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Comment Turn the Tables? (Score 2) 186

Let's ask Time Warner Cable News for 190 hours of specified short segments of their raw video material with perpetual, unfettered rights to republish, for profit, and with no ongoing royalty. If you could get them to to agree the conditions (unlikely) then I bet they would charge way more than $36k for the privilege. Somehow though they expect the State to do just that without even cost recovery.

Comment Aeronautical Hazards (Score 2) 103

I can see a lot of fun with aeronautical obstacle databases if this takes off in a big way. Essentially a power plant will need an airspace allocation up to 10000 feet AGL and a nautical mile or two across. Put a lot of these around a city and there are many aeronautical procedure designers that will certainly be cursing as they try to thread an aircraft safely between them.

Comment Re:Happening Downunder (Score 1) 104

The headline is consistent with the article, which does not say there were no humans involved.

At the Ornskoldsvik Airport, one control tower has nobody inside. However, the tower continues to perform its job of guiding planes to the ground safely. The person who controls the landing is in another complex, roughly 90 miles away. That individual has access to cameras which reportedly function better than the average human eye.

That is, the tower building is not manned but there is still a human controller or controllers. Precisely what is being trialled in Alice Springs only with longer distances. It is partly about consolidating the controllers in a less remote area: easier to get people to live there, more likely to retain experienced staff, easier to maintain training currency. This is similar to the existing concentrations of sector controllers in Brisbane and Melbourne, only with different sensor inputs.

Comment Warship Anyone? (Score 1) 377

Mid 90's. Spent a lovely weekend below the waterline on a frigate updating the ship's maintenance system with a new data picture of its systems. All went wonderfully well and I walked ashore late afternoon on Sunday and flew back to my home city. Fast forward to 4pm Monday and we get a call from the ship at sea saying the maintenance system no longer functioned: get your butt out here and unf*ck it. So, in the car, 3 hours drive to where the ship anchored for the night, RHIB ride out to the ship, up the rope ladder, about 10PM... fix it, you have until 6AM or you are sailing with us (for a week). That, my friends, is great motivation to work fast. To cap it off, there was a small fuel leak in the space outside the computer room: wonderful aroma to deal with. Tried to work out the obscure linkage between existing maintenance jobs and the system description that was causing the issue. Ultimately had to roll the database back to the pre-update state. Off the ship at 6 along with many bags of oil-soaked rags used on the fuel leak. Ship lost a few days of data and a day at sea: captain not happy... and we had to do the whole exercise again later.

Tape for data, $100, Airfare and and accommodation, $600, warship all at sea, priceless.

Not entirely my doing (what is these days) but I was the man that delivered the fun. No names, no pack drill over this.

Comment Re:$100k License (Score 1) 201

If your hotel was inside the Aurelian Wall then there is a flat EUR48 fare from Rome Fiumicino regardless of time. For destinations outside the Aurelian Wall the fare is metered. I hope you weren't additionally fleeced by a trustworthy licenced taxi driver turning on the meter for these fixed fare trips in peak traffic: the timed fare works out much better for them.

Comment Re:60 million times? (Score 1) 186

No, the claim is, "has been illegally viewed more than 60 million times." (Emphasis mine) No mention of geographic scope, but the figure is utterly unsupportable anyway. Even if they knew precisely how many allegedly infringing copies had been made (they don't) there is no way of knowing how many times a movie has been viewed. It could be anything from zero to 60 million views with anything from one to one gajillion allegedly infringing copies in existence.

Comment Re:What I want to know is... (Score 4, Informative) 136

The Voltage Pictures VP of Royalties was interviewed on the radio as I drove home today. He said that Voltage is doing this because a small producer they cannot cannot cross-subsidise from other parts of the business to cover the losses due to infringing copies of their movies (His argument was clearly based on the assumption that every infringing copy is a lost sale). The big players can afford to do this and see the negative press as more costly than the potential increase in revenue. He refused to be drawn on what they would be demanding from the alleged infringers. There were also some poor choices of words, assumption of guilt, and sense that they are the law.

Read ( or listen ( to the show.

Comment Re:Just a Moment... (Score 4, Interesting) 136

I am sure that the plaintiff in this case would dearly love to engage in "speculative invoicing" and to do that they need somewhere to send a legal threat with a nice "make it go away for only $2000" clause. The judge has at least considered this, so the plaintiff must pass any correspondence destined for the parties revealed here through the court. That should at least control the extraction of money by threat of legal action with no intent to proceed to actual litigation. My guess is that the plaintiff will try to ID one or two endpoints that look like a business/individual with reasonable sized pockets and try to set a precedent with them.

This decision, and the recent data retention law that ensures these records exist for fishing expeditions, have essentially ensured that VPN providers will do well out of Aussies.

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