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Dutch Court Says Android 2.3 Violates Apple Patents

MadJo Re:How many ways are there to use a touchscreen ? (195 comments)

Well the patent is about pre-showing the next or previous photo when sliding the current photo to the side. That's what Samsung was guilty off.

more than 3 years ago

Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release

MadJo Re:Someone gets it (166 comments)

How about option 3?

3.) I think the package they offer is nice, but I'm not sure if it's worth the price?

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

MadJo Re:author makes no reasonable point (159 comments)

It was either this or those sites would move to /dev/null.
In this case a lot of cultural references (like h2g2.co.uk) will be kept.

Whether it's legal or not, it is our duty to preserve our culture.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Threatens DMCA Using HDCP Crack

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

But, this key is the master key, who is Intel to say who can use that key and who can't?
Will Intel sue Sony for use of this key in their BluRay players under the DMCA? (Yes, please?)

It's the correct use of the key, there is nothing being circumvented.

I'm sure they'll tout the list of "approved" hardware manufacturers. But right now that list is made of companies that are willing/stupid enough to pay the extortion money (If you pay us this amount, we won't sue you for use of this key).

The DMCA can only be used when a copyright protection scam^wscheme is cracked... nothing is cracked here, a valid master key is being used in the way it's supposed to work.

If someone enters my house using a copy of my (master) key, I can't legally call it breaking and entering, because nothing is broken. A lock and key is used the way it is intended.

more than 4 years ago

How Can I Make Testing Software More Stimulating?

MadJo Re:the developer should participate in system test (396 comments)

System testers have to know what the corner cases are. They can't guess them all
That's why you need proper documentation, like use cases, technical designs. Often (and preferably) written by analists and not the developers.

Preferably you have a setup like this:
Business analyst writes documentation based on requirements from the business.
Developers build the application, based on the documentation.
Testers write testcases based on the documentation and test the software as soon as it is released to them.

Testing is a profession too.
And there are many tools and methodologies (TMap, ISTQB, Testframe etc) to ensure proper test-coverage and to have anything meaningful to say about the quality of the tested application.

more than 4 years ago

SMS Trojan Steals From Android Owners

MadJo Re:Bad summary (168 comments)

Bad summary? I'd say bogus story perhaps even FUD. Given that they haven't told us the name of the app, and that it has to be installed from a source other than the market (which surprise, surprise, wasn't in ANY of the stories I read about this today)... I'd say this story is bullcrap.

more than 4 years ago

SMS Trojan Steals From Android Owners

MadJo What freaking app are we talking about?! (168 comments)

There is something that I miss in all of the reports I've read about this "trojan", they fail to actually name the app that's supposedly causing all this. Seriously, was the application called "fakeplayer" or something?
It's useful information to know what app is malicious, don't you think? So that you can avoid installing it, or to remove it from your phone before it causes more damage.

more than 4 years ago

New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

MadJo Re:Yes, Nintendo owns your Wii (258 comments)

it's disgusting to see misappropriation on this level and scale by corporations.
It's definitely not an incentive to buy more of their crap.

Funny thing, that EULA, you can only read it after you bought the device... I can only hope that one day shrink wrapped EULA and other such licenses will be banned. But that hope is very slim.

more than 4 years ago

New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

MadJo Dear Nintendo (258 comments)

I, as a WII-owner, understand the risk of installing unauthorized applications on my WII. Why not leave me, the rightful owner of the device, the choice to install said third party applications on my device?
You sold it to me, why are you trying to claim ownership over MY devices?

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Founder Advised To Avoid American Gov't

MadJo Re:The Whistleblowers' Blues (632 comments)

To bad mainstream media is probably not interested in this. :(
It's not juicy enough.

more than 4 years ago

British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War

MadJo Re:I was asked to join this .. (275 comments)

Well, it takes a lot of grinding to reach management level 6.

more than 4 years ago

Star Wars TV Show Tainted By Memories of Jar Jar

MadJo Re:Much like the Holocaust (474 comments)

I, for one, am glad that there were no sequels to the matrix, it would only have made the whole story worse. I can just see them try to pull off a biblical-type story with Neo as some sort of prodigal 'son'. Including a (second) rebirth. *shudders at the thought* No, better leave well enough alone. :)

more than 4 years ago

Spider-Man 4 Scrapped, Franchise Reboot Planned

MadJo Re:Reboot how? (536 comments)

Quick, anyone got the phone-numbers of the writers of Star Trek. They have done a reboot now, I'm sure we could get them to write our next blockbuster!

about 5 years ago

Newspapers Face the Prisoner's Dilemma With Google

MadJo What?! It's all Google's fault? (290 comments)

"while Google's search engine 'prevents them from making decent money online — by massively fragmenting traffic, by undermining brand power, and by turning news stories into fungible commodities.'"

- How about offering accidental readers incentive to visit your main page more often?
- How about leveraging Google's search results to boost your own brand power?

If you wait on Google to boost your own brand then you're doing it wrong.
And it's the newspapers that treat news as commodities, not Google.

Let's not lay the blame for mainstream newspapers' failure to grasp the 21st century.

more than 5 years ago

KDE Rebrands, Introduces KDE Plasma Desktop

MadJo KDE Plasma Desktop (364 comments)

So, it would be the Kool Desktop Environment Plasma Desktop.
Thank you department of redundancy department.

more than 5 years ago

Hollywood Backs Swedish Movie Streaming Site

MadJo Re:Um.. Can someone tag this "phishing"? (156 comments)

Welcome to the rest of the world.
It's often that us non US-people only get a sparse page with a few fields to enter your data in, only to find out that the service you thought you were registering for doesn't work yet in your country.

Call it phishing if you like, but it's par for the course. It's just that you US-ians don't notice it as often.

more than 5 years ago

Court Orders the Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

MadJo Re:Hurrr (455 comments)

And the """funny""" thing is, that downloading music and movies isn't even illegal in The Netherlands. It's the act of uploading that is.

more than 5 years ago

Google Patents Its Home Page

MadJo Re:Design patent != Normal Patent... (390 comments)

But so far no one else decided to patent "giant searchbox with two buttons beneath it, and some tiny lettering at the bottom and a menu system at the top". And if someone did, you could easily say "Prior Art".
So why do so now? It doesn't make any sense.

more than 5 years ago



CallerID spoofing to be made illegal

MadJo MadJo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MadJo (674225) writes "US Congress has just approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof CallerID.
If someone is found guilty of spoofing his CallerID, he could face fines up to $10,000 per violation.

From the bill:

The amount of the forfeiture penalty (...) shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or 3 times that amount for each day of a continuing violation, except that the amount assessed for any continuing violation shall not exceed a total of $1,000,000 for any single act or failure to act.

Link to Original Source

MadJo MadJo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MadJo writes "Linux infringes patents of Microsoft, according to Steve Ballmer. And now Microsoft wants compensation for that.

From his keynote of November 16th:
"[Suse Linux has] appropriately compensated Microsoft for our intellectual property, which is important to us. In a sense you could say anybody who has got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability, because it's not just Microsoft patents. Because of the way open-source works, there's nobody who's been able to do patent coverage or patent indemnification behind that.""



first time

MadJo MadJo writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hmmm.. let's try this little beauty.
have been updating my own weblog recently. And thought, well why not also my slashdot journal.
No idea what to place here, for the time being.
Perhaps soon, I have some better idea.

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