1160 posts • joined Saturday 23rd January 2010 08:36 GMT
"The FTC said that it has reached a settlement with Goldenshores Technologies, a US developer behind the 'Brightest Flashlight' mobile application, a free download which the FTC said had been installed on 'tens of millions' of Android devices."
So not really "free" then.
'Actually, this EOL reminds me of an old Italian saying, 'Tutto termina in giudizio' which means 'All things end in judgement'"
"All things end in judgement" - an Italian saying? It's good enough to originally be a Latin proverb!
"Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support"
Well now here's a case where I'm the side of the Chinese government!
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
"Out of interest, a 'complete halt' as opposed to what other kind of halt?"
The word "complete" as used therein does not add or alter semantical meaning, it serves to emphasize the point that the speaker wants to make. It's a very very commonly used device - perhaps so commonly used that it scarcely calls attention to itself - and if you look (and listen) carefully to others, you will meet with it very very often.
"nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
"there is nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass while driving your vehicle."
There will be, though. The law will be amended to assume that anyone wearing Google glasses is actually using them. Or else everyone would use the same "Yes judge I was wearing them but they weren't turned on." Followed by "Well judge I only turned them on once I brought my vehicle to a complete halt."
Re: Goddamit El Reg
"For a moment I was thinking Apple was patenting facials."
The tech companies have been giving facials to end-users for years and years now.
@ frank ly
"'You see cynics understand the cost of everything and the value of nothing.' I wish I'd said that."
You will, Oscar, you will.
@ Red Bren Re: I can see how this works...
"The plant is recharged by specially trained and certified personnel wearing a fat suit stuffed with AA batteries"
They're trained to not laugh while at the job site.
@ Nick Stallman
You don't need to worry about dogs, or other possibly predatory animals, or unsupervised children roaming at large?
Cute li'l guinea pigs.
Well that's too bad. I have guinea pigs myself. I don't know how smart it is to keep guinea pigs outdoors, though.
But how did that guinea pig get pregnant, I wonder? I wouldn't be too surprised if at least one of the two surviving guinea pigs were an adult male. Breeding guinea pigs is frowned upon by guinea pig keepers where I am, because of the large number of homeless animals (of all sorts) in rescues and "shelters", some of which kill unadopted animals on a regular schedule. Obviously I do not know what the situation in the UK is. But more specifically regarding guinea pigs, pregnancy is very risky. A pregnant guinea pig looks not unlike a pancake with legs.
But it's too bad about those guinea pigs, though.
Maybe you can find some *other* internet somewhere...
"(we're not counting smut, okay?)"
(Why the fuck not?)
Why are the names of the two female accomplices being kept secret?
Anyone know? I don't understand this at all as they *did* plead guilty.
@ thomas k. Re: chickens coming home to roost
Would you like to know what I would find amusing? If one of those extremists recruited a suicide bomber that killed or maimed a member of your family! Sadly, the odds are against it. But we can hope!
This latest revelation from Snowden
This latest revelation from Snowden shows me that the NSA is doing what they ought to be doing. Evidently Snowden doesn't think so. Eventually people are on the side that they help. And the fact is, that Snowden is now helping Muslim extremists. I have no doubt that Snowden has any number of pious bourgeois platitudes that help him conceal this fact from himself, but it is, all the same, a fact.
"Dogfooding" - Forcing a group of engineers, product designers, company employees to actually use the products they design on a daily basis. They make the dogfood and they have to eat it. So they better make it good.
Example: the bosses of the local mass transit department have limousines and so do not actually have to use the mass transit which they oversee. "Dogfooding" would have them stripped of their limousines and compelled to use the public transport for which they are responsible.
Ha-ha-ha - like *that* would ever happen.
Re: It's all about the money
"Unfortunately this will keep happening whilst Apple are charging £15 for a cable when I can buy 2 off eBay for 99p. 30 cables for the price of one is a no brainer."
Except maybe when the money-saving merchandise comes with the risk of death - unless one actually gets a thrill from living dangerously. Would you pay the extra money for the sake of, let's say, staying alive?
Even when they are selling poorly manufactured adapters at the lowest imaginable prices, there is NO excuse for any company to peddle goods with potentially lethal defects.
"A meta-study carried out by the American Psychological Association has found that playing computer games has many positive effects on children and, in some cases, the more violent the game the more beneficial the effect. [...] The research, published in the latest issue of American Psychologist...."
Well then it must be true, because we all know that studies are never, ever wrong, or biased or slanted, and psychology is an exemplar of everything a hard science should be.
"Google's almost already got the evil self-aware computer system ready, so they gotta give it flying things to kill us with I guess."
They won't. Because dead men view no ads.
Here's some aircraft-generated noise for you: Thunderscreech!
Hacking Banks. Two Questions.
"Earlier this year he was handed another two-year sentence, this time for hacking Logica and Nordea bank, although that was reduced to one year on appeal."
Well why don't they just legalize it? Wouldn't it be just so much simpler for all concerned?
Intellectual Labor. Kinda.
"Rapid Telescopes for Optical Response (RAPTOR)"
That's a very, very labored acronym.
Value. Real Value.
"LG values its customers' privacy"
Yes, and that value is defined by the price they get for it when selling it to third parties.
Thanks for the laugh, though!
"Samsung better try to shift a lot more of those half-wit smartwatches if it's going to pay its bills - even assuming that there are that many stooges in the entire world."
"I think a fair number of artists get screwed long before the feckless freetards get in on the action..."
And you are dissatisfied with that sort of shoddy work, and want the job completed in a more thorough manner, so that every artist is completely expropriated?
Re: right vs privilege error again
"This article makes some valid points, but once again fails to understand that copyright is not a right at all but rather a privilege that the state grants in order to get more into the public domain in the long run."
Then in that case, anyone who enjoys the fruits of their own labor does so thanks to a privilege and not a right. And of course, just like all privileges granted by the state, it can be revoked. Perhaps you would like to see slavery re-instituted?
Piracy has nothing to do with "the public domain". What's being pirated are works being created and released now, with music being created and released now, with movies being produced and released now. If you think that anyone would refrain from downloading the latest hit movie if it would be freely available in the public domain in only, let's say, a Queen-Anne-like 7 years, then you are delusional.
The whole "public domain" line of argument is fraudulent and simply meant to distract attention from the real issue: why are any number of predatory entities (some of which are among the wealthiest entities in the world) allowed to expropriate creators with impunity and deprive them of the right to benefit from their own work?
Have an armband.
Re: right vs privilege error again
"However, it is a very bad argument to claim that reducing the set of exclusive rights enjoyed by some group of people (such as copyright owners) is the same as depriving them of their property and therefore an illegal violation of human rights."
... except in the case of copyright, where it is the same "as depriving them of their property and therefore an illegal violation of human rights."
Re: right vs privilege error again
"Most musicians get much more from the paid performances they do (even for tips on free gigs) than from album sales. "
As applied to the past, this statement would be pure, unalloyed bullshit. The mere fact that record companies (and note well that these were RECORD companies whose primary business was making RECORDS and not booking live gigs) would only, in exceptional circumstances, finance a tour of this or that band in order to support a record. TOURS support RECORDS.
Your original statement, however, applied to the present, simply recognizes that piracy has destroyed the market for music, and consequently the ability for musicians to earn more than they would get as tips at a "free gig". My *guess* is, that most people would consider "passing a tip jar at a free gig" to be "begging". You seem to think that this represents some sort of progress as compared to the days when it might have been possible to earn a decent living by being a musician.
"Playing gigs" is, as you obviously don't know, very often a money-losing activity for most musicians who try it.
"The bulk of artists do not depend on copyright for a living".... because at this point in time, with pretty nearly no copyright enforcement, there is no living to be had. These two facts are connected, whether you want to realize it or not.
And if you don't understand how copyright is the ONLY mechanism that enables or, better, could theoretically enable, an artist, musician, or author to earn a living, then you don't understand much. Or perhaps you would explain to me how an artist, musician, or author, could earn a living when their work is immediately put on the web without permission in order to serve a ad-bait, and so be enjoyed free of cost for the sake of running Google Adsense ads.
You don't find anything wrong with that? You don't think that maybe the people who create the works that people want to see, read, listen to, ought to get paid for it, and have the right to dispose of it as they see fit, as opposed to being expropriated by thieves and ultimately serving to enrich Brin, Page, Schmidt, and the venture capitalists who ultimately reap the profit.
But then as Brin, Page, and Schmidt are already each worth $15bn+, I can see why you would want any artistic endeavour to operate as a charitable enterprise, with Google and the rest of the tech oligarchs as the beneficiaries of that charity.
Have an armband.
"Without copyright enforcement, everyone can profit from your work except you."
"LG smart TVs silently log owners' viewing habits to the South Korean company's servers and use them to serve targeted ads, one researcher has claimed."
Well that's why they're even called "smart TV's" in the first place, now isn't it?
"The Executive Committee"
"The Executive Committee Range is a mountain range consisting of five major volcanoes, which trends north-south for 80 km (50 mi) along the 126th meridian west, in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica."
"Discovered by the United States Antarctic Service expedition on a flight, December 15, 1940, and named for the Antarctic Service Executive Committee. Individual mountains (e.g. Hampton, Waesche) are named in honor of members of the committee, except for Mount Sidley, the most imposing mountain in the range, which was discovered and named by Rear Admiral Byrd in 1934. " (And more...)
*I* think that that's kind of a funny story.
Safe. Well maybe not.
I wonder if Snapchat itself will be targeted by the lawyers of all the teens involved - both boys and girls - for the security of the service being grossly inferior to what it was touted as being and for claiming to provide a safe venue for this kind of activity - thereby setting itself up as an enabling agent..
Re: Man or Machine?
"Google is most definitely obeying robots.txt when it comes to crawling."
What makes you so sure? I have read that a robots.txt will not stop a Google crawler from crawling a site; it will only effect what Google makes available via the public portals of its search engine.
I have *no* idea if it is true or not.
"He said he was inspired by whistleblower Chelsea Manning and by the Occupy movement."
This is kind of pathetic. One's a guy who thinks that wanting to be a girl somehow makes him a girl, and the other is a group of people who, while having dissatisfactions that might or might not be valid, have nothing even remotely resembling a coherent plan as to how to remedy those dissatisfactions or improve society.
He needs better inspirations.
"Did I read it correctly? That he gave up information in return for a lesser sentence, yet still got the maximum?"
Re-read this sentence (see what I did there!) from the article: "Jeremy Hammond, the hacker who cracked open the database of intelligence organization Stratfor, had hoped for some leniency when he pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."
It's more than likely that the leniency part of the plea bargain was in only having to plead to one charge, as opposed to having to defend himself against many more charges.
Additionally, it is the prosecution and defense who plea bargain but no such deals are binding upon the judge so there's still some risk involved for the defendant even after both sides strike a deal. The judge will usually (but by no means always) go by this agreement but is not required to do so.
Follow The Pioneers!
"What do scientists do if dark matter can't be found?"
They change the acronym to "NIMPs" - NON-Interacting Massive Particles - and spend the rest of their careers talking, writing, theorizing, and generally philosophizing about it, with no fear of ever being contradicted by experiment. String theorists have done any amount of pioneering work along these lines.
@ Brewster's Angle Grinder Re: grammar nazi in action @Chemist
"Hi, I've come for the fish. Some mates said you do killer sardines."
And they're great on a sandwich with killer tomatoes...
Just a hunch.
"We’ve no way of knowing if that outage is related to Friday’s outage. But we’re sure the NSA will read this story and try to figure out just what went wrong."
It's just a hunch but my feeling is that they'll try to figure out what went wrong whether they read the article or not.
"The world of work has changed enormously since the '70s. Nowadays, 43 per cent of Britain's economy is fuelled by office work, compared to 24 per cent in 1972, the report claimed."
Other than paperwork for each other, what are they actually producing?
"In other words, it's extremely difficult to adequately police Facebook while the company continues to insist that it grants that responsibility solely to its users."
Well luckily for the Prime Minister, by means of "legal enactments", Facebook can be forced to take responsibility. I do so hope that someone tells him that; just imagine how happy he will be when he finds out.
@ deadlockvictim Re: America's most important creditor
"... it is generally very foolish to upset one's creditors. they may decide that they want their money back."
Most people have no understanding of what the national debt it, what it means, and how it works. Clearly you have even less than most. Congratulations.
Here, read this. It will make you a lot smarter than you are now.
@ auburnman: It Could Be Worse Than That
"If he really has dirt as good as he has just announced, then he has just completely fucked himself. EVERYONE is going to be after him. Does he really think Russia would be against quietly handing him over to China for cash or favours?"
Russia is very wary, if not actually scared, of China. As Victor Rezun reported a Soviet military instructor saying, "There are a billion Chinese. If you killed a million a day, it would take you three years to kill them all."
The point being that China is overpopulated but Siberia is nearly empty. There is a belief that China has some reasons (supportable or otherwise I do not know) that they feel justify them in claiming that Siberia was stolen from them, and that they are entitled to claim sovereignty over large parts of it. This makes Russia nervous, as they are worried that China might demand it Siberia back from the Russians.
By damaging American operations against China, Russia might begin to feel that Snowden is acting against Russian interests.
Re: Still not enough
"I want Metro to die, and everyone who stood there and let it happen, to be thrown into an industrial mincer."
That's harsh. But not, I regret to say, harsh enough.
Snowden, like a number people on this forum, seems to think that sanctimonious bourgeois platitudes and verities are acceptable substitutes for political, historical, and societal insight.
@ Andrew_b65 Re: Thank GOD...
"Thank GOD that I don't have any friends, phew!"
Ah but for those who do, this is the next best thing: get recommendations from your friends without having to actually interact with them! And depending on what you think of this or that particular friend, you can either take their positive endorsements as intended, or consider them warnings.
"'The safe mode did not impact the spacecraft’s trajectory one smidgeon.' With the accuracy that they need for navigation in this type of manoeuvre, I'm surprised that they weren't measuring the trajectory in milli-smidgeons."
What surprised me, was that NASA would even use that kind of arcane scientific terminology in a public pronouncement at all. Because it is, after all, rocket science.
" the EFF feels its signature cannot ever appear on the same letterhead as the likes of Google"
And they're going to continue to feel that way until they need more Googlebucks.
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