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How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything

jeffrey.endres Re:Why civil? (606 comments)

A strong minority vote at the shareholder's meeting, binding or not, can provoke greater scrutiny and perhaps lead to bonuses more in line with long term performance of the company and the value thus created for shareholders who are in fact the owners of the business.

It is called shareholder activism. It has been used to some effect here in Australia by Stephen Mayne, but it is hard to break the old boys club.

more than 2 years ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

jeffrey.endres Re:Just what they want Linux to become ? (1134 comments)

Most apps are not even remotely well behaved and shove junk into all sorts of places in the registry.

I'd disagree.

Well, I've repackaged maybe 1500 applications for various windows environments. Almost all software write to HKLM\Software\Vendor. Problems are usually that the vendor and application names have changed so many times that you can't find it based upon what it happens to be called today. Another issue is apps writing machine config to the current user hive and vice versa. I think most developers are admin, so hey, if they can write it anywhere, then everyone can right?

Ok, so it does seem to validate what you said, but I'll just say that registry config is easier to manage than ini files, a lot easier than xml and the worst of course is some undocumented binary blob.

more than 2 years ago

Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

jeffrey.endres Re:stopped using it? (857 comments)

Ironically, the last one there is very useful on application servers if you have any programs that run as servers but are not a real service. I have one server scripted to auto login as administrator, and then a few shortcuts in the program menus "startup" folder, prefixed with numbers to provide an order. The very last icon in the startup folder is named "9999-Lock" which is the above shortcut.

On boot up, the server auto logs in, runs the crap software, and locks the terminal. This all happens in a few seconds, so anyone local at the console would not have any chance to do much before it locked on them. You still need the password to unlock just the same as login, so its pretty secure if your servers are locked away in a server room.

I'd suggest using a service wrapper. There are a few free ones out there. Some applications need a user context though and not all wrappers will handle that well.

more than 2 years ago

Optus Loses Second Battle In Aussie TV-Timeshifting Battle

jeffrey.endres Re:Who's copyright is it anyway? (38 comments)

If dell distribute Windows with a pc can I make copies of Windows as long as dell doesn't mind?

Good example. Yes you can make a copy of Windows for transferring to another computer you own if it was a fully licensed version of Windows. (The user can freely view the transmission on Free To Air TV and record for personal viewing later)

Now, I take my Dell laptop in to the repair shop (Optus) and ask them to transfer my OS to my new Asus laptop. (ignoring OEM licensing restrictions which don't apply to the FTA TV rights). The repairman is allowed to charge a fee for the service and no copyright has been broken.

A rival repair shop (Telstra) has a problem because they've paid lots of money to MS (the AFL) to have a badge that says authorised Windows copiers. To bad for them that you don't (and shouldn't) need to have it copied by an authorised copier.

If the AFL wants to stop this, they could move to pay TV only. Fat chance of that happening.

more than 2 years ago

Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air

jeffrey.endres Re:see also (227 comments)

Thanks! Saved me a post. Oops too late.

more than 2 years ago

Cook County Judge Says Law Banning Recording Police Is Unconstitutional

jeffrey.endres Re:Good. Next up: (152 comments)

In UK and Australia, under common law, you are legally allowed to use reasonable force to resist an unlawful arrest. Reasonable force is use of a roughly equivalent level of force as that used against you.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Patents Module-Based Smartphone

jeffrey.endres Re:First to register vs first to invent (101 comments)

Bah! If you have two patents for the same thing created independently, then the idea is obvious. Both denied!

more than 3 years ago

Brain Power Boosted With Electrical Stimulation

jeffrey.endres Didn't we have this news item before? (153 comments)

I could swear that I have seen this news item on slashdot before. Maybe my brain needs a jolt.

more than 3 years ago

Mass. Court Says Constitution Protects Filming On-Duty Police

jeffrey.endres Re:Missed one... (473 comments)

good cops often choose to cover up for bad cops. Why, I'm not sure - any good cops want to weigh in on that problem?

Doesn't that by definition make them bad cops?

more than 3 years ago

Australian 'Electronic Pigeon Hole' Could Replace Gov't Snail Mail

jeffrey.endres Re:That was late... (116 comments)

Not a Dane but found this. About NemID It is a code card. Which like you, I assume is a one-time password where the server requests a specific code from a table on the card.

more than 3 years ago

Australian 'Electronic Pigeon Hole' Could Replace Gov't Snail Mail

jeffrey.endres Re:you have got to be joking! (116 comments)

Private can work fine providing there is sufficient competition.

Absolutely. Often forgotten when people cry out for laissez faire economies.

Internet access, like other utilities, is a natural monopoly

Almost. Not internet access but fixed line telecommunications. It isn't quite a natural monopoly, but so damn close as not to matter much. Internet access is further up the chain, which is the brilliance of the NBN in my opinion. They allow the competitive environment for IPTV, internet access, and anything else involving high speed and reliable telecoms.

Back on topic, I like Turnbull's idea. Of course this isn't that revolutionary and was part of the justification for the NBN, cost savings for government services. Standardisation of the communications would be fantastic. Perhaps with secure email from certified organisations as the system in Denmark mentioned by irp below. Although, I can't see how you could get spam unless it is just a standard email address which makes the whole thing pointless.

more than 3 years ago

Santa Cruz Tests Predictive Policing Program

jeffrey.endres Re:Self-defeating? (228 comments)

The problem would be how much weight is given to the 8 years of historical data for a system environment that no longer applies. Probably what would happen is that there would be a flattening or evening of the crime statistics for various suburbs.

more than 3 years ago

Copycat "hiPhone 5" Surfaces In China

jeffrey.endres Rounded Corners? (227 comments)

Definitely a patent infringement!

more than 3 years ago

Court to Decide If Man Can Keep His Moon Rock

jeffrey.endres Moon Treaty (390 comments)

A pity that the US didn't sign the Moon Treaty which specifically disallows ownership. Article 11 Part 3.

Neither the surface nor the subsurface of the moon, nor any part thereof or natural resources in place, shall become property of any State, international intergovernmental or non-governmental organization, national organization or non-governmental entity or of any natural person.

Moon Treaty

more than 3 years ago


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