* Posts by Jon Thompson 1

6 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

Deezer launches stunningly original music idea in the UK

Jon Thompson 1

Originality and innovation?

I don't think that the problem is that all the services are pretty much identical, it's more that we now have an online streaming model that appears to work well with the punters in Spotify, and that it's one the labels are happy with as well.

Look at how long it took Spotify to get up and running, all the legal hassles it had, and the grief the labels gave it. Then when it took off in a major way, the labels were right behind it

Now, other companies see that the labels themselves are happy to work with that model, so they just copy it rather than have to jump through ridiculous hoops with new ideas/services.

The labels have accepted online models, but as we've seen so many times in the past, they're reluctant to the point of being Luddites in accepting anything else new. So, for the time being, the Spotify way of doing business with the labels will probably be the best we can expect to see.

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Engineering student cracks major riddle of the universe

Jon Thompson 1
Joke

"extending from galaxies"

The universe's equivalent of "down the back of the couch"

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World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

Jon Thompson 1

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Seems everyone keeps forgetting, this is Blizzards own provate network, to which they grant restricted access using very specific limitations and terms. They are under no obligation to let people on their network - remember the unwritten addage "our network, our rules".

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BT shields gentle customers from Min of Sound pirate raids

Jon Thompson 1

Re: silly

Already happened. Can't remember the source, but it was an article about how spurious DMCA takedowns are, either here or on /.

A US college professor regularly received them for his networked printers etc, which had public IP addresses. Seems some spurious ambulance-chasers just scan for IPs in the same range as one they've allegedly got proof of P2P activity, and just send an email about those IPs too.

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Server-based botnet floods net with brutish SSH attacks

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Troll

Re "never the same IP address twice so no point in blocking them"

?? There's every point in blocking them - they're compromised machines.

Block them, add the IP to a distributed list so everyone else blocks it, then fire off an automated email to the abuse contact telling them to clean up their network.

If only we could justify blocking the entire Korean/Chines/Russian netblocks to make life easier ;)

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Webhost in five day server FAIL

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Backups

These people complaining don't have backups because it's much easier for them to whinge on forums about sites being offline and their livelihood going down the pan, than to actually have any form of business plan or backup strategy and have to take responsibility for themselves.

As much user fail as server fail.

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