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Comment Re:riaa's failure to adapt to the marketplace (Score 4, Insightful) 243

This is my main conspiracy theory. The years that napster ran unchecked, glorious, glorious years, were the years that the RIAA recorded their greatest profits, level of profit that they have not equaled since. I think that unfettered access to music of all genres makes people better music consumers. I personally became excited about music as I had not been since my youth ( I am an old ) . I bought more cds, I went to more concerts. I have tapered off again because it is just harder to get things done, so I don't bother. The numbers say I am not alone.

I feel the real reason the music companies are terrified of electronic music distribution is twofold.

One, maintaining limited participation in music distribution to protect the status quo, it democratizes the process creating methods of distribution that a smart player could get involved and push the old fogeys out.

Two, electronic music distribution makes the tracking of music sales trivial, and the accurate assignment of funds to the correct copyright holders, and audit by same go from a difficult and arcane process to a simple exercise in database management. This is the last fucking thing the labels want. Since the beginning of the recording industry, the most powerful and profitable labels have gotten there by screwing the musicians. Hiding overseas profits, disguising sales and production runs, overstating promotional costs, accounting errors ( never in the favor of the artist, I assure you ) anything, actualy, to hide the actual profits from the musicians, and send it to the record companies' coke habits.
Try to watch a music documentary from the past 50 years. Find one where the label wasn't fucking the artist over. The labels don't want this to change, this is why they have to be dragged into digital music by their shorthairs, they need time to set up the structures to screw the artists out of their due. If you are ever wondering why packaged and cookie cutter artists seem to thrive, it is because they are more easily bilked out of the profits.

Comment Re:Not even that complicated (Score 1) 113

But then you are left changing the IP for the site. If possible just cname the site hostname to a DNS hostname that the new guy controls . As long as you don't need to have a https version of the site. Then either migrate your mail to a new domain over time by changing all your account profiles and informing your correspondents of the change, or put a banner on the site informing visitors of the upcoming change to the new domain name.

Comment I would, but Bill Finger and Bob Kane are dead. (Score 5, Interesting) 115

Since the Batmobile debuted in 1941, using the copyright rules in effect of the times, the name would be public domain since 1991. Since our congressmen are apparently paid by Disney, this date was pushed to 2011 and now 2031. Let us try to guess how much in royalties the descendants of the creators of the name Batmobile will get. Lets see... Oh yes they will get ditkuss.

Bill Finger probably made a total of 50K off of batman his whole goddamn life. So I am not crying for DC here.

Comment Re:If they can't say (Score 2) 85

If someone had a copy of the Verisign root public keys, it doesn't matter if the providers get new keys, your browser would trust any certificate created by these keys. So if you connect to a website encrypted by certificates from a different CA, a man in the middle attack presenting a newly minted certificate using the stolen keys would not raise any alarm in any SSL browser that trusts that verisign root certificate. Which essentially means every browser in the world.

Not only would every provider need to get new certificates and intermediates, every end user browser would need to be patched to no longer trust the compromised x509 root keys.

People are still using internet explorer 6.0 . Good luck on that one.

I wonder if this has anything to do with why Verisign was so hot to change their root keys (10/10/2010) , though they stated that this was for the 2048bit keylength that will be manditory 1/1/2014 .

Comment If they got the keys to the Verisign PKI root cert (Score 1) 85

If the root PKI private keys were lifted from the site then whoever had them could create valid ssl certificates for any DNS hostname that every browser and ssl stack in the world would view as real. If the same users were able to put themselves in the correct place in the network or be able to do a successful DNS poisoning attack, they would then be able to undetectably capture all data protected by the SSL public key infrastructure. So pretty much all internet data would be suspect.

I assume that this did not happen, as these super hackers would have access to huge swaths of the accounts and sensitive user information for for every e-commerce site in the world. You know your bank accounts and paypal and apple ids and credit card info. Those tax returns you do online, ssl vpns, ipsec vpns secured with x509 certificates, corporate mail, stock brokerage accounts. They would be able to relay mail undetectably thru every mail server that permits relay with authentication. Nothing major. I personally would put my money in a sock in my bedroom, but nothing major.

Comment Re:Deja vu (Score 0) 394

While the old guard hated her, she put the company in a position to be profitable again.

It is looking like firing Carly was an awful idea. Like it or not, she had the company moving in a direction, and they were making plenty of money.They had kicked dell out of the corporate laptop business ( the end of the market that makes money ) and were starting to do the same with corporate desktops. They were making money, lots of it. And they have been chasing their tail since. They will soon spin out into two or three companies, the software services one will crash and burn. The profitable sector will be the one stamping their name on calculators and printers designed and made in China.

Comment Re:Reminds me of Project Gaydar (Score 1) 196

This happened to me, but I found out that I had messed up my profile questions. FUNNY. If you check that you are interested in people of your own sex, facebook does the math, and targets advertisements likely to be interesting to what they presume is your sexual orientation. I know where to go to buy a gay cruise, for instance.

Comment So I screwed up my profile and initially... (Score 2, Interesting) 196

Said I was interested in men rather than that I was a man. So I got some really really gay targeted ads. Gay dating services, special razors to shave with, all very fun. Try it and see.
The real issue is that the current terms of service allows yhem to share your groups and interests, which likely can identify you as being close to the GLBC.

 

Comment Re:The IPv6 Working Group is the real root cause. (Score 1) 270

Netbui has been quietly labeled netbios over tcp. And microsoft cheats like a motherfucker because the active directory DNS requests are broken. So if you bother to sniff what your network is doing, you will see the dirty laundry of netbios over tcp filling in the gap.

Throw in a dual stack DNS server infrastructure and it will not get better.

I will ignore how they do things like random port udp packets for new mail messages, that will be fun with both ipv4 and ipv6 addresses to send the crap to.

And if you are on the ipv6 standards board, I appologize for insinuating that you are a stupid fucker. Otherwise stfu you stupid mcse fucker.

Comment Re:The IPv6 Working Group is the real root cause. (Score 1) 270

Obviously you need to deep changes to the ip stack to make interaction work, but at a host level you just send your packet to the 128 bit address to your default route. Somewhere there are routers padding the 32 bit addresses with zeroes, but this is a tiny, tiny change compared to the ridiculous amount of proxying we will need to do with ipv6. There is the slowdown.

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