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Comment: Re:Improper purposes (:-)) (Score 4, Insightful) 60

by dakohli (#46310603) Attached to: Canadian Court Tries to Dampen Copyright Trolls In P2P Lawsuits

Well stated, from Voltage's point of view

But of course, behaving like a "good-faith plaintiff" does not fit in with the revenue model. The whole original plan was to try and scare people into settling without going into a courtroom. Because, as soon as you get in the courtroom, there are Judges and sometimes Juries who you can never completely control. Costs also increase. So, you pick a test case you think you can win, prosecute the shit out of that one, even though you know you'll never get any real money, the judgement is the prise. Keep it really high, so that when you get your next batch of infringers you can threaten them with complete destruction. That way, more people will be inclined to settle without you every having to go back in the Courtroom again.

Of course, the Canadian rules have broken this model. Now, they have to pay for the list of names. They will have to pay to bring someone in to actually sue to make the point, and determine how the Canadian Courts are actually going to award damages. With a max infringement level of $5000, this is going to be close. Even if they are awarded some court costs, there will be few big payoff days. I suspect they are hoping that one of the secret treaties (TPP maybe) will force the Canadians to change the rules and come back to a more US style of play, and actions like this will be more placeholders to "prove" that litigation like this is truly important.

Comment: So it has come to this (Score 1) 2219

by dakohli (#46193089) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I like Slashdot. I have learned to live with its silly foibles, even when things don't work perfect they work well.

I suppose I am a bit of traditionalist. I hate change for changes sake, I don't really like it unless it is to make things better. Today I got a bit of a look at the beta site. Wow. It appears to embody all of the recent "flat" style that Apple, Microsoft and even Android is gravitating towards.

Why? I don't know. In MS Office, I hardly know what a button is anymore just be looking at it quickly. I have to decide on where to click, and often I have to hunt for the buttons. I don't really like it. It doesn't bring anything real to the table.

I'm not looking for karma, I don't really care, but it won't really matter because /. will change, and if I don't like the changes I'll just stop going there. It's a shame, because I really liked the discussions that took place. Sometimes, I even got the news before it appeared on other sites I frequent.

The bottom line for me is, if the conversation stops, and the futue looks like a whitewashed, pastel coloured world I won't bother. It's not worth it to get upset, I'll just look for something else to pass my time.

The site belongs to Dice. They can do what they will with it. If they screw it up, well, not many of us from the looks of it will be back to say "I told you so"

That's it. My 2 cents. Good luck Slashdot, I'll miss you for a while,

Comment: Re:If they hadn't locked it down... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

by dakohli (#45545599) Attached to: Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

It seems as well that Microsoft wanted the locked-down environment to prevent Windows RT from having viruses,

I don't think so.

Microsoft, ultimately wanted to duplicate Apple's App Store Environment. They were hoping the lower price point would bring in the users, which would spur development of the Applications for it, which would of course induce more to join the ecosystem. Once Microsoft realized the value of the entire system, they were willing to try and duplicate it.

Of course, the hardware was there, but the Apps and the OS itself fell short, and they were not able to complete the task at hand. In order for them to have a chance at success here, they need more time. Time that just may not be available.

+ - New Most Wanted Cyber Criminal Named - Creator of "Loverspy"->

Submitted by dakohli
dakohli (1442929) writes "The FBI has named Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara to its Cyber's Most Wanted List

His crime was to create a Mal-Ware package called Loverspy which he sold on his website for $89. This Mal-Ware allowed someone to monitor their spouse (or other target's) online activities. It captured passwords, emails, and could activate a webcam.

With recent relavations in the Press concerning NSA antics, I thought the Government might be able to use talent such as Carlos'. I guess they really don't want the competition."

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Comment: Re:Pretty common support forums policies (Score 1) 326

by dakohli (#45276261) Attached to: Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

The real problem is a lack of real information so people can only guess. It's hard for manufacturers to deal with this kind of situation because they don't want to say anything until they are sure.

Hammer, meet Nail!

This is the issue exactly! Apple is not the only company that likes to hold information closely. I once had an ISP that would pretend that they did not have outages, and liked to blame their customers. I spent several hours trying to debug my girlfriend's network connection only to find out that they had a 6 hour outage that they only admitted to after the fact.

Comment: WII has been a nice second console (Score 1) 277

by dakohli (#45234593) Attached to: Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?
I have a WII, didn't see the need to upgrade to the WII-U. I also have a XBox, had a PS3 but only because I wanted to watch BlueRays. Is it me, or has Nintendo just lagged a bit in terms of graphics? They revolutionized the controllers with the WII, but now I really feel the others have caught up. I do not know if the Nintendo catalog will be enough to keep people with the platform just to play those games. Time will tell.

Comment: Re:Short term money saving. (Score 4, Interesting) 183

by dakohli (#45028551) Attached to: French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

They already switched to OpenOffice, I've used both and while there are some differences, if you know one, you can use the other without too many problems.

Most folks don't even use more than a small percentage of the features of a word processor anyways. I have friends who work with lawyers who say Word is no good for them, and that they have to use WordPerfect for their legal documents.

I agree that formats are very important. This organization is large enough to be able to mandate the formats they will use. But a quick check of LibreOffice Writer ( shows it can handle the fol formats: odt, ott, sxw, stw, fodt, uot, doxc(MS Word 2007/2010 XML) , doc, xml(ms Word 2003 and Doc Book), html, rtf, txt, and docx (OpenOffice XML Text)

It appears that they won't have many problems accepting any common format.

I work in a very large organization. We use MS Office, and we provide training for many of our staff in Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook. If we were to swtich, it would involve creating new lesson plans, but the savings in licensing would more than pay for that.

+ - Microsoft Retiring the TechNet Subscription->

Submitted by ErichTheRed
ErichTheRed (39327) writes "One of the nicest perks that Microsoft offered is being retired. Microsoft has reasonably-priced "TechNet Subscriptions" which give you low-cost full access to download fully functional evaluation software. The idea is that IT people could use a product in their lab for learning or simulation purposes without having to shell out thousands for an MSDN subscription. These are being retired as of August 31st. Apparently they're trying to shift "casual" evaluation of software onto their Virtual Labs and other online offerings. If you want full evals of software, you're going to need to buy an MSDN Subscription. I know lots of people abuse their TechNet privileges, but it's a real shame that I won't just be able to pull down the latest software to replicate a customer problem, which is part of what I do on a daily basis. I guess you can mark this one as "From the one-bad-pirate-ruins-the-whole-bunch department...""
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Comment: Re:digital? (Score 1) 205

by dakohli (#44018289) Attached to: India To Send World's Last Telegram

Morse Code was predigital. It was on and off keyed using an unmodulated carrier designed to be sent my human operators. There are variations between the length of the elements, the space between the elements, the space between letters and words. This is more a language than code, experienced operators did not hear letters, they heard words. Speeds up to and past 60 wpm were not unheard of. And there were no machines up until recently that could compete with the accuracy of a human operator.

Comment: Re:digital? (Score 5, Interesting) 205

by dakohli (#44018255) Attached to: India To Send World's Last Telegram

Morse code does not necessarily a binary system. If sent by a machine, I could buy that, but it was designed to be sent by humans using a key. Later a two paddle bug was often used to speed up the code. One paddle sent a stream of dits, and the other keyed the dahs. you could vary the speed of the dits using a dial, but you varied the dahs using the paddle itself. Good operators would shorten the dahs, and use the fastest dits they could manage. So, you might use a dit from 40 wpm, but a dah from 45 wpm. The end result was code that was fairly easy to decode by a human operator, but difficult to decode by a machine. The best machines that I saw had an accuracy of about 85%, which was not good enough.

Later electronic bugs had two paddles that shaped both the dits and the dahs, but because the operator varied the space in between the elements you ended up with the same issues

A digital replacement for morse code was the Baudot Code

.This used machine generated and read code. Early systems used a punch tape as storage medium.

I was a trained and certified Wireless Station Operator, when I first qualified I could send and receive 20> wpm using a stick (pencil) and hand key

Comment: Re: Another industry killed by the Internet (Score 1) 205

by dakohli (#44018125) Attached to: India To Send World's Last Telegram

Indeed, I was trained as a wireless operator after high school. I certified in morse code, sending and receiving 20wpm. There was some effort in sending the telegram, but even calculating how much it was going to cost. A good operator could save the sender money by combining words and using shorthand expressions.

When I was unable to attend either of my brother's weddings, I sent telegrams to congradulate them. Aside from the cost, they represent a level of effort which email or a telephone call just cannot emulate.

Comment: Re:What does Spain need with submarines? (Score 1) 326

by dakohli (#43824973) Attached to: Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

Serious question.

Easy answer, any country that wishes to maintain a balanced Naval Fleet requires submarines. These vessels, if not completely accounted for make an excellent "Fleet in being". During the Falklands, just the possibility of Argentine subs meant the Royal Navy had to commit significant ASW forces to the campaign. Spain and Canada nearly came to blows during the "Turbot War"In the event that that conflict had gone "hot" you can bet Spanish Submarines would have played a pivotal role.

From the Wikipedia article:

The Spanish Navy deployed the patrol boat P-74 Atalaya to protect them. The Spanish Navy also prepared a surface task group with frigates and tankers, but Spain eventually decided against sending it. Negotiations ceased on March 25, and the following day, Canadian ships cut the nets of the Spanish trawler Pescamero Uno. The Spanish Navy responded by deploying a second patrol boat. Canadian warships and patrol planes in the vicinity were authorized by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to fire on Spanish vessels that exposed their guns.

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