645 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 14:14 GMT
"Somebody should be able to make that stick."
Some highly paid lawyer, probably. The amount of money *you* would see would be insignificant and probably not worth all the pain.
Contrast that with the ability of large media corps to field teams of legal wranglers and you see the problem.
Their copyrighted works are valuable and will be defended from infringement at all costs -- yours?
Not so much..
Re: How many of those orphan works will actually be of value?
"Your family photo holidays might end up decorating some travel companies leaflet but, being honest, you weren't going to get any money for them anyway."
Well, I *might* have been able to get some money for them if I'd been asked...and perhaps the advertiser would have paid me.
These are the same media companies who are whining that non-commercial file sharing on bittorrent deprives them of revenue, correct?
I dunno, seems like they're proposing one set of rules for them and another set for the "consumers".
Re: How can this be viable
"You could paint it to look like a cloud..."
Henceforth to be known as "Winnie-ther-Pooh" camouflage.
with their own petard, the Zuckerbergs are...
There was a guy named Merkey, a real "character", who claimed to be doing a Cherokee operating system (during the SCO we-own-Linux circus). I wonder if he's found greener pastures?
Seems like the market for a Cherokee-language OS would be rather small, but then again, what do I know about it?
Re: So why isn't the Mayan civilisation still around?
The Catholic church, or its agents, are to blame for that.
All that genocide was done in God's name...
(as it almost always is)
Re: I almost died in Australia
Australia doesn't have a lock on bad mapping data -- took me years to convince Google, TeleAtlas and Navtech to stop sending people to our house via the mudpit that masquerades as the middle portion of our road. You can only travel it end-to-end if you have an off-road vehicle!
Now that I have the data correct in the three major data suppliers' databases, I just have to wait until it gets rolled out to the in-vehicle systems.
//tired of getting calls from delivery folks unable to find my house
Re: Whatever it is up there, it's a lump...
No, it's a spy satellite.
A cabbage with a DSLR (with wi-fi card) duct-taped to it. Polar orbit so it can take pictures of the US.
Re: Licence server
My company's IT folks do just that -- they have an inventory tool that enumerates the software installed on each PC, so they know (plus or minus one or two) which PCs have what software on them. They seem to have a pretty good handle on the Microsoft products they have (and a good relationship with Microsoft regarding the licenses, from what I hear)
Maybe Microsoft sees that we have hard data to back up our claims and seeks greener, less well documented, pastures in which to graze?
Re: Ballmer Babes
Security's too good at the Apple stores?
Sometimes ya gotta settle for second best.
Re: He was a bit
That's what makes him interesting. Odd and intelligent is a great combination.
Many wall warts wouldn't pass EU tests if you tested them.
But they have CE marks on them!
Oh, sorry...that would be the confusingly similar (read: identical except for microscopic differences invisible to the untrained eye) "China Export" mark.
(indicating that the article in question was exported from China?)
I tend to view any and all certification marks on Chinese manufactured products with the greatest of skepticism.
Re: Switched-mode power supplies are often like this
That whining you hear, is actually a built in indication that your efforts to reduce power supply cost have gone past the point where they affect the proper functioning of the unit. It's time to put just a wee bit more money into the parts and buy some inductors that are more tightly wound on cores that are bonded together with something more robust than hot glue.
Quality Chinese Engineering at its finest, I would suspect.
Re: Stupid people always want something to blame
Whose database is Apple using? I hope they got it cheap. I had heard they were planing to use Open Street Map (OSM), but perhaps not?
Re: Stupid people always want something to blame
Same thing happened on my road. Though the town gets partial for not using an official "DEAD END" sign.
How stupid do you have to be to keep going when there's brush scraping both sides of your vehicle?
Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...
Windows, Linux, Macs, Android -- they *can* all get malware. What differentiates them is:
- market share -- is writing the malware worth the effort?
- defenses -- what tools are available to block/combat the malware?
Microsoft (the market leader) have anti-malware software available but choose not to include it or enable it by default in their OS. If you're committed to fighting malware, why would you not ship your product with anti-malware tools installed and enabled by default?
Re: Low end?
"The cheapo tablets are generally compromised in some way..."
Usually, in my experience, that way is basic function -- as in "they don't work". But what did you expect from Chinese white box tablets for under $100?
Re: Sanitary Engineering
A well designed toilet is a work of art.
Some day, the British will have the opportunity to see one.
//seriously -- British toilets could use a redesign
CF aren't that bad
When I had my house built, 20+ years ago, I opted for recessed, dual 13W CF fixtures in the kitchen and hallways. Over the strenuous objections of my wife, who claimed they were cold, harsh and flickered. I installed 2700K bulbs, which to my (color blind) eyes looked indistinguishable from incandescent. She admitted they did to her as well. And the only time they flicker is when they are failing.
Granted, we did get a batch of Philips "green" (low mercury I assume) bulbs, which on average, lasted less than a year, but other than that we get many (10+ in some cases) years from them. The best part is the power use, 1/4 that of incandescent, and the rebate I got from the power company which pretty near paid for the whole install.
Yes, I'd do it again. Fluorescent, because of the mercury and lack of aggressive recycling, is not my first choice, but I can certainly live with the quality of the light. I look forward to testing the "plastic lights"
romanes eunt domum
Re: Another idea
Shame you couldn't get some kind of Royal Charter or something...I hear one of Them is an SAR pilot. If you'd made the extra effort to get him interested in the project, maybe...oh, wait -- he's got something else on his mind right now, doesn't he?
Well, it was a good idea. Better luck next time, guys!
(and thanks for the stroy, tracking, photos, videos, etc, so we could follow along)
Re: Total bollocks, all right
"The innovative bit about the patent is the re-radiating of power from one device to another"
Let me get this straight: "re-radiating" is somehow better than just letting the end device pick up the power on its own? Recovery of radiated power by the re-radiator is necessarily inefficient, as is the process of "re-radiation" (whatever that may be). I guess it'll work as long as the battery in the "re-radiator" holds out.
Up to a meter, huh? I'll believe it when I see it work without something melting or the disc on my electric meter spinning faster than light.
//it's the one with "Secrets of Free Power" in the pocket, thanks
Best of luck!
Let's hope LOHAN doesn't get "busted", like its namesake:
Clear skies and smooth landings!
Re: Not just OS X
...and on Ubuntu 12.10 here as well
Re: Or on Three network
Hmm - interesting. It's the exact same process on the AT&T network here in the US. I wonder if they're all using the same 7726 software? Typing in the sending number is a pain, but I try to remember I'm helping to build a database to shut down these b@stards.
Maybe there is hope after all. It seems to be working here, I haven't gotten SMS spam for a while now. It does seem to come in bursts for several months, then dies out. I'm currently getting robocalls offering me [lower interest rates, free alarm systems, or dead air!)
Assuming that the carriers actually care (or are encouraged to care by the regulators), the first step in shutting down SMS spam would be to gather statistics.
The carriers can't seem to stop the spam at the source, but 7726 allows them to automate the process of identifying the sending number and enables them to block it almost immediately (simple script -- if you get 10 complaints on the same number to 7726 inside of 10 minutes, block the number).
It may not end the problem, but at least it makes life a bit more difficult for the spammers (they need to buy more SIMs, as they're being blocked more quickly) and collects evidence (we have all these compaints of spam from this number, and here we have a SIM registered to that number, perhaps you'd like to explain?)
Re: The Newton was not a technology failure
I beg to disagree. Jimbo seems quite displeased with the performance of its handwriting recognition:
//one of my favorite Simpsons moments
Re: clarification for foreigners and the young
I believe the Honorable Gentleman was attempting to cram a large number of currency notes into his suitcoat at the time he made that statement.
"legitimately CE marked..."
Call me a sceptic, but in my mind, the probablility that a no-name PSU has legitimate CE and/or UL markings is so small as not to be worth mentioning.
//"China Export", my Aunt Sally...
Nice to see old hardware being reborn! Well done, those men.
I only fix Windows machines once
...and only for very good friends (and family, of course). If they can't afford an upgrade to a Mac, I explain to them that even if I succeed in removing all the malware, it will just eventually grow back. Then I ask them what they use their PC for. It's usually mail, browsing, music and digital camera. If iTunes is involved, I recommend a Mac; if not, I ask them if they'd consider trying Linux, with the caveat that we'll save their Windows drive and they can go back to it any time. So far, all have chosen Linux...and stuck with it!
Gabon Minister of Telecommunications: "Hello?"
FBI numpty: "We'd like to speak with you about a recent application for a .ga domain name and the future level of your foreign aid from us."
GMoT: "What domain name application? It's already been cancelled."
FBIn: "Thank you. Have a nice day."
I *will* not buy this iPhone 5...
...it is scratched!
Linus, Jobs, Ballmer
Linus would be the most fun at a party, and a more interesting neighbor.
Re: Once upon a time they might have been able to kill Skype
" People use Skype because everyone else uses Skype. "
And everyone else uses Skype because it's the only available cross-platform audio/video chat app (that works).
It even works on Linux...
Re: I wonder how he feels
Made in Worcester, MA, I understand (not 30 miles from my own abode). So, his space suit has actually put money in the pockets of my neighbors, which could be considered saving a small portion of the planet['s population]...
//point stretched to the breaking point, I believe
Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...
You folks in the UK may not have it, but over here in the colonies (New England, specifically), we have this stuff called 'bedrock". I invite you to try burying cables (or anything else) in it.
Re: Lost power probably...
"...why arent they fitted with some sort of built in auxiliary power (barrel solar arrays or built in generator)?"
The one down the road from me has three (or four?) providers on it. Each one has a generator and an associated large underground propane tank. Of course, that tank only lasts a certain number of hours...and refueling it when there are downed trees across the road is...problematic. Wind generators, solar panels, etc don't produce enough steady power to run the site, and would require large batter banks.
All of which is why I still have a land line :-)
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