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Comment: twice ridiculous (Score 4, Informative) 108

by toolz (#34793160) Attached to: 'SMS of Death' Could Crash Many Mobile Phones

1.This post (and the linked-to article) make a great effort to hide the name of the "conference in Germany". $deity knows why, but the conference was the 27th Chaos Communication Congress (27C3), organised by the Chaos Computer Club.

2.The "SMS of death" was not new in any way - it was well known and discussed back in 2008 at the 25C3. What the researchers effectively showed was that the manufacturers and the GSM networks had *still* not fixed the problem, even years later!

Comment: Clueless Journo (Score 2, Informative) 572

by toolz (#28754067) Attached to: Why the Photos On Wikipedia Are So Bad

The author of that article needs to get pulled up by his editor for bad research and reporting.

Who the hell said that licensing something under Creative Commons means that you are giving up your copyright? Does he even understand what Copyright is all about? And what a license is?

It's this kind of article that scares the willies out readers, who are led to believe that licensing under the GPL or CC means that you lose the right to be identified as the author of the work. What rubbish!

Comment: API changes, no mobile phones (Score 2, Informative) 329

by toolz (#27327293) Attached to: To Start Charging International Users

Seems to get worse - they are about the change the API, and streaming to mobile phones will not be allowed.

2.You won't be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements.

I wonder what the rationale for that is.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead