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Comment: Re:Not too bad.. (Score 1) 226

by Speed Pour (#28320531) Attached to: Apple Patent To Safeguard 911 Cellphone Calls
This is one of the problems with the patent system (yes, I know, everybody likes to say that). They are patenting the idea, not a process or design. For once Apple came up with a legitimately good idea, and they are almost certainly going to abuse it. If they want to patent the process or design, which was the intent of the patent system, it wouldn't be a problem....other companies would certainly develop the same concept with their own handsets (which wouldn't match the iphone design for a number of obvious reasons).

With so many companies backing down on certain patents in the name of not being purely despicable (ie. IBM), Apple should announce this one is a patent they will only hold in name only and demand no licensing.

If they insist on the licensing, I would love to see the hacker communities (xda & android probably the most capable) take a step to duplicate the functions. Even if Apple decides to do the wrong thing, there's no reason to allow them to hold an exclusive.

Comment: One week from now... (Score 4, Funny) 325

by Speed Pour (#28036373) Attached to: Sun To Build World's Biggest App Store Around Java
...Microsoft announces an app store built on .Net applications and plan on making it as Mono friendly as possible. (pretend they didn't already announce this for windows mobile)


One year from now...
- Sun announces closure of app store. Notable achievement: 6 popular apps

- Microsoft announces wildfire success.
Note: They also announce the rollout of their 3rd DRM scheme in hopes of ending the massive piracy rates on apps coming from the store.

Comment: Did the author miss the obvious? (Score 4, Insightful) 418

by Speed Pour (#27873525) Attached to: When Hacked PCs Self-Destruct
There's at least one other reason that the botnet holder may have opted to kill it....If he downloaded something that gave him a reason to freak out. Imagine a scenario where you're looking through some stolen data and realize you just picked up information about a government run weapons facility or assassination plans. The dumbest thing you could do is leave tracks, but since that's already been done, you might as well try to destroy your tracks and hope nobody notices.

On a side node, between the semi-bogus slashdot headline and the wildly sensationalized article, which is also misleading on at least a couple of points, there's surprisingly little news here. If more accurate information was in that article, it might be different.

Comment: Re:No Resumes? (Score 1) 200

by Speed Pour (#26611213) Attached to: Monster.com Data Stolen, Won't Email Users
I suppose I was too specific...yes, I agree, I certainly don't bother using different passwords for each and every site, especially the ones I need to sign up to and intend to use just once (commenting on something so stupid I needed to say something, or downloading a single file). For many of those, I don't even use an email address that ever gets checked, like a free yahoo address.

Bank/Credit Card/etc, these get something unique and don't even share a password between each other. Hey, what can I say, I still don't trust Paypal...

Comment: Re:No Resumes? (Score 2, Informative) 200

by Speed Pour (#26604851) Attached to: Monster.com Data Stolen, Won't Email Users
<sarcasm>Yeah, cause they want the resumes<sarcasm>

You must have missed the last 800 times this has happened to companies. They steal the email/name/username and the password, then try them on other sites with something more valuable to them (read: paypal, banks, online stores that also keep credit card info).

BTW, in case it's not obvious from what I just wrote. Make sure you use a different password on every website. Even if it's only a small variation on a simple password, it might not stop a friend from guessing it, but it will stop a hacker with a database of 2 million name/password pairs from bothering to try changing 'password001' to 'password002'
Media

+ - YouTube for Books? Will it las as long as binding?

Submitted by
Speed Pour
Speed Pour writes "Earlier this month was the launch of a new service, Scribd which closely resembles YouTube. The prime difference, it's focus is on documents. The idea is, you can write an article, instructions, or even an entire book and post it for others to find. This isn't an unique service, as others such as OpenFloodgate.com are making solid efforts to compete on a potentially large future market. An initial sign that this is a potentially valuable market to with with, Scribd has already won itself a cool 300k investment

Unfortunately, scribd.com has only been public for less than a month and they are quickly stumbling into the same trap YouTube is fighting through currently...copyrighted materials. As of this writing, 6 of the 18 most popular sites also happens without being sneaky."
The Internet

+ - Would a Wikipedia-like solution work for Youtube?

Submitted by
Mike Hulsebus
Mike Hulsebus writes "As recently reported by the Times, Viacom brought a lawsuit against Youtube for $1 billion dollars. They say, among other things, that Youtube is violating copyright, that Viacom's clips helped Youtube build a brand, and that Viacom has to spend unnecessary amounts of time finding their content to earmark it for removal by site moderators.

"Every day we have to scour the entirety of what is available on YouTube, so we have to look for our stuff," Mr. Dauman [of Viacom] said. "It is very difficult for us and places an enormous burden on us."
If Youtube really wants to fix its problems, it needs to go the route of Wikipedia, whose articles are policed by an army of volunteer moderators. Youtube currently has restrictions on the quality, size, and length of content that can be hosted on their site. If it offered certain Youtubers benefits that superceded these restrictions, they too could have an army of mods keeping their site out of trouble. And for free."
Movies

+ - DSL gateways will mark video to catch pirates

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Home gateway devices are being set up to identify video pirates. No, I dont' mean the guys with peg legs and parrots, but the dudes who illegally distribute copyright material. Meaning pretty much everyone with an ADSL2 connection and knowledge of bit torrent.

From the article: "Home gateway manufacturer Thomson SA plans to incorporate video watermarking technology into future set- top boxes and other video devices. The watermarks, unique to each device, will make it possible for investigators to identify the source of pirated videos."

By letting consumers know the watermarks are there, even if they can't see them, Thomson hopes to discourage piracy without putting up obstacles to activities widely considered fair use, such as copying video for use on another device in the home or while traveling to work."
Caldera

+ - Score: IBM - 700,000 / SCO - 326

Submitted by
The Peanut Gallery
The Peanut Gallery writes "After years of litigation to discover what, exactly, SCO was suing about, IBM has finally discovered that SCO's "mountain of code" is only 326 scattered lines. Worse, most of what is allegedly infringing are comments and simple header files, like errno.h, which probably aren't copyrightable for being unoriginal and dictated by externalities, aren't owned by SCO in any event, and which IBM has at least five separate licenses for, including the GPL, even if SCO actually owned those lines of code. In contrast, IBM is able to point out 700,000 lines of code, which they have properly registered copyrights for, which SCO is infringing upon if the Court rules that it has, in fact, repudiated the GPL. If this were a game show, I suspect SCO would be complaining that their buzzer wasn't working right about now."
Privacy

+ - RIAA sues paralyzed stroke victim

Submitted by Stangger
Stangger (666) writes "Just when you thought they couldn't do any worse, the RIAA is suing a paralyzed Stroke victim for alleged copyright infringment in Michigan. Of course, he lives in Florida, but that shouldn't be more than a minor glitch in the lawsuit. Article: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/riaa-boycott/riaa-tires -of-suing-babies-and-elderly-moves-on-to-paralyzed -stroke-victims-244108.php"
Microsoft

+ - How to Run Vista without activation for a Year

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end-run around one of Microsoft's key anti-piracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said today.

Livingston, who publishes the Windows Secrets newsletter, said that a single change to Vista's registry lets users put off the operating system's product activation requirement an additional eight times beyond the three disclosed last month. With more research, said Livingston, it may even be possible to find a way to postpone activation indefinitely.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9013258"
The Internet

+ - comScore to track "visits" along with page

Submitted by Metrics System
Metrics System (666) writes "Although pageviews and unique visitors are the most common measurement of web traffic, they are not without their problems. A new metric from comScore, "visits." comScore describes visits as 'the number of times a unique person accesses content within a Web entity with breaks between access of at least 30 minutes,' and it should be better able to account for AJAX-heavy sites that are highly trafficked, but don't rack up the page views. 'Essentially, focusing on page views punishes sites that use cutting-edge web technologies — a practice that could keep some sites from utilizing new technologies. comScore was aware of these complaints, however, and announced its plans to develop this new metric late last year. "As technologies like AJAX change the Internet landscape, certain measures of engagement, such as page views, are diminishing in significance for many Web properties," said comScore executive VP Jack Flanagan.'"

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