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Comment Re:FFS (Score 4, Insightful) 235

Why is it that the attack-dog AGs of the world are ready to go when somebody runs wget contrary to a site's terms of service; but people like this are allowed to operate unchecked?

Well, when Florida lumps their "Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services" into one agency, you really can't expect much from them except bullshit.

Comment Re:Hey buddy (Score 3, Insightful) 272

And apparently they are correct, because the link I posted also has a list of companies who decided it was cheaper to pay license fees than try to beat the patents in court.

The FAT patents end this year.
The rest have several more years to run, unless someone beats them in court.

The key point here is that Microsoft is not claiming ownership of Android or ant core Android technology, but rather a miscellaneous collection of features the see in some smartphones and related devices.
Most likely nikon is using fat patents and likely MTP patents as well.

Comment Re:yes (Score 4, Informative) 164

It will when you record highres video

From the article (first page, you should have spotted it)

It may seem counter-intuitive that capturing still images requires a faster card than shooting video, but Full HD footage isn’t as space-hungry as you might imagine. Despite the “high-definition” terminology, each HD frame has a comparatively low resolution of just over two megapixels. Plus, since consecutive frames of a video are often extremely similar, clever compression techniques can be used to store moving images efficiently. A data rate of 4-6MB/sec is ample for continuous shooting.
Still photographs have a far higher resolution: a typical consumer DSLR may capture around 12 megapixels of detail, and high-end models often record more than 20 megapixels. Each scene may therefore contain ten times as much information as a comparable video frame

Comment Re:Bad summary. (Score 4, Informative) 111

Right. Why do summary writers always try to force the story toward their pet peeve.

Further this FTC settlement had NOTHING to do with what version of Android was installed, but rather the diagnostics and monitoring applications they had installed, mostly at the carriers request.

Both "Carrier IQ", something demanded by carriers, till they got caught, and "Tell HTC" a bug reporting software, ended up leaving logs on the phone that contained private data in clear-text, and transmitted that data to the carriers or to HTC in un-encrypted format. It also had to do with the handling of that data once it was delivered to the carriers and more specifically to HTC.

Why the summary writer had to make it about something else is beyond me.

Comment Re:$100m threshold? (Score 1) 121

Then they shouldn't receive funds paid for in taxes, simple as that. If tax dollars go towards it, it should benefit the public. End of story.

Read what he said, instead of putting your own spin on it.

he said:

Just because something is paid for with public money doesn't mean the public is entitled to it.

Lots of things are paid for by public money. Nuclear weapons, fighter jets, germ warfare samples, Gold in Fort Knox, Missile launching GO codes.
Clearly you are not entitled to any of that.

There are many fields of research which probably fall into the same area of risk, and must be kept confidential. Which is exactly why there are national security exemptions to Obama's new found openness.

Comment Re:Build Fed Funded Voting software (Score 1) 121

Dono if Vegas is the model you want to follow.

I talked with one programmer for slot machines who said it is the worst software imaginable, and even the programmers have no clue how it really works. As long as the end result of thousands of runs does not favor the house by more then X% its "good enough", and the inspectors simply rely on accumulated results.

Of course, if you ever beat these machines and win the super grand bonus payout of a gazillion dollars, the casino will simply claim a software error, and give you some token winnings and the bums rush out the door.

Comment Re: A good first step (Score 1) 121

The peer review system is not dependent on academic publishers. Reviewers and editors are volunteers under the current system, and would continue to do their voluntary work without the publishing industry.

How does that work in practice?

Lets say Joe Biologist has a paper he wants to publish, how does he get it reviewed by peers without the appearance of hand-picking his own reviewers? I always assumed the publishers solicited these reviews. Is there another mechanism?

Disclaimer: Not a scientist, so I have no knowledge of how this happens, but I've seen a lot of total quack "science" published as if it were real on the web.

Comment Re:Hey buddy (Score 1, Troll) 272

Oh, climb down before you hurt yourself.

Its not Android that Microsoft is licensing, its some of their protocols, (MTP most likely).

Nikon didn't have to use MTP in their cameras, and many would be happier if they didn't, but is solves a lot of problems for them with regard to getting pictures off of the camera. It means the don't have to include any software drivers for the camera, because they can just use what is already available on end-user's machines.

It could also be some elements of Fat32, NTFS, for storage card access, or Windows Networking, for wifi access / printing.

When Android provides replacement for these technologies they manufacturers can avoid them. But until then, if manufacturers continue to use Microsoft technology patents they are going to have to pay. There are many open source replacements that Google could have provided, but these haven't caught on.

Comment Re:The airwaves are public not private (Score 1) 186

Wireless radio systems have been around for about a century now, and Im not aware of anyone ever pulling off a hack of a car radio system or a radio tower through radio transmission.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9229919/Car_hacking_Remote_access_and_other_security_issues
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/can-your-car-be-hacked-feature

But you don't have to gain control of a car to do damage. If you can convince a V2V car that the 5 cars immediately ahead just came to a full stop because of a collision, you may be able to trick it into braking hard, causing a collision behind you.

Comment Re:and like vehicle-to-vehicle comms (Score 1) 186

is gonna get anywhere anytime soon... it's nearly worthless until every car on the road has it.. which will take a LONG time.. even getting to something like 90%+ v2v-enabled will take decades.

The benefits start accruing once 10 percent of the vehicles on the road have it. You don't need 90%. You don't even need 30%.

As you rush headlong into a fogged in traffic jam, there is a good chance that at least one vehicle in that jam will this technology and warn your car well ahead of time, so you can slow down (also slowing those behind you). You don't need every car to have this. Similarly, in-road transmitters can warn just enough new cars of trouble ahead to slow an entire stream of traffic.

Sure, not ALL of the capabilities of V2V will be available immediately, but plenty of them will work even with a small percentage of participants.

That being said, development of these systems is far from complete, and shifting them to new frequencies is really a last minute decision. There is no real reason that 5GHZ is ideal for this V2V use, and something much higher up in the spectrum might actually work just as well, if not better.

Comment Re:PR is the death of rationality (Score 4, Insightful) 123

Chuckle.

I thought the same thing when I read the summary. In one breath they are talking about Major crimes, and in the next sentence they lump in iphone theft in that group. Yet if you report an iPhone theft the police won't do a damn thing about it other than give you some paper to fill out. How is that considered a Major Crime?

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