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Comment [US] is not safe for ... any business (Score 4, Interesting) 195

From the page on server limitations:

Unfortunately we can't work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload. It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States or on domains like .com / .net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process.

When people ask "why use" they're going to hear the Kim DotCom story. Eventually it'll be taken for granted that Hollywood has corrupted the Justice Department. This could be the PR move that turns ordinary people against Hollywood.

Comment Re:Okay.... (Score 3, Informative) 37

Video support is already here, and soon you'll be able to add plugins for almost any type of media publishing... including presentations or 3d model files. And we're planning for federation with OStatus so we can build a decentralized yet cohesive media hosting future.

(emp. mine, found here) Amazing that so many projects can't get this most basic communication right. A one sentence description should be a priority for any project, otherwise how do you know what you're making?

Comment Re:All hail the new pay as you breathe model (Score 1) 182

* Not "true" database replication, but functionally the same.

With Postgres it can be plain old SQL not some variant that has to be custom built for each table/DB (and which changes per SaaS platform).

Trying to replicate all the tables in all the DBs would be a huge pain, not to mention slower and development intensive, compared to true DB replication.

Comment Re:All hail the new pay as you breathe model (Score 1) 182

Salesforce don't like the whole pay for it once and keep it model. They like the pay once a month (SaaS) model. They are also pretty shitty at giving data back when you want it. You can have it but it's a bastard to get it out.

Salesforce makes SQL access difficult (or impossible). They can switch to Postgres without changing their web platform and then open the DBs for reporting, read replication, and sell write access. SQL is still the power-tool of enterprise integration.

Comment Re:Terrible inteface (Score 2) 88

The photo tour has one of the worst interfaces I've seen for viewing photos. Hiding half of the photo caption by default? Who comes up with this idiocy?

Worst. Interface. Ever. - It's slow! Collapsed text at the bottom. Little popup text links hidden in the photo. Photos are either resized or cropped.

Comment Re:Lawsuits (Score 2) 101

A technology that challenges the recording industry's firm grim on paying people to make music? A system that gives artists a big cut of the revenue made by monetizing their music? Something that might actually change revenue models? The lawsuits will not stop until this is dead and buried.

> When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.

Comment Re:Make it illegal (Score 1) 1199

Someone needs to come up with some new "cool" way for people who hardly know each other can hang out and feel part something that doesn't involved sex, drugs, alcohol or smoking something. Smoking is a gateway to feel like you have friends.

I think the problem with this idea is that there's no acceptable "need" to go down there every few hours. People might look at you as a slacker hanging down there, whereas the smoker doesn't get deemed a slacker for "going for a smoke"..

Maybe smart phones can fill this role? Peer connections and transfer is a recurring theme for phones, and the Internet is full of "social". The social rules for cell phones aren't set in stone, and gathering in impromptu groups to 'bump' phones would let people meet strangers and chat, if that's the way the technology worked.

Here's an idea: An app that knows about your interests and notifies you when you're physically near someone who shares your interest. It wouldn't advertise what you're into, or ID the other person, just notify you when they're within, say, 25 feet. Then you can put in obscure things and find the few people in you life who share those interests.

Another idea: a comm station where people gather to use and take care of phones. It would have power, highspeed connections, virus scanning, docking stations (kvm), alternate systems for temporary use if your device is broken, etc...

Comment Re:Jobs' abrasiveness at work wasn't the problem (Score 1) 420

That said, the culture on the internet is more cynical than people are talking around the watercooler.

Spot on. The Internet has changed everything, public legacies included. The facts can't be forgotten. Authors aren't vetted by the establishment. Even societal norms (don't speak ill of the dead) can't constrain the discussion in a multi-cultural environment.

People in the future aren't going to accept a glossy, official legacy when the details are easily available.

Comment Browsers need to fix tracking (Score 5, Insightful) 362

Browsers need to fix tracking, like they did for popups and malware sites. Aggressive technical measures can bring tracking networks in line. Tracking networks pay popular websites to include their crap and then sell the data they collect. Make it a pain for websites that include 300 tracking networks and we'll be attacking the money.

At the very least browsers should:
* Lockdown the user-agent string
* Force plugins (like flash) to either not have cookies (or storage), or let the browser control any tracking
* Raise awareness by warning users when they are obviously being tracked
* Limit the number of cookies generated by visiting a single web page -- don't let one page lead to 300 cookies from hundreds of domains

Here's an idea: the browser won't download anything from any 3rd party domain, unless the primary website asserts responsibility for the 3rd party domain (either in source or headers). No website would want to take responsibility for an advertising network, much less a tracking network. Advertisers would be under enormous scrutiny to not track people, because their clients would be the ones getting sued.

Here's another idea: Mozilla runs it's own adblock-style blocking list. Companies would have to convince Mozilla they're not tracking people, and possible sign legal agreements to enforce it. Mozilla could simply block any site they don't think is acting honorably. If they collected info on 0 byte images they'd know most of the worst players right away.

Another idea: browsers could auto-change identities every 10 minutes; like switching to a new profile. If cookies from active tabs were saved it would eliminate 80% of the problems without the user having to do anything.

Comment Re:AMAZINGLY stupid on the US/NZ government... (Score 1) 235

How do you get from unfounded accusations ("fake takedowns, incentives for copyright violations") to "MegaUpload really was a criminal enterprise"?

If you think the takedown compliance was "fake" because it un-linked a file without deleting it, you should know that Google does the same thing with their music service -- uploaded music is hashed and linked, not stored uniquely. Accusing MegaUpload of "incentives" is as nebulous as it gets. What did they do that was illegal?

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