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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

tlambert The obvious solution? (159 comments)

The obvious solution? Just make a rule: "No Blasters."

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

tlambert As a general comment... (170 comments)

As a general comment... it's pretty funny that this wouldn't be an issue, since they complied with the GPL as they were required to do, and published their sources.

Only the politics of Open Source is such that the projects that they published the changes for were not updated to include the changes, because they felt that it was not their responsibility to update their projects to include someone else's changes to their projects. They felt, instead, that it was the responsibility of the people making the changes to join their projects, and then make the changes with the editorial oversight of the community.

This is somewhat ironic, since they wouldn't have published the sources in the first place, if it hadn't been for the license.

So it's interesting to me that you can more or less not comply with the license by complying with it, and that the license is only effective for however long your product and company are around, and, if not picked up by the community to be carried forward, get lost after a short period of time, even if the company continues to exist.

I guess I wonder if it's legal to sell remaindered product (or used product) without offering the sources, per the terms of the license, or if, after that period of time, the products become illegal to transfer the binary licenses, since the originators are no longer around, and you cant appeal to them in order to get around your personal obligation, as the seller/reseller, to make the sources available any more (but you, as the middleman, failed to take advantage of the offer while it was possible to do so).

Probably, projects need to be a little less pissy about integrating third party changes, fixes, and extensions back into their main line.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

tlambert Re:SDK available here: (170 comments)

Following the link to the SDK gives a 404. Palm development tools were never readily available even when the platform was popular. Now they're almost impossible to find. Obstructing access to development tools is one sure-fire way to kill off a platform.

Pretty sure they want it dead.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

tlambert Re:SDK available here: (170 comments)

Perhaps next time you should do a little searching around for the fille PODS_1_2_OpenSrc_Orig_Mods.zip which can no longer legally be distributed before you ask me to distribute it, rather than merely giving you enough information that you could find it if you were smart enough to be able to do the type of programming that the OP is asking to be able to do in the first place, since it's going to be pretty useless to you otherwise.

2 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

tlambert Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

Let me repeat that: It is absolutely technically possible to filter based on source IP address country.

Yes, you can also do various trickery to cloak your real source behind another source. That doesn't invalidate the point.

No, it just invalidates the suggestion as an effective method of geographically constraining data away from users in a particular region, which is what you are trying to do by using the IP address as some sort of magic geotag.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

tlambert SDK available here: (170 comments)

SDK available here:

http://gl.access-company.com/p...

Perhaps next time you will read the acquisition history for the software you are trying to find in the Wikipedia article, and then go to the OpenSource/Downloads section of the company website for the current owner of the technology yourself?

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

tlambert Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

So, since I'm reading Slashdot in USA, I shouldn't have to worry about links to goat.cx ?

Only worry if you enjoy them...

4 days ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

tlambert Re:CrAssphage? (99 comments)

Sure. I don't know what the "ass" part of the name signifies, but the second syllable is from the Greek phagein, to eat. That means this virus eats your butt. What a great name.

Chromium Chloride is purple, so clearly, this is a Purple People Eater... is it airborne?

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

tlambert Re:Say what you want (571 comments)

Nobody believes you except for the fools and the gullible. US == liars. Obama == Hitler.

Hitler leads on countries invaded 24 to 4,

Hitler was also a far better public speaker; convinced millions of people that blonde haired people were superior - when he had brown hair.

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

tlambert Re:Great... (571 comments)

I bet you could not tell the difference between a civilian plane and a military plane flying at 30,000 feet over a war zone either.

I could. The civilian plane would have a radar transponder that said "Hi, I am Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17".

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

tlambert Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

It is absolutely technically possible to filter based on source IP address country.

Not unless you disallow VPNs at the border, it isn't.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

tlambert Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

If Google is censoring their results, they could do so no just on the basis of which version of Google receives the request, but on the basis of the requesting IP address.

Google blocks it by domain. Domain is specific to country by registrar. If someone in the UK goes to google.com instead of google.co.uk, it's up to the UK to dick with their ISP and DNS results to force redirect them into the UK legal sandbox where the content is controlled.

You know, just like China.

Legally forcing a commercial entity to act as part of your own implementation of "The Great Firewall of China" is not the same thing as not being censorious dicks yourself. An unfunded mandate to force someone to do your dirty work for you does not make it any less your dirty work.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (271 comments)

"why haven't cellular data providers figured out a way to offer more than 5 GB per month at a reasonable price in the past decade".

They have. The FCC has. They need much more of the spectrum to do it which means shutting off broadcast TV which no one uses.

Funny. The way NTT solved the problem a quarter of a century ago was to increase cell density to decrease per cell load. They don't need more spectrum.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (271 comments)

With cell towers your individual bandwidth is a function of how many people are using that tower. If you aren't getting enough you add towers, simple as that. It just costs money and the cell companies find it's more profitable to throttle than upgrade their network. Throttling your internet/cellphone is free, so long as everyone does it to prevent competition.

This.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert Re:This is about wireless phones (271 comments)

Your gigabit network is nice and all, but this conversation is about phones.

The only imitation on phone is data rate.

Bandwidth is trivially addressed by cell density. NTT happily addressed this in Japan Circa 1998 or so by increasing cell density. For each increase in cell density, the radius containing devices an existing cell has to service is reduced. For something lice a femto-cell, or business femto cells, such as those on they ceilings of the conference rooms, offices, and hallways at Google and Apple, the effective load for a given cell is a couple of devices each, at most.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert Re:So we should pay $250,000 every February? (271 comments)

Is this because you can't multiple 60 x 60 and get 3600, and then divide it by 10 to get 360, and don't understand that the factor 10 should be used instead of the factor 8 due to the way CSMA/CD transports encode 8 bits?

Or are you just bad at math?

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (271 comments)

that takes 5 GB per month?

do you HAVE to stream entire movies and music to it?

why not copy stuff to its storage and maybe save some wireless bandwidth?

Maybe Verizon FIOS is his hem provider, and either way, he hits a dumb ass Verizon data cap because they've gotten state laws passed to prevent cities from building their own infrastructure?

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

tlambert So we should pay $250,000 every February? (271 comments)

I think $10/GB would be reasonable considering that they charge $30 for 3GB.

I think $10/GB is ridiculous; in South Korea, you can buy 1Gbit/s for $20/month - which would take you about 10 seconds to hit $10.

Given that there are 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour, that's about $360/hour, or $8,460/day, or to put it another way, a quarter of a million dollars for February, and more than that for other months with more days in them.

Tell me again why they are selling other people's packets as if they were metering water, as opposed to renting us pipes for those packets based on pipe diameter, and getting the hell out of the way otherwise?

5 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

tlambert Re:Netflix is ruthless. (200 comments)

Netflix is perhaps the most ruthless corporation to have ever existed. They will stop at absolutely nothing to dominate the economy. In a year or two stopping them will be impossible. We must act now, otherwise it will be too late.

Why? Does their player mine Bitcoins for the Winklevii in the background while playing movies?

about a week ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

tlambert Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

Reminds me of the stories of panhandlers begging at intersections
who get picked up by their chauffeurs at the end of the day to go back
to their mansions.

You mean complete imaginary bullshit made up by and propagated by greedy
sociopaths eager to rationalize their abandonment of their fellow man?

Especially these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... ...and lest you think this is a U.S. only thing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

about a week ago

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It looks like Apple has started paying for product placement

tlambert tlambert writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tlambert (566799) writes "From the well-that-didn't-take-long department:

It looks like Apple has gone back on their long-standing tradition of refusing to pay for product placement; at the end of the Hulu premiere episode for the television show "Deception" in which multiple Apple products appear, there is a clear statement in the credits: "promotional consideration furnished by APPLE". The statement occurs at time hash 44:49, 6 seconds before the end of the video."

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99 year old woman reading again on her new iPad

tlambert tlambert writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tlambert (566799) writes "This is a cute story (with video) about a 99 year old woman and her iPad. It's interesting because of the accessibility angle. After years with glaucoma, she's able to read books again due to a combination of font scaling and an adjustable backlight intensity, according to the article."
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