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Wireless Contraception

al3 DRM (302 comments)

Digital Reproduction Management

about three weeks ago

First Survey of Commercially Viable Asteroids Estimates Only 10 Are Worth Mining

al3 Re:Baseballs... (265 comments)

A jeweler once told me about why platinum is a considered such a precious metal. He said the platinum industry used to sell almost exclusively to the military for fuses in bombs. Somewhere in the 20C the demand dropped off as bomb-makers found cheaper alternatives. Having lost their biggest customer, this idea that platinum was as/more precious than gold for jewelry was created in the public mind, though he himself found it to be a much worse metal for the purpose. Your link at "Platinum Today" might not be an unbiased view of how useful the metal is.

about 7 months ago

Want To Hijack a Domain? Just Get a Fax Machine

al3 Resolved (162 comments)

"The DNS hijacking attack was resolved within an hour, Moore said."

Is that a DNS joke?

about 10 months ago

Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

al3 Re:Where's the profit (379 comments)

And if the floor price for a used game is 35£ that creates a much narrower window for Steam-style sales. You wouldn't price a new copy below a used one.

about a year ago

Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

al3 Re:Intellectual Property (527 comments)

I'm thinking here of ACTA that uses the intellectual property label around counterfeiting and lumps in copyright violations. I think I'm with you on the idea that copyright has its set of legal rules and counterfeiting another. Increasingly they seem to be talked about in the same terms though that doesn't sit right with me.

about a year and a half ago

Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

al3 Intellectual Property (527 comments)

"I want to encourage clear thinking about copyright law. Separately, I want to encourage clear thinking about patent law." I have also seen (in these days of international trade pacts) counterfeiting lumped in with copyright infringement and patent violations. I am unsure of how the law looks upon this, but to me it seems different enough. If one illegally downloads a song or a movie and violates copyright, they know it is not an official copy, and are getting an exact copy of the original. I think of counterfeit products as in-exact copies being passed off as official ones. I don't want to put a value judgement on these scenarios here, but point out that grouping this too under "Intellectual Property" is a barrier to clearly thinking about these activities and how they should be dealt with.

about a year and a half ago

Exceptionally Preserved 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found

al3 2,684 years ago??? (167 comments)

But it's only 2012!

about 2 years ago

Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

al3 Re:Only other places need freedom (298 comments)

Banning people from the Internet will take away "the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association online" in an overbroad and potentially inaccurate attempt to punish piracy.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Trademarks 'DOTA'

al3 Name (141 comments)

It's Jon St. John, not John St. John.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Opens Source Code To KGB's Successor Agency

al3 Exporting software (187 comments)

I once signed up for a license to distribute the Acrobat Reader on a CD-ROM my organization was using as a give-away, and I had to agree not to let the program end up in places like Cuba. Now, in the same week I learn about Russian spies being arrested and swapped with the USA, I hear that Microsoft is giving out the source code to Windows 7 to the Russian spy agency. Wow.

about 4 years ago

Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities

al3 Re:Playing your alignment? (192 comments)

Kind of like Fight Club

Police Officer: You said that if anyone ever interferes with Project Mayhem, even you, we gotta get his balls.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

al3 Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

Do you have any idea how much it costs to pave a road? ;)

Slightly more seriously, there is a lot of benefit you can derive from those around you (that do use government services) not being pushed to the brink of poverty and desperation.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

al3 Unless C-32 goes through (359 comments)

"Sure you're free to take this phone to another carrier, just don't circumvent the DRM to do it"

more than 4 years ago

NASA Says Moon Has More Water Than Great Lakes

al3 See you on the moon (255 comments)

I think the Great Lake Swimmers were on to this a long time ago with their song See You On the Moon.

more than 4 years ago

For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

al3 Re:Wrong or right (386 comments)

The difference is consumers think they understand the benefit of those features. They're still seeking a benefit, whether they have it right nor not. Android is doing great, but as "the phone to beat" I think iPhone is still at the top of the heap in popular opinion.

more than 4 years ago

For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

al3 Re:Wrong or right (386 comments)

Just because phone tech specs aren't a person's field of expertise, doesn't mean they shouldn't be helped to understand why they should care about something. There are plenty of things you don't understand the technical details about, but that doesn't mean someone shouldn't try to put it in terms you understand before expecting you to make an informed decision.

When you hear "over 300ppi" you understand the benefit without having it put into more simple terms. Why not give someone, who might enjoy the product as much (or more) than you, the same chance to understand what they're buying without doing hours of research?

more than 4 years ago

For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

al3 Re:Wrong or right (386 comments)

Specs might speak to the slashdot crowd, but I think Apple owes a lot of its success to a realizing that most consumers buy benefits, not features. The endless list of would-be iPod/iPhone killers that touted better features but failed to have an impact in the market are evidence of this.

more than 4 years ago


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