Remember that DRM is for controlling people, not protecting them.
It bugs me to see the crap google gets when they are the least abusive of all big companies by just about any measure
They deserve to get crap for *this* and any other positive actions aren't a get-out-of-jail-free card. Until a few years ago the slashdot faq contained this:
I thought everyone on Slashdot hated the RIAA, the MPAA, and Microsoft. Why do you keep hyping CDs, movies, and Windows games?
Big corporations are what they are. They sell us cool stuff with one hand and tighten the screws on our freedoms with the other. We hate them every morning and love them every afternoon, and vice versa. This is part of living in the modern world: you take your yin with your yang and try to figure out how to do what's right the best you can. If you think it has to be all one way or the other, that's cool, share your opinions, but don't expect everyone else to think the same.
It is unfortunate, but I would place the blame not on the person who makes the technology, but the one who decides how to use it.
When we design something, we're "the one who decides how to use it"; that's part of designing it. The intentions of the designer matter, and if they're evil the designer should be blamed. Consider, If I make a torture device, can I just shrug my shoulders and say 'they decided to use it the way I designed it, so it's their fault'?
To make it more relatable, if I make a Friendface website where it's easy to share personal info but hard to protect it, should I deserve any of the blame? Even if the users deserve blame, that doesn't make the designer blameless. And the designers deserve more blame when you consider the complications of the real world, like marketing departments lying to the users about how it's safe, and managers denying any time for security issues (or denying the issues even exists).
Software hasn't kept up. We should be programming in some GUI based/visual data-flow language that's slow, but lets us build functional (crappy) apps at record speed. Then we need to make everyone a "programmer" so they need faster computers, and they don't have to ask IT every time they need something.
I don't see an editor in the linked stories. In the setup instructions http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/connect-to-vs#connectvs it says "5. Now you're ready to check in source, queue builds, and manage work." which sounds like a control panel, not an IDE. This also requires VS2013 which doesn't exactly make it "Browser-Based".
Only in academia would faculty feel entitled to freely criticize their employer while expecting their employer to turn a blind eye.
Straw-man.They being sued for bogus 'trade names and marks' not asking the university to "turn a blind eye."
Yes, *one mistake*. But Mark 'this isn't a democracy' Shuttleworth didn't make one mistake, he pisses off most users every time he opens his mouth, in his continuing attempt to become a Steve-Level-Asshole...
- "We do not vote on design changes"
- Trademark Crap
to list just a few...
Trademark and Teaparty were just addressed, Unity and MIR we technical decisions*, and Lenses were (and are) a huge disaster and abuse of trust. But can you honestly name three other problems? I'm on Xfce/12.04 and wondering what should be next.
*They were open source code, so even if we think they were misguided and poor decisions, they were nowhere near Apple/Microsoft bad.
... a dedicated controller to handle the new “high density group” of access points; and the controller automatically handled configuration tasks like setting access point power levels and selecting channels.
Centralized management of the access points seems to be the solution, which doesn't require directional antennas to work.
The resource intensive and massive centralized infrastructure is only due to digital restriction management.
Why should we assume DRM can be fixed at the political level when all experience points to the powerful successfully abusing government? Put another way, if we live in a DRM free world one day it wont' be because of the US, but because of India, China, Brazil, et al.
The French seem to not be brainwashed by the propaganda machine enough to harm themselves as pro-WTO trade undermines careers in the global race to the bottom.
Wouldn't Amazon, or a "global race to the bottom" as you call them, make these book sellers more unique? They're independent, quirky, historical, experiential, and stylish
An Honor Code covers things other than cheating or "open book" issues. see: https://www.edx.org/terms
Would you argue against this: "Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others." ?
You have to do it before the blue screen.
Does this bundle format need their client? Is there an embedded scripting engine? (what about security issues?) Is the content encrypted or just blocked? Does it phone-home to unlock? (on every use?) Do you know the price and terms before downloading it, or only after downloading and trying to use it?
I can't find anything on the technology at bittorrent.com or bittorrent.org, either with Google or browsing. I guess this is just another closed-source extension pretending to be "bit-torrent" so they can claim 170 million users.
As we should have learned, the government by large does not care if they "can" (in a legally sense), they just do it. But if necessary: Those rubber stamp courts will surely find a way to make it happen in a way which is legal on paper.
Techies never seem to understand this, even though they read it over-and-over: the law is not a set of rules you work with, "it's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til ya understand who's in ruttin' command here." If an NSL isn't the right excuse, they'll make another.
All these people "with knowledge of the case" better watch-out they don't go off-message or they could find themselves hunted as whistle-blowers too, but they'll be OK as long as they keep talking about Snowden and not crimes he exposed.