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Comment: Well I'm certainly glad you posted this! (Score 4, Informative) 104

by 56 (#32635398) Attached to: Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily
They definitely are still letting people download it - I just installed it on my HTC Magic. It works quite well, shocking so actually. In vertical one-handed typing, I'm already much faster and more accurate than I ever was with the regular keyboard. However, the swype idea doesn't make much sense for horizontal typing - there's no real way to use both hands so what's the point? I would prefer to be able to stick with the traditional keyboard for horizontal typing. That said, I'm going to stick with it for a few days and see how it goes under real-world circumstances.

Comment: Re:Technically, not installed... (Score 2, Funny) 158

by 56 (#31417598) Attached to: HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed
It was a bunch of pictures of this guy and his girlfriend in new york. there was also short video of him playing a guitar with his shirt off - i shit you not. i returned the phone and bitched the rogers guy out, and i got a $50 gift card. i now order my phones directly from rogers over the phone and then have them shipped to rogers video stores, instead of buying the phones in stock at rogers-licensed stores.

Comment: Re:Technically, not installed... (Score 1) 158

by 56 (#31415764) Attached to: HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed
my rogers htc magic has a bunch of rogers images preloaded, and several rogers bookmarks placed in the web-browser. i would be surprised if that's done by htc.

also, i've received phones from rogers that have been bought and then returned, with the other person's content still on the sd card - as could easily have been the case with the phone in question. In my case, there were pictures of the guy's trip to new york left on the phone.

Comment: Re:how to preserve? a linguist can answer that (Score 1) 6

by 56 (#31068626) Attached to: Extinction of an ancient language
As things stand, over the long term, most of the earth's biodiversity will disappear too - species will go extinct. Just because the current course means that it will likely happen eventually doesn't make it's a good thing.

And what is 'organically' for human culture, anyways? If we have free will, we control what we do.

Also, he wasn't just noting that it was going to happen - he was asserting a proscriptive argument for what should (or should not) happen: "there should be no effort made to keep a language living".

Comment: Re:how to preserve? a linguist can answer that (Score 1) 6

by 56 (#31055630) Attached to: Extinction of an ancient language
There is no question that there are innumerable benefits to broad standardization of languages, but it doesn't follow that other languages are somehow useless and should be abandoned.

Would you say the same thing about culture? Should we allow all minor cultures in the world to die, just because they are being consumed by another more dominant culture?

Diversity is beneficial - and in this case it comes at extraordinarily little cost.

I think that an effort should absolutely made to aid bilingualism for people in situations where it is economically and socially beneficial to speak a dominant language, in order to ensure that traditional languages remain.

Frankly, I don't understand why you would feel so vehemently that there should be no effort made to preserve these languages.

Comment: Re:Stop the madness (Score 2, Insightful) 35

by 56 (#31047858) Attached to: USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent
Ahh ok so it's an issue of it being a linear development of an existing invention, rather than a new invention in and of itself. That makes sense!

I was thinking that he was saying that, because the parent invention is public domain, all subsequent inventions based on it must therefore also be public domain - which sounded ridiculous.

I'm not sure if I agree with him about VOIP, but I can see the logic of the argument.

Thanks!

Comment: Re:Stop the madness (Score 1) 35

by 56 (#31047778) Attached to: USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent
I'm not really talking about whether that kind of expression is common or not.

The way I saw his argument was this:
1. Sending data over TCP/IP is public domain
2. All ways of sending data that involve sending it using TCP/IP should therefore also be public domain. This includes VOIP, etc.

So to carry that over to my example, it would be:
1. Using the alphabet to communicate data is public domain
2. All ways of sending data that use the alphabet should also therefore be public domain. This includes books, etc.

To me, the second case seems wrong - and if it follows from the first case, then I vociferously disagree. But I'm thinking that maybe my example is flawed.

Comment: Re:Stop the madness (Score 2, Interesting) 35

by 56 (#31047600) Attached to: USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent
This is not meant as a flame - I'm just unclear about what you're saying.

TCP/IP and its relatives might have been patentable back when Kahn, Cerf and others developed them. But thanks to ARPA, they are in the public domain. Since the general case is addressed, moving generic digital data, is in the public domain, then why are specific subsets of this technology patentable?

As I understand it, this line of reasoning could be used to argue that, since the alphabet is public domain, all other uses of that alphabet should also be public domain. If that's what you mean, then I disagree.

Am I misunderstanding your argument?

Comment: Re:Priorities (Score 1) 119

by itsdapead (#31046830) Attached to: UK's Anti-File-Sharing Bill Could "Breach Human Rights"

It is important that MPs/"MLs" must retain public confidence.

That ship has already sailed (on a nicely cleaned moat, nearly colliding with a duck house). The MPs are a laughing stock - being allowed to say "whoops - my bad" and pay them back doesn't really reassure the public much.

And, AFAIK, the CPS/Police investigation (the important one - dealing with the handful of claims that would get us mere mortals thrown in jail) has been running independently for months.

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