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Comment: Re:So why buy it? (Score 1) 322

by gronofer (#49289409) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Good question. If Microsoft are taking this route, why not just make Windows 10 free? It seems like getting one of these free copies will involve a convoluted process of installing a "pirate" edition (where do I find one that's malware free?) before "upgrading" to the real thing.

However, I'm still tempted by the offer, perhaps I'll try to set up a Windows boot partition and a VM to go on my current Linux-only machine.

Comment: Re:Common ground. (Score 1) 667

by gronofer (#49265265) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
It would be nice if the conventions were somewhat stronger. Miscommunication happens all the time just because people use langauge differently, such as words that have more than one meaning or which are used differently in different places. Human languages manage to be simultaneously overcomplex and ambiguous.

Comment: Re:So what exactly ARE these patents? (Score 2) 148

by gronofer (#49221315) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

In its complaint, Microsoft alleged that some of the features of the Kyocera smartphones infringe patents the software company holds in the areas of power management for enhanced battery life, "self-aware" devices that respond to changes in the user's surroundings, text messaging and doing multiple tasks on a computing device at the same time.

So they have patented self-aware phones, and other amazing innovations like doing multiple tasks at the same time on a single device.

Comment: Re:Seems like lip service (Score 1) 78

by gronofer (#49098443) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

Three strikes and we let the rights holder go to court to get IP addresses? Given the rights holders have effectively had zero effect in getting the customer details from ISPs in the past, what are they going to do once they get them? If they can't get through the first stage of the legal battle and get thrown out at the discovery process, what chance have they got of actually successfully suing someone?

I hope some kind of court order would be needed before ISPs will hand over the customer details. However the article suggests that the details will just be handed over to anybody who claims an offense by any customer who has used up their strikes.

Comment: Re:Still waiting (Score 1) 78

by gronofer (#49098369) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

Then you can get their address and sue them for what exactly? And how do you know which IP address has politicians and rich supporters behind them?

Report the ISP's entire IP address range perhaps, it's sure to get one of them. I'd be interested to know what evidence the ISPs will require when deciding whether a report is valid. Also, whether they will accept reports from any copyright holder (I have a photo of my cat from this morning...) or just media organizations with a lot of lawyers.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"