Partly true. The Y2K think was to save 2 bytes. I remember a similar problem at the time and saying "2 bytes! are you kidding?" The response was "the app has x number of clients and x number of fields. This will save 2 disk spindles". The wise-ass kid (me) turned around, removed foot from mouth, and solved the problem. Oh and it was COBOL.
Spindles were 100MB to 200MB, big like dishwashers, and cost a gazillion plus your next new born.
A Linux based router with public/private keys would do the trick. Well I guess 'till someone breaks that too. DD-WRT has this ability but, when you do turn it on, it does not disable the user/password thing (last time I looked). A -p or something on the sshd command needs to be added.
The commercial routers don't have this option. Um like D-link, Linksys, etc. Unfortunately they are the majority of home/small enterprise routers But this would be the trick to use.
Yes, agreed. This is all absurd. I think fair usage has to be defined again. I see copies on computers as fair use: photocopies of a NYT article. I would really like to walk aroung the RIAAA offices just to see. Yes I knew 3 A's.
What's on second.
I did not read this whole thread because there is too much... and this is like arguing religion or politics. Here are my comments anywho.
I take you back about 50 years when mimeograph machine started to make copies and then to photocopiers. I wonder where the photocopy industry (Xerox) would be if we had been this stiff about copyrights in those days. OK so "we" passed "fair usage laws". End of problem.
Do we realise how many times copyright laws are broken in offices today throughout the world? Look around the office. How many photocopies of everthing are there around? Magazines, newspapers, printed copies of web sites. Photocopies of this and that at school. We do this without even thinking. I remember when we made a "Xerox" of something instead of a copy. Technically they are all copyright violations. Oh yeah... "fair usage". Right!
OK so "you" need to invent "fair usage" again.
I do understand the need for copyright as in "I take IP of someone else and sell it for profit" as though it were mine.
To use the analogy above, if I share an electronic copy of a tune with a friend, I am simply making a photocopy of the New York Times front page and giving it to someone so they can read it. Yes, I did deprive the artist of 1 sell but I also did it to the New York Times. No one makes a fuss about the latter not even NYT.
Isn't P2P like photocopying. Bet ya the RIAAAAAAA have copies of things. How many A's in that?
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