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Comment HTTPS only encrypts but does not hide... (Score 2) 354

Many people wrote "let's just use HTTPS and everything will full of unicorns" or whatever....

Does that solve the problem of seeing one's web history? No! It just hides what are you doing on the website, but does not hide which website you go to.... (last time I checked)

So please, tell me something new/different because HTTPS (no matter how desirable it is indeed) does do jack shit about being monitored like this...

Comment Many flies with one hit: ban everything! (Score 5, Insightful) 510

It's not just the enormity of the demanded money, but how shamelessly they try to get EVERYTHING done in one go, flying under the radar. They want to have injection against Limewire, and EVERY "comparable system", which is defined as:

(i) any system or software that is substantially comparable to the LimeWire System and Software, including but not limited to FrostWire, Acquisition, BearFlix, Cabos, Gnucleus/GnucDNA, Gtk-gnutella, KCeasy, MP3 Rocket, Phex, Poisoned, Shareaza, Symella, BitTorrent, uTorrent, Vuze/Azureus, BitComet, Transmission, Deluge, BitLord, KTorrent, eDonkey, eMule, aMule, MLDonkey, xMule, Ares Galaxy, MP2P, Manolito, isoHunt, or Piratebay, as those systems or software existed before or as of the date of this Permanent Injunction;

I mean, come on! I'm lost for words...

Comment Re:Prices (Score 1) 538

This is wrong because actually printing a book is the smallest cost involved in making one. When you look at the price of, say, a $35 hardcover book perhaps $4 is physical costs. Almost all of the cost of a book is the cost of paying the author/editor/proofreader plus the retail markup. These costs remain the same regardless of format.

This reasoning is just because of a (very) wrong assumption: all costs are created equal... That's just not true. The printing, packaging, etc. are fixed costs and proportional to the number of books you make. Thus producing 1million copies will be much more expensive than 1000....

The author's, editor's, proofreader's, etc... costs are, on the other hand, "cuts" in the total, and completely arbitrarily defined. Imagine an author where they say, let's cut our commission from X% to X/2%, which will cut the price of the book. In turn, more people buys the book, and if it's completely sane to imagine, that they can have x2 the sales for that price cut (as the author's share was a big proportion of the price). In the end, the author can make more money because of the larger volume then with it's original cut. And since all these costs are arbitrary, they are flexible...

On the other hand, it's a prisoners' dilemma: if everyone would cut a bit of their share [or effectively keep the same share (after manufacturing costs) but drop the price] they would make a lot more money! Just they are too greedy & stupid (dangerous combination) to realize that...

Comment Source Code - open to scrutiny and fixes (Score 2, Interesting) 127

This can be a very useful thing, if they keep their legal responsibilities according to GPL: They have to distribute the source code for it as well. Thus it should be much easier to spot every code that does not really belong there and aimed at spying on/restric/keeping in line the population.... as well as fixing these if one needs to. There's a future project for an NGO....

Comment Re:iPlayer (Score 1) 151

Re-emerge? BBC iPlayer, in its desktop not Flash-streaming form, is already a DRM'd p2p distribution system. Has been very successful though not as much as the straight Flash-based service from what I can tell.

The DRM from those files was stripped relatively easily. There you have it....

Comment Re:here's an idea (Score 1) 215

Valve's Zombie shooter has been refused classification, which means it can't be made commercially available in the country.

Valve should thumb their nose at Australia's rating board and make the game freely available there.

Or on Steam?

Then there's not much the boards can do, is there?

Comment Re:Not suitable for 15 yr old boys? (Score 2, Informative) 215

Don't they have an 18+ rating for games in Australia?

Polls consistently show that the vast majority of gamers are adults.

in connection with this... Just because a kid "shouldn't" play the game, nobody is allowed to? Ratings are for the parents, if i was a parent and wanted to get a 18+ classified game to my kid, who give the right to the government to stop me? No-one. They cannot buy the game themselves, but that's all. So, again, because some board of someones thinks that it is not suitable for children, who the hack are they to tell what is available for sale. Oh, right, the law.... And because it's about "just some game and stuff", people won't go out to protest (though now they would have time, since cannot get the game). But it is just another nanny-state bullshit...

Comment Re:Been there, done that (Score 1) 548

Pretty much the entire rest of the world got fucked over with Vista pricing too.. Here's how Gates weasel'd out of it @1:08:

For the people who don't WTFV (watch the fine video), he thinks the prices are pretty much the same everywhere, he does not expect big differences, but cannot be sure because he does not know any numbers whatsoever...

Maybe he should google for "microsoft 7 prices" instead of "binging" it....


Submission + - UK retailer pulls Linux netbooks from stores (

imrehg writes: As ZDNet reports 'PC World's category director, said in a statement on Monday that all the netbooks in PC World's stores will feature Microsoft Windows. He also said the chain will no longer stock netbooks with screens measuring less than 10 inches. [..] The spokesperson refused to give precise figures for [...] Linux netbook sales, but said they accounted for less than 10 percent of the group's netbook sales.'
'[The company's] decision to drop Linux netbooks from its stores drew swift praise from Microsoft. Company blogger Brandon LeBlanc said the trend of "customers demanding Windows for its ease of use, compatibility and simplicity" was not unique to the UK, but was happening in the US as well.'
I wonder if their Mac sales are above 10%? I wouldn't think that's true in the UK, so will they pull Macs as well?

Comment Yeah, free pie (i mean software) to iPhone users! (Score 1) 230

So how much was the commission on the I am Rich" I guess he'd lose the most...

Come to think of it, it was discussed before, that most people don't use many of their apps after the first few days, maybe even first few hours.

So, let's say there's a game on your iPhone, what would be the expected total time to finish it and get bored with it? I bet less than 90 days. So you can basically have a free game: download, finish, refund. It's golden!

In the world of "proper" computers, when was the last time you could get a full refund for a software after 90 days? In digital downloads, I don't think it ever happened. Of course, most of the time the developer cannot be sure that the person didn't make a copy of the software and send back the original copy (that is controlled in the iPhone's little walled garden). But e.g. Steam would be similarly in charge of your software - and offer no such refund...

So, if it's in the contract, well, not much to do about it. If you get bitten (more refunds than sales) think again next time how you sell your app or maybe how to make a better one that peopel actually wanna keep! If still make money, give thanks to the mighty Steve that he let you keep some, and the users don't exploit the possibilities handed to them... ;)

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