artistic endevours, you must do away with tyranical organazitions like the RIAA and MPAA which prosecute little children as well as dead or dying citizens for a percieved (never proven) loss of a few pennies, all the while wholesale stealing from the very creators they cry woefully to protect.

I'm going to copy en masse an e-mail sent to me - please read it, please consider it, and please, when you are done, think about pushing corporate citizenship back where it belongs, to non citizenship - without rights, without needs to protect as you would the individuals who actually do the creating of everything you wish to protect.

Pretty interesting if one reads all the way to the end. Follow this by reading "Confessions of An Economic Hit Man", by John Perkins. We had a surplus in 2000 and no way does the banking industry and those who rule it want to see that again, even if it takes two wars.

EVERY U.S. CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED IN THIS MESSAGE. READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red ..

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it........... Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren't so darned true.

Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?

more than 4 years ago
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86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

GuyverDH Re:When do people get this (613 comments)

Not if you've disabled the pagefile altogether.
Don't forget to disable the paging executive as well.
If running Windows XP, see the following..
http://kadaitcha.cx/performance.html

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
DisablePagingExecutive - set to 1.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
LargeSystemCache - set to 1.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games

GuyverDH First Sale Doctrine... They can't avoid it... (461 comments)

This is easily solvable, and with little effort on the software vendor's part.

Allow the game code to be *gasp* un-registered.

There... The game won't play on the computer you are removing it from, and the code is now clean for the new owner.

Of course, that would make too much sense, and would require a class action lawsuit to force the companies to do it, even though it would actually make the game industry compliant with first sale doctrine.

more than 4 years ago
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86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

GuyverDH Re:When do people get this (613 comments)

Why? Because it was using the HDD like memory, instead of using the actual memory.

That's not disk caching, that's virtual memory. Huge difference.

The only way to avoid using disk as virtual memory is, you guessed it (or maybe you didn't), have enough RAM installed to be able to disable Virtual Memory entirely.

That's where you went wrong.

You were whining about disk caching, when you were talking about virtual memory.

FYI - Virtual memory, aka swap in the Linux/UNIX world is something used by all modern OSes which might need more memory than is physically available.

more than 3 years ago
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Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials

GuyverDH Re:Obvious (?) question (425 comments)

don't move it... just smash it.. until it fits in one space...

about 5 years ago
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ASCAP Says Apple Should Pay For 30-sec. Song Samples

GuyverDH Re:So essentially they want people to pay (463 comments)

Next thing you know, the RIAA will tax the ASCAP for a license to sell performances, and the ASCAP will try to tax the RIAA for every performance contained within every license sold....

Two black-holes formed from the dead-soulless-gravity-sink groups that kill the performers and rob them of their souls, money and livelihoods.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Acknowledges Linux Threat To Windows

GuyverDH Re:Antitrust avoidance (348 comments)

The real kicker is what can the company try and coax/cajole/force other companies / people to do based on their desire/want/need to get their product.

In the case of M$ Winbloze, they had the gall (and it worked) to demand that computer manufacturers buy 1 license of their product for every computer they sold, regardless of the O.S. it was distributed with.

They did this with a plethora of other currently existing and now extinct computer manufacturers.

They then continued to grab anything that they thought could entice users, and bundle it into the operating system. gui text editors, word processors, games, disk degragmentation, disk compression, networking, to name just a few...

They buddied up to software houses, talking about improving their products, only to release their own competition of said products within a fairly short development cycle.

They stole websites and product names from other companies, by threatening lawsuits, just so they could use the name. (A quick search can find at least one - look for a product with M$ main OS name, and defender in it)

They embedded their own borked web browser, then made the automatic update/patch processes only work with theirs, disallowing any 3rd party browser from being used to simplify fixing/patching their OS.

They took international standards and bastardized them, and released them as their own, under their own lock and key product names / tools - usually breaking them utterly.

They ran roughshod over the international standards boards across the world to force (in any way they could) their standard down everyone's throats, without it even really working, or having a truly definitive definition of said standard.

Those and literally thousands of other examples are the reason that a company like M$ can be considered to be monopolistic regardless of the number of competitors they have.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

GuyverDH Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

No, the power company paid to have it run to the house.

No, the construction company paid to get power run to the development, or the home-owner pays to get it run to an area if they are the only one out that way - the power company doesn't do anything for free.
(I worked with RECs and Municipals for 14 years, and I helped write software for their operations.)

Are you suggesting the first guy on the block should pay for the transformers and the wires, and maintenance and everyone else gets it free since it doesn't cost more for 2 than 1 or 99 than 1?

No, I'm not saying that, are you?

The point is that those costs were factored into the bill before, but because there is a change in the demographics of the users, that cost is no longer being covered.

The cost was covered at the installation. They have insurance to cover line damage due to storms. Damage due to man is covered by the liability insurance of the person who damaged the line. There aren't any *costs* to the power company.

And again, why should the 99% or 50% be subsidizing the 1% or 50%? They shouldn't necessarily, especially in areas in which there may be large amounts of people with alternative power sources that could be straining power companies finances.

No one is being *subsidised* here, if the line needs to be repaired, it is. Either insurance covers it, or the people paying their bills cover it. The costs are built into the rates, and the lower usage you have, the higher your rate per KWH. Solar users in general don't generate the equivelent to 100% of their usage, and even if they did, their minimum usage charge covers that (it's the same as someone who's on the line and turns off the power at the meter - the lines are still there, still need to be maintained, but no usage or draw is done.) This is done for idle rental properties, farmers who turn off power to grain bins during the spring/summer, barns when they aren't in use, etc... There are tons of users who have lines that aren't drawing power, and aren't being charged for not drawing power. Solar users aren't any different.

It's neither pure, nor simple. Whether it's greed or not depends on whether you think that the power companies should be forced to maintain lines to solar users for free and recoup the losses from users who aren't, or if the cost should be paid by those who are incurring the costs.

Yes it's greed, and it's simple. They aren't getting anything for free, there aren't any losses, or no more than the thousands of other users who turn off power to lots, farms, summer-cottages at the lake, etc... This isn't anything new here, it's just the power companies wanting *more* profit.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

GuyverDH Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

Okay - let's go with that option...

If the power line is underground, the construction company paid to have it run to the house - unless animals, or man with equipment dig into it, it won't be damaged (unless the shielding is faulty and degrades underground).

In any case, the company already got paid to run the wire. They get paid by all the other users on the grid to keep it going.

If a line goes down, does it cost more if 99 out of 100 people use the electricity than if 100 of 100 use it?

What about lines run out to a single house, who isn't using solar. Do they charge him more because he's the only one on the line? (Beyond the footing the bill to get it to his/her house that is)

If 99% of the users are drawing power, hell, even if there's 50% of the users drawing power constantly, there's more than enough to cover repairs.

This is greed - pure and simple.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

GuyverDH Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

A connection fee is a one time, at the time of *connecting the account to the grid* fee.

You aren't re-connecting every month, so there's no way to charge for "connecting" again and again...

I'm betting they already pay a *minimum charge* as well since that's been a common REC and Municipality charge for 20 years.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

GuyverDH Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

They've already paid that - it's called a connection fee...

They're also already getting charged more for the power they do use, since their usage is lower, they get onto a higher cost per KWH rate.

It's more than double dipping if they try to charge more, and too damned bad if their connection fee didn't cover future (I'm not using much of your power anymore).

more than 5 years ago
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Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

GuyverDH Re:So what happens (388 comments)

I tried multiple *paper* style filters, ran for 2-3 months, then tried the next - checking mileage over time, none of them gave the improvement that the K&N did - with the K&N only costing about $10.00 more than the paper filters (shopping around).

Iridium plugs, and expensive wires only showed marginal improvements overall (2% to 3% total over stock plugs with 70k miles on them). Trading out to the pulstar plugs not only improved the mileage over time, but also keeps the emissions down.

Going from an average to around 173 to 215 miles per 13 gallon fill-up for in-town, traffic to between 260 and 300 miles per fill-up doing the same drive day in and day out.

Granted, I made the changes when gas was upwards of 3.75 a gallon, but they've more than paid for themselves with the improved mileage.

You can call them snake-oil if you'd like, but the results I've had speak for themselves.

oh - and if you want a quick fix - check your MAF - if it hasn't been cleaned in a while, clean it - the wires in the MAF will build up a coating that requires higher voltage to heat the wire and keep it at the required temp, which tells the engine that more air is flowing through the MAF than there really is, which causes your engine to push more fuel into the mix. cleaning the MAF clears that coating and returns the flow detection to a more accurate read, improving economy again.

more than 5 years ago
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Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

GuyverDH Re:So what happens (388 comments)

Give a look at the pulse plug, from Pulstar - www.pulstar.com

That'll set your fuel-mixture on fire...

I use them, and between the pulse plugs and a simple K&N air filter replacing the stock filter, my car has gained close to a 16% increase in fuel economy...

Also - using a $3.00 can of MAF Sensor cleaner to clean your mass air flow sensor, every oil-change will help your fuel economy as well.

more than 5 years ago

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DC Comics refuses to license Superman logo for murdered child's memorial.

GuyverDH GuyverDH writes  |  about 5 months ago

GuyverDH (232921) writes "DC Comics has refused to allow the Superman logo to be used on a memorial for a 5 year old child, Jeffrey Baldwin, that was starved to death by his grandparents.
Jeffrey Baldwin was a huge fan of anything Superman, and when the story came out about the circumstances of his murder, the community wanted to do something for him. They raised funds to create a memorial statue with the Kryptonian S on the chest.
The latest incarnation of the Superman saga, Man of Steel, tells us that it's not an S, but a symbol for "Hope".
What better use for the symbol of hope, than on a memorial to a murdered child, in hopes that nothing like this happens again.
DC Comics doesn't feel that way, perhaps they don't feel at all.
They implied that it would put a stain or stigma on their trademark to allow it to be used for his memorial because of the conditions surrounding his death.
If Superman were real, he would have stood up for Jeffrey, maybe even prevented his death. At the very least he certainly would have been the first one there to carve his symbol on the memorial himself with his heat vision."

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White House refuses to investigate Dodd and the *A

GuyverDH GuyverDH writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GuyverDH (232921) writes "Claiming some over simplistic by-law as an escape clause, the White House declares that they cannot take any action.
My read into this? It would harm our bonus checks. (strictly my opinion of course, does it match yours?)"

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More bandwitdth or better utilization?

GuyverDH GuyverDH writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GuyverDH (232921) writes "Do we really need ever more bandwidth or should we better use what have?

After doing research into why transmissions of data over gigabit networks seem to only net marginal increases in throughput over 100Mbit networks, I was surprised to find a gentleman by the name of Phil Dykstra had already covered a lot of what I was looking for over 8 years ago...

http://sd.wareonearth.com/~phil/jumbo.html
http://proj.sunet.se/lanng/lanng2000/gigabit_network_issues.html

Now, I don't proclaim to be a networking engineering guru, but just reading through those two articles would seem to imply that many corporations (and individuals) are paying for bandwidth that they aren't getting due to the fact that intermediate devices are set to use lower MTUs than they should be, introducing bottlenecks.

When sending packets between two networks, even if both ends made use of jumbo frames (9000 bytes), they would eventually switch down to 1500byte packets (or smaller if using encapsulation for encryption / vpn / other purposes).

I'm continuing to read up on the topics and so far it's proving to be an enlightening journey as it seems to me that we would be at least as well off, if we were to push the network carriers to replace devices restricting MTUs to 1500, with devices that at least allow jumbo frames, if not higher.

Reducing the number of packets that are required to send the same amount of data, would reduce the overall traffic and collisions, which in turn would allow even more throughput over the same connections."
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GuyverDH GuyverDH writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GuyverDH (232921) writes "I've been sitting here scratching my head, trying to come up with a reason beyond greed as to why the RIAA is against download services, whether they be pay services or non pay services.

As I tried to sift through information, it suddenly came to me. I think I know the reason they do not like download services. It (the non DRM'd download services) is not defective by design. Let me re-state this. The original download services did not have DRM. They didn't care about piracy, they cared about defective by design. DRM free downloads can be copied off to backup media, and re-used on just about any platform. Essentially the user would NEVER have to buy another copy of that music again. This, in my opinion, is the real reason the RIAA is against this.

Let's look at the history of the music industry.

One of the first commercially available music formats was the vynil album. It had the built in defect that the media was easily damaged. Small scratches were enough to make the media unusable.

Next we had tape — reel to reel, 8-track, cassette, DAT. All of these had the inherit defect that they were easily damaged. The tape was easily mangled or erased, either by dirty heads (as the tape dumped magnetic residue onto the heads), or because of different speed reels or other components that the tape was routed through.

Next we had optical media — Compact Disc, Music DVDs. These were probably the most defective media ever created or adopted by the RIAA. Why? Because something as simple as a fingerprint is enough to cause the media to fail (at least until it's cleaned). The act of cleaning the disc, if not done properly, is enough to permanently damage it.

Finally, the digital file format, DRM free. P2P file sharing services were the anti-defective by design. Not only were the files DRM free, but they were in formats that just about anyone could read. There is also the fact that simple replication to additional media (backup tapes, discs, other hard drives, flash media, etc...) gave the end-user the ability to re-create any failed media without re-purchasing the music.

Every one of these media formats were designed with a built in defect. They were designed to fail during normal use. They were designed to fail in a way that we'd blame the media not the industry that used the media. They were designed to fail to increase their revenue streams through re-purchasing music due to media failure.

Guess what? We fell for it.

This, I believe, is the reason the RIAA is against DRM free digital music distribution.
It's not about pirating. It's about lost revenue due to the fact that people aren't having to re-purchase music over and over and over and over again due to (surprise) failed defective by design media.

Give it some thought. Maybe I've gone over the deep end, but I truly think this may be the root cause."
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GuyverDH GuyverDH writes  |  more than 8 years ago

GuyverDH (232921) writes "Now with twice the execution threads per core, going from 32 to 64 virtual CPUS per physical chip on an 8 core, enough raw encryption power to feed 2 10G connections at wire speed, heavy floating point improvements, increases in integer math, it sure seems as though SUN is serious about the Niagara line.
Background info: http://www.opensparc.net/news/2006-09/real-world-t echnolgies-niagara-ii-the-hydra-returns.html
News release: (click the graphic image to see the pdf, or click the link below this link) http://sun.systemnews.com/articles/103/1/feature/1 6964
PDF Document with more details: http://www.opensparc.net/pubs/preszo/06/HotChips06 _09_ppt_master.pdf"

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