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Comment: Re:Internet black magic not dead yet (Score 4, Informative) 125

by Alphager (#29273061) Attached to: EBay Sells Skype To Marc Andreessen

Yet another free service gets snapped up for billions, in the hopes that it will somehow generate more than the expended value in ad revenue. Either that or some other magical source of cash influx that will not be spent by its users who are used to getting it free and will jump ship if subscription models become mandatory.

It seems a lot of people still believe that when the internet is involved, tried and true business rules and plain old common sense do not apply. Is the black magic of the interwebs not dead yet?

Last i checked, Skype was ad-free and financed itself through charging for connections to "real" phones and for national phone numbers.
You have no clue what you are writing about.


+ - Palm Pre reports your location, usage, to Palm-> 1

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AceJohnny writes: "Joey Hess found that his Palm Pre was ratting on him. It turns out the Pre periodically uploads detailed information about the user, including installed apps, application usage (and crashes), as well as GPS coordinates to Palm. This, of course, without user consent or control. The only way he found to disable this was to modify system files."
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Comment: Re:Hell called (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by Alphager (#28759561) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Linux Device Drivers As GPL

Too bad the software in question is released under the GPL V2 which doesn't have patent clauses in them.

You know, except for the part that says "if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Program."

Which only applies to you when you try to distribute it; this does not cover the initial distribution by Microsoft (one of the flaws which were corrected in GPLv3).

Comment: Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (Score 2, Insightful) 345

by Alphager (#28728175) Attached to: New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

Even if accurate reproductions require a great deal of skill, experience and effort, the key element for copyrightability under U.S. law is that copyrighted material must show sufficient originality.

Which does not matter, as the museum is in the UK and threatening a lawsuit under UK law.

Comment: Re:not surprising.. (Score 1) 422

by Alphager (#28636843) Attached to: Standalone GPS Receivers Going the Way of the Dodo

Why do people think this. GPS is *not* something that can be, or is received over cell networks. GPS units in phones are just that â" they are chips that tune into the radio signals put out by GPS satellites.

So repeat after me: GPS is still GPS, even though it's in my phone.

That's right, but every GPS-App relies on GPRS/UMTS/EVDO to download routes and maps; you cannot use them outside of cell-coverage.

Comment: Re:As usual with new Firefox releases... (Score 4, Insightful) 436

by Alphager (#28528259) Attached to: Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

Or about stopping the auto-update. I use yum to install firefox automatically, then about 4 hours later I get message telling me that "Congratulations, you have firefox 3.0.11 installed", which breaks Google Streetview - it just remains black and no options actually appear in the Preferences->Clear Private Data popup. Reinstall Firefox using yum install, Google Streetview works again, and the cycle repeats.

How is this a Firefox-Issue? open a Bug with your distro to set the updates off. And turn off automatic updates in the preferrences.

Comment: Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (Score 4, Informative) 392

by Alphager (#28524747) Attached to: Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

I think this is also because Nokia sold more than net limiting technology. Apparently they also sold devices which pick up the EMR's emitted by cell phones which allowed police to home in on any person who has a phone on their person - especially to those who are making calls/texting/transmitting data. To my knowledge such technology is not in use in China (currently).

This is bog-standard technology implemented in any modern network. It's used by 911-operators to home in on your location if you are unable to speak (or cut off) and used by police to follow suspects (in addition to a GPS-Tracker in the car). There's nothing specialy made for repressive regimes; it's just technology which also may be used to suppress people.

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