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Comment Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (Score 1) 366

[...] People who produce content do have some right to keep other people from stealing it. [...]

... aaand there you have the buy-in. Stating opinion as fact. The above statement may be a valid interpretation of the law in many cases and in many jurisdictions - but whether people who make public performances have an ethical right to all aspects of the performance is very much an open question. For me it's a question of living by the sword / dying by the sword. If you want your performance to be in any way protected, then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't perform it in the open, unprotected public. And if you do, you will have to expect creative minds to take your idea and run with it.

Comment Um ... no (Score 1) 716

[...] now manufacturers are discovering that simply making a good tablet does not guarantee that it will sell [...]
Maybe they should try making a good product before resorting to statements like these.

[...] to the chagrin of Motorola and its Xoom product [...]
The problem with the Xoom is not that it doesn't have a chain of dedicated stores behind it, but that it isn't finished. It's half-baked goods, that costs significantly more than its main competitor, and can't do half the stuff.
... it does Flash - just not quite yet.
... it does 32 GB of storage - just not quite yet. And when it does, the user has to spend another 70-100 USD to upgrade it. It doesn't do 64 GB of storage, at any price.
... it charges nice and quickly - but you have to have your power supply with you at all times. It doesn't charge over USB at any speed.
It might have competed with the original iPad - it's about as thick and heavy - but that boat has sailed.
Knock off half the price, and people might be willing to put up with an OS that's basically just come out of beta.

[...] it is plain for all to see that Apple's secret weapon is their network of dedicated Apple stores worldwide [...]
Hm. Small lesson in rhetoric: If someone says "it's plain to see", they are probably trying to gloss over the fact that it's no such thing.

[...] it might remain to be an iPad market. But not because they did not build a good product [...]
Nope - the not building a good product is pretty much it. Try again, and try to finish it this time before putting it on the market.

Comment Re:Dump your Motorola stocks (Score 1) 600

Apple have this exact attitude [...]

Hum ... no. The main difference is that Apple locks down their phones, and then provides timely updates. Motorola locks down their phones, and then provides updates for a minority of devices, for a minority of users (if you're outside the US you basically don't get any), and late.

Comment Re:Net Neutraility? (Score 1) 316

My business is just me (technically) plus a few contractors. At what point are we and our interests no longer individuals?

You could be on your own, and you and your business would already be separate. The business is a separate legal entity, a "legal person" if you will. You are an agent of the business. If you don't understand that dichotomy, then you are doomed to be frustrated and/or bewildered rather often in the course of your work. Either that or you're a sociopath who actually enjoys telling people what to do :)

Comment Re:Since when... (Score 1) 551

Does it not make a difference that in low-level, prophylactic use, the bacteria cultures are not killed outright, whereas in regular use, bacteria cultures are eradicated? So even if more antibiotics are used today in the EU, they actually kill the given strain, rather inadvertently strengthen it?

Comment This will be fun for support ... (Score 1) 453

... they won't only have to continue to teach users what the "any key" is, now they can teach generations of users how to put batteries in, all over again.

Remember, kids: it *always* a good thing if there's more than one way to do something; indeed, the more ways there is to do something, the better (*).

I always appreciate devices that treat me like an idiot, and attempt to do my thinking for me. I'm looking forward to my first device that is missing the [+] and [-] signs in the battery bay, because hey, it says there right on the box that I threw away half a year ago that the batteries can go in any which way. Duh.

(*) alert: sarcasm

Comment The name was the big mistake (Score 1) 351

Okay, this is probably going to come across a a little weird. I contend that the main thing that MS got wrong with the Kin is the name. You cannot call a device "Kin" without some kind of blowback. "Kin" is a basic anglo-saxon word that essentially has no etymology - it just is. The dreaded four-letter words fall into this category, as do many other very basic words such as water, earth, grass, fire, and so on. Except that "kin" does, as MS correctly identified, have a social connotation. "Kin" is people you're related to by blood or common interest - and by "common interest" I mean savages fighting for the same cause, and not people who like the same kind of literature as you do.

Now - call a device "Kin", and you are basically claiming the you can use it to identify who in "kin" to you. And that is plain too powerful. When I first came across this device the main part of my reaction was to be slightly upset at MS' attempt to co-opt this rather neat word. And that's why I say weird above: basically I'm saying they evoked a concept too powerful for this or any gadget.

So: They should have called it the "Microsoft Social Management Device" or something similarly inane. Then it would have been accepted more as "good first fling, looking forward where they're going to take this", rather than "this is what they want to sell us as the epitome of social interaction? You have *got* to be kidding me". Unfinished devices are fine; the first iPhone didn't have copy-paste, and that was OK.

Finally: I would have liked to like the device. A Blackberry keyboard on a social device? Cool. Perfect present for your 11-year-old niece. Welcome to the social; finally. Backed by a company that will maintain it for years to co... oop, where'd it go?


Submission + - Spamhaus Fine Reduced from $11.7 M to $27 K (

eldavojohn writes: In 2006, anti-spam crusader Spamhaus was sued for "defamation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and interference with existing contracts" after blocking "promotional e-mails" from e360. What with the case being in Illinois and Spamhaus being a British outfit, Spamhaus didn't bloody care. So e360 was awarded $11.7 million in damages from Spamhaus but that was thrown out in an appeals court with a request for the lower court to come up with actual damage estimates instead of the ridiculous $11.7 million (e360 had originally stated $135m, then $122m, and then $30m as sums of damages). As a result, the actual damages were estimated to be twenty-seven large. While this is a massive reduction in the fine and a little bit more realistic, I think it is important to note that Spamhaus is a service that people proactively utilize. They don't force you to use their anti-spam identification system, it's totally opt in. And now they're being fined what a foreign judge found to be "one month of additional work on behalf of the customers" to a company that they allegedly incorrectly identified as spam. Sad and scary precedent.

Submission + - Do cyber vigilantes make computing world safer? ( 1

tsamsoniw writes: Fed up with companies failing to address security holes fast enough, white hats are turning up the pressure by quickly making the vulnerabilities public. First Goatse Security made public thousands of email addresses of iPad users that it swiped from AT&T's Web site — after AT&T failed to disclose the data theft fast enough. Next a Google security engineer publicized an exploit for Windows XP — which is now being used widely — after deciding Microsoft was moving to slowly to fix the problem. In both cases, the Goatse and the security engineer are claiming they did what they did for the greater good: Though their actions put users at risk, it forces the offending companies to worker faster to fix the problem. Do the ends justify the means?

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