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Comment Re:Gee it's almost impressive..... (Score 2, Interesting) 187

but as TFA points out, the people they're looking for often do things that should get them caught, like using the same address and phone number when buying the plane tickets in the case of the 9/11 hijackers. The basic idea is to find a better way to process the data they already have, and to give people the ability to process data that will help them, even when they don't necessarily have access to it (ie the use of data classified at a level higher than the searcher has access to).

The problem generally hasn't been (so far anyway) that the data wasn't there, it was just that no one had the time or ability to process the information in a useful manner to make these connections. Supposedly this tool does a much better job of it than previous tools, but even if it does, we probably won't hear much more about it either way.

Comment Re:Public facade? (Score 1) 150

With McCartney specifically, a lot of the money that this organization is collecting from the music he and The Beatles wrote and recorded is going to the Michael Jackson estate. I think he just might have a few things to say about the music industry and the way it treats artists, even after making a few million dollars in the industry.

Comment Re:We are doing it for the artists (Score 1) 150

It's a trick, big labels don't even sign small artists any more. At the very most they have a sub-sub-label sign them (usually run by an artist that made their name on a small label and then signed a lucrative contract with the big label to run a label themselves). The reason is that the big labels no longer have the power to turn a small artist into a big artist on their own, so they don't bother signing the small artists, they just wait until someone hits a certain threshold of popularity, then sign them to the ridiculous contract that ends up with the medium-sized artist spending money to produce albums that make money for the label, which the artists hope to get back on touring and merchandise (if they even realize how much money they're losing making albums).

Comment Re:Stick and Carrot (Score 1) 150

I have ripped all of my CDs as well and use my PC for my primary player (and often rip a CD full of MP3s to listen to in the car rather than having a number of CDs in my car for the same amount of music). However, I still buy my music in CD format, because over the years I have re-ripped my CDs several times as hard drives have gotten larger (to make it possible to store more music at higher bit rates), as my choice of formats, players, and rippers has changed, and as files have become corrupted by various means. The CDs become an archive, generally at a better quality level than what I listen to on a daily basis, but I still appreciate them for what they give me.

Of course, I also find a higher rate of additional content with newer CDs, but I tend to stay away from the pop releases, where this is probably less common due to the increased number of people willing to pay for downloads, where the labels are making even more money, and the artists probably even less.

Comment Re:They just copied DDR... (Score 1) 177

So, since Guitar Hero and Rock Band were made by the same people, I guess the real copying is being done by Guitar hero 3-5... I also think there's a much better argument for Guitar Hero having copied a number of other games, especially since the Harmonix developers mention in this interview some of the rhythm games they saw in Japanese arcades, rather than DDR. DDR just seems like an obvious reference because it achieved some popularity in the US, but even that was around the same time Frequency and Amplitude were available.

Comment Re:Controller blackmail, Was: RE: Rail Games (Score 1) 177

This is because Sony finally stepped in between the two publishers and told them to stop breaking the compatibility, because they realized it was causing people that owned multiple systems to buy the games for the 360 instead (as I did). Personally, I would have preferred to buy the games for the PS3, since at the time the 360 didn't have the hard drive install option and the drive noise drove me nuts when I was playing the games, but I didn't want to have to buy a second guitar controller for Rock Band when I already had the GH3 controller.

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Submission + - Mozilla to protect Adobe Flash users (h-online.com) 1

juct writes: "Firefox is going to check the version of installed Adobes Flash plug-ins and warn users if it discovers an outdated version with potential security holes. Mozilla confirmed this new security feature and said that the Flash version check was part of a wider commitment to "protect users from emerging threats online". Only recently a study confirmed, that 80 per cent of users surf with a vulnerable version of Adobe's plug-in."
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Submission + - Not every cloud has a silver lining 1

Diabolus Advocatus writes: Cory Doctorow has an interesting article on guardian.co.uk addressing what cloud computing really means for the average consumer:

The tech press is full of people who want to tell you how completely awesome life is going to be when everything moves to "the cloud" — that is, when all your important storage, processing and other needs are handled by vast, professionally managed data-centres.

Here's something you won't see mentioned, though: the main attraction of the cloud to investors and entrepreneurs is the idea of making money from you, on a recurring, perpetual basis, for something you currently get for a flat rate or for free without having to give up the money or privacy that cloud companies hope to leverage into fortunes.

Comment Re:He is whining, you are apologizing. (Score 1) 556

OS X does have UI standards and it somehow pushes them to developers, on Windows, it is not the same deal.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx

Windows does have UI standards readily available for developers in the place a Windows developer would be most likely to look for them. They can also be downloaded in PDF format, and they used to publish it as a book, too.

Of course, there are a lot of guidelines that a lot of people ignore, and a few that are in direct conflict with Apple's guidelines for OS X. The conflicts especially are where Apple either ignores the guidelines for Windows applications or simply falls back on consistency across platforms, rather than consistency on the current platform (something MS got bashed for with one of the 9x versions of Office for Mac OS).

Comment Re:Eh not really a free speech issue (Score 1) 202

This is a Renter's issue. If I lease out an office space to people whom I know are dealing cocaine, I get put in prison too unless I notify authorities and cooperate with the investigation. The host being penalized for knowingly hosting a website dealing illegally in IP is analogous. What's the hubbub about? Seems reasonable to me.

No one suggested the host had to take-down the site, the host probably should have notified the IP holder and worked with authorities. It's not the host's responsibility to kick his leasees out of his office space, in fact the host has a legal obligation to not interfere with a leasee's space unless invited in during the terms of the lease. The IP holder has no authority to demand a takedown, only a judge does, but you can cooperate to get to the bottom of the issue instead of being an antisocial asshat that ignores everyone. A simple call a lawyer "I've been notified that a website I host is dealing in illegal items and I'm calling to cooperate with any investigations currently underway or that you will initiate." Not so hard.

According to TFA (reality may exist separately from what the article's author has written), they were expected to take down the site when they were notified of the "illegal activity". Now the fact that the web hosts were sued and found guilty leads me to believe that it is more likely they were being stubborn and not helping the investigation. However, the article didn't really make that clear.

What the article did seem to make clear, though, was that the web host's lawyers seemed to rely on existing DMCA law and case law, while Vuitton's lawyers relied on existing trademark law as applied to the physical realm. How they made the stretch from cooperating with a legal investigation to, for instance, give police access to a rental property where someone believes counterfeit goods are sold or manufactured, vs. taking down a web site where someone alleges counterfeit goods are being sold, I don't know. I would imagine the web host's lawyers thought they were in the right in advising their client, but I would hope he also followed the steps put in place by the DMCA to comply with a takedown notice, rather than just filing it in the junk mail.

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