* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple exec says music labels, Hollywood, 'old fashioned' on copyright

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Re: There's a hidden assumption in 'market forces'

No market's are not about what it will bear, that's the claim made by the market droids. Markets a clearing function. They clear the most produced goods at the price at which consumers will pay it, assuming there are no government created or natural monopolies that affect the market. And so far all of those 'natural monopolies' which have been claimed in the past have turned out to be government created.

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Re: First sale applies to physical purchases

The way the law is written now, yes. But as soon as the lawmakers say that First Sale applies to IP that is no longer the case. Which is what he's advocating.

Now, you can argue about whether or not that would be a good thing for the production of new IP, but certainly would fix the pricing issue.

VC firm asked Mark Hurd if he wants to run Dell - report

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Re: Does today's news

Not quite yet, but he needs an exit strategy for when he has.

Give Google a COLD HARD SLAP - web rivals' plea to Euro watchdog

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Re: *That* is a clear abuse of Microsofts's power to stifle the competition.

Except that when it comes to search Microsoft is the Apple of the business desktop PC market and therefore not in a position to be ABLE to stifle competition. Besides which, there's a well known Google blog post where they determined Bing uses Google searches to confirm their results, and if Bing doesn't have one, substitutes Google's.

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Re: "Chinese walls"

Yes, except they don't work much better than the current restrictions. And yes, I'm aware that currently there are effectively no restrictions on Google.

Microsoft responds to Chinese software contract bribery claims

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Re: Why is the DoJ involved with this?

Because if you are an American based company it is against US law to extend a bribe anywhere, but especially in foreign countries. The intention of the law is to give companies an excuse to not engage in bribery in those countries where "it is the custom."

Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

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Re: key thing is that Microsoft is trying to bring coherence across the ... experience

Louis Sullivan observed that "form follows function." This is as true with an OS as it is with a building.

I expect a different form for the OS on a phone than I do on a dual monitor desktop which is different yet again (albeit only slightly) from a presentation computer connected to a Jumbotron.

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Re: Was it just TIFKAM as this is easily replaced/avoided with the right add-ons

Why should I HAVE to "easily replace/avoid" the interface on a new OS? Isn't the point of the new OS to add value? If the first thing I had to do with a new car was get a new paint job because the old one reeked, I wouldn't buy the car.

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Re: Now if Microsoft were building cars...

Pedals are so 20 minutes ago....

It's an unmarked hot spot on the steering wheel now!

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Re: Enterprise has been doing this forever.....no news here

I'd actually expect a 6 year life cycle on the OS with a 3-4 year life cycle on the equipment. And really, why shouldn't we expect 6 years of stability from a mature operating system?

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Re: rather than rolled-in-house images based on a volume-licenced Enterprise edition

Yep, and the last time I was involved in a largish purchase of systems from a major vendor, Dell put that image on the boxes before they left the factory so we wouldn't have to.

And even if they are rolling their own, they watch the cost of the machine including the "pre-installed" license as wells as the terms of the Enterprise license. Buy the wrong starter boxes and you'll owe them lots of money come audit time.

Try again.

Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

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Re: "C30, C60, C90 Go!"

And never, ever, C120

Although I suppose C-4 might be fun...

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Re: protect copyright owners from commercial infringement.

And when your average person couldn't crank out 10,000 copies of a song, that made sense. The problem is that now the average person can, and peer-to-peer networks do that, so the average person now runs afoul of those laws. Because while it might not have been you intention to inflict commercial damages on the copyright owner when you put that song on the file share, that's exactly what you did. From the commercial standpoint, tape didn't have that impact. Each generation degraded it so it had a limit. CDs upped the ante because they didn't degrade, but you still had person to person and time constraints. Peer-to-peer does away with that - perfect copies and unlimited distribution, so you're right up there with the old style pirates who had pressing plants making thousands of vinyl copies of records.

Which isn't to say the actual creators of the copyrights aren't being screwed by the copyright holders who are pressing the court cases.

Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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Not a Reader user myself,

but it would seem to me that it would be the quick and simple aggregation of information by a service without needless intrusion from things in which the user is uninterested. If it made it available offline that would be even better. I like checking things on my train ride where internet connectivity is spotty at best.

National Security Letters ruled unconstitutional

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@Peladon Re: Actually, No

How about a cursory reading of the US Constitution?

The US Congress does in fact posses the ability to create new courts and funnel certain types of cases to those courts. That's essentially what they did with this law.

Furthermore, the claim of damages is specious at best. Given the way the law is written, the letters in question are going to third parties, not the targets of the investigations. As third parties who are essentially being asked to testify against the target, they are unlikely to have protections against self-incrimination. On the other hand, revealing even the existence of such a letter can clearly undermine the work of collecting information to apprehend and prosecute the subject.

Whether or not such policies are wise for a democratic republic is certainly a good question. And I would feel better if there were a more rigorous court reviewing the requests. However, they are quite constitutional.

Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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Re: an illegal contract and

Close but not quite.

It would be an illegal condition of the contract and as such that condition would be struck but usually not the entire contract. In order for the whole contract to be struck the court would have to determine that the removing the condition would make the rest of the terms of the contract unenforceable.

A more interesting problem is that in order for a contract (and therefore a contract to issue a license) to be issued, some of value must be exchanged between parties. Now while I assume that in the case of updates to MS software the "free" downloads could be considered modifications to the original, but it is an interesting conundrum for other free downloads like Reader, Flash, and Java.

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Re: with different permissions "modify files outside own directory" etc

Actually, there were some old OSes that did that very well. OS space cleanly segmented from data space so while the data space still needed to be protected, it was nearly impossible to compromise the OS space.

It's just our current OS matrix that jumbles them together.

New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Re: What about plastics...

Probably not an issue. More plastics are being recycled and it turns out to be a very small percentage of oil production goes into making plastics.

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Re: general population ... will .. think 'fukushimachernobylmushroomcloudwasteexplodeohmygodcancer'

No, they'll think China Syndrome because they can't actually remember all those other things.

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Re: And how do we get at the existing stuff that's buried in various sealed sites?

The elephant in the room on this one is that very little if any nuclear waste is buried in a sealed site. Most of it is still sitting on the reactor site where it was created and put into "temporary" storage. Particularly here in the US where we've been waiting since the 1950s for that salt site in Nevada to open only to discover it now won't happen.

$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

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Re: Doesn't this also forget that trademark rights are limited to particular fields?

Trademark law wasn't written at a time to take the internet into account. There can only be one tld so if you've got competing trademarks, only one of them is going to get the domain.

BTW: In this instance the more obvious example would seem to be an Apple tld. Should it belong to the chips & fondleslabs? The record company? Or an association for the growers of real fruity goodness?

France demands Skype register as telco

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Re: Two rules of the world

Let me fix that for you:

1. Large corporations don't pay (much) tax

1. Large corporations don't pay any taxes, although they will collect them for politicians after an appropriate mark up.

2. Politicians like to implement new taxes, they just don't want to be responsible for collecting them from you.

Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

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Re: unwanted taxis and pizzas

I'll need more information to process that.

Did you call from:

a) land line at your home

b) your personal cell

c) burner phone using gloves before tossing it in the Potomac

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Re: those interested in getting *my* credit report

Didn't you mean "SHOOTS"?

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Re: Zero brain needed to know that fact.

And yet so many otherwise intelligent people keep missing it.

Rise Of The Machines: What will become of box-watchers, delivery drivers?

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Why do allegedly knowledgeable people always pick on hairdressers?

I'm not one myself but I understand these days you pretty much need to be licensed to be one, and getting that license requires the equivalent of a minor in chemistry. Not exactly a low skill position.

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Re: we're back to subsistence farming.

If you're lucky it stops at subsistence farming. Most people these days couldn't even engage in subsistence farming. I mean I know some gardening, but with that kind of societal collapse, I don't know that I could support myself.

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Re: a new era of philosophy and science could be heralded.

and then you'd inadvertently take the red pill and ....

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Re: Just the tip of the iceberg

I've used the self-checkout lane at the supermarket. If the tech is only that good there's no way in hell you're replacing 90% of staff. The humans are still faster because they're more flexible. Even the really unskilled ones.

Coca Cola in the dock over illegal China GPS map claims

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Re: Clearly nothing to do with security...

I wouldn't say clearly, but that's certainly another possibility.

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Re: I'm not seeing what the problem is?

Granted the maps probably aren't any more accurate than the ones Western militaries probably already have, but they might provide useful confirmation. Think of it as being similar to taking a camera on a military base. We can probably get high quality pictures from space, but confirmation from a guy on the ground improves your confidence in the data. In short, I could see Western militaries having similar concerns if it was a Chinese company delivering beverages to one of their bases.

Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

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Re: Not true any more

And even if it were, I expect it would take at least a few more years for the Aussie's to balance the historical books....

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: it's got lazors and midi

These are not the midis you are looking for.

You have never seen these midis. They have never been here. We may go now.

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Re: be down on Terminator 2?

Because Terminator was a perfect time travel loop story. T2 broke the loop. As a standalone story it would have been good, but it was a sequel. And once you have one sequel, even a decent one, there's sure to be crap after it. And my oh my what crap we got after it.

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Re: Just to start a shitstorm

You've got a good point on Terminator. If it hadn't starred Arnie as the killer robot I think it would get the serious film cred. And even though Arnie did a couple of his famous lines, I'd say he did work as a serious actor on the film. If it had been his first film instead in the middle of his career, we'd classify him as a serious actor.

Mind you, I still prefer Arnie as an action film star, but then I've got odd tastes. Flash Gordon and Last Dragon are two of my favorite movies.

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Re: Any love...

I'm not a big fan of Ellison, but he sure nailed that one!

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Re: I refuse to be drawn into this thread!....

Bump Stargate up to E&I. The TV show moved to CE, but the original was a quite a bit darker.

Move Logan's run to E&I as well. It has serious themes despite the eye candy.

Ditto Rollerball (for which, like Highlander, there can be only one). Granted the pacing is a bit slow for the modern audience, but then so is the first Christopher Reeves Superman if you go back and watch it.

Not on my list, but I know people who'd put Videodrome on the GP list. Mine would include Flash Gordon (Queen music one).

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Re: A Western in space, not serious sci-fi,

Best you not watch Cowboys and Aliens then. Your brain will shutdown in a logic loop like Mudd's computer in the Star Trek episode.

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Re: SF is not just about "big ideas", it only looks that way...

Yep, your post pretty much sums up why SF writing has gone to shit these days. The tent got so fracking big they have no way to get back to the real thing.

Science Fiction is about improbable, but possible futures or alternate realities. Fantasy is about impossible ones, but ones which once the impossible is accepted are plausible.

I'd put quotes around that but I've mangled it badly from a book I read back about 20 years ago on the history of science fiction. SF always has at it's heart possible technology changes, sometimes rising almost to the level of the technology itself being a character. And it looks at how humans react in such a changed environment. The rest is Fantasy, Horror, or some other genre or subgenre, related, but not the same.

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Re: another film to get butchered with a sequel?

When I saw who they picked for the lead, I didn't even watch the previews. So I'm guessing yes, but don't know.

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Re: underrated as a serious film

Pitch Black - maybe

Starship Troopers - no. It's one of Heinlein's juveniles, and therefore space opera. I'm not a big Heinlein fan and I'm not sure the movie made it up to even the standards of his juveniles.

Robocop - yes, but not the sequels.

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Re: well you get a pat on the back from me....

On the bright side, you got some rest out of it. I was awake through the whole thing and it's still a mystery to me.

But it certainly makes the lists every time.

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Re: No love for Dune?

Definitely not space opera. I love space opera. I hate Dune. Still, I would be amiss if I didn't recognize it's impact on the SF world.

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Re: Is Deckard a human or an Android?

Human, but you'd have to read the original Philip K. Dick (Do Amdroids Dream of electric Sheep) to know that and why. Let's just say the ending is quite a bit different from the movie. And obviously wouldn't have made it past the test audiences. Sort of like they had to change the ending of We Can Remember It For You Wholesale when they made it into the Arnie flick Total Recall. Of course both short stories explore Dick's fascination with the question of how do we know what it real.

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Re: Have to agree about Star Trek, it's my favourite Trek film

Are you and the author DAFT?!?!?!?

There's a reason Trekkies call it "The Motion Sickness." It was 110 long, boring minutes. The original show did better with less money and less time. Vger was an obvious Nomad ripoff even when the movie was released. Some damn fool making another "what would Ed Wood have done if only he'd had a budget' movie. Yes after 20 years we all went to see it because we were starved for something new and birthed the series again. But if you're picking an original crew Trek movie it's obviously Wrath of Khan.

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Re: Zardoz should be avoided at all costs.

I concur. It wasn't even bad enough to make the list for our college SF club's Top 10 Bad SF movies.

Although I have since seen one that was even worse. Some soulless twit had transferred a video copy to commercially released DVD. And unfortunately for him, the previous soulless twit who transferred the film to video had the reels out of order. We knew it was transferred from video because at one point you could see the video tape scroll line roll up the screen. Yes, these were the memorable things about the plot. That, and that it somehow revolved around using guns that looked like 1970s hair dryers.

Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was hotter than now, without CO2

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Re: In real science, hypothese are based on the best available data

In real science yes, but the Warmist/Coolist eco-religions were never about real science.

I remember read article based on that 'science' in my Ranger Rick magazines as an impressionable kid and worrying about how we were going to adapt. I also remember reading articles in those same magazines about how we were going to be out of clean water by, oh about 2000, and Oil was certainly going to be all used up by now and more expensive than gold. So we needed to switch to wind, solar, geothermal, and hydo-electric RFN.

Only the alarmist cause has changed, the drive is still to switch us to those RFN. That tells me it was never about science in the first place.

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Re: attack the messenger or their motivation

I trust his grandpa more than I trust the climate fiddlers. Grandpa had one reason for recording temperatures and the rest: he wanted to know how well his plants were going to do. Getting the data wrong meant not knowing what adjustments to make based on his crop growth. His benefit came from getting the data right, not supporting this theory or that theory.

And IF ocean levels were rising the way warmists say they are, local climate, even local geography couldn't overcome the effects.

Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Re: isn't this contempt of court

No, this is their mulligan. Contempt comes when they ignore THIS order.

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Re: Prove it...

Actually protection against self-incrimination is one of the protected rights under the US Constitution. But once you've got probable cause, certain non-confidential information can be required by the courts. That the case has been accepted is sufficient for me to believe probable cause exists and Apple are therefore bound to produce the documents. Documents would be protected if they were trade secret related, but then Apple would need to prove they fall under that category of protection.

What I'm surprised at is that Apple didn't appear to comply by burying the complaintants with too much data. Surely they could have produced it, and to me that would seem to be easier to disguise.

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