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Comment: Poison Pill (Score 1) 106

by scottzak (#31155638) Attached to: Google Patents Country-Specific Content Blocking

Patenting censorship. How can this be bad?

So, Mister Ballmer, if you want to filter Chinese search engine results, you must license our patent. The license will only cost you ten schmazillion dollars.

What? The price is too high? Then I'm afraid you won't be able to legally filter your results, now will you?

What? You don't think this is a valid patent? Maybe all business process patents are invalid. Let's litigate it.

. . . and so on . . . or maybe something far less hopeful.

Comment: Re:No, Seriously... (Score 1) 651

by scottzak (#30770316) Attached to: Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

If you're playing the long game you only need your enemy to support you until you're strong enough to kill them without doing too much damage to yourself.

I wouldn't be surprised if China is the United States of the next century, in the same way that superpowers like England and Spain were overshadowed by the US.

No worries. The US didn't kill England or Spain and they seem to be doing well enough today.

You don't need to be a superpower to be safe, healthy, prosperous and at peace. In fact, it's easier to be at peace if you're not. Just keep your eyes open, refuse the temptation of the brass ring and enjoy your ride.

Comment: Re:I thought this was the whole point? (Score 1) 652

by scottzak (#28827635) Attached to: Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

have you thought about the posibility that when robots do all the jobs that no one wants to do, productivity might increase by enough to allow all the people to live comfortably

Not to quibble, but all people could live comfortably on what we produce now. There is, unfortunately, the political problem of many people wanting to live lavishly, and a significant subset of those who are determined to live obscenely.

The Internet

The Video Bay, Now In Beta 107

Posted by timothy
from the morally-neutral dept.
poundhard writes "Some two years ago, it was mentioned on TorrentFreak and Slashdot that The Pirate Bay team were working on a YouTube competitor. At the oral proceedings of the Spectrial, I believe it was Peter Sunde, aka Brokep, who said to the prosecutor that it was one of those side projects that failed. A few days ago though, he appeared over Skype at the Open Video Conference in New York, and apparently said that they were about to launch something new. It has been speculated in Norway that it will be the IPREDator. But I checked out The Video Bay, and hey, it is about to go live! This is what they write: 'To stay in the spirit on which TPB was founded and using the Latest Technology, TVB aims to use the new HTML5 features, more specifically the <video> and <audio> tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats. This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk (en)coding, so please don't bug us too much if the site ain't working properly.'"

Comment: Re:I can see it now... (Score 1) 257

by scottzak (#13698355) Attached to: Vista Licensing Speeds Linux Move
Y'see? Those darned greater-than/less-than angle thingies aren't user friendly. That's because the people who designed it didn't have business first in mind. They'll never be used by anyone but mathematicians and hobbyists. Future technology won't even support them -- all quantity comparisons will be done by an easy to use graphical interface, making mathematicians obsolete. Only $199 for the home user edition, $399 for the small business edition, $599 for the professional edition, and $899 for the phenominal cosmic power edition. Buy it now or we'll cut off your water.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.