This is a perfect example of FUD. Not the tripe that "FUDBuster" claims is FUD. This is good, old-fashioned, Microsoft FUD.
"We claim to own 235 patents on Linux, but you're a sucker if you think we're going to reveal them to you!"
So, the FUD is working overtime here. The fear, uncertainty and doubt of potential lawsuits is HUGE. If you don't buy protection from M$, they "might" come after you. "We don't want to sue a linux customer who could potentially be a Windows customer, too!" Well, isn't that fucking special.
Great comment on the source article, referring to aiding and abetting, basically boils down to this:
Speeding is a civil infraction, not criminal
The person that is flashing their lights has no clue oncoming traffic is speeding
Flashing is a "heads up", not a specific "there's a cop here"
Kinda sums up my feelings about it.. I mean, how can the person flashing know what anyone coming at them is doing? They don't. It's a friendly heads up. "Hey, maybe you should be careful.." etc. There is no written code that says 2 flashes for a cop, 3 for a tree in the road.
Taking away the domain name is still prior restraint. When it was seized without warning, plenty of people, the webmasters included, didn't know what was goin on. Shutdown? Taken down? Closed? Moved? For that one day alone, that's like removing the road to the park, or the signs that point to the park all around the city. Its a substantial hardship if people can't find what they were looking for, that was there yesterday. Coming back up in a different location was neither wanted nor desired. It was imposed upon them with no warning and no proof, and still to this day the government has no law to bring them up on.
Netflix, from the beginning, intended to be stgreaming only. Couldn't do that when they started, broadband wasn't as ubiquitous as it is today, and people hadn't caught on to video over the web. Now netflix gets to where they want to be, streaming only. I'm down with it. Price split was expected by me. I knew they would eventually offer streaming by itsellf and they weren't going to give it away for free (by itself).
I love netflix. I love the streaming selection. (I dislike the lack of subtitles on anime but I can get those on funimation) I don't think I will be any worse off except for the integration of the queues (seeing what's available on streaming from your dvd queue). I still have a dvd I haven't watched since august.
I'm not going to complain. I'm still getting value I wouldn't get elsewhere. I don't want to waste my time torrenting episodes of tv shows that are on netflix when I want to watch something. Add that there are no commercials and you've got a bargain.
I always thought "netflix" was a weird name for a dvd by mail company.
If you've never read this article, its the one where Linus says about SCO: "They are smoking crack"
I used to have this issue of E-week, I probably should have kept it. I always thought that SCO was full of it, and probably even said myself they are on crack.
He knew back then how far SCO's case would get.
And he was 100% correct.
He even states "or code that just looks similar because it is based on public standards." which was found to be true when Kevin KcBride leaked samples of the code and the parts that were alleged to be covered under copyright were *standard practices for writing code*; not to mention code that was not the same, but performed the same functions, thereby blowing the "cut and paste" claims out of the water.
It is troubling to me to think that Linux's reputation may have been damaged. Until I read some of the comments above there was no question in my mind about Linux's reputation, I knew from my own experiences with Linux that SCO's arguments were baseless. I know, however, after having been a visitor to this site for the last year and a half, that some companies get scared off when a product or company is part of any litigation, as that leads to uncertainty about the product or brand in question. Thinking about it now, I can totally see why Microsoft would ante up money to SCO to help it further fund the lawsuit. As such, that would further the uncertainty over the Linux codebase and drove more customers to Windows solutions over the years. It sickens me to know that this could have happened. Again, in my mind, this was never even a possibility, because I myself had enough faith in Linux/Novell prevailing, and I thought every company would laugh at SCO. I guess this was not the case and a sad result from this litigation.
Go ahead, lock up every gun ever made by every manufacturer (which is what the furthest extreme of "making it harder" would be) in a vault and only people who have been monitored since they were born are allowed to have one.
That would mean that only people who are 100% free of criminal history or those who wouldn't use a gun to commit a crime would have them, right? (and/or insert whatever reason for gun control)
Well, you have conveniently forgotten that people can make guns themselves, make bullets themselves, and they don't care if they are licensed if people who also don't care that they are getting a gun illegally will pay perfectly good money for it.
IT. JUST. AIN'T. GONNA. HAPPEN.
This also would only, as stated, make it difficult for people who want to obtain a gun legally. The people who are fine and dandy with having a gun made in a garage or a basement will have no trouble doing so. They may get caught, but if they can commit a crime with it before hand, the laws to make it harder won't do a damn fucking thing.
I'm replying to this weeks later because I never saw the response..
First of all, I wasn't defending anyones hacking or cheating. So the claim that I am using "the other car was driving faster" defense is dubious.
YOU said people were "enhancing" and "adding" to their games BECAUSE of the hack, here: "Or do you think that the vast majority of them are using it to be able to "back up" games to the hard drive, to "enhance" their online games, and to "add features" to allow them to win more often?" Since you mentioned the "hack" in the previous sentance, "it" must be the hack.
I was showing you that they were doing the hacks BEFORE the hack. Not because of. That was my point, and if you read my comment with any sort of comprehension, you might get that.
I was in no way defending or saying because others hacked and cheated that this hack is somehow OK. Nice way to try to turn the argument on its head when it wasn't even what I was saying.
Again, you sound as ignorant as the users who think that geohots hack caused the cheating that was going on when the cheating was already going on. I think I cleared that up in my post.
Here in Rochester, NY, in my neighborhood, we have front yards that are full on veggie gardens. They are all over the place. Up and down one street me and my GF walked, there were 2, maybe 3 on that street. And its only 3 blocks long or so (and that was only one side of the street.)
I am part of a community victory garden. Its on a lot formerly occupied by a house that the city razed. The entire property, from front to back, is covered with 34 of these boxes, they are all 4x8 plots.
They are working on adding another garden because the first one is so popular. Again, it will be on the entire property of an empty lot.
I don't know anyone that has complained about the victory garden I'm in. Half the plots have an 8 foot trellis on them, many have stakes, lots have metal baskets for tomatoes. This is supposed to be an "eye sore?" I'm sorry but no one in or around our community (whether they are members of the garden or not) thinks this is an eye sore.
So what if the video shows her front yard covered with 5 or 10 or 50 full size beds? They are neat and well maintained. So how many neighbors does she have, in her street, etc. How many people complained? They have to use all those resources at the behest of a handful of disgruntled neighbors? If there are 50 homes on the street at 1 or 2 complained, how do they justify trying to make 2-4% of the residents on that street happy when none of the rest complained?
She's not even that creative. Her websites cutesy idea, a turn on "auto parts" and the various departments, such as "parts," where she sells shirts and merch, and her blog is called "Super Premium" with some old gas pumps at the top, isn't even related to her field of "expertise" which is photography.
I can say this as someone who HAS run a themed website in a mildly similar fashion. I used to run a website for rave/party culture and the "sections" of the site were things related to the layout of a club or a party: the "lobby" was the main entrance of the site past the splash page, the "phone booths" are were I kept the Production/Promotion companies phone numbers.. I can't remember the rest and the wayback machine isn't pulling all the images, so I can't recall the rest, but at least my site design had some association to the content.
Do you even know what you are talking about? Let me make this very clear to you: "cheats" were going on BEFORE geohot and fail0verfl0w broke through the hypervisor.
Do you understand what that means?
"Enhancing" and "adding" to their online games was happening all along without any help from geohot et al.
And buddy, the moral high ground is as far away from sony as you claim it is from the hackers and the hack users.
Learn something before you speak of what you do not know. You sound as ignorant as the sony lovers who defended sony because they thought this is where the cheating was coming from. The cheating was going on long before the "hack" was even realized.