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Comment This is politics, not antitrust (Score 1) 167

Unlike the Microsoft case, there is no entry bar for another competitor. They don't have ties into browsers and markets any more than anyone else. The sole reason they dominate the market is because they do it the best. One only has to type in another search engine site and/or change the homepage to use another serach engine. There is no consumer restriction here, thus no antitrust. All it takes is for someone to have a better search and Google is history. Of course competitors seem to more inclined to bring a case against them rather than try to improve their own sites There is probably a better case against Microsoft for forcing all IE users to use Bing to start. Google is not using another market to muscle its way into search, they ARE the market due to constant innovation.

Comment Re:Wait a sec... (Score 1) 596

Here here. It's not like you can't pirate on IOS or PCs or XBox or Playstation...... This guy is just complaining because he can't screw people as much as he wants for a crappy game. There are donation only apps that make ton s of money, and I have been more than happy to scape a few bucks here and there to pass on. What I won't do is pay through the teeth for half-baked games Besides if people really didn't like those choices Android would not be outselling Iphones. The real difference between the two OSes are the people that use them. People who use Iphones usually do so becuase it's "simple" or "cool". This type of customer usually downloads the first thng that catches thier eye and pays for it. Android users tend to be more about productivity or messing around. Each of these groups tend to look into alteratives before downloading, so if there is a free app that does the same thing they tend to choose that. I also challenge him to show piracy and not simply low sales.

Submission + - SOPA not really delayed, just hidden (

cybrangl writes: Update.... Or not. Despite the fact that Congress was supposed to be out of session until the end of January, the Judiciary Committee has just announced plans to come back to continue the markup this coming Wednesday. This is rather unusual and totally unnecessary. But it shows just how desperate Hollywood is to pass this bill as quickly as possible, before the momentum of opposition builds up even further

Comment I'm not sure if we are asking the right questions. (Score 1) 1115

The question proposed is "Has any creative work failed because of piracy?" The real question is "why has piracy become acceptable?" I Think we can answer this in 2 parts. 1) Congress has made copyright so long that it is essentially "forever" in terms of relevance. This also has an effect of stifling new work that may make use of, or resemble, something else released since it will never become public domain in our lives. 2) Because the respective industries have taken great pains to lock out any works they do not own, they have no reason to produce anything but music, movies etc. that meets the lowest common denominator since it is cheaper to market a few groups or movies than thousands. The book publishers still thrive despite thousands of choices and a vast array of independent publishers. Sure there are some blockbusters and duds, but they still make money, and would without the incredibly long copyright period. This policy of force feeding media and eternal copyright has made the whole idea a joke. Couple that with the "creative accounting" where the artists don't get paid and no one respects the copyright law. Why should they? The only ones who make money seem to be the ones intent upon curtailing our choices and creativity.

Comment Re:gone (Score 1) 1093

"Except, the burden of proof is not on the skeptics" Actually that is completely wrong. A theory has been proposed that supposedly endangers us all. Evidence is presented. If they are wrong, there is little damage in implementing the solutions provided, and may even ultimately save us money. However, failing to act could be disasterous. "Hey Harry, I think letting the collant run out of the Reactor chamber would be bad" "Oh Geoge, you're just being an alarmist. Can you prove it is disasterous every single time?" The problem is that you can only disprove the sceptics by letting it happen, and by then it is too late. Even if the global temperature rise IS natural, and by some freak of nature, all of the pollution and CO2 we spew out has nothing to do with the excelleration, a rise in temperature is bad for us. This is simple logic. So, even IF all of these scientists are wrong, we still need to do something.

Comment It was HIS fault.... (Score 1) 902

If people become too much of a jerk, start telling their manager that you can't keep going over there to fix things "they" broke. Doesn't matter if they did. If managers think their employees are loosing time becasue they are mucking with their computer, they tend to get upset. It used to work well for me when I was doing helpdesk many years ago. I was treated like crap by the engineers until I started bring ing their managers into the process. Once the manager knew the person was costing the company money, things changed.

Submission + - If Real loses, who will the MPAA chose next? (

Jeromey writes: While searching for software updates I was directed to for the latest version of Flip4Mac. While on their site I noticed that they sell an application called Drive-in ( From the site:

"Drive-in is an innovative application that allows you to store your personal DVD movie collection on your Mac. Using Drive-in you can quickly create an image of a DVD disc on your laptop or home entertainment system. The image preserves the quality, navigation and special features of the original DVD and can be played using Apple's DVD Player or Front Row."

and from the FAQs:

"Is Drive-in legal?
Under license by the DVD CCA and DVD FLLC, Drive-in creates an image that is an exact duplicate of the information that is on the owner's original DVD disc, thus preserving original content protection. In addition, Drive-in locks the software to the owner's computer and locks the images to the software. Drive-in allows users to play movie images on computers that they own, but it does not allow users to share their images with others."

How is this software any different than Real's?

If Real loses in court, do you think companies like Telestream will quietly pull their apps offline and pretend they didn't exist, or wait until they are sued by the MPAA? I know there are a lot of DVD ripping programs out there, but Telestream is a very large software/hardware company. Can large companies afford to invest in developing these kinds of legally murky apps?


Submission + - Phony TCP Retransmissions Can Hide Secret Messages 2

Hugh Pickens writes: "New Scientist reports that a team of steganographers at the Institute of Telecommunications in Warsaw, Poland have figured out how to send hidden messages using the internet's transmission control protocol (TCP) using a method that might help people in totalitarian regimes avoid censorship. Web, file transfer, email and peer-to-peer networks all use TCP, which ensures that data packets are received securely by making the sender wait until the receiver returns a "got it" message. If no such acknowledgement arrives (on average 1 in 1000 packets gets lost or corrupted), the sender's computer sends the packet again in a system known as TCP's retransmission mechanism. The new steganographic system, dubbed retransmission steganography (RSTEG), relies on the sender and receiver using software that deliberately asks for retransmission even when email data packets are received successfully. "The receiver intentionally signals that a loss has occurred," says Wojciech Mazurczyk. "The sender then retransmits the packet but with some secret data inserted in it." Could a careful eavesdropper spot that RSTEG is being used because the first sent packet is different from the one containing the secret message? As long as the system is not over-used, apparently not, because if a packet is corrupted the original packet and the retransmitted one will differ from each other anyway, masking the use of RSTEG."

Submission + - Microsoft hit with $200 million patent verdict (

Mike writes: "CNET reports that i4i, a Toronto-based firm, has been awarded US$200 million in damages from Microsoft in a patent infringement case. A Texas jury ruled that the custom XML tagging features of Word 2003 and Word 2007 infringed on an i4i patent. Although a Microsoft representative said the company was "disappointed" by the verdict and would seek to have it reversed, it's likely that the veridict will stand."
The Courts

Submission + - Church of Scientology on trial in France (

Anonymous Coward writes: "A trial opened in Paris that could spell the end of the controversial Church of Scientology in France. Seven senior French officials of the church, as well as its French headquarters — the Church of Scientology-Celebrity Centre — and the headquarters' bookshop went on trial on charges of organised fraud and operating a pharmacy without a licence. A conviction on the charges could lead to a fine of up to 5 million euros ($A8.95 million) and, more importantly, the dissolution of the church in France. The case is based on complaints filed by two women in December 1998 and July 1999."

Submission + - Chemical Infofuses Communicate Without Electricity (

Al writes: "Researchers at Harvard and Tufts University have developed a way to encode messages without using electricity. David Walt, professor of chemistry at Tufts and Harvard's George Whitesides developed "infofuses" that can transmit information simply by burning. The fuses--metallic salts depositing on a nitrocellulose strand--emit pulses of infrared and visible light of different colors whose sequence encodes information. They were developed in response to a call from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for technologies to allow soldiers stranded without a power source to communicate. In the first demonstration of the idea, they used the infofuses to transmit the message "LOOK MOM NO ELECTRICITY.""

Submission + - Sony CEO proposes "Guardrails for the Internet ( 4

testadicazzo writes: "Micheal Lynton, the guy who said " I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet. Period. "has posted an editorial at the Huffington Post entitled Guardrails for the Internet , in which he defends his comment, and suggests that just as the interstate system needs guardrails, so too does the information superhighway. The following is pretty indicative of the article:

Internet users have become used to getting things when they want it and how they want it, and those of us in the entertainment business want to meet that kind of demand as efficiently and effectively as possible. But what has happened online is that if it is 'beyond store hours' and the shop is closed, a lot of people just smash the window and steal what they want. Freedom without restraint is chaos, and if we don't figure out some way to prevent online chaos, the quantity, quality and availability of the kinds of entertainment, literature, art and scholarship we need to have a healthy, vibrant culture will suffer.


Comment Re:Duh. (Score 1) 1601

That's great as long as there are consequences for reporting lies, and halve-truths. The problem has become that no one even gets a hand slapped when they don't research, or even make up, stories and report lies or rumors. You want to use the public airwaves? Sure, but you can't lie to the people while doing it. Combine this with government pressuring reports on what they can and can't report and we have fascism.

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 1) 1601

Just because you are a conservative, doesn't mean you are a neo-con. The Fox is biased, NOT towards liberals, but towards the neo-con agenda. I am a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal. You would think I would love Fox for the fiscal side. However, the recent and administration and Fox news are NOT conservatives. They have spent money, hand-over-fist for pork, wars and personal gain. This is not what a conservative does.

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