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Google Awarded Broad Patent For Location-Based Advertising 54 54

Mashable has a report of a patent that just issued (6-1/2 years after filing) — apparently Google now has a lock on location-based advertising. It's not clear that the search company intends to assert the patent against any other companies (such as emerging rival Apple), but it's useful as leverage. Here is the patent. Update: 03/02 14:34 GMT by S : Reader butlerm noted that the incorrect patent was linked. It now points to the correct URL.

Comment Tor WILL get people killed, if it hasn't already (Score 1, Insightful) 161 161

TOR apologists, no fair modding down these comments just because you don't like them.

I wish the holier than thous behind the Tor movement would stop with their outrageous and indefensible claims about the protections Tor allegedly provides.

I tried to have this discussion with, among others, people who've made "names for themselves" traveling from conference to conference blustering about how Tor is making the Internet safe for unpopular opinions in places where an unpopular opinion can get you disappeared right quick (hello China)... shouted down every time because it's not a POPULAR point of view.

I see that I'm not the only one in this discussion with concerns. Thank god things are changing.

Comment Re:Tor is going to get people killed. (Score 1) 161 161

This is why i said "Tor movement" not "authors of Tor"

It doesn't matter. The innocent, non-techies are not hearing from "the authors of Tor". They're hearing from others who are running around promoting it as the salvation of free speech in non-free places... and they are believed.

Comment Tor is going to get people killed. (Score -1, Redundant) 161 161

I wish the holier than thous behind the Tor movement would stop with their outrageous and indefensible claims about the protections Tor allegedly provides.

I tried to have this discussion with, among others, people who've made "names for themselves" traveling from conference to conference blustering about how Tor is making the Internet safe for unpopular opinions in places where an unpopular opinion can get you disappeared right quick (hello China)... shouted down every time because it's not a POPULAR point of view.

I see that I'm not the only one in this discussion with concerns. Thank god things are changing.

Comment Re:Not Entirely True is not Entirely True (Score 1) 419 419

Books in the public domain are about ten billion years old in reading/writing-years and not highly relevant to any serious discussion about "reading books".. they are, however, a serious distraction to a serious discussion about electronic books. (nothing against old books, but it's a crappy hedge to say "well, but ther are some books in the world that are not locked down with DRM and thus totally at risk on a Kindle or equivalent).

I'll Believe once contemporary, NY Times Book Review publications by current authors are available in an open format. The sites offered a a counter-example carry anything but that... because no site does.

Oh, booksonboard has books by current authors? Sure. Some.
Maybe you missed the fine print:
Adobe Digital Edition
Copy Permissions: Disabled
Print Permissions: Disabled
Lend Permissions: Disabled
Read Aloud Feature: Disabled

i suppose that's kinda-open but it's not open-open.

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.

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