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Comment Re:Antitrust (Score 1) 163 163

>> >>"Here's a box of screws. If you want to use my hammer, then you need to use my wood also."
>> If you're using a hammer for screws, you're doing it wrong.
This is Slashdot remember?

If I did make a logical argument people would still argue with me non-sensically. At least this way, I get to pick the argument focus for those individuals. :-)

Yeah.. that's what I was thinking of when I typed that...

Comment Re:Antitrust (Score 4, Insightful) 163 163

They're not tying it to the phone. They're tying it to the permission to utilize the Android trademark and to utilize the Google Apps. Think of it this way, "Here's a box of screws. If you want to use my hammer, then you need to use my wood also." "If you don't want to, go elsewhere." is fine and no lumber yard would run into anti-trust issues over it. (Might run out of customers however due to nature of the business).

Comment Re:This looks like a failure waiting to happen (Score 1) 243 243

The intent I fully and whole-heartily agree with... However, 2% of _world_wide_revenues_ is what concerns me. I'd rather see it phrased as 2% of world-wide revenue apportioned to user base / affected users (affected or not by breach).

Hence, the larger the breach, the larger the fine. I could easily see Company A arguing to US regulators : "We shouldn't have to pay for US users as the EU already fined us for everyone.".

Comment Why spread the vile? (Score 5, Insightful) 699 699

Why do people help these people spread their vile?

Posting stories on Slashdot / Putting it on CNN is only helping them get what they crave : Attention.

Some problems are best ignored - then they'll fade away out of frustration when they realize they're not getting the attention.

Blah blah - free press - I get it. I'm not asking for a law but common sense to take place.

People love dirty laundry - D. Henly.

Comment Re:not going to find it (Score 1) 361 361

If you legitimately own a copy on some medium, medium-shifting to another one is legal, just like you can rip your own music CDs to mp3s.

Incorrect, at least under U.S. copyright law. RIAA v. Diamond, 98-56727 (9th Cir., June 15, 1999) (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1054784.html), the seminal case on the issue, found a fair use in "space shifting" music to MP3 players, but did so under the auspices of the Audio Home Recording Act (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap10.html), which carves out specific exemptions applicable to sound recordings. No such provision(s) exist for video game ROMs, in any jurisdiction I'm aware of.

So... there's an exemption for Music but not for everything else so you read the negative into it? Generally, in case law as I understand it (not a laywer) - the absence of a case proving a poiint can't be inferred to prove a point.


Submission + - iWork in the Cloud->

tyler.russell writes: Apple released iWork in the cloud. I never heard of it and thought this was interesting. Apple's website says:

iWork.com makes it easy to share your work online with anyone you want. With this web-based, public beta service, you can share iWork files on your Mac or iPad in a way that's simple, smart, and secure.

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Submission + - Anti-Piracy Lawyers Sue a Dead Person ->

bs0d3 writes: The makers of The Hurt Locker have sued 24,583 alleged BitTorrent users, despite the fact that an ip address does not identify a person. When you sue so many at once there are bound to be some unfortunate collateral damage. Last week it was revealed that a blind man had been accused of downloading porn. This week a letter was returned to the U.S. District Court, indicating that the addressee is no longer alive and therefore unable to answer his legal allegations.
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Comment Re:Mortgage Backed Securites (Score 1) 1040 1040

My only comment to this is hindsight is 20/20. The problem with statements like this is that they very obviously weren't at the time. Not just from the rating agency's point of view but many economists were feeling the same way. There were a few economists who cautioned against them and had them correctly evaluated but they were far from the majority and even then most of their opinions were hedged with speculative language.

Oh come now - just because there is a bunch of stupid economists that couldn't apply prior historical behavior to the situation at hand that makes those economists ones that should be excused? The housing bubble showed all signs of being a bubble. Any time a commodity rises as quickly as houses were you're guaranteed you're in the middle of bubble.

History is always 20/20 in terms of analysis. However, history serves some great examples for understanding what is going on today. Those who forget history are doomed to *u*k it up over and over again.

Comment Re:Surely (Score 1) 73 73

we already ruled out the sun as a driver of climate change, so the only conclusions are that the people of Saturn have been producing too much greenhouses gases, and thus destroying their planet. ipso facto, there are Martians on Saturn.

Martians? I thought there were too many cows.


'Giant' Neuron Regulates 50,000 Other Neurons 81 81

Scottingham sends this quote from PhysOrg: "A single interneuron controls activity adaptively in 50,000 neurons, enabling consistently sparse codes for odors (abstract). The brain is a coding machine: it translates physical inputs from the world into visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile perceptions via the mysterious language of its nerve cells and the networks which they form. Neural codes could in principle take many forms, but in regions forming bottlenecks for information flow (e.g., the optic nerve) or in areas important for memory, sparse codes are highly desirable. ... This single giant interneuron tracks in real time the activity of several tens of thousands of neurons in an olfactory centre and feeds inhibition back onto all of them, so as to maintain their collective output within an appropriately sparse regime. In this way, representation sparseness remains steady as input intensity or complexity varies."

Comment Re:The reason it crashed too? (Score 1) 484 484

That's credible. Now please explain to me how they got 24 seals complete with combat equipment, two flight crews, a body and lots of swag - total at least 6,000 pounds - out in the one remaining chopper.

They didn't ... they used a 3rd helicopter that was on standby as a backup.


Google Wants Your Voice Data 138 138

00_NOP writes "Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, has told New Scientist that one of the reasons the search engine launched Google Voice is that it needs more human voice data to perfect the sort of 'big data, simple algorithm' probabilistic approach to translating voices to text that drives Google Translate. Norvig says that no one is listening to your calls on Google Voice — it is simply their servers trying to get the translation right."

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- Emerson