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Comment: Here's hoping the crewed Dragon happens soon (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by Vandil X (#40120905) Attached to: Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch
It's great that we have U.S.-based cargo delivery/recovery capacity again. This is definitely a huge milestone. However, the crewed-version of the Dragon will be the true, emotional U.S. milestone, as it replaces the human element lost with the retirement of the space shuttle.

Comment: Remember free Dial-Up Providers from the 1990s? (Score 2) 273

by Vandil X (#39608179) Attached to: Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages
In the 1990s, there used to be tons of free dial-up ISP providers that gave you free access so long as you agreed to surf the web through their branded version of Internet Explorer that framed websites in ads. Some providers required you to click the ads so many times within a certain interval of time or get disconnected.

I'm sure these frames and banner ads "violated" the design of websites that were browsed by these users, but since the websites themselves were not hacked or damaged and displayed correctly on the computer screen of those not using ad-managed ISPs/web browsers, there is probably not a tangible copyright issue.

Hotel Wi-Fi is just the modern version of this same model, albeit without using software or requiring ad clicks.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 273

by Vandil X (#39608091) Attached to: Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages
1. The websurfer agrees to a Terms of Service that allows the ISP to make changes to inbound website page requests.
2. The websurfer proceeds to request pages from a remote webserver. The ISP injects ads as the customer consented.

No where in this was the remote webserver compromised or hacked. The website still loads as the content owner designed on computers accessing the website through ISPs that have not adjusted the content. Since the customer is agreeing to allow the ISP to alter his web browsing experience in exchange for Internet Access, this is permissible. Unethical, perhaps, but permissible. Certainly not compyright infringement.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.