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Prometheus

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 21:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

Wow.

I guess that in space, no one can hear me scream….


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Copyright troll Righthaven in its death throes, domain going up for auction

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 20:59 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Copyright troll Righthaven was conceived of as a way of extorting money from websites on behalf of newspaper owners when quotations from those newspapers were posted to the web. The idea was that the newspapers would assign "the right to sue" to Righthaven, which would pursue lawsuits on their behalf, and share the take. Righthaven’s primary tactic was to shotgun legal threats to everyone they could find, regardless of whether their claims had merit, and then withdraw the threat when someone stood up to them — classic copyright trolling.

Over the years that followed public interest groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation worked with Righthaven’s victims and won a string of victories, in which Righthaven’s ass was repeatedly handed to them (the death blow was probably when judges began to affirm that there is no licensable "right to sue" separate from other parts of copyright).

Now Righthaven is pretty much dead. They’ve lost control over their domain (assigned to one of their victims, who has become a creditor of theirs, since the court awarded him costs), gone broke, and are just waiting for someone to dump them in a pauper’s grave. It’s possible that one of their early investors will come back and rescue them, but that would be a miracle as implausible as the climax of the Smurf’s Family Christmas.


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Samsung: no ICS upgrade for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab because of TouchWiz

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 20:57 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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Samsung has just distributed the worst news of this Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade cycle: the popular Galaxy S smartphone that sold 10 million units last year and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet won’t be upgraded to Android 4.0.

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it’s a development platform, not a computing platform. That’s why tech commentators can’t see the difference.

iOS for iPhone and iPad is a platform. Android is not. Android is something companies use to develop products. Anything done on Android after release of a product that has no relation whatsoever to the product. This is no different from iOS, except the company who developed iOS and the product is one and the same, and that has effects on what they think customers may expect from them. No wonder people are more loyal to Apple.


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  1. That’s the point, TC. The day Apple quits support to its old 3Gs devices, People (including my wife) will be stranded with his old handset.
    The day Samsung or Google quits support on my Nexus S, I’ll just download and compile the ROM that best suits my needs.

GoDaddy Faces boycott over SOPA support

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 11:04 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Major Internet companies have formed a united front in their opposition to the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. Well, almost. One exception has been the domain registrar GoDaddy. In a op-ed published in Politico shortly after SOPA was introduced in the House, GoDaddy applauded the bill and called opponents "myopic."

Now furious Internet users at reddit (owned by Advance Publications, which also owns Condé Nast) have organized a boycott of the registrar.

"I just finished writing GoDaddy a letter stating why I’m moving my small businesses 51 domains away from them, as well as my personal domains," wrote redditor selfprodigy on Thursday morning. He proposed that December 29 be declared "move your domain day," with GoDaddy customers switching to competing registrars. The post has accumulated more than 1,500 comments, most of them supporting the idea.

We contacted GoDaddy for comment. A spokesman declined to comment on the boycott specifically, but reiterated the firm’s support for the legislation. She sent us a link to the company’s written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last month.

"This debate is about preserving, protecting, and creating American jobs, and protecting American consumers from the dangers that they face on-line," the statement reads. "US businesses are getting robbed and US consumers are getting duped."

Yes, GoDaddy, customers are indeed getting duped.

By you.


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  1. I read GoDaddy’s official statement. One part read, “Some have gone so far as to argue that rights-holders will be able to sue if there is one page of infringing material amidst “millions” of legitimate pages. This assertion runs contrary to the intent of Congress, the plain language of both the Senate and House bills, and is not a fair reading of either piece of legislation. The Senate’s standard for action is a site “dedicated” to infringement. SOPA’s standard is similar. It is unfathomable to me how one page amidst a million could possibly qualify under any such standard.” GoDaddy doesn’t get it. SOPA’s standard is similar? And the “intent of Congress”? When passing bills, your “intent” doesn’t necessarily make it through when enforced. And “unfathomable” does not mean enforcement will not happen as written. PS They inferred that their opinion will not change until it affects their bottom line.

  2. Great! Who’s next on the boycott list? Anyone? You like and support SOPA? Anyone?

  3. And they’ve caved to pressure! Or at least, they’re now saying the right things. But I don’t trust the company or its leadership, and I moved all my domains and hosting from their services back during the Parson-Shoots-an-Elephant debacle.

Boehner’s office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes verbal beating

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 10:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The incident occurred mere moments after the House went into session. Hoyer made a motion for a vote on the Senate’s payroll tax cut extension, which would extend the lower rates for another two months, but the Republican presiding over the House did not acknowledge the motion. He instead adjourned the House, then got up and walked out.

“As you walk off the floor, Mr. Speaker, you’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from taxpayers, the unemployed, and very frankly, as well, from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors, 48 million senior citizens,” Hoyer can be heard saying.

“We regret, Mr. Speaker, that you have walked off the platform without addressing the issue of critical importance to this country, and that is the continuation of the middle class tax cut, the continuation of unemployment benefits for those at risk of losing them, and a continuation of the access to doctors for all those 48 million seniors who rely on them daily for help.”

And that’s when the audio cut out. Seconds later, footage faded to a shot of the capitol from outside.

Moments later, someone at C-SPAN took to Twitter and explained: “C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras – the Speaker of the House does.”

It’s for reasons just like this, one might infer, that Boehner told C-SPAN back in February it would not be allowed control its own cameras.


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For Christmas, Your Government Will Explain Why It’s Legal to Kill You

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ha! Just kidding! It won’t tell you that. That’s classified!

Summary:

  • The government dropped a bomb on a U.S. citizen,
  • who, though a total dick and probably a criminal, may have been engaged only in propaganda,
  • which, though despicable, is generally protected by the First Amendment;
  • it did so without a trial or even an indictment (that we know of),
  • based at least in part on evidence it says it has but won’t show anyone,
  • and on a legal argument it has apparently made but won’t show anyone,
  • and the very existence of which it will not confirm or deny;
  • although don’t worry, because the C.I.A. would never kill an American without having somebody do a memo first;
  • and this is the “most transparent administration ever”;
  • currently run by a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Merry Christmas!


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  1. I think it was the Archdruid Report said that you become the thing you think about most. We are the Evil Empire.

An open letter to Minnesota state senator Amy Koch

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Dear Ms. Koch,

On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage. We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an "illicit affair" with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife. These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.

We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry. And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.

It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of "adultery."

(read the rest as well!)


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Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer?

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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To walk through an airport with Bruce Schneier is to see how much change a trillion dollars can wreak. So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost.

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“We’re spending billions upon billions of dollars doing this—and it is almost entirely pointless. Not only is it not done right, but even if it was done right it would be the wrong thing to do.”


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A Christmas Message From America’s Rich

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:47 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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People like Dimon, and Schwarzman, and John Paulson, and all of the rest of them who think the "imbeciles" on the streets are simply full of reasonless class anger, they don’t get it. Nobody hates them for being successful. And not that this needs repeating, but nobody even minds that they are rich.

What makes people furious is that they have stopped being citizens.


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