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Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

One Louder Re:Verizon, Want Some Cheese with that Wine? (457 comments)

"Bob" didn't work for Verizon. Verizon was the telecom provider for the company "Bob" worked for. The company tasked Verizon with discovering the problem, and uncovered "Bob's", scheme.

about 2 years ago
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Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

One Louder Re:They Yanked an iPad app too (247 comments)

Unless they've actually filed for a trademark on this stuff, then it's actually more an issue of "trade dress" - ie being "confusingly similar". I really can't see how they can argue that there's any copyright violation.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

One Louder Re:Trademark (247 comments)

If it's about the trademark, why file for a DMCA takedown, since that's for copyrights, not trademarks.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

One Louder Re:Looks like they took down most of them.... (247 comments)

But that would be covered by a *design patent* not a copyright. Copyright covers *specific* creative works - I don't see how this app could violate a copyright unless it included *specific* elements owned by CBS, such as sounds and images. Just putting rounded rectangles on the screen should not be enough to trigger a copyright takedown since CBS would need to point to the specific original work that was copied. LCARs itself cannot be copyrighted - the name can be trademarked, and certain design elements could be patented.

more than 3 years ago
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Playstation To Restore Services This Week

One Louder Complimentary Offering? (174 comments)

So...um...to get the "free" Playstation Plus and "Complimentary Offering", would I have to give them my credit card number?

more than 3 years ago
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Involuntary Geolocation To Within One Kilometer

One Louder Ha ha, joke's on you! (207 comments)

We don't use the metric system in the US! You'll never find me!

more than 3 years ago
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Android 3.0 Is Trickling In, But Are the Apps?

One Louder Those are "featured" apps picked by marketing (231 comments)

All of these "articles" are just looking at the "featured" tablet apps list, which are picked by marketing folks and is not the definitive list of Honeycomb-specific or Honeycomb-enabled apps.

For instance, my company updated its app to use Honeycomb features as appropriate, while maintaining backward compatibility with Froyo and Gingerbread (minSdkVersion=8, targetSdkVersion=11), but it's not listed as a "featured" app.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

One Louder Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

I don't think MyMP3.com allowed sharing, however, MP3Tunes (also created by Michael Robertson) does, and they're being sued by EMI over it.

Apparently the distinction doesn't matter to the record companies - they sued in both scenarios.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

One Louder Re:Hmm... (466 comments)

"The more than 30 lines of coded material use a maddening variety of letters, numbers, dashes, and parentheses"

It's obviously a port of sendmail written in Perl.

more than 3 years ago
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Geohot Battles Back Against Sony

One Louder Re:Yeah,. right (255 comments)

There's no way to know without opening the manually that SCEA even exists. He bought a product manufactured by SCEI, not SCEA. SCEI is based in Japan.

more than 2 years ago
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41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info

One Louder Re:Again? (157 comments)

Apparently, it *was* a News Flash back in 2007 when this article was written.

more than 3 years ago
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MPEG LA Attempts To Start VP8 Patent Pool

One Louder Re:"slander of title" - sounds interesting (186 comments)

Has that been used in the past against a patent holder??

Not that I know of. "Slander of Title" is really a real estate law concept, however, SCO made an interesting attempt to use to enforce an alleged copyright claim. In their case, it turns out they didn't actually *have* the title they were claiming was being "slandered" by Novell. However, there really didn't seem to be anything fundamentally wrong with the reasoning - the consequences of claiming you own something you don't has substantial legal history behind it. In this case, it may actually require that MPEG-LA explicitly claim they "own" part of VP8, through a patent, in order to be actionable (assuming, of course, that the claim is false).

more than 3 years ago
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MPEG LA Attempts To Start VP8 Patent Pool

One Louder Re:Might be a bluff, otherwise we've a lot of work (186 comments)

There have been previous threats about Theora, but nothing happened. This could be FUD bluff too.

One interesting difference here is that they're going up against someone with deep pockets. If they can't find something substantive, MPEG-LA is risking a "slander of title" claim, and Google might consider making an example of them.

more than 3 years ago
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Recalling Windows 1.0 At 25 Years

One Louder Not Steve Wozniak (384 comments)

It was Bill Atkinson that invented the Region structure. Wozniak was not involved with the development of the Lisa.

The actual story is here

about 4 years ago
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$2,000 Bounty For Open Source Xbox Kinect Drivers

One Louder Re:Is reverse engineering still legal ? (274 comments)

However, assuming someone decodes the format and meaning of the control data produced by conversion of the image, that data is not covered by copyright, let alone Microsoft's, and therefore not a protected work, and thus not covered by the DMCA. The code that does the conversion is protected, but not the data it inputs and outputs.

about 4 years ago
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$2,000 Bounty For Open Source Xbox Kinect Drivers

One Louder Re:Is reverse engineering still legal ? (274 comments)

From the DMCA:

(2) No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that— A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title; M

How is an image taken by this device a "protected work"? Is MS claiming to own the copyright on the images captured with this device?

about 4 years ago
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Rogers Shrinks Download Limits As Netflix Arrives

One Louder Expect to see more of this... (281 comments)

This is just the opening shot in the upcoming battle between cable providers that want you to use *their* on-demand movie systems vs Netflix and similar companies. It's not surprising it happened with Rogers first, but this will inevitably happen in the US too. Netflix's streaming of movies is the residential ISP's worst nightmare come true. They'll be in a position where they have to tell their customers that something they used to be able to do for no additional cost will suddenly become a new confusing expense showing up on their cable bill with no apparent additional benefit to the customer.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

One Louder Re:Deal killer (646 comments)

I just bought a MacBook Pro last week - not only do they offer a matte display, but it also has a higher pixel resolution (1680x1050) than the glossy one on the same model.

more than 4 years ago

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