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Comment Re:Thanks for this, NYCL! (Score 1) 66

If you don't have the $10 to spare for it (often true of teens and early 20s who are the largest market for music) then downloading a copy changed nothing for the copyright holder. If you didn't think it was worth $10, you wouldn't have bought it, but you might download it. Either way, they were never going to get $10 from you and you downloading the music doesn't change that.

Comment Re:The right answer *is* to Tivoize it. (Score 1) 131

Support?!? You mean the guy with a thick Indian accent who claims to be "Bob" who talks you through the process to unplug and replug the device? What support?

As for what makes it cheapest, that would be leaving it unlocked and terminating warranty if you do anything like re-flashing.

As for cheapest to the consumer while being in compliance, a lot of people saved a lot of money by using a re-flashed Linksys rather than the much more expensive (but no better) APs that had the needed features in the OEM software. It's a great way to correct an unhealthy market.

Of course, you're forgetting that this will also include WiFi cards in laptops Enjoy your driver compatibility hell and OS lock-in.

Comment Re:Shouldn't that be fixed by the vendor? (Score 1) 131

The correct response, rather than locking up the entire OS and driver layer is to handle the low level stuff with a separate processor with it's own flash. The separate processor is almost an absolute requirement since the hardware is unlikely to deal well with a processor delay caused by handling an exception/fault in the OS kernel. The latter is the contentious part. The manufacturer might enjoy saving that dime by having the OS driver verify and load the firmware on init rather than loading it from onboard flash or having the radio processor verify it like it should.

The FCC seems to believe that they'll spend the dime to be compliant. I believe they are being naive and they need to be more specific and force that behavior if that's what they want.

To be more specific, different countries allow different subsets of the channels and different signal strength. Typically, the OS driver tells the radio what regulatory domain is in effect. The FCC doesn't want the end user to be able to change a config file or recompile the driver to select a non-US domain in order to use a forbidden channel or turn the transmitter power up. The FCC thinks the manufacturer will embed the domain in the radio firmware and verify that signed firmware in the radio (creating no problems for Free software). I'm pretty sure they'll leave all that like it is and forbid re-flashing anything at all (Tivoize it)

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 308

Perhaps that's because you are naturally a techie who has been able to adapt in order to progress on a career path. Perhaps it would be better if you could remain a techie but continue to accrue seniority and raises if that opportunity was available to you. Likely it is not, and you made the best move you could under the circumstances.

Comment Re:Thanks for this, NYCL! (Score 2) 66

The standard of proof HAS to be high considering that the penalties are ruinous. Beyond that, If I am to be deputized as a defender of other people's copyrights in my home, I better be getting a paycheck from the beneficiaries.

But beyond that, the movie industry is showing no signs of damage from copyright infringement. Their profits are higher than ever.

Comment Re:wow 38% of copyright cases, 88% of IP, are Mali (Score 3, Insightful) 66

Correction: Someone in that household, or leeching that household's WiFi or someone with a hacked cable modem or someone at the ISP downloaded that content that they may or may not have known was copyrighted.

Or due to a clerical error, perhaps it was another household.

Comment Re:this is what the 2nd amendment is for (Score 1) 233

My concern is that if 'the powers that be' don't soon learn that keeping the lid on the pressure cooker by suppressing protest is a losing strategy, it will explode soon (if it's not already too late for that). I would rather see a measured response where cops end up in handcuffs than one where cops end up dead. Yje lesson in humility might also be helpful.

Also, that would be the sort of moral victory that could get people motivated to vote for unconventional candidates with some hope they might win.

Submission + - Endocannabinoids Contribute to Runner's High (acs.org)

MTorrice writes: After a nice long bout of aerobic exercise, some people experience what’s known as a “runner’s high”: a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of -endorphins, opioid peptides thought to elevate mood.

Now, German researchers have shown the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—may also play a role in producing runner’s high, at least in mice.

Submission + - Porsche chooses Apple over Google because Google wants too much data (theverge.com)

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc...) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Speculation is around what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.

Submission + - Brain prosthesis aims to help people struggling with memory loss (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at USC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center say they have developed a brain prosthesis designed to help people suffering from memory loss. The prosthesis, which includes a small array of electrodes implanted into the brain, has performed well in laboratory testing in animals and is currently being evaluated in human patients. Specifically it mimics how a memory is translated from short-term memory into long-term memory. In people with a damaged hippocampus it can loop the memory signals around the damage and provide the next region with the correctly translated memory. Their work was presented at the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

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