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Google Joining Fight Against Drug Cartels

Oddscurity Re:Next? (253 comments)

“The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself.”
Google will be no an exception.

You're suggesting Google will inevitably start trafficking in sex workers and organs?

more than 2 years ago

IOS 4.1 Jailbroken Already

Oddscurity Re:Raise the white flag, Steve? (315 comments)

There's a beta version of Angry Birds on the Android Market right now. I've just downloaded it.

about 4 years ago

Facebook Takes On FourSquare

Oddscurity Re:Four Square (220 comments)

All the cool programmers drink at the Foo Bar

Whatev, static void. The #- is where it's at.

I went there last Friday, and it was rather empty.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon EC2/S3 vs. traditional Webhosting?

Oddscurity Re:What about RackSpace (3 comments)

The thing is that any comparison you can make without knowing the use case will simply be inaccurate. I'm sure that a regular webhost that charges a fixed amount for a decent bit of space and bandwidth will be the most economical up to a certain point. If beyond that a dedicated or virtual dedicated server is more interesting than the cloud offering, that depends on what kind of bandwidth is expected, how cpu and disk intensive this site is, and so on.

Simply put you're asking people to make a recommendation based on too little information. What's the use case? Expected number of page views per minute? Things like that matter.

more than 4 years ago

Getty's Flickr Sales, Money Spinner Or Ripoff?

Oddscurity Re:Why not add a tag for this? (98 comments)

Well indeed, the latter part of the tag would have to be kept to a pre-canned list with carefully explained meanings, or you'd effectively be promoting contract disputes.

I suggested the noads one because I can see people not wanting their likeness abused for whatever type of product advertisement they find to be most annoying.

Why it was implemented as all-or-nothing, I'm inclined to go with your second suggestion. This idea I outlined wasn't particularly hard to arrive at.

If what they effectively want to say to downstream clients who would buy a license via Getty is, 'You only have to deal with one party: us', that still doesn't explain why they're not allowing an artist to specify a minimum fee, or indeed what images are released this way.

Technology wise it's hardly that much more work to adding just images with a certain tag to Getty's pool vs. adding a user's entire cache of images. One would imagine this to be trivial, in fact.

more than 4 years ago

Getty's Flickr Sales, Money Spinner Or Ripoff?

Oddscurity Why not add a tag for this? (98 comments)

Why don't they just introduce a new tag, 'gettylicense', with everything after the colon being the minimum amount owed.

e.g. 'gettylicense:$5.00'

And maybe another colon for specifiers: 'gettylicense:$5.00:noads' for something that can be licensed for $5.00, isn't available to be used in ads.

Put a set of standard tags together like this, link to them on an FAQ page about the whole scheme, and let people decide on a per photo basis whether or not they want to allow commercial reuse like this.

Doing this with tags instead of something new and separate would expose the ability to upload these permissions along with the photos using whatever tools integrate with Flickr.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube Launches Video Editor

Oddscurity Re:Great, but... (65 comments)

I imagine it'll be a while before it lets you remix multiple Youtube videos into something like what Kutiman did. Nevertheless, at the very least it's a very nice tech demo.

more than 4 years ago

Devs Discuss Android's Possible Readmission To Linux Kernel

Oddscurity Re:Yawn (151 comments)

Next time spend more tin on the foil.

more than 4 years ago

Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

Oddscurity Re:I don't like it (501 comments)

Compared to the original On2 codec? It has. Who says the same same can't be replicated with VP8?

more than 4 years ago

Google Incorporates Site Speed Into PageRank Calculation

Oddscurity Re:Slashdot (202 comments)

Hmmm, indeed. Maybe they need to rework that feature so that if it passes Y!Slow and similar, it's considered as quick as it's going to get. Otherwise you'll indeed see sites that have no recourse penalised. You make an excellent point.

more than 4 years ago

Google Incorporates Site Speed Into PageRank Calculation

Oddscurity Re:Slashdot (202 comments)

One would think only if the Google Bot happens to be indexing your site at that exact moment; one would additionally think they'll revisit to see if it's structural or not?

more than 4 years ago

Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos

Oddscurity Re:might *does* make right (217 comments)

On the bright side, it will finally be the year of the (Red Flag) Linux Desktop. ;)

more than 4 years ago

Champerty and Other Common Law We Could Use Today

Oddscurity Re:Trial By Combat! (158 comments)

I'm trying to wrap my head around what would then be an offshoot of that: gang dueling. At best it's an oxymoron, at worst it's an Erol Flynn movie.

Drive-by dueling, would that then be akin to jousting?

more than 4 years ago

Massive Solar Updraft Towers Planned For Arizona

Oddscurity Re:Linear thinking (572 comments)

Combine both ideas by lining the chimney with photovoltaics

more than 4 years ago

Testing a Pre-Release, Parallel Firefox

Oddscurity Re:Good thing (278 comments)

Maybe they could hook up LLVM to JIT compile for currently unsupported platforms, making it at least run and possibly run well enough. Then over time it could be replaced on a platform by platform basis with an optimised version.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Wants Patent On Finding Areas Lacking Patents

Oddscurity Re:Looks like a technically good patent. (151 comments)

Who knows, maybe they intend to let it discover un(der)-patented areas, to then fill them up with prior art to preclude patent trolls later on cashing in on obvious ideas.

Meaning that just because you haven't had a problem yet, doesn't mean that its solution can't be straightforward when you do run into it, particularly since a lot of ideas build on previous ideas. It'd be a shame to find out that once you do, someone else pseudo-randomly generated a patent purporting to cover your implementation.

more than 5 years ago



Rambus allowed to appeal FTC ruling to SCOTUS

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Oddscurity writes "According to the NYTimes, a Federal appeals court has allowed Rambus to appeal a previous FTC ruling on memory licensing dealings with the Jedec 10 years ago. Another number of lawsuits against memory makers are currently in progress or pending, including an injunction request against Hynix. Rambus — who have no fabs of their own but rely on licensing (like others in the industry) — are said to be working hard on memory chips rated in Terabytes per second, their so-called "Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative.""
Link to Original Source

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Oddscurity (1035974) writes "According to The Inquirer someone managed to write a wrapper allowing DirectX 10 applications to run on platforms other than Vista. The Alky Project claims to have reverse-engineered Geometry Shader code, allowing Windows games to run on Windows XP, MacOSX and Linux. The Inquirer is understandably cautious about these claims, urging readers to investigate the releases themselves to assertain whether or not it's a hoax."

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oddscurity writes "El Reg reports Intertainer, Inc. filing a lawsuit against Google, Napster and Apple. The company alleges their 6925469 patent for a 'Digital entertainment service platform' is infringed upon by the offerings of the named companies, and seeks an injunction and unspecified damages.

The suit was filed with a Texas court, of course. Too bad Intertainer hasn't been made aware that software patents put an industry at risk, happily announcing their intention to become Yet Another Patent Troll (tm). But as noted in the article: "Intertainer did not file the application for the patent in question until 2001, five years after the company was founded and after some companies were already offering video and audio material for download. That delay in filing could complicate the company's claims.""

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oddscurity writes "According to PCPro Allchin wrote an email to Gates & Ballmer in which he says he'd have bought a Mac, if it wasn't for him working at Microsoft.
'I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way, I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft.'

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oddscurity writes "According to the Inquirer a class action suit has been filed against ATI, AMD and nVidia, alleging them of forming a cartel in order to facilitate price fixing of their GPU products.

As noted by the initiator of the lawsuit prices for top-of-the-line cards are always around $500."

Oddscurity Oddscurity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oddscurity (1035974) writes "Seth Finkelstein has an interesting take on a recent hijacking of UNESCO's website. It appears the hacker inserted links to other sites, rather than going for the usual defacing.

As Finkelstein puts it:
While there's been much discussion that the Google PageRank of websites can lead to lots of shady deals around buying and selling links, it's been less remarked that this also provides a way to profit from cracking a website. It used to be that most websites just weren't that interesting. The sites that take credit-cards for data are comparatively few, often use a third-party service for the billing transaction, and redirecting an order page to steal that information will be noticed quickly. But every site has has its position in the recommendation social network, its ability to link, its Pagerank and "trust". Thus, if a bad guy finds a security flaw in some website software, rather than being reduced to writing "d00dz rul3z!" on a page, which is not profitable, there's now a brand-new way to make money off the cracking: Insert links to boost another site's search engine results.



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