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Comment: Google Wave (Score 1) 288 288

by paulthomas (#28443197) Attached to: Has Google Broken JavaScript Spam Munging?

Google Wave may mean that web sites and blogs will be implemented as embedded Waves. The wave demo at http://wave.google.com/ shows how this would work for blog comments & galleries.

In this demo, they basically hint that because of this, Google is rethinking what embedding & javascript mean on a page because they envision a future where the content can and will live anywhere and won't be represented by static HTML.

As you point out, this is already happening, albeit to a lesser degree than I think Google anticipates.

Comment: Re:They have a AAA rating (Score 1) 437 437

by paulthomas (#27927171) Attached to: Microsoft Raises $3.8B in Bond Sale

You have it backwards: if inflation occurs, woo-hoo. Inflation means that each future dollar is worth less than each dollar today. When you borrow money today via a bond offering, your payments are (typically, and in this case) fixed for the term, but you will be earning more dollars for equivalent value in the future.

Your conclusion, that now is a good time to borrow, is probably correct.

Comment: Re:Usable Navigation (Score 5, Informative) 606 606

by paulthomas (#27213949) Attached to: What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

The reason you don't get turn-by-turn directions with Google maps is that Google's agreements with map/GIS data providers (all those with copyrights listed in the bottom corner of your map) forbid it.

A license that allows turn-by-turn directions that is controlled by GPS costs money, hence why there aren't any free apps that do this, except for one, AndNav for Android, that uses Open Street Map data instead of commercial map data.

In fact, AndNav started out doing this with Google Maps until running into this problem.


Feds Demand Prison For Guns N' Roses Uploader 590 590

Posted by Soulskill
from the welcome-to-the-jungle dept.
Defeat Globalism writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are pursuing a 6-month prison term for a Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty in December to one misdemeanor count of uploading pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks, according to court documents. Kevin Cogill was arrested last summer at gunpoint and charged with uploading nine tracks of the Chinese Democracy album to his music site — antiquiet.com. The album, which cost millions and took 17 years to complete, was released November 23 and reached No. 3 in the charts. The sentence being sought — including the calculation of damages based on the illegal activity of as many as 1,310 websites that disseminated the music after Cogill released it — underscores how serious the government is about punishing those for uploading pre-release material."

Comment: I bought one. It matters because of "intents" (Score 1) 134 134

by paulthomas (#27011701) Attached to: Google Dev Phone 1 Banned From Paid Apps

I have paid, including the developer fee and taxes, $450 for an ADP1 from Google. One of the key selling points for developers is that they can publish hooks that are available to other apps, called "intents." Most major actions, like "call so and so," or "go to the home screen" are done with intents. New ones can be added and then called by other apps.

In light of this, I think it is pretty shitty of them to restrict access to software that will be publishing intents that applications I develop could interact with. I suppose I'll have to independently contact developers and see if they'll play nicely.

Comment: Paying could be worth it (Score 2, Interesting) 425 425

by paulthomas (#26960135) Attached to: AP Considers Making Content Require Payment

A lot of people want to read news so that they can be informed about what's happening in the world, not so that they can share and comment on it. These people might be willing to pay if it means continued access to news from on-the-ground, professional correspondents.

My hypothesis about making people pay for access to a news site is this: you get people who value it, and you keep out a lot of the crap.

Sorry if that's not egalitarian, but have you ever looked at your local paper's web site? On mine, each article typically has hundreds of comments to the effect of "how is babby formed," or "barrrak hussein osama gonna give teh aids." Why would anyone intelligent put in the effort to contribute to a discourse like that?

The counterpoint is not "slashdot." At least we have moderation and most of the crap gets pushed to -1.

Comment: Bigotry? (Score 2, Interesting) 823 823

by paulthomas (#26915543) Attached to: Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

I like how you liken "climate change deniers" to religious bigots. "Religious zealots" would be more appropriate, and they exist on both sides.

Yeah, this is the basic idea of how science is supposed to work, but that's not the point that comes across in your post. The parent post is a troll.

Comment: Completely out of control (Score 4, Insightful) 319 319

by paulthomas (#26711175) Attached to: Apple's Terms No Longer Allow ITMS Purchases Outside of US

The last time I was presented with the "agreement" for the iTunes store, I pulled up a terminal and ran wc on it. It was 4,931 words long, not including referenced agreements. You can go buy a CD at a store with out signing a contract, much less one nearly 5,000 words long.

It contained all manor of claims of how Apple could unilaterally change the terms for purchased music and required that you "agree to agree" to future terms.

Having taken some contract law courses ( but IANAHPAADL - I am not a highly paid Apple attack dog lawyer), much of it seemed unconscionable. Specifically, consideration from Apple (ability to play already purchased songs, access the store, etc.) seems weak-to-non-existent in light of the fact that it can be arbitrarily revoked according to the terms.

Also, I am generally an Apple fan, but this is one area where I think they are really out of control.

Comment: Phishing side-effect (Score 5, Insightful) 296 296

by paulthomas (#26694315) Attached to: Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?

Let me get this straight -- we should suggest to people who are highly credulous that there is the possibility that they might receive legitimate email from "suitably important-looking government address"?

That will never cause bigger, more successful phishing scams.


Video Game Conditioning Spills Over Into Real Life 232 232

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the here-we-go-again dept.
doug141 writes "Lessons learned in video games may transcend computers, PlayStations and Wiis. New research suggests that virtual worlds sway real-life choices. Twenty-two volunteers who played a cycling game learned to associate one team's jersey with a good flavored drink and another team's jersey with a bad flavored drink. Days later, 3/4 of the subjects avoided the same jersey in a real-world test. Marketers and lawyers will take note."

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin