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Comment: Re:What ruined Google+ from the beginning was... (Score 1) 119

by sjames (#49558395) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Even worse, if they decided they didn't believe you were you, the account would be terminated. And because it was all tied together, it would take youtube, gmail, and your android phone with it. I don't care too much about most of that, but I actually use my phone for real world stuff. I wasn't about to risk getting my address book and apps screwed up just for a google+ account that I might or might not ever post to. That and I'm obe of those people who feels no need to announce my visits to the toilet to 6 billion+ people. I really don't want all of my logins on everything tied together into a bit glueball.

Couple that with Google's policy of never ever letting you talk to a human being no matter what your question or concern might be and there you go, no google+ for me.

Relaxing their policy meant one of two things, they realized they made a mistake, or google+ had lost internal support and would be pining for the fjords any time now.

+ - Microsoft, Chip Makers Working on Hardware DRM for Windows 10 PCs-> 1

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writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content". So how important is hardware DRM in this day and age?
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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 297

A better approach is to make the copyright holder a legal steward of the work until it enters the public domain. That is, they have a legal duty to maintain it in the best possible form and make sure it gets handed off to interested parties when it enters the public domain. Failure to do so is a breech of the contract resulting in handing all profits from the work during copyright to the public (that is, a massive fine).

If the cost of maintaining the work exceeds the value, they may choose to terminate the copyright early, but must give sufficient public notice.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 101

by sjames (#49542555) Attached to: Comcast and TWC Will Negotiate With Officials To Save Their Merger

Actually, it wasn't my statement, but I did defend it as not too far from true.

Because many over 60 have very little experience with computers, you have more knowledge to backfill in order to teach them about computers (starting with de-mystifying the magic box). Again, not a question of intelligence or educability, just a matter of experience.

That will be true for many (more often than not), but clearly is far from universally true.

I suspect, these are simply magic.

I have little doubt most of those things are magic to most people, but through using them for decades, they have learned to deal with them from a black box perspective. The 60 somethings who have recently found a good enough reason to bother with a computer will get there too.

Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 255

by sjames (#49539133) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

With cancer, even the very expensive and carefully researched drugs can't guarantee a cure. A lot of people die of cancer while recieving the best treatments known to medicine. That doesn't mean they are worthless.

However, shame on anyone convincing cancer patients to forgo potentially curative medicine in favor of some unproven home remedy.

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