389 posts • joined Tuesday 13th September 2011 11:22 GMT
This shows why we shouldn't allow bare binaries to be copyrighted, unless the source code is lodged with a trusted organization that can publish it when support is withdrawn.
Windows 2000 (as well as XP soon) illustrates the point even better. Malware writers are reverse-engineering the security updates for supported systems in order to infect unsupported systems, which people are still running (they shouldn't have to buy a new OS when the one they have still works), so the internet is worse for all of us. If the source code were available, independent developers would be able to produce security updates and the public as a whole would be better off.
Schmidt also had a few words for the NSA, claiming that “with sufficiently long keys and changing the keys all the time”, encryption can be a decent foil to snooping spooks.
Um, not when sleazy companies are slurping up and retaining all the data they can find for marketing purposes, with the side effect that it's then available to the spooks.
Re: right vs privilege error again
It doesn't really matter what you think IP is, or what I think it is. It's a property right in Berne, in WIPO, in many other treaties and conventions - and in over 100 national statutes.
Best of luck changing all those.
We all know those conventions and statutes contain the results of corruption, which you ought to be criticizing.
You've made the same error the IPO made, in pretending that IP wasn't a property right... and finding the reality whacks you on the head.
You're arguing circularly that whatever the law currently says must be right.
Re: right vs privilege error again
It's true that technology (printing, recording and what followed) have provided practical mechanisms by which artists could make independent livings, but the copyright systems that back this up have simply created another class of patrons (publishers/producers).
Copyright used to be a very good deal for the public and the artists: printing required expensive equipment and special skills, so trading away the natural right to copy was a very small loss for the public; in effect, copyright gave a privilege to artists/authors at the expense of publishers.
Now, it's a bad deal, giving privileges to publishers at a great cost to the public's natural right to copy --- and with extensions to terms on existing works, the public is getting absolutely nothing in the public domain in return!
right vs privilege error again
That’s because the UK’s IPO doesn’t think intellectual property is any kind of property.
So IP isn’t an absolute right - few things are. But again, the problem is the IPO’s fantasy view of copyright as something that isn’t a property right.
That's because it isn't any kind of property, or any kind of right; "intellectual property" is a totally misleading term. 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.
Personalized plates are for suckers. How much would it cost to have a custom bumper sticker made?
We should be more concerned about letting our kids read the Dirty Diggers' pseudo-news.
It's interesting that the companies who have complied the most with the NSA requests have seen continued success and growth (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, Yahoo, etc.), yet those that fought back have been decimated. Free enterprise my ass.
Qwest. Enough said.
Re: war room
You can't let the commie in here! He'll see the big board!
Re: Winter is coming
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men
When they dive from the 14th floor
Re: Oi Google..
I used a trackball years ago and am thinking of going back to one --- any recommendations?
Re: Mute Ravi, mute!
while he attempted to "pass a difficult motion"
Did you shout, "I second that motion!"?
Regardless of what one thinks of Assange personally, Wikileaks apparently still has its uses.
Re: Remember when this stuff was meant to be "empowering"?
And now with tracking apps they know exactly where you are.
And from how long you've been sitting there, they can infer #1 or #2.
"dog eat dog"?
Also "dog eat dog food"!
Re: not entirely fair
The main question, however, is whether being a complete berk is merely necessary, or both necessary and sufficient, to be an executive, porn-surfing or otherwise.
You don't have to be a psychopath to succeed in business or politics, but it helps.
Copyright education could be a good idea
We could teach children that copyright is not a right but a privilege granted by the state in order to obtain a greater public good (more stuff in the public domain in the long term) by trading way public rights (the natural right to make copies).
Re: Careful what you wish for.
If everyone really did become a 'responsible creator' I can already hear Big Media screaming about 'home creativity destroying the professional creation industry' because people are too busy exploring their inner selves to buy the mass-produced version..
New slogan: "Home music is killing music!" Umm, wait a minute.
Re: Artificial scarcity
Piracy will continue until pay for services stop playing games with their content and customers.
As KjetilS says, it's the studios' fault, not Netflix's, but the "tried to watch Game of Thrones" problem persists.
Re: Ads? what ads.
My Firefox currently has Adblock Plus, NoScript, Ghostery, BetterPrivacy, RefControl and Collusion (Lightbeam) add-ons. If I visit the Daily Mail, for example,
You sound like a smart guy ... why would you visit the Daily Mail?
No effect on chromium?
This has no effect on chromium, right?
What was the saying, something like "we're not reading your e-mails, just scanning them"?
What do they have to hide?
If the cabinet members have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear!
Re: 'Twas ever thus
I can't agree with jay walking laws, why does the automobile get precedence just for its size? I mean before cars it was horses, and just plain pedestrian walking before that. When did the right of way get stolen from environmental self-propulsion and monopolised?
Read this article on the "Modern Moloch": car lobbyists & PR people cooked it up.
"If you want a decent printer that will last buy a laser"
I've been using the same B&W laser printer for 12 years: £200 to buy, about £60 every 3 years for a toner cartridge. I spend less than £10 a year having photos printed somewhere else --- and no inkjet frustration!
Re: Someone has to say it .....
"Aha, the plot for a series of 'bodice-ripper' novels."
Rip, mix, burn, as they say.
but I have to say that as a pedestrian it is the thought of cyclists using these things that really scares me
According to the statistics in the UK, as a pedestrian you are 272 times more likely to be killed by a driver than by a cyclist, and even on the pavement 180 times more likely to be killed by a driver than by a cyclist.
Re: Miserable Git
Solution: everyone in the area refuses to sell groceries or anything else to him; the mailman can dump his letters and parcels at the public end of his private road. That's how the original "Boycott" worked.
List pre-rejections in the forum?
We (readers/commentards) currently see "This post has been deleted by a moderator" and "This post has been deleted by its author " placeholders in the comments, but there's nothing (AFAICT --- please correct me if I'm wrong) to indicate that a post was rejected by a moderator before it appeared. Could you add something to indicate that, so we can see how many posts are being rejected that way?
DAB disappointing in my case (at least)
Back when you could still watch test cricket without handing money over to Murdoch, we tried to figure out how to get the long-wave radio to work at the same time as the TV (with the sound off). The TV (CRT at that time) interfered with the analogue tuner, even with a long AM antenna (in the loft) and an earthed screen stapled to the underside of the top of the hi-fi cabinet (so between the components and the TV). We tried DAB and found that BBC 5 Sports Extra gets very "bubbly" in our area.
These days, with no test cricket on Murdochless TV, we just use the cable radio channels.
Digital radio could be a great idea; too bad it's been implemented poorly here.
Sable Ltd sounds suspiciously like Saber in G-Force. Is there a mole behind this?
Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy
"The girl would have gotten more money if she had sued the boy for not paying her for her role in the movie..."
...or copyright infringement!
Re: Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing
"Internet Companies Like Facebook And Google Fight The NSA Harder Than Ever"
Yes, now that they've been exposed.
what to do, what to do
I can't decide whether to dist-upgrade or to install Mint this time....
Well, that's rather in the hands of the manufacturer and operator than the user.
Yes, they should be required to provide up-to-date OSes for existing customers.
Re: Many tools for the job?
"most of whom are teachers because they can't get jobs anywhere else"
Teachers are trained, qualified professionals, but there are a few bad apples. The real problem is that parents range from really good to "not capable of operating a contraceptive", and politiicans expect teachers to make up for the damage done in the first 5 years and out of school hours for the rest.
Performance-related pay for teachers? Fine, if the teachers get to impose rewards or penalties on the parents for what the parents give the teachers to work with.
Re: One JVM to rule them all
single login system
= single point of failure
= single target for exploits
Re: wait a minute
I thought part of the NSA's mission is supposedly to be protecting Americans. How is it protecting Americans by weakening their privacy and protection from adversaries by weakening the tools they use for protection?
"We had to destroy that village in order to save it."
in other news
In other news, turkey vendor supports Christmas.
Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life
"Schools should be vendor agnostic, not sales outlets for abusive monopolies."
I gave that a thumbs-up, but actually I think should not be vendor-agnostic but should openly promote FLOSS because it's the right thing to do.
Opt-in or opt-out?
Is it opt-in or opt-out?
"Based on my last US experience, I'd recommend the TracFone PAYG handsets. Those cost $30 for the handset,"
Sometimes cheaper. I got one on sale at Family Dollar or Dollar General for about $10 earlier this year.
Oh, that kind of branding
When I saw the headline, I expected an article from a certain Reg writer advocating physical branding of suspects in order to protect intellectual "property".
Re: I think keeping an eye on their nuke program is warranted
After all, Bush Junior promised to feed them nuclear materials under the promise that it "wouldn't be used for military purposes",
Well, that was his stupid idea then.
liability for unnecessary executability
Re: Do I hear the sound...
Note the loaded words: "poacher", "spectacular botch jobs", "old boys' network", "fat cat pay".
standard written language vs dialects
Here is an interesting article from Language Log last week setting out an analogy to explain the discrepancy between written Mandarin standard and the other spoken Chinese languages (which people have to write using the standard Mandarin system).
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