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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

darkonc self defence (134 comments)

You have a bunch of pictures that are KNOWN to have been taken by and stolen from people with enough money to launch some (for anybody else) seriously espensive lawsuits. With a functioning (if often moot) DMCA policy, 4chan is arguably immune from most of those lawsuits.

If the people posting the offending images are willing to defend those lawsuits, it's got nothing to do with 4chan any more.

about two weeks ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

darkonc It's a Closed-source prodect. (191 comments)

Versata claiming GPL protection for a Closed-Source product is as obscene as them claiming to be protected by the commercial license, even though they refused to ever write a cheque. The principle is quite simple: If you refuse to abide by the central theme of a license (be it code relicensing or cheque writing), then that license won't protect you.


about a month ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

darkonc Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

You misunderstand: The plaintif's argument is that you are only protected from the patent if the software is distributed via the GPL. Since Versata's customers did NOT get the software under the terms of the GPL, they are not protected by the GPL license that Versata refused to abide by The alternative was to pay for a commercial patent license, but nobody bothered to do that, either.

Thus, both Versata and their customers are in the legal dog house. Technically, Ximpleware doesn't even have to raise the GPL. All that they have to do is sue Versata and their customers for copyright and patent violations. If either tries to claim the GPL as a defense, then the response to that claim is that the GPL doesn't apply to this case because Versata didn't even try to abide by the terms of the GPL.

The code wasn't distributed for free. It was distributed under a choice of two separate licenses: One was the GPL, one was commercial. Clearly, the commercial license route wasn't taken, and the GPL license wasn't adhered to.

Irrelevant if the patent owners argument is accepted that the GPL license did not include a license to use the software because you also needed to obtain a license for the patent that the GPL'd source uses. It's like cops putting out a plate of free 'special' (unmarked as such) brownies next to a plate of $5-per regular brownies at back-to-school night and promptly arresting everybody who eats one of the 'free' brownies.

If Oracle pulled such a BS claim out in their Java lawsuits, everybody but the corporate lawyers would be puking in disgust at such a bold admission of intent to entrap users.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

darkonc Re:So criminals should always buy used hard drives (116 comments)

They can only say that about data that was clearly deleted.

If I was a criminal, I'd buy used drives in bulk, and see if there was any data on them worth using (or ransom). Using a drive in a way that allowed plausible deniability would take some effort and technical knowledge ... Not the kine of thing that most thieves depend on.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

darkonc Re: Physical destruction (116 comments)

physical destruction is only 'foolproof' if you're the fool doing it... Otherwise you're depending on the protocols of the people doing the destruction for you.

If you've got a number of drives to go through, wiping drives is a pretty simple process. Get a USB drive enclosure (or 5)... then plug in a drive, turn it on. Run the wipe and wait for the drive to finish wiping. switch off, switch drives and repeat. physical destruction is only called for if the writes fail.

Going beyond wiping a drive is only necessary if someone like the NSA is interested in your data.

about a month ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

darkonc Re:Executive Branch (228 comments)

It doesn't "prove" anything that the emails were destroyed. The legal principle is that it can be assumed that there was incriminating evidence in the emails. One of the questions, though, is whether due dilligence was done to secure the emails in question. It is quite possible that the drives really did all die. Manufacturers have bad batches of drives from time to time. It's possible that a bad batch was purchased by the IRS.

I haven't been following that particular escapade. All I will say is that culpability is suspected at this point -- but not entirely proven.

about 2 months ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

darkonc Re:Yes, maybe... (228 comments)

So, let's say a company (IBM) "donates" code that allows an Open Source software package support some unique (patented) feature on their hardware.

Is that charity, or a marketing expense to help the company sell more hardware?

Suppose that I give a group money to house homeless people so that they don't have to huddle around my air vents in the winter. Does that then make the homeless support group a commercial entity?? Charitable groups OFTEN support purposes beyond their direct purpose. That doesn't make them non-charitable... I mean how much do broadcastes make by broadcasting NCAA games?

You're splitting hairs here -- Most people give donations to charitable orginaizations because it, in some way or form, supports their goals. Rifle manufacturers give to the NRA. Drug manufacturers give to research groups at universities (I think that some of those agreements are VERY directly commercial -- especially when there are limits on how the results of the research can be used/disemminated).,,, etc. etc, etc.

about 2 months ago

Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

darkonc Re:FUD (74 comments)

Perhaps -- but right now, it looks like the treatment may work best on people who have not been vaccinated.

In other words, the anti-vac population may have yet anotther reason to tell people not to get their vaccination.

about 4 months ago

FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

darkonc Double-dipping. (182 comments)

I already pay Shaw (I'm in Canada) $60/month for a 10megabit connection. If I then have to pay Netflix extra money so that they can pay Shaw to allow the connection to run at 10Mb/s, then Shaw is double-dipping. If I've paid for 10Mb/s then I should GET 10Mb/s if it's technically feasible to do so.

Anything else is false advertising, contractual interference, and/or a Sherman Act violation.

about 4 months ago

The Physics of Hot Pockets

darkonc Re:Seriously. (222 comments)

If you don't have a problem with Hot Pockets, then you probably have a freezer section that borderline doesn't work. If a hot-pocket is nearly thawed when you throw it into the microwave, it will have pockets of semi-liquid that quickly heat up and help to thaw the internals which then heat up nicely. It doesn't have a whole lot to do with the power of your microwave.

The other solution is to run the thing on 'defrost' for a couple of minutes -- (a short blast of microwaves every 10 seconds or so, with time for the recently-heated liquids to thaw the area around them)... then follow the normal directions to get a properly hot hot-pocket.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

darkonc Re:Spreadsheet vs DB (281 comments)

Playing with large data sets is more of a pain in a spreadsheet ... and if they have 10K records now, it's not a shock that they'll grow to 100K in a few years. If you're designing for growth, then putting the break, today, at 10K is reasonable. Also, if you've got over 10K records, chances are that you will (eventually) be answering yes to some of the other questions -- like having multiple people doing updates and/or queries on the data.

about 4 months ago

Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

darkonc Re:Overreacting (384 comments)

That's part of the 'invisible hand of the market'. If I don't like the fact that you're pissing on my color/orientation/clothing style, I can refuse to do business with you and discourage my friends from doing so.

It's called 'leverage'. If you don't like it, you don't have to participate in the marketplace. ---- "rather than pissing and moaning about" people talking to their friends.

about 4 months ago

Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

darkonc Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Touche. All European (and colonial) scientists shared latin. Scientists in other great cultures around the world just used their local 'universal' languages.

about 4 months ago

Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

darkonc "Huge" financial loss????! (103 comments)

. Their operation purportedly cost Comcast $2.4 million, and Comcast claims that the loss has forced them to raise the rates on all their customersHowever, the allegedly huge financial loss .....

2.4million is 0.03% of their NET income in 2013. it's ... what, $.01 per customer per month??

about 5 months ago

General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

darkonc Re:the power of the internet .... (88 comments)

Who in their right mind would think that they could sneak in a clause that takes away already recognised rights, without VERY public and international comment.

10 or 15 years ago, that wouldn't have been something to take into account. A couple of people would have groused about it, and their friends might have paid attention, but the macro effect on the company would have been trivial.

Consider that Microsoft, for example, has gotten away with language like that in a piece of software that 90%+ of desktop computers are sold with, and that it's actually difficult to buy a computer without. Meaningful protests??? Roughly zero.

about 5 months ago

General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

darkonc Re:I'm curious.... (88 comments)

In this case, "legal' means "a court will rule that the clause as valid". Clauses that force you to go to arbitration rather than court (including class-action lawsuits) have been held as valid in the past -- including for things like software 'licenses' for purchased software.

This clause was pushing the envelope even further, and it's unlikely to have been held as valid (under these specific circumstances), but the fact that it's there might be enough to cause an unhappy customer to cave in and settle for less than (s)he might have in the absence of this clause.

The marketing debacle, on the other hand, isn't something that lawyers normally pay close attention to.

about 5 months ago

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.

about 5 months ago

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

darkonc Re:Wat? (582 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.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

darkonc What's needed is a Class-Action Lawsuit. (328 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)

about 5 months ago



Chris Hatfield ejected after finding Gravity science lightweight

darkonc darkonc writes  |  about a year 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 2 years 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."
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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  |  more than 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 4 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 6 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."

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darkonc darkonc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkonc writes "Currently highlighted on Groklaw's newsbytes is an article on 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 — 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 10 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 ((!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 12 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" 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 ( 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 12 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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