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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

darkonc Re: Amazing, (43 comments)

Yeah, but talk about proof that Caffeine can arrest development.

... and I bet that any kid that starts out this way is gonna be a mondo caffeine addict.

2 days ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

darkonc Re:Wat? (580 comments)

Anybody who states it that categorically is stupid, ignorant, full of hubris -- or setting up a straw-man.

The problem here is that people have been using the argument that Open Source is better because these issues can't happen "because" of the visibility.

Pretty much anything built by man is subject to errors. That includes source code -- open or closed. Any sane programmer knows this. The difference with open source is that the code is open to the users. Especially in the case of security, correctness is a high priority for many users, and those users can drive the bug-hunt process. As such, bugs tend to get found and fixed (sometimes proactively) faster with Free and Open Source code than with proprietary code.

For companies, on the other hand, security and correctness, in general, is a cost centre. It's often only pursued to the extent to which ignoring it affects profits. If it's considered better for the bottom line to ignore/hide a critical security bug than to fix it, then it may never get fixed. -- "Better for the bottom line" includes being paid to keep a bug open by the NSA/KGB/MOSAD/etc. The well-being of the customer base is only a (indirect) part of the profit calculation.

"Bad for the bottom line." Includes fixing code that you're no longer actively selling -- unless the bug hurts your public image too badly.

That's why, for example, XP is no longer going to be supported -- despite the fact that perhaps hundreds of millions of machines still use it.

Redhat 7.2 isn't officially supported by Red Hat, either -- but despite the fact that the current user base is probably in the range of hundreds or thousands, somebody who considers it critical infrastructure and can't/won't upgrade it can still arrange to get bug fixes because the source is legally available. RedHat isn't the gatekeeper for support the way that Microsoft is for Windows. RedHat is simply the (highly) preferred source of support.

3 days ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

darkonc What's needed is a Class-Action Lawsuit. (324 comments)

Comcast has been messing with people's net feeds for a while now. People have been paying for N-Megabit connections and, to the extent to which those connections have been with NetFlix, those connections have been wilfully and needlessly degraded to well below N-Megabit.

TIme for a mass refund. period.

(also time for some law firm to make megabucks litigating this issue)

3 days ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

darkonc A Poo Pile by any other name will smell as 'sweet' (324 comments)

What Netflix is paying for is "a peering tie-in inside of Comcast's data centers".

You can call 'protection money' whatever you want. It's still Extortion.

3 days ago

Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

darkonc Microsoft PR Fail (144 comments)

I don't mind the heads-up about a little-used piece of Gnu software (as pointed out, most distros push OpenSSL), but I do mind astro-turfing the Microsoft PR line of "Nobody's responsible if Linux fails!"

The irony, of course, is that most people haven't read Microsoft's EULA which effectively says 'Not only are we not responsible if Windows fails, but we'll sue you if you try to fix it yourself.'

This is really gonna bite the hundreds of millions running XP who will be orphaned this year when Microsoft stops supporting it. Not only do they face the prospect, in a matter of weeks, of never again seeing security updates from Microsoft, but it will be illegal to even try to fix future bugs themselves (or hire a third party to do it).

This last bit is something that Linux users have as a right

about two weeks ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

darkonc Re:What linux will never be able to do (341 comments)

No support (not even 3rd party) for XP, and Windows 8 is just short of an entirely differend OS. You call THAT continuity?

At least with Linux, you have the option of (banding together with a group of like-minded entities, and) doing your own support, until you decide it's time to retire you old software/hardware combination.

That's the real choice and freedom you get when you use Free and/or Open Source software.

When Microsoft EOL's Vista (possibly as early as a couple of years from now), the people who tore their hair out getting used to it, are going to have to tear their hair out getting used to whatever Microsoft is shoving down people's throats then -- irrespective of whether or not the Vista based systems they have are really ready to be retired.

about two weeks ago

Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

darkonc Re:Vitamin D (137 comments)

Well, supposedly, the study took levels of exercise into account -- and driving to work in the morning would account for 30 minutes of sunlight exposure, without any real exercise.

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

darkonc It depends on how you surf the Web. (353 comments)

I often keep a dozen or more windows open on my web browsers. Doing that, and a couple more things, you can sometimes break 4GB RAM -- and that's using Linux.
For Windows 8 users, you need a couple of Gig just to get the machine off of the ground. more than 4 is needed to do almost anything more than stare at a blank screen.

about two weeks ago

Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

darkonc Anybody out there know morse? (49 comments)

I'm presuming that the beeps are Morse code for some silly message, but I only know enough Morse to recognize it, not 'read' it.

about three weeks ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

darkonc Re:Change (742 comments)

Macs are essentially an OS with the hardware attached, rather than the other way 'round. -- and they also have an OS 'tax' assigned to them. Macs also have well under 10% of the market, last time I looked.

This really only leaves Chromebooks, which, essentially are netbooks, not full blown notebooks or desktops.

If a consumer wants a 'real' machine with a choice of OS (or no OS at all), the pickings are incredibly thin -- and many of those pickings are from manufacturers who pay the tax to Microsoft, whether or not they ship the box with an OS on it. Often, they even pay an extra tax if they sell too many macines without a Microsoft OS on them.

about 2 months ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

darkonc I'd be more than happy to forget, if... (742 comments)

If only Microsoft would stop doing things like using 'secure boot' to make life harder on Linux users -- rather than just competing on quality and features.

about 2 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

darkonc Re:Enough with the security theater! (289 comments)

Consider that Al Qiaida killed about as many people in 2001 as drunk drivers kill Every couple months.

If this was about keeping us and our kids safe, We'd be paying a couple billion a month to MADD.

Personally, I think any TSA employee in charge of TSA procedures needs to go through said procedure/screening every day before work.

Actually, they need to be fired and replaced by people with proper risk management training, as opposed to risk avoidance.

Risk Avoidance: Do everything in your power to prevent some risk, no matter the cost

Risk Management: Assess the risk, consider the liklihood of the risk, the damage it will cost if it happens, then look at mitigations, how likely they are to work, how much they'll cost, etc... And make the cheapest decision. IE if on average the mitigation will prevent more loss than it costs, you impliment it. Otherwise you just accept the risk.

about 2 months ago

Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

darkonc Lawyer up? (213 comments)

It may be legal for a carrier to administrate their network for quality control purposes, but when they start throttling a service that they compete with, they run into all sorts of legal barriers ...

  • unfair competition.
  • interference with contractual obligations
  • false advertising (they advertised N Mbit/sed .. they're delivering X<<N, without good reason)
  • etc. etc. etc.

Class action lawsuit, anyone?

about 2 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

darkonc Guns make you safer. (1431 comments)

If Chad Oulson had had his own gun, he might be alive and well in jail today -- and the retired police officer (along with, possibly a couple of innocent bystanders) might be dead instead. Oh .. hold on, Florida is a 'stand your ground' state... So: other people might be dead, but Oulson would probably be a free man.

BTW: According to FBI murder stats, if you own a gun, It's about 3-5 times more likely to kill a member of your family than to kill an intruder or other criminal.
In other words, if you care more about protecting your family from criminals than you care about keeping them alive, then you should definitely buy a gun.

It's Darwinism in action.

about 3 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

darkonc Re:Don't encourage them... (611 comments)

To properly debate this, Bill Nye needs to powerfully understand both Science and the bible -- so that he can point out the biblical fallacies inherent in Creationism. -- such as the internal inconsistencies within the biblical bits, and the fact that the length of God's day is never specified in Genesis... (how long is a day where the earth doesn't yet exist? When does the sun set for god? What order do things REALLY occur in? What is god's image?

A proper understanding of the bible would allow him to argue that so-called 'literal' creationism is neither literal nor necessary to an appreciation and belief in god, Jesus and/or Christianity.

about 4 months ago

NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity

darkonc Re:The insecurity right now (239 comments)

The NSA and Homeland security aren't particularly interested in stopping terrorism. I'd say that they're far more interested in tracking dissent The occasional successful attack justifies their existence.

Less than a year after 9/11, and during a CODE RED alert weekend, I had a kid on my game server who had talked to me about being a fundamental muslim and having issues within that realm make a comment

"That's OK I"ll be dead tomorrow anyways".

Now, if ever there was a case that just stood out like a sore thumb and asked to be investigated, I couldn't think of something better. I was also, at that point just worried about his mental health, generally.

Turns out that the much-touted 1-800 terrorism hotline was already shut down.

It took me almost an entire day to find someone who would take my 'tip' and do something with it.... and that was pretty much in the middle of the post 9/11 hysteria. That's right... we're supposed to turn in tips about possible terrorism but almost all of the avenues of reporting have been shut down.

Not that I took the terrorism hype very seriously to begin with, but you'd think that they'd at least keep up the first layer after the facade.

about 4 months ago

NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity

darkonc If there's no expectation of privacy for this data (239 comments)

Does this mean I can get all of the metadata for calls made to and from the Whitehouse?

Remember: No expectation of privacy -- which means that secrecy is a complete no-go..

about 4 months ago

Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

darkonc Re:You must be joking (521 comments)

Many years ago, a friend of mine told me a story about her 'original' land rover... She said that, using it's lowest gear (almost never used in normal driving), she was able to tow a snowed-in tow truck out of her back alley ... sideways.

(Bob Beck, if you're reading this: yes, this is your mother I'm talking about.)

about 4 months ago

How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

darkonc I'm someone who grew up with bourne/C shell (606 comments)

I started back in the early '80s when that was all there is, and I probably have a shell open on my machines most of the time.

On the other hand, I have absolutely no problem using the GUI solutions for most of the simple stuff. I would suggest that one of the first things you need to do is teach newbies when each tool is most appropriate -- not that one is unconditionally better than the other.

about 4 months ago

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

darkonc Re:Leave our kids alone (1146 comments)

Hospitals are required to take care of people who have critical injuries -- at least as long as it takes them to be able to walk away -- so you not wearing a seatbelt costs me when I have to go to the hospital (or -- given that I live in Canada), when I pay my taxes.

about 4 months ago



Chris Hatfield ejected after finding Gravity science lightweight

darkonc darkonc writes  |  about 6 months ago

darkonc (47285) writes "Chris Hatfield, the Canadian former commander of the International space station, who became a social media sensation for his transmissions from the space station, including a zero-G version of David Bowie's "A space oddity", is in the news again. He apparently went to see a 3D version of the box office hit "Gravity", and found the inacuracies in the film too much to bear. He was eventually ejected from the theatre for loudly heckling the film.

Eyewitnesses reported that during Monday night’s 9:15pm Real3D screening of Gravity, a lone man (later identified as retired ISS Commander Chris Hadfield) began muttering under his breath and chuckling to himself. By the 30-minute mark, Hadfield reportedly made numerous rude comments such as, “Nice Soyuz procedure, Hollywood!” and “Oh yeah, because that’s what hypoxia as caused by rapid cabin decompression looks like you idiots!.”


Oracle asked for $6Billion -- Pays Google $1.1Million

darkonc darkonc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

darkonc writes "Groklaw reports that judge has ordered Oracle to pay Google $1.1Million in costs over it's failed lawsuit over claimed patent and copyright violations. Oracle originally made headlines by claiming that Google owed them up to $6.1B over infringement in google's Android operating system. That claim was subsequently whittled down as low as a maximum of $130K by the judge before the jury found in favour of Google on patent issues and handing Oracle some small crumbs on copyright questions.

The judge found, among other things, that "The media attention following this case was due in large part because Oracle crafted broad, and ultimately overreaching, claims of copyright infringement.", and that "A close follower of this case will know that Oracle did not place great importance on its copyright claims until after its asserted patents started disappearing upon PTO reexamination ..."."

Rush Limbaugh demands free porn cams in dorm rooms.

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darkonc writes "While Dharun Ravi goes on trial for watching on his room-mate's sexual encounters on a web cam, Rush Limbaugh is demanding that they be placed in the dorm rooms, across the country. Limbaugh wants them in the rooms of students who get birth control paid for by medical plans. Limbaugh's stated intent is to watch them have sex. . Limbaugh's indecent proposal is part of a fight over whether birth control coverage should be included in the new health care bill. It was part of a response to the testimony of a Georgetown University student who testified in favour of the rule. Both Obama (who supports the proposal) and and the president of Georgetown University (who opposes it) considered Limbaugh's demands for free porn a bit over the top."
Link to Original Source

Arab Spring Censorship Reaches Occupy Wall Street

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darkonc writes "Police imposed a media blackout as they assaulted the Occupy Wall Street site in New York. Some reports indicate that cell coverage was blocked at the site during the raid.

Arab Spring reaches New York:?"

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Japan Raises Nuke Plant crisis severity to "7"

darkonc darkonc writes  |  about 3 years ago

darkonc writes "Early Tuesday in Japan, the government decided to raise the severity level of the accident to the maximum 7 on an international scale, up from the current 5 and matching that of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. The government declared the level 7 emergency because it is now estimated that the crippled plant was emitting over 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactivity for a number of hours at the height of the nuclear incident.

Previously, on Monday, the government had expanded the evacuation zone around the plant to include at least 6 cities up to 60KM away from the plant. These cities, outside of the current 20-30KM evacuation area, are now expected to exceed the 20 millisieverts/year limit on residual radiation established by International Commission on Radiological Protection and the International Atomic Energy Agency in the case of an emergency."

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Is 80,000 the new official BP spill upper bound?

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

darkonc writes "While US scientists issued a figure of 35,000-60,000 barrels (1.5-2.5 million gallons) per day on 15 June, a recent BBC article says that "The company plans to be able to handle 80,000 barrels of escaped oil per day by mid-July. " Does this mean that the official upper bound on the size of the spill is, yet again, increasing? Inquiring minds would really like to know..."
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Linux and Windows EEE PCs have same return rate

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkonc writes "Laptop Magazine has an interview with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen where he talks about the past and future of the EEE PC. Included in that interview is a question about the infamous claim that Linux netbooks have a higher return rate than Windows netbooks. Shen claims that Linux and Windows EEE PCs have similar return rates."
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Get out and vote! (Canada)

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkonc writes "For those of us citizenship in The Great White North, today is the tday to be voting. If you haven't already, you should be heading out the door as soon as you read this.

If you're not sure where to vote, This Elections Canada search page will point you in the right direction."

$700B Bailout Proposal Would Remove Oversight

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkonc writes "A Kuro5hin article has a pointer to a proposed version of the $700B financial buyout legislation (backup copy here). It's pretty short and to the point — The secretary can do pretty much whatever (s)he sees fit with the money with no judicial or administrative oversight.

What would you do with $700B and no strings attached?"

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Icahn shoots foot over M$ Yahoo acquisition?

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkonc writes "According to a CNN Money article, Carl Icahn (who is currently in a dogfight with Yahoo's board over their decision to rebuff Microsoft's $32B offer as 'too low') said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. "can't compete" over the next 5 years unless it acquires Yahoo. Under that premise, it would seem probable that Yahoo is worth far more to Microsoft than the $32B that they offered — and that the board is right.

Icahn also refused to answer an audience member question about whether or not he's in communication with Microsoft."

Link to Original Source

darkonc darkonc writes  |  about 7 years ago

darkonc writes "Currently highlighted on Groklaw's newsbytes is an article on linux.com about a woman who bought a Compaq laptop and loaded Ubuntu on it. When, some time later, the keyboard started acting up she called the Compaq for warranty repairs..
"Sorry, we do not honor our hardware warranty when you run Linux." she was told. Even an HP PR rep was unable to "do the right thing" when given a couple of weeks to work on it. It looks like HP could be an especially bad vendor for people hoping to avoid Microsoft's Monopoly Tax on arbitrary machines."

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "It appears that the NFS doesn't want their fans praying for their teams, but they've got nothing against driving home drunk afterwards.
CNN/Sports Illustrated has the story of the NFL pouring cold water on churchs' plans for 'dry' Superbowl parties . When NFL officials saw the announcement for one such party, they told the church involved where to go with the idea. When the church turned the other cheek and resolved the initial issues (charging for the party and using the 'Superbowl' trademark), the NFL responded with more complaints ("Your TV is too big"). The Church then gave up. The NFL explained that, while it plans to treat all churches in this manner, they didn't plan to take action against bars engaging in similar activities."

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "Some people testing Microsoft's Windows Vista got an unexpected holiday surprise: their TVs stopped working.... Microsoft blames this on the fact that they only licensed the MPEG2 CODED for RC1 until the end of 2006 (Beta users were told that the software was good until April), but even people with third party decoders can't access their content (both live and stored). This is how "Trusted Computing" is supposed to work. If somebody in Redmond (or elsewhere) decides that you can't use certain content, nothing that you try to do should allow you access — Owning the content, or obtaining the rights by some other path, is no defense.

5 million people downloaded RC1, and some have access to Vista Final or RC2 (100K copies downloaded). The rest will have to wait until the end of January to access their suddenly banned content."

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "InformationWeek has a story on how Windows 2000 users are being squeezed by Microsoft as Vista and Office 2007 are being released. While some new software is legitimately unable to run on Windows 2000, other software (like MS' anti-spyware product) will install and run flawlessly — but only if you remove an explicit check for Windows 2000 in the installer.
(( Free software advocates will happily note how their legacy support issues are not necessarily beholden to their original distributor))"

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "Groklaw has an article asking What Happens *After* the 5 Years, when the Microsoft/Novel deal expires? In trying to answer that question, however, she noticed something that may be even more disturbing for CIOs. The deal has what might be called an escape clause — or a trap-door clause, depending on which side of the subsequent lawsuit your company ends up on.
"Microsoft reserves the right to update (including discontinue) the foregoing covenant ....", or as PJ put it, "... one must assume that the covenant not to sue is actually a covenant not to sue unless Microsoft wants to sue. It's up to you whether you find such language reassuring." (emphasis mine)."

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "Bev Harris, in a recent slashdot posting has announced that an acknowledgement of the legitimacy of the files has been posted as a front-page article on blackboxvoting.org. — This should satisfy those of us who (justifiably) questioned a third-party posting about binary files on a recently registered website."



On The Landmark Forum (Landmark Education)

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'd be inclined to go with the later (although I was extremely sceptical when I went in -- I was actually going on the presumption that they were a cult (due to a key misunderstanding on my part), I was trying to get enough information to get my mom 'out'. Needless to say, I've changed my mind -- bigtime. That was more than 10 years ago. I still think it's great, and would encourage people to take it (at the very least, go to an intro session. They're 3 hours, free, and most people get value out of them...
One of cousin kept going to the intro sessions but he never signed up. One time I invited him to another intro session, and he was "yeah... I think it's time to go to another one". I was like "hunh??". Turns out he was getting enough value out of the intro sessions, that he didn't see the need to actually sign up. I suggested that, if he was getting that much out of 3 hours, how much would he get out of the whole weekend?

On the sunday of the course, he was like: "How come you didn't make me sign up sooner?"

The vast majority of people who actually take (and complete) the course find it very worthwhile. About the worst review I'v gotten was "It's the best thing I've ever done in my life, but I'm not going to do it again". Since the crux of the course is in the last few hours, people who leave in the middle, may be a bit wierded out about the purpose of the whole thing.

Bottom line, I'd say 'do it'. If you haven't been to an intro, at least go to one, then decide for yourself. If you have any more questions, I'm thinking a private email might be a bit better (( bcgreen.com!spamuel , if you understand the old usenet email protocol )), but either location's fine with me.

Now there's this Journal entry where we can chat 'in private', so to speak.


Support and Open Source

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 11 years ago ... there will still be some 25 year old flunky sitting in his parents basement who would just love to send you patches to the firmware running on your fuel injection microprocessor.

That's more likely to be a description of closed source support, except that he'd be siting in his parent company's basement. The difference with Open source is that it might be (substantially) the same flunky, but with the addition of anybody with enough interest to download a copy of the source code -- most likely people with a good deal of training in the area.

Would you rather get that patch from some 25 year old who couldn't get asigned anyththing better than 'supporting' a piece of 10-year-old dead-end software, or a PhD in real-time systems who just haappens to have the same fuel injector?

Open source doesn't automatically mean good support, but it does mean that nobody can absolutely deny you support. You always have the resources and option to do the support yourself. With closed source, the EULA often seems to make it illegal for you to create your own patches for a program -- if you can even figure out where to patch without source.

When Iceland (I think it was Iceland) offered to pay Microsoft to translate Windows for them, and Microsoft refused the request, all that whole country could do was fume about the snub -- until someone suggested moving to Linux for their standard OS.

Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.1 is barely 10 years old now. How much would it take to get MS to do a s simple bugfix for that software? I think you'd have an easier time running end-to-end through Baghdad wearing nothing but a US flag and a 'Bomb Iraq" button.


AudioGalaxy solution

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 11 years ago This is a possible solution to the AudioGalaxy dilema:
Positive Song identification.

Before submitting a song to AudioGalaxy, a user has to 'appropriately identify' themselves. Once a user is identified, they can submit songs to the AudioGalaxy universe to be authenticated for distribution.
When an identified user submits a song for use, the song is fingerprinted, and identified as 'good'. A properly identified song is the responsibility of it's submitter. AudioGalaxy is simply a tranmission medium. If a copyright holder feels that their song is improperly submitted, then they can go to the person responsible for the song for the 'publishing' of it. If a user is identified as consistently submitting unauthorized copyright material, then their entire set of authentications can be revoked.

user authentication

Users can be authenticated by any of a set of means -- eg:

  • A credit card authorization (should appear on credit card summaries as something obvious like "ID verification audogalaxy-id.com" with the domain (and www.domain) pointing to a page that precisely describs what the ID was for and about and what the associated person would be responsible for [[in case the ID was the result of a credit card theft]]).
  • Thawte (www.thawte.com) allows all sorts of ways to authenticate the identify a person -- including their 'web of trust' system which is free, and various paid methods.
  • Persons who don't have access to (or don't want to use) other methods, could mail in a notarized copy of personal ID,
  • Pick your favorite other method of verification.

Once a user is verified, they would be issued an SSL certificate that would allow them to submit songs (automatedly) for authentication.

SSL certificates allow for repudiation, so if someone's ID was used inappropriately, they would be able to issue repudiation.. It should be possible to issue repudiation starting from a specific date (when the certificate was compromised), generally (e.g. if the identity was issued improperly), or even for specific songs (if a publishing authorization turns out to have been mistaken, or the publisher has second thoughts.).

Sharing would then be checked for authentication of a song, rather than a record company claim (after the fact) of copyright infringement. If a record company claims copyright on a song, they would identify it by fingerprint (or a fingerprint summary) then DMCA procedures for notifying the 'owner' of the impugned song would follow.


My proposed MS remedy

darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 11 years ago Looking at the history of MS, I'm thinking that one way around the whole mess would be to allow MS to put anything they want on the desktop, or in their office suite. There would, however, be one caveat:
they must document and freely license everything -- including APIs, communication protocols and file formats.

If it's added to windows, then we need to be able to see how it's put in there, and there has to be a way to pull it out, and replace it with something else. Microsoft needs to provide to documentation to do so.

The intent here is to provide competitors with the ability to produce competing software that has the ability to co-operate with Wintendos.

MS is allowed to innovate as they wish, but they would have two choices:

  • market it as a separate product
  • open the protocol to the general public

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