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Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of Domain From Fans 611

Posted by samzenpus
from the strange-bedfellows dept.
First time accepted submitter thoughtfulbloke writes "Ron Paul has gone to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to seize control of the domain from the fans that built it up, rather than purchase it. From the article: 'The proprietors of say they reached out to the retired politicain and offered him as a free gift, but if he "insisted" on owning then they would sell it to him. There was a catch, though. It would be part of a "liberty package" with the site's 170,000 person mailing list for... wait for it... $250,000. They think the price is totally worth it: '"

Comment: Re:Use OpenGL instead (Score 4, Interesting) 256

by qbel (#42759653) Attached to: Microsoft Phases Out XNA and DirectX?
Yeah we are here.. I'm a developer here too who rarely posts. The thing is, I come here for the sometimes interesting, informative and well-vetted news article summaries, but it's the informed comments from other devs that I stay for. UnknownSoldier is dead on about the facts and speculation.. it's easier to speculate than to talk truth, and reading nothing but spec gets old, fast.

How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas 307

Posted by samzenpus
from the never-again dept.
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes "With the announcement of Verizon's "six strikes plan" for movie pirates (which includes reporting users to the RIAA and MPAA), and content companies continuing to sue users en masse for peer-to-peer downloads, I think it's inevitable that we'll see the rise of p2p software that proxifies your downloads through other users. In this model, you would not only download content from other users, but you also use other users' machines as anonymizing proxies for the downloads, which would make it impossible for third parties to identify the source or destination of the file transfer. This would hopefully put an end to the era of movie studios subpoenaing ISPs for the identities of end users and taking those users to court." Read below for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

Comment: Re:What does it mean for Google? (Score 2) 261

by qbel (#42221509) Attached to: Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox
Or more interesting projects, or a change of scenery, or a different culture, or etc? No one but Guido and probably the people close to him can know exactly why he went to Dropbox from Google. People changes jobs all the time for a variety of reasons. I don't think we can assume it is just because of perks.

Comment: Re:Don't innovate, litigate! (Score 1) 211

by qbel (#42054569) Attached to: Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment
Just curious, are you talking about this quote?:

"And how are monopolies lost? Think about it. Some very good product people invent some very good products, and the company achieves a monopoly. But after that, the product people aren't the ones that drive the company forward anymore. It's the marketing guys or the ones who expand the business into Latin America or whatever. Because what's the point of focusing on making the product even better when the only company you can take business from is yourself? So a different group of people start to move up. And who usually ends up running the show? The sales guy. John Akers at IBM is the consummate example. Then one day, the monopoly expires for whatever reason. But by then the best product people have left, or they're no longer listened to. And so the company goes through this tumultuous time, and it either survives or it doesn't. Look at Microsoft — who's running Microsoft? (interviewer: Steve Ballmer.) Right, the sales guy. Case closed. And that's what happened at Apple, as well."


Comment: Huge Accomplishment (Score 2) 37

by qbel (#41651955) Attached to: Complex Logic Circuit Made From Bacterial Genes
Very interesting article.. For those that didn't read the article, I really like how Moon emphasizes the difference between what has been done before and what he has done. What was accomplished earlier was the construction of gates, circuits and complex systems from non-living material, silicon... But what he has accomplished is the intellectual breakdown of an already living system, and the use of that knowledge to manipulate and prove that he can control it by reproducing the gates and circuits we use for modern technology. I say it while biting my cheek, but hopefully this will also lead eventually to complex, controlled biological systems. Looks like there are still hurdles to go over, but definitely bravo so far.

Kind of raises a pretty important question, though: if and when complex systems start growing, and if AI and robots are created from them.. Will they still be just robots, or will they be living organisms? Man what I wouldn't give to hear Isaac Asimov talk about that for 5 minutes.

Comment: Re:Decrease funds for NASA more (Score 1) 259

Space is a vast desert? I can see your point of view, but I think it is too easy to point to somewhere we've never been and say, "Yeah, there's nothing we need/want over there". Think about what world we would be living in if we closed down Bell Labs for practical or promised short term payoffs for the investor. I can't really speak for you, but I like what our technological advancements have done for us.. sure there has been bad, but there has also been a lot of really, really good. Healthcare. Faster, safer airplanes. More reliable, faster cars. The internet. Telephones. I would have had 2 less years with my mom if it weren't for all those advances. I think we need to look beyond the tools we have at our disposal and keep allowing ourselves to dream and discover. Money is, and hopefully will remain, a tool, not an end in life.

Comment: Re:If you have to ask... (Score 1) 615

by qbel (#41062755) Attached to: Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?
No way.. I think pretty much ANYONE would be more productive working a 35 hour week spread over 5 days than a 25 - 40 hour split up over 2 or 3 days.. maybe a few might be able to squeak some marginal improvement over 4. I think you are underestimating rest and order of operations. I know at the very least I start feeling the hurt after 8 hours of programming, and I REALLY start dragging ass at 12.

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