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Comment Re:Marketing slowly sneaking up on common sense? (Score 2) 104

The worst part of the whole thing is that the ads following me around are more like. "I see you just bought some pillowcases, here's some more pillowcases you might be interested in." Except that's not really capturing the absurdity of the Amazon ads, since they follow me around AFTER I buy the thing, so it's more like you go back to Bed Bath & Beyond and the sales associate walks up and says "Oh, you bought these pillowcases last time you were here. Would you like to buy more pillowcases?"

Comment "Not I," said the cat. (Score 1) 2

I suspect what you saw is from some javascript inserting new articles without refreshing the whole page. The script is screwing up and inserting them inside the yellow "best VPN" ad box at the top of the page causing the yellow ad box to stretch over them and make them all look weird.

Comment Re: Against TOS (Score 1) 651

Can you point to the article in the Constitution that gives the government the power to demand facebook passwords from people?

The constitution doesn't apply to non-citizens or citizens. It is an exhaustive list of the powers of the federal government, with additional notes on things the federal government cannot do.

Comment Re:Automated CD-R Duplication patent? (Score 1) 94

Also keep in mind that "said computer" is the computer RECEIVING the request for data, not the one requesting the data. IE something on Netflix's end has to receive requests from one or more user interfaces and transmitted to a computer (which creates a task log of incoming requests, stores all data necessary for executing duplication, and take the required data from the storage and transmit it to an output device, which is then commanded to output the data to blank media) that sends the request to an output device and executes the duplication process.

I suspect that the troll is trying to claim that when I download a movie from Netflix, *my* computer is a "said output device" and/or the internet is "blank media". With either of these translations, I don't see a thing in here that any webserver+IE 5.0 didn't do on windows 98 (except for the bits about printing labels, though I bet you could with Avery's website back then). If there was any sort of DRM or even simply a customization step worked in here then you might be able to claim it is unique to how Netflix writes requests to my "output device".

That said, I certainly don't want to spend a million dollars to convince a court of that, and even in the off chance that the judge finds this claim so bullshit that they award attorney's fees, this "Blackbird" company is probably nothing but a paper corporation with one patent, the PO box, and a google voice number, and spends 100% of the income on lawyer fees.

Comment Re:Doctrine of equivalents (Score 1) 94

The doctrine of equivalents is a giant flaming pile of bullshit. If the guy wanted to file a patent for saving to a computer and not blank media, he should have done so.

What really should be done is that if someone invokes the doctrine of equivalents, whatever they claim is equivalent is now grounds for a prior art analysis, and if prior art can be found for downloading an encrypted copy of a video to an "empty area of an already-formatted and currently-in-use media", then the patent is invalid completely, since they made the claim that their patent is equivalent to doing that.

Comment How to do it even better (Score 3, Informative) 73

because.moe is a search site for anime streams that links directly to the legal stream options instead of serving as a pointless exercise in crying about pirates without helping either the movie companies or the consumers.

Maybe film.nl should try being useful instead of pointlessly patronizing, then people might use it.

Comment Re: Yawn... (Score 3, Interesting) 356

There's two levels of redundancy. There's "oh my god the database server is on fire! Promote the replicated server to master and failover!" which, depending on the database, should take a few seconds to perform manually. Testing automation for this (pull the plug and see what happens) depends on your setup and how long it takes your heartbeat to decide that the server is dead and how (If we shot servers in the head every time we got a DDoS, we'd burn through servers in a few seconds, it takes more than one failed connection for automation to decide the server is down).

Then, there's "oh my god the datacenter is on fire!". This is what people usually call "Disaster Recovery". One dead server isn't a disaster when you have failovers, but when your entire datacenter is dead, THAT's a disaster. It's tough as nails to automate too, since without having at least three datacenters, it's inherently a split-brain issue. If Datacenter A stops responding to Datacenter B, which one is actually down? If you aren't an AS and can't just republish your IPs at Datacenter B with a BGP routing change, that means you're going to have to publish new DNS records and wait one TTL for everyone to see them. If you had an authoritative DNS server at Datacenter A, then hopefully it was able to recognize that its down and shot itself (or at least updated its zone files with B's IPs) or you can somehow get to it and kill it, otherwise when Datacenter A comes back online, it'll be serving up A's IPs again and conflict with the other DNS server. This also is setting aside replicating your data between datacenters and how much of that is lost when you switch back and forth.

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