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Comment: Re:And we wonder why music is such crap these days (Score 4, Informative) 301 301

by cob666 (#49948093) Attached to: UK's Legalization of CD Ripping Is Unlawful, Court Rules
There is plenty of evidence to support BOTH sides of this argument but there is documentation that indicates piracy doesn't harm the music industry as much as they say it does and in some cases may increase sales:

Case for Promoting Online Sharing

Comment: Re:We had to go homegrown... (Score 1) 137 137

by cob666 (#49861859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Asset Tracking Software Do You Recommend?
A large company I did contract work for also ended up having me design and build an in-house system to track assets. Many of their sites were using different scripts to collect data with no standardization.

My system uses a WinForm front end that makes WMI calls to devices on a configurable IP Address range (the range can be set at run time or ranges can be stored in the database to quickly re-scan specific sites). It collects all the device model information and also lists the installed software. There is also an intranet Web based component that allows asset maintenance, printing of asset tags, associating users with assets. All in all it's a pretty robust system that I've used with other companies.

Contact me if you're interested in seeing if it fits in with your requirements.

Comment: Re:Would you kindly cut out the political crap? (Score 4, Informative) 302 302

If you still have any respect for this forum within Slashdot, would you kindly cut out your political crap, please?

As this is a thread discussing the action of GREEDY ASSHOLES of the Music Industry, can you please stick to the context?

Subservience to the vested elite is not limited to the Conservatives - the critters on the other side of the isle, the Liberals, have also proven to be doing the same thing

It is thus an utter disgust for you kind to pollute this conversation by astroturfing the 'conservative vs liberal' debate

Extending copyright is a legislative action which means it has to be enacted by politicians. Those 'GREEDY ASSHOLES' you refer to would not be able to get away with their heavy handed tactics if they didn't have political clout through lobbying and campaign finance.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 2) 737 737

by cob666 (#49346967) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Simply falling on this switch wouldnt cause it to change positions - it requires a deliberate act to do so, the switch requires a certain force to pull up and then move to one position or another, its not like accidentally changing channels on your TV because you sat on the remote.

According to this video, the switch does not need to be lifted before being switched into the lock position

Comment: Re:The answer (Score 2) 441 441

by cob666 (#48317515) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech
I've worked for several companies that diversified their development teams simply because they were told that the staff was not diversified enough. The result has always been a general decrease in the productivity because the new hire was not the best qualified candidate (many times the jobs were filled internally).

Workplace diversity for the sake of diversity is a stupid idea

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 475 475

by cob666 (#47708173) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
The tolerances are designed to account for the slight inaccuracies in speedometers as well as the tolerance of the radar equipment. If the posted speed limit is 70 and you're speedometer says you're going 70 you might be going 70 or 65 because the speedometer is not supposed to display a speed that is lower than the actual speed of the car, only greater by 10%.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 2) 135 135

by cob666 (#47588977) Attached to: Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now
Yes, people have been unlocking phones but without the carrier's consent you have to 'jailbreak' the phone. I'm going to assume that the phone either needs to be out of contract or you need to pay the balance due on the phone to get it unlocked.

If providers are going to have to unlock phones then I can see them changing things up a bit. Instead of the phone company 'subsidizing' your phone which you are allowed to keep when your contract is up, I see plans that include a lease fee for the phone with a new phone every years (or two) option if you turn in your old phone. With this model, just like car leasing if the phone is beat up or doesn't include all the accessories you'll be charged a 'lease disposition' fee. Providers will keep their user base locked in and won't have to provide unlock codes because the phone remains the property of the provider. If the user wants to unlock the phone they will need to pay the lease buyout fee and the phone will be theirs.

Comment: Re:There is a simple solution (Score 1) 171 171

by cob666 (#47588645) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?
Apple already has most of these restrictions and more.
The ability to turn off in app purchasing and / or making purchases. The also have 'allowances' which once reached the user can't spend pass that unless they provide an additional form of payment. iDevices also allow you to turn OFF the 15 minute window and specify that a password is required for every purchase.

Parents really have NO right to complain if their children are racking up purchases on their iDevice because they have the ability to limit that spending.

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306 306

by cob666 (#47570753) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

So, authors don't want to have a large price gap between a real book and an ebook? Do they NOT realize that with the real book you get an actual real book. With the ebook you get a limited, revocable license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

I'm still wondering why the price gap isn't larger.

Comment: Re:trees have branches (Score 2, Insightful) 1037 1037

by cob666 (#46676379) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The internet is a series of branches, and atheists want to send their beliefs down those branches, and into your child's bedroom.

No more so than the religious nut jobs. How many times have you browsed to a site thinking it to be a legitimate news site or scientific article only to find that it was a well disguised religious message.

Real religious belief requires blind faith, if someone loses their religion because of the wealth of information on the internet that refutes their belief system then they were clearly lacking in the faith department.

I went from agnostic to atheist after the death of my mother! long before the rise of the internet as we now know it.

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