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Comment: This is Unamerican (Score -1, Troll) 101 101

I feel like requiring users to opt in and fully explaining to them what they are opting into is a better solution. I liked this technology (as a Facebook and Blockbuster Online user), and having it taken away because some vocal minority of paranoid privacy advocates are worried someone will find out that they watched Wild Things 2 last night is not American. This is a free country, if I want to open myself up to this, that should be my choice. Then again... obamacare, bailouts... I guess this isn't America anymore anyway.

Comment: Re:missing the point (Score 1) 463 463

Yes... but...

These groups even want compensation for iTunes' 30-second song samples.

This is the only ridiculous part of the request. As far as downloaded movies and TV shows go, if the same royalties are paid for DVD sales, they should be paid for the purchase on iTunes, Xbox live, playstation store, etc.

Comment: Re:Its Radio vs. Records all over again. (Score 1) 175 175

There definitely is. The perfect media player has...
  1. Streaming On Demand Music (Zune/Rhapsody)
  2. Streaming Radio (Last.FM/Pandora)
  3. Subscription and Purchase Licensing Support

In other words, the iPhone needs subscription WMA support and a Zune Marketplace App. ;-)


Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music? 175 175

mikp writes "In a David-and-Goliath style fight, small music companies are battling it out with established behemoths to see who can own the future of mobile music. Spotify, the Europe-based music streaming company, is about to launch its iPhone app and has plans to develop it for other mobile platforms soon. In a preview, Spotify shows how you can cache songs to your iPhone so that you don't always need a connection but the songs don't remain on your iPhone permanently. Nokia, on the other hand, has just announced two more music phones that will feature Comes With Music, an unlimited music-download service that involves a one time fee, which is part of the price of the CWM phone, and lets you download music for free (and you get to keep it) for a year. The question remains, are people more likely to stream or download music on their mobile phones?"

Comment: Re:This is not patent trolling. (Score 1) 335 335

Not to mention that "patent trolling" is a gross misuse of the term "trolling." The term "trolling" comes from the fishing term. In fishing, trolling is "a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines ... are drawn through the water." (Source: Wikipedia) This strategy is essentially just playing the odds - you have as many lines as possible in as many places as possible and thus increase your chance of encountering a hungry fish.

In internet slang, rather than fishing the "troller" is posting as much as possible in as many places as possible without getting called out for being a troll in an attempt to elicit an emotional or radical or amusing response from another individual.

I have difficulty seeing how this analogy applies here. I hereby mod this article -5 for meme abuse.

Comment: In Soviet Russia, Internet Fixes You! (Score 1) 370 370

Solving world hunger would be easier than "fixing" the internet. Not only would you need someone to be willing to take on the task of regulating the internet, they would also need to have the authority to enforce their regulations around the entire world. Who would be able to do that? Those owning the technology that needs to be updated, replaced, or implemented differently would need to have the extra funding to do so. Where is that going to come from? When the changes finally are implemented, how is it going to be coordinated on such a huge scale? Look at how IPv6 implementation is going for an example of how difficult this becomes.

My point? Even if you come up with a solution that's better than a band aid, you'll never be able to implement it. Applications that require a better infrastructure should be run on Internet2 or another controlled network. Perhaps the author should become involved in that project?

I'm still waiting for the advent of the computer science groupie.