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Comment That's a lot of water to generate in a day (Score 2) 128

It's a little over 83 liter of water per hour, presuming this is meant to be running 24 hours a day. So I'm going to guess this is meant to generate enough water for more than a single family. Maybe a good portion of a village. The details are light in the linked article. What's the target area's relative & absolute humidity and the season? Is it even possible for certain areas of the world to do that?

Comment It's not the phone number making it insecure (Score 5, Insightful) 105

it's the humans at the other end of the line.

The lesson is the same one we've been screaming about for the past few decades. People are the weakest link. They're paid just to get on with the job, not to take the time to analyze or think that deeply. The article even mentions how the security the phone company has as part of their procedure was ignored. Why? Because for the support people it's about getting to the next caller.

Change that and you've changed security. That'll cost money, but I have a feeling it's more than affordable.

Comment I think it'll depend on the price (Score 2, Interesting) 269

More than your average 7" tablet? It'll be a tougher sell for me.

The brand just doesn't inspire the idea of good times with games anymore. Just more tired and uninspiring retreads of their old properties. Not to mention the constant problems they've had with third parties. The Wii was drowning in shovelware. The WiiU was too underpowered for anyone to care about it.

This thing is supposed to be powered by a custom NVidia chip. So I don't know. Is it enough to attract good devs? Who can say at this point?

Comment That's, for better or worse, for a court to decide (Score 5, Insightful) 218

And that's the problem here and in other cases like it.

It has to be checked-off by a court to say exactly that. Only after that step can the guy turn around and sue for damages and lost wages. It's as backward as you can get. It's putting the onus on the defense to prove that they're _not_ infringing. Assume guilt much?

Copyright law needs a top to bottom reform. Period.

Comment Re:Not Netflix's fault (Score 1) 181

It may not be popular right now, but compromise is how we get things done. In this case, the studios and big copyright get something in return for giving up their harebrained platform exclusivity. The ability to see how harebrained platform exclusivity is for a certain time before everybody fills their coffers.

Comment It's one foot or the other (Score 3, Interesting) 181

I'll give the studios some credit in this. It would appear they looked at what happened with music and book publishers and decided they didn't want any one company lording over them and being able to cut deals like Amazon and Apple did. For them, it's a choice of either shooting their left foot and let Netflix have what they want at whatever price they can get or shoot their right foot by forcing people to have more than one account.

Only time will show which one they shot.

Comment Re:Not Netflix's fault (Score 4, Interesting) 181

In addition to the breakup, I'd like to see movies and television put under a compulsory licensing scheme after, say five years. Set up a similar system to how music royalties get collected and paid out. This way companies like YouTube and Netflix can stop worry about this and follow where the demand takes them. The five year buffer doesn't stop studios from cutting deals to get shows and movies out to platforms of choice earlier and gives them time to sell the physical media.

Comment Now we know (Score 1) 104

why they moved so quickly to get the settlement in. It absolves them of any other doings "just in case" something else rears up, ugly and painful.

I wonder if that settlement can be tossed when it's shown that the execs knew or should have known that further breaches of the law, like these, had yet to be reported.

Comment Please stop (Score 4, Insightful) 42

I really don't know where to begin. This is another reinvention of the wheel. Something I'm seeing more and more of these days. Don't know if it's because I'm approaching a certain age or if communication is just happening faster and faster so we see more of it in a shorter amount of time.

Don't think I'm knocking it. I'm not. It's obvious someone needed this and didn't know how or where to look for the contemporary counterpart in current clients. Or because current clients made it too hard to figure out. We all have different brains and think our process out differently. Just because it's obvious to you or I how to script this in our gmail doesn't mean that everyone else sees it that way.

What bothers me is the breathless headlines. The purposeful exaggeration. The constant commercialization. That, more than anything, I'm tired of.

No wonder advertisement is in trouble.

Comment Re:Who cares about Allo? (Score 2, Insightful) 86

I've seen the same question being asked everywhere and since there's been no official answer, I'm going to go with "internal politics".

No company is immune from it. Even engineers have politics. It's what greases the wheels of human interactions.

So I'm going to guess it's the same story here. Someone came up with a nifty way to do IM, presented it to their boss, it got pushed up until it became a competing project. And instead of integrating the projects together, the teams were forced to fight for resources. Meanwhile everyone who could have ordered the integration is busy maintaining their position and trying to look like they're worth the megabucks they're being paid. Instead of, you know, actually managing things, communicating with other groups inside the same company, and so forth. Remember your game theory here.

It's not all that hard to picture. Alphabet is just another company.

Comment How to fix that? (Score 4, Interesting) 187

Make television and movies like music with compulsory licensing? Say anything five years and older gets put into the pool of things that can be broadcast/streamed as part of your service as long as you pay the base royalties. Have the same sort of setup as music does but with a much finer grained reporting. That way everyone that should get paid, is paid.

While five years seems a bit long, that's so streaming and rebroadcast doesn't cut too deeply into the DVD/BluRay sales. That should be plenty of time for that to go through the fans that really want their personal copy at release or to wait for the price to fall or discounted.

And this doesn't stop anyone from making separate deals to get it before the five year date and/or add extras to their service like trivia, blooper reels, and so forth.

Again, the point of copyright was to give people a chance to spread culture around before it is outright given away. Seeing as how locked up it's become, anything that speeds and ease of dissemination is a good thing.

Comment You can't get blood from a turnip (Score 1) 125

From what I've read, there's no money to be squeezed from YT right now. The service started in the red and has generally stayed there. Complaining will only generate so much hot air.

If these media companies want to see YT fail and go away that is going to be akin to cutting a leg off to spite their marathon time. Of course, these are the sorts of short-sighted people that they'd do that on the wish that everything would go back to the way it was before the internet got all the kids so uppity and wanting culture to become responsive to their needs and views and not those of the shareholders and market makers.

Comment Which do you want? Control or profit? (Score 4, Insightful) 125

Re: YouTube not paying enough.

Pick one of the above. You can't have both, you can't pick both. You get to exert an outsized control over the medium which is going to cost much of that profit in the form of maintaining the outsized control. People are clever and will figure out ways around automated filters and counters for no other reason than because they can. It's a challenge to overcome. Countering that takes time, effort, and most importantly money.

Or you can give up the outsized control and get the profit from the views on your "channel" or whatever self-organization YT comes up with next. That's the way it works. You can try making your own streaming platform, but I'm fairly certain we all know how that's going to work out. Complaining about it isn't going to change anything.

The record labels, hell, the media business in general had all the warnings that their world was changing and they had best get along with it. But those in charge stuck their heads in the sand and ignored it. This is the result.

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