* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer

Tom 13

@Andrew Culpeck

Nope, bankruptcy can't be used to get out of court imposed fines.

Yeah, it sounds like she tried to yank the Judge's chain, and they tend not to take kindly to that. You can kill a couple dozen people and it's "yes sir" as long as you respect the gavel. Insult the Judge during a shoplifting trial over a pair of undies and you'll likely wind up doing 10 years of hard time.

Anyway, from the sounds of it, $3000, $5000, or $1.92 million, $100 million, or supertanker of petrol, it's all the same to her: more money than she can afford to pay.

New green and quiet jet-engine test results announced

Tom 13

I'm not a green weenie, so this seems pretty straight forward to me.

Advance the GTF into serious testing. Roll it out after the serious testing is complete. Let the Open Rotor people demo their ideas and do the serious testing, then roll them out. If Open Rotor turns out to be the better option when it is ready, it supplants GTF. In the meantime, you get the immediate GTF benefits. If it isn't better, GTF is already in place and keeps on flying.

Problem solved.

Oh, as long as the efficiency goes up, I'm happy. And given the cost of the noise abatement projects the governments have been undertaking lately (at least here in The States), GTF is more likely to have a positive impact on the most people's money concerns.

US feds subpoena names of anonymous web commenters

Tom 13

Yet another IANAL

Yes, the First Amendment to the US Constitution protects free speech. No, it doesn't provide a license to incite revolt or riot. Yes jurors should be protected from intimidation, and prosecutors should be able to pursue finding anyone who has made a clearly intimidating threat against any member of any jury.

Now, applying these to the postings that are cited in this article, I don't think any reasonable person can interpret those words as a clearly directed threat of an intimidating nature. Of course the problem with my last statement is that these days the phrase "reasonable person" seems to automatically exclude lawyers (and therefore judges) of all kinds. And given the manner in which lawyers have subverted jury selection, it is unlikely that a "reasonable person" will be sitting on jury either. Which is why so many of my fellow citizens are so solidly with The Bard on this issue.

Gartner: Windows 7 upgrade catch for XP converts

Tom 13

MS needs to rethink their plan.

They won the battle against the government when Clinton was in office because they said one* true thing in court: the government didn't care about their monopoly power, they just wanted it for themselves, not the consumer. The problem they now face is that if they keep up these kinds of marketing and licensing plans, the people will WANT the government to control the OS because at least they'll have a little say in what happens with it.

*All the rest of it was smoke, mirrors, and lies, but one true thing can be enough.

Microsoft sues family over alleged click fraud

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@AC 17-06-09 09:49

In this context, the "publisher" is the website displaying the ad. It's the income that keeps the website free. The advertiser is the company that paid the search company to place the ad.

It's a type of fraud because the links are intended to be clicked on by wetware, not software. There's no way three people repeatedly clicking on the same advertising links would drain the pot of advertising money for an ad. It had to be automated, and it has to be intentional.

And yes, you can be charged with fraud for repeatedly calling a toll-free number with the intent of causing the provider of the number to lose money. Although I will admit I've thought about doing that a couple of times.

Iran's revolution will not be televised, but could be tweeted

Tom 13

I'm not a tweeter myself,

but I do applaud them for keeping the medium open for Iran. That said, the reality of revolutions is that while the medium can carry the message that puts the spark to the powder, the powder needs to be in a barrel and there needs to be a projectile on the other side of the powder. Last time I checked, it looked like the mullahs had all the guns, so things don't look hopeful or likely to change.

Praying that I'm wrong on my assessment. Iran deserves a taste of freedom.

LastMinute.com wins right to block last minute trade mark

Tom 13

A Pox on all these devils dancing on the point of a pin!

I'll stick with my own opinion, which is that regardless of the opinion of judges, legislators, and tyrants, no one should ever be issued any trademark related to a commonly used word or combination of words in any language. 'Last Minute' in my opinion is epic fail for any trademark. 'Apple' should have been treated the same -- All of them.

Zaphod Beeblebrox home sun 'shrinking', may have blown up

Tom 13

@Rainy hat

Sure, I'll weigh in. The answer in my experience is 'yes' and I know that was supposed to be an either or question.

Tom 13

@Torben Mogensen

And your comment raises what to my mind at least is the more interesting question. Betelgeuse is as bright as it is currently because it is a fairly hot supergiant. After the supernova, the reduction in both size and temperature are likely to radically reduce its luminosity. So will it remain Alpha Orionis because it was designated that at the time of it's discovery, or do we reorganize the names of all the stars in the constellation?

Microsoft patches record number of security bugs

Tom 13

@Rob MacLean

Obviously security is becoming more important. They fixed these flaws, some of them fairly quickly. In the bad old days when security wasn't important, they would have smoldered for months, waiting for a public exploit that was affecting huge numbers of systems before releasing an emergency patch that was guaranteed to break at least one other piece of critical software in your system.

People without broadband in 'I don't want broadband' shock

Tom 13

@AC and Alan B

I doubt much that Ofcom interviewed people who had trouble buying food for their survey. They tend to be hard to reach and the sorts of people you need to hire to visit them tend not to work well with corporate IT types. So I suspect that Kerberos pretty much nailed this with respect to the Ofcom survey. Use to help with a convention that cost $40 to attend for three days. Starbucks latte drinkers bitched to no end when we bumped the fee by $5, which was less than one of their damn latte's cost.

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