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Comment: Re:Let's get this out of the way, shall we? (Score 1) 321

by BarlowBrad (#32628746) Attached to: Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

Windows users are probably safer because they know of the dangers out there

Not necessarily. I believed the same thing until I married my (non-tech savvy) wife three months ago. After we got married and she started using my computer I found it started to slow down... because of malware. I never used AV protection before because it seemed to slow down my PC more than the malware would. But I didn't realize just how clueless she was until I saw her clicking on the images of the "Close X" to close a pop-up (that somehow got past Firefox... because she disabled the pop-up blocking and no-script), and the click-through took her to a site that supposedly sped up computers, but I'm pretty sure would only slow them down. Now I'm faced with trying to figure out a way to keep my computer fast and I'm not sure which way to go...

Comment: Re:Paying (Score 1) 211

by BarlowBrad (#30964286) Attached to: DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks
I see your point, and you make a good one. But I think you are missing the crux of the grandparent's argument. Yes, it is difficult modify a new car due to the way they are typically manufactured, but it is not as if the manufacturers went out of their way to make it difficult to prevent modifications. They just build it the efficient way possible. Contrast that with many of today's devices such as "the iPod and it's ilk" which go out of their way to prevent modifications.

Yes, there are devices out there which are built to be easily modified (see Android and it's ilk), but it feels wrong for the manufacturers to intentionally make their devices hard to modify, which they do.
Toys

+ - First Android based netbook

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "China based Skytone famous for making skype headsets have brought out a $100 device, the Alpha-680 netbook running Google Android for its OS. The device has Wifi, Ethernet, USB ports and an SD card slot. After watching the video though, I get a feeling that the boot time is somewhat long. IMO good enough for browsing."

Comment: Re:Chill pill people (Score 1) 299

by BarlowBrad (#25100273) Attached to: Comcast's Throttling Plan Has 'Disconnect User' Option
It may be hefty for a single user, but multiply it by a family of six (consider teenagers and young adults instead of young children) and that 250 GB is eaten up much quicker than you would expect.

What's next, a "Comcast High Speed Internet Family Share Plan", a la the current cell phone financing structure?
The Courts

U.of Oregon Says No to RIAA 241

Posted by Zonk
from the always-a-good-feeling-right dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The University of Oregon has filed a motion to quash the RIAA's subpoena for information on student identities in what is believed to be the first such motion made by a university with support from the state Attorney General. The motion (pdf) explains that it is impossible to identify the alleged infringers from the information the RIAA has presented: 'Five of the seventeen John Does accessed the content in question from double occupancy dorm rooms at the University. With regard to these Does, the University is able to identify only the room where the content was accessed and whether or not the computer used was a Macintosh or a PC ... The University cannot determine whether the content in question accessed by one occupant as opposed to another, or whether it was accessed instead by a visitor.' The AG's motion further argues (pdf) that "Plaintiffs' subpoena is unduly burdensome and overbroad. It seeks information that the University does not readily possess. In order to attempt to comply with the subpoena, the University would be forced to undertake an investigation to create discovery for Plaintiffs — an obligation not imposed by Rule 45. As the University is unable to identify the alleged infringers with any accuracy, it cannot comply with its federal obligation to notify students potentially affected by the subpoena. One commentator has likened the AG's argument to saying, in effect, that the RIAA's evidence is 'rubbish'."
The Courts

+ - Ohio University finds key to getting RIAA to stop 7

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, has found the key to getting the RIAA to stop inundating it and its students with "settlement" letters. According to the university's student online publication, the university paid $60,000, plus $16,000 per year "maintenance", to Audible Magic, the business partner of the RIAA's all-purpose expert witness Dr. Doug Jacobson, for its "CopySense" filtering software. Once it made the payments, the letters stopped. This of course raises a lot of questions as to the 'disinterestedness' of Dr. Jacobson, whose deposition in the UMG v. Lindor case was the subject of interesting Slashdot commentary."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Announces New Zune Lineup, Wireless Sync->

Submitted by BarlowBrad
BarlowBrad (940854) writes "From PC World: "Microsoft announced a new slate of Wi-Fi-equipped Zune players today, including $150 4GB and $200 8GB flash-based players, and a $250 80GB model that's slimmer than the original Zune. All of the new models feature touch-sensitive controls and wireless syncing with your PC, a much-demanded feature that Microsoft will also make available on the original 30GB Zune when the new models debut in mid November."

Wireless. More space than a Nomad. But draw your own conclusions."

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