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Comment Singapore already does this (Score 1) 299

I realize that it's a much smaller, and MUCH richer country than ours, but Singapore already does this. There, you have a choice: Use the free Gov't access, choose a different provider (or tether), or do some combination of both.

Done right, this could simply be another competitor in what will soon be a crowded field. Obviously, there's going to be some mistrust of how the gov't will use the collected data, but I would guess that the majority of people don't care enough about how (or are ignorant to the fact that) the government is going to use the tracking data for it to be anything other than a minor news story if this moves forward.

My 2 bytes.


Comment Re:Awful headline. (Score 4, Insightful) 356

You know, as I was RingTFA, I was trying to figure out how the reporter didn't mention Monsanto at all. Seriously, your quote is modded funny, but not including the fact that Monsanto owns (and TIGHTLY controls) both in the article seems to be a significant oversight on the part of the press.


Comment It's all about Tethering (Score 3, Interesting) 757

I would guess that if Verizon is the one that is requiring this of Motorola, then they are doing it to restrict people's ability to tether 2.2 without having to pay Verizon.

The Android 2.2 platform has built-in wifi tethering that you have to pay your carrier for in order to use, an extra $20/month or some such. Rather than do that, a quick root and install of a free wifi tether app allows the owner to bypass the carrier Tether requirements and build their own little wifi network to access the 'net from any wifi capable device without paying... The data becomes just another set of packets.

If you're looking for a business reason, that's it.


Comment 2012? (Score 1) 169

Could these newly found pyramids finally unlock the secrets of what will happen (or not) on December 21st, 2012?

Personally, I'm betting we're not going to get these dug out in time. When we do get them un-buried, I'd laugh if they said something along the lines, "Yeah, our whole 2012 thing was just a joke to scare the Inca! See those lines they built at Nazca? We put them up to that too!".

Ahh, the Maya, the great pranksters of the ancient world!

Until then, I'm just going to be happy with the 2012 Insurance Policy I picked up to laugh about this 2012 thing with all my friends!


Comment Thank you /. readers (Score 1) 221

and mad.frog especially,

I really didn't want to rekindle the debate about whether patents (or software patents) are a good or bad thing. I've been a /. reader (responder) for quite a while and understand the general consensus about patents here.

I really am only trying to understand what people who have been involved in these programs have seen before. My overall goal of this research is to help develop a program management will accept before anyone says "you work for us, we own the patents anyway" and does away with PIPs all together. Most of the people I work with (including me) love our jobs and I are just trying to get a fair result.

I suppose I should have mentioned that we have a patent/idea review board in place to determine what we would like to spend time on (judge value, creativeness, patentability) before we begin even the provisional process, but I wanted to keep the question simple.

Thank you to all who have chimed in with the various programs you have seen and/or have been involved with.

Thanks again all,



Submission + - Intel invests in S3 competitor, Nirvanix (byteandswitch.com)

SoulMaster writes: Quite a few news sites, including Byte and Switch are running stories this morning about Intel's investment in Amazon S3 competitor Nirvanix. From the article: "Nirvanix today announced that it has added Intel Capital, a leading venture capital organization, to its investor base. The investment will provide the Company with additional opportunities to further technology advancements of its Storage Delivery Network optimized for media applications, and further accelerate its global build-out of storage nodes to meet swelling demand for its online storage service."
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Submission + - Top three pay penalties for online gambling (stltoday.com)

denarn writes: "The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports:
Three of the largest Internet companies have agreed to pay millions in fines, cooperate with investigators and stop accepting ads for online gambling.
Microsoft, Google and Yahoo neither admitted nor denied federal prosecutors' claims that as much as a decade of their advertising aided and abetted the crime of online gambling. But as part of the $31.5 million settlement, they have agreed to stop running online gambling ads and also agreed not to publicly contradict the allegations.
In the agreement, the companies agreed to cooperate with investigators, including the FBI and the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service.
Federal prosecutors in St. Louis have developed a specialty in combating online gaming."


Submission + - Nirvanix launches as a competitor to S3

SoulMaster writes: New start-up, Nirvanix, has announced a storage platform to compete directly with Amazon S3. According to their release, "Emerging from stealth mode today, San Diego-based startup Nirvanix is unveiling its new business-to-business storage delivery service (SDS) that offers on-demand Internet storage for Web 2.0, media application, service provider and consumer electronics"

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