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Judge Thinks Linking To Copyrighted Material Should Be Illegal

hal9000(jr) Re:So this implies... (390 comments)

The problem is that Newspapers don't want Google news to link to specific pages, but the want the "normal" Google to link to their main page, and Google said they can't have both.

Nor should they have both. It comes down to news papers not figuring out a business model that works and thus are trying everything to keep relevant and remain in control.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Don't MMOs Allow Easier Transportation?

hal9000(jr) Transport based on level (337 comments)

I played EQ for a while and I never acheived an uber level--traveling was still risky for me. I could buff up and avoid the worst of it, but yeah, getting from here to there was often a difficult choice. For the areas where I felt no risk traveling through, those were short.

I think what would make sense is to base a teleport on the players level, the area level, and distance. If you are at a high enough level that the area doesn't pose much risk, then let them transport over it, especially if you have to go from one place to another through easy levels. It makes the game play better for high level players and gives an extra benefit for long term play.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctorow Says Google & Amazon Stifle Progress

hal9000(jr) Re:The point he is making (162 comments)

Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with Doctrow's position, but I also have looked into it very deeply, either.

His claim, however, is that Google settled with the Authors Guild to pay a one time fee to authors if their books are indexed. I know this because my wife, who is a novelist, filled out the form for her publisher. The settlement was going to be quite small. Anyway, Doctrow's position is that Google, being a big honking company with deep profits negotiated with the Authors Guild to Google benefit *because* it was cheaper and IMHO, not Doctrow's, better PR. The Authors Guild, on the other hand, was not funded enough for a prolonged legal battle, so too the settelment. The Guild gets some press.

Now lets say you have an innovative idea to do something with book text. Maybe it falls into "Fair Use", maybe not. You haven't thought of that because your spending time developing your idea. So you build a service and start indexing books. Uh oh, the Authors Guild gets their dander up and gets their lawyers on your ass. Your start-up company is in a vastly different position than Google. You don't have deep pockets and you don't have market power to throw around, nor are probably going to be able to fund a prolonged legal battle which you may or may not win. In Doctrow's view, you won't be able to negotiate a favorable settlement and you will close up shop. Thus, you and your innovative idea are stifled.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctorow Says Google & Amazon Stifle Progress

hal9000(jr) The point he is making (162 comments)

Here is what he is talking about:

  • Copyrighted material (books, music, video, etc) is distributed by a relatively few number of distributors
  • The distributors etc are the gatekeepers to copyrighted material both directly by only buying the things that they think they can sell and indirectly becuase if they don't buy something, the producers and publishers will stop producing said stuff.
  • In some cases,Walmart, etc, the retail outlets have asked, and received, modified content
  • In some cases, upstarts have thumbed their noses at the incumbents (record companies to sheet mnusic, radio to record companies, internet radio to over the air radio, Apply iTunes to record companies, etc) continued to take what they wanted and let congress decide,often in their favor. This usually included some negotiated licensing fee.
  • The distributors and search engines have raised, or attempt to raise, the barrier to entry into retailing and content distribution to effectively lock out competition.

These things, Doctrow, says combined has led to a stifled market. I don't know if I agree, since each evolution has been innovative and I hope Doctrow isn't making the claim that Google et al are going to be the last and final stage.

Unfortunately, Doctrow isn't an economist or a social researcher, he is an author and blogger of some repute. That doesn't give him the innate ability to investigate the market and social dynamics taking place.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reviewed

hal9000(jr) Re:The keyboard (144 comments)

I like my Treo 700P, but I hate the keyboard. The rounded buttons are hard to hit authoritatively. I find I have to use the edge of my thumb. I much prefer flatter or even cupped keys like the Blackbarry (earlier ones).

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reviewed

hal9000(jr) Re:vs iPhone (144 comments)

I've never personally come across anyone who's bought a Mac or iPod/iPhone because of the supposed "cool" factor.

I certainly wouldn't expect people who buy stuff for the cool factor would either admit it or even are aware of it. But I bet if you spent some time talking to them about why they bought an iPhone, or any hot gadget for that matter, you could discern whether they bought the device for primarily practical reasons. I'd even go so far as to say in my unqualifed opinion, the most of the people who stood in-line for hours after the iPhone release where motivated by the cool factor.

And I am not an iPhone hater. I think it is great technology and if they were weren't ATT exclusive and if Apple wasn't so draconian in locking the damn thing down, I might get one for myself. I find that fact that I have to jailbreak and violate the ToS appalling. Hell, I even tried to talk my sister into one because she would benefit from the ease of use and applications.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reviewed

hal9000(jr) Re:vs iPhone (144 comments)

Devices similar to it have been around quite a bit longer than first-generation iPhones. Just like most any palm, they've never been cool, though. So even if Palm would've gotten out a TX cell, it's extremely unprobable that this would've changed anything. They might've gotten a few percentage points out of RIM's market share. Maybe some of Microsoft's. But an Apple product's hype isn't based on features, or the price, or the design. It's marketing coupled with hordes of rabid fanboys.

Much applause. Very well said.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter

hal9000(jr) Mod approprately! (260 comments)

The parent is not flamebait. You may not agree with the opinion, but the poster is making a reasoned argument. If you can't understand that, you need to turn in your mod points.

more than 5 years ago
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Dealing With ISPs That Use NXDomain Redirection?

hal9000(jr) Re:could someone explain what the issue is here? (264 comments)

Luckily, it isn't that busy a thread.

The IT guy would have to intercept all DNS requests over the VPN and proxy them to his own DNS server. That's not a bad answer. Too bad I'm buried in the middle of this thread.

You're right. If the VPN is set-up to send all traffic over the tunnel, then the host *should* resolve using the company DNS servers. If the VPN is set-up for split tunneling, then the DNS will goto the ISP DNS. However, few VPN clients have the option to capture all DNS requests.

The solution is to put your internal server records in your public DNS or modify the hosts file.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Rumored To Want To Buy Twitter

hal9000(jr) Re:Twitter - "triumph of humanity" (325 comments)

The parent comment is not insightful.Twitter can be all the inane things the parent describes. Just like small talk can be inane, launching and goofing around can be inane, and school kid chatter is inane. But that is only one use of Twitter.

I work from home and I am relatively secluded during my work day. I am not a social butterfly by any means, but I like to talk and socialize to take a small break. Twitter gives me the opportunity to have those quick social interactions during my work-day.

I am also an in a field where there are a lot of others in the same or similar fields on Twitter. I get professional benefit from following them and, hopefully, them following me (thought I don't subscribe to quid pro quo following. If I find you interesting, I will follow you.) I am able to ask and answer questions, be alerted by events relevant to my job, and generally share outwardly. Not all the chatter is professionally focused, but enough is that it is worth while.

Twitter is a tool that unlike the IRC is open enough that you can more or less control how much stuff is sent to you by following folks and is closed enough that you can really limit the spam you receive. In fact, I rarely, if ever, get a spam Tweet. The trick to make Twitter successful for you is to build a network that is relevant to you. I don't view my follow or following count as a contest (thought others do). I view it from a quality stand point. I have far more followers than I follow. Frankly, I don't know why some of my followers follow me (and I don't mean spam bots, either).

If, however, you focus on the numbers, then you become innundated with spam and other bad behavior.

more than 5 years ago
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Office 2007SP2 ODF Interoperability Very Bad

hal9000(jr) Re:Everybody pile on Microsoft... (627 comments)

In the meantime, how the HELL is it possible the spec is so bad that you can be technically-compliant with it, and yet not be read by (almost) any existing implementation?

Because specifications are written by people and then read and interpreted by others. While specification creators try to be as complete and thorough as possible, there are still gaps. In something as complex as a document format like spreadsheets, I'd imagine it's an impossible task. Bake-offs where all the stakeholders get into a room, try to get this shit to interoperate, and then decided the proper interpretation, is where the interoperation work gets done. All of the Internet protocols went through a similar cycle. Then, when there is consensus on the interpretations, guidance and reference implementations can be written.

more than 5 years ago
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Office 2007SP2 ODF Interoperability Very Bad

hal9000(jr) Spreadsheets, people, spreadsheets (627 comments)

TFN talks ONLY about spread sheet interoperability. It's important to note that. Has interoperability testing been done with documents?

more than 5 years ago
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Elderly To Get Satellite Navigation To Find Their Way Around Supermarkets

hal9000(jr) Re:How can this work? (80 comments)

Dude, any digital navigation is automatically labeled "GPS" because digital navigation is too foreign to the common press. Calling all digital navigation GPS wildly inaccurate, yes, but easier than trying to explain what is actually going on.

And yer right, GPS won't work in a building or even under heavy canopy of trees and if it did, it's not accurate enough. 30ft difference isn't much for a conventoinal or nuclear bomb, but it is when choosing potted beef and mightydog dog food.

more than 5 years ago
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Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

hal9000(jr) Buy them. It's cheaper and easier (837 comments)

Really, it is. And for a 20MB line, cat 5 will do nicely.

more than 5 years ago
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Paid Shilling Comes to Twitter

hal9000(jr) Re:New medium? (134 comments)

Twitter is not like Skype or IM at all. It's more like IRC but you can choose (mostly) who you associate with. It's also one of the first services that let you easily participate via client, web, SMS and included an API.

It is a bit revolutionary in extending communication further.

more than 5 years ago
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Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

hal9000(jr) Re:Wheres the friking backlash? (479 comments)

Because I, the ISP, have formed a pact with your local government to prevent Speakeasy (or any other meaningful competition) from servicing your area of the country.

Economics has stopped competition. Speakeasy could service your part of the country if they wanted to run cables through right of ways to complete the local loop, build a bunch of CO's to interconnect the local loops. It's too frigging expensive to build the plant.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

hal9000(jr) Q: anonymous in an organization? (779 comments)

Are they talking about anonymity in general or a group that called Anonymous? Confused.

more than 5 years ago
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Powerful Sonar Causes Deafness In Dolphins

hal9000(jr) Re:203 decibels? (323 comments)

So for a submarine, the use of active sonar is useful to get a final target and bearing before firing a torpedo. Passive sonar is good for getting a ball park range track.

Torpedos aren't perfect, so getting an accurate range and bearing is pretty imporant. Active sonar really doensn't give anything away since once you launch a torpedo, the target, or anyone else in the area, is going to know where the sub is anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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Google CEO Warns Newspapers Not To Anger Readers

hal9000(jr) Re:This Just In... (328 comments)

What is news is that in 2009, this is still being discussed. The problem is the old guard running news sites don't know how or don't want to adapt.

Come on. Creating relevant content on a daily basis is hard and takes money. I read or watch the news and a dozen questions pop into my mind about the story, but finding the answers is work and the news cycle is so quick, that those answers can't be had in time.

more than 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Comes To Facebook

hal9000(jr) Re:Idiot? (359 comments)

> but it wouldn't exist in the first place without support from my customers. So find out a non-forceful way to get their support. If you can't, they obviously do not _want_ to support you, fully knowing that you wont be able to continue your art. Your assumption is that IF people liked what they downloaded, THEN they would pay for it in some way.

So where are all the checks flooding into artists pockets? They don't exist becuase people WON'T pay for what they can get for free. Face it.

Hey, I am all for the utopian vision where IF people would act ethically AND if they downloaded a file that the copyright holder charged for, AND (they liked it, AND they paid for it) OR (they deleted they deleted the file and never used it again) then I think you have a argument. But that is generally not what happens.

more than 5 years ago

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OpenStack is not enough for Rackspace to compete with AWS

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "If Rackspace and Openstack are commoditzing cloud computing, how is it that Rackspace costs substantially more than Amazon? Rackspace claims the value is in thier support, but rumors about that their are leaving for other companies. If VMware comes out with it's own cloud, is Rackspace doomed to be a high priced boutique cloud service?"
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Sale of IPv4 Addresses Hindering IPv6 adoption

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "While IPv6 day was a successful marketing campaign, is anyone really moving to IPv6? On World Launch Day, Arbor Networks noted a peak of only .2% of ipv6 network traffic. It appears that IPv4 addresses are still valuable and are driving hosting acquistions. Windows 8 will actually prefer IPv6 over IPv4. If you want IPv6, here's what to do about it."
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Open Source OS's That Aren't Linux

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "The words free and open source operating system usually bring one stock answer to mind: Linux. But Linux isn't the only FOSS OS out there, and in fact hasn't been for some time now — it's just the one that's most immediately associated with the label. Here's a survey of other operating systems that have also been built as open source products, are free to use, and generally come with little to no restrictions over their use."
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IBM, LindenLabs integrate virtual worlds

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "Informationweek has a story about IBM and LindenLabs working to integrate OpenSimulator and SecondLife. The extensions will be open sourced through the OpenSim project. This may make it possible to have one presence and roam multiple worlds. I remember way back in the 90's when there there were projects to integrate muds based on the LambdaMoo server. Initiated by the folks running the noe defunct ChibaMoo, integration never got too far other than being able to open start a connection between from ChibaMoo and a few others and receive messages between them. But as a professional MOO'er, it was a big leap."
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Extended Validation still an exercise in futility

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "Network Computing has a story about how extended validation certificates is a security theater but the Merchants Risk Council wants to promote it's use. Thing is, in January 2007, a joint paper by Stanford and Microsoft showed there that EV certs did nothing to reduce the risk of phishing by regular users. How can organizations continue to promote ineffective security methods?"
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Retroactive immunnity for gov't wiretaps voting

hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "eWeek has an article about how "the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee delayed Nov. 8 a scheduled vote on whether telecommunications carriers should be granted immunity for cooperating with the White House's domestic spying program of telephone wiretapping and e-mail surveillance. The panel hopes to vote on the provision as soon as next week." If you want to make your voice heard, contact your senator today!"
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hal9000(jr) hal9000(jr) writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "CMP Media announced that they are closing Network Computing print down. That leaves one less place to get independent information and product reviews. Where is an IT guy supposed to go to learn about products?"

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