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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

ScrewMaster Okay, that's it. (200 comments)

I read that as "A Woman's Mind in a Leggy Body."

I'm going to bed now.

about a week ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

ScrewMaster Re:So they patented this because....? (164 comments)

I just love how bribery is called "lobbying" in the US.

As an American, I don't. Like it that is.

about three weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

ScrewMaster Re:Makes you wonder... (187 comments)

Technically, what they care about is control of distribution, because in their (relatively tiny) minds, that equates directly to profit. Loss of control is likewise perceived as inevitably causing loss of profit. That they might make even more money with a less dickish business model is way outside their comfort zone, because all they understand is what always worked before.

So yes, they are analogs to the recording industry. Those legitimate customers who are harmed by the quest to control content distribution are acceptable collateral damage.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

ScrewMaster Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

voiced by 'muricans online it is very hard to tell.

Just a quick note: insulting people with differing opinions (no matter how right you may think you are) doesn't actually help you make your case, although it may increase your innate sense of superiority. In addition, those "'muricans" who might otherwise agree with you may just write you off as another bigoted foreign asshole who lumps everyone in a given country together.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

ScrewMaster Re: Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

Actually, I read that the proceedings were _ex-parte_ ... No-IP wasn't even informed that there were any proceedings. Consequently they had zero chance to defend against this forfeiture. And that's exactly how Microsoft wanted it. There's more going on here than malware. My guess is that Microsoft's big media buddies want to use Microsoft as a front for domain seizures under cover of "protecting the public", without having to get their hands dirty or take any PR hits.

about 5 months ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

ScrewMaster Re:Lather, rinse, rage (507 comments)

Ripples occur when there are rapid stops. A very gradual slowing down should really minimize the downstream effects, providing other drivers are paying attention and not following so closely that they have to slam on their brakes when the speed of the car in front of them decreases even the slightest.

Everyone seems to believe that, but it's not really true. Here's what some Japanese researchers found (watch the video):

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/those-inexplicable-traffic-jams/

about a year and a half ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

ScrewMaster Re:Lather, rinse, rage (507 comments)

It's the idiots who accelerate to the last possible moment to close the gap with the guy slowing down in front of them who are causing the ripples.

A common misconception. Some Japanese scientists demonstrated, using several cars on a closed track, that even when people are trying their best to maintain a constant speed and distance ... they simply can't. Those "ripples" occur regardless of driver behavior when there is sufficient traffic.

about a year and a half ago
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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

ScrewMaster Re:Earth law vs universal law (247 comments)

Can human apply the earth laws, such as copyrights, into other corners in the universe?

Yes, but only until the Psychlo space probe happens across Voyager I. At which point copyright will rapidly become irrelevant.

more than 2 years ago
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Zero-Day Exploit Market's Biggest Customer: the US Government

ScrewMaster Conversely ... (1 comments)

The article also claims most exploits are being sold to agencies of the U.S. government. It does raise a concern though. What if Black Hats got more serious, and the US government would become a victim?"

Conversely, what if the cyberwarfare units of certain other countries (one in particular comes to mind) stepped up their game ... and we weren't ready?

more than 2 years ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

ScrewMaster Re:Treaspassing (376 comments)

None of this is a problem. There is a paint available that makes it very hard to photograph your license plate and as far as I can tell, this is a great thing.

This paint is designed to overexpose photos from cameras that use a flash to illuminate the license plate (i.e. most redlight cameras). It's doubtful that these cameras are using a powerful flash to illuminate each passing car or they wouldn't be so stealthy.

There are a few of those flash types around where I live. Damned irritating, especially at night where I get my retinas blasted on the way to the grocery store.

more than 2 years ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

ScrewMaster Re:Treaspassing (376 comments)

Your supreme court agrees you have no expectation of privacy on a public road, now shut the hell up and enjoy your "freedom".

Maybe not. But we still have to right to know where the Hell our tax dollars are going. The police may have the "right" to put up those cameras (and that is debatable) but to deny knowledge of the things, or who or what is monitoring them ... well. That simply should not be allowed. Having no expectation of privacy does _not_ mean that anyone can put up a camera on public property.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices

ScrewMaster Re:Justice was fairly served (200 comments)

We all got mod-bombed on this one. Interesting.

more than 2 years ago
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Call For DOJ To Reopen Google Wi-Fi Spying Investigation

ScrewMaster Re:Priorities (82 comments)

As I recall, they DID fess up in the first place, and that's what led to all these investigations. If they'd just quietly stopped, nobody would've ever known. Wanna bet what choice they make next time?

Yes. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice ...

more than 2 years ago
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Call For DOJ To Reopen Google Wi-Fi Spying Investigation

ScrewMaster Re:Priorities (82 comments)

See ALEC

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices

ScrewMaster Re:That seems corrupt (200 comments)

I would have thought a ruling by a judge would be needed to render something banned from import. So the power to regulate allows government agencies the ability to make profound and legally binding decisions without need for court systems or due process? I was not aware the ITC were experts on IP.

They're not, and you're right ... they just ban stuff because a lawyer makes a convincing argument to a bureaucrat who hasn't the slightest idea of what the subject matter is, or how it relates to the product class in question. This will still go to court, and ultimately I suspect the ban will be lifted. The ITC is where everyone goes to get fast action without any court time.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices

ScrewMaster Re:Justice was fairly served (200 comments)

Google has a long history of trying to weasel out of agreements and payments just because they're 'Google'. In turn, Microsoft spends billions an year towards their R&D (Microsoft Research). They also work with the pioneer in the industry, Nokia, which has developed pretty much all the technology we base mobile phones today on. They deserve to be paid. Not only do I see victory for justice, but a long term crackdown on Google's illicit business practices. It is time to step up and show Google the door. If you cannot do business honestly, don't do it at all.

Troll, do you have even the slightest idea what you are talking about?

No?

Well, okay then.

more than 2 years ago
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London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

ScrewMaster Re:It's not hacking... (202 comments)

It's not hacking...it's optimization.

Actually ... it's cheating.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Google the New Microsoft?

ScrewMaster Re:If Google's changes are trivial, are DropBox's? (492 comments)

They certainly didn't invent it, not least because their service is a shell for Amazon S3.

Which is interesting, as Amazon now offers their own (currently much less functional) competition to Dropbox, called CloudDrive.

more than 2 years ago

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FBI Raids Texas Data Centers, Seizes Everything

ScrewMaster ScrewMaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScrewMaster (602015) writes "According to this article in Wired, the Feds raided at least two data centers in Texas. Apparently, the agents were indiscriminate in their seizure of equipment, not limiting it to those companies/individuals actually accused of illegalities. The disruptions caused by the FBI's activities are widespread, and have caused millions in lost revenue to companies not involved in the alleged crimes, many of whom may have to close their doors because the FBI now owns all their server equipment and customer data. One of those affected commented that "the FBI appears to have assumed that all the servers located at Crydon's address belonged to him, and didn't seem to understand the concept of co-location." That would appear to be the case: an FBI spokesman commented that "My understanding is that the way these things are hooked up is that they're interconnected to each other" (perhaps Ripley was right after all, and IQs did drop sharply while she was away.) At first glance, this sounds a lot like the old story of the cops who were assigned to confiscate some equipment, and brought along a crowbar in case they had to "get anything out of the computer."

The original complaints were registered by AT&T and Verizon, but apparently the FBI based their belief that criminal activity occurred upon the statements of a single, disgruntled ex-employee. Do such shotgun seizures and the resulting collateral damage constitute reasonable behavior on the part of the FBI, or is it as uninformed and barbaric as it looks? I know how I'd feel if I were one of those outfits that suddenly found themselves out of business because the Feds didn't have their act together."
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Google Dev Phone 1 Banned from Paid Apps

ScrewMaster ScrewMaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScrewMaster (602015) writes "According to this article, Google is not going to allow programmers who have purchased the Dev Phone 1 to purchase paid apps from the Android Market. I just signed up as a G1 developer, and was about to plunk down the $399 for a Dev Phone 1, but now I'm going to have to think about it. I know that Google is interested in preventing (cough) "piracy", but does this seem like the right way to go? I know the Dev Phone 1 is primarily a developer's tool, but I would like to actually use the thing, and not have to spend another $180 from T-Mobile for a regular G1 just for the privilege of buying software."
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RIAA going after songwriters' revenue stream

ScrewMaster ScrewMaster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ScrewMaster (602015) writes "The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the RIAA wants the Copyright Royalty Board to lower the royalty rate given to songwriters. Interestingly, the big online music distributors (such as Apple) want to lower it even further.

Gee, is there anyone looking out for the rights of the artists anymore?"

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