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Comment Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (Score 1) 263

The purpose of a patent is not to "reward inventors for their work". The purpose of patents is "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts". The do this by creating time-limited monopolies. If you create a new widget-building-machine, people who make widgets the old fashioned way are not affected. They can continue to do so, although at a disadvantage (less efficient, more costly, whatever). If you patent an abstract mathematical idea, like division, or sum, no one else can use that until the patent expires, hurting "the Progress of Science"


Comment Physical Switches (Score 1) 161

I want a mechanical switch to physically disconect any Camera / Microphone from the computer/TV/media box. I do not trust any software setting that just says that they are off. The computer can be lying. At least with a switch, where I can open up the box and verify that the switch really disconnect things, I can be sure that those sensors are off.

Comment Re:Not putting in DRM isn't going to eliminate DRM (Score 1) 351

if someone invented a perfect method of DRM that only stopped freeloading little jerks watching movies without paying for them but did not effect me (as a paying customer) at all I would be all for it.

Your problem is that it is impossible to do what you want. There isn't a magic bullet DRM that only stops freeloading jerks without affecting paying users.
Besides, DRM isn't there to protect copyrights. DRM is to give content providers leverage against browser makers. Nowadays content providers have zero leverage against browser makers (Safari, Mozilla, Chrome, Microsoft). If they cut a deal with Safari, Mozilla doesn't need to respect that.
But if they make it part of HTML, then ALLL browsers have to follow it up in general, or people wil not use them because the browsers will be incompatible. If DRM is implemented, then we will watch the rise of the rogue browser that pays lip service to the DRM, the same way that some gray market DVDs pay lip service to the region coding on the DVDs.

Comment Re:Capitalism. (Score 1) 81

Let's take a page from the RIAA book.

Let's introduce a fee for each transaction and part of the fee goes to the company whose stock is changing hands.
After all, if the company did not have any stock, the person seling it would not be making any money. By making its stock available, the company is allowing the stockholder to profit, therefore the company should be able to profit as well.
The fee would add to the company capital.

Comment Re:Headers (Score 1) 562

Moron, You are measuring two different things.

Look at it like a pipe providing your house with water.
Following your example, When they tell you speeds of 25 Megabits per second, They are telling you the CAPACITY of the pipe to transfer data, in other words, how wide the pipe is. It is like 25galon per minute vs 5 galon per minute. The wider the pipe, they faster they can transfer water to your house. On the other hand, when they tell you 5GB per month, they are not talking of CAPACITY but VOLUME. That is how many GB total.

Think of it like filling a lawn pool. The pool can hold up to 5GB of data. And you can fill it up with a hose that can transfer 25MB per second. You can use a larger or a smaller hose, but once your pool is filled up with the 5GB of data, it is filled up, you have to wait for next month (another empty pool).
The telco is trying to profit two ways: by selling you a larger hose and by selling you a larger pool. It used to be that they would only sell you a larger hose and you could fill up any pool-size you wanted to. Now they are limiting your pool size too.

I know, it sucks.


Comment Re:Intensely idiotic (Score 1) 127

In contrast to those that buy law to get what they want

This is so ignorant its not even funny. Copyright has been recognized by the US since its founding (its in the constitution, article 2 I believe).

If I recall correctly, US did not recognize English copyrights until late in the 20th centurh (ask Mark Twian and Oscar Wilde about it, they complained a lot about it)

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