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Comment: Re:ImageMagick (Score 1) 900 900

in combination with simple bash for loops can handle most of the image processing joe user needs.

The age of digital photography does see plenty of people composing their own images. These folk, however, will google around and emerge *oops* apt-get install gimp.

Joe user does not what a "bash" is.

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

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.

Privacy

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

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) 362 362

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) 345 345

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) 422 422

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.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker

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