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Comment Re:eBook pricing (Score 1) 437

So are you saying that you wouldn't ever rent bits under any circumstances, for example even if the rental was openly deemed to be such and the "return" (i.e., removal of the bits from your storage) were based on the honor system? Because I for one wouldn't find such an arrangement problematic.

Or are you saying that you're insulted by the miasma of pretense and deception that surrounds DRM?

Comment Re:eBook pricing (Score 1) 437

However, I will not spend money on a book that will, in all likelihood in the future, not be accessible as I'll be damned if I'll buy something twice. I'll not buy at all rather than have to buy twice as DRM history has taught us is very likely.

I generally agree and follow the same practice. However, I'd consider buying ("licensing"?) DRM'd ebooks if their price reflected their reduced value. Essentially, any DRM'd media you "buy" is in effect a rental whose term is unpredictable. If the price of an ebook were, say, 10% to 20% of the corresponding paper book, that would reflect my perception of its value.

Comment The micro-sim (Score 1) 492

I'm really bummed about the micro-SIM. I'm accustomed to buying a local prepaid SIM when I travel abroad for a long time (jailbroken, unlocked iPhone of course). Until and unless micro-SIMs become commonplace, I guess that wouldn't be possible with this phone. AT&T might like that, but I sure don't.

Anyone know if there's a straightforward fix to this problem? (Can we skip all the "buy an Android phone instead" comments. You know what I mean.)

Comment Re:second.kilometer (Score 2, Insightful) 137

Yes, the story headline is talking about something totally different. I mean, how do YOU read "100-Petabit Internet Backbone"? Most people would not interpret it to mean "15.5 Tbps delivered over 7000 km." (The headline error is repeated in TFA. Ironically if you click all the way through to the AlcaLu press release the headline is more accurate: "Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs announces new optical transmission record and breaks 100 Petabit per second kilometer barrier".)

I will grant you that optics geeks may find the bandwidth-distance metric familiar... but I continue to assert that [Inter]net geeks do not.

Comment Re:second.kilometer (Score 4, Insightful) 137

Maybe old hat to you network engineers, but I was previously unfamiliar with "bits per second.kilometer".

Thanks for the info. No, this is not old hat to network engineers. I've never heard of it and I've been working in the industry for more years than I care to admit. I think it might be old hat to marketing people though, since it appears to be a classic BIG MARKETING NUMBER. Normal networking people would call 15.5 Tbps * 7000 km... 15.5 Tbps.

Maybe it's true that optics geeks really do use numbers this way, I dunno. But the fact it comes from an AlcaLu press release doesn't lend it a whole lot of credibility.

I am massively unimpressed by the headline on the Slashdot story. Maybe another article headlined "kdawson swallows inflated AlcaLu marketing fluff hook, line and sinker" would be in order?

Comment Re:IP industry would rather you didn't know PD exi (Score 1) 100

Almost anything that is uploaded to the Kindle store that was based on a public domain work is no longer entirely public domain.

That may be, but the GP says that it potentially only takes a single DRM'd PD work to establish a legal use for DRM circumvention. If that's so, then "almost" isn't good enough for someone in the DRM business. If your goal is to execute this kind of legal hack, your first step would be to create and upload a work which you explicitly place into the public domain. That would seem to address your points.

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