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So the answer would seem to be that if the content "producers" (really the middle-men who don't produce anything but are more in the business of legally ripping off the actual artists) were to create sites that make it easier to access the music, films and books people actually want, they would profit more? Alternatively, impose a levy on the advertisers on those other sites?
Because closing their fists tighter and tighter on a broken business model seems to not be working very well, especially for the artists themselves. With a few exceptions of course - just like the lottery, if they can keep the hope alive, there's always fools who will flock in to get fleeced.
Re: *cough*Salesforce.com*cough* Excellent idea
Good point, well made. I didn't realize Salesforce didn't allow local servers. Learn something new... etc.
Amazing what some businesses will trust. And as an American company, they answer to the US State Dept (in a roundabout way), an organization with a documented history of helping American companies no matter what the cost to non-American interests. Wonder how many Russian organizations are using Salesforce these days?
Go ahead, business people. Give all your business data and financial information to IBM. I'm sure nobody else will look at it or use it against you. Not that Google doesn't already have big chunks of it already, of course.
They're just pissed off because Apple got caught. Shareholders like that are always on about how a corporation must put profits ahead of everything else. They elect boards of directors whose views are to put profits ahead of anything else. Then they get all pissy when the laws and ethics they trample on their way to bigger profits rise up and say "no, you can't do that".
Now if only there was a way to put the shareholders on trial for getting what they asked for.
Fairly typical really
So these are the people who think Snowden and Assange are "traitors" and should be executed. Yet when their own services are caught being actual criminals, all they require is a mealy mouthed apology whose only accuracy is that they're sorry they got caught. No charges, no criminal investigation, no jail time, no firing, no repercussions at all.
Then they wonder why so many people think the USA is run by little more than a bunch of murderous hypocrites.
Before 1982, technically.
Starting running a "store and forward" BBS node in about 1983? 84? About then. Memory failure. Eventually ran one of the first versions of FidoNet, whenever that came out. 300 then 1200 baud modem connecting to the "next" node that was a far away as possible without incurring long distance charges. Eventually upgraded to 14.4.
But was "connected" to ARPANet prior to that through work, starting with teletype "display" on 110 baud connection, graduating to green-screen VT100 terminal in the early 1980's.
How are we going to define "internet"? I define it as "single connection point to access required information" (as opposed to having to dial in to a specific system). That was probably late 1980's for me, through a work-provided modem dialup.
Sadly, it's not April 1st.
Lovely. Another example of just how broken the USPTO really is. The fact that the USPTO hasn't laughed them out of the office right away is a sad, sad reminder that the whole blindingly stupid and greedy department should just be scrapped.
I can think of several ways this has been implemented in several different systems since the late 1970's. In one case using "cat > /dev/tty##" in an suid bash script (when such things didn't immediately result in the dismemberment of the perpetrator). But really it seems they're just trying to patent a fairly typical botnet "chat control" system where systems not only chat in a group account, but the group account can control the systems. No prior art there I guess, especially since the USPTO still seems to think computers still run using paper tape or something.
Rule of law.
Ah yes, another megacorp that thinks laws are for the little people, and only the little people. Name a megacorp, and it's the same damn story in countries around the world. Best of the luck to the rule of law in Europe on this one.
Yet again someone who doesn't see the difference between "whistleblower" and "traitor". To some, they're one and the same. The government is the country, and the country can do no wrong, therefore to speak against them is to be a "traitor". The government can do no wrong, and is always right, therefore to escape any rightful "justice" they want to impose is being a "traitor". Ethics, law (local and international), treaties, agreements, nothing else matters
We've seen the attitude before. We'll see it again. I don't agree with it, obviously. Not even sure if Andreessen actually believes what he's saying or if he's just positioning one of his companies as "whiter than white" in some government deals he has going. We'll probably never know.
Here's my guess.
My guess? They got one of those "secret" US government orders to put in a back door, one that included instructions not to reveal they got the order in any way. So they came up with a bullshit solution to shut themselves down while staying within the letter of the law.
The main difference seems to be that China advertises that they spy on anyone they can in order to actively discourage any kind of meaningful dissent, whereas the USA tries to pretend that they actually honour a concept called "privacy" while doing everything they can to sabotage any kind of meaningful dissent. The operative term being "meaningful". The USA is more than happy to let the crazies do their ranting, but are quick to make sure that anyone dangerous to their ruling class is carefully vilified and threatened with anything from seclusion in solitaire prison to assassination.
Stunning how to such different (on the surface anyway) political systems seem to have merged in how they want to deal with meaningful dissent.
Another sad day for the rule of law.
So yet again corporations get away with doing something whose profits probably cost them a lot less than the out-of-court settlement. That amount is probably less than petty cash for these companies.
It's a very sad legal system when those doing wrong can pay off the "complainants" and the government then sits back and says "oh, nothing wrong must have happened then". Kind of like mobsters making the witnesses disappear - but legal.
What the Autodesk CEO really means: "Since we haven't found a way to lock people in to our software when doing this, we don't think it's worthwhile". They're really the Microsoft (in every negative sense) of the CAD world, but with a much inferior interface and really good lawyers. Personally I think they've only escaped official sanction because they're smaller, and not because of lack of dirty tricks they keep playing.
Autodesk newspeak strikes again.
Autodesk - that paragon of closed, proprietary, lock-in tech that goes out of its way to buy up and close down anything that might compete - is about as likely to release anything "open" as I am to become Patriarch of the Orthodox Church. I suggest that the headline writer and whoever wrote this drivel have fallen victim to a well-known scam known as "the press release".
Inspired by a video game. Commits robbery. People get all upset about games, hardly talk about any other background.
Inspired by a religious book. Commits murder and/or any number of other major crimes. No mention of banning the book in question. People get all riled up if you dare mention it.
It's an odd world.
So that's where they went.
I was wondering where the arrogant know-it-all fuckwit developers went after the demise of Gnome. Now I know. They went to Firefox. Want to customize where the tabs are located? You can't any more - because "the developers know best". Several other formerly popular options have been removed, and require either add-ons or extensive manual about:config customization to restore.
Either the Firefox developers get their head out of their arses and start giving people a CHOICE of how they want to configure things, or they're going to find themselves in the same pickle as Gnome did. Which, admittedly, might be their goal. I don't know.
Took a while, but I see Microsoft finally managed to buy the entire U.S. "justice" (so-called) system. From getting away with its anti-competitive actions to this latest saga, Microsoft is a prime example of "money trumps justice", the true American achievement. Ethics? Morality? Law? Who cares, so long as you have MONEY! That's the true "American Way".
"Biting the hand that feeds" doesn't mean "turning into the Daily Mail"
So, I see El Reg has succumbed to the old "trial by press" bug. The one that sweeps the whole concept of "INNOCENT until proven guilty in a court of law" into the manure pile while slagging anyone the police care to arrest, making sure that even if they are subsequently found guilty their lives will be pretty much ruined. Not a shred of objective analysis, but instead just a rehashing of the same tired "rah rah rah go police rah rah" press release. Sickening, really.
They've official denied it. This proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that they actually did do it.
Sir, one does not need children to purchase Lego!
I'm guessing the only reasons he's on about it is that the fucker stepped on one while going to the loo in the middle of night. In those cases, yeah, Lego is the work the devil. Or, in the contest of "small things giving much pain", at least Australian.
That's what happens...
That's what happens when you completely ignore the people actually using your product and go your own way, insisting that nobody else has a clue and nobody else can possibly have any valid opinions. Perhaps those who made those decisions should put their money where their mouths used to be? Unless they don't have any money? Oh well, goodbye Gnome. Someone will possibly re-use the nicer bits and pieces.
Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!
You'd be so wrong! Beer is obviously much better for dehydration than water. If the Daily Mail says so it must be true!
Sadly, I couldn't find the peer reviewed journal article, but I'm sure it exist. Somewhere. In someones mind, at least.
I always blame the accountants. I'm rarely wrong.
My work involves connecting to databases and source code on other machines - I could do the work using Window 95 on a 386.
However, I want to find the accountant who figured it was a good idea to cheap out on the furniture and use their skin as the chair mat. I figure anyone whose epidermis contains so much teflon that any blame just skims off would be best used for some purpose other than making sure we purchase the cheapest, nastiest, most uncomfortable furniture.
Unfortunately, my boss is a "bums in seats" counter, and doesn't believe that useful work can be done outside of the office.
I've found the main problem with I.T. is the accountants who don't know jack shit about computers and think that getting something for 30% less is "good" even if the performance is 30% of what was actually ordered, because they aren't judged on the kit's performance, only its price.
Where are you?
Could El Reg please start putting a dateline or some other idea of which country the articles apply to?
quote "Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers, with more than 400,000 vacancies"
Bullshit. Complete, utter bollocks. There isn't a shortage of ICT workers. there's a shortage of people who meet the EXACT criteria determined by NON-IT literate HR companies for "ICT" positions. The best example I have is the HR company that wanted 5 years experience in Java, when the language had only been INVENTED two years previously. The problem has only gotten worse.
Fire/burn/murder-death-kill the HR companies doing the "searching", and the "shortage" would magically vanish overnight. There are thousands of people out there with the right knowledge - the incompetent trolls running HR just won't admit they exist.
If I'm in a bar and someone comes in and starts recording me without my approval (apart from the 17 security cameras and accidental photo-bombs of the incessant selfies of self-congratulatory students about how brave they are coming to the bars I hang out in)... oh wait, I guess it doesn't really matter if yet another wanker starts recording me in a public dive.
I'm guessing the glasses were grabbed as a very standard ploy to distract from the real theft of the purse/wallet/phone. It worked.
U.S. banks (and financial groups) have FAR more involvement in illegal activity (in dollars) than BitCoin. For that matter, their own government 3-letter agencies have far more involvement in illegal activity - on the "wrong" side. Another flaming hypocrite from the US government.
Re: dum di-di dum dum
quote: " Talk about shoddy accounting."
Quite the contrary. It was a brilliant bit of creatively criminal accounting. Do you know how hard it is to hide the loss of 750,000 of anything in a budget report in such a way that nobody notices?
Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy
Replace "LGBT" in said law with "Jewish", "Black", or "Female" - all of which various religions have found to have reasons to discriminate against. Does it suddenly become reprehensible? Then perhaps it's a bad law, and the fundamental reason that "human rights" trump "local legislation" in most free democracies. "Freedom of religion" does not mean "freedom to infringe on the rights of others".
If you're going to offer a service to the PUBLIC, then you have take ALL the public, not just a subset. It would seem to me that the whole "it's a private business so it can do what it wants" falls apart if that business if providing services to the public.
OK, you've had this week's dig at the easy target, Assange. Where's the accompanying exposure of another bit of corporate or government malfeasance as exposed by Wikileaks? Or is that too hard for you?
so, how much did the guy make before he was caught? And did it pay for his tuition which I'm fairly sure they won't be refunding...
Give it a rest, already.
<quote> reclaim its place among the technology innovators?</quote>
Innovators? The only thing Microsoft ever did in-house was Microsoft Word, and even then they had to resort to dirty tricks to get rid of the competition. Pretty much everything else they've bought or stolen from someone else, including their first product, DOS.
Microsoft was successful not because of their innovation, but because they ruthlessly (and illegally) used their unethically acquired dominant position to beat everyone else up and leverage their other products into the market. There's a reason that just about every company that has either "partnered" or tried to compete with Microsoft while Gates was CEO ended up broken and bloody in the ditch, and it definitely wasn't because they were "technology innovators".
More like "dirty tricks innovators", that I'd agree with.
So long as they keep counting legitimate, registered-for emails as "spam" in their stats, I'm suspicious of these self-serving, inflated claims.
So long as companies like Cloudmark, Yahoo, and others continue to ignore "this is not spam, the user registered for it in a double opt-in" corrections to their false positives so that they can then claim "hey, we only have a 0.001% false positives" (yeah, because you don't count them) then the companies claiming "we block X amount of spam" are just as slimy and underhanded as the companies that actually do send UCE. They're also costing legitimate business as much if not more than actual spam does.
I disagree vehemently with the characterization of Nyan-cat being the most annoying internet meme since the Hampster Dance. Surely the "Crazy Frog" (a.k.a. Annoying Thing) could be awarded that accolade.
Sorry, there's an article?
Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)
What a surprise...
Microsoft Is Unethical! In other news, water is wet, and some English pubs put too much head on their pints.
Microsoft has been the unethical, backstabbing, slimy, creepy uncle of software since they started. This is hardly news. They've been found guilty of such behaviour in court, and it never even slowed them down. What would be news is if Microsoft actually acted honourably, or ethically. The likelihood of that happening is the same as me being declared head of the Orthodox Church.
Deleted all my social media accounts a few months ago now. Barely know what to do with all the free time I've got suddenly. I'm seeing more people now too, which is nice. Best part is, my conversations are mostly private now, and they don't (yet) have advertising popups on my walks.
Re: let me be the first to say ...
Timmy, not only are you not the first, you're hardly be the last. Have a beer.
Re: Insider Job?
It's called "cash"
Yeah, because those of us who lived/worked in Germany, Japan, or other cash centric cultures where you needed to hit up an ATM (that closed during "non business hours") just to buy a fucking pizza would be so happy to return to a system that requires us to carry large quantities of cash with us all the time.
Rather than pushing for payments systems to actually implement resilent, reliable, secure payment options instead of the crap "cheap is good" bullshit they keep foisting on us.
Why don't you just fuck off and die instead?
Hey, are they using the same sound stage that NASA used when they faked the 1969 moon landings?
yeah, yeah, do let the door hit me on the way out...
Australia's CAD (Commercials Advice) - which classifies ads for TV broadcast - "knocked it [the spot] back asking for the removal of all sexual references"
I like that. I guess the Puritans (wait, I thought they all went to the Americas? Were some transported to Australia?) who staff this pile of puerile shite department don't want condom commercials at all then? Which makes sense - the kind of people who staff these things (or worse, make the asinine rules they follow) would probably have been better off caught in a condom tip, not eventually growing up into who they became.
Re: The first hurdle....
Head of IT for a medium sized organisation with 5000 staff here.
First don't ever lie on a CV about qualifications, HR (the automated systems that are used for recruitment nowadays)
By the way, your automated systems are broken. They search for buzzwords, not actual knowledge. Good luck getting qualified help with that kind of half-arsed system between you and people who actually know what they're doing. Most of the people I know who really know what they're doing were too fucking busy to get a bunch of jerkwad "certifications', 90% of which are obsolete by the time you get it. Yet that's all your automated systems check for.
Bitter? Me? fucking right.
Fascism for the win!
America - home of the corporation, land of the oppressed. Hasn't been "land of the free" since the 1950's at least.
Two of the hallmarks of fascism are suppression of opposition through terror and control, and government for the benefit of the corporations. That's what the USA has today. Hitler and Hirohito won the war after all, just nobody fucking noticed. Two years and $183,000k fine for causing at most a few hundred dollars in "damage"? Terror and control indeed.
Just remember, these decisions are being made by people from a country where Europe dumped its Puritans and other such groups. It's not surprising that the culture is still very much "we can kill people, we can rape them, we can slice them up, but we can't swear about it". It sort of defines the culture of that country right there - where telling someone they're a cunt is worse than shooting them in a game.
Microsoft: fuckwads, the lot of them.
These are the same groups that then lobby to fire even more tech staff when their shiny new toys don't actually work. Yet again, instead of firing those actually (ir)responsible for the dodgy purchases in the first place.
I'm guessing that they'll probably blame the sysadmins. Again. Rather than blaming poorly designed software, or cheap-arse management, or any of the other dozens of real causes. Because sysadmins are easy targets. Just ask El Reg, they've done so recently themselves.
And they expect to get it?
So I guess this 2002 article http://www.spacedata.net/news071902.htm (amongst others) won't be counted as "prior art". What a bunch of tossers. No doubt the patent will be granted, after which it will cost someone millions to get it thrown out again. USPTO, costing the US billions since they got converted from a service to a profit centre.
Assuming the quotes are accurate, anyone who can admit that
(a) they're part of the problem and
(b) quit because they're part of the problem
has, in my opinion, more going for them than what I thought. He may be big, bald, and loud, but he seems to also be at the point where he can now be a little bit honest. At least now that he doesn't run one of I.T.'s most infamously unethical companies.
Re: Biological Printer
"I have a biological printer"
Have you checked if your printer can print sharks too then? I suggest a reasonable distance when asking said question.
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