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Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 228

Does it just have to do with rising prices? After all, there's always inflation, so rising prices as such are normal. Or does it more have to do with being able to do without the extra services?

GP suggests that next he's going to cut TV service. Obviously, TV service has little value to him, or he'd be willing to pay for that. Same for whatever other services Comcast offers. When Internet is the one remaining service, will GP cut that as well? Or suck it up and continue paying the higher fee, because it's the one service he actually cares about?

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 242

It ain't broke, don't fix it. I've worked with Win7 for a bit, and have to admit it works, and allows you to get what you want to do, done.

Just got myself a brand new laptop, got Win 10 on it (after an upgrade - dunno what it was before - instantly got frustrated by not being able to find my apps for lack of a Start menu or anything like it). It feels terribly broken. No software included other than a browser. Mail client only does MS-based mail, nothing else, and forces full screen with no way to window it. No productivity software. Just nothing. Installed Claws Mail (happy to find out it has a Windows port), so at least that works. Installed Chrome to have a decent browser. Some McAfee thing has started to bug me already with a 1/3-screen sized popup, along with a dozen other meaningless messages like "we installed an update!" and "we added features!".

I need it this afternoon, so have to do more testing. For example, it makes me wonder if there's even an image viewer included that can do slide shows.

Not going to risk installing Linux now - even though I've a near-100% success rate, can't risk it. I'll probably have to hunt down and install an image viewer (and hope it's not ad-ridden or has malware included, missing a central repository).

In a few days I'm going to install Mint on it - use it on my desktop, love it, it does its job while letting me do mine. I'll have to keep Windows (though I'd rather go for Win7, just missing installation media so that's not a realistic option) on a trimmed down partition just in case. I've needed it once before in the past five years: to set up my WiFi printer. The 64GB SSD should comfortably hold both, and allow enough storage for the little bits that I need to store on the device.

Comment Re:Limited unlimited (Score 2) 228

Wrong idea.

Vote for the one that wants to regulate INFRASTRUCTURE as utility, that force to split infrastructure (laying and maintaining the cables and related hardware) from the network services, and allow anyone to use those same cables on equal basis (so Comcast infrastructure who owns the cables, has to charge Comcast ISP the same fee as Slashdot ISP to use the same cables).

Then you get a free market with real competition. Otherwise you're still stuck with local monopolies.

Comment Re:Translations (Score 4, Insightful) 394

"There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use,"

Translation: We have no idea what we are talking about, can't be bothered to ask any questions and only want to use what we are already familiar with.

Wrong translation. This should be: "those that install the systems have no idea what they're doing", as such software should be pre-installed on any system and be ready for use. Of course I'm taking the complaint at face value here, and the complaint is that standard productivity software has not been pre-installed. To ease transition, they may even consider using the default Windows icon for Word on the OpenOffice/LibreOffice launcher and so. Skype has a Linux version so that's even more of a no-brainer, it should be pre-installed or made dead easy to install if licensing prevents pre-installing it.

Comment Re:As a wise man once said (Score 1) 319

You're mixing up data and information. It's common, you're not the first who adds this quote to a data breach, but it's not applied correctly.

Clue: data is a representation of information. It's the information that's in the data that "wants to be free". This is about data that's been leaked, not about information. Wikileaks are much closer to true information providers, rather than the raw data dump this is.

Comment Re:More social decay. (Score 1) 319

You don't have to have a problem with polyamory, and GP also doesn't seem to have any. It just doesn't happen much. People tend to life in couples. That may be a heterosexual or homosexual couple, but a couple it almost always is. It's extremely rare to see more than two people within a single relationship, even in homosexual relationships it's normally just two people. Sure, polygamy and polyandry happen but it's really rare, and then usually only in certain religious cults (no idea what they do with all those surplus men for whom there is no wife available) or when there's a shortage of men after some devastating war or so.

Comment Re: ... using the name and e-mail address of other (Score 1) 319

That for starters depends on the laws of your locality.

Secondly, person registering the account can very well argue they used a pseudonym. Many a pseudonym is a realistic name, and as such can very well happen to match the name of someone else. People that happen to have identical names are a similar case.

It would definitely be identity theft if the person not only uses another person's name, but tries to completely impersonate another individual. Just registering using a name that's not your own is not identity theft, imho.

Comment Re:Half the story (Score 2) 213

There is no such thing as "public domain" for trademarks, as trademarks and copyrights are very different things.

There can be multiple companies with the same trademark coexisting legally: they may exist in different geographic areas (even within the same country or city), they may operate in different areas of business. For example, if you were to open a fast food shop and call it Walt Disney's Fries Company, the Walt Disney cartoon and theme park company may try to fight this, but they wouldn't stand much of a chance. Placing lots of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck figures in your fries outlet or using a logo that looks like some fancy castle wouldn't be such a good move, though.

In contrast to copyrights, trademarks don't expire. The Ford car company exists for a very long time, but as long as they exist and the brand is used, no-one else can make Ford-branded cars. However if Ford were to go bankrupt, the company ceases to exist and the use of the trademark on cars ends long enough, other people may set up a new car company called Ford.

The same is going on in the computer world with the Commodore and Amiga brands. The brands exist, but are hardly if at all used. These trademarks do risk losing protection that way, even when registered (otherwise trademark trolls, like domain squatters, could just register any name they can think of and later sue for big bucks).

Comment Re:Half the story (Score 1) 213

Trademarks don't expire indeed but fade away when the owner stops using them, thus having characters end up in the public domain. So Disney would continue to have the right to make new Mickey Mouse cartoons, but the old cartoons would start fall in the public domain as the copyright expires.

Comment Re:WTF does that mean? (Score 1) 222

The duration of the so-called contract between CBC and CNN is entirely irrelevant to matter of damages for copyright infringement payable to the copyright holder by the CBC if CNN had no permission to authorize the CBC to use the video clip in the first place.

If so, it's becoming really dangerous to buy copyright licenses. After all, if I buy a license to use a material in good faith (I also presume CBC did take out the license in good faith from CNN - though whether that's true I don't know), I am not safe from later claims. If CBC really bought the license in good faith, they shouldn't be sued for using the material within the license terms as that part demonstrates good faith - yet CNN should be sued big time for this illegal sale. CBC should of course be sued if they're using it outside the license terms as well, as that's not good faith any more.

Now if CBC can be sued successfully for using the material after buying a license they had no reason to believe was invalid, this also means that if you buy a computer with Windows pre-installed, and this later turns out to be a pirated copy, MS may sue you for damages. Even though you bought it from your local retailer, paying a regular price for the thing, getting a printed license key with it - all in good faith. So you'd better not touch Windows or other proprietary software at all - it's not safe.

How about Linux, is that really safe? And all the other software that's packed with your distro, purportedly released as GPL or similar license and said to be free to use? Maybe someone took it, repacked it including a GPL license.txt file making it look like it's GPL software, and before you know it police comes to confiscate your stuff for copyright infringement. Recently there was some uproar about Github taking stuff and claiming it to be their own, or something like that.

Comment Re:WTF does that mean? (Score 1) 222

you can nearly always wait to register until right before you file your claim for infringement (assuming you discover the infringement before your copyright coverage and the associated statute of limitations expires).

Considering copyright owned by a natural person lasts for life + roughly another human lifetime, that part shouldn't be too hard. As long as you live, your copyright hasn't expired.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll