with this, aside from the principle of the thing I mean, is let's say that, uh, someone who isn't me likes porn and has AT&T for internet. What happens when their algorithm decides that since they like porn so much they should start getting ads for adult sites injected and their kids start getting those ads since it's the same connection?
>The fact that the EFF has apparently stepped up and shown interest might be enough to keep it from reaching that point, it depends on how much control the publisher has over their lawyers, and themselves.
Well it really makes sense for the EFF to be willing to get involved if it goes to court. A victory for the publisher would almost certainly mean that extensions like Adblock would also be made illegal. In fact, pretty much any extension that alters a page could become illegal (so, most of them?).
Cause I'm pretty sure I would have raised a stink about it and I would have not only reposted them on Facebook (along with a scathing description of what went down), I probably would have put them up on Reddit and anywhere else they would have gotten attention too. Maybe even my local news channels.
So a couple of months ago I was in the AT&T store getting a replacement SIM card for a phone and the rep started talking to me about U-verse. She sold me on it but I decided to give Comcast one last chance to provide me with a similar deal. I called them up to tell them what AT&T was offering me and give them a chance to match it. If they had even been close I probably would have accepted just for the hassle factor. I got through to retentions and the guy on the other end was a complete jerk. He talked down to me, his comments, questions and tone of voice made it pretty clear that he thought I was trying to scam them and they wouldn't even come CLOSE to what AT&T was offering me. Aside from the $300 in Visa gift cards, Comcast wanted about $70 more a month for a package close to what AT&T offered.
So I said screw it, canceled Comcast by taking everything into the local office and had U-verse installed. I now get more channels by far, my internet is comparable (Comcast was rated for 50 mbps, U-verse for 45). I won't say everything was perfect (it wasn't, I had a few issues caused by the initial installer doing a crap job, a couple of equipment issues and problems at the node up the road) but I've been pretty happy with it outside of those. Most of the people have been very helpful and polite. The onsite techs even gave me their cell numbers and said if I had any more problems in the next 30 days that I could call them directly. It's like they looked at what Comcast is doing and said, "Let's not do that. In fact, let's do the fucking opposite of that."
I think they do have a special system that the big guys (like the studios and record labels get access to) that doesn't use DMCA takedowns. Normal peons don't get to use that. Also you might be thinking of ContentID?
Easy. Let's say you want a single cup of coffee. You can either make a pot, have your cup and throw out the rest and make another pot when you want some more two or three hours later or use use something like this to make just the one cup and it's fresh each time.
I wonder if Green Mountain will file a DMCA lawsuit against TreeHouse since bypassing the DRM is technically a violation of the DMCA. My guess is that their lawyers will be smart enough not to do that facing the threat of monopoly lawsuit. If they file a DMCA lawsuit then they're effectively admitting that the purpose of the markings IS DRM and not just to make a better cup. It could get interesting if they do though.
And for every person like you there are probably 10 that find that sort of feature helpful. Just like when Word first went WYSIWYG. A few people bitched about it. They wanted their old display where it just showed the document with a markup-style layout instead of WYSIWYG. Most people wanted the latter and that's what we get now.
Exactly. People need to remember that Excel isn't marketed for that particular use. The vast VAST majority of users of this software benefit from these sorts of changes. Remember, most will be using it for things like financial data and stuff like that. For those people importing a date that displays in a different format can create issues. In the US we would write Dec 1 but in Europe 1 Dec is more common. I can pretty much guarantee that displaying gene abbreviations correctly is a niche use that NO designer ever had cross their mind. I'd also be surprised if the other packages on the market didn't do the same thing.
Say what you will about them but I can't fault their speeds. With only a few exceptions, I get pretty close to what I pay for or better. I've got the Blast package, supposed to be 50 mpbs. It's rare that I'm not able to sustain download rates of around 5-6 MB/s and often even a bit higher.
Then perhaps the purchasers shouldn't drag the artists into it by claiming that they're doing it on behalf of the artists and that they have to do it to protect and support the poor starving artists who will surely suffer greatly if the practice is allowed to continue.
The artist's name is on the music. That then ends up attaching them to the lawsuit in people's minds (especially since the label claims to be doing it on their behalf) and drags their name through the mud. I don't blame him for speaking up if he doesn't agree. He should be entitled to say that, hey, this isn't me doing it. I don't agree with it so please don't blame me. Plus there's always the chance that the label withdraws at least his music from it if they start looking (even more) bad from "protecting" the artist when he doesn't want their protection.