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Video Veteran IT Journalist Worries That Online Privacy May Not Exist (Video) 32 32

Tom Henderson is a long-time observer of the IT scene, complete with scowl and grey goatee. And cynicism. Tom is a world-class cynic, no doubt about it. Why? Cover enterprise IT security and other computing topics long enough for big-time industry publications like ITWorld and its IDG brethren, and you too may start to think that no matter what you do, your systems will always have (virtual) welcome mats in front of them, inviting crackers to come in and have a high old time with your data.

Note: Alert readers have probably noticed that we talked with Tom about cloud security back in March. Another good interview, worth seeing (or reading).

Comment Re:Low-tech for a reason (Score 1) 149 149

I agree with your business argument 90% of the time. And that's why we have artisans. A $20,000 BBQbot can cook consistently, but it will never get bored while on-shift and create something new to improve your menu (or your business in general). If you want to exceed the mean you'll still need the kind of SME that calls in sick and takes vacations.

Comment Re:"derision and scorn when they really shouldn't" (Score 1) 181 181

And don't forget an important fact with free-to-play games regarding their business models:

The business model they choose is subject to change. What might start out as a 'free-to-play' game with premium cosmetic additions can over time shift to a Freemium or Pay-to-Win model. I've invested my time and reasonable amounts of money in free-to-play games in the past, only to be burned later when they change to a more aggressive model.

Popular Android ROM Accused of GPL Violation 197 197

An anonymous reader writes "A petition has recently been started to get the developer of the popular Android 'MIUI' ROM, Chinese based Xiaomi, to comply with the GPL. While Android itself is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License, and therefore does not actually require derivative works to be FOSS, the Linux kernel itself is GPL-licensed and needs to remain open. Unless Xiaomi intends to develop a replacement for the Linux kernel, they need to make their modifications public."

Comment Re:I just block (Score 4, Insightful) 716 716


As someone who's created (and supported) several websites (and developed a few platforms)...I'd just like to say that by no means would the world wide web and some of the wonderful technologies we have today disappear in the absence of ad based monetization. It might look different, but I see no reason to suspect that commoditization is tied to creative innovation.

Carry on. :-)

Comment Re:P2P had no effect on music sales? (Score 3, Insightful) 285 285

hundreds of dollars from me personally over the last 14 years

Nothing personal, but the only thing this anecdote underlines is the fact that you'd have been a marginal consumer in the first place.

As another (counter?) anecdote: I've spent hundreds of dollars every year for the past 14 years (or so) and like yourself, I'm an avid downloader of music.

Not to parrot popular sentiment, but I believe the music industry is slowly strangling itself with the protectivist measures it continues to take. I don't listen to loads of top "" music but I think as more and more people get 'geeky' the alternatives, which focus almost 100% on the consumer side of the experience, become more and more acceptable.

They could drop margins, shift focus to the consumer, and see what happens. Or they could not, maintain some heavy-handed control...and see what happens.

Oddly, one of the best genres to result from the post-consumer digital pop-music age is bootleg remixes. Which introduces me to consumer oriented music I might no have otherwise listened to. And of course violates copyright.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson