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RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians

kemenaran Re:Yet I still pay for CDs... (495 comments)

We really need a wider adoption of a system like Flattr. We could download music, and still pay the artists (and only them).

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians

kemenaran Nothing new (495 comments)

So we all agree there: we, as Internet actors, have to invent collectively new economic models for assuring revenues and living to musicians — and it's likely these models shouldn't and won't include the current record labels.

more than 4 years ago

Your Computer Or iPad Could Be Disrupting Sleep

kemenaran f.lux (351 comments)

That's what f.lux is for. It changes the temperature of your screen according to the time (sunrise/sunset). It works under Mac, Linux, Windows ; a real gem.

more than 4 years ago

Full ACTA Leak Online

kemenaran Origin of the file (kinda) (201 comments)

By the way, the file was released by the french association "La quadrature du Net", which is quite active as a defender of Net freedom and neutrality in France (they fought against HADOPI and the LOOPSI-pedo-filtering-and-blocking laws).

I don't know if they got the file themselves or if they just released it.

more than 4 years ago

Second Life Tries To Backpedal On the GPL

kemenaran Re:Not really affecting the code... (207 comments)

Yes, I thought Linden Labs had the right to edict rules about how to connect to their servers and which data are sent.

The GPL frees the code, you are still free to hack and release it — but if you want to connect to Linden servers *and* mess around with their policy, they might not allow you to use this client.

Sounds like the Doom Engine : the code is free, but don't redistribute the copyrighted WAD. It didn't prevent the code of the engine to be hacked and used, right ?

more than 4 years ago

French Net Censorship Plan Moves Forward

kemenaran Because of the elections (108 comments)

The "urgent" status is actually because this censorship bill is part of a larger law, named LOPPSI 2, that addresses several "security" matters : more jail for everyone, Internet filtering, trojans for cops in "organized crime" investigation, and so on.

There are regional elections in France in about one month. The government tries to scare people on security matters — the good old "I want *everyone* to *remember* _why_they_need_us_ !". They want to pass the law before the elections, and gave it an "urgent" status that of course isn't justified in any other way.

more than 4 years ago

France Considers 'Pirate Tax' For Online Ads

kemenaran Re:The old Motto: (271 comments)

There is no connection, of course. In France we *love* to tax unrelated business one for each other. Last year, to compensate the lifting of advertising on public TV channels, the french government decided to tax the telcos and the ISPs. Why ? Because they're making money, so why not ? The tax has not to make any sense, it has to tax successful businesses that make money. Oh, plus Google is evil and want to scan our beautiful books — you see, another reason !

more than 4 years ago

Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

kemenaran Re:A good thing (419 comments)

Then Flashblock with a good whitelist ? That's what I ended up with, instead of using AdBlock. Works pretty well, I must say.

more than 4 years ago

Eolas Sues World + Dog For AJAX Patent

kemenaran Re:What separate program is required for AJAX? (647 comments)

I think there's a good argument that a javascript engine isn't "separate" from the browser these days. It's so tightly integrated that the end user certainly can't pry it apart.

That's true for a lot of Web rendering engines, but not for all of them. The WebKit HTML renderer is decoupled from the Javascript engine, and can use JSCore (Safari) or V8 (Chrome) as a JS backend. And Firefox tries to keep SpiderMonkey separated from the rest of Gecko.

more than 4 years ago

Nanotech Ink Turns Paper Into a Low-Cost Battery

kemenaran Science: it works, bitches. (129 comments)

The mighty power of science, striking again! Some technologies just seem more *elegant* than others — and this one would be awesome.

more than 4 years ago

French President Violates His Own Copyright Law, Again

kemenaran Re:"If he were he subject to his own law" ?! (356 comments)

We have an official presidential immunity in France. It sucks.
I mean, it wasn't that bad when presidents acted reservedly - but now that Sarkozy starts to fuck up, sue people and everything, *while being protected of all judicial proceeding*, man...

more than 4 years ago

Obama Bars Federal Workers From Texting and Driving

kemenaran Re:Just federal employees? (236 comments)

It's illegal in France too : you can't text while driving, and can phone only with a hands-free set. Makes sense - for the obvious reasons mentioned above. I was really surprised to see USA *bus-drivers* answering long calls : they have a full pack of passengers right behind them, what are they thinking ?!

more than 4 years ago

'Death Star' Aimed at Earth

kemenaran Cool ! (400 comments)

The first thought I had reading this was "hey, this is coool !" Honestly, what is better than to be destroyed by a huge cosmic gamma-ray beam ? It's even better than to be wiped out by huge vogons spaceships to make room for a galactic highway !

more than 6 years ago


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