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Comment: Re:Learning from fashion! (Score 1) 198

by 68kmac (#42025549) Attached to: Coffee and Intellectual Property

Firstly, I know that fashion relies very heavily on trademark protections. There is no way that I can use the Gucci name and logo to sell my own brand of bags.

Did you watch the talk? The reason why handbags, for example, are plastered with Gucci logos is exactly because only the logo is protected, but not the design of the handbag itself.

Comment: Re:List of the Current gTLD Applications (Score 1) 459

What do you do if you want to go to Amazon, type in ""? ""?

Just "amazon". Yes, that would work. My guess is that this is what at least some of the bigger multi-national corporations - like Amazon, but maybe also Apple and Google - are actually going to do.

Comment: Re:How to tell whether you are infected (Score 3, Interesting) 429

by 68kmac (#39584221) Attached to: Flashback Trojan Hits 600,000 Macs and Counting

Also, no sensible person ever said "Macs don't get [infected/hacked/whatever]."

Actually, Apple writes quite a few things that make me (and I'm a Mac user) cringe. For example:

Download with peace of mind.

Innocent-looking files downloaded over the Internet may contain dangerous malware in disguise. That’s why files you download using Safari, Mail, and iChat are screened to determine if they contain applications. If they do, OS X alerts you, then warns you the first time you open one.

Yeah, when you download a file and click on it, a dialog pops up that tells you that the file was downloaded from the internet and may be dangerous. That's all. And after you had to click on that a couple of times for harmless files of all sorts, you just click on it automatically. And, boom, trojan infection ...

Comment: Re:Prezi + 10-20-30 (Score 2) 291

by 68kmac (#39387915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

+1 on the 10-20-30 rule.

-1 on Prezi. Don't get hung up on certain tools. It's the content that counts and especially what your audience wants to hear (why are they there? what could they learn from your talk that's relevant for them?)

Tempting as it may be to use Prezi to zoom around an overview of your network - refrain from it. I've seen people report that they actually got seasick watching all the zooming in and out in Prezi. "Pizzazz" is no replacement for content and relevance.

Comment: 3G only, not WiFi (Score 1) 362

by 68kmac (#35904440) Attached to: iPhone and Location: Don't Panic

I looked at the data that my iPad collected. It's only data from the few occassions when I used 3G. If it would also collect information from WiFi, it would have recorded that, say, I was in Canada where I used the hotel WiFi but not 3G. But no location information was recorded there. As others have already pointed out, it's only recording information about the 3G cell towers that the iDevice sees.

Comment: Re:This is absurd (Score 1) 500

by 68kmac (#35693340) Attached to: Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking

Nuclear power is perfectly safe, if done properly.


The number of nuclear reactors worldwide is extremely high, but other than the Windscale core fire, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Fukushima complex, there really hasn't been any major accident in the industry in 50 years.

Hmm. The conclusion I would draw from this is that we don't seem to be very good at doing things properly, at least not in the long run. So maybe it isn't such a good idea to rely on things being done properly when it involves very dangerous stuff like radioactivity.

Comment: Re:coming from someone living in Finland... (Score 5, Interesting) 601

by 68kmac (#35185690) Attached to: After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

Nokia didn't invent Symbian, but it was their decision to use it. Back in the late 1990's, I was involved in a "top secret" project between Nokia and Psion, to bring Psion's EPOC operating system to a Nokia phone which was going to be the successor of the 9110 Communicator. The announcement of Symbian a few months later came as a complete surprise to us: "Oh, that's what we've been working on all the time?"

I still think it made a lot of sense back then. They just lost contact with the market (or maybe reality in general, as you and the GP implied) in the mid-2000's.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen