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Comment Re: I bought it, it's mine (Score 2) 260

You have not "bought" something you haven't paid for. If you saw this game available for free and downloaded it that's not buying it. With that being said, this demonstrates the danger of using a platform where a vendor can revoke content and have it removed or otherwise rendered useless after you've downloaded it at any time afterward for any reason. If this weren't software, but instead, was a physical product that was given away in a store and you accepted the free product, took it home and then the merchant decided the giveaway was a mistake and broke into your home to take it back that would be theft on the merchant's part. This is why I refuse to "buy" digital content with DRM. If content has DRM you're not buying it. The vendor can remove the content you've paid for or change the terms of your fair use of that content anytime they want to after you've "bought" it. Any vendor offering up digital content that can be revoked or have the usage terms changed after the "purchase" should be prosecuted for fraud. You're aren't buying anything. In fact, you're not even renting it. At least with a rental the terms are agreed to up front by both parties. Instead you're handing over your hard earned cash under the guise of "buying" something while in fact all you're getting is something temporarily on loan under terms that can be changed anytime the seller feels like it. That's all well and good if the vendor is up front about what's taking place but if they try and portray it as a "purchase" or even a "rental" they are engaging in outright fraud and its long passed time that we started calling these companies out on it!

Comment Shocking (Score 1) 384

So the Android platform's open nature makes the overall user experience inferior for exactly the reasons Steve Jobs said a completely open platform such as Android's would? Shocking. As a geek I love Android's open nature. As somebody whose friends call them anytime a PC or gadget has trouble, I can't recommend Apple strongly enough.

Comment Re:Typewriter, George! (Score 2) 309

Lucas actually had people to answer to when he created the original trilogy. His original script for Star Wars under went massive re-writes. He only directed the first movie and during his first time out he had both a set budget and studio executives to reign him in. If Lucas would have been given free reign to do to the originals what he did to the prequel trilogy the original films would have been just as bad or worse than the prequels. Lucas best work was done under tight constraints with major input from others. Pure Lucas = Howard the Duck. Lucas with constraints and forced to work with others = Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the list goes on. Lucas has some great ideas mixed with a majority of horrible ideas and if you give him free reign without a filter to sort the brilliance from the crap the results are the The Phantom Menace.

Comment Re:Even more strange (Score 1) 628

It's like everyone clammoring to bail out GM and save a bunch of low skill jobs that are going nowhere but overseas in the future anyway. It's a losing battle with the wrong objective.

Those greedy thousandaire GM auto workers are ruining this country. Millionaire bankers who created the great recession by purchasing bad mortgages and repackaging them with other bad mortgages via a formula not even the CEO's of their companies could comprehend, not a problem ... their mentally deficient counterparts at AIG who made millions selling insurance against those horrific bets ... not a problem ... those greedy thousandaire retirees from those evil socialist union loving auto companies ... clearly the problem here. Something must be done about these greedy thousandaires .... they are ruining this great country!!!!

Comment Re:NAT (Score 1) 321

My friend, if you don't think the Internet is now a technology primarily dominated by consumers then you and I will have to agree to disagree. Smart phones are driving this and the smart phone market is now driven by consumers.

Comment Re:NAT (Score 1) 321

Since when have "hack" solutions to extending the life and usefulness of outdated but widely implemented technology been a roadblock? The ideal solution to broadband access would have been fiber optic lines for all here in the US, somehow more broadband is delivered through existing telephone lines and via cable lines than direct fiber optic lines to consumers. Purely electric cars or cars that run on biodiesel, hydrogen or natural gas would be much better solutions to our addiction to oil, yet they get outsold in the consumer market by hack "hybrid" cars like the Prius by a rather large margin. Convenience, cost effectiveness, existing familiarity and entrenchment play a much larger role in which succeeding technology gets adopted on a widespread basis than you are banking on. It doesn't matter which technology is superior. It matters which technology gets the basics of the job done with the least cost and hassle. In this case, the job is getting more and more devices online and in this case the technology that can meet that goal with the least cost and hassle is some kind of modification of the technology behind IPv4 plus NAT. When you can design a system from scratch, of course you go with the best technology available. When you have to extend the life and usefulness of a preexisting system with widespread adoption and you don't have a monopoly that allows you to force change, you go with the solution that is the easiest, most convenient, most cost effective and most familiar to those involved. The easiest and most convenient technology generally always wins over the better but more troublesome to implement technology. Just ask Sony ....

Comment Re:NAT (Score 2) 321

Address shortages are a very, very, very tiny, miniscule fraction of IPv6. If IPv6 was about address shortages, the IPng working group would have adopted TUBA.

You seem unwilling to even recognize any of the other features of IPv6:

  • Built-in security Built-in device mobility
  • Built-in network mobility
  • Built-in multimedia support
  • Extensible headers for dynamic protocol upgrades
  • Auto-configuration
  • Reduced latency
  • Improved router reliability (partly due to simpler routing protocols)
  • Native multicasting
  • Native anycasting
  • Superior QoS support

Don't even think of coming back with "but nobody uses these" - nobody was driving until the car was adopted either. Things have a habit of not being used when they're not available. When they are available, they are used. It's as simple as that.

You've made some very important points however I would submit to you that when you look at the advancement of technology, specifically that which has widespread adoption, one clear pattern emerges. Better rarely beats more convenient. VHS versus Betamax, Laser Disc versus VHS, low quality MP3's versus CD's in the early days of Napster and the list goes on and on. IPv6 is superior in every way shape and form yet moving to IPv6 is a giant pain compared to keeping and in some way expanding on IPv4 and NAT in some fashion. Moving from IPv4 and NAT to IPv6 is a giant undertaking while continuing with IPv4 and NAT plus piecemeal advancement in technology as need arises is much easier. Remember that necessity is the mother of invention. I'm not saying it's the best path and I'm not saying widespread IPv6 won't be the eventual outcome, I'm simply saying due to the widespread adoption of IPv4 and NAT and the inconvenience of moving to IPv6 the trend will be to stick with IPv4 and NAT for as long as it's humanely possible and just when we get to the point when we think it's no longer possible there's a very good chance somebody somewhere will figure out a way to prolong it and as long as that road is easier and more convenient than moving to IPv6 then that's the road where history teaches us we'll eventually end up walking down ... better technology be damned ...


Submission + - Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Sahas Katta writes in Skattertech that a traffic cop pulled him over while driving home and gave him a speeding ticket but thanks to his Android, he ended up walking out of traffic court without having to pay a fine or adding a single point to his record. "I fortunately happened to have Google Tracks running when an officer cited me for speeding while heading back home from a friend’s place," writes Katta. "The speed limit in the area was a mere 25 miles per hour and the cop’s radar gun shockingly clocked me driving over 40 miles per hour." Once in court Katta asked the officer the last time he attended radar gun training, when the device was last calibrated, or the unit’s model number — none of which the officer could answer. "I then presented my time stamped GPS data with details about my average moving speed and maximum speed during my short drive home. Both numbers were well within the posted speed limits," says Katta. "The judge took a moment and declared that I was not guilty, but he had an unusual statement that followed. To avoid any misinterpretations about his ruling, he chose to clarify his decision by citing the lack of evidence on the officer’s part. He mentioned that he was not familiar enough with GPS technology to make a decision based on my evidence, but I can’t help but imagine that it was an important factor.""
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Comment Re:iPad (Score 1, Insightful) 233

I think it's great. I will have my iPhone as a mobile device, the normal big and classy iPad for coffee shops and to impress girls, and the medium size iPhone/iPad variant for things while iPhone isn't enough, but when iPad is too big. I can already think hundreds of different situations where it will fit perfectly.

I remember the same softballs being tossed at the iPod and again at the iPhone when they were released. There were just overpriced, overhyped pieces of hardware that would only appeal to Apple fanboys. Only people who got caught in the Jobs reality distortion field would ever be interested in buying them.

How did that work out for you? I heard the same arguments against the iPad as well. They are still selling like hot cakes meanwhile the predictions of it's demise are looking just as laughable as that of the iPod and iPhone.

You may be too stupid to get the appeal of a smaller, less expensive iPad because it doesn't smell like Richard Stallman and run Linux. The rest of us, however, who are intrigued about the device but put off by it's price point just might be willing to try a smaller version of it at a less expensive price point to see if we like the concept before committing a larger sum to buy the bigger model. You know, just like the Mac Mini, low end iPods and the entry level $99 dollar iPhone.

1997 called. They want their functionality over ease of use mentality back. What is so hard to grasp about the concept that consumers want convenience first, functionality second? Time and time again in the tech industry we've seen superior technology beaten by convenience.

That's great that your $150.00 tablet can run 7 Linux distros and just about every piece of open source software that has ever been written. The $400.00 tablet from Apple that doesn't require a CS degree to run out of the box will outsell it 100 to 1.

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