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Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 269

"handwave away child abuse"

The submission says nothing about the defendant abusing any children, or any person at all. So your particular statement is a non-sequitur. It says he distributed child porn. Isn't this the same mistake as claiming Internet piracy is stealing?

You could claim they're both *bad*, but they certainly are not *the same*.

Comment: Re:capabilities (Score 1) 269

I have to wonder, isn't there a need for reasonable suspicion to carry out a search at all? I mean, this sort of "dragnet", lets search everything "fishing" for offenders is exactly what I was taught the 4th amendment was about.

Shouldn't you need a warrant, and a reason to tap / search someone's Internet activity? Isn't this exactly what the NSA was claiming was against policy and why it's "OK" to collect everything? Clearly people are fishing for the first suspicion rather than targeted investigation backed up by at least suspicion from something other than a blanket search.

I mean, this seems like searching everyone in the state of Washington's house to see if there's something illegal there.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 287

by jp10558 (#47907843) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Pay someone to wait on hold for you. Google Virtual Assistants, some are quite cheap and several can call you and conference you in once they get someone on the phone; all of them can try and resolve the issue entirely without further bothering you as long as you have the necessary details in the request submission.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 406

by jp10558 (#47632377) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

I don't know, I live in a pretty rural area, near a dirt road (My road isn't paved the entire way, though I do live on a paved section). I'm ~ 25 miles from the nearest hospital, and 5 miles from the nearest Ambulance Garage. I still call 911. It takes them maybe 15 min to get to my location with paramedics, sometimes less. I can't drive to the hospital faster than the paramedics can show up...

I suppose you could say I'm not "rural enough", but that's pretty close to a "No true Scotsman" fallacy.

I guess what I'm saying is I also, even in a very rural part of the country, can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't call 911 vs driving someone in critical need of medical attention to a hospital in my car.

Comment: Re:Equally suspect (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47621643) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

I know I'm way late, and others have brought this up, but the other thing missed in these e-book (especially kindle) discussions is that when you buy a paperback, it's got all the case law you could imagine that you *OWN* that physical item.

It has intrinsic value in that you can re-sell it, give it away however and to whomever you want, you can use it to prop up a table, you can burn it for heat, you can lend it out.

None of these things are true with most e-books. You are limited to where and with what software you can read it (Kindle), Amazon can (and has) take it back [Imagine if they tried to do this with a paperback!], you can't (as far as I know) re-sell it, I'm not sure you can lend it or give it away.

As people like to say, with DRM you're renting or leasing something. That's fine, but I don't know anyone who is going to pay retail to rent something...

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47575835) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

Plus, the Steam Sale aspect adds some urgency. If I knew that game X was always $2.99, I might never buy it. But If I think I might like to play it, and I know that after this weekend it will be $20 (the price where I would really think about if I wanted the game) but it's on sale for $4.50 this weekend, I'll buy it now *just in case* I might want to play it later.

This is really good for the seller I imagine - they just need a hook on the store that makes me think I might ever want to play the game. So it's also the sale aspect (as I think JC Penny found out with their attempt at "Always low prices").

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47575787) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

That's hard to guess, but I've read free fan fiction that rivaled the best published novels. I've read paid novels that were as bad as some slashdot posts (I imagine they must have been self-published). And I've read plenty of mediocre works on both the hobby and professional sides.

I doubt doing something part time means that is is by definition worse, I'd more likely guess it's slower. So we might get less books each year.

Is that a problem though?

Comment: Re:Copyright owners (Score 1) 108

by jp10558 (#47120985) Attached to: Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

As far as I can tell, unless you have a copyright assignment from the person who wrote the copyrighted material, there is no reason to think you would have ownership of the copyrighted material. This is why many companies that operate in such a model make you go through a process to become a contributer.

Just e-mailing something to someone doesn't assign them copyright, and I think that sort of thing was decided long ago with mailing manuscripts.

The web interface still is the same. In no case has anyone been able to argue they didn't infringe copyright (of a song etc) based on *the method they received the copyrighted material* - otherwise it would seem to me that bittorrent of a version of a song would not infringe as you didn't have a contract or license appended to the CD (if the CD is old enough)...

Remember, you don't need a copyright notice to get copyright protection now (though you used to, in which case your argument probably would be correct, unless the poster added a copyright notice).

In the case of an ambiguous web interface, I think you need to consider the logic like this:

1) I have received copyrighted content, and no explicit license or assignment.
2) What can I do with this? I personally can view it, but I can't make copies, nor can I distribute it. So I can't put it up on a website I own. This is standard basic copyright law. I don't think anyone disagrees about this.
3) However, my website is providing hosting with the results licensed CC-BY-SA, which is a license that does allow me to share and distribute the copyrighted material. It seems likely that the copyrighted material was posted on my site utilizing that license, especially as much of it is derivative of the existing CC-BY-SA license.

I don't see any way to get to copyright assignment that would hold up in court. I have my doubts that #3 really holds up - the content should be explicitly licensed by the contributor. For it to actually work, it should be, as you say, part of the site contract entered into for edit access - like Slashdot has comments owned by the poster.

Comment: Re:Time to become a better shopper (Score 1) 211

by jp10558 (#47120391) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Amazon no longer saves me money. I now shop there because of convenience - I live in a rural area and getting to a store is a big part of a day. Amazon stuff just shows up. I guess I break even on the increased price vs gas money to get to stores, and if you count my free time (which is pretty nebulous for me to value) I save money. But it's no longer generally cheaper than other stores.

Comment: Re:wrong (Score 1) 345

by jp10558 (#47025469) Attached to: AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

4k and 8k have objective benefits

Mind telling us what those are? I imagine ever bigger screens perhaps, but I feel like many of the computer tech (not mobile yet) has reached "good enough" for the mass market (non-niche) that very few people are going to be motivated to replace already working devices for "better resolution" at this point. Certainly not at the price points on offer.

Also, as is constantly pointed out, in the United States anyway, the infrastructure costs kill many higher bandwidth options. Even TV via satellite or cable is compressed, to the extent that HD doesn't look HD in many reports. Netflix probably isn't going to be able to stream 8K anytime soon, either due to unsustainable "agreement" costs to even try and pass that over the last mile networks, or the fact that unless Netflix is building their own FTTH - the network bandwidth just physically isn't there, and in many cases it seems like it will never be (in any reasonable time frame).

Beyond that, most connectors I'm aware of (though better must exist given MBP retina displays) seem to max out at 2650 x 1600.

Anyway, all that aside, it seems like much of the entertainment market and non-mobile computing market, and heck, mobile too is about bringing prices down, not increasing resolution or functionality. At least, that's what people I talk to talk about - making stuff cheaper. They already do everything they want and then some.

Comment: Re:SNMP has no useful purpose (Score 1) 58

by jp10558 (#47025305) Attached to: Embedded Devices Leak Authentication Data Via SNMP

I've only lightly played around with nmap, but tell me, does it get me CPU used from my Procurve switch? What about interface use on my Blade Networks switch? Temp readings from my minigoose environmental monitor? Memory use on my Windows Server?

Cause I can't see how with the man page of nmap. These devices don't expose that data via SSH as far as I can tell - sure, some of them you can get a terminal on them, but that's just for configuration.

Now, I could, I suppose, have a different proprietary or custom written monitoring tool for each set of devices, or, you know, one that speaks SNMP. I know which I chose.

Comment: Re: "GM thinks" there's your problem. (Score 1) 216

by jp10558 (#46998603) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

Well, the benefit to XM is it works where my smartphone doesn't get any data, oh and it doesn't massively drain my data allotment. FM around here is staticy or switching between HD and not, plus has more ads than music. That's why I never used to listen to the radio. But XM has many ad free channels, comparable quality to much of the streaming apps on my phone at 3G, costs far less, and doesn't limit me to whatever I remembered to load on my flash drive before leaving.

You're in a car, you have lots of road noise - most people probably aren't experiencing awesome audio quality however you slice it.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly