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Re: Here come da' Judge;
> So, you won't call the authorities if I screw all of the doors and windows of your house shut in the middle of the night?
He probably would, and he might also push to have you pay to replace the doors and windows, but I don't think he'd also push for you to pay for a professional structural survey, a new all-encompassing 6' wall topped with razor-wire, 4" thick steel security doors, and a 12-month contract with a local security agency to patrol his property 24/7.
And what if you only tightened one screw, and two dozen others were also involved? Should you be expected to pay the entirety of the redress, just because you were the only person to be caught?
Dread Libel Ulbricht
> In his affidavit, he said that while at Silk Road he "could also view administrative Bitcoin accounts controlled by Ulbricht" – which, if true, might provide a source of potentially damning evidence.
> he claims he never knew Ulbricht's true identity. To Green, Ulbricht was "Dread Pirate Roberts,""
So how could his affidavit truthfully claim he could view Ulbricht's accounts, rather than DPR's accounts?
Since Ulbricht outright denies that he is the DPR in question, and AFAIK the only information we have are accusations/hearsay from the FBI, etc., surely it behooves people, and news outlets especially, not to so casually conflate the two identities at this stage.
I believe that it is only after either a confession, or having the evidence produced and an affirmative judgement made in court, that it stops being libel.
Re: Hang on a minute ....
One shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and nor should one judge a patent by its summary.
If you want to know what actually has been patented, read carefully all the claims in the patent (particularly the independent claims). More than likely the implementation actually patented is far more specific than any news article is likely to take the time to explain.
Then again, this is the US patent system we're talking about.
Re: Past lives
Clearly, if you don't remember a past life, it just means it wasn't very memorable.
If you previously spent hundreds of hours in the air, shooting down the Hun for King and country; don't you think that those events might be *sightly* more memorable than shovelling shit in a stable 364 days a year?
Re: They should focus on two things ...
"in the math world, dividing by zero yields infinity, which is a perfectly acceptable result. When you're programming, dividing by zero yields a crash. Or an exception. If you don't know what's going on in the hardware, you probably don't even know what an exception is."
> 1 / 0
> "blah" / 0
With modern programming languages, especially interpreted ones, for 99% of programming tasks the hardware is irrelevant - you program to the virtual machine, not the electronic one.
That's not to say that knowing how the hardware works and performs is never helpful, but the number of real-world projects where that need even be a consideration is comparatively minute.
> Valve can't have been that impressed with the technology, as though it was developed at the company, an "opportunity presented itself" in early 2013 to let the two inventors acquire the tech and strike out on their own.
From what I can tell, this kind of thing just wasn't something Valve wanted to focus on. It seemed they were casting around for a while for really workable "next gen" ideas to drive them forward, hiring all sorts of people from all over the place. Then I guess they found the most appropriate avenue for the company, and decided to focus on a more traditional evolution of their current platform: Steam machines, etc.
So I don't think Valve's "rejection" of the idea implies that they didn't think it worthy enough, just that they didn't think it "Valve" enough.
Re: Facebook and I have a special privacy agreement
> They never use my PI.
Do you have any friends on Facebook? Are you sure they've never mentioned you, or uploaded a picture including you?
Or have you ever visited a website with a facebook "like" button?
Your naivety is showing. Facebook probably already have a "shadow" profile for you.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
> Atheism is a religion thats core tenet is that "There is no God" this is a belief as it cannot be scientifically proved.
No, I'd argue that "Atheism" is no more a religion than "Theism" or "Deism" are. It is certainly a belief, but "religion" implies a level of organisation, custom and dogma.
> The scouts are allowing all religious beliefs, the Guides have come down on the side of one religion that cannot tolerate any other belief but their own (Atheism).
What? You mean Guides swear an oath that there is no God or gods? I suspect not. I was under the impression that they just didn't mention religion - just as the Scouts are planning to do.
> Kroes said she wants to attract more women to IT jobs and highlighted incentives such as greater earning potential and the fact that there is apparently lots of work opportunities in that market.
Studies have shown that "earning potential" is indeed a great incentive - for men.
If you want to motivate women into a particular industry, you're better off implementing and emphasising better work/life balance, and flexible, pleasant, working conditions. Unfortunately, these are not common characteristics or expectations of IT work.
Doff my cap
As I understand it, AT&T's current highest-speed U-verse service has a data cap of 250GB. That's about half an hour of full-throttle usage at 1Gb/s.
Also, according to the U-verse FAQs, if you persist in breaching the cap:
> ...You'll be charged $10 for every incremental 50GB of usage beyond your plan.
So that's about $12/minute...
Re: This is nothing special
AIUI there would be nothing (patents aside) to stop Bittorrent Inc. from creating client software which uses one of their own servers for the "out-of-band" exchange. Nor anyone else who wants to run such a service, or create such a client.
That key exchange and directory services are not built into the communication protocol is probably a good thing, overall. "Do one thing, and do it well."
> Not quite. If you're a PC gamer you've probably got a decent PC, so why not move your PC to the TV rather than buy a new machine?
PC gamers probably use their PCs for more than just games. Even if they don't, not all games are best played on the living-room TV with a gamepad. Do you really think people will be willing to move their PC to a different room, every time they want to play one of a certain subset of their games? That'll get old, fast.
Re: If only there was a way for computers to send data to each other...
> I think you should go look up GPS clock PCI cards. You'd only need one on a closed network to keep everybody on that network in sync.
Yes, in sync with a spoofable signal originating from outside the network.
> I make that 94Mb per email.
I blame the top-posters.
Re: Personally if i was spreading a virus
Perhaps one of the reasons Lily Collins is high on the list, rather than more tempting targets like Bieber, is the amount of noise (from the perspective of malware distributors) already existing around those search terms?
There are likely to be 100 trillion-gazillion search results for Bieber - some of them possibly even of a higher quality than malware sites. But for Lily Collins, far fewer relevant results. Hence meaning it's probably easier for malware pages to rise to a more prominent position for somewhat lesser-publicised celebrities.
Re: Battery life
I've had my Open (one of the Spanish models - black, not orange, alas) for about a week. Despite (or perhaps because) I'm a tech geek, this is my first smartphone. As such, I still don't really use it much, apart from the alarm to wake me up on the morning.
With my usual pattern of minimal use (though there was a fair bit of messing around because it was brand new to me), I got about four days out of the battery over last weekend. That was with Wifi on, and no SIM or memory card in(!), so YMMV.
Running a Youtube vid non-stop (10-hour HD Nyan cat, FWIW) over wifi got it down to 33% charge in about four hours. Not including the time taken to restart the video because it had stopped prematurely, for whatever reason.
Overall, I'd say it's definitely a v1 product.
Re: Saying nay
Slimness is overrated IMO. There's no reason I should need to be able to shave with my edge of my smartphone. I'd rather have a device which feels steady in my hand.
PCs have been pretty successful, and still are, without everything being soldered to one board. They achieved this success through modularity, upgradeability, and the use of standard interfaces.
The cost benefits of scale would come from mass-producing the modules. Individual modules can be used far beyond just in a single device or brand, so scale even better than all-in-one devices. Think CPUs, flash drives, wireless chips; all parts of smartphones which often scale - in terms of units manufactured/sold - far beyond the numbers achieved by any single device.
That said, I can't see many phones of the proposed variety being sold either, not while Jobs-envy still permeates the industry.
Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.
> I can't think of another industry where a net neutrality rule would be considered fair and equitable.
Can you think of another industry where most markets have local monopoly or duopoly providers?
The fundamental problem with the US ISP market is a lack of competition. With three enormous companies between them having almost totally locked up all the markets, and constantly lobbying to maintain their stranglehold (and massive profits), there is rarely any motivation for them to to improve, innovate, or even deal fairly with their customers.
The current situation is not a result of over-regulation.
Anarchist vs authoritarian
> Szemalikowski told the Camden New Journal he decided to try to destroy Zaloom's chances of attending a good university because he was worried the potty-mouth blogger "could be developing into an anarchist”.
Because if there's one sure way of encouraging a person with anarchist tendencies back on to the "straight and narrow", it's a figure of authority vastly overstepping and abusing their powers against said person.
Re: M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.
Microsoft indeed do not "extort" money in this way.
What Microsoft do is sell or license their patents to non-practising third parties, who then - completely independently and with no prompting from Microsoft whatsoever - sue Microsoft's competitors for patent infringement.
Re: We need Plausible Deniability (i.e. What No TrueCrypt?)
> Such as person provides "outer" password, officer decrypts "decoy" data, officer then re-encrypts "decoy" data, officer then notices that the two encrypted files do not match in file size.
Truecrypt encrypts volumes, not files. You pre-create your truecrypt volume at a specific size on your drive, and can then fill that with whatever files you want, up to that size. If you have a hidden volume, you can use that's password to see a whole different set of files within the same volume.
> "Just use double quotes around the terms. That'll AND them."
> no it doesn't, it just makes them search for the specific string enclosed by your quotes.
Actually, it does both things at the same time. Quotes can be used to group individual words into a single search string, and they also make a search term *required* - even for single words. It's not exactly AND (and never was IIRC), it's more of a statement of importance.
It was google's specific advice, to use quotes around search terms, when they changed the + to be google-plus specific.
> What about having the system divided into two parts?
As I understand it, this is exactly how Firefox OS is designed. The core, hardware-interfacing part is the same as Android - which is well understood by handset manufacturers. The parts on top are Firefox-specific, and can indeed be updated independently from the core.
Re: And how does a developer make money from this?
> Can you write Angry Birds as an HTML5 applet?
Been there, done that. It's been in Google's Chrome store for ages.
Re: But where to go? Where to go?
* Email server of your choice (postfix, exim4, etc.)
* OwnCloud for contact/calendar/file sync
* GreenQloud for hosting (based in Iceland)
You could even start a business selling such a service to other paranoid^W informed Europeans.Or just find someone who has already done this, and is willing to resell the service.
I was running with the assumption that the $20M figure was just the NSA's direct costs, since the actual cost of data collection, etc. would be part of the operating expenditure of the collaborating private companies.
April 2010: Steve Jobs threatened that a patent pool was going after Ogg Theora.
May 2010: MPEG-LA threatened that a patent pool was going after WebM.
~8 months of nothing
Feb 2011: MPEG-LA asked (pleaded?) companies to contribute to their WebM patent pool.
~2 years of nothing
March 2013: Google signs agreement.
That's a whole lot of silence from MPEG-LA, which leads me to suspect that they had trouble finding companies willing or able to contribute patents. Perhaps they'd finally found some, or perhaps Google just gave them some cash to stop FUDdying the waters.
And if H.264 has "won", and H.265 "should be propelled to a rapid takeover", why would Google bother to make a deal with MPEG-LA? Perhaps, just perhaps, the future is not set in stone.
Re: Research or Tax fiddle for big business?
If your aim is to fiddle the tax man, it doesn't matter where you have a physical presence, nor even where your money is made, as Google, Apple, et al have shown.
My first thought was that Finland could be where a lot of mobile R&D talent is still located, post-Elopcalypse. Perhaps this is Samsung positioning itself to snap up local talent, ready for when Nokia lays off more staff, or finally sinks beneath the waves. Or perhaps, by establishing themselves in Nokia's back yard, they hope to hasten the unfortunate company's demise, by poaching away their current talent...
Re: new technology
> Yes yes I know, that was slightly sexist, I realised that after posting it, it's not only men who view porn!
And it's not only women who play volleyball, you know...
Re: Join the Club
As I understand it, Mozilla have no desire to sell phones themselves. In this instance, they're in the business of making the OS; hardware is up to manufacturers (of course, that's also what Google said about Android, at first).
It's entirely feasible that it won't be rebranded at all, and be released under the Foxconn name. The "Foxconn Fire"?
Re: Common sense !!
> Some jobs will always have a natural tendancy to attract more men than women and vice-versa.
I'd suggest rather that some jobs have a cultural tendency to attract more of one gender than the other. I strongly believe that cultural norms and peer pressure can trump biology and genetics in almost every case of workplace gender bias.
Rude is as rude does
You're meeting the president of a country (which happens to be very favourable toward the company which is the source of your staggering wealth), and you either don't seek, or ignore, any advice about polite protocol? I'd most certainly call that rude, and arrogant to boot.
Should you invite someone from Elbonia to dinner, he may throw mud at your wife, fart in your face, and dry hump your daughter. If that's just a normal welcome in Elbonia, surely it couldn't be considered rude, right?
> If I had managed an absolutely historic shot somehow, I'd be negotiating the rights properly rather than just sending it in free.
By definition, nobody knows if an image will be a "historic shot" or not until many years after the image has been taken.
Would you be happy if a photo, which you had sent to the BBC for free, got included in a top-selling compilation book, with the note "copyright BBC" or "public domain"? Or would you be demanding recognition and remuneration?
Re: How to address skimming?
> ATMs are designed to be tough, hard to smash and easy to clean. Perhaps they also need to design them so that it's hard to fit a false front? Any ideas?
If ATMs are so tough to smash, maybe we should be equipping each one with a sledgehammer, and encouraging customers to wail on the machines before use? That should sort out any false fascia - or at least increase the costs significantly for the crims making them.
> Pretty sure even if Google did successfully negotiate terms with Nokia, it wouldn't extend to making VP8/WebM truly free in the way Google intend.
Yet if the terms don't extend to making VP8 truly free in the way Google intend (ie. royalty-free sublicensing), then Google would not have successfully negotiated terms with Nokia.
> Guys... H.264 is the best, get over it and move on please.
h264 cannot be used for an open web, because it requires royalties to implement - thus locking out any new browser with little budget (open source, from a small company, etc.) which wants to adhere to any standard which mandates h264.
It also requires royalty payments from content creators (meaning anyone with a camera) if they want to create h264 content for anything other than "personal use". Check the license agreement which should have come with your camera/smartphone/tablet/etc. if you don't believe me.
These are why the MPEG-LA, and most everyone who receives payments from them, are pushing so hard for h264 to be embedded in any and every standard going.
> Part of their defence (from the linked Wired article) appears to be that because of regular server reboots the card numbers in their server log files would have been overwritten before the hackers got to it
Looks like what we might have here is a case of chinese whispers: You say "card numbers", the Wired article says "card data", but the actual statement from Genesco's complaint (as quoted in the Wired article) says "data relative to those accounts" - which could mean anything from DNA samples to simple HTTP user-agent strings.
Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes
I've been using Linux full-time for about a decade; exclusively for most of that time. Not once have I felt the need to compile a kernel. For that matter, I could probably count the number of times I've compiled anything just on one hand.
Re: Who cares
Platform relevance matters not a jot. Microsoft had a legally-binding agreement, and they broke it - intentionally or not.
Bust a deal, face the wheel.
Re: NPE haven't lost anything, so why damages?
> So ARM gets nothing because it doesn't produce anything?
How about if the "company doesn't produce anything" clause only comes into effect if ownership of the patent is transferred from the original holder?
* Invent a widget yourself; sue XYZ corp for patent infringement: you are not a troll.
* Invent a widget yourself; sell the patent to XYZ corp, who produce the widgets: XYZ corp is not a troll.
* Invent a widget yourself; sell the patent to WXY corp, who don't make widgets: WXY is a troll if they sue.
* Invent a widget for XYZ corp: XYZ is not a troll.
* Invent a widget for XYZ corp; patent gets sold to WXY corp, who make widgets: WXY is not a troll.
* Invent a widget for XYZ corp; patent gets sold to WXY corp, who don't make widgets: WXY is a troll if they sue.
Re: Still Hope for Nokia
I'd bet dollars to salmiakki that one of the requirements of Nokia's "favoured partner" agreement with Microsoft is that they remain bound tightly to WinPho for the duration of the agreement. Any move to platform agnosticism will likely result in Microsoft withdrawing their regular support payments, and probably an increase in the WinPho licensing fees as well (or at least a "warning" that they may "have to").
Re: Master Hacker ?
I don't think he was referring to McKinnon himself as one of the "master hackers", rather as an example of the US government/legal system's general attitude toward the technologically curious.
Firing your shotgun toward someone who was just playing in your garden without permission, is likely going to make the elite players think twice about coming to visit.
Re: "Ballmer is the best person to lead Microsoft"
> You can criticize Ballmer for many things but "award themselves" isn't one of them. His salary's the lowest of any tech CEO (including stock options and other cheats) by his own choice.
AFAICT, "lowest [salary] of any tech CEO" is right up there with "most honest politician".
A single throwaway comment, on a single pocket-lint article, posted last Friday. Where's the statement from someone at Opera? Has anyone even thought to ask?
Perhaps there's something more substantial in the video (I have no audio on this machine), but at this point, AFAICT, this is just more baseless rumour-mongering.
Re: I'm no expert, but...
Depends what it is they're wanting to "lead" in - sales, innovation, trends?
I believe that corporations are supposed to maximise profit - not (necessarily) market share. Apple have, so far, been doing quite well for themselves, by not using the scattergun approach of many other manufacturers - even as their percentage market share falls.
Disrespectful to investors
> when it comes to running a multibillion-dollar company, you have to behave a certain way.
Lie, cheat, steal, and run your company into the ground while making out like a bandit? Is that what he means, perhaps?
I could see Zuck getting a mention for the Facebook IPO fiasco, but to criticise him because of his clothing? That's a pretty weak and shallow criticism, even for a "top 10" list. I would hope any serious investor would be able to see past any frippery, to judge the actual business they invest in. Personally, I'd rather invest my money in hoodie-adorned Zuck's Facebook than suited-and-booted Elop's Nokia, for example.
This is more about refining the definition of "opt in".
Currently, we (usually) have "the customer opted in if this box is checked". What is being proposed is more like "the customer opted in if they manually checked this box".
You can sign up any time you like
> If you have a Facebook account attached you can always go back to uplay.com and take your account back because the user cannot unlink this account.
So you'd better be damn certain you want to associate your gamer account with Facebook.
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