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Comment: How about the cell characters? (Score 1) 281

I have one of the first HSPA+ ("4G") phones, the T-mobile G2, and it still works 100%. But, it seems lately that getting a solid 4G connection is getting harder in the same places I've been using it for years. Shouldn't it be improving? Obviously, the carriers benefit from phone upgrades, too, as they are he primary retailers of them.

Comment: Preventing corruption (Score 1) 293

History has shown that the strong governments get, the more corrupt they become (power corrupts). Yet, they can hit a point where the people can no longer hold their government accountable (e.g., Stalin). So, how, with technology advancing, and the government having access to it all while the people have limited access, can you prevent corruption in the future?

Comment: Re:Odd... (Score 5, Interesting) 186

by InPursuitOfTruth (#45893781) Attached to: Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS
That's what I was thinking. You have Centos in production, but now decide you want RHEL support. Why should you have to choose between reinstalling your production environment, or just giving RHEL their money and being done with it? I suspect that RH will remove this barrier to paying or support by offering support for Centos.

Comment: Makes sense, but weird (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by InPursuitOfTruth (#45893759) Attached to: Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

Those of us who've been using Centos understand that if you use it to deploy, and ultimately in your data center, often in place of Windows, then it is just a matter of time before you begin to use RHEL to get support for at least their mission critical production boxes. Centos and RHEL are a nice mix. So, this definitely makes sense for RH. Plus, they have nothing to lose since Centos thrives with or without their endoresment.

Yet, the back and forth relationship RH has taken over the years with the community-driven open source from which it was born and has built its business suggests that, despite this move, they only seem to consider relationships that produce pofits from no more than one degree of separation. This makes the end to this very long estrangement, where Centos only referred to Redhat as the "upstream provider" to keep RedHat's trademark legal team at bay, just plain-old WEIRD.

The question is, how will RH help Centos? That isn't very clear from this announcement.

Comment: Makes sense, yet weird (Score 1) 1

by InPursuitOfTruth (#45893735) Attached to: CentOS joins Red Hat

Those of us who've been using Centos understand that if you use it to deploy, and ultimately in your data center, often in place of Windows, then it is just a matter of time before you begin to use RHEL to get support for at least their mission critical production boxes. Centos and RHEL are a nice mix. So, this definitely makes sense for RH. Plus, they have nothing to lose since Centos thrives with or without their endoresment.

Yet, the back and forth relationship RH has taken over the years with the community-driven open source from which it was born and has built its business suggests that, despite this move, they only seem to consider relationships that produce pofits from no more than one degree of separation. This makes the end to this very long estrangement, where Centos only referred to Redhat as the "upstream provider" to keep RedHat's trademark legal team at bay, just plain-old WEIRD.

+ - CentOS joins Red Hat-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Red Hat and CentOS have joined forces to create a ‘new’ CentOS. The new entity will be governed by CentOS Governing Board which will comprise of members from CentOS and Red Hat teams. This move means that CentOS now has more resources at hands. Some CentOS members are moving to Red Hat, as a part of their sponsorship of the CentOS Project, allowing these people to work on the Project as their primary job function."
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+ - MPAA joins the W3C 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "TechDirt:

The W3C has been at the forefront of open standards and an open internet for many years, obviously. So it's somewhat distressing to see it announced this morning that .

So does the W3C still support open standards?"

+ - Bitcoin Vs Paypal In Court

Submitted by InPursuitOfTruth
InPursuitOfTruth (2676955) writes "According to TerraHasher on BitcoinTalk,.org, PayPal is discriminating against sellers of Bitcoin related items. TerraHasher claims to have a recording of a PayPal manager saying, "well its all the same and bitcoin is direct competition with paypals business model therefore we do not condone, anything bitcoin related." After describing a pattern of PayPal repeatedly holding funds possibly explained by this bias against Bitcoin related sellers, he lawyer-ed up and is preparing to file suit against PayPal. This brings up a question. Is BitPay, with over 15,500 merchants in December, the next PayPal?"

+ - Chicago Gun Ban Declaired Unconstitutional ->

Submitted by wooferhound
wooferhound (546132) writes "- A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.

"The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government's reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang."

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+ - EU Copyright Reform: Your input is needed!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The European Commission has finally (as of last month) opened its public consultation on copyright reform. This is the first time the general public can influence EU copyright policy since fifteen years back, and it is likely at least as much time will pass until next time. In order to help you fill out the (enlish-only, legalese-heavy) questionnaire, some friendly hackers spent some time during the 30c3 to put together a site to help you. Anyone, EU citizen or not, organisation or company, is invited to respond (deadline fifth of February). Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter has a more in-depth look at the consultation."
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+ - FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement as 'Primary' Purpose...->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI picked up scores of new responsibilities related to terrorism and counterintelligence while maintaining a finite amount of resources. What's not in question is that government agencies tend to benefit in numerous ways when considered critical to national security as opposed to law enforcement. "If you tie yourself to national security, you get funding and you get exemptions on disclosure cases," said McClanahan. "You get all the wonderful arguments about how if you don't get your way, buildings will blow up and the country will be less safe.""
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+ - The SEC is about to make crowdfunding more expensive->

Submitted by PapayaSF
PapayaSF (721268) writes "Proposed new rules require that funding portals register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Intermediary Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In addition, investors must have access to a business plan, use of proceeds, a valuation of the company, and financials, so CPAs may needed. The SEC estimates that for amounts under $100,000, the fees will be 12.9% to 39% of the money raised, though it may drop to under 8% for higher amounts. Is this needed regulation, or bureaucratic overreach?"
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Comment: Re:Is this really patent trolling? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

But the companies themselves are not suing Google themselves, and are not claiming that Google infringes any of their products. In fact, these patents could apply to things for which no product exists, or could be so general, that nearly all products in that category use them. Unless you are claiming that another company is hurting your sales, you are a patent troll. Rockstar has no product sales and will not bring up the sales of its shareholders in court.

Either way, they are trying to dodge accountabilty by using a shell company to sue. Besides hiding, they limit their own liability should Google prevail. Rockstar is clearly setup with one purpose -- to sue with impunity.

Comment: Re:Why is Sony in bed with Microsoft and Apple (Score 1) 150

Why do two theives work together on a heist? Sony, plain and simple, has pushed patented solutions where they have a licensing interest over open ones that are not patent encumbered for as long as I can remember, such as MPEG over VP9.

Considering that Sony doesn't have much hope in phones and tablets with Android, and their hardware interests go far beyond that into things like camcorders and blu ray players, taking down Android would return us to a world of large patent licensing fees in products.

It's too bad because if Sony ever supported the better codecs and containers, such as MKV, H264 and VP9, then their devices would be highly competitve.

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