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Comment Re:1984 is not a utopia (Score 1) 95

I'm saying that they have the capability of doing it. And many people are being recorded without knowing it.

Theoretically Google's privacy agreement prevents them from doing it without your permission. But if they went ahead anywhere there would not be any major consequences, and the easiest would be to update the agreement to allow exceptions.

The agreement makes it clear that the recorders do turn into data for Google. Theoretically they took steps to anonymize the recordings, but the next time you see an ad for a retirement home the same month you've been talking about putting your parents into a retirement home you're going to wonder aren't you?

Comment Does home Internet in Seattle really still suck? (Score 1) 123

I have a dial-up modem at home that only connects at 26.4k since there a universal SLIC between me and the CO

I know Seattle has had serious problems with home Internet speeds in the past due to some "director's rule" about rights of way that was unfriendly to tenants and neighbors of absentee landlords and neighbors of vacant lots. But I thought the rule was changed at the end of 2014, opening the door for CenturyLink to deploy gigabit fiber. Did it not reach your home?

Comment Lumen Database may be part of it (Score 1) 88

left up to the judicial branch.

But congress isn't going to decide on whether any web site is in violation or not.

True; Congress lets the courts sort that out.

As for whether a site is tied closely enough to infringement to deserve demotion, the featured article doesn't give the complete algorithm, but it does take into account notices of claimed infringement: "the tech giants have committed to demote websites that have repeatedly been served with copyright infringement notices." I assume these are the same notices of claimed infringement that Google forwards to Lumen Database, particularly those pursuant to 17 USC 512.

Comment Brand impressions in video and timelines (Score 1) 92

What, precisely, do they think is going to replace clicks?

Video impressions and impressions in an "infinitely" scrolling timeline. From the featured article:

Marketers are starting to attribute marketing success towards content exposure that drives you to click something, instead of the click itself. Two key formats increase content exposure: video and passive scrolling.

I guess to the hipsters, the Internet starts with Google.

Marketers once again want to get a brand name into the public's collective head to drive search traffic:

"a lot of work is done to get you to type something into a search bar to begin with," AdRoll President Adam Berke tells Axios.

Comment Re:Anyone have a link to the price sheet? (Score 1) 88

The following assumes the jurisdiction of the home country of Google, Microsoft, and Slashdot:

who gets decide whether something really is a copyright infringement or not?

The U.S. Constitution grants the power to define copyright infringement to Congress within the limits of the First Amendment. Congress has created statutory limits on copyright, some specific and others largely left up to the judicial branch.

Someone with an economical interest?

Is the issue a conflict of interest arising from congressional election campaign finance and in-kind donations of positive publicity?

Comment Re:Sites with working takedown aren't "infringing" (Score 1) 88

USC is United States Code, the primary set of statutes of the home country of both Google and Microsoft.

As for operation within Britain, what British law gives search engines the right to cache copyrighted web pages and display snippets of copyrighted web pages in the first place?

Comment Sites with working takedown aren't "infringing" (Score 2) 88

If they REALLY went after copyright infringing websites they'd take down [the major social media sites]

Websites that have a takedown policy and enforce it are not "copyright infringing websites" per the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of 1998, codified as 17 USC 512.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy on both sides (Score 1) 205

without paying the creators whatever they want

how much does the Shakespeare estate deserve

I think his copyright expired around 400 years ago.

I am aware of that under current law. But "whatever they want" appears to be no expiration.

On the other hand, why does copyright expire at all? Why does, say, the U.S. Constitution even have a "limited Times" clause?

Comment Re:Travel phone (Score 1) 492

You *do* need Facebook to log in to various other services. I used it, until recently, for Tinder, for example.

This doesn't mean you actually have to post stuff on there, or do anything substantive with it besides use it as a login service. The only things I use my FB account for are logins (and not even that at the moment; I have a girlfriend now so I don't log into Tinder now), and being "friends" with a few distant friends and not-so-distant family members who insist on using it. I never post anything.

Comment Re:The publisher refuses to take my money (Score 1) 205

How does it hinder it in these particular cases? The things you listed aren't exactly classics.

Who decides what are "classics"?

Find me a lawfully made copy of these on a video format popular in the United States.

So buy it on DVD

From the linked page: "Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)" Region 1 DVD is popular in the United States. Region 2 DVD is not.

Comment Re:Super NES address space is far from linear (Score 3, Informative) 168

Different aspects of mirroring have different purposes.

Mirroring is the result of incomplete decoding of the address bus. Incomplete decoding saves a gate or two and usually doesn't hurt anything. Shaving pennies off the replication cost of millions of Game Paks could increase profit.

The 65816 requires the reset and interrupt vectors to be available at $00FFE0-$00FFFF in order to start up. If ROM is not mirrored into $00FFE0-$00FFFF, the system will hang at startup.

Only ROM at $808000-$FFFFFF is set up for fast access. The rest of ROM ($008000-$7DFFFF) is hardwired for slow access so that the 65816 can retrieve its reset vector before the memory controller is configured. So programs run memory controller initialization somewhere in $000000-$7DFFFF and then jump to $808000-$FFFFFF once they've initialized the memory controller.

I/O and a portion of RAM are mirrored into $00-$3F and $80-$BF so that the CPU can access a subset of data in ROM, data in RAM, and I/O without having to either change the data bank register or use 24-bit addressing all the time. Unlike the 8086, the 65816 doesn't have "prefixed" instructions that can change which segment is used. Instead, the data bank register must be explicitly reloaded in order to use 16-bit addressing, which is slightly faster than full 24-bit addressing. In addition, several 65816 addressing modes are hardwired to use bank $00, particularly those dealing with the base pointer (D) or stack pointer (S).

See Fullsnes or Super NES Development Wiki for more information

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