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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 133

by Wootery (#49662761) Attached to: FCC Tosses Petition Challenging Its New Internet Regulations

If an ISP wants to throttle video, as long as they do it equally among all providers, that seems fair. Or to give preference to online gaming, that's fair too. As long as the ISP isn't picking and choosing, or asking for money to give a higher preference.

But that is 'picking and choosing', and it's not 'simply providing a pipe'. Why should my ISP get to decide that my neighbour's Skype conversation is more important than my multiplayer, if I'm paying for the connection?

Not to mention that there's a technical way around such measures. Have your multiplayer connection give the appearance of a Skype connection, and you're set.

Comment: Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 2) 239

by Wootery (#49567943) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

I don't find your word-processor comparison compelling. The difference is whether it's a derivate work, no?

There's a difference between me using your word-processor to create a book, and me using your word-processor as a basis for my own enhanced word-processor.

If the word-processor's EULA were 'viral' even to documents produced with it, then I'd agree, that's not fair, but that's not what's going on here: a Skyrim mod necessarily directly uses Skyrim, where a .pdf generated by a word-processor doesn't directly use the word-processor.

Analogy: GCC is available under the GPL. There's an explicit mention that code generated by GCC is not 'virally' treated as a derivative work, i.e. compiling proprietary code with GCC is acceptable. But if you modify GCC, the resulting compiler may only be distributed under the terms of the GPL (i.e. the source is available and the licence is GPL) .

Comment: This is why Amazon offer dedicated instances (Score 1) 134

by Wootery (#49535489) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

Amazon AWS offers 'dedicated instances' (ctrl-f for "Dedicated Instances") for security reasons.

for workloads where corporate policies or industry regulations require that your EC2 instances be physically isolated at the host hardware level from instances that belong to other customers

Anyone know if this attack would actually work today on, say, Amazon's shared-hosting?

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 309

they can probably find a bunch of new music that has a similar beat or flow of something copyrighted long ago, and then sue for damages, and very likely win. That usually only happens when the music becomes popular enough though, otherwise it's not profitable enough.

As far as I know, that's not true. How often do top-20 pop songs actually get sued like this?

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

by Wootery (#49529395) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

"Progressives" want to send you to Death^H^H^H^HRe-Education Camps because they don't like the vehicle you drive. They murdered about a hundred million people in the last century because the sick counter-revolutionary bastards wouldn't "smarten up" and do what they were told.

What on Earth are you trying to say? That's the most indecipherable garbage I've read all week.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson