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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

beltsbear Apple was in the right (141 comments)

This lawsuit is bullshit. I remember this time and the issue from when it happened. Apple had DRM fights with Realplayer and Rhapsody. Basically Apple allowed you to import unprotected mp3 files and audio CD's. They further allowed (of course) purchases from their own store and were under contractual obligations from record companies to lock down music from the iTunes store at that time. What Rhapsody and Realplayer wanted to do is to sell DRM'ed music yet let it play under iTunes and obviously the iPod, so those companies had to hack iTunes to allow this. If they just sold unprotected content iTunes would have happily imported it and there would be no issue. So they figured out how to hack iTunes, Apple saw what they did and changed it. I think this cycle repeated once or twice. If a customer updated iTunes and had hacked DRM content basically iTunes rejected it and forced the user to start clean. That customer would not be able to use DRM'ed content from Realplayer or Rhapsody. Apple was certainly not required to allow others to hack into iTunes and make it play DRM'ed music from other content providers.

about two weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

beltsbear Re:Yeah, 80% (395 comments)

As tough as a pill as that is to swallow, it will save him money as the new truck will be more efficient.

about three weeks ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

beltsbear Re:Contamination (67 comments)

The war machine actually kills people, destroys food and crops and wrecksthe environment actively. Why not start cutting there before you think about cutting space program money. Oh, and the war machine takes 100 times the funding, so it is much easier to cut there then from the space programs of various nations.

about three weeks ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

beltsbear Re: If the FCC actually did its job (67 comments)

Exactly. Caller ID should not be allowed to be spoofed, ever. Make it really illegal and start to crack down on any provider that allows it to happen.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

beltsbear Re:"X-Wing" style? (96 comments)

The shape of an X when all 4 are deployed.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

beltsbear Re:He's not just speculating (96 comments)

It is not NASA's fault. It is congress going after pork. The scientists at NASA are pretty damn good and generally know what they want. Often it is a choice between something misguided like SLS or nothing at all. It is not as if NASA scientists or administrators would have picked SLS the way it is. They were pretty much told, if you don't build it using these suppliers we are not going to fund you.

about a month ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

beltsbear Google glass WITHOUT camera (154 comments)

Google needs to make a glass without the camera. One that is OBVIOUSLY different to the average person so they do not mistake it for the one with the camera. That could take some of the stigma away from the device. It could look much more like a regular pair of glasses. Sure, half of the applications need the camera, but many ideas do not, and it would reduce the cost. The technology and the software could mature without the social stigma and would have a good chance.

about a month ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

beltsbear Re: This is a defense of iPhone 6? (304 comments)

That is a reason why I am not buying. I would love a iPhone 5s2 with a better CPU and Apple pay but same size and build quality of the 5s

about 3 months ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

beltsbear Re:Who are the proposed customers? (70 comments)

Maybe you are right. But the primary thing that needs to be done is up the build quality and make people feel comfortable about the long term prospects for the car. The car has unusual good looks. Rich people will buy it if they think its not gonna leave them stranded. I said $5000 because that gets the car under the magic $100,000 price barrier.

about 3 months ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

beltsbear Re:Who are the proposed customers? (70 comments)

Supply has been limited for both the Tesla S and Roadster. There are multi-month preorders right now and the situation will not improve anytime soon. The Karma with some minor upgrades and maybe a $5000 drop would sell.

about 3 months ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

beltsbear Re: What's Wrong with DC Drivers? (179 comments)

The new 7000 cars are being delivered to metro and replacing the 30 year old cars first. Within two years most of the cars will be new again.

about 3 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

beltsbear Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Nope. The cost will drop just from them being made in that factory at half speed. Half the savings is from everything being close together, the batteries being made in the building then being put into packs in the same building. More cost savings comes from the fact Tesla is the majority owner, and finally all of the government incentives reducing cost. From just half capacity the cost of the battery will be low enough for a $40,000 car before government incentives. So basically from day 1 they will be fine. They will also be making utility scale batteries which will most certainly have a buyer with Solar City.

Contrary to the other skeptics, I think the plant will be fully booked. As soon as each line is built, it will be running at full tilt for customers including Tesla. They will build out the lines as fast as they can and may even need to consider a SECOND factory by 2020.

about 3 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

beltsbear Re:Bullshit (207 comments)

I get scratches from keys on my glass with the iPhone 5 and 5s. They are minimal but they do happen.

about 3 months ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

beltsbear Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

They don't exempt one specific company by name. They exempt all approved battery producers with over 2000 proposed employees in a certain county or some trick like that. Is if fair? No. But that is how it is done legally.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

beltsbear Why not 16? (105 comments)

I would have thought a 16 core config would be an efficient number.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

beltsbear Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

I am not for the tax breaks but the state of Arizona should come out ahead even after them. This factory will represent 3% of the states economy.

Tesla is building the factory for the purpose of getting the cost of batteries down to make a 4 door sedan in the 30k range though I expect it to cost more like 35k in the end AFTER government incentives.

As for the Toyota gas pedal thing, Tesla also got slapped with all of the 'fire' stories even though fires are more common in gas vehicles.

about 3 months ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

beltsbear Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Close. Argentina did not play hardball. The US courts confiscated the money they had access to preventing the payments to the 92%. Argentina will not fund those payments anymore if the US courts re going to take the money before it gets to it's intended recipients.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

beltsbear Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

Leave the Tesla plugged in, it will take care of itself.

about 4 months ago

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Visual effects artists use MPAA's own words against them fighting big Hollywood

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 10 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "“The MPAA is so worried about piracy they are not going to claim that on the Internet you can do anything that you want,” he said in an interview with Pando. “When push comes to shove, they are probably more concerned about preserving the ability of the government to crackdown on piracy than on preserving their subsidies.” — David Yocis, a lawyer who has consulted with visual effects workers, says that the MPAA is caught between its two competing priorities, and that its legal filings prove it may finally be forced to choose between the two."
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Apple starts blocking unauthorized Lightning cables with IOS 7

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest IOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."
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Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Following a reasonable view of drug patents, the Indian courts have decided that making small changes to an existing patented drug are not worthy of a new patent. This ruling makes way for low cost Indian cancer drugs that will save lives.
From the Article:
"Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap copies of the drug in the developing world and has implications for HIV and other modern drugs too.""

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Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about.

Starting soon Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to be pirating will receive alerts.

  "The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,"
If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge."

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After 10 months, Largest Bitcoin Ponzi collapses with a loss of 5.6 Million USD

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scam from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE online Ponzi except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take."
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Police use of GPS is ruled unconstitutional withou

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and tracked its movements for 28 days. — NYTIMES"
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