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Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

mdwh2 Re:Give Me A Break! (483 comments)

But facebook is a pre-existing term for a yearbook. So Facebook started off as being an online facebook. Teachbook is a facebook for teachers.

I see no evidence that Facebook have promoted the use of "book" as a suffix - perhaps if they had a range of foo-book sites or products, that would be different.

And where does it say that Teachbook is a social networking site, or anything like Facebook, anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

mdwh2 Re:Give Me A Break! (483 comments)

I'm waiting for a company to bring out a phone with "phone" in the title, and for Apple to then sue them... Would be no less ridiculous than many of these cases!

more than 3 years ago
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Apple In Talks To Bring $0.99 TV Rentals To iTunes

mdwh2 Re:Subscription service (274 comments)

I agree. Here in the UK, we have to pay £140 a year for the TV licence if we watch any broadcast TV, plus there's the £10 a month I pay for TV. Yet watching via the Internet is far more convenient than remembering when something is on.

So that's £260 a year that's up for grabs if a company was to offer a legal Internet-based TV service. The technology is already here. Instead the companies would rather not offer it, shut down any sites offering it (I remember when TV Links I think it was called was shut down by police here in the UK), and then whine that piracy is killing their industry - despite the fact that people like me are still paying them £260 a year, and they're the ones refusing to offer what people want.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

mdwh2 Re:Give Me A Break! (483 comments)

Given that teachbook is a social networking site but for a specialized niche

Is it, though? The article only says:

"the Northbrook, Ill.-based company, which provides tools for teachers to manage their classrooms and share lesson plans and other resources"

Not sure that implies social networking, unless you're diluting the term to mean any website where people can sign up for an account.

Not to mention that "facebook" was a pre-existing term to mean a school yearbook.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

mdwh2 Re:Possible GPS navigation? (202 comments)

Can also do all of that on my Nokia 5800.

Does the Iphone behave anything like the Ipod btw? That's terrible - aside from being forced to use Itunes, when using on another computer, all the files appear as random gibberish (and using it through Itunes on another machine has risks of syncing issues). With normal devices like the Sandisk Sansa and 5800, they just work out of the box, and present themselves as an ordinary external drive, without corrupting the filenames.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

mdwh2 Re:iPhone4 is $299 retail (32GB model) (202 comments)

Word games? Well by that logic, Nokia has smartphones like the 5800 entirely for "free".

Would you like to do a deal? I give you £5, and you pay me back £30 a month for the next two years. Since you're carrying a phone with you anyway, that's a great deal for you - you've just got £5 for free, right?

Since the poster ALREADY stated he "would carry a phone anyway" that rendered the subsidy point moot, since he would BE PAYING FOR PHONE SERVICE ANYWAY.

Really? I carry a phone anyway, and don't pay any contract. My phone only cost £180 in total - that's actually in total, not your pretend "word games" in total. I only pay for services I want, as opposed to paying for the phone.

As for apps - Symbian and Android all have the apps that anyone needs as far as I've seen. What examples of killer must have apps are only available on the Iphones? (And even if there are some, the same can be said in reverse - e.g., Nokia Maps which gives decent offline mapping as standard; Google Sky Maps is a cool astronomy tool only available on Android; both of these are far better than 100,000 apps that just make a stupid noise or display a logo, usually with you having to pay for the privilege.)

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

mdwh2 Re:iPod touch wins on price (202 comments)

I can't help thinking that mp3 players have stalled, or at least, the ones that get all the hype. Years ago, you had a 20GB Ipod. But now, for the same price, people are getting excited over devices that have, wow, 16GB, or at most 32GB. I know, they have extra things like Internet and video, but if you just want an mp3 player? And the problem is that most of the cheap mp3 only players also only have even smaller amounts, like 1-8GB.

However, Sandisk's Sansa Clip thankfully has a microSD slot - at UK prices, you can get an 8GB player for £25, shove in a 32GB microSD, and have a 40GB player for £110. For mp3 playing, it beats an Ipod touch hands down (as well as a Shuffle). If you want more than that, well, an Ipod touch lacks any phone capability, and since I need a phone anyway, I might as well use that for Internet access etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

mdwh2 Re:Possible GPS navigation? (202 comments)

What matters is that Apple is finally starting to get some real competition.

There was competition before Apple came along. You could just as easily say Archos or Nokia are finally starting to get real competition (not to mention other similar devices, such as touch netbooks from ASUS etc - the fact that they have a keyboard as well doesn't make them a different market).

Now what may change is that, finally the media will start covering something other than Apple devices.

more than 4 years ago
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Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room

mdwh2 Re:Creative Cheating (227 comments)

Is England the only country in the world where we still, you know, have school punishments rather than shipping young children off to prison because they stole a pencil or whatever?

more than 4 years ago
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Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room

mdwh2 Re:Isn't the first rule of Fight Club... (227 comments)

But what seems more odd to me that this sort of thing results in criminal charges.

Yes, in my day, if you did something like this and bragged about it, you'd be caught and given something like a detention. (Police would only be involved if it was something very serious, and at the least, something involving harm to others.)

I understand that Facebook is the modern analogy to telling everyone about it. I don't understand how police and criminal charges are now the modern analogy to school punishments.

more than 4 years ago
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LucasFilm Sues Jedi Mind Over 'Jedi'

mdwh2 Droid (212 comments)

I agree - it's a commercial usage, it's using the word in a similar context, and it's a word (AFAIK) solely created by LucasFilm.

For other examples of LucasFilm trademarks, I think the trademark over "Droid" is far more dubious, given that this is an obvious shortening of an existing English word, and although English words can be trademarked, they seem to try to enforce this even on things nothing to do with Star Wars (e.g., I believe that Motorola needed to license the trademark for their Droid, even though the name is clearly an obvious shortening of the Android operating system it runs, and nothing to do with Star Wars). The idea that a company can own - in any context - words in our language that are obvious derivations of existing words seems mad. (Just think, in years to come when perhaps robotics becomes commonplace, we won't be allowed to call them droids without infringing...)

more than 4 years ago
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

mdwh2 Re:Application developers fault (178 comments)

Not on their system. In the attack scenario the user's current directory, by whatever means, is a foreign system. Maybe it's a PC on the local network, maybe it's a Webdav share on some server in another country.

Yes I was wondering if it was more the possibility of non-local loading. But in that case, I'd still say it's an OS flaw, not an application flaw - surely it's the OSs job to set the allowed DLL paths up correctly and securely, so that the local disk and trusted networks are included, but things like webdav shares or downloading from a web page in general aren't.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

mdwh2 Re:Application developers fault (178 comments)

Thanks for the info, I was wondering if that was the case. Although given that the standard linking case allows for DLLs to be anywhere in the search path, it's still unclear to me why specifying a DLL in LoadLibrary without a specific path is bad, and if it has different behaviour, shouldn't that be an OS flaw? (I.e., ideally an application should be able to use LoadLibrary with the same paths being searched as in the standard linking case when a DLL is needed for the application to start.)

more than 4 years ago
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

mdwh2 Re:Their security recommendation is hardly a solut (178 comments)

But if it's true that the folder of the data file is included in the search path for DLLs (as opposed to the folder of the application), isn't that something that Microsoft should fix?

How would an application developer fix it to avoid this problem, whilst still allowing the possibility of loading DLLs from the application folder (honest question, I'm not saying it isn't possible, just curious of the solution)?

Do you know how things work with linking the usual way with a lib file (as opposed to manually calling LoadLibrary)?

more than 4 years ago
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Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech

mdwh2 Re:Does Apple sell books? (187 comments)

You mean of the ebook (text) itself, or the physical ebook reader? Either way, I don't see how that makes anything illegal.

You don't agree to a contract before buying these things; contracts are a civil not criminal issue; and I don't see how that should prevent someone producing a screen reader, even if someone else had "agreed" to not use one on "their" device.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source'

mdwh2 Re:Meet the 4 stages (464 comments)

Sorry, you're confusing Microsoft, with PCs. Yes, one advantage PCs had over other platforms was that they could be made by anyone, and worked to a common standard.

But that would still be true, with or without Microsoft, and whether we had a monopoly OS company or not. There were other OSs you could run on any PC.

And, for that matter, would any other company be better than MS? Apple is all about lock-in.

Well, I agree that Apple are far worse in this respect (look at the IPRODUCTS), but equally, it's wrong to claim that Microsoft are responsible for creating interoperability. They've done plenty to resist open standards regarding their operating system and file formats, too (e.g., restricting use of NTFS).

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source'

mdwh2 Re:Meet the 4 stages (464 comments)

Heaven forbid...

Well, PCs had already achieved dominance in business in the 80s, and there were other operating systems for PCs. Some of them were dire, but then so was DOS, and there were better alternatives to DOS (e.g., OS/2 - yes we laugh now, and I laughed at the time when I compared it to AmigaOS, and saw how they were bragging about 32-bit and multitasking in 1994, but they were still ahead of Microsoft, who did the same thing in 1995).

So most likely we'd still be using PCs, running some other operating system.

And even though other platforms may have benefitted from a lack of Microsoft, there was far more than Apple - e.g., the Amiga, BeOS, Linux - who also would have benefitted.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

mdwh2 Re:Application developers fault (178 comments)

I agree - it's unclear to me what the "fault" of the developer is here, and which applications are at fault. I thought that loading a DLL by name without a specific path was standard practice? And how does it work with linking - in my experience, all applications I've written and used can either use a DLL in the standard path, or be overridden by a local DLL, so surely that's standard practice too? And wouldn't this affect almost every Windows program that uses DLL?

But then, I'm not sure that this is a bad system anyway. Well, if it's possible to include a DLL loaded off a web page as being the standard path, that seems a gaping hole. However, if this flaw requires an attacker to already install a dodgy DLL in the user's path on their system, surely that would already be the security flaw? I mean, it's a bit like saying "It's a flaw that people can run exes by double clicking, there could be malicious code" - the flaw isn't in running exes, the flaw is how they got there in the first place.

What is the proposed fix for applications that link to DLLs? And how do other operating systems work - again, I thought that having a path system allowing multiple possible locations for shared libraries wasn't uncommon?

more than 4 years ago
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North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook

mdwh2 Re:Rather stupid... (183 comments)

Yet you're happy to sign up for a Slashdot account, using a 3rd party server. Are you seriously saying that that's just as weird as if "North Korea" had an account to post on here?

more than 4 years ago
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Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

mdwh2 Re:Finally, something to do with this phone (139 comments)

The point is, if he did want that, there are many phones to consider besides the Iphone. Even sticking with Nokia, they have the number one smartphone platform, Symbian.

Stop trying to treat your phone like a desktop ... or even a sub notebook and you'll be a lot happier AND more productive.

If you just want a phone, get a locked down feature phone that does Internet access and apps, and is way cheaper than Apple's. But the point of a smartphone is, or was before Apple redefined the term, to provide something more like a mobile handheld computer.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban on Erotic Comics

mdwh2 mdwh2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mdwh2 (535323) writes "Graphic artists, publishers and MPs have condemned the UK's Coroners and Justice Bill, which will criminalise possession of sexual depictions that appear to show someone under 18 (the age of consent is 16 in the UK), as well as adults where the "predominant impression conveyed" is of someone under 18, and even if they are merely drawn as being present whilst sexual activity took place between adults. The definitions could include Lost Girls, Watchmen, and South Park. The Comic Book Alliance has launched a Petition against the law."
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UK to Criminalise Possession of "Extreme"

mdwh2 mdwh2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mdwh2 (535323) writes "The UK Government has published a bill which includes plans to criminalise possession of "extreme pornography". This would include fictional depictions of violence, and cover private images of S&M acts between consenting partners. Taking a screenshot from a legal film, if done for erotic purposes, could also fall under the law.

The bill has been promoted by groups such as mediawatch-uk. Backlash opposes the law. The plans were previously discussed on Slashdot when first announced."

Journals

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UK Artist Lobbies Against Piracy; Gets Exposed As A Pirate

mdwh2 mdwh2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lily Allen joined in the filesharing debate, giving her support to the planned "three strikes" UK law to disconnect suspected filesharers from the Internet, creating a (now deleted) blog in order to convince people how filesharing is stealing, and how much harm it causes. But she was exposed as a filesharing pirate herself, having made "mixtapes" of other artists' music in order to promote her own career, and the mp3s were still on her website until after she was found out. She also plagiarised an article in her first post. In defence, she said she "didn't have a knowledge of the workings of the music industry" and "I THINK ITS QUITE OVIOUS THAT I WASNT TRYING TO PASS OF THOSE WORDS AS MY OWN". She has now stepped down from the debate.

The Featured Artists Coalition has now joined support with Lily Allen, supporting the law, albeit calling for "the restriction of the infringers bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical" rather than total disconnection. They claim this would leave "basic email and web access functional", which seems unfeasible given how even daily web use can add up to 10s or 100s MBs, let alone the size of essential Windows Update security downloads, or other software that needs security updates. It would also unfairly discriminate between kinds of copyrighted material - sharing smaller files such as copyrighted photographs, software applications, or indeed articles plagiarised from Techdirt, would still be possible.

The Government consultation ends 29 September.

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UK - Man Prosecuted For Posting "Obscene" Story

mdwh2 mdwh2 writes  |  about 6 years ago The British authorities have prosecuted a man under the Obscene Publications Act for allegedly posting a fictional story to the Internet, which describes the rape and murder of the band Girls Aloud. The story, "Girls (Scream) Aloud", was posted to the website Kristen Archives last year. One blogger notes how the story, and stories of a similar nature, are still available online. A case for purely written material has not reached court since Inside Linda Lovelace in 1976, which resulted in a Not Guilty verdict, and this is the first use of the law against material posted to the Internet. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. This was recently raised from three years in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 - the same act that introduces a new law criminalising possession of "extreme" adult images.

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