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Comment Re:Books, Music, and APIs (Score 3, Interesting) 405

A melody or a lyric is not like an API. A musical note or an alphabetical letter is. To take your own example, "For example, I can play "Yesterday" on a piano, guitar, speak-and-spell, and it's still a Beatles song". The musical notation is the API, and you are able to implement the copyrighted melody via that API on a variety of different instruments. Imagine if somebody held the copyright to the API and only allowed a guitar solo to be performed on a particular brand of guitar? Would music be where it is now?

If you allow an API to be copyrighted then you will destroy a good amount of the software industry. Designers already do lock down APIs when they want to, even 'open' APIs such as Google and Facebook require you to generate an API key which they control the validity of.

It should definitely NOT be copyrightable. It would be detrimental to both industry and society.


Comment Re:You'd be raided too (Score 1) 181

You are confused between wealth tax and capital gains tax.

Capital gains is only due when you sell something for more than you bought it. Wealth tax is an annual tax paid on your net worth, including property, shares, and potentially Bitcoin. Australia does not have a wealth tax.


Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535

Agreed, Apple can get away with inferior underpowered hardware because it's "good enough". Cars are based on acceleration, mileage and safety. Throw in number of charge points and charging time for electric. The great gadgets and software in the Tesla don't even get a mention.

Though if Apple do produce a car, expect to see cracked windows on about half of them driving around.


Comment Re:You're all forgetting something..... (Score 1) 213

The Tesla is an incredible car. I love the finishing, the build quality is great as well as the comfort. The screen is killer as is the software. The A4 size map right in front of you is a game-changer, and you can flick the map up onto the dash behind the wheel so you can navigate at the same time as drive through trickier/busier areas. The acceleration is beyond that of my "European" sports car. The styling is very neutral but I personally find it very pretty.

The "big boys" have been left in the dust. The offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Porsche have been pathetic vapourware. Ferrari are toys, all my friends with Ferraris use them as "weekend cars" and have a Bentley for day to day. I am amazed how such profitable companies like the aforementioned have managed to turn into such dinosaurs.


Comment Re:Pity the big auto companies were so blind. (Score 1) 213

Of all the people that go on about the love of the noise and shifting gears, few have them have driven a Tesla. We will end up having two cars. Tesla for every day, and a sports car just for track days (or a run around Nurburgring). Once you have experienced never having to go to a gas station again, it would be hard to go to a petrol car again.

Interesting Amazon TopGear comment though, makes me think ferries and Eurostar should have Tesla chargers built in. A perfect time to recharge.


Comment Re:Sweden's case won't really matter (Score 0) 146

"The UK had no beef in this originally, they were just acting on an EU arrest warrant"

They acted on an invalid EU warrant. They post-fixed the paperwork later when he was in solitary. And why was he unnecessarily put in solitary? There were so many things wrong about the way the UK went about it.

Bail-jumping was a serious thing to do but Assange had weighed up his options. The risk of being executed evidently outweighed being cooped up in a hole for years. He was pretty much screwed either way.


Comment Re:This affects you personally, yes? (Score 1) 146

I don't get your point. What does being a jerk have to do with anything? The guy took on a massively funded secret organisation in the US government that has the ability to assassinate people with no consequences, and put that country back onto the path of accountable democracy. He put the US on the first step of fixing their democracy. Next is their corrupt Senate and system of lobbying, but that's not his battle.


Comment Re:Competent Authorities (Score 0) 146

It's strange you label 90% of the people as "having no fucking clue". Even if they are the silent majority, most people appreciate the work Assange has done. A lot of them are actually quite literate. He has made a lot of sacrifices, ones that most of us would never make. Without Assange, we would never have had Snowdon. There would be no public debate. Just the gradual slide of democratic nations into a police state.

Your knowledge of France, the law, or even the word capitulate, is suspect. I think you have nothing to contribute so should probably shut up.


Comment ISPs may not have the same objective (Score 2) 316

Remember when BT got lambasted as they intercepted all their user's web page requests using Phorm to be able to track users and insert their own ads into web pages? There was a big backlash with everybody saying a web page should be allowed to travel from a web server to a web browser unmolested. It's no surprise they will jump at an excuse to be able to intercept all their users web pages and manipulate the content before it arrives at the web browser. Sets a great precedent for them.

It would be interesting to see transcripts of Cameron's speech as it's hard to believe he is as idiotic as he has been made out to be. His quote that we must "deal with the Internet" doesn't mean anything as radical as a report button on web pages. Though his quote "We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space" is bound to make him a hate figure globally online. I've no idea how his PR man let that slip past. "Just because you are online does not mean you are immune from the law" would have been much better.


Comment Probably too late to be seen but... (Score 1) 269

Why does a distributed social network need servers at all? Why not just flag stuff on your PC to share? It gets copied encrypted into a bittorrent directory using a session key, and that session key is held in a wrapper than can only be unencrypted by the people/group you have 'shared' with. The bittorrent network will ensure it's available even when your computer is off. Adding nodes to boost network speed just means pointing some bittorrent client to that .torrent.


Comment Best distro (Score 1) 303

I would say the winners of 2013 would have been Mint and Ubuntu Unity. The former kept up its head of steam from the previous year, and the latter became so polished it was winning over a lots of haters.

In 2014 Unity got shotgunned by insisting on sticking spyware in the desktop by default and veering towards mobile. Definitely the big losers of 2014. KDE came up with their latest distro based on the new QT but lack of polish on the desktop meant they didn't get much traction.

Gnome desktop has probably made the most progress, but screwed themselves by being the best on minority distro Slackware and the most popular distro Ubuntu running an old buggy version.

So I would say the winner would be Mint due to being the only one not to fuck up.


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