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Comment Re:Careful Apple (Score 1) 610

Just out of curiosity, have you downloaded android OS, modified it and installed it on your incredible? What have you done on your incredible that can't be done on the iPhone due to it being open? Not trying to flame here, Im just curious...

Not the original poster, but I'll offer my story. A couple of days ago, I got an unsigned non-Market app (actually it is on the Market, just not in my territory) via email. Signed it myself using free tools and installed it on the phone. As far as I know, can't be done on iPhone. Also, as I use multiple computers, on any of them I can, using standard USB cable and OS file management, access any file (music/video/apps/whatever) on the phone. And copy anything from the computer to the phone, and use it on the phone. Unlike with iPhone, no extra software necessary, no warranties voided, not subject to approval by 3rd party.

Also, I'm about to start development of an application for Android. No code exists yet, and already I know my app can be published. I couldn't be sure with the iPhone. Google may reject the app from the Android Market, but I can still put it up on the web and have people be able to install and run it. Furthermore, I have a sizable amout of development investment in Adobe Flash. As of this summer (June or so) I will be able to leverage that existing codebase and development process to make Android apps. That just won't happen on iPhone.

I guess the last two things don't mean much to you if you're not a developer, but at least living without market lockdown and file lockdown is something that should be appealing to anyone.

Comment Re:DRM, restrictions, outcry (Score 1) 610

Then get an unrestricted device. As vocal as some "freedom lovers" are there should be a market for such a thing. Put your money where your mouth is!

And so I did. Bought myself an Android phone. With a nifty 'Allow instalation of non-Market applications' checkbox. I still use Android market. But I don't have to. And yes, when I connect my phone to any computer, without any additional software, I see all its files. And can copy any file to or from the device wihout it having to be aproved by a third party (iTunes). You know, an open system, freedom and all that. :-)

Comment Re:Did anyone actually watch the video? (Score 1) 146

Those guys got lucky and milked a highly publicized privacy issue with Facebook at just the right time. If there was a website for betting against startups, I would bet against Diaspora ever going anywhere.

Well, even if it's only that, at least there is one thing clear. There is a significant demand for a social network where the main motivation of the owner/operator is not vacuuming private data to be sold to advertisers. The fact that everyday people, not VCs, banks or funds, are willing to put up almost $200k on mere promise of such a system is bound to get a lot of people thinking. Even if these guys fail miserably and bever be heard from again, the folks at Facebook should take this as very very bad news. Or very very good news, if you're a user. :-)

Comment Re:Jewish diaspora (Score 1) 146

Yes, diaspora primarily refers to the Jewish dispersal across the globe as a result of the Roman occupation and destruction of the Jewish commonwealth in the land of Israel.

Well, maybe in your culture. In mine (I'm from Croatia) it refers generally to people living outside of their homeland, not any particular nationality. We had large emigration in first half of the last century, and those who left the country are usually refered to as 'diaspora'.

But, yeah, it's probably not the best choice for a name. Although I can understand the motivation, with their network being made of dispersed nodes they call 'seeds'.

Comment Re:Some of you keep forgetting something... (Score 1) 282

But Flash sucks the electrical life out of mobile devices. This isn't theory, it's fact. Take your laptop off AC power and see it die after a few YouTube videos or Flash games.

Yeah, those flash videos really do eat at the battery. What with their h.264 encoded content and all. Things will be so much better once we switch to HTML5 and its h.264 encoded content. So much better. Down with Flash, the electricity vampire!

BTW, the major advancement with the flash 10.1 for mobiles (which is what the article is about) is that it will use native hardvare for decoding video and drawing primitives with GPU.

Comment Re:Problem is not in idea (Score 1) 131

The problem is not in the idea. Indeed cpu cycles, storage and bandwidth are worth something and if anyone building a datacentre scale operation will tell you just how expensive per unit it actually is.

And, despite that, the old TPB managed to get millions to contribute bandwidth and storage space to their 'cloud', with no monetary compensation whatsoever. So, obviously, it is possible, and it does work.

Comment Re:Torrent-like file storage seems bad (Score 1) 131

What happens when the only guy with the last 10% of my file isn't online?

Nothing. You don't get the files, But, then again, that means the operators of the service are complete dumbasses who didn't think to host at least one complete copy of the data on their servers. Idiots. And the guys that bankrolled them, morons. So, let's hope they actually think about their bussiness plan for more than five minutes, eh?

Comment Re:Wow, talk about a metric ton of FAIL (Score 1) 131

Couldn't have put it better.

The last thing anyone wants is to host other peoples data with an open pipe to a commercial web site.

Guess what? Whenever you're seeding a torrent, you're doing exactly that. And thousands upon thousands of people are jumping at a chance to do it. And they usually get absolutely noting in return (except maybe a better ratio somewhere).

Comment Re:There are private trackers (Score 1) 131

And you could certainly restrict them to paid accounts.

But why would anyone want to pay for what they can get better for free?

Pirated torrents wouldn't be better if the new TPB offered the same selection and the same quality. It just wouldn't be free, but I bet a lot of people would trade free for legit, if the pricing is anywhere near reasonable. Throw in a possibility of discount if you seed the files, and it becomes even more interesting.

People buy millions of tracks off of iTunes, and they could all get them for free.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 131

Yep. Also, I'm not aware of any part of the bittorrent protocol that provides the facilities for payments etc. that they're fantasising about. No one is going to give up their myriad bittorrent clients for some unproven and proprietary p2p system by the people who destroyed their favourite site, even if its free. And if it's not proprietary, it'll be forked to remove the paytard stuff.

I have no clear idea of their bussiness model, but I can certainly imagine the way it _could_ be done. Have plain old vanilla private torrent site. You can accurately track who DLs and ULs what. Your ratio is a price divider. So, if you UL 4x as much as you DL, you pay 1/4 of the monthly fee. And if the monthly fee is something reasonable to begin with, and they had a library of titles comparable to what TPB today has, I bet a lot of people would just jump at the chance.

Comment Re:Non-issue (Score 1) 229

So not only are the BBC paying for their bandwidth, and users are paying through the nose for a pretty limited service, BT now want to double dip and charge twice for the same content, with the BBC picking up the bill instead of the customers.

Instead? Nope. They want to charge at BOTH ends of the pipe, server AND consumer. That's like charging you for recieving calls on your mobile because lots of people want to talk to you. Why isn't anyone framing the problem like this? Then it becomes crystal clear what kind of idiocy their demand is.

I pay a monthly fee for for my DSL service, which includes flat rate transfers. So, any bytes that come down the pipe, wherever they come from, their transfer is already paid. The ISP isn't providing the BBC a free service. It's providing a paid service to me, the person who watches BBC content.

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