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Comment Google Phone Feature Request (Score 1) 185

While the GOOGLE PHONE is USB wired to the computer, not only could the phone get recharged, but it could:
-use the computer's ISP network to make wired VOIP voice calls without using the expensive 3G network.
-act as an adjustable WEB CAMERA. This would eliminate the need for a microphone/webcam accessories because they are built into the phone already.
-act a secondary adjustable hands-free conference speaker. This would eliminate the need to use the stereo speakers because there's a LOUD RINGTONE speaker built into the phone already.
-stand on its own. No stand required.

Comment xine has a volume normalizer...tv's could do this (Score 1) 636

I recall turning on the volume normalizer feature in "xine" and other media players. If the volume cranks up in the movie, xine gracefully lowers/limits the volume to what I consider acceptable. Something like this could be simply implemented as a value-add feature in new televisions.

Comment Hearst launching dud product. News at 11... (Score 1) 155

The Skiff platform is not applicable...We have p2p web sites for that.

The unseen Skiff device may be enticing but smartdevices.com.cn SMARTQ7/SMARTQ5 Mobile Internet Devices allow you to read/create .pdf files. Can the skiff device allow you do create a .pdf file of your own? I would bet that it doesn't because Media Content Creator's focus is for its consumer to JUST CONSUME. www.hearst.com has a page mentioning their skiff services are "...all optimized for wireless delivery to dedicated e-readers..." which backs up my point. Hearst isn't interested in encouraging the "Do-it-yourself" revolution; Hearst is only interested in keeping their media content empire status quo. Good luck with that ;)

Comment the letter shows concern, but not N-N disapproval (Score 1) 200

I read the October 14th, 2009 letter to Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner Michael J. Copps, and Commissioner Robert M. McDowell regarding "Broadband Industry Practices (WC Docket No. 07-52), National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry (WC Docket 09-51)".

This letter shows concern about the net-neutrality policies and implementation rather than out and out disapproval. The letter simply wants to delay any approval until the actual policies are clarified from what I understand.

Ok if that's the problem, to make everyone comfortable about net-neutrality, the pro net-neutrality gurus should respond with another letter proposing a vision showing the steps to spur off a business model which supports bridging the digital divide putting the minority groups on equal footing in terms of internet access, bandwidth and quality of service.

I think the best vision of what net-neutrality business model would look like is the google implementation which free-service in exchange for in-your-face advertising on your monitor. You go to google for a search, google provides the information proxied through access and bandwidth paying advertising banners connections.

The trick here is that not only google is entitled to do this, but everybody is. The only difference is instead of internet service providers going directly to the subscribers for internet access/bandwidth/quality of service fees, the government could instill a business model whereby the connection and hardware maintenance setups are all paid for by the government, the advertisement firms paying for the national internet bandwidth/quality of service structure in exchange for the privilege of proxying/framing all traffic content through advertising banner connections. The advertising firms win with all the revenue generated by the loyal customers buying their products because they are thankful for their partnership in providing the synergetic-equal-opportunity-generating internet services.

I think google is very close to being "THE ONE" to make this happen. Apart from the existence of google's awesome search engine achievements, they encourage the synergy of open-source software development demonstrating google's will to provide equal-opportunities for all and to encourage rewards for all based on merit. That said, google can't be the only one to make net-neutrality happen. All citizens should participate and encourage net-neutrality considering the importance to their future generations' opportunities.

The ad revenues from internet co-opete(coopetition) with the legacy media. As a result, they all have an opportunity here to do the right thing and win business in return.
A government estabilished internet advertising monthly license fee could help build the infrastructure from scratch. The added government internet advertising license could be encouraged by providing tax kickbacks somehow. The trick here is that the actual license fee would need to be accessible for all keeping in mind all the little players wanting to get into the internet advertising business.

Are there any business-minded people here that could back all this up with numbers? Any ways this is all just brainstorming to get your ideas rolling and making net-neutrality a reality without all the back-room secret government deals we've been seeing for the net-neutrality policies and the ACTA internet copyright infringement spying policies.

Politics

Submission + - Democrats, Minority Groups Question Net Neutrality (pcworld.com)

uuddlrlrab writes: A group of 72 Democratic lawmakers is the latest to question the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's move to create new net neutrality regulations.

Democrats, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have generally supported new rules that would prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content, but the group of 72 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter Thursday to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, saying they're concerned that new regulations would slow down investment in broadband networks...

Privacy

Submission + - Cdn Copyright Lobby Seek Secret Surveillance Power (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: New Canadian anti-spam and anti-spyware legislation is scheduled for a key vote on Monday. Michael Geist reports that the copyright and telecom lobbies have been secretly pushing for new private surveillance powers. Under proposals put forward by the opposition Liberal party, surreptitious installation of computer programs and secret access information on users' computers would be permitted.

Submission + - America's Operating System, Open Source

Rubinstien writes: O'Reilly Radar is reporting ( http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/10/lawgov-americas-operating-syst.html ) on an effort to produce Law.Gov, "America's Operating System, Open Source". The group Public.Resource.Org seeks "to create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government to create Law.Gov. We envision Law.Gov as a distributed, open source, authenticated registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States."

Submission + - ACTA To Be Reviewed by Industry Reps, Not Public (arstechnica.com)

Andorin writes: Ars Technica writes about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and reveals that while the public does not have access to the text of the agreement, a handful of lawyers representing Big Content and numerous companies and organizations do. "Turns out that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will include a section on Internet "enforcement procedures" after all. And how many people have had input on these procedures? Forty-two. [...] Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) found out in September that the US Trade Representative's office had actually been secretly canvassing opinions on the Internet section of the agreement from 42 people, all of whom had signed a nondisclosure agreement before being shown the ACTA draft text."

Comment Where is this letter? Pls list the 44 companies. (Score 1) 239

I would like to see the 44 companies listed against net neutrality in order to not buy their products. I will only buy products from companies that are pro-net-neutrality.
It's obvious, the consumer needs to participate in structuring the future by speaking with his buying power. Buying power is a very important voice. I also intend on using my buying power when buying my next PC, TV, MP3 player ensuring the manufacturers are pro-digital-freedom and have clear ANTI-DRM(Digital Rights Management) positions. This implies that I won't be buying the "Kindle ebook reader"(built-in DRM), and the Sony TV(built-in DRM), and the Sony Playstation(built-in DRM).

Comment Mr. Stallman deserves the utmost respect from devs (Score 2, Insightful) 747

Mr. Stallman deserves the utmost respect from all developers because he truly wishes to protect the right of all users/developers alike by ensuring we have the freedom to tinker with whatever we buy and by ensuring we have the freedom to adapting whatever we buy to our on-going requirements without having to pay surprise unexpected fees on an ongoing basis.
Mr. Icaza has his point of view to make some MS stuff work in Linux. The effort he has placed deserves respect also I give him that.

The problem is that developers need to remember the kind of under-handed tactics MS has done to developers and to users as a whole to make money.
My favourites are:
1)When Windows NT Workstation was discovered to be LIMITED with 64 TCP/IP connections, while Linux had no such limitations and the source and binaries were freely available for your perusal. One needs to recall the prices for Windows 95/NT Workstation/NT Server. Both NT Workstation and NT were starting to become highly exclusive(1000$+) while the Win95 was around 99$. Linux 0$-20$ :). This is not to mention the prices for the developer kits entry level MSDN 99$(TECHNET/DEVNET Knowledge BASE), Professional over 500$, and Enterprise over $1500 on a yearly basis. Mind you the value as respectable for the number of CDs/DVD's they send you. The problem is we have only so much time in the day to learn all the api's they created or unveiled to us. DOS, MFC, DIRECTX, DDK, DirectMedia, ODBC, DAO, ODB, VBA, OLE, ACTIVEX, COM, ATL to mention a few. Depending on what level of MSDN subscription you had, the more information they unveiled to you about each of these apis. Sometimes, you wouldn't know an api existed because you didn't have the Enterprise level subscription. The entry-level and Pro level would make no mention of the DirectMedia SDK, Enterprise DATABASE API/Enterprise DATABASE tools available through DevStudio GUI for example. By purchasing the Enterprise level MSDN, you had THE EDGE if you discovered its MSDN's existence. The internet was still in its infancy and not everyone knew what was going on or had money to access Special-Interest-Groups Bulletin-Board-Systems through a modem. Even if you did, the data you received would take forever to get because the average modem then was 56Kbps and the average user/wannabe developer couldn't afford to get the T1 1Mbps connection which was over 500$ a month.
2)The UNDOCUMENTED DOS/WINDOWS book describing all the different API calls discovered being used by MS software products that no other company previously knew existed. The fact is the undocumented apis gave MS an edge of the competition. Once this was discovered, this created a market for non-microsoft debuggers. The sanctioned MS debugger Nu-Mega Softice was respected, but IDA pro came to fill a necessary void to ensure the developers were getting the whole picture when debugging their software or when trying to understand how other software worked in order to gain inspiration.
3)Internet Explorer and Netscape web page HTML/javascript code incompatibilities.
4)Microsoft Java JVM and Sun Java JVM incompatibilities.
Simply by the existence of incompatibilities, the user didn't know so they would just opt with what was installed by MS, because that was the easy route to take and especially for updates. This in turn greatly hurt Netscape and Sun until they brought Microsoft to court, but the damage was done.
5)Doublespace. Here's a company that created a disk compression technology that doubled the amount of data your hard drive could hold, but MS put them out of business by adding in a tool to their windows offering that did exactly the same thing. If you bought MS-Dos 6, you would get this disk compression tool from MS. The disk compression product competitor went out of business because MS squeezed them out of the market niche. Note this is similar to what happened to Netscape. Originally Netscape sold their web browser product, but then MS added in their Internet Explorer tool as part of the Windows OS product squeezing netscape out of their market niche too. Please remember the Microsoft motto: "Extend, embrace, and extinguish".
6)I've seen this happen with Borland trying to follow the MFC API by creating their OWL, but because of all the changes done in the MFC API, Borland had to resort to some drastic changes that led to OWL 2.0 which was not a trivial task for developers to follow. Many developers simply resorted to moving to MS Dev tools at that point instead of continuing on with Borland because of this significant OWL GUI API framework change.

Now after knowing and becoming aware of above-mentioned events, Mr. Stallman's position is most relevant and all developers and users alike should heed his GPL/GPLv3 wisdom to protect the right of all users/developers alike by ensuring we have the freedom to tinker with whatever we buy and by ensuring we have the freedom to adapting whatever we buy to our on-going requirements without having to pay surprise unexpected fees on an ongoing basis. Mr. Icaza may have an idea of extending, embracing and extinguishing MS by using MS .NET through MONO, but Mr. Icaza is go to have to run like crazy to follow all the Microserfs' .NET API changes they'll make just to confuse the hell out of him. No disrespect to Mr. Icaza, but Good luck with that. You're going to need it.

I for one stand 100% behind everything Mr. Stallman says. I don't trust Microsoft. I don't use nor do I develop with MS tools. Not after everything I've experienced. I don't use Hotmail. I don't use Expedia. I don't buy anything with Microsoft Windows Mobile/CE. I buy stuff based on Linux. If it doesn't support Linux, I don't buy it. It's that simple. GPL is not just a decision, it's a lifestyle.

But hey what do I know? You do whatever you want.

Comment "What they ought to do is..." (Score 1, Interesting) 812

The governments ought to do is like you said. Have the directors live where the majority of the employees live. It makes sense. It's a great way to ensure that the workers have a respectable working conditions and a decent quality of life considering that's where the directors will have to spend a decent amount of their time.

I'm of the persuasion that when you speak to your higher ups, it's important for you to propose to them "how would you feel if you were in my place?" For example, if you work in a four foot by four foot cubicle by five foot cubicle and would like someone to improve your working conditions, I suggest you propose your higher-ups to try working in that cubicle for a year to see how they would feel. The same argument may be used for all the furniture in the office and everything else.

Be forewarned, the higher-ups always have a quick and witty way of making you look silly for asking such unreasonable requests. The only recommendation I have is to remind that the government/companies first and foremost should have a sense of obligation to make EVERYONE in the workplace and in the community they serve to feel welcome. The true test is to see higher-ups ready to get their hands dirty in every position of the company. If they can't do the work the position entails, the higher-ups should provide what the employees ask for, if within reason of course.

Here is another proposal for governments: for every employee turnover(let go, fired, moved on, whatever reason you may think of) , have the government fine the company a respectable amount. This will make the message loud and clear: governments and the community don't like turnover. Employees everywhere like stability in their life situation.
Everybody can grow within a company given the long-term commitment from all parties concerned.

Since stockholders have their hands on corporations, let have the corporations institute regulations fining those accountable for employee turnover a significant amount from their yearly salary. Say 40% of the hiring staff's/the firing staff's and the turnover staff's salary. That will send a message to those that hire and fire. When the corporation hires individuals, it's like a wedding. It's for the long-term. If you want a divorce, it's going to be the last resort and it's going to hurt everyone concerned employer and employee. The fines will go straight to a local community charity.

Comment invasive tech on every web device: no thanks (Score 1) 235

Java plugins in the Web browser may be considered as "Vulnerable software" because it provides the "system" API among many other APIs which enables your so-called "smarter client" which people in 1994 called "fat client". We had the power to use serversockets then but we didn't. Javascript BY-DESIGN is not permitted to use the "system" api because it is part of the "thin client" design. As a result, artsy web page designers got tools that could use javascript, but not java because everyone concerned agreed it was safe-enough. That's why Java/Javascript has been mostly disabled on my browser since 1994. The combination of these two enabled is quite dangerous on a localhost.

The primary reason for http has been and always will be simply a way to link web pages to other pages. Keeping the web browser design simple allows mostly everyone a better opportunity to learn how the tools work. When everything is obfuscated, you make everything about it look like magic and exclusive to the technocrats. With SMARTER CLIENT ideas like this proposed topic, firefox and all the web browsers are all risking slowly becoming like "MS-Internet Explorer" which is plastered with undocumented vulnerabilities/opportunities open to a select illuminated few.

Popularity for software depends on its merit. Since Linux has merits, it has become popular. The different packages in linux are different in popularity because there are "different strokes for different folks". Simple to use, but sophisticated software is popular like vi, emacs, gedit, postit-notes, calendar, evince, wget, firefox, thunderbird, mplayer, ffmpeg2theora, audacity, lame, apache, shorewall, gimp and openoffice. Vulnerably complex software is not popular like MPI, PVM, Plan9, SCALA, flash-plugins. I've experimented with flash/ming and discovered first hand the flash engine can crash not only the application, but also the OS. I understand the politics of flash being used is to somehow protect the media industry because it is proprietary technology geared to provide a pay per use intenet business model for the entertainment industry. It is important to be aware that flash technology is used on most movie DVD's sold today for the menu subsystems along with helping with the obfuscation to reduce the dvd-ripping piracy. I also understand that the movie industry does everything to undermine the trend to use open-source theora format video files and ogg format audio files. Thankfully theora/ogg are the defaults in all the current Linux distributions.

You have a take a leap of faith to use a lot of these more advanced pieces of software, but if you're in a position where you need to guarantee something works and you use internet explorer with java/flash and your so-called smarter client api plugins, GOOD LUCK with that and I'll be looking for news about your company's bankruptcy notice in the following months.

Think one tool, one job. Hammer the nail. Not everything is a nail. For example you search for stuff by starting your firefox, going to google and typing the key words. You expect a response with links to other pages. That's it. There's nothing in this recipe that demands a web server in your web browser. Not everything needs to be a hammer. Not everything needs to be in the cloud either.
The one tool is firefox being the client.
The other tool is google being the web page server.
An email agent sends/receives email to the email server. That's one tool for one job.
If you want a web page server, install apache. That's the one tool for the one job.

I'm a strong believer in a clear separation of concerns because my private family pictures, although I am very proud of them are none of anyone's concern and should not ever accidently find themselves on the net. If a web browser somehow becomes a web server with your ideas, my pictures might accidently fall into unintended audiences. It's not a big deal but the fact that this accident could happen because of a software vulnerability really would piss me off. I remember a peer to peer software being the first occurrence where people could browse anywhere on my harddrive without my knowing because by design the coder accidently designed it that way. It was cool, but potentially dangerous and amazingly invasive in terms of privacy.

The smarter client API risks being invasive in terms of privacy. It may not be intended in the design, but a vulnerability may make it so. Simply by providing this api makes it easier to invade the smarter client api user's privacy through a vulnerability discovered by some hacker. Web browsers are the most popular software for every device in our era. By installing this kind of api on everyone's machine, it would imply the risk of the most privacy invasive technology being enabled on every device on the planet. I don't like this scenario.

Now here's where it get scary. What if I told you we already do have a "SMARTER CLIENT API" installed in our browser?
It's the non-open-source Adobe FLASH plugin
or any non-open-source browser plugin.
We just have to have faith ADOBE and those other non-open-source guys play fair and won't use their browser plugins in the wrong way.
ADOBE is not evil right? Smarter client api is not evil right? If you believe that I have some prime swampland in Florida that I would love to sell ya. I wonder if SONY owns any shares in ADOBE. It would make sense considering SONY's history shipping their SONY CD-BURNER with spyware device-drivers.

When is everyone going to wake up and smell the coffee and use an external open-source player app instead of the Flash plugin?

Comment All your base belong to "Pay-per-use" (Score 1) 183

Use Google-WAVE and you embrace the dependence on WEB-SERVICES and eventually all the tasks on the devices you buy will be available only through "pay-per-use". You've been warned.

GOOGLE, ORACLE, MICROSOFT and IBM have all been intending to confuse all computer/mobile internet device/PIM/smart phone users into a state of dependence of web-services through VERY SUBTLE steps. THEY LURE with the WORM(office, maps, sketch, wave, voice), WE WANT THE WORM, WE EAT/install the WORM, and voilà VENDOR-LOCKED-IN CATCH! But the LURE for it sounds like a miracle tincture to heal everything that ails you...we must have it:
Google Wave is "a personal communication and collaboration tool" announced by Google at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009.[1][2] It is a web based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking.[3] It has a strong collaborative and real-time[4] focus supported by robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages[2], and numerous other extensions.[4]

The subtleties of forcing people to go web-service are there. The younger generation know only the web browser/twitter/QQ/MSN/SKYPE. WAVE is asking everyone to move from the simplicity of thunderbird for email and firefox for browsing, open office for editing docs/spreadsheets/etc..
to the complex jack-of-all-trades WAVE. If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

I choose not to use WAVE. GOOGLE and MS are both too big now. They control too much of the world's knowledge. They must be kept in control by limiting our use of their product. For example, you can use their search engines and MS/GOOGLE can display their advertisements, but THAT's all you want.
Don't install their office products on your device. Don't use their mapping products on your device. Just use/install simple open-source software on your device. This will reduce everyone's probability of being "vendor locked-in" to one alternative(risk of dependence to one-sole company GOOGLE/MS).

It's so important for people to understand how "vendor lock-in" is so evil. It's so important for people to understand that GNU/Linux and all it's flavors provide alternatives to "vendor lock-in" NOW. Whatever happened to the "one tool, one job" philosophy? This wave stuff seems to add complexity everywhere. It's adding complexity in the maintenance of the server. It's adding complexity in the maintenance of the devices that connect to the server. If WAVE breaks, everything breaks. Not a nice situation to be in. Worse even, if WAVE asks us to pay for using it then we won't be able to use our devices for anything. LINUX is becoming almost essential for digital freedom.

SEE THE LIGHT PEOPLE!
-Google and Microsoft will eventually reach a point of no return in terms of complexity. Move to simpler Do-It-Yourself strategies if these techie big boys don't get their act together.
-Create your own ways of collaborating together in order to further increase your independence from IBM/MS/ORACLE/GOOGLE in your lives.
-Constrain your google/baidu/yahoo/bing/QQ internet diet: view anything with advertisements via the browser, but don't install stuff via the browser as a general rule of thumb. This will make the internet experience safer with no chance of vendor lock-in from the big IBM/MS/ORACLE/GOOGLE/FLASH/ADOBE/MOVIE COMPANIES/MUSIC COMPANIES.

Comment to ext. usb hard drive /w partimage || pybackpack (Score 1) 611

I'm not a crazy hard drive filler like a lot of people but here's my attempt to make my life simple. Try not to fill your personal hard-drive with media you didn't create yourself: all sorts of movies, books, and mp3's. If you truly must have this stuff in archives, then put it on another hard-drive not mixed up with your personal stuff.
Your personal stuff:
-----------------------
1)do keep your emails in a dedicated directory named with the date of creation i.e. from20July2009email
2)do keep your personal pictures in another directory...ditto
3)do keep your personal videos in another directory
4)do keep your work related projects in another directory

There now we've got it simplified down to 4 main directories to backup.
I've successfully backup to external hard drive by simple directory copy because I don't have that many directories to deal with.
It takes about 20 minutes to backup while attending and observing it closely.
I've tried "pybackpack" recently which is in the ubuntu repositories. It's a gui for selecting the directories and keeping them in a backup project file. It's worth a look.

Now with regards to backup of your computer's customized "just for you" settings, well from what I've seen for Linux recently is partimage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partimage
They've even got an article recently published a couple of weeks ago in the Chinese weekly computer newspaper called "Dian Nao Bao" which has dedicated half-page to Ubuntu every week. I can't understand a word of it except they do publish the english buzzwords in it like 3g, android, partimage, wardriving, and mplayer.

prefixsuffix is cool. It's a little tool that changes groups of file names quickly. It might be useful for your backups.

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