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Comment: Re:Copyright trolls are rampant on YouTube, making (Score 1) 94 94

it was the Christmas display that violated copyright if the music wasn't licensed for broadcast (and I opined that it was licensed), not me.

Are you sure that's the case? Let's consider that you made advertising money on the video, would the makers of the Christmas display still be considered at fault and liable to pay the publisher/author based on how much money you made?

My question is serious, I don't know, but I suspect that
1) the end user is ultimately at fault... although they may have recourse if the product was sold under a false claim
and 2) the fact of infringement does not consider whether profit was made (but damages may bring that into consideration)

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 295 295

True, but what incentive do they have? There would potentially be a huge backlash from customers whose favorite sites suddenly started sucking (even if for only a few months until things got settled). And many ISPs such as cable also have to compete with DSL or fiber, so customers would flock away.

Plus something I haven't thought of before now... consider net neutrality, and the fact that customers may start filing complaints that their favorite service is being throttled by their ISP. That service is working fine for other ISPs (which are still using IPv4). This appears like a classic net neutrality violation, but in reality the ISP is not throttling anyone, it's the site or backbone provider that has something screwed up.

Even if the FCC sides with the ISP, plenty of damage to reputation will be done.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 295 295

I doubt that will be the catalyst. I think websites will start the charge. Probably the easiest way forward is to begin reducing the number of nodes that respond to IPv4 (effectively slowing down that traffic). IPv6 should become more stable and used more frequently, and that will allow the sites to reduce even more nodes. Repeat until all clients use IPv6, then shut down IPv4 (both on sites and ISPs).

Comment: Re:Cell phone uses IPv6 (Score 3, Interesting) 295 295

My cell phone has been on IPv6 for years. Everything I have is ready for the conversion. What is holding it up?


I recently disabled IPv6 on my router because too many sites were slow loading. It was particularly bad with Wikipedia, which usually just timed out after a few minutes. OTOH, IPv4 works fine for the same sites.

I don't know where the trouble is, Wikipedia or my ISP (U-Verse) or somewhere in between or some problem with my computer... but in its current state, I can't endorse switching.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 3, Interesting) 479 479

And I didn't mean to downplay how big of a problem this may be for the many people who have a password-protected open network for guest access.

I'm just keeping in mind, though, that guest networks are typically isolated from the main network and the guest network would only be shared with friends-of-friends*... probably not an actual issue for the vast majority of people, so much as a theoretical one.

* Actually, come to think of it, would the password also go to friends-of-friends-of-friends? Friends-of-friends-of-friends-of-friends? How deep can this go? The whole six-degrees-of-separation thing comes to mind... could this end up pushing almost everyone's network passwords to the entire connected internet? Yeah, I'd like more info, and the sooner the better.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 4, Informative) 479 479

The way I read it, they probably don't.

The FAQ seems to imply that it is only applicable to open routers:

What does Wi-Fi Sense do?

Wi-Fi Sense connects you to Wi-Fi networks around you to help you save cellular data. It can do these things for you to get you Internet access:

Automatically connect you to open Wi-Fi networks it knows about by crowdsourcing networks that other Windows Phone users have connected to. These are typically open Wi-Fi hotspots you see when you're out and about.

Still very questionable, but perhaps not nearly as pervasive. I'd think it would mostly apply to hotels, restaurants, and other places of business.

Comment: Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 1) 349 349

This is kind of like being hit in the arm by a baseball as you are walking by your neighbor's yard. It's probably no big deal, probably didn't hurt much and is unlikely to have caused permanent damage of any kind. But it's still respectful for your neighbor to apologize.

but helps society

Remember that Google gets money from this, primarily indirectly through advertising. Anything they do to help society also lines their wallets (which is pretty much the definition of how capitalism is supposed to work).

Don't fall into the trap of thinking Google's intentions are completely selfless. I'm beyond certain that they meant no harm, but considering they are getting something out of it, it would be very disrespectful for Google to brush it off.

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