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Comment: Re:It not very hard (Score 1) 167

by jonsmirl (#49670375) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

120 years, 200 years does it matter? Nothing is going to come out from under copyright until we're all dead.

I am a strong advocate of 20 year automatic copyright, then allowing the purchase of 20 year extensions for escalating renewal fees. Years 20-40 could be $1000 and then 10x for each successive renewal. This simple change would completely fix the orphan work problem and put millions of less popular works into the public domain. But the copyright industry doesn't want that to happen - they don't want these less popular works flooding the market for free.

Comment: How quickly everyone forgets (Score 1) 469

by jonsmirl (#49632663) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Microsoft and IBM ended up in a spat over OS|2 and parted ways. That left IBM very angry at Microsoft and without an x86 operating system. IBM spent $1B on Linux in the early 1990's and made a major marketing campaign out of doing it. They even ported Linux onto their sacred mainframe - the Z-series. This IBM support legitimized Linux and propelled it into becoming what it is today.

Comment: get to the end of the article (Score 5, Informative) 301

by jonsmirl (#49502493) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

'Initially, he feared that Schacht would take out an injunction against the book, preventing its publication altogether. Determined to avoid the destruction of any books “on the grounds of a claim from Goebbels”, he agreed to pay her 1% of the net retail price.

He said: “When she wanted to cash in on that agreement, I said that agreement is null and void It’s against the moral rights You haven’t been entitled to sell me any words as those words lie within the Bavarian government.”'

The author agreed to pay a 1% royalty and then reneged when the heir tried to collect. Of course that triggered a lawsuit.

Comment: Re:It has its places (Score 2) 64

by jonsmirl (#49041699) Attached to: Polymers Brighten Hopes For Visible Light Communication

I just can't see any use for this that beats radio except for situations where security concerns trump the hassles with line of sight.

The AP in every room part is easy. Companies working on this want to build it into light bulb controller chips. But then how do you get the data to the light bulb? Powerline is too slow and very error prone.

Comment: Re:Insteon (Score 3, Insightful) 189

by jonsmirl (#48777807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

I have about 20 dead Keypadlincs. Every one from my initial install has died. I tried arguing with them about replacements but they wouldn't do anything. That's $1,600 of dead units so it was not insignificant. The replacement ones I bought seem to be working. All of the old ones died in exactly the same way - buzzing from the power supply. Something was obviously wrong in their design. I would have been happy even if they had traded me two for one on new units but they offered nothing.

Comment: Re:Insteon (Score 4, Informative) 189

by jonsmirl (#48776431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

Insteon is the most cost effective solution.
Second place is Zwave. Check out Open Zwave

The rest are twice the price of these two. Control4 even quoted me $270,000 to automate my house. That ridiculous quote went right into the trash can. I have a large Insteon system that costs less than 1/10th of that Control4 quote.

Insteon is not 100% reliable, it is about 98% reliable. So sometimes when you turn things off/on you have to do it twice. I have also had many units fail over the years but the newer ones seem to be lasting longer.

Comment: Re:The real questions to ask (Score 1) 209

Verizon doesn't get why canceling those plans is very harmful to them. All they've done is succeed in getting us to stop using the phone, not in extracting more money out of us.

They've forced us into locating where wifi access points and then switching to use them. Before we were blindly using Verizon and didn't care. Now they've taught us there are options and it is likely that Verizon is not going to be one of them in the future. I'm never going to pay $10/GB in overages - the phone is just set to shut off cell Internet access if the 6GB runs out. Now that we're being careful about using wifi its not clear that we even need much of a data plan.

Comment: Re:The real questions to ask (Score 1) 209

Wrong - we recently upgraded a phone and ended up in a big fight with Verizon. When we upgraded the phone in the store we made the rep swear on a stack of bibles that the unlimited plan would not be terminated. We even made him bring over his manager.

Next month we get bill with $100 of overages and find we are now on a 2GB plan for same price as old unlimited plan. Of course we screamed. Store was locked out of computer for making changes. So we spent about two weeks harassing them over the phone. Finally when we brought in all three phones we had back to the store and told them to compute the early termination charges did they start talking.

They ended up giving us 6GB for the same price we were paying for unlimited previously and took off the $100 overage. We are still not happy about this and will definitely be shopping vendors when contract expires.

So it is not clear to me if there is a solution to keeping the unlimited plan. We were ready to terminated our entire 10 year relationship with Verizon and still they wouldn't give it back. Now they have just deferred things for two years and we will definitely be shopping then.

Comment: Re:Of course it does. (Score 1) 173

by jonsmirl (#47996181) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

This article explains it more clearly, the author at Discovery is confused.

For sure the hydrogen and oxygen are much older than the sun, but are the water molecules older than the sun? The formation of the sun may have caused the creation of a lot of new water molecules out of the ancient elements. Or did the water molecules form in interstellar space before the sun's birth?

Comment: Re:No one's neutral (Score 4, Informative) 132

by jonsmirl (#47965261) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

"As much as 70% of Internet-distributed data is now video, 50% of it from Netflix. This new video industry — growing exponentially and transforming the nature of entertainment — is getting a free ride on the cable and telco investment in broadband. Arguably, this is unsustainable free distribution, overtaxing networks and slowing the Internet for everyone."

I just gag on "free ride". 11M Netflix subscribers pay Verizon/Comcast/etc $50 * 12 * 11m = $6.6 billion a year for this "free" ride. Margins on Internet services at Verizon/Comcast are believe to be in the 90% profit range.

I can help the FCC solve this. Require that ISPs provide at least one settlement free peering point for each customer in their network with no peering point providing access to less that 10,000 customers. 10K because after all they are ISPs and they should do something for that $50/mth (i'm sure Verizon would immediately declare this settlement free peering point to be the customer's wifi node without this rule).

Comment: Re: This is not a new or unique problem (Score 1) 124

If they can't be limited then I'll settle for the PTO admitting that software is math (which it clearly is) and banning all software patents.

In my opinion patents in software and electronics have perverted from promoting the arts and sciences to destroying them. Pretty sure the founding fathers didn't intent for 300,000 patents a year to be issued. It was 50 years before the PTO broke 500/yr.

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