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Re: How long for?
You mean like ACTA...which got so much bad press that the European Parliament decided to stake it through the heart, burn it, douse it in holy water, and bury it 17 feet deep head-first before the courts caught wind of it? Treaties are only good if they can be ratified. The ratification process is usually very tough (in the US, it requires a 2/3 majority of what is now a tightly-divided Senate; good luck there).
Re: It gets worse..
OnLive may be a hit with people with underpowered computers, but more serious gamers know the pitfalls and stick to dedicated machines. So do the resale-conscious (people who like to send their software both ways) who realize OnLive's terms amount to a rental, not a purchase.
And you're right about time-limited agreements, but those amount to leases, which normally have to be bound in a contract. Such a contract has to fulfill certain obligations before they become legally binding, which is why most are done on pen-and-paper, in case there is a dispute and the case goes before a court. Furthermore, in a lease, the provider usually has to reciprocate in some way in exchange for the agreement, such as a guaranteed level of service, otherwise the LESSEE can challenge the contract.
Re: It gets worse..
What about software that isn't cloud-friendly, such as games, multimedia software, and other timing-sensitive or media-intensive software that make it less suitable for moving to the cloud?
And even that could be challenged on the ground that you're downloading and executing software on your machine (OnLive can get away with that kind of wording because it's a full-on cloud service--with all the pitfalls). The original ruling of Vernor v. Autodesk in 2008 (which was later overturned for outside reasons--namely, Vernor's copies were stolen, not legitimately purchased) basically went, "If it looks like a sale and transacts like a sale, it's a sale...and subject to the Copyright Act." The only way they can alter that is by altering the actual transaction into a lease contract, with terms and limits and so on. Thing is, leases typically require written contracts and pen on paper (on both sides) since such contracts can and sometimes do get challenged in court, and the judge will want the contract itself for study.
Re: What about eBooks and music?
The ruling could perhaps be extended to cover all digital products, including ebooks and music. But since no one's brought a case concerning them before the court, there's no hard-and-fast rule.
So, two words: Stay Tuned.
But the thing is, the court's ruling is that (1) the license is ITSELF a salable good, and (2) T&C agreements cannot abridge guarantees specified by the law such as the right of resale as described by the exhaustion/first-dale doctrine.
Games will be an interesting battleground since it's one field of software where the cloud is handicapped--timing is sensitive, so the inevitable round trip lag affects performance, plus it's graphics-heavy and so can put a strain on bandwidth.
But the retailer already has that power as possessor of the book. It's called a MARKDOWN. Thing is, even with markdowns, some things don't sell, so it's either return the book (or at least its cover) for at least partial credit or you write the whole thing off. Usually, the tipping point is the credit rate for the book. If the seller can't sell the before without marking it down to the return rate, they'll just return the book.
Re: Why are we talking about games ???
And many of them can be legally restricted by actually being leases or hire-purchase agreements: legally-binding (meaning ink on paper) contracts with terms and conditions. They provide the software and service for it (usually including upgrading) for a set length of time, but you have to return the software at the end if you don't extend the agreement.
Re: e-book licences
I think the big reason for the move away from DRM lies in the ePub format. ePub is XML-based, and the .epub file is a .zip file with different clothes. The currently-recognized system for DRM is too easy to undo, and IIRC the ePub format makes it rather difficult to try something more robust without breaking all the e-Readers currently on the market.
Re: It might have ramifications.
"It would certainly help people who got conned into buying things like DNF to recover some of the money they wasted."
Hey, some of us liked the game. Sure, it was cheesy as hell, but that was the whole bloody point. It's part action shooter, part parody and part "Take That!" at pop culture. Seen in that light, it's pretty entertaining. And at the least, many of us waited so we didn't buy the game at full price.
Don't be so sure.
As someone already said, the patent was originally filed twelve years ago, in 2000. This was before the iPhone (or even Android) even existed. And also long before Google's current search mechanism, so that may be at least part of the reason the judge says Apple has a case: she's saying, "Not early enough. Apple had this patent filed twelve years ago." And because the tech wasn't capable of being monetized until recently, Apple can't be jerked for not enforcing the patent until recently.
It might have ramifications.
Suppose someone takes this argument and tries to sue Valve (or another online games distributor) for not allowing resale of their downloaded games. And suppose this case emboldens potential litigation in the United States?
Re: Is this a mouse incorporating a USB hub then?
Not the mouse. It's too mobile. However, I personally possess a keyboard with a USB hub on it (two ports), and the mouse is attached to it. Kinda makes you miss the days of daisy-chain buses. But this is the next best thing. I'd attach headphones to it, but it's high-draw and not suitable for a bus-powered hub.
Re: <gasp!> Really?! <shocked!>
Yes, I'm American, and yes I was serious. Think Murphy's Law and the Foolproof Folly. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and nothing is foolproof enough to withstand a better fool. If you're gonna cool your hand (and I have personal experience with sweaty hands trying to handle devices on a hot summer day), do it safely.
BTW, as to the subject of the mouse, perhaps that mouse was trying to cool the fingers, which would make sense since sweaty fingertips may slide off the mouse buttons without clicking them.
"I'm sure thats the case , but you wouldn't let those sorts of people near critical systems in the first place. They're the ones cleaning the boots and the bogs."
But what if that's all you got? So it's either put these people to work or you got to explain to John Q. Taxpayer why you're sitting on a billion-dollar paperweight (IOW, sink or swim). And rolls on the slide as college grads head for the private sector and drafts are political suicide.
"if thats the only option you've got then its better than nothing. Its certainly better than using a consumer OS which is quite happy to run any old shit it finds on a USB stick as soon as its plugged in!"
That's the thing. That option isn't really an option. One leak and you're done: a task easily accomplished with a competent spy or other insider. Then you're back where we are now, only worse off because proprietary systems are harder to rejig: being by definition custom jobs. And we know what happens with old custom-designed software: it becomes both obsolete and so expensive to replace that the budget basically forces you to put up with it.
Re: Heat pumps aren't that efficient
Hell, 3;1 is still 3:1, a sore sight better than even money resistance heating. And in addition, some heat pumps can reverse, meaning they can cool as well as heat depending on the time of year. Less equipment to buy.
Re: You forgot breeding
"2) mention how organic food (which your host/ess will almost certainly go on about as if it was made from gold) can feed 4 billion people, wait until they go "so what" before telling them the population of earth is around 7 billionish"
And if they blink at you and go, "Yeah, so? Too many people on the planet, then. We need fewer of them."
Sure, waste is waste, but the funny thing about waste is that attempting to clean up the waste CAN result in even more waste. Just as we inevitably dispense waste byproducts in the course of our daily lives (our bodies won't let us "hold it in"), so to will any form of community end up with some degree of debris. At some point, efforts to reduce this amount will only end up using as much (or even more) stuff than you're putting in, so at some point you have to just step back and say, "You know what? Wasters gonna waste" and just abandon what's left as inevitable.
Re: Hardly a new idea.
It's my understanding that terrestrial transmitters can employ different, more-reliable timebases. American transmitters, for example, can rely on the NIST radio time beacon for a timebase. This is the timebases used for the clock signals stuffed into the VBI of American PBS stations, IIRC. Consumer devices can also tune into the NIST signal. In England, you have the MSF time beacon which performs the same role. Various other time beacons exist in the western world, and even China and Japan keep a time beacon running. In addition, terrestrial stations can employ terrestrial networks to help calibrate their clocks.
The thing and others like it is designed to fit into the headset port on top of the iPhone. And unlike the dock connector, it's pretty well standardized out of necessity, so the thing DOES work on Android phones, and Square DOES offer an Android version of their software. The magstripe data is read in via the microphone connector, which the software then interprets.
Yes, you CAN patent minimalism if it's novel and practical. If you don't believe, believe that one of the most lucrative patents in US history was for a single piece of metal wire: the "Gem" paper clip.
Re: We need to invent light switches!
I have. And last I checked, any light transformer is located at the connection to the mains, as they're designed to take on the same wires as a standard incandescent light base. It's the transformer that then feeds the low voltage to the lights themselves.
So when you flick the switch, you're engaging the transformer, which in turn kickstarts the light. Similarly, cut the switch, you cut power to the transformer, so there's no way it can draw power while it's off (unless they can demonstrate how a transformer can draw mains current across an open circuit). In any event, those transformers only draw extra power only during the startup phase. Once it's maintaining, it's a rather efficient system. I once heard that switching on and off constantly was also the best way to go for such fixtures, since the switch-on would only consume the same amount of power as having the light steadily on for around 23 seconds or so.
Totally useless for gamers. They still have to be able to move their digits to click the buttons. A dip in liquid nitro is known to have deleterious effects on joint mobility. And as ice water would not be advised in an electrical environment, perhaps the best course would be dry ice covered in some insulation so that you don't get frostbite on contact?
Re: Data based science?
There's observations and then there's observations. Then again, correlations do not necessarily imply causality. Take a close look at Japan's east coast for a feel of where observed facts can go wrong because they don't provide enough data to account for the possibility of extraordinary events. California builders faced the same problem historically until recent stronger earthquakes gave them more hard fact with which to account for stronger events in future.
"If they manufacturers really want a sales boom they need to develop mainstream glasses free 3D."
Which likely isn't going to happen due to physics issues. Basically, unless your television produces an actual light FIELD rather than a flat image, there's little that can be done to alter their characteristics to allow for stereoscopic vision without (a) resulting to glasses of some sort or (b) limiting the viewing angle so much only one, maybe two people can enjoy it. If you still think it's possible, ask me how a TV would respond to a person lying on their side, their eyes vertical--or better yet, someone watching the set upside-down in a fit of boredom.
Re: Telly upgrade
Not mentioned is that many of them are designed so you can mount them on the wall if you want. Now, this introduces the issue of where you put the various media boxes associated with the TV, but that can usually be remedied with a simple shelf nearby, and the end result is more floor space, so there can be some aesthetic considerations as well.
Re: Its and it's
To clarify, the plural of "it" isn't "its" but "them". And like "it", "them" has a completely different, apostrophe-free possessive:: "their".
Re: Buridan's donkey
To answer your question more correctly, what you're looking at isn't Buridan's Donkey (which is the problem of choosing between two options an equal distance apart and being frozen with indecision). Rather it looks like you're trying to start a classic deadlock. A device is dependent on an input, but connect two such devices to each other, and neither of them does anything because each is waiting on the other to act.
Re: Buridan's donkey
Probably wouldn't do anything. It reacts to the motion of a human wrist. IIRC, that machine doesn't have what would qualify as a wrist. No stimulus, no response, no action.
Re: How much does RRAM cost?
If you read the article thoroughly, you'll note that RRAM, like most post-Flash tech, isn't yet at the same economies of scale that NAND Flash possesses. There just isn't enough RRAM to go around to use it in quantity. Furthermore, the chips in use today don't hold a whole lot, especially compared to a same-sized chip of NAND. It is correctly stated in the article: a technological bridge, a means of bringing a nascent tech into the mainstream to take advantage of its benefits, even in small amounts, while economies of scale continue to build.
Re: Never gonna happen
Was this case heard by the entire panel of the Court of Appeals? If not, the option may remain open to have the case reheard before the entire panel of the 7th Circuit. Of course, they could simply refuse to hear the case as well, citing the competence of the original judgment.
Re: Product placement
It's not so much that it's short as much as it involves one or more key characters in that part of the show. You can't ignore the product placement without ignoring the character--and as a result, missing the plot. Even some video games have gotten into the act. Not fictional products that are in there for environment or for laughs, but ads for real-life products. The worst ones are the ones where you get nailed if you ignore them because they're actually obstacles or even traps.
Re: Count me as one who hasn't
You don't need to get that much bigger to make up the difference in height, and you end up with a lot more width, which tends to make for a different kind of viewing experience. Taking for example, I upgraded from a 27" CRT (4:3) to a 37" LCD (16:9). I was originally going to go for a 32" but the 5" increase (for no function loss) was only a $50 step-up and still within the $500 budget set aside for it (needed the new TV as the old one was starting to lose it--we tolerated the Red loss, but when the picture began to crunch, we knew it was going). It's slightly taller than the 27" was, fully 1080p-capable and quite a satisfactory purchase. It lacks bells and whistles and a bunch of image-enhancing goodness, and of course this was all before the 3D craze took off (not that I'd be too interested; the one time I watched Avatar in 3D I left the theater with a mild headache and a distinct disinterest in how the effects came off), but it runs like a champ.
Now, taking your example, you had a 36" 4:3 TV. Based on the 3:4:5 triangle ratio, that meant your picture was a little over 21½" high. Applying a little basic trig, we get that to match that height on a 16:9 TV you would need a picture diagonal of at least 44". TVs in the 42-46" range run about $500-600 or so, depending on brand, picture capability, and extra features. Not exactly wallet-breaking if budgeted ahead of time.
Don't be so sure.
POWER has a pretty strong hold on the gaming market right now. All three of the current generation consoles have POWER units in some form. The CPU of the Wii is a PowerPC, the Xenon CPU of the 360 is POWER-based. Even the PPE of the PS3's Cell is based on a POWER CPU.
Re: "Rockets fueled by LOX with Hydrogen only generate water"
Um...solar-powered or nuclear-powered electrolysis?
Because at concentrations higher than 2%, CO2 has some nasty side effects. Higher than that and it becomes toxic, even lethal. More often than not, death in a sealed chamber comes from CO2 poisoning, not hypoxia. That's why rescue breathers and diving rebreathers carry CO2 scrubbers.
Re: Alternative: reading comprehension
Thing is, sweatshoppers can be literate enough in English to understand the question. The big challenge is beating the sweatshops where the Turing part of the CAPTCHA doesn't really apply (IOW, you're now trying to distinguish a real user from a sweatshopper--man against man; tricky tricky...).
Re: Where's the surprise here?!
RS-232 ports are pretty important if you're trying to hook up to a serial terminal, which still exist in this day and age, especially in isolated hardware where networking is not an option or as a fallback option in case no other option works. Do you know that some Android devices still carry serial terminal lines somewhere in their hardware?
The same holds true for floppy drives. There are plenty of independent electronics and electromechanical hardware that were built in the 90's and such (in the days before USB was en vogue), so were equipped with a 3.5" floppy drive for receiving instructions.
That's because most DVD Box sets are ONLY available on DVD. Indeed, many are for pre-HD shows which wouldn't get any benefit form being on BluRay except for maybe squeezing them all onto fewer discs (as they would still all be 480i/p--depending on whether it was taped or filmed). Unless you can show that DVD box sets for HD shows are consistently outselling their BluRay counterparts.
Re: We need a separate legal entity, e.g. online avatar
Virtual identities have the greatest value when they can be connected to the real world. And yes, Facebook and Google want that, too, because the advertisers want it. People pay good money for that since that means they can migrate outside the e-mail box and into the snail mail box which is harder to ignore. Basically, the web companies DON'T WANT virtual avatars and the law is not really in a position to force it down their throats since they can counter with the Janus argument: people who can actually live double lives without anyone noticing. If the hidden life is criminal, well...
Part of e-mail's appeal (like the Internet's) is the potential for anonymity (via a different address). Registered e-mail would remove that angle but might also squelch whistleblowing which requires anonymity.
Re: Is low endurance a problem?
From what I've read, multi-level-cell NAND flash is more prone to state-changing electron leakage. IOW, it's more prone to "bit rot" which can occur even while it's in an idle state. Dealing with that would require error-correcting circuitry which would need more chip real estate.
Re: Only in 'merica
When it comes to protecting one's life and property, price usually becomes second priority. Besides, the gun shops have to pay for the bullets to keep in stock, and although they're mostly lead they still cost some money (your basic box of 50 9mms runs about $25, or about $1 a pair), so if you offer free ammo in the range, who pays the gun shops' bill, not to mention the labor and recycling costs for all the used lead and spent casings? Plus there are already more-expensive special rounds for use in home defense (softer bullets that are more effective on people and not as likely to penetrate walls).
As for enforcing any such law, forget it. You'd just encourage the black market, who would care less about whether or not you have a record, so long as you can meet their prices. And gun use is already considered an aggravating factor in most crimes which means more jail time.
Re: To all the detractors from Europe
Trouble with that is that courage (or what some might call blissful ignorance) doesn't protect you when the tonker DOES come along, especially when the tonker can do more than just shoot you. Look at 9/11. Yesterday it was a few airliners. Tomorrow? A contation spreading via an immigrant in JFK perhaps. They say eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, or perhaps more succinctly, "Be Prepared." Some fear is good for the system; helps to keep you alert. And besides, if you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will carry them, and when you have arms plants and military bases all over the map, not to mention various borders where illicit arms can come through (look at it like this--some of the US's notorious crimes occurred with AK-47's, which last I checked, no legit American firm makes or sells), it might be best seen as the stick against the avalanche.
How about this for courage? Having a gun around you but having the restraint and presence of mind NOT to use it unless you have to? Living without the means to defend yourself is one thing, but what about having the means AND having the wisdom to know when it's morally justified?
Re: There would be ways to achieve real security
Type checking isn't new. The perennial problem with them, however, has been the overhead necessary to perform the checking: a real bug-a-boo in applications where speed is essential. It's the ol' tollgate problem. The gates ensure you get your revenue but slows down traffic while a high-speed gantry speeds up the traffic but increases the risk of scofflaws slipping through with switched plates or the like.
Re: W3C...failing the general public
Just watch. Fail to click on all four and the site will reject you, saying "Sorry, but we need to be able to do ALL of that for the site to function properly. Goodbye." And if it happens to be a hotspot like Facebook or a source of otherwise-unavailable data, then you're left with the stark choices of either bending over or not getting in.
The tech-savvy would probably turn back and find some other way, but what about the average person? Wouldn't they just give the explicit consent and then we're back where we started only with little recourse left to people because they've given explicit (and thus contractually-binding) consent?
Re: Nice stereotype.
"Criminals are smart enough to be wary or just move along when their victims have a chance of fighting back."
Or it could swing the other way and the criminal would cut straight to the hideous beating: especially in crimes like rape or armed robbery where jail terms are already pretty steep, so adding in assault with a deadly weapon isn't going to really matter much, and an ambush gives the criminal confidence the victim won't fight back, as it's hard for the dazed or unconscious to pull a trigger.
Re: for our Euro friends
Thing is, most gun incidents are typically measured proportionally: typically per some number of the population like 100,000. So it's possible to compare nations by simply using the same proportions. If America's gun violence rate is so much per 100,000 people, what about other countries?
Re: @Charles 9
Well, coming close is a whole world different from actually crossing. And you don't need brinkmanship to cross: just a feeling that omnicide is preferable to the status quo.
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