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Comment Re:I work in the industry (Score 1) 167

Since the Tivo was released back in the last century, there is NOTHING I view as linear. This includes "live TV". The great beauty of a recording is that you can skip through it and ignore the fluff. This includes commercials. This includes commentary. This includes tedious aspects of some sports.

I even know someone of the older generation that specifically likes to watch his baseball games like this now.

It's GREAT to start a "live" event far enough long that you will never catch up to the commercials.

Comment Re:I agree, but... (Score 1) 167

Actually, real OTA stuff is trivially easy to deal with with PCs and consumer electronics. The lack of encryption makes things easey peasey and terribly reliable.

It's the encrypted cable stuff and proprietary on-demand and pay-per-view that's difficult to handle.

Although all of that stuff has already moved to streaming.

Comment Re:This is dumb (Score 1) 167

Music is a closely held oligarchy and they didn't see Apple for what it was at the time. As soon as they figured things out, they immediately dropped encryption and opened things up.

Now the music industry is a cautionary tale for everyone else.

Also, there were no comparable legacy regulations or contracts in the music industry to get in the way. There's still a lot of "cruft" in the video industry to get past.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 191

> Those teeth are too sharp.

If not jail time, what punishment would you suggest for people who file fraudulent DMCA claims then? If you take the automatic mass takedowns out of the equation, and make the individual content owner or lawyer responsible for reviewing and filing the claim; you take any chance of an honest accident out of the equation. So false claims in this case would be, at the very least, willful negligence in the case of a more mercenary lawyer who just went: "Ready, Fire, Aim" at the orders of his client without verifying the claim; or in the case of the content owner himself, or a lawyer who does do due diligence and yet files a false claim anyway, acts of deliberate and malicious fraud and/or perjury. So why hold back on punishing those people.

Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Comment Re:DCMA Fair Use / Parody (Score 1) 191

Ah, but is it a parody of the copyrighted elements? That's the tack I'd take if I were Samsung's lawyer: this is not parodying Samsung's IP, it is quoting Samsung's IP in a literal, non-transformative way that is not actually parody.

Of course in my heart I'd hope to lose, but that argument is no more ridiculous than many others that have become established case law. Issues like privacy and IP are where fundamental values we have as a society cut against each other and generate innumerable weird corner cases.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 1) 169

It's not just how hard you check, but how incisively. It's easy to satisfy yourself that software's anticipated failure modes won't happen. What's tough is discovering ways of screwing up that have never happened before.

That's why there's no substitute for experience. This gets back to the very roots of rocket science: the path to success passes through many, many failures.

Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 262

...and the "cloud" -- if it's in the "cloud", someone else owns it. Even when they tell you you own it.

It's not on your hardware, it's not on your software, it's not in your storage, it's not on your premises, and you have zero control over any of the actual foregoing locations / instances.

But hey, everyone, keep that cloud-ward stampede going. They love ya for it.

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