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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

organgtool Re:Non-piratable (198 comments)

It's music that can't be heard and Apple figured U2 would be the perfect band to use this new technology.

1 hour ago

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

organgtool I Can't Agree More (355 comments)

Much of the systemd debacle has been a clash of mindsets between the old Unix guard and a newer generation of developers focused on integration. The old Unix philosophy of each module doing one thing and doing it well allows developers to take a bottom-up approach and glue existing modules together to provide solutions rapidly. However, as Linus alludes, this method doesn't scale well, especially as many modules are cobbled together to implement much more complicated tasks. At a certain point, a top-down approach works a lot better for those larger tasks. The top-down approach provides a more user-centric look at how to create a well-integrated solution and may use existing modules just as would be the case in the bottom-up approach. Since it is more focused on the user's perspective (rather than the developer's perspective), it tends to realize shortcomings in existing modules earlier and therefore may lead the developers to make the decision to write some of their own modules rather than mostly relying on extending modules well-beyond their intended purposes.

Systemd takes a top-down approach, and while some may argue that it's design leaves a lot to be desired, that doesn't mean that a bottom-up approach is automatically better. Based on the dependency tree, this appears to be a project that started out with few requirements and quickly grew after it was deep in the implementation phase, which is a problem regardless of either development approach. And then you have just bone-headed moves on top of that such as using binary logging. In any event, it's being widely adopted, it's here to stay, and I'm sure it will continue to remain controversial.

2 days ago

Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

organgtool Re:Biggest concern is the data usage (319 comments)

Not necessarily. Someone who only downloads small, cheap apps would want to download them immediately over their cellular connection and would not expect to have relatively large downloads forced upon them.

2 days ago

Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

organgtool Re:It did? (129 comments)

So stop quibbling and use modern software.

Running this version of Chrome requires that I install a new OS which means that I need to back up all of my application settings spread out across the entire system, install the new OS, and then try to put all of the pieces together again. And that's if the new OS supports my old hardware. So it's not as easy as you make it out to be unless you're willing to pay for my new hardware.

3 days ago

Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

organgtool Re:All hostages to the last mile providers (85 comments)

You beat me to it. Since most of the cable companies are also ISPs, they have full motive to throttle the connections of any threatening content providers into oblivion. After all, every minute spent watching content from another provider is a minute not consuming the cable company's channels or their ad-laden video-on-demand. And since we have no net neutrality laws, there is no legal reason for them not to throttle competing content providers. With the current situation, if you want to be a major content provider in the U.S., then you had better be prepared to roll out your own nationwide fiber optic network.

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

organgtool Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1262 comments)

Then you would be removing an option for people who are victims to tell their stories anonymously. The current system appears to be working - all of the anonymous trolls are being modded down to oblivion and rational posts are being modded up.

about three weeks ago

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

organgtool Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (261 comments)

That is how the technology will start but as it improves, it will surpass humans. For example, we already have numerous systems to assist drivers: blind spot warnings, lane stability control, and front-end collision detection. Most of these systems have been around for several years and over time they will be refined to the point that they're better at detecting danger and reacting than humans. For the time being, I'm with you in that I wouldn't trust a vehicle to take control away from me, but we're rapidly reaching a point where we will have to admit that the technology is better than we are. But we're going to need to test the hell out of these systems to be sure that they're reliable and secure.

about three weeks ago

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

organgtool Re:WRONG (261 comments)

You either failed to read TFS or you simply glossed over the most important detail:

NHTSA believes that V2V capability will not develop absent regulation, because there would not be any immediate safety benefits for consumers who are early adopters of V2V

The point is that given the current situation, there won't be any standard because there is no motivation for car manufacturers to develop such a system since there would initially be so few cars that could communicate with each other in the first place. Even if you got past that barrier, it would require the independent cooperation of competing car companies to implement in order to build a feasible system. Worse yet, if you did manage to get companies to voluntarily cooperate, their cooperation could easily turn to collusion as they could lock out smaller car manufacturers from participating in the creation of the standard or they could develop a closed standard altogether.

No, this is the precise situation that government should be getting involved in. The current situation has little to no financial incentive to motivate the private sector to implement, so making it mandatory and letting them participate heavily in the creation of the standard is the next best option.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

organgtool Re:How Stupid are Elected Representatives? (531 comments)

I think your tin foil helmet is on too tight and is cutting off the circulation to your brain. Normally I would recommend loosening or removing the helmet, but either way I think time will resolve the issue.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

organgtool Re:Display server (826 comments)

In addition to that, it is theoretically possible to get RDP in Wayland working similar to X-forwarding. RDP has superior performance to X since it supports compression and it can be used to share a single application or an entire desktop, just like X. At that point, X will hold absolutely no advantages over Wayland.

about three weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

organgtool Tolerable With Limits (611 comments)

I am reluctantly tolerant of ads since I realize that they pay the people who provide the content I'm consuming without charge, but if I'm reading a text article and a video ad with sound pops up, I kill the sound by closing the tab. I won't tolerate that rudeness when there are so many other sources of news that don't expose me to such tripe.

about a month ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

organgtool Time For Cynicism (155 comments)

The rightsholders have claimed copyright on birdsong, a public transmission of the space shuttle launch, and many other claims of complete nonsense, proving that their algorithms are way too aggressive in flagging videos and that they can't even be bothered to review the "infringing" material before issuing a takedown notice. So who wants to bet that the legislative resolution to this issue has nothing to do with harsher penalties for fraudulent requests and everything to do with harsher penalties for "pirates" who happened to have a radio or television playing in the background when they caught something unusual on video?

about a month ago

How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

organgtool Re:who cares? (97 comments)

It's even worse than that. Some companies don't even want to sell their products in the U.S. out of fear of patent litigation. I had a feeling this would eventually happen, but I didn't think it would happen this soon. The U.S. is losing ground in the tech sector and the worst part is that it's our own fault.

about a month ago

How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

organgtool Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

Well yes and no, patent protects innovation because you have a monopoly on your idea.

While I agree with most of what you have said, I have to make a pedantic statement about a common mistake that you have made that infuriates me - you can not patent an idea! You may patent an implementation of an idea, otherwise known as an invention, but you are not supposed to be able to patent the underlying idea.

You're never forced to patent your idea tho (see Coca-Cola, never patented, receipt never given).

This is true, although you've used a bad example since recipes are not eligible to be patented. But otherwise, you are correct - unpatented ideas can be protected as trade secrets.

about a month ago

The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

organgtool Re:good (125 comments)

Many people do not understand the nature of a "free market". To help them put it into perspective, a "free market" means that the players in the market are free to screw over each other and their customers as much as they want. If you don't like it, your only option is to start your own company assuming that the established players haven't already cornered the market or the infrastructure required to bring the product or service to market. However, healthy and fair competition is rarely ever the result of a free market - that only exists with a moderate amount of regulation to prevent the established players from stomping or buying out the competition.

about a month ago

Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

organgtool Win For Apple (46 comments)

This agreement definitely favors Apple since the U.S. cases still proceed where Apple's has the advantage of strong support for their software patents as well as home court advantage. I can't help but wonder why Samsung would agree to this, especially the part about dropping the case in their home country.

about a month and a half ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

organgtool Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (315 comments)

True, but approximately 90% of businesses fail within the first three years. Unfortunately, I can't pay my mortgage in stock that's worth less than toilet paper.

about 1 month ago


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