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A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

Sir Homer Re:Since when is money laundering a "loophole"? (406 comments)

The article is confusing, but it seems like the fine is actually $16.03 million. What is infuriating is this is a settlement agreement so that the state will not release the names of the donors. It looks as if they are basically paying off the state so they don't have the deal with the public fallout.

about a year ago

Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

Sir Homer Re:Server & Tools too... (497 comments)

So about $2 million dollars per employee? I doubt it's the people making the software making the majority of that money...

about a year ago

JSTOR an Entitlement For US DoJ's Ortiz & Holder

Sir Homer Re:In addition.... (287 comments)

There is a lot of tax payer funded research that is inaccessible to the public despite their hand in its creation. I think that this aspect needs to be discussed, as well.

I don't even see anything to discuss. Seriously, how the hell is this acceptable?

And Swartz's super serious multi-felony crime was trying to fix this situation? Every time I look back at this case, it befuddles me. The only insane people here are the prosecution, and they need to be called out on it and punished along with everyone involved in this travesty of justice.

about a year and a half ago

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form

Sir Homer Re:This is needed because ... (138 comments)

Producing and documenting open technical and process standards is one exception where corporate collusion is not only acceptable, it is often encouraged.

about 2 years ago

New York Times Halves Monthly Free Article Views To Ten

Sir Homer Cost of print subscription cheaper than digital? (178 comments)

Am I reading this wrong? It seems that the cost of a print subscription is $3.85 a week but INCLUDES the $35/mo (holy crap that's expensive) digital subscription.

It kind of baffles me 500,000 people paying as much as ISP service for access to a single newpaper? Are they including print subscriptions in that number

more than 2 years ago

White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN

Sir Homer Re:Protecting rights (517 comments)

You are seriously using the GPL in an argument on why copyright is a good idea? The GPL is designed to use to use copyright to subvert its fundamental purpose! Instead of saying "you can not sure", GPL says "you MUST share". It goes against every argument the copyright minimalists make the purpose for copyright is. That's why it's called a "copyleft license", it turns copyright on its head.

more than 2 years ago

Does Open Source Software Cost Jobs?

Sir Homer Re:Of course it does (530 comments)

Efficency is were wealth comes from. If everyone is breaking windows the economy will grid to a standstill, there has to people doing actual productive work and software is an important foundation to modern world and shouldn't be squandered or guildified in the name of jobs. I appricate that you don't BS about your motives though.

Anyway as long as there is people still working there will be work for software engineers, actually our job is to put other people out of jobs (regardless of license of the software). I really think "software engineer" will be the last job in existence once we have automated everything else.

Anytime you write software that makes people more productive or automate business processes, you are taking a step down that road.

more than 2 years ago

A Brief History of Failed Digital Rights Management Schemes

Sir Homer Re:Apple's FairPlay didn't "fail" (149 comments)

Per TFA:
"FairPlay is cracked by Jon Lech Johansen ("DVD Jon"), previously known for his part in the DeCSS software, which was released four years earlier for decrypting DVDs."

more than 2 years ago

The RMS Tour Rider

Sir Homer Re:This kinda pissed me off (373 comments)

You are talking about a man who is fundamentally against the way the world works and made it his life mission to change it.

more than 2 years ago

Americas New CIO Wants To Disrupt Government and Make It a Startup

Sir Homer Re:The real solution is to stop being nice. (287 comments)

"Migrate folks to it" with what authority?

I assure you the system administrator teams running those 21 other e-mail systems will not let you touch it with a 500 foot poll, and no strong leadership compels them otherwise.

The problem is this is exactly how those 21 e-mail systems came to be. I bet they all had the idea of becoming the "one corporate e-mail system", but got mired in politics and insanity along the way.

more than 2 years ago

Vint Cerf Answers Your Questions About IPv6 and More

Sir Homer Re:Biggest TCP/IP mistake (150 comments)

You can implement reliable transmission over UDP. And you have more options as well: you can do it with error correction algorithms for latency intorelent applications, something TCP can't provide with it's ARQ design.

more than 2 years ago

Vint Cerf Answers Your Questions About IPv6 and More

Sir Homer Re:Biggest TCP/IP mistake (150 comments)

TCP is simple to use (from the view of someone doing network programming), but under the scenes it is crazy complicated to implement properly.
  Fortunately you really only need someone to implement a TCP stack once (in open source) and it can be reused in a multitude of operating systems. BSD pretty much set the standard for a TCP/IP stack (TCP Reno) and everyone went from there.

more than 2 years ago

Vint Cerf Answers Your Questions About IPv6 and More

Sir Homer Re:Biggest TCP/IP mistake (150 comments)

Stream protocols that offer error, flow and congestion control over heterogeneous datagram networks are NOT trivial.

TCP is not trivial at all. In fact & efficient algorithms to implement features of TCP is still an area of active research. IETF RFCs in various stages of standardization related to TCP probably amount to thousands of pages at this point, and it's still growing. Linux recently got a new algorithm for congestion control for instance:

more than 2 years ago

Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Sir Homer Re:Great! Less choice! (765 comments)

I remember On2 used to say VP8 (WebM) had far better quality than H.264.

more than 3 years ago

Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Sir Homer Re:A classic-era Microsoft move (765 comments)

Don't forget Google owns a lot of patents on video compression since they bought On2, and they have no intention of licensing them out for H.264. If MPEG LA wants to start a patent war with Google, they might find themselves counter-sued with the potential of their H.264 format getting recalled off the market.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Is Releasing an H.264 Plugin For Firefox

Sir Homer Re:Sounds just like Microsoft (245 comments)

We "fanatical FOSSies" are pushing towards a world where people are free to do interesting things with technology without needing permission or excessive upfront money. H.264 is not one of those technologies.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Office Admits Truth — Things Are a Disaster

Sir Homer Re:Big Software Corps (278 comments)

With regard to software specifically, this movement to strip an entire category of inventions of protection lacks nuance. What I find most interesting is that its biggest proponents are people within the software industry itself, but usually not the real innovators. Are you saying software simply can't be inventive? That you can't possibly think of something in software that anyone else couldn't have thought of, even given the exact same problem set? Because boy oh boy, if that's true, we're really overpaying software "engineers" then, aren't we?

What I find interesting is the biggest proponents of software patents are the patent lawyers themselves, and usually not software engineers. Well that that all interesting, because lawyers with their $10k filing fees and multimillion dollar lawsuit fees (usually by suing software companies) seem to benefit the most from their existence.

Understand, when a lawyer tells you what is good for your industry, run the other way. RUN FAST.

about 4 years ago



MPEG LA extends H.264 royality-free license

Sir Homer Sir Homer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sir Homer (549339) writes "The MPEG LA has extended their royalty-free license for "Internet Video that is free to end users" till the end of 2016. This means webmasters who are registered MPEG LA licensees will not have to pay a royalty to stream H.264 video for the next six years. However the last patent in the H.264 portfolio expires in 2028, and the MPEG LA has not released what fees, if any, it will charge webmasters after this "free trial" period is over."
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