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Comment Privacy is a myth (Score 1) 220

People like to make so much of the Internet into an analog of the so called "digital town square". The irony is, in the town square, everybody can see you and know who you are.

Many are up in arms about "online privacy" forgetting that what they are really trying to do is make something that is essentially public private.
I've never been under the impression that anything I access via a web browser or other network service is anything but public. I've never trusted that Google or anyone else would protect my data and I don't create Internet artifacts that would embarrass me.

Look, would go around your neighborhood asking people about strange fetishes, your strange wart, or about anything else that you'd prefer people not know about you? No.
So why expect that every piece of information that you put on the Internet should be so guarded?

Comment So Adobe is mad at Apple for making products that (Score 3, Insightful) 731

I couldn't view every page in every browser on every device before the iPhone or iPad, so how am I limited?

This isn't about freedom, it's about a market choice. People have bought the iPhone and iPad in droves and have said, more or less, that the devices are compelling enough to buy even without Flash support.

Apple doesn't have anywhere close to a monopoly in the mobile device space, so I don't understand the problem.
Someone enlighten me please.

Comment Interesting, blantantly stupid sentance (Score 1) 664

In reference to people being concerned that they'd lose access to data if their internet connection were down:
'"If your cloud is down it affects any computer you're on," he said. "I'd like to see a comparison of the cloud with what you have today. I think the cloud will compare very, very favourably[sic]."'

Um, no. If my "cloud" is down, i.e., my internet connection, my laptop or desktop can still run everything. I can still work on my visio diagram, I can still listen to music, I can still do my taxes.
I can do all of that because the bleeding data that I need is on the damn machine.

Not to mention, why would I EVER entrust any corporation to safeguard or ethically use any data that I store on their "cloud"?
Can I create my own 'local' "cloud"? What will the EULA terms be? Can Google decide to start digging through your data to send advertisers your way?
Does Google now own the data?

Pressing questions.

Comment I'm confused (Score 1) 555

I have a "smartphone" in large part because I want to be able to access certain information and tools without having to lug a laptop around.

I've always wondered why I would want to tether my laptop to my phone. It seems to me that my phone, an iPhone in my case, allows me to use a browser, access my email, and get maps and directions, so why do I want to tether my laptop?

Every use case that I can think of places me someplace where I can get some kind of WiFi, which would be cheaper and faster.

I don't know, maybe I just don't need to be connected to everything all the time, in every way possible.

Comment Isn't this a bit pedestrian? (Score 1) 492

I've never understood what is so novel and interesting about someone taking bits of other people's music and making something of their "own" out of it.

Isn't it just another kind of kindergarten style collage that isn't really original? This is like an author constructing a novel out of pieces of other works, there's nothing new or innovative about it.

What happens when we run out of original material to "mashup"? Will we then get mashups of mashups? It is a terribly proletarian "art" if you can even call it that. If you have that kind of talent and ambition, why not create truly original music?

Comment More info requested (Score 1) 1182

This is the type of reactionary /. story that I love. Somebody posts about a one-sided post about some possibly egregious policy of some company.

What we don't have is comment from the other side, either in the form of email or direct comment from the company in question. The XBox Live contract forbids the use of offensive terms. Are terms like lesbian and gay themselves offensive? No, but there is no way to have apply a policy automatically and have it understand context, so sexxylesbian69 would be singled as would WellAdjustedLesbian8. I'd like to see a response from Microsoft on the actual policy.

Do they automatically suspend accounts with "offending" tags and then reinstate them when the user can clarify the use? I don't know, the article doesn't tell me. In this example, there is likely some bad customer service, the CSR might not understand the policy and might just be quoting the only thing they know. Those who believe they have been wronged ought to push to have the call escalated to a supervisor who might be able to fully explain the policy and actually help.

It would be nice if the linked article were actually a piece of "journalism rather than another opportunity to prove how bad Microsoft is, even though we still by their products.

Comment And there goes Apple getting free publicity and mo (Score 1) 610

I am always amazed at how the sheep bleat against the kinds of things that Apple and other companies do, only to see those companies policies remain unchanged and their sales go up.

Really, it is a complete joke to see groups like the EFF engage in this kind of action when it really only gives the companies they attack free publicity. As long as there is demand for the iPhone and growth in the marketplace, Apple has no reason to change their behavior, it is as simple as that. If they time their response to lawsuits and the aggressiveness of the their response, they will only gain more customers, perhaps many interested in thumbing their nose at Apple and jailbreaking the phone.

The only reason that Apple is making any argument against jailbreaking is to appear to the mobile carriers that they are doing something to prevent possible security violations. When there is incremental revenue available from jailbreaking, Apple will change its tune.


Submission + - Sony Fixes Problems with New DVDs

An anonymous reader writes: Following up on reports that DVDs for some Sony titles were causing problems, Video Business is reporting that Sony has fixed the copy-protection problem on recent DVD releases, and will provide replacement discs to customers. Apparently the problem was with ARccOS; the company issued the following statement:

"Recently, an update that was installed on approximately 20 titles was found to cause an incompatibility issue with a very small number of DVD players (Sony has received complaints on less than one thousandth of one percent of affected discs shipped)... Since then, the ARccOS system has once again been updated, and there are no longer any playability problems."

Customers can call 800.860.2878 to inquire about replacement discs.
Linux Business

Submission + - Legal view of the GPL and closed source modules

An anonymous reader writes: The Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property has just published a paper by Doug Hass that provides a detailed analysis of the legal reach of the GPL. The article deals specifically with the "exception" that allows closed source modules to co-exist alongside GPL-licensed code. The last section is the most interesting for non-lawyers: Hass concludes that the exception employed by the Linux community to ensure that both closed source and open source software can coexist is a legally defensible, common sense adaptation of the GPL. He builds a compelling case for why the community should continue to wrap closed source code in open source APIs rather than try to ban all non-GPL code.

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