As APIs are original creative works they should be subject to copyright, just because people don't like it doesn't mean they shouldn't be copyrighted.
127 posts • joined 21 Jun 2011
Re: Usual Apple greed
I'm not amazed at all. Every product/service decision Apple makes is to maximize their profits. If someone else happens to be able to make some money as well then that's purely accidental, and will be dealt with shortly.
I'm willing to take her at her word. With a net worth in excess of $200 million I really doubt she's bothered by missing out on a few extra dollars during the trial period.
Re: Rational decisions
Luckily for me cost is not an issue when choosing a phone as I get handed all manner of phones, I have drawers full of them. So I can just choose what works best, and so I normally use a Blackberry. They just work better than everything else and the UI is brilliant. Using IOS or Android always feels like a step back to the stone age.
Now if I was some self absorbed teenager needing to inform the world of every vacuous thought that popped into my head and to share my best duck face photos I'd probably choose something else. Thankfully I'm decades past that.
There isn't even much need to argue over how much CO2 is too much. CO2 is seldom expelled all on it's lonesome. It's typically accompanied by a whole host of other nasty byproducts, none of which are doing us or the environment any good. And it's not just burning the fossil fuels, refining such fuels is not an entirely clean process.
Reducing such pollutants and toxins should be a good enough reason to try and reduce our use of carbon based fuels.
It does seem odd given that I was able to use Facebook on feature phones running Java ME where the processor speed was a few 10's of Mhz and RAM was measured in single digit MBs.
The rise in interest rates keeps getting delayed and QE continues because I think governments don't know how to safely get out of this situation. Interest rates have to go up eventually and QE needs to go away, but doing it too fast will lead to trouble. Does anyone know the value for "too fast"? I doubt it.
Sure, but can the self driving car anticipate the "unexpected" behaviour? Quite often a real driver can tell what another driver might or might not do based on how they are driving,where they are looking/not looking and just their general driving style. I've avoided plenty of accidents because I could see another driver was an inattentive idiot so I was prepared even before they pulled their bonehead move for the day.
Re: A speaker that's also a handy heater?
Not a speaker, it's boombox :)
It can only cause issues if copyright holders choose to restrict the use of their copyrighted works.
But APIs certainly should be protected by copyright as they meet the necessary requirements. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean they are any less subject to copyright. Creating a large API such as Java is a huge amount of work, how can it be right that someone just comes along and copies your years of work without any recompense?
Yup I used to always have the laptop running so I could see the live timing, but that was the good old days when this was provided via a Java Applet, now they use HTML for the live timing and it's crap in comparison.
It might well be that he can fix it in a few minutes, but can he run a full test cycle to make sure that he didn't bugger up something else?
Did you really expect anything less from Harper and his band of idiots?
All they do is lie about everything that they haven't managed to hide from the public. Now this gives them even more power to try and bury anything that threatens to expose the extent of their incompetence.
If you're offended that someone you don't even know may have indirectly implied that you're idiot, then maybe they're right.
Oh Waily Waily :(
If you're going to spend $10k on a watch why would you buy this overpriced toy that will be made obsolete in 6 months by thinner, lighter and more powerful toys? Better off getting a Piaget or something that will still be working decades from now, and may actually appreciate in value.
Missed alarms after an update? I guess they are trying to copy Apple now ;)
Well this is a first. A bitcoin exchange shutting down and NOT buggering off with all the funds.
Seems like cool tech, but I don't expect it to really go anywhere. The potential uses just don't seem worth the hassle.
Re: Paper techs......
He could be very helpful pulling cables under a raised floor. Just stick him under the floor, hand him a cable and point him to where he should pop up ;)
Re: Bah humbug
Well they had to leave something "revolutionary" and "magical" to put in the iPhone 7.
Re: What is it...
I don't get it either. Sometimes such leaks are on purpose just for the publicity. For the rest, if they don't want their nude photos plastered across the Internet then the simple solution is to not take any nude photos in the first place.
If it's on the Internet and you're a celebrity or other target of interest then just assume that someday someone will try to access your data.
Re: He is giving a talk about mavern
This is why I don't understand all the commotion about this. As you've pointed out, other than swapping handsome for beautiful the statements are not gender specific. Had it been a woman presenting this slide comparing Maven to her boyfriend would anyone have cared? I doubt it.
Much ado about nothing, yet again
If this is the standard we go by for "not finished" then few electronic gadgets are finished at launch. Look at all the new features and fixes that get rolled out with every Android and IOS update for example.
There must be a typo in the prices
Only $50 extra to add 16gb, that's almost reasonable. It must be wrong.
We already had console games this gen with hundreds of players, such as MAG for example with 256 players, and not a cloud in sight :)
Is there a Surface 2 XL on the way?
That docking station looks like it was designed for a bigger tablet than the current Surface 2, maybe there are some larger models coming.
Re: quiet in here
Just because Blackberry is in trouble doesn't change the fact that they still have the best Mobile OS currently available. It's a sad but repeating pattern in tech that the best products seldom win.
Re: Anyone remember BBC micro?
Microsoft Research has come up with some rather clever stuff over the years. Unfortunately it would appear that there are too many layers of boneheads above them that never let such ideas see the light of day. I guess management is far too busy approving projects to annoy and chase away their customers to be bothered with something that might be truly innovative.
I wasn't implying that there aren't still talented musicians as there definitely are, and I've seen plenty in clubs over the years. But such talent is no longer a prerequisite for success.
If you look at the current big name "artists" few of them have any real talent. Top 40 lists are littered with more talentless fluff than ever before, not that I've ever been one to listen much to top 40 even when it did require some musical ability.
That's because back then some level of musical talent was required before you could make music. Now all you need is your team of marketing and PR people, stylists, song writers, etc., and of course the guy to run the software that makes it sound like you can actually sing.
I'm prepared to pay more, but Microsoft have yet to given me any reason to want to pay anything for an Xbox One.
Re: I think I've spotted..
Actually I do care about productivity, it's the main reason I hate using my Mac as the os seems designed to ensure you work as slowly as possible.
Re: Yet another tallscreen Android tablet?
Why would anyone want to put out something with the antiquated 4:3 aspect ratio? You just end up with a fatter and less portable device.
All new video is 16:9 or even wider and all other screens are using those aspect ratios, TV's, phones and tablets. The only media that is still predominantly in 4:3 is photographs. Non video media work just fine on a widescreen screen format in either landscape or portrait.
You're implying there was a time when macbooks didn't have inferior wifi, in my experience their wifi has always been substandard.
If you lack the coordination to use a controller well then there is always easy mode.
Re: used games and 24hourt authentication...
I think it was all put in there to slow down people trying to write an Xbox One emulator for PC, otherwise I expect it would be pretty easy given the low specs of the Xbox 1 and the fact that it's now basically a PC, and not even a special PC.
At least the PS4 has the 8GB of GDDR5 as both main and system RAM which will makes things a little more complicated for those trying to get an emulator running on a normal PC.
Re: Pay to Play and no one cares?
You can blame Microsoft for that as well. Sony would not have been able to get away with it had not Microsoft shown that people are willing to get ripped off for online for years.
But at least PS+ is a much better deal as you get so much more for your money. Also I believe this online fee is what allowed them to keep the price down so it's not all bad, especially for those that only want to play single player.
Re: Hang on.
You're right. It's only something special because of Microsoft's colossal stupidity and greed. It's only a minor improvement over the policies on PS3 so it would have been little more than a footnote otherwise.
Re: PS4 also has DRM on used games
Well they didn't mention that because it's not true. They've clarified that there is no DRM on any games and no online passes even for 3rd party games.
Re: Same ol Same
And yet the PS3 is the number one platform for Netflix usage so clearly many people want it on their console
Re: Rip off Britain
Keep in mind that the US price does not include taxes.
Re: Eighth generation
That's right, not for the CPU and that's the key. The unified memory architecture will nearly eliminate copying data back and forth between CPU and GPU. Also a GPU with that amount of RAM would cost almost as much as a PS4+XB1.
Re: Wasn't it DECtalk?
Yup it's a DecTalk, I worked extensively with those back in the early 90's. But I thought Hawking was still using a DecTalk based system.
Re: Two years baby
It's more likely that the rest of the OEMs will move on to something else since going to Android hasn't made them any money.
Re: As one who at one time did benefit from NSF funding...
This pretty much guarantees that there will be little of any use to come out of US research institutions that rely on NSF funding.
Re: Needs DRM
I thought this was all about streaming content, in which case this is a non-issue since DRM can be updated as needed.
Well if they would hurry up and do away with IR as the communications channel then remotes could go away, or at least be more useful.
I have various Logitech remotes including the expensive ones with the fancy touch screen. Where they all fall down is that IR is a one way and not entirely reliable communications medium. The remote has no way of knowing the current state of the devices it's attempting to control. So it operates assuming the device was in the last known state and that any command sent is successful. The result is that it's often out of sync with reality.
By using bluetooth or some other bi-directional RF communications the remote could query the device to determine it's current state as well as get positive acknowledgment that the commands succeeded.
Re: Um, were the US PTO asleep when this went across their desk ?
Some phones ring louder if they detect that it's dark, the reasoning being that if there is no light then the phone is likely in a briefcase, backback etc.
Such a broad patent is unenforceable when there is so much prior art, it would fall at the first challenge.
Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....
Space based solar power has been proposed before now. The idea was to put the solar panels in space where they would be able to operate much more efficiently due to the lack of any pesky atmosphere blocking their view. And since stringing huge cables from the surface up to space is somewhat inconvenient they would use a high powered energy beam (microwave? laser?) to send the energy back down to a receiver on the ground.
To me the most obvious problem with this solution, besides the outrageous cost, is what would happen if this multi-megawatt death ray misses it's intended target? Surely cities bursting into flame can't be good for the environment :)