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Comment: Re:The right to read. (Score 2) 72

by Corwyn_123 (#47344777) Attached to: Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

No, not true. Back in the day (20th century), writers sold their work to the publishing house for a fee, and that's all they got for it, the publisher was now the owner and made the royalties. Then, it came that the writers didn't like this arrangement and changed it, demanding a fee (smaller than before), and royalties for each first time sold book (retail). After that, they got no additional royalties, the book buyer could read the book any number of times, loan it to friends, donate it to libraries or other charities, or, at least with paperback books, rip off the front cover and resell them, without paying royalty fees to the publishers/authors.

Now, in the 21st century, the rights to everything have gone from the buyer to the creator/seller, you never really own anything, you just rent it/pay a license fee to use it. Once you're done with something, a house, a car, a book, a record, tape, or CD (oops mp3's), you aren't permitted to sell them, or if you are, through only authorized houses/websites, you have to pay the original creator/author/producer Royalty fees, so they can continue to make money on something years or decades after it was first written, published and sold for the first time.

I thought, at least in US copyright law, there was a provision for first sale, which states (paraphrased), the creator/seller receives royalties for the first sale of a work, and nothing thereafter.

What has come of our world? What's come of our countries, with PAC and other such Trade agreements between countries, they're trying to align all copyright, patents, and trademarks, so it's the same all over the world. We are moving into a world that the original story of this thread, will come true. It's up to us the people, to do something about it, before it's too late. But, that'll never happen, because people are too pacified by the system, too apathetic, and too cowed, to believe they have the ability to do anything.

Welcome to the future, we've created it, now we have to live in it. It was foretold, and we did nothing about it when we heard the prophecies, our children and our children's children will be the inheritors of our creation (maybe we can make some royalties from them).

Comment: Re: Sounds good to me (Score 2) 555

The main point was the line is hard to draw when it comes to protecting people. Again, what temperature "should" coffee be served at? What about people who want it hotter so its still hot when they drink it a few minutes later (say stop on the way to work)?

Much like the magnets, what might be safe to some isn't safe for others....

The main point is, people need to be responsible for themselves, it's not up to others to protect them, if they are old enough to be considered adults. It's up to a parent to protect their children, not up to someone else, unless the child is in an other's care for a time, such as at school, day care, camp.

The point is, that it's a person's OWN responsibility to protect themselves and their own family's. It's not a company's responsibility to worry about how someone eats or drinks what they serve.

When is a person expected to check if food or drink is too hot. When do people take personal responsibility for their own safety and actions, and stop blaming others for their own carelessness?

When is it a person's responsibility that a product that they bought is unsafe for children in their care?

When do we take back what is ours to begin with, our ability to make decisions on how to raise and care for our own children?

Comment: Re: Sounds good to me (Score 1) 555

I also have 2 sets, all accounted for. I have 3 grandchildren in the house regularly, youngest 3 years old, oldest 12. All of my Buckyballs are accounted for as well.

I agree, it's all about personal responsibility, being a responsible parent and grandparent. Taking the time to make sure those under your care are safe, happy and secure.

It's so sad that society no longer expects people to take personal responsibility, for parents to be held responsible for their children, and for grandparents to be mindful of their grandchildren when in their care. The government has gotten too much into our lives and our business and taken our ability to and our desire to care for our children and our children's children.

Isn't it time to take back what is ours, our lives, our responsibilities, and our ability to raise our own children, in whatever manner we see fit, without someone else telling us how?

Comment: own vs rent (Score 1) 380

by Corwyn_123 (#42871981) Attached to: Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

I used to have my domain hosted on a hosting site's VPS, It cost me monthly, but I also had far less control over my domain, e-mail, and anti-spam. I was also restricted on services I could run on my own domain.

I took an old computer, installed linux, moved my dns pointer home, now I have full control of the server and domain. If I need to deal with a hack, I can. I have complete control of how in coming spam is handled, and I can run any services I want, game services, chat, web apps, and no one else can dictate what I can do on my server.

It's saved me hunreds of dollars over the years. When I replace my desktop computer, the old desktop is recycled to be a server upgrade, since my desktop is always a better machine than my server.

I've been in IT for over 30 years, and this has taught me a lot. I've been able to turn the skills and knowledge I've gained to my job as well.

In the end, it's been a win win all the way around.

Comment: Find what works best for you (Score 1) 415

It doesn't matter what you get, but use what makes it easiest for you to sit and read, for however long you wish to read.

I have a tablet, and don't see the need to spend more money on an e-book reader, when my tablet works just fine for this purpose, as well as running other apps and accessing internet resources.

I also read slow, and used to find it a chore, until I found books that I enjoyed reading, and now I continue to find books that I enjoy, and prefer e-books over hard print.

So, as I said, regardless of what you put your money towards, find what works for you, and don't take other's opinions, what works for one person, might not be best for another. Make your own choice.

Comment: Address the real problem (Score 2) 330

by Corwyn_123 (#40420551) Attached to: SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer

SOPA isn't the problem, it's just a symptom of a larger issue, copyright law, the DMCA to be specific.This whole thing came to a head when the DMCA was passed, and now it's just getting worse, like a festering wound. but if it weren't for the DMCA, SOPA wouldn't have stood a chance on it's own or it's own merits.

Yes, copyrights have been around for a long time, and yes, they've been used in the past as a way to control and in some cases, monopolize, but with the coming of the DMCA, it's taken a whole new turn, and who wrote and pushed for the DMCA, the RIAA and the MPAA and all of their cronies. They lobby congress to handle an issue that's not congress' to handle, this is an issue that should have been left to the copyright owners to deal with through proper legal channels in the first place, or to change their business models so it wouldn't be an issue to begin with. The recording industry has to learn to change with the times, instead of living in the past, but they are incapable, unwilling, and/or too greedy to change.

Along with the overturning of Citizens United, and the passing of DMCA, the playing field has changed in favor of large corporations, like the recording companies and motion picture industry, and the publishers, who can now use the courts as their personal hitmen to go after alleged copyright infringes, with no proof. They can send take down notices on material they don't even own, and have it removed from sites like YouTube, which ends up making the real owner have to work that much harder to have their own material out there, because they didn't go through the recording or motion picture industries to do so. People like photographers who self publish their works on their own websites now have to deal with people stealing their work, and then get blindsided by those very thieves, and accused of stealing their own works, all because the DMCA made it possible.

If people really want to fix the situation, some changes need to be made:
1: Overturn the DMCA, it's bad law and only works in the favor of deep pocket corporations.
2: Overturn the ruling in Citizens United, and put corporations back where they belong, and have them stop meddling in politics.
3: Find a way to get our Congressmen and women to start working for us, the people, again, like it's supposed to be. Let corporations work their things out themselves, and stop using congress and the courts as their personal tools and WMD's.
4: And for the sake of everyone's sanity, the people need to start taking an interest in government, learn how it works, learn the issues, read the proposed bills, and take a stand on issues they don't agree with. Write their congressmen when they want their voices to be heard on issues, make public statements in a clear and concise manner, so others who wish to, can add their voices to that cause.

What was done to stop SOPA was a good example of people making their voices heard and sticking with the same issue, and in that case it worked. It won't always work, especially if 'The People' don't stand up for what's right, and get the government doing what it's supposed to do, work for the people.

Occupy Wall Street had a good idea, but it got out of hand, it wasn't well organized, and too many others, with their own agendas, tried to take it over. Their are ways to do things, and ways not to, this was an example of how not to do something. Once you get something started, keep it going in a positive direction, and don't get sidetracked, don't let others use your cause for their cause, unless they are the same, otherwise, all it'll do is water down your voice and cause, and people will not respect or wish to side with you.

And finally, contact your congressmen and women, and get them to make changes for the better, change the way the courts are used as hitmen for special interests. The government works for us, 'The People', not for the corporations. The corporations are supposed to be non-entities, they are not "people", so why are they allowed to act like "people"?

Stand together for change and for the future, be a part of the solution and not sheep or lemmings. Don't be a part of the problem.

Comment: Go after her (Score 1) 667

Personally, I would have stood my ground and let the legal system work for me in this.

You were in the right, to protect what's yours, and she used character assassination, and intimidation to get you to do what was in HER best interests, and no one else's. There are laws regarding such things, and what she did appears to be against most of them (think MAFIA tactics).

Stay strong, stand your ground, and make her pay for the wrong she's done.

Comment: Re:Mine now! (Score 1) 189

by Corwyn_123 (#39165103) Attached to: After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices

Use of this also requires an Amateur Radio License from the FCC:

Unfortunately it' a dying hobby, with all the cellphones out there, no one sees the need for radio communications anymore. One thing people have forgotten though, in a disaster situation, cellular communications either get bogged down, where you can't use it effectively, or it's completely out (depending on the disaster).

Radio communications will always be there, and Amateur Radio operators become the first line in communications, since the primary thing they do is communicate.

But regardless, this all still requires an Amateur Radio license from the FCC, or from whatever appropriate government agency in your particular country of citizenship.

Comment: Re:What, me worry? (Score 1) 105

by Corwyn_123 (#38773960) Attached to: Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID

What you need to understand, no security is absolutely perfect. There is no such thing, unless you disconnect the computer from all outside sources and influences, and allow no access to the computer, what that breaks down to is, unplug the computer, disconnect it from the internet, and lock it in a vault. And even that's not 100% secure.

Bottom Line:

Locks only keep honest people honest.

Comment: Contract work (Score 1) 523

by Corwyn_123 (#38189336) Attached to: How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

If you feel you have the qualifications, try to get a contract job through a contract agency.

I'd also recommend, when looking at the jobs requirements, do what you can to meet as many qualifications as possible, that includes getting certificates that they require, like A+, etc.

Once you get one contract, even a short term one, you can put that on your resume and go from there to find others later on down the road.

Don't hit the keys so hard, it hurts.