* Posts by Steve 129

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Spanish 'Google tax' could end up like Germany's everyone-BUT-Google tax

Steve 129

Too funny !!!

OK, so Germany went from "Stop Google using our headlines" to giving them completely free access, and only them access !!!???!!!!

LOL, Too F**king funny.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

Steve 129

Better than the $0.12 I received from an ATT class action 'payment' !!! Postage was $0.35.

Class action lawsuits are a complete waste of everyone's times except the lawyers representing the case.

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

Steve 129

Re: Meh

A couple of years ago I received a check for $0.12 from ATT for a class action settlement !!! Postage was $0.35.

Ridiculous !!!

These companies need a REAL threat before they stop their illegal, immoral practices. perhaps even jail time for their upper management so that the costs of getting caught are not passed to their customers.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

Steve 129

Re: Maybe now...

The comparison is perfectly valid. I am sure that a wire tap request does not need to mention call forwarding.

A huge portion of IP addresses are localized enough to at least pinpoint a residence.

Even if NAT is uses by the ISP the ISP knows which local IP address was assigned to specific customers.

Not really sure what your point was unless you are pointing out a technicality which might allow a criminal to get away with a crime?

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

Steve 129

Re: Make them pay up

They won't be forced to pay up. They will get a slap on the wrist. Whoever came up with the idea will get a bonus since it saved them $100M but only cost them $5M in fines. I bet they even have the money for the 'fine' in escrow.

What really needs to happen is for these companies to be fined a significant portion of their revenue and not the pocket change that falls down the back of the sofa.

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Steve 129

This lawsuit will be completely irrelevant to everyone except lawyers. They will get a slap on the wrist and lawyers will take all the 'refunds'.

Last year I received a 'payment' from a class action against ATT for 12c... Yep... $0.12 !!

It cost more to send the check ($0.35) !!

ATT don't care. Worst customer service I have EVER encountered and they are flat out liars.

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

Steve 129

WOW, a rational decision from a judge on the issue of linking and copyright !!!

Seriously !!??? Is hell freezing over??

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

Steve 129

Re: Freetard redux?

Your recourse is to never buy a cheap Shunny TV again !!!

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Re: Re. dead FTDI232BM

So go back to the vendor you bought your 200UKP programmer for 95UKP from and tell them you want a REAL one this time !!

Many of the 3D printer controller boards come from.... wait for it... wait for it... China !!!

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Steve 129

Re: Question - what about MS folk who already installed?

Yeah...OK... it was a false positive because reputable suppliers don't but cheap crap ever !!!

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Steve 129

Re: @Donald Becker

Unfortunately you are wrong. The VID/PID combination is as much a claim to be FTDI as printing it on the package.

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Steve 129

And just how would 'bricking' be any different to 'simply not work' for someone like this???

The only people who the difference actually means anything to are technically savvy people.

If a USB-serial stops working most people will simply throw it in the bin and buy a new one, perhaps complaining to their supplier in the mean time that this is the 7th one which doesn't work.

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Steve 129

And just what good would a 'fake detect' tool do??? Seriously, do you think ANYONE who found a fake chip would do anything at all about it?

FTDI should simply refuse to work with fake chips. Customers would still be left with non-working products but at least they could send them back to whomever they purchased them from.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Re: Pirate product keys in comments

The issue is the automatic generation of the take down requests and the automatic implementation of the requests.

Yet another example of how f****d up the DMCA is!!

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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

Steve 129

'Trolls' aren't the problem

Every time I hear people complaining about 'trolls' my blood boils!!!

The whole idea that patent owners MUST actually produce something or else loose their claim is ludicrous !!! They are really nothing more or less than venture capitalists. They are prepared to pay an inventor for his idea then turn it in to cash... or not... their choice.

If I come up with an idea, patent it but then can't afford to manufacture it (since the cost of patenting it wiped me out) this does not mean that then anyone can suddenly decide to steal the idea and make their own, just because I didn't. If then I decide to sell the idea to someone/anyone to make cash on the idea I came up with and patented, then that is my prerogative. What the new owners do with the patent is entirely their prerogative. If they choose to sit on it and wait for someone to willfully copy the idea in the belief that "well hell... the real owner isn't using the idea so I will" they can do that.

The REAL issue is crap patents.

Now, having said all this, this current article is even more messed up since it is nothing at all to do with patent violation and all about contract violation, as mentioned previously.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Steve 129

Re: Good luck

Shoot (the take down order) first, ask (no) questions later.

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Microsoft and pals applaud UK's 'Google Review' copyright move

Steve 129

Eat the cake

Just another case of wanting to have their cake and eat it.

I am forever annoyed at the levy to accommodate copying but then I am not actually allowed to copy !!!???

If I am going to pay a tax to cover copying from a DVD to my HDD then surely I should actually be able to do that??

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

Steve 129

Re: Personally I think

No, they didn't 'fix it' with a new version. They learned from it and released a NEW version with it fixed, and charge for the new product. This is completely different.

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Steve 129

Re: Personally I think

Well, if the alarm system decides that it will turn off every Thursday afternoon for 20 minutes due to a bug, then yes, they should fix it.

The issue here is that there are flaws in the software. 'Progress in hacking systems" has nothing to do with the fact that the software was 'broken' right from the start. Just because someone managed to find the fault is irrelevant.

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

Steve 129

Re: What i'd do...

Unfortunately the law does not allow that. Only dealers can say ANYTHING about the car.

Tesla 'showrooms' that do exist in these insane states are called galleries and the people there are not even allowed to point 'patrons' to the Tesla web page. Nothing at all that might influence a buyer can be said, shown or otherwise revealed.

Complete bollocks if you ask me.

I used to have some degree of respect for Christie but after his turn-around in this issue I have absolutely no respect whatsoever. Obviously so much in the corrupt back pockets it make me sick.

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Silicon Valley wage collusion case will go to court

Steve 129

What did I miss??

OK, what am I missing here???

They are getting in trouble because they agreed to NOT actively poach staff from each other?

And is sharing staff salaries illegal? Usually companies want to keep that secret too, but I don't think it is illegal to share as long as they don't include names etc... In Texas EVERY state employee's salary is public record...complete with names, which I would have expected to be illegal.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/government-employee-salaries/

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

Steve 129

Re: Mixed signals...

You shouldn't be doing ANYTHING that distracts you when supposedly in control of a car etc...

I often get pissed at people f*cking around with their phones in "stop and go" traffic or at traffic lights that fail completely to notice the "go" part !!!

PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE. IT'S SUPPOSEDLY THE LAW I BELIEVE?

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

Steve 129

Smart Reflex?

OK, I have not read the entire patent but some of this is already done with Smart Reflex in OMAP processors, which track and compensate for PVT variations (PVT = process, voltage & temperature). Inherent in some of the classes is accounting for variations over time due to changes in performance.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Steve 129

Re: Mozillidiots @CaptainHook

Isn't "Firefox" a Mozilla trademark?

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Steve 129

Re: Mozillidiots

Wrong. Coke COULD if they wanted. They could very easily say "If you want to use the Coca Cola trademarked logo to sell Coke, then you must etc..." but they choose not to.

Levi did EXACTLY this to Tesco !!!

Mozilla can put WHATEVER restrictions on the use of their trademark that they want... ANYTHING.

Everyone seems to be missing the facts that a) putting it on a HDD and distributing to customers is... believe it or not... 'distribution' and b) Mozilla can put whatever restrictions on their software/trademark that they want... ANYTHING.

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US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown

Steve 129

"doesn't explain why the prosecutors have backed away from the controversial charges" Ermm, perhaps because they realized they were asinine charges and they would look like complete f-wits if they left them there???

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

Steve 129

Re: It's actually quite hilarious

OK, I don't get how the USD isn't a Fiat currency then??? It has no intrinsic value other than the faith that it can be exchanged for tangible goods.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Steve 129

Re: This is truly revolutionary for Apple

It isn't about "worth" patenting, but about "what can we blow through the Patent Office before anyone realizes it is completely F*CKING obvious!!!"

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Steve 129

Ahhh, but you forgot the old "delete 'TV', replace with 'phone', file patent... delete 'phone' replace with 'computer', file patent, delete 'computer', replace with 'absolutely every other device, thing or thought we can think of'"

It is OBVIOUSLY completely different...

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Steve 129

Existing or not is completely irrelevant. Your ideas don't have to exist, ever.

Patents protect an IDEA, not a product.

Just who is misinformed, other than you?

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Steve 129

Re: The Oxygene of publicity...

So... exactly how much of this JMJ tax do you think YOU would see???

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

Steve 129

In other news...

Tesco must show Currys' prices for TVs on their web page now.

Walmart must show BestBuy's prices on their web page.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Steve 129

Re: Filters are folly.

Having the filters available isn't the issue though. It is the 'forced' nature of them, and the underhand way the government is trying to say "ahh but you have a choice... all you have to say is 'let me access pron' and we will take them away so you can be a parent on your own"

Lets say you have a very small set of stairs (say 2 steps) and you CHOOSE to not put a gate up and let your child learn by falling down the steps a couple of times to learn it is not a good idea to go head first, then that is your choice.

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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

Steve 129

Re: Publicly available PI

That's the point though. If you owned a shop then you COULD throw them out.

If your shop window allows the 'public' to see in them you can't complain when they do so, even if it is just to copy your prices down.

If you don't want them to see through the window then cover it up and block it.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

Steve 129

Re: On the other hand

Not even a double edged sword. It is simply a terrible law that does nothing to correct the real issue, which is crappy patents in the first place.

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Steve 129

This is a terrible day for the little guy

This completely defeats the point of patents!!!

Patents are supposed to allow the little guy to protect his idea from being stolen. All that has happened here is that big corporations can now steal a good idea from someone who does not have the money to productize it.

Patent trolls are not the issue. Bad patents are the issue.

How is a company that purchases a stake (or outright buys) in an idea from a small guy/person that does not have the funds to fully realize the idea any different from a venture capital company??? Exactly the same business model.

This law now gives big corporations free access to completely ignore patents from anyone who simply does not have enough money to take their idea to the next level.

Very, very bad decision.

There has certainly been some back hand payments from big corps in getting this passed.

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'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

Steve 129

Just some lawyers trying to make a name for themselves and wasting everyone's time and money in the process..

Just more proof that we need less lawyers!!!

As the old joke goes... What do you call 50,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean ?... A good start :-)

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Steve 129

Re: Truth or consequences

So... If bullying occurs outside school it is nothing to do with the school???

I see double standards here.

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

Steve 129

How does the BBC loose money if not at top of EPG???

OK, what am I missing here??? How can the BBC, which get's no funding at all from advertising, loose money if not at the top of the EPG?

Even if not a single sole watched the BBC they would still get their funding from license fees.

I would think it would in fact be better if lesser known channels were on the first page.

Sounds like egos are the real issue here.

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

Steve 129
Happy

Alternative to Jailbreaking?

I wonder... If arbitrary code can be loaded then could it be used in place of jailbreaking I wonder?

Just a thought.

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

Steve 129
Thumb Down

Paper IS covered by ITAR

Printing the plans out does NOT exclude you from ITAR requirements. In fact, even talking to a foreign national can put you in trouble.

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Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

Steve 129
Unhappy

Hate to say this... but...

When you work for a company ALL ideas are theirs unless specifically excluded in your contract.

Saying "I thought of this when out for lunch" simply does not cut it.

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

Steve 129
Alert

Idle threat?

I always thought that a threat worked best when there was a down side for the person being threatened !!??

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Steve 129
Unhappy

Re: Gouging

Yep, they can. technically and legally.

The fact that we may not like it is completely irrelevant.

Just like region coding.

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

Steve 129
FAIL

Re: NPE haven't lost anything, so why damages?

Why on earth should you have to actually build something to stake claim for your idea???

Many others have commented on the fact that a small inventor can come up with a great idea and not have the resources or means to productize it.

It should be perfectly fine for a company to invest in ideas which it believes are worth something (whether we agree is not the issue here). Large corporations do this all the time with patents they don't use themselves but want to keep 'just in case'. Companies also invest a lot in ideas for projects that are then shelved. Are you saying these efforts and patents should then be given away free to everyone else?

This issue here is not really trolls (though we would love to blame them), but the fact that the patent issuing system itself is fundamentally broken.

This proposal is like trying to stop road accidents by saying cars must drive on the sidewalks (i.e. completely stupid in every respect)

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Music industry raises NBN fears as legal digital sales take off

Steve 129
WTF?

Distribution medium with increasing revenue stream feared of reducing revenue !???

WTF!!! Digital revenues are increasing and will surpass physical sales yet they STILL think that digital access will cause them to loose sales???!!!

The movie/music industry really does live in a completely different universe don't they !!??

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Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave

Steve 129
WTF?

anti-abortion tagged on ???!!!!

This is an example of just how messed up the US system is when senators can tag on any old crap, hiding it.

Seriously, John Boehner needs to put his foot down on this type of thing !!!

I know, it means our elected officials will have to actually READ what they are signing in to law, but come on!!!

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 launch spreads desktop app love

Steve 129

Re: Seems they made a mistake....

Doesn't work in Firefox either, so they have done a smack up job on quality control again!!!

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Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

Steve 129
Big Brother

Not true

This is not true from Apple's perspective.

Apple are based in the US hence the worldwide operations must adhere to US export control laws.

This is true for all US based companies and all companies which have any presence in the US.

It is illegal for a UK based Apple employee to 'export' to a foreign national from a 'banned' country.

Note, this does not have to be a physical item, as knowledge is considered just as important as a physical item, so in theory even showing an iPad to a foreign national from Iran could be considered an 'export'

Does it make sense? Not much. Is it practical? No. Is it the law? Yes.

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Steve 129
Big Brother

Re: Blame the law...

Not true. Unfortunately the export control laws are extremely broad and strict.

Letting a foreign national even SEE prohibited technology is considered an export.

It is not necessary to actually ship a physical piece of technology to a 'banned' country. Showing the technology to a foreign national of said banned country is enough. Even accidentally letting them glimpse it is illegal.

This is a strict interpretation of the law. Should Apple follow it this religiously? Legally, yes and so should everyone. Is it practical? Probably not.

I read an article about a company being fined for exporting paint to a company who subsequently sold a painted product for inclusion in a nuclear plant. Paint, for god sake !!!???

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