56 posts • joined 5 Jul 2012
What scam software patents are. This is a clear example of the "innovation" it's supposed to create and protect.
Ever since the first couple of Android distributors signed these extortion agreements, it has had a snowball effect. The mafia would be very proud of Microsoft.
This is among many reasons I avoid Microsoft products and services as much as possible.
I doubt Apple would be where it is today, had Steve stayed at Apple right through.
So I checked it out, and sync.com says it's Canadian, with a Canadian address, but according to Geotool, the server IP address is in the USA.
So if you're trying to avoid the prying eyes of the Government of the USA, you are out of luck.
And 100% of software patents are bunk. Whoever thought applying patents to software was an idiot. Software patents do nothing for innovation and everything for extortion.
I seem to remember MS jacking up the prices for almost everything they sell. Surely this is a major contributing factor to any increases. Once businesses are locked in to MS, they are basically held hostage and forced to pay the higher prices. Because most businesses are focused on short term goals, they can only see that it appears cheaper to pay more for MS products than invest in other more economical software that would benefit them in the long-term.
Perhaps HP realized that Lenovo was selling their goods because they still offer Windows 7 while HP pushed Win8 (no "upgrade" to Win7) and their laptops/desktops stayed on the shelf collecting dust.
Re: 99% of all mobile exploits are on Android
Or they will kick you in the face for not have a phone worth stealing.
Re: Fantastic news!
SC4 works incredibly well on Linux nowadays. There are some simple steps you can find by doing a simple Google search to get it installed without the need of a NoCD crack. From what I hear, it's probably easier to install, if you use PlayOnLinux, but I've never tried that myself.
Now there's a site to look up to. They practically invented the the self-destructing social website, with every re-design it got progressively out of touch with what their users wanted, so now I'd be surprised if they're half of what they used to be.
Re: App Permission
Similar journey for me, but I ended up with Nexus Flashlight, the two permissions are reasonable - take pictures (obviously because the app needs the camera for the ability to use the flash), and prevent phone from sleeping - nobody want their flashlight constantly shutting off.
Re: Optical Mice
I have to agree. Comparing a mouse or a keyboard to much more sophisticated hardware/software is a bit over the top.
What is with the recommendation that the data be held by a private party? Are they suggesting the privatization of this highly personal and valuable data is going to be somehow better for society? Oh, never mind, this comes from the same country that created a massive private prison industry, reliant of making damn near everyone a potential criminal all for the sake of profits.
Advertising safe sex, such as condoms in an appropriate way should not be considered bad for children. If the child is old enough to understand the commercial, then that child is old enough to know about safe sex options.
From Mashable, there is this:
"Barnes & Noble uses a technology called Digital Rights Management to protect copyright content. Its DRM uses identifiers to encrypt the customer's valid credit card on file.
"Therefore the customer must have a valid credit card attached to their account to purchase new NOOK content or download previously purchased NOOK content with no additional charge,” president digital Products, Jamie Iannone, tells Mashable."
Probably not a big reason for slumping sales, as the average consumer probably doesn't know this, but I am sure this has angered many customers.
Considering the very short official support period for smartphones (something like 18 months), I doubt I'll be buying another high-end device. There just is no justification on spending hundreds of dollars every couple of years replacing a perfectly functional and useful device.
I'd much rather children learn the concept of sharing, cooperation, fair-use, before anything "anti-piracy".
Any advertiser or website that has auto-play media, deserves to burn in internet hell!
Re: Hang on
But, how may users use the same password for multiple accounts. A lot of those users probably have the same password for their email, which than allows the hackers a view into a whole lot more, perhaps which bank they deal with, credit cards, and all other sorts of valuable personal information.
Re: Love, Love, Loving the fact that...
They probably picked Arizona because there are so many immigrants willing to work for minimum wage. And I wonder what other perks the state of Arizona gave Apple?
I suspect the state wont make much tax revenue, and 650 of the 700 employees will be paid at near minimum wage rates with lousy benefits.
Probably just a bunch of accounting tricks.
But seriously, considering they increased the prices for damn near every product & service they sell to businesses and consumers, I'm not at all surprised they are making more. I also wonder how many Windows Pro are downgraded?
OK, why wasn't this something all the security software providers were all over? I would think, especially those who pay for their security software, that they should have been notified of this security breach in the apps that they scan. On the other had I am certain that the security software industry is in the Android market just to turn a quick buck while providing minimal if any security at all.
Re: Fragmentation grenade?
Wayland is the replacement of xorg and that xwayland is what is used to provide compatibility with X. Since Kubuntu is based on KDE and KDE is going with Wayland, that is the main reason for them to go with Wayland.
I think Suttleworth is being a bit over the top on this issue of Mir. I think he's upset everyone didn't flock over to the Ubuntu side.
Re: Reply @Rascak
I just checked and it appears this just changed.
"As of October 2013 Yahoo provides all Yahoo mail users free and unlimited POP3 access and forwarding." - Wikipedia.
Re: Be fair
Ha. Now that I think of it, I don't remember it ever crashing either. But then maybe Clippy was actually the underlying cause of all sorts of other crashes. Guess we'll never know, and MS will never tell us.
Competitors didn't happily commit suicide. There were many undocumented "things" in Windows software that the competitors simply didn't know about or weren't able to know because of MS's proprietary system. Microsoft used it's dominance as a operating system to become the dominate office software. Underhanded, sneaky and down-right unethical tactics were used, just as they are today.
Creating the best software is not even a part of their mission statement.
Re: False economics
What are you talking about?
The a major reason for many to get copies of shows via torrents, is because there are no way to see the show in a reasonable time frame or at a reasonable price. People don't want to wait, shouldn't wait, or need to wait for several months or more to see a show that aired on TV elsewhere in the world.
Like many have said for years. Make distribution of TV and movies simultaneous and quick at a reasonable price, globally and that will cut down on unwanted free content copying or like the industry likes to call it "piracy".
If billions of dollars are just sitting in bank accounts collecting interest, rather than being spent and circulated by thousands of people everyday, how good is it for the economy?
Remember practically all this violence and "illegal" activity is a direct consequence of keeping drugs such as Marijuana & cocaine illegal. It is complete insanity that so much time and money is wasted on trying to stop drug, production, distribution and use, when governments should be regulating and taxing this current underground economy.
Re: using THIS logic...
Today the letter i is brought to you by Apple.
The problem with MS is that they want to be the master and dominate all things It, be it on your phone, laptop, desktop, server, both at home and in the office, in the data centre, and for all online services too. They have no focus, and are trying to shove everything through one pigeonhole.
Just more proof of how broken/corrupt the USA legal system is.
"friends of the court" - LOL. These companies are no friends to each other, your or me, or to any court in any country on this planet.
Savings? Well when you are locked into the proprietary formats of Microsoft, it's really no savings at all. It's Microsofts intention to make it as expensive as possible to get off their software, all at the same time charging more for their products, even though many are technologically inferior to the competition.
I still can't jump on the ebook bandwagon. Can I transfer from one ebook reader to another? What about drm? What about format compatibility with future software?
I suppose for many things isn't an issue, but for me, if there is a particular book I thoroughly enjoyed or want to keep for future reference, I don't want to lose access for purely technical reasons. We already run into problems compatibility problems with office documents, do we need to have the same thing happen to all our older ebooks?
The very idea of business processes being patentable is ridiculous. But then so are software patents.
Here again this goes to show how business is trying to force the new digital era into the the former conceptof physical ownership of information sources.
I do support limited copyright restrictions to some extent for currently living content producers such as writers and artists, that people should respect. But for everything else should be the public domain
Like anyone pays attention or cares about these warnings. This is not unlike those damn warnings at the beginning of DVDs that every on and ignores.
When will the entertainment industry realise that the best way of fighting 'piracy' (such a misuse of the term) is to implement cheap and easy ways of distribution that is available at the same time for all global markets.
Facebook was fun and interesting back in 2007 or so, when it was not overly commercialised. Furthermore this article points out many other reasons why I rarely use it.
For myself I consider privacy as a major reason not Facebook for anything more than a basic database of friends and basic communication such as birthday wishes. I think this survey is inaccurate on the privacy issues. Several of my FB friends do not use their complete first & last names, have deactivated their account during job searches, and have more than one account for various other privacy reasons.
In other words, let us track your every move online and we'll be able to more accurately target ads to you.
Notice this is a common response of Microsoft whenever something doesn't go their way. It's everyone else's fault, OEM's, other software companies, users, and the list goes on.
Nokia, will be a textbook case of how to completely ruin a once successful global company. From #1 to 0 in record time.
I don't think it is stupid to go private. Private companies have way more control, and not at the mercy of volatile markets. The stock market is nothing more than a casino, where so-called investors aren't interested in long term growth but focused on short term gains. A private company with good management, decent assets, can be very successful and profitable for the the owners.
Wasn't copyright intended to benefit the artist / creator?
Nowadays it's purely for the benefit of corporations, a terrible perversion of the original intention.
Software should only be copyrighted not patented.
Re: And the point of the article is? - fluff ?
I can assume the school got a great deal from Apple. No doubt that iPads are useful, but to choose the most overpriced tablet (I'm thinking more about replacement cost) and has the most closed system around, just doesn't seem like a wise choice for a school.
some miss igoogle
Personally I never liked iGoogle. I always preferred the default google page. Since I use Kubuntu as my primary desktop, I already got my bits of information directly on my desktop thanks to all the plasmoids (widgets),.
Why can't Google provide their users with the option of privacy - the option to post anonymously is a fair compromise if they seriously value all of us users of the services. I know I'm more willing to share my real name and info if I'm assured some privacy.
Re: Mint is great
Why would you need to go through all that trouble? Simply format a home partition, so for future upgrades all your data remains as long as you don't reformat it.
I never understood why so many are wooed by celebrity endorsements. I find the entire entertainment/celebrity industry quite annoying, to say the least.
If RIM had the money to pay her and her not so great TV network, I'm sure she'd be saying how wonderful their product is - or what's the name of the other cell phone maker that's on it's death-bed? Oh yeah Nokia.
Somehow I don't ever see MS getting the cult following Apple has. But who knows, I'm not a psychic.
End Rant. Have a good day.
8 page review, is ridiculous. Surely it could have been reduced. Here's an idea, publish the article over a page or two and have a slideshow of photos as an option.
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