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Comment: Re:So essentially they want people to pay (Score 4, Insightful) 463

by Chris Kamel (#29461363) Attached to: ASCAP Says Apple Should Pay For 30-sec. Song Samples

Why drop the people? Just continue to carry the songs with no samples. A simple message "We're sorry but this artist refuses to let us serve you with a sample of the song before you purchase" should suffice.
They'll get back in line in no time when the sales plummet.

Comment: Re:Let it die. (Score 1) 554

by Chris Kamel (#28923345) Attached to: The Music Industry's Crisis Writ Large
So do you need big labels for quality? Well, you have me there, no indie label could match the musical genius of somebody like say, Brittney Spears.
To be honest, it's not the labels' fault that most people prefer to listen to Britney (not Brittney) Spears. Sure there is marketing involved, but that's their job. Your definition of music quality is irrelevant, the labels delivered to most people music they want to listen to.

Comment: Re:No More Privacy (Score 1) 199

by Chris Kamel (#28477599) Attached to: IBM Claims Breakthrough In Analysis of Encrypted Data
Doesn't matter, you'll need to decrypt the output anyway so the analyzer won't be able to benefit from the analysis result, only the client can:
Using such a scheme, one could homomorphically evaluate any circuit, effectively allowing the construction of programs which may be run on encryptions of their inputs to produce an encryption of their output. Since such a program never decrypts its input, it could be run by an untrusted party without revealing its inputs and internal state. The existence of a fully homomorphic cryptosystem would have great practical implications in the outsourcing of private computations, for instance, in the context of cloud computing

Comment: Re:That gets a lot done (Score 1) 303

by Chris Kamel (#26605471) Attached to: Social Networking Spurs Activism Against Repression

You, sir, sound like an elitist pig.
And before you ask me to "learn a thing or two about that part of the world" I should let you know that I grew up in that part of the world.

Some would have thought that a bunch of convicts shipped to British colonies should not have the right to freedom of speech and expression because knows what they can do with that to upset the queen, yet look what happened when those very same convicts got their freedom of speech.

The idea that you're smart enough to use your freedom of speech while a whole other people is is both stupid and pompous.


+ - Hitachi develops brain-machine interface

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Gary writes "Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain's surface to map out changes in blood flow."

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