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Comment: Re:Anecdotal (Score 1) 362

by robwmc (#35901442) Attached to: iPhone and Location: Don't Panic
I know that Google sure uses this info. How do you think that they can tell you what the condition your street that you travel on is in (as in green red or yellow)? Every smart phone that uses Google maps contributes to this. With their history of accidentally collecting data on wifi networks, who knows what else they are doing with this.

Comment: Re:Popcorn Hour (Score 1) 516

by robwmc (#33461622) Attached to: Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?
I've had a popcorn hour A110 for a couple of years and can say hands down that it way out performs an Apple TV running Boxee. It can handle everything from avi to wmv and does it pretty well. It even has a bit torrent client. You can stream from a network share or copy the content to the hard drive. I'm not sure what the bit rate limits are on each format but it does a good job decoding many different formats. I'll agree that the streaming from the internet is a little quirky. They used to have a youtube channel but it no longer works. For the price, it is a good solution and there is a pretty strong community behind it.
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+ - How should I have responded to RIAA lawyer? 10

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA's lawyers are a bit jumpy these days since their standard "making available" boilerplate was rejected by the Court in Interscope v. Rodriguez. But I still never expected, when I initiated a dismissal motion in Elektra v. Schwartz, that they would be reaching out to me , of all people, for help. But so they did, asking me "in the interest of efficiency... what precisely Defendant contends is lacking from Plaintiffs' Complaint for Defendant to consider it sufficient. Perhaps Plaintiffs may be able to satisfy these alleged deficiencies and spare both parties additional and unnecessary motions practice." Unfortunately my response was not very helpful; I couldn't think of anything better than to say, more or less, that "Plaintiffs have no case whatsoever against Ms. Schwartz, and their case against her was frivolous in its inception. Accordingly, there are no facts they can allege that will satisfy the plausibility standard." On reflection, I'm feeling kind of guilty that I didn't give them a more creative, and helpful answer, and I thought to turn to my friends at Slashdot, who are (a) almost always helpful, and (b) always creative. What would you have said?"
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+ - Motley Fool:"RIAA's Day in Court Nearly Over&#

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The Motley Fool investment web site claims that"the music industry's lawsuit crusade against defenseless college students and housewives appears to have hit the skids". It says "Some lawsuits have proven ridiculous from the outset, targeting computer-illiterates and dead people, or accusing grandmothers of downloading gangsta rap. Others have been dismissed for a lack of evidence against the purported file-sharers. Nearly every standard weapon in the recording industry's legal arsenal has been proven ineffectual at best, and unconstitutional at worst." At least one commentator noted with interest that these observations emanate not from a socially conscious blog but "a hard-core commercial web site discussing stocks, investing, and personal finance"."
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+ - Florida Judge OK's Claims Against Record Companies->

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "A federal judge in Tampa, Florida, has ruled that an RIAA defendant's counterclaim against the record companies for conspiracy to use unlicensed investigators, access private computer records without permission, and commit extortion, may move forward. The Court also sustained claims for violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as a claim under Florida law for deceptive and unfair trade practices. The decision (pdf) by Judge Richard A. Lazzara in UMG v. DelCid rejected, in its entirety, the RIAA's assertion of "Noerr Pennington" immunity, since that defense does not apply to "sham litigations", and Ms. Del Cid alleges that the RIAA's cases are "sham"."
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