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Comment Does home Internet in Seattle really still suck? (Score 1) 139

I have a dial-up modem at home that only connects at 26.4k since there a universal SLIC between me and the CO

I know Seattle has had serious problems with home Internet speeds in the past due to some "director's rule" about rights of way that was unfriendly to tenants and neighbors of absentee landlords and neighbors of vacant lots. But I thought the rule was changed at the end of 2014, opening the door for CenturyLink to deploy gigabit fiber. Did it not reach your home?

Comment Lumen Database may be part of it (Score 1) 94

left up to the judicial branch.

But congress isn't going to decide on whether any web site is in violation or not.

True; Congress lets the courts sort that out.

As for whether a site is tied closely enough to infringement to deserve demotion, the featured article doesn't give the complete algorithm, but it does take into account notices of claimed infringement: "the tech giants have committed to demote websites that have repeatedly been served with copyright infringement notices." I assume these are the same notices of claimed infringement that Google forwards to Lumen Database, particularly those pursuant to 17 USC 512.

Comment Brand impressions in video and timelines (Score 1) 107

What, precisely, do they think is going to replace clicks?

Video impressions and impressions in an "infinitely" scrolling timeline. From the featured article:

Marketers are starting to attribute marketing success towards content exposure that drives you to click something, instead of the click itself. Two key formats increase content exposure: video and passive scrolling.

I guess to the hipsters, the Internet starts with Google.

Marketers once again want to get a brand name into the public's collective head to drive search traffic:

"a lot of work is done to get you to type something into a search bar to begin with," AdRoll President Adam Berke tells Axios.

Comment Re:Anyone have a link to the price sheet? (Score 1) 94

The following assumes the jurisdiction of the home country of Google, Microsoft, and Slashdot:

who gets decide whether something really is a copyright infringement or not?

The U.S. Constitution grants the power to define copyright infringement to Congress within the limits of the First Amendment. Congress has created statutory limits on copyright, some specific and others largely left up to the judicial branch.

Someone with an economical interest?

Is the issue a conflict of interest arising from congressional election campaign finance and in-kind donations of positive publicity?

Comment Re:Sites with working takedown aren't "infringing" (Score 1) 94

USC is United States Code, the primary set of statutes of the home country of both Google and Microsoft.

As for operation within Britain, what British law gives search engines the right to cache copyrighted web pages and display snippets of copyrighted web pages in the first place?

Comment Sites with working takedown aren't "infringing" (Score 2) 94

If they REALLY went after copyright infringing websites they'd take down [the major social media sites]

Websites that have a takedown policy and enforce it are not "copyright infringing websites" per the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of 1998, codified as 17 USC 512.

Comment How much to re-create Apollo? (Score 4, Interesting) 254

How expensive would it be to re-create the Apollo program?

Would it be cheaper to do an "Apollo plus" with SOME modern technology where modern tech happens to be cheaper or the same price, but leaving out modern tech where it's more expensive?

In other words, would we save $BIGBUCKS by building on what we have instead of starting nearly from scratch?

Before anyone points it out, I am aware that significant amounts of the original Apollo program's designs have been lost, either literally though lost blueprints/design-documents or in practice because the "institutional knowledge" is long-gone. I also know that the original manufacturing facilities are long gone and they would have to be rebuilt. However, significant parts of the design work is either available or easily reverse-engineered, so we wouldn't be starting from scratch.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy on both sides (Score 1) 205

without paying the creators whatever they want

how much does the Shakespeare estate deserve

I think his copyright expired around 400 years ago.

I am aware of that under current law. But "whatever they want" appears to be no expiration.

On the other hand, why does copyright expire at all? Why does, say, the U.S. Constitution even have a "limited Times" clause?

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 205

Yes, as I've said throughout, I would agree that the extensions to copyright duration are not justified. However, they are also almost entirely irrelevant to arguments about incentives, because the continued copyright doesn't actually translate to continued income.

Most income from most copyrighted works is made within the first few years. The vast majority of online piracy is infringing the rights to works released within the past few years. If you cut copyright duration to 20 years across the board tomorrow, the economic situation would barely change in most cases. If you removed copyright entirely, on the other hand...

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 205

The same laws?

Yes, exactly the same laws. If you think the system is loaded in favour of content creators, you are as free as anyone else to create new content of your own and benefit from that system if you can. Millions of people make their living this way and billions benefit from the results, so it's not as if this is some crazy niche rule, nor one law for the rich and another for everyone else.

Show me one single group of people who can work once and milk it forever.

Well, pretty much any investment-based business works this way. Landlords who rent out their properties are probably the most obvious example. However, I don't see how any of this is relevant to the matter at hand.

In practice, significant income from works under copyright rarely lasts for more than a relatively short time after the work is released, and of course even that is not guaranteed. Creating the potential for that income, and thus an incentive to create and distribute new work in the first place, is the main effect of having copyright laws. I suspect we would agree that the duration of copyright protection has probably been extended far more than it should have been, but the benefit of that extended protection is mostly illusory anyway.

Comment Re:1984 is not a utopia (Score 1) 95

So just to be clear, you're not actually saying that Google are routinely listening in to everyone's surroundings, you're saying that an optional voice-activated feature on Android devices sometimes has false positives on the trigger word if it's enabled and in those cases it may record a short part of the audio around the phone and send it back to Google the same as it would if you were actually intending to use the voice-activated feature? I think it's fair to say that one of these is quite different to the other.

Comment Re:The publisher refuses to take my money (Score 1) 205

How does it hinder it in these particular cases? The things you listed aren't exactly classics.

Who decides what are "classics"?

Find me a lawfully made copy of these on a video format popular in the United States.

So buy it on DVD

From the linked page: "Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)" Region 1 DVD is popular in the United States. Region 2 DVD is not.

Comment Re:Super NES address space is far from linear (Score 3, Informative) 168

Different aspects of mirroring have different purposes.

Mirroring is the result of incomplete decoding of the address bus. Incomplete decoding saves a gate or two and usually doesn't hurt anything. Shaving pennies off the replication cost of millions of Game Paks could increase profit.

The 65816 requires the reset and interrupt vectors to be available at $00FFE0-$00FFFF in order to start up. If ROM is not mirrored into $00FFE0-$00FFFF, the system will hang at startup.

Only ROM at $808000-$FFFFFF is set up for fast access. The rest of ROM ($008000-$7DFFFF) is hardwired for slow access so that the 65816 can retrieve its reset vector before the memory controller is configured. So programs run memory controller initialization somewhere in $000000-$7DFFFF and then jump to $808000-$FFFFFF once they've initialized the memory controller.

I/O and a portion of RAM are mirrored into $00-$3F and $80-$BF so that the CPU can access a subset of data in ROM, data in RAM, and I/O without having to either change the data bank register or use 24-bit addressing all the time. Unlike the 8086, the 65816 doesn't have "prefixed" instructions that can change which segment is used. Instead, the data bank register must be explicitly reloaded in order to use 16-bit addressing, which is slightly faster than full 24-bit addressing. In addition, several 65816 addressing modes are hardwired to use bank $00, particularly those dealing with the base pointer (D) or stack pointer (S).

See Fullsnes or Super NES Development Wiki for more information

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