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Comment: Re:Let them shut it down, I'm done... (Score 1) 14

by gstoddart (#49634917) Attached to: Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction

Or, alternately ... why would I rely on someone else in the first place? Why would I waste time and bandwidth copying my files around the internet?

I'm probably in the minority, but I still buy CDs, rip them to MP3, and then put them on whatever the hell I like.

I don't have ads either. I also don't have DRM, annual fees, or any of the other crap associated with keeping my stuff in the cloud.

Comment: Re:no it isn't (Score 1) 14

by gstoddart (#49634789) Attached to: Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction

Yes. They are going to learn very quickly that there is no such thing as "outside of U.S. jurisdiction".

Of course not, the US government has become the enforcement arm for the multinational copyright cartels.

Which is why industry groups write the text of trade agreements and then tell the US government to go implement it and pressure other countries to adopt it.

Comment: Re:Spot the Fed comments in TFA were pretty tame (Score 1) 51

by gstoddart (#49634687) Attached to: FBI Releases Its Files On DEF CON: Not Amused By Spot-the-Fed

I think there is some kind of law that says all reports must be written in in passive voice

But, honestly, anybody old enough (by which I mean over around 30) who had a decent enough education had passive voice hammered into us for many many things.

Pretty much anything which was intended to be a factual reporting of something is supposed to be in passive voice.

So much so that when Microsoft introduced their annoying grammar checker it would give me warnings that I was writing in passive voice. Unfortunately I was writing technical stuff, and had no intention of writing "and then I'm all like pew pew, take that sucker".

By the time you're talking about anything written within the FBI, you're going to have this be even more pervasive.

I'd bet some of the Feds found Spot the Fed humorous...

Don't they surgically remove the sense of humor?

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 79

by kamapuaa (#49633501) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

real work on real computers and we don't want to have to suffer through an over simplified touch-screen/mobile user interface because it gets in the way of us getting real work done. The best course going forward is for the OS developers to understand that and leave us with a choice of UI so that different people can use different systems for different things the way we want to use them.

An Apple A8 is more than powerful enough for the big important work you do. And Windows 10 or Ubuntu would alter the interface depending on whether your using it as a PC or as a phone (as was mentioned in both the article and in the reply you quoted).

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 79

by MightyMartian (#49633377) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

I've used my Nexus 7 that way, and it works reasonably well. The biggest problem, as always, is that apps that are optimized for the small displays of most mobile devices simply don't work that well on larger screens. I have used it quite frequently with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and RDP software to work on our terminal services server, and there really isn't any noticeable difference between that and a PC remoting in. It's rather a special case, to be sure.

Comment: Re:Snowball effect (Score 4, Insightful) 260

by TopSpin (#49633295) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

It's not a big mystery. Linus released a primitive kernel that worked, at the right time, with the right license, and then diligently kept rolling up contributions and releasing the result.

This is all true and important, but I think it's leaves out the really important part. Linus has good judgement in two critical areas; policy and people.

You and many others are correct about the timing, license and Linus's willingness to accept contributions without preconditions, and that part of it accounts for the early days. But it could have gone so wrong later and it didn't.

Had RMS been the shot caller Linux would be a curiosity today. People like him, while well intentioned, can't help but strangle babies in cradles in the name of their agenda. The kernel would be on GPL4 or 5 by now and about the only thing you might be able to use it for is a non-profit operation. The RMS mentality would have precluded set-tops, portables (binary blobs, DRM, etc.) the cloud and many other use cases. The best case would have been "for-profit" forks and then decline.

Also, Linus doesn't suffer fools. Over the years there have been contributors that, while possessing some talent, were destructive to the process. Linus has reliably kicked them to the curb and kept them from ruining Linux development. It's a simple, unfortunate truth; some people don't play well with others and if they get a foothold in something they ruin it.

These two aspects of Linus, good and firm judgement about policy and people, have ultimately been the most important because failure of either would have killed Linux long ago regardless of the early enthusiasm. That one person embodies the drive, talent and judgement to take Linux this far while protecting it from the bad ideas and fools that prevail is a small miracle.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 79

by kamapuaa (#49632931) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

Do you really use them for wildly different tasks? Surely you browse the web and check your e-mail on each. Surely there's files you have on each.

I think the ideal would be a phone that had a single program with multiple modes. When (say) Word was in phone mode, Word mostly let you browse files and make simple edits. When a monitor was attached, you got the full version of Word.

And I'm guessing the current generation of mobile phone processors are already powerful enough for the desktop for most people, unless they game or do heavy graphic/video processing.

Comment: Re:Laws that need to be made in secret (Score 1) 159

by gstoddart (#49631355) Attached to: Extreme Secrecy Eroding Support For Trans-Pacific Partnership

Because, in all honesty, you can probably assume that the "trade deal" is heavily skewed to protect corporate interests, and will not benefit anybody else.

Essentially these treaties are heavily influenced (if not actually written) by corporate demands.

It's secret because if people knew the government was essentially acting as lackeys for the copyright cartels and the like, people might disagree with it.

It really can't be a good "treaty" if you have secret terms with each of the countries you're trying to get do sign on.

They just don't want their peers to know how much they're getting screwed by globalization.

Mark my words, the only ones who will benefit from this will be multinational corporations. And it will probably extend copyright in a few more countries.

Comment: Re:I'm sure no one will misconstrue this at all... (Score 5, Insightful) 90

by gstoddart (#49631065) Attached to: Apple's Plans For Your DNA

Sure, until insurance companies and governments start demanding access to it.

You don't need to be much of a conspiracy nut to realize the potential for privacy invasion and abuse of this data is absolutely staggering.

There simply are way too few legal controls on how this stuff is used to safely make it as commonplace as that.

Essentially, corporations and the government will have massive databases of the DNA of pretty much everybody ... and it will be used to deny you service, in criminal proceedings because they can demand it, and who knows what else.

DNA samples on an iPhone is a hell of a way to get the fully distopian future and Big Brother .. because you can bet your ass that secret warrants will be used to force companies to hand this stuff over and then have it collated into one big giant database.

I don't care if it's Apple, Microsoft, Google, or anybody else ... this is a creepy idea which will have enormous implications to society.


Apple's Plans For Your DNA 90

Posted by Soulskill
from the download-a-parkinson's-cure-from-itunes dept.
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."

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