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Comment Improvement, not problem (Score 1) 342

It will become your problem once more and more of the sites on which you rely make the decision to "charge membership" or "starve and close your website".

He might prefer paying in cash than with his privacy; then this change is not a problem but rather an improvement. You could argue that the walling-off approach would reserve important content for rich people, but then it is the seller's fault who fails to extract money from his visitors in a proportional manner. Rather than walling off the content you could use the "tip jar" already mentioned. It works for some people. I do not belive in limiting ones audience, I believe it to be counterproductive.

I wonder: How could an online whiteboard or browser game work without JavaScript?

They would not. They are a required for that kind of interaction. Displaying static text however, does not. It is either really bad web engineering or intentional degradation. Both of these lowers the value of your content for me, as it requires me to jump through hoops to selectively enable content on your site. Unless you offer something truly unique, I will go elsewhere. It is called competition.

Comment Fair use exception for research purposes? (Score 4, Insightful) 204

My understanding is that a lot of scientific work are funded via public money, yet the copyright gets assigned to private entities. In the context of copying vs. 'taking', their behavior is closer to 'taking' than what the researchers are doing. Simply because they prevent access to it by others.

If viewed as a public "investment", limiting access to the knowledge actually reduces the "payback" by not spreading the findings to anyone who wants it. This in turn probably lowers overall quality by having fewer (and perhaps less qualified) people examining the findings.

The above arguments hinges on it being publically funded research.

Personally I value that the researchers are more interested in spreading knowledge and solving real problems than adhering to something as byzantine and riduculus as the current copyright laws. "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" was their stated purpose; when they are clearly retarding progress what is the solution? Reform them? Or get your work done, for the benefit of all of humanity?

Maybe at the very least we need an exception, like fair use for scientific purposes?

Comment Re:Engine ECU (Score 1) 494

You are right to a point. When I said "embedded" I was referring to SOCs more than microcontrollers. I see plenty of Linux, or rather ucLinux on IP cameras, SOHO routers digital picture frames etc. But yes, there are a lot of competition, often leaner. Having a familiar system and tools available is a boon though.

Comment Engine ECU (Score 1) 494

If you are smart you realize the potential savings of having a common hardware and software platform for engine ECU across manufacturers, cutting down on the "VERY expensive" development costs. Simplified logistics, less expensive diagnostics. There is a reason embedded development has converged to Linux; it makes economic sense. Unfortunately the auto industry only seems interested in making cars more expensive, usually a sign of stagnation.

Comment MMS vector (Score 5, Informative) 120

TFA (requires obnoxious CAPTCHA just to read, wtf) makes it clear the payload is inside a media file attached to an MMS. Myself I do not use MMS since it seems to require OTA data to download the MMS payload, which is exceedingly expensive on my current prepaid plan. Old phones are pretty likely to be used like this; voice only, data only over wifi, so it might lessen the impact. Anyways, I am on Lollipop.

Comment Optocouplers (Score 1) 165

They could simply throw in a unidirectional serial link over an opto-coupler to get all information from the engine systems. This is how you interface a PC to industrial-grade multimeters. Provides enough isolation to let you poke the probes into equipment with up to 1000V. Simple, cheap and readily available.

My guess is that there is nothing technical preventing separation but rather economical or time constraints because security was an afterthought. Or it never was considered in the first place, seeing how well designed and secure the average keyless entry system appears to be.

Comment EXT4 vs dm-crypt (Score 2) 116

Does anyone know why you want encryption directly in the filesystem rather than the layered approach being offered for years by the dm-crypt kernel filesystem? The Phoronix article mentions that is intended for Android systems, so my immidiate thinking was that it had something to do with flash storage specifics. Generally I do not like it when a generic, simple solution like dm-crypt gets reimplemented at another layer, increasing complexity, but maybe there is a reason for this?
Another article mentions F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System) as a possible merge target. Suggests it serves needs for flash memory. I guess exposing the filesystem structure/metadata without actually revealing the data itself makes more efficient flash utilization possible. Or maybe it makes it easier for law enforcement to bypass it, if your tinfoil hat is on.
The mailing list entry itself is here: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane....
Links to a design document in the mailing list was dead at time of writing.

Comment Saving is fun but evil! (Score 1) 301

I love what you are doing. I have a similar scheme myself but has not yet advanced it to full aquisition mode. I have actually heard people complain even about this, despite it being completely legal. It amazes me; when corporations skew the laws in their favor, it is for the greater good. When you follow the laws, but simply don't do it exactly as someone else intended, you are bad.

It seems you can only be a good citizen if you spend money, and spend frivolously. Personally I like to save money for the fun of it and then I give it to people in need. The irony of that being, by inference, evil is great fun.

In Sweden, we are actually allowed to share music between friends because we actually have fees on blank media. I am not sure that is allowed for "ripped" music, perhaps only full disc-to-disc copies. Nevertheless, if legal, you could even do this on "crowdsourcing" basis with local friends..

Comment Only for consumers (Score 5, Interesting) 301

We have a system like this in place in Sweden already. I personally hate it. The royalties are collected and distributed by three separate organizations; Copyswede for video and STIM (songwriter's guild) and SAMI (musician's guild) which then distributes the money is some secret way, based on how often it has been played in television, radio and discos/nightclubs. There has been pretty large complaints about this, as it only favors the large artists. The organizations also ignores more detailed play feedback, like from Spotify, according to an report in the Swedish Radio.

Everyone who imports, manufactures or sells storage media (harddrives, optical media, game consoles, phones, mp3 players etc.) are required to pay these fees. This only applies when sold to consumers; corporate customers are exempt. What is weird is that game consoles, which are typically unable to even be used for copying, are covered by this. Every year the organizations keeps expanding the scope of the laws. There have been talks about a generic 'broadband tax' for years. In the current example, I belive that is the end goal; start with something people think is unimportant, like optical media in today's world. Get the legal boilerplate in place, then scope creep with the argument that it 'has to keep up with the advancing technology'.

I hope this help you guys to understand the consequences of such a system. Sources:
  • https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svenska_artisters_och_musikers_intresseorganisation (Swedish)
  • https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svenska_Tons%C3%A4ttares_Internationella_Musikbyr%C3%A5 (Swedish)
  • https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyswede (Swedish)

Comment Terrible compromise (Score 1) 83

I agree with you. I use a Motorola Moto G 2nd gen dual SIM myself, costing about $200 new. That is my upper limit for a phone, simply because it is disposable in my eyes. No amount of cheap replacement parts helps if it gets stolen. I would never pay for a top-of-the-line unit; less so when I get a device whose performance might make it useless once new upgrades of the software rolls out. The allure of the expensive units has always been that they usually lasts longer.

The crux is that 'ethics' and 'sustainability' always gets used as a crutch for holding up an otherwise sub-par product. It smells of snake-oil, of selling to gullible hippies; people will fear being made fools off. I do not belive that ethical and sustainable products would have to be more than 20%-30% more expensive than comparable products, if done right. But most of the time it seems like a way for people in the supply chain to make more money by targeting people who do not care about price. This in fact hampers adoption of these products.

Comment Re:Not for me... (Score 1) 141

I love the way you turn their own lingo against the record companies in your post.

But as every upstanding citizen knows, suffering is the sign of morality! Buying second-hand is giving in to the evil temptations of compromise; the priests of Order of the Invisible Hand will tell ye that "if you do'nt like don't buy!"

It is only the blessed copyright holders that may tell you what is a fair and working market.
True creative genius comes from group thinking, control and monetization.

Why do you hate The Economy?

Comment Do one thing and do it well (Score 2) 26

"Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent,"

My favorite Jobs quote (though I would never buy an Apple product myself). Some projects should perhaps die. In the software realm a lot of projects live unnaturally long lives; stagnating into maintenance with cosmetic rather than functional innovation.

It feels like a lot of projects, FOSS or commercial, has forgotten how to build better mousetraps and now focuses solely on mousetraps with rounded corners or some cloud tie-in service.

In the case of Mozilla I have no idea what they are doing now. It gained traction because the existing monoculture was stagnating. Remember the days when people got excited about tabbed browsing? Innovation by window management in an application. Then came the adblockers. They were all innovations that benefitted both developers and users alike. Better mousetraps.

The last round of "innovation" has only helped to line the pockets of the foundation itself, integrating advertisement and third-party proprietary stuff into the browser.

"Choose your enemies well, for it is them you will most come to resemble."

I guess Firefox chose Chrome and Google.

Comment Linux version only supports PulseAudio (Score 1) 225

They started to cripple the Linux client as well; since last year it ONLY supports PulseAudio. And it natively supported pure ALSA before that, so it is a feature being removed and replaced with an inferior solution.

Luckily someone created apulse, an emulation layer that allows you to run Skype without the hentai-tentacle-monster known as PulseAudio:

The best part is how they tout the fact that "Hi there, Skype works without Pulse Audio for features like chat as well as sharing files and photos." on their blog, like anyone would use Skype for the text chat features, and that it would somehow make up for the lost functionality: http://blogs.skype.com/2014/06...

Comment Re:How about ... (Score 1) 531

You accuse us of being childish, yet the advertising industry has been acting childish and condescending to its "audience" for ages. Loud noise, flashing images; anything to disturb and get a measurable, short term reaction, even if the reaction is one of disgust and rejection.

For all the talk of "personalized" ads, what is being shoved at us is typically corporate propaganda, shown in poor context and without any finesse. Intercut into any media which people DO care about, it can little more than detract from the value of that content. Most disturbingly of all, the industry representatives seems to reject this notion altogether, throwing up the aforementioned defense of "it pays the bills!" as one would a cross to a vampire.

But now they HAVE the solution, and that solution is basically advertisements disguised as "legitimate" journalism. Because deceiving your audience is a surefire way to create a long-standing, trusting relationship.

If you want an example of what the future of advertising will probably look like, head over to the show "Triangulation" at Twit.TV. They have made time for their sponsors inside the show proper. It is integrated as any other segment of the show, but with full disclosure.

I used to fast forward past it. I don't any more, because once I got used to it, it did not offend me any more. And it is far, far more effective on me than I would like to admit. It creates a trust between me, the consumer and the author of the show. It is the future for advertisment. A future where no global tracking networks and excessive off-site resource loading is required.

And probably a lot less dedicated advertisers.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar