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Illegal To Take a Photo In a Shopping Center?

stupid_is Re:Oh you know Britain (544 comments)

Actually, it's along the lines of "you can take photos in public places, except for some places which we won't tell you about, and if we think you're up to no good" - guidance here. But the courts and MPs have been eroding this power over the last couple of years such that the savvy journo should be able to argue rings around any jobsworth copper trying to lean on them for taking photos.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Claims Samsung and Motorola Patent Monopoly

stupid_is Re:World Class Hypocrisy (381 comments)

So when Motorola/Samsung/Nokia/... each spend $Millions researching stuff to stick in the aforementioned patents, under the understanding that they can all cross-license at a reasonable cost (i.e. share the pool, probably at an overall expense of near $0), it is unreasonable to then charge more to a new entrant who has contributed nothing to the standards (and who has more cash than the US govmt)?

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

stupid_is Re:Didn't see this one coming (578 comments)

Scratch that, Symbol went to Motorola Solutions...

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

stupid_is Re:Easy way to increase production (578 comments)

err - IIRC all (or a significant portion) of Motorola Mobility manufacturing is in China...

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

stupid_is Re:Patents (578 comments)

Motorola Mobility owns all the patents that Motorola owned. Motorola Solutions has sweet FA except for that which it filed post-separation, which is sweet FA as there was no budget for that.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

stupid_is Re:Battle of the Apes (578 comments)

There ain't no such thing as Motorola anymore, as Motorola Inc split into Motorola Solutions (Networks) and Motorola Mobility (Handsets + set top boxes) - affectionately known as Motorola Solutions (making a small profit) and Motorola Problems (not quite making profit). As part of the deal, all of the IPR owned by Motorola Inc was transferred to Motorola Mobility to give it a revenue stream (and, I suppose, to make it more attractive on the auction block) and Motorola Solutions got a license to use what it wanted at the time of the split. Since then, Solutions has split into two, with the (3GPP and 3GPP2) mobile networks technology bit getting bought by Nokia Siemens Networks, leaving the TETRA/Govmt and iDEN businesses in the Motorola Solutions stable.

"Motorola" as a brand is now thoroughly axed to death. I can't imagine that the brand will last long on consumer devices when under the Google umbrella, and the enterprise devices are either dying a slow/quick death (3GPP, 3GPP2 being replaced with NSN kit & iDEN cos it's a dying proprietary tech) or being outsourced to another well known brand (TETRA is relying on Ericsson for it's LTE enhancements, IIRC).

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

stupid_is Re:Didn't see this one coming (578 comments)

Motorola Mobility contains all consumer devices, plus Symbol, plus set top boxes (which also run Android) and cable modems.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

stupid_is Re:Open Source but Patent Encumbered (176 comments)

Update: Google buying Motorola Mobility (handsets) for $40/share (a markup of 63% on last weeks closing price). Interesting move, but they acquire all of the old Motorola's IPR in the deal, so conceivably get a chunk of ammunition for these Android law suits.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

stupid_is Re:Open Source but Patent Encumbered (176 comments)

They may be the oldest, but their market share for handsets has slipped down to the low single digits (this mirrors the picture in their network infrastructure business, which is now owned by NSN after being spun off as a separate business last year, but all the IPR stayed with the handset division). Yes, they do have a patent "war chest", but the investment in it has shrunk considerably over the last decade at least, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's actually a "war jewellery box". There might be a few gems in there, but most of the killer patents will have expired or are soon to expire so their negotiating position might be somewhat weak.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

stupid_is Re:They were played (176 comments)

hmm Perhaps the hammer is aimed quite well at the nail with this post.... Although I can't see an exit from Android for Motorola quite yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

stupid_is Re:They were played (176 comments)

So that means that the early GSM patents are just now in public domain

FTFY. The GSM specs have been evolving over the last 20 years, and continue to do so as it enters the last maybe ten or so years of usefulness (and even that's a figure in doubt as the GSM network coverage is so ubiquitous - handset churn rate helps this along, though). GPRS and EDGE and enhancements to the specs, and even UMTS (incl HSPA) and LTE reuse & improve on some aspects of GSM. Patents are still being sought on GSM tech, and the spec still has changes being made by manufacturers and operators - especially when they have a patent on the change proposal

You might possibly be able to make a handset that technically does GSM without infringing on a patent, but it would be rather feature-light (if functioning at all, with modern network infrastructure).

more than 3 years ago
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Ripping CDs Set To Be Legalized In UK

stupid_is Re:Seriously? (156 comments)

Under current UK law, software backups are fine, ripping DVD/CD video/audio content is a no-no.

more than 3 years ago
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Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

stupid_is Re:thanks... (132 comments)

oops - my bad. ")"

more than 3 years ago
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Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

stupid_is Re:Recruiting? (132 comments)

errr - that's not a tardis (hope this isn't a "swoosh" moment, it's a regular old-style public phone box (booth). You don't see them about much, although a while back an enterprising sculptor put a dozen together like this and flogged it to my local council for several tens of thousands of quid.

The tardis is supposed to be a police telephone box, which has a different design and colour like this. These boxes also contained equipment other than a phone - such as a first aid kit and an incident book.

On a last pedantic note, there were red police boxes in Glasgow, Scotland, for a time.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Assange To Be Extradited To Sweden

stupid_is Re:He didn't rape them (530 comments)

The definition of rape in Sweden is a lot more liberal than in the UK (or US, for that matter). I think the charge is something along the lines of "having sex without a barrier protection method on the assumption that the parties involved do not sleep around and then subsequently finding out that at least one does sleep around, thus increasing the risk of STDs to the injured party".

Oddly, I wasn't aware that you could be extradited from the UK to face a charge for something that isn't illegal in the UK - I think they're trying (and succeeding, so far) to peg it onto a "sexual assault" charge

more than 3 years ago
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TiVo To Brick All Remaining UK PVRs On June 1

stupid_is Re:£149? (286 comments)

In the UK it actually is the same (although mostly without the technical terms such as "ADSL2+" which would confuse the poor ignorant masses), although you will also be shaped depending on traffic class during "peak" hours (that typically last for much of the day) with a lot of the major ISPs - check out your Fair Usage and Traffic Management policies that are required to be easily findable on your ISPs website. If you are fortunate enough to live near an unbundled exchange, then you have a better choice of ISPs and so may be able to find one that offers an unshaped, unlimited (without the *) contract. These contracts are either not very cheap or not very common. Buy cheap broadband and expect to be heavily throttled and have caps put in place

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

stupid_is Re:My Face (344 comments)

There's also that key phrase "subject to your privacy and application settings". In there, you've got:

Your status, photos and posts
Photos and videos you're tagged in

How hard is it to modify those settings to one that is not "all and sundry in the world"?

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

stupid_is Re:True, in theory (344 comments)

...in the UK, at least :)

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

stupid_is Re:True, in theory (344 comments)

You're wrong - if it's work for hire then the default is the copyright is assigned to the person that did the hiring. However, if there is an agreed contract between the two parties that states otherwise, then that over-rules the default.

more than 3 years ago

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Google buys Motorola Mobility

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "Google announces plans to purchase Motorola Mobility (MMI) for $40/share — a 63% markup on Friday's closing price. Intriguing as Motorola Mobility owns all the old Motorola IPR, so perhaps they are buying up ammunition for the Android lawsuits given their recent failure to obtain the Nortel IPR portfolio."
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New terrain map of Earth published

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "The most complete terrain map of the Earth's surface has been published (although currently slashdotted by the world's media coverage (sample coverage here).
The data, comprising 1.3 million images, come from a collaboration between the US space agency Nasa and the Japanese trade ministry. The images were taken by Japan's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (Aster) aboard the Terra satellite. The resulting Global Digital Elevation Map covers 99% of the Earth's surface, and will be free to download and use.
Previously, the most complete such topographic map was Nasa's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, covering 80% of the Earth's surface. However, the mission's results were less accurate in steep terrain and in some deserts.
Nasa is now working to combine those data with the new Aster observations to further improve on the global map."
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Wikileaks now has Aussie blacklist

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "It's being reported that Wikileaks now has the Aussie internet blacklist up for viewing

Apparently the site has gone down under the strain of all those curious Australians"
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YouTube blocking music videos in UK

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "YouTube are to be blocking their "premium" music video content to users in the UK, the BBC and The Register.

The Performing Rights Society in the UK say that YouTube want to decrease the amount of royalties they're paying, and YouTube are saying that the PRS want them to increase the amount they're paying. El Reg finishes with:

Yanking content off streaming sites appears to be an increasingly common negotiating ploy for both sides of the table. In December 2008, Warner Music Group began removing its videos from YouTube after claiming it wasn't getting enough cut of the profit. Apparently companies are betting customer outrage will spur the other side to bend to their demands. But when customers can get their content elsewhere easier (and often illegally, where nobody gets paid) the licensing e-tantrum can certainly backfire on both.

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Illegal downloaders 'face UK ban'

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "The BBC are reporting on proposed UK legislation that would mean that those folks caught "illegally downloading music and films" being cast out from the internet under a "3 strikes and you're out" policy. ISPs that fail to enforce these new rules could potentially be prosecuted, with the details of suspected downloaders made available to he courts. Apparently, some of the biggest UK ISPs (including BT, Virgin and Tiscali) have been in talks with the entertainment industry over introducing a voluntary scheme for policing pirate activity, but no agreement has been reached."
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Apple bricks unlocked iPhones

stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "As predicted, Apple have just released an "upgrade" that leaves unlocked devices "permanently inoperable". The BBC are covering this, and also note that "some owners are reporting on technology blogs and Apple's own forums that the update is deleting contacts information, as well as photos and music, on iPhones that have not been modified in any way""
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "Following on from the previous story, it's being reported by the BBC that Apple and EMI are partnering with the result being that users can purchase DRM-free versions of the EMI catalogue on iTunes. The downside is that this "premium" content will cost an additional 30c per track, making it $1.29 per track. There will be the added bonus that the downloaded tracks will be twice the sound quality as before.

EMI's press release can be read here"
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "RFID tags can be fairly controversial in their use — because of this, the EU has set up a commission to examine the issues and come up with recommendations for a regulation policy on their use. Full details can be found on their website here. The BBC are also running an article on this, and there's an interesting viewpoint over at El Reg."
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "The BBC are reporting that a lawsuit has been filed in New York on behalf of Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol and UMG recordings against two Russian music download services, Allofmp3 and AllTunes. The usual arguments are touted, but there is also an interesting quote from the folks at the Russian Organization for Multimedia and Digital Systems (ROMS), the Russian equivalent of the RIAA, stating "Allofmp3.com's activity is quite legitimate""
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  about 8 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "Following on from the story on the Gower Report in the UK (previously seen here), a host of musicians (over 4,500 of them, including poor, starving stars such as U2, Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel) have taken out a big ad in the FT to back the call for an extension to copyright in the UK. Allegedly, that's what we, the British public, want — although the survey seems to be asking a different, rather biased, question"
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 8 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "In addition to a previous submission a judge in Spain is reported to have ruled that under Spanish law a person who downloads music for personal use can not be punished or branded a criminal. This seems to be a teeny bit clearer than the first article, which points out that downloading is a civil, and not criminal, offence for individuals.

The Spanish recording industry federation Promusicae is predictably a bit peeved, and says it will appeal against the decision."
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 8 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "A new theory that the human race will divide into two sub-species in the next 100,000 years (give or take a few) is being reported by the BBC.

"Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge."
"The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the 'underclass' humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures."


Which class would PHBs fall into?"
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stupid_is stupid_is writes  |  more than 8 years ago

stupid_is (716292) writes "The BBC are reporting that Judge Ronald Friedman has cleared Bully for publication in Florida. Jack Thompson is, predictably, critical of the decision, stating "You did not see the game, you don't even know what it was you saw." after Take-Two gave him the game, along with someone to play the game for him to watch before he made a decision."

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