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Comment: Re:Doesn't pass the laugh test (Score 2) 381

by macemoneta (#46500289) Attached to: <em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

Software / hardware development and design are creative processes as well. I guess that 'devaluing creative work' only applies to your own content. Google has figured out how to make money while giving the fruit of those creative processes away, something that the content industries have been fighting as long as they have existed.

Comment: Re:Child abuse is machine recognizable; piracy is (Score 1) 348

by macemoneta (#44959487) Attached to: UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

It is not an impossible task. It is a difficult one. But we're fundamentally simply talking about two data analysis tasks. One is visual data, the other is textual data... and some checksums. Someone who can reasonably take on the former ought to be able to take a serious stab at the latter. Google doesn't want to, because they fear they will be forced to; probably true.

What is the license for 123d56.iso? Are its content copyrighted? If it is copyrighted, does it's license permit this particular use case, in the source and destination regions involved? Google has 40,000 extraordinarily skilled people working on problems like this. If they say it's a problem they can't solve, I believe them.

Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 729

by macemoneta (#44939783) Attached to: Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

This is totally awesome. Gnome has been taunting me for years, continuously demolishing perfectly fine functionality I use daily, but at the same time just not taking it far enough for me to permanently switch. Not anymore though; this will definitely make me switch to some other desktop environment. Awesome. I'm happy for this loss:-)

Yup. After using GNOME since it came into existence, I finally switched to KDE. I can't for the life of understand why I wasted so much time on GNOME now. All the workarounds I had developed for lost functionality are no longer needed. My wife had never used anything other than GNOME, so I thought that would be a challenge. Nope; she liked it much better too, because she could configure the environment to her liking instead of learning how the GNOME developers required her to work.

Comment: A petition? (Score 5, Insightful) 566

by macemoneta (#44807471) Attached to: Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

If you believe there's something broken in the kernel (or other open source project), you don't create a petition, you create and submit a patch. If you don't know enough or don't have the skills to create a patch, you're probably not qualified to criticize the implementation.

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov

Comment: Calibre (Score 1) 467

by macemoneta (#44046419) Attached to: Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

While I haven't tried on any DRM'd ebooks, Calibre's converters have to options to play with all kinds of spacing and punctuation during conversion (smart punctuation, transliterate unicode to ascii). I've used them when converting text documents and saved web pages to epub, and they make very nice ebooks. I have a hard time believing that this kind of steganography would survive such a reformatting, but I guess we'll hear about it eventually if it does.

Comment: Re:Weak! (Score 1) 286

by macemoneta (#43879997) Attached to: 4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

> $1400 gets a 50" TV with a 3840x2160 resolution.

That was my thought as well. Rather than getting a 2x2 1920x1080 monitor array, using the $1400 50" Seiki 4K TV as a monitor will give you the same real estate, seamlessly. You only need one Radeon 7970 (or better) to drive it, simplifying the configuration. $1800 for that configuration is not bad at all.

Comment: Re:The next step is WiFi calling (Score 2) 102

by macemoneta (#42873401) Attached to: Connecting Android Phones Without Carrier Networks

While we are at it, can we make cell phones support WiFi for phone calls?

The phones already have the hardware to do this. People could make calls from places where cell reception sucks but they had Wifi internet. It would also reduce the burden on cell towers as people eliminate landlines and use their cell phones at home, where they probably already have WiFi routers. It also would eliminate the need for those stupid microcells: you could just use your regular wi-fi router for calls without needing to pay for their box.

You want Republic Wireless. We have it, and it works great.

Comment: More challenging than most users are capable of (Score 3, Insightful) 505

In order to do this without exposing your LAN to security issues, and not create liability issues because of the action of guests, it would require more setup than most end-users are capable of.

The WiFi interface would have to be kept separate (not bridged to the LAN), and the WiFi interface would have to be VPN'd to a (legally) safe termination. If companies want users to be able to use open WiFi, they need to step up to make this a default configuration on routers. Sure, those that use openwrt or dd-wrt can configure this, but there's a vanishingly small percentage of users with that skill set.

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