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The answer to a broken system is not to extend it.
If an artist can't make enough money over the traditional copyright term then extending it is hardly a solution. Art is a fleeting thing. You have to make your money quickly while your stuff is new enough to be in fashion or you quickly get overshadowed by things that are in fashion.
By the time 20 years has past you've lost your opportunity. It's not coming back. Distorting copyright isn't going to help you.
It's only going to give corporations the right to sue new talent.
Re: Will this allow making the Roku useful?
> I'm not sure why you'd start with a Roku box if you don't want the Roku UI?
A Roku comes ready to use. It has a case and a power supply and a remote.
A PI does not.
Re: Why ?
> The only other part is scheduling of recording, and I think there may be some prior art on that!!!.
select chanid,starttime from programs where title='Doctor Who';
Re: A bit of info ...
The description of that Tivo patent sounds like ANY sort of specialized coprocessor.
In the 90s it was pretty obvious that you needed a MPEG2 coprocessor to do the heavy lifting as CPUs of the time weren't up to the task. This was something I sought out as a standard PC part the moment I was exposed to the "PC as a VCR" concept.
By 2002 such standard PC components were commonplace. Before analog TV became entirely obsolete, I had a couple such cards.
Now any Tivo patents are pretty much irrelevant since all TV signals are now already "PVR" ready.
Tivo's original stuff has been made comlpetely obsolete twice over.
Re: PVR idea
It's not a hard idea to implement once the right tech is in place. You need large hard drives and fast CPUs. Once you have that, any college kid can recreate a Tivo with some Perl or some C++. The work of Tivo Corp is pretty irrelevant here. Anything they might have created to help deal with resource limitations in the 90s are not really relevant now.
Some concurrent IO and some database programming and you're there.
Re: Apples and oranges
...and everyone knows it's utter nonsense and the kind of not-quite-blatant-fraud that keep American tort lawyers employed.
The notion that "Caveat Emptor" is fine, is the very reason ambulance chasers exist.
Re: PEEK dammit.
Are you joking?
Serious business apps already run on Unix.
It's not the stuff like "payroll" that's a problem.
Re: I know the photographers won't see it this way
This very thing came up recently with an art history textbook. There was a problem with image licensing and of course and obvious response that came up was "well, take you own pictures". Crowd source them if you need to.
...not to mention the differences between Patents and Copyrights being glossed over here.
If this were like the rounded rectangles patent, no one else would be allowed to take their own picture of an eyeball.
Re: Please correct me if I'm wrong but...
The whole lot should be on BT. Stuff's too important to do otherwise.
History should not be subject to egregious extended copyright terms.
Re: If you are using Windows
You don't need a special product. Any modern OS installation can be a NAS. Backup software is cheap and plentiful. Appliances are cheap and plentiful. You don't need a special product from your OS vendor. You don't need to pretend that you live in some sort of Microsoft Walled Garden that doesn't really exist.
This is not a complicated thing but certain people like to perpetrate the mystique when it comes to this stuff.
Re: HD failure
>> "What do you people do with your machines to consume so much space so quickly?"
> You're seriously think we'll believe you haven't discovered porn yet?
Never mind porn. Just consider digital media. If you were actually a serious user of services like Amazon or iTunes you would eventually accumulate large amounts of stuff. If I were to "buy" something from iTunes, I would certainly want a local copy.
Plus there is digital photography and video both of which can generate large collections of files. Neither of these is a terribly "geeky" undertaking. They are both the domain of grannies.
So the idea that no one needs ample storage space is beyond absurd.
Re: I’m worried that I under-specified the hard drive in my new notebook...
> Rubbish. I have a 256GB SSD in mine - and it's only half full. Keep your big files and archived material on a Nas, not on your notebook.
That kind of destroys any pretense of portability or mobility.
Re: SSDs and HDDs both require backup...
The problem about SMART is that it is a series of numbers. It's not just a single yes/no value. It's much like nutritional information. You actually have to read and understand the whole thing. You can't just depend a single NuVal or some tool that tries to approximate this sort of thing.
I have never lost data to drive failures. This even includes a notorious batch of Seagate 1.5TB drives. However, I diligently pay attention to my SMART numbers and I'm aggressive about replacing drives when they start to show signs of trouble.
One day my SSD boot drive will just suddenly fail. THAT will be my first and only "warning".
Re: Total waste of time.
> Apart from that they make £billions selling the content abroad, you mean?
That is pretty irrelevant.
The lack of DRM doesn't prevent you from making money on spinny media.
The existence of DRM doesn't stop people from pirating spinny media.
All DRM does is make things harder, less reliable, and less useful for paying customer.
Re: not the target audience
Will this thing last as long as any of my spinny media has?
Will it's successor resume where this one leaves off after it's inevitable demise or fall from grace.
Since we already have a previous iteration of the "digital copy", this is by no means an academic question.
So I already have video rips that have survived longer that the previous flavor of the month here.
The myth of PC displacement
The simple fact of the matter is that a PC from before the "post-PC era" is still quite adequate. It's also still maintainable. So you can upgrade RAM and storage and possibly even your video card. Even a cheap piece of crap PC from 5 years ago will still run circles around a tablet.
Everyone already has a PC.
You don't have to buy one this year because last year's model seems obsolete already.
I have displaced 2 PC purchases this year by buying really cheap video cards instead.
All in one machines of any sort quickly become doorstops.
Re: Why can't I......?
> Do you think you should be able to download movies because you paid to see them at the cinema?
If you are a Brit, you didn't merely pay for a single showing. You paid for the production. Your taxes paid for the whole ball of wax. You should stop being so spineless. You paid for this stuff. You should expect to own it.
You're not just some member of the audience, you're part owner of the production studio.
Re: No such thing as UV DVD
Your post is mindless nonsense.
The obvious way to backup a 2TB hard drive is with another 2TB hard drive. Even corporations do this because random access disk is far more convenient to deal with than tape.
Re: No such thing as UV DVD
> Because for millions of people, it's a hassle to have to rip a DVD
If that is the case, then it is only the case because publishers make it so.
It is not an inherently difficult thing. It's active sabotage by the same people that want to push more DRM and services that depend on networks you really can't depend on.
Re: No such thing as UV DVD
What bother? Just download a copy of Plex and install it. Point it to your media horde and you're done. It will even re-encode things on the fly for all of those mobile devices that can't decode squat.
Now if I want to access something on the go, I can just put it on my device. I don't need to "stream" anything.
Total waste of time.
If the BEEB wants to empower their customers, then all they need to do is ditch the DRM and allow users to manage on their own with any tools they choose.
It seems so senseless. They are a vertically integrated setup. They are a quasi-government organization. They can just ditch the corporate nonsense and forget about making physical media as difficult to deal with as possible.
Just ditch the DRM.
Re: Too right, typical Apple
I remember back when I got my first computer and the Apple 8-bit machines were still selling at prices higher than some Amiga and STs.
When it came to making computing more accessible to the masses, the significance of Apple is grossly overstated. They get press because they are still around to help feed the propaganda machine.
Now that I think about it some more, those 8-bit Apple machines were even more expensive than some of the lesser PC clones.
Re: windows is a niche OS or Is 'Touching' just for perverts?
Windows is the new legacy platform. It's that nasty old mainframe running COBOL. You don't really like it but you can't really get rid of it either. There are piles of old apps that are written for it and only for it and they aren't going to get migrated to anything else.
Apple has slim prospects of reversing this. Slightly more than Linux. Steam is a good example.
Re: Not surprising
It's not just about the price but price is an element to consider here.
Some people simply might not want such a large device. Apple and it's fans go to great lengths to try and discredit the 7 inch tablet but it has served the e-book retailers well.
A smaller device means a cheaper device and drives down price to "impulse buy" levels. While price is not the main factor, it helps to get people familiar with Android. They see it. They like it. They dump their Apple products.
The Nook and the Nexus 7 are the Android gateway drugs.
Use some SuperMicro brand 3x5 SATA hot swap racks. Put them in any enclosure you like.
I have a couple of these myself. Tandem arrays in two different boxes in different rooms. One mirrors the other.
Re: A monument to FAILURE
There's plenty of DVD packaging that makes the CD case seem positively sublime.
Quite a bit of DVD packaging will ensure that your disks are damaged. Some won't even survive the trip through the supply chain while others will make it impossible for use your disks without scratching them.
"Complete Series" collections seems to be especially bad in this regard.
Re: Is there any truth
There are a lot of CD's in the Library of Congress that have rotted away. It doesn't seem to be an age thing in particular. If anything it seems to be just down to a matter of luck in terms of who fabricated the disc. A lot of my own old disks are still perfectly playable.
Re: Ironic really
This makes as much sense as calling the Italians Romans.
The civilization fell apart, people left the cities, those cities fell to rubble.
We wouldn't even be aware of them if not for some busybodies willing to go out and find that stuff and beat away the jungle afterwards.
Re: Running out of money Shuttleworth?
Close but not quite.
All of the improvements have come from upstream projects that have nothing to do with Canonical and aren't paid for by Shuttleworth. Ubuntu isn't even the frosting on the cake. It's the letters on the frosting on the cake. Linux is a collaborative community effort and Canonical takes much more than it gives.
If Shuttleworth wants money, he can try asking for it directly. He can actually SELL desktop Linux as a product rather than doing everything he can to avoid that. He could even send some boxes to places like Microcenter and Frys.
Re: Legal not technical
It also didn't help that Samsung spectacularly failed at the Vor Dire process and allowed a wannabe patent troll to be on the jury (and foreman no less).
This is a guy that captures everything that is wrong about the Patent system in the US.
I think my all time queue record is 4 hours for Phantom Menace tickets and that was strictly on a whim and at the spur of the moment. I think Apple encourages this kind of silliness. It's more of that free advertising from the news media.
OTOH, that venue where I queued for TPM simply would never have tolerated a bunch of riffraff loitering for days and days on end.
I can be here and gone in 5 minutes.
I don't waste days and days and days at a time on this stuff.
...and they say math education is bad on my side of the pond.
Re: "Heading up the makeover effort is Stacy Wolff, a longtime HP exec"
> Now look where Apple is!
They basically abdicated the PC market to Windows.
That's hardly useful to HP. What advice should they take from your gushing over jobs? That they should find some other line of business to be in?
They floated that idea already.
Re: A bit OT, but...
> One can do, but intelligent syncing offers quite a lot.
Like I said. The rest of us aren't Shallow Alto Hipsters.
Most people haven't drunk the Kool-Aid, never mind swimming in it. They're like the youth of today. They don't get platform wars. They don't even get platforms. They don't even view Windows as special or distinct. Never mind Apple products.
The more you use Apple products, the more you are trapped by them.
Re: A bit OT, but...
> One can do, but intelligent syncing offers quite a lot.
No it doesn't. If your library is larger than your device then you are stuck with an interface that is shockingly primitive for what it needs to do. It's pretty much a crude 80s style file manager that insulates you from your actual files. This yields something that is unsophisticated and inconsitent with interfaces the user may be familiar with. It also yields something that is less flexible and needs to be "hacked" around.
Non-Apple products in general handle photos better because they don't try to second guess your sense of organization. The rest represent an outdated notion of what mobile device is. They have no real place in iTunes anymore.
So iTunes becomes this bloated monstrosity suffering from feature creep standing in the way of alternate approaches.
It's the least Unix thing you could possibly come up with.
If I can't manage a device myself that also means that developers can't do it for me either. There is no escape from Apple mediocrity or the community group think that tends to shout down more creative uses.
iTunes is a dinosaur from a time before when a mobile device could fend for itself. The first versions ran on hardware LESS powerful than current devices. The gatekeeper/crutch role no longer makes any sense.
Re: A bit OT, but...
"Converting" the iTunes library?
Assuming they don't have a pile of DRM encumbered books, audio books, and movies they can just copy their music files to their phone. Just plug it in and Drag & Drop.
The fact that Apple likes to scramble things can make is more complicated though.
Content with Apple DRM only plays on Apple devices. If you have been an Apple-only media glutton then you're kind of out of luck. Apple has helped turn something like a VHS tape into something that would keep you trapped with a single hardware vendor.
You want to use the government as a blunt instrument against your enemies but you can't be bothered to go to any sort of trouble yourself. Now THAT is a "sense of entitlement". The idea that "everything is owned' is a very harmful thing. It mires many useful and creative works in a maze of licensing issues.
Copyrights should be short and simple. The bulk of material should not cause burdens for current creators. This includes stuff as simple as "happy birthday".
The default assumption should be "it is not owned" and the consequences for mistakes in this regard should not be dire.
The effort to "protect" something should actually be related to it's actual value.
Re: USB On The Go
As cool as it is to plug my phone into a powered hub and a 3TB hard drive is, it's just not as practical as having more internal storage.
Although it's nice that Android vendors don't get in the way of this kind of thing too much. A 128G thumb drive is awkward but still doable.
Re: No SD card slot in this day and age is a crime
Upgradable storage is too obvious to even be a point of contention with any other bit of consumer electronics.
Yet for iPod wannabes it seems somehow more tolerable. There's really no reason for it.
Expandable storage means that someone that is not that adaptable to begin with can continue using the device they've already gotten used to because a device is less likely to become obsolete.
Expecting people to constantly adapt to new devices every time their requirements change or tech changes marginally. Now that is silly.
Sure some users are more demanding. They are also more likely to be Android users.
Re: One Fact Forgotten
Destroying the US Patent system? Load me up on "knockoffs".
Your propaganda about Apple's bad patents are why the whole system needs to be burned down. It's like a house infested with black mold. It's better to nuke it from orbit. It's already too far gone.
Idiots like you should be forced to use MS-DOS.
Re: And on and on
> Got both Apple and HTC Android phones in the family. I can only speak from personal experience.
About 5 minutes after getting her hands on a Galaxy Tab 2 the missus dumped her iPad and her iPhone.
Got tired of waiting for the iPhone5 and got an GS3 instead. Likes it better than the iPhone. Not bothered by any of the usual bogeyman that fanboys tend to bring up in their usual attempts to engage in fear mongering.
Re: I'm sorry but this is nonsense...
What's to have trouble with? Just put your Music anywhere on the device and it will get sorted. This is 2012. Our phones are more powerful than the first machines that ran iTunes. The idea that you need some gatekeeper software on your PC is just outdated.
iTunes should be running on the phone.
Ford and other nonense.
> How can you be so negative about the iPhone 5? When it supposed to have ground breaking features, such as the ability to bluetooth a file between 2 devices.
Been done already. They even have ads for this everywhere and even at the movies. Are you a shut-in or something?
> Henry Ford invented the modern car
Even Ford didn't claim that.
The "you must be a mechanic fallacy".
You don't have to be a mechanic to benefit from the fact that the guy next to you can be one. The fact that you can be means that he can be and he can do all of the hard work for you.
Although more than anything, a product that isn't "geek hostile" is likely to have more thought put into it. The demanding user will be considered. It doesn't have to be a "geek". It could just be someone that puts the product through it's paces. You can do that without being a "geek" or a "mechanic".
Apple's "let's lower the bar" mentality is what led me to hack and jailbreak my iPhone. It should not have been necessary but it was. It was just a reflection of Apple ignoring the serious user. This made an iPhone more of a bother than an Android.
The n00b mating call...
...you kid but in all likelihood I can probably attach a floppy drive to my phone.
That's the difference between a platform that enables the end user and one that just puts up pointles barriers.
...except this is a DVD jukebox. It's not some mission critical Oracle database. The "enterprise" requirements just aren't there. RAID is a means to exploit low cost disks. A 3TB disk pack simply doesn't need to be $1400 for what a Kscape system is doing with it.
I can build 2 arrays capable of doing the job of the overpriced kscape one (due to compression) and still come out ahead by an order of magnitude.
I can also avoid the "packages" that average $28 per DVD too.
That markup likely has nothing to do with the actual hardware and is likely just a means to pay for the "wipe your arse" level of service that you get with a device like this.
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